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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 101 99 86
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -13
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 55 40 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.45% 1.27% 1.59%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.54% 1.35% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 27 31
Average daily rate £310 £270 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.81% -12.90%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £163 £203 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £412 £374 £410
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £290 £310
% change year-on-year
+12.06% -6.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Average hourly rate - £27.67 £140.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -80.23%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.50 £28.50 £140.00
% change year-on-year
+52.63% -79.64%
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
3579 2967 2567
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.16% 94.25% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 2155 1669 1303
Average daily rate £375 £363 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +5.45%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £501 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 179 179 191
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.10% +5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.22 £12.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £42.50 £42.11
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -9 31 £285 +3.63% 26
Merseyside +13 16 £398 -16.31% 5
Cheshire -3 4 £313 +38.88% 14
Lancashire -7 2 £375 +38.88% 3
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 40 (31.25%) Oracle
1 40 (31.25%) Test Scripting
2 38 (29.69%) Finance
3 31 (24.22%) Agile Software Development
4 28 (21.88%) QA
5 27 (21.09%) Security Cleared
6 26 (20.31%) Selenium
6 26 (20.31%) SC Cleared
7 23 (17.97%) SQL
8 21 (16.41%) ERP
9 19 (14.84%) User Acceptance Testing
10 18 (14.06%) Microsoft
10 18 (14.06%) Java
10 18 (14.06%) SQL Server
11 17 (13.28%) Oracle EBS R12
11 17 (13.28%) Oracle Payables
12 16 (12.50%) Functional Testing
12 16 (12.50%) JIRA
12 16 (12.50%) ETL
13 15 (11.72%) .NET
13 15 (11.72%) Oracle ERP
14 14 (10.94%) Automation Testing
14 14 (10.94%) WebDriver
14 14 (10.94%) Manual Testing
14 14 (10.94%) Migration
14 14 (10.94%) Software Testing
15 13 (10.16%) Automated Testing
15 13 (10.16%) T-SQL
15 13 (10.16%) Regression Testing
16 12 (9.38%) C#

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 2 (1.56%) SAS
2 1 (0.78%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (0.78%) Lync
2 1 (0.78%) MS Exchange
2 1 (0.78%) SharePoint
2 1 (0.78%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (2.34%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 17 (13.28%) Oracle EBS R12
1 17 (13.28%) Oracle Payables
2 15 (11.72%) Oracle ERP
3 6 (4.69%) Dynamics AX
3 6 (4.69%) Oracle EBS
4 3 (2.34%) Oracle General Ledger
4 3 (2.34%) Teamcenter
5 2 (1.56%) HFM
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.78%) Boomi
1 1 (0.78%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.78%) DHCP
1 1 (0.78%) DNS
1 1 (0.78%) PuTTY
1 1 (0.78%) SMS
1 1 (0.78%) TCP/IP
1 1 (0.78%) WinSCP
1 1 (0.78%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (14.06%) SQL Server
2 8 (6.25%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.34%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.56%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.56%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.56%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.78%) DB2
5 1 (0.78%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.78%) MySQL
5 1 (0.78%) OLAP
5 1 (0.78%) OLAP Cube
5 1 (0.78%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 26 (20.31%) Selenium
2 16 (12.50%) JIRA
3 14 (10.94%) WebDriver
4 12 (9.38%) SoapUI
5 8 (6.25%) ERwin
6 7 (5.47%) Cucumber
6 7 (5.47%) Toad
7 6 (4.69%) JMeter
7 6 (4.69%) Visual Studio
8 5 (3.91%) LoadRunner
8 5 (3.91%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 5 (3.91%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (1.56%) Appium
9 2 (1.56%) Burp Suite
9 2 (1.56%) eggPlant
9 2 (1.56%) SpecFlow
10 1 (0.78%) Calabash
10 1 (0.78%) Git (software)
10 1 (0.78%) LoadUI
10 1 (0.78%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 38 (29.69%) Finance
2 9 (7.03%) Retail
3 3 (2.34%) Banking
4 2 (1.56%) Telecoms
5 1 (0.78%) Billing
5 1 (0.78%) Electronics
5 1 (0.78%) Games
5 1 (0.78%) General Ledger
5 1 (0.78%) Manufacturing
5 1 (0.78%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (11.72%) .NET
2 9 (7.03%) SOAP
3 8 (6.25%) XML
4 6 (4.69%) JSON
5 5 (3.91%) RESTful
6 4 (3.13%) ASP.NET
6 4 (3.13%) KnockoutJS
7 3 (2.34%) Gherkin
7 3 (2.34%) RequireJS
8 2 (1.56%) Web Services
9 1 (0.78%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.78%) COM
9 1 (0.78%) REST
9 1 (0.78%) WinForms
9 1 (0.78%) XSL
9 1 (0.78%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 4 (3.13%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (2.34%) Computer Science
2 3 (2.34%) Mobile App
2 3 (2.34%) Video on Demand
3 2 (1.56%) User Experience
4 1 (0.78%) Data Extraction
4 1 (0.78%) Device Driver
4 1 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (0.78%) iSeries
4 1 (0.78%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.78%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 5 (3.91%) Linux
1 5 (3.91%) Unix
1 5 (3.91%) Windows
2 2 (1.56%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (0.78%) Android
3 1 (0.78%) Apple iOS
3 1 (0.78%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (31.25%) Test Scripting
2 31 (24.22%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (16.41%) ERP
4 19 (14.84%) User Acceptance Testing
5 16 (12.50%) ETL
5 16 (12.50%) Functional Testing
6 14 (10.94%) Automation Testing
6 14 (10.94%) Manual Testing
6 14 (10.94%) Migration
6 14 (10.94%) Software Testing
7 13 (10.16%) Automated Testing
7 13 (10.16%) Regression Testing
8 12 (9.38%) Performance Testing
9 11 (8.59%) TDD
10 10 (7.81%) BDD
10 10 (7.81%) Data Migration
11 9 (7.03%) E-Commerce
11 9 (7.03%) Scrum
12 8 (6.25%) Data Modelling
13 7 (5.47%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (17.97%) SQL
2 18 (14.06%) Java
3 13 (10.16%) T-SQL
4 12 (9.38%) C#
5 9 (7.03%) PL/SQL
6 8 (6.25%) JavaScript
7 7 (5.47%) C++
8 3 (2.34%) VB.NET
9 2 (1.56%) Ruby
10 1 (0.78%) C
10 1 (0.78%) Groovy
10 1 (0.78%) PHP
10 1 (0.78%) VB
Qualifications
1 27 (21.09%) Security Cleared
2 26 (20.31%) SC Cleared
3 6 (4.69%) ISEB
4 4 (3.13%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (2.34%) Degree
5 3 (2.34%) ISTQB
6 2 (1.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (0.78%) HND
7 1 (0.78%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 28 (21.88%) QA
2 2 (1.56%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.78%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (1.56%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (0.78%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.78%) Hyper-V
2 1 (0.78%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (0.78%) XenApp
2 1 (0.78%) XenDesktop
2 1 (0.78%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 5 (3.91%) WebSphere Cast Iron
2 4 (3.13%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.78%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 40 (31.25%) Oracle
2 18 (14.06%) Microsoft
3 11 (8.59%) HP
4 8 (6.25%) Informatica
5 5 (3.91%) IBM
5 5 (3.91%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (1.56%) Tableau
7 1 (0.78%) AppSense
7 1 (0.78%) Baan
7 1 (0.78%) Citrix
7 1 (0.78%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.78%) Hyperion
7 1 (0.78%) SAP
7 1 (0.78%) Talend
7 1 (0.78%) Telerik
7 1 (0.78%) Vertica
7 1 (0.78%) VMware
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