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 28 June 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
28 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Tester
Rank 608 582 568
Rank change year-on-year
-26 -14
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 38 56 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.071% 0.10% 0.087%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.074% 0.11% 0.092%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 40 25
Median daily rate £325 £275 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.18% -14.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £199 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 £353 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £280 £300
% change year-on-year
+16.07% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Median hourly rate - £92.00 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +145.33%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £92.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
- +145.33%

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
51013 52259 50243
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.79% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 33240 32883 30807
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £563 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+8.10% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1530 1985 2033
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

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 28 June 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 28 June 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 -14 37 £325 +15.55% 46
South East -7 9 £358 +10.00% 12
South West +6 6 £325 +41.30% 5
North West -5 6 £218 -36.02% 14
Berkshire -5 6 £358 +2.14% 3
Devon - 6 £325 -
Reading +3 5 £360 +2.85% 3
London -17 5 £355 +67.05% 5
West Midlands -34 5 £288 +0.87% 4
Manchester - 5 £310 - 10
Yorkshire +5 4 £263 - 1
Exeter - 3 £330 -
East of England +11 2 £310 +47.61% 2
Staffordshire -2 2 £200 -29.82% 2
Stoke-on-Trent -5 2 £200 -32.20%
Malvern - 2 - -
South Yorkshire - 2 £200 -
Sheffield - 2 £200 -
Worcestershire - 2 - -
Crawley 0 1 £388 +19.23%
Coventry -6 1 £375 +36.36%
West Sussex -12 1 £388 +19.23% 1
Scotland -18 1 £95 -62.00% 1
Angus - 1 £95 -
Tayside - 1 £95 -
Hull - 1 - -
Bedfordshire - 1 £310 -
Hertfordshire - 1 - - 1
Liverpool - 1 £125 - 1
Merseyside - 1 £125 - 1

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 46 (56.10%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (29.27%) Selenium
2 24 (29.27%) BDD
3 23 (28.05%) Java
4 22 (26.83%) QA
4 22 (26.83%) Test Scripting
5 20 (24.39%) Cucumber
6 19 (23.17%) SQL
6 19 (23.17%) Scrum
7 16 (19.51%) Software Testing
8 14 (17.07%) Manual Testing
8 14 (17.07%) Security Cleared
9 13 (15.85%) Web Services
9 13 (15.85%) JIRA
10 12 (14.63%) Finance
10 12 (14.63%) C#
10 12 (14.63%) Regression Testing
10 12 (14.63%) Test Automation
11 11 (13.41%) SC Cleared
11 11 (13.41%) Automation Testing
12 10 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (12.20%) SoapUI
12 10 (12.20%) Linux
13 9 (10.98%) Windows
13 9 (10.98%) ISEB
13 9 (10.98%) ISTQB
13 9 (10.98%) RESTful
13 9 (10.98%) WebDriver
13 9 (10.98%) Groovy
13 9 (10.98%) Data Protection

