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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Senior Tester
Rank 574 519 494
Rank change year-on-year
-55 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 39 70 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.071% 0.13% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.077% 0.14% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 50 31
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£375 £400 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +9.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £301 £282 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £500 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £310 £350
% change year-on-year
+29.03% -11.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £41.50
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
50953 48768 42881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.48% 92.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 31537 30266 24598
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 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1993 1997 2122
Average hourly rate £16.54 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.70% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -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 27 May 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 May 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 -60 30 £375 -6.25% 14
London -9 18 £375 -11.76% 10
South East -17 7 £400 +27.49% 1
Wales - 5 £430 -
Croydon - 4 - -
Bridgend - 3 £400 -
Berkshire - 3 £325 -
South Wales - 3 £400 -
Scotland - 3 £305 - 2
Hampshire +8 2 £413 -
East Midlands -13 2 £275 -
North West -21 2 - - 2
West Wales - 2 £500 -
Swansea - 2 £500 -
Glasgow - 2 £305 -
Basingstoke +2 1 £400 -
Surrey 0 1 £430 +45.76%
East of England -4 1 £400 - 1
Manchester -4 1 - -
City of London -8 1 £375 -16.66% 2
Merseyside - 1 - -
Northampton - 1 £275 -
Southampton - 1 £425 -
Basildon - 1 £400 -
Derby - 1 - -
Edinburgh - 1 £325 -
Leatherhead - 1 £430 -
Liverpool - 1 - -
Northamptonshire - 1 £275 -
Oxfordshire - 1 £460 - 1

Senior Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 32 (42.67%) Selenium
2 26 (34.67%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (22.67%) QA
4 14 (18.67%) Java
4 14 (18.67%) Automation Testing
4 14 (18.67%) Test Scripting
5 12 (16.00%) SoapUI
5 12 (16.00%) SQL
5 12 (16.00%) Finance
6 11 (14.67%) XML
6 11 (14.67%) ISTQB
6 11 (14.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 11 (14.67%) Performance Testing
6 11 (14.67%) Test Strategy
7 10 (13.33%) BDD
7 10 (13.33%) Manual Testing
7 10 (13.33%) Security Cleared
7 10 (13.33%) Scrum
7 10 (13.33%) Regression Testing
8 9 (12.00%) Telecoms
8 9 (12.00%) SOAP
8 9 (12.00%) .NET
8 9 (12.00%) Oracle
8 9 (12.00%) C#
8 9 (12.00%) Cucumber
9 8 (10.67%) Gherkin
9 8 (10.67%) Test Management
9 8 (10.67%) Use Case
9 8 (10.67%) JIRA
9 8 (10.67%) HP

Senior Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 (2.67%) Tomcat
1 2 (2.67%) SharePoint
1 2 (2.67%) nginx
2 1 (1.33%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.33%) IIS
Applications
1 5 (6.67%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.67%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.33%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.33%) Remedy ITSM
2 1 (1.33%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.33%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.67%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.67%) TCP/IP
2 4 (5.33%) Wireshark
3 1 (1.33%) MVNO
3 1 (1.33%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.67%) MongoDB
2 2 (2.67%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.33%) Big Data
3 1 (1.33%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.33%) Oracle OWB
3 1 (1.33%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.33%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 32 (42.67%) Selenium
2 12 (16.00%) SoapUI
3 9 (12.00%) Cucumber
4 8 (10.67%) JIRA
5 7 (9.33%) JMeter
6 5 (6.67%) SpecFlow
7 4 (5.33%) JBehave
7 4 (5.33%) WebDriver
7 4 (5.33%) QuickTest Pro
8 3 (4.00%) LoadRunner
9 2 (2.67%) Subversion
9 2 (2.67%) JUnit
9 2 (2.67%) Visual Studio
9 2 (2.67%) Toad
9 2 (2.67%) Team Foundation Server
9 2 (2.67%) TeamCity
9 2 (2.67%) Watij
9 2 (2.67%) FitNesse
9 2 (2.67%) Behat
10 1 (1.33%) Capybara
General
1 12 (16.00%) Finance
2 9 (12.00%) Telecoms
3 6 (8.00%) Banking
3 6 (8.00%) Retail
4 2 (2.67%) Publishing
5 1 (1.33%) Front Office
5 1 (1.33%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (14.67%) XML
2 9 (12.00%) SOAP
2 9 (12.00%) .NET
3 8 (10.67%) Gherkin
4 7 (9.33%) Web Services
5 5 (6.67%) HTML
6 4 (5.33%) XML Messaging
6 4 (5.33%) WPF
7 3 (4.00%) Oracle ADF
8 2 (2.67%) GWT
8 2 (2.67%) CSS
9 1 (1.33%) ASP.NET
9 1 (1.33%) WSDL
9 1 (1.33%) Middleware
9 1 (1.33%) SAP PI
9 1 (1.33%) RESTful
9 1 (1.33%) REST
9 1 (1.33%) WinForms
9 1 (1.33%) Application Packaging
9 1 (1.33%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 6 (8.00%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.67%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.33%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.33%) Handset
3 1 (1.33%) STB
3 1 (1.33%) Credit Risk
3 1 (1.33%) Visualisation
3 1 (1.33%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.00%) Windows
2 5 (6.67%) UNIX
3 4 (5.33%) Linux
4 2 (2.67%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (34.67%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (18.67%) Test Scripting
2 14 (18.67%) Automation Testing
3 11 (14.67%) Test Strategy
3 11 (14.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 11 (14.67%) Performance Testing
4 10 (13.33%) Manual Testing
4 10 (13.33%) Regression Testing
4 10 (13.33%) Scrum
4 10 (13.33%) BDD
5 8 (10.67%) Test Management
5 8 (10.67%) Use Case
6 7 (9.33%) Automated Testing
6 7 (9.33%) Software Testing
6 7 (9.33%) Integration Testing
6 7 (9.33%) CRM
7 6 (8.00%) E-Commerce
7 6 (8.00%) Project Management
7 6 (8.00%) Software Engineering
7 6 (8.00%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 14 (18.67%) Java
2 12 (16.00%) SQL
3 9 (12.00%) C#
4 6 (8.00%) JavaScript
5 5 (6.67%) PL/SQL
6 4 (5.33%) Ruby
7 2 (2.67%) PHP
7 2 (2.67%) PowerShell
7 2 (2.67%) Scala
8 1 (1.33%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.33%) Groovy
8 1 (1.33%) Python
Qualifications
1 11 (14.67%) ISTQB
2 10 (13.33%) Security Cleared
3 7 (9.33%) ISEB
4 6 (8.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (6.67%) SC Cleared
5 5 (6.67%) DV Cleared
5 5 (6.67%) HND
6 4 (5.33%) Degree
6 4 (5.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (22.67%) QA
System Software
1 2 (2.67%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.33%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 6 (8.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.33%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 9 (12.00%) Oracle
2 8 (10.67%) HP
3 3 (4.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (4.00%) VMware
4 1 (1.33%) Remedy
4 1 (1.33%) SAP
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