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 22 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 111 133 151
Rank change year-on-year
+22 +18
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 148 113 110
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.60% 1.30% 1.09%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.74% 1.40% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 100 63 45
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£307 £313 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.76% +0.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £200 £160
10% offered a daily rate of more than £387 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £307 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 4 12
Average hourly rate £11.50 £14.25 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.29% -28.75%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-30.55% -10.00%
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
8509 8083 9242
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 92.02% 92.89% 91.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 4734 4294 4302
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £220 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 442 507 606
Average hourly rate £16.14 £16.50 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.18% -5.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.90 £11.25 £11.34
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.40 £39.90 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.85% -7.42%

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 22 September 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 22 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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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
Surrey +20 36 £295 +9.25% 10
Hampshire -5 35 £285 +1.78% 11
Buckinghamshire +7 25 £280 -25.33% 5
East Sussex -1 17 £350 -3.44% 4
Oxfordshire +5 13 £309 -4.92% 3
Berkshire -11 9 £325 +6.55% 7
Kent - 7 £275 - 1
Middlesex +1 1 £400 +9.58%
West Sussex -1 1 - - 2
Sussex - - - -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 82 (28.18%) HP
2 81 (27.84%) SQL
3 75 (25.77%) Test Scripting
4 71 (24.40%) Oracle
5 70 (24.05%) HP Quality Center
6 67 (23.02%) QA
7 62 (21.31%) Security Cleared
8 58 (19.93%) ISTQB
9 55 (18.90%) SC Cleared
10 50 (17.18%) C#
11 49 (16.84%) Agile Software Development
12 44 (15.12%) Microsoft
13 43 (14.78%) .NET
14 42 (14.43%) QuickTest Pro
14 42 (14.43%) Finance
15 41 (14.09%) Windows
16 36 (12.37%) Software Testing
16 36 (12.37%) MS Excel
17 35 (12.03%) Selenium
18 34 (11.68%) ISEB
19 33 (11.34%) CRM
19 33 (11.34%) HTML
20 32 (11.00%) ASP.NET
21 31 (10.65%) JavaScript
22 30 (10.31%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
23 29 (9.97%) User Acceptance Testing
23 29 (9.97%) JSP
24 28 (9.62%) VB
24 28 (9.62%) UNIX
25 27 (9.28%) Performance Testing

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 9 (3.09%) Apache
2 8 (2.75%) SharePoint
2 8 (2.75%) IIS
3 6 (2.06%) SharePoint 2013
4 4 (1.37%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (1.37%) CMS
5 3 (1.03%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (1.03%) MS Exchange
6 1 (0.34%) CICS
6 1 (0.34%) SharePoint Server
6 1 (0.34%) WebSphere
Applications
1 36 (12.37%) MS Excel
2 20 (6.87%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 16 (5.50%) Oracle EBS
2 6 (2.06%) Oracle Applications
3 5 (1.72%) SAP CRM
4 3 (1.03%) SAP FI
4 3 (1.03%) SAP FI/CO
4 3 (1.03%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.69%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.69%) SAP PP
5 2 (0.69%) SAP SD
6 1 (0.34%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.34%) Oracle Payroll
6 1 (0.34%) SAP PM
6 1 (0.34%) SAP QM
6 1 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 1 (0.34%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.34%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.34%) Oracle EBS R12
6 1 (0.34%) SAP BPC
Cloud Services
1 8 (2.75%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (7.56%) TCP/IP
2 13 (4.47%) HTTPS
3 12 (4.12%) SAN
4 10 (3.44%) HTTP
4 10 (3.44%) DNS
5 6 (2.06%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (1.37%) DVB
6 4 (1.37%) Firewall
6 4 (1.37%) Wireshark
6 4 (1.37%) SSL
6 4 (1.37%) LAN
7 3 (1.03%) VPN
7 3 (1.03%) DMZ
7 3 (1.03%) IP Telephony
8 2 (0.69%) Wireless
8 2 (0.69%) 802.11
8 2 (0.69%) DLNA
8 2 (0.69%) WPA2
8 2 (0.69%) Intranet
8 2 (0.69%) Bluetooth
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (4.47%) Oracle Database
2 11 (3.78%) SQL Server
3 10 (3.44%) Oracle Reports
3 10 (3.44%) MySQL
4 9 (3.09%) Relational Database
5 6 (2.06%) Oracle Database 11g
6 5 (1.72%) SAP BW
6 5 (1.72%) DB2
6 5 (1.72%) Oracle Database 10g
7 4 (1.37%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (1.03%) PowerCenter
9 2 (0.69%) Big Data
10 1 (0.34%) SAP BI
10 1 (0.34%) InterSystems Cache
10 1 (0.34%) Oracle BI EE
10 1 (0.34%) Data Mining
10 1 (0.34%) Oracle9i Database
10 1 (0.34%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 42 (14.43%) QuickTest Pro
2 35 (12.03%) Selenium
3 20 (6.87%) WebDriver
4 19 (6.53%) LoadRunner
5 18 (6.19%) JIRA
6 14 (4.81%) Visual Studio
7 13 (4.47%) Team Foundation Server
8 8 (2.75%) JMeter
9 7 (2.41%) SpecFlow
10 6 (2.06%) Jenkins
11 5 (1.72%) JUnit
11 5 (1.72%) TestDirector
12 4 (1.37%) SoapUI
12 4 (1.37%) Toad
12 4 (1.37%) Selenium IDE
13 3 (1.03%) Git (software)
13 3 (1.03%) Bugzilla
13 3 (1.03%) WatiN
13 3 (1.03%) QARun
14 2 (0.69%) Rational Performance Tester
General
1 42 (14.43%) Finance
2 20 (6.87%) Billing
3 7 (2.41%) Military
3 7 (2.41%) Manufacturing
3 7 (2.41%) Electronics
4 3 (1.03%) Telecoms
5 2 (0.69%) Automotive
5 2 (0.69%) Banking
5 2 (0.69%) Retail
5 2 (0.69%) German Language
6 1 (0.34%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.34%) Marketing
6 1 (0.34%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.34%) Games
6 1 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.34%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (14.78%) .NET
2 33 (11.34%) HTML
3 32 (11.00%) ASP.NET
4 29 (9.97%) JSP
5 15 (5.15%) XML
6 13 (4.47%) Web Services
7 12 (4.12%) SOAP
8 8 (2.75%) OLE
8 8 (2.75%) WCF
8 8 (2.75%) REST
9 5 (1.72%) WPF
10 2 (0.69%) ASP.NET Web Forms
10 2 (0.69%) JSON
10 2 (0.69%) JPA
10 2 (0.69%) ASP.NET MVC
11 1 (0.34%) HTML5
11 1 (0.34%) RabbitMQ
11 1 (0.34%) LAMP
11 1 (0.34%) Spring
11 1 (0.34%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 12 (4.12%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (2.75%) Open Source
3 4 (1.37%) Client/Server
3 4 (1.37%) Mobile App
4 3 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (1.03%) Chip and PIN
4 3 (1.03%) Smartcard
4 3 (1.03%) iPad
4 3 (1.03%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.03%) NHS
5 2 (0.69%) Clustering
5 2 (0.69%) EFT
5 2 (0.69%) EFTPOS
5 2 (0.69%) EPoS
6 1 (0.34%) EMV
6 1 (0.34%) DTV
6 1 (0.34%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.34%) Replication
6 1 (0.34%) APACS
6 1 (0.34%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 41 (14.09%) Windows
2 28 (9.62%) UNIX
3 24 (8.25%) Linux
4 20 (6.87%) Windows XP
5 15 (5.15%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (5.15%) Windows Server 2008
6 13 (4.47%) Windows 2000
7 7 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (1.72%) Windows 7
8 5 (1.72%) Apple iOS
8 5 (1.72%) Android
9 3 (1.03%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
10 2 (0.69%) AIX
10 2 (0.69%) HPUX
11 1 (0.34%) Solaris
11 1 (0.34%) Mac OS
11 1 (0.34%) openSUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 75 (25.77%) Test Scripting
2 49 (16.84%) Agile Software Development
3 36 (12.37%) Software Testing
4 33 (11.34%) CRM
5 29 (9.97%) User Acceptance Testing
6 27 (9.28%) Performance Testing
6 27 (9.28%) System Testing
7 26 (8.93%) Test Automation
7 26 (8.93%) Manual Testing
8 24 (8.25%) Test Strategy
9 23 (7.90%) Automated Testing
10 22 (7.56%) Functional Testing
11 19 (6.53%) Regression Testing
12 17 (5.84%) Scrum
13 16 (5.50%) Knowledge Management
14 15 (5.15%) Project Management
15 14 (4.81%) Automation Testing
16 13 (4.47%) Quality Management
16 13 (4.47%) Business Intelligence
16 13 (4.47%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 81 (27.84%) SQL
2 50 (17.18%) C#
3 31 (10.65%) JavaScript
4 28 (9.62%) VB
5 27 (9.28%) Java
6 17 (5.84%) PL/SQL
7 16 (5.50%) VBA
8 15 (5.15%) PHP
9 14 (4.81%) Python
10 10 (3.44%) Bash Shell
11 9 (3.09%) VBScript
11 9 (3.09%) Ruby
12 5 (1.72%) C
12 5 (1.72%) C++
13 3 (1.03%) Perl
13 3 (1.03%) PowerShell
14 2 (0.69%) Shell Script
14 2 (0.69%) VB.NET
14 2 (0.69%) T-SQL
15 1 (0.34%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 62 (21.31%) Security Cleared
2 58 (19.93%) ISTQB
3 55 (18.90%) SC Cleared
4 34 (11.68%) ISEB
5 30 (10.31%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 27 (9.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 26 (8.93%) DV Cleared
8 13 (4.47%) MOS
9 7 (2.41%) CISSP
9 7 (2.41%) Degree
10 5 (1.72%) Cisco Certification
11 3 (1.03%) Microsoft Certification
11 3 (1.03%) ISEB Practitioner
11 3 (1.03%) MCITP
11 3 (1.03%) HND
12 2 (0.69%) CCNA
13 1 (0.34%) ACCA
13 1 (0.34%) CIMA
13 1 (0.34%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (23.02%) QA
2 7 (2.41%) PCI DSS
3 3 (1.03%) GxP
4 1 (0.34%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.34%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 7 (2.41%) Snort
2 5 (1.72%) Active Directory
3 3 (1.03%) Nmap
3 3 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.34%) XenApp
4 1 (0.34%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 70 (24.05%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (3.09%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 3 (1.03%) Control-M
3 3 (1.03%) Nessus
3 3 (1.03%) SCCM
4 2 (0.69%) Netcool
5 1 (0.34%) Puppet
5 1 (0.34%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.34%) CA Endevor
5 1 (0.34%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 82 (28.18%) HP
2 71 (24.40%) Oracle
3 44 (15.12%) Microsoft
4 15 (5.15%) SAP
5 8 (2.75%) Cisco
6 7 (2.41%) Red Hat
7 6 (2.06%) IBM
7 6 (2.06%) VMware
8 5 (1.72%) Citrix
9 4 (1.37%) Business Objects
10 3 (1.03%) Siebel
10 3 (1.03%) Telerik
11 2 (0.69%) Informatica
12 1 (0.34%) Salesforce.com
12 1 (0.34%) Juniper
12 1 (0.34%) CA
12 1 (0.34%) Hitachi
12 1 (0.34%) Compaq
12 1 (0.34%) EMC
12 1 (0.34%) Aquila
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