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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 201 134 166
Rank change year-on-year
-67 +32
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 614 842 571
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.13% 1.60% 1.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.23% 1.73% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 390 579 336
Average daily rate
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£325 £338 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.70% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £217 £225 £203
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £438 £433
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £305 £325
% change year-on-year
+2.45% -6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 8 13
Average hourly rate £37.25 £24.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.20% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.70 £11.03 £22.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £157.70 £33.30 £41.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
+23.33% +3.44%

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
50008 48637 43579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.32% 92.39% 92.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 30924 30184 25017
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 £250 £230 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1983 2005 2160
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.50 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -74 515 £325 -2.98% 223
London -66 226 £350 -9.67% 78
South East -25 105 £325 - 26
North West -14 50 £304 -6.53% 38
Wales +41 49 £310 +3.33% 2
City of London -33 44 £344 -10.42% 22
Scotland +3 41 £313 -10.71% 9
Berkshire +17 39 £331 +10.41% 4
South Wales +30 37 £313 +4.16% 2
South West -23 37 £350 +10.23% 23
West Midlands 0 26 £300 -4.00% 11
East of England -14 26 £313 -8.08% 13
Yorkshire -62 25 £283 +0.89% 21
Hampshire -33 24 £340 +4.61% 5
Reading +17 19 £350 +16.66% 4
Manchester -14 19 £320 -5.18% 19
West Yorkshire -55 19 £275 -1.78% 14
Newport 0 17 £325 +8.33% 2
Lancashire +22 16 £260 -25.71% 5
Glasgow +1 16 £294 -2.08% 2
Edinburgh 0 16 £338 +30.68% 5
Cardiff +28 15 £288 -17.85%
Blackpool +17 13 £260 -25.71%
Gloucestershire +3 12 £410 +17.14% 12
Essex +2 12 £356 +1.78% 1
Bristol -16 12 £363 +3.57% 6
Surrey -17 12 £333 +6.40% 7
Cheshire -9 11 £311 +4.79% 11
Leeds -61 11 £268 -4.46% 11
East Midlands -23 10 £300 -0.08% 5

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 498 (38.69%) Agile Software Development
2 338 (26.26%) Selenium
3 316 (24.55%) QA
4 291 (22.61%) SQL
5 285 (22.14%) Test Scripting
6 213 (16.55%) Finance
7 202 (15.70%) Java
8 187 (14.53%) Scrum
8 187 (14.53%) User Acceptance Testing
9 184 (14.30%) ISEB
10 166 (12.90%) Test Automation
11 161 (12.51%) Security Cleared
11 161 (12.51%) JIRA
12 149 (11.58%) Oracle
13 148 (11.50%) Cucumber
13 148 (11.50%) BDD
14 146 (11.34%) .NET
15 139 (10.80%) HP
16 138 (10.72%) HP Quality Center
17 137 (10.64%) Automation Testing
18 125 (9.71%) Microsoft
19 124 (9.63%) C#
19 124 (9.63%) Automated Testing
20 123 (9.56%) Manual Testing
21 122 (9.48%) ISTQB
22 119 (9.25%) Regression Testing
23 118 (9.17%) WebDriver
24 111 (8.62%) Software Testing
24 111 (8.62%) TDD
25 110 (8.55%) Performance Testing

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 36 (2.80%) SharePoint
2 20 (1.55%) CMS
3 15 (1.17%) WebSphere
3 15 (1.17%) Apache
4 13 (1.01%) WebLogic
5 11 (0.85%) SAS
6 7 (0.54%) Tomcat
7 6 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
8 5 (0.39%) Confluence
8 5 (0.39%) Oracle Service Bus
8 5 (0.39%) SharePoint 2010
8 5 (0.39%) Apache Spark
8 5 (0.39%) IIS
9 4 (0.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 4 (0.31%) Umbraco
10 3 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
10 3 (0.23%) Documentum
11 2 (0.16%) WebLogic Integration
11 2 (0.16%) Oracle Workflow
11 2 (0.16%) Drupal
Applications
1 62 (4.82%) MS Excel
2 41 (3.19%) MS Office
3 4 (0.31%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.23%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.23%) MS Project
4 3 (0.23%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.16%) Mingle
