The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland 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 August 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 95 74 81
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 32 33 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 1.17% 1.33% 1.04%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.27% 1.42% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 25 16
Average daily rate
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£325 £365 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.95% +19.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £281 £183
10% offered a daily rate of more than £379 £410 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.06% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £13.66
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.05 £29.25 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-51.96% +77.27%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Scotland 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
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2529 2318 2507
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 92.30% 93.73% 93.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 1282 1124 1142
Average daily rate £375 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £472
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 47 85 108
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.72
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% -4.30%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.05 £9.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £32.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.61 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.30% -5.55%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the job title across the Scotland region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Tester across the Scotland region.

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 27 August 2014.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester across the Scotland region.

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 27 August 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
Edinburgh -10 15 £300 -25.00% 3
Glasgow -4 11 £308 +9.82% 2
Fife +3 2 - - 1
Midlothian - - - -
Dundee - - - - 1
Tester
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Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 19 (28.79%) Java
2 18 (27.27%) HP
3 16 (24.24%) SQL
3 16 (24.24%) User Acceptance Testing
3 16 (24.24%) Test Scripting
4 15 (22.73%) ISTQB
4 15 (22.73%) Oracle
4 15 (22.73%) UNIX
5 13 (19.70%) Finance
6 12 (18.18%) Performance Testing
6 12 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
7 11 (16.67%) QuickTest Pro
8 10 (15.15%) Linux
8 10 (15.15%) Test Automation
9 9 (13.64%) Security Cleared
9 9 (13.64%) Banking
10 8 (12.12%) Degree
10 8 (12.12%) SC Cleared
11 7 (10.61%) Manual Testing
11 7 (10.61%) ISEB
11 7 (10.61%) IBM
11 7 (10.61%) Microsoft
11 7 (10.61%) Web Services
11 7 (10.61%) VBScript
11 7 (10.61%) Computer Science
12 6 (9.09%) Retail
12 6 (9.09%) Software Testing
12 6 (9.09%) LoadRunner
12 6 (9.09%) System Testing
13 5 (7.58%) DV Cleared

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 1 (1.52%) CICS
Applications
1 3 (4.55%) MS Office
2 2 (3.03%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 5 (7.58%) Agresso
2 3 (4.55%) Oracle Applications
3 2 (3.03%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (3.03%) Cognos TM1
3 2 (3.03%) Cognos Controller
3 2 (3.03%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 1 (1.52%) Markit EDM
4 1 (1.52%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.58%) Wireshark
2 3 (4.55%) SAN
3 2 (3.03%) HTTP
4 1 (1.52%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.52%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.55%) SQL Server
1 3 (4.55%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.52%) OLAP
2 1 (1.52%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.52%) Oracle Discoverer
2 1 (1.52%) Star Schema
2 1 (1.52%) Data Mart
2 1 (1.52%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 11 (16.67%) QuickTest Pro
2 6 (9.09%) LoadRunner
3 4 (6.06%) Cucumber
4 3 (4.55%) Selenium
5 2 (3.03%) JIRA
5 2 (3.03%) Visual Studio
5 2 (3.03%) TestDirector
6 1 (1.52%) WinRunner
6 1 (1.52%) Fiddler
6 1 (1.52%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.52%) Facilita Forecast
General
1 13 (19.70%) Finance
2 9 (13.64%) Banking
3 6 (9.09%) Retail
4 5 (7.58%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (10.61%) Web Services
2 3 (4.55%) HTML
3 2 (3.03%) .NET
3 2 (3.03%) ODBC
3 2 (3.03%) EDI
4 1 (1.52%) Java EE
4 1 (1.52%) Drools
4 1 (1.52%) REST
4 1 (1.52%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.52%) JSP
4 1 (1.52%) SOAP
4 1 (1.52%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.61%) Computer Science
2 2 (3.03%) Credit Risk
2 2 (3.03%) Mainframe
2 2 (3.03%) PDA
3 1 (1.52%) Clustering
3 1 (1.52%) FMCG
Operating Systems
1 15 (22.73%) UNIX
2 10 (15.15%) Linux
3 3 (4.55%) Windows
4 2 (3.03%) Windows XP
4 2 (3.03%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (3.03%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (3.03%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.52%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (24.24%) User Acceptance Testing
1 16 (24.24%) Test Scripting
2 12 (18.18%) Performance Testing
3 10 (15.15%) Test Automation
4 7 (10.61%) Manual Testing
5 6 (9.09%) System Testing
5 6 (9.09%) Software Testing
6 5 (7.58%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (6.06%) CRM
8 3 (4.55%) ETL
8 3 (4.55%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (4.55%) Project Management
8 3 (4.55%) Scrum
8 3 (4.55%) Automated Testing
8 3 (4.55%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (4.55%) BDD
8 3 (4.55%) User Stories
8 3 (4.55%) Automation Testing
9 2 (3.03%) Test Strategy
9 2 (3.03%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 19 (28.79%) Java
2 16 (24.24%) SQL
3 7 (10.61%) VBScript
4 5 (7.58%) Perl
5 4 (6.06%) VB
5 4 (6.06%) C#
6 2 (3.03%) C
7 1 (1.52%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.52%) VBA
7 1 (1.52%) Python
7 1 (1.52%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.52%) Ruby
7 1 (1.52%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (22.73%) ISTQB
2 9 (13.64%) Security Cleared
3 8 (12.12%) Degree
3 8 (12.12%) SC Cleared
4 7 (10.61%) ISEB
5 5 (7.58%) DV Cleared
5 5 (7.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (6.06%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 4 (6.06%) HNC
6 4 (6.06%) HND
7 1 (1.52%) MCSE
7 1 (1.52%) MCSA
7 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Certification
7 1 (1.52%) MOS
7 1 (1.52%) MCTS
7 1 (1.52%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (4.55%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.52%) VMware ESX
1 1 (1.52%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 12 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.52%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.52%) Netcool
Vendors
1 18 (27.27%) HP
2 15 (22.73%) Oracle
3 7 (10.61%) IBM
3 7 (10.61%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.03%) Cognos
5 1 (1.52%) Sybase
5 1 (1.52%) JBoss
5 1 (1.52%) Dell
5 1 (1.52%) Citrix
5 1 (1.52%) Veritas
5 1 (1.52%) McAfee
5 1 (1.52%) VMware
5 1 (1.52%) ION Trading
5 1 (1.52%) Kronos
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