The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Cambridge 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 22 August 2014 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.

Location
3 months to
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 47 42 49
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 8 1 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 1.59% 0.26% 1.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.71% 0.28% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 6
Average daily rate
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£425 - £315
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 - £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 - £375
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £313 £300
% change year-on-year
-4.07% +4.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.05 £29.25 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-51.96% +77.27%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Cambridge 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
Cambridge
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
469 362 427
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cambridge 93.43% 95.51% 95.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 320 161 195
Average daily rate £370 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £515 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 42 104
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.50 £33.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.03% -8.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £10.75 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.50 £51.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Cambridge

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Cambridge

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Cambridge

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in Cambridge

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the Cambridge region over the 3 months to 22 August 2014.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in Cambridge

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Cambridge

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cambridge

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cambridge 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 (40.00%) .NET
1 4 (40.00%) Linux
1 4 (40.00%) SQL
1 4 (40.00%) Automated Testing
1 4 (40.00%) Selenium
2 3 (30.00%) FitNesse
2 3 (30.00%) Kanban
2 3 (30.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (30.00%) Cucumber
2 3 (30.00%) Root Cause Analysis
2 3 (30.00%) Big Data
2 3 (30.00%) Jenkins
2 3 (30.00%) VB.NET
2 3 (30.00%) Ruby
2 3 (30.00%) Embedded Linux
2 3 (30.00%) Scrum
2 3 (30.00%) Extreme Programming
2 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (30.00%) TDD
2 3 (30.00%) Test-First Development
2 3 (30.00%) STB
2 3 (30.00%) OO
2 3 (30.00%) C#
2 3 (30.00%) C++
2 3 (30.00%) Java
3 2 (20.00%) JUnit
3 2 (20.00%) GIS
3 2 (20.00%) Regression Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (20.00%) BDD

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Cambridge by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cambridge 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (30.00%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 4 (40.00%) Selenium
2 3 (30.00%) FitNesse
2 3 (30.00%) Cucumber
2 3 (30.00%) Jenkins
3 2 (20.00%) JUnit
4 1 (10.00%) JMeter
4 1 (10.00%) LoadRunner
4 1 (10.00%) JIRA
General
1 1 (10.00%) Electronics
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (40.00%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) STB
2 2 (20.00%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Linux
2 3 (30.00%) Embedded Linux
3 1 (10.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (40.00%) Automated Testing
2 3 (30.00%) Kanban
2 3 (30.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (30.00%) Root Cause Analysis
2 3 (30.00%) Scrum
2 3 (30.00%) Extreme Programming
2 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (30.00%) TDD
2 3 (30.00%) Test-First Development
2 3 (30.00%) OO
3 2 (20.00%) Regression Testing
3 2 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (20.00%) BDD
3 2 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Performance Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Integration Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Manual Testing
4 1 (10.00%) System Testing
4 1 (10.00%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (40.00%) SQL
2 3 (30.00%) VB.NET
2 3 (30.00%) Ruby
2 3 (30.00%) C#
2 3 (30.00%) C++
2 3 (30.00%) Java
3 1 (10.00%) Perl
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (10.00%) HP
1 1 (10.00%) SAP