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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 106 87 108
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +21
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 38 44 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.11% 1.61% 0.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.20% 1.72% 0.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 38 4
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£270 £310 £283
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.90% +9.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £230 £181
10% offered a daily rate of more than £336 £403 £378
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £300 £288
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Average hourly rate £38.50 £140.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-72.50% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £79.25 £34.75
% change year-on-year
-58.99% +128.05%
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
3160 2562 2180
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 92.10% 93.71% 91.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1718 1309 1069
Average daily rate £365 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.28% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £215 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 192 204 182
Average hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -2.17%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.49 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.74 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.55% -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 27 February 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 27 February 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 21 £273 -9.16% 24
Lancashire - 9 £270 - 2
Cheshire -9 1 £308 -0.80% 6
Merseyside - - - - 1
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 23 (29.87%) Selenium
2 21 (27.27%) QA
3 17 (22.08%) Agile Software Development
4 16 (20.78%) Test Scripting
5 14 (18.18%) Windows
6 13 (16.88%) Web Services
7 12 (15.58%) Oracle
7 12 (15.58%) SOAP
8 11 (14.29%) SoapUI
8 11 (14.29%) C
9 10 (12.99%) AppSense
9 10 (12.99%) Telerik
9 10 (12.99%) Finance
9 10 (12.99%) Validation
9 10 (12.99%) Windows 7
10 9 (11.69%) Automation Testing
10 9 (11.69%) Regression Testing
10 9 (11.69%) Java
10 9 (11.69%) Integration Testing
11 8 (10.39%) .NET
11 8 (10.39%) Active Directory
11 8 (10.39%) ISEB
12 7 (9.09%) Citrix
12 7 (9.09%) SQL
12 7 (9.09%) E-Commerce
12 7 (9.09%) TDD
12 7 (9.09%) XenApp
13 6 (7.79%) Open Source
13 6 (7.79%) Test Strategy
13 6 (7.79%) Google

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 (3.90%) SharePoint
2 2 (2.60%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (1.30%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (1.30%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (1.30%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 3 (3.90%) Oracle Financials
1 3 (3.90%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.30%) Agresso
2 1 (1.30%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.30%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.30%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (1.30%) Siebel Analytics
2 1 (1.30%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.30%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.90%) HTTP
2 2 (2.60%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.60%) FTP
3 1 (1.30%) SMS
3 1 (1.30%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.90%) SQL Server
1 3 (3.90%) RDBMS
1 3 (3.90%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.30%) MySQL
2 1 (1.30%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (1.30%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.30%) DB2
2 1 (1.30%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 23 (29.87%) Selenium
2 11 (14.29%) SoapUI
3 6 (7.79%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (5.19%) QAComplete
5 3 (3.90%) Jenkins
5 3 (3.90%) WebDriver
5 3 (3.90%) Subversion
5 3 (3.90%) JIRA
6 2 (2.60%) LoadRunner
6 2 (2.60%) Toad
6 2 (2.60%) Cucumber
6 2 (2.60%) JMeter
7 1 (1.30%) Zephyr
7 1 (1.30%) JUnit
7 1 (1.30%) AdminStudio
7 1 (1.30%) TestNG
General
1 10 (12.99%) Finance
2 5 (6.49%) Retail
3 2 (2.60%) Banking
4 1 (1.30%) Local Government
4 1 (1.30%) Marketing
4 1 (1.30%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.30%) Electronics
4 1 (1.30%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (16.88%) Web Services
2 12 (15.58%) SOAP
3 8 (10.39%) .NET
4 5 (6.49%) Oracle Fusion
4 5 (6.49%) Gherkin
5 3 (3.90%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (3.90%) jQuery
5 3 (3.90%) J2EE
5 3 (3.90%) JSON
6 2 (2.60%) CSS
7 1 (1.30%) HTML
7 1 (1.30%) Application Packaging
7 1 (1.30%) Django
7 1 (1.30%) EDI
7 1 (1.30%) Middleware
7 1 (1.30%) Flask
7 1 (1.30%) HTML5 Canvas
7 1 (1.30%) RESTful
7 1 (1.30%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.79%) Open Source
2 5 (6.49%) Embedded Systems
3 3 (3.90%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.90%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.90%) Arduino
4 2 (2.60%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.30%) NHS
5 1 (1.30%) DTV
5 1 (1.30%) Raspberry Pi
Operating Systems
1 14 (18.18%) Windows
2 10 (12.99%) Windows 7
3 6 (7.79%) Linux
4 5 (6.49%) Android
5 4 (5.19%) UNIX
6 3 (3.90%) Apple iOS
7 2 (2.60%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (2.60%) Windows Server 2003
7 2 (2.60%) Debian
7 2 (2.60%) Ubuntu
7 2 (2.60%) Windows XP
8 1 (1.30%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (22.08%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (20.78%) Test Scripting
3 10 (12.99%) Validation
4 9 (11.69%) Regression Testing
4 9 (11.69%) Integration Testing
4 9 (11.69%) Automation Testing
5 7 (9.09%) TDD
5 7 (9.09%) E-Commerce
6 6 (7.79%) SOA
6 6 (7.79%) Compatibility Testing
6 6 (7.79%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (7.79%) Test Strategy
7 5 (6.49%) Functional Testing
7 5 (6.49%) Automated Testing
8 4 (5.19%) Performance Testing
8 4 (5.19%) Software Testing
8 4 (5.19%) Test Management
8 4 (5.19%) Manual Testing
8 4 (5.19%) BDD
9 3 (3.90%) Agile Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (14.29%) C
2 9 (11.69%) Java
3 7 (9.09%) SQL
4 5 (6.49%) JavaScript
4 5 (6.49%) C++
5 4 (5.19%) Groovy
6 3 (3.90%) C#
7 1 (1.30%) VBScript
7 1 (1.30%) VB
7 1 (1.30%) Python
7 1 (1.30%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 8 (10.39%) ISEB
2 6 (7.79%) ISTQB
3 4 (5.19%) Security Cleared
4 3 (3.90%) SC Cleared
5 2 (2.60%) Degree
5 2 (2.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.30%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (27.27%) QA
System Software
1 8 (10.39%) Active Directory
2 7 (9.09%) XenApp
3 1 (1.30%) Firmware
3 1 (1.30%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 3 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.30%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 12 (15.58%) Oracle
2 10 (12.99%) AppSense
2 10 (12.99%) Telerik
3 7 (9.09%) Citrix
4 6 (7.79%) Google
5 4 (5.19%) Atmel
6 2 (2.60%) HP
6 2 (2.60%) VMware
7 1 (1.30%) Capita
7 1 (1.30%) SAP
7 1 (1.30%) Cognos
7 1 (1.30%) Siebel
7 1 (1.30%) Microsoft
7 1 (1.30%) Sun
7 1 (1.30%) hybris
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