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 27 March 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
27 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Technical Tester
Rank 592 541 535
Rank change year-on-year
-51 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Tester 7 29 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.013% 0.056% 0.011%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.014% 0.060% 0.012%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 20 2
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£375 £375 £372
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +0.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £324 £370
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £403 £374
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 -
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -
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
49598 47956 42731
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.44% 92.38% 92.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 30070 28704 24525
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1954 2000 2187
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.85 £17.00 £17.33
% change year-on-year
-0.86% -1.87%

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 27 March 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 20 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 27 March 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 -30 6 £375 - 1
London -8 4 £338 -12.90% 1
Bristol -3 2 £400 +8.47%
South West -7 2 £400 +8.47%
City of London +11 1 £375 -6.25%
Merseyside - - - -
North West - - - -
South East - - - -
Chertsey - - - -
Leeds - - - -
Liverpool - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - -
Hampshire - - - -
Surrey - - - -
West Yorkshire - - - -
Yorkshire - - - -
Basingstoke - - - -

Technical Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 12 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (45.83%) SC Cleared
2 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
3 10 (41.67%) SQL
4 9 (37.50%) Selenium
5 8 (33.33%) Finance
6 6 (25.00%) Shell Script
6 6 (25.00%) UNIX
6 6 (25.00%) HTTP
6 6 (25.00%) Performance Testing
6 6 (25.00%) Test Scripting
7 5 (20.83%) WebDriver
7 5 (20.83%) Oracle Database
7 5 (20.83%) Oracle
7 5 (20.83%) GPRS
7 5 (20.83%) SMS
7 5 (20.83%) PL/SQL
7 5 (20.83%) JMeter
7 5 (20.83%) Telecoms
7 5 (20.83%) Scrum
8 4 (16.67%) ISEB
8 4 (16.67%) Open Source
8 4 (16.67%) Test Automation
8 4 (16.67%) Security Testing
8 4 (16.67%) WATIR
8 4 (16.67%) ISTQB
8 4 (16.67%) JIRA
9 3 (12.50%) ATG
9 3 (12.50%) Software Testing
9 3 (12.50%) Integration Testing

Technical Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 2 (8.33%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 1 (4.17%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 6 (25.00%) HTTP
2 5 (20.83%) GPRS
2 5 (20.83%) SMS
3 1 (4.17%) WAN
3 1 (4.17%) DHCP
3 1 (4.17%) FTP
3 1 (4.17%) Telnet
3 1 (4.17%) Firewall
3 1 (4.17%) Wireless
3 1 (4.17%) NAS
3 1 (4.17%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (20.83%) Oracle Database
2 1 (4.17%) Relational Database
2 1 (4.17%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (37.50%) Selenium
2 5 (20.83%) WebDriver
2 5 (20.83%) JMeter
3 4 (16.67%) JIRA
3 4 (16.67%) WATIR
4 3 (12.50%) QuickTest Pro
5 2 (8.33%) JUnit
5 2 (8.33%) Talend Open Studio
5 2 (8.33%) Jenkins
6 1 (4.17%) Trac
6 1 (4.17%) TeamCity
6 1 (4.17%) WebLOAD
6 1 (4.17%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (4.17%) Cucumber
6 1 (4.17%) SoapUI
6 1 (4.17%) Redmine
6 1 (4.17%) WinRunner
6 1 (4.17%) TestDirector
6 1 (4.17%) LoadRunner
6 1 (4.17%) Bugzilla
General
1 8 (33.33%) Finance
2 5 (20.83%) Telecoms
3 2 (8.33%) Advertising
4 1 (4.17%) Retail
4 1 (4.17%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (8.33%) Web Services
2 1 (4.17%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (16.67%) Open Source
2 2 (8.33%) Mobile App
3 1 (4.17%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.17%) N-Tier
3 1 (4.17%) Fixed Income
3 1 (4.17%) Clustering
3 1 (4.17%) PDA
3 1 (4.17%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 6 (25.00%) UNIX
2 3 (12.50%) Windows
3 2 (8.33%) Windows XP
3 2 (8.33%) Apple iOS
4 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (4.17%) Android
4 1 (4.17%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (4.17%) Windows 7
4 1 (4.17%) AIX
4 1 (4.17%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (25.00%) Performance Testing
2 6 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 5 (20.83%) Scrum
4 4 (16.67%) Test Automation
4 4 (16.67%) Security Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Integration Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Software Testing
5 3 (12.50%) E-Commerce
5 3 (12.50%) ETL
5 3 (12.50%) User Stories
5 3 (12.50%) Test Planning
6 2 (8.33%) Functional Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Data Analysis
6 2 (8.33%) Software Engineering
6 2 (8.33%) Use Case
7 1 (4.17%) User Acceptance Testing
7 1 (4.17%) Predictive Analytics
7 1 (4.17%) Web Testing
7 1 (4.17%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 10 (41.67%) SQL
2 6 (25.00%) Shell Script
3 5 (20.83%) PL/SQL
4 3 (12.50%) Java
5 2 (8.33%) JavaScript
5 2 (8.33%) Ruby
6 1 (4.17%) PowerShell
6 1 (4.17%) Bash Shell
6 1 (4.17%) Perl
6 1 (4.17%) PHP
6 1 (4.17%) C#
6 1 (4.17%) VB.NET
6 1 (4.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 11 (45.83%) SC Cleared
1 11 (45.83%) Security Cleared
2 4 (16.67%) ISEB
2 4 (16.67%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.17%) Degree
3 1 (4.17%) MCSE
3 1 (4.17%) MCSA
3 1 (4.17%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (4.17%) MCTS
3 1 (4.17%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (8.33%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.17%) Active Directory
1 1 (4.17%) Firmware
1 1 (4.17%) VMware ESX
1 1 (4.17%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (4.17%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (4.17%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (4.17%) Netcool
2 1 (4.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (20.83%) Oracle
2 3 (12.50%) ATG
3 2 (8.33%) Salesforce.com
3 2 (8.33%) Microsoft
3 2 (8.33%) Talend
4 1 (4.17%) Citrix
4 1 (4.17%) NetApp
4 1 (4.17%) Veritas
4 1 (4.17%) McAfee
4 1 (4.17%) VMware