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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 566 567 534
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -33
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 54 44 45
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.095% 0.081% 0.088%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.087% 0.095%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 35 24
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£295 £283 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.42% -9.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 £275 £313
% change year-on-year
+7.27% -12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 6
Average hourly rate £25.00 £24.50 £26.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.04% -5.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £14.10 £20.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £34.90 £36.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+2.04% -2.00%

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
52581 50525 47327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.45% 92.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 33383 30630 27733
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1941 1999 2141
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.56 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% -5.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -15 47 £300 +9.09% 64
London -10 12 £350 +17.15% 6
South East -5 11 £325 +20.37% 4
South West -3 9 £350 +23.89% 6
West Midlands +8 7 £295 +22.91% 7
City of London -12 5 £300 -29.41%
Berkshire - 5 £350 - 1
Wales -1 4 £230 -12.38%
North West -23 4 £350 +21.73% 26
Staffordshire - 4 £295 - 1
Gloucestershire - 4 £438 - 1
Hampshire -6 3 £315 -4.54%
Scotland -11 3 £220 -26.66%
Wiltshire - 3 - -
Cheshire - 3 £363 - 7
Reading - 3 £350 - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - 3 £295 -
Warrington - 2 £363 - 1
Gloucester - 2 £438 -
Yorkshire - 2 £186 - 5
Birmingham +3 1 £295 - 1
Dorset 0 1 £200 -31.03% 2
Buckinghamshire 0 1 £300 +9.09%
Surrey -2 1 - - 2
Bournemouth -2 1 £200 -31.03% 2
East of England -3 1 £210 -23.63% 5
Southampton -4 1 £185 -43.93%
Bristol -5 1 £350 +27.27% 2
Edinburgh -10 1 £250 -18.03%
Fife - 1 £163 -

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 56 (44.09%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (39.37%) Test Scripting
3 38 (29.92%) QA
4 36 (28.35%) Software Testing
4 36 (28.35%) Selenium
5 32 (25.20%) Test Automation
6 28 (22.05%) SQL
7 27 (21.26%) C#
7 27 (21.26%) Scrum
8 26 (20.47%) Automated Testing
9 20 (15.75%) JIRA
9 20 (15.75%) Security Cleared
9 20 (15.75%) Cucumber
10 19 (14.96%) WebDriver
10 19 (14.96%) .NET
11 18 (14.17%) ISEB
11 18 (14.17%) Regression Testing
11 18 (14.17%) Integration Testing
12 17 (13.39%) Manual Testing
12 17 (13.39%) HP Quality Center
13 16 (12.60%) SDLC
14 15 (11.81%) BDD
14 15 (11.81%) JavaScript
15 14 (11.02%) Java
15 14 (11.02%) Finance
15 14 (11.02%) Automation Testing
16 13 (10.24%) User Acceptance Testing
16 13 (10.24%) TDD
16 13 (10.24%) HTML
17 12 (9.45%) SC Cleared

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 3 (2.36%) Confluence
2 2 (1.57%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.57%) CMS
Applications
1 9 (7.09%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.72%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.79%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.79%) JDE EnterpriseOne
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.79%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.57%) HTTP
2 1 (0.79%) DSL
2 1 (0.79%) ZigBee
2 1 (0.79%) Broadband
2 1 (0.79%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (8.66%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.36%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.57%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.79%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (0.79%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.79%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 36 (28.35%) Selenium
2 20 (15.75%) JIRA
2 20 (15.75%) Cucumber
3 19 (14.96%) WebDriver
4 12 (9.45%) SpecFlow
5 9 (7.09%) Jenkins
6 7 (5.51%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (4.72%) HP UFT
8 5 (3.94%) JMeter
8 5 (3.94%) JUnit
9 4 (3.15%) LoadRunner
10 3 (2.36%) NUnit
10 3 (2.36%) JBehave
10 3 (2.36%) SoapUI
11 2 (1.57%) Rhino Mocks
11 2 (1.57%) TestComplete
11 2 (1.57%) Subversion
11 2 (1.57%) FitNesse
11 2 (1.57%) PowerBuilder
11 2 (1.57%) Bugzilla
General
1 14 (11.02%) Finance
2 10 (7.87%) Retail
3 4 (3.15%) Electronics
3 4 (3.15%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.15%) Games
4 2 (1.57%) Banking
4 2 (1.57%) Back Office
4 2 (1.57%) Marketing
4 2 (1.57%) Billing
5 1 (0.79%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.79%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.79%) Legal
5 1 (0.79%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (14.96%) .NET
2 13 (10.24%) HTML
3 11 (8.66%) XML
4 9 (7.09%) Gherkin
5 8 (6.30%) .NET Framework
6 7 (5.51%) CSS
7 5 (3.94%) Web Services
8 3 (2.36%) JSON
8 3 (2.36%) jQuery
8 3 (2.36%) SOAP
8 3 (2.36%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 3 (2.36%) ASP.NET Web API
9 2 (1.57%) NHibernate
9 2 (1.57%) Entity Framework
10 1 (0.79%) KnockoutJS
10 1 (0.79%) RESTful
10 1 (0.79%) ASP.NET
10 1 (0.79%) XSD
10 1 (0.79%) XSLT
10 1 (0.79%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 8 (6.30%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.15%) Enterprise Software
2 4 (3.15%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.15%) Mathematics
3 3 (2.36%) GIS
3 3 (2.36%) Smart Meter
4 2 (1.57%) NHS
5 1 (0.79%) DTV
5 1 (0.79%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.79%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.79%) Fixed Income
5 1 (0.79%) Interest Rate Derivative
5 1 (0.79%) Wiki
5 1 (0.79%) Data Conversion
5 1 (0.79%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 11 (8.66%) Linux
2 6 (4.72%) Android
3 3 (2.36%) Apple iOS
3 3 (2.36%) Embedded Linux
3 3 (2.36%) UNIX
4 1 (0.79%) Windows
4 1 (0.79%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 56 (44.09%) Agile Software Development
2 50 (39.37%) Test Scripting
3 36 (28.35%) Software Testing
4 32 (25.20%) Test Automation
5 27 (21.26%) Scrum
6 26 (20.47%) Automated Testing
7 18 (14.17%) Regression Testing
7 18 (14.17%) Integration Testing
8 17 (13.39%) Manual Testing
9 16 (12.60%) SDLC
10 15 (11.81%) BDD
11 14 (11.02%) Automation Testing
12 13 (10.24%) TDD
12 13 (10.24%) User Acceptance Testing
13 10 (7.87%) Continuous Integration
13 10 (7.87%) Test Management
14 9 (7.09%) System Testing
14 9 (7.09%) E-Commerce
15 8 (6.30%) Performance Testing
15 8 (6.30%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 28 (22.05%) SQL
2 27 (21.26%) C#
3 15 (11.81%) JavaScript
4 14 (11.02%) Java
5 11 (8.66%) Python
6 10 (7.87%) C++
7 4 (3.15%) VBA
8 3 (2.36%) C
9 2 (1.57%) PHP
10 1 (0.79%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.79%) COBOL
10 1 (0.79%) Embedded C
10 1 (0.79%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.79%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 20 (15.75%) Security Cleared
2 18 (14.17%) ISEB
3 12 (9.45%) SC Cleared
4 8 (6.30%) ISTQB
5 6 (4.72%) DV Cleared
6 5 (3.94%) Degree
6 5 (3.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (3.15%) CTC Cleared
8 1 (0.79%) HND
8 1 (0.79%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 38 (29.92%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.79%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 17 (13.39%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (8.66%) Oracle
1 11 (8.66%) HP
2 10 (7.87%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.15%) Symbian
4 3 (2.36%) OpenText
4 3 (2.36%) ESRI
5 2 (1.57%) MKS
5 2 (1.57%) TIBCO
6 1 (0.79%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.79%) IBM
6 1 (0.79%) SAP
6 1 (0.79%) VMware
6 1 (0.79%) Atlassian
6 1 (0.79%) Twitter
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