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 31 March 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
31 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 187 127 174
Rank change year-on-year
-60 +47
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 573 798 495
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.15% 1.64% 1.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.24% 1.78% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 366 541 300
Average daily rate
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£320 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £439 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £300
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 7 16
Average hourly rate £33.75 £22.50 £33.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.00% -32.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.60 £14.60 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £143.35 £143.00 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+16.07% -17.64%
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
46038 44890 39234
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.46% 92.43% 92.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 28471 27469 23064
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £240
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 1820 1898 2085
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.77
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -1.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.70 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.76% -2.85%

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 31 March 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 31 March 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 31 March 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 -65 264 £350 -6.04% 77
South East -13 116 £325 +8.33% 31
North West -10 45 £309 -1.20% 26
Yorkshire -36 38 £275 - 18
West Midlands +8 28 £331 +1.92% 13
South West -38 28 £325 +6.99% 16
East of England -12 27 £306 -7.54% 11
East Midlands -6 18 £300 +11.11% 9
North East +7 6 £325 +116.66% 4
Midlands - 1 - -
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 March 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.

1 455 (38.53%) Agile Software Development
2 307 (25.99%) Selenium
3 289 (24.47%) QA
4 281 (23.79%) SQL
5 267 (22.61%) Test Scripting
6 196 (16.60%) Java
7 182 (15.41%) Finance
8 180 (15.24%) Test Automation
9 168 (14.23%) ISEB
10 165 (13.97%) Scrum
11 164 (13.89%) JIRA
12 156 (13.21%) User Acceptance Testing
13 154 (13.04%) Oracle
14 144 (12.19%) BDD
15 141 (11.94%) Cucumber
16 138 (11.69%) Security Cleared
17 132 (11.18%) .NET
18 130 (11.01%) Automation Testing
19 127 (10.75%) HP
20 123 (10.41%) HP Quality Center
21 120 (10.16%) Automated Testing
22 119 (10.08%) ISTQB
23 117 (9.91%) C#
24 115 (9.74%) Web Services
25 110 (9.31%) Linux
25 110 (9.31%) Software Testing
25 110 (9.31%) Manual Testing
26 104 (8.81%) Microsoft
27 101 (8.55%) JavaScript
28 97 (8.21%) TDD

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 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 28 (2.37%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.35%) Confluence
3 14 (1.19%) Apache
4 12 (1.02%) WebLogic
5 11 (0.93%) CMS
6 9 (0.76%) SharePoint 2010
7 8 (0.68%) IIS
8 6 (0.51%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.51%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.42%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.42%) Oracle Service Bus
9 5 (0.42%) Apache Spark
10 4 (0.34%) GlassFish
10 4 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.25%) Umbraco
11 3 (0.25%) uiautomator
11 3 (0.25%) SAS
11 3 (0.25%) Oracle Coherence
11 3 (0.25%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.17%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 54 (4.57%) MS Excel
2 40 (3.39%) MS Office
3 6 (0.51%) MS Project
4 4 (0.34%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.34%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.34%) Mingle
5 2 (0.17%) SPSS
6 1 (0.085%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.085%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 15 (1.27%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.85%) Summit
3 8 (0.68%) Oracle EBS R12
4 6 (0.51%) Oracle Financials
4 6 (0.51%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
5 4 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.34%) Exstream
6 3 (0.25%) Magento
6 3 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.25%) SAP APO
7 2 (0.17%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.17%) SAP PP
7 2 (0.17%) CODA-Financials
7 2 (0.17%) Agresso
7 2 (0.17%) SAP CRM
7 2 (0.17%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle Retail
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.17%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.34%) GitHub
2 4 (0.34%) Trello
3 3 (0.25%) Taleo
3 3 (0.25%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (0.17%) SaaS
4 2 (0.17%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.085%) Force.com
5 1 (0.085%) IaaS
5 1 (0.085%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 27 (2.29%) TCP/IP
2 26 (2.20%) HTTP
3 12 (1.02%) GSM
3 12 (1.02%) Internet
3 12 (1.02%) Wireshark
4 11 (0.93%) 4G
4 11 (0.93%) 3G
5 10 (0.85%) 2G
5 10 (0.85%) FTP
6 8 (0.68%) SS7
6 8 (0.68%) SIGTRAN
7 6 (0.51%) Wireless
7 6 (0.51%) MVNO
7 6 (0.51%) SMS
7 6 (0.51%) GPRS
8 5 (0.42%) Bluetooth
8 5 (0.42%) Firewall
8 5 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
9 4 (0.34%) DNS
9 4 (0.34%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (5.42%) SQL Server
2 54 (4.57%) Data Warehouse
3 42 (3.56%) Oracle Database
4 27 (2.29%) Relational Database
4 27 (2.29%) MySQL
5 12 (1.02%) DB2
5 12 (1.02%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 8 (0.68%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 7 (0.59%) Oracle ODI
8 6 (0.51%) SQL Server 2012
8 6 (0.51%) Azure SQL Database
8 6 (0.51%) DbVisualizer
8 6 (0.51%) Hadoop
9 5 (0.42%) Apache Hive
9 5 (0.42%) SAP BW
9 5 (0.42%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
10 4 (0.34%) Big Data
10 4 (0.34%) RDBMS
10 4 (0.34%) Oracle Reports
10 4 (0.34%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 307 (25.99%) Selenium
2 164 (13.89%) JIRA
3 141 (11.94%) Cucumber
4 95 (8.04%) WebDriver
5 90 (7.62%) QuickTest Pro
6 80 (6.77%) LoadRunner
7 75 (6.35%) JMeter
8 64 (5.42%) SpecFlow
9 63 (5.33%) Team Foundation Server
10 57 (4.83%) Visual Studio
11 55 (4.66%) SoapUI
12 48 (4.06%) Jenkins
13 35 (2.96%) Calabash
14 26 (2.20%) JUnit
14 26 (2.20%) Subversion
15 24 (2.03%) Appium
16 19 (1.61%) NeoLoad
16 19 (1.61%) WATIR
17 18 (1.52%) TeamCity
18 17 (1.44%) Git (software)
General
1 182 (15.41%) Finance
2 76 (6.44%) Banking
3 58 (4.91%) Retail
4 48 (4.06%) Telecoms
5 23 (1.95%) Electronics
6 21 (1.78%) Marketing
7 18 (1.52%) Investment Banking
8 15 (1.27%) Manufacturing
8 15 (1.27%) Games
9 12 (1.02%) Billing
10 9 (0.76%) Automotive
11 8 (0.68%) Legal
12 5 (0.42%) Front Office
13 4 (0.34%) Back Office
13 4 (0.34%) Advertising
14 3 (0.25%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.25%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.25%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.17%) Local Government
15 2 (0.17%) Music Industry
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 132 (11.18%) .NET
2 115 (9.74%) Web Services
3 71 (6.01%) XML
4 65 (5.50%) HTML
5 56 (4.74%) SOAP
6 39 (3.30%) Gherkin
7 27 (2.29%) CSS
8 26 (2.20%) RESTful
9 23 (1.95%) REST
9 23 (1.95%) ASP.NET
10 21 (1.78%) JSON
11 19 (1.61%) J2EE
11 19 (1.61%) Middleware
12 16 (1.35%) jQuery
13 14 (1.19%) .NET Framework
14 12 (1.02%) WPF
15 11 (0.93%) WCF
16 10 (0.85%) HTML5
17 9 (0.76%) Oracle Fusion
18 8 (0.68%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 68 (5.76%) Mobile App
2 58 (4.91%) Analytical Skills
3 36 (3.05%) Open Source
4 20 (1.69%) SWIFT
5 19 (1.61%) User Experience
6 18 (1.52%) STB
7 16 (1.35%) Computer Science
8 15 (1.27%) NHS
9 13 (1.10%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 12 (1.02%) iPhone
11 11 (0.93%) iPad
11 11 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
11 11 (0.93%) Client/Server
12 10 (0.85%) Blackberry
13 9 (0.76%) Management Information System
13 9 (0.76%) Video on Demand
14 8 (0.68%) MPEG
15 7 (0.59%) IPTV
15 7 (0.59%) Derivative
15 7 (0.59%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 110 (9.31%) Linux
2 89 (7.54%) Windows
3 71 (6.01%) Android
4 67 (5.67%) UNIX
5 64 (5.42%) Apple iOS
6 19 (1.61%) Windows 7
7 11 (0.93%) Solaris
8 9 (0.76%) AIX
9 7 (0.59%) Windows XP
9 7 (0.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 7 (0.59%) Embedded Linux
10 6 (0.51%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.25%) Windows 2000
12 2 (0.17%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.17%) HPUX
12 2 (0.17%) SUSE
12 2 (0.17%) Debian
12 2 (0.17%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.17%) Windows Phone 8
12 2 (0.17%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 455 (38.53%) Agile Software Development
2 267 (22.61%) Test Scripting
3 180 (15.24%) Test Automation
4 165 (13.97%) Scrum
5 156 (13.21%) User Acceptance Testing
6 144 (12.19%) BDD
7 130 (11.01%) Automation Testing
8 120 (10.16%) Automated Testing
9 110 (9.31%) Software Testing
9 110 (9.31%) Manual Testing
10 97 (8.21%) TDD
11 96 (8.13%) Performance Testing
12 92 (7.79%) Regression Testing
13 82 (6.94%) Integration Testing
14 69 (5.84%) Functional Testing
15 67 (5.67%) E-Commerce
16 65 (5.50%) Test Strategy
17 57 (4.83%) Continuous Integration
18 52 (4.40%) Load Testing
19 46 (3.90%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 281 (23.79%) SQL
2 196 (16.60%) Java
3 117 (9.91%) C#
4 101 (8.55%) JavaScript
5 76 (6.44%) Ruby
6 53 (4.49%) Python
7 34 (2.88%) C
7 34 (2.88%) PHP
8 28 (2.37%) Shell Script
9 24 (2.03%) C++
10 20 (1.69%) PL/SQL
11 17 (1.44%) VB
12 15 (1.27%) VBScript
13 14 (1.19%) Groovy
14 12 (1.02%) T-SQL
15 10 (0.85%) VBA
15 10 (0.85%) Bash Shell
16 9 (0.76%) VB.NET
16 9 (0.76%) Perl
17 5 (0.42%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 168 (14.23%) ISEB
2 138 (11.69%) Security Cleared
3 119 (10.08%) ISTQB
4 95 (8.04%) SC Cleared
5 52 (4.40%) Degree
6 46 (3.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 31 (2.62%) DV Cleared
8 13 (1.10%) CEH
9 12 (1.02%) CISSP
10 8 (0.68%) ISEB Practitioner
11 7 (0.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 6 (0.51%) OSCP
13 5 (0.42%) CISM
14 4 (0.34%) HND
14 4 (0.34%) CTC Cleared
15 3 (0.25%) CISA
16 2 (0.17%) PMP
16 2 (0.17%) PMI Certification
16 2 (0.17%) GWAPT
17 1 (0.085%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 289 (24.47%) QA
2 10 (0.85%) ISO 9001
3 9 (0.76%) ISO 14001
4 8 (0.68%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.25%) ISO 8583
7 2 (0.17%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.085%) FATCA
8 1 (0.085%) Basel III
System Software
1 13 (1.10%) Active Directory
2 8 (0.68%) XenApp
3 5 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.34%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.25%) VMware Workstation
6 2 (0.17%) Firmware
7 1 (0.085%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.085%) Snort
7 1 (0.085%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.085%) vSphere
7 1 (0.085%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.085%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 123 (10.41%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.19%) Nessus
3 12 (1.02%) Nmap
4 6 (0.51%) SCCM
5 5 (0.42%) CORE IMPACT
6 4 (0.34%) WebInspect
7 2 (0.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 2 (0.17%) Puppet
8 1 (0.085%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.085%) nmon
8 1 (0.085%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.085%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 154 (13.04%) Oracle
2 127 (10.75%) HP
3 104 (8.81%) Microsoft
4 30 (2.54%) SAP
5 25 (2.12%) Google
6 14 (1.19%) VMware
6 14 (1.19%) Telerik
7 13 (1.10%) Citrix
8 11 (0.93%) IBM
9 9 (0.76%) Sybase
10 8 (0.68%) AppSense
11 7 (0.59%) Apple
11 7 (0.59%) Salesforce.com
11 7 (0.59%) ATG
12 6 (0.51%) Remedy
13 5 (0.42%) Informatica
13 5 (0.42%) Perforce
13 5 (0.42%) Endeca
13 5 (0.42%) Tumbleweed
13 5 (0.42%) Sitecore
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
X4 Group
Rate: £190 - 210 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £125 - £145 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Taunton, Somerset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 13 hours ago
Preston, Lancashire
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 275 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
CodeSource Recruitment Limited
Rate: From £300 to £400 per annum Long term ongoing projects - possibly high
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
East London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £300 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £200 to £300 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Woking
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £175 to £225 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Mason Frank
Posted: 13 days ago
Chester
Real Staffing
Rate: £325 - £400 per day + competitive
Posted: 13 days ago