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 17 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 186 128 176
Rank change year-on-year
-58 +48
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 658 916 567
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.18% 1.62% 1.17%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.27% 1.76% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 411 613 342
Average daily rate
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£320 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £211 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £303 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 13
Average hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £28.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+28.33% +5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.00 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £164.00 £140.00 £50.70
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £30.00 £28.06
% change year-on-year
+23.33% +6.93%

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
51645 52060 44962
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.35% 92.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 31339 31560 25761
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £346
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2019 2073 2241
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -2.85%

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 17 April 2015.

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 17 April 2015.

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 17 April 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 -73 543 £325 - 238
London -63 254 £350 -6.66% 89
South East -22 105 £338 +5.46% 35
Wales +27 56 £288 - 2
City of London -31 54 £375 - 33
North West -12 47 £309 +2.91% 29
Berkshire +32 45 £350 +32.07% 11
South Wales +26 42 £289 +0.43% 2
Scotland +1 40 £295 -16.60% 13
South West -35 31 £328 +7.81% 28
East of England -1 28 £313 -3.10% 11
Yorkshire -55 28 £285 +3.63% 20
West Midlands -6 27 £275 +13.40% 13
West Yorkshire -42 25 £275 - 11
Reading +17 24 £350 +32.07% 6
Manchester -8 23 £320 +1.58% 22
Hampshire -24 21 £350 +7.69% 8
Cardiff +25 20 £265 -7.82%
Leeds -46 20 £275 - 10
Surrey -7 19 £375 +17.64% 6
Newport -6 17 £325 -6.47% 2
Edinburgh -6 17 £290 -3.33% 4
East Midlands -7 13 £300 +4.34% 6
Essex +8 10 £313 -10.71%
Buckinghamshire +5 10 £245 -10.90% 4
Gloucestershire -2 10 £325 - 13
Glasgow -7 10 £338 +5.46% 2
Leatherhead - 9 £450 -
Lancashire - 9 £285 - 2
Cambridgeshire +3 8 £329 +19.54% 10

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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.

1 505 (38.34%) Agile Software Development
2 338 (25.66%) Selenium
3 319 (24.22%) SQL
4 317 (24.07%) Test Scripting
5 307 (23.31%) QA
6 219 (16.63%) Java
7 214 (16.25%) Finance
8 199 (15.11%) Scrum
9 191 (14.50%) ISEB
10 181 (13.74%) Test Automation
11 180 (13.67%) User Acceptance Testing
12 167 (12.68%) Security Cleared
12 167 (12.68%) JIRA
13 163 (12.38%) Oracle
14 155 (11.77%) BDD
15 152 (11.54%) .NET
16 149 (11.31%) Automation Testing
17 148 (11.24%) Cucumber
18 144 (10.93%) HP
19 136 (10.33%) HP Quality Center
20 134 (10.17%) ISTQB
21 128 (9.72%) Microsoft
22 125 (9.49%) Automated Testing
23 122 (9.26%) C#
24 119 (9.04%) TDD
24 119 (9.04%) SC Cleared
25 117 (8.88%) Performance Testing
25 117 (8.88%) Software Testing
26 115 (8.73%) Manual Testing
27 114 (8.66%) WebDriver

