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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 194 180 148
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -32
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 658 663 727
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.28% 1.28% 1.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.35% 1.36% 1.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 454 445 446
Average daily rate £330 £320 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +1.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £215 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £320 £290 £301
% change year-on-year
+10.34% -3.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 19 4
Average hourly rate £43.50 £28.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+52.63% +26.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £13.10 £20.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £179.00 £38.50 £104.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.50 £28.50 £140.00
% change year-on-year
+52.63% -79.64%

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
48620 48918 46871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31221 30411 27715
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1735 1925 2068
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.95% -3.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 11 February 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 11 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -11 590 £338 +3.84% 283
London -19 209 £388 +3.33% 74
South East -17 99 £325 +8.33% 56
South West +43 74 £350 +7.69% 25
North West -5 55 £310 +14.81% 44
Yorkshire -18 55 £315 +14.54% 46
West Yorkshire -13 40 £315 +14.54% 23
City of London +18 37 £403 +7.33% 16
East of England +8 36 £340 +21.42% 11
Scotland +8 36 £280 -8.19% 3
Leeds -13 32 £320 +16.36% 19
Manchester -8 31 £285 +5.55% 27
West Midlands -3 30 £310 +5.08% 16
Devon +15 26 £350 -12.50% 1
Wiltshire +12 25 £320 -5.18%
Berkshire +2 25 £360 +25.21% 19
Surrey -20 23 £350 +6.06% 11
North East 0 20 £360 -0.68% 2
Edinburgh -4 20 £293 +4.93% 1
Tyne and Wear -8 20 £360 +10.76% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -11 20 £360 +10.76% 2
Wales -11 19 £305 +19.60% 1
Plymouth - 19 £350 - 1
Swindon +15 18 £320 -
Cardiff -8 18 £300 +17.64% 1
South Wales -11 18 £300 +17.64% 1
Hampshire -21 16 £325 +8.33% 5
Merseyside +13 15 £375 -21.05% 4
Liverpool +9 15 £375 -21.05% 3
Reading -4 15 £370 +18.40% 11

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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.

1 588 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
2 364 (23.96%) Test Scripting
3 347 (22.84%) SQL
4 329 (21.66%) Selenium
5 288 (18.96%) QA
6 285 (18.76%) Finance
7 249 (16.39%) Test Automation
8 213 (14.02%) Java
9 211 (13.89%) Manual Testing
10 208 (13.69%) Security Cleared
11 200 (13.17%) Cucumber
12 198 (13.03%) ISEB
13 195 (12.84%) BDD
14 189 (12.44%) User Acceptance Testing
15 187 (12.31%) Software Testing
16 185 (12.18%) Oracle
17 184 (12.11%) Microsoft
18 182 (11.98%) ISTQB
19 176 (11.59%) Functional Testing
20 168 (11.06%) Scrum
21 157 (10.34%) Automated Testing
22 145 (9.55%) SC Cleared
23 143 (9.41%) JIRA
24 141 (9.28%) Automation Testing
25 139 (9.15%) Regression Testing
25 139 (9.15%) .NET
26 136 (8.95%) C#
26 136 (8.95%) WebDriver
27 134 (8.82%) HP
28 129 (8.49%) Performance Testing

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 23 (1.51%) CMS
2 21 (1.38%) Confluence
3 16 (1.05%) SAS
4 15 (0.99%) SharePoint
5 11 (0.72%) WebSphere
6 8 (0.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 8 (0.53%) Node.js
7 7 (0.46%) JBoss
8 6 (0.39%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 5 (0.33%) MS Exchange
9 5 (0.33%) NetWeaver
9 5 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
9 5 (0.33%) WordPress
10 4 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.26%) Skype for Business
10 4 (0.26%) WebLogic
11 3 (0.20%) Apache
11 3 (0.20%) Apache Pig
11 3 (0.20%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
12 2 (0.13%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 49 (3.23%) MS Excel
2 48 (3.16%) MS Office
3 10 (0.66%) MS PowerPoint
4 6 (0.39%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.20%) HipChat
6 2 (0.13%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.066%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 19 (1.25%) Oracle EBS R12
2 18 (1.18%) Oracle Payables
3 17 (1.12%) Magento
3 17 (1.12%) Oracle ERP
4 14 (0.92%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 12 (0.79%) SAP FI
6 9 (0.59%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 8 (0.53%) SAP CO
7 8 (0.53%) SAP FI/CO
8 7 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
8 7 (0.46%) Oracle EBS
8 7 (0.46%) Unit4 Business World
9 6 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
10 4 (0.26%) Oracle Applications
10 4 (0.26%) Oracle General Ledger
10 4 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
11 3 (0.20%) SAP ERP
11 3 (0.20%) SAP PM
11 3 (0.20%) Teamcenter
11 3 (0.20%) Tesseract
Cloud Services
1 15 (0.99%) Office 365
2 12 (0.79%) GitHub
3 6 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
4 5 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (0.33%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (0.20%) SaaS
6 2 (0.13%) Sage Pay
7 1 (0.066%) Boomi
7 1 (0.066%) Force.com
7 1 (0.066%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.066%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.066%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 14 (0.92%) Internet
2 13 (0.86%) HTTP
3 10 (0.66%) FTP
3 10 (0.66%) Wireless
4 8 (0.53%) Diameter Protocol
4 8 (0.53%) SNMP
5 7 (0.46%) LAN
5 7 (0.46%) TCP/IP
5 7 (0.46%) Wi-Fi
6 6 (0.39%) Cisco ASA
6 6 (0.39%) Wireshark
7 5 (0.33%) Bluetooth
7 5 (0.33%) DOCSIS
7 5 (0.33%) Firewall
7 5 (0.33%) Network Security
7 5 (0.33%) WAN
8 4 (0.26%) 3GPP
8 4 (0.26%) Intranet
8 4 (0.26%) MPLS
8 4 (0.26%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 127 (8.36%) SQL Server
2 69 (4.54%) Data Warehouse
3 44 (2.90%) Oracle Database
4 24 (1.58%) DB2
4 24 (1.58%) Relational Database
5 19 (1.25%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 17 (1.12%) Oracle Reports
7 13 (0.86%) MySQL
8 12 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
9 10 (0.66%) BusinessObjects
10 9 (0.59%) Big Data
10 9 (0.59%) BODI
10 9 (0.59%) BusinessObjects XI
10 9 (0.59%) PowerCenter
10 9 (0.59%) SQL Server 2008
11 8 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
12 7 (0.46%) Data Mining
12 7 (0.46%) Oracle BI EE
12 7 (0.46%) SAP BI
12 7 (0.46%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 329 (21.66%) Selenium
2 200 (13.17%) Cucumber
3 143 (9.41%) JIRA
4 136 (8.95%) WebDriver
5 113 (7.44%) HP UFT
6 95 (6.25%) Jenkins
7 90 (5.92%) LoadRunner
8 82 (5.40%) SoapUI
9 75 (4.94%) Team Foundation Server
10 66 (4.34%) JMeter
11 48 (3.16%) Git (software)
12 47 (3.09%) SpecFlow
13 46 (3.03%) Appium
14 45 (2.96%) Visual Studio
15 35 (2.30%) Capybara
16 28 (1.84%) Calabash
17 27 (1.78%) Toad
18 24 (1.58%) Subversion
19 23 (1.51%) ERwin
20 18 (1.18%) JUnit
General
1 285 (18.76%) Finance
2 68 (4.48%) Banking
3 64 (4.21%) Retail
4 50 (3.29%) Telecoms
5 25 (1.65%) Marketing
6 22 (1.45%) Manufacturing
7 19 (1.25%) Electronics
8 15 (0.99%) Billing
9 14 (0.92%) Games
9 14 (0.92%) Investment Banking
10 11 (0.72%) Advertising
11 9 (0.59%) Financial Institution
11 9 (0.59%) Military
