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 6 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
6 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Tester
Rank 562 553 514
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -39
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 47 38 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.072% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.093% 0.078% 0.090%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 23 23
Average daily rate
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£290 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.76% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £235 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £285 £300 £319
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 5
Average hourly rate £92.00 £24.50 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+275.51% -9.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £34.40 £14.10 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £149.60 £34.90 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £92.00 £24.50 £27.13
% change year-on-year
+275.51% -9.67%

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
50702 48981 45586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.56% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32009 29925 26397
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
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 1910 1955 2127
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

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 6 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
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 6 July 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 6 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 -4 40 £295 -25.07% 59
London -1 12 £300 -25.00% 7
West Midlands +8 9 £295 - 7
South East -9 9 £328 +16.96% 8
Staffordshire - 7 £295 - 3
Wales -2 5 £230 -12.38%
Berkshire - 5 £350 - 1
Stoke-on-Trent - 5 £295 - 2
City of London -7 4 £325 -23.52% 2
Hampshire +1 3 £315 +3.27% 2
North West - 3 £358 - 16
South West - 3 £230 - 5
Reading - 3 £350 -
Scotland -1 2 £250 -16.66%
East of England -4 2 £210 - 4
Cheshire - 2 £375 - 6
South Wales +3 1 - -
Birmingham +3 1 £295 -
Edinburgh +1 1 £250 -18.03%
Southampton -1 1 £185 -43.93%
East Midlands -9 1 £275 - 5
Aberystwyth - 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 £275 -
Dorset - 1 £200 - 2
Essex - 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 £230 - 2
Suffolk - 1 £210 -
Warwickshire - 1 £275 - 2
West Lothian - 1 - -
West Sussex - 1 £325 -

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 6 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 58 (45.31%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (40.63%) Test Scripting
3 42 (32.81%) Selenium
4 36 (28.13%) QA
5 34 (26.56%) C#
6 33 (25.78%) Software Testing
7 31 (24.22%) Scrum
8 29 (22.66%) Test Automation
9 26 (20.31%) Automated Testing
9 26 (20.31%) SQL
10 23 (17.97%) .NET
11 22 (17.19%) JIRA
12 20 (15.63%) BDD
13 19 (14.84%) WebDriver
13 19 (14.84%) Cucumber
14 18 (14.06%) Manual Testing
14 18 (14.06%) Regression Testing
15 17 (13.28%) SpecFlow
16 16 (12.50%) Integration Testing
16 16 (12.50%) Security Cleared
17 15 (11.72%) SDLC
18 14 (10.94%) Automation Testing
18 14 (10.94%) HP Quality Center
18 14 (10.94%) Java
19 13 (10.16%) JavaScript
19 13 (10.16%) E-Commerce
19 13 (10.16%) Finance
20 12 (9.38%) HTML
20 12 (9.38%) Oracle
20 12 (9.38%) SQL Server

Software Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 6 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 (2.34%) Confluence
2 2 (1.56%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.56%) CMS
Applications
1 7 (5.47%) MS Excel
2 6 (4.69%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.78%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (0.78%) JDE EnterpriseOne
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.78%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.56%) HTTP
2 1 (0.78%) DSL
2 1 (0.78%) ZigBee
2 1 (0.78%) Broadband
2 1 (0.78%) CDMA
2 1 (0.78%) GSM
2 1 (0.78%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.38%) SQL Server
2 2 (1.56%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.56%) Relational Database
3 1 (0.78%) MySQL
3 1 (0.78%) RDBMS
3 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2005
3 1 (0.78%) SQL Server 2008
3 1 (0.78%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 42 (32.81%) Selenium
2 22 (17.19%) JIRA
3 19 (14.84%) WebDriver
3 19 (14.84%) Cucumber
4 17 (13.28%) SpecFlow
5 8 (6.25%) Jenkins
5 8 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
6 7 (5.47%) HP UFT
7 5 (3.91%) JUnit
8 3 (2.34%) Visual Studio
8 3 (2.34%) JMeter
8 3 (2.34%) FitNesse
8 3 (2.34%) SoapUI
9 2 (1.56%) Rhino Mocks
9 2 (1.56%) TestComplete
9 2 (1.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 2 (1.56%) NUnit
9 2 (1.56%) Subversion
9 2 (1.56%) LoadRunner
9 2 (1.56%) Eclipse
General
1 13 (10.16%) Finance
2 11 (8.59%) Retail
3 4 (3.13%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.13%) Games
4 3 (2.34%) Billing
5 2 (1.56%) Marketing
5 2 (1.56%) Back Office
6 1 (0.78%) Electronics
6 1 (0.78%) Banking
6 1 (0.78%) Automotive
6 1 (0.78%) Legal
6 1 (0.78%) Manufacturing
6 1 (0.78%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (17.97%) .NET
2 12 (9.38%) HTML
3 10 (7.81%) .NET Framework
4 8 (6.25%) XML
4 8 (6.25%) Gherkin
5 7 (5.47%) CSS
6 6 (4.69%) Web Services
7 3 (2.34%) JSON
7 3 (2.34%) jQuery
7 3 (2.34%) SOAP
7 3 (2.34%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 3 (2.34%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (1.56%) NHibernate
8 2 (1.56%) Entity Framework
9 1 (0.78%) KnockoutJS
9 1 (0.78%) RESTful
9 1 (0.78%) ASP.NET
9 1 (0.78%) XSD
9 1 (0.78%) XSLT
9 1 (0.78%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.03%) Mobile App
2 3 (2.34%) Enterprise Software
2 3 (2.34%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.34%) Smart Meter
2 3 (2.34%) GIS
3 2 (1.56%) Mathematics
3 2 (1.56%) NHS
4 1 (0.78%) DTV
4 1 (0.78%) iPad
4 1 (0.78%) Client/Server
4 1 (0.78%) User Experience
4 1 (0.78%) Wiki
4 1 (0.78%) Data Conversion
4 1 (0.78%) Data Integration
4 1 (0.78%) iPhone
4 1 (0.78%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.78%) Fixed Income
4 1 (0.78%) Interest Rate Derivative
Operating Systems
1 9 (7.03%) Linux
2 8 (6.25%) Android
3 5 (3.91%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.34%) UNIX
5 2 (1.56%) Windows
6 1 (0.78%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (45.31%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (40.63%) Test Scripting
3 33 (25.78%) Software Testing
4 31 (24.22%) Scrum
5 29 (22.66%) Test Automation
6 26 (20.31%) Automated Testing
7 20 (15.63%) BDD
8 18 (14.06%) Manual Testing
8 18 (14.06%) Regression Testing
9 16 (12.50%) Integration Testing
10 15 (11.72%) SDLC
11 14 (10.94%) Automation Testing
12 13 (10.16%) E-Commerce
13 11 (8.59%) User Acceptance Testing
14 10 (7.81%) System Testing
15 9 (7.03%) Continuous Integration
15 9 (7.03%) Test Management
15 9 (7.03%) Performance Testing
16 8 (6.25%) Test Strategy
17 7 (5.47%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 34 (26.56%) C#
2 26 (20.31%) SQL
3 14 (10.94%) Java
4 13 (10.16%) JavaScript
5 7 (5.47%) C++
6 6 (4.69%) Python
7 4 (3.13%) C
7 4 (3.13%) VBA
8 2 (1.56%) PHP
8 2 (1.56%) Embedded C
9 1 (0.78%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.78%) Ruby
9 1 (0.78%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.78%) COBOL
9 1 (0.78%) Perl
9 1 (0.78%) T-SQL
9 1 (0.78%) VBScript
9 1 (0.78%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (12.50%) Security Cleared
2 11 (8.59%) SC Cleared
2 11 (8.59%) ISEB
3 5 (3.91%) ISTQB
4 4 (3.13%) CTC Cleared
5 3 (2.34%) DV Cleared
5 3 (2.34%) Degree
6 1 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 1 (0.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.78%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 36 (28.13%) QA
System Software
1 1 (0.78%) Firmware
1 1 (0.78%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 14 (10.94%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (9.38%) Oracle
2 10 (7.81%) Microsoft
3 7 (5.47%) HP
4 4 (3.13%) Symbian
5 3 (2.34%) ESRI
6 2 (1.56%) MKS
6 2 (1.56%) OpenText
7 1 (0.78%) VMware
7 1 (0.78%) Atlassian
7 1 (0.78%) Twitter
7 1 (0.78%) IBM
7 1 (0.78%) SAP
7 1 (0.78%) EMC
7 1 (0.78%) JD Edwards
7 1 (0.78%) TIBCO
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