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 (3.66%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.22%) Apache Pig
2 1 (1.22%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.22%) CMS
2 1 (1.22%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 5 (6.10%) MS Office
2 2 (2.44%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.44%) MS Project
3 1 (1.22%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (1.22%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.22%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.22%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.22%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.66%) Internet
2 1 (1.22%) Bluetooth
2 1 (1.22%) Firewall
2 1 (1.22%) FTP
2 1 (1.22%) Network Security
2 1 (1.22%) SSH
2 1 (1.22%) VPN
2 1 (1.22%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.10%) MySQL
2 3 (3.66%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.22%) Apache Hive
3 1 (1.22%) Big Data
3 1 (1.22%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.22%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.22%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.22%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.22%) Redis
3 1 (1.22%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (1.22%) Sqoop
3 1 (1.22%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 24 (29.27%) Selenium
2 20 (24.39%) Cucumber
3 13 (15.85%) JIRA
4 10 (12.20%) SoapUI
5 9 (10.98%) WebDriver
6 6 (7.32%) Git (software)
7 5 (6.10%) SpecFlow
8 3 (3.66%) Jenkins
8 3 (3.66%) NUnit
8 3 (3.66%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (2.44%) Bugzilla
9 2 (2.44%) JMeter
10 1 (1.22%) FitNesse
10 1 (1.22%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.22%) JBehave
10 1 (1.22%) JUnit
10 1 (1.22%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.22%) PyUnit
10 1 (1.22%) RSpec
10 1 (1.22%) Subversion
General
1 12 (14.63%) Finance
2 7 (8.54%) Games
3 3 (3.66%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.44%) Aerospace
4 2 (2.44%) Banking
4 2 (2.44%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.44%) Marketing
5 1 (1.22%) Electronics
5 1 (1.22%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.22%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.22%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (15.85%) Web Services
2 9 (10.98%) RESTful
3 7 (8.54%) SOAP
4 5 (6.10%) .NET
5 4 (4.88%) Gherkin
6 3 (3.66%) HTML
6 3 (3.66%) XML
7 1 (1.22%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.22%) Apache Tez
7 1 (1.22%) Backbone.js
7 1 (1.22%) CSS
7 1 (1.22%) HTML5
7 1 (1.22%) JSON
7 1 (1.22%) Node.js
7 1 (1.22%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.10%) Mobile App
2 3 (3.66%) Computer Science
3 2 (2.44%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 1 (1.22%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.22%) Animation
4 1 (1.22%) Digital Media
4 1 (1.22%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.22%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.22%) IVR
4 1 (1.22%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.22%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.22%) NHS
4 1 (1.22%) Social Media
4 1 (1.22%) Streaming Video
4 1 (1.22%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 10 (12.20%) Linux
2 9 (10.98%) Windows
3 3 (3.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.44%) Android
4 2 (2.44%) Apple iOS
4 2 (2.44%) Fedora
5 1 (1.22%) Debian
5 1 (1.22%) SUSE
5 1 (1.22%) Unix
5 1 (1.22%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.22%) Windows 8
5 1 (1.22%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.22%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (56.10%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (29.27%) BDD
3 22 (26.83%) Test Scripting
4 19 (23.17%) Scrum
5 16 (19.51%) Software Testing
6 14 (17.07%) Manual Testing
7 12 (14.63%) Regression Testing
7 12 (14.63%) Test Automation
8 11 (13.41%) Automation Testing
9 10 (12.20%) Continuous Integration
10 9 (10.98%) Data Protection
11 8 (9.76%) Automated Testing
11 8 (9.76%) Functional Testing
11 8 (9.76%) Test Planning
12 7 (8.54%) Integration Testing
12 7 (8.54%) TDD
13 6 (7.32%) Performance Testing
13 6 (7.32%) System Testing
14 5 (6.10%) SDLC
14 5 (6.10%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (28.05%) Java
2 19 (23.17%) SQL
3 12 (14.63%) C#
4 9 (10.98%) Groovy
5 8 (9.76%) JavaScript
6 3 (3.66%) Bash Shell
6 3 (3.66%) Python
7 2 (2.44%) C++
7 2 (2.44%) PHP
7 2 (2.44%) Scala
8 1 (1.22%) Embedded C++
8 1 (1.22%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.22%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.22%) VB
Qualifications
1 14 (17.07%) Security Cleared
2 11 (13.41%) SC Cleared
3 9 (10.98%) ISEB
3 9 (10.98%) ISTQB
4 5 (6.10%) Degree
5 1 (1.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (26.83%) QA
2 3 (3.66%) ISO 14001
2 3 (3.66%) ISO 9001
2 3 (3.66%) SDET
3 2 (2.44%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (1.22%) HDFS
1 1 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 4 (4.88%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.22%) Oozie
Vendors
1 7 (8.54%) HP
2 4 (4.88%) Microsoft
3 3 (3.66%) Oracle
3 3 (3.66%) Red Hat
4 2 (2.44%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.22%) Altova
5 1 (1.22%) PeopleSoft
5 1 (1.22%) Rally
5 1 (1.22%) SAP
5 1 (1.22%) Siebel
5 1 (1.22%) Telerik
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Informatiq Consulting
Posted: 3 days ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Felixstowe, Suffolk
Edgar Cowen
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: £300 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago