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 4 September 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
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 580 566 541
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 53 44 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.091% 0.079% 0.088%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.098% 0.086% 0.095%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 34 30
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£290 £275 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.45% -1.78%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £182 £218 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £343 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £275 £278
% change year-on-year
- -0.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 3
Average hourly rate £31.25 £24.50 £29.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.55% -16.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.25 £14.10 £18.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.25 £34.90 £40.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.25 £24.50 £29.25
% change year-on-year
+27.55% -16.23%

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
54235 51432 48394
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.81% 92.07% 92.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 34663 31190 28805
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1992 1996 2114
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+1.94% -

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 4 September 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 4 September 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 +8 47 £295 +7.27% 73
South East -15 14 £275 -2.65% 9
London +3 12 £400 +60.00% 6
South West +1 11 £438 +52.17% 5
Berkshire - 8 £275 - 2
Gloucestershire - 6 £438 - 1
West Midlands +13 5 £295 +22.91% 7
Reading - 5 £313 - 2
Wiltshire - 4 £300 -
Gloucester - 4 £438 -
City of London +8 3 £413 +3.12%
Surrey +1 3 - - 1
Wales -18 3 £209 -1.76%
Yorkshire -26 3 £110 -61.40% 3
Scotland -15 2 £191 -25.72%
North West -33 2 £350 +21.73% 34
Staffordshire - 2 £285 - 1
Kent - 2 £200 -
Stoke-on-Trent - 2 £285 - 1
Newbury - 2 £275 -
Epsom - 2 - -
East Yorkshire - 2 £105 -
Hull - 2 £105 -
Birmingham +5 1 £295 - 1
Fife -6 1 £163 -9.72%
Dunfermline -8 1 £163 -9.72%
Manchester -19 1 - - 21
Cheshire - 1 £350 - 2
Buckinghamshire - 1 £300 - 1
Livingston - 1 £220 -

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 46 (42.99%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (36.45%) Test Scripting
3 35 (32.71%) Software Testing
4 33 (30.84%) QA
5 28 (26.17%) SQL
6 26 (24.30%) Selenium
6 26 (24.30%) Test Automation
7 24 (22.43%) Automated Testing
8 20 (18.69%) C#
8 20 (18.69%) Manual Testing
9 19 (17.76%) ISEB
10 18 (16.82%) Integration Testing
10 18 (16.82%) Security Cleared
11 17 (15.89%) JIRA
12 16 (14.95%) Regression Testing
12 16 (14.95%) Finance
12 16 (14.95%) Scrum
12 16 (14.95%) .NET
13 15 (14.02%) Java
13 15 (14.02%) WebDriver
14 14 (13.08%) User Acceptance Testing
14 14 (13.08%) SDLC
15 13 (12.15%) TDD
15 13 (12.15%) Cucumber
16 12 (11.21%) HP Quality Center
16 12 (11.21%) HP
16 12 (11.21%) JavaScript
17 11 (10.28%) BDD
18 10 (9.35%) Automation Testing
18 10 (9.35%) HTML

