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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 149 192 152
Rank change year-on-year
+43 -40
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 732 497 685
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.48% 1.07% 1.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.60% 1.15% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 499 311 418
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £208 £204
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £304 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.43% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 16 19
Average hourly rate £18.00 £30.13 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.24% +131.73%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.70 £20.50 £8.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £137.50 £42.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £29.13 £10.00
% change year-on-year
-57.08% +191.25%
Job Titles Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
45632 43161 48999
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.45% 92.64% 92.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 28179 25919 27988
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £238 £238
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 1836 1967 2541
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
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 30 July 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 30 July 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 30 July 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +74 365 £345 -1.42% 64
South East +21 146 £295 -9.23% 33
Yorkshire +15 53 £311 +18.57% 10
South West +13 51 £325 -3.70% 20
East of England -11 34 £340 +3.03% 12
North West +20 33 £325 -1.51% 21
East Midlands -9 18 £305 +1.66% 7
West Midlands -13 16 £300 - 10
North East - 4 £358 - 1
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

1 440 (28.48%) Test Scripting
2 407 (26.34%) SQL
3 371 (24.01%) QA
4 367 (23.75%) Agile Software Development
5 362 (23.43%) Selenium
6 304 (19.68%) Java
7 259 (16.76%) Scrum
8 246 (15.92%) Finance
9 231 (14.95%) HP
10 227 (14.69%) BDD
11 222 (14.37%) Test Automation
12 221 (14.30%) User Acceptance Testing
13 210 (13.59%) Oracle
14 209 (13.53%) ISEB
15 207 (13.40%) TDD
16 206 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
17 197 (12.75%) Cucumber
17 197 (12.75%) ISTQB
18 195 (12.62%) C#
19 173 (11.20%) Performance Testing
20 170 (11.00%) Software Testing
21 168 (10.87%) Microsoft
22 167 (10.81%) Automated Testing
23 166 (10.74%) WebDriver
24 165 (10.68%) Security Cleared
25 164 (10.61%) .NET
26 146 (9.45%) Web Services
26 146 (9.45%) UNIX
27 145 (9.39%) JIRA
28 141 (9.13%) Windows

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 28 (1.81%) SharePoint
2 23 (1.49%) Apache
3 20 (1.29%) WebSphere
4 17 (1.10%) MQSeries
5 16 (1.04%) Tomcat
6 14 (0.91%) CMS
6 14 (0.91%) WebLogic
7 12 (0.78%) IIS
8 11 (0.71%) SharePoint 2013
9 8 (0.52%) MS Exchange
10 7 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
11 6 (0.39%) Node.js
11 6 (0.39%) SAS
12 5 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
12 5 (0.32%) WebLogic Integration
12 5 (0.32%) SharePoint Server
13 4 (0.26%) Confluence
13 4 (0.26%) CICS
14 3 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2007
14 3 (0.19%) Mule
Applications
1 107 (6.93%) MS Excel
2 54 (3.50%) MS Office
3 7 (0.45%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.19%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.13%) MS Project
6 1 (0.065%) Stata
Business Applications
1 27 (1.75%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.58%) SAP HR
2 9 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
3 8 (0.52%) BASE24
4 5 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 5 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.26%) SAP HCM
5 4 (0.26%) Maximo
5 4 (0.26%) Agresso
5 4 (0.26%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.19%) Oracle 11i
6 3 (0.19%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.19%) SAP FI
6 3 (0.19%) SAP MM
6 3 (0.19%) Cognos TM1
6 3 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.19%) SAP CO
6 3 (0.19%) SAP FI/CO
6 3 (0.19%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.58%) SuccessFactors
2 7 (0.45%) Office 365
3 6 (0.39%) SaaS
4 5 (0.32%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (0.19%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.065%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.065%) PaaS
6 1 (0.065%) Basecamp
6 1 (0.065%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 37 (2.39%) HTTP
2 34 (2.20%) TCP/IP
3 20 (1.29%) HTTPS
3 20 (1.29%) Wireshark
4 18 (1.17%) Internet
5 16 (1.04%) DNS
5 16 (1.04%) SAN
6 15 (0.97%) Firewall
7 12 (0.78%) SSL
8 9 (0.58%) LAN
9 7 (0.45%) DVB
10 5 (0.32%) VPN
10 5 (0.32%) FTP
10 5 (0.32%) NAS
11 4 (0.26%) Multicast
11 4 (0.26%) LTE
11 4 (0.26%) Wi-Fi
11 4 (0.26%) Wireless
11 4 (0.26%) SMTP
11 4 (0.26%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 88 (5.70%) SQL Server
2 56 (3.62%) Oracle Database
3 55 (3.56%) Relational Database
4 54 (3.50%) Data Warehouse
5 31 (2.01%) MySQL
6 27 (1.75%) Oracle Reports
7 23 (1.49%) DB2
8 20 (1.29%) SQL Server 2008
9 15 (0.97%) DbVisualizer
9 15 (0.97%) Oracle Database 11g
10 12 (0.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 12 (0.78%) RDBMS
11 10 (0.65%) Big Data
11 10 (0.65%) MS Access
12 9 (0.58%) DataStage
12 9 (0.58%) SAP BW
13 8 (0.52%) NoSQL
14 7 (0.45%) Oracle Database 10g
14 7 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 7 (0.45%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 362 (23.43%) Selenium
2 197 (12.75%) Cucumber
3 166 (10.74%) WebDriver
4 145 (9.39%) JIRA
5 132 (8.54%) QuickTest Pro
6 110 (7.12%) LoadRunner
7 96 (6.21%) JMeter
8 78 (5.05%) Jenkins
9 69 (4.47%) Visual Studio
10 67 (4.34%) SoapUI
11 60 (3.88%) Team Foundation Server
12 57 (3.69%) Calabash
13 44 (2.85%) Git (software)
14 41 (2.65%) WATIR
15 39 (2.52%) FitNesse
15 39 (2.52%) JUnit
16 35 (2.27%) JBehave
17 28 (1.81%) TeamCity
17 28 (1.81%) Hudson
17 28 (1.81%) Maven
General
1 246 (15.92%) Finance
2 104 (6.73%) Banking
3 53 (3.43%) Retail
4 26 (1.68%) Marketing
5 25 (1.62%) Telecoms
5 25 (1.62%) Manufacturing
6 21 (1.36%) Investment Banking
6 21 (1.36%) Billing
7 17 (1.10%) Back Office
8 15 (0.97%) Publishing
9 13 (0.84%) Games
10 11 (0.71%) Military
11 10 (0.65%) Electronics
12 8 (0.52%) Advertising
13 7 (0.45%) Legal
14 6 (0.39%) Front Office
14 6 (0.39%) Multimedia
15 5 (0.32%) Automotive
15 5 (0.32%) French Language
16 4 (0.26%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (10.61%) .NET
2 146 (9.45%) Web Services
3 130 (8.41%) HTML
4 116 (7.51%) XML
5 58 (3.75%) ASP.NET
5 58 (3.75%) SOAP
6 48 (3.11%) JSON
7 39 (2.52%) JSP
8 32 (2.07%) REST
9 27 (1.75%) CSS
10 23 (1.49%) XSLT
11 22 (1.42%) RESTful
12 21 (1.36%) J2EE
13 18 (1.17%) Android SDK
13 18 (1.17%) Flash
14 16 (1.04%) HTML5
15 14 (0.91%) Gherkin
16 13 (0.84%) Middleware
16 13 (0.84%) Spring
17 11 (0.71%) iOS SDK
Miscellaneous
1 98 (6.34%) Mobile App
2 70 (4.53%) Open Source
3 35 (2.27%) Computer Science
4 32 (2.07%) Enterprise Software
5 23 (1.49%) STB
6 22 (1.42%) Video on Demand
7 19 (1.23%) Client/Server
7 19 (1.23%) NHS
8 17 (1.10%) IPTV
9 14 (0.91%) EMV
10 13 (0.84%) Statistics
10 13 (0.84%) SWIFT
11 12 (0.78%) Management Information System
12 11 (0.71%) Smartcard
13 10 (0.65%) MPEG
14 9 (0.58%) Streaming Video
14 9 (0.58%) iPad
15 8 (0.52%) Social Network
15 8 (0.52%) Mainframe
16 7 (0.45%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 146 (9.45%) UNIX
2 141 (9.13%) Windows
3 132 (8.54%) Linux
4 78 (5.05%) Android
4 78 (5.05%) Apple iOS
5 41 (2.65%) Windows XP
6 32 (2.07%) Windows 7
7 30 (1.94%) Windows Server 2003
8 26 (1.68%) Windows Server 2008
9 20 (1.29%) Solaris
10 19 (1.23%) Windows 2000
11 15 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 11 (0.71%) Windows 8
13 10 (0.65%) AIX
14 7 (0.45%) HPUX
14 7 (0.45%) Windows Server 2012
15 5 (0.32%) SUSE
16 4 (0.26%) Debian
16 4 (0.26%) Windows NT
17 2 (0.13%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 440 (28.48%) Test Scripting
2 367 (23.75%) Agile Software Development
3 259 (16.76%) Scrum
4 227 (14.69%) BDD
5 222 (14.37%) Test Automation
6 221 (14.30%) User Acceptance Testing
7 207 (13.40%) TDD
8 173 (11.20%) Performance Testing
9 170 (11.00%) Software Testing
10 167 (10.81%) Automated Testing
11 124 (8.03%) Automation Testing
12 111 (7.18%) Manual Testing
13 105 (6.80%) Test Strategy
14 102 (6.60%) Regression Testing
15 97 (6.28%) E-Commerce
16 96 (6.21%) User Stories
17 92 (5.95%) Integration Testing
18 90 (5.83%) System Testing
19 89 (5.76%) Continuous Integration
20 59 (3.82%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 407 (26.34%) SQL
2 304 (19.68%) Java
3 195 (12.62%) C#
4 140 (9.06%) Ruby
5 122 (7.90%) JavaScript
6 77 (4.98%) Python
7 67 (4.34%) PHP
8 62 (4.01%) VB
9 48 (3.11%) Shell Script
10 32 (2.07%) VBScript
11 29 (1.88%) C++
12 27 (1.75%) C
13 23 (1.49%) PL/SQL
14 22 (1.42%) Perl
15 21 (1.36%) VB.NET
15 21 (1.36%) Bash Shell
16 20 (1.29%) VBA
17 11 (0.71%) T-SQL
17 11 (0.71%) Groovy
18 10 (0.65%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 209 (13.53%) ISEB
2 197 (12.75%) ISTQB
3 165 (10.68%) Security Cleared
4 134 (8.67%) SC Cleared
5 108 (6.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 73 (4.72%) Degree
7 45 (2.91%) DV Cleared
8 39 (2.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 14 (0.91%) MOS
10 13 (0.84%) ISEB Practitioner
11 12 (0.78%) CISSP
12 10 (0.65%) CEH
13 6 (0.39%) Cisco Certification
14 4 (0.26%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
15 3 (0.19%) CISM
15 3 (0.19%) MCITP
16 2 (0.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 2 (0.13%) GPEN
16 2 (0.13%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 371 (24.01%) QA
2 10 (0.65%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.39%) WCAG
4 3 (0.19%) GxP
5 2 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.13%) ISO 9002
6 1 (0.065%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.065%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.065%) BS7799
6 1 (0.065%) Solvency II
System Software
1 17 (1.10%) Nmap
2 14 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (0.71%) Active Directory
4 7 (0.45%) Snort
4 7 (0.45%) vSphere
5 6 (0.39%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.19%) Cygwin
6 3 (0.19%) XenApp
7 2 (0.13%) XenServer
7 2 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.13%) ISA Server
7 2 (0.13%) NDS
8 1 (0.065%) NFS
8 1 (0.065%) Squid
8 1 (0.065%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.065%) qmail
Systems Management
1 206 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (1.10%) Nessus
3 9 (0.58%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.39%) CORE IMPACT
4 6 (0.39%) Puppet
5 5 (0.32%) SCOM
6 4 (0.26%) Vagrant
6 4 (0.26%) SCCM
7 3 (0.19%) Cobbler
8 2 (0.13%) HP Data Protector
8 2 (0.13%) WebInspect
8 2 (0.13%) Netcool
9 1 (0.065%) OpenView
9 1 (0.065%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.065%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.065%) Nagios
9 1 (0.065%) CA Endevor
9 1 (0.065%) Oracle Identity Management
9 1 (0.065%) CA LISA
Vendors
1 231 (14.95%) HP
2 210 (13.59%) Oracle
3 168 (10.87%) Microsoft
4 76 (4.92%) SAP
5 43 (2.78%) IBM
6 28 (1.81%) Citrix
7 26 (1.68%) VMware
8 20 (1.29%) Cognos
9 17 (1.10%) Cisco
10 15 (0.97%) Informatica
10 15 (0.97%) Red Hat
11 12 (0.78%) JBoss
12 10 (0.65%) Siebel
13 9 (0.58%) Google
14 8 (0.52%) TIBCO
15 7 (0.45%) Zend
15 7 (0.45%) Green Hat
16 6 (0.39%) Salesforce.com
17 5 (0.32%) Business Objects
17 5 (0.32%) CODA
London
Vantage Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: From £230 to £275 per day
Posted: 10 hours ago
London
FIRST POINT IT RESOURCING
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
London
Gonnadoo
Rate: From £250 to £375 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market rate value
Posted: 14 hours ago
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £200.00 - £225.00 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £375 per annum
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
Annapurna
Rate: £16 - £24 per hour
Posted: 18 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Brentwood, Essex
Experis Ltd
Rate: £325.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: Up to £375 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Ipswich, Suffolk
LEXSTRA
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Buckinghamshire
Arrows Group
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Parallel Consulting
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Senitor Associates
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Vertical IT
Rate: £300 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Redhill, Surrey
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Greenford, Middlesex
Salmon Limited
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Vivid Resourcing Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago