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 16 January 2017 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
16 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Tester
UK
Rank 167 191 175
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 683 668 662
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.53% 1.34% 1.31%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.61% 1.41% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 411 471 451
Median daily rate £350 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 19
Median hourly rate £16.25 £42.50 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-61.76% +49.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.90 £26.00 £15.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £100.10 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £42.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-58.82% +49.12%

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
42359 47277 48034
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.67% 94.78% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 27574 30020 30295
Median daily rate £425 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.40% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £395 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.94% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1499 1732 1916
Median hourly rate £17.44 £17.50 £16.16
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.34% +8.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.61 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £46.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
-2.85% +9.37%

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 16 January 2017.

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 January 2017.

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 16 January 2017. 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 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 +11 631 £350 +3.70% 520
London +34 262 £400 +8.10% 72
South East +28 105 £350 +7.69% 124
South West +8 67 £325 -4.76% 63
North West -6 44 £320 +6.66% 62
West Midlands -1 33 £300 -3.22% 48
East of England -5 33 £313 -3.84% 55
City of London -8 33 £475 +22.58% 14
Yorkshire -13 33 £361 +14.68% 45
Scotland +25 32 £381 +38.63% 34
Wiltshire +2 29 £335 +4.68% 10
Manchester -4 29 £320 +10.34% 23
North East -9 25 £313 -18.30% 15
Tyne and Wear -10 25 £313 -18.30% 11
Newcastle upon Tyne -12 25 £313 -18.30% 5
West Yorkshire -7 24 £369 +15.23% 18
Hampshire +16 22 £350 +7.69% 21
Leeds -6 22 £375 +14.06% 7
East Midlands +22 20 £350 +16.66% 33
Bristol +21 20 £325 -7.14% 11
Berkshire +5 18 £358 -2.05% 15
Oxfordshire +11 17 £250 -37.22% 15
Swindon +2 17 £355 +10.93% 1
Edinburgh +20 16 £375 +25.00% 4
West Sussex +8 15 £355 +9.23% 12
Wales -8 11 £363 +85.89% 14
Oxford +8 10 £200 -49.78% 5
South Wales +2 10 £363 +90.78% 4
Buckinghamshire +1 10 £418 +45.21% 13
Cheshire +26 9 £313 - 17

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 January 2017, 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.

1 698 (49.09%) Agile Software Development
2 518 (36.43%) Selenium
3 391 (27.50%) Java
4 362 (25.46%) QA
5 341 (23.98%) Test Scripting
6 299 (21.03%) SQL
7 286 (20.11%) Cucumber
8 274 (19.27%) BDD
9 267 (18.78%) Test Automation
10 255 (17.93%) JIRA
11 217 (15.26%) Automated Testing
12 212 (14.91%) Scrum
12 212 (14.91%) WebDriver
13 210 (14.77%) Automation Testing
14 194 (13.64%) Finance
15 179 (12.59%) Performance Testing
16 176 (12.38%) C#
17 174 (12.24%) Jenkins
18 172 (12.10%) Software Testing
19 162 (11.39%) User Acceptance Testing
20 156 (10.97%) TDD
21 150 (10.55%) Manual Testing
22 147 (10.34%) Functional Testing
23 145 (10.20%) ISEB
24 143 (10.06%) Regression Testing
25 141 (9.92%) Continuous Integration
26 132 (9.28%) ISTQB
27 131 (9.21%) SoapUI
28 130 (9.14%) JavaScript
29 126 (8.86%) Gherkin

