The first table below looks at the demand for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Midlands 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 Midlands 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 22 27 32
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +5
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 4 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 2.30% 1.36% 1.07%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.42% 1.46% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 3
Average daily rate
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£200 - £250
UK excluding London average daily rate £304 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.43% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £29.13 £10.00
% change year-on-year
-57.08% +191.25%
Job Titles Category
Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
165 206 251
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 94.83% 93.64% 89.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 79 65
Average daily rate £425 £450 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.55% +20.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £200 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 18
Average hourly rate £20.00 £17.50 £34.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -49.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.80 £6.50 £25.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £175.00 £175.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
Tester
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Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

Tester
Top 14 Related IT Skills in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands 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 3 (60.00%) ISEB
1 3 (60.00%) MS PowerPoint
1 3 (60.00%) JIRA
1 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (40.00%) Sonic ESB
2 2 (40.00%) Cognos TM1
2 2 (40.00%) Cognos
3 1 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (20.00%) NHS
3 1 (20.00%) SQL
3 1 (20.00%) MDX
3 1 (20.00%) Test Strategy
3 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Performance Testing

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands 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 2 (40.00%) Sonic ESB
Applications
1 3 (60.00%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (40.00%) Cognos TM1
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (60.00%) JIRA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (20.00%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 1 (20.00%) Test Strategy
2 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (60.00%) ISEB
Vendors
1 2 (40.00%) Cognos