The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the England 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 5 August 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
5 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 163 158 201
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +43
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 723 723 507
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.38% 1.44% 1.07%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.49% 1.56% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 441 502 316
Average daily rate
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£340 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.22% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 14 17
Average hourly rate £30.00 £19.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+57.89% -38.70%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £23.20 £11.80 £21.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £137.50 £42.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £12.50 £29.25
% change year-on-year
+140.00% -57.26%
Tester
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the England 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
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
48505 46468 43912
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.52% 92.58% 92.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 31427 28658 26407
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £228 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1807 1885 1992
Average hourly rate £16.95 £16.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.72% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in England

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in England

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the England region over the 3 months to 5 August 2015.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in England

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in England

Tester
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the England region over the 3 months to 5 August 2015.

Tester Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Tester
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the England region over the 3 months to 5 August 2015. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -17 339 £400 +18.51% 71
South East +2 168 £325 +10.16% 26
North West +6 52 £300 -6.97% 55
Yorkshire -18 46 £288 -10.15% 22
South West -15 40 £303 -10.37% 34
West Midlands +11 24 £297 -0.91% 19
East of England -10 23 £251 -26.10% 18
East Midlands -16 12 £350 +14.75% 12
North East -18 9 £199 -42.04% 6
Midlands 0 3 - -
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 5 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 449 (36.33%) Agile Software Development
2 330 (26.70%) Selenium
3 304 (24.60%) QA
4 287 (23.22%) Test Scripting
5 246 (19.90%) SQL
6 201 (16.26%) Test Automation
7 195 (15.78%) Java
8 183 (14.81%) Finance
9 166 (13.43%) User Acceptance Testing
10 151 (12.22%) Automated Testing
11 143 (11.57%) Cucumber
12 141 (11.41%) Scrum
13 139 (11.25%) ISEB
13 139 (11.25%) Security Cleared
14 138 (11.17%) C#
15 135 (10.92%) Automation Testing
16 134 (10.84%) WebDriver
17 133 (10.76%) BDD
18 131 (10.60%) JIRA
19 128 (10.36%) Manual Testing
20 124 (10.03%) HP
21 122 (9.87%) Regression Testing
22 121 (9.79%) Oracle
22 121 (9.79%) Software Testing
23 117 (9.47%) HP Quality Center
24 110 (8.90%) ISTQB
24 110 (8.90%) UNIX
25 106 (8.58%) Performance Testing
25 106 (8.58%) SoapUI
26 105 (8.50%) .NET

