The table below looks at the statistics for the Technical 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 Technical Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Technical Tester
Rank 607 596 568
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Tester 19 16 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.037% 0.031% 0.040%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.039% 0.033% 0.043%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 15 9
Average daily rate £344 £350 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.71% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £325 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £405 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+5.71% +1.44%
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
48618 48918 46871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31219 30411 27715
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1735 1925 2068
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.95% -3.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

Technical Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Technical Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Technical Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Technical Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Technical Tester within the UK.

Technical Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Technical Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Technical Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 12 February 2016.

Technical Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Technical Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Technical Tester within the UK.

Technical Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Technical Tester
Top 23 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 12 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +1 18 £370 +5.71% 1
South East +18 5 £391 +15.92%
South West +2 5 £430 +18.62%
Manchester - 5 £310 -
Plymouth - 5 £430 -
Devon - 5 £430 -
North West - 5 £310 -
Reading - 3 £400 -
Berkshire - 3 £400 -
City of London +35 1 £225 -30.76%
London +6 1 £225 -41.93%
Scotland -4 1 £295 -17.61%
Renfrewshire -5 1 £295 -17.61%
Erskine -6 1 £295 -17.61%
Surrey -11 1 £383 +13.33%
Leatherhead -17 1 £383 +13.33%
Leeds - 1 £370 -
Horsham - 1 £150 -
West Sussex - 1 £150 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £370 -
Yorkshire - 1 £370 -
Coventry - 1 - -
West Midlands - 1 - -

Technical Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Technical 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 Technical Tester in their job title.

1 14 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (27.08%) Test Automation
2 13 (27.08%) SOAP
2 13 (27.08%) SoapUI
3 12 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 12 (25.00%) Java
4 11 (22.92%) Test Scripting
4 11 (22.92%) Performance Testing
5 10 (20.83%) Ruby
5 10 (20.83%) Unix
5 10 (20.83%) Microsoft
6 9 (18.75%) Middleware
6 9 (18.75%) Capybara
6 9 (18.75%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 8 (16.67%) Gherkin
7 8 (16.67%) Selenium
7 8 (16.67%) Scrum
7 8 (16.67%) Active Directory
7 8 (16.67%) Linux
7 8 (16.67%) MS Office
7 8 (16.67%) SQL
8 7 (14.58%) .NET
8 7 (14.58%) ITIL
8 7 (14.58%) RESTful
8 7 (14.58%) Office 365
9 6 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
9 6 (12.50%) IBM
9 6 (12.50%) Windows
9 6 (12.50%) XML
10 5 (10.42%) Salesforce.com

Technical Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Technical 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 Technical Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 2 (4.17%) CMS
2 1 (2.08%) Confluence
2 1 (2.08%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 8 (16.67%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 7 (14.58%) Office 365
2 2 (4.17%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (2.08%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.25%) TCP/IP
2 2 (4.17%) BGP
2 2 (4.17%) DOCSIS
2 2 (4.17%) MPLS
2 2 (4.17%) OSPF
2 2 (4.17%) RIP
2 2 (4.17%) SNMP
2 2 (4.17%) SSH
2 2 (4.17%) Telnet
2 2 (4.17%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.17%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.08%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.08%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 13 (27.08%) SoapUI
2 12 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 9 (18.75%) Capybara
4 8 (16.67%) Selenium
5 5 (10.42%) LoadUI
6 4 (8.33%) Jenkins
7 3 (6.25%) SpecFlow
7 3 (6.25%) WebDriver
8 2 (4.17%) CruiseControl
8 2 (4.17%) eggPlant
8 2 (4.17%) Git (software)
8 2 (4.17%) HP UFT
8 2 (4.17%) Jasmine
8 2 (4.17%) JIRA
8 2 (4.17%) Liquibase
8 2 (4.17%) Subversion
8 2 (4.17%) TestComplete
8 2 (4.17%) TestDirector
8 2 (4.17%) WATIR
8 2 (4.17%) WinRunner
General
1 3 (6.25%) Retail
2 2 (4.17%) Finance
2 2 (4.17%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (27.08%) SOAP
2 9 (18.75%) Middleware
3 8 (16.67%) Gherkin
4 7 (14.58%) .NET
4 7 (14.58%) RESTful
5 6 (12.50%) XML
6 5 (10.42%) JSON
7 3 (6.25%) Web Services
8 2 (4.17%) React
8 2 (4.17%) Silverlight
9 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET
9 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (2.08%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.17%) Clustering
2 2 (4.17%) DTV
2 2 (4.17%) EPoS
2 2 (4.17%) IPTV
2 2 (4.17%) MPEG
2 2 (4.17%) PDA
2 2 (4.17%) Streaming Video
2 2 (4.17%) User Experience
2 2 (4.17%) Video on Demand
3 1 (2.08%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.08%) Data Centre
3 1 (2.08%) Fintech
3 1 (2.08%) IBM Mainframe
3 1 (2.08%) Mainframe
3 1 (2.08%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 10 (20.83%) Unix
2 8 (16.67%) Linux
3 6 (12.50%) Windows
4 2 (4.17%) AIX
4 2 (4.17%) Windows 7
4 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
4 2 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (4.17%) Windows XP
5 1 (2.08%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (29.17%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (27.08%) Test Automation
3 11 (22.92%) Performance Testing
3 11 (22.92%) Test Scripting
4 9 (18.75%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 8 (16.67%) Scrum
6 7 (14.58%) ITIL
7 5 (10.42%) Functional Testing
7 5 (10.42%) Migration
7 5 (10.42%) Non-Functional Testing
7 5 (10.42%) Test Strategy
8 4 (8.33%) Automated Testing
8 4 (8.33%) Data Analysis
9 3 (6.25%) BDD
9 3 (6.25%) Integration Testing
9 3 (6.25%) Regression Testing
9 3 (6.25%) Software Testing
9 3 (6.25%) System Integration Testing
9 3 (6.25%) Validation
10 2 (4.17%) API Integration
Programming Languages
1 12 (25.00%) Java
2 10 (20.83%) Ruby
3 8 (16.67%) SQL
4 4 (8.33%) Shell Script
5 2 (4.17%) AWK
5 2 (4.17%) C#
5 2 (4.17%) JavaScript
5 2 (4.17%) Perl
5 2 (4.17%) Python
5 2 (4.17%) sed
6 1 (2.08%) PL/SQL
6 1 (2.08%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (10.42%) Security Cleared
2 4 (8.33%) ISEB
2 4 (8.33%) ISTQB
2 4 (8.33%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.17%) MCITP
3 2 (4.17%) MCSA
3 2 (4.17%) MCSE
3 2 (4.17%) MCTS
3 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (2.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.25%) QA
2 2 (4.17%) SDET
3 1 (2.08%) Data Quality
System Software
1 8 (16.67%) Active Directory
2 2 (4.17%) Hyper-V
2 2 (4.17%) VMware ESX
3 1 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (10.42%) WebSphere Cast Iron
3 2 (4.17%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (4.17%) Netcool
3 2 (4.17%) Puppet
Vendors
1 10 (20.83%) Microsoft
2 6 (12.50%) IBM
3 5 (10.42%) Salesforce.com
4 3 (6.25%) Oracle
5 2 (4.17%) Adobe
5 2 (4.17%) Apple
5 2 (4.17%) Citrix
5 2 (4.17%) HP
5 2 (4.17%) Intel Security
5 2 (4.17%) Perforce
5 2 (4.17%) Tektronix
5 2 (4.17%) Veritas
5 2 (4.17%) VMware
6 1 (2.08%) Cisco