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 18 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 99 90 85
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 43 18 50
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.30% 0.82% 1.63%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.39% 0.88% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 15 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 £260 £219
10% offered a daily rate of more than £419 £356 £356
UK excluding London average daily rate £305 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £20.00 - £25.75
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 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
3101 2051 2874
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 93.49% 92.97% 93.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2012 1308 1677
Average daily rate £368 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 168 163 244
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 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £35.00 £41.50
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 18 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 18 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
Bristol +3 27 £363 +11.53% 11
Wiltshire -9 4 £288 -17.85%
Gloucestershire -15 4 £400 +10.95% 3
Somerset -13 3 £275 -14.06% 1
Devon -19 3 £195 -38.82% 1
Dorset - 2 £308 -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 18 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 55 (53.92%) Agile Software Development
2 37 (36.27%) Selenium
3 29 (28.43%) Finance
3 29 (28.43%) Scrum
4 26 (25.49%) Performance Testing
4 26 (25.49%) Security Cleared
5 25 (24.51%) ISTQB
6 24 (23.53%) SC Cleared
6 24 (23.53%) ISEB
7 23 (22.55%) User Acceptance Testing
8 21 (20.59%) WebDriver
8 21 (20.59%) Java
9 20 (19.61%) SQL
9 20 (19.61%) JMeter
10 18 (17.65%) Software Testing
11 17 (16.67%) Open Source
12 16 (15.69%) QA
13 15 (14.71%) Test Scripting
13 15 (14.71%) Microsoft
14 14 (13.73%) SAP
14 14 (13.73%) WATIR
15 13 (12.75%) BDD
16 11 (10.78%) QuickTest Pro
16 11 (10.78%) Cucumber
16 11 (10.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 10 (9.80%) Test Automation
17 10 (9.80%) Automated Testing
17 10 (9.80%) Web Services
17 10 (9.80%) UNIX
17 10 (9.80%) Linux

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 18 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 (2.94%) Mule
2 2 (1.96%) CMS
3 1 (0.98%) Oracle Service Bus
3 1 (0.98%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.98%) IIS
3 1 (0.98%) Apache
Applications
1 3 (2.94%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.96%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (3.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (2.94%) SAP HCM
3 2 (1.96%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (1.96%) SAP SRM
4 1 (0.98%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.98%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.96%) Internet
2 1 (0.98%) Firewall
2 1 (0.98%) BIG-IP
2 1 (0.98%) STUN
2 1 (0.98%) Wireshark
2 1 (0.98%) SGSN
2 1 (0.98%) LTE
2 1 (0.98%) NAS
2 1 (0.98%) LDAP
2 1 (0.98%) 3GPP
2 1 (0.98%) VoIP
2 1 (0.98%) SMTP
2 1 (0.98%) HTTP
2 1 (0.98%) SNMP
2 1 (0.98%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.98%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (4.90%) Relational Database
2 3 (2.94%) RDBMS
2 3 (2.94%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (1.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (0.98%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (0.98%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.98%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 37 (36.27%) Selenium
2 21 (20.59%) WebDriver
3 20 (19.61%) JMeter
4 14 (13.73%) WATIR
5 11 (10.78%) QuickTest Pro
5 11 (10.78%) Cucumber
6 6 (5.88%) SoapUI
6 6 (5.88%) FitNesse
6 6 (5.88%) Jenkins
7 5 (4.90%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (4.90%) JUnit
8 4 (3.92%) LoadRunner
8 4 (3.92%) JIRA
8 4 (3.92%) SpecFlow
9 3 (2.94%) TestNG
9 3 (2.94%) Visual Studio
10 2 (1.96%) NUnit
10 2 (1.96%) Maven
10 2 (1.96%) Git (software)
11 1 (0.98%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 29 (28.43%) Finance
2 8 (7.84%) Banking
3 5 (4.90%) Retail
3 5 (4.90%) Telecoms
3 5 (4.90%) Manufacturing
4 4 (3.92%) Marketing
4 4 (3.92%) Electronics
5 3 (2.94%) Retail Banking
6 1 (0.98%) Financial Institution
6 1 (0.98%) Legal
6 1 (0.98%) Multimedia
6 1 (0.98%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.80%) Web Services
2 8 (7.84%) .NET
3 6 (5.88%) RESTful
4 5 (4.90%) SOAP
5 3 (2.94%) XML
6 2 (1.96%) XHTML
6 2 (1.96%) WinForms
6 2 (1.96%) HTML
6 2 (1.96%) Gherkin
7 1 (0.98%) ASP.NET
7 1 (0.98%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 17 (16.67%) Open Source
2 4 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.92%) DTV
3 2 (1.96%) Client/Server
3 2 (1.96%) User Experience
4 1 (0.98%) Mobile App
4 1 (0.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (0.98%) STB
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.80%) Linux
1 10 (9.80%) UNIX
2 3 (2.94%) Windows
3 1 (0.98%) CentOS
3 1 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (0.98%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (53.92%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (28.43%) Scrum
3 26 (25.49%) Performance Testing
4 23 (22.55%) User Acceptance Testing
5 18 (17.65%) Software Testing
6 15 (14.71%) Test Scripting
7 13 (12.75%) BDD
8 10 (9.80%) Test Automation
8 10 (9.80%) Automated Testing
9 9 (8.82%) Test Management
10 8 (7.84%) Time Management
10 8 (7.84%) Test Strategy
10 8 (7.84%) Automation Testing
11 5 (4.90%) Kanban
11 5 (4.90%) Continuous Integration
11 5 (4.90%) Programme Management
11 5 (4.90%) TDD
12 4 (3.92%) ITIL
12 4 (3.92%) Business Intelligence
12 4 (3.92%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (20.59%) Java
2 20 (19.61%) SQL
3 10 (9.80%) C#
4 4 (3.92%) Ruby
4 4 (3.92%) PHP
5 2 (1.96%) JavaScript
5 2 (1.96%) Perl
5 2 (1.96%) VBScript
5 2 (1.96%) VB
5 2 (1.96%) Python
6 1 (0.98%) Tcl
6 1 (0.98%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.98%) C
6 1 (0.98%) Scala
6 1 (0.98%) Bash Shell
6 1 (0.98%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (25.49%) Security Cleared
2 25 (24.51%) ISTQB
3 24 (23.53%) SC Cleared
3 24 (23.53%) ISEB
4 11 (10.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (6.86%) Degree
6 2 (1.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 1 (0.98%) BC Cleared
7 1 (0.98%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (15.69%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.98%) qmail
2 1 (0.98%) NFS
2 1 (0.98%) Squid
Systems Management
1 7 (6.86%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.98%) Puppet
2 1 (0.98%) Cobbler
2 1 (0.98%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 15 (14.71%) Microsoft
2 14 (13.73%) SAP
3 7 (6.86%) HP
4 4 (3.92%) Oracle
5 3 (2.94%) JBoss
5 3 (2.94%) VMware
6 2 (1.96%) JD Edwards
6 2 (1.96%) Telerik
6 2 (1.96%) Siebel
7 1 (0.98%) Cisco
7 1 (0.98%) Informatica
7 1 (0.98%) NetApp
7 1 (0.98%) Red Hat
7 1 (0.98%) Tektronix
7 1 (0.98%) F5
7 1 (0.98%) Talend
7 1 (0.98%) Kofax
7 1 (0.98%) KANA
Devon
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £250 - 350 per day
Posted: 1 hour ago
Gloucestershire
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 20 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 22 days ago