The table below looks at the statistics for the Software Tester role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 26 February 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
26 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 499 504 513
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 73 70 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.14% 0.057%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.15% 0.061%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 49 12
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£290 £275 £263
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.45% +4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £150 £216
10% offered a daily rate of more than £387 £380 £369
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £275 £275
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 1 3
Average hourly rate £32.50 £140.00 £11.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-76.78% +1117.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.25 £140.00 £10.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.25 £140.00 £15.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £140.00 £11.50
% change year-on-year
-76.78% +1117.39%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
47659 47013 42321
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.41% 92.36% 92.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 29398 27746 24152
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £236
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1803 2001 2307
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.70 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £17.15 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.50% -2.00%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Software Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Tester within the UK.

Software Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Software Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 26 February 2015.

Software Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Software Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Tester within the UK.

Software Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Software Tester
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 26 February 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +1 71 £290 +5.45% 61
South East -16 22 £290 +5.45% 13
London -10 14 £350 +24.44% 9
East of England +21 13 £218 -20.90% 5
Cambridgeshire +4 12 £218 -20.90% 3
Yorkshire +2 10 £275 - 4
West Yorkshire +9 9 £275 - 1
Leeds +7 9 £275 - 1
Berkshire -1 6 £313 +13.63% 2
Buckinghamshire -7 5 £220 -16.19% 1
North West -16 5 £308 +36.66% 11
Surrey - 5 £290 - 3
Reading +11 4 £313 - 2
Manchester -6 4 £308 +11.81% 7
Hampshire -9 4 £315 - 3
City of London +14 3 £400 +166.66% 1
West Midlands -3 3 £231 - 5
Milton Keynes - 3 - - 1
Cambridge 0 2 £315 +14.54% 1
Bristol -3 2 £210 -35.38% 2
South West -11 2 £210 -35.38% 6
East Midlands +6 1 £375 +114.28% 6
Warwickshire -1 1 £263 - 1
Scotland -6 1 £110 - 7
Newbury -7 1 £275 -
Oxfordshire -16 1 £163 -63.88% 2
Kent - 1 £375 - 2
Staffordshire - 1 £200 - 2
Suffolk - 1 - - 1
Farnborough - 1 £350 -

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Software Tester in their job title.

1 62 (51.24%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (28.10%) Test Scripting
3 31 (25.62%) SQL
4 30 (24.79%) Selenium
5 29 (23.97%) Test Automation
5 29 (23.97%) Python
6 28 (23.14%) Scrum
7 26 (21.49%) C#
8 25 (20.66%) .NET
9 23 (19.01%) Linux
9 23 (19.01%) Software Testing
10 22 (18.18%) Automation Testing
11 20 (16.53%) Oracle
12 18 (14.88%) SQL Server
12 18 (14.88%) Java
12 18 (14.88%) Electronics
12 18 (14.88%) SpecFlow
12 18 (14.88%) Manual Testing
13 17 (14.05%) QA
13 17 (14.05%) Cucumber
14 16 (13.22%) JIRA
15 15 (12.40%) BDD
16 14 (11.57%) HTML
17 13 (10.74%) JavaScript
17 13 (10.74%) HP Quality Center
18 11 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
18 11 (9.09%) Jenkins
18 11 (9.09%) Visual Studio
18 11 (9.09%) QuickTest Pro
18 11 (9.09%) Finance

