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 29 June 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
29 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 207 200 155
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -45
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 674 655 797
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.26% 1.17% 1.50%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.33% 1.23% 1.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 444 418 522
Median daily rate £375 £324 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.83% -0.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £247 £210 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £425 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £331 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
+10.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 6 13
Median hourly rate £15.00 £37.25 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-59.73% +106.94%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £26.25 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £103.25 £31.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £27.50 £37.25 £14.05
% change year-on-year
-26.17% +165.12%

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
50855 53109 50264
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.69% 94.79% 94.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 33119 33427 30819
Median daily rate £425 £400 £396
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +1.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £567 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £370 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.02% +5.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1517 2011 2032
Median hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £40.00 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.14 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+8.42% -2.18%

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 29 June 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 29 June 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 29 June 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 +13 622 £375 +15.38% 189
London +29 289 £420 +7.69% 61
South East -31 96 £350 +7.69% 31
South West +6 46 £325 +4.83% 14
North West -8 45 £325 +23.57% 27
Yorkshire +5 38 £350 +16.66% 11
City of London +37 31 £450 +31.38% 10
Scotland -21 31 £308 +0.81% 1
Hampshire 0 30 £375 +19.04% 6
West Midlands -19 30 £265 -10.16% 10
Manchester +10 29 £313 +5.04% 21
East of England +17 28 £350 -12.50% 16
North East -34 27 £295 +18.00% 3
Berkshire -9 26 £350 +1.81% 8
Newcastle upon Tyne -45 21 £293 +17.00% 3
Tyne and Wear -49 21 £293 +17.00% 3
South Yorkshire +17 20 £366 -2.33%
Sheffield +1 18 £350 -6.66%
Hertfordshire +22 16 £350 - 2
Reading -1 16 £360 +2.85% 6
Leeds -5 15 £350 +23.89% 7
West Yorkshire -21 15 £350 +26.12% 7
Glasgow +4 14 £350 +21.73% 1
Wiltshire +2 13 £300 -14.28%
West Sussex -6 13 £333 -3.27% 1
Birmingham -4 11 £150 -50.00% 4
Devon +11 10 £318 +2.41%
Andover -5 10 £338 -
Edinburgh -13 10 £260 -22.38%
Cheshire -3 9 £325 +5.69% 3

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 June 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.

1 534 (40.55%) Agile Software Development
2 317 (24.07%) Selenium
3 309 (23.46%) SQL
4 288 (21.87%) Java
5 278 (21.11%) Test Scripting
6 265 (20.12%) QA
7 210 (15.95%) Cucumber
8 208 (15.79%) BDD
9 207 (15.72%) Finance
10 201 (15.26%) Scrum
11 192 (14.58%) JIRA
12 181 (13.74%) Security Cleared
13 178 (13.52%) WebDriver
14 177 (13.44%) Functional Testing
15 171 (12.98%) Test Automation
16 159 (12.07%) Oracle
17 157 (11.92%) Automated Testing
18 143 (10.86%) ISEB
19 140 (10.63%) SC Cleared
20 138 (10.48%) Automation Testing
21 136 (10.33%) Manual Testing
22 135 (10.25%) User Acceptance Testing
23 133 (10.10%) Unix
24 132 (10.02%) C#
25 124 (9.42%) Software Testing
25 124 (9.42%) ISTQB
25 124 (9.42%) Non-Functional Testing
26 122 (9.26%) .NET
27 121 (9.19%) HP Quality Center
28 116 (8.81%) 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 31 (2.35%) Confluence
2 17 (1.29%) SharePoint
3 15 (1.14%) CMS
3 15 (1.14%) WebSphere
4 13 (0.99%) SAS
5 12 (0.91%) Apache
6 9 (0.68%) WebLogic
7 8 (0.61%) JBoss
8 7 (0.53%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.38%) Mule
9 5 (0.38%) Skype for Business
10 4 (0.30%) IIS
10 4 (0.30%) MS Exchange
10 4 (0.30%) WebSphere Transformation Extender
10 4 (0.30%) WordPress
11 3 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 3 (0.23%) Apache Pig
11 3 (0.23%) Oracle Service Bus
11 3 (0.23%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.23%) Umbraco
Applications
1 49 (3.72%) MS Excel
2 40 (3.04%) MS Office
3 13 (0.99%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (0.15%) Mingle
4 2 (0.15%) MS Project
4 2 (0.15%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.076%) Adobe Creative Suite
5 1 (0.076%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 14 (1.06%) Magento
2 13 (0.99%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 8 (0.61%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (0.61%) Oracle EBS R12
4 7 (0.53%) Oracle Receivables
5 6 (0.46%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 6 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
5 6 (0.46%) Oracle Assets
5 6 (0.46%) Oracle Payables
5 6 (0.46%) SAP CRM
5 6 (0.46%) SAP HR
6 5 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
6 5 (0.38%) SAP FI
7 4 (0.30%) Oracle ERP
7 4 (0.30%) ResourceLink
7 4 (0.30%) SAP CO
7 4 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
7 4 (0.30%) SAP IS-U
7 4 (0.30%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.61%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (0.61%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.46%) Cloud Computing
2 6 (0.46%) Office 365
3 5 (0.38%) SuccessFactors
4 2 (0.15%) Amazon S3
4 2 (0.15%) iTunes
4 2 (0.15%) Taleo
5 1 (0.076%) Force.com
5 1 (0.076%) GitHub
5 1 (0.076%) Heroku
5 1 (0.076%) PaaS
5 1 (0.076%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 40 (3.04%) HTTP
2 15 (1.14%) Wireless
3 13 (0.99%) Firewall
4 12 (0.91%) Internet
5 11 (0.84%) Wi-Fi
6 9 (0.68%) FTP
6 9 (0.68%) Network Security
7 8 (0.61%) VPN
8 7 (0.53%) DVB
8 7 (0.53%) TCP/IP
9 6 (0.46%) Bluetooth
9 6 (0.46%) NAS
9 6 (0.46%) SAN
10 5 (0.38%) LDAP
10 5 (0.38%) SSH
10 5 (0.38%) Wireless Security
11 4 (0.30%) Kerberos
11 4 (0.30%) PuTTY
11 4 (0.30%) SSL
12 3 (0.23%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 96 (7.29%) SQL Server
2 53 (4.02%) Data Warehouse
3 44 (3.34%) Oracle Database
4 26 (1.97%) Oracle Database 11g
5 23 (1.75%) MySQL
5 23 (1.75%) Oracle Reports
6 19 (1.44%) Hadoop
7 18 (1.37%) Big Data
7 18 (1.37%) DB2
8 17 (1.29%) Relational Database
9 13 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 9 (0.68%) Data Mining
11 8 (0.61%) BusinessObjects
11 8 (0.61%) RDBMS
12 7 (0.53%) Base SAS
12 7 (0.53%) NoSQL
12 7 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 6 (0.46%) SQL Server 2008
14 5 (0.38%) DbVisualizer
14 5 (0.38%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 317 (24.07%) Selenium
2 210 (15.95%) Cucumber
3 192 (14.58%) JIRA
4 178 (13.52%) WebDriver
5 93 (7.06%) Jenkins
6 91 (6.91%) HP UFT
7 75 (5.69%) LoadRunner
8 72 (5.47%) JMeter
9 69 (5.24%) Git (software)
9 69 (5.24%) SoapUI
10 64 (4.86%) Team Foundation Server
11 60 (4.56%) SpecFlow
12 43 (3.26%) Visual Studio
13 37 (2.81%) Subversion
14 32 (2.43%) Appium
15 29 (2.20%) JUnit
16 24 (1.82%) Gatling
17 22 (1.67%) ERwin
18 20 (1.52%) Calabash
19 19 (1.44%) TeamCity
General
1 207 (15.72%) Finance
2 75 (5.69%) Banking
3 65 (4.94%) Retail
4 40 (3.04%) Telecoms
5 24 (1.82%) Investment Banking
6 23 (1.75%) Games
7 18 (1.37%) Manufacturing
8 17 (1.29%) Billing
9 16 (1.21%) Marketing
10 15 (1.14%) Electronics
11 9 (0.68%) Financial Institution
12 8 (0.61%) Front Office
13 7 (0.53%) Advertising
13 7 (0.53%) Legal
14 6 (0.46%) Military
15 5 (0.38%) Retail Banking
16 4 (0.30%) Back Office
16 4 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
17 3 (0.23%) Aerospace
17 3 (0.23%) Law
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 122 (9.26%) .NET
2 85 (6.45%) Web Services
3 82 (6.23%) XML
4 70 (5.32%) HTML
5 57 (4.33%) SOAP
6 56 (4.25%) Gherkin
7 55 (4.18%) RESTful
8 42 (3.19%) JSON
9 40 (3.04%) REST
10 27 (2.05%) CSS
11 19 (1.44%) Middleware
12 9 (0.68%) ActiveMQ
12 9 (0.68%) Behat
12 9 (0.68%) HTML5
13 7 (0.53%) .NET Framework
13 7 (0.53%) ASP.NET
13 7 (0.53%) MSMQ
13 7 (0.53%) Spring
13 7 (0.53%) XML Messaging
14 6 (0.46%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 86 (6.53%) Analytical Skills
2 79 (6.00%) Mobile App
3 25 (1.90%) User Experience
4 22 (1.67%) CESG
5 19 (1.44%) STB
6 11 (0.84%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 10 (0.76%) Computer Science
8 9 (0.68%) Client/Server
8 9 (0.68%) Credit Risk
8 9 (0.68%) Management Information System
8 9 (0.68%) Smart Meter
8 9 (0.68%) Virtual Team
9 7 (0.53%) Digital Media
9 7 (0.53%) Embedded Systems
9 7 (0.53%) MPEG
9 7 (0.53%) NHS
10 6 (0.46%) Driving Licence
10 6 (0.46%) Fixed Income
10 6 (0.46%) IBM XIV
10 6 (0.46%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 133 (10.10%) Unix
2 111 (8.43%) Linux
3 89 (6.76%) Windows
4 48 (3.64%) Android
5 40 (3.04%) Apple iOS
6 11 (0.84%) Windows Server 2003
6 11 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
7 10 (0.76%) Windows 7
7 10 (0.76%) Windows Server
8 9 (0.68%) Windows XP
9 8 (0.61%) Solaris
10 6 (0.46%) AIX
11 3 (0.23%) Kali Linux
11 3 (0.23%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.15%) Fedora
12 2 (0.15%) Mac OS
12 2 (0.15%) VMS
12 2 (0.15%) Windows Server 2012
13 1 (0.076%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 534 (40.55%) Agile Software Development
2 278 (21.11%) Test Scripting
3 208 (15.79%) BDD
4 201 (15.26%) Scrum
5 177 (13.44%) Functional Testing
6 171 (12.98%) Test Automation
7 157 (11.92%) Automated Testing
