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 20 February 2017 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
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Tester
England / North West
Rank 93 96 104
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 41 53 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.56% 1.42% 1.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.65% 1.50% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 31 25
Median daily rate £318 £318 £270
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.15% +17.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £206 £213 £211
10% offered a daily rate of more than £366 £415 £346
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £320 £288
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +11.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £19.32 £106.75 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-81.90% +228.46%

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
2490 3533 3137
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.86% 94.92% 94.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 1551 2113 1720
Median daily rate £375 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 189 202
Median hourly rate £17.50 £27.05 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.30% +42.36%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £13.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £16.74
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +7.55%

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 20 February 2017.

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 20 February 2017. 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 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 +5 27 £316 +3.81% 33
Cheshire +29 9 £308 -5.38% 18
Merseyside -11 3 £325 -13.33% 4
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 February 2017, 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 42 (55.26%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (51.32%) Selenium
3 25 (32.89%) QA
4 24 (31.58%) Java
5 21 (27.63%) Test Scripting
6 19 (25.00%) WebDriver
7 18 (23.68%) Automated Testing
8 17 (22.37%) Python
8 17 (22.37%) Cucumber
9 16 (21.05%) SQL
9 16 (21.05%) TDD
10 14 (18.42%) BDD
11 13 (17.11%) Automation Testing
11 13 (17.11%) Gherkin
12 12 (15.79%) Jenkins
12 12 (15.79%) Manual Testing
12 12 (15.79%) JIRA
13 11 (14.47%) C#
13 11 (14.47%) Test Automation
14 10 (13.16%) XML
14 10 (13.16%) Regression Testing
15 7 (9.21%) User Acceptance Testing
15 7 (9.21%) Performance Testing
16 6 (7.89%) JMeter
16 6 (7.89%) ETL
16 6 (7.89%) Microsoft
16 6 (7.89%) ISEB
16 6 (7.89%) .NET
16 6 (7.89%) Integration Testing
16 6 (7.89%) Ruby

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 (2.63%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.32%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 3 (3.95%) MS Office
2 1 (1.32%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (3.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.63%) Visualfiles
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.32%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 6 (7.89%) GitHub
2 1 (1.32%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.95%) Big Data
2 3 (3.95%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.95%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.63%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (2.63%) SQLPlus
4 1 (1.32%) GIS
4 1 (1.32%) QGIS
4 1 (1.32%) Spatial Data
4 1 (1.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 39 (51.32%) Selenium
2 19 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 17 (22.37%) Cucumber
4 12 (15.79%) Jenkins
4 12 (15.79%) JIRA
5 6 (7.89%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 6 (7.89%) JMeter
6 5 (6.58%) Visual Studio
7 4 (5.26%) SoapUI
8 3 (3.95%) Git (software)
9 2 (2.63%) ClearCase
9 2 (2.63%) ClearQuest
9 2 (2.63%) IntelliJ
9 2 (2.63%) LoadRunner
9 2 (2.63%) Log4j
9 2 (2.63%) Rational Robot
9 2 (2.63%) SpecFlow
9 2 (2.63%) TestNG
10 1 (1.32%) HP UFT
10 1 (1.32%) NUnit
General
1 5 (6.58%) Retail
2 4 (5.26%) Finance
3 3 (3.95%) Legal
4 2 (2.63%) Games
5 1 (1.32%) Back Office
5 1 (1.32%) Law
5 1 (1.32%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.32%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (17.11%) Gherkin
2 10 (13.16%) XML
3 6 (7.89%) .NET
4 2 (2.63%) REST
4 2 (2.63%) SOAP
4 2 (2.63%) Web Services
5 1 (1.32%) Apache Cordova
5 1 (1.32%) JSON
5 1 (1.32%) Node.js
5 1 (1.32%) PostGIS
5 1 (1.32%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 2 (2.63%) Computer Science
1 2 (2.63%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.32%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.32%) iPhone
2 1 (1.32%) NHS
2 1 (1.32%) Public Cloud
2 1 (1.32%) RIA
2 1 (1.32%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (3.95%) Linux
1 3 (3.95%) Unix
2 2 (2.63%) Android
2 2 (2.63%) Windows
3 1 (1.32%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.32%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (55.26%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (27.63%) Test Scripting
3 18 (23.68%) Automated Testing
4 16 (21.05%) TDD
5 14 (18.42%) BDD
6 13 (17.11%) Automation Testing
7 12 (15.79%) Manual Testing
8 11 (14.47%) Test Automation
9 10 (13.16%) Regression Testing
10 7 (9.21%) Performance Testing
10 7 (9.21%) User Acceptance Testing
11 6 (7.89%) ETL
11 6 (7.89%) Integration Testing
11 6 (7.89%) Scrum
12 5 (6.58%) Continuous Integration
12 5 (6.58%) Functional Testing
12 5 (6.58%) QA Automation
12 5 (6.58%) SDLC
12 5 (6.58%) Software Testing
12 5 (6.58%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 24 (31.58%) Java
2 17 (22.37%) Python
3 16 (21.05%) SQL
4 11 (14.47%) C#
5 6 (7.89%) Ruby
6 2 (2.63%) ANSI SQL
6 2 (2.63%) C
6 2 (2.63%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.63%) Perl
6 2 (2.63%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.32%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.32%) C++
7 1 (1.32%) PHP
7 1 (1.32%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.32%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.32%) VB
Qualifications
1 6 (7.89%) ISEB
2 2 (2.63%) Degree
2 2 (2.63%) HND
2 2 (2.63%) ISTQB
2 2 (2.63%) SC Cleared
2 2 (2.63%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (32.89%) QA
2 2 (2.63%) Data Quality
2 2 (2.63%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.32%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (3.95%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.32%) Ansible
Vendors
1 6 (7.89%) Microsoft
2 4 (5.26%) HP
2 4 (5.26%) Oracle
3 2 (2.63%) Citrix
3 2 (2.63%) Twitter
4 1 (1.32%) Ab Initio
4 1 (1.32%) Google
4 1 (1.32%) JD Edwards
4 1 (1.32%) Red Hat
4 1 (1.32%) Talend
4 1 (1.32%) Xamarin