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 28 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 159 160 195
Rank change year-on-year
+1 +35
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 781 697 532
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.47% 1.39% 1.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.58% 1.50% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 479 469 332
Average daily rate
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£350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £214 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £304 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.94% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 16 13
Average hourly rate £29.00 £20.75 £29.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.75% -29.05%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £12.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.50 £137.50 £42.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.05 £29.25
% change year-on-year
+106.40% -51.96%
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
49336 46518 44681
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.83% 92.45% 92.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 32059 28699 27154
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £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 1836 1841 1961
Average hourly rate £17.25 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.43% -3.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.57 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £39.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -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 28 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 28 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 28 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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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 +4 364 £393 +16.29% 69
South East +3 179 £325 +10.16% 35
Yorkshire -3 60 £300 -4.38% 17
North West -6 52 £350 +8.52% 57
South West -10 46 £310 -4.61% 12
East of England -9 25 £275 -18.51% 18
West Midlands +3 24 £300 +3.44% 11
North East -18 18 £513 +46.42% 5
East Midlands -8 13 £350 +20.02% 18
Midlands +3 4 - -
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 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.

1 488 (37.74%) Agile Software Development
2 339 (26.22%) Selenium
3 308 (23.82%) Test Scripting
4 303 (23.43%) QA
5 268 (20.73%) SQL
6 213 (16.47%) Test Automation
7 211 (16.32%) Java
8 200 (15.47%) Finance
9 166 (12.84%) User Acceptance Testing
10 158 (12.22%) Cucumber
11 153 (11.83%) C#
12 148 (11.45%) Automated Testing
13 147 (11.37%) ISEB
13 147 (11.37%) Manual Testing
14 145 (11.21%) Security Cleared
15 144 (11.14%) Automation Testing
16 142 (10.98%) BDD
16 142 (10.98%) Scrum
17 140 (10.83%) WebDriver
18 135 (10.44%) Oracle
19 133 (10.29%) Software Testing
20 132 (10.21%) JIRA
21 130 (10.05%) Regression Testing
22 127 (9.82%) SoapUI
23 126 (9.74%) HP
24 123 (9.51%) HP Quality Center
25 122 (9.44%) Microsoft
26 116 (8.97%) .NET
27 111 (8.58%) UNIX
28 110 (8.51%) ISTQB

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 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 (1.86%) WebSphere
2 23 (1.78%) SharePoint
3 22 (1.70%) CMS
4 18 (1.39%) Confluence
5 16 (1.24%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 14 (1.08%) WebLogic
7 8 (0.62%) Apache
7 8 (0.62%) SAS
8 7 (0.54%) BizTalk Server
9 5 (0.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 5 (0.39%) Apache Spark
10 4 (0.31%) Oracle Service Bus
10 4 (0.31%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.31%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.23%) WebSphere Application Server
12 2 (0.15%) MS Exchange
12 2 (0.15%) Documentum
12 2 (0.15%) Drupal
12 2 (0.15%) WebLogic Integration
13 1 (0.077%) Oracle Collaboration Suite
Applications
1 55 (4.25%) MS Excel
2 42 (3.25%) MS Office
3 6 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.23%) FastStats
4 3 (0.23%) MS Project
4 3 (0.23%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.077%) PowerPivot
5 1 (0.077%) HipChat
5 1 (0.077%) PTC Creo
5 1 (0.077%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.077%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.077%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 9 (0.70%) Oracle EBS
1 9 (0.70%) Magento
2 7 (0.54%) Oracle General Ledger
3 6 (0.46%) Oracle Financials
4 5 (0.39%) SAP FI
4 5 (0.39%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.31%) Agresso
