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 30 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Technical Tester
Rank 587 570 564
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Tester 17 17 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.029% 0.032% 0.061%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.032% 0.035% 0.065%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 6 9
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£256 £378 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-32.20% +26.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £293 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £445 £308
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £346 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.53% +15.16%
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
52574 48917 53715
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.59% 92.65% 92.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 32287 29427 30052
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2054 2082 2685
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 30 September 2014.

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 22 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 30 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 -20 17 £256 -37.87% 5
London +18 13 £225 -45.45% 4
City of London +28 3 £288 -28.12% 3
South East -13 2 £350 -24.73%
East Midlands +6 1 £375 +50.00%
Derbyshire +1 1 £375 +50.00%
Derby -2 1 £375 +50.00%
Hampshire -17 1 - -
South West - 1 £413 -
Bristol - 1 £413 -
Cheltenham - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Preston - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Southampton - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
North West - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
Yorkshire - - - - 1

Technical Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, 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 35 (67.31%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (55.77%) Selenium
3 27 (51.92%) SQL
4 17 (32.69%) Java
5 14 (26.92%) Finance
5 14 (26.92%) Automated Testing
6 13 (25.00%) WebDriver
7 12 (23.08%) QA
7 12 (23.08%) JMeter
7 12 (23.08%) C#
8 11 (21.15%) UNIX
8 11 (21.15%) Scrum
8 11 (21.15%) Performance Testing
8 11 (21.15%) Manual Testing
9 10 (19.23%) Oracle
10 9 (17.31%) EMV
10 9 (17.31%) Smartcard
10 9 (17.31%) Open Source
10 9 (17.31%) Test Automation
11 8 (15.38%) WATIR
11 8 (15.38%) SC Cleared
11 8 (15.38%) Security Cleared
11 8 (15.38%) HP
12 7 (13.46%) SQL Server
12 7 (13.46%) .NET
12 7 (13.46%) Linux
12 7 (13.46%) Cucumber
13 6 (11.54%) HP Quality Center
13 6 (11.54%) Ruby
13 6 (11.54%) ISTQB

Technical Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, 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 3 (5.77%) WebLogic
1 3 (5.77%) WebLogic Portal
2 2 (3.85%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.92%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (3.85%) MS Office
1 2 (3.85%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.85%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.85%) LAN
1 2 (3.85%) VPN
1 2 (3.85%) DMZ
1 2 (3.85%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (13.46%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.77%) Big Data
2 3 (5.77%) Relational Database
3 2 (3.85%) Oracle Database
3 2 (3.85%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.92%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.92%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.92%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 29 (55.77%) Selenium
2 13 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 12 (23.08%) JMeter
4 8 (15.38%) WATIR
5 7 (13.46%) Cucumber
6 5 (9.62%) Jenkins
7 4 (7.69%) Subversion
7 4 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
8 3 (5.77%) JUnit
8 3 (5.77%) Trac
8 3 (5.77%) Git (software)
9 2 (3.85%) Hudson
9 2 (3.85%) FitNesse
9 2 (3.85%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.92%) NUnit
10 1 (1.92%) JIRA
10 1 (1.92%) Fiddler
10 1 (1.92%) TeamCity
10 1 (1.92%) Spock
General
1 14 (26.92%) Finance
2 2 (3.85%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.92%) Financial Institution
3 1 (1.92%) Games
3 1 (1.92%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (13.46%) .NET
2 5 (9.62%) XML
3 4 (7.69%) ASP.NET
4 3 (5.77%) J2EE
4 3 (5.77%) Hibernate
4 3 (5.77%) Spring
4 3 (5.77%) JSF
4 3 (5.77%) ICEfaces
5 2 (3.85%) HTML
5 2 (3.85%) JSP
5 2 (3.85%) Web Services
6 1 (1.92%) JSON
6 1 (1.92%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 9 (17.31%) EMV
1 9 (17.31%) Smartcard
1 9 (17.31%) Open Source
2 3 (5.77%) Mobile App
2 3 (5.77%) User Experience
3 2 (3.85%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.92%) Over-the-Top Content
4 1 (1.92%) GIS
Operating Systems
1 11 (21.15%) UNIX
2 7 (13.46%) Linux
3 5 (9.62%) Windows
4 4 (7.69%) Apple iOS
5 2 (3.85%) Windows 8
5 2 (3.85%) Android
5 2 (3.85%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.92%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (67.31%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (26.92%) Automated Testing
3 11 (21.15%) Scrum
3 11 (21.15%) Performance Testing
3 11 (21.15%) Manual Testing
4 9 (17.31%) Test Automation
5 6 (11.54%) TDD
6 5 (9.62%) Software Testing
6 5 (9.62%) Regression Testing
6 5 (9.62%) BDD
6 5 (9.62%) Test Scripting
6 5 (9.62%) Performance Tuning
7 4 (7.69%) User Stories
7 4 (7.69%) Automation Testing
7 4 (7.69%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (7.69%) Configuration Management
8 3 (5.77%) MVC
8 3 (5.77%) OO
8 3 (5.77%) ETL
8 3 (5.77%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (51.92%) SQL
2 17 (32.69%) Java
3 12 (23.08%) C#
4 6 (11.54%) Python
4 6 (11.54%) Ruby
5 4 (7.69%) PL/SQL
5 4 (7.69%) JavaScript
6 3 (5.77%) VBScript
6 3 (5.77%) Shell Script
7 2 (3.85%) C++
7 2 (3.85%) PowerShell
7 2 (3.85%) VB
7 2 (3.85%) VB.NET
7 2 (3.85%) Perl
8 1 (1.92%) PHP
8 1 (1.92%) Jython
Qualifications
1 8 (15.38%) SC Cleared
1 8 (15.38%) Security Cleared
2 6 (11.54%) ISTQB
3 4 (7.69%) ISEB
4 2 (3.85%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (3.85%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (3.85%) MCITP
4 2 (3.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (23.08%) QA
System Software
1 2 (3.85%) NDS
1 2 (3.85%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (11.54%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (3.85%) SCCM
Vendors
1 10 (19.23%) Oracle
2 8 (15.38%) HP
3 4 (7.69%) Cisco
4 3 (5.77%) Microsoft
5 2 (3.85%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.92%) Informatica