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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 97 86 116
Rank change year-on-year
-11 +30
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 47 50 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.45% 1.77% 0.56%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.58% 1.94% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 23 10
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£275 £301 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.48% -14.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £191 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £390 £320 £403
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
- +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £16.84 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £41.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-30.48% +95.23%
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
2978 2575 2741
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 92.17% 90.93% 90.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1739 1290 1390
Average daily rate £350 £338 £331
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% +2.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £205 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 175 189 213
Average hourly rate £16.08 £20.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.60% -4.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.71
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £41.00 £45.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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
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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 32 £275 -4.34% 18
Lancashire -15 9 £275 +50.68% 2
Cheshire -12 2 £225 -25.00% 5
Merseyside - 2 £488 - 4
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 22 (31.43%) Selenium
2 21 (30.00%) Test Scripting
3 16 (22.86%) QA
4 14 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (20.00%) Oracle
5 13 (18.57%) Windows
5 13 (18.57%) ISEB
6 11 (15.71%) Integration Testing
7 10 (14.29%) Linux
7 10 (14.29%) Web Services
7 10 (14.29%) Java
8 9 (12.86%) SOAP
8 9 (12.86%) ISTQB
8 9 (12.86%) Regression Testing
8 9 (12.86%) Finance
8 9 (12.86%) SoapUI
9 8 (11.43%) Performance Testing
9 8 (11.43%) Windows 7
9 8 (11.43%) HP Quality Center
9 8 (11.43%) Validation
9 8 (11.43%) AppSense
9 8 (11.43%) C
9 8 (11.43%) Active Directory
9 8 (11.43%) SOA
10 7 (10.00%) HP
10 7 (10.00%) .NET
10 7 (10.00%) Retail
10 7 (10.00%) Automation Testing
10 7 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
11 6 (8.57%) Test Strategy

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 4 (5.71%) Apache
1 4 (5.71%) Tomcat
1 4 (5.71%) WebLogic
1 4 (5.71%) WebLogic Integration
2 3 (4.29%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.86%) SharePoint 2013
3 2 (2.86%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.43%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (1.43%) MS Exchange
4 1 (1.43%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2003
4 1 (1.43%) Exchange Server 2010
Business Applications
1 4 (5.71%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (2.86%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (2.86%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (1.43%) Agresso
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (1.43%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.43%) Siebel Analytics
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.43%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (8.57%) FTP
2 2 (2.86%) HTTP
2 2 (2.86%) TCP/IP
2 2 (2.86%) SMS
3 1 (1.43%) DHCP
3 1 (1.43%) DNS
3 1 (1.43%) PuTTY
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.57%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.71%) Oracle Database
2 4 (5.71%) Relational Database
2 4 (5.71%) MS Access
2 4 (5.71%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.43%) MySQL
3 1 (1.43%) DB2
3 1 (1.43%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.43%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 22 (31.43%) Selenium
2 9 (12.86%) SoapUI
3 5 (7.14%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (5.71%) JIRA
5 3 (4.29%) Toad
5 3 (4.29%) JMeter
5 3 (4.29%) WebDriver
5 3 (4.29%) QAComplete
6 2 (2.86%) TestNG
6 2 (2.86%) Zephyr
6 2 (2.86%) Visual Studio
6 2 (2.86%) JUnit
7 1 (1.43%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.43%) AdminStudio
7 1 (1.43%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.43%) Cucumber
General
1 9 (12.86%) Finance
2 7 (10.00%) Retail
3 2 (2.86%) Banking
4 1 (1.43%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.43%) Legal
4 1 (1.43%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (14.29%) Web Services
2 9 (12.86%) SOAP
3 7 (10.00%) .NET
4 4 (5.71%) Oracle Fusion
4 4 (5.71%) J2EE
5 3 (4.29%) jQuery
5 3 (4.29%) Twitter Bootstrap
5 3 (4.29%) Gherkin
6 2 (2.86%) CSS
7 1 (1.43%) HTML
7 1 (1.43%) Middleware
7 1 (1.43%) Application Packaging
7 1 (1.43%) Django
7 1 (1.43%) RESTful
7 1 (1.43%) HTML5
7 1 (1.43%) Flask
7 1 (1.43%) HTML5 Canvas
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (7.14%) Embedded Systems
3 4 (5.71%) N-Tier
4 3 (4.29%) Open Source
4 3 (4.29%) Arduino
5 2 (2.86%) Computer Science
6 1 (1.43%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.43%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (1.43%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 13 (18.57%) Windows
2 10 (14.29%) Linux
3 8 (11.43%) Windows 7
4 5 (7.14%) Android
5 4 (5.71%) SUSE
5 4 (5.71%) HPUX
5 4 (5.71%) UNIX
5 4 (5.71%) Windows XP
6 3 (4.29%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (4.29%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (4.29%) Apple iOS
7 2 (2.86%) Ubuntu
7 2 (2.86%) Debian
8 1 (1.43%) Mac OS X
8 1 (1.43%) SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (30.00%) Test Scripting
2 14 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (15.71%) Integration Testing
4 9 (12.86%) Regression Testing
5 8 (11.43%) Performance Testing
5 8 (11.43%) Validation
5 8 (11.43%) SOA
6 7 (10.00%) Automation Testing
7 6 (8.57%) Test Strategy
7 6 (8.57%) E-Commerce
8 5 (7.14%) Software Testing
8 5 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (7.14%) Test Management
9 4 (5.71%) Functional Testing
9 4 (5.71%) Compatibility Testing
9 4 (5.71%) Security Testing
9 4 (5.71%) Statistical Analysis
9 4 (5.71%) TDD
9 4 (5.71%) Automated Testing
9 4 (5.71%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (14.29%) Java
2 8 (11.43%) C
3 6 (8.57%) C++
4 5 (7.14%) JavaScript
4 5 (7.14%) VB
5 4 (5.71%) SQL
5 4 (5.71%) C#
5 4 (5.71%) FoxPro (VFP)
6 1 (1.43%) Python
6 1 (1.43%) VBScript
6 1 (1.43%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 13 (18.57%) ISEB
2 9 (12.86%) ISTQB
3 4 (5.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 4 (5.71%) ISEB Practitioner
4 3 (4.29%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (2.86%) Degree
6 1 (1.43%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.43%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.43%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (22.86%) QA
System Software
1 8 (11.43%) Active Directory
2 6 (8.57%) XenApp
3 1 (1.43%) Firmware
3 1 (1.43%) ISA Server
3 1 (1.43%) Oracle RAC
3 1 (1.43%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 8 (11.43%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.43%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (1.43%) HP Data Protector
Vendors
1 14 (20.00%) Oracle
2 8 (11.43%) AppSense
3 7 (10.00%) HP
4 6 (8.57%) Telerik
4 6 (8.57%) Google
4 6 (8.57%) Citrix
5 4 (5.71%) Atmel
5 4 (5.71%) TIBCO
6 3 (4.29%) Microsoft
6 3 (4.29%) VMware
7 1 (1.43%) Cognos
7 1 (1.43%) Siebel
7 1 (1.43%) IBM
7 1 (1.43%) Sun
7 1 (1.43%) Capita
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