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 19 September 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 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 172 193 157
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -36
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 665 545 697
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.27% 1.13% 1.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.40% 1.22% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 471 343 387
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £436 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £307 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 13 23
Average hourly rate £20.00 £29.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.03% +45.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.79 £13.00 £8.27
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £137.50 £37.40 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-30.55% -10.00%
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
47557 44759 49184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 91.01% 92.80% 92.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 29593 27372 28112
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1907 1958 2441
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -10.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014.

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 19 September 2014. 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +38 325 £350 - 55
South East +32 148 £305 -2.86% 39
South West -19 43 £325 - 19
East of England -1 38 £340 -2.85% 16
Yorkshire -5 31 £313 +8.69% 12
North West -8 23 £310 +3.33% 24
West Midlands -10 22 £290 -27.50% 9
North East -18 15 £338 - 7
East Midlands -15 12 £241 -19.58% 1
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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.

1 527 (37.38%) Agile Software Development
2 408 (28.94%) Test Scripting
3 364 (25.82%) SQL
4 342 (24.26%) QA
5 324 (22.98%) Selenium
6 287 (20.35%) Java
7 214 (15.18%) Finance
8 208 (14.75%) HP
9 205 (14.54%) Oracle
10 200 (14.18%) BDD
11 199 (14.11%) Test Automation
12 194 (13.76%) HP Quality Center
13 192 (13.62%) User Acceptance Testing
14 191 (13.55%) Scrum
15 185 (13.12%) Cucumber
16 181 (12.84%) ISEB
17 175 (12.41%) ISTQB
18 173 (12.27%) TDD
19 164 (11.63%) Software Testing
20 158 (11.21%) C#
21 154 (10.92%) Automated Testing
21 154 (10.92%) Performance Testing
22 149 (10.57%) WebDriver
23 147 (10.43%) .NET
23 147 (10.43%) Microsoft
24 144 (10.21%) UNIX
25 143 (10.14%) Manual Testing
26 138 (9.79%) QuickTest Pro
27 136 (9.65%) Security Cleared
28 129 (9.15%) JIRA

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 26 (1.84%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.49%) WebLogic
3 20 (1.42%) CMS
4 19 (1.35%) WebSphere
5 17 (1.21%) Apache
6 14 (0.99%) Tomcat
6 14 (0.99%) SharePoint 2013
7 13 (0.92%) IIS
8 12 (0.85%) MQSeries
9 8 (0.57%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.43%) MS Exchange
10 6 (0.43%) Node.js
11 5 (0.35%) Confluence
11 5 (0.35%) SAS
11 5 (0.35%) WebLogic Integration
12 4 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.28%) CICS
12 4 (0.28%) Sitecore CMS
13 3 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2010
13 3 (0.21%) Mule
Applications
1 85 (6.03%) MS Excel
2 52 (3.69%) MS Office
3 9 (0.64%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.28%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.28%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.071%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 23 (1.63%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.78%) SAP HR
3 7 (0.50%) BASE24
3 7 (0.50%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.35%) SAP HCM
5 5 (0.35%) SAP CRM
5 5 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.28%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.21%) IntelliMatch
7 3 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.21%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.21%) Oracle Financials
7 3 (0.21%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.14%) Agresso
8 2 (0.14%) SAP SD
8 2 (0.14%) SAP MM
8 2 (0.14%) SAP PP
8 2 (0.14%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.64%) Office 365
1 9 (0.64%) SuccessFactors
2 7 (0.50%) SaaS
3 4 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.21%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.21%) GitHub
5 1 (0.071%) PaaS
5 1 (0.071%) Google Apps
5 1 (0.071%) Basecamp
5 1 (0.071%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 35 (2.48%) HTTP
2 33 (2.34%) TCP/IP
3 18 (1.28%) Wireshark
4 17 (1.21%) HTTPS
5 16 (1.13%) DNS
6 14 (0.99%) SAN
7 13 (0.92%) Internet
8 10 (0.71%) SSL
9 9 (0.64%) Firewall
10 8 (0.57%) DVB
10 8 (0.57%) FTP
11 6 (0.43%) Wi-Fi
11 6 (0.43%) Network Security
12 5 (0.35%) Wireless
12 5 (0.35%) LAN
12 5 (0.35%) DHCP
13 4 (0.28%) VPN
13 4 (0.28%) NAS
13 4 (0.28%) Multicast
14 3 (0.21%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 71 (5.04%) SQL Server
2 65 (4.61%) Oracle Database
3 45 (3.19%) Relational Database
4 44 (3.12%) Data Warehouse
5 35 (2.48%) Oracle Reports
6 25 (1.77%) MySQL
7 23 (1.63%) DB2
8 15 (1.06%) RDBMS
9 14 (0.99%) SQL Server 2008
9 14 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
10 11 (0.78%) DbVisualizer
11 10 (0.71%) Big Data
12 9 (0.64%) NoSQL
12 9 (0.64%) SAP BW
13 7 (0.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (0.50%) MS Access
14 6 (0.43%) Oracle Database 10g
14 6 (0.43%) MongoDB
15 5 (0.35%) Base SAS
15 5 (0.35%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 324 (22.98%) Selenium
2 185 (13.12%) Cucumber
3 149 (10.57%) WebDriver
4 138 (9.79%) QuickTest Pro
5 129 (9.15%) JIRA
6 83 (5.89%) LoadRunner
7 79 (5.60%) Jenkins
8 75 (5.32%) JMeter
9 54 (3.83%) Visual Studio
9 54 (3.83%) SoapUI
10 50 (3.55%) Calabash
11 44 (3.12%) JUnit
12 41 (2.91%) Team Foundation Server
13 33 (2.34%) Git (software)
14 32 (2.27%) WATIR
15 31 (2.20%) SpecFlow
16 28 (1.99%) Subversion
17 27 (1.91%) JBehave
18 26 (1.84%) FitNesse
19 25 (1.77%) Hudson
General
1 214 (15.18%) Finance
2 77 (5.46%) Banking
3 31 (2.20%) Retail
4 24 (1.70%) Manufacturing
5 21 (1.49%) Billing
6 19 (1.35%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.21%) Marketing
8 15 (1.06%) Electronics
9 14 (0.99%) Investment Banking
10 13 (0.92%) Games
11 10 (0.71%) Advertising
11 10 (0.71%) Publishing
12 8 (0.57%) Back Office
12 8 (0.57%) Legal
13 7 (0.50%) Military
14 6 (0.43%) Front Office
14 6 (0.43%) Multimedia
15 5 (0.35%) Automotive
16 4 (0.28%) Financial Institution
16 4 (0.28%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 147 (10.43%) .NET
2 123 (8.72%) Web Services
3 102 (7.23%) HTML
4 98 (6.95%) XML
5 61 (4.33%) SOAP
6 57 (4.04%) ASP.NET
7 40 (2.84%) JSON
8 39 (2.77%) JSP
9 36 (2.55%) REST
10 23 (1.63%) Spring
11 22 (1.56%) RESTful
12 19 (1.35%) CSS
12 19 (1.35%) XSLT
13 18 (1.28%) J2EE
14 17 (1.21%) Gherkin
15 13 (0.92%) Android SDK
15 13 (0.92%) Flash
16 12 (0.85%) HTML5
17 10 (0.71%) Middleware
17 10 (0.71%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 90 (6.38%) Mobile App
2 69 (4.89%) Analytical Skills
3 63 (4.47%) Open Source
4 32 (2.27%) Computer Science
5 28 (1.99%) STB
6 26 (1.84%) User Experience
7 24 (1.70%) Enterprise Software
8 19 (1.35%) NHS
9 17 (1.21%) Over-the-Top Content
9 17 (1.21%) EMV
10 16 (1.13%) Video on Demand
11 15 (1.06%) SWIFT
12 14 (0.99%) Smartcard
12 14 (0.99%) Statistics
13 13 (0.92%) Client/Server
14 12 (0.85%) Management Information System
15 11 (0.78%) IPTV
16 9 (0.64%) iPad
16 9 (0.64%) Streaming Video
16 9 (0.64%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 144 (10.21%) UNIX
2 128 (9.08%) Windows
3 127 (9.01%) Linux
4 87 (6.17%) Apple iOS
5 83 (5.89%) Android
6 36 (2.55%) Windows XP
7 28 (1.99%) Windows Server 2003
7 28 (1.99%) Windows 7
8 22 (1.56%) Windows Server 2008
9 17 (1.21%) Windows 2000
10 15 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 15 (1.06%) Solaris
11 10 (0.71%) AIX
11 10 (0.71%) Windows 8
12 7 (0.50%) HPUX
13 5 (0.35%) SUSE
14 4 (0.28%) Windows NT
14 4 (0.28%) Debian
14 4 (0.28%) Windows Server 2012
15 3 (0.21%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 527 (37.38%) Agile Software Development
2 408 (28.94%) Test Scripting
3 200 (14.18%) BDD
4 199 (14.11%) Test Automation
5 192 (13.62%) User Acceptance Testing
6 191 (13.55%) Scrum
7 173 (12.27%) TDD
8 164 (11.63%) Software Testing
9 154 (10.92%) Automated Testing
9 154 (10.92%) Performance Testing
10 143 (10.14%) Manual Testing
11 126 (8.94%) Regression Testing
12 110 (7.80%) Automation Testing
13 89 (6.31%) Test Strategy
14 88 (6.24%) System Testing
14 88 (6.24%) Continuous Integration
15 83 (5.89%) User Stories
15 83 (5.89%) Integration Testing
16 70 (4.96%) E-Commerce
17 64 (4.54%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 364 (25.82%) SQL
2 287 (20.35%) Java
3 158 (11.21%) C#
4 111 (7.87%) Ruby
5 104 (7.38%) JavaScript
6 70 (4.96%) Python
7 63 (4.47%) PHP
8 57 (4.04%) VB
9 36 (2.55%) PL/SQL
9 36 (2.55%) Shell Script
10 28 (1.99%) C
11 27 (1.91%) C++
12 25 (1.77%) VBScript
13 23 (1.63%) Bash Shell
14 22 (1.56%) VBA
15 20 (1.42%) VB.NET
16 19 (1.35%) Perl
17 9 (0.64%) PowerShell
18 8 (0.57%) Groovy
19 7 (0.50%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 181 (12.84%) ISEB
2 175 (12.41%) ISTQB
3 136 (9.65%) Security Cleared
4 117 (8.30%) SC Cleared
5 86 (6.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 63 (4.47%) Degree
7 41 (2.91%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 39 (2.77%) DV Cleared
9 14 (0.99%) CISSP
9 14 (0.99%) MOS
10 10 (0.71%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (0.57%) Cisco Certification
12 6 (0.43%) CEH
13 5 (0.35%) MCITP
13 5 (0.35%) CISM
13 5 (0.35%) Microsoft Certification
14 4 (0.28%) CCNA
15 3 (0.21%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.21%) HND
16 2 (0.14%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 342 (24.26%) QA
2 11 (0.78%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.21%) GxP
5 1 (0.071%) ISO/IEC 14443
5 1 (0.071%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.071%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.071%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 13 (0.92%) Nmap
2 12 (0.85%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.71%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.50%) Snort
5 6 (0.43%) Terminal Server
6 5 (0.35%) XenApp
7 3 (0.21%) XenServer
7 3 (0.21%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.21%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.14%) NDS
8 2 (0.14%) vSphere
8 2 (0.14%) Cygwin
9 1 (0.071%) qmail
9 1 (0.071%) Squid
9 1 (0.071%) NFS
Systems Management
1 194 (13.76%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (0.92%) Nessus
3 9 (0.64%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.43%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.35%) SCOM
6 4 (0.28%) SCCM
7 3 (0.21%) HP Data Protector
7 3 (0.21%) Nagios
7 3 (0.21%) Control-M
8 2 (0.14%) Netcool
8 2 (0.14%) Puppet
8 2 (0.14%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.071%) CA LISA
9 1 (0.071%) Cobbler
9 1 (0.071%) WebInspect
9 1 (0.071%) CA Endevor
9 1 (0.071%) OpenView
9 1 (0.071%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.071%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 208 (14.75%) HP
2 205 (14.54%) Oracle
3 147 (10.43%) Microsoft
4 61 (4.33%) SAP
5 30 (2.13%) IBM
6 28 (1.99%) Citrix
7 23 (1.63%) VMware
8 15 (1.06%) Red Hat
9 12 (0.85%) Cisco
10 11 (0.78%) JBoss
10 11 (0.78%) Informatica
11 9 (0.64%) Siebel
12 8 (0.57%) TIBCO
12 8 (0.57%) Cognos
13 7 (0.50%) Salesforce.com
14 6 (0.43%) Telerik
14 6 (0.43%) AppSense
15 5 (0.35%) Green Hat
15 5 (0.35%) Zend
15 5 (0.35%) SolarWinds
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