The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 28 July 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
28 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 196 167 151
Rank change year-on-year
-29 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 692 808 817
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.28% 1.42% 1.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.35% 1.49% 1.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 431 516 553
Median daily rate £375 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £205 £210 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £330 £300 £306
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 12
Median hourly rate £40.00 £31.25 £16.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.00% +86.01%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £23.00 £11.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.00 £39.50 £127.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £31.25 £12.50
% change year-on-year
+28.00% +150.00%

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
51170 54095 51865
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.76% 94.76% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 33263 34303 31438
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1565 2020 2092
Median hourly rate £17.00 £16.60 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +0.60%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.80 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.46 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.14
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +0.12%

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Tester in the job title.

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 28 July 2016.

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 28 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 28 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -35 645 £375 +10.29% 251
London +3 326 £400 - 69
South East -52 99 £333 +2.30% 49
Yorkshire -3 42 £363 +28.88% 16
South West +1 40 £325 +4.83% 20
North West -12 36 £338 +12.50% 32
West Midlands -19 35 £300 +1.69% 23
City of London +32 33 £450 +28.57% 9
Hampshire -15 29 £338 +7.14% 5
Scotland -16 27 £300 -11.11% 2
Manchester +6 25 £340 +9.67% 23
North East -18 25 £278 +23.33% 4
Berkshire -24 25 £355 +1.42% 13
East of England +24 23 £350 +7.69% 23
West Yorkshire -9 22 £420 +52.72% 12
Newcastle upon Tyne -35 19 £275 +22.22% 4
Tyne and Wear -39 19 £275 +22.22% 4
Croydon -2 17 £380 - 1
Birmingham -3 15 £150 -50.00% 9
South Yorkshire +7 14 £350 +2.18% 3
Sheffield +2 14 £350 -6.66% 3
West Sussex -3 14 £300 -15.78% 1
Leeds -18 14 £350 +27.27% 10
Staffordshire +6 11 £314 +6.35% 1
Bristol -3 11 £400 +21.21% 5
Reading -5 11 £360 +2.12% 11
Surrey -12 11 £300 -22.58% 6
Buckinghamshire +4 10 £270 -15.62% 11
Glasgow +3 10 £350 +14.75%
South Wales -7 10 £350 +37.25% 1

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 July 2016, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Tester in the job title.

1 573 (41.40%) Agile Software Development
2 354 (25.58%) Selenium
3 344 (24.86%) Java
4 309 (22.33%) SQL
5 294 (21.24%) Test Scripting
6 272 (19.65%) QA
7 230 (16.62%) Cucumber
8 228 (16.47%) BDD
9 222 (16.04%) Scrum
10 219 (15.82%) JIRA
11 203 (14.67%) Security Cleared
12 194 (14.02%) Finance
13 188 (13.58%) WebDriver
14 185 (13.37%) Functional Testing
15 178 (12.86%) Test Automation
16 176 (12.72%) Automated Testing
17 158 (11.42%) Oracle
17 158 (11.42%) SC Cleared
18 142 (10.26%) Automation Testing
19 140 (10.12%) C#
20 137 (9.90%) Manual Testing
21 134 (9.68%) Unix
21 134 (9.68%) ISEB
22 133 (9.61%) Non-Functional Testing
23 130 (9.39%) Software Testing
24 128 (9.25%) Regression Testing
25 125 (9.03%) User Acceptance Testing
26 124 (8.96%) Continuous Integration
27 123 (8.89%) Performance Testing
27 123 (8.89%) JavaScript

Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 37 (2.67%) Confluence
2 19 (1.37%) WebSphere
3 15 (1.08%) Apache
4 14 (1.01%) CMS
4 14 (1.01%) SharePoint
5 13 (0.94%) SAS
6 12 (0.87%) WebLogic
7 11 (0.79%) JBoss
8 10 (0.72%) Tomcat
9 7 (0.51%) IIS
10 6 (0.43%) Skype for Business
11 5 (0.36%) Mule
12 4 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 4 (0.29%) IBM Transformation Extender
13 3 (0.22%) Apache Pig
13 3 (0.22%) Apache Spark
13 3 (0.22%) Oracle Service Bus
13 3 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
13 3 (0.22%) Umbraco
14 2 (0.14%) WordPress
Applications
1 51 (3.68%) MS Excel
2 33 (2.38%) MS Office
3 11 (0.79%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.22%) Mingle
4 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.14%) MS Project
5 2 (0.14%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.072%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 12 (0.87%) Magento
2 11 (0.79%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 8 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
5 6 (0.43%) Oracle Assets
5 6 (0.43%) Oracle Receivables
5 6 (0.43%) SAP HR
6 5 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
6 5 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
6 5 (0.36%) SAP CRM
7 4 (0.29%) ResourceLink
7 4 (0.29%) SAP FI
7 4 (0.29%) SAP IS-U
7 4 (0.29%) Temenos T24
8 3 (0.22%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 3 (0.22%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.22%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.22%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.58%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (0.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (0.43%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (0.36%) SuccessFactors
5 4 (0.29%) GitHub
5 4 (0.29%) Office 365
6 2 (0.14%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.14%) iTunes
6 2 (0.14%) Taleo
7 1 (0.072%) Heroku
7 1 (0.072%) PaaS
7 1 (0.072%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 42 (3.03%) HTTP
2 15 (1.08%) Wireless
3 12 (0.87%) Firewall
3 12 (0.87%) Internet
4 11 (0.79%) Wi-Fi
5 9 (0.65%) FTP
5 9 (0.65%) Kerberos
6 7 (0.51%) DVB
6 7 (0.51%) Network Security
7 6 (0.43%) Bluetooth
7 6 (0.43%) LDAP
7 6 (0.43%) NAS
7 6 (0.43%) PuTTY
7 6 (0.43%) TCP/IP
7 6 (0.43%) VPN
8 5 (0.36%) SAN
8 5 (0.36%) Wireless Security
9 4 (0.29%) Skype
9 4 (0.29%) SSH
9 4 (0.29%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 89 (6.43%) SQL Server
2 66 (4.77%) Data Warehouse
3 41 (2.96%) Oracle Database
4 25 (1.81%) Oracle Database 11g
5 24 (1.73%) Hadoop
5 24 (1.73%) Oracle Reports
6 23 (1.66%) MySQL
7 20 (1.45%) Big Data
8 17 (1.23%) Relational Database
9 16 (1.16%) DB2
10 12 (0.87%) Oracle ODI
11 9 (0.65%) BusinessObjects
12 8 (0.58%) RDBMS
12 8 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (0.51%) Base SAS
13 7 (0.51%) Data Mining
13 7 (0.51%) NoSQL
13 7 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 7 (0.51%) Star Schema
14 6 (0.43%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 354 (25.58%) Selenium
2 230 (16.62%) Cucumber
3 219 (15.82%) JIRA
4 188 (13.58%) WebDriver
5 122 (8.82%) Jenkins
6 95 (6.86%) SoapUI
7 88 (6.36%) HP UFT
8 87 (6.29%) Git (software)
8 87 (6.29%) JMeter
9 72 (5.20%) LoadRunner
10 70 (5.06%) SpecFlow
11 65 (4.70%) Team Foundation Server
12 43 (3.11%) Visual Studio
13 40 (2.89%) Subversion
14 37 (2.67%) Appium
15 34 (2.46%) JUnit
16 26 (1.88%) Gatling
16 26 (1.88%) Maven
17 25 (1.81%) Calabash
18 22 (1.59%) ERwin
General
1 194 (14.02%) Finance
2 79 (5.71%) Banking
3 64 (4.62%) Retail
4 40 (2.89%) Telecoms
5 28 (2.02%) Games
6 21 (1.52%) Investment Banking
7 17 (1.23%) Manufacturing
8 12 (0.87%) Billing
8 12 (0.87%) Electronics
8 12 (0.87%) Marketing
9 10 (0.72%) Financial Institution
10 9 (0.65%) Front Office
10 9 (0.65%) Legal
11 6 (0.43%) Advertising
12 5 (0.36%) Back Office
12 5 (0.36%) Military
12 5 (0.36%) Retail Banking
12 5 (0.36%) Spanish Language
13 4 (0.29%) Corporate Banking
14 3 (0.22%) Dutch Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 122 (8.82%) .NET
2 93 (6.72%) Web Services
3 79 (5.71%) XML
4 68 (4.91%) HTML
5 66 (4.77%) Gherkin
6 61 (4.41%) SOAP
7 55 (3.97%) RESTful
8 54 (3.90%) REST
9 49 (3.54%) JSON
10 30 (2.17%) CSS
11 21 (1.52%) Middleware
12 9 (0.65%) ActiveMQ
12 9 (0.65%) ASP.NET
12 9 (0.65%) HTML5
12 9 (0.65%) OAuth
12 9 (0.65%) SAML
13 7 (0.51%) .NET Framework
13 7 (0.51%) Behat
13 7 (0.51%) Spring
13 7 (0.51%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 92 (6.65%) Analytical Skills
2 85 (6.14%) Mobile App
3 22 (1.59%) STB
4 21 (1.52%) User Experience
5 18 (1.30%) CESG
6 13 (0.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 11 (0.79%) Computer Science
8 10 (0.72%) Client/Server
8 10 (0.72%) Credit Risk
8 10 (0.72%) Management Information System
9 9 (0.65%) Embedded Systems
9 9 (0.65%) Virtual Team
10 8 (0.58%) Blackberry
10 8 (0.58%) Digital Media
10 8 (0.58%) MPEG
11 7 (0.51%) Derivative
11 7 (0.51%) iPhone
11 7 (0.51%) NHS
11 7 (0.51%) Smart Meter
12 6 (0.43%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 134 (9.68%) Unix
2 114 (8.24%) Linux
3 90 (6.50%) Windows
4 63 (4.55%) Android
5 52 (3.76%) Apple iOS
6 11 (0.79%) Solaris
7 8 (0.58%) Windows Server
7 8 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
7 8 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.43%) Windows 7
8 6 (0.43%) Windows XP
9 4 (0.29%) AIX
9 4 (0.29%) Mac OS X
10 3 (0.22%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 3 (0.22%) VMS
11 2 (0.14%) Fedora
11 2 (0.14%) Mac OS
11 2 (0.14%) Windows 10
12 1 (0.072%) Debian
12 1 (0.072%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 573 (41.40%) Agile Software Development
2 294 (21.24%) Test Scripting
3 228 (16.47%) BDD
4 222 (16.04%) Scrum
5 185 (13.37%) Functional Testing
6 178 (12.86%) Test Automation
7 176 (12.72%) Automated Testing
8 142 (10.26%) Automation Testing
9 137 (9.90%) Manual Testing
10 133 (9.61%) Non-Functional Testing
11 130 (9.39%) Software Testing
12 128 (9.25%) Regression Testing
13 125 (9.03%) User Acceptance Testing
14 124 (8.96%) Continuous Integration
15 123 (8.89%) Performance Testing
16 119 (8.60%) TDD
17 96 (6.94%) Penetration Testing
18 84 (6.07%) Integration Testing
19 82 (5.92%) ETL
19 82 (5.92%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 344 (24.86%) Java
2 309 (22.33%) SQL
3 140 (10.12%) C#
4 123 (8.89%) JavaScript
5 83 (6.00%) Ruby
6 76 (5.49%) Python
7 47 (3.40%) C++
8 40 (2.89%) Shell Script
9 35 (2.53%) C
10 34 (2.46%) PL/SQL
11 31 (2.24%) Perl
12 29 (2.10%) PHP
13 28 (2.02%) VB
13 28 (2.02%) VBScript
14 27 (1.95%) Groovy
15 21 (1.52%) T-SQL
16 19 (1.37%) F#
17 17 (1.23%) Scala
18 14 (1.01%) Bash Shell
19 9 (0.65%) VBA
Qualifications
1 203 (14.67%) Security Cleared
2 158 (11.42%) SC Cleared
3 134 (9.68%) ISEB
4 110 (7.95%) ISTQB
5 66 (4.77%) CREST Certified
6 48 (3.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 44 (3.18%) Degree
8 26 (1.88%) DV Cleared
8 26 (1.88%) OSCP
9 24 (1.73%) CHECK Team Member
9 24 (1.73%) Cyber Scheme
10 22 (1.59%) CEH
11 21 (1.52%) Tigerscheme
12 18 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
13 17 (1.23%) CESG Certified Professional
14 11 (0.79%) CISSP
14 11 (0.79%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 8 (0.58%) CHECK Team Leader
16 7 (0.51%) GIAC
17 6 (0.43%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 272 (19.65%) QA
2 15 (1.08%) Disclosure Scotland
3 14 (1.01%) SDET
4 12 (0.87%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.36%) SEPA
6 4 (0.29%) ISO 14001
6 4 (0.29%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.29%) MiFID
6 4 (0.29%) WCAG
7 3 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
7 3 (0.22%) EMIR
7 3 (0.22%) HL7
8 2 (0.14%) WAI
9 1 (0.072%) Basel III
9 1 (0.072%) GAAP
9 1 (0.072%) GPG13
9 1 (0.072%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.072%) SLA
9 1 (0.072%) Solvency II
System Software
1 18 (1.30%) Docker
2 16 (1.16%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.36%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 4 (0.29%) VMware Infrastructure
6 3 (0.22%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.22%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.14%) HDFS
8 1 (0.072%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 111 (8.02%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (1.30%) Ansible
3 8 (0.58%) CA Service Virtualization
4 7 (0.51%) Puppet
5 6 (0.43%) Oracle Identity Management
6 5 (0.36%) HP SiteScope
7 3 (0.22%) BMC PATROL
7 3 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.14%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.14%) Control-M
8 2 (0.14%) Netcool
8 2 (0.14%) Oozie
8 2 (0.14%) Packer
8 2 (0.14%) Perfmon
8 2 (0.14%) Terraform
9 1 (0.072%) HP Fortify
9 1 (0.072%) Nessus
9 1 (0.072%) Oracle EDQ
9 1 (0.072%) SCCM
9 1 (0.072%) SCOM
Vendors
1 158 (11.42%) Oracle
2 105 (7.59%) HP
3 103 (7.44%) Microsoft
4 56 (4.05%) SAP
5 40 (2.89%) IBM
6 33 (2.38%) Informatica
7 27 (1.95%) VMware
8 15 (1.08%) EMC
8 15 (1.08%) SOASTA, Inc
9 11 (0.79%) Siebel
10 10 (0.72%) hybris
10 10 (0.72%) Red Hat
10 10 (0.72%) Veritas
11 9 (0.65%) Atlassian
11 9 (0.65%) Cognos
12 8 (0.58%) CA
12 8 (0.58%) Netezza
13 7 (0.51%) Guidewire
13 7 (0.51%) Rally
13 7 (0.51%) Teradata
Southport, Merseyside
Xcede
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 20 hours ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £30 - £35 per hour
Posted: 2 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Informatiq Consulting
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Aim Hire Jobs
Posted: Yesterday
Croydon, Surrey
EXCELerate
Rate: From £350 to £380 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Coal IT Services
Rate: £50,000 per annum + Bonus and Bens
Posted: 23 hours ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: From £270 to £290 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £425 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
East Grinstead, West Sussex
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £150 - £270 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Harris Global
Rate: Up to £280 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Venturi
Rate: £250.00 - £280 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £300 - £375 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bedfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Central London / West End
KEYRESOURCE
Rate: £300 - £400 per day, Benefits Expenses payable
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
IBS Consulting
Posted: 27 days ago
London
Aim Hire Jobs
Posted: 26 days ago