Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £306 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 768 775 773
Rank change year-on-year +7 -2 +24
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 119 116 122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.11% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.12% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 68 71 75
UK median daily rate £306 £325 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.77% +10.17% +8.26%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £197
90th Percentile £413 £388 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £313 £288
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +11.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 9
UK median hourly rate £14.00 £39.37 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -64.44% +21.14% +14.04%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.00 £39.37 £32.50
% change year-on-year -64.44% +21.14% +14.04%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Tester in the UK

Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Tester in the UK

Software Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Tester in the UK

Software Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Tester in the UK

Software Tester
Top 14 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 6 months to 23 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
England +7 100 £325 - 48
UK excluding London +39 87 £300 -4.00% 46
London -17 31 £375 +7.14% 6
South West 0 23 £325 +1.56% 5
East of England -7 18 £325 - 4
Scotland +9 14 £300 +179.07% 2
North of England +60 13 £269 -15.35% 17
South East -8 13 £313 -2.34% 10
Yorkshire +26 7 £260 -20.00% 7
North West +16 6 £300 -3.23% 7
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -
West Midlands +25 2 - - 4
Midlands +16 2 - - 6
Northern Ireland - 1 £263 -

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 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 featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 75 (63.03%) Test Automation
2 59 (49.58%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (46.22%) Selenium
4 46 (38.66%) QA
5 40 (33.61%) Test Scripting
6 39 (32.77%) Software Testing
6 39 (32.77%) Finance
7 37 (31.09%) C#
8 31 (26.05%) JIRA
9 30 (25.21%) Cucumber
10 29 (24.37%) .NET
11 27 (22.69%) SOAP
11 27 (22.69%) Regression Testing
12 25 (21.01%) Java
13 22 (18.49%) SoapUI
14 21 (17.65%) BDD
14 21 (17.65%) SDLC
14 21 (17.65%) WebDriver
15 18 (15.13%) SQL
16 16 (13.45%) Marketing
16 16 (13.45%) Compatibility Testing
17 15 (12.61%) Functional Testing
18 14 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
18 14 (11.76%) JavaScript
19 13 (10.92%) TDD
19 13 (10.92%) Telecoms
19 13 (10.92%) Manual Testing
19 13 (10.92%) Waterfall
20 12 (10.08%) Jenkins
20 12 (10.08%) Greenfield Project

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 5 (4.20%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.36%) Umbraco
3 2 (1.68%) Confluence
4 1 (0.84%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.84%) CMS
4 1 (0.84%) Oracle Service Bus
4 1 (0.84%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.84%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.84%) CSG Singleview
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.88%) SaaS
2 4 (3.36%) IaaS
3 2 (1.68%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (0.84%) BrowserStack
4 1 (0.84%) Google Cloud Platform
4 1 (0.84%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.84%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.04%) Bluetooth
2 5 (4.20%) 802.11
2 5 (4.20%) ADSL
2 5 (4.20%) Broadband
2 5 (4.20%) IPv4
2 5 (4.20%) IPv6
2 5 (4.20%) UPnP
2 5 (4.20%) VDSL
2 5 (4.20%) WAN
2 5 (4.20%) Wireless
2 5 (4.20%) Wireshark
3 4 (3.36%) HTTP
3 4 (3.36%) NAS
4 1 (0.84%) 3G
4 1 (0.84%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.04%) Big Data
2 2 (1.68%) Blockchain
3 1 (0.84%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.84%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.84%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.84%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.84%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 55 (46.22%) Selenium
2 31 (26.05%) JIRA
3 30 (25.21%) Cucumber
4 22 (18.49%) SoapUI
5 21 (17.65%) WebDriver
6 14 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
7 12 (10.08%) Jenkins
8 9 (7.56%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 9 (7.56%) Git (software)
8 9 (7.56%) SpecFlow
9 7 (5.88%) JUnit
10 5 (4.20%) TestRail
11 4 (3.36%) Bugzilla
11 4 (3.36%) Codeception
11 4 (3.36%) HP UFT
11 4 (3.36%) JMeter
11 4 (3.36%) Redmine
11 4 (3.36%) Trac
11 4 (3.36%) Visual Studio
12 3 (2.52%) NUnit
General
1 39 (32.77%) Finance
2 16 (13.45%) Marketing
3 13 (10.92%) Telecoms
4 10 (8.40%) Electronics
4 10 (8.40%) Manufacturing
5 8 (6.72%) Legal
6 5 (4.20%) Advertising
6 5 (4.20%) Games
7 4 (3.36%) Banking
8 1 (0.84%) Automotive
8 1 (0.84%) Back Office
8 1 (0.84%) Billing
8 1 (0.84%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.84%) Publishing
8 1 (0.84%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (24.37%) .NET
2 27 (22.69%) SOAP
3 11 (9.24%) JSON
3 11 (9.24%) XML
4 7 (5.88%) HTML
5 6 (5.04%) CSS
6 5 (4.20%) 802.1X
6 5 (4.20%) RESTful
6 5 (4.20%) Spring
6 5 (4.20%) Swagger
6 5 (4.20%) Web Services
7 4 (3.36%) REST
8 3 (2.52%) .NET Core
8 3 (2.52%) jQuery
9 2 (1.68%) Node.js
10 1 (0.84%) AngularJS
10 1 (0.84%) Hibernate
10 1 (0.84%) J2EE
10 1 (0.84%) Spring MVC
10 1 (0.84%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.08%) Greenfield Project
2 9 (7.56%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.04%) Enterprise Software
3 6 (5.04%) Mobile App
3 6 (5.04%) User Experience
4 5 (4.20%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.36%) Data Centre
5 4 (3.36%) STB
6 1 (0.84%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.84%) Credit Risk
6 1 (0.84%) Data Protection Act
6 1 (0.84%) Digital Media
6 1 (0.84%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.84%) iPad
6 1 (0.84%) iPhone
6 1 (0.84%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (0.84%) Renewable Energy
6 1 (0.84%) SWIFT
6 1 (0.84%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 7 (5.88%) Linux
1 7 (5.88%) Windows
2 4 (3.36%) Android
2 4 (3.36%) Apple iOS
2 4 (3.36%) Unix
3 2 (1.68%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (63.03%) Test Automation
2 59 (49.58%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (33.61%) Test Scripting
4 39 (32.77%) Software Testing
5 27 (22.69%) Regression Testing
6 21 (17.65%) BDD
6 21 (17.65%) SDLC
7 16 (13.45%) Compatibility Testing
8 15 (12.61%) Functional Testing
9 13 (10.92%) Manual Testing
9 13 (10.92%) TDD
9 13 (10.92%) Waterfall
10 11 (9.24%) Digital Marketing
10 11 (9.24%) Programme Management
11 10 (8.40%) Business Intelligence
11 10 (8.40%) E-Commerce
11 10 (8.40%) Integration Testing
11 10 (8.40%) Non-Functional Testing
11 10 (8.40%) Scrum
11 10 (8.40%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 37 (31.09%) C#
2 25 (21.01%) Java
3 18 (15.13%) SQL
4 14 (11.76%) JavaScript
5 9 (7.56%) Python
6 7 (5.88%) Perl
6 7 (5.88%) Ruby
6 7 (5.88%) VB.NET
7 6 (5.04%) PHP
8 5 (4.20%) Bash Shell
8 5 (4.20%) PowerShell
9 4 (3.36%) C++
10 2 (1.68%) C
11 1 (0.84%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 11 (9.24%) Degree
1 11 (9.24%) ISTQB
2 8 (6.72%) ISEB
3 6 (5.04%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (0.84%) CTC Cleared
5 1 (0.84%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 46 (38.66%) QA
2 4 (3.36%) WCAG
3 2 (1.68%) ISO 20022
4 1 (0.84%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 6 (5.04%) Firmware
2 1 (0.84%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 6 (5.04%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.84%) Ambari
2 1 (0.84%) Ansible
2 1 (0.84%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 11 (9.24%) HP
2 10 (8.40%) Microsoft
2 10 (8.40%) SAP
3 4 (3.36%) Sitecore
4 1 (0.84%) Bloomberg
4 1 (0.84%) Google
4 1 (0.84%) iManage
4 1 (0.84%) Oracle
4 1 (0.84%) Siemens
4 1 (0.84%) Tradeweb
4 1 (0.84%) Xamarin