Period
to 14 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 14 August 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
14 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 786 734 815
Rank change year-on-year -52 +81 -52
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 102 111 90
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.100% 0.12% 0.082%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.12% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 64 60
UK median daily rate £325 £305 £318
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.56% -3.94% +9.96%
10th Percentile £213 £194 £195
90th Percentile £468 £438 £426
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £300 £310
% change year-on-year +8.33% -3.23% +7.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 5
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £13.00 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +226.92% -66.98% +31.23%
10th Percentile £41.25 £10.95 £34.87
90th Percentile £43.75 £14.65 £48.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £13.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year +226.92% -66.98% +31.23%

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 97,107 90,805 103,724
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.87% 94.97% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,602 58,946 67,571
UK median daily rate £450 £435 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £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 3,117 2,812 3,109
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +6.35%
10th Percentile £11.02 £10.75 £10.32
90th Percentile £47.83 £48.75 £46.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.77 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.52% -6.47% +11.76%

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 14 August 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 13 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 14 August 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 87 £325 +4.84% 132
UK excluding London -28 82 £325 +8.33% 125
South East -13 27 £400 +42.86% 26
South West -2 17 £250 -23.08% 18
London -26 17 £390 +4.00% 15
North of England -18 16 £325 +8.33% 33
Yorkshire -14 13 £310 +19.23% 6
Wales - 9 £400 -
East of England -11 8 £275 -13.39% 10
North West -18 3 £325 +8.33% 26
Scotland -46 3 £325 +16.07% 7
Midlands -9 2 £288 -11.54% 30
West Midlands -24 2 £288 -11.54% 24

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 14 August 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 72 (70.59%) Test Automation
2 63 (61.76%) Agile Software Development
3 38 (37.25%) Selenium
4 30 (29.41%) Test Scripting
5 29 (28.43%) QA
6 26 (25.49%) WebDriver
6 26 (25.49%) C#
7 23 (22.55%) SDLC
8 22 (21.57%) TDD
9 21 (20.59%) SQL
9 21 (20.59%) API Testing
10 20 (19.61%) JavaScript
10 20 (19.61%) Software Testing
11 18 (17.65%) Finance
11 18 (17.65%) Microservices
11 18 (17.65%) Functional Testing
11 18 (17.65%) Test Strategy
11 18 (17.65%) Cucumber
12 17 (16.67%) BDD
12 17 (16.67%) SQL Server
13 16 (15.69%) Java
13 16 (15.69%) Microsoft
14 15 (14.71%) Regression Testing
14 15 (14.71%) Acceptance Criteria
15 14 (13.73%) Windows
15 14 (13.73%) Scrum
15 14 (13.73%) SpecFlow
16 13 (12.75%) Continuous Integration
16 13 (12.75%) .NET
17 12 (11.76%) Oracle

