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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 112 109 118
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 53 26 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.21% 0.84% 0.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.29% 0.91% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 22 11
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£340 £323 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.42% +7.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £250 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £373 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £302 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.78% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £12.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -21.87%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.05 £29.25
% change year-on-year
+106.40% -51.96%
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
4104 2843 2647
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.49% 92.13% 92.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2460 1580 1316
Average daily rate £400 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 197 179 203
Average hourly rate £19.00 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.82% -3.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £54.00 £40.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 -7 23 £300 -6.97% 32
Lancashire -1 14 £563 +109.30% 3
Cheshire 0 11 £321 -1.90% 9
Merseyside - 3 £350 - 10
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 33 (31.43%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (27.62%) Test Scripting
3 26 (24.76%) QA
4 25 (23.81%) Oracle
5 23 (21.90%) SQL
6 19 (18.10%) Selenium
7 16 (15.24%) HP Quality Center
7 16 (15.24%) Test Strategy
7 16 (15.24%) Windows
8 15 (14.29%) Finance
9 14 (13.33%) Performance Testing
10 13 (12.38%) User Acceptance Testing
10 13 (12.38%) Manual Testing
10 13 (12.38%) SoapUI
10 13 (12.38%) Automation Testing
11 12 (11.43%) Software Testing
11 12 (11.43%) Microsoft
11 12 (11.43%) HP
12 11 (10.48%) SQL Server
12 11 (10.48%) Security Cleared
13 10 (9.52%) Functional Testing
13 10 (9.52%) Mobile App
13 10 (9.52%) Java
13 10 (9.52%) Linux
13 10 (9.52%) UNIX
13 10 (9.52%) Scrum
14 9 (8.57%) Automated Testing
14 9 (8.57%) TDD
14 9 (8.57%) LoadRunner
14 9 (8.57%) V-Model

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 4 (3.81%) WebLogic
1 4 (3.81%) WebSphere
2 3 (2.86%) SAS
2 3 (2.86%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.90%) Apache
3 2 (1.90%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.90%) WebLogic Integration
4 1 (0.95%) Lync
4 1 (0.95%) Exchange Server 2010
4 1 (0.95%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (2.86%) MS Office
1 3 (2.86%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 7 (6.67%) Oracle General Ledger
2 4 (3.81%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (2.86%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.95%) HFM
4 1 (0.95%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.95%) SuccessFactors
1 1 (0.95%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.76%) FTP
2 1 (0.95%) DNS
2 1 (0.95%) Wireless
2 1 (0.95%) SMS
2 1 (0.95%) WAN
2 1 (0.95%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (10.48%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.76%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.90%) MongoDB
3 2 (1.90%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.90%) DB2
3 2 (1.90%) MS Access
4 1 (0.95%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.95%) Ingres
4 1 (0.95%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.95%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (0.95%) OLAP
4 1 (0.95%) Informix
4 1 (0.95%) OLAP Cube
Development Applications
1 19 (18.10%) Selenium
2 13 (12.38%) SoapUI
3 9 (8.57%) LoadRunner
4 8 (7.62%) HP UFT
5 6 (5.71%) Visual Studio
5 6 (5.71%) ERwin
6 5 (4.76%) JIRA
6 5 (4.76%) Facilita Forecast
7 4 (3.81%) JMeter
7 4 (3.81%) Jenkins
7 4 (3.81%) Cucumber
8 3 (2.86%) Subversion
8 3 (2.86%) LoadUI
8 3 (2.86%) Appium
9 2 (1.90%) WebDriver
10 1 (0.95%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (0.95%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (0.95%) eggPlant
10 1 (0.95%) SpecFlow
10 1 (0.95%) Behat
General
1 15 (14.29%) Finance
2 2 (1.90%) Retail
3 1 (0.95%) Billing
3 1 (0.95%) General Ledger
3 1 (0.95%) Manufacturing
3 1 (0.95%) Publishing
3 1 (0.95%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (7.62%) Gherkin
2 7 (6.67%) .NET
3 6 (5.71%) SOAP
3 6 (5.71%) Web Services
3 6 (5.71%) Middleware
4 3 (2.86%) HTML
4 3 (2.86%) JSON
5 1 (0.95%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (0.95%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (0.95%) HTML5
5 1 (0.95%) KnockoutJS
5 1 (0.95%) ODBC
5 1 (0.95%) J2EE
5 1 (0.95%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.95%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.52%) Mobile App
2 5 (4.76%) Data Structures
2 5 (4.76%) Performance Metrics
3 4 (3.81%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.90%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.90%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.90%) N-Tier
5 1 (0.95%) NHS
5 1 (0.95%) Mainframe
5 1 (0.95%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.95%) SCADA
5 1 (0.95%) Data Conversion
5 1 (0.95%) iSeries
5 1 (0.95%) User Experience
5 1 (0.95%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 16 (15.24%) Windows
2 10 (9.52%) Linux
2 10 (9.52%) UNIX
3 8 (7.62%) Windows 7
4 6 (5.71%) Apple iOS
4 6 (5.71%) Android
5 2 (1.90%) SUSE
5 2 (1.90%) HPUX
6 1 (0.95%) VME
6 1 (0.95%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (31.43%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (27.62%) Test Scripting
3 16 (15.24%) Test Strategy
4 14 (13.33%) Performance Testing
5 13 (12.38%) Manual Testing
5 13 (12.38%) Automation Testing
5 13 (12.38%) User Acceptance Testing
6 12 (11.43%) Software Testing
7 10 (9.52%) Scrum
7 10 (9.52%) Functional Testing
8 9 (8.57%) System Testing
8 9 (8.57%) V-Model
8 9 (8.57%) Waterfall
8 9 (8.57%) TDD
8 9 (8.57%) Automated Testing
9 8 (7.62%) Regression Testing
9 8 (7.62%) SOA
9 8 (7.62%) ETL
10 7 (6.67%) Software Engineering
11 6 (5.71%) Data Security
Programming Languages
1 23 (21.90%) SQL
2 10 (9.52%) Java
3 7 (6.67%) T-SQL
3 7 (6.67%) C++
4 6 (5.71%) PL/SQL
5 5 (4.76%) C#
6 4 (3.81%) VB
7 3 (2.86%) COBOL
7 3 (2.86%) Groovy
8 2 (1.90%) FoxPro (VFP)
9 1 (0.95%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.95%) Ruby
9 1 (0.95%) C
9 1 (0.95%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.95%) Perl
Qualifications
1 11 (10.48%) Security Cleared
2 6 (5.71%) ISEB
3 5 (4.76%) ISTQB
3 5 (4.76%) SC Cleared
4 4 (3.81%) Degree
5 2 (1.90%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (1.90%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (24.76%) QA
System Software
1 6 (5.71%) Active Directory
2 2 (1.90%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.95%) XenApp
3 1 (0.95%) XenServer
3 1 (0.95%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 16 (15.24%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (5.71%) SCCM
Vendors
1 25 (23.81%) Oracle
2 12 (11.43%) Microsoft
2 12 (11.43%) HP
3 6 (5.71%) Informatica
4 5 (4.76%) VMware
5 2 (1.90%) AppSense
5 2 (1.90%) Teradata
5 2 (1.90%) Tableau
5 2 (1.90%) TIBCO
5 2 (1.90%) Citrix
5 2 (1.90%) SAP
6 1 (0.95%) IBM
6 1 (0.95%) Sybase
6 1 (0.95%) Baan
6 1 (0.95%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.95%) Vertica
6 1 (0.95%) Talend
6 1 (0.95%) Telerik
6 1 (0.95%) EPiServer
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