6 1 (0.078%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 14 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.47%) SAP FI
2 6 (0.47%) Summit
3 5 (0.39%) Magento
3 5 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.39%) Exstream
3 5 (0.39%) Oracle Financials
4 4 (0.31%) SAP CO
4 4 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
4 4 (0.31%) Remedy ITSM
4 4 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
5 3 (0.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 3 (0.23%) MultiFonds
5 3 (0.23%) Agresso
5 3 (0.23%) SAP SD
5 3 (0.23%) SAP PP
5 3 (0.23%) Oracle EBS
6 2 (0.16%) CODA-Financials
6 2 (0.16%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.16%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.31%) Taleo
1 4 (0.31%) GitHub
1 4 (0.31%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (0.23%) Google Analytics
2 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.23%) SaaS
3 2 (0.16%) Sage Pay
3 2 (0.16%) Trello
4 1 (0.078%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.078%) Office 365
4 1 (0.078%) IaaS
4 1 (0.078%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 25 (1.94%) HTTP
2 23 (1.79%) TCP/IP
3 17 (1.32%) 3G
4 16 (1.24%) 4G
5 14 (1.09%) GSM
5 14 (1.09%) 2G
6 13 (1.01%) FTP
7 11 (0.85%) SS7
8 10 (0.78%) Internet
8 10 (0.78%) SIGTRAN
8 10 (0.78%) Wireshark
9 7 (0.54%) MVNO
10 5 (0.39%) Wi-Fi
10 5 (0.39%) Wireless
10 5 (0.39%) Bluetooth
11 4 (0.31%) DNS
11 4 (0.31%) DHCP
11 4 (0.31%) Firewall
11 4 (0.31%) RNC
11 4 (0.31%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (7.46%) SQL Server
2 69 (5.36%) Data Warehouse
3 41 (3.19%) Oracle Database
4 34 (2.64%) Relational Database
5 30 (2.33%) DB2
6 21 (1.63%) MySQL
7 13 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 11 (0.85%) DbVisualizer
9 7 (0.54%) MongoDB
9 7 (0.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 6 (0.47%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.39%) Apache Hive
11 5 (0.39%) NoSQL
11 5 (0.39%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
11 5 (0.39%) Oracle ODI
11 5 (0.39%) SAP BW
11 5 (0.39%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.31%) SQLPlus
12 4 (0.31%) Oracle Database 11g
12 4 (0.31%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 338 (26.26%) Selenium
2 161 (12.51%) JIRA
3 148 (11.50%) Cucumber
4 118 (9.17%) WebDriver
5 75 (5.83%) LoadRunner
5 75 (5.83%) SpecFlow
6 74 (5.75%) JMeter
7 73 (5.67%) QuickTest Pro
8 65 (5.05%) SoapUI
9 61 (4.74%) Jenkins
10 55 (4.27%) Team Foundation Server
11 41 (3.19%) Visual Studio
12 39 (3.03%) JUnit
13 32 (2.49%) Subversion
14 28 (2.18%) Calabash
15 18 (1.40%) Toad
16 17 (1.32%) TeamCity
16 17 (1.32%) Appium
17 16 (1.24%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
17 16 (1.24%) NeoLoad
General
1 213 (16.55%) Finance
2 95 (7.38%) Banking
3 75 (5.83%) Retail
4 48 (3.73%) Telecoms
5 19 (1.48%) Investment Banking
6 18 (1.40%) Games
7 17 (1.32%) Marketing
8 16 (1.24%) Billing
9 11 (0.85%) Manufacturing
10 8 (0.62%) Legal
11 7 (0.54%) Advertising
11 7 (0.54%) Front Office
12 6 (0.47%) Automotive
13 5 (0.39%) Electronics
14 4 (0.31%) Back Office
14 4 (0.31%) General Ledger
14 4 (0.31%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.23%) Spanish Language
15 3 (0.23%) Financial Institution
16 2 (0.16%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 146 (11.34%) .NET
2 103 (8.00%) Web Services
3 83 (6.45%) XML
4 67 (5.21%) HTML
5 65 (5.05%) SOAP
6 52 (4.04%) Gherkin
7 34 (2.64%) JSON
8 31 (2.41%) RESTful
9 23 (1.79%) .NET Framework
9 23 (1.79%) CSS
10 22 (1.71%) ASP.NET
11 19 (1.48%) J2EE
12 17 (1.32%) REST
13 13 (1.01%) Middleware
14 11 (0.85%) Flash
15 9 (0.70%) WPF
16 8 (0.62%) jQuery
17 7 (0.54%) MSMQ
18 6 (0.47%) WCF
18 6 (0.47%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 71 (5.52%) Analytical Skills
2 59 (4.58%) Mobile App
3 40 (3.11%) Open Source
4 25 (1.94%) SWIFT
5 19 (1.48%) Enterprise Software
6 18 (1.40%) NHS
6 18 (1.40%) STB
7 17 (1.32%) User Experience
7 17 (1.32%) Client/Server
8 16 (1.24%) Computer Science
9 12 (0.93%) MPEG
10 11 (0.85%) AS400
11 10 (0.78%) Mainframe
11 10 (0.78%) Management Information System
11 10 (0.78%) iPhone
12 9 (0.70%) iPad
12 9 (0.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 8 (0.62%) Blackberry
13 8 (0.62%) W3C
14 7 (0.54%) Digital Media
Operating Systems
1 85 (6.60%) Linux
2 75 (5.83%) UNIX
