The first table below looks at the demand 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 16 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
16 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 129 177 159
Rank change year-on-year
+48 -18
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 927 568 732
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.61% 1.17% 1.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.75% 1.26% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 621 343 407
Average daily rate £325 £325 £308
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £301 £300
% change year-on-year
-0.41% +0.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 13 25
Average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% +46.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.20 £8.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £140.00 £50.70 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.06 £17.25
% change year-on-year
+6.93% +62.63%
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
53024 44938 56165
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.25% 92.48% 92.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 32160 25752 30878
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £345 £350
% change year-on-year
+1.44% -1.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2112 2238 2624
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.27
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%

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 16 April 2014.

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 16 April 2014.

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 16 April 2014. 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 each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +43 841 £325 +1.16% 217
London +57 428 £375 +8.69% 80
City of London +55 115 £375 +15.38% 33
South East -20 108 £320 +6.66% 41
South West +17 74 £304 +5.65% 19
Yorkshire +28 73 £275 -8.33% 17
West Yorkshire +27 63 £275 -8.33% 14
Leeds +27 57 £275 -8.33% 13
East of England -11 49 £323 +3.20% 13
North West +8 45 £300 +9.09% 25
Scotland +5 40 £354 +8.84% 9
Hampshire +13 37 £325 -7.14% 7
Surrey -1 29 £319 +2.00% 15
Bristol +4 27 £325 +10.16% 5
Manchester +8 26 £315 - 16
East Midlands +9 25 £288 -16.66% 6
Berkshire -28 20 £265 -11.66% 4
Wales -17 19 £288 -8.00%
West Midlands -8 18 £243 -21.13% 9
Edinburgh -16 18 £300 +7.14% 2
Somerset +1 17 £300 +7.14% 7
South Wales -10 15 £288 -4.16%
Reading -4 14 £265 +5.89% 1
Essex -8 14 £350 +40.00% 1
Glasgow +16 13 £320 +3.22% 2
Cheshire +3 13 £292 +21.77% 5
Taunton - 13 £300 -
Suffolk -1 12 £350 +6.87% 1
North East -14 12 £210 -14.28% 3
Tyne and Wear -18 12 £210 -14.28% 3

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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.

1 397 (25.35%) Test Scripting
2 385 (24.58%) SQL
3 378 (24.14%) Selenium
4 356 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
5 292 (18.65%) QA
6 291 (18.58%) Finance
7 270 (17.24%) Java
8 245 (15.64%) Scrum
9 236 (15.07%) ISEB
10 233 (14.88%) Test Automation
11 226 (14.43%) HP Quality Center
12 223 (14.24%) User Acceptance Testing
13 217 (13.86%) Performance Testing
13 217 (13.86%) HP
14 214 (13.67%) Oracle
15 200 (12.77%) Software Testing
16 193 (12.32%) TDD
17 192 (12.26%) Security Cleared
18 189 (12.07%) BDD
19 176 (11.24%) C#
20 173 (11.05%) ISTQB
21 163 (10.41%) Cucumber
22 161 (10.28%) .NET
23 158 (10.09%) Microsoft
24 151 (9.64%) UNIX
25 150 (9.58%) WebDriver
26 147 (9.39%) SC Cleared
26 147 (9.39%) Automated Testing
27 144 (9.20%) Windows
28 142 (9.07%) LoadRunner

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 April 2014, 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 24 (1.53%) WebSphere
1 24 (1.53%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.02%) CMS
3 11 (0.70%) Confluence
4 9 (0.57%) MS Exchange
5 8 (0.51%) Apache
5 8 (0.51%) IIS
6 7 (0.45%) MQSeries
7 6 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
7 6 (0.38%) Sitecore CMS
8 5 (0.32%) Node.js
8 5 (0.32%) Drupal
8 5 (0.32%) CICS
8 5 (0.32%) SAS
8 5 (0.32%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.26%) Lotus Domino
9 4 (0.26%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.26%) SharePoint 2010
10 3 (0.19%) Lync
Applications
1 67 (4.28%) MS Excel
2 33 (2.11%) MS Office
3 6 (0.38%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.19%) MS Project
5 2 (0.13%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.064%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.064%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.064%) Stata
6 1 (0.064%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 36 (2.30%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (0.64%) Dynamics AX
4 8 (0.51%) Agresso
5 6 (0.38%) Maximo
5 6 (0.38%) Oracle Applications
5 6 (0.38%) Summit
6 5 (0.32%) Oracle EBS R12
6 5 (0.32%) SAP FI
6 5 (0.32%) SAP SD
6 5 (0.32%) Oracle 11i
6 5 (0.32%) Oracle Financials
7 4 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
7 4 (0.26%) SAP CO
7 4 (0.26%) Cognos TM1
7 4 (0.26%) Cerner Millennium
7 4 (0.26%) SAP IS-U
8 3 (0.19%) SAP BPC
8 3 (0.19%) CSG Singleview
9 2 (0.13%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 12 (0.77%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.26%) SaaS
2 4 (0.26%) SuccessFactors
3 1 (0.064%) Office 365
3 1 (0.064%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 31 (1.98%) HTTP
2 27 (1.72%) Wireshark
3 24 (1.53%) TCP/IP
4 21 (1.34%) Internet
5 16 (1.02%) HTTPS
6 15 (0.96%) Firewall
7 12 (0.77%) SSL
8 9 (0.57%) DVB
9 8 (0.51%) DNS
10 7 (0.45%) LAN
11 6 (0.38%) WAN
12 5 (0.32%) NAS
12 5 (0.32%) SAN
13 4 (0.26%) VoIP
13 4 (0.26%) FTP
13 4 (0.26%) LTE
14 3 (0.19%) RTCP
14 3 (0.19%) 3G
14 3 (0.19%) SMTP
14 3 (0.19%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 83 (5.30%) SQL Server
2 49 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
3 47 (3.00%) Relational Database
4 44 (2.81%) Oracle Database
5 24 (1.53%) MySQL
6 23 (1.47%) Oracle Reports
7 20 (1.28%) SQL Server 2008
8 19 (1.21%) RDBMS
9 15 (0.96%) DB2
10 14 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 9 (0.57%) Oracle Database 11g
12 8 (0.51%) MS Access
12 8 (0.51%) DataStage
12 8 (0.51%) Big Data
13 7 (0.45%) MongoDB
13 7 (0.45%) Hadoop
13 7 (0.45%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 7 (0.45%) Oracle Database 10g
14 6 (0.38%) Data Mining
14 6 (0.38%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 378 (24.14%) Selenium
2 163 (10.41%) Cucumber
3 150 (9.58%) WebDriver
4 142 (9.07%) LoadRunner
4 142 (9.07%) JIRA
5 108 (6.90%) QuickTest Pro
6 85 (5.43%) JMeter
7 79 (5.04%) Team Foundation Server
8 75 (4.79%) SoapUI
9 73 (4.66%) Jenkins
10 59 (3.77%) FitNesse
11 54 (3.45%) Visual Studio
12 50 (3.19%) Git (software)
13 49 (3.13%) Calabash
14 48 (3.07%) WATIR
15 45 (2.87%) SpecFlow
16 41 (2.62%) Maven
17 37 (2.36%) JBehave
18 34 (2.17%) JUnit
19 30 (1.92%) Subversion
General
1 291 (18.58%) Finance
2 119 (7.60%) Banking
3 57 (3.64%) Retail
4 26 (1.66%) Back Office
5 25 (1.60%) Marketing
6 24 (1.53%) Investment Banking
7 22 (1.40%) Telecoms
8 18 (1.15%) Games
8 18 (1.15%) Publishing
9 13 (0.83%) Billing
10 8 (0.51%) Front Office
11 7 (0.45%) Manufacturing
12 6 (0.38%) Military
12 6 (0.38%) Retail Banking
13 5 (0.32%) French Language
13 5 (0.32%) Multimedia
14 4 (0.26%) Advertising
14 4 (0.26%) Automotive
14 4 (0.26%) Legal
14 4 (0.26%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 161 (10.28%) .NET
2 129 (8.24%) Web Services
3 117 (7.47%) HTML
4 108 (6.90%) XML
5 74 (4.73%) SOAP
6 39 (2.49%) ASP.NET
7 27 (1.72%) RESTful
7 27 (1.72%) JSON
8 26 (1.66%) REST
9 25 (1.60%) CSS
9 25 (1.60%) JSP
10 18 (1.15%) Middleware
11 17 (1.09%) XSLT
12 14 (0.89%) J2EE
13 12 (0.77%) Ajax
13 12 (0.77%) HTML5
13 12 (0.77%) Gherkin
14 11 (0.70%) WCF
15 10 (0.64%) WPF
16 9 (0.57%) Android SDK
Miscellaneous
1 87 (5.56%) Mobile App
2 73 (4.66%) Open Source
3 40 (2.55%) Enterprise Software
4 37 (2.36%) Computer Science
5 26 (1.66%) NHS
6 24 (1.53%) Video on Demand
7 23 (1.47%) IPTV
8 18 (1.15%) STB
9 14 (0.89%) MPEG
10 13 (0.83%) Client/Server
11 12 (0.77%) SWIFT
12 11 (0.70%) Statistics
13 10 (0.64%) Mainframe
13 10 (0.64%) Digital Media
14 8 (0.51%) Management Information System
14 8 (0.51%) Social Network
14 8 (0.51%) Mobile Banking
15 7 (0.45%) E-Learning
15 7 (0.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
16 6 (0.38%) Mathematics
Operating Systems
1 151 (9.64%) UNIX
2 144 (9.20%) Windows
3 114 (7.28%) Linux
4 64 (4.09%) Android
5 60 (3.83%) Apple iOS
6 40 (2.55%) Windows XP
7 30 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
8 28 (1.79%) Windows Server 2003
9 24 (1.53%) Windows 7
10 20 (1.28%) Windows 2000
11 19 (1.21%) Solaris
12 12 (0.77%) Windows Server 2012
13 7 (0.45%) AIX
14 6 (0.38%) Windows Phone
15 5 (0.32%) Windows 8
16 4 (0.26%) Mac OS
17 3 (0.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
17 3 (0.19%) Windows Mobile
17 3 (0.19%) HPUX
18 2 (0.13%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 397 (25.35%) Test Scripting
2 356 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
3 245 (15.64%) Scrum
4 233 (14.88%) Test Automation
5 223 (14.24%) User Acceptance Testing
6 217 (13.86%) Performance Testing
7 200 (12.77%) Software Testing
8 193 (12.32%) TDD
9 189 (12.07%) BDD
10 147 (9.39%) Automated Testing
11 119 (7.60%) Manual Testing
12 108 (6.90%) Automation Testing
13 97 (6.19%) Regression Testing
14 95 (6.07%) Test Strategy
15 94 (6.00%) Integration Testing
16 87 (5.56%) Continuous Integration
17 85 (5.43%) E-Commerce
18 81 (5.17%) User Stories
19 80 (5.11%) System Testing
20 73 (4.66%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 385 (24.58%) SQL
2 270 (17.24%) Java
3 176 (11.24%) C#
4 115 (7.34%) Ruby
5 109 (6.96%) JavaScript
6 65 (4.15%) Python
7 48 (3.07%) C
8 34 (2.17%) Shell Script
9 33 (2.11%) PHP
10 29 (1.85%) C++
11 27 (1.72%) VBScript
12 24 (1.53%) VB.NET
13 23 (1.47%) VB
14 21 (1.34%) Perl
15 15 (0.96%) Groovy
16 13 (0.83%) XPath
17 11 (0.70%) PL/SQL
17 11 (0.70%) T-SQL
17 11 (0.70%) XQuery
18 10 (0.64%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 236 (15.07%) ISEB
2 192 (12.26%) Security Cleared
3 173 (11.05%) ISTQB
4 147 (9.39%) SC Cleared
5 69 (4.41%) Degree
6 49 (3.13%) DV Cleared
7 14 (0.89%) CEH
8 6 (0.38%) CISSP
8 6 (0.38%) CISMP
9 5 (0.32%) CTC Cleared
9 5 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (0.26%) OSCP
11 3 (0.19%) BC Cleared
11 3 (0.19%) MOS
12 2 (0.13%) GIAC
12 2 (0.13%) OSCE
12 2 (0.13%) GPEN
13 1 (0.064%) Chartered Engineer
13 1 (0.064%) MCITP
13 1 (0.064%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 292 (18.65%) QA
2 6 (0.38%) WCAG
3 5 (0.32%) ISO 9001
4 3 (0.19%) ISO 14001
4 3 (0.19%) SLA
4 3 (0.19%) ISO 9002
5 2 (0.13%) EMIR
6 1 (0.064%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.064%) Basel III
6 1 (0.064%) PCI DSS
6 1 (0.064%) HL7
6 1 (0.064%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.064%) GAAP
6 1 (0.064%) BS7799
System Software
1 26 (1.66%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.02%) VMware Infrastructure
3 14 (0.89%) Nmap
4 9 (0.57%) vSphere
5 4 (0.26%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.19%) XenDesktop
7 2 (0.13%) Terminal Server
7 2 (0.13%) Cygwin
8 1 (0.064%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.064%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.064%) Oracle RAC
8 1 (0.064%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 226 (14.43%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (0.89%) Nessus
3 8 (0.51%) Puppet
4 7 (0.45%) NetBackup
5 6 (0.38%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 5 (0.32%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (0.32%) Netcool
7 3 (0.19%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.19%) Cobbler
7 3 (0.19%) CA Wily
7 3 (0.19%) SCOM
8 2 (0.13%) OpenView
8 2 (0.13%) Nagios
8 2 (0.13%) WebInspect
8 2 (0.13%) CORE IMPACT
8 2 (0.13%) Oracle Identity Management
8 2 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.13%) nmon
9 1 (0.064%) AppDNA
9 1 (0.064%) Oracle Identity Manager
Vendors
1 217 (13.86%) HP
2 214 (13.67%) Oracle
3 158 (10.09%) Microsoft
4 71 (4.53%) SAP
5 59 (3.77%) IBM
6 35 (2.23%) VMware
6 35 (2.23%) Citrix
7 24 (1.53%) Cognos
8 19 (1.21%) Green Hat
9 18 (1.15%) Siebel
10 10 (0.64%) MicroStrategy
10 10 (0.64%) Informatica
10 10 (0.64%) Google
11 9 (0.57%) NetApp
12 8 (0.51%) JD Edwards
13 7 (0.45%) Zend
13 7 (0.45%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (0.45%) Business Objects
14 6 (0.38%) Cisco
14 6 (0.38%) RedDot
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