The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 1 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 41 - 45
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 3 0 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 0.92% - 0.69%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.96% - 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 1
Average daily rate £305 - £250
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £308 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.69% +2.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.50 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+16.00% +25.00%
Tester
East of England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Bedfordshire region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
313 380 411
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 95.72% 95.00% 94.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 259 245
Average daily rate £434 £438 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.85% +9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £625 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 32 15
Average hourly rate £46.07 £40.00 £26.08
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.17% +53.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.78 £40.00 £135.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the job title across the Bedfordshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Tester across the Bedfordshire region.

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester across the Bedfordshire region.

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region that cited Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Tester in their job title.

1 4 (66.67%) Manual Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (33.33%) Bugzilla
3 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Mobile App
3 2 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 1 (16.67%) FogBugz
4 1 (16.67%) Trac
4 1 (16.67%) Data Transformation
4 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (16.67%) Driving Licence
4 1 (16.67%) Issue Tracking
4 1 (16.67%) Defect Management
4 1 (16.67%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
4 1 (16.67%) Integration Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Web Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Test Management
4 1 (16.67%) Data Protection
4 1 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
4 1 (16.67%) Telematics
4 1 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
4 1 (16.67%) JIRA
4 1 (16.67%) Subversion
4 1 (16.67%) SUSE
4 1 (16.67%) Debian
4 1 (16.67%) Scrum
4 1 (16.67%) IVR
4 1 (16.67%) SQL

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region that cited Tester in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) FTP
1 1 (16.67%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) Bugzilla
2 1 (16.67%) FogBugz
2 1 (16.67%) Git (software)
2 1 (16.67%) HP UFT
2 1 (16.67%) JIRA
2 1 (16.67%) Subversion
2 1 (16.67%) Trac
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) Mobile App
2 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (16.67%) Driving Licence
2 1 (16.67%) IVR
2 1 (16.67%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Debian
1 1 (16.67%) Linux
1 1 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (16.67%) SUSE
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
1 1 (16.67%) Windows Server 2003
1 1 (16.67%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Manual Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 1 (16.67%) Cross-Browser Compatibility
4 1 (16.67%) Data Protection
4 1 (16.67%) Data Transformation
4 1 (16.67%) Defect Management
4 1 (16.67%) E-Commerce
4 1 (16.67%) ETL
4 1 (16.67%) Integration Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Issue Tracking
4 1 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Scrum
4 1 (16.67%) Test Management
4 1 (16.67%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (16.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB
1 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) HP
1 1 (16.67%) Red Hat