Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Software Tester
UK > England
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 748 758 757
Rank change year-on-year +10 -1 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 103 108 111
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.12% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 55 65 67
England median daily rate £325 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.33% +9.09%
10th Percentile £201 £216 £200
90th Percentile £416 £388 £438
UK median daily rate £300 £325 £291
% change year-on-year -7.69% +11.59% +6.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 8
England median hourly rate £14.00 £39.37 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -64.44% +25.98% +9.65%
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £39.37 £31.25
% change year-on-year -64.44% +25.98% +9.65%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 89936 92818 97863
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.77% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 59957 61108 63299
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2672 2997 3790
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.88% - +9.09%

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Software Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in England

Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Tester in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Tester in England

Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester in England over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Tester in England

Software Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Tester in England

Software Tester
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 6 months to 22 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -31 32 £375 +7.14% 7
South West +14 24 £325 +7.00% 6
East of England -1 18 £325 - 4
North of England +71 14 £275 -13.39% 16
South East -4 13 £313 -2.34% 10
Yorkshire +29 7 £260 -20.00% 7
North West +7 7 £300 -3.23% 6
West Midlands +18 2 - - 4
Midlands +14 2 - - 7
Software Tester
UK

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 across the England region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 67 (65.05%) Test Automation
2 48 (46.60%) Selenium
3 45 (43.69%) Agile Software Development
4 39 (37.86%) QA
5 37 (35.92%) C#
6 35 (33.98%) Finance
7 34 (33.01%) Software Testing
8 31 (30.10%) Test Scripting
9 30 (29.13%) .NET
10 29 (28.16%) JIRA
11 28 (27.18%) Cucumber
12 24 (23.30%) SOAP
13 23 (22.33%) Java
14 21 (20.39%) BDD
15 20 (19.42%) SoapUI
15 20 (19.42%) Regression Testing
16 19 (18.45%) SDLC
17 18 (17.48%) WebDriver
18 17 (16.50%) SQL
19 16 (15.53%) Marketing
20 13 (12.62%) Team Foundation Server
20 13 (12.62%) Functional Testing
20 13 (12.62%) Telecoms
20 13 (12.62%) JavaScript
21 12 (11.65%) XML
21 12 (11.65%) TDD
21 12 (11.65%) Greenfield Project
22 11 (10.68%) Programme Management
22 11 (10.68%) Digital Marketing
22 11 (10.68%) E-Commerce

Software Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 2 (1.94%) Confluence
2 1 (0.97%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.97%) CMS
2 1 (0.97%) Oracle Service Bus
2 1 (0.97%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (0.97%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.97%) CSG Singleview
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.94%) SaaS
2 1 (0.97%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (0.97%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.83%) Bluetooth
2 5 (4.85%) 802.11
2 5 (4.85%) ADSL
2 5 (4.85%) Broadband
2 5 (4.85%) IPv4
2 5 (4.85%) IPv6
2 5 (4.85%) UPnP
2 5 (4.85%) VDSL
2 5 (4.85%) WAN
2 5 (4.85%) Wireless
2 5 (4.85%) Wireshark
3 4 (3.88%) NAS
4 3 (2.91%) HTTP
5 1 (0.97%) 3G
5 1 (0.97%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (1.94%) Blockchain
2 1 (0.97%) Big Data
2 1 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (0.97%) Hadoop
2 1 (0.97%) SQL Server
2 1 (0.97%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 48 (46.60%) Selenium
2 29 (28.16%) JIRA
3 28 (27.18%) Cucumber
4 20 (19.42%) SoapUI
5 18 (17.48%) WebDriver
6 13 (12.62%) Team Foundation Server
7 11 (10.68%) Jenkins
8 9 (8.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 9 (8.74%) SpecFlow
9 8 (7.77%) Git (software)
10 6 (5.83%) JUnit
11 4 (3.88%) Bugzilla
11 4 (3.88%) Codeception
11 4 (3.88%) HP UFT
11 4 (3.88%) JMeter
11 4 (3.88%) Redmine
11 4 (3.88%) TestRail
11 4 (3.88%) Trac
12 3 (2.91%) NUnit
12 3 (2.91%) Visual Studio
General
1 35 (33.98%) Finance
2 16 (15.53%) Marketing
3 13 (12.62%) Telecoms
4 10 (9.71%) Electronics
4 10 (9.71%) Manufacturing
5 8 (7.77%) Legal
6 5 (4.85%) Advertising
7 4 (3.88%) Games
8 3 (2.91%) Banking
9 1 (0.97%) Automotive
9 1 (0.97%) Back Office
9 1 (0.97%) Billing
9 1 (0.97%) Investment Banking
9 1 (0.97%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (29.13%) .NET
2 24 (23.30%) SOAP
3 12 (11.65%) XML
4 7 (6.80%) JSON
5 6 (5.83%) CSS
5 6 (5.83%) HTML
6 5 (4.85%) 802.1X
7 4 (3.88%) Spring
7 4 (3.88%) Swagger
7 4 (3.88%) Web Services
8 3 (2.91%) .NET Core
8 3 (2.91%) jQuery
8 3 (2.91%) REST
9 2 (1.94%) RESTful
10 1 (0.97%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.97%) Gherkin
10 1 (0.97%) Node.js
10 1 (0.97%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.65%) Greenfield Project
2 9 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.85%) Mobile App
4 4 (3.88%) Data Centre
4 4 (3.88%) Management Information System
4 4 (3.88%) STB
5 3 (2.91%) User Experience
6 1 (0.97%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.97%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.97%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.97%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.97%) Fintech
6 1 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.97%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (0.97%) Renewable Energy
6 1 (0.97%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 8 (7.77%) Windows
2 7 (6.80%) Linux
3 4 (3.88%) Unix
4 3 (2.91%) Android
4 3 (2.91%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.94%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (65.05%) Test Automation
2 45 (43.69%) Agile Software Development
3 34 (33.01%) Software Testing
4 31 (30.10%) Test Scripting
5 21 (20.39%) BDD
6 20 (19.42%) Regression Testing
7 19 (18.45%) SDLC
8 13 (12.62%) Functional Testing
9 12 (11.65%) TDD
10 11 (10.68%) Digital Marketing
10 11 (10.68%) E-Commerce
10 11 (10.68%) Manual Testing
10 11 (10.68%) Programme Management
11 10 (9.71%) Business Intelligence
11 10 (9.71%) Compatibility Testing
11 10 (9.71%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
11 10 (9.71%) System Testing
11 10 (9.71%) Waterfall
12 9 (8.74%) Non-Functional Testing
12 9 (8.74%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 37 (35.92%) C#
2 23 (22.33%) Java
3 17 (16.50%) SQL
4 13 (12.62%) JavaScript
5 8 (7.77%) Python
6 7 (6.80%) Perl
6 7 (6.80%) VB.NET
7 6 (5.83%) PHP
8 5 (4.85%) Bash Shell
8 5 (4.85%) PowerShell
8 5 (4.85%) Ruby
9 4 (3.88%) C++
10 2 (1.94%) C
11 1 (0.97%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 9 (8.74%) ISTQB
2 8 (7.77%) ISEB
3 7 (6.80%) Degree
4 6 (5.83%) Security Cleared
5 4 (3.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.97%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.97%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 39 (37.86%) QA
2 4 (3.88%) WCAG
3 2 (1.94%) ISO 20022
4 1 (0.97%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 6 (5.83%) Firmware
2 1 (0.97%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 5 (4.85%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.97%) Ambari
2 1 (0.97%) Ansible
2 1 (0.97%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 11 (10.68%) HP
2 10 (9.71%) SAP
3 6 (5.83%) Microsoft
4 1 (0.97%) Bloomberg
4 1 (0.97%) Google
4 1 (0.97%) iManage
4 1 (0.97%) Oracle
4 1 (0.97%) Siemens
4 1 (0.97%) Tradeweb
4 1 (0.97%) Xamarin