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 26 February 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Software Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Software Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (1.65%) JBoss
1 2 (1.65%) Tomcat
1 2 (1.65%) nginx
2 1 (0.83%) Confluence
2 1 (0.83%) IIS
2 1 (0.83%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.83%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 6 (4.96%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.65%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.65%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.83%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.65%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.31%) Bluetooth
1 4 (3.31%) TCP/IP
1 4 (3.31%) 802.11
1 4 (3.31%) Wi-Fi
1 4 (3.31%) WPA2
1 4 (3.31%) DLNA
2 3 (2.48%) Wireshark
2 3 (2.48%) CDMA
2 3 (2.48%) GSM
3 2 (1.65%) WPA
3 2 (1.65%) UPnP
4 1 (0.83%) Firewall
4 1 (0.83%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (14.88%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.96%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.48%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.65%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.83%) Big Data
5 1 (0.83%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (0.83%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 30 (24.79%) Selenium
2 18 (14.88%) SpecFlow
3 17 (14.05%) Cucumber
4 16 (13.22%) JIRA
5 11 (9.09%) Visual Studio
5 11 (9.09%) QuickTest Pro
5 11 (9.09%) Jenkins
6 7 (5.79%) GoogleTest
6 7 (5.79%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (5.79%) JMeter
7 4 (3.31%) LoadRunner
7 4 (3.31%) Eclipse
7 4 (3.31%) WebDriver
8 3 (2.48%) Rhino Mocks
8 3 (2.48%) eggPlant
8 3 (2.48%) NUnit
8 3 (2.48%) Subversion
9 2 (1.65%) Maven
9 2 (1.65%) Bugzilla
9 2 (1.65%) FitNesse
General
1 18 (14.88%) Electronics
2 11 (9.09%) Finance
3 8 (6.61%) Automotive
4 4 (3.31%) Retail
5 3 (2.48%) Billing
5 3 (2.48%) Marketing
5 3 (2.48%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.65%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.83%) Military
7 1 (0.83%) Banking
7 1 (0.83%) Legal
7 1 (0.83%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.83%) Back Office
7 1 (0.83%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (20.66%) .NET
2 14 (11.57%) HTML
3 10 (8.26%) Gherkin
4 9 (7.44%) CSS
5 8 (6.61%) .NET Framework
6 6 (4.96%) jQuery
7 4 (3.31%) XML
7 4 (3.31%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 3 (2.48%) ASP.NET Web API
8 3 (2.48%) Spring
8 3 (2.48%) ASP.NET
8 3 (2.48%) JSON
9 2 (1.65%) Spring MVC
9 2 (1.65%) Java SE
9 2 (1.65%) WPF
9 2 (1.65%) GWT
9 2 (1.65%) Web Services
9 2 (1.65%) NHibernate
9 2 (1.65%) RESTful
9 2 (1.65%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.13%) Mobile App
1 5 (4.13%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.31%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.48%) iPhone
3 3 (2.48%) Open Source
3 3 (2.48%) iPad
4 2 (1.65%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.65%) Smart Meter
4 2 (1.65%) DTV
4 2 (1.65%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.83%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.83%) STB
5 1 (0.83%) Streaming Media
5 1 (0.83%) Interest Rate Derivative
5 1 (0.83%) Mathematics
5 1 (0.83%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.83%) MPEG
5 1 (0.83%) NHS
5 1 (0.83%) User Experience
5 1 (0.83%) Raspberry Pi
Operating Systems
1 23 (19.01%) Linux
2 8 (6.61%) Windows
2 8 (6.61%) Android
2 8 (6.61%) Apple iOS
3 7 (5.79%) Embedded Linux
4 6 (4.96%) UNIX
5 2 (1.65%) Mac OS
6 1 (0.83%) Windows 7
6 1 (0.83%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (0.83%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (51.24%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (28.10%) Test Scripting
3 29 (23.97%) Test Automation
4 28 (23.14%) Scrum
5 23 (19.01%) Software Testing
6 22 (18.18%) Automation Testing
7 18 (14.88%) Manual Testing
8 15 (12.40%) BDD
9 11 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
10 10 (8.26%) Software Engineering
11 8 (6.61%) Automated Testing
12 7 (5.79%) TDD
12 7 (5.79%) Performance Testing
13 6 (4.96%) Test Management
13 6 (4.96%) E-Commerce
13 6 (4.96%) Regression Testing
14 5 (4.13%) MVC
14 5 (4.13%) Integration Testing
14 5 (4.13%) Continuous Integration
14 5 (4.13%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (25.62%) SQL
2 29 (23.97%) Python
3 26 (21.49%) C#
4 18 (14.88%) Java
5 13 (10.74%) JavaScript
6 9 (7.44%) C++
7 8 (6.61%) C
8 5 (4.13%) Embedded C
9 4 (3.31%) VBScript
9 4 (3.31%) PL/SQL
9 4 (3.31%) Perl
10 3 (2.48%) VB
10 3 (2.48%) VBA
11 2 (1.65%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.65%) AppleScript
12 1 (0.83%) Jython
12 1 (0.83%) Ruby
12 1 (0.83%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.83%) PHP
Qualifications
1 10 (8.26%) ISEB
2 8 (6.61%) ISTQB
3 6 (4.96%) Degree
3 6 (4.96%) Security Cleared
4 2 (1.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (1.65%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.83%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (0.83%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (14.05%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.48%) Hyper-V
2 2 (1.65%) vCloud
2 2 (1.65%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (10.74%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (16.53%) Oracle
2 10 (8.26%) Microsoft
3 7 (5.79%) Google
4 4 (3.31%) HP
5 3 (2.48%) VMware
6 2 (1.65%) SAP
7 1 (0.83%) Atmel
7 1 (0.83%) EMC
7 1 (0.83%) Perforce
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