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 1 October 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
1 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Senior Tester
Rank 557 537 569
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +32
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 60 53 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.10% 0.052%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.11% 0.056%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 32 16
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£403 £335 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.14% -2.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £306 £252 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £483 £409 £394
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.25% -1.53%
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
51806 48814 53474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.56% 92.66% 93.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 31840 29382 29897
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £568
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2020 2076 2649
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 1 October 2014.

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 1 October 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
England -13 52 £425 +25.00% 20
London +13 31 £425 +21.42% 6
City of London +29 5 £450 +24.13%
Surrey +3 5 £340 +14.28% 1
South East -19 5 £340 +13.33% 5
Scotland -5 4 £352 - 1
East of England -21 4 £425 +25.92% 1
Hertfordshire - 4 £425 -
Yorkshire +2 3 £333 +2.30% 1
West Yorkshire -3 3 £333 +2.30% 1
North West -7 3 £300 -14.28% 1
South West -30 3 £375 +22.85% 5
Manchester - 3 £300 - 1
Wales -25 2 £418 +54.62%
Edinburgh - 2 £375 - 1
Bristol - 2 £425 - 4
Birmingham -6 1 - -
Cardiff -7 1 £335 +24.07%
South Wales -8 1 £335 +24.07%
West Midlands -15 1 - -
West Wales - 1 £500 -
East Midlands - 1 - -
Derbyshire - 1 - -
Derby - 1 - -
Swansea - 1 £500 -
Swindon - - - -
Tunbridge Wells - - - -
Watford - - - -
Windsor - - - -
York - - - -

Senior Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 47 (45.63%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (34.95%) Selenium
3 33 (32.04%) Java
4 26 (25.24%) SQL
5 25 (24.27%) Test Scripting
6 23 (22.33%) QA
7 21 (20.39%) Test Automation
8 18 (17.48%) BDD
9 17 (16.50%) Scrum
10 16 (15.53%) WebDriver
11 15 (14.56%) Cucumber
11 15 (14.56%) Web Services
12 14 (13.59%) Oracle
12 14 (13.59%) QuickTest Pro
12 14 (13.59%) TDD
12 14 (13.59%) Banking
12 14 (13.59%) Software Testing
12 14 (13.59%) User Acceptance Testing
13 13 (12.62%) ISEB
14 12 (11.65%) UNIX
14 12 (11.65%) Finance
14 12 (11.65%) Performance Testing
14 12 (11.65%) ISTQB
14 12 (11.65%) JIRA
15 10 (9.71%) Continuous Integration
15 10 (9.71%) User Stories
15 10 (9.71%) Regression Testing
15 10 (9.71%) Linux
15 10 (9.71%) XML
16 9 (8.74%) Microsoft

Senior Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 October 2014, 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 4 (3.88%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.94%) Sitecore CMS
2 2 (1.94%) CMS
3 1 (0.97%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.97%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.97%) Confluence
3 1 (0.97%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (4.85%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.94%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.94%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.94%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.91%) HTTP
2 2 (1.94%) Internet
2 2 (1.94%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.97%) Multicast
3 1 (0.97%) Firewall
3 1 (0.97%) DVB
3 1 (0.97%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.97%) DNS
3 1 (0.97%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.97%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.80%) Oracle Database
2 5 (4.85%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (3.88%) NoSQL
3 4 (3.88%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.91%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.94%) Big Data
5 2 (1.94%) SQL Server
6 1 (0.97%) MySQL
6 1 (0.97%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.97%) Star Schema
6 1 (0.97%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.97%) Oracle ODI
6 1 (0.97%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 36 (34.95%) Selenium
2 16 (15.53%) WebDriver
3 15 (14.56%) Cucumber
4 14 (13.59%) QuickTest Pro
5 12 (11.65%) JIRA
6 8 (7.77%) JUnit
7 7 (6.80%) JMeter
7 7 (6.80%) Eclipse
8 6 (5.83%) Jenkins
8 6 (5.83%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (4.85%) SoapUI
10 4 (3.88%) WATIR
10 4 (3.88%) TestDirector
10 4 (3.88%) Visual Studio
10 4 (3.88%) ClearQuest
11 3 (2.91%) LoadRunner
11 3 (2.91%) Toad
11 3 (2.91%) TestNG
11 3 (2.91%) Hudson
11 3 (2.91%) Concordion
General
1 14 (13.59%) Banking
2 12 (11.65%) Finance
3 4 (3.88%) Retail
4 2 (1.94%) Games
5 1 (0.97%) Electronics
5 1 (0.97%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.97%) Polish Language
5 1 (0.97%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.56%) Web Services
2 10 (9.71%) XML
3 6 (5.83%) .NET
4 4 (3.88%) Gherkin
4 4 (3.88%) Hibernate
4 4 (3.88%) Spring
5 3 (2.91%) HTML
6 2 (1.94%) Google Maps API
6 2 (1.94%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.94%) REST
6 2 (1.94%) CSS
7 1 (0.97%) FIXML
7 1 (0.97%) SOAP
7 1 (0.97%) XSLT
7 1 (0.97%) J2EE
7 1 (0.97%) WebSphere MQ
7 1 (0.97%) JMS
7 1 (0.97%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (0.97%) RESTful
7 1 (0.97%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.80%) Open Source
2 4 (3.88%) Video on Demand
2 4 (3.88%) Client/Server
2 4 (3.88%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (3.88%) Over-the-Top Content
3 3 (2.91%) User Experience
3 3 (2.91%) Chip and PIN
3 3 (2.91%) iPad
3 3 (2.91%) Mobile App
3 3 (2.91%) PKI
3 3 (2.91%) Streaming Media
3 3 (2.91%) IPTV
4 2 (1.94%) Statistics
4 2 (1.94%) Mathematics
4 2 (1.94%) STB
4 2 (1.94%) Economics
5 1 (0.97%) GIS
5 1 (0.97%) Replication
5 1 (0.97%) NHS
5 1 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 12 (11.65%) UNIX
2 10 (9.71%) Linux
3 3 (2.91%) Windows
3 3 (2.91%) Solaris
4 2 (1.94%) Android
4 2 (1.94%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.97%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 47 (45.63%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (24.27%) Test Scripting
3 21 (20.39%) Test Automation
4 18 (17.48%) BDD
5 17 (16.50%) Scrum
6 14 (13.59%) TDD
6 14 (13.59%) Software Testing
6 14 (13.59%) User Acceptance Testing
7 12 (11.65%) Performance Testing
8 10 (9.71%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (9.71%) User Stories
8 10 (9.71%) Regression Testing
9 9 (8.74%) System Testing
10 8 (7.77%) Waterfall
10 8 (7.77%) Automated Testing
11 7 (6.80%) SOA
11 7 (6.80%) Test Strategy
11 7 (6.80%) Automation Testing
11 7 (6.80%) Manual Testing
11 7 (6.80%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 33 (32.04%) Java
2 26 (25.24%) SQL
3 7 (6.80%) C#
4 6 (5.83%) Ruby
5 5 (4.85%) Perl
5 5 (4.85%) PHP
5 5 (4.85%) PL/SQL
5 5 (4.85%) Python
5 5 (4.85%) Scala
6 3 (2.91%) Shell Script
6 3 (2.91%) C++
6 3 (2.91%) JavaScript
7 2 (1.94%) Bash Shell
7 2 (1.94%) C
8 1 (0.97%) VBScript
8 1 (0.97%) VB
8 1 (0.97%) Tcl
8 1 (0.97%) XPath
8 1 (0.97%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 13 (12.62%) ISEB
2 12 (11.65%) ISTQB
3 9 (8.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (4.85%) SC Cleared
4 5 (4.85%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.94%) Degree
5 2 (1.94%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (0.97%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (0.97%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (22.33%) QA
System Software
1 3 (2.91%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.97%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (3.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (13.59%) Oracle
2 9 (8.74%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.83%) Citrix
4 3 (2.91%) SOASTA, Inc
4 3 (2.91%) VMware
4 3 (2.91%) Mercator
5 2 (1.94%) Sitecore
5 2 (1.94%) Google
5 2 (1.94%) HP
5 2 (1.94%) SAP
6 1 (0.97%) TIBCO
6 1 (0.97%) Sybase
6 1 (0.97%) Murex
6 1 (0.97%) Fidessa
6 1 (0.97%) IBM
6 1 (0.97%) Avaloq
London
Talent International
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350.00 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day - dependent on experience
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Personnel IT
Rate: £230 - £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago