The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the England region.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 131 174 156
Rank change year-on-year
+43 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 841 505 701
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.61% 1.15% 1.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.74% 1.24% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 573 310 391
Average daily rate £325 £321 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.16% +4.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £211 £215 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £301 £300
% change year-on-year
-0.41% +0.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 13 25
Average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +46.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.20 £8.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £140.00 £50.70 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.06 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+6.93% +62.63%
Job Titles Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
48348 40743 51574
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.32% 92.77% 92.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 29873 23952 29018
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £240 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £578
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1966 2112 2464
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.13 £19.52
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% -7.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
Tester
UK

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 16 April 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 16 April 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 16 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
London +57 428 £375 +8.69% 83
South East -20 108 £320 +6.66% 40
South West +17 74 £304 +5.65% 18
Yorkshire +28 73 £275 -8.33% 17
East of England -11 49 £323 +3.20% 13
North West +8 45 £300 +9.09% 23
East Midlands +9 25 £288 -16.66% 7
West Midlands -8 18 £243 -21.13% 10
North East -14 12 £210 -14.28% 2
Midlands +3 1 - -
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 16 April 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.

1 370 (26.43%) Test Scripting
2 364 (26.00%) Selenium
3 356 (25.43%) SQL
4 336 (24.00%) Agile Software Development
5 272 (19.43%) QA
6 263 (18.79%) Finance
7 234 (16.71%) Scrum
8 232 (16.57%) Java
9 210 (15.00%) ISEB
10 208 (14.86%) Test Automation
11 204 (14.57%) User Acceptance Testing
12 189 (13.50%) HP Quality Center
13 184 (13.14%) Software Testing
14 182 (13.00%) TDD
15 181 (12.93%) BDD
16 177 (12.64%) HP
17 175 (12.50%) C#
18 173 (12.36%) Oracle
19 166 (11.86%) Security Cleared
20 162 (11.57%) Performance Testing
21 159 (11.36%) .NET
22 158 (11.29%) ISTQB
23 154 (11.00%) Cucumber
24 146 (10.43%) WebDriver
25 144 (10.29%) Automated Testing
26 141 (10.07%) Microsoft
27 138 (9.86%) JIRA
28 136 (9.71%) Windows
29 122 (8.71%) SC Cleared
30 120 (8.57%) UNIX

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 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 22 (1.57%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.14%) CMS
3 12 (0.86%) WebSphere
4 10 (0.71%) Confluence
5 8 (0.57%) MS Exchange
5 8 (0.57%) IIS
5 8 (0.57%) Apache
6 7 (0.50%) MQSeries
7 6 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
7 6 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
8 5 (0.36%) Drupal
8 5 (0.36%) Node.js
8 5 (0.36%) SAS
9 4 (0.29%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.29%) Lotus Domino
9 4 (0.29%) CICS
10 3 (0.21%) Lync
10 3 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2007
11 2 (0.14%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 64 (4.57%) MS Excel
2 29 (2.07%) MS Office
3 4 (0.29%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.071%) Final Cut Pro
5 1 (0.071%) PowerPivot
5 1 (0.071%) MS Project
5 1 (0.071%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.071%) Stata
Business Applications
1 28 (2.00%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.71%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.43%) Summit
5 5 (0.36%) Maximo
5 5 (0.36%) Oracle Financials
5 5 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.29%) SAP IS-U
6 4 (0.29%) Cerner Millennium
6 4 (0.29%) SAP SD
7 3 (0.21%) CSG Singleview
7 3 (0.21%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
7 3 (0.21%) Agresso
7 3 (0.21%) Cognos TM1
7 3 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.14%) BASE24
8 2 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.14%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 12 (0.86%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.29%) SaaS
2 4 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.071%) PaaS
3 1 (0.071%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 27 (1.93%) HTTP
2 21 (1.50%) TCP/IP
3 20 (1.43%) Internet
4 19 (1.36%) Wireshark
5 16 (1.14%) HTTPS
6 15 (1.07%) Firewall
7 12 (0.86%) SSL
8 9 (0.64%) DVB
9 8 (0.57%) DNS
10 7 (0.50%) LAN
11 6 (0.43%) WAN
12 5 (0.36%) SAN
12 5 (0.36%) NAS
13 4 (0.29%) VoIP
13 4 (0.29%) LTE
14 3 (0.21%) 3G
14 3 (0.21%) SMTP
14 3 (0.21%) LDAP
14 3 (0.21%) RTCP
15 2 (0.14%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (5.36%) SQL Server
2 46 (3.29%) Data Warehouse
3 42 (3.00%) Relational Database
4 39 (2.79%) Oracle Database
5 22 (1.57%) MySQL
6 18 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
7 15 (1.07%) DB2
7 15 (1.07%) RDBMS
8 14 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
8 14 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 9 (0.64%) Oracle Database 11g
10 8 (0.57%) MS Access
10 8 (0.57%) DataStage
11 7 (0.50%) Hadoop
11 7 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 7 (0.50%) MongoDB
11 7 (0.50%) Big Data
12 6 (0.43%) DbVisualizer
12 6 (0.43%) SAP BW
12 6 (0.43%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 364 (26.00%) Selenium
2 154 (11.00%) Cucumber
3 146 (10.43%) WebDriver
4 138 (9.86%) JIRA
5 102 (7.29%) QuickTest Pro
6 101 (7.21%) LoadRunner
7 84 (6.00%) JMeter
8 75 (5.36%) Team Foundation Server
9 69 (4.93%) SoapUI
10 66 (4.71%) Jenkins
11 53 (3.79%) FitNesse
12 50 (3.57%) Visual Studio
13 47 (3.36%) Calabash
14 46 (3.29%) Git (software)
15 45 (3.21%) WATIR
16 44 (3.14%) SpecFlow
17 34 (2.43%) Maven
18 32 (2.29%) JUnit
18 32 (2.29%) JBehave
19 26 (1.86%) Subversion
General
1 263 (18.79%) Finance
2 114 (8.14%) Banking
3 56 (4.00%) Retail
4 25 (1.79%) Back Office
5 24 (1.71%) Investment Banking
5 24 (1.71%) Marketing
6 18 (1.29%) Games
6 18 (1.29%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.21%) Publishing
8 13 (0.93%) Billing
9 8 (0.57%) Front Office
10 7 (0.50%) Manufacturing
11 6 (0.43%) Military
12 5 (0.36%) Multimedia
12 5 (0.36%) French Language
12 5 (0.36%) Retail Banking
13 4 (0.29%) Local Government
13 4 (0.29%) Advertising
13 4 (0.29%) Automotive
13 4 (0.29%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 159 (11.36%) .NET
2 113 (8.07%) Web Services
3 110 (7.86%) HTML
4 98 (7.00%) XML
5 66 (4.71%) SOAP
6 39 (2.79%) ASP.NET
7 25 (1.79%) JSON
7 25 (1.79%) REST
8 24 (1.71%) CSS
8 24 (1.71%) JSP
9 23 (1.64%) RESTful
10 18 (1.29%) Middleware
11 14 (1.00%) XSLT
12 12 (0.86%) J2EE
12 12 (0.86%) Ajax
12 12 (0.86%) HTML5
12 12 (0.86%) Gherkin
13 10 (0.71%) WCF
13 10 (0.71%) WPF
14 9 (0.64%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 80 (5.71%) Mobile App
2 64 (4.57%) Open Source
3 34 (2.43%) Computer Science
4 30 (2.14%) Enterprise Software
5 25 (1.79%) NHS
6 24 (1.71%) Video on Demand
7 23 (1.64%) IPTV
8 18 (1.29%) STB
9 14 (1.00%) MPEG
10 13 (0.93%) Client/Server
11 12 (0.86%) SWIFT
12 11 (0.79%) Statistics
13 10 (0.71%) Digital Media
14 9 (0.64%) Mainframe
15 8 (0.57%) Management Information System
15 8 (0.57%) Mobile Banking
15 8 (0.57%) Social Network
16 7 (0.50%) E-Learning
17 6 (0.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
17 6 (0.43%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 136 (9.71%) Windows
2 120 (8.57%) UNIX
3 95 (6.79%) Linux
4 61 (4.36%) Android
5 59 (4.21%) Apple iOS
6 38 (2.71%) Windows XP
7 28 (2.00%) Windows Server 2008
8 26 (1.86%) Windows Server 2003
9 22 (1.57%) Windows 7
10 20 (1.43%) Windows 2000
11 19 (1.36%) Solaris
12 12 (0.86%) Windows Server 2012
13 6 (0.43%) Windows Phone
13 6 (0.43%) AIX
14 5 (0.36%) Windows 8
15 4 (0.29%) Mac OS
16 3 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
16 3 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
16 3 (0.21%) HPUX
17 2 (0.14%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 370 (26.43%) Test Scripting
2 336 (24.00%) Agile Software Development
3 234 (16.71%) Scrum
4 208 (14.86%) Test Automation
5 204 (14.57%) User Acceptance Testing
6 184 (13.14%) Software Testing
7 182 (13.00%) TDD
8 181 (12.93%) BDD
9 162 (11.57%) Performance Testing
10 144 (10.29%) Automated Testing
11 112 (8.00%) Manual Testing
12 98 (7.00%) Automation Testing
13 92 (6.57%) Test Strategy
14 90 (6.43%) Integration Testing
15 88 (6.29%) Regression Testing
16 85 (6.07%) E-Commerce
17 82 (5.86%) Continuous Integration
18 75 (5.36%) User Stories
19 69 (4.93%) System Testing
20 63 (4.50%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 356 (25.43%) SQL
2 232 (16.57%) Java
3 175 (12.50%) C#
4 114 (8.14%) Ruby
5 105 (7.50%) JavaScript
6 62 (4.43%) Python
7 34 (2.43%) Shell Script
8 33 (2.36%) PHP
9 31 (2.21%) C
10 27 (1.93%) VBScript
11 26 (1.86%) C++
12 24 (1.71%) VB.NET
13 23 (1.64%) VB
14 17 (1.21%) Perl
15 12 (0.86%) XPath
15 12 (0.86%) Groovy
16 11 (0.79%) XQuery
17 10 (0.71%) T-SQL
17 10 (0.71%) PowerShell
18 8 (0.57%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 210 (15.00%) ISEB
2 166 (11.86%) Security Cleared
3 158 (11.29%) ISTQB
4 122 (8.71%) SC Cleared
5 63 (4.50%) Degree
6 43 (3.07%) DV Cleared
7 14 (1.00%) CEH
8 6 (0.43%) CISMP
8 6 (0.43%) CISSP
9 5 (0.36%) ISEB Practitioner
10 3 (0.21%) BC Cleared
10 3 (0.21%) CTC Cleared
10 3 (0.21%) MOS
11 2 (0.14%) GIAC
11 2 (0.14%) GPEN
11 2 (0.14%) OSCP
12 1 (0.071%) SAP Certification
12 1 (0.071%) Sun Certification
12 1 (0.071%) MBA
12 1 (0.071%) Linux+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 272 (19.43%) QA
2 6 (0.43%) WCAG
3 5 (0.36%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.21%) SLA
4 3 (0.21%) ISO 14001
5 2 (0.14%) EMIR
5 2 (0.14%) ISO 9002
6 1 (0.071%) BS7799
6 1 (0.071%) HL7
6 1 (0.071%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.071%) Basel III
6 1 (0.071%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.071%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 24 (1.71%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (1.00%) Nmap
4 8 (0.57%) vSphere
5 3 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.21%) XenDesktop
5 3 (0.21%) VMware ESX
6 2 (0.14%) Terminal Server
6 2 (0.14%) Cygwin
7 1 (0.071%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.071%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.071%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 189 (13.50%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.00%) Nessus
3 6 (0.43%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 6 (0.43%) NetBackup
3 6 (0.43%) Puppet
4 4 (0.29%) Netcool
4 4 (0.29%) McAfee ePO
5 3 (0.21%) SCOM
5 3 (0.21%) CA Wily
5 3 (0.21%) Cobbler
5 3 (0.21%) Vagrant
6 2 (0.14%) nmon
6 2 (0.14%) Oracle Identity Management
6 2 (0.14%) CORE IMPACT
6 2 (0.14%) WebInspect
6 2 (0.14%) Nagios
7 1 (0.071%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.071%) OpenView
7 1 (0.071%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.071%) MOM
Vendors
1 177 (12.64%) HP
2 173 (12.36%) Oracle
3 141 (10.07%) Microsoft
4 66 (4.71%) SAP
5 48 (3.43%) IBM
6 31 (2.21%) VMware
7 30 (2.14%) Citrix
8 23 (1.64%) Cognos
9 19 (1.36%) Green Hat
10 10 (0.71%) Google
10 10 (0.71%) Informatica
10 10 (0.71%) MicroStrategy
11 8 (0.57%) NetApp
11 8 (0.57%) JD Edwards
11 8 (0.57%) Siebel
12 7 (0.50%) Business Objects
12 7 (0.50%) Zend
13 6 (0.43%) RedDot
13 6 (0.43%) EPiServer
13 6 (0.43%) Sitecore
London
Propel
Rate: £400 - £420 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £250.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Wolverhampton, West Midlands (County)
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Tiro Partners
Rate: From £375 to £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
North West
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £280 to £330 per day depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Yorkshire
Experis IT
Rate: £300 - £390 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Crewe, Cheshire
Experis IT
Posted: 2 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Experis IT
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £260 to £310 per day depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Eligo Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £400 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Reigate, Surrey
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Experis IT
Rate: £125.00 - £150.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £380 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Executive Resource Group
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 5 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £295 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Salt
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago