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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 156 190 151
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -39
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 710 540 716
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.42% 1.11% 1.33%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.53% 1.20% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 337 413
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £208 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £302 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.75% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 14 22
Average hourly rate £20.00 £29.13 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-31.33% +79.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £13.75 £8.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £137.50 £42.15 £39.50
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
46312 45019 50103
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.50% 92.74% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28584 27333 28780
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £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 1836 1956 2521
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 £37.80 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.98%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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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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 +62 363 £338 -3.57% 81
South East +19 146 £295 -9.23% 31
South West -3 45 £325 -1.88% 23
East of England +1 43 £338 -0.73% 15
Yorkshire -13 36 £315 +5.00% 13
North West +4 25 £323 +7.50% 30
West Midlands -7 20 £290 -3.33% 10
East Midlands -6 16 £305 +1.66% 6
North East -13 11 £350 - 5
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 439 (29.02%) Test Scripting
2 402 (26.57%) SQL
3 366 (24.19%) QA
4 347 (22.93%) Selenium
5 332 (21.94%) Agile Software Development
6 298 (19.70%) Java
7 238 (15.73%) Finance
8 234 (15.47%) Scrum
9 224 (14.81%) Test Automation
9 224 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
10 220 (14.54%) HP
11 217 (14.34%) BDD
12 216 (14.28%) Oracle
13 204 (13.48%) ISEB
14 199 (13.15%) TDD
15 198 (13.09%) HP Quality Center
16 193 (12.76%) Cucumber
17 185 (12.23%) ISTQB
18 174 (11.50%) C#
19 168 (11.10%) Performance Testing
20 167 (11.04%) Microsoft
21 166 (10.97%) Software Testing
21 166 (10.97%) Automated Testing
22 156 (10.31%) WebDriver
23 153 (10.11%) Security Cleared
24 151 (9.98%) .NET
25 148 (9.78%) UNIX
26 145 (9.58%) Regression Testing
27 143 (9.45%) Web Services
28 142 (9.39%) JIRA

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 29 (1.92%) SharePoint
2 23 (1.52%) WebSphere
3 19 (1.26%) WebLogic
4 18 (1.19%) Apache
5 16 (1.06%) Tomcat
5 16 (1.06%) MQSeries
6 15 (0.99%) CMS
7 14 (0.93%) IIS
8 11 (0.73%) SharePoint 2013
9 8 (0.53%) MS Exchange
10 7 (0.46%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.40%) Node.js
12 5 (0.33%) WebLogic Integration
12 5 (0.33%) SharePoint Server
12 5 (0.33%) Confluence
12 5 (0.33%) SAS
13 4 (0.26%) CICS
13 4 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
14 3 (0.20%) Adobe CQ
14 3 (0.20%) Mule
Applications
1 99 (6.54%) MS Excel
2 57 (3.77%) MS Office
3 8 (0.53%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.26%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.20%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.13%) MS Project
7 1 (0.066%) Stata
Business Applications
1 24 (1.59%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.73%) SAP HR
2 11 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
3 7 (0.46%) BASE24
4 6 (0.40%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.33%) SAP CRM
5 5 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 5 (0.33%) SAP HCM
6 4 (0.26%) Oracle Financials
6 4 (0.26%) Agresso
6 4 (0.26%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.20%) IntelliMatch
7 3 (0.20%) Oracle 11i
7 3 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.20%) SAP SD
7 3 (0.20%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.20%) SAP MM
7 3 (0.20%) Cognos TM1
7 3 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.20%) SAP CO
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.59%) SuccessFactors
2 7 (0.46%) Office 365
2 7 (0.46%) SaaS
