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 2 September 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 160 187 155
Rank change year-on-year
+27 -32
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 704 542 697
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.38% 1.11% 1.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.50% 1.19% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 484 339 388
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 £215 £203 £209
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £422
UK excluding London average daily rate £304 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.36% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 13 24
Average hourly rate £20.75 £29.25 £16.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.05% +77.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.50 £8.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £137.50 £42.60 £38.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.05 £29.25 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-51.96% +77.27%
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
47067 45362 49291
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.11% 92.86% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 29105 27599 28304
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1867 1980 2447
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -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 2 September 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 2 September 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 2 September 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 +46 356 £338 -3.57% 58
South East +25 150 £298 -7.03% 34
South West -6 48 £331 - 18
East of England -5 39 £340 - 12
Yorkshire -17 28 £315 +14.54% 13
North West +4 27 £323 +7.50% 25
West Midlands -8 23 £290 -3.33% 7
East Midlands -11 13 £250 -16.66% 4
North East -8 12 £347 - 1
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 2 September 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.

1 435 (29.53%) Test Scripting
2 388 (26.34%) SQL
3 368 (24.98%) QA
4 341 (23.15%) Selenium
5 312 (21.18%) Agile Software Development
6 296 (20.10%) Java
7 230 (15.61%) Finance
8 218 (14.80%) HP
9 217 (14.73%) BDD
10 216 (14.66%) Scrum
11 215 (14.60%) Test Automation
12 211 (14.32%) User Acceptance Testing
12 211 (14.32%) Oracle
13 197 (13.37%) HP Quality Center
14 195 (13.24%) ISEB
15 193 (13.10%) TDD
16 191 (12.97%) Cucumber
17 181 (12.29%) ISTQB
18 170 (11.54%) C#
19 167 (11.34%) Software Testing
20 165 (11.20%) Performance Testing
21 164 (11.13%) Automated Testing
22 159 (10.79%) Microsoft
22 159 (10.79%) WebDriver
23 153 (10.39%) Manual Testing
24 148 (10.05%) Security Cleared
25 147 (9.98%) UNIX
26 145 (9.84%) .NET
27 137 (9.30%) Regression Testing
28 136 (9.23%) QuickTest Pro

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 27 (1.83%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.43%) WebLogic
2 21 (1.43%) WebSphere
3 18 (1.22%) Apache
4 16 (1.09%) CMS
5 15 (1.02%) Tomcat
5 15 (1.02%) MQSeries
6 12 (0.81%) IIS
7 11 (0.75%) SharePoint 2013
8 8 (0.54%) SharePoint 2010
9 6 (0.41%) Node.js
9 6 (0.41%) MS Exchange
10 5 (0.34%) SAS
10 5 (0.34%) WebLogic Integration
10 5 (0.34%) Confluence
10 5 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
11 4 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
11 4 (0.27%) CICS
11 4 (0.27%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.20%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 96 (6.52%) MS Excel
2 53 (3.60%) MS Office
3 9 (0.61%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.27%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.068%) Stata
6 1 (0.068%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 23 (1.56%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.75%) SAP HR
2 11 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.48%) BASE24
4 6 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.34%) SAP CRM
5 5 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 5 (0.34%) SAP HCM
6 3 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.20%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.20%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.20%) SAP MM
6 3 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.20%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.20%) IntelliMatch
7 2 (0.14%) SAP PP
7 2 (0.14%) PeopleSoft Financials
7 2 (0.14%) Agresso
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.61%) Office 365
1 9 (0.61%) SuccessFactors
2 7 (0.48%) SaaS
3 4 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.20%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.14%) GitHub
6 1 (0.068%) Basecamp
6 1 (0.068%) PaaS
6 1 (0.068%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 38 (2.58%) HTTP
2 31 (2.10%) TCP/IP
3 18 (1.22%) HTTPS
3 18 (1.22%) Wireshark
4 17 (1.15%) DNS
5 14 (0.95%) SAN
6 12 (0.81%) Internet
7 11 (0.75%) Firewall
7 11 (0.75%) SSL
8 10 (0.68%) DVB
9 7 (0.48%) FTP
10 6 (0.41%) LAN
10 6 (0.41%) Network Security
11 5 (0.34%) DHCP
11 5 (0.34%) Wireless
12 4 (0.27%) Wi-Fi
12 4 (0.27%) VPN
12 4 (0.27%) NAS
12 4 (0.27%) Multicast
13 3 (0.20%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 78 (5.30%) SQL Server
2 66 (4.48%) Oracle Database
3 50 (3.39%) Relational Database
4 44 (2.99%) Data Warehouse
5 36 (2.44%) Oracle Reports
6 30 (2.04%) MySQL
7 23 (1.56%) DB2
8 18 (1.22%) SQL Server 2008
9 14 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
9 14 (0.95%) RDBMS
10 13 (0.88%) DbVisualizer
11 12 (0.81%) Big Data
12 10 (0.68%) NoSQL
13 9 (0.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 9 (0.61%) SAP BW
13 9 (0.61%) MS Access
14 7 (0.48%) MongoDB
15 6 (0.41%) Oracle Database 10g
16 5 (0.34%) Base SAS
17 4 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 341 (23.15%) Selenium
2 191 (12.97%) Cucumber
3 159 (10.79%) WebDriver
4 136 (9.23%) QuickTest Pro
5 132 (8.96%) JIRA
6 91 (6.18%) LoadRunner
7 87 (5.91%) JMeter
8 80 (5.43%) Jenkins
9 60 (4.07%) Visual Studio
10 58 (3.94%) SoapUI
11 51 (3.46%) Team Foundation Server
11 51 (3.46%) Calabash
12 44 (2.99%) JUnit
13 36 (2.44%) WATIR
14 35 (2.38%) Git (software)
15 30 (2.04%) FitNesse
16 29 (1.97%) Maven
17 28 (1.90%) Subversion
17 28 (1.90%) SpecFlow
18 27 (1.83%) JBehave
General
1 230 (15.61%) Finance
2 81 (5.50%) Banking
3 35 (2.38%) Retail
4 25 (1.70%) Manufacturing
5 21 (1.43%) Billing
5 21 (1.43%) Marketing
6 19 (1.29%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.15%) Investment Banking
8 15 (1.02%) Electronics
9 13 (0.88%) Games
10 11 (0.75%) Publishing
11 10 (0.68%) Back Office
12 9 (0.61%) Advertising
12 9 (0.61%) Military
13 8 (0.54%) Legal
14 7 (0.48%) Front Office
15 6 (0.41%) Automotive
15 6 (0.41%) Multimedia
16 4 (0.27%) Financial Institution
17 3 (0.20%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 145 (9.84%) .NET
2 135 (9.16%) Web Services
3 109 (7.40%) HTML
4 104 (7.06%) XML
5 57 (3.87%) ASP.NET
6 54 (3.67%) SOAP
7 44 (2.99%) JSON
8 39 (2.65%) JSP
9 32 (2.17%) REST
10 23 (1.56%) RESTful
10 23 (1.56%) XSLT
11 22 (1.49%) Spring
12 21 (1.43%) J2EE
13 19 (1.29%) CSS
14 15 (1.02%) Flash
14 15 (1.02%) Gherkin
15 13 (0.88%) Android SDK
16 12 (0.81%) HTML5
17 11 (0.75%) WCF
18 10 (0.68%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 89 (6.04%) Mobile App
2 65 (4.41%) Open Source
3 34 (2.31%) Computer Science
4 29 (1.97%) STB
5 26 (1.77%) Enterprise Software
6 17 (1.15%) Client/Server
6 17 (1.15%) NHS
7 16 (1.09%) EMV
8 15 (1.02%) Statistics
8 15 (1.02%) Over-the-Top Content
8 15 (1.02%) Video on Demand
9 14 (0.95%) SWIFT
10 12 (0.81%) Smartcard
10 12 (0.81%) Management Information System
11 10 (0.68%) MPEG
12 9 (0.61%) IPTV
13 8 (0.54%) Social Network
13 8 (0.54%) iPad
14 7 (0.48%) Derivative
14 7 (0.48%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 147 (9.98%) UNIX
2 133 (9.03%) Windows
3 129 (8.76%) Linux
4 84 (5.70%) Apple iOS
5 80 (5.43%) Android
6 39 (2.65%) Windows XP
7 29 (1.97%) Windows Server 2003
8 27 (1.83%) Windows 7
9 22 (1.49%) Windows Server 2008
10 17 (1.15%) Windows 2000
11 15 (1.02%) Solaris
11 15 (1.02%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 10 (0.68%) Windows 8
12 10 (0.68%) AIX
13 7 (0.48%) HPUX
14 5 (0.34%) SUSE
14 5 (0.34%) Windows Server 2012
15 4 (0.27%) Debian
15 4 (0.27%) Windows NT
16 3 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 435 (29.53%) Test Scripting
2 312 (21.18%) Agile Software Development
3 217 (14.73%) BDD
4 216 (14.66%) Scrum
5 215 (14.60%) Test Automation
6 211 (14.32%) User Acceptance Testing
7 193 (13.10%) TDD
8 167 (11.34%) Software Testing
9 165 (11.20%) Performance Testing
10 164 (11.13%) Automated Testing
11 153 (10.39%) Manual Testing
12 137 (9.30%) Regression Testing
13 116 (7.88%) Automation Testing
14 100 (6.79%) Test Strategy
15 92 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
16 91 (6.18%) System Testing
17 87 (5.91%) User Stories
18 85 (5.77%) Integration Testing
19 75 (5.09%) E-Commerce
20 67 (4.55%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 388 (26.34%) SQL
2 296 (20.10%) Java
3 170 (11.54%) C#
4 125 (8.49%) Ruby
5 109 (7.40%) JavaScript
6 75 (5.09%) Python
7 62 (4.21%) PHP
8 58 (3.94%) VB
9 43 (2.92%) Shell Script
10 36 (2.44%) PL/SQL
11 32 (2.17%) C++
12 29 (1.97%) VBScript
13 27 (1.83%) C
14 23 (1.56%) Perl
14 23 (1.56%) Bash Shell
15 22 (1.49%) VBA
16 17 (1.15%) VB.NET
17 12 (0.81%) PowerShell
18 11 (0.75%) Groovy
19 7 (0.48%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 195 (13.24%) ISEB
2 181 (12.29%) ISTQB
3 148 (10.05%) Security Cleared
4 128 (8.69%) SC Cleared
5 96 (6.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 64 (4.34%) Degree
7 41 (2.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 40 (2.72%) DV Cleared
9 14 (0.95%) MOS
10 12 (0.81%) CISSP
11 11 (0.75%) ISEB Practitioner
12 8 (0.54%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (0.41%) CEH
14 5 (0.34%) MCITP
14 5 (0.34%) Microsoft Certification
15 4 (0.27%) CCNA
16 3 (0.20%) CISM
16 3 (0.20%) BC Cleared
17 2 (0.14%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
17 2 (0.14%) CIMA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 368 (24.98%) QA
2 9 (0.61%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.20%) GxP
4 2 (0.14%) ISO 9002
4 2 (0.14%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.068%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.068%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.068%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.068%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 14 (0.95%) Nmap
2 11 (0.75%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.68%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.48%) Snort
5 6 (0.41%) Terminal Server
6 5 (0.34%) XenApp
7 4 (0.27%) vSphere
8 3 (0.20%) XenServer
8 3 (0.20%) ISA Server
8 3 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
9 2 (0.14%) NDS
9 2 (0.14%) Cygwin
10 1 (0.068%) qmail
10 1 (0.068%) NFS
10 1 (0.068%) Squid
Systems Management
1 197 (13.37%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (0.95%) Nessus
3 9 (0.61%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.41%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.34%) SCOM
6 4 (0.27%) SCCM
7 3 (0.20%) Nagios
7 3 (0.20%) HP Data Protector
8 2 (0.14%) Puppet
8 2 (0.14%) Netcool
8 2 (0.14%) Control-M
8 2 (0.14%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.068%) CA LISA
9 1 (0.068%) WebInspect
9 1 (0.068%) CA Endevor
9 1 (0.068%) OpenView
9 1 (0.068%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.068%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.068%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 218 (14.80%) HP
2 211 (14.32%) Oracle
3 159 (10.79%) Microsoft
4 70 (4.75%) SAP
5 34 (2.31%) IBM
6 31 (2.10%) Citrix
7 23 (1.56%) VMware
8 15 (1.02%) Red Hat
9 13 (0.88%) Cisco
10 12 (0.81%) JBoss
11 11 (0.75%) Informatica
12 9 (0.61%) Cognos
12 9 (0.61%) Siebel
13 8 (0.54%) Salesforce.com
13 8 (0.54%) TIBCO
14 5 (0.34%) Business Objects
14 5 (0.34%) CODA
14 5 (0.34%) Google
14 5 (0.34%) Zend
14 5 (0.34%) SolarWinds
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Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
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Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
West London
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Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
London
FIRST POINT IT RESOURCING
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
East Riding
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Rate: £260 - £280 per day
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Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £300 - £380 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Surrey
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
East London
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £375 to £425 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £8.00 - £10.00 per hour
Posted: Yesterday
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £270 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Clarity Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
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Ideal Training
Rate: £1 per annum + Excellent Daily Rate Negotiable
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Central London / West End
Gonnadoo
Rate: From £250 to £375 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Stott & May
Rate: From £340 to £380 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Purple Consultancy
Rate: £330 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Client Server
Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: 6 days ago
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Rate: £450.00 - £480.00 per day
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