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 27 February 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 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Senior Tester
Rank 538 508 491
Rank change year-on-year
-30 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 38 58 46
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.072% 0.12% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.078% 0.12% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 25 30
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£400 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £255 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £395 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £275
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +18.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - £43.00

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
48490 46430 41591
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.38% 92.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 29830 27397 23746
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1842 1977 2253
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.74 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.55% -2.85%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 -38 33 £400 +23.07% 24
London -25 19 £400 +18.51% 10
South East -28 6 £350 +66.66% 4
City of London +13 3 £300 +14.28% 6
Surrey +2 3 £320 -
Scotland -3 3 £250 - 2
East of England +5 2 £375 +3.44%
Berkshire -2 2 £362 - 4
Northamptonshire - 2 - -
Northampton - 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 - - 1
Hertfordshire +11 1 - -
Reading 0 1 £362 - 2
West Midlands -5 1 - - 2
Bristol -9 1 £425 +13.33%
Leeds -9 1 - -
Manchester -12 1 £225 -28.57% 2
Hampshire -13 1 £425 +102.38%
Yorkshire -15 1 - - 1
West Yorkshire -16 1 - -
North West -17 1 £225 -28.57% 3
South West -23 1 £425 +30.76% 1
Wimbledon - - - -
Ealing - - - -
Loughborough - - - -
Cambridgeshire - - - -
Cheshire - - - - 1
East Sussex - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
Leicestershire - - - -

Senior Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 43 (46.24%) Agile Software Development
2 34 (36.56%) Selenium
3 31 (33.33%) SQL
4 30 (32.26%) Java
5 25 (26.88%) QA
6 22 (23.66%) Test Scripting
6 22 (23.66%) Test Automation
6 22 (23.66%) Web Services
7 20 (21.51%) XML
8 19 (20.43%) SoapUI
9 17 (18.28%) BDD
10 16 (17.20%) Scrum
11 15 (16.13%) .NET
11 15 (16.13%) ISEB
11 15 (16.13%) QuickTest Pro
12 14 (15.05%) ISTQB
12 14 (15.05%) SOAP
13 13 (13.98%) Oracle
13 13 (13.98%) Automated Testing
13 13 (13.98%) Regression Testing
13 13 (13.98%) Finance
13 13 (13.98%) Software Testing
13 13 (13.98%) Ruby
13 13 (13.98%) Performance Testing
13 13 (13.98%) Cucumber
14 12 (12.90%) Test Strategy
14 12 (12.90%) Linux
15 11 (11.83%) Manual Testing
15 11 (11.83%) JIRA
16 10 (10.75%) Integration Testing

Senior Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 (2.15%) Tomcat
1 2 (2.15%) nginx
2 1 (1.08%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.08%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (1.08%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.08%) IIS
Applications
1 6 (6.45%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.30%) MS Office
3 2 (2.15%) MS Project
4 1 (1.08%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.15%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.08%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.08%) Summit
2 1 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.08%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.08%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.15%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (2.15%) SaaS
2 1 (1.08%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.45%) TCP/IP
2 4 (4.30%) Internet
2 4 (4.30%) Wireshark
3 3 (3.23%) HTTP
4 1 (1.08%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (3.23%) MySQL
1 3 (3.23%) Big Data
1 3 (3.23%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.15%) Oracle ODI
2 2 (2.15%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.15%) MongoDB
2 2 (2.15%) NoSQL
2 2 (2.15%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.15%) Oracle BI EE
3 1 (1.08%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.08%) RDBMS
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle OWB
3 1 (1.08%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 34 (36.56%) Selenium
2 19 (20.43%) SoapUI
3 15 (16.13%) QuickTest Pro
4 13 (13.98%) Cucumber
5 11 (11.83%) JIRA
6 10 (10.75%) JMeter
7 9 (9.68%) WebDriver
8 7 (7.53%) WATIR
9 6 (6.45%) LoadRunner
10 5 (5.38%) JUnit
10 5 (5.38%) Sahi
10 5 (5.38%) SpecFlow
11 4 (4.30%) FitNesse
12 3 (3.23%) Team Foundation Server
12 3 (3.23%) Visual Studio
12 3 (3.23%) Toad
12 3 (3.23%) Subversion
13 2 (2.15%) Maven
13 2 (2.15%) Eclipse
13 2 (2.15%) RequisitePro
General
1 13 (13.98%) Finance
2 5 (5.38%) Banking
3 4 (4.30%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.15%) Retail
4 2 (2.15%) Games
5 1 (1.08%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.08%) Front Office
5 1 (1.08%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (23.66%) Web Services
2 20 (21.51%) XML
3 15 (16.13%) .NET
4 14 (15.05%) SOAP
5 7 (7.53%) HTML
6 4 (4.30%) WCF
7 3 (3.23%) WSDL
8 2 (2.15%) Middleware
8 2 (2.15%) WPF
8 2 (2.15%) GWT
8 2 (2.15%) CSS
8 2 (2.15%) J2EE
8 2 (2.15%) RESTful
8 2 (2.15%) Gherkin
9 1 (1.08%) AngularJS
9 1 (1.08%) REST
9 1 (1.08%) ASP.NET
9 1 (1.08%) XSLT
9 1 (1.08%) ODBC
9 1 (1.08%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 9 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.45%) Open Source
2 6 (6.45%) Streaming Media
3 5 (5.38%) Mobile App
3 5 (5.38%) User Experience
4 4 (4.30%) Over-the-Top Content
4 4 (4.30%) Video on Demand
5 3 (3.23%) STB
5 3 (3.23%) IPTV
5 3 (3.23%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.15%) W3C
7 1 (1.08%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.08%) Replication
7 1 (1.08%) NHS
7 1 (1.08%) Computer Science
7 1 (1.08%) Credit Risk
7 1 (1.08%) Visualisation
7 1 (1.08%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 12 (12.90%) Linux
2 6 (6.45%) UNIX
2 6 (6.45%) Windows
3 2 (2.15%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 43 (46.24%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (23.66%) Test Scripting
2 22 (23.66%) Test Automation
3 17 (18.28%) BDD
4 16 (17.20%) Scrum
5 13 (13.98%) Software Testing
5 13 (13.98%) Automated Testing
5 13 (13.98%) Regression Testing
5 13 (13.98%) Performance Testing
6 12 (12.90%) Test Strategy
7 11 (11.83%) Manual Testing
8 10 (10.75%) Integration Testing
9 9 (9.68%) Waterfall
10 8 (8.60%) User Stories
10 8 (8.60%) Continuous Integration
10 8 (8.60%) System Testing
10 8 (8.60%) TDD
11 7 (7.53%) User Acceptance Testing
11 7 (7.53%) SOA
11 7 (7.53%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 31 (33.33%) SQL
2 30 (32.26%) Java
3 13 (13.98%) Ruby
4 9 (9.68%) JavaScript
5 6 (6.45%) C#
6 5 (5.38%) Python
6 5 (5.38%) PL/SQL
7 4 (4.30%) C++
7 4 (4.30%) PHP
8 3 (3.23%) Scala
9 2 (2.15%) C
9 2 (2.15%) Perl
10 1 (1.08%) VB.NET
10 1 (1.08%) Bash Shell
10 1 (1.08%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.08%) XPath
Qualifications
1 15 (16.13%) ISEB
2 14 (15.05%) ISTQB
3 9 (9.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (6.45%) Degree
4 6 (6.45%) Security Cleared
5 5 (5.38%) HND
5 5 (5.38%) DV Cleared
6 4 (4.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (1.08%) SC Cleared
7 1 (1.08%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (26.88%) QA
2 1 (1.08%) Solvency II
2 1 (1.08%) ISO 9001
2 1 (1.08%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 1 (1.08%) VMware Workstation
1 1 (1.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (4.30%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.08%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 13 (13.98%) Oracle
2 7 (7.53%) HP
3 5 (5.38%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.15%) Mercator
4 2 (2.15%) Perforce
4 2 (2.15%) VMware
4 2 (2.15%) SOASTA, Inc
4 2 (2.15%) IBM
5 1 (1.08%) Remedy
5 1 (1.08%) Informatica
5 1 (1.08%) Compuware
5 1 (1.08%) SAP
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