The first table below looks at the demand 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 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank 545 527 531
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 45 46 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.082% 0.090% 0.087%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.089% 0.097% 0.093%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 26 32
Average daily rate
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£283 £313 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.60% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £400 £519
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £300 £313
% change year-on-year
-8.33% -4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 4
Average hourly rate £24.50 £26.00 £25.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.76% +0.97%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.10 £20.50 £11.95
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.90 £36.38 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £25.00 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-2.00% -2.91%
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50446 47302 53477
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.33% 92.50% 92.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 30538 27736 29864
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1983 2115 2716
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 1 August 2014.

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 1 August 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 1 August 2014. 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 -11 38 £275 -15.38% 36
London +16 20 £299 -18.15% 5
City of London +32 8 £425 +23.18% 3
South East -10 7 £270 -13.60% 6
Scotland -18 4 £300 +50.00%
East of England -20 4 £275 -23.61% 8
South West -31 4 £283 -11.37% 6
Bristol - 3 £275 - 4
Edinburgh - 3 £305 -
Hertfordshire -4 2 - - 4
Surrey -11 2 £225 -
West Midlands -12 2 £240 -12.72% 2
Oxfordshire - 2 £265 -
Hampshire - 2 £330 - 2
Wales - 2 £263 -
North West -10 1 £288 - 5
Cambridgeshire -11 1 £275 -21.42% 2
Buckinghamshire - 1 £275 -
Lancashire - 1 £288 - 1
South Wales - 1 £200 -
Bedfordshire - 1 - -
Dorset - 1 £290 - 1
Glasgow - 1 £300 -
Birmingham - 1 - - 2
Cambridge - 1 £275 - 2
Cardiff - 1 £200 -
Cheadle - - - -
Chelmsford - - - - 1
Cheltenham - - - -
Chertsey - - - -

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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 48 (47.06%) Software Testing
2 39 (38.24%) QA
3 37 (36.27%) Selenium
4 33 (32.35%) Test Scripting
5 30 (29.41%) SQL
6 22 (21.57%) JIRA
7 20 (19.61%) Microsoft
8 19 (18.63%) Agile Software Development
8 19 (18.63%) Automated Testing
9 18 (17.65%) Scrum
9 18 (17.65%) .NET
10 17 (16.67%) Security Cleared
11 16 (15.69%) User Acceptance Testing
11 16 (15.69%) Finance
12 14 (13.73%) C#
12 14 (13.73%) MS Excel
12 14 (13.73%) SC Cleared
13 12 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
13 12 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
13 12 (11.76%) ISEB
13 12 (11.76%) Windows
14 11 (10.78%) Java
14 11 (10.78%) Citrix
14 11 (10.78%) Team Foundation Server
15 10 (9.80%) Manual Testing
15 10 (9.80%) PHP
15 10 (9.80%) SQL Server
15 10 (9.80%) Bugzilla
15 10 (9.80%) TDD
15 10 (9.80%) Degree

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, 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 (1.96%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.98%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.98%) WebLogic
2 1 (0.98%) CMS
2 1 (0.98%) SharePoint Server
2 1 (0.98%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.98%) GlassFish
Applications
1 14 (13.73%) MS Excel
2 8 (7.84%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.92%) DVB
2 1 (0.98%) SAN
2 1 (0.98%) FCoE
2 1 (0.98%) Fibre Channel
2 1 (0.98%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (9.80%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.92%) MS Access
3 3 (2.94%) MySQL
4 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.98%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 37 (36.27%) Selenium
2 22 (21.57%) JIRA
3 11 (10.78%) Team Foundation Server
4 10 (9.80%) Bugzilla
5 8 (7.84%) Jenkins
5 8 (7.84%) JMeter
6 7 (6.86%) QuickTest Pro
7 5 (4.90%) Visual Studio
8 4 (3.92%) Behat
8 4 (3.92%) SoapUI
8 4 (3.92%) SpecFlow
9 3 (2.94%) Subversion
9 3 (2.94%) WebDriver
10 2 (1.96%) Cucumber
10 2 (1.96%) Toad
11 1 (0.98%) Ant
11 1 (0.98%) JUnit
11 1 (0.98%) CruiseControl
11 1 (0.98%) NUnit
11 1 (0.98%) FitNesse
General
1 16 (15.69%) Finance
2 9 (8.82%) Banking
3 8 (7.84%) Back Office
4 4 (3.92%) Retail
5 1 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.98%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (17.65%) .NET
2 7 (6.86%) XML
3 6 (5.88%) Web Services
4 5 (4.90%) HTML
5 3 (2.94%) SOAP
6 2 (1.96%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.98%) EDI
7 1 (0.98%) J2EE
7 1 (0.98%) EDIFACT
7 1 (0.98%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.98%) Zend Framework
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.82%) Open Source
2 8 (7.84%) Smartcard
2 8 (7.84%) EMV
3 4 (3.92%) E-Learning
3 4 (3.92%) STB
3 4 (3.92%) MPEG
4 3 (2.94%) NHS
4 3 (2.94%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.96%) Credit Risk
5 2 (1.96%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.96%) Informatics
5 2 (1.96%) Mathematics
5 2 (1.96%) Clustering
5 2 (1.96%) Firmware
6 1 (0.98%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.98%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.98%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.98%) IBM Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 12 (11.76%) Windows
2 6 (5.88%) Windows 7
2 6 (5.88%) Linux
2 6 (5.88%) UNIX
3 2 (1.96%) Windows Server 2012
3 2 (1.96%) HPUX
3 2 (1.96%) Solaris
4 1 (0.98%) AIX
4 1 (0.98%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (47.06%) Software Testing
2 33 (32.35%) Test Scripting
3 19 (18.63%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (18.63%) Automated Testing
4 18 (17.65%) Scrum
5 16 (15.69%) User Acceptance Testing
6 12 (11.76%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (9.80%) Manual Testing
7 10 (9.80%) TDD
8 7 (6.86%) Software Engineering
8 7 (6.86%) Test Management
9 5 (4.90%) Requirements Analysis
9 5 (4.90%) Migration
9 5 (4.90%) Performance Testing
9 5 (4.90%) Test Automation
10 4 (3.92%) Unit Testing
10 4 (3.92%) BDD
10 4 (3.92%) Validation
10 4 (3.92%) Regression Testing
10 4 (3.92%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (29.41%) SQL
2 14 (13.73%) C#
3 11 (10.78%) Java
4 10 (9.80%) PHP
5 7 (6.86%) Python
6 6 (5.88%) C
6 6 (5.88%) Shell Script
7 4 (3.92%) C++
7 4 (3.92%) T-SQL
7 4 (3.92%) VB
7 4 (3.92%) VB.NET
8 3 (2.94%) VBScript
9 2 (1.96%) Perl
10 1 (0.98%) Embedded C
10 1 (0.98%) Assembly Language
10 1 (0.98%) JavaScript
10 1 (0.98%) Delphi
10 1 (0.98%) VB6
10 1 (0.98%) Ruby
10 1 (0.98%) Korn
Qualifications
1 17 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 14 (13.73%) SC Cleared
3 12 (11.76%) ISEB
4 10 (9.80%) Degree
5 8 (7.84%) ISTQB
6 6 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (2.94%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (38.24%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.98%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 12 (11.76%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.98%) Tivoli
2 1 (0.98%) Vagrant
2 1 (0.98%) Puppet
2 1 (0.98%) SCCM
Vendors
1 20 (19.61%) Microsoft
2 11 (10.78%) Citrix
3 6 (5.88%) Zend
3 6 (5.88%) Oracle
4 4 (3.92%) Telerik
4 4 (3.92%) HP
5 2 (1.96%) VMware
5 2 (1.96%) IBM
6 1 (0.98%) Compaq
6 1 (0.98%) EMC
6 1 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.98%) Hitachi
6 1 (0.98%) Sybase
6 1 (0.98%) AppSense