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 2 July 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
2 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 29 48 32
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 17 6 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 4.45% 1.20% 0.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.83% 1.31% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 6 1
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£260 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.96% -3.57%
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
-3.20% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £12.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+200.00% -59.67%
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
352 459 218
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Lancashire 92.15% 91.98% 90.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 236 271 93
Average daily rate £375 £388 £298
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +30.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £570 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 37 37 38
Average hourly rate £21.91 £21.00 £19.04
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.33% +10.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £15.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.43 £45.37 £32.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

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 2 July 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
Blackpool +15 13 £252 -18.87% 1
Lytham St Annes +8 2 - -
Preston - 2 £263 -
Tester
North West

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Lancashire

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 9 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (37.50%) Test Scripting
1 9 (37.50%) V-Model
1 9 (37.50%) Waterfall
2 8 (33.33%) Test Strategy
2 8 (33.33%) UNIX
3 7 (29.17%) Windows
4 6 (25.00%) Linux
5 5 (20.83%) SQL
5 5 (20.83%) System Testing
5 5 (20.83%) QA
5 5 (20.83%) Risk Analysis
6 4 (16.67%) Windows 7
6 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
6 4 (16.67%) Citrix
6 4 (16.67%) Project Management
6 4 (16.67%) Regression Testing
6 4 (16.67%) AppSense
7 3 (12.50%) Finance
7 3 (12.50%) Validation
7 3 (12.50%) HP UFT
7 3 (12.50%) LoadRunner
7 3 (12.50%) Configuration Management
7 3 (12.50%) C
7 3 (12.50%) SharePoint
7 3 (12.50%) SOA
7 3 (12.50%) FTP
7 3 (12.50%) Visual Studio
7 3 (12.50%) Active Directory
7 3 (12.50%) HP

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Lancashire by Category

For the 6 months to 2 July 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 (12.50%) SharePoint
1 3 (12.50%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) FTP
Development Applications
1 3 (12.50%) Visual Studio
1 3 (12.50%) HP UFT
1 3 (12.50%) LoadRunner
1 3 (12.50%) Facilita Forecast
2 1 (4.17%) JIRA
2 1 (4.17%) Selenium
General
1 3 (12.50%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (4.17%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 3 (12.50%) Data Structures
1 3 (12.50%) Performance Metrics
2 1 (4.17%) Mainframe
2 1 (4.17%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 8 (33.33%) UNIX
2 7 (29.17%) Windows
3 6 (25.00%) Linux
4 4 (16.67%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (37.50%) Test Scripting
1 9 (37.50%) V-Model
1 9 (37.50%) Waterfall
2 8 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 5 (20.83%) System Testing
3 5 (20.83%) Risk Analysis
4 4 (16.67%) Project Management
4 4 (16.67%) Regression Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Validation
5 3 (12.50%) Automated Testing
5 3 (12.50%) SOA
5 3 (12.50%) Performance Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Compatibility Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Knowledge Management
5 3 (12.50%) Software Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Problem Management
5 3 (12.50%) Test Automation
5 3 (12.50%) Performance Monitoring
5 3 (12.50%) Configuration Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (20.83%) SQL
2 3 (12.50%) C
3 2 (8.33%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) Security Cleared
2 3 (12.50%) Degree
3 2 (8.33%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.17%) ISEB
4 1 (4.17%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (20.83%) QA
System Software
1 3 (12.50%) Active Directory
1 3 (12.50%) XenApp
2 1 (4.17%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (16.67%) Citrix
1 4 (16.67%) AppSense
2 3 (12.50%) HP
3 1 (4.17%) SAP
3 1 (4.17%) IBM
3 1 (4.17%) Microsoft
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