The median contractor rate for a Software Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 26 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
UK
Rank 556 597 546
Rank change year-on-year +41 -51  
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 53 44 77
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.083% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.13% 0.087% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 36 56
Median daily rate £325 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £209 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £415 £393
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £300 £290
% change year-on-year - +3.44%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 4
Median hourly rate £15.00 £43.50 £33.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -65.51% +28.88%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £15.00 £43.50 £33.75
% change year-on-year -65.51% +28.88%  

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 42399 50658 50465
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.80% 95.19% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27502 32772 30486
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1497 1585 2011
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.26% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.44 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 +47 51 £325 +8.33% 47
South East +29 10 £350 +16.66% 10
London +27 10 £400 +23.07% 4
Yorkshire +23 10 £268 -10.83% 1
Leeds - 8 £275 -
West Yorkshire - 8 £275 -
South West +2 7 £325 -21.68% 10
West Midlands +14 5 £325 +14.03% 6
Oxfordshire -7 5 £350 +21.73% 7
Bristol - 5 £325 - 6
Berkshire +29 3 £352 -
North West +29 3 £285 -5.00% 7
Staffordshire - 3 - - 1
Abingdon - 3 £350 -
Tamworth - 3 - - 1
Scotland +24 2 £93 -73.57% 2
Manchester +16 2 £285 - 2
City of London +5 2 £423 -
West Sussex +3 2 £160 -46.66%
East Midlands +2 2 - - 4
East of England -4 2 £238 -21.48% 4
North East - 2 £275 - 1
Crawley - 2 £160 -
Durham - 2 £275 -
Suffolk - 2 £238 - 1
Warwick 0 1 £325 +150.00%
Warwickshire -3 1 £325 +150.00%
South Yorkshire -4 1 £225 -25.00%
North Yorkshire - 1 - - 1
Swindon - 1 £365 -

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 57 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (41.23%) Test Scripting
3 45 (39.47%) Software Testing
4 44 (38.60%) Selenium
5 43 (37.72%) QA
6 33 (28.95%) ISTQB
7 29 (25.44%) Manual Testing
8 28 (24.56%) SQL
9 26 (22.81%) JIRA
10 25 (21.93%) WebDriver
11 23 (20.18%) Cucumber
11 23 (20.18%) Automated Testing
11 23 (20.18%) Finance
12 22 (19.30%) .NET
12 22 (19.30%) ISEB
13 21 (18.42%) BDD
13 21 (18.42%) SDLC
14 19 (16.67%) Test Automation
15 18 (15.79%) SoapUI
15 18 (15.79%) C#
15 18 (15.79%) Java
16 16 (14.04%) SOAP
17 15 (13.16%) Microsoft
17 15 (13.16%) Scrum
17 15 (13.16%) Functional Testing
17 15 (13.16%) User Acceptance Testing
17 15 (13.16%) Performance Testing
18 13 (11.40%) Team Foundation Server
18 13 (11.40%) Regression Testing
18 13 (11.40%) SQL Server

Software Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 (7.89%) SharePoint
2 7 (6.14%) SharePoint 2010
3 4 (3.51%) Confluence
4 2 (1.75%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.88%) Umbraco
Applications
1 7 (6.14%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.75%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 10 (8.77%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.88%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.88%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (1.75%) GitHub
1 2 (1.75%) SaaS
2 1 (0.88%) IaaS
2 1 (0.88%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.75%) Bluetooth
1 2 (1.75%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.88%) Internet
2 1 (0.88%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (11.40%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.63%) MySQL
2 3 (2.63%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.75%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.88%) Hadoop
4 1 (0.88%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.88%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.88%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 44 (38.60%) Selenium
2 26 (22.81%) JIRA
3 25 (21.93%) WebDriver
4 23 (20.18%) Cucumber
5 18 (15.79%) SoapUI
6 13 (11.40%) Team Foundation Server
7 9 (7.89%) Visual Studio
8 8 (7.02%) MSTest
9 7 (6.14%) Jenkins
10 5 (4.39%) Git (software)
11 4 (3.51%) JMeter
12 3 (2.63%) Geb
12 3 (2.63%) SpecFlow
13 2 (1.75%) Appium
13 2 (1.75%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 2 (1.75%) HP UFT
13 2 (1.75%) Jasmine
13 2 (1.75%) LoadRunner
13 2 (1.75%) Maven
13 2 (1.75%) Protractor
General
1 23 (20.18%) Finance
2 11 (9.65%) Telecoms
3 10 (8.77%) Electronics
3 10 (8.77%) Manufacturing
3 10 (8.77%) Marketing
4 3 (2.63%) Legal
5 2 (1.75%) Banking
6 1 (0.88%) Advertising
6 1 (0.88%) Automotive
6 1 (0.88%) Back Office
6 1 (0.88%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.88%) Games
6 1 (0.88%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.88%) Local Government
6 1 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.88%) Publishing
6 1 (0.88%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (19.30%) .NET
2 16 (14.04%) SOAP
3 12 (10.53%) Web Services
4 8 (7.02%) Gherkin
5 5 (4.39%) ASP.NET
6 3 (2.63%) RESTful
7 2 (1.75%) REST
8 1 (0.88%) AngularJS
8 1 (0.88%) Behat
8 1 (0.88%) CSS
8 1 (0.88%) HTML
8 1 (0.88%) iOS SDK
8 1 (0.88%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 1 (0.88%) WebGL
8 1 (0.88%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (2.63%) User Experience
2 2 (1.75%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (1.75%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (1.75%) Life Science
2 2 (1.75%) Mobile App
3 1 (0.88%) Client/Server
3 1 (0.88%) Computer Science
3 1 (0.88%) Digital Media
3 1 (0.88%) Equities
3 1 (0.88%) Fat Client
3 1 (0.88%) Fintech
3 1 (0.88%) Fixed Income
3 1 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (0.88%) Infotainment
3 1 (0.88%) IVR
3 1 (0.88%) Reference Data
3 1 (0.88%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 10 (8.77%) Windows
2 8 (7.02%) Linux
3 5 (4.39%) Android
4 4 (3.51%) Apple iOS
5 3 (2.63%) Unix
6 1 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (41.23%) Test Scripting
3 45 (39.47%) Software Testing
4 29 (25.44%) Manual Testing
5 23 (20.18%) Automated Testing
6 21 (18.42%) BDD
6 21 (18.42%) SDLC
7 19 (16.67%) Test Automation
8 15 (13.16%) Functional Testing
8 15 (13.16%) Performance Testing
8 15 (13.16%) Scrum
8 15 (13.16%) User Acceptance Testing
9 13 (11.40%) Regression Testing
10 11 (9.65%) Compatibility Testing
11 10 (8.77%) Automation Testing
11 10 (8.77%) Business Intelligence
11 10 (8.77%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
11 10 (8.77%) Digital Marketing
11 10 (8.77%) Programme Management
12 9 (7.89%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 28 (24.56%) SQL
2 18 (15.79%) C#
2 18 (15.79%) Java
3 6 (5.26%) JavaScript
3 6 (5.26%) Python
4 4 (3.51%) PHP
4 4 (3.51%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.63%) Bash Shell
5 3 (2.63%) C
6 2 (1.75%) Embedded C
6 2 (1.75%) MATLAB
6 2 (1.75%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.75%) VB
6 2 (1.75%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.88%) C++
7 1 (0.88%) Groovy
7 1 (0.88%) Perl
7 1 (0.88%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.88%) Ruby
7 1 (0.88%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 33 (28.95%) ISTQB
2 22 (19.30%) ISEB
3 8 (7.02%) Security Cleared
4 7 (6.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (3.51%) Degree
6 2 (1.75%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.88%) DV Cleared
7 1 (0.88%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (37.72%) QA
2 2 (1.75%) SDET
3 1 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.88%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (2.63%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (13.16%) Microsoft
2 11 (9.65%) SAP
3 5 (4.39%) HP
4 4 (3.51%) Oracle
5 2 (1.75%) Atlassian
5 2 (1.75%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.88%) Apple
6 1 (0.88%) Cloudera
6 1 (0.88%) hybris
6 1 (0.88%) Murex
6 1 (0.88%) Nimble Storage
6 1 (0.88%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.88%) SOASTA, Inc
6 1 (0.88%) VMware
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