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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 170 187 160
Rank change year-on-year
+17 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 645 561 668
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.24% 1.17% 1.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.37% 1.26% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 463 352 370
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 £214 £202 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 14 24
Average hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.66% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.52 £13.00 £9.53
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £142.00 £40.40 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £24.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-18.36% +22.50%
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
47033 44604 49140
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 90.46% 92.69% 93.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 29411 27456 28065
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
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 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1867 1914 2465
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
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 1 October 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 1 October 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 1 October 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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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 +9 300 £336 -4.00% 62
South East +13 137 £309 +3.00% 40
South West +4 55 £325 - 24
East of England 0 45 £318 -5.92% 8
Yorkshire -13 29 £311 +3.75% 20
West Midlands -3 24 £283 -29.37% 9
North West -22 22 £275 -8.40% 23
North East -27 14 £336 +49.44% 5
East Midlands -6 11 £241 -16.81% 3
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 1 October 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.

1 517 (37.27%) Agile Software Development
2 402 (28.98%) Test Scripting
3 352 (25.38%) SQL
4 333 (24.01%) QA
5 314 (22.64%) Selenium
6 282 (20.33%) Java
7 209 (15.07%) Oracle
7 209 (15.07%) HP
8 201 (14.49%) HP Quality Center
9 198 (14.28%) Test Automation
10 193 (13.91%) Finance
11 192 (13.84%) User Acceptance Testing
12 186 (13.41%) ISEB
13 183 (13.19%) Scrum
14 180 (12.98%) BDD
15 174 (12.55%) ISTQB
16 168 (12.11%) Software Testing
16 168 (12.11%) Cucumber
17 157 (11.32%) TDD
18 156 (11.25%) Automated Testing
18 156 (11.25%) C#
19 150 (10.81%) .NET
20 149 (10.74%) WebDriver
21 148 (10.67%) Performance Testing
21 148 (10.67%) Microsoft
22 142 (10.24%) QuickTest Pro
23 141 (10.17%) Security Cleared
24 139 (10.02%) Manual Testing
25 138 (9.95%) UNIX
26 133 (9.59%) JIRA

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 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 23 (1.66%) SharePoint
2 20 (1.44%) WebLogic
3 19 (1.37%) CMS
4 18 (1.30%) WebSphere
5 17 (1.23%) Apache
6 14 (1.01%) Tomcat
6 14 (1.01%) IIS
7 13 (0.94%) SharePoint 2013
8 11 (0.79%) MQSeries
9 8 (0.58%) uiautomator
10 7 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.43%) MS Exchange
12 5 (0.36%) Confluence
12 5 (0.36%) SAS
12 5 (0.36%) WebLogic Integration
13 4 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
13 4 (0.29%) Sitecore CMS
14 3 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
14 3 (0.22%) Node.js
14 3 (0.22%) Mule
Applications
1 84 (6.06%) MS Excel
2 52 (3.75%) MS Office
3 9 (0.65%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (0.36%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.072%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 22 (1.59%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.65%) SAP HR
3 8 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.50%) BASE24
5 6 (0.43%) Oracle Applications
6 5 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 5 (0.36%) SAP CRM
7 4 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.29%) SAP HCM
8 3 (0.22%) IntelliMatch
8 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
8 3 (0.22%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.22%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.22%) Oracle Payroll
8 3 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.14%) SAP SRM
9 2 (0.14%) SAP SD
9 2 (0.14%) SAP MM
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.65%) Office 365
2 6 (0.43%) SaaS
2 6 (0.43%) SuccessFactors
3 4 (0.29%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.22%) GitHub
5 2 (0.14%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.14%) IaaS
6 1 (0.072%) Basecamp
6 1 (0.072%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.072%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.072%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 35 (2.52%) HTTP
2 33 (2.38%) TCP/IP
3 20 (1.44%) Wireshark
4 15 (1.08%) HTTPS
4 15 (1.08%) DNS
5 14 (1.01%) SAN
6 13 (0.94%) Internet
7 10 (0.72%) Firewall
8 9 (0.65%) SSL
9 8 (0.58%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (0.58%) DVB
9 8 (0.58%) FTP
10 6 (0.43%) Network Security
11 5 (0.36%) LAN
11 5 (0.36%) DHCP
11 5 (0.36%) Wireless
12 4 (0.29%) 802.11
12 4 (0.29%) VPN
12 4 (0.29%) Bluetooth
12 4 (0.29%) WPA2
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (5.19%) SQL Server
2 70 (5.05%) Oracle Database
3 52 (3.75%) Data Warehouse
4 43 (3.10%) Relational Database
5 33 (2.38%) Oracle Reports
6 26 (1.87%) MySQL
7 21 (1.51%) DB2
8 15 (1.08%) SQL Server 2008
8 15 (1.08%) RDBMS
9 14 (1.01%) Oracle Database 11g
10 10 (0.72%) DbVisualizer
11 9 (0.65%) Big Data
11 9 (0.65%) SAP BW
12 8 (0.58%) NoSQL
13 7 (0.50%) Oracle BI EE
13 7 (0.50%) PowerCenter
14 6 (0.43%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 6 (0.43%) Oracle Database 10g
14 6 (0.43%) MS Access
14 6 (0.43%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 314 (22.64%) Selenium
2 168 (12.11%) Cucumber
3 149 (10.74%) WebDriver
4 142 (10.24%) QuickTest Pro
5 133 (9.59%) JIRA
6 79 (5.70%) LoadRunner
7 70 (5.05%) JMeter
8 67 (4.83%) Jenkins
9 56 (4.04%) SoapUI
10 52 (3.75%) Visual Studio
11 45 (3.24%) Calabash
12 43 (3.10%) Team Foundation Server
13 42 (3.03%) JUnit
14 32 (2.31%) Appium
15 31 (2.24%) SpecFlow
16 27 (1.95%) Subversion
16 27 (1.95%) Git (software)
16 27 (1.95%) WATIR
17 24 (1.73%) Maven
18 23 (1.66%) FitNesse
General
1 193 (13.91%) Finance
2 73 (5.26%) Banking
3 29 (2.09%) Retail
4 23 (1.66%) Manufacturing
5 20 (1.44%) Billing
6 19 (1.37%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.23%) Marketing
8 15 (1.08%) Electronics
9 14 (1.01%) Investment Banking
10 12 (0.87%) Games
11 10 (0.72%) Publishing
12 9 (0.65%) Advertising
13 7 (0.50%) Back Office
13 7 (0.50%) Legal
13 7 (0.50%) Military
14 6 (0.43%) Multimedia
14 6 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
15 5 (0.36%) Automotive
15 5 (0.36%) Front Office
16 4 (0.29%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (10.81%) .NET
2 110 (7.93%) Web Services
3 98 (7.07%) HTML
4 90 (6.49%) XML
5 62 (4.47%) SOAP
6 55 (3.97%) ASP.NET
7 37 (2.67%) JSP
7 37 (2.67%) JSON
8 35 (2.52%) REST
9 23 (1.66%) CSS
10 22 (1.59%) RESTful
11 21 (1.51%) Spring
12 19 (1.37%) XSLT
13 17 (1.23%) Gherkin
14 16 (1.15%) J2EE
15 12 (0.87%) Flash
15 12 (0.87%) Android SDK
16 10 (0.72%) WCF
17 9 (0.65%) Middleware
17 9 (0.65%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 80 (5.77%) Mobile App
2 68 (4.90%) Analytical Skills
3 61 (4.40%) Open Source
4 30 (2.16%) User Experience
5 29 (2.09%) Computer Science
6 25 (1.80%) STB
7 20 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
8 17 (1.23%) EMV
8 17 (1.23%) NHS
9 16 (1.15%) Over-the-Top Content
10 15 (1.08%) Video on Demand
10 15 (1.08%) Management Information System
11 13 (0.94%) SWIFT
11 13 (0.94%) Smartcard
11 13 (0.94%) Statistics
12 12 (0.87%) IPTV
13 11 (0.79%) Client/Server
14 9 (0.65%) iPad
15 8 (0.58%) Streaming Video
15 8 (0.58%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 138 (9.95%) UNIX
2 124 (8.94%) Windows
3 119 (8.58%) Linux
4 85 (6.13%) Apple iOS
5 80 (5.77%) Android
6 35 (2.52%) Windows XP
7 30 (2.16%) Windows 7
8 27 (1.95%) Windows Server 2003
