The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 525 502 520
Rank change year-on-year
-23 +18
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 62 42 68
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.088% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.095% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 42 25 39
Average daily rate £275 £263 £283
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.76% -7.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £194 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £399 £400 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £269 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.18% -10.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 5
Average hourly rate £88.75 £16.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+454.68% -17.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.75 £12.40 £16.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £129.75 £19.20 £25.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £88.75 £16.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+454.68% -17.94%
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51949 44129 56219
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.27% 92.47% 92.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 31578 25274 30920
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2083 2186 2628
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.87 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.04% -8.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%

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 18 April 2014.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Software Tester Hourly Rate Histogram 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 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -70 57 £275 +4.76% 53
London -6 27 £180 -16.27% 8
City of London -5 10 £150 -30.23% 2
South West -23 7 £313 +21.95% 6
North West -13 6 £160 -33.33% 10
South East -19 6 £280 -10.40% 13
East of England - 6 £275 - 7
Northern Ireland +19 4 £350 +55.55%
Cheshire -10 4 £140 -41.66% 2
East Midlands - 4 £175 - 3
Hertfordshire - 4 - - 3
Buckinghamshire -18 3 £263 -13.93% 2
Hampshire +2 2 £280 -30.00% 1
Bristol -15 2 £300 +26.31% 3
Manchester - 2 £275 - 5
Nottingham - 2 £175 -
Cambridge - 2 £275 - 4
Cambridgeshire - 2 £275 - 4
Nottinghamshire - 2 £175 -
Scotland -6 1 - - 1
Somerset -12 1 £300 +9.09% 1
Yorkshire -20 1 - - 2
Gloucestershire - 1 - - 1
Leicestershire - 1 - -
Oxfordshire - 1 £450 -
North Yorkshire - 1 - -
Derby - 1 - - 1
Oxford - 1 £450 -
Winchester - 1 - -
York - 1 - -

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 55 (47.01%) Software Testing
2 42 (35.90%) Test Scripting
3 37 (31.62%) Selenium
4 31 (26.50%) SQL
5 30 (25.64%) ISEB
5 30 (25.64%) QA
6 29 (24.79%) Microsoft
7 26 (22.22%) .NET
7 26 (22.22%) JIRA
7 26 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
8 25 (21.37%) C#
9 24 (20.51%) User Acceptance Testing
10 20 (17.09%) Java
11 17 (14.53%) Scrum
11 17 (14.53%) Manual Testing
12 16 (13.68%) SQL Server
12 16 (13.68%) Windows
12 16 (13.68%) MS Excel
13 15 (12.82%) ISTQB
13 15 (12.82%) Degree
13 15 (12.82%) Security Cleared
14 14 (11.97%) Automated Testing
14 14 (11.97%) Oracle
15 13 (11.11%) HTML
15 13 (11.11%) XML
16 12 (10.26%) UNIX
16 12 (10.26%) SC Cleared
17 11 (9.40%) Test Automation
18 10 (8.55%) C++
18 10 (8.55%) VB.NET

