The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the South Wales 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 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 30 56 36
Rank change year-on-year
+26 -20
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 37 8 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 6.85% 1.25% 1.73%
As % of the Job Titles category 7.16% 1.33% 1.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 6 5
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£313 £300 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.16% -7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £232 £198 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £353 £395
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
- -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+24.16% +3.44%
Tester
Wales

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 Wales 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 Wales
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
517 601 325
As % of all contract IT jobs located in South Wales 95.74% 94.20% 93.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 388 381 203
Average daily rate £350 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £175 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 18 21
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.00 £14.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.33% +1.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £11.50 £11.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.10 £26.00 £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in South Wales

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in South Wales

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the South Wales region over the 3 months to 29 May 2015.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

Tester
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

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 Wales region over the 3 months to 29 May 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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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
Newport -2 17 £325 +8.33% 1
Cardiff - 15 £288 -
Bridgend - 3 £400 -
Tester
Wales

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in South Wales

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South Wales 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 27 (44.26%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (42.62%) Test Scripting
3 24 (39.34%) Security Cleared
4 22 (36.07%) SC Cleared
4 22 (36.07%) .NET
5 20 (32.79%) Selenium
6 19 (31.15%) SQL
6 19 (31.15%) Java
6 19 (31.15%) ISEB
7 18 (29.51%) Scrum
8 17 (27.87%) TDD
8 17 (27.87%) Data Warehouse
8 17 (27.87%) BDD
9 15 (24.59%) Automation Testing
9 15 (24.59%) JMeter
10 14 (22.95%) Microsoft
11 12 (19.67%) Regression Testing
11 12 (19.67%) SQL Server
12 10 (16.39%) ETL
12 10 (16.39%) DB2
12 10 (16.39%) Test-First Development
12 10 (16.39%) .NET Framework
12 10 (16.39%) WebDriver
13 9 (14.75%) Load Testing
14 8 (13.11%) Test Management
14 8 (13.11%) Cucumber
14 8 (13.11%) SpecFlow
14 8 (13.11%) ISTQB
14 8 (13.11%) Client/Server
15 7 (11.48%) C#

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in South Wales by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South Wales 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 5 (8.20%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.64%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.64%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (8.20%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (27.87%) Data Warehouse
2 12 (19.67%) SQL Server
3 10 (16.39%) DB2
4 3 (4.92%) SQLPlus
5 2 (3.28%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 20 (32.79%) Selenium
2 15 (24.59%) JMeter
3 10 (16.39%) WebDriver
4 8 (13.11%) Cucumber
4 8 (13.11%) SpecFlow
5 6 (9.84%) Team Foundation Server
6 5 (8.20%) JUnit
6 5 (8.20%) Bugzilla
6 5 (8.20%) JIRA
6 5 (8.20%) Subversion
6 5 (8.20%) TestNG
6 5 (8.20%) Jenkins
7 3 (4.92%) Toad
7 3 (4.92%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
7 3 (4.92%) SoapUI
General
1 4 (6.56%) Banking
1 4 (6.56%) Finance
2 3 (4.92%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.64%) Retail
3 1 (1.64%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (36.07%) .NET
2 10 (16.39%) .NET Framework
3 3 (4.92%) XML
3 3 (4.92%) SOAP
3 3 (4.92%) XML Messaging
4 2 (3.28%) CSS
4 2 (3.28%) HTML
5 1 (1.64%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 8 (13.11%) Client/Server
2 4 (6.56%) AS400
3 2 (3.28%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.64%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.92%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 27 (44.26%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (42.62%) Test Scripting
3 18 (29.51%) Scrum
4 17 (27.87%) TDD
4 17 (27.87%) BDD
5 15 (24.59%) Automation Testing
6 12 (19.67%) Regression Testing
7 10 (16.39%) ETL
7 10 (16.39%) Test-First Development
8 9 (14.75%) Load Testing
9 8 (13.11%) Test Management
10 7 (11.48%) Use Case
10 7 (11.48%) Performance Testing
11 6 (9.84%) Open Source
11 6 (9.84%) CRM
12 4 (6.56%) Manual Testing
13 3 (4.92%) Business Intelligence
13 3 (4.92%) Data Management
13 3 (4.92%) Software Testing
14 2 (3.28%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 19 (31.15%) SQL
1 19 (31.15%) Java
2 7 (11.48%) C#
3 6 (9.84%) PL/SQL
4 2 (3.28%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.64%) PHP
Qualifications
1 24 (39.34%) Security Cleared
2 22 (36.07%) SC Cleared
3 19 (31.15%) ISEB
4 8 (13.11%) ISTQB
5 4 (6.56%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (3.28%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (4.92%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (22.95%) Microsoft
2 7 (11.48%) Teradata
3 4 (6.56%) HP
4 3 (4.92%) Oracle
4 3 (4.92%) OpenText