The table below looks at the statistics 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 6 May 2015 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 73 57 54
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 13 16 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 0.88% 1.30% 0.86%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.94% 1.40% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 11 6
Average daily rate
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£308 £300 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -0.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £235 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £400 £338
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £24.25 £28.06
% change year-on-year
+53.60% -13.56%
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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 Edinburgh 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
Edinburgh
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
1385 1141 762
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 94.22% 92.76% 93.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 777 663 327
Average daily rate £360 £380 £396
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.26% -4.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 30 7
Average hourly rate £13.50 £21.00 £15.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.71% +35.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £14.00 £11.28
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £32.00 £27.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.28% -

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 6 May 2015.

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 6 May 2015, 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 13 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (52.17%) SQL
3 8 (34.78%) Selenium
3 8 (34.78%) User Acceptance Testing
3 8 (34.78%) Analytical Skills
4 7 (30.43%) Scrum
4 7 (30.43%) XML
5 6 (26.09%) ISEB
6 5 (21.74%) Finance
6 5 (21.74%) FitNesse
6 5 (21.74%) QA
6 5 (21.74%) ISTQB
6 5 (21.74%) Relational Database
7 4 (17.39%) User Stories
7 4 (17.39%) BDD
7 4 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (17.39%) JIRA
7 4 (17.39%) Banking
8 3 (13.04%) TDD
8 3 (13.04%) XPath
8 3 (13.04%) JSON
8 3 (13.04%) Software Testing
8 3 (13.04%) Maven
8 3 (13.04%) SOA
8 3 (13.04%) Eclipse
8 3 (13.04%) XML Schema
8 3 (13.04%) .NET
8 3 (13.04%) Linux
8 3 (13.04%) Ant
8 3 (13.04%) Cucumber

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Edinburgh by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (4.35%) IIS
1 1 (4.35%) SharePoint
1 1 (4.35%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (4.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.35%) PeopleSoft HRMS
1 1 (4.35%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (21.74%) Relational Database
2 2 (8.70%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (8.70%) MongoDB
2 2 (8.70%) NoSQL
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle Database
3 1 (4.35%) RDBMS
3 1 (4.35%) SQLPlus
3 1 (4.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (34.78%) Selenium
2 5 (21.74%) FitNesse
3 4 (17.39%) JIRA
4 3 (13.04%) Maven
4 3 (13.04%) Ant
4 3 (13.04%) Eclipse
4 3 (13.04%) Cucumber
4 3 (13.04%) SoapUI
4 3 (13.04%) Jenkins
5 2 (8.70%) Watij
5 2 (8.70%) JUnit
6 1 (4.35%) QuickTest Pro
6 1 (4.35%) LoadRunner
6 1 (4.35%) JMeter
6 1 (4.35%) Bugzilla
6 1 (4.35%) Git (software)
6 1 (4.35%) WebDriver
6 1 (4.35%) Robot Framework
6 1 (4.35%) SpecFlow
General
1 5 (21.74%) Finance
2 4 (17.39%) Banking
3 2 (8.70%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (30.43%) XML
2 3 (13.04%) .NET
2 3 (13.04%) XML Schema
2 3 (13.04%) JSON
2 3 (13.04%) RESTful
3 1 (4.35%) Gherkin
3 1 (4.35%) AngularJS
3 1 (4.35%) HTML
3 1 (4.35%) jQuery
3 1 (4.35%) JAXB
3 1 (4.35%) Ajax
3 1 (4.35%) ASP.NET
3 1 (4.35%) DOM
Miscellaneous
1 8 (34.78%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (13.04%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.04%) Linux
2 2 (8.70%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (56.52%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (34.78%) User Acceptance Testing
3 7 (30.43%) Scrum
4 4 (17.39%) BDD
4 4 (17.39%) Continuous Improvement
4 4 (17.39%) User Stories
5 3 (13.04%) Manual Testing
5 3 (13.04%) Software Testing
5 3 (13.04%) TDD
5 3 (13.04%) SOA
6 2 (8.70%) Project Management
6 2 (8.70%) Automated Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Validation
6 2 (8.70%) Integration Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Test Management
6 2 (8.70%) Test Planning
6 2 (8.70%) Test Automation
6 2 (8.70%) Functional Testing
7 1 (4.35%) Automation Testing
7 1 (4.35%) Product Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (52.17%) SQL
2 3 (13.04%) XPath
3 1 (4.35%) T-SQL
3 1 (4.35%) Python
3 1 (4.35%) Java
3 1 (4.35%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (26.09%) ISEB
2 5 (21.74%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (4.35%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (21.74%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (8.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (8.70%) Oracle
1 2 (8.70%) HP
2 1 (4.35%) Informatica
2 1 (4.35%) Netezza
2 1 (4.35%) Business Objects
2 1 (4.35%) PeopleSoft
2 1 (4.35%) Microsoft
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