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 December 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 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 178 187 159
Rank change year-on-year
+9 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 622 536 564
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.23% 1.13% 1.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.34% 1.23% 1.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 453 325 375
Average daily rate
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£325 £313 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
- +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 3 11
Average hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.84 £22.00 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £38.80 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £41.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-30.48% +95.23%
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
46272 43750 42038
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 91.73% 92.64% 93.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 29935 26900 24214
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1900 1926 2472
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.80 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 December 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 December 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 December 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 +7 273 £375 +15.38% 47
South East +7 134 £308 +11.81% 25
South West +20 65 £341 +51.66% 14
North West -11 47 £275 -8.48% 28
Yorkshire -2 44 £311 -4.23% 13
East of England -12 35 £250 -23.07% 16
West Midlands -14 10 £188 -42.30% 7
East Midlands -2 8 £300 +16.50% 9
North East -25 4 £375 +30.43% 2
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 460 (35.74%) Agile Software Development
2 374 (29.06%) SQL
3 343 (26.65%) Test Scripting
4 318 (24.71%) Selenium
5 290 (22.53%) QA
6 262 (20.36%) Java
7 202 (15.70%) ISEB
8 184 (14.30%) User Acceptance Testing
8 184 (14.30%) Test Automation
9 175 (13.60%) Finance
10 174 (13.52%) JIRA
11 168 (13.05%) HP Quality Center
12 167 (12.98%) Oracle
13 160 (12.43%) Scrum
14 159 (12.35%) BDD
15 153 (11.89%) Software Testing
16 149 (11.58%) HP
17 144 (11.19%) Automated Testing
18 141 (10.96%) Manual Testing
19 140 (10.88%) Cucumber
20 138 (10.72%) .NET
21 137 (10.64%) Automation Testing
22 130 (10.10%) WebDriver
23 129 (10.02%) Microsoft
24 128 (9.95%) ISTQB
25 126 (9.79%) Web Services
25 126 (9.79%) Performance Testing
26 124 (9.63%) C#
27 120 (9.32%) TDD
28 118 (9.17%) Security Cleared

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 24 (1.86%) SharePoint
2 19 (1.48%) CMS
2 19 (1.48%) WebSphere
2 19 (1.48%) WebLogic
3 14 (1.09%) Confluence
4 13 (1.01%) Tomcat
5 10 (0.78%) IIS
5 10 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
6 8 (0.62%) Apache
6 8 (0.62%) MQSeries
7 7 (0.54%) JBoss
8 6 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.47%) uiautomator
9 5 (0.39%) Sitecore CMS
9 5 (0.39%) SAS
10 4 (0.31%) WebLogic Integration
11 3 (0.23%) GlassFish
11 3 (0.23%) Umbraco
11 3 (0.23%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 66 (5.13%) MS Excel
2 48 (3.73%) MS Office
3 8 (0.62%) MS PowerPoint
3 8 (0.62%) Spreadsheet
4 4 (0.31%) MS Project
4 4 (0.31%) Mingle
5 3 (0.23%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.16%) SPSS
7 1 (0.078%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 16 (1.24%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.62%) Summit
4 6 (0.47%) SAP HR
4 6 (0.47%) BASE24
4 6 (0.47%) Oracle EBS R12
5 5 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 4 (0.31%) SAP CRM
6 4 (0.31%) SAP HCM
6 4 (0.31%) Oracle Retail
7 3 (0.23%) IntelliMatch
7 3 (0.23%) SAP APO
8 2 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.16%) SAP SD
8 2 (0.16%) SAP MM
8 2 (0.16%) SAP PP
8 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
8 2 (0.16%) SAP SRM
8 2 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.47%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.39%) SaaS
3 4 (0.31%) Trello
3 4 (0.31%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
5 2 (0.16%) IaaS
5 2 (0.16%) Office 365
5 2 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.16%) GitHub
6 1 (0.078%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.078%) Basecamp
6 1 (0.078%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.078%) Force.com
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.49%) HTTP
2 22 (1.71%) TCP/IP
3 15 (1.17%) Wireshark
4 13 (1.01%) Internet
5 11 (0.85%) FTP
6 8 (0.62%) Firewall
7 7 (0.54%) Network Security
7 7 (0.54%) DVB
7 7 (0.54%) SMS
8 6 (0.47%) SSL
8 6 (0.47%) GPRS
9 5 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.39%) HTTPS
10 4 (0.31%) Bluetooth
10 4 (0.31%) SAN
10 4 (0.31%) 802.11
10 4 (0.31%) Wireless
10 4 (0.31%) WPA2
10 4 (0.31%) DLNA
11 3 (0.23%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (5.13%) Oracle Database
2 59 (4.58%) SQL Server
3 56 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
4 35 (2.72%) Relational Database
5 29 (2.25%) MySQL
6 17 (1.32%) Oracle Reports
7 16 (1.24%) DB2
8 11 (0.85%) DbVisualizer
9 9 (0.70%) Oracle Database 11g
9 9 (0.70%) RDBMS
10 8 (0.62%) Oracle ODI
10 8 (0.62%) Oracle BI EE
11 7 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 7 (0.54%) PowerCenter
12 6 (0.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (0.47%) Azure SQL Database
13 5 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
13 5 (0.39%) MongoDB
13 5 (0.39%) MS Access
13 5 (0.39%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 318 (24.71%) Selenium
2 174 (13.52%) JIRA
3 140 (10.88%) Cucumber
4 130 (10.10%) WebDriver
5 117 (9.09%) QuickTest Pro
6 73 (5.67%) JMeter
7 66 (5.13%) LoadRunner
8 65 (5.05%) Team Foundation Server
9 63 (4.90%) Visual Studio
10 52 (4.04%) SoapUI
11 49 (3.81%) Jenkins
12 44 (3.42%) SpecFlow
13 40 (3.11%) JUnit
14 38 (2.95%) Calabash
15 32 (2.49%) Appium
16 27 (2.10%) WATIR
17 26 (2.02%) Subversion
18 23 (1.79%) Git (software)
19 20 (1.55%) Eclipse
20 18 (1.40%) FitNesse
General
1 175 (13.60%) Finance
2 58 (4.51%) Banking
3 33 (2.56%) Retail
4 30 (2.33%) Electronics
5 29 (2.25%) Telecoms
6 20 (1.55%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.40%) Billing
8 15 (1.17%) Games
9 14 (1.09%) Marketing
10 12 (0.93%) Investment Banking
11 9 (0.70%) Automotive
12 7 (0.54%) Legal
13 5 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.31%) Advertising
15 3 (0.23%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.23%) German Language
15 3 (0.23%) Polish Language
15 3 (0.23%) Front Office
15 3 (0.23%) Financial Institution
16 2 (0.16%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 138 (10.72%) .NET
2 126 (9.79%) Web Services
3 88 (6.84%) XML
4 83 (6.45%) HTML
5 65 (5.05%) SOAP
6 39 (3.03%) REST
7 33 (2.56%) CSS
8 29 (2.25%) RESTful
9 26 (2.02%) ASP.NET
10 24 (1.86%) J2EE
10 24 (1.86%) Gherkin
11 20 (1.55%) JSON
12 16 (1.24%) jQuery
13 15 (1.17%) JSP
14 13 (1.01%) WCF
15 12 (0.93%) Spring
15 12 (0.93%) HTML5
16 11 (0.85%) Flash
16 11 (0.85%) Middleware
17 10 (0.78%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 66 (5.13%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (5.05%) Mobile App
3 46 (3.57%) Open Source
4 34 (2.64%) User Experience
5 31 (2.41%) STB
6 19 (1.48%) Computer Science
7 18 (1.40%) NHS
8 16 (1.24%) Video on Demand
9 15 (1.17%) EMV
10 14 (1.09%) Client/Server
11 13 (1.01%) Management Information System
12 12 (0.93%) IPTV
12 12 (0.93%) SWIFT
13 11 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (0.85%) Over-the-Top Content
13 11 (0.85%) MPEG
13 11 (0.85%) Smartcard
14 10 (0.78%) Derivative
15 9 (0.70%) Embedded Systems
15 9 (0.70%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 113 (8.78%) Linux
2 109 (8.47%) UNIX
3 107 (8.31%) Windows
4 71 (5.52%) Android
5 66 (5.13%) Apple iOS
6 28 (2.18%) Windows 7
7 21 (1.63%) Windows XP
8 11 (0.85%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (0.78%) Embedded Linux
10 9 (0.70%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (0.62%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (0.47%) Windows 8
13 5 (0.39%) Windows 2000
13 5 (0.39%) AIX
14 4 (0.31%) HPUX
14 4 (0.31%) SUSE
15 3 (0.23%) Solaris
16 2 (0.16%) Ubuntu
16 2 (0.16%) Debian
16 2 (0.16%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 460 (35.74%) Agile Software Development
2 343 (26.65%) Test Scripting
3 184 (14.30%) User Acceptance Testing
