The first table below looks at the demand for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Edinburgh 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 29 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the Edinburgh region.

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
29 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 67 51 48
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 16 14 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 1.25% 1.37% 1.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.32% 1.44% 1.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 12 10
Average daily rate
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£305 £395 £430
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.78% -8.13%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £303 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £400 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £308 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.38% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £29.13 £10.00
% change year-on-year
-57.08% +191.25%
Job Titles Category
Edinburgh
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
1212 973 959
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 94.84% 95.11% 94.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 703 448 441
Average daily rate £375 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £519 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 26 20
Average hourly rate £19.50 £14.00 £16.72
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.28% -16.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £11.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £21.00 £24.00 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
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Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Edinburgh

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Edinburgh

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Edinburgh

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in Edinburgh

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the Edinburgh region over the 3 months to 29 July 2014.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in Edinburgh

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Edinburgh

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Edinburgh

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Edinburgh

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Edinburgh 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 14 (43.75%) User Acceptance Testing
2 9 (28.13%) Test Scripting
2 9 (28.13%) HP
3 8 (25.00%) Oracle
3 8 (25.00%) Finance
3 8 (25.00%) Degree
4 7 (21.88%) Computer Science
4 7 (21.88%) Banking
4 7 (21.88%) UNIX
5 6 (18.75%) Java
5 6 (18.75%) ISTQB
6 5 (15.63%) Agresso
6 5 (15.63%) Retail
6 5 (15.63%) SQL
6 5 (15.63%) Manual Testing
6 5 (15.63%) Performance Testing
7 4 (12.50%) Test Automation
7 4 (12.50%) Web Services
7 4 (12.50%) HNC
7 4 (12.50%) HND
7 4 (12.50%) Linux
7 4 (12.50%) ETL
7 4 (12.50%) ISEB
7 4 (12.50%) LoadRunner
7 4 (12.50%) Retail Banking
8 3 (9.38%) Scrum
8 3 (9.38%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (9.38%) SOA
8 3 (9.38%) IBM
8 3 (9.38%) SQL Server

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Edinburgh by Category

For the 6 months to 29 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Edinburgh 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.

Business Applications
1 5 (15.63%) Agresso
2 1 (3.13%) Markit EDM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.25%) FTP
1 2 (6.25%) HTTP
1 2 (6.25%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.38%) SQL Server
2 2 (6.25%) OLAP
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle Discoverer
2 2 (6.25%) Star Schema
2 2 (6.25%) Data Mart
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 4 (12.50%) LoadRunner
2 2 (6.25%) JIRA
2 2 (6.25%) Selenium
2 2 (6.25%) Fiddler
2 2 (6.25%) Cucumber
3 1 (3.13%) Visual Studio
3 1 (3.13%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (3.13%) Rational Performance Tester
3 1 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 8 (25.00%) Finance
2 7 (21.88%) Banking
3 5 (15.63%) Retail
4 4 (12.50%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.50%) Web Services
2 2 (6.25%) HTML
2 2 (6.25%) ODBC
2 2 (6.25%) EDI
3 1 (3.13%) Java EE
3 1 (3.13%) Drools
3 1 (3.13%) REST
3 1 (3.13%) .NET
3 1 (3.13%) SOAP
3 1 (3.13%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (21.88%) Computer Science
2 2 (6.25%) Credit Risk
3 1 (3.13%) FMCG
3 1 (3.13%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 7 (21.88%) UNIX
2 4 (12.50%) Linux
3 1 (3.13%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (43.75%) User Acceptance Testing
2 9 (28.13%) Test Scripting
3 5 (15.63%) Manual Testing
3 5 (15.63%) Performance Testing
4 4 (12.50%) Test Automation
4 4 (12.50%) ETL
5 3 (9.38%) Scrum
5 3 (9.38%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (9.38%) SOA
6 2 (6.25%) Automated Testing
6 2 (6.25%) Software Testing
6 2 (6.25%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (6.25%) System Testing
6 2 (6.25%) Dimensional Modelling
7 1 (3.13%) Continuous Integration
7 1 (3.13%) Integration Testing
7 1 (3.13%) Test Management
7 1 (3.13%) Capacity Planning
7 1 (3.13%) Waterfall
7 1 (3.13%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 6 (18.75%) Java
2 5 (15.63%) SQL
3 2 (6.25%) VBScript
3 2 (6.25%) Perl
3 2 (6.25%) C
4 1 (3.13%) C#
Qualifications
1 8 (25.00%) Degree
2 6 (18.75%) ISTQB
3 4 (12.50%) HNC
3 4 (12.50%) HND
3 4 (12.50%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.13%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (28.13%) HP
2 8 (25.00%) Oracle
3 3 (9.38%) IBM
4 1 (3.13%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.13%) Sybase
4 1 (3.13%) JBoss