The table below looks at the statistics for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the South West 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 92 100 89
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 57 19 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.69% 0.83% 1.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.81% 0.90% 1.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 45 16 35
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -1.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £416 £355 £356
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £20.00 - £25.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £24.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-18.36% +22.50%
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 West 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 West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3145 2120 2887
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 93.49% 92.62% 93.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 2038 1370 1678
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 175 171 252
Average hourly rate £20.00 £15.00 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.99
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £42.50
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 the South West

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

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the South West region over the 3 months to 30 September 2014.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Tester
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West 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
Bristol +6 30 £356 +10.89% 15
Devon -6 14 £325 +8.33% 2
Wiltshire -11 4 £288 -17.85%
Gloucestershire -17 4 £400 +10.95% 2
Somerset -5 3 £275 -14.06% 1
Dorset - 2 £308 - 1
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 62 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 44 (38.94%) Selenium
3 38 (33.63%) Security Cleared
4 34 (30.09%) SC Cleared
5 33 (29.20%) ISEB
6 30 (26.55%) ISTQB
7 29 (25.66%) Scrum
8 28 (24.78%) Finance
9 27 (23.89%) Software Testing
10 25 (22.12%) Performance Testing
10 25 (22.12%) Java
11 24 (21.24%) User Acceptance Testing
12 21 (18.58%) WebDriver
12 21 (18.58%) SQL
13 19 (16.81%) Test Scripting
13 19 (16.81%) JMeter
14 18 (15.93%) Automated Testing
14 18 (15.93%) QuickTest Pro
15 17 (15.04%) Microsoft
16 15 (13.27%) HP Quality Center
16 15 (13.27%) QA
16 15 (13.27%) Open Source
17 14 (12.39%) HP
17 14 (12.39%) SAP
18 13 (11.50%) BDD
18 13 (11.50%) WATIR
19 12 (10.62%) Test Automation
19 12 (10.62%) Cucumber
20 11 (9.73%) JIRA
20 11 (9.73%) .NET

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 3 (2.65%) Mule
2 2 (1.77%) CMS
3 1 (0.88%) Oracle Service Bus
3 1 (0.88%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.88%) IIS
3 1 (0.88%) Apache
Applications
1 3 (2.65%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.77%) Spreadsheet
2 2 (1.77%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (3.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (2.65%) SAP HCM
3 2 (1.77%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (1.77%) SAP SRM
4 1 (0.88%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.88%) SAP HR
4 1 (0.88%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.65%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.77%) Internet
2 1 (0.88%) Firewall
2 1 (0.88%) BIG-IP
2 1 (0.88%) STUN
2 1 (0.88%) Wireshark
2 1 (0.88%) SGSN
2 1 (0.88%) LTE
2 1 (0.88%) NAS
2 1 (0.88%) LDAP
2 1 (0.88%) 3GPP
2 1 (0.88%) VoIP
2 1 (0.88%) SMTP
2 1 (0.88%) HTTP
2 1 (0.88%) SNMP
2 1 (0.88%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.88%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.42%) Relational Database
2 3 (2.65%) RDBMS
2 3 (2.65%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.65%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (1.77%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.88%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.88%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.88%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.88%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.88%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.88%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 44 (38.94%) Selenium
2 21 (18.58%) WebDriver
3 19 (16.81%) JMeter
4 18 (15.93%) QuickTest Pro
5 13 (11.50%) WATIR
6 12 (10.62%) Cucumber
7 11 (9.73%) JIRA
8 6 (5.31%) SoapUI
8 6 (5.31%) FitNesse
8 6 (5.31%) Jenkins
9 5 (4.42%) JUnit
10 4 (3.54%) SpecFlow
10 4 (3.54%) Team Foundation Server
11 3 (2.65%) TestNG
11 3 (2.65%) LoadRunner
12 2 (1.77%) Visual Studio
12 2 (1.77%) NUnit
12 2 (1.77%) Maven
12 2 (1.77%) Git (software)
13 1 (0.88%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 28 (24.78%) Finance
2 8 (7.08%) Banking
3 5 (4.42%) Telecoms
3 5 (4.42%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.54%) Marketing
4 4 (3.54%) Retail
4 4 (3.54%) Electronics
5 3 (2.65%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.88%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.88%) Legal
6 1 (0.88%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.88%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (9.73%) .NET
2 9 (7.96%) Web Services
3 6 (5.31%) RESTful
4 5 (4.42%) SOAP
4 5 (4.42%) HTML
5 3 (2.65%) CSS
5 3 (2.65%) XML
5 3 (2.65%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.77%) Gherkin
6 2 (1.77%) XHTML
6 2 (1.77%) WinForms
7 1 (0.88%) Ajax
7 1 (0.88%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 15 (13.27%) Open Source
2 4 (3.54%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.54%) DTV
3 3 (2.65%) Management Information System
4 2 (1.77%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.77%) User Experience
5 1 (0.88%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.88%) STB
Operating Systems
1 10 (8.85%) Linux
1 10 (8.85%) UNIX
2 3 (2.65%) Windows
3 1 (0.88%) CentOS
3 1 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (0.88%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (25.66%) Scrum
3 27 (23.89%) Software Testing
4 25 (22.12%) Performance Testing
5 24 (21.24%) User Acceptance Testing
6 19 (16.81%) Test Scripting
7 18 (15.93%) Automated Testing
8 13 (11.50%) BDD
9 12 (10.62%) Test Automation
10 10 (8.85%) Automation Testing
11 9 (7.96%) Test Strategy
12 8 (7.08%) Time Management
12 8 (7.08%) Test Management
12 8 (7.08%) User Stories
13 6 (5.31%) TDD
14 5 (4.42%) Programme Management
14 5 (4.42%) Project Management
14 5 (4.42%) Regression Testing
14 5 (4.42%) Kanban
14 5 (4.42%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 25 (22.12%) Java
2 21 (18.58%) SQL
3 9 (7.96%) C#
4 5 (4.42%) JavaScript
5 3 (2.65%) Ruby
5 3 (2.65%) PHP
6 2 (1.77%) Perl
6 2 (1.77%) VBScript
6 2 (1.77%) VB
6 2 (1.77%) Python
7 1 (0.88%) Tcl
7 1 (0.88%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.88%) C
7 1 (0.88%) Scala
7 1 (0.88%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.88%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 38 (33.63%) Security Cleared
2 34 (30.09%) SC Cleared
3 33 (29.20%) ISEB
4 30 (26.55%) ISTQB
5 10 (8.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (6.19%) Degree
7 2 (1.77%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 1 (0.88%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.88%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (13.27%) QA
2 1 (0.88%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.88%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 3 (2.65%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.88%) qmail
2 1 (0.88%) NFS
2 1 (0.88%) Squid
Systems Management
1 15 (13.27%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.88%) Puppet
2 1 (0.88%) Cobbler
2 1 (0.88%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 17 (15.04%) Microsoft
2 14 (12.39%) HP
2 14 (12.39%) SAP
3 4 (3.54%) Oracle
4 3 (2.65%) JBoss
4 3 (2.65%) Open Text
4 3 (2.65%) VMware
5 2 (1.77%) JD Edwards
5 2 (1.77%) Telerik
5 2 (1.77%) Siebel
6 1 (0.88%) Cisco
6 1 (0.88%) Informatica
6 1 (0.88%) NetApp
6 1 (0.88%) Red Hat
6 1 (0.88%) Tektronix
6 1 (0.88%) F5
6 1 (0.88%) Talend
6 1 (0.88%) Kofax
6 1 (0.88%) KANA
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