9 22 (1.59%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (1.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 15 (1.08%) Windows 2000
11 11 (0.79%) Solaris
12 10 (0.72%) AIX
12 10 (0.72%) Windows 8
13 7 (0.50%) HPUX
14 5 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
14 5 (0.36%) SUSE
15 4 (0.29%) Debian
15 4 (0.29%) Windows NT
16 3 (0.22%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 517 (37.27%) Agile Software Development
2 402 (28.98%) Test Scripting
3 198 (14.28%) Test Automation
4 192 (13.84%) User Acceptance Testing
5 183 (13.19%) Scrum
6 180 (12.98%) BDD
7 168 (12.11%) Software Testing
8 157 (11.32%) TDD
9 156 (11.25%) Automated Testing
10 148 (10.67%) Performance Testing
11 139 (10.02%) Manual Testing
12 122 (8.80%) Regression Testing
13 112 (8.07%) Automation Testing
14 93 (6.71%) User Stories
15 88 (6.34%) System Testing
15 88 (6.34%) Test Strategy
16 82 (5.91%) Continuous Integration
17 81 (5.84%) Integration Testing
18 65 (4.69%) E-Commerce
19 61 (4.40%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 352 (25.38%) SQL
2 282 (20.33%) Java
3 156 (11.25%) C#
4 104 (7.50%) JavaScript
5 97 (6.99%) Ruby
6 69 (4.97%) Python
7 61 (4.40%) PHP
8 57 (4.11%) VB
9 37 (2.67%) PL/SQL
10 35 (2.52%) Shell Script
11 28 (2.02%) C
11 28 (2.02%) C++
12 24 (1.73%) VBScript
13 23 (1.66%) Bash Shell
13 23 (1.66%) VBA
14 21 (1.51%) VB.NET
15 20 (1.44%) Perl
16 8 (0.58%) PowerShell
16 8 (0.58%) Groovy
17 7 (0.50%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 186 (13.41%) ISEB
2 174 (12.55%) ISTQB
3 141 (10.17%) Security Cleared
4 121 (8.72%) SC Cleared
5 78 (5.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 63 (4.54%) Degree
7 41 (2.96%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 39 (2.81%) DV Cleared
9 15 (1.08%) MOS
10 14 (1.01%) CISSP
11 10 (0.72%) ISEB Practitioner
12 8 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
13 5 (0.36%) CISM
13 5 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (0.36%) MCITP
13 5 (0.36%) CEH
14 4 (0.29%) CCNA
15 3 (0.22%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.22%) HND
16 2 (0.14%) CIMA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 333 (24.01%) QA
2 11 (0.79%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.22%) GxP
5 2 (0.14%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.072%) ISO/IEC 14443
6 1 (0.072%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.072%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.072%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 14 (1.01%) Active Directory
2 13 (0.94%) Nmap
3 10 (0.72%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.50%) XenApp
4 7 (0.50%) Snort
5 6 (0.43%) Terminal Server
5 6 (0.43%) Firmware
6 3 (0.22%) XenServer
6 3 (0.22%) ISA Server
6 3 (0.22%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.14%) NDS
7 2 (0.14%) Cygwin
7 2 (0.14%) KVM
8 1 (0.072%) vSphere
8 1 (0.072%) qmail
8 1 (0.072%) NFS
8 1 (0.072%) Squid
Systems Management
1 201 (14.49%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (0.94%) Nessus
3 8 (0.58%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.43%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.36%) SCOM
6 4 (0.29%) SCCM
7 3 (0.22%) HP Data Protector
7 3 (0.22%) Control-M
7 3 (0.22%) Nagios
8 2 (0.14%) Netcool
8 2 (0.14%) Puppet
8 2 (0.14%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.072%) CA LISA
9 1 (0.072%) Cobbler
9 1 (0.072%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
9 1 (0.072%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.072%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.072%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 209 (15.07%) Oracle
1 209 (15.07%) HP
2 148 (10.67%) Microsoft
3 53 (3.82%) SAP
4 29 (2.09%) Citrix
5 27 (1.95%) IBM
6 20 (1.44%) VMware
7 17 (1.23%) Red Hat
8 15 (1.08%) Informatica
9 12 (0.87%) Cisco
10 9 (0.65%) JBoss
10 9 (0.65%) Siebel
11 8 (0.58%) AppSense
11 8 (0.58%) TIBCO
11 8 (0.58%) Cognos
12 7 (0.50%) Salesforce.com
13 6 (0.43%) Telerik
13 6 (0.43%) Google
14 5 (0.36%) Green Hat
14 5 (0.36%) SolarWinds
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