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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 577 536 513
Rank change year-on-year
-41 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 42 65 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.082% 0.13% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.086% 0.14% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 40 41
Average daily rate £300 £285 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +3.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £215 £163
10% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £400 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £275 £275
% change year-on-year
+5.45% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 12 1
Average hourly rate £42.50 £29.25 £140.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+45.29% -79.10%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £42.50 £29.25 £140.00
% change year-on-year
+45.29% -79.10%

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
48576 47854 45775
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.45% 94.46% 94.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 31231 29881 27104
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £257 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1759 1870 2013
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.96 £11.38
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 5 February 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 5 February 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 -24 41 £300 +5.26% 79
South East -7 9 £300 +5.26% 16
South West +2 7 £415 +97.61% 8
London -8 6 £350 -6.66% 5
Devon - 6 £415 -
Cambridgeshire +1 5 £285 +31.03% 2
Cambridge -2 5 £285 -9.52% 2
East of England -9 5 £285 +8.05% 2
Yorkshire -14 5 £310 +12.72% 17
West Midlands -11 4 £225 -14.28% 4
Manchester -15 4 £150 -51.21% 11
North West -18 4 £150 -33.33% 22
Exeter - 4 £415 -
Berkshire +3 3 £360 +30.90% 4
Reading -11 2 £360 +30.90% 4
Plymouth - 2 - -
Sheffield - 2 £325 - 1
North Yorkshire - 2 £250 - 4
South Yorkshire - 2 £325 - 1
City of London +36 1 - - 1
Buckinghamshire +11 1 - - 3
Warwickshire +4 1 £130 -50.47% 1
Hampshire +3 1 £200 -28.57% 2
Oxfordshire -1 1 - - 2
Kent -5 1 £300 -20.00% 1
Surrey -9 1 £300 +3.44% 3
West Yorkshire -12 1 £313 +13.63% 7
Leeds -24 1 £313 +13.63% 5
Leicestershire - 1 £250 - 1
Epsom - 1 £300 -

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 February 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 49 (48.51%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (34.65%) Software Testing
3 31 (30.69%) Test Scripting
4 24 (23.76%) Selenium
4 24 (23.76%) SQL
5 21 (20.79%) Manual Testing
6 20 (19.80%) QA
7 17 (16.83%) Java
8 16 (15.84%) Automation Testing
9 15 (14.85%) C#
9 15 (14.85%) .NET
9 15 (14.85%) Microsoft
10 14 (13.86%) JIRA
11 13 (12.87%) Automated Testing
11 13 (12.87%) ISEB
11 13 (12.87%) Test Automation
11 13 (12.87%) BDD
12 12 (11.88%) Cucumber
12 12 (11.88%) Security Cleared
12 12 (11.88%) Regression Testing
12 12 (11.88%) Finance
13 11 (10.89%) Team Foundation Server
14 10 (9.90%) Data Protection
14 10 (9.90%) MS Excel
14 10 (9.90%) ISTQB
15 9 (8.91%) TDD
15 9 (8.91%) C++
15 9 (8.91%) SC Cleared
15 9 (8.91%) Test Management
16 7 (6.93%) WebDriver

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 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 2 (1.98%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.99%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (0.99%) JBoss
Applications
1 10 (9.90%) MS Excel
2 7 (6.93%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.99%) Maximo
1 1 (0.99%) Odyssey Triple'A Plus
1 1 (0.99%) Orchard Housing
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.99%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.97%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.94%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.96%) Oracle Database
2 4 (3.96%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.97%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.98%) MySQL
5 1 (0.99%) Apache Accumulo
5 1 (0.99%) Big Data
5 1 (0.99%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.99%) NoSQL
5 1 (0.99%) OLAP
5 1 (0.99%) OLAP Cube
5 1 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (0.99%) OrientDB
Development Applications
1 24 (23.76%) Selenium
2 14 (13.86%) JIRA
3 12 (11.88%) Cucumber
4 11 (10.89%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (6.93%) WebDriver
6 5 (4.95%) Toad
6 5 (4.95%) Visual Studio
7 4 (3.96%) HP UFT
7 4 (3.96%) JBehave
7 4 (3.96%) Jenkins
7 4 (3.96%) JMeter
7 4 (3.96%) LoadRunner
7 4 (3.96%) SoapUI
8 3 (2.97%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.98%) Appcelerator Titanium
9 2 (1.98%) FitNesse
9 2 (1.98%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 1 (0.99%) LabVIEW
10 1 (0.99%) Maven
10 1 (0.99%) Subversion
General
1 12 (11.88%) Finance
2 5 (4.95%) Retail
3 2 (1.98%) Banking
3 2 (1.98%) Games
4 1 (0.99%) Advertising
4 1 (0.99%) Electronics
4 1 (0.99%) Retail Banking
4 1 (0.99%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.85%) .NET
2 6 (5.94%) XML
3 5 (4.95%) HTML
4 4 (3.96%) Web Services
5 2 (1.98%) Gherkin
5 2 (1.98%) RESTful
5 2 (1.98%) SOAP
5 2 (1.98%) WinForms
5 2 (1.98%) XML Messaging
6 1 (0.99%) AngularJS
6 1 (0.99%) GWT
6 1 (0.99%) HTML5
6 1 (0.99%) Java EE
6 1 (0.99%) jQuery
6 1 (0.99%) JSF
6 1 (0.99%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.94%) Mobile App
2 2 (1.98%) AS400
2 2 (1.98%) Computer Science
2 2 (1.98%) iSeries
2 2 (1.98%) Mathematics
3 1 (0.99%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (0.99%) Data Structures
3 1 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (0.99%) IVR
3 1 (0.99%) Mainframe
3 1 (0.99%) STB
3 1 (0.99%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.95%) Windows
2 4 (3.96%) Android
2 4 (3.96%) Apple iOS
2 4 (3.96%) Unix
3 3 (2.97%) Linux
4 1 (0.99%) Debian
4 1 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.99%) SUSE
4 1 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (0.99%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (48.51%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (34.65%) Software Testing
3 31 (30.69%) Test Scripting
4 21 (20.79%) Manual Testing
5 16 (15.84%) Automation Testing
6 13 (12.87%) Automated Testing
6 13 (12.87%) BDD
6 13 (12.87%) Test Automation
7 12 (11.88%) Regression Testing
8 10 (9.90%) Data Protection
9 9 (8.91%) TDD
9 9 (8.91%) Test Management
10 7 (6.93%) Defect Tracking
10 7 (6.93%) Performance Testing
10 7 (6.93%) Scrum
10 7 (6.93%) SDLC
10 7 (6.93%) User Acceptance Testing
11 6 (5.94%) E-Commerce
11 6 (5.94%) Functional Testing
12 5 (4.95%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 24 (23.76%) SQL
2 17 (16.83%) Java
3 15 (14.85%) C#
4 9 (8.91%) C++
5 7 (6.93%) JavaScript
5 7 (6.93%) Python
5 7 (6.93%) Ruby
6 3 (2.97%) Groovy
7 2 (1.98%) C
8 1 (0.99%) Bourne shell
8 1 (0.99%) Perl
8 1 (0.99%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.99%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.99%) Scala
8 1 (0.99%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.99%) VC++
Qualifications
1 13 (12.87%) ISEB
2 12 (11.88%) Security Cleared
3 10 (9.90%) ISTQB
4 9 (8.91%) SC Cleared
5 7 (6.93%) Degree
6 4 (3.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (2.97%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.99%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.99%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (19.80%) QA
2 1 (0.99%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.99%) SLA
Systems Management
1 1 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (14.85%) Microsoft
2 7 (6.93%) Oracle
3 4 (3.96%) HP
4 1 (0.99%) EPiServer
4 1 (0.99%) IFS
4 1 (0.99%) MKS
4 1 (0.99%) Orchard
4 1 (0.99%) Perforce
4 1 (0.99%) Red Hat
4 1 (0.99%) Talend
4 1 (0.99%) Telerik
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Posted: 3 days ago
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Posted: 3 days ago
London
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Rate: £250 - 450 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Leeds
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Rate: 280-350 Per Day
Posted: 18 days ago
United Kingdom
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Rate: LONG TERM CONTRACT EXTENSIONS
Posted: 26 days ago