8 138 (10.48%) Automation Testing
9 136 (10.33%) Manual Testing
10 135 (10.25%) User Acceptance Testing
11 124 (9.42%) Non-Functional Testing
11 124 (9.42%) Software Testing
12 113 (8.58%) TDD
13 112 (8.50%) Continuous Integration
14 106 (8.05%) Regression Testing
15 105 (7.97%) Performance Testing
16 101 (7.67%) Penetration Testing
17 88 (6.68%) Integration Testing
18 83 (6.30%) Test Strategy
19 73 (5.54%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 309 (23.46%) SQL
2 288 (21.87%) Java
3 132 (10.02%) C#
4 116 (8.81%) JavaScript
5 74 (5.62%) Ruby
6 73 (5.54%) Python
7 41 (3.11%) C++
8 40 (3.04%) Shell Script
9 39 (2.96%) PL/SQL
10 35 (2.66%) C
11 32 (2.43%) Perl
12 30 (2.28%) PHP
13 26 (1.97%) VB
14 22 (1.67%) VBScript
15 20 (1.52%) Groovy
16 17 (1.29%) T-SQL
17 15 (1.14%) F#
18 14 (1.06%) Scala
19 10 (0.76%) Bash Shell
20 9 (0.68%) VBA
Qualifications
1 181 (13.74%) Security Cleared
2 143 (10.86%) ISEB
3 140 (10.63%) SC Cleared
4 124 (9.42%) ISTQB
5 67 (5.09%) CREST Certified
6 50 (3.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 33 (2.51%) Degree
8 27 (2.05%) OSCP
9 24 (1.82%) Cyber Scheme
10 23 (1.75%) CEH
10 23 (1.75%) CHECK Team Member
11 22 (1.67%) Tigerscheme
12 19 (1.44%) DV Cleared
13 17 (1.29%) BPSS Clearance
13 17 (1.29%) CESG Certified Professional
14 12 (0.91%) CISSP
15 10 (0.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 9 (0.68%) CHECK Team Leader
17 8 (0.61%) GIAC
18 7 (0.53%) PhD
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 265 (20.12%) QA
2 15 (1.14%) Disclosure Scotland
3 11 (0.84%) SDET
4 7 (0.53%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.46%) WCAG
6 5 (0.38%) SEPA
7 4 (0.30%) ISO 14001
7 4 (0.30%) ISO 9001
7 4 (0.30%) MiFID
7 4 (0.30%) WAI
8 3 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
8 3 (0.23%) EMIR
8 3 (0.23%) GAAP
8 3 (0.23%) GPG13
8 3 (0.23%) HL7
9 2 (0.15%) FedRAMP
10 1 (0.076%) Basel III
10 1 (0.076%) PCI DSS
10 1 (0.076%) SLA
10 1 (0.076%) Solvency II
System Software
1 18 (1.37%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.06%) Docker
3 9 (0.68%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (0.53%) Hyper-V
5 6 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 5 (0.38%) VMware ESX
7 4 (0.30%) VMware Infrastructure
8 2 (0.15%) HDFS
9 1 (0.076%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 121 (9.19%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (0.76%) Ansible
3 5 (0.38%) McAfee ePO
4 4 (0.30%) HP SiteScope
4 4 (0.30%) Nessus
4 4 (0.30%) Netcool
4 4 (0.30%) Puppet
5 3 (0.23%) BMC PATROL
5 3 (0.23%) Oracle Identity Management
6 2 (0.15%) Control-M
6 2 (0.15%) Oozie
6 2 (0.15%) Perfmon
6 2 (0.15%) SCCM
6 2 (0.15%) SCOM
7 1 (0.076%) Cisco IPCC
7 1 (0.076%) HP Fortify
7 1 (0.076%) Kubernetes
7 1 (0.076%) Nagios
7 1 (0.076%) Nmap
7 1 (0.076%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 159 (12.07%) Oracle
2 115 (8.73%) HP
3 108 (8.20%) Microsoft
4 61 (4.63%) SAP
5 33 (2.51%) IBM
6 29 (2.20%) Informatica
7 28 (2.13%) VMware
8 16 (1.21%) EMC
9 14 (1.06%) SOASTA, Inc
10 13 (0.99%) Veritas
11 11 (0.84%) hybris
12 10 (0.76%) Red Hat
13 9 (0.68%) Siebel
14 8 (0.61%) ATG
14 8 (0.61%) Sybase
15 7 (0.53%) Cognos
16 6 (0.46%) Atlassian
16 6 (0.46%) NetApp
16 6 (0.46%) Salesforce.com
17 5 (0.38%) Intel Security
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