The table below looks at the statistics for the Senior Tester role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Senior Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 24 April 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
24 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Senior Tester
Rank 549 525 516
Rank change year-on-year
-24 -9
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 45 75 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.081% 0.14% 0.089%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.087% 0.15% 0.096%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 46 30
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£375 £388 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.22% +8.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £291 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £463 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £343 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
+5.61% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51450 50956 44853
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.28% 92.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 31225 31058 25652
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2017 2017 2210
Average hourly rate £17.46 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.22% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.71% -

Senior Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Senior Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Senior Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Senior Tester within the UK.

Senior Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Senior Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Senior Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 24 April 2015.

Senior Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Senior Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Senior Tester within the UK.

Senior Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Senior Tester
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 24 April 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
England -34 37 £375 -3.22% 31
London -9 24 £388 -8.82% 16
South East -4 6 £343 -10.14% 1
Scotland +8 4 £278 - 2
Berkshire -2 4 £325 - 1
Wales -4 4 £450 -
East of England +20 3 £388 +6.89% 2
Edinburgh - 3 £250 -
East Midlands +5 2 £275 - 3
South Wales 0 2 £350 -
Hampshire -9 2 £413 -
Swansea - 2 £500 -
Bridgend - 2 £350 -
West Wales - 2 £500 -
Essex - 2 £388 -
City of London +11 1 £375 -11.76% 3
Bristol +5 1 £425 +30.76% 1
Basingstoke +4 1 £400 -
Reading +1 1 £362 - 1
Hertfordshire +1 1 - - 1
Glasgow -3 1 £305 -
South West -4 1 £425 +30.76% 2
Manchester -15 1 - - 4
North West -21 1 - - 4
Northampton - 1 £275 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £275 - 1
Derbyshire - 1 - - 1
Basildon - 1 £400 -
Croydon - 1 - -
Derby - 1 - - 1

Senior Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Senior 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 Senior Tester in their job title.

1 31 (37.35%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (34.94%) Selenium
3 22 (26.51%) SQL
4 21 (25.30%) QA
5 18 (21.69%) Test Scripting
6 17 (20.48%) Java
7 15 (18.07%) Finance
7 15 (18.07%) Scrum
8 14 (16.87%) SoapUI
9 13 (15.66%) BDD
9 13 (15.66%) Test Strategy
9 13 (15.66%) ISTQB
9 13 (15.66%) XML
9 13 (15.66%) .NET
10 12 (14.46%) Manual Testing
10 12 (14.46%) Test Automation
10 12 (14.46%) Automation Testing
11 11 (13.25%) Regression Testing
12 10 (12.05%) ISEB
12 10 (12.05%) C#
12 10 (12.05%) Web Services
12 10 (12.05%) Analytical Skills
13 9 (10.84%) Cucumber
13 9 (10.84%) SOAP
14 8 (9.64%) Oracle
14 8 (9.64%) QuickTest Pro
14 8 (9.64%) JMeter
14 8 (9.64%) Ruby
14 8 (9.64%) Software Testing
14 8 (9.64%) Security Cleared

Senior Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Senior 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 Senior Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.41%) Tomcat
1 2 (2.41%) SharePoint
1 2 (2.41%) nginx
2 1 (1.20%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.20%) IIS
Applications
1 7 (8.43%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.61%) MS Office
3 1 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.20%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.20%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.20%) Summit
2 1 (1.20%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.41%) SaaS
1 2 (2.41%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 6 (7.23%) TCP/IP
2 4 (4.82%) Wireshark
3 3 (3.61%) Internet
4 1 (1.20%) MVNO
4 1 (1.20%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.02%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.41%) MongoDB
2 2 (2.41%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.20%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.20%) Big Data
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.20%) Oracle OWB
3 1 (1.20%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 29 (34.94%) Selenium
2 14 (16.87%) SoapUI
3 9 (10.84%) Cucumber
4 8 (9.64%) QuickTest Pro
4 8 (9.64%) JMeter
5 7 (8.43%) JIRA
5 7 (8.43%) SpecFlow
6 5 (6.02%) WebDriver
7 4 (4.82%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (3.61%) LoadRunner
8 3 (3.61%) JUnit
8 3 (3.61%) Visual Studio
9 2 (2.41%) Toad
9 2 (2.41%) Subversion
9 2 (2.41%) Behat
9 2 (2.41%) Sahi
9 2 (2.41%) TeamCity
9 2 (2.41%) WATIR
9 2 (2.41%) Watij
9 2 (2.41%) FitNesse
General
1 15 (18.07%) Finance
2 6 (7.23%) Telecoms
2 6 (7.23%) Banking
2 6 (7.23%) Retail
3 1 (1.20%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.20%) Legal
3 1 (1.20%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (15.66%) XML
1 13 (15.66%) .NET
2 10 (12.05%) Web Services
3 9 (10.84%) SOAP
4 7 (8.43%) HTML
5 5 (6.02%) Gherkin
6 4 (4.82%) WPF
7 3 (3.61%) WCF
8 2 (2.41%) CSS
8 2 (2.41%) WSDL
8 2 (2.41%) XML Messaging
8 2 (2.41%) GWT
9 1 (1.20%) Application Packaging
9 1 (1.20%) SAP PI
9 1 (1.20%) RESTful
9 1 (1.20%) WinForms
9 1 (1.20%) Middleware
9 1 (1.20%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.05%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (7.23%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.61%) Streaming Media
3 3 (3.61%) Open Source
4 2 (2.41%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.41%) STB
5 1 (1.20%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.20%) IPTV
5 1 (1.20%) Visualisation
5 1 (1.20%) User Experience
5 1 (1.20%) Over-the-Top Content
5 1 (1.20%) Video on Demand
5 1 (1.20%) Digital Media
5 1 (1.20%) Replication
5 1 (1.20%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.20%) Handset
5 1 (1.20%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 7 (8.43%) Linux
2 6 (7.23%) Windows
3 3 (3.61%) UNIX
4 2 (2.41%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (37.35%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (21.69%) Test Scripting
3 15 (18.07%) Scrum
4 13 (15.66%) BDD
4 13 (15.66%) Test Strategy
5 12 (14.46%) Manual Testing
5 12 (14.46%) Test Automation
5 12 (14.46%) Automation Testing
6 11 (13.25%) Regression Testing
7 8 (9.64%) Software Testing
7 8 (9.64%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (9.64%) Performance Testing
8 7 (8.43%) Integration Testing
8 7 (8.43%) Automated Testing
8 7 (8.43%) CRM
9 6 (7.23%) Mentoring
9 6 (7.23%) Waterfall
9 6 (7.23%) Use Case
9 6 (7.23%) Test Management
10 5 (6.02%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (26.51%) SQL
2 17 (20.48%) Java
3 10 (12.05%) C#
4 8 (9.64%) Ruby
5 7 (8.43%) JavaScript
6 6 (7.23%) PL/SQL
7 4 (4.82%) Python
8 2 (2.41%) C
8 2 (2.41%) C++
8 2 (2.41%) PHP
8 2 (2.41%) Scala
8 2 (2.41%) PowerShell
9 1 (1.20%) Groovy
9 1 (1.20%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 13 (15.66%) ISTQB
2 10 (12.05%) ISEB
3 8 (9.64%) Security Cleared
4 7 (8.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (6.02%) DV Cleared
5 5 (6.02%) Degree
5 5 (6.02%) HND
6 4 (4.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (3.61%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (25.30%) QA
2 1 (1.20%) Solvency II
2 1 (1.20%) ISO 9001
2 1 (1.20%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 2 (2.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.20%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 5 (6.02%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.20%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 8 (9.64%) Oracle
2 7 (8.43%) HP
3 5 (6.02%) Microsoft
4 3 (3.61%) VMware
5 2 (2.41%) Perforce
6 1 (1.20%) Informatica
6 1 (1.20%) IBM
6 1 (1.20%) Remedy
6 1 (1.20%) SAP
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