The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the South East 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 143 131 125
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 126 108 96
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.29% 1.22% 1.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.40% 1.33% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 83 60 39
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£298 £298 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -4.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £217 £198
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £421 £376
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £300 £288
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +4.34%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 4
Average hourly rate £21.88 - £24.25
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.48 - £12.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.25 - £39.85
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 South East 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
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
8976 8090 6997
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 91.58% 91.36% 91.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 4813 4261 3314
Average daily rate £375 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £218 £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 415 467 595
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.00 £17.88
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% -4.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
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 South East

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the South East region over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Tester
Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the South East region over the 3 months to 27 February 2015.

Tester Hourly Rate Histogram in the South East

Tester
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the South East 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
Berkshire +14 40 £295 +3.05% 12
Hampshire -12 31 £280 -2.60% 6
Surrey +7 28 £350 +14.75% 10
Buckinghamshire -2 13 £250 -6.97% 3
Kent -12 4 £205 -43.05% 2
Oxfordshire -15 4 £315 -30.00% 4
East Sussex -2 1 £360 - 1
West Sussex -18 1 - - 1
Sussex - 1 £310 -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 75 (29.18%) SQL
1 75 (29.18%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (27.24%) Test Scripting
3 59 (22.96%) HP
4 56 (21.79%) Selenium
5 48 (18.68%) Security Cleared
5 48 (18.68%) HP Quality Center
6 47 (18.29%) Java
7 46 (17.90%) ISEB
8 43 (16.73%) SC Cleared
9 42 (16.34%) QA
10 37 (14.40%) User Acceptance Testing
11 36 (14.01%) JIRA
12 34 (13.23%) Scrum
13 33 (12.84%) Finance
14 32 (12.45%) ISTQB
15 31 (12.06%) Oracle
16 29 (11.28%) C#
16 29 (11.28%) Software Testing
17 28 (10.89%) Test Automation
18 25 (9.73%) Automation Testing
18 25 (9.73%) Telecoms
19 24 (9.34%) JavaScript
19 24 (9.34%) Microsoft
20 23 (8.95%) QuickTest Pro
20 23 (8.95%) Cucumber
21 22 (8.56%) .NET
21 22 (8.56%) Automated Testing
22 21 (8.17%) Apple iOS
22 21 (8.17%) Android

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 9 (3.50%) Apache
2 4 (1.56%) SharePoint
2 4 (1.56%) CMS
2 4 (1.56%) SharePoint 2010
3 2 (0.78%) nginx
4 1 (0.39%) Confluence
4 1 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
4 1 (0.39%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.39%) WebSphere Application Server
4 1 (0.39%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.39%) IIS
4 1 (0.39%) Documentum
4 1 (0.39%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 12 (4.67%) MS Excel
2 9 (3.50%) MS Office
3 1 (0.39%) MS Project
3 1 (0.39%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (1.56%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.17%) Exstream
2 3 (1.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (1.17%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.78%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.39%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.39%) Summit
4 1 (0.39%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 7 (2.72%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.78%) SaaS
2 2 (0.78%) GitHub
3 1 (0.39%) IaaS
3 1 (0.39%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 16 (6.23%) TCP/IP
2 11 (4.28%) 3G
2 11 (4.28%) GSM
2 11 (4.28%) 4G
3 10 (3.89%) HTTP
3 10 (3.89%) 2G
3 10 (3.89%) Wireshark
4 7 (2.72%) SIGTRAN
4 7 (2.72%) SS7
5 6 (2.33%) GPRS
6 5 (1.95%) SMS
6 5 (1.95%) Wi-Fi
6 5 (1.95%) MVNO
7 4 (1.56%) DLNA
7 4 (1.56%) WPA2
7 4 (1.56%) Bluetooth
7 4 (1.56%) 802.11
8 3 (1.17%) HTTPS
8 3 (1.17%) SSL
8 3 (1.17%) CDMA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (5.45%) Oracle Database
2 13 (5.06%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (3.11%) Relational Database
3 8 (3.11%) SQL Server
4 7 (2.72%) Azure SQL Database
5 4 (1.56%) MySQL
5 4 (1.56%) DB2
6 3 (1.17%) SAP BW
7 2 (0.78%) Data Mining
8 1 (0.39%) PowerCenter
8 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2012
8 1 (0.39%) SAP BI
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle Database 11g
8 1 (0.39%) SQL Server 2008
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle Reports
8 1 (0.39%) Oracle9i Database
Development Applications
1 56 (21.79%) Selenium
2 36 (14.01%) JIRA
3 23 (8.95%) QuickTest Pro
3 23 (8.95%) Cucumber
4 20 (7.78%) WebDriver
4 20 (7.78%) Team Foundation Server
4 20 (7.78%) LoadRunner
4 20 (7.78%) JMeter
5 11 (4.28%) SpecFlow
6 9 (3.50%) Jenkins
6 9 (3.50%) Calabash
6 9 (3.50%) Appium
7 7 (2.72%) Visual Studio
7 7 (2.72%) IntelliJ
7 7 (2.72%) Xcode
8 5 (1.95%) Git (software)
9 4 (1.56%) TeamCity
9 4 (1.56%) SoapUI
9 4 (1.56%) Rational Functional Tester
9 4 (1.56%) Maven
General
1 33 (12.84%) Finance
2 25 (9.73%) Telecoms
3 9 (3.50%) Marketing
4 8 (3.11%) Billing
5 6 (2.33%) Manufacturing
6 4 (1.56%) Electronics
6 4 (1.56%) Retail
7 2 (0.78%) Legal
8 1 (0.39%) Local Government
8 1 (0.39%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.39%) Back Office
8 1 (0.39%) Games
8 1 (0.39%) Military
8 1 (0.39%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.39%) Automotive
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (8.56%) .NET
2 17 (6.61%) HTML
3 12 (4.67%) Web Services
4 8 (3.11%) XML
4 8 (3.11%) ASP.NET
4 8 (3.11%) CSS
5 5 (1.95%) JSP
5 5 (1.95%) SOAP
6 4 (1.56%) Gherkin
7 3 (1.17%) REST
8 2 (0.78%) .NET Framework
8 2 (0.78%) OLE
8 2 (0.78%) GWT
8 2 (0.78%) jQuery
9 1 (0.39%) RESTful
9 1 (0.39%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.39%) LAMP
9 1 (0.39%) WinForms
9 1 (0.39%) Spring
9 1 (0.39%) EJB
Miscellaneous
1 11 (4.28%) Mobile App
2 10 (3.89%) Analytical Skills
3 7 (2.72%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.56%) Robotics
5 3 (1.17%) APACS
5 3 (1.17%) Management Information System
5 3 (1.17%) EPoS
5 3 (1.17%) EFT
5 3 (1.17%) DTV
5 3 (1.17%) iPhone
5 3 (1.17%) Smart Meter
5 3 (1.17%) iPad
5 3 (1.17%) User Experience
6 2 (0.78%) NHS
6 2 (0.78%) EMV
6 2 (0.78%) Chip and PIN
7 1 (0.39%) EFTPOS
7 1 (0.39%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.39%) GIS
7 1 (0.39%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 21 (8.17%) Android
1 21 (8.17%) Apple iOS
2 18 (7.00%) UNIX
2 18 (7.00%) Windows
3 12 (4.67%) Linux
4 6 (2.33%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (1.56%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (1.17%) Windows 7
6 3 (1.17%) Windows 2000
6 3 (1.17%) Windows XP
7 2 (0.78%) AIX
7 2 (0.78%) Solaris
7 2 (0.78%) Mac OS
8 1 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.39%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.39%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (29.18%) Agile Software Development
2 70 (27.24%) Test Scripting
3 37 (14.40%) User Acceptance Testing
4 34 (13.23%) Scrum
5 29 (11.28%) Software Testing
6 28 (10.89%) Test Automation
7 25 (9.73%) Automation Testing
8 22 (8.56%) Automated Testing
9 21 (8.17%) Performance Testing
10 20 (7.78%) Load Testing
11 18 (7.00%) Functional Testing
12 16 (6.23%) Manual Testing
13 15 (5.84%) BDD
13 15 (5.84%) E-Commerce
14 14 (5.45%) Test Strategy
15 11 (4.28%) CRM
15 11 (4.28%) Integration Testing
16 10 (3.89%) Web Testing
16 10 (3.89%) Test Management
16 10 (3.89%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 75 (29.18%) SQL
2 47 (18.29%) Java
3 29 (11.28%) C#
4 24 (9.34%) JavaScript
5 10 (3.89%) PL/SQL
5 10 (3.89%) Python
6 8 (3.11%) Shell Script
6 8 (3.11%) C
7 7 (2.72%) VB
7 7 (2.72%) Ruby
8 6 (2.33%) VBScript
8 6 (2.33%) PHP
9 3 (1.17%) C++
10 2 (0.78%) VBA
10 2 (0.78%) AppleScript
10 2 (0.78%) Objective-C
11 1 (0.39%) Perl
11 1 (0.39%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.39%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.39%) Bourne shell
Qualifications
1 48 (18.68%) Security Cleared
2 46 (17.90%) ISEB
3 43 (16.73%) SC Cleared
4 32 (12.45%) ISTQB
5 16 (6.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 10 (3.89%) Degree
7 6 (2.33%) DV Cleared
8 4 (1.56%) ISEB Practitioner
9 2 (0.78%) HND
9 2 (0.78%) MOS
10 1 (0.39%) CISSP
10 1 (0.39%) CEH
10 1 (0.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.39%) BC Cleared
10 1 (0.39%) VCP4
10 1 (0.39%) OSCP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 42 (16.34%) QA
2 3 (1.17%) ISO 8583
3 1 (0.39%) Solvency II
System Software
1 6 (2.33%) Nmap
2 3 (1.17%) Hyper-V
3 2 (0.78%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.39%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.39%) Terminal Server
4 1 (0.39%) XenApp
4 1 (0.39%) vSphere
4 1 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.39%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 48 (18.68%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (2.72%) Nessus
3 2 (0.78%) Control-M
3 2 (0.78%) CORE IMPACT
3 2 (0.78%) Puppet
4 1 (0.39%) OpenView Configuration Management
4 1 (0.39%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 59 (22.96%) HP
2 31 (12.06%) Oracle
3 24 (9.34%) Microsoft
4 5 (1.95%) SAP
4 5 (1.95%) Ektron
5 3 (1.17%) IBM
5 3 (1.17%) Business Objects
6 2 (0.78%) Citrix
6 2 (0.78%) Adobe
6 2 (0.78%) Informatica
6 2 (0.78%) Sage
6 2 (0.78%) VMware
6 2 (0.78%) VocaLink
6 2 (0.78%) TSYS
6 2 (0.78%) VeriFone
6 2 (0.78%) Marketo
6 2 (0.78%) Telerik
6 2 (0.78%) Wincor Nixdorf
6 2 (0.78%) Aprimo
7 1 (0.39%) Actix
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