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, 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 1 (0.85%) CMS
1 1 (0.85%) Tomcat
1 1 (0.85%) WebLogic
1 1 (0.85%) SharePoint
1 1 (0.85%) GlassFish
Applications
1 16 (13.68%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.27%) MS Office
3 1 (0.85%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.71%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (1.71%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.27%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.84%) DVB
2 1 (0.85%) SAN
2 1 (0.85%) iSCSI
2 1 (0.85%) FCoE
2 1 (0.85%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (13.68%) SQL Server
2 8 (6.84%) MS Access
3 7 (5.98%) MySQL
4 2 (1.71%) Oracle Database
5 1 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (0.85%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.85%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 37 (31.62%) Selenium
2 26 (22.22%) JIRA
3 10 (8.55%) Bugzilla
4 9 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
4 9 (7.69%) WebDriver
5 8 (6.84%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (5.98%) FitNesse
7 6 (5.13%) SpecFlow
7 6 (5.13%) JMeter
8 5 (4.27%) Visual Studio
8 5 (4.27%) Jenkins
8 5 (4.27%) Behat
9 4 (3.42%) Toad
10 3 (2.56%) Cucumber
11 2 (1.71%) QAComplete
11 2 (1.71%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (1.71%) SoapUI
11 2 (1.71%) Mockito
11 2 (1.71%) Jasmine
11 2 (1.71%) EasyMock
General
1 9 (7.69%) Finance
2 8 (6.84%) Back Office
3 7 (5.98%) Retail
4 5 (4.27%) Games
4 5 (4.27%) Banking
5 1 (0.85%) Marketing
5 1 (0.85%) Advertising
5 1 (0.85%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (22.22%) .NET
2 13 (11.11%) HTML
2 13 (11.11%) XML
3 9 (7.69%) Web Services
4 4 (3.42%) ASP.NET
5 2 (1.71%) Zend Framework
5 2 (1.71%) EDI
5 2 (1.71%) EDIFACT
5 2 (1.71%) WPF
5 2 (1.71%) Silverlight
5 2 (1.71%) Spring
6 1 (0.85%) CSS
6 1 (0.85%) SOAP
6 1 (0.85%) J2EE
6 1 (0.85%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.85%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.69%) Open Source
2 8 (6.84%) MPEG
2 8 (6.84%) STB
3 6 (5.13%) Computer Science
3 6 (5.13%) NHS
4 5 (4.27%) E-Learning
5 3 (2.56%) Mathematics
6 2 (1.71%) Mobile App
6 2 (1.71%) TRADACOMS
7 1 (0.85%) IPTV
7 1 (0.85%) Informatics
7 1 (0.85%) Clustering
7 1 (0.85%) Firmware
7 1 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.85%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 16 (13.68%) Windows
2 12 (10.26%) UNIX
3 6 (5.13%) Windows 7
4 5 (4.27%) Linux
5 3 (2.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.71%) Solaris
7 1 (0.85%) AIX
7 1 (0.85%) HPUX
7 1 (0.85%) Windows 8
7 1 (0.85%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (47.01%) Software Testing
2 42 (35.90%) Test Scripting
3 26 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (20.51%) User Acceptance Testing
5 17 (14.53%) Scrum
5 17 (14.53%) Manual Testing
6 14 (11.97%) Automated Testing
7 11 (9.40%) Test Automation
8 10 (8.55%) Software Engineering
9 9 (7.69%) Test Management
9 9 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
9 9 (7.69%) Performance Testing
10 8 (6.84%) Unit Testing
11 7 (5.98%) E-Commerce
11 7 (5.98%) BDD
12 6 (5.13%) Test Strategy
12 6 (5.13%) Automation Testing
12 6 (5.13%) Regression Testing
12 6 (5.13%) Business Analysis
13 5 (4.27%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 31 (26.50%) SQL
2 25 (21.37%) C#
3 20 (17.09%) Java
4 10 (8.55%) C++
4 10 (8.55%) VB.NET
4 10 (8.55%) Python
5 9 (7.69%) Shell Script
5 9 (7.69%) PHP
5 9 (7.69%) C
5 9 (7.69%) JavaScript
6 8 (6.84%) VB
7 7 (5.98%) VBScript
8 5 (4.27%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.85%) VB6
9 1 (0.85%) Korn
9 1 (0.85%) Perl
9 1 (0.85%) Delphi
9 1 (0.85%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 30 (25.64%) ISEB
2 15 (12.82%) ISTQB
2 15 (12.82%) Degree
2 15 (12.82%) Security Cleared
3 12 (10.26%) SC Cleared
4 2 (1.71%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.85%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (25.64%) QA
Systems Management
1 6 (5.13%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.85%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 29 (24.79%) Microsoft
2 14 (11.97%) Oracle
3 9 (7.69%) Citrix
4 6 (5.13%) Zend
5 2 (1.71%) Telerik
6 1 (0.85%) VMware
6 1 (0.85%) Sybase
6 1 (0.85%) IBM
6 1 (0.85%) Hitachi
6 1 (0.85%) HP
6 1 (0.85%) Compaq
6 1 (0.85%) EMC
6 1 (0.85%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.85%) Avaloq
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 18 days ago