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 16 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Senior Tester
Rank 548 540 576
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +36
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 58 52 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.098% 0.056%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.11% 0.060%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 30 18
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£411 £335 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.76% -4.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £411 £404
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £318 £325
% change year-on-year
+7.08% -2.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £52.50
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
52339 48993 54685
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.05% 92.75% 92.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 31928 29282 30681
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £234 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £551
UK excluding London average daily rate £358 £350 £342
% change year-on-year
+2.14% +2.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2049 2106 2649
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year
- -8.33%

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 16 September 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 16 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
England +2 50 £420 +23.52% 15
London +22 30 £425 +21.42% 3
South East -13 6 £340 +10.56% 4
City of London +21 5 £450 +12.50%
Surrey +5 5 £340 +14.28% 1
Scotland -12 4 £328 +9.37%
East of England -30 4 £425 +21.42% 1
North West - 3 £300 - 2
Manchester - 3 £300 - 2
West Yorkshire +2 2 £355 +9.23%
Yorkshire 0 2 £355 +9.23%
South West -22 2 £356 +16.70% 3
Wales - 2 £418 -
Edinburgh - 2 £375 -
East Midlands +1 1 - - 1
Birmingham -7 1 - -
West Midlands -19 1 - - 1
West Wales - 1 £500 -
South Wales - 1 £335 -
Brighton - 1 £375 -
Bristol - 1 £375 - 3
Cardiff - 1 £335 -
Derby - 1 - -
Swansea - 1 £500 -
Derbyshire - 1 - -
East Sussex - 1 £375 -
Fife - - - -
Hampshire - - - - 2
Kent - - - -
Leicestershire - - - - 1

Senior Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 52 (47.27%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (31.82%) Selenium
3 33 (30.00%) Java
4 30 (27.27%) SQL
5 28 (25.45%) Test Scripting
6 23 (20.91%) QA
7 19 (17.27%) Test Automation
7 19 (17.27%) Web Services
7 19 (17.27%) Scrum
8 18 (16.36%) Oracle
8 18 (16.36%) BDD
9 17 (15.45%) Banking
10 16 (14.55%) Finance
10 16 (14.55%) Cucumber
10 16 (14.55%) User Acceptance Testing
11 15 (13.64%) ISTQB
11 15 (13.64%) Software Testing
11 15 (13.64%) TDD
12 14 (12.73%) QuickTest Pro
12 14 (12.73%) ISEB
12 14 (12.73%) WebDriver
13 13 (11.82%) Performance Testing
13 13 (11.82%) UNIX
14 12 (10.91%) Linux
14 12 (10.91%) JIRA
15 11 (10.00%) User Stories
15 11 (10.00%) XML
15 11 (10.00%) Automated Testing
15 11 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 10 (9.09%) Regression Testing

Senior Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 (3.64%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.82%) CMS
2 2 (1.82%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (0.91%) Confluence
3 1 (0.91%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.91%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.91%) Jetty
3 1 (0.91%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.91%) MQSeries
3 1 (0.91%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 7 (6.36%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.82%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (1.82%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.91%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.82%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.73%) HTTP
2 2 (1.82%) TCP/IP
2 2 (1.82%) Internet
3 1 (0.91%) DVB
3 1 (0.91%) Firewall
3 1 (0.91%) VLAN
3 1 (0.91%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.91%) Multicast
3 1 (0.91%) DNS
3 1 (0.91%) Ethernet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.36%) Oracle Database
2 6 (5.45%) Oracle Reports
3 5 (4.55%) MongoDB
3 5 (4.55%) NoSQL
3 5 (4.55%) Relational Database
4 3 (2.73%) MySQL
4 3 (2.73%) SQL Server
5 2 (1.82%) PostgreSQL
6 1 (0.91%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.91%) Crystal Reports
6 1 (0.91%) Star Schema
6 1 (0.91%) Redis
6 1 (0.91%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 35 (31.82%) Selenium
2 16 (14.55%) Cucumber
3 14 (12.73%) WebDriver
3 14 (12.73%) QuickTest Pro
4 12 (10.91%) JIRA
5 7 (6.36%) JUnit
5 7 (6.36%) Eclipse
5 7 (6.36%) SoapUI
5 7 (6.36%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (5.45%) JMeter
6 6 (5.45%) Jenkins
7 5 (4.55%) Calabash
8 4 (3.64%) ClearQuest
8 4 (3.64%) Visual Studio
8 4 (3.64%) TestDirector
8 4 (3.64%) WATIR
8 4 (3.64%) JBehave
8 4 (3.64%) FitNesse
9 3 (2.73%) Concordion
9 3 (2.73%) Hudson
General
1 17 (15.45%) Banking
2 16 (14.55%) Finance
3 4 (3.64%) Retail
4 2 (1.82%) Games
5 1 (0.91%) Electronics
5 1 (0.91%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.91%) Dutch Language
5 1 (0.91%) Polish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (17.27%) Web Services
2 11 (10.00%) XML
3 7 (6.36%) .NET
4 4 (3.64%) Hibernate
4 4 (3.64%) Spring
4 4 (3.64%) Gherkin
5 3 (2.73%) HTML
5 3 (2.73%) REST
6 2 (1.82%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.82%) Google Maps API
6 2 (1.82%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (1.82%) CSS
6 2 (1.82%) SOAP
7 1 (0.91%) J2EE
7 1 (0.91%) XSLT
7 1 (0.91%) JMS
7 1 (0.91%) WebSphere MQ
7 1 (0.91%) Middleware
7 1 (0.91%) FIXML
7 1 (0.91%) Sinatra
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.36%) Open Source
2 5 (4.55%) Video on Demand
2 5 (4.55%) Mobile App
2 5 (4.55%) Over-the-Top Content
2 5 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.64%) Client/Server
4 3 (2.73%) Statistics
4 3 (2.73%) Mathematics
4 3 (2.73%) iPad
4 3 (2.73%) Chip and PIN
4 3 (2.73%) Economics
4 3 (2.73%) PKI
4 3 (2.73%) Streaming Media
4 3 (2.73%) IPTV
5 2 (1.82%) SWIFT
5 2 (1.82%) STB
5 2 (1.82%) User Experience
6 1 (0.91%) Mobile Banking
6 1 (0.91%) iPhone
6 1 (0.91%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 13 (11.82%) UNIX
2 12 (10.91%) Linux
3 5 (4.55%) Solaris
4 4 (3.64%) Windows
5 2 (1.82%) Android
5 2 (1.82%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.91%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (47.27%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (25.45%) Test Scripting
3 19 (17.27%) Test Automation
3 19 (17.27%) Scrum
4 18 (16.36%) BDD
5 16 (14.55%) User Acceptance Testing
6 15 (13.64%) TDD
6 15 (13.64%) Software Testing
7 13 (11.82%) Performance Testing
8 11 (10.00%) Automated Testing
8 11 (10.00%) User Stories
9 10 (9.09%) SOA
9 10 (9.09%) Regression Testing
9 10 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
9 10 (9.09%) Waterfall
9 10 (9.09%) Manual Testing
10 9 (8.18%) System Testing
11 7 (6.36%) Test Management
11 7 (6.36%) Automation Testing
11 7 (6.36%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 33 (30.00%) Java
2 30 (27.27%) SQL
3 8 (7.27%) Ruby
4 7 (6.36%) C#
5 5 (4.55%) PL/SQL
6 4 (3.64%) Perl
6 4 (3.64%) PHP
6 4 (3.64%) Scala
6 4 (3.64%) Python
7 3 (2.73%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.73%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.82%) C++
8 2 (1.82%) C
8 2 (1.82%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.91%) XPath
9 1 (0.91%) Groovy
9 1 (0.91%) Tcl
9 1 (0.91%) VBScript
9 1 (0.91%) VB
Qualifications
1 15 (13.64%) ISTQB
2 14 (12.73%) ISEB
3 11 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 7 (6.36%) SC Cleared
4 7 (6.36%) Security Cleared
5 2 (1.82%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (1.82%) Degree
6 1 (0.91%) CCA
6 1 (0.91%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (20.91%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.64%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (1.82%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (3.64%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (16.36%) Oracle
2 10 (9.09%) Microsoft
3 6 (5.45%) Citrix
4 4 (3.64%) VMware
5 3 (2.73%) HP
5 3 (2.73%) SOASTA, Inc
6 2 (1.82%) Sitecore
6 2 (1.82%) Mercator
6 2 (1.82%) Google
6 2 (1.82%) SAP
7 1 (0.91%) JBoss
7 1 (0.91%) IBM
7 1 (0.91%) Sybase
7 1 (0.91%) TIBCO
7 1 (0.91%) Murex
7 1 (0.91%) Fidessa
7 1 (0.91%) Avaloq