6 3 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.23%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.23%) ResourceLink
6 3 (0.23%) MultiFonds
7 2 (0.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle EBS R12
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 2 (0.15%) Exstream
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.15%) SAP HR
8 1 (0.077%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.62%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (0.54%) SaaS
2 7 (0.54%) GitHub
3 5 (0.39%) Google Analytics
4 3 (0.23%) Taleo
5 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.15%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.077%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.077%) Boomi
6 1 (0.077%) Sage Pay
6 1 (0.077%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.077%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.077%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.47%) GSM
2 17 (1.31%) 3G
3 16 (1.24%) GPRS
3 16 (1.24%) 4G
3 16 (1.24%) VoLTE
4 14 (1.08%) Wireshark
5 13 (1.01%) Diameter Protocol
5 13 (1.01%) UMTS
5 13 (1.01%) HTTP
6 12 (0.93%) FTP
6 12 (0.93%) LTE
6 12 (0.93%) Wireless
7 11 (0.85%) RNC
8 10 (0.77%) 2G
9 9 (0.70%) HSDPA
10 8 (0.62%) Internet
10 8 (0.62%) HTTPS
11 7 (0.54%) SS7
11 7 (0.54%) Firewall
11 7 (0.54%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 86 (6.65%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.25%) Data Warehouse
3 26 (2.01%) DB2
4 21 (1.62%) Relational Database
5 20 (1.55%) Oracle Database
5 20 (1.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 16 (1.24%) DbVisualizer
7 14 (1.08%) MySQL
8 13 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 8 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 6 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
10 6 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (0.46%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.39%) Apache Hive
11 5 (0.39%) Data Mining
12 4 (0.31%) Oracle Reports
12 4 (0.31%) MongoDB
12 4 (0.31%) Oracle ODI
13 3 (0.23%) Big Data
13 3 (0.23%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 339 (26.22%) Selenium
2 158 (12.22%) Cucumber
3 140 (10.83%) WebDriver
4 132 (10.21%) JIRA
5 127 (9.82%) SoapUI
6 84 (6.50%) LoadRunner
7 70 (5.41%) SpecFlow
8 67 (5.18%) HP UFT
9 66 (5.10%) Team Foundation Server
10 59 (4.56%) Jenkins
11 49 (3.79%) JMeter
12 41 (3.17%) Visual Studio
13 40 (3.09%) JUnit
14 30 (2.32%) Subversion
15 26 (2.01%) Appium
16 22 (1.70%) Calabash
16 22 (1.70%) Git (software)
17 20 (1.55%) JBehave
18 18 (1.39%) Maven
19 17 (1.31%) NUnit
General
1 200 (15.47%) Finance
2 72 (5.57%) Retail
3 70 (5.41%) Banking
4 44 (3.40%) Telecoms
5 14 (1.08%) Games
6 12 (0.93%) Investment Banking
7 9 (0.70%) Retail Banking
7 9 (0.70%) Manufacturing
8 8 (0.62%) Automotive
9 7 (0.54%) Back Office
9 7 (0.54%) Billing
10 6 (0.46%) Marketing
11 5 (0.39%) Electronics
12 4 (0.31%) Publishing
12 4 (0.31%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.23%) German Language
13 3 (0.23%) Advertising
13 3 (0.23%) Military
13 3 (0.23%) Front Office
14 2 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 116 (8.97%) .NET
2 103 (7.97%) SOAP
3 100 (7.73%) XML
4 93 (7.19%) Web Services
5 67 (5.18%) HTML
6 48 (3.71%) Gherkin
7 30 (2.32%) RESTful
7 30 (2.32%) REST
8 29 (2.24%) Middleware
9 28 (2.17%) JSON
10 26 (2.01%) ASP.NET
11 24 (1.86%) CSS
12 20 (1.55%) J2EE
13 17 (1.31%) Flash
14 10 (0.77%) WPF
14 10 (0.77%) XML Messaging
15 8 (0.62%) .NET Framework
16 7 (0.54%) WebSphere MQ
16 7 (0.54%) Spring
17 6 (0.46%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 83 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
2 70 (5.41%) Mobile App
3 22 (1.70%) NHS
4 18 (1.39%) Enterprise Software
5 17 (1.31%) SWIFT
6 14 (1.08%) STB
7 13 (1.01%) Performance Metrics
8 12 (0.93%) Mainframe
9 11 (0.85%) Data Structures
9 11 (0.85%) User Experience
10 10 (0.77%) Client/Server
10 10 (0.77%) Management Information System
11 9 (0.70%) MPEG
11 9 (0.70%) Data Centre
11 9 (0.70%) Computer Science
11 9 (0.70%) Wiki
11 9 (0.70%) iSeries
12 7 (0.54%) Data Integration
13 6 (0.46%) Mathematics
13 6 (0.46%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 111 (8.58%) UNIX
2 71 (5.49%) Linux
3 64 (4.95%) Apple iOS
4 61 (4.72%) Android
5 50 (3.87%) Windows
6 14 (1.08%) Solaris
7 10 (0.77%) Windows 7
8 6 (0.46%) AIX
9 3 (0.23%) SUSE
9 3 (0.23%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.15%) VME
10 2 (0.15%) HPUX
11 1 (0.077%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.077%) Windows CE
11 1 (0.077%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.077%) CentOS
11 1 (0.077%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 488 (37.74%) Agile Software Development
2 308 (23.82%) Test Scripting
3 213 (16.47%) Test Automation
4 166 (12.84%) User Acceptance Testing
5 148 (11.45%) Automated Testing
6 147 (11.37%) Manual Testing
7 144 (11.14%) Automation Testing
8 142 (10.98%) BDD
8 142 (10.98%) Scrum
9 133 (10.29%) Software Testing
10 130 (10.05%) Regression Testing
11 107 (8.28%) Performance Testing
12 106 (8.20%) Integration Testing
13 101 (7.81%) TDD
14 93 (7.19%) System Testing
15 89 (6.88%) E-Commerce
16 82 (6.34%) Continuous Integration
17 76 (5.88%) Test Strategy
18 75 (5.80%) System Integration Testing
19 62 (4.80%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 268 (20.73%) SQL
2 211 (16.32%) Java
3 153 (11.83%) C#
4 73 (5.65%) JavaScript
5 49 (3.79%) Ruby
6 31 (2.40%) Python
7 29 (2.24%) Groovy
8 28 (2.17%) VB
8 28 (2.17%) PHP
9 26 (2.01%) PL/SQL
10 23 (1.78%) VBScript
11 22 (1.70%) T-SQL
11 22 (1.70%) C++
12 19 (1.47%) C
13 15 (1.16%) Shell Script
14 12 (0.93%) PowerShell
15 11 (0.85%) VBA
16 9 (0.70%) VB.NET
17 8 (0.62%) Perl
18 4 (0.31%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 147 (11.37%) ISEB
2 145 (11.21%) Security Cleared
3 110 (8.51%) ISTQB
4 84 (6.50%) SC Cleared
5 76 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 47 (3.63%) DV Cleared
7 34 (2.63%) Degree
8 12 (0.93%) ISEB Practitioner
9 9 (0.70%) CEH
10 6 (0.46%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 3 (0.23%) GIAC
11 3 (0.23%) BC Cleared
12 2 (0.15%) HND
12 2 (0.15%) CISSP
12 2 (0.15%) OSCP
13 1 (0.077%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.077%) Microsoft Certification
13 1 (0.077%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 1 (0.077%) PMI Certification
13 1 (0.077%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 303 (23.43%) QA
2 8 (0.62%) SLA
3 5 (0.39%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.23%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.23%) MiFID
5 2 (0.15%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.077%) GxP
6 1 (0.077%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.077%) Dodd-Frank
System Software
1 12 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
2 8 (0.62%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.15%) Firmware
3 2 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.077%) Squid
4 1 (0.077%) ISA Server
4 1 (0.077%) XenApp
4 1 (0.077%) XenServer
4 1 (0.077%) XenDesktop
4 1 (0.077%) FreeRADIUS
Systems Management
1 123 (9.51%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.46%) SCCM
3 4 (0.31%) Cisco IPCC
4 3 (0.23%) Nessus
4 3 (0.23%) CORE IMPACT
5 2 (0.15%) Puppet
5 2 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.15%) Nmap
5 2 (0.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.077%) Control-M
6 1 (0.077%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.077%) Netcool
6 1 (0.077%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.077%) CA LISA
6 1 (0.077%) Iperf
6 1 (0.077%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 135 (10.44%) Oracle
2 126 (9.74%) HP
3 122 (9.44%) Microsoft
4 35 (2.71%) SAP
5 22 (1.70%) VMware
6 21 (1.62%) IBM
7 16 (1.24%) Informatica
8 15 (1.16%) Remedy
9 13 (1.01%) Citrix
10 8 (0.62%) Endeca
11 7 (0.54%) OpenText
12 6 (0.46%) Google
12 6 (0.46%) Cisco
12 6 (0.46%) Apple
12 6 (0.46%) SOASTA, Inc
13 5 (0.39%) Salesforce.com
13 5 (0.39%) TIBCO
13 5 (0.39%) Sybase
13 5 (0.39%) Coremetrics
13 5 (0.39%) Atlassian
Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Exeter, Devon
Reed Technology
Rate: £300 - £330 per day + +
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £0.00 per annum + Negotiable
Posted: 22 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Twist IT
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hayes, Middlesex
@ITS
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Kent
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Weybridge, Surrey
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £380 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Wiltshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Engage PSG
Rate: £300 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
MA Associates Worldwide
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £440 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: 4 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £225 - £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £400 per day for 3 months (rolling)
Posted: 5 days ago