The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 27 March 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.

3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
UK / England
Rank 516 572 529
Rank change year-on-year +56 -43  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 50 43 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.12% 0.088% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.092% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 35 54
Median daily rate £325 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £209 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £448 £415 £396
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £290
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 4
Median hourly rate - £43.50 £33.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +28.88%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £43.50 £33.75
% change year-on-year -65.51% +28.88%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 39295 46721 46527
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.81% 95.22% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 25610 30627 28567
Median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £263 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1355 1460 1889
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.33% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Software Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 27 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 March 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
London +30 10 £400 +23.07% 4
Yorkshire +25 10 £268 -10.83% 2
South East +16 10 £350 +16.66% 7
South West +3 7 £325 -21.68% 10
West Midlands +17 5 £325 +14.03% 6
North West +26 3 £285 -5.00% 8
East of England -6 2 £238 -21.48% 3
North East - 2 £275 - 1
East Midlands -4 1 - - 4
Software Tester
UK

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 55 (50.93%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (42.59%) Test Scripting
3 44 (40.74%) Software Testing
4 43 (39.81%) Selenium
5 42 (38.89%) QA
6 30 (27.78%) ISTQB
7 27 (25.00%) SQL
7 27 (25.00%) Manual Testing
8 26 (24.07%) JIRA
9 25 (23.15%) WebDriver
10 23 (21.30%) Cucumber
10 23 (21.30%) Finance
11 22 (20.37%) Automated Testing
12 21 (19.44%) .NET
12 21 (19.44%) BDD
12 21 (19.44%) SDLC
13 19 (17.59%) ISEB
14 18 (16.67%) Java
14 18 (16.67%) SoapUI
15 17 (15.74%) Test Automation
15 17 (15.74%) C#
16 16 (14.81%) SOAP
17 15 (13.89%) Scrum
17 15 (13.89%) Functional Testing
18 14 (12.96%) User Acceptance Testing
19 13 (12.04%) Team Foundation Server
19 13 (12.04%) Microsoft
20 12 (11.11%) Regression Testing
20 12 (11.11%) Web Services
20 12 (11.11%) SQL Server

Software Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 8 (7.41%) SharePoint
2 7 (6.48%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (3.70%) Confluence
4 2 (1.85%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.93%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 6 (5.56%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.93%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 10 (9.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.93%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.93%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.85%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.85%) GitHub
2 1 (0.93%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.93%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.85%) Bluetooth
2 1 (0.93%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.78%) MySQL
2 3 (2.78%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.85%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.93%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.93%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.93%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.93%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 43 (39.81%) Selenium
2 26 (24.07%) JIRA
3 25 (23.15%) WebDriver
4 23 (21.30%) Cucumber
5 18 (16.67%) SoapUI
6 13 (12.04%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (8.33%) Visual Studio
8 8 (7.41%) MSTest
9 7 (6.48%) Jenkins
10 5 (4.63%) Git (software)
11 4 (3.70%) JMeter
12 3 (2.78%) Geb
12 3 (2.78%) SpecFlow
13 2 (1.85%) Appium
13 2 (1.85%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 2 (1.85%) HP UFT
13 2 (1.85%) Jasmine
13 2 (1.85%) LoadRunner
13 2 (1.85%) Protractor
13 2 (1.85%) TestRail
General
1 23 (21.30%) Finance
2 11 (10.19%) Telecoms
3 10 (9.26%) Electronics
3 10 (9.26%) Manufacturing
3 10 (9.26%) Marketing
4 3 (2.78%) Legal
5 2 (1.85%) Banking
6 1 (0.93%) Advertising
6 1 (0.93%) Automotive
6 1 (0.93%) Back Office
6 1 (0.93%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.93%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.93%) Local Government
6 1 (0.93%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.93%) Publishing
6 1 (0.93%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (19.44%) .NET
2 16 (14.81%) SOAP
3 12 (11.11%) Web Services
4 8 (7.41%) Gherkin
5 4 (3.70%) ASP.NET
6 3 (2.78%) RESTful
7 2 (1.85%) REST
8 1 (0.93%) Behat
8 1 (0.93%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (1.85%) Life Science
1 2 (1.85%) Mobile App
1 2 (1.85%) User Experience
2 1 (0.93%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (0.93%) Client/Server
2 1 (0.93%) Computer Science
2 1 (0.93%) Digital Media
2 1 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
2 1 (0.93%) Equities
2 1 (0.93%) Fat Client
2 1 (0.93%) Fintech
2 1 (0.93%) Fixed Income
2 1 (0.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (0.93%) Infotainment
2 1 (0.93%) IVR
2 1 (0.93%) Reference Data
2 1 (0.93%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 7 (6.48%) Windows
2 6 (5.56%) Linux
3 3 (2.78%) Android
3 3 (2.78%) Unix
4 2 (1.85%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.93%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (50.93%) Agile Software Development
2 46 (42.59%) Test Scripting
3 44 (40.74%) Software Testing
4 27 (25.00%) Manual Testing
5 22 (20.37%) Automated Testing
6 21 (19.44%) BDD
6 21 (19.44%) SDLC
7 17 (15.74%) Test Automation
8 15 (13.89%) Functional Testing
8 15 (13.89%) Scrum
9 14 (12.96%) User Acceptance Testing
10 12 (11.11%) Performance Testing
10 12 (11.11%) Regression Testing
11 10 (9.26%) Automation Testing
11 10 (9.26%) Business Intelligence
11 10 (9.26%) Compatibility Testing
11 10 (9.26%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
11 10 (9.26%) Digital Marketing
11 10 (9.26%) Programme Management
12 9 (8.33%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 27 (25.00%) SQL
2 18 (16.67%) Java
3 17 (15.74%) C#
4 6 (5.56%) Python
5 5 (4.63%) JavaScript
6 4 (3.70%) PHP
6 4 (3.70%) T-SQL
7 3 (2.78%) Bash Shell
7 3 (2.78%) C
8 2 (1.85%) Embedded C
8 2 (1.85%) MATLAB
8 2 (1.85%) PL/SQL
8 2 (1.85%) VB
8 2 (1.85%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.93%) C++
9 1 (0.93%) Groovy
9 1 (0.93%) PowerShell
9 1 (0.93%) Ruby
9 1 (0.93%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 30 (27.78%) ISTQB
2 19 (17.59%) ISEB
3 8 (7.41%) Security Cleared
4 7 (6.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.78%) Degree
6 2 (1.85%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.93%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.93%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (38.89%) QA
2 2 (1.85%) SDET
3 1 (0.93%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (2.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (12.04%) Microsoft
2 11 (10.19%) SAP
3 5 (4.63%) HP
4 4 (3.70%) Oracle
5 2 (1.85%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.85%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.93%) Apple
6 1 (0.93%) Cloudera
6 1 (0.93%) hybris
6 1 (0.93%) Murex
6 1 (0.93%) Nimble Storage
6 1 (0.93%) SOASTA, Inc
6 1 (0.93%) VMware
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