Period
to 21 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 May 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 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 782 717 813
Rank change year-on-year -65 +96 -87
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 103 101 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.10% 0.11% 0.079%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.12% 0.083%
Number of daily rates quoted 65 62 64
UK median daily rate £350 £325 £303
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +7.44% +4.31%
10th Percentile £227 £213 £179
90th Percentile £468 £449 £423
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year - +8.33% +3.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 3
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £13.00 £43.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +226.92% -70.11% +33.85%
10th Percentile £41.25 £10.95 £41.35
90th Percentile £43.75 £14.65 £45.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £13.00 £43.50
% change year-on-year +226.92% -70.11% +33.85%

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 95,495 85,506 100,399
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.91% 95.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,722 55,490 65,035
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £252
90th Percentile £631 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,000 2,914 3,144
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -6.50% +14.29%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.78% -7.69% +17.08%

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 May 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
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 May 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 -59 88 £338 +3.85% 117
UK excluding London -33 79 £325 - 116
South East -22 25 £363 +3.57% 22
London -71 21 £375 -3.23% 13
North of England -16 20 £325 +18.18% 20
Yorkshire -7 18 £325 +21.50% 6
Midlands -9 9 £245 -14.78% 17
West Midlands -23 9 £245 -14.78% 11
East of England +2 8 £275 -11.29% 24
Scotland -40 6 £293 +40.12% 4
South West -2 5 £315 -3.08% 21
Wales - 4 £400 - 6
North West -20 2 £320 -2.29% 12
Northern Ireland - 2 £250 - 2

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 May 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 68 (66.02%) Test Automation
2 58 (56.31%) Agile Software Development
3 37 (35.92%) Selenium
4 31 (30.10%) Test Scripting
4 31 (30.10%) Functional Testing
5 29 (28.16%) C#
6 25 (24.27%) QA
7 24 (23.30%) SQL
8 23 (22.33%) Java
9 22 (21.36%) Software Testing
9 22 (21.36%) TDD
10 19 (18.45%) Microservices
11 18 (17.48%) WebDriver
11 18 (17.48%) Finance
12 17 (16.50%) Regression Testing
12 17 (16.50%) Test Strategy
13 16 (15.53%) Cucumber
13 16 (15.53%) BDD
13 16 (15.53%) Manual Testing
13 16 (15.53%) Continuous Integration
13 16 (15.53%) Scrum
14 15 (14.56%) ISTQB
14 15 (14.56%) JavaScript
15 13 (12.62%) Visual Studio
15 13 (12.62%) Performance Testing
15 13 (12.62%) SDET
15 13 (12.62%) API Testing
15 13 (12.62%) Non-Functional Testing
16 12 (11.65%) User Acceptance Testing
16 12 (11.65%) Unit 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 7 (6.80%) SharePoint
2 4 (3.88%) SharePoint 2010
3 3 (2.91%) CMS
3 3 (2.91%) SharePoint 2013
4 2 (1.94%) Apache
4 2 (1.94%) Cloud Foundry
4 2 (1.94%) GemFire
4 2 (1.94%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (2.91%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.94%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.83%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (2.91%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.91%) SaaS
3 2 (1.94%) Amazon SQS
3 2 (1.94%) AWS Lambda
3 2 (1.94%) BrowserStack
3 2 (1.94%) GitHub
3 2 (1.94%) PaaS
3 2 (1.94%) Serverless
4 1 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.94%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.88%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.91%) Big Data
3 2 (1.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (1.94%) Amazon RDS
3 2 (1.94%) Apache Hive
3 2 (1.94%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.94%) HBase
4 1 (0.97%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.97%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 37 (35.92%) Selenium
2 18 (17.48%) WebDriver
3 16 (15.53%) Cucumber
4 13 (12.62%) Visual Studio
5 11 (10.68%) SpecFlow
6 10 (9.71%) JIRA
6 10 (9.71%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (8.74%) Git (software)
8 6 (5.83%) JMeter
8 6 (5.83%) Protractor
8 6 (5.83%) TeamCity
9 5 (4.85%) Jenkins
9 5 (4.85%) JUnit
9 5 (4.85%) MSTest
9 5 (4.85%) Visual Studio Team System
10 4 (3.88%) HP UFT
10 4 (3.88%) NUnit
11 3 (2.91%) Gatling
11 3 (2.91%) TestNG
12 2 (1.94%) The Grinder
General
1 18 (17.48%) Finance
2 8 (7.77%) Law
3 5 (4.85%) Banking
4 3 (2.91%) Electronics
4 3 (2.91%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.91%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.94%) Marketing
6 1 (0.97%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (10.68%) .NET
2 9 (8.74%) JSON
3 7 (6.80%) RESTful
3 7 (6.80%) XML
4 6 (5.83%) REST
5 5 (4.85%) Gherkin
6 4 (3.88%) ASP.NET
6 4 (3.88%) HTML
6 4 (3.88%) Spring
6 4 (3.88%) Web Services
7 3 (2.91%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.91%) CSS
7 3 (2.91%) SOAP
7 3 (2.91%) Swagger
8 2 (1.94%) AngularJS
8 2 (1.94%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (1.94%) Kafka
8 2 (1.94%) Middleware
8 2 (1.94%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (1.94%) Spring Cloud
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.83%) Blog
1 6 (5.83%) Cloud Native
2 5 (4.85%) Mobile App
3 3 (2.91%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.91%) Computer Science
3 3 (2.91%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (1.94%) Fintech
4 2 (1.94%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (1.94%) Smart Meter
4 2 (1.94%) Virtual Team
5 1 (0.97%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.97%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.97%) iPad
5 1 (0.97%) iPhone
5 1 (0.97%) Life Science
5 1 (0.97%) Public Cloud
5 1 (0.97%) Reinsurance
5 1 (0.97%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 7 (6.80%) Windows
2 6 (5.83%) Linux
3 4 (3.88%) Android
4 3 (2.91%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.91%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (66.02%) Test Automation
2 58 (56.31%) Agile Software Development
3 31 (30.10%) Functional Testing
3 31 (30.10%) Test Scripting
4 22 (21.36%) Software Testing
4 22 (21.36%) TDD
5 19 (18.45%) Microservices
6 17 (16.50%) Regression Testing
6 17 (16.50%) Test Strategy
7 16 (15.53%) BDD
7 16 (15.53%) Continuous Integration
7 16 (15.53%) Manual Testing
7 16 (15.53%) Scrum
8 13 (12.62%) API Testing
8 13 (12.62%) Non-Functional Testing
8 13 (12.62%) Performance Testing
8 13 (12.62%) SDET
9 12 (11.65%) Unit Testing
9 12 (11.65%) User Acceptance Testing
10 10 (9.71%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 29 (28.16%) C#
2 24 (23.30%) SQL
3 23 (22.33%) Java
4 15 (14.56%) JavaScript
5 7 (6.80%) Python
6 6 (5.83%) C
7 2 (1.94%) PHP
7 2 (1.94%) Scala
7 2 (1.94%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.97%) C++
8 1 (0.97%) Clojure
8 1 (0.97%) Embedded C
8 1 (0.97%) Groovy
8 1 (0.97%) Ruby
8 1 (0.97%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.97%) TypeScript
8 1 (0.97%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (14.56%) ISTQB
2 9 (8.74%) Degree
3 7 (6.80%) Security Cleared
4 5 (4.85%) BPSS Clearance
4 5 (4.85%) ISEB
4 5 (4.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.91%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (2.91%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.94%) BC Cleared
6 2 (1.94%) OCA
6 2 (1.94%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (1.94%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.97%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (24.27%) QA
2 3 (2.91%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 5 (4.85%) Docker
2 2 (1.94%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.94%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 2 (1.94%) HDFS
3 1 (0.97%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 6 (5.83%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (3.88%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 10 (9.71%) HP
2 9 (8.74%) Capita
3 8 (7.77%) Microsoft
4 3 (2.91%) Oracle
4 3 (2.91%) SAP
5 1 (0.97%) AppDynamics
5 1 (0.97%) Bloomberg
5 1 (0.97%) FXall
5 1 (0.97%) Google
5 1 (0.97%) IBM
5 1 (0.97%) SOASTA, Inc