Period
to 20 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 November 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
20 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 797 764 783
Rank change year-on-year -33 +19 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 98 125 112
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.094% 0.12% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.099% 0.13% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 80 70 69
UK median daily rate £350 £300 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.67% -7.69% +10.17%
10th Percentile £213 £212 £200
90th Percentile £475 £413 £388
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £300 £313
% change year-on-year +18.33% -4.00% +8.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 6
UK median hourly rate - £14.00 £39.37
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -64.44% +25.98%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £14.00 £39.37
% change year-on-year - -64.44% +25.98%

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 98,581 97,095 98,647
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.93% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 65,074 64,004 64,347
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £260 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,064 2,905 3,280
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.93 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 November 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 20 November 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 -18 90 £350 +7.69% 116
UK excluding London -41 81 £355 +18.33% 113
South East -8 23 £400 +28.00% 24
South West -25 21 £250 -23.08% 17
London -14 17 £350 -6.67% 14
North of England -23 16 £338 +22.73% 39
North West -8 10 £413 +37.50% 20
Midlands +6 9 £450 - 13
East Midlands - 7 £450 - 4
Yorkshire -14 6 £275 +5.77% 15
Wales - 6 £360 - 1
East of England -12 4 £310 -4.62% 10
West Midlands -17 2 £288 - 9
Scotland -29 2 - - 8

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 (75.51%) Test Automation
2 64 (65.31%) Agile Software Development
3 43 (43.88%) Selenium
4 28 (28.57%) QA
5 26 (26.53%) Test Scripting
6 25 (25.51%) SDLC
7 23 (23.47%) Software Testing
7 23 (23.47%) Finance
8 20 (20.41%) WebDriver
8 20 (20.41%) Microsoft
8 20 (20.41%) C#
9 19 (19.39%) Java
9 19 (19.39%) Manual Testing
9 19 (19.39%) SDET
10 18 (18.37%) SQL
11 16 (16.33%) API Testing
12 15 (15.31%) Team Foundation Server
12 15 (15.31%) Python
13 14 (14.29%) SQL Server
13 14 (14.29%) SoapUI
13 14 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
14 13 (13.27%) Analytical Skills
14 13 (13.27%) Acceptance Criteria
14 13 (13.27%) Windows
14 13 (13.27%) ISEB
15 12 (12.24%) Oracle
15 12 (12.24%) Continuous Integration
15 12 (12.24%) Degree
15 12 (12.24%) Git (software)
16 11 (11.22%) BDD

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 8 (8.16%) CMS
1 8 (8.16%) Drupal
2 6 (6.12%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
3 4 (4.08%) Confluence
4 2 (2.04%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (1.02%) Apache
5 1 (1.02%) GemFire
Applications
1 4 (4.08%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.04%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.06%) Amazon AWS
1 3 (3.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.02%) Amazon SQS
2 1 (1.02%) AWS Lambda
2 1 (1.02%) GitHub
2 1 (1.02%) Google Cloud Platform
2 1 (1.02%) PaaS
2 1 (1.02%) SaaS
2 1 (1.02%) Sauce Labs
2 1 (1.02%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.04%) Wireshark
2 1 (1.02%) Bluetooth
2 1 (1.02%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (14.29%) SQL Server
2 4 (4.08%) MySQL
3 3 (3.06%) Big Data
4 2 (2.04%) NoSQL
4 2 (2.04%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.02%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 1 (1.02%) Amazon RDS
Development Applications
1 43 (43.88%) Selenium
2 20 (20.41%) WebDriver
3 15 (15.31%) Team Foundation Server
4 14 (14.29%) SoapUI
5 12 (12.24%) Git (software)
6 11 (11.22%) JIRA
7 8 (8.16%) Cucumber
7 8 (8.16%) Jenkins
8 6 (6.12%) SpecFlow
9 5 (5.10%) NUnit
10 4 (4.08%) JMeter
10 4 (4.08%) Protractor
10 4 (4.08%) Subversion
10 4 (4.08%) Visual Studio
10 4 (4.08%) Visual Studio Team System
11 2 (2.04%) Gatling
11 2 (2.04%) Jasmine
11 2 (2.04%) JUnit
11 2 (2.04%) NeoLoad
11 2 (2.04%) TestNG
General
1 23 (23.47%) Finance
2 5 (5.10%) Banking
3 3 (3.06%) Pharmaceutical
3 3 (3.06%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.04%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.04%) Front Office
5 1 (1.02%) Law
5 1 (1.02%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.18%) HTML
2 8 (8.16%) SOAP
3 7 (7.14%) .NET
3 7 (7.14%) Web Services
4 6 (6.12%) Gherkin
5 4 (4.08%) JSON
5 4 (4.08%) REST
6 2 (2.04%) Kafka
6 2 (2.04%) RESTful
7 1 (1.02%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.02%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.02%) Elastic Stack
7 1 (1.02%) Middleware
7 1 (1.02%) Node.js
7 1 (1.02%) React
7 1 (1.02%) Redux
7 1 (1.02%) Spring
7 1 (1.02%) Spring Cloud
7 1 (1.02%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 13 (13.27%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (10.20%) Computer Science
3 9 (9.18%) Greenfield Project
4 4 (4.08%) Mobile App
5 3 (3.06%) Digital Media
5 3 (3.06%) User Experience
6 2 (2.04%) Fintech
6 2 (2.04%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (2.04%) Replication
7 1 (1.02%) Cloud Native
7 1 (1.02%) Credit Risk
7 1 (1.02%) Equities
7 1 (1.02%) Fixed Income
7 1 (1.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (1.02%) Market Risk
7 1 (1.02%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 13 (13.27%) Windows
2 8 (8.16%) Linux
3 3 (3.06%) Unix
4 1 (1.02%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (75.51%) Test Automation
2 64 (65.31%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (26.53%) Test Scripting
4 25 (25.51%) SDLC
5 23 (23.47%) Software Testing
6 19 (19.39%) Manual Testing
6 19 (19.39%) SDET
7 16 (16.33%) API Testing
8 14 (14.29%) Problem-Solving
9 13 (13.27%) Acceptance Criteria
10 12 (12.24%) Continuous Integration
11 11 (11.22%) BDD
11 11 (11.22%) OO
11 11 (11.22%) Regression Testing
11 11 (11.22%) TDD
11 11 (11.22%) Test Management
12 10 (10.20%) Functional Testing
13 9 (9.18%) Test Strategy
13 9 (9.18%) Workflow
14 8 (8.16%) Content Management
Programming Languages
1 20 (20.41%) C#
2 19 (19.39%) Java
3 18 (18.37%) SQL
4 15 (15.31%) Python
5 9 (9.18%) VBScript
6 8 (8.16%) JavaScript
6 8 (8.16%) PowerShell
7 3 (3.06%) Bash Shell
7 3 (3.06%) T-SQL
8 2 (2.04%) C
8 2 (2.04%) C++
8 2 (2.04%) Perl
8 2 (2.04%) Ruby
8 2 (2.04%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.02%) Embedded C
9 1 (1.02%) Scala
9 1 (1.02%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 13 (13.27%) ISEB
2 12 (12.24%) Degree
3 10 (10.20%) Computer Science Degree
4 7 (7.14%) ISTQB
5 4 (4.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.04%) Security Cleared
7 1 (1.02%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (28.57%) QA
2 8 (8.16%) WCAG
3 1 (1.02%) Data Quality
System Software
1 11 (11.22%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (8.16%) WMI
2 1 (1.02%) Grafana
2 1 (1.02%) Graphite
2 1 (1.02%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.02%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.02%) Puppet
Vendors
1 20 (20.41%) Microsoft
2 12 (12.24%) Oracle
3 2 (2.04%) NVIDIA
4 1 (1.02%) BISAM
4 1 (1.02%) Cadence
4 1 (1.02%) FactSet
4 1 (1.02%) Google