Period
to 20 October 2017

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £313 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 October 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
20 Oct 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 754 786 785
Rank change year-on-year +32 -1 -24
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 124 106 119
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.100% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.11% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 70 63 80
UK median daily rate £313 £325 £291
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.85% +11.59% +5.91%
10th Percentile £212 £188 £194
90th Percentile £415 £388 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £314 £288
% change year-on-year -4.38% +9.13% +5.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 6
UK median hourly rate £12.50 £39.37 £31.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -68.25% +25.98% +9.65%
10th Percentile £10.85 £31.87 £23.75
90th Percentile £13.75 £47.00 £39.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £12.50 £39.37 £31.25
% change year-on-year -68.25% +25.98% +9.65%

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 94185 100715 108433
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 61877 65601 68922
UK median daily rate £440 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £246
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2805 3286 4157
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.03 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.72% +0.17% +8.70%
10th Percentile £10.87 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £46.98 £44.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +2.86% - +6.06%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 +54 108 £325 - 46
UK excluding London +63 91 £300 -4.38% 43
London +20 32 £375 +7.14% 5
South West +25 24 £325 +3.17% 7
East of England -4 21 £310 -4.62% 1
South East +10 15 £375 +12.78% 18
North of England +65 14 £275 - 10
Scotland +20 11 £300 +215.79% 2
Yorkshire +34 8 £261 -0.48% 2
North West +16 6 £300 +9.09% 7
Isle of Man - 3 £225 -
Midlands +27 2 - - 5
West Midlands +16 2 - - 3
Northern Ireland - 1 £263 -

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 (60.48%) Test Automation
2 55 (44.35%) Selenium
3 53 (42.74%) Agile Software Development
4 43 (34.68%) QA
5 42 (33.87%) Finance
6 40 (32.26%) Software Testing
7 39 (31.45%) Test Scripting
8 36 (29.03%) C#
9 33 (26.61%) JIRA
10 28 (22.58%) Cucumber
10 28 (22.58%) Java
10 28 (22.58%) .NET
11 26 (20.97%) SOAP
12 24 (19.35%) Regression Testing
13 23 (18.55%) SDLC
14 22 (17.74%) SQL
15 21 (16.94%) SoapUI
15 21 (16.94%) WebDriver
16 18 (14.52%) Team Foundation Server
16 18 (14.52%) BDD
17 17 (13.71%) Manual Testing
18 16 (12.90%) Functional Testing
19 15 (12.10%) Marketing
20 14 (11.29%) JavaScript
20 14 (11.29%) XML
20 14 (11.29%) Waterfall
21 13 (10.48%) Jenkins
21 13 (10.48%) Data Protection
21 13 (10.48%) HP
21 13 (10.48%) Degree

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 2 (1.61%) Confluence
1 2 (1.61%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.81%) Oracle Service Bus
2 1 (0.81%) SAS
2 1 (0.81%) Umbraco
2 1 (0.81%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.81%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 2 (1.61%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (0.81%) CSG Singleview
Cloud Services
1 5 (4.03%) SaaS
2 2 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.81%) BrowserStack
3 1 (0.81%) IaaS
3 1 (0.81%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.81%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.84%) Bluetooth
2 5 (4.03%) 802.11
2 5 (4.03%) ADSL
2 5 (4.03%) Broadband
2 5 (4.03%) IPv4
2 5 (4.03%) IPv6
2 5 (4.03%) UPnP
2 5 (4.03%) VDSL
2 5 (4.03%) WAN
2 5 (4.03%) Wireless
2 5 (4.03%) Wireshark
3 4 (3.23%) HTTP
3 4 (3.23%) NAS
4 1 (0.81%) 3G
4 1 (0.81%) ATM
4 1 (0.81%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.23%) Big Data
2 2 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (1.61%) Hadoop
2 2 (1.61%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.81%) Blockchain
3 1 (0.81%) NoSQL
3 1 (0.81%) PowerCenter
3 1 (0.81%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 55 (44.35%) Selenium
2 33 (26.61%) JIRA
3 28 (22.58%) Cucumber
4 21 (16.94%) SoapUI
4 21 (16.94%) WebDriver
5 18 (14.52%) Team Foundation Server
6 13 (10.48%) Jenkins
7 11 (8.87%) Git (software)
8 10 (8.06%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 6 (4.84%) JUnit
10 5 (4.03%) TestRail
11 4 (3.23%) Bugzilla
11 4 (3.23%) Codeception
11 4 (3.23%) HP UFT
11 4 (3.23%) Redmine
11 4 (3.23%) SpecFlow
11 4 (3.23%) Trac
12 3 (2.42%) Visual Studio
13 2 (1.61%) JBehave
13 2 (1.61%) NUnit
General
1 42 (33.87%) Finance
2 15 (12.10%) Marketing
3 12 (9.68%) Telecoms
4 9 (7.26%) Electronics
4 9 (7.26%) Legal
4 9 (7.26%) Manufacturing
5 5 (4.03%) Advertising
6 4 (3.23%) Games
7 3 (2.42%) Banking
8 1 (0.81%) Automotive
8 1 (0.81%) Billing
8 1 (0.81%) Publishing
8 1 (0.81%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (22.58%) .NET
2 26 (20.97%) SOAP
3 14 (11.29%) XML
4 12 (9.68%) JSON
5 8 (6.45%) HTML
6 7 (5.65%) CSS
7 6 (4.84%) Spring
7 6 (4.84%) Swagger
8 5 (4.03%) 802.1X
8 5 (4.03%) RESTful
9 4 (3.23%) REST
9 4 (3.23%) Web Services
10 3 (2.42%) .NET Core
10 3 (2.42%) jQuery
10 3 (2.42%) Node.js
11 2 (1.61%) AngularJS
12 1 (0.81%) Gherkin
12 1 (0.81%) Hibernate
12 1 (0.81%) Spring MVC
12 1 (0.81%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.87%) Greenfield Project
2 9 (7.26%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (5.65%) Mobile App
4 5 (4.03%) User Experience
5 4 (3.23%) Data Centre
5 4 (3.23%) Management Information System
5 4 (3.23%) STB
6 3 (2.42%) Computer Science
6 3 (2.42%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.61%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.81%) Data Protection Act
8 1 (0.81%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.81%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (0.81%) Fintech
8 1 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.81%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.81%) Renewable Energy
8 1 (0.81%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 9 (7.26%) Linux
1 9 (7.26%) Windows
2 4 (3.23%) Unix
3 3 (2.42%) Android
3 3 (2.42%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.61%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (60.48%) Test Automation
2 53 (42.74%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (32.26%) Software Testing
4 39 (31.45%) Test Scripting
5 24 (19.35%) Regression Testing
6 23 (18.55%) SDLC
7 18 (14.52%) BDD
8 17 (13.71%) Manual Testing
9 16 (12.90%) Functional Testing
10 14 (11.29%) Waterfall
11 13 (10.48%) Data Protection
12 12 (9.68%) Compatibility Testing
12 12 (9.68%) TDD
13 10 (8.06%) Defect Management
13 10 (8.06%) Digital Marketing
13 10 (8.06%) E-Commerce
13 10 (8.06%) Programme Management
13 10 (8.06%) SDET
13 10 (8.06%) System Testing
14 9 (7.26%) Defect Tracking
Programming Languages
1 36 (29.03%) C#
2 28 (22.58%) Java
3 22 (17.74%) SQL
4 14 (11.29%) JavaScript
5 10 (8.06%) Python
6 7 (5.65%) Perl
6 7 (5.65%) Ruby
6 7 (5.65%) VB.NET
7 6 (4.84%) PHP
8 5 (4.03%) Bash Shell
8 5 (4.03%) PowerShell
9 4 (3.23%) C++
10 2 (1.61%) C
11 1 (0.81%) Groovy
11 1 (0.81%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 13 (10.48%) Degree
2 12 (9.68%) ISEB
3 11 (8.87%) ISTQB
4 5 (4.03%) Security Cleared
5 4 (3.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (0.81%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (34.68%) QA
2 4 (3.23%) WCAG
3 2 (1.61%) ISO 20022
4 1 (0.81%) IFRS
4 1 (0.81%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 6 (4.84%) Firmware
2 1 (0.81%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 7 (5.65%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.81%) Ambari
2 1 (0.81%) Ansible
2 1 (0.81%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 13 (10.48%) HP
2 9 (7.26%) SAP
3 7 (5.65%) Microsoft
4 2 (1.61%) Oracle
5 1 (0.81%) Bloomberg
5 1 (0.81%) Cloudera
5 1 (0.81%) Hortonworks
5 1 (0.81%) iManage
5 1 (0.81%) Informatica
5 1 (0.81%) Siemens
5 1 (0.81%) Sitecore
5 1 (0.81%) Tradeweb
5 1 (0.81%) Xamarin