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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 523 503 504
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 76 67 36
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.13% 0.078%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.15% 0.14% 0.084%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 52 19
Average daily rate
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£300 £275 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £150 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £375 £340
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £275 £263
% change year-on-year
+5.45% +4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 3
Average hourly rate £33.75 £88.75 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-61.97% +454.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £47.75 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.75 £129.75 £19.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £88.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-61.97% +454.68%

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
49598 47956 42731
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.38% 92.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30070 28704 24525
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1954 2000 2187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.85 £17.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year
-0.86% -1.87%

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 27 March 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 27 March 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 +4 73 £300 +9.09% 55
South East -15 23 £350 -15.15% 5
London -6 20 £325 +78.08% 11
Berkshire - 11 £355 - 1
East of England +12 10 £300 +9.09% 3
Reading - 10 £355 - 1
Cambridgeshire +6 8 £310 +12.72% 2
West Midlands 0 7 £256 - 5
Yorkshire -10 7 £288 +4.54% 8
West Yorkshire -1 6 £288 +4.54% 8
Leeds -7 6 £288 +4.54% 6
Hampshire -8 4 £350 - 1
Staffordshire - 4 £250 - 1
Surrey - 4 £290 - 1
City of London +10 3 £400 +166.66% 6
Buckinghamshire -3 3 £225 -14.28%
North West -17 3 £225 +40.62% 11
East Midlands -6 2 £300 +71.42% 2
Manchester -10 2 £225 -18.18% 8
Milton Keynes - 2 - -
Coventry - 2 - -
Stoke-on-Trent - 2 £275 - 1
Farnborough - 2 £350 -
Leicestershire +2 1 £225 -
Cambridge +1 1 £320 +16.36% 2
South Wales +1 1 £325 +36.84%
Warwickshire -2 1 £263 - 1
Wales -5 1 £325 +16.59% 1
Scotland -7 1 £110 - 5
Northern Ireland -7 1 £200 -42.85% 1

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 68 (50.37%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (34.81%) Test Scripting
3 41 (30.37%) Selenium
4 39 (28.89%) Test Automation
5 34 (25.19%) Scrum
6 33 (24.44%) C#
7 31 (22.96%) SQL
8 28 (20.74%) .NET
9 26 (19.26%) Linux
9 26 (19.26%) Python
9 26 (19.26%) QA
10 24 (17.78%) Automation Testing
11 23 (17.04%) Software Testing
12 22 (16.30%) Cucumber
13 21 (15.56%) Oracle
14 20 (14.81%) BDD
15 19 (14.07%) JIRA
15 19 (14.07%) SQL Server
15 19 (14.07%) Java
16 18 (13.33%) Electronics
16 18 (13.33%) Manual Testing
16 18 (13.33%) SpecFlow
17 15 (11.11%) JavaScript
17 15 (11.11%) HTML
18 14 (10.37%) Regression Testing
18 14 (10.37%) Jenkins
19 13 (9.63%) User Acceptance Testing
20 12 (8.89%) Security Cleared
20 12 (8.89%) HP Quality Center
20 12 (8.89%) WebDriver

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 (1.48%) JBoss
1 2 (1.48%) Tomcat
1 2 (1.48%) SharePoint
1 2 (1.48%) nginx
2 1 (0.74%) Confluence
2 1 (0.74%) IIS
2 1 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 5 (3.70%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.48%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.48%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.74%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.48%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.22%) CDMA
1 3 (2.22%) GSM
2 2 (1.48%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.74%) Internet
3 1 (0.74%) Firewall
3 1 (0.74%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.74%) ZigBee
3 1 (0.74%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 19 (14.07%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.44%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.22%) SQL Server 2012
4 2 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (1.48%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.74%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 41 (30.37%) Selenium
2 22 (16.30%) Cucumber
3 19 (14.07%) JIRA
4 18 (13.33%) SpecFlow
5 14 (10.37%) Jenkins
6 12 (8.89%) WebDriver
6 12 (8.89%) QuickTest Pro
7 11 (8.15%) Visual Studio
8 9 (6.67%) JMeter
9 8 (5.93%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (5.19%) GoogleTest
11 5 (3.70%) LoadRunner
12 4 (2.96%) Eclipse
12 4 (2.96%) Subversion
13 3 (2.22%) Bugzilla
13 3 (2.22%) NUnit
13 3 (2.22%) JUnit
13 3 (2.22%) eggPlant
13 3 (2.22%) Rhino Mocks
14 2 (1.48%) SoapUI
General
1 18 (13.33%) Electronics
2 11 (8.15%) Finance
3 8 (5.93%) Automotive
3 8 (5.93%) Retail
4 4 (2.96%) Telecoms
5 3 (2.22%) Billing
5 3 (2.22%) Marketing
6 2 (1.48%) Back Office
6 2 (1.48%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.74%) Military
7 1 (0.74%) Banking
7 1 (0.74%) Legal
7 1 (0.74%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.74%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (20.74%) .NET
2 15 (11.11%) HTML
3 10 (7.41%) Gherkin
3 10 (7.41%) CSS
3 10 (7.41%) .NET Framework
4 6 (4.44%) XML
4 6 (4.44%) jQuery
5 4 (2.96%) Twitter Bootstrap
6 3 (2.22%) ASP.NET Web API
6 3 (2.22%) Web Services
6 3 (2.22%) ASP.NET
6 3 (2.22%) Spring
6 3 (2.22%) JSON
7 2 (1.48%) Spring MVC
7 2 (1.48%) WPF
7 2 (1.48%) GWT
7 2 (1.48%) NHibernate
7 2 (1.48%) Java SE
7 2 (1.48%) RESTful
7 2 (1.48%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (3.70%) Mobile App
1 5 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (2.96%) Open Source
3 3 (2.22%) iPad
3 3 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.22%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.22%) iPhone
3 3 (2.22%) Smart Meter
4 2 (1.48%) Mathematics
4 2 (1.48%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (1.48%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.48%) NHS
4 2 (1.48%) DTV
5 1 (0.74%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.74%) Streaming Media
5 1 (0.74%) Interest Rate Derivative
5 1 (0.74%) Arduino
5 1 (0.74%) SWIFT
5 1 (0.74%) User Experience
5 1 (0.74%) Raspberry Pi
Operating Systems
1 26 (19.26%) Linux
2 7 (5.19%) Embedded Linux
2 7 (5.19%) Android
2 7 (5.19%) Apple iOS
3 6 (4.44%) Windows
4 3 (2.22%) UNIX
5 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.74%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (50.37%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (34.81%) Test Scripting
3 39 (28.89%) Test Automation
4 34 (25.19%) Scrum
5 24 (17.78%) Automation Testing
6 23 (17.04%) Software Testing
7 20 (14.81%) BDD
8 18 (13.33%) Manual Testing
9 14 (10.37%) Regression Testing
10 13 (9.63%) User Acceptance Testing
11 11 (8.15%) Automated Testing
11 11 (8.15%) Test Management
12 9 (6.67%) Integration Testing
12 9 (6.67%) E-Commerce
13 8 (5.93%) TDD
13 8 (5.93%) Performance Testing
14 7 (5.19%) Continuous Integration
14 7 (5.19%) Test Strategy
15 6 (4.44%) Functional Testing
15 6 (4.44%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 33 (24.44%) C#
2 31 (22.96%) SQL
3 26 (19.26%) Python
4 19 (14.07%) Java
5 15 (11.11%) JavaScript
6 10 (7.41%) C++
7 8 (5.93%) C
8 5 (3.70%) Embedded C
9 4 (2.96%) VBScript
9 4 (2.96%) VBA
9 4 (2.96%) PL/SQL
10 3 (2.22%) VB
11 2 (1.48%) Perl
12 1 (0.74%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.74%) Shell Script
12 1 (0.74%) Jython
Qualifications
1 12 (8.89%) Security Cleared
2 9 (6.67%) ISEB
3 8 (5.93%) ISTQB
3 8 (5.93%) SC Cleared
4 4 (2.96%) Degree
5 1 (0.74%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (0.74%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (19.26%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.22%) Hyper-V
2 2 (1.48%) vCloud
2 2 (1.48%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 12 (8.89%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 21 (15.56%) Oracle
2 10 (7.41%) Microsoft
3 7 (5.19%) Google
4 4 (2.96%) HP
5 3 (2.22%) VMware
6 2 (1.48%) SAP
7 1 (0.74%) Atmel
7 1 (0.74%) EMC
7 1 (0.74%) MKS
7 1 (0.74%) Perforce
West Midlands
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City of London
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago