The table below looks at the statistics for the 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 Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 25 November 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
25 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 177 187 157
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -30
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 684 579 674
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.20% 1.12% 1.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.32% 1.21% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 481 355 424
Average daily rate
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£325 £323 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.77% +3.20%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £211 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £420 £419
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £309 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.13% +3.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 9 18
Average hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +46.34%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £31.00 £20.50
% change year-on-year
-8.06% +51.21%

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
51630 48043 48724
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.71% 92.70% 93.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 32647 29076 27348
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £570
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2103 2088 2596
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £38.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
- -8.57%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Tester
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Tester within the UK.

Tester Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 25 November 2014.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester within the UK.

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Tester
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 25 November 2014.

Tester Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Tester
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 25 November 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 -3 612 £325 +1.64% 204
London +9 276 £365 +12.30% 65
South East +16 132 £325 - 32
City of London +19 64 £360 +2.85% 29
South West +12 63 £338 +15.38% 12
Yorkshire -6 43 £305 -1.61% 28
North West -12 40 £275 - 20
Scotland -9 36 £350 +2.18% 7
Hampshire -12 36 £354 +8.93% 6
Surrey +21 33 £330 +20.00% 5
East of England -11 32 £310 -4.61% 13
West Yorkshire -10 31 £315 +1.61% 14
Manchester -3 26 £290 +9.43% 12
Wales -8 26 £291 +7.87% 3
Wiltshire +1 22 £475 +216.66% 1
South Wales -6 20 £298 +12.26% 3
Buckinghamshire -1 19 £280 -22.75% 3
Bristol -7 18 £363 +33.64% 3
Devon -3 17 £325 -24.85% 2
Edinburgh -14 16 £375 -1.31% 3
Exeter - 16 £325 - 2
Oxfordshire - 16 £309 - 3
Leeds -18 15 £300 -9.09% 9
Berkshire -18 13 £325 +16.07% 12
Newport - 13 £325 -
Glasgow -7 11 £274 +14.16% 2
Cambridgeshire -11 11 £325 - 8
Milton Keynes -2 9 £290 -0.85% 2
East Midlands -4 9 £300 +9.09% 12
Hertfordshire -10 9 £235 -26.56% 2

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited 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 Tester in their job title.

1 522 (35.37%) Agile Software Development
2 404 (27.37%) SQL
2 404 (27.37%) Test Scripting
3 360 (24.39%) Selenium
4 329 (22.29%) Java
5 318 (21.54%) QA
6 230 (15.58%) ISEB
7 215 (14.57%) Finance
8 210 (14.23%) Oracle
9 206 (13.96%) Test Automation
10 205 (13.89%) HP Quality Center
11 201 (13.62%) User Acceptance Testing
12 192 (13.01%) BDD
13 191 (12.94%) Scrum
14 187 (12.67%) JIRA
15 181 (12.26%) HP
16 177 (11.99%) Software Testing
17 173 (11.72%) ISTQB
18 169 (11.45%) Automated Testing
19 168 (11.38%) Cucumber
20 166 (11.25%) WebDriver
21 165 (11.18%) C#
22 158 (10.70%) Automation Testing
23 157 (10.64%) TDD
23 157 (10.64%) .NET
24 155 (10.50%) Security Cleared
25 151 (10.23%) Manual Testing
26 143 (9.69%) QuickTest Pro
27 140 (9.49%) Performance Testing
28 139 (9.42%) Linux

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 25 November 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited 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 Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 42 (2.85%) SharePoint
2 20 (1.36%) WebLogic
3 18 (1.22%) WebSphere
4 17 (1.15%) CMS
4 17 (1.15%) Tomcat
5 15 (1.02%) Confluence
6 13 (0.88%) IIS
6 13 (0.88%) Apache
7 10 (0.68%) SharePoint 2010
7 10 (0.68%) JBoss
8 9 (0.61%) MQSeries
9 7 (0.47%) SAS
9 7 (0.47%) SharePoint 2013
10 6 (0.41%) BizTalk Server
11 5 (0.34%) WebLogic Integration
11 5 (0.34%) Sitecore CMS
11 5 (0.34%) uiautomator
12 4 (0.27%) Umbraco
13 3 (0.20%) Oracle Workflow
13 3 (0.20%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 73 (4.95%) MS Excel
2 54 (3.66%) MS Office
3 10 (0.68%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (0.54%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (0.34%) MS Project
5 5 (0.34%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.14%) Mingle
7 1 (0.068%) SPSS
7 1 (0.068%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 26 (1.76%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.68%) SAP HR
2 10 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.54%) BASE24
4 7 (0.47%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 7 (0.47%) Oracle Financials
5 6 (0.41%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (0.41%) Oracle Applications
5 6 (0.41%) SAP CRM
6 5 (0.34%) Summit
7 4 (0.27%) Oracle Retail
7 4 (0.27%) SAP HCM
7 4 (0.27%) Cognos TM1
8 3 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
8 3 (0.20%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.20%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.20%) SAP PP
8 3 (0.20%) SAP APO
8 3 (0.20%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 3 (0.20%) IntelliMatch
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.54%) SaaS
2 7 (0.47%) SuccessFactors
3 5 (0.34%) Cloud Computing
3 5 (0.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 5 (0.34%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.20%) Office 365
5 2 (0.14%) GitHub
5 2 (0.14%) IaaS
5 2 (0.14%) Trello
6 1 (0.068%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.068%) Force.com
6 1 (0.068%) Basecamp
6 1 (0.068%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 35 (2.37%) HTTP
2 27 (1.83%) TCP/IP
3 20 (1.36%) Wireshark
4 15 (1.02%) Internet
5 11 (0.75%) Firewall
5 11 (0.75%) SAN
6 10 (0.68%) FTP
7 8 (0.54%) HTTPS
7 8 (0.54%) DVB
8 7 (0.47%) DNS
8 7 (0.47%) SSL
8 7 (0.47%) GPRS
8 7 (0.47%) Network Security
9 6 (0.41%) SMS
9 6 (0.41%) Wi-Fi
9 6 (0.41%) Wireless
10 4 (0.27%) DLNA
10 4 (0.27%) WPA2
10 4 (0.27%) GSM
10 4 (0.27%) Bluetooth
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (4.47%) SQL Server
1 66 (4.47%) Oracle Database
2 52 (3.52%) Data Warehouse
3 41 (2.78%) Relational Database
4 36 (2.44%) MySQL
5 20 (1.36%) DB2
6 19 (1.29%) Oracle Reports
7 13 (0.88%) RDBMS
8 10 (0.68%) DbVisualizer
9 9 (0.61%) Oracle BI EE
9 9 (0.61%) Big Data
10 8 (0.54%) Oracle ODI
10 8 (0.54%) Oracle Database 11g
10 8 (0.54%) PowerCenter
11 7 (0.47%) SQL Server 2008
12 6 (0.41%) SQL Server 2012
12 6 (0.41%) NoSQL
12 6 (0.41%) MS Access
12 6 (0.41%) SAP BW
12 6 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 360 (24.39%) Selenium
2 187 (12.67%) JIRA
3 168 (11.38%) Cucumber
4 166 (11.25%) WebDriver
5 143 (9.69%) QuickTest Pro
6 88 (5.96%) JMeter
7 75 (5.08%) Jenkins
8 74 (5.01%) Team Foundation Server
9 73 (4.95%) LoadRunner
10 62 (4.20%) Visual Studio
11 58 (3.93%) SoapUI
12 53 (3.59%) JUnit
13 48 (3.25%) Subversion
14 38 (2.57%) Calabash
14 38 (2.57%) SpecFlow
15 37 (2.51%) Maven
16 31 (2.10%) WATIR
16 31 (2.10%) Bugzilla
17 29 (1.96%) Appium
17 29 (1.96%) Eclipse
General
1 215 (14.57%) Finance
2 77 (5.22%) Banking
3 36 (2.44%) Retail
4 34 (2.30%) Telecoms
5 33 (2.24%) Electronics
6 27 (1.83%) Manufacturing
7 21 (1.42%) Billing
8 16 (1.08%) Games
9 13 (0.88%) Investment Banking
10 12 (0.81%) Marketing
11 11 (0.75%) Automotive
12 9 (0.61%) Retail Banking
13 7 (0.47%) Legal
14 6 (0.41%) Pharmaceutical
14 6 (0.41%) Advertising
15 4 (0.27%) Military
16 3 (0.20%) Publishing
16 3 (0.20%) Financial Institution
16 3 (0.20%) Front Office
16 3 (0.20%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 157 (10.64%) .NET
2 135 (9.15%) Web Services
3 102 (6.91%) XML
4 90 (6.10%) HTML
5 74 (5.01%) SOAP
6 48 (3.25%) REST
7 36 (2.44%) RESTful
8 32 (2.17%) JSON
8 32 (2.17%) ASP.NET
9 31 (2.10%) CSS
10 25 (1.69%) .NET Framework
11 21 (1.42%) J2EE
12 20 (1.36%) JSP
13 19 (1.29%) Gherkin
14 17 (1.15%) jQuery
15 15 (1.02%) Spring
15 15 (1.02%) HTML5
16 13 (0.88%) WCF
17 12 (0.81%) Middleware
18 11 (0.75%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 79 (5.35%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (5.08%) Open Source
3 74 (5.01%) Mobile App
4 32 (2.17%) User Experience
5 28 (1.90%) Client/Server
5 28 (1.90%) STB
6 25 (1.69%) Computer Science
7 18 (1.22%) NHS
8 16 (1.08%) EMV
9 15 (1.02%) AS400
9 15 (1.02%) Video on Demand
10 14 (0.95%) Over-the-Top Content
11 13 (0.88%) Management Information System
11 13 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
12 12 (0.81%) Smartcard
12 12 (0.81%) IPTV
13 10 (0.68%) SWIFT
13 10 (0.68%) Derivative
14 9 (0.61%) Statistics
14 9 (0.61%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 139 (9.42%) Linux
2 137 (9.28%) UNIX
3 116 (7.86%) Windows
4 76 (5.15%) Android
5 73 (4.95%) Apple iOS
6 28 (1.90%) Windows 7
7 25 (1.69%) Windows XP
8 14 (0.95%) Windows Server 2003
9 13 (0.88%) Windows Server 2008
10 11 (0.75%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 10 (0.68%) Embedded Linux
12 8 (0.54%) Windows 2000
13 7 (0.47%) Windows 8
14 6 (0.41%) HPUX
15 5 (0.34%) SUSE
15 5 (0.34%) Solaris
16 3 (0.20%) AIX
16 3 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
17 2 (0.14%) Mac OS
17 2 (0.14%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 522 (35.37%) Agile Software Development
2 404 (27.37%) Test Scripting
3 206 (13.96%) Test Automation
4 201 (13.62%) User Acceptance Testing
5 192 (13.01%) BDD
6 191 (12.94%) Scrum
7 177 (11.99%) Software Testing
8 169 (11.45%) Automated Testing
9 158 (10.70%) Automation Testing
10 157 (10.64%) TDD
11 151 (10.23%) Manual Testing
12 140 (9.49%) Performance Testing
13 111 (7.52%) Regression Testing
14 91 (6.17%) User Stories
15 90 (6.10%) System Testing
16 80 (5.42%) Integration Testing
17 75 (5.08%) Continuous Integration
18 72 (4.88%) Test Management
19 70 (4.74%) Test Strategy
20 60 (4.07%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 404 (27.37%) SQL
2 329 (22.29%) Java
3 165 (11.18%) C#
4 108 (7.32%) JavaScript
5 100 (6.78%) Ruby
6 77 (5.22%) Python
7 53 (3.59%) PHP
8 46 (3.12%) PL/SQL
9 38 (2.57%) VB
10 31 (2.10%) C++
11 30 (2.03%) Shell Script
12 28 (1.90%) C
13 26 (1.76%) VBScript
14 23 (1.56%) Perl
15 22 (1.49%) VB.NET
16 15 (1.02%) VBA
17 11 (0.75%) XPath
17 11 (0.75%) Bash Shell
18 10 (0.68%) Scala
19 8 (0.54%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 230 (15.58%) ISEB
2 173 (11.72%) ISTQB
3 155 (10.50%) Security Cleared
4 130 (8.81%) SC Cleared
5 68 (4.61%) Degree
6 64 (4.34%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 28 (1.90%) DV Cleared
8 19 (1.29%) CISSP
8 19 (1.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 12 (0.81%) ISEB Practitioner
10 10 (0.68%) CEH
11 9 (0.61%) CISM
12 7 (0.47%) MOS
12 7 (0.47%) HND
13 6 (0.41%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (0.34%) CISA
15 4 (0.27%) HNC
15 4 (0.27%) Microsoft Certification
15 4 (0.27%) MCITP
16 3 (0.20%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 318 (21.54%) QA
2 13 (0.88%) PCI DSS
3 8 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (0.41%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.27%) ISO 14001
6 3 (0.20%) GxP
7 2 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.068%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.068%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.068%) Solvency II
System Software
1 11 (0.75%) Nmap
2 9 (0.61%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.54%) XenApp
4 7 (0.47%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.41%) Firmware
6 5 (0.34%) Snort
7 2 (0.14%) vCloud
7 2 (0.14%) KVM
7 2 (0.14%) XenServer
7 2 (0.14%) ISA Server
7 2 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.068%) NDS
8 1 (0.068%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.068%) Cygwin
8 1 (0.068%) Oracle RAC
Systems Management
1 205 (13.89%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (0.88%) Nessus
3 5 (0.34%) SCOM
4 3 (0.20%) Control-M
4 3 (0.20%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 2 (0.14%) HP SiteScope
5 2 (0.14%) HP Data Protector
5 2 (0.14%) Puppet
5 2 (0.14%) Nagios
5 2 (0.14%) Netcool
5 2 (0.14%) WebInspect
6 1 (0.068%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 1 (0.068%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.068%) CORE IMPACT
6 1 (0.068%) SCCM
6 1 (0.068%) CA LISA
6 1 (0.068%) Vagrant
6 1 (0.068%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 210 (14.23%) Oracle
2 181 (12.26%) HP
3 135 (9.15%) Microsoft
4 49 (3.32%) SAP
5 30 (2.03%) IBM
6 22 (1.49%) Informatica
6 22 (1.49%) Google
7 21 (1.42%) Citrix
8 15 (1.02%) VMware
9 13 (0.88%) Red Hat
10 12 (0.81%) Telerik
11 11 (0.75%) Salesforce.com
12 9 (0.61%) AppSense
12 9 (0.61%) Cisco
13 7 (0.47%) Cognos
14 6 (0.41%) SOASTA, Inc
14 6 (0.41%) Sitecore
14 6 (0.41%) TIBCO
14 6 (0.41%) ATG
15 5 (0.34%) CODA
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £125 - £145 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 230 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 to £350 per annum
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Coal IT Services
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Proactive Appointments
Rate: From £200 to £235 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
C.O.A.L IT Services Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Slough, Berkshire
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Careerwise UK Limited
Rate: £320 - £325 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Haybrook IT Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £500 per day 2 days per week
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Nationwide People Ltd
Rate: £300 - £315 Per Day Rate DOE Ltd Co Basis
Posted: 4 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £320.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh & Lothians
Technology Sourcing Limited
Rate: market rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £382.50 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago