Period
to 21 February 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £319 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 February 2018.

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
21 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 766 722 777
Rank change year-on-year -44 +55 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 109 124 99
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.13% 0.093%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.14% 0.098%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 76 65
UK median daily rate £319 £325 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.92% +8.33% +9.09%
10th Percentile £213 £200 £202
90th Percentile £413 £431 £421
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -7.69% +8.33% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 7
UK median hourly rate £28.25 £44.00 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -35.80% +11.76% +38.14%
10th Percentile £16.73 £44.00 £25.10
90th Percentile £40.78 £44.00 £44.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.25 £44.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year -35.80% +11.76% +38.14%

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 96,268 90,980 101,049
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.77% 94.77% 95.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,959 59,313 64,684
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £606 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £382
% change year-on-year - +4.71% +1.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,851 3,247 3,676
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.17 £47.50 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.50
% change year-on-year - -5.41% +12.12%

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 21 February 2018.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Tester over the 6 months to 21 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 21 February 2018. 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 -42 93 £325 - 130
UK excluding London -29 73 £300 -7.69% 117
London -13 36 £375 - 18
North of England +31 15 £275 - 35
South West -4 14 £350 +7.69% 15
South East -25 12 £325 -7.14% 26
Yorkshire +3 11 £265 -3.64% 14
Scotland -13 11 £300 +42.86% 3
West Midlands +5 9 £245 -24.62% 12
Midlands +2 9 £245 -24.62% 20
East of England -12 7 £325 +8.33% 16
North West +12 4 £290 +10.48% 19
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -
Northern Ireland - 2 £250 -

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 February 2018, Software Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 74 (67.89%) Test Automation
2 66 (60.55%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (42.20%) Selenium
4 42 (38.53%) Test Scripting
5 40 (36.70%) QA
6 31 (28.44%) C#
7 30 (27.52%) Software Testing
8 27 (24.77%) Finance
8 27 (24.77%) Functional Testing
9 24 (22.02%) Java
10 23 (21.10%) Cucumber
10 23 (21.10%) BDD
11 22 (20.18%) Manual Testing
11 22 (20.18%) SDLC
12 21 (19.27%) SOAP
12 21 (19.27%) Regression Testing
12 21 (19.27%) JIRA
13 20 (18.35%) SQL
14 19 (17.43%) SoapUI
15 18 (16.51%) .NET
16 15 (13.76%) ISTQB
16 15 (13.76%) WebDriver
17 14 (12.84%) User Acceptance Testing
18 13 (11.93%) TDD
18 13 (11.93%) Compatibility Testing
18 13 (11.93%) Continuous Integration
19 11 (10.09%) Degree
19 11 (10.09%) SharePoint
19 11 (10.09%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
20 10 (9.17%) Smoke Testing

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 11 (10.09%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.67%) SharePoint 2010
2 4 (3.67%) Umbraco
3 3 (2.75%) CMS
3 3 (2.75%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (1.83%) Confluence
5 1 (0.92%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.92%) IIS
5 1 (0.92%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.92%) Microsoft Excel
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.67%) IaaS
1 4 (3.67%) Microsoft Azure
1 4 (3.67%) SaaS
2 2 (1.83%) BrowserStack
2 2 (1.83%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.92%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.59%) Big Data
2 2 (1.83%) Blockchain
3 1 (0.92%) Hadoop
3 1 (0.92%) MongoDB
3 1 (0.92%) MySQL
3 1 (0.92%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.92%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 46 (42.20%) Selenium
2 23 (21.10%) Cucumber
3 21 (19.27%) JIRA
4 19 (17.43%) SoapUI
5 15 (13.76%) WebDriver
6 10 (9.17%) Jenkins
6 10 (9.17%) SpecFlow
6 10 (9.17%) Team Foundation Server
7 8 (7.34%) Visual Studio
8 7 (6.42%) Git (software)
9 6 (5.50%) JMeter
10 4 (3.67%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 4 (3.67%) MSTest
10 4 (3.67%) NUnit
11 3 (2.75%) Gatling
11 3 (2.75%) The Grinder
12 2 (1.83%) Codeception
12 2 (1.83%) HP UFT
12 2 (1.83%) TestRail
12 2 (1.83%) Zephyr
General
1 27 (24.77%) Finance
2 10 (9.17%) Electronics
2 10 (9.17%) Manufacturing
2 10 (9.17%) Telecoms
3 9 (8.26%) Marketing
4 6 (5.50%) Games
4 6 (5.50%) Law
5 3 (2.75%) Legal
6 2 (1.83%) Banking
7 1 (0.92%) Back Office
7 1 (0.92%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.92%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (19.27%) SOAP
2 18 (16.51%) .NET
3 7 (6.42%) XML
4 6 (5.50%) JSON
5 5 (4.59%) REST
5 5 (4.59%) Swagger
5 5 (4.59%) Web Services
6 4 (3.67%) Spring
7 3 (2.75%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.83%) OpenGL
8 2 (1.83%) WebGL
9 1 (0.92%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.92%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.92%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.92%) ASP.NET Web API
9 1 (0.92%) Gherkin
9 1 (0.92%) HTML
9 1 (0.92%) HTML5
9 1 (0.92%) RESTful
9 1 (0.92%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.17%) Greenfield Project
2 7 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (5.50%) User Experience
4 5 (4.59%) Enterprise Software
4 5 (4.59%) Mobile App
5 4 (3.67%) Blog
5 4 (3.67%) Cloud Native
6 2 (1.83%) Fintech
6 2 (1.83%) iPad
6 2 (1.83%) iPhone
6 2 (1.83%) Xbox
7 1 (0.92%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.92%) Embedded Systems
7 1 (0.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.92%) Life Science
7 1 (0.92%) Management Information System
7 1 (0.92%) NHS
7 1 (0.92%) Public Cloud
7 1 (0.92%) Reinsurance
7 1 (0.92%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.59%) Windows
2 3 (2.75%) Android
2 3 (2.75%) Linux
3 2 (1.83%) Apple iOS
3 2 (1.83%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (67.89%) Test Automation
2 66 (60.55%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (38.53%) Test Scripting
4 30 (27.52%) Software Testing
5 27 (24.77%) Functional Testing
6 23 (21.10%) BDD
7 22 (20.18%) Manual Testing
7 22 (20.18%) SDLC
8 21 (19.27%) Regression Testing
9 14 (12.84%) User Acceptance Testing
10 13 (11.93%) Compatibility Testing
10 13 (11.93%) Continuous Integration
10 13 (11.93%) TDD
11 11 (10.09%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
12 10 (9.17%) Business Intelligence
12 10 (9.17%) Smoke Testing
13 9 (8.26%) Digital Marketing
13 9 (8.26%) Non-Functional Testing
13 9 (8.26%) Programme Management
13 9 (8.26%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (28.44%) C#
2 24 (22.02%) Java
3 20 (18.35%) SQL
4 8 (7.34%) Python
5 3 (2.75%) C
5 3 (2.75%) C++
5 3 (2.75%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.83%) Groovy
6 2 (1.83%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.92%) Clojure
7 1 (0.92%) Embedded C
7 1 (0.92%) Scala
7 1 (0.92%) TypeScript
7 1 (0.92%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (13.76%) ISTQB
2 11 (10.09%) Degree
3 8 (7.34%) Security Cleared
4 7 (6.42%) ISEB
5 3 (2.75%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.92%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (0.92%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.92%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (0.92%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 40 (36.70%) QA
2 4 (3.67%) WCAG
3 1 (0.92%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.92%) ISO 20022
3 1 (0.92%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 1 (0.92%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.92%) Apache Flume
1 1 (0.92%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 2 (1.83%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.92%) Ambari
2 1 (0.92%) Ansible
2 1 (0.92%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 10 (9.17%) SAP
2 7 (6.42%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.50%) HP
4 4 (3.67%) Capita
4 4 (3.67%) Sitecore
5 3 (2.75%) Oracle
6 2 (1.83%) Google
7 1 (0.92%) AppDynamics
7 1 (0.92%) Bloomberg
7 1 (0.92%) FXall