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 29 January 2015 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Tester
Rank 554 536 519
Rank change year-on-year
-18 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Tester 17 23 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.034% 0.047% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.037% 0.051% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 8 7
Average daily rate
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£350 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £325 £314
10% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £400 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £313
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +7.20%
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
46318 45203 42184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.45% 92.55% 92.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 29063 26904 23919
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.82%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1785 1961 2473
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.48 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.57% -5.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.21 £16.50 £17.56
% change year-on-year
-1.78% -6.03%

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 29 January 2015.

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 29 January 2015. 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 -25 14 £350 -6.66% 7
South East -14 4 £338 - 1
Surrey - 4 £338 -
London +7 2 £388 -1.58% 4
City of London +12 1 £325 -18.75% 3
East Midlands - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
North West - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -
Chertsey - - - -
Leeds - - - - 1
Liverpool - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Northampton - - - -
Slough - - - -
Watford - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Northamptonshire - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - - 1
Yorkshire - - - - 1
East of England - - - -

Technical Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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 18 (60.00%) SQL
2 15 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (40.00%) Selenium
3 12 (40.00%) SC Cleared
3 12 (40.00%) Security Cleared
4 10 (33.33%) UNIX
4 10 (33.33%) Finance
5 9 (30.00%) Shell Script
5 9 (30.00%) Oracle
5 9 (30.00%) PL/SQL
6 7 (23.33%) WebDriver
7 6 (20.00%) Test Scripting
7 6 (20.00%) Performance Testing
7 6 (20.00%) Java
7 6 (20.00%) Telecoms
8 5 (16.67%) Scrum
8 5 (16.67%) ETL
8 5 (16.67%) GPRS
8 5 (16.67%) SMS
8 5 (16.67%) HTTP
8 5 (16.67%) Security Testing
8 5 (16.67%) Test Automation
8 5 (16.67%) Oracle Database
9 4 (13.33%) Test Planning
9 4 (13.33%) User Stories
9 4 (13.33%) Open Source
9 4 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
9 4 (13.33%) WATIR
9 4 (13.33%) JMeter
9 4 (13.33%) Salesforce.com

Technical Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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 (10.00%) WebLogic Portal
1 3 (10.00%) WebLogic
2 2 (6.67%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (3.33%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 5 (16.67%) GPRS
1 5 (16.67%) SMS
1 5 (16.67%) HTTP
2 1 (3.33%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (16.67%) Oracle Database
2 3 (10.00%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.33%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (3.33%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (3.33%) Relational Database
3 1 (3.33%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 12 (40.00%) Selenium
2 7 (23.33%) WebDriver
3 4 (13.33%) WATIR
3 4 (13.33%) JMeter
3 4 (13.33%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (10.00%) Subversion
4 3 (10.00%) Trac
5 2 (6.67%) Jenkins
5 2 (6.67%) Talend Open Studio
5 2 (6.67%) JIRA
6 1 (3.33%) LoadRunner
6 1 (3.33%) WinRunner
6 1 (3.33%) TestDirector
6 1 (3.33%) JUnit
6 1 (3.33%) NUnit
6 1 (3.33%) Cucumber
6 1 (3.33%) TeamCity
6 1 (3.33%) SoapUI
General
1 10 (33.33%) Finance
2 6 (20.00%) Telecoms
3 2 (6.67%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.00%) Hibernate
1 3 (10.00%) J2EE
1 3 (10.00%) Spring
1 3 (10.00%) JSF
1 3 (10.00%) ICEfaces
2 1 (3.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (13.33%) Open Source
2 3 (10.00%) Mobile App
3 2 (6.67%) Smartcard
3 2 (6.67%) EMV
4 1 (3.33%) N-Tier
4 1 (3.33%) Fixed Income
4 1 (3.33%) Clustering
4 1 (3.33%) PDA
4 1 (3.33%) Smart Meter
4 1 (3.33%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 10 (33.33%) UNIX
2 3 (10.00%) Apple iOS
3 2 (6.67%) Android
3 2 (6.67%) Windows
3 2 (6.67%) Linux
3 2 (6.67%) Windows XP
4 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (3.33%) AIX
4 1 (3.33%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (3.33%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (20.00%) Test Scripting
2 6 (20.00%) Performance Testing
3 5 (16.67%) Scrum
3 5 (16.67%) ETL
3 5 (16.67%) Security Testing
3 5 (16.67%) Test Automation
4 4 (13.33%) Test Planning
4 4 (13.33%) User Stories
5 3 (10.00%) Configuration Management
5 3 (10.00%) MVC
5 3 (10.00%) Integration Testing
5 3 (10.00%) Software Testing
5 3 (10.00%) Manual Testing
5 3 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
6 2 (6.67%) Waterfall
6 2 (6.67%) Automated Testing
6 2 (6.67%) Data Analysis
6 2 (6.67%) Web Testing
6 2 (6.67%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 18 (60.00%) SQL
2 9 (30.00%) Shell Script
2 9 (30.00%) PL/SQL
3 6 (20.00%) Java
4 3 (10.00%) Ruby
5 2 (6.67%) C#
5 2 (6.67%) Python
6 1 (3.33%) Perl
Qualifications
1 12 (40.00%) SC Cleared
1 12 (40.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (10.00%) ISEB
2 3 (10.00%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.33%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (3.33%) MCSE
3 1 (3.33%) MCSA
3 1 (3.33%) Degree
3 1 (3.33%) MCTS
3 1 (3.33%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (10.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.33%) VMware ESX
1 1 (3.33%) Active Directory
1 1 (3.33%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 4 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (3.33%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (3.33%) Netcool
2 1 (3.33%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (3.33%) SCCM
Vendors
1 9 (30.00%) Oracle
2 4 (13.33%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (6.67%) Talend
3 2 (6.67%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.67%) ATG
4 1 (3.33%) NetApp
4 1 (3.33%) Veritas
4 1 (3.33%) McAfee
4 1 (3.33%) VMware
4 1 (3.33%) HP
4 1 (3.33%) Citrix
4 1 (3.33%) Informatica
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