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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 142 131 135
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 58 78 67
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 1.03% 1.15% 1.09%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.11% 1.23% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 46 58 51
Average daily rate
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£350 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £207 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
- +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £41.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-30.48% +95.23%
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
5236 6344 5698
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 92.80% 93.32% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 4045 4617 4242
Average daily rate £445 £450 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.11% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £613 £625 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 114 148
Average hourly rate £17.25 £20.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.75% +2.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.59 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.78 £35.10 £49.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 54 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (27.41%) Test Scripting
3 32 (23.70%) Selenium
3 32 (23.70%) SQL
4 29 (21.48%) QA
5 28 (20.74%) User Acceptance Testing
5 28 (20.74%) Finance
6 27 (20.00%) Java
7 24 (17.78%) JIRA
7 24 (17.78%) Test Automation
8 20 (14.81%) Banking
9 19 (14.07%) WebDriver
9 19 (14.07%) Automation Testing
10 17 (12.59%) BDD
10 17 (12.59%) TDD
10 17 (12.59%) C#
11 16 (11.85%) ISEB
11 16 (11.85%) Performance Testing
12 15 (11.11%) Software Testing
13 14 (10.37%) Microsoft
13 14 (10.37%) .NET
14 13 (9.63%) Scrum
14 13 (9.63%) QuickTest Pro
14 13 (9.63%) ISTQB
14 13 (9.63%) Cucumber
14 13 (9.63%) Android
14 13 (9.63%) System Testing
15 12 (8.89%) HP Quality Center
15 12 (8.89%) SQL Server
15 12 (8.89%) Web Services

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

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 3 (2.22%) Tomcat
1 3 (2.22%) SAS
2 2 (1.48%) SharePoint
2 2 (1.48%) Apache
2 2 (1.48%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.48%) IIS
3 1 (0.74%) JBoss
3 1 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.74%) WebLogic Portal
3 1 (0.74%) Oracle Coherence
3 1 (0.74%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (0.74%) OpenStack
Applications
1 8 (5.93%) MS Excel
2 5 (3.70%) MS Office
3 2 (1.48%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (3.70%) BASE24
2 1 (0.74%) LatentZero
2 1 (0.74%) Sentinel
2 1 (0.74%) Endur
2 1 (0.74%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.74%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.74%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.48%) Network Security
2 1 (0.74%) DVB
2 1 (0.74%) Wireless
2 1 (0.74%) Wireless Security
2 1 (0.74%) Radio Access Network
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.89%) SQL Server
2 10 (7.41%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (2.96%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 3 (2.22%) Base SAS
4 3 (2.22%) MongoDB
4 3 (2.22%) Big Data
5 2 (1.48%) Apache Cassandra
5 2 (1.48%) SQL Server 2008
5 2 (1.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (1.48%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.74%) MySQL
6 1 (0.74%) Star Schema
6 1 (0.74%) Data Mart
6 1 (0.74%) Microsoft Analysis Services
6 1 (0.74%) BusinessObjects XI
6 1 (0.74%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.74%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.74%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 32 (23.70%) Selenium
2 24 (17.78%) JIRA
3 19 (14.07%) WebDriver
4 13 (9.63%) QuickTest Pro
4 13 (9.63%) Cucumber
5 8 (5.93%) Visual Studio
6 7 (5.19%) Jenkins
7 6 (4.44%) LoadRunner
7 6 (4.44%) JUnit
8 5 (3.70%) Subversion
8 5 (3.70%) JMeter
8 5 (3.70%) SpecFlow
9 4 (2.96%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (2.96%) SoapUI
9 4 (2.96%) TeamCity
9 4 (2.96%) Bugzilla
10 3 (2.22%) NUnit
10 3 (2.22%) FitNesse
10 3 (2.22%) Git (software)
10 3 (2.22%) WATIR
General
1 28 (20.74%) Finance
2 20 (14.81%) Banking
3 5 (3.70%) Retail
4 4 (2.96%) Investment Banking
5 3 (2.22%) Advertising
6 2 (1.48%) Legal
6 2 (1.48%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.48%) Front Office
6 2 (1.48%) Games
7 1 (0.74%) Automotive
7 1 (0.74%) Law
7 1 (0.74%) Retail Banking
7 1 (0.74%) Marketing
7 1 (0.74%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (10.37%) .NET
2 12 (8.89%) Web Services
3 6 (4.44%) XML
4 3 (2.22%) Middleware
4 3 (2.22%) WCF
5 2 (1.48%) REST
5 2 (1.48%) JSON
5 2 (1.48%) HTML
5 2 (1.48%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.74%) Hibernate
6 1 (0.74%) SOAP
6 1 (0.74%) XSD
6 1 (0.74%) XSLT
6 1 (0.74%) J2EE
6 1 (0.74%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.74%) Spring
6 1 (0.74%) JSF
6 1 (0.74%) WPF
6 1 (0.74%) RESTful
6 1 (0.74%) ASP.NET MVC
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.89%) Mobile App
2 7 (5.19%) SWIFT
3 6 (4.44%) Open Source
3 6 (4.44%) Computer Science
4 5 (3.70%) Tandem
4 5 (3.70%) User Experience
5 4 (2.96%) Derivative
6 3 (2.22%) APACS
6 3 (2.22%) Fixed Income
6 3 (2.22%) EMV
6 3 (2.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 2 (1.48%) Analytical Skills
7 2 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
7 2 (1.48%) Digital Media
7 2 (1.48%) iPad
7 2 (1.48%) Mathematics
7 2 (1.48%) Economics
7 2 (1.48%) Statistics
7 2 (1.48%) NHS
7 2 (1.48%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 13 (9.63%) Android
2 9 (6.67%) UNIX
2 9 (6.67%) Windows
2 9 (6.67%) Apple iOS
3 4 (2.96%) Linux
4 1 (0.74%) Windows XP
4 1 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (0.74%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (27.41%) Test Scripting
3 28 (20.74%) User Acceptance Testing
4 24 (17.78%) Test Automation
5 19 (14.07%) Automation Testing
6 17 (12.59%) BDD
6 17 (12.59%) TDD
7 16 (11.85%) Performance Testing
8 15 (11.11%) Software Testing
9 13 (9.63%) Scrum
9 13 (9.63%) System Testing
10 11 (8.15%) Test Strategy
10 11 (8.15%) Automated Testing
11 10 (7.41%) Continuous Integration
12 9 (6.67%) Regression Testing
12 9 (6.67%) Manual Testing
12 9 (6.67%) Integration Testing
13 8 (5.93%) Validation
14 7 (5.19%) ETL
14 7 (5.19%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 32 (23.70%) SQL
2 27 (20.00%) Java
3 17 (12.59%) C#
4 7 (5.19%) Ruby
5 6 (4.44%) Shell Script
6 5 (3.70%) JavaScript
7 4 (2.96%) Python
8 3 (2.22%) T-SQL
8 3 (2.22%) Groovy
9 2 (1.48%) Scala
9 2 (1.48%) VBScript
9 2 (1.48%) VBA
9 2 (1.48%) C++
9 2 (1.48%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.74%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.74%) C
10 1 (0.74%) Perl
10 1 (0.74%) PHP
10 1 (0.74%) Lua
Qualifications
1 16 (11.85%) ISEB
2 13 (9.63%) ISTQB
3 11 (8.15%) Degree
4 5 (3.70%) Security Cleared
5 3 (2.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.48%) GWAPT
6 2 (1.48%) SC Cleared
6 2 (1.48%) CEH
6 2 (1.48%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (1.48%) CISSP
6 2 (1.48%) CISM
7 1 (0.74%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (21.48%) QA
2 2 (1.48%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.74%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.74%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (1.48%) Nmap
2 1 (0.74%) KVM
Systems Management
1 12 (8.89%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.48%) Nessus
3 1 (0.74%) SCOM
Vendors
1 14 (10.37%) Microsoft
2 11 (8.15%) HP
3 6 (4.44%) Oracle
4 5 (3.70%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (1.48%) Red Hat
5 2 (1.48%) Apple
6 1 (0.74%) Perforce
6 1 (0.74%) Charles River
6 1 (0.74%) OpenLink
6 1 (0.74%) Infragistics
6 1 (0.74%) ATG
6 1 (0.74%) SAP
6 1 (0.74%) Sybase
6 1 (0.74%) Cerner
6 1 (0.74%) Informatica
6 1 (0.74%) CODA
6 1 (0.74%) Endeca
6 1 (0.74%) thinkFolio
6 1 (0.74%) SolarWinds
6 1 (0.74%) AppDynamics
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