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 18 April 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 91 104 106
Rank change year-on-year
+13 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 46 16 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.45% 0.66% 0.98%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.58% 0.71% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 10 10
Average daily rate £300 £275 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.09% -4.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £187 £256
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £358 £344
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £303 £300
% change year-on-year
-0.82% +0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 4
Average hourly rate £140.00 £22.11 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+533.19% +13.38%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.06 £19.50
% change year-on-year
+6.93% +43.87%
Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2915 2248 2813
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 91.87% 93.36% 91.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 1541 1068 1362
Average daily rate £350 £330 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £220 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £480 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 206 183 187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.69 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £52.47 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%
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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +11 27 £320 - 14
Cheshire -3 12 £288 +19.79% 5
Merseyside +4 2 - - 3
Lancashire - - - -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 32 (37.21%) SQL
2 26 (30.23%) Oracle
3 21 (24.42%) Finance
3 21 (24.42%) Test Scripting
4 20 (23.26%) Migration
5 18 (20.93%) ISEB
6 17 (19.77%) Microsoft
7 15 (17.44%) Selenium
8 14 (16.28%) Java
9 12 (13.95%) .NET
9 12 (13.95%) SQL Server
9 12 (13.95%) Manual Testing
10 11 (12.79%) Web Services
10 11 (12.79%) XML
10 11 (12.79%) Software Testing
11 10 (11.63%) Data Analysis
11 10 (11.63%) Automated Testing
11 10 (11.63%) C++
12 9 (10.47%) C#
12 9 (10.47%) VB.NET
12 9 (10.47%) MySQL
12 9 (10.47%) Degree
12 9 (10.47%) Agile Software Development
13 8 (9.30%) User Acceptance Testing
13 8 (9.30%) C
13 8 (9.30%) HTML
13 8 (9.30%) SQL Server 2008
14 7 (8.14%) VBScript
14 7 (8.14%) VB
14 7 (8.14%) NHS

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 3 (3.49%) Lync
1 3 (3.49%) MS Exchange
1 3 (3.49%) SharePoint
1 3 (3.49%) IIS
2 2 (2.33%) Tuxedo
3 1 (1.16%) SAS
Applications
1 6 (6.98%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.16%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (1.16%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (3.49%) Maximo
2 2 (2.33%) CSG Singleview
3 1 (1.16%) SAP BPC
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (1.16%) SAP FI
3 1 (1.16%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (1.16%) SAP CO
3 1 (1.16%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (1.16%) Dynamics AX
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (13.95%) SQL Server
2 9 (10.47%) MySQL
3 8 (9.30%) SQL Server 2008
4 7 (8.14%) Data Warehouse
5 5 (5.81%) Relational Database
6 4 (4.65%) RDBMS
7 3 (3.49%) Oracle Database
7 3 (3.49%) Data Mining
8 2 (2.33%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
9 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 1 (1.16%) Oracle Discoverer
9 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 15 (17.44%) Selenium
2 6 (6.98%) Cucumber
3 4 (4.65%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (4.65%) SoapUI
4 2 (2.33%) JIRA
4 2 (2.33%) Firebug
4 2 (2.33%) JUnit
4 2 (2.33%) Visual Studio
4 2 (2.33%) LoadRunner
4 2 (2.33%) Toad
4 2 (2.33%) WebDriver
4 2 (2.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
4 2 (2.33%) SpecFlow
5 1 (1.16%) PhantomJS
5 1 (1.16%) Rational Functional Tester
5 1 (1.16%) TestComplete
5 1 (1.16%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (1.16%) Bugzilla
5 1 (1.16%) Subversion
General
1 21 (24.42%) Finance
2 3 (3.49%) Back Office
2 3 (3.49%) Billing
3 2 (2.33%) Banking
3 2 (2.33%) Retail
4 1 (1.16%) Games
4 1 (1.16%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (13.95%) .NET
2 11 (12.79%) Web Services
2 11 (12.79%) XML
3 8 (9.30%) HTML
4 5 (5.81%) SOAP
5 2 (2.33%) J2EE
5 2 (2.33%) EDIFACT
5 2 (2.33%) Middleware
5 2 (2.33%) EDI
6 1 (1.16%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.14%) NHS
2 2 (2.33%) Statistics
2 2 (2.33%) Interactive TV
2 2 (2.33%) Mathematics
2 2 (2.33%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.33%) TRADACOMS
2 2 (2.33%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.16%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.16%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 5 (5.81%) Windows Server 2012
1 5 (5.81%) Windows
2 3 (3.49%) Windows 7
3 2 (2.33%) UNIX
3 2 (2.33%) Linux
4 1 (1.16%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.16%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (24.42%) Test Scripting
2 20 (23.26%) Migration
3 12 (13.95%) Manual Testing
4 11 (12.79%) Software Testing
5 10 (11.63%) Data Analysis
5 10 (11.63%) Automated Testing
6 9 (10.47%) Agile Software Development
7 8 (9.30%) User Acceptance Testing
8 7 (8.14%) ETL
8 7 (8.14%) Business Analysis
8 7 (8.14%) TDD
9 6 (6.98%) Test Automation
9 6 (6.98%) Test Strategy
10 5 (5.81%) Data Migration
10 5 (5.81%) Performance Testing
11 4 (4.65%) E-Commerce
11 4 (4.65%) Automation Testing
12 3 (3.49%) Technical Analysis
12 3 (3.49%) Service Management
12 3 (3.49%) Disaster Recovery
Programming Languages
1 32 (37.21%) SQL
2 14 (16.28%) Java
3 10 (11.63%) C++
4 9 (10.47%) C#
4 9 (10.47%) VB.NET
5 8 (9.30%) C
6 7 (8.14%) VBScript
6 7 (8.14%) VB
6 7 (8.14%) Shell Script
7 5 (5.81%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.33%) PHP
9 1 (1.16%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.16%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.16%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 18 (20.93%) ISEB
2 9 (10.47%) Degree
3 3 (3.49%) SC Cleared
3 3 (3.49%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.49%) ISTQB
3 3 (3.49%) CEH
4 1 (1.16%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.98%) QA
2 1 (1.16%) Solvency II
System Software
1 3 (3.49%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 5 (5.81%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (3.49%) SCOM
3 2 (2.33%) CA Wily
3 2 (2.33%) nmon
Vendors
1 26 (30.23%) Oracle
2 17 (19.77%) Microsoft
3 6 (6.98%) Citrix
4 3 (3.49%) HP
4 3 (3.49%) SAP
5 2 (2.33%) Fundtech
6 1 (1.16%) Tableau
6 1 (1.16%) IBM
6 1 (1.16%) Ab Initio
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