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 2015, 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 35 (2.66%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.14%) Apache
3 13 (0.99%) Confluence
4 12 (0.91%) WebLogic
4 12 (0.91%) CMS
4 12 (0.91%) WebSphere
5 9 (0.68%) IIS
6 8 (0.61%) Tomcat
6 8 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
7 7 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.46%) SAS
9 5 (0.38%) Oracle Service Bus
9 5 (0.38%) Apache Spark
10 4 (0.30%) GlassFish
10 4 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.23%) Umbraco
11 3 (0.23%) Oracle Coherence
11 3 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.15%) WebLogic Integration
12 2 (0.15%) Joomla!
Applications
1 63 (4.78%) MS Excel
2 40 (3.04%) MS Office
3 5 (0.38%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.30%) Mingle
5 3 (0.23%) MS Project
5 3 (0.23%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.15%) SPSS
7 1 (0.076%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 14 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.91%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (0.61%) Summit
4 7 (0.53%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (0.46%) Oracle Financials
6 5 (0.38%) SAP FI
6 5 (0.38%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 5 (0.38%) Exstream
7 4 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.30%) Magento
7 4 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
7 4 (0.30%) SAP PP
7 4 (0.30%) Agresso
8 3 (0.23%) SAP SD
8 3 (0.23%) SAP APO
8 3 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
8 3 (0.23%) SAP CO
9 2 (0.15%) MultiFonds
9 2 (0.15%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 2 (0.15%) Google Analytics
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.38%) Cloud Computing
1 5 (0.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.30%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (0.30%) SaaS
2 4 (0.30%) GitHub
2 4 (0.30%) Trello
2 4 (0.30%) Taleo
3 2 (0.15%) Sage Pay
4 1 (0.076%) FinancialForce.com
4 1 (0.076%) IaaS
4 1 (0.076%) SuccessFactors
4 1 (0.076%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (2.20%) HTTP
1 29 (2.20%) TCP/IP
2 15 (1.14%) FTP
2 15 (1.14%) Wireshark
3 14 (1.06%) GSM
4 13 (0.99%) Internet
4 13 (0.99%) 3G
4 13 (0.99%) 4G
5 12 (0.91%) 2G
6 9 (0.68%) SS7
6 9 (0.68%) SIGTRAN
7 7 (0.53%) MVNO
8 6 (0.46%) GPRS
9 5 (0.38%) Bluetooth
9 5 (0.38%) Firewall
9 5 (0.38%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.38%) Wireless
9 5 (0.38%) NAS
10 4 (0.30%) RNC
10 4 (0.30%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (6.45%) SQL Server
2 75 (5.69%) Data Warehouse
3 38 (2.89%) Oracle Database
4 37 (2.81%) Relational Database
5 27 (2.05%) DB2
6 22 (1.67%) MySQL
7 13 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 9 (0.68%) DbVisualizer
9 8 (0.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (0.46%) SAP BW
10 6 (0.46%) Hadoop
10 6 (0.46%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.46%) RDBMS
10 6 (0.46%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.38%) Oracle ODI
11 5 (0.38%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
11 5 (0.38%) NoSQL
11 5 (0.38%) Apache Hive
12 4 (0.30%) SQL Server 2008
12 4 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 338 (25.66%) Selenium
2 167 (12.68%) JIRA
3 148 (11.24%) Cucumber
4 114 (8.66%) WebDriver
5 93 (7.06%) JMeter
6 83 (6.30%) QuickTest Pro
6 83 (6.30%) LoadRunner
7 75 (5.69%) SpecFlow
8 64 (4.86%) Team Foundation Server
9 57 (4.33%) Jenkins
10 55 (4.18%) SoapUI
11 50 (3.80%) Visual Studio
12 36 (2.73%) JUnit
13 33 (2.51%) Subversion
14 31 (2.35%) Calabash
15 21 (1.59%) Appium
16 19 (1.44%) TeamCity
17 18 (1.37%) Maven
18 17 (1.29%) NeoLoad
19 16 (1.21%) Eclipse
General
1 214 (16.25%) Finance
2 93 (7.06%) Banking
3 70 (5.32%) Retail
4 52 (3.95%) Telecoms
5 20 (1.52%) Marketing
6 18 (1.37%) Electronics
6 18 (1.37%) Investment Banking
7 16 (1.21%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.21%) Games
8 15 (1.14%) Billing
9 8 (0.61%) Advertising
9 8 (0.61%) Automotive
9 8 (0.61%) Legal
10 5 (0.38%) Front Office
10 5 (0.38%) Retail Banking
11 4 (0.30%) Back Office
12 3 (0.23%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.23%) General Ledger
12 3 (0.23%) Spanish Language
13 2 (0.15%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (11.54%) .NET
2 106 (8.05%) Web Services
3 82 (6.23%) XML
4 74 (5.62%) HTML
5 56 (4.25%) SOAP
6 49 (3.72%) Gherkin
7 30 (2.28%) RESTful
8 27 (2.05%) JSON
9 25 (1.90%) ASP.NET
10 22 (1.67%) CSS
11 20 (1.52%) J2EE
11 20 (1.52%) .NET Framework
12 16 (1.21%) Middleware
12 16 (1.21%) REST
13 12 (0.91%) WPF
13 12 (0.91%) jQuery
14 11 (0.84%) WCF
15 10 (0.76%) HTML5
15 10 (0.76%) JSP
16 9 (0.68%) Flash
Miscellaneous
1 75 (5.69%) Analytical Skills
2 64 (4.86%) Mobile App
3 43 (3.26%) Open Source
4 23 (1.75%) SWIFT
5 19 (1.44%) Client/Server
6 18 (1.37%) STB
7 16 (1.21%) User Experience
7 16 (1.21%) Computer Science
8 14 (1.06%) NHS
9 12 (0.91%) AS400
10 11 (0.84%) iPhone
10 11 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
11 10 (0.76%) iPad
11 10 (0.76%) Blackberry