12 7 (0.46%) Pharmaceutical
12 7 (0.46%) Retail Banking
13 5 (0.33%) Back Office
13 5 (0.33%) General Ledger
14 4 (0.26%) Law
15 3 (0.20%) Automotive
15 3 (0.20%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 139 (9.15%) .NET
2 94 (6.19%) XML
3 78 (5.13%) Web Services
4 68 (4.48%) SOAP
5 58 (3.82%) Gherkin
6 54 (3.55%) HTML
7 44 (2.90%) RESTful
8 25 (1.65%) Middleware
9 22 (1.45%) ASP.NET
9 22 (1.45%) REST
10 20 (1.32%) JSON
11 16 (1.05%) Behat
12 15 (0.99%) CSS
13 11 (0.72%) XML Messaging
14 10 (0.66%) WinForms
14 10 (0.66%) WPF
15 8 (0.53%) ASP.NET MVC
15 8 (0.53%) J2EE
15 8 (0.53%) MSMQ
16 7 (0.46%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 77 (5.07%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (4.28%) Mobile App
3 28 (1.84%) User Experience
4 17 (1.12%) Data Centre
5 14 (0.92%) Computer Science
5 14 (0.92%) Smart Meter
5 14 (0.92%) STB
6 13 (0.86%) Enterprise Software
6 13 (0.86%) NHS
6 13 (0.86%) Statistics
7 11 (0.72%) Clustering
7 11 (0.72%) PDA
8 10 (0.66%) Mainframe
8 10 (0.66%) Management Information System
9 9 (0.59%) EPoS
10 8 (0.53%) Hedge funds
10 8 (0.53%) Video on Demand
11 7 (0.46%) MPEG
11 7 (0.46%) SWIFT
12 6 (0.39%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 103 (6.78%) Windows
2 102 (6.71%) Unix
3 92 (6.06%) Linux
4 58 (3.82%) Android
5 54 (3.55%) Apple iOS
6 21 (1.38%) Windows Server 2008
7 19 (1.25%) Windows 7
7 19 (1.25%) Windows Server 2003
8 15 (0.99%) Windows XP
9 13 (0.86%) AIX
10 12 (0.79%) Windows Server
11 8 (0.53%) Solaris
12 7 (0.46%) Kali Linux
12 7 (0.46%) Windows Server 2012
13 5 (0.33%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 4 (0.26%) Windows 10
15 2 (0.13%) SUSE
16 1 (0.066%) Debian
16 1 (0.066%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 588 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
2 364 (23.96%) Test Scripting
3 249 (16.39%) Test Automation
4 211 (13.89%) Manual Testing
5 195 (12.84%) BDD
6 189 (12.44%) User Acceptance Testing
7 187 (12.31%) Software Testing
8 176 (11.59%) Functional Testing
9 168 (11.06%) Scrum
10 157 (10.34%) Automated Testing
11 141 (9.28%) Automation Testing
12 139 (9.15%) Regression Testing
13 129 (8.49%) Performance Testing
14 102 (6.71%) TDD
15 101 (6.65%) Continuous Integration
15 101 (6.65%) Non-Functional Testing
16 91 (5.99%) Test Strategy
17 86 (5.66%) Migration
18 85 (5.60%) Defect Management
19 83 (5.46%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 347 (22.84%) SQL
2 213 (14.02%) Java
3 136 (8.95%) C#
4 93 (6.12%) Ruby
5 78 (5.13%) JavaScript
6 64 (4.21%) C++
7 56 (3.69%) PL/SQL
7 56 (3.69%) Python
8 39 (2.57%) PHP
9 38 (2.50%) T-SQL
10 34 (2.24%) C
11 28 (1.84%) VB
12 26 (1.71%) Perl
12 26 (1.71%) Shell Script
13 19 (1.25%) VBScript
14 11 (0.72%) Groovy
15 10 (0.66%) Bash Shell
15 10 (0.66%) F#
15 10 (0.66%) VBA
16 8 (0.53%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 208 (13.69%) Security Cleared
2 198 (13.03%) ISEB
3 182 (11.98%) ISTQB
4 145 (9.55%) SC Cleared
5 98 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 33 (2.17%) Degree
7 29 (1.91%) CREST Certified
7 29 (1.91%) DV Cleared
8 18 (1.18%) ISEB Practitioner
9 17 (1.12%) CEH
10 15 (0.99%) BPSS Clearance
11 11 (0.72%) MCITP
11 11 (0.72%) MCSA
11 11 (0.72%) MCSE
11 11 (0.72%) MCTS
11 11 (0.72%) Microsoft Certification
12 8 (0.53%) PhD
13 5 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
13 5 (0.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 5 (0.33%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 288 (18.96%) QA
2 22 (1.45%) Disclosure Scotland
3 18 (1.18%) Data Quality
4 12 (0.79%) SDET
5 11 (0.72%) SEPA
6 6 (0.39%) SLA
7 5 (0.33%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.20%) COBIT
8 3 (0.20%) GAAP
8 3 (0.20%) GPG13
8 3 (0.20%) WAI
8 3 (0.20%) WCAG
9 2 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.13%) EMIR
9 2 (0.13%) FedRAMP
9 2 (0.13%) ISO 8583
9 2 (0.13%) MiFID
10 1 (0.066%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.066%) ISO20022
10 1 (0.066%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 25 (1.65%) Active Directory
2 14 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (0.86%) Hyper-V
4 11 (0.72%) VMware ESX
5 3 (0.20%) HDFS
6 2 (0.13%) Docker
6 2 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.13%) Microsoft Virtual Server
7 1 (0.066%) Firmware
7 1 (0.066%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.066%) XenApp
7 1 (0.066%) XenDesktop
7 1 (0.066%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 118 (7.77%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (0.72%) McAfee ePO
2 11 (0.72%) Netcool
3 9 (0.59%) Nessus
4 7 (0.46%) HP SiteScope
5 6 (0.39%) Puppet
6 5 (0.33%) SCOM
6 5 (0.33%) WebSphere Cast Iron
7 3 (0.20%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.13%) Cisco CUCM
8 2 (0.13%) EMC NetWorker
8 2 (0.13%) nmon
8 2 (0.13%) SCCM
9 1 (0.066%) Ansible
9 1 (0.066%) BMC PATROL
9 1 (0.066%) Iperf
9 1 (0.066%) Kubernetes
9 1 (0.066%) Nmap
9 1 (0.066%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.066%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 185 (12.18%) Oracle
2 184 (12.11%) Microsoft
3 134 (8.82%) HP
4 68 (4.48%) SAP
5 53 (3.49%) Informatica
6 29 (1.91%) IBM
7 27 (1.78%) VMware
8 22 (1.45%) Citrix
9 18 (1.18%) Sybase
10 16 (1.05%) Veritas
11 14 (0.92%) hybris
12 13 (0.86%) Cognos
12 13 (0.86%) Remedy
12 13 (0.86%) Siebel
13 11 (0.72%) Cisco
13 11 (0.72%) Intel Security
14 10 (0.66%) Salesforce.com
15 9 (0.59%) SOASTA, Inc
15 9 (0.59%) Telerik
16 8 (0.53%) ATG
East Molesey, Surrey
Historic Royal Palaces
Rate: £31,319 per annum
Posted: 1 hour ago
City, London
The People Network
Rate: £220 - £250 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Gloucestershire
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: upto £320 a day
Posted: 8 hours ago
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £345 per day + competitive
Posted: 13 hours ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £260 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £0.00 per annum + Negotiable
Posted: Yesterday
London
Salt
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Chorley, Lancashire
Applause IT Innovation
Rate: £275 - £325 per day +
Posted: Yesterday
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified MArket Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £190 - £216 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Maidenhead, Berkshire
X4 Group
Rate: £400 - 450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Rate: £320.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham, West Midlands (County)
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £320.00 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + doe
Posted: 6 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £130 - £215 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Burnley
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + doe
Posted: 7 days ago
Wirral
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + doe
Posted: 7 days ago
Sheffield
Amoria Bond
Rate: £0.000 per hour
Posted: 10 days ago
South West England
People Source Consulting
Rate: £480 - £585 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
East Riding of Yorkshire
Nigel Frank International
Posted: 15 days ago
Manchester
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + Long Term Contract
Posted: 16 days ago
London
G2 Recruitment
Rate: £250 - 450 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Spectrum IT
Rate: £100 - £200 per day
Posted: 20 days ago