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 6 May 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 110 92 99
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 43 44 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.11% 1.43% 0.81%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.20% 1.56% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 34 11
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£308 £306 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.40% +11.36%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £266 £227 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £350 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £38.50 - £31.06
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £24.25 £28.06
% change year-on-year
+53.60% -13.56%
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
3593 2822 2192
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 92.70% 91.68% 93.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1945 1523 1027
Average daily rate £388 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 214 181 172
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.91 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £51.39
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.75 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-4.28% -

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 6 May 2015.

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 6 May 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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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 -19 22 £320 -5.18% 24
Cheshire -6 9 £310 +6.07% 7
Lancashire +9 8 £300 -16.79% 2
Cumbria - 1 - -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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 27 (32.53%) QA
2 22 (26.51%) Selenium
3 21 (25.30%) Test Scripting
4 20 (24.10%) Agile Software Development
5 18 (21.69%) Oracle
6 14 (16.87%) SQL
7 11 (13.25%) Finance
7 11 (13.25%) SOA
7 11 (13.25%) HP Quality Center
8 10 (12.05%) SoapUI
8 10 (12.05%) Test Strategy
8 10 (12.05%) Automation Testing
8 10 (12.05%) SOAP
8 10 (12.05%) Web Services
8 10 (12.05%) Windows
8 10 (12.05%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (10.84%) ISEB
9 9 (10.84%) Security Cleared
10 8 (9.64%) Functional Testing
10 8 (9.64%) Mobile App
10 8 (9.64%) Regression Testing
10 8 (9.64%) E-Commerce
10 8 (9.64%) Linux
10 8 (9.64%) Manual Testing
10 8 (9.64%) Integration Testing
10 8 (9.64%) Telerik
11 7 (8.43%) TDD
11 7 (8.43%) HP
11 7 (8.43%) Performance Testing
11 7 (8.43%) ISTQB

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 6 May 2015, 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 3 (3.61%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.41%) WebLogic Integration
2 2 (2.41%) WebLogic
2 2 (2.41%) Apache
2 2 (2.41%) Tomcat
2 2 (2.41%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.20%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (1.20%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle Financials
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.20%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.23%) FTP
2 2 (2.41%) HTTP
3 1 (1.20%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.20%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.02%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.41%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.41%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.41%) MS Access
3 1 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.20%) Ingres
3 1 (1.20%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.20%) DB2
3 1 (1.20%) Informix
Development Applications
1 22 (26.51%) Selenium
2 10 (12.05%) SoapUI
3 5 (6.02%) Cucumber
3 5 (6.02%) Jenkins
3 5 (6.02%) Subversion
3 5 (6.02%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (4.82%) LoadRunner
5 3 (3.61%) JIRA
5 3 (3.61%) QAComplete
5 3 (3.61%) WebDriver
6 2 (2.41%) Appium
6 2 (2.41%) JMeter
7 1 (1.20%) JUnit
7 1 (1.20%) Toad
7 1 (1.20%) TestNG
7 1 (1.20%) SpecFlow
General
1 11 (13.25%) Finance
2 6 (7.23%) Retail
3 1 (1.20%) General Ledger
3 1 (1.20%) Local Government
3 1 (1.20%) Marketing
3 1 (1.20%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.20%) Banking
3 1 (1.20%) Electronics
3 1 (1.20%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (12.05%) SOAP
1 10 (12.05%) Web Services
2 7 (8.43%) .NET
3 6 (7.23%) Middleware
3 6 (7.23%) Gherkin
4 5 (6.02%) JSON
5 4 (4.82%) Oracle Fusion
6 2 (2.41%) J2EE
7 1 (1.20%) CSS
7 1 (1.20%) EDI
7 1 (1.20%) jQuery
7 1 (1.20%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 8 (9.64%) Mobile App
2 6 (7.23%) Open Source
3 3 (3.61%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.41%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (2.41%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.20%) NHS
5 1 (1.20%) DTV
5 1 (1.20%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.20%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.20%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.20%) Arduino
5 1 (1.20%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.20%) Raspberry Pi
Operating Systems
1 10 (12.05%) Windows
2 8 (9.64%) Linux
3 7 (8.43%) Windows 7
4 6 (7.23%) Apple iOS
4 6 (7.23%) UNIX
4 6 (7.23%) Android
5 2 (2.41%) SUSE
5 2 (2.41%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (25.30%) Test Scripting
2 20 (24.10%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (13.25%) SOA
4 10 (12.05%) User Acceptance Testing
4 10 (12.05%) Test Strategy
4 10 (12.05%) Automation Testing
5 8 (9.64%) Functional Testing
5 8 (9.64%) Manual Testing
5 8 (9.64%) Integration Testing
5 8 (9.64%) E-Commerce
5 8 (9.64%) Regression Testing
6 7 (8.43%) TDD
6 7 (8.43%) Performance Testing
7 6 (7.23%) Automated Testing
7 6 (7.23%) Validation
8 5 (6.02%) Risk Analysis
8 5 (6.02%) Compatibility Testing
9 4 (4.82%) Test Automation
9 4 (4.82%) BDD
9 4 (4.82%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (16.87%) SQL
2 6 (7.23%) Java
2 6 (7.23%) Groovy
3 4 (4.82%) C
3 4 (4.82%) C#
4 3 (3.61%) VB
5 2 (2.41%) FoxPro (VFP)
5 2 (2.41%) C++
5 2 (2.41%) COBOL
5 2 (2.41%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.20%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (10.84%) ISEB
1 9 (10.84%) Security Cleared
2 7 (8.43%) ISTQB
3 5 (6.02%) SC Cleared
4 4 (4.82%) Degree
5 2 (2.41%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (2.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (32.53%) QA
System Software
1 6 (7.23%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.61%) XenApp
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 11 (13.25%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (4.82%) SCCM
Vendors
1 18 (21.69%) Oracle
2 8 (9.64%) Telerik
3 7 (8.43%) HP
4 5 (6.02%) VMware
5 3 (3.61%) AppSense
5 3 (3.61%) Citrix
5 3 (3.61%) Google
5 3 (3.61%) Microsoft
6 2 (2.41%) TIBCO
6 2 (2.41%) SAP
7 1 (1.20%) Cognos
7 1 (1.20%) IBM
7 1 (1.20%) Sybase
7 1 (1.20%) Teradata
7 1 (1.20%) Atmel
7 1 (1.20%) hybris
7 1 (1.20%) Capita
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