3 67 (5.21%) Android
4 66 (5.13%) Windows
5 62 (4.82%) Apple iOS
6 14 (1.09%) Windows 7
7 11 (0.85%) Solaris
8 9 (0.70%) AIX
9 3 (0.23%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.23%) Windows Phone
9 3 (0.23%) SUSE
10 2 (0.16%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.16%) HPUX
10 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.16%) Windows Phone 8
10 2 (0.16%) VME
11 1 (0.078%) CentOS
11 1 (0.078%) Windows Mobile
11 1 (0.078%) Embedded Linux
11 1 (0.078%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 498 (38.69%) Agile Software Development
2 285 (22.14%) Test Scripting
3 187 (14.53%) Scrum
3 187 (14.53%) User Acceptance Testing
4 166 (12.90%) Test Automation
5 148 (11.50%) BDD
6 137 (10.64%) Automation Testing
7 124 (9.63%) Automated Testing
8 123 (9.56%) Manual Testing
9 119 (9.25%) Regression Testing
10 111 (8.62%) Software Testing
10 111 (8.62%) TDD
11 110 (8.55%) Performance Testing
12 94 (7.30%) Integration Testing
13 82 (6.37%) E-Commerce
14 71 (5.52%) Test Strategy
15 68 (5.28%) Continuous Integration
16 63 (4.90%) Functional Testing
17 61 (4.74%) System Testing
18 57 (4.43%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 291 (22.61%) SQL
2 202 (15.70%) Java
3 124 (9.63%) C#
4 80 (6.22%) JavaScript
5 54 (4.20%) Ruby
6 36 (2.80%) Python
7 33 (2.56%) C
7 33 (2.56%) PHP
8 27 (2.10%) PL/SQL
9 22 (1.71%) Groovy
10 19 (1.48%) Shell Script
11 18 (1.40%) VBScript
12 17 (1.32%) VB
13 15 (1.17%) Perl
13 15 (1.17%) C++
14 10 (0.78%) VB.NET
14 10 (0.78%) T-SQL
15 8 (0.62%) VBA
15 8 (0.62%) Bash Shell
16 7 (0.54%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 184 (14.30%) ISEB
2 161 (12.51%) Security Cleared
3 122 (9.48%) ISTQB
4 104 (8.08%) SC Cleared
5 51 (3.96%) Degree
6 45 (3.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 38 (2.95%) DV Cleared
8 10 (0.78%) ISEB Practitioner
9 9 (0.70%) CEH
10 8 (0.62%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 5 (0.39%) OSCP
11 5 (0.39%) CISSP
11 5 (0.39%) HND
12 3 (0.23%) CTC Cleared
12 3 (0.23%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.16%) MCITP
14 1 (0.078%) BC Cleared
14 1 (0.078%) MCTS
14 1 (0.078%) Cisco Certification
14 1 (0.078%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 316 (24.55%) QA
2 6 (0.47%) ISO 9001
2 6 (0.47%) ISO 14001
3 3 (0.23%) PCI DSS
3 3 (0.23%) ISO 8583
4 2 (0.16%) MiFID
4 2 (0.16%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.16%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.078%) Basel III
5 1 (0.078%) FATCA
5 1 (0.078%) Dodd-Frank
5 1 (0.078%) FINREP
5 1 (0.078%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.078%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (0.78%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.31%) Hyper-V
2 4 (0.31%) XenApp
2 4 (0.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.23%) VMware Workstation
4 2 (0.16%) Firmware
5 1 (0.078%) vSphere
5 1 (0.078%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.078%) FreeRADIUS
5 1 (0.078%) vCloud
5 1 (0.078%) Squid
5 1 (0.078%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.078%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 138 (10.72%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (0.47%) SCCM
3 5 (0.39%) CORE IMPACT
4 4 (0.31%) Nessus
4 4 (0.31%) Nmap
5 3 (0.23%) WebInspect
5 3 (0.23%) OpenView Configuration Management
6 2 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.16%) Puppet
6 2 (0.16%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.078%) CA LISA
7 1 (0.078%) nmon
7 1 (0.078%) AirWatch
7 1 (0.078%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.078%) Netcool
7 1 (0.078%) Control-M
Vendors
1 149 (11.58%) Oracle
2 139 (10.80%) HP
3 125 (9.71%) Microsoft
4 35 (2.72%) SAP
5 16 (1.24%) VMware
6 13 (1.01%) Google
7 12 (0.93%) IBM
7 12 (0.93%) Citrix
8 10 (0.78%) Teradata
9 9 (0.70%) Business Objects
9 9 (0.70%) Sybase
10 8 (0.62%) Informatica
10 8 (0.62%) Telerik
11 6 (0.47%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (0.39%) Tumbleweed
12 5 (0.39%) Ektron
12 5 (0.39%) Remedy
12 5 (0.39%) Adobe
13 4 (0.31%) Apple
13 4 (0.31%) OpenText
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Rate: £200 - 300 per day
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Gloucestershire
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