11 10 (0.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 9 (0.68%) MPEG
13 8 (0.61%) Management Information System
14 7 (0.53%) EPoS
14 7 (0.53%) Digital Media
14 7 (0.53%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 114 (8.66%) Linux
2 87 (6.61%) Windows
3 79 (6.00%) UNIX
4 74 (5.62%) Android
5 67 (5.09%) Apple iOS
6 16 (1.21%) Windows 7
7 11 (0.84%) Solaris
8 10 (0.76%) AIX
9 6 (0.46%) Windows XP
9 6 (0.46%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (0.46%) Embedded Linux
10 5 (0.38%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.23%) Windows 2000
11 3 (0.23%) Windows Phone
12 2 (0.15%) Windows Phone 8
12 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.15%) HPUX
12 2 (0.15%) SUSE
12 2 (0.15%) Debian
12 2 (0.15%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 505 (38.34%) Agile Software Development
2 317 (24.07%) Test Scripting
3 199 (15.11%) Scrum
4 181 (13.74%) Test Automation
5 180 (13.67%) User Acceptance Testing
6 155 (11.77%) BDD
7 149 (11.31%) Automation Testing
8 125 (9.49%) Automated Testing
9 119 (9.04%) TDD
10 117 (8.88%) Software Testing
10 117 (8.88%) Performance Testing
11 115 (8.73%) Manual Testing
12 111 (8.43%) Regression Testing
13 96 (7.29%) Integration Testing
14 74 (5.62%) Functional Testing
15 73 (5.54%) Test Strategy
16 71 (5.39%) E-Commerce
17 60 (4.56%) Continuous Integration
18 58 (4.40%) Load Testing
19 51 (3.87%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 319 (24.22%) SQL
2 219 (16.63%) Java
3 122 (9.26%) C#
4 94 (7.14%) JavaScript
5 63 (4.78%) Ruby
6 53 (4.02%) Python
7 36 (2.73%) C
8 33 (2.51%) PHP
9 25 (1.90%) PL/SQL
9 25 (1.90%) Shell Script
10 21 (1.59%) C++
11 17 (1.29%) VB
12 16 (1.21%) VBScript
13 15 (1.14%) Perl
14 14 (1.06%) Groovy
15 12 (0.91%) T-SQL
16 10 (0.76%) XPath
17 9 (0.68%) Bash Shell
18 8 (0.61%) VB.NET
18 8 (0.61%) VBA
Qualifications
1 191 (14.50%) ISEB
2 167 (12.68%) Security Cleared
3 134 (10.17%) ISTQB
4 119 (9.04%) SC Cleared
5 55 (4.18%) Degree
6 48 (3.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 36 (2.73%) DV Cleared
8 15 (1.14%) CEH
9 12 (0.91%) CISSP
10 8 (0.61%) ISEB Practitioner
10 8 (0.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 7 (0.53%) OSCP
12 5 (0.38%) HND
13 4 (0.30%) CISM
13 4 (0.30%) CTC Cleared
14 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
15 2 (0.15%) CISA
15 2 (0.15%) MCITP
15 2 (0.15%) GWAPT
16 1 (0.076%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 307 (23.31%) QA
2 8 (0.61%) ISO 9001
2 8 (0.61%) ISO 14001
3 7 (0.53%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.23%) ISO 8583
5 2 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.15%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.076%) FATCA
6 1 (0.076%) MiFID
6 1 (0.076%) Basel III
6 1 (0.076%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (0.76%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 5 (0.38%) Hyper-V
3 4 (0.30%) XenApp
4 3 (0.23%) Firmware
4 3 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.076%) Snort
5 1 (0.076%) Oracle RAC
5 1 (0.076%) Terminal Server
5 1 (0.076%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.076%) vSphere
5 1 (0.076%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.076%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 136 (10.33%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (0.99%) Nessus
3 11 (0.84%) Nmap
4 6 (0.46%) SCCM
4 6 (0.46%) CORE IMPACT
5 4 (0.30%) WebInspect
6 2 (0.15%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.076%) Puppet
7 1 (0.076%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.076%) nmon
7 1 (0.076%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.076%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.076%) Netcool
7 1 (0.076%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.076%) Control-M
Vendors
1 163 (12.38%) Oracle
2 144 (10.93%) HP
3 128 (9.72%) Microsoft
4 40 (3.04%) SAP
5 24 (1.82%) Google
6 15 (1.14%) VMware
7 13 (0.99%) Telerik
8 12 (0.91%) IBM
9 11 (0.84%) Citrix
10 10 (0.76%) Teradata
11 9 (0.68%) Sybase
12 8 (0.61%) Informatica
12 8 (0.61%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (0.53%) Business Objects
13 7 (0.53%) ATG
14 6 (0.46%) Endeca
14 6 (0.46%) Apple
15 5 (0.38%) Remedy
15 5 (0.38%) Perforce
15 5 (0.38%) Tumbleweed
London
Open Select Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Harris Global
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £270 per day 3 - 6 months initially
Posted: 2 days ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
LA International
Rate: market rate
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: Excellent rate
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £450.00 - £600.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £35 - £40 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: up to 280 per day DOE
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
PCR
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Connectus
Rate: £345 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 - £360 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £210 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Chertsey
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 6 days ago