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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 609 555 553
Rank change year-on-year
-54 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 49 76 65
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.088% 0.14% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.092% 0.14% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 59 40
Average daily rate £323 £290 £278
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.20% +4.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £200 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £426 £355 £389
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £288 £280
% change year-on-year
+12.17% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Average hourly rate £43.50 £164.00 £88.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-73.47% +84.78%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.50 £164.00 £88.75
% change year-on-year
-73.47% +84.78%

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
53058 52916 51575
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.92% 94.76% 94.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 34561 32091 31451
Average daily rate £425 £400 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1534 2122 2107
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

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 30 April 2016.

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 30 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -52 48 £320 +9.40% 54
London -14 14 £325 +4.83% 6
South West - 9 £415 - 6
Devon - 8 £415 -
South East -32 7 £360 +2.85% 4
West Midlands -12 6 £338 +31.70% 3
East of England +5 5 £308 +4.68% 4
Berkshire +1 4 £360 +1.40% 2
North West -5 4 £213 -12.82% 17
Reading -20 4 £360 +1.40% 2
Cambridgeshire +9 2 £313 +4.16% 1
Yorkshire -4 2 £275 -4.34% 12
Manchester -8 2 - - 10
Malvern - 2 - -
South Yorkshire - 2 £275 - 1
Cambridge - 2 £313 - 1
Exeter - 2 £415 -
Solihull - 2 £338 -
Worcestershire - 2 - -
West Sussex - 2 £344 -
Bedfordshire - 2 £305 -
Staffordshire +4 1 £200 -20.00% 2
Lancashire +3 1 £300 +14.28% 2
Stoke-on-Trent -1 1 £200 -29.82%
Coventry -12 1 £375 +36.36%
Scotland -18 1 £350 +218.18% 3
Edinburgh - 1 £350 - 3
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
Crawley - 1 £388 -
East Grinstead - 1 £300 -

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 54 (60.67%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (31.46%) Java
3 26 (29.21%) Selenium
3 26 (29.21%) BDD
4 23 (25.84%) Test Scripting
5 21 (23.60%) Cucumber
6 20 (22.47%) QA
7 19 (21.35%) Manual Testing
7 19 (21.35%) Software Testing
8 18 (20.22%) Security Cleared
9 17 (19.10%) Scrum
9 17 (19.10%) SQL
10 16 (17.98%) Test Automation
11 15 (16.85%) SC Cleared
11 15 (16.85%) Regression Testing
12 14 (15.73%) JIRA
13 13 (14.61%) C#
14 12 (13.48%) Automation Testing
15 11 (12.36%) Data Protection
15 11 (12.36%) JavaScript
15 11 (12.36%) Web Services
16 10 (11.24%) Linux
16 10 (11.24%) Groovy
16 10 (11.24%) WebDriver
16 10 (11.24%) Functional Testing
17 9 (10.11%) RESTful
17 9 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
17 9 (10.11%) Windows
17 9 (10.11%) ISEB
17 9 (10.11%) Automated Testing

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 5 (5.62%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.12%) Apache Pig
2 1 (1.12%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.12%) CMS
2 1 (1.12%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.12%) Node.js
Applications
1 5 (5.62%) MS Office
2 3 (3.37%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.12%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.12%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.12%) Maximo
1 1 (1.12%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.12%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.12%) Heroku
1 1 (1.12%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.37%) Internet
2 1 (1.12%) Bluetooth
2 1 (1.12%) Firewall
2 1 (1.12%) FTP
2 1 (1.12%) Network Security
2 1 (1.12%) SSH
2 1 (1.12%) VPN
2 1 (1.12%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.62%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.49%) MySQL
3 3 (3.37%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.25%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.12%) Apache Hive
5 1 (1.12%) Big Data
5 1 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.12%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.12%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.12%) Oracle Database 10g
5 1 (1.12%) Redis
5 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2005
5 1 (1.12%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.12%) Sqoop
5 1 (1.12%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 26 (29.21%) Selenium
2 21 (23.60%) Cucumber
3 14 (15.73%) JIRA
4 10 (11.24%) WebDriver
5 7 (7.87%) SoapUI
5 7 (7.87%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (6.74%) Git (software)
6 6 (6.74%) SpecFlow
7 4 (4.49%) HP UFT
8 3 (3.37%) Bugzilla
9 2 (2.25%) Jenkins
9 2 (2.25%) JMeter
9 2 (2.25%) LoadRunner
9 2 (2.25%) Subversion
9 2 (2.25%) Toad
9 2 (2.25%) Trac
10 1 (1.12%) NuGet
10 1 (1.12%) Robot Framework
10 1 (1.12%) TeamCity
10 1 (1.12%) Zephyr
General
1 8 (8.99%) Finance
2 7 (7.87%) Games
3 3 (3.37%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.25%) Aerospace
4 2 (2.25%) Banking
4 2 (2.25%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.25%) Marketing
5 1 (1.12%) Advertising
5 1 (1.12%) Electronics
5 1 (1.12%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.12%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (12.36%) Web Services
2 9 (10.11%) RESTful
3 7 (7.87%) .NET
4 5 (5.62%) SOAP
5 4 (4.49%) Gherkin
5 4 (4.49%) HTML
6 3 (3.37%) XML
7 2 (2.25%) WinForms
8 1 (1.12%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.12%) Backbone.js
8 1 (1.12%) CSS
8 1 (1.12%) HTML5
8 1 (1.12%) JSON
8 1 (1.12%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.74%) Mobile App
2 4 (4.49%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.25%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.25%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 2 (2.25%) IVR
4 1 (1.12%) Animation
4 1 (1.12%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.12%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.12%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.12%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.12%) Social Media
4 1 (1.12%) Streaming Video
4 1 (1.12%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 10 (11.24%) Linux
2 9 (10.11%) Windows
3 4 (4.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (3.37%) Unix
5 2 (2.25%) Debian
5 2 (2.25%) Fedora
5 2 (2.25%) SUSE
5 2 (2.25%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (2.25%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.12%) Android
6 1 (1.12%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.12%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.12%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (60.67%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (29.21%) BDD
3 23 (25.84%) Test Scripting
4 19 (21.35%) Manual Testing
4 19 (21.35%) Software Testing
5 17 (19.10%) Scrum
6 16 (17.98%) Test Automation
7 15 (16.85%) Regression Testing
8 12 (13.48%) Automation Testing
9 11 (12.36%) Data Protection
10 10 (11.24%) Functional Testing
11 9 (10.11%) Automated Testing
11 9 (10.11%) Continuous Integration
12 6 (6.74%) E-Commerce
12 6 (6.74%) Integration Testing
12 6 (6.74%) SDLC
12 6 (6.74%) Software Engineering
12 6 (6.74%) System Testing
13 5 (5.62%) Test Strategy
13 5 (5.62%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 28 (31.46%) Java
2 17 (19.10%) SQL
3 13 (14.61%) C#
4 11 (12.36%) JavaScript
5 10 (11.24%) Groovy
6 5 (5.62%) C++
7 4 (4.49%) Python
8 3 (3.37%) Bash Shell
9 2 (2.25%) PHP
9 2 (2.25%) Scala
10 1 (1.12%) C
10 1 (1.12%) PL/SQL
10 1 (1.12%) PowerShell
10 1 (1.12%) Ruby
10 1 (1.12%) T-SQL
10 1 (1.12%) VB
Qualifications
1 18 (20.22%) Security Cleared
2 15 (16.85%) SC Cleared
3 9 (10.11%) ISEB
4 7 (7.87%) ISTQB
5 5 (5.62%) Degree
6 1 (1.12%) DBS Check
6 1 (1.12%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (1.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (22.47%) QA
2 3 (3.37%) SDET
3 2 (2.25%) WCAG
4 1 (1.12%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (1.12%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 1 (1.12%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (1.12%) Oozie
Vendors
1 7 (7.87%) Microsoft
2 5 (5.62%) HP
2 5 (5.62%) Oracle
3 4 (4.49%) Red Hat
4 2 (2.25%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.12%) Altova
5 1 (1.12%) IFS
5 1 (1.12%) PeopleSoft
5 1 (1.12%) Perforce
5 1 (1.12%) Rally
5 1 (1.12%) SAP
5 1 (1.12%) Telerik
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