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 5 August 2015, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 24 (1.94%) SharePoint
2 22 (1.78%) WebSphere
3 19 (1.54%) CMS
4 18 (1.46%) Confluence
5 15 (1.21%) WebLogic
6 12 (0.97%) Apache
6 12 (0.97%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 6 (0.49%) SAS
7 6 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.40%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.32%) Oracle Service Bus
9 4 (0.32%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.32%) WebSphere Application Server
10 3 (0.24%) Documentum
10 3 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (0.16%) IIS
11 2 (0.16%) WebLogic Integration
11 2 (0.16%) Drupal
12 1 (0.081%) WordPress
12 1 (0.081%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 52 (4.21%) MS Excel
2 34 (2.75%) MS Office
3 6 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.24%) FastStats
4 3 (0.24%) MS Project
5 2 (0.16%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.081%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.081%) HipChat
6 1 (0.081%) PTC Creo
6 1 (0.081%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.081%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.081%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 9 (0.73%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.65%) Magento
3 6 (0.49%) Oracle Financials
4 5 (0.40%) SAP FI
4 5 (0.40%) Oracle General Ledger
4 5 (0.40%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.24%) ResourceLink
6 3 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.24%) SAP HR
6 3 (0.24%) Exstream
6 3 (0.24%) MultiFonds
7 2 (0.16%) SAP CO
7 2 (0.16%) CODA-Financials
7 2 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle EBS R12
8 1 (0.081%) Oracle Payables
8 1 (0.081%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.57%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (0.49%) SaaS
2 6 (0.49%) GitHub
3 4 (0.32%) Google Analytics
4 3 (0.24%) Taleo
5 2 (0.16%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (0.081%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.081%) IaaS
6 1 (0.081%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.081%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.081%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.081%) Sage Pay
6 1 (0.081%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (1.78%) GSM
1 22 (1.78%) 3G
2 21 (1.70%) 4G
3 19 (1.54%) Wireshark
4 16 (1.29%) GPRS
5 14 (1.13%) HTTP
5 14 (1.13%) UMTS
5 14 (1.13%) 2G
5 14 (1.13%) VoLTE
6 13 (1.05%) Diameter Protocol
6 13 (1.05%) RNC
7 12 (0.97%) LTE
7 12 (0.97%) FTP
8 10 (0.81%) TCP/IP
8 10 (0.81%) SS7
9 9 (0.73%) Wireless
9 9 (0.73%) NAS
9 9 (0.73%) HSDPA
9 9 (0.73%) SIGTRAN
10 8 (0.65%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (6.15%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
3 25 (2.02%) DB2
4 21 (1.70%) Relational Database
5 19 (1.54%) Oracle Database
6 16 (1.29%) MySQL
6 16 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 15 (1.21%) DbVisualizer
8 13 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (0.65%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.57%) SQL Server 2008
10 7 (0.57%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
12 5 (0.40%) Big Data
12 5 (0.40%) Apache Hive
12 5 (0.40%) Data Mining
12 5 (0.40%) SAP BW
13 4 (0.32%) MongoDB
13 4 (0.32%) Oracle ODI
14 3 (0.24%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 330 (26.70%) Selenium
2 143 (11.57%) Cucumber
3 134 (10.84%) WebDriver
4 131 (10.60%) JIRA
5 106 (8.58%) SoapUI
6 87 (7.04%) LoadRunner
7 75 (6.07%) HP UFT
8 64 (5.18%) SpecFlow
9 52 (4.21%) Team Foundation Server
10 50 (4.05%) JMeter
11 48 (3.88%) Jenkins
12 41 (3.32%) JUnit
13 40 (3.24%) Visual Studio
14 31 (2.51%) Subversion
15 21 (1.70%) Calabash
16 19 (1.54%) Appium
17 17 (1.38%) Git (software)
17 17 (1.38%) JBehave
17 17 (1.38%) Maven
18 14 (1.13%) NUnit
General
1 183 (14.81%) Finance
2 84 (6.80%) Retail
3 72 (5.83%) Banking
4 55 (4.45%) Telecoms
5 17 (1.38%) Games
6 15 (1.21%) Investment Banking
7 11 (0.89%) Manufacturing
8 9 (0.73%) Billing
8 9 (0.73%) Marketing
9 8 (0.65%) Retail Banking
9 8 (0.65%) Back Office
10 7 (0.57%) Electronics
10 7 (0.57%) Automotive
11 5 (0.40%) Legal
12 4 (0.32%) Publishing
12 4 (0.32%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.24%) German Language
13 3 (0.24%) Advertising
13 3 (0.24%) Front Office
14 2 (0.16%) French Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 105 (8.50%) .NET
2 95 (7.69%) XML
3 92 (7.44%) Web Services
4 91 (7.36%) SOAP
5 64 (5.18%) HTML
6 45 (3.64%) Gherkin
7 32 (2.59%) RESTful
8 31 (2.51%) REST
9 28 (2.27%) Middleware
10 27 (2.18%) JSON
11 20 (1.62%) J2EE
12 19 (1.54%) CSS
13 16 (1.29%) ASP.NET
13 16 (1.29%) Flash
14 11 (0.89%) .NET Framework
15 8 (0.65%) XML Messaging
16 7 (0.57%) Spring
17 6 (0.49%) WebSphere MQ
17 6 (0.49%) XSD
18 5 (0.40%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 81 (6.55%) Analytical Skills
2 71 (5.74%) Mobile App
3 23 (1.86%) NHS
4 19 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
5 18 (1.46%) SWIFT
6 13 (1.05%) Performance Metrics
7 12 (0.97%) Client/Server
7 12 (0.97%) STB
8 11 (0.89%) Mainframe
8 11 (0.89%) Data Structures
9 10 (0.81%) User Experience
9 10 (0.81%) Data Centre
9 10 (0.81%) Computer Science
9 10 (0.81%) Management Information System
10 9 (0.73%) Wiki
11 8 (0.65%) MPEG
12 6 (0.49%) Replication
12 6 (0.49%) Data Integration
13 5 (0.40%) Credit Risk
