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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 117 80 87
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 26 59 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.83% 2.04% 1.78%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.89% 2.21% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 48 26
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£325 £300 £286
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +4.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £152 £264 £231
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £375 £348
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £300
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £17.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+16.07% -17.64%
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
2914 2668 2281
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 93.58% 92.35% 94.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 1821 1579 1382
Average daily rate £375 £350 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +4.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £230 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £490 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 148 155 160
Average hourly rate £20.25 £17.00 £15.20
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.11% +11.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.13 £11.00 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.85 £17.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year
-0.86% -1.87%

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 27 March 2015.

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 27 March 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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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
Gloucestershire -10 9 £325 - 8
Bristol -23 4 £353 +8.46% 7
Wiltshire +2 3 £338 +12.50%
Somerset -8 2 £178 -40.83%
Dorset -1 1 - -
Tester
England

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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 40 (50.63%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (40.51%) Security Cleared
3 26 (32.91%) Linux
4 25 (31.65%) SC Cleared
5 24 (30.38%) ISEB
6 20 (25.32%) Test Automation
7 19 (24.05%) ISTQB
7 19 (24.05%) Selenium
7 19 (24.05%) Python
8 17 (21.52%) Test Scripting
9 16 (20.25%) Electronics
10 14 (17.72%) JIRA
11 13 (16.46%) HP Quality Center
12 12 (15.19%) Automation Testing
12 12 (15.19%) Software Testing
12 12 (15.19%) HP
12 12 (15.19%) SQL
13 11 (13.92%) User Stories
14 10 (12.66%) Java
14 10 (12.66%) Finance
15 9 (11.39%) Scrum
15 9 (11.39%) Automated Testing
16 8 (10.13%) Performance Testing
16 8 (10.13%) QuickTest Pro
16 8 (10.13%) LoadRunner
16 8 (10.13%) Functional Testing
17 7 (8.86%) GoogleTest
17 7 (8.86%) WebDriver
17 7 (8.86%) DV Cleared
17 7 (8.86%) JMeter

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 2015, 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.

Applications
1 3 (3.80%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.27%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 7 (8.86%) Summit
2 1 (1.27%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (1.27%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.53%) Firewall
2 1 (1.27%) Network Security
2 1 (1.27%) AMQP
2 1 (1.27%) VoIP
2 1 (1.27%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.53%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 19 (24.05%) Selenium
2 14 (17.72%) JIRA
3 8 (10.13%) QuickTest Pro
3 8 (10.13%) LoadRunner
4 7 (8.86%) JMeter
4 7 (8.86%) WebDriver
4 7 (8.86%) GoogleTest
5 5 (6.33%) WATIR
6 4 (5.06%) Cucumber
7 2 (2.53%) Metasploit
7 2 (2.53%) NUnit
7 2 (2.53%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (1.27%) Oracle Forms
8 1 (1.27%) Jenkins
8 1 (1.27%) Robot Framework
8 1 (1.27%) Git (software)
8 1 (1.27%) Hudson
8 1 (1.27%) Gerrit
8 1 (1.27%) SpecFlow
8 1 (1.27%) Behat
General
1 16 (20.25%) Electronics
2 10 (12.66%) Finance
3 7 (8.86%) Automotive
4 3 (3.80%) Telecoms
5 2 (2.53%) Banking
5 2 (2.53%) Retail
6 1 (1.27%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.86%) Web Services
2 6 (7.59%) .NET
3 5 (6.33%) J2EE
4 3 (3.80%) WPF
5 2 (2.53%) WCF
6 1 (1.27%) HTML
6 1 (1.27%) CSS
6 1 (1.27%) XML
6 1 (1.27%) POSIX
6 1 (1.27%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.33%) Open Source
2 3 (3.80%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.53%) NHS
4 1 (1.27%) Blackberry
4 1 (1.27%) PKI
4 1 (1.27%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.27%) Data Integration
4 1 (1.27%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 26 (32.91%) Linux
2 7 (8.86%) Windows
2 7 (8.86%) Embedded Linux
3 4 (5.06%) UNIX
4 2 (2.53%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.27%) Windows Vista
5 1 (1.27%) Android
5 1 (1.27%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.27%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (50.63%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (25.32%) Test Automation
3 17 (21.52%) Test Scripting
4 12 (15.19%) Software Testing
4 12 (15.19%) Automation Testing
5 11 (13.92%) User Stories
6 9 (11.39%) Automated Testing
6 9 (11.39%) Scrum
7 8 (10.13%) Performance Testing
7 8 (10.13%) Functional Testing
8 7 (8.86%) Load Testing
9 5 (6.33%) Software Engineering
10 4 (5.06%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (5.06%) OO
10 4 (5.06%) Analytics
11 3 (3.80%) Penetration Testing
11 3 (3.80%) Integration Testing
11 3 (3.80%) Manual Testing
11 3 (3.80%) Security Testing
12 2 (2.53%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (24.05%) Python
2 12 (15.19%) SQL
3 10 (12.66%) Java
4 6 (7.59%) C
5 3 (3.80%) C++
6 2 (2.53%) Bash Shell
6 2 (2.53%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.27%) C#
7 1 (1.27%) Embedded C
7 1 (1.27%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.27%) Ruby
7 1 (1.27%) Lua
7 1 (1.27%) VB
Qualifications
1 32 (40.51%) Security Cleared
2 25 (31.65%) SC Cleared
3 24 (30.38%) ISEB
4 19 (24.05%) ISTQB
5 7 (8.86%) DV Cleared
6 4 (5.06%) CISSP
7 2 (2.53%) CISA
7 2 (2.53%) CISM
7 2 (2.53%) CEH
8 1 (1.27%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.86%) ISO 9001
1 7 (8.86%) ISO 14001
2 6 (7.59%) QA
3 2 (2.53%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.27%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.27%) Snort
1 1 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (1.27%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 13 (16.46%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.53%) Nessus
3 1 (1.27%) Nmap
3 1 (1.27%) SCCM
3 1 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 12 (15.19%) HP
2 7 (8.86%) Google
3 5 (6.33%) Microsoft
4 4 (5.06%) Oracle
5 2 (2.53%) Juniper
5 2 (2.53%) Informatica
5 2 (2.53%) ATG
6 1 (1.27%) OpenText
6 1 (1.27%) VMware
6 1 (1.27%) NetApp
6 1 (1.27%) Cerner
6 1 (1.27%) Cognos
6 1 (1.27%) Cisco