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 31 May 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
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 205 202 143
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -59
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 650 605 837
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.21% 1.12% 1.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.28% 1.18% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 439 387 577
Median daily rate £350 £321 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.94% -4.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £215 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £425 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £310 £310
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 7 8
Median hourly rate £42.90 £37.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.38% +56.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £26.50 £11.03
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.60 £158.60 £33.30
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £37.25 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+16.77% +24.16%

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
50823 51340 50433
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.76% 94.71% 94.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 33235 31856 31169
Median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1467 2031 2115
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.50 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.16 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.29% -2.06%

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 31 May 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 31 May 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 31 May 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 +14 594 £350 +7.69% 186
London +22 244 £400 +14.28% 54
South East -29 90 £350 +7.69% 40
Yorkshire +18 47 £350 +16.66% 18
North West -24 44 £310 +3.33% 22
South West -6 41 £325 -2.98% 20
North East -15 35 £325 +4.41% 2
West Midlands -13 32 £330 +10.00% 8
East of England +9 31 £350 +7.69% 18
Hampshire +10 30 £350 +3.70% 5
Tyne and Wear -18 30 £323 +3.61% 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -27 30 £323 +3.61% 2
City of London +25 28 £450 +29.49% 10
Scotland -27 25 £308 +0.81% 3
Manchester -11 24 £310 -3.12% 14
South Yorkshire +18 23 £350 -6.66% 4
West Yorkshire 0 19 £325 +17.11% 9
Sheffield -4 19 £350 -6.66% 3
Leeds -3 18 £325 +15.04% 8
Berkshire -24 17 £350 +5.66% 9
Hertfordshire +16 16 £388 +10.71% 1
Wales -12 15 £325 +4.00%
Wiltshire +8 14 £300 -25.00%
Reading -16 14 £355 +1.42% 5
West Sussex -22 14 £350 +1.81%
Devon +8 13 £323 +4.03%
Glasgow 0 13 £332 +13.02% 2
Kent -6 12 £210 +5.00% 1
East Midlands +9 11 £308 +2.58% 3
Cheshire -7 11 £325 +4.83% 5

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 May 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.

1 542 (41.89%) Agile Software Development
2 325 (25.12%) SQL
3 312 (24.11%) Selenium
4 276 (21.33%) Test Scripting
5 263 (20.32%) Java
6 257 (19.86%) QA
7 221 (17.08%) Finance
8 215 (16.62%) BDD
9 210 (16.23%) Cucumber
10 193 (14.91%) Scrum
11 181 (13.99%) JIRA
12 180 (13.91%) Functional Testing
12 180 (13.91%) Test Automation
13 177 (13.68%) Security Cleared
14 175 (13.52%) Oracle
15 170 (13.14%) WebDriver
16 153 (11.82%) Automated Testing
17 150 (11.59%) ISEB
18 144 (11.13%) ISTQB
19 142 (10.97%) SC Cleared
20 140 (10.82%) Manual Testing
21 138 (10.66%) Unix
22 135 (10.43%) Automation Testing
23 134 (10.36%) User Acceptance Testing
24 125 (9.66%) Non-Functional Testing
