The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £310 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 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.

Software Tester
UK
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 547 614 584
Rank change year-on-year +67 -30  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 60 37 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.13% 0.070% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.073% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 21 41
Median daily rate £310 £323 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.87% +17.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £133 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £386 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £323 £285
% change year-on-year -1.55% +13.15%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Median hourly rate £11.00 - £92.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.00 - £92.00

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 44561 50348 53046
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.85% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28813 32834 33338
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 1376 1496 2028
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.42 £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 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Software Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 26 June 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 30 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 3 months to 26 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 +49 51 £310 -4.61% 48
London +4 15 £300 -15.49% 6
East of England +5 12 £318 +2.41% 6
Scotland +42 9 £303 +218.42% 3
South East +31 9 £375 +4.16% 8
South West +7 8 £325 - 4
Bristol - 5 £298 - 4
Hertfordshire -1 4 £400 -
Cambridgeshire - 4 £268 - 5
Glasgow - 4 £300 - 1
Edinburgh - 4 £303 - 2
North West +20 3 £335 +54.02% 7
Manchester +11 3 £335 +8.06% 4
Exeter -1 3 £390 +18.18%
Devon -9 3 £390 +20.00%
Watford - 3 - -
Cambridge - 3 £310 - 4
Kent - 3 £425 -
Yorkshire +24 2 £281 +7.14% 5
West Midlands +20 2 - - 5
West Yorkshire +18 2 £281 -13.46% 1
Berkshire +17 2 £361 +0.34%
Staffordshire +2 2 - - 1
Essex - 2 £325 -
Suffolk - 2 £318 - 1
Brentwood - 2 £325 -
Leeds +23 1 £300 -7.69%
Surrey +5 1 - - 1
Buckinghamshire -17 1 £225 -
Oxfordshire - 1 - - 2

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 65 (57.52%) Test Automation
2 45 (39.82%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (36.28%) Selenium
4 38 (33.63%) Software Testing
5 33 (29.20%) JIRA
6 32 (28.32%) QA
6 32 (28.32%) Manual Testing
7 30 (26.55%) Test Scripting
8 27 (23.89%) Cucumber
9 25 (22.12%) SQL
10 24 (21.24%) Functional Testing
11 23 (20.35%) ISTQB
11 23 (20.35%) Regression Testing
11 23 (20.35%) Finance
12 22 (19.47%) C#
12 22 (19.47%) Java
13 21 (18.58%) WebDriver
13 21 (18.58%) .NET
14 19 (16.81%) Team Foundation Server
15 17 (15.04%) ISEB
16 15 (13.27%) BDD
17 14 (12.39%) SDLC
18 13 (11.50%) Scrum
18 13 (11.50%) SOAP
19 12 (10.62%) Linux
19 12 (10.62%) Jenkins
20 11 (9.73%) SoapUI
20 11 (9.73%) Data Protection
20 11 (9.73%) TDD
20 11 (9.73%) Defect Management

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 9 (7.96%) SharePoint
2 7 (6.19%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (3.54%) Confluence
4 2 (1.77%) CMS
4 2 (1.77%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.88%) EPiServer
5 1 (0.88%) SAS
5 1 (0.88%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.88%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.88%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 3 (2.65%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (1.77%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (4.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.77%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.88%) CSG Singleview
3 1 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.65%) SaaS
2 2 (1.77%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.77%) BrowserStack
2 2 (1.77%) GitHub
3 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.88%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.42%) Bluetooth
2 4 (3.54%) HTTP
3 2 (1.77%) 802.11
3 2 (1.77%) ADSL
3 2 (1.77%) Broadband
3 2 (1.77%) IPv4
3 2 (1.77%) IPv6
3 2 (1.77%) NAS
3 2 (1.77%) TCP/IP
3 2 (1.77%) UPnP
3 2 (1.77%) VDSL
3 2 (1.77%) WAN
3 2 (1.77%) Wireless
3 2 (1.77%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.88%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.96%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.65%) MySQL
2 3 (2.65%) PostgreSQL
3 2 (1.77%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.77%) Relational Database
4 1 (0.88%) Amazon Redshift
4 1 (0.88%) Big Data
4 1 (0.88%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.88%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 41 (36.28%) Selenium
2 33 (29.20%) JIRA
3 27 (23.89%) Cucumber
4 21 (18.58%) WebDriver
5 19 (16.81%) Team Foundation Server
6 12 (10.62%) Jenkins
7 11 (9.73%) SoapUI
8 10 (8.85%) Git (software)
9 9 (7.96%) Visual Studio
10 8 (7.08%) MSTest
11 5 (4.42%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 3 (2.65%) Bugzilla
12 3 (2.65%) Eclipse
12 3 (2.65%) Geb
12 3 (2.65%) JMeter
12 3 (2.65%) JUnit
12 3 (2.65%) SpecFlow
12 3 (2.65%) TestRail
12 3 (2.65%) Trac
13 2 (1.77%) Gatling
General
1 23 (20.35%) Finance
2 8 (7.08%) Marketing
2 8 (7.08%) Telecoms
3 6 (5.31%) Manufacturing
4 5 (4.42%) Advertising
4 5 (4.42%) Electronics
5 3 (2.65%) Banking
5 3 (2.65%) Legal
6 1 (0.88%) Automotive
6 1 (0.88%) Billing
6 1 (0.88%) Games
6 1 (0.88%) Local Government
6 1 (0.88%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (18.58%) .NET
2 13 (11.50%) SOAP
3 10 (8.85%) JSON
4 9 (7.96%) XML
5 7 (6.19%) Gherkin
5 7 (6.19%) HTML
5 7 (6.19%) Web Services
6 6 (5.31%) RESTful
7 5 (4.42%) CSS
8 4 (3.54%) ASP.NET
8 4 (3.54%) Spring
8 4 (3.54%) Swagger
9 3 (2.65%) .NET Core
10 2 (1.77%) 802.1X
10 2 (1.77%) Node.js
10 2 (1.77%) REST
11 1 (0.88%) AngularJS
11 1 (0.88%) Behat
11 1 (0.88%) jQuery
11 1 (0.88%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 9 (7.96%) Greenfield Project
2 6 (5.31%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.54%) Computer Science
3 4 (3.54%) User Experience
4 2 (1.77%) Credit Risk
4 2 (1.77%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.77%) Fintech
4 2 (1.77%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.77%) STB
5 1 (0.88%) Data Protection Act
5 1 (0.88%) Digital Media
5 1 (0.88%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.88%) Fat Client
5 1 (0.88%) Infotainment
5 1 (0.88%) IVR
5 1 (0.88%) Mobile Banking
5 1 (0.88%) Reference Data
5 1 (0.88%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 12 (10.62%) Linux
2 10 (8.85%) Windows
3 6 (5.31%) Android
4 5 (4.42%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.77%) Unix
5 2 (1.77%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 65 (57.52%) Test Automation
2 45 (39.82%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (33.63%) Software Testing
4 32 (28.32%) Manual Testing
5 30 (26.55%) Test Scripting
6 24 (21.24%) Functional Testing
7 23 (20.35%) Regression Testing
8 15 (13.27%) BDD
9 14 (12.39%) SDLC
10 13 (11.50%) Scrum
11 11 (9.73%) Data Protection
11 11 (9.73%) Defect Management
11 11 (9.73%) TDD
12 10 (8.85%) Kanban
13 9 (7.96%) Performance Testing
13 9 (7.96%) Scenario Testing
13 9 (7.96%) User Acceptance Testing
14 8 (7.08%) SDET
14 8 (7.08%) Test Strategy
15 7 (6.19%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (22.12%) SQL
2 22 (19.47%) C#
2 22 (19.47%) Java
3 9 (7.96%) JavaScript
4 5 (4.42%) Python
5 4 (3.54%) VB.NET
6 3 (2.65%) Bash Shell
6 3 (2.65%) C
6 3 (2.65%) Ruby
7 2 (1.77%) Embedded C
7 2 (1.77%) MATLAB
7 2 (1.77%) Perl
7 2 (1.77%) PHP
7 2 (1.77%) PowerShell
8 1 (0.88%) C++
8 1 (0.88%) Groovy
8 1 (0.88%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.88%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.88%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.88%) VB
Qualifications
1 23 (20.35%) ISTQB
2 17 (15.04%) ISEB
3 7 (6.19%) Degree
4 4 (3.54%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (2.65%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (2.65%) Security Cleared
6 1 (0.88%) HND
6 1 (0.88%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (28.32%) QA
2 1 (0.88%) IFRS
System Software
1 3 (2.65%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 5 (4.42%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (6.19%) HP
2 5 (4.42%) Microsoft
2 5 (4.42%) SAP
3 3 (2.65%) Oracle
4 2 (1.77%) SOASTA, Inc
5 1 (0.88%) Atlassian
5 1 (0.88%) Cloudera
5 1 (0.88%) Hortonworks
5 1 (0.88%) Informatica
5 1 (0.88%) MicroStrategy
5 1 (0.88%) Murex
5 1 (0.88%) Red Hat
5 1 (0.88%) Siemens
5 1 (0.88%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.88%) Sonatype
5 1 (0.88%) Xamarin
Surrey
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago