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 24 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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 127 174 164
Rank change year-on-year
+47 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 806 500 662
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.62% 1.16% 1.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.76% 1.25% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 542 303 376
Average daily rate £325 £325 £318
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £303 £300
% change year-on-year
-0.82% +0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 12 18
Average hourly rate £30.00 £35.50 £24.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-15.49% +46.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £15.10 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £140.00 £51.10 £38.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £24.25
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +40.20%
Job Titles Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
45860 39882 51429
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.27% 92.73% 92.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 28497 23419 28960
Average daily rate £395 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £240 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1848 2045 2410
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -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 24 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 24 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 24 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 +55 398 £375 +7.14% 44
South East -16 109 £325 +8.33% 25
Yorkshire +39 75 £275 -8.33% 17
South West +19 67 £315 +8.62% 10
North West +8 47 £300 +9.09% 8
East of England -1 47 £323 +7.50% 5
East Midlands +3 26 £300 -13.04% 5
West Midlands -22 17 £313 +9.64% 6
North East -9 13 £225 -8.16%
Midlands -2 1 - -
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 24 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.

1 375 (26.80%) Test Scripting
2 356 (25.45%) SQL
3 350 (25.02%) Selenium
4 330 (23.59%) Agile Software Development
5 272 (19.44%) QA
6 257 (18.37%) Finance
7 229 (16.37%) Java
8 228 (16.30%) Scrum
9 210 (15.01%) ISEB
9 210 (15.01%) Test Automation
10 203 (14.51%) User Acceptance Testing
11 184 (13.15%) HP Quality Center
12 181 (12.94%) Software Testing
13 179 (12.79%) TDD
13 179 (12.79%) HP
13 179 (12.79%) BDD
14 176 (12.58%) Oracle
15 172 (12.29%) C#
16 162 (11.58%) Performance Testing
16 162 (11.58%) Security Cleared
17 161 (11.51%) ISTQB
18 158 (11.29%) .NET
19 153 (10.94%) Cucumber
20 144 (10.29%) Automated Testing
21 141 (10.08%) JIRA
22 140 (10.01%) WebDriver
23 138 (9.86%) Microsoft
24 132 (9.44%) Windows
25 122 (8.72%) UNIX
26 120 (8.58%) SC Cleared

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 24 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 19 (1.36%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.07%) CMS
3 12 (0.86%) WebSphere
4 10 (0.71%) Confluence
5 9 (0.64%) Apache
6 8 (0.57%) IIS
6 8 (0.57%) MS Exchange
7 7 (0.50%) MQSeries
8 6 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.43%) SharePoint Server
8 6 (0.43%) Sitecore CMS
9 5 (0.36%) Node.js
9 5 (0.36%) SAS
10 4 (0.29%) Lotus Domino
10 4 (0.29%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.29%) CICS
11 3 (0.21%) Lync
11 3 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2007
11 3 (0.21%) Drupal
12 2 (0.14%) Sonic ESB
Applications
1 66 (4.72%) MS Excel
2 30 (2.14%) MS Office
3 3 (0.21%) 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 29 (2.07%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (0.43%) Summit
3 6 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
4 5 (0.36%) Maximo
4 5 (0.36%) SAP IS-U
4 5 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.29%) Cerner Millennium
5 4 (0.29%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.21%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
6 3 (0.21%) Agresso
6 3 (0.21%) Cognos TM1
6 3 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.14%) BASE24
7 2 (0.14%) SAP FI/CO
7 2 (0.14%) SAP CO
7 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.14%) PeopleSoft Financials
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 28 (2.00%) HTTP
2 21 (1.50%) TCP/IP
3 19 (1.36%) Internet
3 19 (1.36%) Wireshark
4 17 (1.22%) HTTPS
5 15 (1.07%) Firewall
6 12 (0.86%) SSL
7 9 (0.64%) DVB
8 8 (0.57%) DNS
9 6 (0.43%) SAN
9 6 (0.43%) LAN
10 5 (0.36%) WAN
10 5 (0.36%) NAS
11 4 (0.29%) VoIP
11 4 (0.29%) LTE
12 3 (0.21%) 3G
12 3 (0.21%) SMTP
12 3 (0.21%) LDAP
12 3 (0.21%) RTCP
13 2 (0.14%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (5.29%) SQL Server
2 48 (3.43%) Data Warehouse
3 44 (3.15%) Relational Database
4 39 (2.79%) Oracle Database
5 23 (1.64%) MySQL
6 20 (1.43%) SQL Server 2008
7 16 (1.14%) Oracle Reports
8 15 (1.07%) DB2
8 15 (1.07%) RDBMS
9 14 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 10 (0.71%) Oracle Database 11g
11 9 (0.64%) SAP BW
12 8 (0.57%) DataStage
12 8 (0.57%) MS Access
12 8 (0.57%) Big Data
13 7 (0.50%) Hadoop
13 7 (0.50%) MongoDB
13 7 (0.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 6 (0.43%) Data Mining
14 6 (0.43%) DbVisualizer
Development Applications
1 350 (25.02%) Selenium
2 153 (10.94%) Cucumber
3 141 (10.08%) JIRA
4 140 (10.01%) WebDriver
5 105 (7.51%) LoadRunner
6 104 (7.43%) QuickTest Pro
7 83 (5.93%) JMeter
8 72 (5.15%) Team Foundation Server
9 71 (5.08%) SoapUI
10 65 (4.65%) Jenkins
11 53 (3.79%) FitNesse
12 50 (3.57%) Calabash
13 49 (3.50%) Visual Studio
14 47 (3.36%) Git (software)
15 44 (3.15%) SpecFlow
16 42 (3.00%) WATIR
17 35 (2.50%) Maven
18 32 (2.29%) JBehave
19 30 (2.14%) JUnit
20 24 (1.72%) Subversion
General
1 257 (18.37%) Finance
2 114 (8.15%) Banking
3 58 (4.15%) Retail
4 27 (1.93%) Marketing
5 24 (1.72%) Investment Banking
5 24 (1.72%) Back Office
6 19 (1.36%) Games
7 17 (1.22%) Telecoms
8 15 (1.07%) Publishing
9 11 (0.79%) Billing
10 8 (0.57%) Front Office
11 7 (0.50%) Manufacturing
12 6 (0.43%) Advertising
12 6 (0.43%) Military
13 5 (0.36%) Multimedia
13 5 (0.36%) French Language
13 5 (0.36%) Retail Banking
14 4 (0.29%) Local Government
14 4 (0.29%) Automotive
14 4 (0.29%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 158 (11.29%) .NET
2 113 (8.08%) Web Services
3 109 (7.79%) HTML
4 98 (7.01%) XML
5 66 (4.72%) SOAP
6 40 (2.86%) ASP.NET
7 27 (1.93%) JSON
8 26 (1.86%) REST
9 24 (1.72%) JSP
10 23 (1.64%) CSS
10 23 (1.64%) RESTful
11 19 (1.36%) Middleware
12 14 (1.00%) XSLT
12 14 (1.00%) Android SDK
13 12 (0.86%) Gherkin
13 12 (0.86%) HTML5
13 12 (0.86%) J2EE
14 11 (0.79%) Ajax
15 10 (0.71%) WCF
16 9 (0.64%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 82 (5.86%) Mobile App
2 61 (4.36%) Open Source
3 36 (2.57%) Computer Science
4 32 (2.29%) Enterprise Software
5 24 (1.72%) Video on Demand
5 24 (1.72%) NHS
6 23 (1.64%) IPTV
7 18 (1.29%) STB
8 14 (1.00%) Client/Server
8 14 (1.00%) MPEG
9 12 (0.86%) Statistics
9 12 (0.86%) SWIFT
10 10 (0.71%) Digital Media
11 8 (0.57%) Social Network
11 8 (0.57%) Mobile Banking
11 8 (0.57%) Mainframe
11 8 (0.57%) Management Information System
12 7 (0.50%) E-Learning
13 6 (0.43%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
14 5 (0.36%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 132 (9.44%) Windows
2 122 (8.72%) UNIX
3 93 (6.65%) Linux
4 63 (4.50%) Android
5 61 (4.36%) Apple iOS
6 37 (2.64%) Windows XP
7 29 (2.07%) Windows Server 2008
8 27 (1.93%) Windows Server 2003
9 22 (1.57%) Windows 7
10 21 (1.50%) 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 4 (0.29%) Windows 8
14 4 (0.29%) Mac OS
15 3 (0.21%) Windows Mobile
15 3 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
15 3 (0.21%) HPUX
16 2 (0.14%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 375 (26.80%) Test Scripting
2 330 (23.59%) Agile Software Development
3 228 (16.30%) Scrum
4 210 (15.01%) Test Automation
5 203 (14.51%) User Acceptance Testing
6 181 (12.94%) Software Testing
7 179 (12.79%) TDD
7 179 (12.79%) BDD
8 162 (11.58%) Performance Testing
9 144 (10.29%) Automated Testing
10 109 (7.79%) Manual Testing
11 96 (6.86%) Automation Testing
12 93 (6.65%) Test Strategy
13 89 (6.36%) Integration Testing
13 89 (6.36%) E-Commerce
14 88 (6.29%) Regression Testing
15 79 (5.65%) Continuous Integration
15 79 (5.65%) User Stories
16 68 (4.86%) System Testing
17 64 (4.57%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 356 (25.45%) SQL
2 229 (16.37%) Java
3 172 (12.29%) C#
4 113 (8.08%) Ruby
5 106 (7.58%) JavaScript
6 61 (4.36%) Python
7 35 (2.50%) Shell Script
8 32 (2.29%) PHP
9 29 (2.07%) C++
9 29 (2.07%) C
9 29 (2.07%) VBScript
10 25 (1.79%) VB
10 25 (1.79%) VB.NET
11 17 (1.22%) Perl
12 12 (0.86%) XPath
12 12 (0.86%) Groovy
13 11 (0.79%) XQuery
14 10 (0.71%) PowerShell
14 10 (0.71%) T-SQL
15 8 (0.57%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 210 (15.01%) ISEB
2 162 (11.58%) Security Cleared
3 161 (11.51%) ISTQB
4 120 (8.58%) SC Cleared
5 64 (4.57%) Degree
6 41 (2.93%) 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%) Linux+ Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 272 (19.44%) QA
2 6 (0.43%) WCAG
3 3 (0.21%) ISO 14001
3 3 (0.21%) ISO 9001
3 3 (0.21%) SLA
4 2 (0.14%) ISO 9002
4 2 (0.14%) EMIR
5 1 (0.071%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.071%) BS7799
5 1 (0.071%) HL7
5 1 (0.071%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.071%) Basel III
5 1 (0.071%) Solvency II
System Software
1 23 (1.64%) Active Directory
2 17 (1.22%) VMware Infrastructure
3 15 (1.07%) Nmap
4 8 (0.57%) vSphere
5 3 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.21%) XenDesktop
5 3 (0.21%) Terminal Server
6 2 (0.14%) VMware ESX
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
1 184 (13.15%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (1.07%) Nessus
3 7 (0.50%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.43%) Puppet
5 5 (0.36%) NetBackup
6 3 (0.21%) Netcool
6 3 (0.21%) CA Wily
6 3 (0.21%) CORE IMPACT
6 3 (0.21%) McAfee ePO
6 3 (0.21%) SCOM
6 3 (0.21%) Cobbler
6 3 (0.21%) Vagrant
7 2 (0.14%) nmon
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle Identity Management
7 2 (0.14%) WebInspect
7 2 (0.14%) Nagios
8 1 (0.071%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.071%) OpenView
8 1 (0.071%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.071%) MOM
Vendors
1 179 (12.79%) HP
2 176 (12.58%) Oracle
3 138 (9.86%) Microsoft
4 71 (5.08%) SAP
5 49 (3.50%) IBM
6 31 (2.22%) Citrix
7 30 (2.14%) VMware
8 23 (1.64%) Cognos
9 20 (1.43%) Green Hat
10 10 (0.71%) Google
10 10 (0.71%) MicroStrategy
10 10 (0.71%) Informatica
11 8 (0.57%) NetApp
11 8 (0.57%) Siebel
12 7 (0.50%) Business Objects
12 7 (0.50%) JD Edwards
12 7 (0.50%) Zend
13 6 (0.43%) RedDot
13 6 (0.43%) EPiServer
13 6 (0.43%) Sitecore
Leeds, West Yorkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £310 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Vertical IT
Rate: £275 - £475 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Winchester, Hampshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 280 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £300 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Reigate, Surrey
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 to £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Montash
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
IT Connections
Rate: to £300/Day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Experis IT
Rate: £400.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol Area
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £150 to £175 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £150 - £175 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Reed Professional Services
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
AMsource Technology
Rate: From £260 to £310 per day depending on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £325 - £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago