The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Somerset 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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 42 37 35
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -2
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 3 3 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 0.90% 1.33% 2.83%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.96% 1.41% 3.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 3 6
Average daily rate
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£275 £320 £228
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.06% +40.65%
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £24.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-18.36% +22.50%
Tester
South West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Somerset 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
Somerset
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
311 213 196
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 93.39% 94.25% 92.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 139 112
Average daily rate £350 £320 £320
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.54% -0.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £417 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 5 12
Average hourly rate £35.00 £14.25 £13.71
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+145.61% +3.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £12.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £21.00 £36.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Somerset

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Somerset region over the 3 months to 30 September 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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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
Bath - - - - 1
Clevedon - - - -
Tester
South West

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 8 (72.73%) Microsoft
2 6 (54.55%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (45.45%) SAP
3 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
3 5 (45.45%) Security Cleared
4 4 (36.36%) ISEB
4 4 (36.36%) Test Management
4 4 (36.36%) Software Testing
5 3 (27.27%) ISTQB
5 3 (27.27%) TDD
5 3 (27.27%) BDD
5 3 (27.27%) Selenium
5 3 (27.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (18.18%) User Experience
6 2 (18.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 2 (18.18%) SAP Implementation
6 2 (18.18%) SAP HCM
6 2 (18.18%) Automation Testing
6 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (18.18%) Service Management
6 2 (18.18%) Migration
6 2 (18.18%) Scrum
6 2 (18.18%) ITIL
6 2 (18.18%) HP
6 2 (18.18%) Project Management
6 2 (18.18%) Requirements Analysis
6 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
7 1 (9.09%) Time Management
7 1 (9.09%) Retail

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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.

Business Applications
1 2 (18.18%) SAP HCM
Development Applications
1 3 (27.27%) Selenium
2 2 (18.18%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (9.09%) SpecFlow
3 1 (9.09%) Visual Studio
General
1 1 (9.09%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (9.09%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (18.18%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (9.09%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (45.45%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (36.36%) Test Management
3 4 (36.36%) Software Testing
4 3 (27.27%) BDD
4 3 (27.27%) TDD
5 2 (18.18%) ITIL
5 2 (18.18%) Project Management
5 2 (18.18%) Service Management
5 2 (18.18%) Migration
5 2 (18.18%) Scrum
5 2 (18.18%) Requirements Analysis
5 2 (18.18%) SAP Implementation
5 2 (18.18%) Test Scripting
5 2 (18.18%) Automation Testing
6 1 (9.09%) Time Management
6 1 (9.09%) Waterfall
6 1 (9.09%) Test Strategy
6 1 (9.09%) User Stories
6 1 (9.09%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (9.09%) C#
1 1 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (45.45%) SC Cleared
1 5 (45.45%) Security Cleared
2 4 (36.36%) ISEB
3 3 (27.27%) ISTQB
3 3 (27.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (18.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Vendors
1 8 (72.73%) Microsoft
2 5 (45.45%) SAP
3 2 (18.18%) HP