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 (8.82%) CMS
2 8 (7.84%) Drupal
3 6 (5.88%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 3 (2.94%) Cloud Foundry
5 2 (1.96%) Apache
5 2 (1.96%) GemFire
5 2 (1.96%) IIS
6 1 (0.98%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.98%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 4 (3.92%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (2.94%) Amazon SQS
2 3 (2.94%) AWS Lambda
2 3 (2.94%) SaaS
2 3 (2.94%) Serverless
3 2 (1.96%) GitHub
3 2 (1.96%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (1.96%) PaaS
4 1 (0.98%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.96%) HTTP
2 1 (0.98%) Bluetooth
2 1 (0.98%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (16.67%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.90%) MySQL
3 3 (2.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 3 (2.94%) Amazon RDS
3 3 (2.94%) Big Data
4 2 (1.96%) Apache Hive
4 2 (1.96%) Hadoop
4 2 (1.96%) HBase
4 2 (1.96%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 38 (37.25%) Selenium
2 26 (25.49%) WebDriver
3 18 (17.65%) Cucumber
4 14 (13.73%) SpecFlow
5 12 (11.76%) Git (software)
5 12 (11.76%) SoapUI
6 10 (9.80%) JIRA
7 8 (7.84%) NUnit
7 8 (7.84%) Visual Studio
8 6 (5.88%) JUnit
8 6 (5.88%) Protractor
8 6 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
8 6 (5.88%) TeamCity
8 6 (5.88%) Visual Studio Team System
9 5 (4.90%) JMeter
10 4 (3.92%) HP UFT
10 4 (3.92%) Subversion
11 3 (2.94%) TestNG
12 2 (1.96%) Mocha
12 2 (1.96%) MSTest
General
1 18 (17.65%) Finance
2 7 (6.86%) Banking
3 6 (5.88%) Telecoms
4 3 (2.94%) Electronics
4 3 (2.94%) Law
4 3 (2.94%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.96%) Marketing
6 1 (0.98%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (12.75%) .NET
2 12 (11.76%) HTML
3 9 (8.82%) JSON
4 7 (6.86%) Gherkin
4 7 (6.86%) RESTful
5 6 (5.88%) REST
5 6 (5.88%) SOAP
6 5 (4.90%) Web Services
6 5 (4.90%) XML
7 3 (2.94%) .NET Framework
7 3 (2.94%) CSS
8 2 (1.96%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.96%) ASP.NET Web API
8 2 (1.96%) Kafka
8 2 (1.96%) Middleware
8 2 (1.96%) RabbitMQ
8 2 (1.96%) Spring
8 2 (1.96%) Spring Cloud
9 1 (0.98%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.98%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.78%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.90%) Cloud Native
2 5 (4.90%) Mobile App
3 4 (3.92%) Blog
3 4 (3.92%) Digital Media
4 3 (2.94%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.96%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.96%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.96%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.98%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (0.98%) Equities
6 1 (0.98%) Fintech
6 1 (0.98%) Fixed Income
6 1 (0.98%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 14 (13.73%) Windows
2 7 (6.86%) Linux
3 4 (3.92%) Unix
4 3 (2.94%) Android
5 2 (1.96%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 72 (70.59%) Test Automation
2 63 (61.76%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (29.41%) Test Scripting
4 23 (22.55%) SDLC
5 22 (21.57%) TDD
6 21 (20.59%) API Testing
7 20 (19.61%) Software Testing
8 18 (17.65%) Functional Testing
8 18 (17.65%) Microservices
8 18 (17.65%) Test Strategy
9 17 (16.67%) BDD
10 15 (14.71%) Acceptance Criteria
10 15 (14.71%) Regression Testing
11 14 (13.73%) Scrum
12 13 (12.75%) Continuous Integration
13 11 (10.78%) Performance Testing
13 11 (10.78%) SDET
14 10 (9.80%) Non-Functional Testing
15 9 (8.82%) Software Engineering
16 8 (7.84%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (25.49%) C#
2 21 (20.59%) SQL
3 20 (19.61%) JavaScript
4 16 (15.69%) Java
5 9 (8.82%) VBScript
6 8 (7.84%) PowerShell
7 6 (5.88%) Python
8 5 (4.90%) C
9 4 (3.92%) T-SQL
10 3 (2.94%) Ruby
10 3 (2.94%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.96%) C++
11 2 (1.96%) Embedded C
11 2 (1.96%) Perl
11 2 (1.96%) PHP
12 1 (0.98%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.98%) Scala
12 1 (0.98%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 10 (9.80%) ISEB
2 8 (7.84%) ISTQB
3 6 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (4.90%) Degree
4 5 (4.90%) Security Cleared
5 4 (3.92%) BPSS Clearance
6 2 (1.96%) BC Cleared
6 2 (1.96%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (1.96%) OCA
6 2 (1.96%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (1.96%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (28.43%) QA
2 8 (7.84%) WCAG
3 2 (1.96%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.98%) GCP
System Software
1 5 (4.90%) Docker
2 2 (1.96%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.96%) Apache ZooKeeper
2 2 (1.96%) HDFS
3 1 (0.98%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 8 (7.84%) WMI
2 5 (4.90%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (2.94%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 16 (15.69%) Microsoft
2 12 (11.76%) Oracle
3 8 (7.84%) HP
4 6 (5.88%) Capita
5 2 (1.96%) SAP
6 1 (0.98%) Google
6 1 (0.98%) IBM
6 1 (0.98%) SOASTA, Inc