24 125 (9.66%) .NET
24 125 (9.66%) Software Testing
25 123 (9.51%) JavaScript
26 121 (9.35%) C#
26 121 (9.35%) Linux

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 40 (3.09%) Confluence
2 18 (1.39%) SharePoint
3 14 (1.08%) CMS
4 13 (1.00%) SAS
4 13 (1.00%) WebSphere
5 8 (0.62%) WebLogic
6 7 (0.54%) Apache
6 7 (0.54%) JBoss
7 5 (0.39%) Mule
7 5 (0.39%) Node.js
7 5 (0.39%) WordPress
8 4 (0.31%) MS Exchange
8 4 (0.31%) Skype for Business
8 4 (0.31%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
9 3 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 3 (0.23%) Apache Pig
9 3 (0.23%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.23%) Oracle Service Bus
9 3 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (0.23%) Umbraco
Applications
1 47 (3.63%) MS Excel
2 35 (2.70%) MS Office
3 13 (1.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.15%) MS Project
5 1 (0.077%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.077%) Mingle
5 1 (0.077%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.077%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 19 (1.47%) Magento
2 15 (1.16%) Oracle EBS R12
3 14 (1.08%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 13 (1.00%) Oracle Payables
5 11 (0.85%) Oracle ERP
6 9 (0.70%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 8 (0.62%) Dynamics CRM
7 8 (0.62%) Oracle EBS
8 7 (0.54%) Oracle Receivables
9 6 (0.46%) Oracle Assets
10 5 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
10 5 (0.39%) SAP FI
10 5 (0.39%) SAP IS-U
11 4 (0.31%) Oracle Applications
11 4 (0.31%) SAP CO
11 4 (0.31%) SAP CRM
11 4 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
11 4 (0.31%) SAP HR
12 3 (0.23%) Oracle General Ledger
12 3 (0.23%) ResourceLink
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.46%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
1 6 (0.46%) Office 365
2 5 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (0.23%) GitHub
3 3 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
4 2 (0.15%) Amazon S3
4 2 (0.15%) iTunes
4 2 (0.15%) Taleo
5 1 (0.077%) Force.com
5 1 (0.077%) Heroku
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.47%) HTTP
2 14 (1.08%) FTP
3 13 (1.00%) Firewall
3 13 (1.00%) Internet
4 11 (0.85%) Wireless
5 8 (0.62%) Network Security
5 8 (0.62%) TCP/IP
5 8 (0.62%) VPN
6 6 (0.46%) Bluetooth
6 6 (0.46%) Cisco ASA
6 6 (0.46%) NAS
6 6 (0.46%) SAN
6 6 (0.46%) SNMP
6 6 (0.46%) Wi-Fi
7 5 (0.39%) DVB
7 5 (0.39%) Wireless Security
8 4 (0.31%) PuTTY
8 4 (0.31%) SSH
9 3 (0.23%) Intrusion Detection
9 3 (0.23%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 111 (8.58%) SQL Server
2 54 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
3 49 (3.79%) Oracle Database
4 26 (2.01%) Oracle Database 11g
5 22 (1.70%) Oracle Reports
6 21 (1.62%) DB2
6 21 (1.62%) MySQL
7 16 (1.24%) Relational Database
8 13 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 12 (0.93%) Big Data
10 11 (0.85%) Hadoop
11 10 (0.77%) SQL Server 2008
12 9 (0.70%) Data Mining
13 8 (0.62%) NoSQL
14 7 (0.54%) Base SAS
14 7 (0.54%) BusinessObjects
14 7 (0.54%) RDBMS
15 5 (0.39%) DbVisualizer
15 5 (0.39%) Oracle Database 10g
15 5 (0.39%) SAP BI
Development Applications
1 312 (24.11%) Selenium
2 210 (16.23%) Cucumber
3 181 (13.99%) JIRA
4 170 (13.14%) WebDriver
5 92 (7.11%) HP UFT
6 79 (6.11%) LoadRunner
7 74 (5.72%) Jenkins
8 73 (5.64%) JMeter
9 68 (5.26%) Git (software)
10 67 (5.18%) SoapUI
11 56 (4.33%) Team Foundation Server
12 51 (3.94%) SpecFlow
13 45 (3.48%) Visual Studio
14 40 (3.09%) Subversion
15 36 (2.78%) Appium
16 26 (2.01%) JUnit
17 24 (1.85%) Gatling
18 22 (1.70%) Calabash
18 22 (1.70%) ERwin
