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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 185 149 183
Rank change year-on-year
-36 +34
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 678 799 560
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.21% 1.51% 1.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.31% 1.63% 1.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 436 530 337
Average daily rate
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£325 £325 £325
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £427
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £313 £325
% change year-on-year
-4.00% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 13 17
Average hourly rate £37.50 £12.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+200.00% -68.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £11.60 £25.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £115.40 £30.20 £45.10
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £12.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+200.00% -59.67%

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
51627 49001 45588
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.58% 92.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 32558 29967 26404
Average daily rate £400 £395 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% -1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
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 1943 1955 2128
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% -10.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.29 £38.59 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.25 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -7.14%

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 3 July 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 3 July 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 3 July 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 -52 580 £325 - 237
London -49 259 £400 +8.10% 77
South East -13 139 £320 +1.58% 35
Wales +33 52 £288 -4.16%
Hampshire -24 43 £315 -3.07% 5
City of London -48 41 £334 -16.56% 27
Berkshire +37 40 £344 +14.58% 7
Scotland +6 40 £320 +0.70% 6
North West -16 40 £263 -19.07% 35
South Wales +16 36 £309 +2.91%
Yorkshire -47 36 £300 +1.69% 25
South West -29 34 £310 -4.61% 13
East of England -5 26 £400 +17.64% 14
West Midlands +6 23 £295 -1.66% 16
West Yorkshire -48 23 £278 -3.47% 17
Cardiff - 23 £288 -
Leeds -53 18 £283 +0.89% 14
Lancashire +16 17 £260 -22.96% 2
Reading +14 16 £350 +16.66% 4
Glasgow +1 14 £288 +3.60%
Edinburgh -1 14 £350 +25.11% 5
Blackpool +15 13 £252 -18.87% 1
Bristol -9 13 £375 +7.14% 4
Surrey -27 13 £425 +44.06% 6
Buckinghamshire +4 11 £285 +3.63% 6
Newport -11 11 £333 +6.40%
East Midlands -16 11 £338 +5.46% 15
Newbury +7 10 £275 -8.33% 1
Manchester -17 10 £300 -7.69% 21
Gloucestershire +2 9 £250 -31.03% 7

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 518 (37.95%) Agile Software Development
2 353 (25.86%) Selenium
3 314 (23.00%) QA
4 301 (22.05%) Test Scripting
5 284 (20.81%) SQL
6 230 (16.85%) Finance
7 208 (15.24%) Java
8 190 (13.92%) Scrum
9 188 (13.77%) User Acceptance Testing
10 180 (13.19%) ISEB
11 178 (13.04%) Security Cleared
12 177 (12.97%) Test Automation
13 164 (12.01%) JIRA
14 159 (11.65%) Automated Testing
15 158 (11.58%) BDD
16 156 (11.43%) Oracle
17 155 (11.36%) Cucumber
18 146 (10.70%) .NET
19 144 (10.55%) Automation Testing
20 139 (10.18%) WebDriver
21 138 (10.11%) HP Quality Center
22 137 (10.04%) Manual Testing
22 137 (10.04%) C#
23 136 (9.96%) HP
24 127 (9.30%) Microsoft
25 126 (9.23%) ISTQB
26 125 (9.16%) Regression Testing
27 113 (8.28%) Software Testing
27 113 (8.28%) SC Cleared
28 112 (8.21%) TDD

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 33 (2.42%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.54%) CMS
3 20 (1.47%) WebSphere
4 18 (1.32%) Apache
5 17 (1.25%) Confluence
6 12 (0.88%) WebLogic
7 10 (0.73%) SAS
8 6 (0.44%) IIS
8 6 (0.44%) Tomcat
8 6 (0.44%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 6 (0.44%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 5 (0.37%) Apache Spark
9 5 (0.37%) Umbraco
9 5 (0.37%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.29%) Oracle Service Bus
11 3 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
11 3 (0.22%) Drupal
11 3 (0.22%) WebSphere Application Server
