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 29 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 134 136 129
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 132 102 108
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.35% 1.20% 1.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.48% 1.30% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 85 45 62
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£300 £290 £314
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% -7.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £180 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £441 £391 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £310 £302
% change year-on-year
-3.22% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 2
Average hourly rate £30.00 £41.00 £35.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.82% +16.31%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £41.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-30.48% +105.00%
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
8935 7844 7622
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 91.26% 91.97% 92.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 4956 4175 3699
Average daily rate £375 £360 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -0.68%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £500 £494
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 465 441 656
Average hourly rate £15.00 £15.25 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.63% -15.27%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.25 £11.11
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £35.00 £42.50
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 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 29 December 2014.

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
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 29 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
Hampshire -12 39 £300 +11.11% 6
Surrey +22 37 £325 +31.31% 7
Berkshire -19 19 £300 +9.09% 9
Buckinghamshire -14 16 £250 -28.57% 3
Oxfordshire -8 15 £295 +68.57%
West Sussex -4 2 £375 +25.00% 3
Kent -6 1 £375 -6.25%
East Sussex - - - -
Sussex - - - -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 29 December 2014, 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.

1 108 (39.13%) SQL
2 76 (27.54%) Test Scripting
3 68 (24.64%) Agile Software Development
4 58 (21.01%) QA
5 50 (18.12%) HP
5 50 (18.12%) Selenium
6 49 (17.75%) Oracle
7 48 (17.39%) HP Quality Center
8 45 (16.30%) Finance
9 44 (15.94%) ISEB
10 41 (14.86%) Java
10 41 (14.86%) Security Cleared
11 38 (13.77%) SC Cleared
11 38 (13.77%) C#
12 37 (13.41%) User Acceptance Testing
13 33 (11.96%) ISTQB
14 32 (11.59%) JIRA
15 29 (10.51%) Software Testing
15 29 (10.51%) Test Automation
16 28 (10.14%) Scrum
16 28 (10.14%) JavaScript
17 27 (9.78%) QuickTest Pro
18 26 (9.42%) Microsoft
18 26 (9.42%) .NET
19 24 (8.70%) Manual Testing
19 24 (8.70%) System Testing
20 22 (7.97%) Performance Testing
20 22 (7.97%) Automation Testing
20 22 (7.97%) Automated Testing
21 21 (7.61%) PL/SQL

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 2014, 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 6 (2.17%) CMS
2 5 (1.81%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.45%) SharePoint 2010
4 3 (1.09%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.09%) IIS
5 2 (0.72%) Apache
5 2 (0.72%) nginx
6 1 (0.36%) Confluence
6 1 (0.36%) WebSphere
Applications
1 16 (5.80%) MS Excel
2 12 (4.35%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (1.45%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (1.45%) SAP CRM
2 2 (0.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (0.72%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.36%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.36%) SAP MM
3 1 (0.36%) Summit
3 1 (0.36%) Exstream
Cloud Services
1 6 (2.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.72%) SaaS
2 2 (0.72%) Office 365
3 1 (0.36%) GitHub
3 1 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.99%) TCP/IP
2 10 (3.62%) HTTP
3 8 (2.90%) Wireshark
4 5 (1.81%) SMS
4 5 (1.81%) GPRS
5 4 (1.45%) Bluetooth
5 4 (1.45%) Wi-Fi
5 4 (1.45%) 802.11
5 4 (1.45%) WPA2
5 4 (1.45%) DLNA
6 3 (1.09%) DVB
6 3 (1.09%) Network Security
6 3 (1.09%) HTTPS
6 3 (1.09%) SSL
6 3 (1.09%) ATM
7 2 (0.72%) SAN
7 2 (0.72%) WPA
7 2 (0.72%) IP Telephony
7 2 (0.72%) UPnP
7 2 (0.72%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (6.52%) Oracle Database
2 16 (5.80%) Relational Database
3 14 (5.07%) Data Warehouse
4 12 (4.35%) SQL Server
5 7 (2.54%) MySQL
6 6 (2.17%) Oracle Database 11g
6 6 (2.17%) Azure SQL Database
7 5 (1.81%) Oracle Reports
7 5 (1.81%) Oracle Database 10g
8 4 (1.45%) DB2
8 4 (1.45%) SAP BW
9 3 (1.09%) PowerCenter
10 1 (0.36%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.36%) Oracle9i Database
10 1 (0.36%) MS Access
10 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2008
10 1 (0.36%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 50 (18.12%) Selenium
2 32 (11.59%) JIRA
3 27 (9.78%) QuickTest Pro
4 20 (7.25%) Team Foundation Server
5 18 (6.52%) WebDriver
6 16 (5.80%) Cucumber
7 15 (5.43%) JMeter
8 14 (5.07%) LoadRunner
9 13 (4.71%) SpecFlow
10 9 (3.26%) Visual Studio
11 6 (2.17%) Jenkins
12 5 (1.81%) SoapUI
12 5 (1.81%) JUnit
12 5 (1.81%) Bugzilla
12 5 (1.81%) TestDirector
12 5 (1.81%) Git (software)
13 4 (1.45%) TeamCity
13 4 (1.45%) Rational Functional Tester
13 4 (1.45%) Maven
13 4 (1.45%) Toad
General
1 45 (16.30%) Finance
2 15 (5.43%) Billing
3 12 (4.35%) Telecoms
4 7 (2.54%) Marketing
5 6 (2.17%) Electronics
5 6 (2.17%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.09%) Retail
7 2 (0.72%) German Language
7 2 (0.72%) Legal
7 2 (0.72%) Military
8 1 (0.36%) Local Government
8 1 (0.36%) Games
8 1 (0.36%) Aerospace
8 1 (0.36%) Automotive
8 1 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.36%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (9.42%) .NET
2 21 (7.61%) HTML
3 15 (5.43%) Web Services
3 15 (5.43%) XML
4 14 (5.07%) ASP.NET
5 10 (3.62%) JSP
6 8 (2.90%) CSS
7 7 (2.54%) SOAP
8 6 (2.17%) REST
9 4 (1.45%) Gherkin
9 4 (1.45%) WCF
9 4 (1.45%) OLE
10 2 (0.72%) WPF
10 2 (0.72%) JSON
10 2 (0.72%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 2 (0.72%) GWT
10 2 (0.72%) jQuery
10 2 (0.72%) ASP.NET MVC
11 1 (0.36%) RabbitMQ
11 1 (0.36%) Django
Miscellaneous
1 11 (3.99%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.90%) Mobile App
3 7 (2.54%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.45%) NHS
5 3 (1.09%) EFT
5 3 (1.09%) Client/Server
5 3 (1.09%) EPoS
5 3 (1.09%) APACS
5 3 (1.09%) Enterprise Software
6 2 (0.72%) User Experience
6 2 (0.72%) Replication
6 2 (0.72%) Robotics
6 2 (0.72%) Mathematics
6 2 (0.72%) DTV
6 2 (0.72%) Management Information System
6 2 (0.72%) EMV
6 2 (0.72%) Chip and PIN
7 1 (0.36%) EFTPOS
7 1 (0.36%) Smartcard
7 1 (0.36%) BBC
Operating Systems
1 20 (7.25%) Windows
2 18 (6.52%) UNIX
3 14 (5.07%) Apple iOS
4 13 (4.71%) Android
5 11 (3.99%) Linux
6 6 (2.17%) Windows 7
7 4 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 4 (1.45%) Windows XP
7 4 (1.45%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (1.09%) Windows 2000
9 2 (0.72%) AIX
9 2 (0.72%) Mac OS
10 1 (0.36%) openSUSE
10 1 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.36%) Windows NT
10 1 (0.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 76 (27.54%) Test Scripting
2 68 (24.64%) Agile Software Development
3 37 (13.41%) User Acceptance Testing
4 29 (10.51%) Software Testing
4 29 (10.51%) Test Automation
5 28 (10.14%) Scrum
6 24 (8.70%) Manual Testing
6 24 (8.70%) System Testing
7 22 (7.97%) Automated Testing
7 22 (7.97%) Performance Testing
7 22 (7.97%) Automation Testing
8 20 (7.25%) Test Strategy
9 17 (6.16%) Functional Testing
10 16 (5.80%) BDD
10 16 (5.80%) Integration Testing
11 15 (5.43%) CRM
12 14 (5.07%) E-Commerce
13 13 (4.71%) Project Management
13 13 (4.71%) Migration
13 13 (4.71%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 108 (39.13%) SQL
2 41 (14.86%) Java
3 38 (13.77%) C#
4 28 (10.14%) JavaScript
5 21 (7.61%) PL/SQL
6 11 (3.99%) VB
7 9 (3.26%) Python
7 9 (3.26%) PHP
8 8 (2.90%) Shell Script
9 7 (2.54%) C
9 7 (2.54%) Ruby
10 6 (2.17%) VBA
10 6 (2.17%) VBScript
11 3 (1.09%) T-SQL
11 3 (1.09%) C++
11 3 (1.09%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.72%) PowerShell
12 2 (0.72%) Perl
12 2 (0.72%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.72%) AppleScript
Qualifications
1 44 (15.94%) ISEB
2 41 (14.86%) Security Cleared
3 38 (13.77%) SC Cleared
4 33 (11.96%) ISTQB
5 14 (5.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 10 (3.62%) Degree
7 6 (2.17%) DV Cleared
8 5 (1.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 4 (1.45%) ISEB Practitioner
10 3 (1.09%) HND
10 3 (1.09%) MOS
11 2 (0.72%) CISSP
12 1 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
12 1 (0.36%) ACCA
12 1 (0.36%) CIMA
12 1 (0.36%) CEH
12 1 (0.36%) MCITP
12 1 (0.36%) OSCP
12 1 (0.36%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 58 (21.01%) QA
2 3 (1.09%) GxP
2 3 (1.09%) ISO 8583
3 1 (0.36%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 1 (0.36%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.36%) Solvency II
System Software
1 7 (2.54%) Nmap
2 2 (0.72%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.36%) XenApp
3 1 (0.36%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.36%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.36%) Terminal Server
3 1 (0.36%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.36%) Snort
Systems Management
1 48 (17.39%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (2.90%) Nessus
3 3 (1.09%) Control-M
4 2 (0.72%) CORE IMPACT
4 2 (0.72%) Puppet
5 1 (0.36%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 50 (18.12%) HP
2 49 (17.75%) Oracle
3 26 (9.42%) Microsoft
4 9 (3.26%) SAP
5 5 (1.81%) IBM
6 4 (1.45%) Business Objects
6 4 (1.45%) Citrix
6 4 (1.45%) Ektron
7 3 (1.09%) Telerik
7 3 (1.09%) Informatica
7 3 (1.09%) Cisco
8 2 (0.72%) Adobe
8 2 (0.72%) Sage
8 2 (0.72%) VMware
8 2 (0.72%) Wincor Nixdorf
8 2 (0.72%) Aprimo
8 2 (0.72%) VocaLink
8 2 (0.72%) TSYS
8 2 (0.72%) VeriFone
8 2 (0.72%) Marketo
Reading
Computer Futures
Rate: £35 - £40 per annum + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Esher, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 5 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 5 days ago
Hampshire
Synergize Consulting
Rate: Up to £300 per hour DOE
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Southampton
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £100 - £150 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Richmond, Surrey
Stott & May
Rate: From £0 to £0 per day £competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: Up to £250 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Reading
NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £250 per annum
Posted: 13 days ago