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 22 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 98 84 100
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 50 44 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.36% 1.46% 1.02%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.46% 1.58% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 32 10
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£304 £325 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.53% +18.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £250 £187
10% offered a daily rate of more than £345 £350 £358
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £305 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.45% -6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Average hourly rate £42.50 - £25.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+23.33% +3.44%
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
3418 2788 2193
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.13% 92.20% 93.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 1934 1515 1046
Average daily rate £388 £350 £336
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% +4.08%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £205 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £513 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 198 176 174
Average hourly rate £16.16 £18.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.22% +2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.61 £42.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -2.85%

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 22 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 22 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 -14 19 £320 -5.18% 20
Lancashire +22 16 £260 -25.71% 5
Cheshire -9 11 £311 +4.79% 10
Cumbria - 1 - -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 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 31 (34.44%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (30.00%) QA
3 22 (24.44%) Selenium
4 18 (20.00%) Test Scripting
5 15 (16.67%) SQL
5 15 (16.67%) Oracle
6 12 (13.33%) SOAP
6 12 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
6 12 (13.33%) SoapUI
7 11 (12.22%) Web Services
7 11 (12.22%) SOA
8 10 (11.11%) Finance
8 10 (11.11%) Manual Testing
8 10 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (10.00%) TDD
9 9 (10.00%) Automated Testing
9 9 (10.00%) Windows
9 9 (10.00%) E-Commerce
9 9 (10.00%) Test Strategy
9 9 (10.00%) Waterfall
9 9 (10.00%) Security Cleared
9 9 (10.00%) V-Model
9 9 (10.00%) Automation Testing
10 8 (8.89%) Mobile App
10 8 (8.89%) HP
10 8 (8.89%) ISEB
11 7 (7.78%) Performance Testing
11 7 (7.78%) Integration Testing
11 7 (7.78%) ISTQB
11 7 (7.78%) Groovy

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 22 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 (3.33%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.22%) WebLogic Integration
2 2 (2.22%) Apache
2 2 (2.22%) Tomcat
2 2 (2.22%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.22%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.11%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (1.11%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.11%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (1.11%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (1.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
1 1 (1.11%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.67%) FTP
2 2 (2.22%) HTTP
3 1 (1.11%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.11%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.33%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.22%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.22%) RDBMS
3 2 (2.22%) MS Access
4 1 (1.11%) DB2
4 1 (1.11%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.11%) Informix
4 1 (1.11%) Ingres
Development Applications
1 22 (24.44%) Selenium
2 12 (13.33%) SoapUI
3 6 (6.67%) Jenkins
3 6 (6.67%) Subversion
4 5 (5.56%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (5.56%) Cucumber
5 4 (4.44%) JIRA
5 4 (4.44%) LoadRunner
6 3 (3.33%) WebDriver
7 2 (2.22%) Appium
7 2 (2.22%) JMeter
8 1 (1.11%) JUnit
8 1 (1.11%) Toad
8 1 (1.11%) SpecFlow
8 1 (1.11%) TestNG
8 1 (1.11%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (1.11%) QAComplete
General
1 10 (11.11%) Finance
2 4 (4.44%) Retail
3 1 (1.11%) Electronics
3 1 (1.11%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.11%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.11%) Banking
3 1 (1.11%) General Ledger
3 1 (1.11%) Local Government
3 1 (1.11%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (13.33%) SOAP
2 11 (12.22%) Web Services
3 7 (7.78%) Gherkin
4 6 (6.67%) JSON
5 5 (5.56%) .NET
5 5 (5.56%) Middleware
6 2 (2.22%) J2EE
7 1 (1.11%) CSS
7 1 (1.11%) EDI
7 1 (1.11%) jQuery
7 1 (1.11%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.11%) Oracle Fusion
7 1 (1.11%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 8 (8.89%) Mobile App
2 7 (7.78%) Open Source
3 3 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.22%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (2.22%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.11%) NHS
5 1 (1.11%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.11%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.11%) DTV
5 1 (1.11%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.11%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (1.11%) Arduino
5 1 (1.11%) Data Conversion
5 1 (1.11%) Raspberry Pi
Operating Systems
1 9 (10.00%) Windows
2 7 (7.78%) Windows 7
3 6 (6.67%) Android
3 6 (6.67%) Apple iOS
3 6 (6.67%) Linux
3 6 (6.67%) UNIX
4 2 (2.22%) SUSE
4 2 (2.22%) HPUX
5 1 (1.11%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (34.44%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (20.00%) Test Scripting
3 11 (12.22%) SOA
4 10 (11.11%) Manual Testing
4 10 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
5 9 (10.00%) TDD
5 9 (10.00%) Automated Testing
5 9 (10.00%) E-Commerce
5 9 (10.00%) Test Strategy
5 9 (10.00%) Waterfall
5 9 (10.00%) V-Model
5 9 (10.00%) Automation Testing
6 7 (7.78%) Performance Testing
6 7 (7.78%) Integration Testing
7 6 (6.67%) Functional Testing
7 6 (6.67%) Validation
7 6 (6.67%) Regression Testing
8 5 (5.56%) Project Management
8 5 (5.56%) Risk Analysis
8 5 (5.56%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (16.67%) SQL
2 7 (7.78%) Groovy
3 6 (6.67%) Java
4 4 (4.44%) C
5 3 (3.33%) C#
5 3 (3.33%) COBOL
6 2 (2.22%) FoxPro (VFP)
6 2 (2.22%) VB
7 1 (1.11%) C++
7 1 (1.11%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 9 (10.00%) Security Cleared
2 8 (8.89%) ISEB
3 7 (7.78%) ISTQB
4 4 (4.44%) SC Cleared
4 4 (4.44%) Degree
5 2 (2.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 2 (2.22%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (30.00%) QA
System Software
1 6 (6.67%) Active Directory
2 3 (3.33%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 12 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (4.44%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (16.67%) Oracle
2 8 (8.89%) HP
3 6 (6.67%) Telerik
4 5 (5.56%) VMware
5 3 (3.33%) Microsoft
5 3 (3.33%) Citrix
5 3 (3.33%) AppSense
6 2 (2.22%) TIBCO
6 2 (2.22%) SAP
7 1 (1.11%) Sybase
7 1 (1.11%) IBM
7 1 (1.11%) JD Edwards
7 1 (1.11%) Teradata
7 1 (1.11%) Google
7 1 (1.11%) Capita
7 1 (1.11%) Atmel
7 1 (1.11%) hybris
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