The table below looks at the statistics 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 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 114 106 113
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 23 26 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.72% 0.88% 0.90%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.79% 0.96% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 19 8
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£310 £300 £256
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +17.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £313 £294
UK excluding London average daily rate £307 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £16.00 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -28.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-30.55% -10.00%
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
2909 2717 3100
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 91.48% 91.85% 92.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1669 1347 1558
Average daily rate £350 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £220 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 186 204 212
Average hourly rate £16.80 £17.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.02% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 -15 12 £323 +21.69% 12
Lancashire -11 9 £250 -1.96% 1
Merseyside - - - -
Cheshire - - - - 6
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 21 (32.81%) Selenium
2 19 (29.69%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 15 (23.44%) QA
5 13 (20.31%) Oracle
5 13 (20.31%) ISEB
5 13 (20.31%) Analytical Skills
6 12 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
6 12 (18.75%) HP
6 12 (18.75%) SQL Server
6 12 (18.75%) SQL
6 12 (18.75%) Automated Testing
7 10 (15.63%) Windows
7 10 (15.63%) Integration Testing
8 9 (14.06%) Security Testing
9 8 (12.50%) Linux
9 8 (12.50%) Cucumber
9 8 (12.50%) Oracle Database
10 7 (10.94%) Test Automation
10 7 (10.94%) C
10 7 (10.94%) Java
10 7 (10.94%) Active Directory
10 7 (10.94%) ISTQB
10 7 (10.94%) Performance Testing
11 6 (9.38%) Load Testing
11 6 (9.38%) JIRA
11 6 (9.38%) Software Testing
11 6 (9.38%) Finance
11 6 (9.38%) QuickTest Pro
11 6 (9.38%) Data Warehouse

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 (9.38%) Apache
2 5 (7.81%) Tomcat
2 5 (7.81%) SharePoint
2 5 (7.81%) WebLogic
2 5 (7.81%) WebLogic Integration
3 3 (4.69%) Exchange Server 2010
3 3 (4.69%) MS Exchange
3 3 (4.69%) Exchange Server 2003
4 2 (3.13%) WebSphere
4 2 (3.13%) SharePoint 2013
5 1 (1.56%) Oracle HTTP Server
5 1 (1.56%) WebSphere Application Server
5 1 (1.56%) CMS
5 1 (1.56%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 1 (1.56%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (3.13%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.56%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.56%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 6 (9.38%) FTP
2 3 (4.69%) DHCP
2 3 (4.69%) DNS
3 2 (3.13%) HTTP
3 2 (3.13%) SMS
4 1 (1.56%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 8 (12.50%) Oracle Database
3 6 (9.38%) Data Warehouse
4 5 (7.81%) Relational Database
4 5 (7.81%) MS Access
5 3 (4.69%) SQL Server 2008
5 3 (4.69%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.56%) MariaDB
6 1 (1.56%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.56%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.56%) MySQL
6 1 (1.56%) DB2
Development Applications
1 21 (32.81%) Selenium
2 8 (12.50%) Cucumber
3 6 (9.38%) JIRA
3 6 (9.38%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (6.25%) Firebug
4 4 (6.25%) TestComplete
5 3 (4.69%) SoapUI
6 2 (3.13%) Visual Studio
6 2 (3.13%) LoadRunner
6 2 (3.13%) WebDriver
6 2 (3.13%) Zephyr
7 1 (1.56%) CaliberRM
7 1 (1.56%) TestNG
7 1 (1.56%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.56%) Toad
7 1 (1.56%) JUnit
7 1 (1.56%) Bugzilla
7 1 (1.56%) JMeter
General
1 6 (9.38%) Finance
2 4 (6.25%) Banking
3 3 (4.69%) Retail
4 1 (1.56%) Games
4 1 (1.56%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.56%) Legal
4 1 (1.56%) Russian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.69%) SOAP
1 3 (4.69%) Web Services
2 2 (3.13%) Middleware
3 1 (1.56%) Gherkin
3 1 (1.56%) HTML5
3 1 (1.56%) HTML
3 1 (1.56%) .NET
3 1 (1.56%) J2EE
3 1 (1.56%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 13 (20.31%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (7.81%) N-Tier
3 2 (3.13%) Statistics
4 1 (1.56%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.56%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (1.56%) Open Source
4 1 (1.56%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 10 (15.63%) Windows
2 8 (12.50%) Linux
3 5 (7.81%) HPUX
3 5 (7.81%) SUSE
4 4 (6.25%) Windows XP
4 4 (6.25%) Windows 7
5 3 (4.69%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (4.69%) UNIX
5 3 (4.69%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (3.13%) AIX
7 1 (1.56%) Android
7 1 (1.56%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (29.69%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 12 (18.75%) Automated Testing
4 10 (15.63%) Integration Testing
5 9 (14.06%) Security Testing
6 7 (10.94%) Test Automation
6 7 (10.94%) Performance Testing
7 6 (9.38%) Load Testing
7 6 (9.38%) Software Testing
7 6 (9.38%) E-Commerce
7 6 (9.38%) SOA
8 5 (7.81%) Test Strategy
8 5 (7.81%) Automation Testing
8 5 (7.81%) TDD
8 5 (7.81%) Statistical Analysis
8 5 (7.81%) Release Management
9 4 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (6.25%) Line Management
9 4 (6.25%) Mentoring
10 3 (4.69%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 12 (18.75%) SQL
2 7 (10.94%) C
2 7 (10.94%) Java
3 5 (7.81%) VB
3 5 (7.81%) FoxPro (VFP)
4 2 (3.13%) C++
5 1 (1.56%) PowerHouse
5 1 (1.56%) C#
5 1 (1.56%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.56%) Perl
5 1 (1.56%) PHP
5 1 (1.56%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.56%) Python
5 1 (1.56%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 13 (20.31%) ISEB
2 7 (10.94%) ISTQB
3 5 (7.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (7.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 5 (7.81%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (3.13%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.56%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.56%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (1.56%) Degree
5 1 (1.56%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (23.44%) QA
System Software
1 7 (10.94%) Active Directory
2 4 (6.25%) XenApp
3 3 (4.69%) XenServer
3 3 (4.69%) ISA Server
4 1 (1.56%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 12 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (4.69%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 13 (20.31%) Oracle
2 12 (18.75%) HP
3 5 (7.81%) Citrix
3 5 (7.81%) TIBCO
3 5 (7.81%) AppSense
4 4 (6.25%) VMware
5 3 (4.69%) Microsoft
6 1 (1.56%) IBM
6 1 (1.56%) Curam