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 4 September 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 (1.87%) SharePoint
1 2 (1.87%) CMS
1 2 (1.87%) Confluence
Applications
1 9 (8.41%) MS Excel
2 7 (6.54%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.93%) JDE EnterpriseOne
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.93%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.87%) HTTP
2 1 (0.93%) DSL
2 1 (0.93%) ZigBee
2 1 (0.93%) Broadband
2 1 (0.93%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.80%) Relational Database
2 2 (1.87%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.87%) Oracle Database
3 1 (0.93%) MySQL
3 1 (0.93%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 26 (24.30%) Selenium
2 17 (15.89%) JIRA
3 15 (14.02%) WebDriver
4 13 (12.15%) Cucumber
5 8 (7.48%) Team Foundation Server
5 8 (7.48%) Jenkins
6 6 (5.61%) JMeter
7 5 (4.67%) LoadRunner
7 5 (4.67%) JBehave
7 5 (4.67%) SoapUI
8 4 (3.74%) SpecFlow
8 4 (3.74%) JUnit
9 3 (2.80%) HP UFT
10 2 (1.87%) Subversion
10 2 (1.87%) Bugzilla
10 2 (1.87%) PowerBuilder
10 2 (1.87%) TestComplete
10 2 (1.87%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 1 (0.93%) Appium
11 1 (0.93%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 16 (14.95%) Finance
2 9 (8.41%) Retail
3 4 (3.74%) Games
3 4 (3.74%) Electronics
4 3 (2.80%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.87%) Banking
5 2 (1.87%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.93%) Marketing
6 1 (0.93%) Legal
6 1 (0.93%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.93%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (14.95%) .NET
2 10 (9.35%) HTML
3 9 (8.41%) XML
4 5 (4.67%) Web Services
5 4 (3.74%) .NET Framework
6 3 (2.80%) Gherkin
6 3 (2.80%) CSS
6 3 (2.80%) SOAP
7 1 (0.93%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.93%) XSD
7 1 (0.93%) XSLT
7 1 (0.93%) Middleware
7 1 (0.93%) Ruby on Rails
7 1 (0.93%) AngularJS
7 1 (0.93%) RESTful
7 1 (0.93%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.54%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.74%) Mathematics
3 3 (2.80%) GIS
3 3 (2.80%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.87%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.87%) AS400
4 2 (1.87%) iSeries
4 2 (1.87%) NHS
5 1 (0.93%) DTV
5 1 (0.93%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.93%) Wiki
5 1 (0.93%) Data Conversion
5 1 (0.93%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.93%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.93%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 7 (6.54%) Linux
2 6 (5.61%) Android
3 3 (2.80%) Apple iOS
3 3 (2.80%) Embedded Linux
3 3 (2.80%) UNIX
4 1 (0.93%) Windows
4 1 (0.93%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (42.99%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (36.45%) Test Scripting
3 35 (32.71%) Software Testing
4 26 (24.30%) Test Automation
5 24 (22.43%) Automated Testing
6 20 (18.69%) Manual Testing
7 18 (16.82%) Integration Testing
8 16 (14.95%) Regression Testing
8 16 (14.95%) Scrum
9 14 (13.08%) User Acceptance Testing
9 14 (13.08%) SDLC
10 13 (12.15%) TDD
11 11 (10.28%) BDD
12 10 (9.35%) Automation Testing
12 10 (9.35%) E-Commerce
13 9 (8.41%) Test Planning
14 8 (7.48%) Test Management
14 8 (7.48%) System Testing
14 8 (7.48%) Migration
15 7 (6.54%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 28 (26.17%) SQL
2 20 (18.69%) C#
3 15 (14.02%) Java
4 12 (11.21%) JavaScript
5 9 (8.41%) Python
6 7 (6.54%) C++
7 3 (2.80%) Ruby
8 2 (1.87%) C
8 2 (1.87%) PHP
9 1 (0.93%) COBOL
9 1 (0.93%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.93%) VBA
Qualifications
1 19 (17.76%) ISEB
2 18 (16.82%) Security Cleared
3 9 (8.41%) SC Cleared
4 8 (7.48%) DV Cleared
4 8 (7.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (6.54%) Degree
6 6 (5.61%) ISTQB
7 3 (2.80%) CTC Cleared
8 2 (1.87%) HND
9 1 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (30.84%) QA
2 1 (0.93%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (0.93%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 12 (11.21%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (11.21%) HP
2 10 (9.35%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.74%) Symbian
4 3 (2.80%) Oracle
4 3 (2.80%) OpenText
4 3 (2.80%) ESRI
5 2 (1.87%) MKS
5 2 (1.87%) TIBCO
6 1 (0.93%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.93%) SAP
6 1 (0.93%) IBM
6 1 (0.93%) VMware
6 1 (0.93%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.93%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.93%) Twitter
6 1 (0.93%) Talend
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