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 64 (4.50%) Confluence
2 28 (1.97%) Tomcat
3 25 (1.76%) CMS
3 25 (1.76%) SharePoint
4 10 (0.70%) JBoss
5 8 (0.56%) Apache Solr
5 8 (0.56%) WebSphere
6 6 (0.42%) Apache
6 6 (0.42%) IIS
7 4 (0.28%) SharePoint 2010
8 2 (0.14%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.14%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.14%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.14%) nginx
8 2 (0.14%) OpenROAD
8 2 (0.14%) Tuxedo
8 2 (0.14%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.070%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.070%) SAS
9 1 (0.070%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 37 (2.60%) MS Excel
2 27 (1.90%) MS Office
3 13 (0.91%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.21%) MS Project
4 3 (0.21%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.070%) InfoPath
5 1 (0.070%) Mingle
5 1 (0.070%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 18 (1.27%) Oracle Applications
2 16 (1.13%) Dynamics CRM
3 15 (1.05%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 8 (0.56%) SAP FI
5 6 (0.42%) SAP CO
5 6 (0.42%) SAP FI/CO
6 5 (0.35%) Magento
7 4 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 4 (0.28%) SAP CRM
7 4 (0.28%) SAP SD
8 3 (0.21%) FastStats
9 2 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.14%) Lorenzo
9 2 (0.14%) Markit EDM
9 2 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.14%) SAP HCM
9 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
10 1 (0.070%) SAP ERP
10 1 (0.070%) SAP FS
10 1 (0.070%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 22 (1.55%) GitHub
2 19 (1.34%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (1.20%) Microsoft Azure
4 12 (0.84%) SaaS
5 10 (0.70%) Office 365
6 7 (0.49%) PaaS
7 2 (0.14%) IaaS
7 2 (0.14%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 15 (1.05%) Internet
2 12 (0.84%) Firewall
2 12 (0.84%) HTTP
3 10 (0.70%) Network Security
4 8 (0.56%) Wireshark
5 4 (0.28%) Intrusion Detection
5 4 (0.28%) Kerberos
5 4 (0.28%) WAN
5 4 (0.28%) Wireless
6 3 (0.21%) Bluetooth
6 3 (0.21%) FTP
6 3 (0.21%) SNMP
6 3 (0.21%) Wi-Fi
7 2 (0.14%) HTTPS
7 2 (0.14%) IPv6
7 2 (0.14%) LDAP
7 2 (0.14%) OpenLDAP
7 2 (0.14%) SSH
7 2 (0.14%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.14%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 66 (4.64%) SQL Server
2 50 (3.52%) Data Warehouse
3 31 (2.18%) Oracle Reports
4 27 (1.90%) Oracle Database
5 21 (1.48%) Relational Database
6 17 (1.20%) MySQL
7 13 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 10 (0.70%) Big Data
8 10 (0.70%) Hadoop
9 9 (0.63%) DB2
9 9 (0.63%) GIS
10 8 (0.56%) Oracle ODI
11 7 (0.49%) MongoDB
11 7 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
11 7 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 6 (0.42%) PostgreSQL
12 6 (0.42%) QGIS
12 6 (0.42%) QlikView
13 5 (0.35%) DbVisualizer
13 5 (0.35%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 518 (36.43%) Selenium
2 286 (20.11%) Cucumber
3 255 (17.93%) JIRA
4 212 (14.91%) WebDriver
5 174 (12.24%) Jenkins
6 131 (9.21%) SoapUI
7 119 (8.37%) JMeter
8 115 (8.09%) Git (software)
9 85 (5.98%) SpecFlow
10 80 (5.63%) LoadRunner
11 76 (5.34%) HP UFT
12 74 (5.20%) Team Foundation Server
13 61 (4.29%) JUnit
14 55 (3.87%) Visual Studio
15 47 (3.31%) Maven
16 39 (2.74%) Appium
17 35 (2.46%) Protractor
18 33 (2.32%) NUnit
19 27 (1.90%) TeamCity
20 25 (1.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 194 (13.64%) Finance
2 67 (4.71%) Banking
3 55 (3.87%) Retail
4 32 (2.25%) Telecoms
5 23 (1.62%) Games
6 22 (1.55%) Marketing
7 19 (1.34%) Electronics
8 18 (1.27%) Manufacturing
9 16 (1.13%) Investment Banking
10 11 (0.77%) Financial Institution
11 7 (0.49%) Back Office
12 6 (0.42%) Advertising
13 5 (0.35%) Legal
13 5 (0.35%) Publishing
14 4 (0.28%) Front Office
14 4 (0.28%) Multimedia
14 4 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.28%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.14%) Billing
15 2 (0.14%) Danish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (8.86%) Gherkin
2 120 (8.44%) .NET
3 111 (7.81%) Web Services
4 91 (6.40%) XML
5 72 (5.06%) RESTful
6 69 (4.85%) SOAP
7 60 (4.22%) REST
8 57 (4.01%) HTML
9 38 (2.67%) JSON
9 38 (2.67%) Spring
10 32 (2.25%) CSS
11 25 (1.76%) Node.js
12 24 (1.69%) AngularJS
13 21 (1.48%) .NET Framework
14 17 (1.20%) J2EE
15 11 (0.77%) ASP.NET
15 11 (0.77%) Chai
16 10 (0.70%) Hibernate
16 10 (0.70%) XSD
17 9 (0.63%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 67 (4.71%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (3.31%) Mobile App
3 20 (1.41%) Computer Science
4 17 (1.20%) Management Information System
5 15 (1.05%) Smart Meter
6 12 (0.84%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (0.70%) Equities
7 10 (0.70%) NHS
8 9 (0.63%) Data Integration
8 9 (0.63%) User Experience
9 7 (0.49%) Fintech
9 7 (0.49%) iPad
9 7 (0.49%) STB
9 7 (0.49%) Video on Demand
10 6 (0.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 6 (0.42%) Mainframe
10 6 (0.42%) Replication
11 5 (0.35%) Clustering
11 5 (0.35%) Fixed Income
11 5 (0.35%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 104 (7.31%) Linux
2 103 (7.24%) Unix
3 84 (5.91%) Windows
4 45 (3.16%) Apple iOS
5 44 (3.09%) Android
6 14 (0.98%) Mac OS X
7 12 (0.84%) Windows 10
8 10 (0.70%) Windows 7
8 10 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
9 9 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (0.49%) Kali Linux
10 7 (0.49%) Windows Server 2003
10 7 (0.49%) Windows XP
11 6 (0.42%) AIX
12 5 (0.35%) Windows Server
13 3 (0.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
14 2 (0.14%) Windows 8
15 1 (0.070%) Solaris
15 1 (0.070%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.070%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 698 (49.09%) Agile Software Development
2 341 (23.98%) Test Scripting
3 274 (19.27%) BDD
4 267 (18.78%) Test Automation
5 217 (15.26%) Automated Testing
6 212 (14.91%) Scrum
7 210 (14.77%) Automation Testing
8 179 (12.59%) Performance Testing
9 172 (12.10%) Software Testing
10 162 (11.39%) User Acceptance Testing
11 156 (10.97%) TDD
12 150 (10.55%) Manual Testing
13 147 (10.34%) Functional Testing
14 143 (10.06%) Regression Testing
15 141 (9.92%) Continuous Integration
16 103 (7.24%) Test Strategy
17 93 (6.54%) Penetration Testing
18 88 (6.19%) Non-Functional Testing
19 87 (6.12%) Defect Management
20 86 (6.05%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 391 (27.50%) Java
2 299 (21.03%) SQL
3 176 (12.38%) C#
4 130 (9.14%) JavaScript
5 111 (7.81%) Python
6 82 (5.77%) Ruby
7 41 (2.88%) Scala
8 39 (2.74%) C++
9 36 (2.53%) Groovy
10 32 (2.25%) PHP
11 29 (2.04%) Bash Shell
11 29 (2.04%) VBScript
12 26 (1.83%) C
13 23 (1.62%) PL/SQL
13 23 (1.62%) T-SQL
14 20 (1.41%) F#
15 18 (1.27%) Perl
15 18 (1.27%) Shell Script
16 14 (0.98%) VB
17 11 (0.77%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 145 (10.20%) ISEB
2 132 (9.28%) ISTQB
3 101 (7.10%) Security Cleared
4 68 (4.78%) Degree
5 64 (4.50%) SC Cleared
6 62 (4.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 58 (4.08%) CREST Certified
8 24 (1.69%) DV Cleared
9 19 (1.34%) CEH
10 18 (1.27%) CISSP
11 17 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
12 15 (1.05%) CHECK Team Member
12 15 (1.05%) OSCP
13 14 (0.98%) SANS
14 11 (0.77%) CHECK Team Leader
15 8 (0.56%) GPEN
15 8 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
16 7 (0.49%) GIAC
16 7 (0.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
16 7 (0.49%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 362 (25.46%) QA
2 25 (1.76%) SDET
3 14 (0.98%) Data Quality
4 12 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
5 8 (0.56%) WCAG
6 4 (0.28%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.28%) SLA
7 3 (0.21%) WAI
8 2 (0.14%) ISO 14001
8 2 (0.14%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.070%) Basel III
9 1 (0.070%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.070%) HL7
9 1 (0.070%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.070%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.070%) Section 508
System Software
1 18 (1.27%) Active Directory
2 11 (0.77%) Docker
3 5 (0.35%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.28%) Firmware
4 4 (0.28%) Snort
5 3 (0.21%) HDFS
5 3 (0.21%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.14%) SRDF
6 2 (0.14%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.070%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.070%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.070%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.070%) XenApp
7 1 (0.070%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 77 (5.41%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (0.77%) HP SiteScope
3 8 (0.56%) Ansible
3 8 (0.56%) Nessus
3 8 (0.56%) Nmap
3 8 (0.56%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (0.56%) Puppet
4 7 (0.49%) OpenView
5 6 (0.42%) Graphite
6 5 (0.35%) CA Service Virtualization
6 5 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (0.35%) Netcool
7 4 (0.28%) SCCM
8 3 (0.21%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.14%) Cisco IPCC
9 2 (0.14%) HP Fortify
9 2 (0.14%) Rancher
9 2 (0.14%) TADDM
9 2 (0.14%) WebInspect
10 1 (0.070%) Grafana
Vendors
1 112 (7.88%) Microsoft
2 111 (7.81%) Oracle
3 98 (6.89%) HP
4 46 (3.23%) SAP
5 44 (3.09%) Atlassian
6 19 (1.34%) IBM
7 15 (1.05%) Citrix
8 12 (0.84%) hybris
8 12 (0.84%) Informatica
9 11 (0.77%) AppDynamics
9 11 (0.77%) Siebel
10 9 (0.63%) VMware
11 8 (0.56%) Ab Initio
11 8 (0.56%) CA
11 8 (0.56%) Netezza
12 7 (0.49%) Cognos
12 7 (0.49%) Salesforce.com
13 6 (0.42%) Charles River
13 6 (0.42%) Guidewire
13 6 (0.42%) Xamarin
Newcastle upon Tyne
Computer Futures
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
South East London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £435.00 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Greenwich
Hays Specialist Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £400.00 - £435.00 per day
Posted: 2 hours ago
Wiltshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Search Consultancy
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
james joseph associates
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opilio Recruitment
Rate: From £40,000 to £45,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £262 to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
East London
IQ Public Sector
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Posted: Yesterday
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £185 - £190 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £420 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £325 - £360 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £500 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Hertfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £430 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £501 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Information Technology Services
Rate: £20k - 22k per year
Posted: 5 days ago
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International
Posted: 7 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago