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 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Senior Tester
Rank 543 535 528
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 49 35 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.090% 0.068% 0.068%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.098% 0.074% 0.073%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 23 17
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£356 £388 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.06% +2.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £246 £170
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £424 £523
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £338 £294
% change year-on-year
-5.18% +14.89%
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
49935 47333 45284
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.07% 92.46% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 31866 28484 25556
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2011 2083 2584
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.77 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 December 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 24 December 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 -15 46 £350 -9.67% 17
London +12 21 £420 +7.69% 6
Yorkshire -4 8 £293 - 1
South East -25 8 £320 +7.11% 3
West Yorkshire - 8 £293 - 1
Surrey 0 5 £320 - 2
Leeds - 5 £275 - 1
City of London +4 4 £400 +8.47% 1
North West -10 3 £300 -14.28% 1
Manchester -11 3 £300 - 1
East of England -10 2 £330 +1.53% 2
Bristol -13 2 £475 +11.76%
Hampshire -18 2 - -
South West -26 2 £475 +11.76% 1
East Midlands - 2 £333 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 2 £330 - 1
Scotland -8 1 - -
Nottinghamshire - 1 £365 -
Berkshire - 1 £325 -
Nottingham - 1 £365 -
Reading - 1 £325 -
Sheffield - - - -
Solihull - - - -
St Albans - - - -
Stafford - - - -
Stirling - - - -
Stockport - - - -
Teddington - - - -
Warwick - - - -
Watford - - - - 1

Senior Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 44 (41.51%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (39.62%) Java
3 40 (37.74%) SQL
4 34 (32.08%) Selenium
5 33 (31.13%) QA
6 26 (24.53%) Test Automation
7 25 (23.58%) Web Services
8 22 (20.75%) QuickTest Pro
8 22 (20.75%) BDD
9 21 (19.81%) XML
10 18 (16.98%) Cucumber
10 18 (16.98%) Scrum
10 18 (16.98%) ISEB
11 17 (16.04%) Test Scripting
12 16 (15.09%) Performance Testing
12 16 (15.09%) Software Testing
12 16 (15.09%) .NET
13 15 (14.15%) Oracle
14 14 (13.21%) ISTQB
15 13 (12.26%) JIRA
15 13 (12.26%) SoapUI
15 13 (12.26%) TDD
16 12 (11.32%) Automated Testing
16 12 (11.32%) Regression Testing
16 12 (11.32%) WebDriver
16 12 (11.32%) Continuous Integration
17 11 (10.38%) System Testing
17 11 (10.38%) User Acceptance Testing
17 11 (10.38%) Ruby
17 11 (10.38%) Test Strategy

Senior Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 (3.77%) WebLogic
2 2 (1.89%) CMS
2 2 (1.89%) Sitecore CMS
2 2 (1.89%) nginx
3 1 (0.94%) Oracle Workflow
3 1 (0.94%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.94%) Tomcat
3 1 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 7 (6.60%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.66%) MS Office
3 2 (1.89%) MS Project
4 1 (0.94%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (2.83%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (0.94%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.94%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
1 2 (1.89%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 5 (4.72%) Internet
1 5 (4.72%) HTTP
2 3 (2.83%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.94%) DNS
3 1 (0.94%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.94%) DVB
3 1 (0.94%) Firewall
3 1 (0.94%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.60%) Oracle Database
2 5 (4.72%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (3.77%) Relational Database
3 4 (3.77%) MySQL
4 3 (2.83%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (2.83%) MongoDB
4 3 (2.83%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.89%) Big Data
5 2 (1.89%) Oracle ODI
5 2 (1.89%) Oracle BI EE
6 1 (0.94%) SQL Server
6 1 (0.94%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.94%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 34 (32.08%) Selenium
2 22 (20.75%) QuickTest Pro
3 18 (16.98%) Cucumber
4 13 (12.26%) SoapUI
4 13 (12.26%) JIRA
5 12 (11.32%) WebDriver
6 9 (8.49%) JMeter
7 8 (7.55%) JUnit
7 8 (7.55%) Eclipse
7 8 (7.55%) WATIR
8 7 (6.60%) LoadRunner
9 6 (5.66%) Team Foundation Server
10 5 (4.72%) Sahi
10 5 (4.72%) Jenkins
11 4 (3.77%) Visual Studio
12 3 (2.83%) Toad
12 3 (2.83%) TestDirector
12 3 (2.83%) ClearQuest
12 3 (2.83%) QARun
12 3 (2.83%) Subversion
General
1 11 (10.38%) Finance
2 5 (4.72%) Banking
2 5 (4.72%) Retail
3 2 (1.89%) Games
4 1 (0.94%) Electronics
4 1 (0.94%) Legal
4 1 (0.94%) Retail Banking
4 1 (0.94%) Dutch Language
4 1 (0.94%) Polish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (23.58%) Web Services
2 21 (19.81%) XML
3 16 (15.09%) .NET
4 11 (10.38%) SOAP
5 5 (4.72%) HTML
6 4 (3.77%) Hibernate
6 4 (3.77%) Spring
6 4 (3.77%) Gherkin
7 3 (2.83%) WCF
7 3 (2.83%) J2EE
8 2 (1.89%) CSS
8 2 (1.89%) .NET Framework
8 2 (1.89%) WSDL
8 2 (1.89%) REST
8 2 (1.89%) GWT
8 2 (1.89%) Google Maps API
9 1 (0.94%) RESTful
9 1 (0.94%) RabbitMQ
9 1 (0.94%) AngularJS
9 1 (0.94%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.43%) Open Source
2 6 (5.66%) Streaming Media
2 6 (5.66%) Client/Server
2 6 (5.66%) Analytical Skills
3 5 (4.72%) User Experience
3 5 (4.72%) Video on Demand
4 4 (3.77%) IPTV
4 4 (3.77%) Over-the-Top Content
5 3 (2.83%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.83%) STB
5 3 (2.83%) PKI
6 2 (1.89%) Replication
6 2 (1.89%) Economics
6 2 (1.89%) W3C
6 2 (1.89%) Statistics
6 2 (1.89%) Mathematics
7 1 (0.94%) Computer Science
7 1 (0.94%) iPhone
7 1 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
7 1 (0.94%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 10 (9.43%) UNIX
2 9 (8.49%) Linux
3 3 (2.83%) Windows
4 1 (0.94%) Android
4 1 (0.94%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (41.51%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (24.53%) Test Automation
3 22 (20.75%) BDD
4 18 (16.98%) Scrum
5 17 (16.04%) Test Scripting
6 16 (15.09%) Performance Testing
6 16 (15.09%) Software Testing
7 13 (12.26%) TDD
8 12 (11.32%) Automated Testing
8 12 (11.32%) Regression Testing
8 12 (11.32%) Continuous Integration
9 11 (10.38%) System Testing
9 11 (10.38%) User Acceptance Testing
9 11 (10.38%) Test Strategy
9 11 (10.38%) User Stories
10 9 (8.49%) Manual Testing
11 8 (7.55%) Mentoring
12 7 (6.60%) Test Management
12 7 (6.60%) Waterfall
12 7 (6.60%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 42 (39.62%) Java
2 40 (37.74%) SQL
3 11 (10.38%) Ruby
4 9 (8.49%) PL/SQL
5 6 (5.66%) JavaScript
6 5 (4.72%) C#
6 5 (4.72%) C++
6 5 (4.72%) PHP
6 5 (4.72%) Scala
6 5 (4.72%) Python
7 4 (3.77%) C
8 3 (2.83%) Perl
9 1 (0.94%) VB.NET
9 1 (0.94%) Tcl
9 1 (0.94%) Shell Script
9 1 (0.94%) XPath
Qualifications
1 18 (16.98%) ISEB
2 14 (13.21%) ISTQB
3 6 (5.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (1.89%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (1.89%) Degree
5 1 (0.94%) SC Cleared
5 1 (0.94%) Security Cleared
5 1 (0.94%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (31.13%) QA
2 1 (0.94%) Solvency II
2 1 (0.94%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.94%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 2 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (3.77%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (14.15%) Oracle
2 6 (5.66%) Microsoft
3 5 (4.72%) HP
4 4 (3.77%) SOASTA, Inc
5 3 (2.83%) IBM
5 3 (2.83%) Mercator
6 2 (1.89%) Perforce
6 2 (1.89%) VMware
6 2 (1.89%) Google
6 2 (1.89%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.94%) Compuware
7 1 (0.94%) Citrix
7 1 (0.94%) Informatica
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