3 184 (14.30%) Test Automation
4 160 (12.43%) Scrum
5 159 (12.35%) BDD
6 153 (11.89%) Software Testing
7 144 (11.19%) Automated Testing
8 141 (10.96%) Manual Testing
9 137 (10.64%) Automation Testing
10 126 (9.79%) Performance Testing
11 120 (9.32%) TDD
12 108 (8.39%) Regression Testing
13 77 (5.98%) System Testing
14 76 (5.91%) Test Strategy
14 76 (5.91%) User Stories
15 72 (5.59%) Integration Testing
16 65 (5.05%) Continuous Integration
17 58 (4.51%) E-Commerce
18 56 (4.35%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 374 (29.06%) SQL
2 262 (20.36%) Java
3 124 (9.63%) C#
4 107 (8.31%) JavaScript
5 76 (5.91%) Ruby
6 62 (4.82%) Python
7 47 (3.65%) PHP
8 39 (3.03%) PL/SQL
9 28 (2.18%) C
10 26 (2.02%) Shell Script
11 23 (1.79%) VB
11 23 (1.79%) C++
12 21 (1.63%) VB.NET
12 21 (1.63%) VBScript
13 12 (0.93%) VBA
14 10 (0.78%) Perl
15 9 (0.70%) Groovy
15 9 (0.70%) T-SQL
16 8 (0.62%) Bash Shell
17 7 (0.54%) Scala
Qualifications
1 202 (15.70%) ISEB
2 128 (9.95%) ISTQB
3 118 (9.17%) Security Cleared
4 96 (7.46%) SC Cleared
5 62 (4.82%) Degree
6 59 (4.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 16 (1.24%) DV Cleared
8 15 (1.17%) CISSP
9 11 (0.85%) ISEB Practitioner
10 10 (0.78%) CEH
11 9 (0.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 6 (0.47%) CISM
13 5 (0.39%) CISA
14 4 (0.31%) OSCP
15 3 (0.23%) MOS
15 3 (0.23%) MCITP
15 3 (0.23%) Cisco Certification
15 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
15 3 (0.23%) ITIL Certification
15 3 (0.23%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 290 (22.53%) QA
2 9 (0.70%) ISO 9001
3 8 (0.62%) PCI DSS
4 7 (0.54%) ISO 14001
5 6 (0.47%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.23%) ISO 8583
6 3 (0.23%) GxP
7 1 (0.078%) FATCA
7 1 (0.078%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.078%) ISO/IEC 14443
7 1 (0.078%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 14 (1.09%) Nmap
2 10 (0.78%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.54%) XenApp
4 5 (0.39%) Firmware
5 4 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.23%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.16%) Snort
7 2 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.16%) KVM
8 1 (0.078%) XenServer
8 1 (0.078%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.078%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.078%) ISA Server
8 1 (0.078%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 168 (13.05%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.24%) Nessus
3 5 (0.39%) SCOM
4 4 (0.31%) CORE IMPACT
5 3 (0.23%) WebInspect
5 3 (0.23%) Control-M
6 2 (0.16%) Netcool
6 2 (0.16%) Nagios
6 2 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.16%) SCCM
7 1 (0.078%) Puppet
7 1 (0.078%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (0.078%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 167 (12.98%) Oracle
2 149 (11.58%) HP
3 129 (10.02%) Microsoft
4 32 (2.49%) SAP
5 23 (1.79%) Google
6 22 (1.71%) IBM
7 18 (1.40%) Citrix
8 13 (1.01%) Telerik
9 11 (0.85%) Informatica
10 10 (0.78%) Red Hat
10 10 (0.78%) Salesforce.com
10 10 (0.78%) AppSense
10 10 (0.78%) VMware
11 6 (0.47%) ATG
11 6 (0.47%) SOASTA, Inc
12 5 (0.39%) Sitecore
12 5 (0.39%) SolarWinds
12 5 (0.39%) CODA
12 5 (0.39%) Cognos
13 4 (0.31%) Business Objects
Southampton
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Eames Consulting
Posted: Yesterday
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: From £280 to £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £240 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £280.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Roc Search
Rate: £240 - £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £475.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Richmond, Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: From £0 to £0 per day £competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Intapeople
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: Up to £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Cambridgeshire
Focus Select Ltd
Rate: £25 - £40 Per Hour
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reading
NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £250 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago