The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Software Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 September 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 587 610 589
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -21
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 65 63 52
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.12% 0.11% 0.089%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.11% 0.096%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 43 42
Median daily rate £325 £288 £258
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.04% +11.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £274 £176 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £433 £347
UK excluding London median daily rate £319 £288 £240
% change year-on-year
+10.86% +19.79%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 0
Median hourly rate £39.37 £35.94 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.55% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £39.37 £35.94 -
% change year-on-year
+9.55% -

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
50426 54977 54154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.99% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 32986 35136 33089
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1704 2093 2157
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Software Tester in the job title.

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 September 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
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 30 September 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 30 September 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -1 60 £325 +10.63% 35
London +21 18 £350 - 4
South East +6 12 £300 +9.09% 7
South West +13 10 £288 -34.28% 7
West Midlands -23 9 £319 +6.25% 3
Hampshire +14 6 - - 1
Staffordshire +2 6 £305 +1.66% 1
Wiltshire +18 5 £375 +25.00% 1
North West +16 5 £325 +6.55% 6
Swindon +16 5 £375 +25.00% 1
East of England - 5 £406 - 5
Ipswich - 4 £488 - 2
Suffolk - 4 £488 - 3
Stoke-on-Trent -4 3 £305 +1.66%
Portsmouth -6 3 - - 1
Manchester -10 3 - - 5
Bristol - 3 £280 - 2
Wales - 3 £300 -
Devon +6 2 £288 +0.87%
Oxfordshire - 2 £315 -
South Wales - 2 £300 -
Lancashire - 2 £325 -
Exeter - 2 £288 -
Winchester - 2 - -
Buckinghamshire +15 1 £425 +41.66% 3
City of London +14 1 £375 -6.25%
Reading +14 1 - -
Milton Keynes +9 1 £425 +41.66% 2
Surrey +8 1 £300 - 1
Berkshire 0 1 - -

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2016, Software Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 52 (50.49%) Agile Software Development
1 52 (50.49%) Test Scripting
2 35 (33.98%) Software Testing
3 32 (31.07%) Automated Testing
3 32 (31.07%) Selenium
4 31 (30.10%) Java
5 30 (29.13%) QA
6 25 (24.27%) SQL
6 25 (24.27%) Regression Testing
6 25 (24.27%) Scrum
7 22 (21.36%) BDD
8 21 (20.39%) Cucumber
8 21 (20.39%) JIRA
9 18 (17.48%) Manual Testing
10 17 (16.50%) WebDriver
10 17 (16.50%) Finance
11 16 (15.53%) TDD
11 16 (15.53%) Functional Testing
11 16 (15.53%) Automation Testing
12 14 (13.59%) C#
13 13 (12.62%) Degree
13 13 (12.62%) Test Planning
13 13 (12.62%) Test Automation
14 12 (11.65%) ISTQB
14 12 (11.65%) CRM
15 11 (10.68%) ISEB
15 11 (10.68%) SoapUI
15 11 (10.68%) SDLC
16 10 (9.71%) Web Services
16 10 (9.71%) Linux

Software Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 6 (5.83%) Confluence
2 1 (0.97%) Apache Pig
2 1 (0.97%) Apache Spark
2 1 (0.97%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.97%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.97%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.91%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.97%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.97%) Internet
1 1 (0.97%) TCP/IP
1 1 (0.97%) Wi-Fi
1 1 (0.97%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.91%) MySQL
1 3 (2.91%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (1.94%) Apache Hive
2 2 (1.94%) Big Data
2 2 (1.94%) Hadoop
2 2 (1.94%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.97%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.97%) Redis
3 1 (0.97%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.97%) SQLPlus
3 1 (0.97%) Sqoop
3 1 (0.97%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 32 (31.07%) Selenium
2 21 (20.39%) Cucumber
2 21 (20.39%) JIRA
3 17 (16.50%) WebDriver
4 11 (10.68%) SoapUI
5 8 (7.77%) Jenkins
5 8 (7.77%) NUnit
6 7 (6.80%) Git (software)
7 4 (3.88%) SpecFlow
7 4 (3.88%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (3.88%) TestRail
8 3 (2.91%) FishEye
8 3 (2.91%) Geb
8 3 (2.91%) IntelliJ
8 3 (2.91%) Spock
8 3 (2.91%) TestLink
9 2 (1.94%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (1.94%) JUnit
9 2 (1.94%) Subversion
9 2 (1.94%) TestComplete
General
1 17 (16.50%) Finance
2 5 (4.85%) Manufacturing
3 3 (2.91%) Back Office
3 3 (2.91%) Games
3 3 (2.91%) Retail
4 2 (1.94%) Aerospace
4 2 (1.94%) Banking
4 2 (1.94%) Electronics
4 2 (1.94%) Financial Institution
4 2 (1.94%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.94%) Marketing
4 2 (1.94%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.71%) Web Services
2 8 (7.77%) .NET
3 7 (6.80%) SOAP
4 6 (5.83%) RESTful
5 4 (3.88%) Gherkin
6 3 (2.91%) Node.js
6 3 (2.91%) REST
6 3 (2.91%) Spring
6 3 (2.91%) XML
7 2 (1.94%) CSS
7 2 (1.94%) Hibernate
7 2 (1.94%) HTML
8 1 (0.97%) .NET Framework
8 1 (0.97%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.97%) Apache Tez
8 1 (0.97%) Backbone.js
8 1 (0.97%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 3 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (2.91%) Computer Science
1 3 (2.91%) Data Protection Act
1 3 (2.91%) Embedded Systems
1 3 (2.91%) Fintech
2 2 (1.94%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 2 (1.94%) Online Gambling
2 2 (1.94%) RIA
3 1 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (0.97%) Mathematics
3 1 (0.97%) Mobile App
3 1 (0.97%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.71%) Linux
2 8 (7.77%) Windows
3 3 (2.91%) Android
3 3 (2.91%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.94%) Fedora
4 2 (1.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (1.94%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (50.49%) Agile Software Development
1 52 (50.49%) Test Scripting
2 35 (33.98%) Software Testing
3 32 (31.07%) Automated Testing
4 25 (24.27%) Regression Testing
4 25 (24.27%) Scrum
5 22 (21.36%) BDD
6 18 (17.48%) Manual Testing
7 16 (15.53%) Automation Testing
7 16 (15.53%) Functional Testing
7 16 (15.53%) TDD
8 13 (12.62%) Test Automation
8 13 (12.62%) Test Planning
9 12 (11.65%) CRM
10 11 (10.68%) SDLC
11 9 (8.74%) Data Protection
11 9 (8.74%) Exploratory Testing
11 9 (8.74%) Performance Testing
12 8 (7.77%) Continuous Integration
12 8 (7.77%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (30.10%) Java
2 25 (24.27%) SQL
3 14 (13.59%) C#
4 9 (8.74%) JavaScript
5 6 (5.83%) C++
5 6 (5.83%) Groovy
6 4 (3.88%) Ruby
7 3 (2.91%) Bash Shell
7 3 (2.91%) Shell Script
7 3 (2.91%) T-SQL
8 2 (1.94%) Embedded C++
8 2 (1.94%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.94%) Scala
8 2 (1.94%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.94%) VBScript
9 1 (0.97%) Perl
9 1 (0.97%) Python
9 1 (0.97%) VB
Qualifications
1 13 (12.62%) Degree
2 12 (11.65%) ISTQB
3 11 (10.68%) ISEB
4 6 (5.83%) SC Cleared
4 6 (5.83%) Security Cleared
5 5 (4.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 30 (29.13%) QA
2 5 (4.85%) ISO 14001
2 5 (4.85%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.94%) SDET
4 1 (0.97%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 2 (1.94%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 7 (6.80%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.97%) Oozie
Vendors
1 8 (7.77%) HP
2 7 (6.80%) Oracle
3 6 (5.83%) Siebel
4 5 (4.85%) Microsoft
5 3 (2.91%) Atlassian
5 3 (2.91%) SAP
6 2 (1.94%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.97%) Twitter
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