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 21 February 2017 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
21 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
UK
Rank 537 582 550
Rank change year-on-year
+45 -32
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 59 42 70
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.13% 0.082% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.14% 0.086% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 33 46
Median daily rate £325 £300 £290
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £201 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £415 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £295 £275
% change year-on-year
+10.16% +7.27%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 8
Median hourly rate - £43.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +32.30%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £43.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
- +32.30%

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
42939 48598 48934
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.70% 94.99% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28014 31275 30245
Median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1573 1632 1895
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £50.00 £40.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.75
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +7.46%

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 21 February 2017.

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 21 February 2017. 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 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 +46 58 £325 +8.33% 54
London +15 12 £400 +14.28% 3
South East +17 11 £350 +16.66% 11
Yorkshire +12 8 £275 -11.64% 6
West Midlands +6 8 £288 +27.77% 10
South West +4 8 £325 -21.68% 12
West Yorkshire +22 7 £288 -8.00% 3
Leeds +10 7 £288 -8.00% 1
Staffordshire - 6 - - 3
Bristol - 6 £325 - 7
Tamworth - 6 - - 1
East of England +3 5 £238 -18.10% 3
Oxfordshire -3 5 £350 +21.73% 2
Berkshire +20 4 £350 -2.77% 3
Suffolk - 4 £238 - 1
East Midlands +8 3 - - 3
North West +21 2 £285 +26.66% 6
Bath - 2 - - 2
Abingdon - 2 £350 -
Coventry - 2 £288 -
Somerset - 2 - - 2
Scotland +20 1 - - 1
Surrey +15 1 - -
Manchester +10 1 £285 +90.00% 3
Cambridge +6 1 - - 1
Cambridgeshire +3 1 - - 1
Sheffield +1 1 £200 -38.46%
South Yorkshire -2 1 £200 -38.46% 1
City of London -3 1 £470 - 1
North East - 1 £275 -

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 February 2017, 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 72 (58.06%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (44.35%) Test Scripting
3 54 (43.55%) Selenium
4 51 (41.13%) QA
5 47 (37.90%) Software Testing
6 35 (28.23%) ISTQB
7 30 (24.19%) Automated Testing
7 30 (24.19%) JIRA
7 30 (24.19%) WebDriver
7 30 (24.19%) Cucumber
8 29 (23.39%) Manual Testing
8 29 (23.39%) SQL
9 27 (21.77%) Finance
10 25 (20.16%) Java
10 25 (20.16%) BDD
11 24 (19.35%) ISEB
12 23 (18.55%) SDLC
13 21 (16.94%) .NET
13 21 (16.94%) SoapUI
13 21 (16.94%) Functional Testing
14 19 (15.32%) Test Automation
15 18 (14.52%) C#
15 18 (14.52%) SOAP
15 18 (14.52%) Regression Testing
16 17 (13.71%) Microsoft
17 16 (12.90%) Scrum
18 15 (12.10%) Team Foundation Server
18 15 (12.10%) Automation Testing
19 14 (11.29%) Performance Testing
19 14 (11.29%) TDD

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 9 (7.26%) Confluence
1 9 (7.26%) SharePoint
2 7 (5.65%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (1.61%) SharePoint 2013
4 1 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.81%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.81%) Umbraco
Applications
1 6 (4.84%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (9.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 5 (4.03%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.81%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.81%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.61%) GitHub
2 1 (0.81%) IaaS
2 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.81%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.61%) Bluetooth
2 1 (0.81%) Internet
2 1 (0.81%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.81%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.68%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.42%) MySQL
3 2 (1.61%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.61%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.61%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.81%) Apache Hive
4 1 (0.81%) Big Data
4 1 (0.81%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.81%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.81%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 54 (43.55%) Selenium
2 30 (24.19%) Cucumber
2 30 (24.19%) JIRA
2 30 (24.19%) WebDriver
3 21 (16.94%) SoapUI
4 15 (12.10%) Team Foundation Server
5 10 (8.06%) Jenkins
6 9 (7.26%) Visual Studio
7 8 (6.45%) MSTest
8 7 (5.65%) Git (software)
9 5 (4.03%) Geb
9 5 (4.03%) TestRail
10 4 (3.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 4 (3.23%) FishEye
10 4 (3.23%) IntelliJ
10 4 (3.23%) JMeter
11 3 (2.42%) Maven
11 3 (2.42%) NUnit
11 3 (2.42%) SpecFlow
11 3 (2.42%) TestLink
General
1 27 (21.77%) Finance
2 13 (10.48%) Manufacturing
2 13 (10.48%) Telecoms
3 12 (9.68%) Electronics
3 12 (9.68%) Marketing
4 3 (2.42%) Legal
5 2 (1.61%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.81%) Advertising
6 1 (0.81%) Back Office
6 1 (0.81%) Banking
6 1 (0.81%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.81%) Local Government
6 1 (0.81%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.81%) Publishing
6 1 (0.81%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (16.94%) .NET
2 18 (14.52%) SOAP
3 13 (10.48%) Web Services
4 7 (5.65%) Gherkin
5 4 (3.23%) ASP.NET
5 4 (3.23%) REST
5 4 (3.23%) RESTful
6 3 (2.42%) CSS
6 3 (2.42%) HTML
6 3 (2.42%) Spring
6 3 (2.42%) XML
7 2 (1.61%) Hibernate
8 1 (0.81%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.81%) Behat
8 1 (0.81%) iOS SDK
8 1 (0.81%) Middleware
8 1 (0.81%) Node.js
8 1 (0.81%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (0.81%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 4 (3.23%) Fintech
2 2 (1.61%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (1.61%) Data Protection Act
2 2 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (1.61%) Life Science
2 2 (1.61%) User Experience
3 1 (0.81%) Client/Server
3 1 (0.81%) Computer Science
3 1 (0.81%) Digital Media
3 1 (0.81%) Equities
3 1 (0.81%) Fat Client
3 1 (0.81%) Fixed Income
3 1 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (0.81%) IVR
3 1 (0.81%) Mobile App
3 1 (0.81%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 10 (8.06%) Windows
2 9 (7.26%) Linux
3 4 (3.23%) Unix
4 3 (2.42%) Android
4 3 (2.42%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (58.06%) Agile Software Development
2 55 (44.35%) Test Scripting
3 47 (37.90%) Software Testing
4 30 (24.19%) Automated Testing
5 29 (23.39%) Manual Testing
6 25 (20.16%) BDD
7 23 (18.55%) SDLC
8 21 (16.94%) Functional Testing
9 19 (15.32%) Test Automation
10 18 (14.52%) Regression Testing
11 16 (12.90%) Scrum
12 15 (12.10%) Automation Testing
13 14 (11.29%) Performance Testing
13 14 (11.29%) TDD
14 13 (10.48%) User Acceptance Testing
15 12 (9.68%) Business Intelligence
15 12 (9.68%) Digital Marketing
15 12 (9.68%) Programme Management
16 11 (8.87%) Compatibility Testing
16 11 (8.87%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 29 (23.39%) SQL
2 25 (20.16%) Java
3 18 (14.52%) C#
4 11 (8.87%) JavaScript
5 5 (4.03%) Python
5 5 (4.03%) T-SQL
6 4 (3.23%) Groovy
6 4 (3.23%) PHP
7 3 (2.42%) Bash Shell
7 3 (2.42%) PL/SQL
7 3 (2.42%) Ruby
8 2 (1.61%) C
8 2 (1.61%) Embedded C
8 2 (1.61%) MATLAB
8 2 (1.61%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.61%) VBScript
9 1 (0.81%) C++
9 1 (0.81%) Perl
9 1 (0.81%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.81%) VB
Qualifications
1 35 (28.23%) ISTQB
2 24 (19.35%) ISEB
3 9 (7.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 7 (5.65%) Degree
4 7 (5.65%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.61%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.81%) DV Cleared
6 1 (0.81%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 51 (41.13%) QA
2 3 (2.42%) SDET
3 1 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.81%) HDFS
1 1 (0.81%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (4.03%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (13.71%) Microsoft
2 13 (10.48%) SAP
3 7 (5.65%) HP
4 5 (4.03%) Oracle
5 3 (2.42%) Atlassian
5 3 (2.42%) Siebel
6 2 (1.61%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.81%) Apple
7 1 (0.81%) Cloudera
7 1 (0.81%) hybris
7 1 (0.81%) Murex
7 1 (0.81%) Nimble Storage
7 1 (0.81%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.81%) Twitter
7 1 (0.81%) VMware
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