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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Technical Tester
Rank 598 562 558
Rank change year-on-year
-36 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Tester 15 15 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.026% 0.029% 0.055%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.028% 0.031% 0.059%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 6 6
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£314 £346 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.18% +15.16%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £335 £300
% change year-on-year
+4.47% +11.66%
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
52969 48660 50794
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.75% 92.77% 93.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 33173 29376 28609
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £229 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2125 2122 2499
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 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.20 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-0.24% -7.42%

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 24 October 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 19 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 24 October 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 -23 15 £314 -11.37% 5
London -1 9 £288 -28.12% 4
City of London +17 4 £294 -26.56% 2
South East -20 3 £350 -9.44% 1
East Midlands +3 1 £375 +50.00%
Derby 0 1 £375 +50.00%
Derbyshire -1 1 £375 +50.00%
Surrey - 1 £350 - 1
Manchester - 1 £325 -
Bristol - 1 £413 -
North West - 1 £325 -
South West - 1 £413 -
West Midlands - - - -
Cheltenham - - - -
Chertsey - - - - 1
Sheffield - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -

Technical Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 32 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (56.00%) SQL
3 27 (54.00%) Selenium
4 16 (32.00%) Java
5 14 (28.00%) Automated Testing
6 12 (24.00%) QA
6 12 (24.00%) UNIX
7 11 (22.00%) Oracle
7 11 (22.00%) Manual Testing
7 11 (22.00%) Finance
7 11 (22.00%) Scrum
7 11 (22.00%) WebDriver
8 10 (20.00%) JMeter
8 10 (20.00%) Performance Testing
8 10 (20.00%) C#
9 9 (18.00%) Smartcard
9 9 (18.00%) EMV
9 9 (18.00%) SC Cleared
9 9 (18.00%) Security Cleared
10 8 (16.00%) Open Source
10 8 (16.00%) HP
11 7 (14.00%) .NET
11 7 (14.00%) SQL Server
11 7 (14.00%) Test Automation
11 7 (14.00%) WATIR
11 7 (14.00%) Cucumber
12 6 (12.00%) ISTQB
12 6 (12.00%) HP Quality Center
12 6 (12.00%) Test Scripting
12 6 (12.00%) Linux

Technical Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 (6.00%) WebLogic
1 3 (6.00%) WebLogic Portal
2 2 (4.00%) MS Exchange
3 1 (2.00%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (4.00%) MS Office
1 2 (4.00%) MS Excel
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.00%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.00%) LAN
1 2 (4.00%) VPN
1 2 (4.00%) DMZ
1 2 (4.00%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (2.00%) SMS
2 1 (2.00%) HTTP
2 1 (2.00%) GPRS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (14.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.00%) Big Data
2 4 (8.00%) Relational Database
3 3 (6.00%) Oracle Database
4 2 (4.00%) RDBMS
5 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (2.00%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (2.00%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (2.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 27 (54.00%) Selenium
2 11 (22.00%) WebDriver
3 10 (20.00%) JMeter
4 7 (14.00%) WATIR
4 7 (14.00%) Cucumber
5 5 (10.00%) Jenkins
6 4 (8.00%) Subversion
6 4 (8.00%) JUnit
6 4 (8.00%) QuickTest Pro
7 3 (6.00%) Trac
8 2 (4.00%) Git (software)
8 2 (4.00%) Hudson
8 2 (4.00%) NUnit
8 2 (4.00%) FitNesse
9 1 (2.00%) Fiddler
9 1 (2.00%) LoadRunner
9 1 (2.00%) SoapUI
9 1 (2.00%) Spock
General
1 11 (22.00%) Finance
2 3 (6.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.00%) Financial Institution
3 1 (2.00%) Games
3 1 (2.00%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (14.00%) .NET
2 4 (8.00%) ASP.NET
2 4 (8.00%) XML
3 3 (6.00%) Hibernate
3 3 (6.00%) Spring
3 3 (6.00%) JSF
3 3 (6.00%) J2EE
3 3 (6.00%) ICEfaces
4 2 (4.00%) HTML
4 2 (4.00%) JSP
5 1 (2.00%) Web Services
5 1 (2.00%) JSON
5 1 (2.00%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 9 (18.00%) EMV
1 9 (18.00%) Smartcard
2 8 (16.00%) Open Source
3 3 (6.00%) User Experience
4 2 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.00%) Mobile App
5 1 (2.00%) Over-the-Top Content
5 1 (2.00%) GIS
5 1 (2.00%) Smart Meter
5 1 (2.00%) N-Tier
Operating Systems
1 12 (24.00%) UNIX
2 6 (12.00%) Linux
3 5 (10.00%) Windows
4 3 (6.00%) Apple iOS
5 2 (4.00%) Windows 8
5 2 (4.00%) Android
5 2 (4.00%) Windows XP
6 1 (2.00%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (28.00%) Automated Testing
3 11 (22.00%) Scrum
3 11 (22.00%) Manual Testing
4 10 (20.00%) Performance Testing
5 7 (14.00%) Test Automation
6 6 (12.00%) Test Scripting
7 5 (10.00%) TDD
7 5 (10.00%) Regression Testing
7 5 (10.00%) Performance Tuning
8 4 (8.00%) Test Planning
8 4 (8.00%) Automation Testing
8 4 (8.00%) BDD
8 4 (8.00%) Configuration Management
8 4 (8.00%) ETL
8 4 (8.00%) Software Testing
9 3 (6.00%) Unit Testing
9 3 (6.00%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (6.00%) Database Tuning
9 3 (6.00%) MVC
Programming Languages
1 28 (56.00%) SQL
2 16 (32.00%) Java
3 10 (20.00%) C#
4 5 (10.00%) Python
4 5 (10.00%) Ruby
4 5 (10.00%) PL/SQL
5 4 (8.00%) Shell Script
5 4 (8.00%) JavaScript
6 3 (6.00%) VBScript
7 2 (4.00%) VB
7 2 (4.00%) VB.NET
7 2 (4.00%) Perl
7 2 (4.00%) C++
7 2 (4.00%) PowerShell
8 1 (2.00%) Jython
8 1 (2.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 9 (18.00%) SC Cleared
1 9 (18.00%) Security Cleared
2 6 (12.00%) ISTQB
3 4 (8.00%) ISEB
4 2 (4.00%) Cisco Certification
4 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (4.00%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (4.00%) MCITP
4 2 (4.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (24.00%) QA
System Software
1 2 (4.00%) NDS
1 2 (4.00%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 6 (12.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (4.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 11 (22.00%) Oracle
2 8 (16.00%) HP
3 4 (8.00%) Cisco
4 3 (6.00%) Microsoft
5 2 (4.00%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (2.00%) Informatica