3 5 (0.33%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.20%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.13%) GitHub
6 1 (0.066%) Basecamp
6 1 (0.066%) PaaS
6 1 (0.066%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 39 (2.58%) HTTP
2 32 (2.12%) TCP/IP
3 17 (1.12%) HTTPS
3 17 (1.12%) Internet
4 16 (1.06%) Firewall
4 16 (1.06%) SAN
4 16 (1.06%) Wireshark
4 16 (1.06%) DNS
5 10 (0.66%) SSL
5 10 (0.66%) LAN
6 7 (0.46%) FTP
6 7 (0.46%) DVB
6 7 (0.46%) NAS
7 6 (0.40%) Network Security
7 6 (0.40%) Wireless
8 5 (0.33%) VPN
8 5 (0.33%) WAN
9 4 (0.26%) SMTP
9 4 (0.26%) DHCP
9 4 (0.26%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 80 (5.29%) SQL Server
2 66 (4.36%) Oracle Database
3 53 (3.50%) Relational Database
4 50 (3.30%) Data Warehouse
5 33 (2.18%) Oracle Reports
6 30 (1.98%) MySQL
7 23 (1.52%) DB2
8 19 (1.26%) SQL Server 2008
9 15 (0.99%) Oracle Database 11g
10 14 (0.93%) DbVisualizer
11 12 (0.79%) Big Data
11 12 (0.79%) RDBMS
12 11 (0.73%) SAP BW
13 10 (0.66%) NoSQL
14 9 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 9 (0.59%) MS Access
15 8 (0.53%) MongoDB
16 7 (0.46%) Oracle Database 10g
17 5 (0.33%) Base SAS
18 4 (0.26%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 347 (22.93%) Selenium
2 193 (12.76%) Cucumber
3 156 (10.31%) WebDriver
4 142 (9.39%) JIRA
5 138 (9.12%) QuickTest Pro
6 97 (6.41%) LoadRunner
7 93 (6.15%) JMeter
8 78 (5.16%) Jenkins
9 63 (4.16%) Visual Studio
10 62 (4.10%) SoapUI
11 55 (3.64%) Team Foundation Server
12 52 (3.44%) Calabash
13 44 (2.91%) JUnit
14 40 (2.64%) Git (software)
15 38 (2.51%) WATIR
16 32 (2.12%) JBehave
17 30 (1.98%) FitNesse
18 28 (1.85%) Subversion
18 28 (1.85%) Maven
18 28 (1.85%) TeamCity
General
1 238 (15.73%) Finance
2 90 (5.95%) Banking
3 41 (2.71%) Retail
4 25 (1.65%) Telecoms
5 24 (1.59%) Manufacturing
5 24 (1.59%) Marketing
6 23 (1.52%) Billing
7 21 (1.39%) Investment Banking
8 14 (0.93%) Back Office
9 13 (0.86%) Publishing
10 12 (0.79%) Games
11 11 (0.73%) Military
12 10 (0.66%) Electronics
13 9 (0.59%) Advertising
14 8 (0.53%) Legal
15 7 (0.46%) Front Office
16 6 (0.40%) Automotive
16 6 (0.40%) Multimedia
17 4 (0.26%) Financial Institution
17 4 (0.26%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 151 (9.98%) .NET
2 143 (9.45%) Web Services
3 119 (7.87%) HTML
4 112 (7.40%) XML
5 56 (3.70%) ASP.NET
6 55 (3.64%) SOAP
7 49 (3.24%) JSON
8 37 (2.45%) JSP
9 32 (2.12%) REST
10 25 (1.65%) CSS
11 24 (1.59%) XSLT
12 21 (1.39%) RESTful
13 20 (1.32%) J2EE
13 20 (1.32%) Spring
14 16 (1.06%) Flash
15 15 (0.99%) Android SDK
16 14 (0.93%) Gherkin
17 13 (0.86%) HTML5
18 10 (0.66%) WCF
18 10 (0.66%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 90 (5.95%) Mobile App
2 67 (4.43%) Open Source
3 33 (2.18%) Computer Science
4 28 (1.85%) Enterprise Software
5 27 (1.78%) STB
6 18 (1.19%) NHS
6 18 (1.19%) Video on Demand
7 16 (1.06%) Client/Server
8 15 (0.99%) EMV
9 14 (0.93%) Statistics
10 13 (0.86%) IPTV
10 13 (0.86%) SWIFT
11 11 (0.73%) Smartcard
11 11 (0.73%) Management Information System
12 10 (0.66%) MPEG
13 8 (0.53%) iPad
13 8 (0.53%) Social Network
14 7 (0.46%) DTV
14 7 (0.46%) Mainframe
14 7 (0.46%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 148 (9.78%) UNIX
2 139 (9.19%) Windows
3 131 (8.66%) Linux
4 82 (5.42%) Apple iOS
5 80 (5.29%) Android
6 39 (2.58%) Windows XP
7 30 (1.98%) Windows 7
8 27 (1.78%) Windows Server 2003
9 23 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
10 16 (1.06%) Windows 2000
11 15 (0.99%) Solaris
11 15 (0.99%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 11 (0.73%) Windows 8
13 10 (0.66%) AIX
14 7 (0.46%) HPUX
15 6 (0.40%) Windows Server 2012
16 5 (0.33%) SUSE
17 4 (0.26%) Debian
17 4 (0.26%) Windows NT
18 3 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 439 (29.02%) Test Scripting
2 332 (21.94%) Agile Software Development
3 234 (15.47%) Scrum
4 224 (14.81%) User Acceptance Testing
4 224 (14.81%) Test Automation
5 217 (14.34%) BDD
6 199 (13.15%) TDD
7 168 (11.10%) Performance Testing
8 166 (10.97%) Automated Testing
8 166 (10.97%) Software Testing
9 145 (9.58%) Regression Testing
10 124 (8.20%) Manual Testing
11 120 (7.93%) Automation Testing
12 98 (6.48%) Test Strategy
13 94 (6.21%) System Testing
14 93 (6.15%) User Stories
15 89 (5.88%) Continuous Integration
16 87 (5.75%) Integration Testing
17 82 (5.42%) E-Commerce
18 61 (4.03%) CRM
Programming Languages
1 402 (26.57%) SQL
2 298 (19.70%) Java
3 174 (11.50%) C#
4 135 (8.92%) Ruby
5 114 (7.53%) JavaScript
6 78 (5.16%) Python
7 63 (4.16%) PHP
8 62 (4.10%) VB
9 44 (2.91%) Shell Script
10 33 (2.18%) PL/SQL
11 32 (2.12%) VBScript
12 30 (1.98%) C++
13 25 (1.65%) C
14 23 (1.52%) Perl
14 23 (1.52%) Bash Shell
15 21 (1.39%) VBA
16 18 (1.19%) VB.NET
17 12 (0.79%) PowerShell
18 11 (0.73%) Groovy
19 9 (0.59%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 204 (13.48%) ISEB
2 185 (12.23%) ISTQB
3 153 (10.11%) Security Cleared
4 126 (8.33%) SC Cleared
5 98 (6.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 66 (4.36%) Degree
7 40 (2.64%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 39 (2.58%) DV Cleared
9 14 (0.93%) MOS
10 13 (0.86%) ISEB Practitioner
10 13 (0.86%) CISSP
11 8 (0.53%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (0.53%) CEH
12 5 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (0.33%) MCITP
13 4 (0.26%) CCNA
14 3 (0.20%) CISM
14 3 (0.20%) BC Cleared
15 2 (0.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 2 (0.13%) CIMA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 366 (24.19%) QA
2 9 (0.59%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.33%) WCAG
4 3 (0.20%) GxP
5 2 (0.13%) ISO 9002
5 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.066%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.066%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.066%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.066%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 14 (0.93%) Nmap
1 14 (0.93%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (0.73%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.46%) Snort
4 6 (0.40%) Terminal Server
4 6 (0.40%) vSphere
5 3 (0.20%) XenApp
5 3 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.13%) ISA Server
6 2 (0.13%) NDS
6 2 (0.13%) XenServer
6 2 (0.13%) Cygwin
7 1 (0.066%) qmail
7 1 (0.066%) NFS
7 1 (0.066%) Squid
7 1 (0.066%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 198 (13.09%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (0.93%) Nessus
3 9 (0.59%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.40%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.33%) SCOM
6 4 (0.26%) SCCM
6 4 (0.26%) Puppet
7 3 (0.20%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.13%) Cobbler
8 2 (0.13%) Nagios
8 2 (0.13%) HP Data Protector
8 2 (0.13%) WebInspect
8 2 (0.13%) Netcool
9 1 (0.066%) Control-M
9 1 (0.066%) CA Endevor
9 1 (0.066%) OpenView
9 1 (0.066%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.066%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.066%) Oracle Identity Management
9 1 (0.066%) CA LISA
Vendors
1 220 (14.54%) HP
2 216 (14.28%) Oracle
3 167 (11.04%) Microsoft
4 75 (4.96%) SAP
5 38 (2.51%) IBM
6 30 (1.98%) Citrix
7 27 (1.78%) VMware
8 17 (1.12%) Cisco
9 15 (0.99%) Red Hat
10 12 (0.79%) Informatica
10 12 (0.79%) JBoss
10 12 (0.79%) Cognos
11 10 (0.66%) Google
12 9 (0.59%) Siebel
13 8 (0.53%) TIBCO
14 6 (0.40%) Salesforce.com
15 5 (0.33%) Zend
15 5 (0.33%) SolarWinds
15 5 (0.33%) Green Hat
15 5 (0.33%) CODA
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City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum + TBA
Posted: Yesterday
Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £250.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire
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Rate: £250.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: £300 - £425 per day
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East London
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Rate: £230 to £270 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
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Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: 5 days ago
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Experis Ltd
Rate: £125 - £145 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
East Sussex
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Rate: £350 per day (DOE)
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Brentwood, Essex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £325.00 - £350.00 per day
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Rate: £300.00 - £325.00 per day
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Rullion IT Plus
Rate: £425.00 - £427 per day
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Derby, Derbyshire
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Rate: £425.00 - £427.00 per hour
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