The median contractor rate for a Senior Software Tester was £370 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 June 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.

Senior Software Tester
UK
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 607 - -
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Software Tester 3 0 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.006% - -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.007% - -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Median daily rate £370 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 44656 51218 52310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.87% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28833 33387 32903
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1389 1533 1989
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Senior Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Senior Software Tester in the UK

Senior Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior Software Tester in the UK

Senior Software Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Software Tester in the UK

Senior Software Tester
Top 8 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Software Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 27 June 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 - 3 £370 - 5
Cambridgeshire - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £370 - 1
Bristol - 1 - -
North West - 1 £370 - 1
East of England - 1 - - 1
South West - 1 - -

Senior Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, Senior 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 Senior Software Tester in the job title.

1 5 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 2 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (33.33%) Robot Framework
3 2 (33.33%) SDET
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 2 (33.33%) JIRA
3 2 (33.33%) QA
3 2 (33.33%) Scrum
3 2 (33.33%) C#
4 1 (16.67%) Java
4 1 (16.67%) PL/SQL
4 1 (16.67%) SQL
4 1 (16.67%) VB
4 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
4 1 (16.67%) Windows
4 1 (16.67%) Linux
4 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Excel
4 1 (16.67%) SharePoint
4 1 (16.67%) HP
4 1 (16.67%) ISEB
4 1 (16.67%) HOOD
4 1 (16.67%) SEO
4 1 (16.67%) CMS
4 1 (16.67%) Selenium
4 1 (16.67%) Test Management

Senior Software Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 1 (16.67%) CMS
1 1 (16.67%) Confluence
1 1 (16.67%) EPiServer
1 1 (16.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (16.67%) BrowserStack
1 1 (16.67%) Office 365
1 1 (16.67%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) JIRA
1 2 (33.33%) Robot Framework
2 1 (16.67%) Geb
2 1 (16.67%) Jenkins
2 1 (16.67%) Selenium
2 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Linux
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (83.33%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 2 (33.33%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Scrum
3 2 (33.33%) SDET
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Strategy
4 1 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
4 1 (16.67%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
4 1 (16.67%) Cross-Browser Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
4 1 (16.67%) HOOD
4 1 (16.67%) Infrastructure Management
4 1 (16.67%) Psychology
4 1 (16.67%) SEO
4 1 (16.67%) Software Engineering
4 1 (16.67%) Test Management
4 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 1 (16.67%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) C#
2 1 (16.67%) C
2 1 (16.67%) Java
2 1 (16.67%) PL/SQL
2 1 (16.67%) SQL
2 1 (16.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
1 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (16.67%) ISEB
2 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) HP