11 3 (0.22%) Documentum
12 2 (0.15%) JBoss
Applications
1 59 (4.32%) MS Excel
2 39 (2.86%) MS Office
3 4 (0.29%) MS Project
3 4 (0.29%) MS Visio
4 3 (0.22%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.15%) FastStats
6 1 (0.073%) PowerPivot
6 1 (0.073%) HipChat
6 1 (0.073%) PTC Creo
6 1 (0.073%) SOLIDWORKS
6 1 (0.073%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 13 (0.95%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
2 7 (0.51%) Oracle Financials
3 6 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.37%) SAP FI
4 5 (0.37%) Magento
5 4 (0.29%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.29%) Exstream
5 4 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.22%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.22%) MultiFonds
6 3 (0.22%) SAP PP
6 3 (0.22%) Agresso
6 3 (0.22%) Summit
7 2 (0.15%) SAP CO
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle Payroll
7 2 (0.15%) SAP FI/CO
7 2 (0.15%) Maximo
7 2 (0.15%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.51%) SaaS
2 6 (0.44%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.29%) Taleo
3 4 (0.29%) Google Analytics
4 3 (0.22%) GitHub
5 2 (0.15%) Microsoft Azure
6 1 (0.073%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.073%) IaaS
6 1 (0.073%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.073%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.073%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.073%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 23 (1.68%) 3G
2 22 (1.61%) 4G
3 21 (1.54%) TCP/IP
4 20 (1.47%) GSM
5 18 (1.32%) HTTP
5 18 (1.32%) 2G
6 15 (1.10%) Wireshark
7 13 (0.95%) SS7
8 12 (0.88%) FTP
8 12 (0.88%) SIGTRAN
9 10 (0.73%) RNC
9 10 (0.73%) UMTS
9 10 (0.73%) Internet
10 9 (0.66%) Diameter Protocol
11 8 (0.59%) VoLTE
11 8 (0.59%) LTE
11 8 (0.59%) GPRS
12 7 (0.51%) NAS
13 6 (0.44%) MVNO
13 6 (0.44%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 101 (7.40%) SQL Server
2 55 (4.03%) Data Warehouse
3 35 (2.56%) DB2
3 35 (2.56%) Oracle Database
4 21 (1.54%) Relational Database
5 19 (1.39%) MySQL
6 16 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 13 (0.95%) DbVisualizer
8 10 (0.73%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (0.51%) SQL Server 2008
9 7 (0.51%) SQLPlus
10 6 (0.44%) SAP BW
10 6 (0.44%) Hadoop
10 6 (0.44%) MongoDB
11 5 (0.37%) NoSQL
11 5 (0.37%) Apache Hive
11 5 (0.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (0.37%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
12 4 (0.29%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 353 (25.86%) Selenium
2 164 (12.01%) JIRA
3 155 (11.36%) Cucumber
4 139 (10.18%) WebDriver
5 85 (6.23%) SoapUI
6 80 (5.86%) SpecFlow
7 79 (5.79%) HP UFT
8 76 (5.57%) LoadRunner
9 70 (5.13%) JMeter
10 59 (4.32%) Jenkins
11 57 (4.18%) Team Foundation Server
12 48 (3.52%) JUnit
13 40 (2.93%) Visual Studio
14 34 (2.49%) Subversion
15 23 (1.68%) Maven
16 19 (1.39%) Calabash
17 18 (1.32%) TeamCity
17 18 (1.32%) NUnit
17 18 (1.32%) Appium
18 17 (1.25%) Git (software)
General
1 230 (16.85%) Finance
2 105 (7.69%) Banking
3 88 (6.45%) Retail
4 59 (4.32%) Telecoms
5 20 (1.47%) Investment Banking
6 17 (1.25%) Games
7 14 (1.03%) Billing
7 14 (1.03%) Retail Banking
7 14 (1.03%) Manufacturing
8 13 (0.95%) Marketing
9 7 (0.51%) Automotive
9 7 (0.51%) Front Office
9 7 (0.51%) Back Office
10 6 (0.44%) Advertising
11 5 (0.37%) Legal
12 4 (0.29%) Publishing
12 4 (0.29%) Electronics
13 3 (0.22%) General Ledger
13 3 (0.22%) French Language
13 3 (0.22%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 146 (10.70%) .NET
2 101 (7.40%) Web Services
3 96 (7.03%) XML
4 83 (6.08%) SOAP
5 56 (4.10%) HTML
6 53 (3.88%) Gherkin
7 39 (2.86%) RESTful
8 35 (2.56%) JSON
9 25 (1.83%) REST
10 24 (1.76%) ASP.NET
11 22 (1.61%) .NET Framework
12 20 (1.47%) J2EE
13 18 (1.32%) CSS
14 16 (1.17%) Middleware
15 13 (0.95%) Flash
16 9 (0.66%) XML Messaging
16 9 (0.66%) Spring
17 8 (0.59%) WPF
18 7 (0.51%) MSMQ
19 5 (0.37%) WebSphere MQ
Miscellaneous
1 86 (6.30%) Analytical Skills
2 64 (4.69%) Mobile App
3 25 (1.83%) AS400
4 21 (1.54%) Enterprise Software
5 20 (1.47%) NHS
6 19 (1.39%) SWIFT
7 15 (1.10%) Client/Server
7 15 (1.10%) STB
8 14 (1.03%) Computer Science
9 12 (0.88%) User Experience
10 11 (0.81%) Mainframe
11 9 (0.66%) W3C
11 9 (0.66%) MPEG
11 9 (0.66%) Wiki
11 9 (0.66%) Data Centre
12 7 (0.51%) Performance Metrics
12 7 (0.51%) iSeries
12 7 (0.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 6 (0.44%) EPoS
13 6 (0.44%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 97 (7.11%) UNIX
2 82 (6.01%) Linux
3 62 (4.54%) Windows
4 59 (4.32%) Android
5 58 (4.25%) Apple iOS
6 16 (1.17%) Windows 7
7 13 (0.95%) Solaris
8 7 (0.51%) AIX
9 3 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.22%) SUSE
10 2 (0.15%) VME
10 2 (0.15%) CentOS
10 2 (0.15%) HPUX
10 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
10 2 (0.15%) Windows Phone 8
10 2 (0.15%) Windows Phone
11 1 (0.073%) Data ONTAP
11 1 (0.073%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.073%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.073%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 518 (37.95%) Agile Software Development
2 301 (22.05%) Test Scripting
3 190 (13.92%) Scrum
4 188 (13.77%) User Acceptance Testing
5 177 (12.97%) Test Automation
6 159 (11.65%) Automated Testing
7 158 (11.58%) BDD
8 144 (10.55%) Automation Testing
9 137 (10.04%) Manual Testing
10 125 (9.16%) Regression Testing
11 113 (8.28%) Software Testing
12 112 (8.21%) TDD
13 108 (7.91%) Integration Testing
14 106 (7.77%) Performance Testing
15 89 (6.52%) E-Commerce
16 83 (6.08%) System Testing
17 75 (5.49%) Continuous Integration
18 70 (5.13%) Test Strategy
19 66 (4.84%) Functional Testing
19 66 (4.84%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 284 (20.81%) SQL
2 208 (15.24%) Java
3 137 (10.04%) C#
4 66 (4.84%) JavaScript
5 51 (3.74%) Ruby
6 30 (2.20%) C
7 29 (2.12%) Python
7 29 (2.12%) PHP
7 29 (2.12%) PL/SQL
8 26 (1.90%) Groovy
9 21 (1.54%) VB
10 19 (1.39%) VBScript
11 16 (1.17%) Perl
12 13 (0.95%) C++
12 13 (0.95%) Shell Script
12 13 (0.95%) VBA
13 9 (0.66%) Bash Shell
14 8 (0.59%) XPath
14 8 (0.59%) PowerShell
14 8 (0.59%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 180 (13.19%) ISEB
2 178 (13.04%) Security Cleared
3 126 (9.23%) ISTQB
4 113 (8.28%) SC Cleared
5 54 (3.96%) DV Cleared
6 46 (3.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 38 (2.78%) Degree
8 16 (1.17%) ISEB Practitioner
9 11 (0.81%) CEH
10 8 (0.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 5 (0.37%) HND
11 5 (0.37%) CTC Cleared
12 3 (0.22%) OSCP
12 3 (0.22%) GIAC
12 3 (0.22%) CISSP
12 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.15%) MCITP
14 1 (0.073%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 1 (0.073%) CISM
14 1 (0.073%) MCTS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 314 (23.00%) QA
2 3 (0.22%) PCI DSS
2 3 (0.22%) ISO 9001
2 3 (0.22%) SLA
2 3 (0.22%) ISO 14001
3 2 (0.15%) ISO 8583
3 2 (0.15%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.15%) MiFID
4 1 (0.073%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.073%) FINREP
4 1 (0.073%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.073%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 1 (0.073%) GxP
4 1 (0.073%) Basel III
4 1 (0.073%) Solvency II
System Software
1 10 (0.73%) Active Directory
2 8 (0.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (0.22%) XenApp
4 2 (0.15%) Firmware
4 2 (0.15%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.073%) ISA Server
5 1 (0.073%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.073%) VMware Workstation
5 1 (0.073%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.073%) Squid
5 1 (0.073%) vSphere
5 1 (0.073%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.073%) FreeRADIUS
5 1 (0.073%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 138 (10.11%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.51%) SCCM
3 2 (0.15%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 2 (0.15%) Nessus
3 2 (0.15%) CORE IMPACT
3 2 (0.15%) McAfee ePO
3 2 (0.15%) Puppet
3 2 (0.15%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (0.073%) CA LISA
4 1 (0.073%) nmon
4 1 (0.073%) Nmap
4 1 (0.073%) WebInspect
4 1 (0.073%) Control-M
4 1 (0.073%) Netcool
4 1 (0.073%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 156 (11.43%) Oracle
2 136 (9.96%) HP
3 127 (9.30%) Microsoft
4 41 (3.00%) SAP
5 19 (1.39%) VMware
6 18 (1.32%) IBM
7 15 (1.10%) Citrix
8 9 (0.66%) Sybase
8 9 (0.66%) Google
9 8 (0.59%) Business Objects
10 7 (0.51%) Informatica
10 7 (0.51%) Endeca
10 7 (0.51%) Teradata
10 7 (0.51%) Telerik
11 6 (0.44%) Remedy
12 5 (0.37%) OpenText
12 5 (0.37%) hybris
12 5 (0.37%) Salesforce.com
12 5 (0.37%) Cisco
12 5 (0.37%) Atlassian
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