The first table below looks at the demand 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 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the South West region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 96 97 88
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 47 18 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.54% 0.84% 1.38%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.66% 0.89% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 8 29
Average daily rate
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£325 £344 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.45% +5.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £302 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £365 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
-6.15% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £43.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +24.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £29.13 £13.00
% change year-on-year
-57.08% +124.03%
Job Titles Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2835 2016 2832
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 93.10% 93.90% 93.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 1858 1255 1699
Average daily rate £360 £350 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
- +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 165 135 190
Average hourly rate £20.00 £16.00 £22.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -29.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £42.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
Tester
England

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 25 July 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 25 July 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
Bristol +3 26 £350 +7.69% 9
Gloucestershire -7 8 £375 -6.25% 2
Dorset +4 4 £275 - 2
Somerset -18 3 £275 -21.42% 2
Wiltshire -5 2 £275 -15.70%
Devon -12 2 £300 -11.11%
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 41 (35.04%) Selenium
2 33 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
3 32 (27.35%) ISEB
3 32 (27.35%) Security Cleared
4 31 (26.50%) User Acceptance Testing
5 29 (24.79%) Test Scripting
5 29 (24.79%) ISTQB
6 28 (23.93%) Performance Testing
7 27 (23.08%) SC Cleared
7 27 (23.08%) Scrum
8 24 (20.51%) JMeter
8 24 (20.51%) Finance
8 24 (20.51%) WebDriver
9 22 (18.80%) Automated Testing
9 22 (18.80%) Software Testing
10 20 (17.09%) SQL
11 18 (15.38%) Microsoft
11 18 (15.38%) Test Management
12 17 (14.53%) Open Source
12 17 (14.53%) Java
13 16 (13.68%) QA
14 14 (11.97%) Team Foundation Server
14 14 (11.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 13 (11.11%) JIRA
15 13 (11.11%) WATIR
15 13 (11.11%) QuickTest Pro
15 13 (11.11%) SAP
16 12 (10.26%) BDD
17 11 (9.40%) LoadRunner
18 10 (8.55%) Test Strategy

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 (2.56%) Mule
2 1 (0.85%) IIS
2 1 (0.85%) Apache
Applications
1 5 (4.27%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.71%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (3.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.71%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (1.71%) SAP SRM
2 2 (1.71%) SAP HCM
2 2 (1.71%) Maximo
2 2 (1.71%) Summit
3 1 (0.85%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (0.85%) LDAP
1 1 (0.85%) LAN
1 1 (0.85%) 3GPP
1 1 (0.85%) VoIP
1 1 (0.85%) WAN
1 1 (0.85%) SMTP
1 1 (0.85%) SNMP
1 1 (0.85%) TCP/IP
1 1 (0.85%) DNS
1 1 (0.85%) Internet
1 1 (0.85%) Firewall
1 1 (0.85%) STUN
1 1 (0.85%) Wireshark
1 1 (0.85%) SGSN
1 1 (0.85%) LTE
1 1 (0.85%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (5.98%) SQL Server
2 4 (3.42%) MySQL
3 3 (2.56%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 2 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 2 (1.71%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 41 (35.04%) Selenium
2 24 (20.51%) WebDriver
2 24 (20.51%) JMeter
3 14 (11.97%) Team Foundation Server
4 13 (11.11%) QuickTest Pro
4 13 (11.11%) JIRA
4 13 (11.11%) WATIR
5 11 (9.40%) LoadRunner
6 9 (7.69%) TestNG
7 8 (6.84%) Maven
7 8 (6.84%) SoapUI
8 5 (4.27%) JUnit
8 5 (4.27%) Visual Studio
9 4 (3.42%) Cucumber
10 3 (2.56%) SpecFlow
11 2 (1.71%) NUnit
11 2 (1.71%) Git (software)
11 2 (1.71%) FitNesse
12 1 (0.85%) Metasploit
12 1 (0.85%) Axure RP
General
1 24 (20.51%) Finance
2 6 (5.13%) Banking
3 5 (4.27%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.42%) Electronics
4 4 (3.42%) Telecoms
4 4 (3.42%) Marketing
5 3 (2.56%) Retail
6 1 (0.85%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.85%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.85%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.85%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (6.84%) .NET
2 7 (5.98%) SOAP
3 5 (4.27%) Web Services
4 2 (1.71%) XML
4 2 (1.71%) WCF
4 2 (1.71%) HTML
4 2 (1.71%) Gherkin
5 1 (0.85%) RESTful
5 1 (0.85%) HTML5
5 1 (0.85%) ASP.NET
5 1 (0.85%) CSS
5 1 (0.85%) XHTML
5 1 (0.85%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 17 (14.53%) Open Source
2 4 (3.42%) DTV
3 2 (1.71%) Replication
3 2 (1.71%) Client/Server
4 1 (0.85%) Firmware
4 1 (0.85%) iPad
4 1 (0.85%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (0.85%) STB
4 1 (0.85%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 9 (7.69%) Linux
2 5 (4.27%) Windows
3 4 (3.42%) UNIX
4 2 (1.71%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.85%) CentOS
5 1 (0.85%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (26.50%) User Acceptance Testing
3 29 (24.79%) Test Scripting
4 28 (23.93%) Performance Testing
5 27 (23.08%) Scrum
6 22 (18.80%) Automated Testing
6 22 (18.80%) Software Testing
7 18 (15.38%) Test Management
8 12 (10.26%) BDD
9 10 (8.55%) Test Strategy
10 9 (7.69%) Security Testing
11 7 (5.98%) Load Testing
11 7 (5.98%) Stakeholder Management
11 7 (5.98%) Automation Testing
12 6 (5.13%) Waterfall
12 6 (5.13%) Time Management
12 6 (5.13%) TDD
13 5 (4.27%) Project Management
13 5 (4.27%) Programme Management
13 5 (4.27%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 20 (17.09%) SQL
2 17 (14.53%) Java
3 9 (7.69%) C#
4 6 (5.13%) Ruby
5 5 (4.27%) Python
6 3 (2.56%) PHP
7 2 (1.71%) C++
7 2 (1.71%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.71%) T-SQL
7 2 (1.71%) VBScript
7 2 (1.71%) VB
8 1 (0.85%) Perl
8 1 (0.85%) C
8 1 (0.85%) Tcl
8 1 (0.85%) Shell Script
8 1 (0.85%) Scala
8 1 (0.85%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 32 (27.35%) ISEB
1 32 (27.35%) Security Cleared
2 29 (24.79%) ISTQB
3 27 (23.08%) SC Cleared
4 14 (11.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (4.27%) Degree
6 3 (2.56%) DV Cleared
7 2 (1.71%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 2 (1.71%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (13.68%) QA
2 2 (1.71%) ISO 9001
2 2 (1.71%) ISO 9002
2 2 (1.71%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 3 (2.56%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.85%) qmail
2 1 (0.85%) NFS
2 1 (0.85%) Nmap
2 1 (0.85%) Squid
Systems Management
1 8 (6.84%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.56%) Puppet
2 3 (2.56%) Cobbler
2 3 (2.56%) Vagrant
3 1 (0.85%) Nessus
Vendors
1 18 (15.38%) Microsoft
2 13 (11.11%) SAP
3 7 (5.98%) HP
4 6 (5.13%) Oracle
5 4 (3.42%) Telerik
6 3 (2.56%) VMware
6 3 (2.56%) JBoss
6 3 (2.56%) Citrix
7 2 (1.71%) Siebel
7 2 (1.71%) Cisco
7 2 (1.71%) Capita
7 2 (1.71%) JD Edwards
8 1 (0.85%) Nortel
8 1 (0.85%) Tektronix
8 1 (0.85%) Avaya
8 1 (0.85%) NetApp
8 1 (0.85%) Red Hat
Bristol, Avon
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Capita IT Professional Services
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 26 days ago
Somerset
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 26 days ago