The first table below looks at the demand for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the North West 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 22 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 North West 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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 97 107 122
Rank change year-on-year
+10 +15
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 37 19 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.25% 0.72% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.33% 0.78% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 5 6
Average daily rate
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£325 £300 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £285 £256
10% offered a daily rate of more than £362 £360 £324
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.15% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
Average hourly rate £12.50 £25.00 £16.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-50.00% +53.84%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £29.13 £10.00
% change year-on-year
-57.08% +191.25%
Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2776 2429 2998
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.66% 92.50% 91.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1522 1147 1531
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £210 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 177 183 224
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.25 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-4.41% -5.55%
Tester
England

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

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 22 July 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 22 July 2014. 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
Manchester +9 19 £324 +7.91% 15
Lancashire -9 7 £350 -
Cheshire -4 5 £375 +4.16% 3
Merseyside - 5 £250 - 3
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 24 (28.92%) Selenium
2 21 (25.30%) SQL
2 21 (25.30%) Oracle
3 20 (24.10%) Test Scripting
4 19 (22.89%) ISEB
5 17 (20.48%) Automated Testing
5 17 (20.48%) QA
6 16 (19.28%) SQL Server
7 15 (18.07%) Java
8 12 (14.46%) Finance
9 11 (13.25%) Microsoft
9 11 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
9 11 (13.25%) Cucumber
10 10 (12.05%) Data Warehouse
10 10 (12.05%) HP
10 10 (12.05%) Oracle Database
11 9 (10.84%) VB
11 9 (10.84%) ISTQB
11 9 (10.84%) User Acceptance Testing
11 9 (10.84%) Security Testing
11 9 (10.84%) Integration Testing
11 9 (10.84%) HP Quality Center
12 8 (9.64%) C
12 8 (9.64%) C++
12 8 (9.64%) .NET
12 8 (9.64%) Linux
12 8 (9.64%) Migration
12 8 (9.64%) TDD
12 8 (9.64%) Test Automation
13 7 (8.43%) C#

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 6 (7.23%) Apache
2 5 (6.02%) Tomcat
2 5 (6.02%) WebLogic Integration
2 5 (6.02%) WebLogic
3 2 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2003
3 2 (2.41%) Exchange Server 2010
3 2 (2.41%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.41%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.20%) Oracle HTTP Server
4 1 (1.20%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (6.02%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (3.61%) Maximo
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle Financials
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.02%) FTP
2 2 (2.41%) DHCP
2 2 (2.41%) DNS
3 1 (1.20%) SMS
3 1 (1.20%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (19.28%) SQL Server
2 10 (12.05%) Data Warehouse
2 10 (12.05%) Oracle Database
3 6 (7.23%) Relational Database
3 6 (7.23%) SQL Server 2008
4 5 (6.02%) MySQL
4 5 (6.02%) MS Access
5 2 (2.41%) Oracle Reports
5 2 (2.41%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.20%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.20%) MariaDB
Development Applications
1 24 (28.92%) Selenium
2 11 (13.25%) Cucumber
3 5 (6.02%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (4.82%) Firebug
4 4 (4.82%) TestComplete
4 4 (4.82%) WebDriver
5 3 (3.61%) JIRA
5 3 (3.61%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (3.61%) SoapUI
5 3 (3.61%) JUnit
5 3 (3.61%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.41%) Toad
6 2 (2.41%) LoadRunner
6 2 (2.41%) SpecFlow
6 2 (2.41%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 1 (1.20%) Zephyr
7 1 (1.20%) TestNG
7 1 (1.20%) JMeter
7 1 (1.20%) Bugzilla
7 1 (1.20%) CaliberRM
General
1 12 (14.46%) Finance
2 4 (4.82%) Banking
3 3 (3.61%) Retail
4 1 (1.20%) General Ledger
4 1 (1.20%) Russian Language
4 1 (1.20%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (9.64%) .NET
2 7 (8.43%) Web Services
2 7 (8.43%) XML
3 5 (6.02%) HTML
4 2 (2.41%) J2EE
4 2 (2.41%) SOAP
4 2 (2.41%) EDI
4 2 (2.41%) Middleware
4 2 (2.41%) EDIFACT
5 1 (1.20%) LAMP
5 1 (1.20%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.20%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.02%) N-Tier
2 2 (2.41%) Interactive TV
2 2 (2.41%) Statistics
2 2 (2.41%) Mathematics
2 2 (2.41%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.41%) TRADACOMS
3 1 (1.20%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.20%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 8 (9.64%) Linux
2 6 (7.23%) Windows
3 5 (6.02%) HPUX
3 5 (6.02%) SUSE
4 2 (2.41%) Windows XP
4 2 (2.41%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (2.41%) UNIX
4 2 (2.41%) AIX
4 2 (2.41%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (2.41%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.20%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.20%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (24.10%) Test Scripting
2 17 (20.48%) Automated Testing
3 11 (13.25%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (10.84%) User Acceptance Testing
4 9 (10.84%) Security Testing
4 9 (10.84%) Integration Testing
5 8 (9.64%) Test Automation
5 8 (9.64%) TDD
5 8 (9.64%) Migration
6 7 (8.43%) ETL
6 7 (8.43%) Performance Testing
6 7 (8.43%) Load Testing
6 7 (8.43%) Software Testing
6 7 (8.43%) Test Strategy
6 7 (8.43%) Automation Testing
6 7 (8.43%) Manual Testing
7 6 (7.23%) E-Commerce
8 5 (6.02%) Statistical Analysis
8 5 (6.02%) SOA
8 5 (6.02%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 21 (25.30%) SQL
2 15 (18.07%) Java
3 9 (10.84%) VB
4 8 (9.64%) C++
4 8 (9.64%) C
5 7 (8.43%) C#
6 6 (7.23%) VB.NET
7 5 (6.02%) FoxPro (VFP)
8 4 (4.82%) Shell Script
8 4 (4.82%) VBScript
9 3 (3.61%) PHP
10 2 (2.41%) JavaScript
11 1 (1.20%) Perl
11 1 (1.20%) PL/SQL
11 1 (1.20%) T-SQL
11 1 (1.20%) Python
11 1 (1.20%) PowerHouse
11 1 (1.20%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 19 (22.89%) ISEB
2 9 (10.84%) ISTQB
3 5 (6.02%) Degree
3 5 (6.02%) ISEB Practitioner
3 5 (6.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (6.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 3 (3.61%) CEH
5 1 (1.20%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.20%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.20%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (20.48%) QA
2 1 (1.20%) Solvency II
System Software
1 2 (2.41%) Active Directory
1 2 (2.41%) ISA Server
1 2 (2.41%) XenApp
1 2 (2.41%) XenServer
2 1 (1.20%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 9 (10.84%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.41%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 21 (25.30%) Oracle
2 11 (13.25%) Microsoft
3 10 (12.05%) HP
4 5 (6.02%) Citrix
4 5 (6.02%) TIBCO
5 2 (2.41%) VMware
6 1 (1.20%) AppSense
6 1 (1.20%) Curam
6 1 (1.20%) Tableau
6 1 (1.20%) Ab Initio
6 1 (1.20%) SAP
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Rate: £25000.00 - £28000.00 per annum + benefits
Posted: 12 days ago