The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Lancashire 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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 42 - 28
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 9 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 2.15% - 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.41% - 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 0 2
Average daily rate
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£285 - £270
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 - £206
10% offered a daily rate of more than £300 - £334
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £30.00 £28.06
% change year-on-year
+23.33% +6.93%
Tester
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Lancashire 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
Lancashire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
373 395 211
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 89.02% 93.60% 95.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 248 106
Average daily rate £400 £375 £301
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +24.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £218 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £572 £527 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £346
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 40 32
Average hourly rate £20.35 £18.00 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.02% -2.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £14.00 £15.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.33 £32.47 £30.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -2.85%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the job title across the Lancashire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Lancashire

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Tester across the Lancashire region.

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester across the Lancashire region.

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Lancashire region over the 3 months to 17 April 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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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
Preston - 1 £263 - 1
Blackburn - - - -
Tester
North West

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 6 (40.00%) Test Strategy
2 5 (33.33%) Risk Analysis
2 5 (33.33%) QA
2 5 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 5 (33.33%) UNIX
3 4 (26.67%) Windows
3 4 (26.67%) SQL
3 4 (26.67%) FTP
3 4 (26.67%) Validation
3 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (26.67%) Degree
3 4 (26.67%) Automation Testing
3 4 (26.67%) Selenium
4 3 (20.00%) Performance Testing
4 3 (20.00%) Compatibility Testing
4 3 (20.00%) Test Automation
4 3 (20.00%) XenApp
4 3 (20.00%) Windows 7
4 3 (20.00%) Automated Testing
4 3 (20.00%) Software Engineering
4 3 (20.00%) Knowledge Management
4 3 (20.00%) ISTQB
4 3 (20.00%) WebSphere
4 3 (20.00%) AppSense
4 3 (20.00%) HP
4 3 (20.00%) ISEB
4 3 (20.00%) Citrix
4 3 (20.00%) C
4 3 (20.00%) SOA
4 3 (20.00%) Linux

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Lancashire 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 3 (20.00%) WebSphere
2 1 (6.67%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 4 (26.67%) FTP
2 1 (6.67%) HTTP
2 1 (6.67%) TCP/IP
2 1 (6.67%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (26.67%) Selenium
2 1 (6.67%) TestNG
2 1 (6.67%) WebDriver
2 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
2 1 (6.67%) JUnit
2 1 (6.67%) Toad
2 1 (6.67%) LoadRunner
2 1 (6.67%) JMeter
2 1 (6.67%) JIRA
General
1 1 (6.67%) Finance
1 1 (6.67%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) SOAP
1 1 (6.67%) Web Services
1 1 (6.67%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Management Information System
1 1 (6.67%) Computer Science
1 1 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (33.33%) UNIX
2 4 (26.67%) Windows
3 3 (20.00%) Linux
3 3 (20.00%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (40.00%) Test Strategy
2 5 (33.33%) Risk Analysis
2 5 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 4 (26.67%) Automation Testing
3 4 (26.67%) Validation
3 4 (26.67%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (20.00%) Automated Testing
4 3 (20.00%) Software Engineering
4 3 (20.00%) Knowledge Management
4 3 (20.00%) SOA
4 3 (20.00%) Test Automation
4 3 (20.00%) Performance Testing
4 3 (20.00%) Compatibility Testing
5 1 (6.67%) BDD
5 1 (6.67%) B2B
5 1 (6.67%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 4 (26.67%) SQL
2 3 (20.00%) C
3 2 (13.33%) COBOL
4 1 (6.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 4 (26.67%) Degree
2 3 (20.00%) ISEB
2 3 (20.00%) ISTQB
3 2 (13.33%) SC Cleared
3 2 (13.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (33.33%) QA
System Software
1 3 (20.00%) XenApp
2 2 (13.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (20.00%) HP
1 3 (20.00%) Citrix
1 3 (20.00%) AppSense
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle
2 1 (6.67%) VMware