13 5 (0.40%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 110 (8.90%) UNIX
2 79 (6.39%) Linux
3 60 (4.85%) Apple iOS
4 59 (4.77%) Android
5 57 (4.61%) Windows
6 17 (1.38%) Solaris
7 11 (0.89%) Windows 7
8 6 (0.49%) AIX
9 3 (0.24%) SUSE
9 3 (0.24%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.16%) VME
10 2 (0.16%) HPUX
10 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
10 2 (0.16%) CentOS
10 2 (0.16%) Windows Phone 8
10 2 (0.16%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.081%) Data ONTAP
11 1 (0.081%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.081%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 449 (36.33%) Agile Software Development
2 287 (23.22%) Test Scripting
3 201 (16.26%) Test Automation
4 166 (13.43%) User Acceptance Testing
5 151 (12.22%) Automated Testing
6 141 (11.41%) Scrum
7 135 (10.92%) Automation Testing
8 133 (10.76%) BDD
9 128 (10.36%) Manual Testing
10 122 (9.87%) Regression Testing
11 121 (9.79%) Software Testing
12 106 (8.58%) Performance Testing
13 104 (8.41%) Integration Testing
14 94 (7.61%) TDD
15 87 (7.04%) System Testing
16 84 (6.80%) E-Commerce
17 82 (6.63%) Test Strategy
18 81 (6.55%) Continuous Integration
19 69 (5.58%) System Integration Testing
20 67 (5.42%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 246 (19.90%) SQL
2 195 (15.78%) Java
3 138 (11.17%) C#
4 63 (5.10%) JavaScript
5 56 (4.53%) Ruby
6 38 (3.07%) Python
7 29 (2.35%) PHP
8 26 (2.10%) Groovy
9 23 (1.86%) VB
10 19 (1.54%) C
10 19 (1.54%) PL/SQL
11 18 (1.46%) VBScript
12 14 (1.13%) Shell Script
13 13 (1.05%) C++
14 12 (0.97%) Perl
14 12 (0.97%) VBA
15 11 (0.89%) PowerShell
16 9 (0.73%) T-SQL
17 8 (0.65%) VB.NET
18 5 (0.40%) XPath
Qualifications
1 139 (11.25%) ISEB
1 139 (11.25%) Security Cleared
2 110 (8.90%) ISTQB
3 82 (6.63%) SC Cleared
4 66 (5.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 48 (3.88%) DV Cleared
6 37 (2.99%) Degree
7 10 (0.81%) ISEB Practitioner
8 9 (0.73%) CEH
8 9 (0.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 5 (0.40%) HND
10 3 (0.24%) GIAC
11 2 (0.16%) CISSP
11 2 (0.16%) OSCP
12 1 (0.081%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.081%) CTC Cleared
12 1 (0.081%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.081%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.081%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.081%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 304 (24.60%) QA
2 7 (0.57%) SLA
3 3 (0.24%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.24%) ISO 8583
4 2 (0.16%) MiFID
4 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.081%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.081%) Basel III
5 1 (0.081%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.081%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.081%) ISO 14001
5 1 (0.081%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.081%) GxP
System Software
1 11 (0.89%) VMware Infrastructure
2 7 (0.57%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.16%) Firmware
4 1 (0.081%) ISA Server
4 1 (0.081%) VMware Workstation
4 1 (0.081%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.081%) Squid
4 1 (0.081%) vSphere
4 1 (0.081%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.081%) FreeRADIUS
4 1 (0.081%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 117 (9.47%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.49%) SCCM
3 3 (0.24%) Nessus
4 2 (0.16%) Nmap
4 2 (0.16%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 2 (0.16%) CORE IMPACT
4 2 (0.16%) Puppet
4 2 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.081%) CA LISA
5 1 (0.081%) nmon
5 1 (0.081%) Control-M
5 1 (0.081%) Cisco IPCC
5 1 (0.081%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.081%) Netcool
5 1 (0.081%) WebInspect
5 1 (0.081%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 124 (10.03%) HP
2 121 (9.79%) Oracle
3 100 (8.09%) Microsoft
4 36 (2.91%) SAP
5 21 (1.70%) IBM
5 21 (1.70%) VMware
6 10 (0.81%) Citrix
6 10 (0.81%) Remedy
7 7 (0.57%) Cisco
7 7 (0.57%) OpenText
7 7 (0.57%) Endeca
7 7 (0.57%) Google
8 6 (0.49%) Salesforce.com
9 5 (0.40%) TIBCO
9 5 (0.40%) Sybase
9 5 (0.40%) Telerik
9 5 (0.40%) Atlassian
9 5 (0.40%) Tumbleweed
10 4 (0.32%) Capita
10 4 (0.32%) Sitecore
Cheshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: up to £350 depending on experience
Posted: 2 hours ago
Central London / West End
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 400 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Proprius Recruitment
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: 21 hours ago
North London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £160 - £180 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £500.00 - £700.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
TalentFlow
Rate: Up to £440 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Joseph Harry Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
London
G2 Recruitment Solutions Ltd.
Rate: £45000
Posted: Yesterday
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market rate
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £300 per day for 6 months
Posted: Yesterday
Middlesex
Salt
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hull, North Humberside
Senitor Associates
Rate: £80 - £120 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £360 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 4 days ago
London
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago