The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the City of London 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 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 136 159 148
Rank change year-on-year
+23 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 69 69 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.14% 0.97% 0.96%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.23% 1.05% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 51 51
Average daily rate
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£369 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.87% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £225 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £301 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.99% +0.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £20.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £25.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+11.76% +27.50%
Tester
London

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London 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
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
5607 6585 6484
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 92.99% 92.54% 92.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 4234 4807 4742
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £613 £615
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 127 155
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.25% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.59 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.88 £40.00 £44.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.03% -5.71%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the City of London region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Tester
Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the City of London region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

Tester Hourly Rate Histogram in the City of London

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 58 (38.41%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (27.15%) Test Scripting
3 35 (23.18%) User Acceptance Testing
4 34 (22.52%) SQL
5 33 (21.85%) Selenium
6 28 (18.54%) QA
6 28 (18.54%) Java
7 27 (17.88%) Finance
7 27 (17.88%) Test Automation
8 25 (16.56%) Banking
9 22 (14.57%) TDD
10 21 (13.91%) JIRA
10 21 (13.91%) BDD
11 20 (13.25%) HP Quality Center
11 20 (13.25%) System Testing
11 20 (13.25%) Software Testing
11 20 (13.25%) Automation Testing
12 19 (12.58%) Performance Testing
12 19 (12.58%) Cucumber
12 19 (12.58%) WebDriver
12 19 (12.58%) QuickTest Pro
13 18 (11.92%) Microsoft
14 17 (11.26%) HP
14 17 (11.26%) C#
14 17 (11.26%) Scrum
14 17 (11.26%) Continuous Integration
15 16 (10.60%) SQL Server
16 15 (9.93%) Integration Testing
17 14 (9.27%) Regression Testing
18 13 (8.61%) .NET

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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.

Application Platforms
1 5 (3.31%) SAS
2 3 (1.99%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.32%) Apache
3 2 (1.32%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.32%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.32%) IIS
4 1 (0.66%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.66%) JBoss
4 1 (0.66%) WebLogic Portal
4 1 (0.66%) SharePoint 2010
4 1 (0.66%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 12 (7.95%) MS Excel
2 8 (5.30%) MS Office
3 2 (1.32%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.66%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.66%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (4.64%) BASE24
2 1 (0.66%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.66%) Endur
2 1 (0.66%) Cerner Millennium
2 1 (0.66%) ION MarketView
2 1 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.66%) LatentZero
2 1 (0.66%) Sentinel
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.66%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.32%) Network Security
2 1 (0.66%) Radio Access Network
2 1 (0.66%) HTTP
2 1 (0.66%) DVB
2 1 (0.66%) Wireless
2 1 (0.66%) Wireless Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (10.60%) SQL Server
2 7 (4.64%) Relational Database
2 7 (4.64%) Data Warehouse
3 6 (3.97%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (3.31%) Base SAS
5 4 (2.65%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (2.65%) RDBMS
5 4 (2.65%) Big Data
6 3 (1.99%) MySQL
7 2 (1.32%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (1.32%) Star Schema
7 2 (1.32%) DB2
7 2 (1.32%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.66%) Oracle Database
8 1 (0.66%) Apache Cassandra
8 1 (0.66%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.66%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.66%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 1 (0.66%) Microsoft Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 33 (21.85%) Selenium
2 21 (13.91%) JIRA
3 19 (12.58%) Cucumber
3 19 (12.58%) WebDriver
3 19 (12.58%) QuickTest Pro
4 8 (5.30%) Visual Studio
4 8 (5.30%) Jenkins
5 7 (4.64%) SoapUI
5 7 (4.64%) JMeter
5 7 (4.64%) TeamCity
6 6 (3.97%) Subversion
6 6 (3.97%) Bugzilla
7 5 (3.31%) SpecFlow
7 5 (3.31%) LoadRunner
7 5 (3.31%) FitNesse
8 4 (2.65%) Team Foundation Server
8 4 (2.65%) JUnit
8 4 (2.65%) Calabash
9 3 (1.99%) LoadUI
9 3 (1.99%) Zephyr
General
1 27 (17.88%) Finance
2 25 (16.56%) Banking
3 9 (5.96%) Investment Banking
4 2 (1.32%) Telecoms
4 2 (1.32%) Front Office
4 2 (1.32%) Games
4 2 (1.32%) Law
4 2 (1.32%) Legal
4 2 (1.32%) Advertising
4 2 (1.32%) Publishing
5 1 (0.66%) Automotive
5 1 (0.66%) German Language
5 1 (0.66%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (8.61%) .NET
1 13 (8.61%) Web Services
2 6 (3.97%) SOAP
2 6 (3.97%) XML
3 5 (3.31%) REST
3 5 (3.31%) JSON
4 3 (1.99%) ASP.NET
4 3 (1.99%) HTML
4 3 (1.99%) Middleware
5 2 (1.32%) XSLT
6 1 (0.66%) Gherkin
6 1 (0.66%) XSD
6 1 (0.66%) J2EE
6 1 (0.66%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.66%) Xamarin.iOS
6 1 (0.66%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (0.66%) RESTful
6 1 (0.66%) ICEfaces
6 1 (0.66%) WCF
6 1 (0.66%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 12 (7.95%) Mobile App
2 10 (6.62%) SWIFT
3 9 (5.96%) Computer Science
4 7 (4.64%) Tandem
5 6 (3.97%) Open Source
6 5 (3.31%) EMV
6 5 (3.31%) APACS
7 4 (2.65%) Derivative
7 4 (2.65%) Fixed Income
8 3 (1.99%) Analytical Skills
8 3 (1.99%) Data Integration
9 2 (1.32%) Economics
9 2 (1.32%) Statistics
9 2 (1.32%) Mathematics
9 2 (1.32%) iPad
9 2 (1.32%) Data Conversion
9 2 (1.32%) GIS
9 2 (1.32%) Management Information System
9 2 (1.32%) N-Tier
9 2 (1.32%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 13 (8.61%) Android
2 10 (6.62%) UNIX
2 10 (6.62%) Windows
2 10 (6.62%) Apple iOS
3 6 (3.97%) Linux
4 3 (1.99%) Windows 7
5 2 (1.32%) Windows XP
6 1 (0.66%) Windows 8
6 1 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.66%) AIX
6 1 (0.66%) Windows NT
6 1 (0.66%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (0.66%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (38.41%) Agile Software Development
2 41 (27.15%) Test Scripting
3 35 (23.18%) User Acceptance Testing
4 27 (17.88%) Test Automation
5 22 (14.57%) TDD
6 21 (13.91%) BDD
7 20 (13.25%) System Testing
7 20 (13.25%) Software Testing
7 20 (13.25%) Automation Testing
8 19 (12.58%) Performance Testing
9 17 (11.26%) Scrum
9 17 (11.26%) Continuous Integration
10 15 (9.93%) Integration Testing
11 14 (9.27%) Regression Testing
12 13 (8.61%) Test Strategy
13 11 (7.28%) Automated Testing
13 11 (7.28%) Manual Testing
14 10 (6.62%) Project Management
15 9 (5.96%) Validation
16 8 (5.30%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (22.52%) SQL
2 28 (18.54%) Java
3 17 (11.26%) C#
4 9 (5.96%) Ruby
5 8 (5.30%) Python
6 7 (4.64%) Shell Script
7 6 (3.97%) JavaScript
8 5 (3.31%) PL/SQL
8 5 (3.31%) Groovy
9 3 (1.99%) C
9 3 (1.99%) C++
9 3 (1.99%) T-SQL
9 3 (1.99%) Objective-C
10 2 (1.32%) VBScript
10 2 (1.32%) VB
10 2 (1.32%) PHP
11 1 (0.66%) VBA
11 1 (0.66%) Perl
11 1 (0.66%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.66%) Scala
Qualifications
1 13 (8.61%) Degree
2 11 (7.28%) ISEB
3 8 (5.30%) ISTQB
4 6 (3.97%) Security Cleared
5 3 (1.99%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.99%) CEH
6 2 (1.32%) CISM
6 2 (1.32%) CISSP
6 2 (1.32%) GWAPT
6 2 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.66%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (18.54%) QA
2 2 (1.32%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.66%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.66%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 3 (1.99%) Nmap
2 1 (0.66%) KVM
2 1 (0.66%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 20 (13.25%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.99%) Nessus
3 1 (0.66%) SCOM
3 1 (0.66%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 18 (11.92%) Microsoft
2 17 (11.26%) HP
3 10 (6.62%) Oracle
4 4 (2.65%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (1.99%) Informatica
6 2 (1.32%) Teradata
6 2 (1.32%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.32%) Apple
6 2 (1.32%) SAP
7 1 (0.66%) Xamarin
7 1 (0.66%) Sybase
7 1 (0.66%) CODA
7 1 (0.66%) Cerner
7 1 (0.66%) ATG
7 1 (0.66%) Perforce
7 1 (0.66%) Charles River
7 1 (0.66%) OpenLink
7 1 (0.66%) Infragistics
7 1 (0.66%) SolarWinds
7 1 (0.66%) thinkFolio
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