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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 169 152 172
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +20
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 607 606 500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.31% 1.38% 1.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.41% 1.49% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 425 375 322
Average daily rate
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£323 £313 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.20% -7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £209 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £438 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £295 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
-4.83% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 3 11
Average hourly rate £28.50 £22.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.66% -30.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.10 £20.50 £7.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.50 £22.50 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 - £32.50
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
42937 40749 37644
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.46% 92.65% 92.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 27345 24737 21780
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £232 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £560
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1683 1811 2275
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.51 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 January 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 30 January 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 30 January 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 -34 263 £366 +8.92% 83
South East +26 138 £300 +0.84% 35
Yorkshire +10 56 £275 -8.33% 19
North West -12 41 £260 -16.12% 41
South West -15 39 £363 +20.83% 23
East of England -3 30 £280 -15.47% 15
West Midlands +12 21 £295 -1.66% 13
East Midlands +17 15 £365 +46.00% 5
North East -12 2 £363 +3.57% 3
Tester
UK

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 472 (38.25%) Agile Software Development
2 352 (28.53%) SQL
3 315 (25.53%) Selenium
4 295 (23.91%) Test Scripting
5 274 (22.20%) QA
6 244 (19.77%) Java
7 195 (15.80%) ISEB
8 182 (14.75%) Test Automation
9 179 (14.51%) Oracle
9 179 (14.51%) Finance
10 172 (13.94%) JIRA
11 161 (13.05%) User Acceptance Testing
11 161 (13.05%) HP Quality Center
12 160 (12.97%) Scrum
13 153 (12.40%) BDD
14 146 (11.83%) .NET
14 146 (11.83%) HP
15 145 (11.75%) Cucumber
16 137 (11.10%) Software Testing
17 136 (11.02%) Manual Testing
18 134 (10.86%) Automation Testing
19 127 (10.29%) Automated Testing
19 127 (10.29%) Security Cleared
20 125 (10.13%) ISTQB
21 119 (9.64%) C#
22 116 (9.40%) Web Services
22 116 (9.40%) Microsoft
23 115 (9.32%) Linux
23 115 (9.32%) WebDriver
24 110 (8.91%) TDD

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 25 (2.03%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.22%) Confluence
3 14 (1.13%) WebLogic
3 14 (1.13%) CMS
4 12 (0.97%) IIS
5 10 (0.81%) SharePoint 2010
5 10 (0.81%) WebSphere
6 8 (0.65%) Apache
7 5 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
8 4 (0.32%) Oracle Service Bus
8 4 (0.32%) uiautomator
8 4 (0.32%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
8 4 (0.32%) GlassFish
9 3 (0.24%) Oracle Coherence
9 3 (0.24%) WebLogic Portal
9 3 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
9 3 (0.24%) Umbraco
10 2 (0.16%) nginx
Applications
1 58 (4.70%) MS Excel
2 37 (3.00%) MS Office
3 7 (0.57%) Spreadsheet
4 6 (0.49%) MS PowerPoint
5 5 (0.41%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.41%) MS Project
6 4 (0.32%) Mingle
7 2 (0.16%) SPSS
8 1 (0.081%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 18 (1.46%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.81%) Summit
3 9 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.57%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.32%) SAP CRM
5 4 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.32%) Remedy ITSM
6 3 (0.24%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.24%) SAP APO
6 3 (0.24%) Oracle Retail
7 2 (0.16%) Cerner Millennium
7 2 (0.16%) Agresso
7 2 (0.16%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.16%) SAP PP
7 2 (0.16%) Exstream
7 2 (0.16%) Google Analytics
7 2 (0.16%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 1 (0.081%) Siebel Analytics
8 1 (0.081%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.49%) GitHub
3 4 (0.32%) SaaS
3 4 (0.32%) Trello
4 3 (0.24%) Cloud Computing
4 3 (0.24%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.16%) Office 365
5 2 (0.16%) IaaS
6 1 (0.081%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.081%) Force.com
6 1 (0.081%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 34 (2.76%) HTTP
2 28 (2.27%) TCP/IP
3 15 (1.22%) Internet
4 13 (1.05%) Wireshark
5 9 (0.73%) FTP
6 8 (0.65%) Wi-Fi
6 8 (0.65%) GSM
7 7 (0.57%) Bluetooth
7 7 (0.57%) SMS
7 7 (0.57%) DVB
8 6 (0.49%) Network Security
8 6 (0.49%) 4G
8 6 (0.49%) 3G
8 6 (0.49%) 2G
8 6 (0.49%) Firewall
8 6 (0.49%) SSL
8 6 (0.49%) GPRS
9 5 (0.41%) HTTPS
9 5 (0.41%) Wireless
10 4 (0.32%) WPA2
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (5.27%) Oracle Database
2 64 (5.19%) Data Warehouse
3 61 (4.94%) SQL Server
4 34 (2.76%) Relational Database
5 30 (2.43%) MySQL
6 15 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
7 12 (0.97%) Oracle ODI
7 12 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 11 (0.89%) DB2
9 9 (0.73%) Oracle BI EE
10 8 (0.65%) SQL Server 2012
10 8 (0.65%) RDBMS
10 8 (0.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 7 (0.57%) PowerCenter
11 7 (0.57%) Azure SQL Database
12 5 (0.41%) Oracle Database 11g
12 5 (0.41%) SAP BW
12 5 (0.41%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
13 4 (0.32%) SQL Server 2008
13 4 (0.32%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 315 (25.53%) Selenium
2 172 (13.94%) JIRA
3 145 (11.75%) Cucumber
4 115 (9.32%) WebDriver
5 107 (8.67%) QuickTest Pro
6 76 (6.16%) JMeter
7 70 (5.67%) Team Foundation Server
8 64 (5.19%) LoadRunner
9 62 (5.02%) SpecFlow
10 56 (4.54%) Visual Studio
11 55 (4.46%) SoapUI
12 52 (4.21%) Jenkins
13 37 (3.00%) Calabash
14 31 (2.51%) JUnit
15 27 (2.19%) Subversion
15 27 (2.19%) Appium
16 24 (1.94%) WATIR
17 22 (1.78%) Git (software)
18 20 (1.62%) Maven
18 20 (1.62%) Eclipse
General
1 179 (14.51%) Finance
2 64 (5.19%) Banking
3 34 (2.76%) Retail
4 28 (2.27%) Telecoms
5 25 (2.03%) Electronics
6 16 (1.30%) Marketing
7 15 (1.22%) Games
8 14 (1.13%) Investment Banking
9 11 (0.89%) Billing
10 9 (0.73%) Manufacturing
10 9 (0.73%) Automotive
11 7 (0.57%) Legal
12 6 (0.49%) Front Office
13 5 (0.41%) Advertising
14 3 (0.24%) Polish Language
14 3 (0.24%) Retail Banking
14 3 (0.24%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
15 2 (0.16%) Back Office
15 2 (0.16%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 146 (11.83%) .NET
2 116 (9.40%) Web Services
3 70 (5.67%) HTML
4 68 (5.51%) SOAP
5 67 (5.43%) XML
6 36 (2.92%) Gherkin
7 34 (2.76%) REST
8 31 (2.51%) CSS
8 31 (2.51%) RESTful
9 26 (2.11%) ASP.NET
10 22 (1.78%) JSON
11 17 (1.38%) jQuery
12 15 (1.22%) WCF
12 15 (1.22%) J2EE
13 14 (1.13%) .NET Framework
14 12 (0.97%) JSP
15 11 (0.89%) Spring
15 11 (0.89%) Middleware
16 10 (0.81%) HTML5
17 9 (0.73%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 62 (5.02%) Mobile App
2 56 (4.54%) Analytical Skills
3 45 (3.65%) Open Source
4 29 (2.35%) STB
5 28 (2.27%) User Experience
6 20 (1.62%) Computer Science
7 17 (1.38%) SWIFT
8 15 (1.22%) Management Information System
9 14 (1.13%) Video on Demand
10 12 (0.97%) IPTV
11 11 (0.89%) NHS
11 11 (0.89%) iPad
11 11 (0.89%) iPhone
12 10 (0.81%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 10 (0.81%) Client/Server
12 10 (0.81%) MPEG
13 8 (0.65%) Embedded Systems
13 8 (0.65%) Over-the-Top Content
13 8 (0.65%) Blackberry
14 7 (0.57%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 115 (9.32%) Linux
2 91 (7.37%) Windows
3 89 (7.21%) UNIX
4 72 (5.83%) Android
5 65 (5.27%) Apple iOS
6 18 (1.46%) Windows 7
7 12 (0.97%) Windows XP
8 10 (0.81%) Embedded Linux
9 9 (0.73%) Windows Server 2003
9 9 (0.73%) Windows Server 2008
10 8 (0.65%) Solaris
11 6 (0.49%) AIX
12 5 (0.41%) Windows 2000
13 2 (0.16%) Mac OS
13 2 (0.16%) Mac OS X
13 2 (0.16%) Debian
13 2 (0.16%) Ubuntu
14 1 (0.081%) Windows Vista
14 1 (0.081%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.081%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 472 (38.25%) Agile Software Development
2 295 (23.91%) Test Scripting
3 182 (14.75%) Test Automation
4 161 (13.05%) User Acceptance Testing
5 160 (12.97%) Scrum
6 153 (12.40%) BDD
7 137 (11.10%) Software Testing
8 136 (11.02%) Manual Testing
9 134 (10.86%) Automation Testing
10 127 (10.29%) Automated Testing
11 110 (8.91%) TDD
12 106 (8.59%) Performance Testing
13 92 (7.46%) Regression Testing
14 74 (6.00%) Integration Testing
15 65 (5.27%) User Stories
16 63 (5.11%) Continuous Integration
17 62 (5.02%) Test Strategy
18 58 (4.70%) E-Commerce
19 52 (4.21%) Functional Testing
20 48 (3.89%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 352 (28.53%) SQL
2 244 (19.77%) Java
3 119 (9.64%) C#
4 101 (8.18%) JavaScript
5 72 (5.83%) Ruby
6 58 (4.70%) Python
7 38 (3.08%) C
8 37 (3.00%) PHP
9 34 (2.76%) Shell Script
10 30 (2.43%) PL/SQL
11 25 (2.03%) C++
12 20 (1.62%) VBScript
13 17 (1.38%) VB.NET
14 16 (1.30%) VB
15 11 (0.89%) T-SQL
15 11 (0.89%) Groovy
16 10 (0.81%) Bash Shell
17 8 (0.65%) Perl
18 7 (0.57%) VBA
18 7 (0.57%) Scala
Qualifications
1 195 (15.80%) ISEB
2 127 (10.29%) Security Cleared
3 125 (10.13%) ISTQB
4 98 (7.94%) SC Cleared
5 57 (4.62%) Degree
6 46 (3.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 21 (1.70%) DV Cleared
8 14 (1.13%) CISSP
9 10 (0.81%) CEH
10 7 (0.57%) ISEB Practitioner
11 6 (0.49%) CISM
12 5 (0.41%) CISA
13 4 (0.32%) OSCP
14 3 (0.24%) Microsoft Certification
14 3 (0.24%) HND
14 3 (0.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 3 (0.24%) BC Cleared
14 3 (0.24%) CTC Cleared
15 2 (0.16%) GWAPT
15 2 (0.16%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 274 (22.20%) QA
2 11 (0.89%) ISO 9001
3 9 (0.73%) ISO 14001
4 8 (0.65%) PCI DSS
5 7 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.24%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.081%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.081%) FATCA
7 1 (0.081%) Solvency II
7 1 (0.081%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 13 (1.05%) Nmap
1 13 (1.05%) Active Directory
2 10 (0.81%) XenApp
3 5 (0.41%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.32%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.24%) Firmware
6 2 (0.16%) KVM
6 2 (0.16%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.081%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.081%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.081%) Snort
7 1 (0.081%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.081%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.081%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 161 (13.05%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (1.22%) Nessus
3 4 (0.32%) CORE IMPACT
4 3 (0.24%) WebInspect
4 3 (0.24%) Control-M
5 2 (0.16%) SCCM
5 2 (0.16%) Puppet
5 2 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
5 2 (0.16%) Nagios
6 1 (0.081%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 1 (0.081%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.081%) McAfee ePO
6 1 (0.081%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 179 (14.51%) Oracle
2 146 (11.83%) HP
3 116 (9.40%) Microsoft
4 26 (2.11%) Google
5 23 (1.86%) SAP
6 20 (1.62%) Citrix
7 13 (1.05%) Telerik
8 12 (0.97%) VMware
8 12 (0.97%) AppSense
9 11 (0.89%) Informatica
10 9 (0.73%) IBM
11 8 (0.65%) Salesforce.com
12 6 (0.49%) Business Objects
12 6 (0.49%) ATG
13 5 (0.41%) Endeca
13 5 (0.41%) Remedy
13 5 (0.41%) SOASTA, Inc
13 5 (0.41%) Ektron
14 4 (0.32%) Sitecore
14 4 (0.32%) Atmel
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