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 20 August 2014 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 153 173 156
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 800 615 761
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.44% 1.16% 1.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.56% 1.25% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 543 386 436
Average daily rate
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£323 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.76% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £206 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £302 £320 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.75% +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 15 23
Average hourly rate £20.75 £29.25 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.05% +82.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £14.00 £8.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £137.50 £45.90 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £14.05 £29.25 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-51.96% +77.27%

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
51170 49280 54602
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.36% 92.64% 92.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 30980 29240 30617
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1968 2111 2700
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.08 £38.98 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.98%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 20 August 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
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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 +34 710 £325 - 165
London +62 363 £338 -3.57% 60
South East +19 146 £295 -9.23% 24
City of London +42 78 £400 +14.28% 28
Hampshire +9 49 £319 +2.49% 3
South West -3 45 £325 -1.88% 18
East of England +1 43 £338 -0.73% 10
Surrey +23 41 £290 +1.75% 6
Wales +22 38 £250 -7.40% 2
Yorkshire -13 36 £315 +5.00% 13
Scotland -21 32 £318 -11.92% 3
South Wales +21 31 £218 -13.51% 1
West Yorkshire -12 30 £320 +6.66% 5
Bristol +5 27 £350 - 12
North West +4 25 £323 +7.50% 21
Hertfordshire -6 20 £290 -22.66% 6
West Midlands -7 20 £290 -3.33% 8
Leeds -13 17 £318 +5.83% 4
Buckinghamshire -4 16 £275 -15.38% 5
East Midlands -6 16 £305 +1.66% 5
Edinburgh -13 15 £300 -25.00% 3
Manchester -6 14 £323 +7.50% 14
East Sussex -6 12 £350 -3.44% 5
Glasgow -8 12 £255 -1.92%
Birmingham +11 11 £330 -
Cardiff +7 11 £223 -5.31% 1
Berkshire -13 11 £313 +4.16% 5
North East -13 11 £350 - 5
Tyne and Wear -10 10 £350 - 4
Newcastle upon Tyne - 10 £350 - 4

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 August 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.

1 474 (28.35%) Test Scripting
2 424 (25.36%) SQL
3 390 (23.33%) QA
4 374 (22.37%) Selenium
5 345 (20.63%) Java
6 344 (20.57%) Agile Software Development
7 267 (15.97%) Finance
8 252 (15.07%) Scrum
9 251 (15.01%) HP
9 251 (15.01%) User Acceptance Testing
10 246 (14.71%) Test Automation
11 244 (14.59%) Oracle
12 242 (14.47%) ISEB
13 231 (13.82%) ISTQB
14 230 (13.76%) BDD
15 229 (13.70%) HP Quality Center
16 212 (12.68%) TDD
17 201 (12.02%) Cucumber
18 194 (11.60%) C#
19 191 (11.42%) Performance Testing
20 190 (11.36%) Security Cleared
20 190 (11.36%) Software Testing
21 179 (10.71%) Automated Testing
21 179 (10.71%) Microsoft
22 176 (10.53%) WebDriver
23 170 (10.17%) UNIX
24 164 (9.81%) .NET
25 160 (9.57%) SC Cleared
26 158 (9.45%) QuickTest Pro
27 156 (9.33%) JIRA

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 41 (2.45%) SharePoint
2 26 (1.56%) WebSphere
3 20 (1.20%) WebLogic
4 18 (1.08%) Apache
5 17 (1.02%) Tomcat
6 16 (0.96%) MQSeries
7 15 (0.90%) CMS
8 14 (0.84%) IIS
9 11 (0.66%) SharePoint 2013
10 9 (0.54%) MS Exchange
11 7 (0.42%) SharePoint 2010
12 6 (0.36%) Node.js
13 5 (0.30%) Confluence
13 5 (0.30%) WebLogic Integration
13 5 (0.30%) CICS
13 5 (0.30%) SAS
13 5 (0.30%) SharePoint Server
14 4 (0.24%) Sitecore CMS
15 3 (0.18%) Exchange Server 2007
15 3 (0.18%) Umbraco
Applications
1 103 (6.16%) MS Excel
2 61 (3.65%) MS Office
3 8 (0.48%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.24%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.18%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.12%) MS Project
7 1 (0.060%) Stata
Business Applications
1 27 (1.61%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.66%) SAP HR
2 11 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.54%) Agresso
3 9 (0.54%) Oracle Applications
4 8 (0.48%) Oracle Financials
5 7 (0.42%) BASE24
6 6 (0.36%) SAP FI/CO
6 6 (0.36%) SAP CO
6 6 (0.36%) SAP FI
7 5 (0.30%) SAP HCM
7 5 (0.30%) Cognos TM1
7 5 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 5 (0.30%) SAP CRM
8 4 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
9 3 (0.18%) SAP SRM
9 3 (0.18%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.18%) IntelliMatch
9 3 (0.18%) SAP MM
9 3 (0.18%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
2 7 (0.42%) SaaS
2 7 (0.42%) Office 365
3 5 (0.30%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.18%) Amazon AWS
5 2 (0.12%) GitHub
6 1 (0.060%) PaaS
6 1 (0.060%) Basecamp
6 1 (0.060%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 41 (2.45%) HTTP
2 35 (2.09%) TCP/IP
3 21 (1.26%) Wireshark
4 20 (1.20%) SAN
5 18 (1.08%) Internet
6 17 (1.02%) HTTPS
7 16 (0.96%) Firewall
7 16 (0.96%) DNS
8 10 (0.60%) SSL
8 10 (0.60%) LAN
9 9 (0.54%) FTP
10 7 (0.42%) NAS
10 7 (0.42%) DVB
11 6 (0.36%) Wireless
11 6 (0.36%) Network Security
12 5 (0.30%) WAN
12 5 (0.30%) VPN
13 4 (0.24%) Wi-Fi
13 4 (0.24%) SMTP
13 4 (0.24%) DHCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 85 (5.08%) SQL Server
2 69 (4.13%) Oracle Database
3 54 (3.23%) Relational Database
4 50 (2.99%) Data Warehouse
5 34 (2.03%) Oracle Reports
6 31 (1.85%) MySQL
7 23 (1.38%) DB2
8 19 (1.14%) SQL Server 2008
9 15 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
10 14 (0.84%) DbVisualizer
11 13 (0.78%) RDBMS
12 12 (0.72%) Big Data
13 11 (0.66%) SAP BW
14 10 (0.60%) NoSQL
15 9 (0.54%) MS Access
15 9 (0.54%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 8 (0.48%) MongoDB
17 7 (0.42%) Oracle Database 10g
18 6 (0.36%) Star Schema
19 5 (0.30%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 374 (22.37%) Selenium
2 201 (12.02%) Cucumber
3 176 (10.53%) WebDriver
4 158 (9.45%) QuickTest Pro
5 156 (9.33%) JIRA
6 113 (6.76%) LoadRunner
7 106 (6.34%) JMeter
8 88 (5.26%) Jenkins
9 70 (4.19%) SoapUI
10 67 (4.01%) Visual Studio
11 66 (3.95%) Team Foundation Server
12 57 (3.41%) JUnit
13 52 (3.11%) Calabash
14 44 (2.63%) Git (software)
15 38 (2.27%) Subversion
15 38 (2.27%) WATIR
16 36 (2.15%) Maven
17 32 (1.91%) JBehave
18 30 (1.79%) FitNesse
19 28 (1.67%) Hudson
General
1 267 (15.97%) Finance
2 111 (6.64%) Banking
3 50 (2.99%) Retail
4 29 (1.73%) Telecoms
5 26 (1.56%) Manufacturing
6 25 (1.50%) Marketing
7 23 (1.38%) Billing
8 21 (1.26%) Investment Banking
9 14 (0.84%) Publishing
9 14 (0.84%) Back Office
9 14 (0.84%) Games
10 11 (0.66%) Military
11 10 (0.60%) Electronics
11 10 (0.60%) Retail Banking
12 9 (0.54%) Advertising
13 8 (0.48%) Legal
13 8 (0.48%) Automotive
14 7 (0.42%) Front Office
15 6 (0.36%) Multimedia
16 4 (0.24%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 164 (9.81%) .NET
2 152 (9.09%) Web Services
3 122 (7.30%) HTML
4 118 (7.06%) XML
5 64 (3.83%) SOAP
6 57 (3.41%) ASP.NET
7 50 (2.99%) JSON
8 38 (2.27%) JSP
9 35 (2.09%) REST
10 27 (1.61%) XSLT
11 25 (1.50%) CSS
12 21 (1.26%) RESTful
12 21 (1.26%) J2EE
13 20 (1.20%) Spring
14 17 (1.02%) Gherkin
15 16 (0.96%) Flash
16 15 (0.90%) Android SDK
17 13 (0.78%) HTML5
18 12 (0.72%) .NET Framework
19 11 (0.66%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 95 (5.68%) Mobile App
2 78 (4.67%) Open Source
3 41 (2.45%) Computer Science
4 29 (1.73%) Enterprise Software
5 27 (1.61%) STB
6 24 (1.44%) Client/Server
7 18 (1.08%) NHS
7 18 (1.08%) Video on Demand
8 16 (0.96%) AS400
9 15 (0.90%) EMV
10 14 (0.84%) Statistics
11 13 (0.78%) SWIFT
11 13 (0.78%) IPTV
12 12 (0.72%) Management Information System
13 11 (0.66%) Smartcard
14 10 (0.60%) MPEG
15 9 (0.54%) iSeries
15 9 (0.54%) Mainframe
16 8 (0.48%) iPad
16 8 (0.48%) Social Network
Operating Systems
1 170 (10.17%) UNIX
2 146 (8.73%) Linux
3 144 (8.61%) Windows
4 83 (4.96%) Android
5 82 (4.90%) Apple iOS
6 41 (2.45%) Windows XP
7 32 (1.91%) Windows 7
8 29 (1.73%) Windows Server 2003
9 25 (1.50%) Windows Server 2008
10 16 (0.96%) Windows 2000
11 15 (0.90%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 15 (0.90%) Solaris
12 11 (0.66%) Windows 8
12 11 (0.66%) AIX
13 7 (0.42%) HPUX
14 6 (0.36%) Windows Server 2012
15 5 (0.30%) SUSE
16 4 (0.24%) Debian
16 4 (0.24%) Windows NT
17 3 (0.18%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 474 (28.35%) Test Scripting
2 344 (20.57%) Agile Software Development
3 252 (15.07%) Scrum
4 251 (15.01%) User Acceptance Testing
5 246 (14.71%) Test Automation
6 230 (13.76%) BDD
7 212 (12.68%) TDD
8 191 (11.42%) Performance Testing
9 190 (11.36%) Software Testing
10 179 (10.71%) Automated Testing
11 148 (8.85%) Regression Testing
12 140 (8.37%) Automation Testing
13 135 (8.07%) Manual Testing
14 102 (6.10%) System Testing
15 100 (5.98%) Test Strategy
16 99 (5.92%) User Stories
17 94 (5.62%) Continuous Integration
18 89 (5.32%) Integration Testing
19 84 (5.02%) E-Commerce
20 72 (4.31%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 424 (25.36%) SQL
2 345 (20.63%) Java
3 194 (11.60%) C#
4 138 (8.25%) Ruby
5 115 (6.88%) JavaScript
6 80 (4.78%) Python
7 67 (4.01%) VB
8 64 (3.83%) PHP
9 44 (2.63%) Shell Script
10 39 (2.33%) VBScript
11 34 (2.03%) PL/SQL
12 31 (1.85%) C++
13 30 (1.79%) C
14 27 (1.61%) Perl
15 23 (1.38%) Bash Shell
16 22 (1.32%) VBA
17 18 (1.08%) VB.NET
18 12 (0.72%) PowerShell
19 11 (0.66%) Groovy
20 10 (0.60%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 242 (14.47%) ISEB
2 231 (13.82%) ISTQB
3 190 (11.36%) Security Cleared
4 160 (9.57%) SC Cleared
5 108 (6.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 75 (4.49%) Degree
7 48 (2.87%) DV Cleared
8 45 (2.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 15 (0.90%) MOS
10 13 (0.78%) CISSP
10 13 (0.78%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (0.48%) CEH
11 8 (0.48%) Cisco Certification
12 6 (0.36%) MCITP
12 6 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (0.30%) HND
14 4 (0.24%) HNC
14 4 (0.24%) CCNA
15 3 (0.18%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.18%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 390 (23.33%) QA
2 9 (0.54%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.30%) WCAG
4 3 (0.18%) ISO 9002
4 3 (0.18%) GxP
5 2 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.060%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.060%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.060%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.060%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 14 (0.84%) Nmap
1 14 (0.84%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (0.66%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.42%) Snort
4 6 (0.36%) Terminal Server
4 6 (0.36%) vSphere
5 3 (0.18%) XenApp
5 3 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.12%) NDS
6 2 (0.12%) ISA Server
6 2 (0.12%) XenServer
6 2 (0.12%) Cygwin
7 1 (0.060%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.060%) Hyper-V
7 1 (0.060%) qmail
7 1 (0.060%) NFS
7 1 (0.060%) Squid
7 1 (0.060%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 229 (13.70%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (0.84%) Nessus
3 9 (0.54%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.36%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.30%) SCOM
6 4 (0.24%) Puppet
6 4 (0.24%) SCCM
7 3 (0.18%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.18%) Netcool
8 2 (0.12%) WebInspect
8 2 (0.12%) Nagios
8 2 (0.12%) Cobbler
8 2 (0.12%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.060%) CA Endevor
9 1 (0.060%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.060%) Oracle Identity Management
9 1 (0.060%) CA LISA
9 1 (0.060%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.060%) Tivoli Storage Manager
9 1 (0.060%) Control-M
Vendors
1 251 (15.01%) HP
2 244 (14.59%) Oracle
3 179 (10.71%) Microsoft
4 82 (4.90%) SAP
5 49 (2.93%) IBM
6 33 (1.97%) Citrix
7 28 (1.67%) VMware
8 17 (1.02%) Cisco
9 15 (0.90%) Red Hat
9 15 (0.90%) Informatica
10 14 (0.84%) Cognos
11 13 (0.78%) JBoss
12 10 (0.60%) Google
13 9 (0.54%) Siebel
14 8 (0.48%) TIBCO
15 7 (0.42%) Salesforce.com
16 5 (0.30%) Zend
16 5 (0.30%) Sitecore
16 5 (0.30%) SolarWinds
16 5 (0.30%) Green Hat
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