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 22 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
22 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Technical Tester
Rank 569 557 547
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Tester 17 19 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.031% 0.037% 0.030%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.034% 0.040% 0.033%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 5 7
Average daily rate
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£350 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.70% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £315 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £363 £363 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £275
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +21.81%
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
50176 47637 45728
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.03% 92.46% 92.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 32014 28679 25821
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
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 2025 2106 2605
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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
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 21 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 22 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 -31 15 £350 +5.66% 6
South East -18 5 £350 +13.63%
Surrey - 5 £350 -
London +12 2 £355 +5.18% 4
City of London 0 2 £355 +5.18% 3
North West -10 1 £325 - 1
Manchester -10 1 £325 -
Northampton - - - -
Slough - - - -
Watford - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
East Midlands - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Chertsey - - - -
Leeds - - - -
East of England - - - -

Technical Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 23 (62.16%) SQL
1 23 (62.16%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (54.05%) Selenium
3 12 (32.43%) Finance
3 12 (32.43%) SC Cleared
3 12 (32.43%) Security Cleared
4 11 (29.73%) UNIX
5 9 (24.32%) Java
5 9 (24.32%) PL/SQL
5 9 (24.32%) Oracle
5 9 (24.32%) QA
5 9 (24.32%) WebDriver
6 8 (21.62%) Shell Script
6 8 (21.62%) Automated Testing
7 7 (18.92%) EMV
7 7 (18.92%) Smartcard
7 7 (18.92%) Telecoms
7 7 (18.92%) Scrum
7 7 (18.92%) Performance Testing
7 7 (18.92%) Manual Testing
8 6 (16.22%) Test Automation
9 5 (13.51%) ETL
9 5 (13.51%) GPRS
9 5 (13.51%) SMS
9 5 (13.51%) HTTP
9 5 (13.51%) JMeter
9 5 (13.51%) Ruby
9 5 (13.51%) WATIR
9 5 (13.51%) Security Testing
9 5 (13.51%) Open Source

Technical Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 December 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 (8.11%) WebLogic
1 3 (8.11%) WebLogic Portal
2 2 (5.41%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (2.70%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 5 (13.51%) GPRS
1 5 (13.51%) SMS
1 5 (13.51%) HTTP
2 1 (2.70%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (13.51%) Oracle Database
2 3 (8.11%) SQL Server
3 2 (5.41%) Big Data
4 1 (2.70%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (2.70%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 20 (54.05%) Selenium
2 9 (24.32%) WebDriver
3 5 (13.51%) JMeter
3 5 (13.51%) WATIR
4 3 (8.11%) Subversion
4 3 (8.11%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (8.11%) Cucumber
4 3 (8.11%) Jenkins
4 3 (8.11%) Trac
5 2 (5.41%) Talend Open Studio
5 2 (5.41%) JIRA
5 2 (5.41%) JUnit
6 1 (2.70%) LoadRunner
6 1 (2.70%) NUnit
6 1 (2.70%) TeamCity
6 1 (2.70%) FitNesse
6 1 (2.70%) SoapUI
General
1 12 (32.43%) Finance
2 7 (18.92%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.41%) Advertising
4 1 (2.70%) Games
4 1 (2.70%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.11%) Hibernate
1 3 (8.11%) Spring
1 3 (8.11%) JSF
1 3 (8.11%) ICEfaces
1 3 (8.11%) J2EE
2 1 (2.70%) Web Services
2 1 (2.70%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (18.92%) EMV
1 7 (18.92%) Smartcard
2 5 (13.51%) Open Source
3 3 (8.11%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.70%) Over-the-Top Content
4 1 (2.70%) User Experience
4 1 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.70%) Smart Meter
4 1 (2.70%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 11 (29.73%) UNIX
2 3 (8.11%) Apple iOS
3 2 (5.41%) Android
3 2 (5.41%) Linux
4 1 (2.70%) Windows XP
4 1 (2.70%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (62.16%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (21.62%) Automated Testing
3 7 (18.92%) Scrum
3 7 (18.92%) Performance Testing
3 7 (18.92%) Manual Testing
4 6 (16.22%) Test Automation
5 5 (13.51%) Security Testing
5 5 (13.51%) ETL
6 4 (10.81%) Test Scripting
6 4 (10.81%) User Stories
6 4 (10.81%) Test Planning
7 3 (8.11%) BDD
7 3 (8.11%) Continuous Integration
7 3 (8.11%) Configuration Management
7 3 (8.11%) MVC
7 3 (8.11%) TDD
8 2 (5.41%) Software Testing
8 2 (5.41%) E-Commerce
8 2 (5.41%) Unit Testing
8 2 (5.41%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 23 (62.16%) SQL
2 9 (24.32%) PL/SQL
2 9 (24.32%) Java
3 8 (21.62%) Shell Script
4 5 (13.51%) Ruby
5 4 (10.81%) C#
6 3 (8.11%) Python
7 2 (5.41%) Perl
8 1 (2.70%) VB.NET
8 1 (2.70%) C++
8 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
8 1 (2.70%) Jython
Qualifications
1 12 (32.43%) SC Cleared
1 12 (32.43%) Security Cleared
2 3 (8.11%) ISEB
3 2 (5.41%) ISTQB
4 1 (2.70%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (24.32%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.70%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (8.11%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.70%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (2.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (24.32%) Oracle
2 4 (10.81%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (5.41%) ATG
3 2 (5.41%) Talend
4 1 (2.70%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.70%) HP
4 1 (2.70%) Informatica
4 1 (2.70%) NetApp