The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the North West region that had Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 3 December 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
3 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 116 94 105
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +11
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 41 70 39
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.29% 1.67% 1.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.36% 1.78% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 52 26
Median daily rate £323 £300 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.50% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £258 £217 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £406 £411 £408
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £41.50 - £16.84
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £39.37 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-18.71% +38.14%
Tester
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the North West 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
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3008 3931 3083
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.50% 93.89% 94.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1973 2365 1804
Median daily rate £400 £385 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £550 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £398 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.24% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 187 178
Median hourly rate £19.66 £17.77 £15.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.63% +17.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £11.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.00 £36.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.85
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +7.25%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of IT contracts across the North West region that featured Tester in the job title.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the North West region over the 3 months to 3 December 2016.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Tester
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 3 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -10 24 £320 +10.34% 32
Cheshire +8 6 £338 +12.50% 18
Lancashire +4 6 £388 +24.00% 7
Merseyside -7 4 £240 -38.46% 6
Tester
England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 December 2016, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 38 (49.35%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (42.86%) Selenium
3 21 (27.27%) QA
4 20 (25.97%) SQL
5 19 (24.68%) Java
6 18 (23.38%) Automation Testing
7 15 (19.48%) WebDriver
7 15 (19.48%) Test Scripting
8 14 (18.18%) Cucumber
9 13 (16.88%) Test Automation
9 13 (16.88%) Jenkins
9 13 (16.88%) Python
10 11 (14.29%) ETL
10 11 (14.29%) Automated Testing
10 11 (14.29%) BDD
11 10 (12.99%) TDD
11 10 (12.99%) Manual Testing
11 10 (12.99%) C#
12 9 (11.69%) Finance
13 8 (10.39%) ISEB
13 8 (10.39%) .NET
13 8 (10.39%) Gherkin
14 7 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
14 7 (9.09%) JMeter
14 7 (9.09%) Web Testing
14 7 (9.09%) Performance Testing
14 7 (9.09%) Scrum
14 7 (9.09%) Ab Initio
15 6 (7.79%) Ruby
15 6 (7.79%) JIRA

Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.60%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.30%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (1.30%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 2 (2.60%) MS Office
2 1 (1.30%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.30%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.30%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.30%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 5 (6.49%) GitHub
2 1 (1.30%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.30%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.19%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.90%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.60%) MySQL
3 2 (2.60%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (2.60%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.60%) SQLPlus
4 1 (1.30%) GIS
4 1 (1.30%) QGIS
4 1 (1.30%) Spatial Data
Development Applications
1 33 (42.86%) Selenium
2 15 (19.48%) WebDriver
3 14 (18.18%) Cucumber
4 13 (16.88%) Jenkins
5 7 (9.09%) JMeter
6 6 (7.79%) JIRA
7 5 (6.49%) HP UFT
7 5 (6.49%) SoapUI
7 5 (6.49%) Visual Studio
8 4 (5.19%) JUnit
9 2 (2.60%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 2 (2.60%) ClearCase
9 2 (2.60%) ClearQuest
9 2 (2.60%) Git (software)
9 2 (2.60%) LoadRunner
9 2 (2.60%) Rational Robot
10 1 (1.30%) Hudson
10 1 (1.30%) MSTest
10 1 (1.30%) NUnit
10 1 (1.30%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (11.69%) Finance
2 4 (5.19%) Retail
3 3 (3.90%) Manufacturing
3 3 (3.90%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.30%) Advertising
4 1 (1.30%) Legal
4 1 (1.30%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.39%) .NET
1 8 (10.39%) Gherkin
2 6 (7.79%) XML
3 3 (3.90%) SOAP
4 2 (2.60%) CSS
4 2 (2.60%) HTML
5 1 (1.30%) Ajax
5 1 (1.30%) Apache Cordova
5 1 (1.30%) ASP.NET
5 1 (1.30%) jQuery
5 1 (1.30%) JSON
5 1 (1.30%) LINQ
5 1 (1.30%) Middleware
5 1 (1.30%) PostGIS
5 1 (1.30%) REST
5 1 (1.30%) Web Services
5 1 (1.30%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 2 (2.60%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.30%) iPhone
2 1 (1.30%) NHS
2 1 (1.30%) RIA
2 1 (1.30%) User Experience
2 1 (1.30%) Video on Demand
2 1 (1.30%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.60%) Android
1 2 (2.60%) Linux
1 2 (2.60%) Windows
2 1 (1.30%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.30%) Ubuntu
2 1 (1.30%) Unix
2 1 (1.30%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (49.35%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (23.38%) Automation Testing
3 15 (19.48%) Test Scripting
4 13 (16.88%) Test Automation
5 11 (14.29%) Automated Testing
5 11 (14.29%) BDD
5 11 (14.29%) ETL
6 10 (12.99%) Manual Testing
6 10 (12.99%) TDD
7 7 (9.09%) Business Intelligence
7 7 (9.09%) Performance Testing
7 7 (9.09%) Scrum
7 7 (9.09%) Web Testing
8 6 (7.79%) E-Commerce
9 5 (6.49%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (6.49%) Functional Testing
9 5 (6.49%) Security Testing
9 5 (6.49%) Software Testing
9 5 (6.49%) Test Strategy
10 4 (5.19%) QA Automation
Programming Languages
1 20 (25.97%) SQL
2 19 (24.68%) Java
3 13 (16.88%) Python
4 10 (12.99%) C#
5 6 (7.79%) Ruby
6 2 (2.60%) C
6 2 (2.60%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.60%) Perl
6 2 (2.60%) VB
7 1 (1.30%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.30%) C++
7 1 (1.30%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.30%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.30%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 8 (10.39%) ISEB
2 3 (3.90%) SC Cleared
2 3 (3.90%) Security Cleared
3 2 (2.60%) Degree
4 1 (1.30%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (27.27%) QA
2 2 (2.60%) SLA
3 1 (1.30%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (1.30%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (2.60%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.30%) Ansible
Vendors
1 7 (9.09%) Ab Initio
2 6 (7.79%) Microsoft
3 4 (5.19%) Tableau
4 3 (3.90%) HP
4 3 (3.90%) Oracle
5 2 (2.60%) Twitter
6 1 (1.30%) Citrix
6 1 (1.30%) Siebel
6 1 (1.30%) Xamarin
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