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 May 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 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 605 558 567
Rank change year-on-year
-47 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 39 65 51
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.073% 0.12% 0.094%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.077% 0.12% 0.099%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 49 30
Median daily rate £330 £295 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.86% -7.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £162
10% offered a daily rate of more than £429 £355 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £291 £300
% change year-on-year
+16.73% -2.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £43.50 £164.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-73.47% +337.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £164.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
-73.47% +337.33%

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
50844 52173 51273
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.70% 94.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 33234 32322 31697
Median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1467 2070 2148
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.83 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.98% -1.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.50 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.03%

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 May 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 30 May 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 -15 38 £328 +11.01% 34
South West +3 10 £330 -5.71% 4
Devon - 9 £373 -
London -9 7 £275 -8.33% 2
West Midlands -18 5 £350 +27.27% 2
South East -21 5 £360 +2.85% 9
Berkshire -12 4 £360 +1.40% 2
Reading -12 4 £360 +1.40% 1
Yorkshire - 4 £225 - 4
East of England +7 3 £308 +6.95% 1
North West -17 3 £125 -58.50% 11
Exeter - 3 £330 -
South Yorkshire - 3 £225 - 1
Manchester -10 2 - - 7
Sheffield - 2 £200 - 1
Malvern - 2 - -
Worcestershire - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire +12 1 £305 +1.66% 1
Staffordshire -1 1 £200 -23.80% 1
Crawley -5 1 £388 +19.23%
Coventry -5 1 £375 +36.36%
Edinburgh -6 1 £350 +40.00%
Stoke-on-Trent -7 1 £200 -32.20%
Scotland -17 1 £350 +40.00% 1
West Sussex -25 1 £388 +19.23%
Liverpool - 1 £125 - 1
Merseyside - 1 £125 - 1
Solihull - 1 £350 - 1
Gloucestershire - 1 £288 - 3
East Yorkshire - 1 - -

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 May 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 49 (61.25%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (32.50%) BDD
3 24 (30.00%) Java
4 22 (27.50%) Selenium
5 20 (25.00%) Cucumber
6 19 (23.75%) QA
7 18 (22.50%) Test Scripting
7 18 (22.50%) SQL
7 18 (22.50%) Scrum
8 17 (21.25%) Software Testing
9 16 (20.00%) Security Cleared
10 15 (18.75%) Manual Testing
11 14 (17.50%) Regression Testing
11 14 (17.50%) JIRA
11 14 (17.50%) Test Automation
12 13 (16.25%) SC Cleared
12 13 (16.25%) C#
13 11 (13.75%) JavaScript
13 11 (13.75%) Web Services
14 10 (12.50%) Linux
14 10 (12.50%) Finance
14 10 (12.50%) Data Protection
15 9 (11.25%) Continuous Integration
15 9 (11.25%) Groovy
15 9 (11.25%) RESTful
15 9 (11.25%) WebDriver
15 9 (11.25%) Functional Testing
15 9 (11.25%) Automation Testing
15 9 (11.25%) ISEB
16 8 (10.00%) Windows

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 3 (3.75%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.25%) Apache Pig
2 1 (1.25%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.25%) CMS
2 1 (1.25%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.25%) Node.js
Applications
1 5 (6.25%) MS Office
2 2 (2.50%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.50%) MS Project
3 1 (1.25%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.25%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.25%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.25%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.25%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.75%) Internet
2 1 (1.25%) Bluetooth
2 1 (1.25%) Firewall
2 1 (1.25%) FTP
2 1 (1.25%) Network Security
2 1 (1.25%) SSH
2 1 (1.25%) VPN
2 1 (1.25%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.25%) MySQL
2 4 (5.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.25%) Apache Hive
3 1 (1.25%) Big Data
3 1 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.25%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.25%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.25%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.25%) Redis
3 1 (1.25%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.25%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.25%) Sqoop
3 1 (1.25%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 22 (27.50%) Selenium
2 20 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 14 (17.50%) JIRA
4 9 (11.25%) WebDriver
5 6 (7.50%) Git (software)
5 6 (7.50%) SoapUI
5 6 (7.50%) SpecFlow
6 3 (3.75%) Bugzilla
6 3 (3.75%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (2.50%) HP UFT
7 2 (2.50%) Jenkins
7 2 (2.50%) JMeter
7 2 (2.50%) NUnit
7 2 (2.50%) Subversion
7 2 (2.50%) Trac
8 1 (1.25%) Fiddler
8 1 (1.25%) FitNesse
8 1 (1.25%) Robot Framework
8 1 (1.25%) Travis CI
8 1 (1.25%) Zephyr
General
1 10 (12.50%) Finance
2 6 (7.50%) Games
3 3 (3.75%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.50%) Aerospace
4 2 (2.50%) Banking
4 2 (2.50%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.50%) Marketing
5 1 (1.25%) Advertising
5 1 (1.25%) Electronics
5 1 (1.25%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.25%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (13.75%) Web Services
2 9 (11.25%) RESTful
3 5 (6.25%) .NET
3 5 (6.25%) SOAP
4 4 (5.00%) Gherkin
4 4 (5.00%) HTML
5 3 (3.75%) XML
6 1 (1.25%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.25%) Backbone.js
6 1 (1.25%) CSS
6 1 (1.25%) HTML5
6 1 (1.25%) JSON
6 1 (1.25%) REST
6 1 (1.25%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.25%) Mobile App
2 3 (3.75%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.50%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 2 (2.50%) IVR
4 1 (1.25%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.25%) Animation
4 1 (1.25%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.25%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.25%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.25%) Social Media
4 1 (1.25%) Streaming Video
4 1 (1.25%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 10 (12.50%) Linux
2 8 (10.00%) Windows
3 4 (5.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.50%) Debian
4 2 (2.50%) Fedora
4 2 (2.50%) SUSE
4 2 (2.50%) Unix
4 2 (2.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (2.50%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.25%) Android
5 1 (1.25%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.25%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.25%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 49 (61.25%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (32.50%) BDD
3 18 (22.50%) Scrum
3 18 (22.50%) Test Scripting
4 17 (21.25%) Software Testing
5 15 (18.75%) Manual Testing
6 14 (17.50%) Regression Testing
6 14 (17.50%) Test Automation
7 10 (12.50%) Data Protection
8 9 (11.25%) Automation Testing
8 9 (11.25%) Continuous Integration
8 9 (11.25%) Functional Testing
9 7 (8.75%) Automated Testing
9 7 (8.75%) Integration Testing
10 6 (7.50%) Software Engineering
10 6 (7.50%) TDD
11 5 (6.25%) E-Commerce
11 5 (6.25%) Performance Testing
11 5 (6.25%) System Testing
11 5 (6.25%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 24 (30.00%) Java
2 18 (22.50%) SQL
3 13 (16.25%) C#
4 11 (13.75%) JavaScript
5 9 (11.25%) Groovy
6 4 (5.00%) C++
6 4 (5.00%) Python
7 3 (3.75%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.50%) PHP
8 2 (2.50%) Scala
9 1 (1.25%) C
9 1 (1.25%) Ruby
9 1 (1.25%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.25%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 13 (16.25%) SC Cleared
3 9 (11.25%) ISEB
4 7 (8.75%) ISTQB
5 4 (5.00%) Degree
6 1 (1.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (1.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (23.75%) QA
2 3 (3.75%) SDET
3 2 (2.50%) ISO 14001
3 2 (2.50%) ISO 9001
3 2 (2.50%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (1.25%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 1 (1.25%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (1.25%) Oozie
Vendors
1 5 (6.25%) HP
2 4 (5.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (5.00%) Red Hat
3 3 (3.75%) Oracle
4 2 (2.50%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.25%) Altova
5 1 (1.25%) PeopleSoft
5 1 (1.25%) Rally
5 1 (1.25%) SAP
5 1 (1.25%) Telerik
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