18 22 (1.70%) Toad
General
1 221 (17.08%) Finance
2 71 (5.49%) Banking
3 58 (4.48%) Retail
4 42 (3.25%) Telecoms
5 24 (1.85%) Investment Banking
6 20 (1.55%) Games
7 18 (1.39%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.39%) Marketing
8 16 (1.24%) Electronics
9 13 (1.00%) Billing
10 12 (0.93%) Financial Institution
11 9 (0.70%) Advertising
12 7 (0.54%) Legal
13 6 (0.46%) Front Office
13 6 (0.46%) Military
14 4 (0.31%) Back Office
15 3 (0.23%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.23%) General Ledger
15 3 (0.23%) Law
15 3 (0.23%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (9.66%) .NET
2 100 (7.73%) XML
3 80 (6.18%) Web Services
4 71 (5.49%) HTML
5 63 (4.87%) SOAP
6 58 (4.48%) RESTful
7 51 (3.94%) Gherkin
8 40 (3.09%) JSON
9 32 (2.47%) REST
10 22 (1.70%) CSS
11 17 (1.31%) Middleware
12 13 (1.00%) Behat
13 11 (0.85%) XML Messaging
14 10 (0.77%) MSMQ
15 8 (0.62%) ActiveMQ
15 8 (0.62%) HTML5
15 8 (0.62%) Java EE
15 8 (0.62%) Spring
16 7 (0.54%) .NET Framework
16 7 (0.54%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 88 (6.80%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (5.26%) Mobile App
3 24 (1.85%) User Experience
4 23 (1.78%) CESG
5 13 (1.00%) Smart Meter
5 13 (1.00%) STB
6 10 (0.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 9 (0.70%) Client/Server
7 9 (0.70%) Computer Science
7 9 (0.70%) Management Information System
8 8 (0.62%) Credit Risk
8 8 (0.62%) NHS
9 7 (0.54%) Driving Licence
9 7 (0.54%) PKI
10 6 (0.46%) Derivative
10 6 (0.46%) Digital Media
10 6 (0.46%) EPoS
10 6 (0.46%) IBM XIV
10 6 (0.46%) Mathematics
10 6 (0.46%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 138 (10.66%) Unix
2 121 (9.35%) Linux
3 86 (6.65%) Windows
4 36 (2.78%) Android
5 29 (2.24%) Apple iOS
6 16 (1.24%) Windows Server 2003
6 16 (1.24%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (0.93%) Windows Server
8 11 (0.85%) Windows 7
8 11 (0.85%) Windows XP
9 10 (0.77%) Solaris
10 7 (0.54%) Mac OS X
11 6 (0.46%) AIX
12 5 (0.39%) Kali Linux
12 5 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
13 4 (0.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.15%) Debian
14 2 (0.15%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.15%) SUSE
14 2 (0.15%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 542 (41.89%) Agile Software Development
2 276 (21.33%) Test Scripting
3 215 (16.62%) BDD
4 193 (14.91%) Scrum
5 180 (13.91%) Functional Testing
5 180 (13.91%) Test Automation
6 153 (11.82%) Automated Testing
7 140 (10.82%) Manual Testing
8 135 (10.43%) Automation Testing
9 134 (10.36%) User Acceptance Testing
10 125 (9.66%) Non-Functional Testing
10 125 (9.66%) Software Testing
11 110 (8.50%) TDD
12 101 (7.81%) Performance Testing
13 99 (7.65%) Continuous Integration
14 98 (7.57%) Regression Testing
15 89 (6.88%) Integration Testing
16 88 (6.80%) Penetration Testing
17 77 (5.95%) Test Strategy
18 70 (5.41%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 325 (25.12%) SQL
2 263 (20.32%) Java
3 123 (9.51%) JavaScript
4 121 (9.35%) C#
5 83 (6.41%) Ruby
6 68 (5.26%) Python
7 49 (3.79%) PL/SQL
8 43 (3.32%) Shell Script
9 38 (2.94%) C
10 36 (2.78%) C++
11 30 (2.32%) Perl
11 30 (2.32%) PHP
12 24 (1.85%) VB
13 19 (1.47%) Groovy
14 17 (1.31%) VBScript
15 15 (1.16%) T-SQL
16 14 (1.08%) Scala
17 12 (0.93%) F#
18 9 (0.70%) Bash Shell
19 8 (0.62%) VBA
Qualifications
1 177 (13.68%) Security Cleared
2 150 (11.59%) ISEB
3 144 (11.13%) ISTQB
4 142 (10.97%) SC Cleared
5 59 (4.56%) CREST Certified
6 55 (4.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 27 (2.09%) OSCP
8 24 (1.85%) CHECK Team Member
8 24 (1.85%) Degree
9 23 (1.78%) Tigerscheme
10 21 (1.62%) CEH
10 21 (1.62%) Cyber Scheme
11 17 (1.31%) CESG Certified Professional
12 14 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
13 12 (0.93%) CISSP
14 10 (0.77%) PhD
15 9 (0.70%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 7 (0.54%) CHECK Team Leader
16 7 (0.54%) DV Cleared
16 7 (0.54%) SANS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 257 (19.86%) QA
2 17 (1.31%) Disclosure Scotland
3 10 (0.77%) SDET
4 7 (0.54%) WCAG
5 6 (0.46%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.39%) SEPA
6 5 (0.39%) WAI
7 4 (0.31%) GPG13
7 4 (0.31%) MiFID
7 4 (0.31%) SLA
8 3 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
8 3 (0.23%) EMIR
8 3 (0.23%) GAAP
8 3 (0.23%) ISO 14001
8 3 (0.23%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.15%) FedRAMP
9 2 (0.15%) HL7
10 1 (0.077%) Basel III
10 1 (0.077%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.077%) Solvency II
System Software
1 17 (1.31%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.54%) Docker
2 7 (0.54%) Hyper-V
3 6 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 5 (0.39%) VMware ESX
5 4 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.15%) HDFS
7 1 (0.077%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.077%) Firmware
7 1 (0.077%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 118 (9.12%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (0.70%) Nessus
3 5 (0.39%) HP SiteScope
3 5 (0.39%) McAfee ePO
3 5 (0.39%) SCOM
3 5 (0.39%) WebSphere Cast Iron
4 4 (0.31%) Netcool
4 4 (0.31%) Puppet
5 3 (0.23%) BMC PATROL
6 2 (0.15%) Oozie
6 2 (0.15%) SCCM
7 1 (0.077%) Ansible
7 1 (0.077%) Control-M
7 1 (0.077%) HP Fortify
7 1 (0.077%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.077%) Nagios
7 1 (0.077%) Nmap
7 1 (0.077%) nmon
7 1 (0.077%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.077%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 175 (13.52%) Oracle
2 121 (9.35%) HP
3 115 (8.89%) Microsoft
4 63 (4.87%) SAP
5 36 (2.78%) IBM
6 28 (2.16%) Informatica
6 28 (2.16%) VMware
7 15 (1.16%) Veritas
8 14 (1.08%) SOASTA, Inc
8 14 (1.08%) Sybase
9 13 (1.00%) EMC
10 11 (0.85%) Salesforce.com
11 10 (0.77%) Cisco
11 10 (0.77%) Cognos
11 10 (0.77%) Red Hat
12 9 (0.70%) Telerik
13 8 (0.62%) ATG
13 8 (0.62%) Atlassian
13 8 (0.62%) hybris
14 7 (0.54%) Citrix
London
Data Idols
Rate: From £200 to £300 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £300 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
City, London
Client Server
Rate: £500 to £550 p/day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Posted: 3 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 4 days ago
London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 4 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Oho Group Ltd.
Rate: £30 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Connectus
Rate: £250 - £320 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
EXCELerate
Rate: From £350 to £380 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Gloucestershire
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
City, London
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Client Server
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Croydon, Surrey
AWD Recruitment
Rate: £25,000 pro rata + Travel Benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Dunstable, Bedfordshire
Tria Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol
Computer Futures
Rate: £200 - £270 per day
Posted: 27 days ago
London
HFG
Rate: £400 - £450 per hour
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 20 days ago
Gloucestershire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 26 days ago