The first table below looks at the demand 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 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Senior Tester
Rank 565 510 565
Rank change year-on-year
-55 +55
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 39 55 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.071% 0.11% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.077% 0.12% 0.034%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 29 11
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£394 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £300 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £461 £428 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £320 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.53% -14.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Average hourly rate - £41.50 £52.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -20.95%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50489 47277 53592
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.50% 92.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 30654 27660 29863
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £235 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £567
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 2004 2139 2724
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 -18 37 £400 +14.28% 17
London +4 24 £425 +19.29% 3
City of London +7 7 £450 +28.57% 1
South East -27 7 £333 +3.90% 3
Surrey 0 6 £314 +5.46%
South West -28 3 £350 - 3
Scotland -22 2 £328 +9.37% 1
West Yorkshire +3 1 - - 1
Yorkshire +1 1 - - 2
North West - 1 £168 - 2
East of England - 1 - - 1
Hertfordshire - 1 - -
East Sussex - 1 £375 - 2
Brighton - 1 £375 - 1
Bristol - 1 £375 - 2
Edinburgh - 1 - - 1
Manchester - 1 £168 - 2
Newbury - - - - 1
Nottingham - - - -
Peterborough - - - -
Plymouth - - - -
Portsmouth - - - -
Reading - - - -
Rickmansworth - - - -
Surbiton - - - -
Swindon - - - -
Tunbridge Wells - - - -
Wilmslow - - - -
York - - - - 1
Bedfordshire - - - - 1

Senior Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 37 (33.04%) Selenium
2 31 (27.68%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (26.79%) Java
4 28 (25.00%) Test Scripting
5 25 (22.32%) SQL
6 24 (21.43%) Scrum
7 23 (20.54%) QA
8 19 (16.96%) TDD
8 19 (16.96%) Banking
9 18 (16.07%) Test Automation
9 18 (16.07%) WebDriver
10 17 (15.18%) BDD
10 17 (15.18%) Web Services
11 16 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
12 15 (13.39%) Finance
13 14 (12.50%) Performance Testing
13 14 (12.50%) Cucumber
14 13 (11.61%) User Stories
14 13 (11.61%) ISTQB
14 13 (11.61%) C#
15 12 (10.71%) Oracle
16 11 (9.82%) ISEB
16 11 (9.82%) Mobile App
17 10 (8.93%) Waterfall
17 10 (8.93%) Automation Testing
17 10 (8.93%) Ruby
17 10 (8.93%) Software Testing
17 10 (8.93%) Microsoft
17 10 (8.93%) Visual Studio
18 9 (8.04%) Linux

Senior Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 (3.57%) BizTalk Server
2 1 (0.89%) CMS
2 1 (0.89%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.89%) Jetty
2 1 (0.89%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (0.89%) Confluence
2 1 (0.89%) Tomcat
2 1 (0.89%) MQSeries
Applications
1 8 (7.14%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.68%) MS Office
3 1 (0.89%) Stata
Business Applications
1 1 (0.89%) Agresso
1 1 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.89%) Oracle Retail
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.79%) HTTP
2 1 (0.89%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.89%) DNS
2 1 (0.89%) Internet
2 1 (0.89%) Firewall
2 1 (0.89%) Wireshark
2 1 (0.89%) Multicast
2 1 (0.89%) LAN
2 1 (0.89%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (5.36%) Relational Database
2 3 (2.68%) MySQL
2 3 (2.68%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.68%) MongoDB
2 3 (2.68%) NoSQL
3 2 (1.79%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.89%) Redis
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.89%) Crystal Reports
4 1 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.89%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.89%) RDBMS
4 1 (0.89%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 37 (33.04%) Selenium
2 18 (16.07%) WebDriver
3 14 (12.50%) Cucumber
4 10 (8.93%) Visual Studio
5 9 (8.04%) Calabash
5 9 (8.04%) Team Foundation Server
6 8 (7.14%) SoapUI
7 7 (6.25%) JIRA
8 6 (5.36%) QuickTest Pro
8 6 (5.36%) JUnit
8 6 (5.36%) JMeter
8 6 (5.36%) Jenkins
8 6 (5.36%) JBehave
9 5 (4.46%) Git (software)
9 5 (4.46%) Hudson
10 4 (3.57%) LoadRunner
10 4 (3.57%) FitNesse
11 3 (2.68%) Concordion
11 3 (2.68%) Robotium
11 3 (2.68%) TeamCity
General
1 19 (16.96%) Banking
2 15 (13.39%) Finance
3 2 (1.79%) Retail
4 1 (0.89%) Games
4 1 (0.89%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (15.18%) Web Services
2 7 (6.25%) .NET
3 5 (4.46%) XML
4 4 (3.57%) SOAP
5 3 (2.68%) Gherkin
5 3 (2.68%) HTML
5 3 (2.68%) CSS
5 3 (2.68%) JSF
5 3 (2.68%) RESTful
6 2 (1.79%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (1.79%) Middleware
6 2 (1.79%) J2EE
6 2 (1.79%) REST
7 1 (0.89%) JMS
7 1 (0.89%) WebSphere MQ
7 1 (0.89%) FIXML
7 1 (0.89%) Sinatra
7 1 (0.89%) Ajax
7 1 (0.89%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.89%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 11 (9.82%) Mobile App
2 4 (3.57%) Mobile Banking
2 4 (3.57%) Video on Demand
2 4 (3.57%) Statistics
2 4 (3.57%) Mathematics
2 4 (3.57%) Economics
3 3 (2.68%) IPTV
3 3 (2.68%) Chip and PIN
3 3 (2.68%) Open Source
3 3 (2.68%) iPad
4 2 (1.79%) SWIFT
5 1 (0.89%) Spread Betting
5 1 (0.89%) Replication
5 1 (0.89%) STB
5 1 (0.89%) Client/Server
5 1 (0.89%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (0.89%) Derivative
5 1 (0.89%) Equity Derivative
5 1 (0.89%) Streaming Media
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.04%) Linux
2 8 (7.14%) UNIX
3 6 (5.36%) Android
4 5 (4.46%) Solaris
5 4 (3.57%) Windows
6 3 (2.68%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.89%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (27.68%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 24 (21.43%) Scrum
4 19 (16.96%) TDD
5 18 (16.07%) Test Automation
6 17 (15.18%) BDD
7 16 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
8 14 (12.50%) Performance Testing
9 13 (11.61%) User Stories
10 10 (8.93%) Automation Testing
10 10 (8.93%) Waterfall
10 10 (8.93%) Software Testing
11 9 (8.04%) SOA
11 9 (8.04%) Test Strategy
12 7 (6.25%) Automated Testing
13 6 (5.36%) Requirements Analysis
13 6 (5.36%) Release Management
13 6 (5.36%) Continuous Integration
14 5 (4.46%) Test Management
14 5 (4.46%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (26.79%) Java
2 25 (22.32%) SQL
3 13 (11.61%) C#
4 10 (8.93%) Ruby
5 5 (4.46%) Python
6 4 (3.57%) C
6 4 (3.57%) Perl
7 3 (2.68%) PHP
7 3 (2.68%) Groovy
7 3 (2.68%) VB.NET
8 2 (1.79%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.79%) XPath
8 2 (1.79%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.79%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.89%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.89%) VBScript
9 1 (0.89%) VB
9 1 (0.89%) MATLAB
9 1 (0.89%) XQuery
9 1 (0.89%) Scala
Qualifications
1 13 (11.61%) ISTQB
2 11 (9.82%) ISEB
3 9 (8.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (8.04%) SC Cleared
3 9 (8.04%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.57%) Degree
5 1 (0.89%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (20.54%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.57%) VMware Infrastructure
1 4 (3.57%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (4.46%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (10.71%) Oracle
2 10 (8.93%) Microsoft
3 5 (4.46%) HP
3 5 (4.46%) Citrix
4 4 (3.57%) VMware
5 3 (2.68%) SAP
6 2 (1.79%) Telerik
6 2 (1.79%) IBM
6 2 (1.79%) SOASTA, Inc
7 1 (0.89%) Avaya
7 1 (0.89%) TIBCO
7 1 (0.89%) Google
7 1 (0.89%) Avaloq
7 1 (0.89%) Fundtech
7 1 (0.89%) Sitecore
7 1 (0.89%) Green Hat
7 1 (0.89%) JBoss
7 1 (0.89%) Cisco
7 1 (0.89%) Sybase
7 1 (0.89%) Nortel