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 27 January 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
27 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 77 58 55
Rank change year-on-year
-19 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 8 18 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 0.58% 1.57% 0.92%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.61% 1.71% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 16 3
Average daily rate
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£290 £380 £280
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.68% +35.71%
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 - £32.50
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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
1320 1052 708
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Edinburgh 95.58% 91.96% 93.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 692 536 320
Average daily rate £390 £359 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.63% +10.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £225 £168
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 9 20
Average hourly rate £24.00 £13.19 £13.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+81.95% -2.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £19.10 £23.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -8.33%

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 27 January 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 27 January 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 11 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (36.36%) Linux
3 7 (31.82%) SQL
3 7 (31.82%) Java
4 6 (27.27%) UNIX
4 6 (27.27%) QA
5 5 (22.73%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (22.73%) ISTQB
5 5 (22.73%) Test Scripting
5 5 (22.73%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (18.18%) Test Automation
6 4 (18.18%) Automated Testing
6 4 (18.18%) Python
6 4 (18.18%) Web Services
6 4 (18.18%) Oracle
6 4 (18.18%) SOA
6 4 (18.18%) ISEB
7 3 (13.64%) Perl
7 3 (13.64%) PHP
7 3 (13.64%) C++
7 3 (13.64%) XML
7 3 (13.64%) Finance
7 3 (13.64%) Scrum
7 3 (13.64%) Degree
7 3 (13.64%) Selenium
7 3 (13.64%) Performance Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Security Testing
7 3 (13.64%) Big Data
8 2 (9.09%) Cucumber
8 2 (9.09%) BDD

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Edinburgh by Category

For the 6 months to 27 January 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.

Applications
1 1 (4.55%) MS Office
1 1 (4.55%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Agresso
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.09%) Wireshark
2 1 (4.55%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.64%) Big Data
2 2 (9.09%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (13.64%) Selenium
2 2 (9.09%) Cucumber
2 2 (9.09%) Jenkins
2 2 (9.09%) FitNesse
2 2 (9.09%) Fiddler
2 2 (9.09%) JIRA
2 2 (9.09%) Maven
2 2 (9.09%) Ant
2 2 (9.09%) Eclipse
2 2 (9.09%) LoadRunner
2 2 (9.09%) JMeter
3 1 (4.55%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (4.55%) Visual Studio
3 1 (4.55%) VisualVM
3 1 (4.55%) JProfiler
General
1 3 (13.64%) Finance
2 2 (9.09%) Telecoms
3 1 (4.55%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (18.18%) Web Services
2 3 (13.64%) XML
3 2 (9.09%) RESTful
3 2 (9.09%) JSON
3 2 (9.09%) .NET
3 2 (9.09%) HTML
3 2 (9.09%) XML Schema
4 1 (4.55%) JAXB
4 1 (4.55%) SOAP
4 1 (4.55%) DOM
4 1 (4.55%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (22.73%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (9.09%) Open Source
2 2 (9.09%) Social Media
3 1 (4.55%) Computer Science
3 1 (4.55%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (36.36%) Linux
2 6 (27.27%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (22.73%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (22.73%) Test Scripting
3 4 (18.18%) Test Automation
3 4 (18.18%) Automated Testing
3 4 (18.18%) SOA
4 3 (13.64%) Scrum
4 3 (13.64%) Performance Testing
4 3 (13.64%) Security Testing
5 2 (9.09%) BDD
5 2 (9.09%) Manual Testing
5 2 (9.09%) Product Management
5 2 (9.09%) Continuous Improvement
5 2 (9.09%) User Stories
5 2 (9.09%) Information Security
5 2 (9.09%) Software Testing
5 2 (9.09%) TDD
6 1 (4.55%) Usability Testing
6 1 (4.55%) Automation Testing
6 1 (4.55%) Performance Engineering
Programming Languages
1 7 (31.82%) SQL
1 7 (31.82%) Java
2 4 (18.18%) Python
3 3 (13.64%) Perl
3 3 (13.64%) PHP
3 3 (13.64%) C++
4 2 (9.09%) XPath
5 1 (4.55%) C#
Qualifications
1 5 (22.73%) ISTQB
2 4 (18.18%) ISEB
3 3 (13.64%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (27.27%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (18.18%) Oracle
2 2 (9.09%) HP
2 2 (9.09%) IBM
2 2 (9.09%) Microsoft