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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 512 537 521
Rank change year-on-year
+25 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 81 62 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.14% 0.11% 0.088%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.16% 0.12% 0.096%
Number of daily rates quoted 63 44 26
Average daily rate
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£295 £275 £256
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.27% +7.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £150 £195
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £396 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £281 £278 £269
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +3.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 3
Average hourly rate £99.50 £88.75 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.11% +454.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.90 £47.75 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £151.10 £129.75 £19.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £99.50 £88.75 £16.00
% change year-on-year
+12.11% +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
51645 52060 44962
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.35% 92.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 31339 31560 25761
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £346
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2019 2073 2241
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -2.85%

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 17 April 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
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 17 April 2015.

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 17 April 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 +16 77 £298 +8.18% 49
London +2 25 £325 +78.08% 11
South East -6 19 £350 +25.00% 6
West Midlands - 11 £250 - 3
Berkshire - 11 £355 - 2
Reading - 10 £355 - 1
East of England +21 7 £300 +9.09% 6
Yorkshire -11 7 £288 - 5
Staffordshire - 7 £250 - 1
West Yorkshire - 6 £288 - 1
Leeds - 6 £288 - 1
City of London +15 4 £388 +158.33% 4
Cambridgeshire +4 4 £310 +12.72% 5
North West -18 4 £244 +52.34% 7
Hampshire -7 3 £350 +25.00% 3
Stoke-on-Trent - 3 £275 - 1
Coventry - 3 £275 -
Surrey - 3 £290 - 1
East Midlands +3 2 £300 +71.42% 1
Scotland +2 2 £110 - 4
Manchester -6 2 £225 -18.18% 5
Essex - 2 - -
Farnborough - 2 £350 -
Leicestershire +10 1 £225 -
Cambridge +3 1 £320 +16.36% 5
Derbyshire +2 1 £375 -
Buckinghamshire +1 1 £225 -14.28%
Derby -2 1 £375 -
Northern Ireland -4 1 £200 -42.85%
Oxfordshire -15 1 £163 -63.88%

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 67 (50.38%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (37.59%) Test Scripting
3 41 (30.83%) Selenium
4 39 (29.32%) Test Automation
5 34 (25.56%) Scrum
6 33 (24.81%) C#
6 33 (24.81%) SQL
7 32 (24.06%) QA
8 24 (18.05%) .NET
8 24 (18.05%) Linux
8 24 (18.05%) Software Testing
9 23 (17.29%) Cucumber
9 23 (17.29%) Automation Testing
10 21 (15.79%) Python
11 20 (15.04%) Oracle
11 20 (15.04%) BDD
12 19 (14.29%) Manual Testing
12 19 (14.29%) SpecFlow
13 18 (13.53%) JIRA
14 17 (12.78%) Regression Testing
14 17 (12.78%) JavaScript
15 16 (12.03%) Java
15 16 (12.03%) SQL Server
16 15 (11.28%) HTML
16 15 (11.28%) WebDriver
17 14 (10.53%) Automated Testing
18 13 (9.77%) Electronics
18 13 (9.77%) Finance
19 12 (9.02%) QuickTest Pro
19 12 (9.02%) HP Quality Center

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (1.50%) SharePoint
1 2 (1.50%) nginx
2 1 (0.75%) Confluence
Applications
1 6 (4.51%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.26%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.75%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.26%) CDMA
1 3 (2.26%) GSM
2 2 (1.50%) HTTP
3 1 (0.75%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.75%) Internet
3 1 (0.75%) DSL
3 1 (0.75%) ZigBee
3 1 (0.75%) DHCP
3 1 (0.75%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (12.03%) SQL Server
2 5 (3.76%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.50%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.75%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.75%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.75%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 41 (30.83%) Selenium
2 23 (17.29%) Cucumber
3 19 (14.29%) SpecFlow
4 18 (13.53%) JIRA
5 15 (11.28%) WebDriver
6 12 (9.02%) Jenkins
6 12 (9.02%) QuickTest Pro
7 8 (6.02%) Visual Studio
8 7 (5.26%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (4.51%) GoogleTest
9 6 (4.51%) JMeter
10 5 (3.76%) LoadRunner
10 5 (3.76%) JUnit
11 4 (3.01%) Eclipse
12 3 (2.26%) NUnit
12 3 (2.26%) Rhino Mocks
12 3 (2.26%) eggPlant
13 2 (1.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
13 2 (1.50%) Behat
13 2 (1.50%) Subversion
General
1 13 (9.77%) Electronics
1 13 (9.77%) Finance
2 8 (6.02%) Retail
3 7 (5.26%) Automotive
4 3 (2.26%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.26%) Billing
5 2 (1.50%) Back Office
5 2 (1.50%) Marketing
6 1 (0.75%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.75%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.75%) Legal
6 1 (0.75%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.75%) Games
6 1 (0.75%) Military
6 1 (0.75%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (18.05%) .NET
2 15 (11.28%) HTML
3 10 (7.52%) Gherkin
4 8 (6.02%) .NET Framework
4 8 (6.02%) CSS
5 6 (4.51%) XML
6 4 (3.01%) Web Services
6 4 (3.01%) jQuery
6 4 (3.01%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (2.26%) ASP.NET Web API
7 3 (2.26%) JSON
8 2 (1.50%) NHibernate
8 2 (1.50%) WPF
8 2 (1.50%) GWT
8 2 (1.50%) Entity Framework
9 1 (0.75%) JRuby
9 1 (0.75%) WCF
9 1 (0.75%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.75%) XSD
9 1 (0.75%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 6 (4.51%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.01%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.26%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (2.26%) iPad
3 3 (2.26%) iPhone
3 3 (2.26%) Smart Meter
4 2 (1.50%) Open Source
4 2 (1.50%) Mathematics
4 2 (1.50%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.50%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.50%) NHS
5 1 (0.75%) DTV
5 1 (0.75%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.75%) Streaming Media
5 1 (0.75%) Interest Rate Derivative
5 1 (0.75%) Data Integration
5 1 (0.75%) Arduino
5 1 (0.75%) SWIFT
5 1 (0.75%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.75%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 24 (18.05%) Linux
2 8 (6.02%) Android
3 7 (5.26%) Apple iOS
4 6 (4.51%) Embedded Linux
5 5 (3.76%) Windows
6 3 (2.26%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (50.38%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (37.59%) Test Scripting
3 39 (29.32%) Test Automation
4 34 (25.56%) Scrum
5 24 (18.05%) Software Testing
6 23 (17.29%) Automation Testing
7 20 (15.04%) BDD
8 19 (14.29%) Manual Testing
9 17 (12.78%) Regression Testing
10 14 (10.53%) Automated Testing
11 11 (8.27%) User Acceptance Testing
11 11 (8.27%) Test Management
12 10 (7.52%) Integration Testing
13 9 (6.77%) Continuous Integration
13 9 (6.77%) Performance Testing
13 9 (6.77%) E-Commerce
14 7 (5.26%) TDD
14 7 (5.26%) Security Testing
14 7 (5.26%) Test Strategy
15 6 (4.51%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 33 (24.81%) C#
1 33 (24.81%) SQL
2 21 (15.79%) Python
3 17 (12.78%) JavaScript
4 16 (12.03%) Java
5 7 (5.26%) C++
6 6 (4.51%) C
7 4 (3.01%) PL/SQL
7 4 (3.01%) Embedded C
7 4 (3.01%) VBScript
7 4 (3.01%) VBA
8 3 (2.26%) VB
9 2 (1.50%) PHP
10 1 (0.75%) Perl
10 1 (0.75%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.75%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.75%) Jython
Qualifications
1 12 (9.02%) Security Cleared
2 11 (8.27%) ISEB
3 9 (6.77%) SC Cleared
4 8 (6.02%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.26%) Degree
6 1 (0.75%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (24.06%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.26%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.75%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 12 (9.02%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (15.04%) Oracle
2 8 (6.02%) Microsoft
3 6 (4.51%) Google
4 5 (3.76%) HP
5 2 (1.50%) MKS
6 1 (0.75%) Perforce
6 1 (0.75%) Atmel
6 1 (0.75%) Twitter
6 1 (0.75%) EMC
6 1 (0.75%) SAP
6 1 (0.75%) Symbian
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