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 31 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 175 186 159
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 720 587 692
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.24% 1.12% 1.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.37% 1.21% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 511 362 410
Average daily rate
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£325 £320 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £210 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £422 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £313 £301 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.99% +0.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 13 23
Average hourly rate £27.50 £30.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.16 £13.00 £10.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.70 £40.60 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £25.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+11.76% +27.50%

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
52636 48524 50207
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.72% 92.71% 93.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 33069 29347 28320
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2112 2131 2472
Average hourly rate £16.16 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £39.00 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.03% -5.71%

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 31 October 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 31 October 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 31 October 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 +15 638 £325 +3.33% 214
London +23 294 £363 +9.43% 83
South East +5 129 £314 +1.53% 34
City of London +19 70 £369 +3.87% 32
South West +14 58 £331 +6.85% 25
East of England -4 42 £310 -4.61% 5
Wales +7 38 £258 -2.83% 6
Yorkshire -14 36 £311 +3.75% 21
Scotland -3 35 £320 -8.63% 7
North West -15 35 £275 - 23
Surrey +18 34 £335 +26.41% 8
South Wales +10 29 £250 -5.66% 6
West Yorkshire -24 27 £315 +5.00% 8
Hampshire -27 26 £300 -5.21% 6
Bristol -1 24 £363 +23.93% 10
Buckinghamshire -6 24 £290 -22.66% 5
Manchester -4 21 £300 +13.20% 18
Hertfordshire -4 19 £295 -15.71% 1
Devon - 17 £325 - 1
Exeter - 16 £325 - 1
Edinburgh -12 15 £310 -21.51% 2
North East -25 15 £335 +48.88% 4
Cardiff -1 14 £244 -8.01% 3
West Midlands -4 14 £258 -15.57% 10
Milton Keynes +3 13 £313 +6.83% 3
East Sussex -3 13 £350 -6.66% 1
Newport - 13 £325 - 1
Wiltshire -4 12 £406 - 1
Oxfordshire -9 12 £309 -4.92% 3
Leeds -23 12 £295 -10.60% 5

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 October 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.

1 556 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 418 (27.34%) Test Scripting
3 395 (25.83%) SQL
4 370 (24.20%) Selenium
5 354 (23.15%) QA
6 338 (22.11%) Java
7 229 (14.98%) ISEB
8 226 (14.78%) HP Quality Center
9 221 (14.45%) Oracle
10 218 (14.26%) Test Automation
11 217 (14.19%) Finance
12 214 (14.00%) HP
13 209 (13.67%) BDD
14 206 (13.47%) User Acceptance Testing
15 199 (13.02%) ISTQB
16 198 (12.95%) Scrum
17 191 (12.49%) Software Testing
18 186 (12.16%) Automated Testing
18 186 (12.16%) C#
19 182 (11.90%) Cucumber
20 173 (11.31%) .NET
21 172 (11.25%) WebDriver
21 172 (11.25%) JIRA
22 171 (11.18%) Manual Testing
23 169 (11.05%) TDD
24 163 (10.66%) Security Cleared
25 158 (10.33%) Microsoft
26 152 (9.94%) QuickTest Pro
27 148 (9.68%) Automation Testing
28 147 (9.61%) UNIX

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 49 (3.20%) SharePoint
2 20 (1.31%) WebLogic
3 18 (1.18%) CMS
3 18 (1.18%) WebSphere
4 17 (1.11%) Apache
4 17 (1.11%) Tomcat
5 16 (1.05%) IIS
6 12 (0.78%) SharePoint 2010
6 12 (0.78%) SharePoint 2013
7 11 (0.72%) Confluence
7 11 (0.72%) JBoss
8 10 (0.65%) MQSeries
9 7 (0.46%) uiautomator
10 6 (0.39%) MS Exchange
10 6 (0.39%) SAS
11 5 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
11 5 (0.33%) WebLogic Integration
11 5 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
12 4 (0.26%) Umbraco
13 3 (0.20%) Mule
Applications
1 88 (5.76%) MS Excel
2 57 (3.73%) MS Office
3 10 (0.65%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (0.52%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (0.33%) MS Visio
6 4 (0.26%) MS Project
7 1 (0.065%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 26 (1.70%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.65%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (0.59%) Oracle Applications
3 9 (0.59%) SAP HR
4 7 (0.46%) BASE24
5 6 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 6 (0.39%) Oracle Financials
5 6 (0.39%) SAP CRM
6 5 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.26%) Summit
7 4 (0.26%) SAP CO
7 4 (0.26%) SAP FI
7 4 (0.26%) SAP HCM
7 4 (0.26%) SAP FI/CO
7 4 (0.26%) Cognos TM1
8 3 (0.20%) Oracle Retail
8 3 (0.20%) IntelliMatch
9 2 (0.13%) Oracle Payroll
9 2 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.13%) Cognos Controller
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.52%) Office 365
2 6 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (0.39%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (0.39%) SaaS
2 6 (0.39%) SuccessFactors
3 3 (0.20%) GitHub
4 2 (0.13%) IaaS
5 1 (0.065%) Trello
5 1 (0.065%) Basecamp
5 1 (0.065%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.065%) Force.com
5 1 (0.065%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.065%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.16%) HTTP
2 31 (2.03%) TCP/IP
3 23 (1.50%) Wireshark
4 15 (0.98%) SAN
5 14 (0.92%) Internet
6 12 (0.78%) HTTPS
7 11 (0.72%) Firewall
8 10 (0.65%) SSL
8 10 (0.65%) DNS
9 9 (0.59%) Wi-Fi
10 8 (0.52%) FTP
10 8 (0.52%) DVB
11 6 (0.39%) Wireless
11 6 (0.39%) Network Security
12 5 (0.33%) LAN
12 5 (0.33%) DHCP
13 4 (0.26%) GPRS
13 4 (0.26%) GSM
13 4 (0.26%) Bluetooth
13 4 (0.26%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 72 (4.71%) SQL Server
2 65 (4.25%) Oracle Database
3 49 (3.20%) Data Warehouse
4 39 (2.55%) Relational Database
5 37 (2.42%) MySQL
6 27 (1.77%) Oracle Reports
7 20 (1.31%) DB2
8 14 (0.92%) RDBMS
9 11 (0.72%) SQL Server 2008
10 10 (0.65%) DbVisualizer
10 10 (0.65%) Big Data
11 9 (0.59%) Oracle BI EE
11 9 (0.59%) NoSQL
12 8 (0.52%) Oracle ODI
12 8 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
12 8 (0.52%) PowerCenter
13 6 (0.39%) SAP BW
13 6 (0.39%) MS Access
13 6 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 5 (0.33%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 370 (24.20%) Selenium
2 182 (11.90%) Cucumber
3 172 (11.25%) WebDriver
3 172 (11.25%) JIRA
4 152 (9.94%) QuickTest Pro
5 79 (5.17%) JMeter
5 79 (5.17%) Team Foundation Server
6 78 (5.10%) Jenkins
7 73 (4.77%) LoadRunner
8 67 (4.38%) Visual Studio
9 65 (4.25%) SoapUI
10 56 (3.66%) JUnit
11 48 (3.14%) Subversion
12 44 (2.88%) Calabash
13 39 (2.55%) SpecFlow
14 35 (2.29%) Maven
15 32 (2.09%) Appium
16 31 (2.03%) Bugzilla
17 30 (1.96%) Git (software)
18 27 (1.77%) WATIR
General
1 217 (14.19%) Finance
2 85 (5.56%) Banking
3 31 (2.03%) Retail
4 25 (1.64%) Manufacturing
4 25 (1.64%) Electronics
5 24 (1.57%) Telecoms
6 21 (1.37%) Billing
7 18 (1.18%) Investment Banking
8 13 (0.85%) Games
9 10 (0.65%) Publishing
9 10 (0.65%) Marketing
10 8 (0.52%) Retail Banking
10 8 (0.52%) Automotive
11 7 (0.46%) Legal
12 6 (0.39%) Military
12 6 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.33%) Advertising
14 4 (0.26%) Multimedia
14 4 (0.26%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.26%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 173 (11.31%) .NET
2 140 (9.16%) Web Services
3 106 (6.93%) XML
4 97 (6.34%) HTML
5 77 (5.04%) SOAP
6 52 (3.40%) REST
7 47 (3.07%) ASP.NET
8 36 (2.35%) JSON
9 32 (2.09%) CSS
10 31 (2.03%) JSP
11 30 (1.96%) RESTful
12 26 (1.70%) .NET Framework
13 22 (1.44%) Spring
13 22 (1.44%) J2EE
13 22 (1.44%) Gherkin
14 17 (1.11%) XSLT
15 16 (1.05%) jQuery
16 12 (0.78%) Middleware
17 11 (0.72%) Flash
17 11 (0.72%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 81 (5.30%) Mobile App
2 78 (5.10%) Open Source
3 77 (5.04%) Analytical Skills
4 31 (2.03%) User Experience
5 27 (1.77%) Computer Science
6 26 (1.70%) STB
7 23 (1.50%) Client/Server
8 19 (1.24%) NHS
9 17 (1.11%) EMV
9 17 (1.11%) AS400
10 15 (0.98%) Management Information System
10 15 (0.98%) Over-the-Top Content
10 15 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
10 15 (0.98%) Video on Demand
11 13 (0.85%) Smartcard
12 12 (0.78%) IPTV
13 10 (0.65%) iPad
13 10 (0.65%) SWIFT
13 10 (0.65%) Statistics
14 9 (0.59%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 147 (9.61%) UNIX
2 135 (8.83%) Linux
3 122 (7.98%) Windows
4 76 (4.97%) Apple iOS
5 73 (4.77%) Android
6 32 (2.09%) Windows XP
7 30 (1.96%) Windows 7
8 21 (1.37%) Windows Server 2003
9 18 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (0.98%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 12 (0.78%) Windows 2000
12 10 (0.65%) Windows 8
13 8 (0.52%) Solaris
14 6 (0.39%) HPUX
14 6 (0.39%) Embedded Linux
15 5 (0.33%) AIX
15 5 (0.33%) SUSE
16 3 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
17 2 (0.13%) Debian
17 2 (0.13%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 556 (36.36%) Agile Software Development
2 418 (27.34%) Test Scripting
3 218 (14.26%) Test Automation
4 209 (13.67%) BDD
5 206 (13.47%) User Acceptance Testing
6 198 (12.95%) Scrum
7 191 (12.49%) Software Testing
8 186 (12.16%) Automated Testing
9 171 (11.18%) Manual Testing
10 169 (11.05%) TDD
11 148 (9.68%) Automation Testing
12 136 (8.89%) Performance Testing
13 115 (7.52%) Regression Testing
14 100 (6.54%) User Stories
15 92 (6.02%) System Testing
16 83 (5.43%) Continuous Integration
17 82 (5.36%) Integration Testing
18 80 (5.23%) Test Strategy
19 72 (4.71%) Test Management
20 59 (3.86%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 395 (25.83%) SQL
2 338 (22.11%) Java
3 186 (12.16%) C#
4 109 (7.13%) JavaScript
5 108 (7.06%) Ruby
6 75 (4.91%) Python
7 64 (4.19%) PHP
8 54 (3.53%) VB
9 42 (2.75%) PL/SQL
10 34 (2.22%) C++
11 30 (1.96%) C
12 29 (1.90%) VBScript
12 29 (1.90%) Shell Script
13 25 (1.64%) Perl
14 22 (1.44%) VB.NET
15 21 (1.37%) VBA
16 17 (1.11%) Bash Shell
17 10 (0.65%) Scala
18 8 (0.52%) PowerShell
19 7 (0.46%) XPath
Qualifications
1 229 (14.98%) ISEB
2 199 (13.02%) ISTQB
3 163 (10.66%) Security Cleared
4 138 (9.03%) SC Cleared
5 71 (4.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 69 (4.51%) Degree
7 40 (2.62%) DV Cleared
8 37 (2.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 19 (1.24%) CISSP
10 13 (0.85%) MOS
11 11 (0.72%) ISEB Practitioner
12 9 (0.59%) CISM
13 8 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
14 7 (0.46%) HND
14 7 (0.46%) CEH
15 5 (0.33%) MCITP
15 5 (0.33%) CISA
15 5 (0.33%) Microsoft Certification
16 4 (0.26%) CCNA
16 4 (0.26%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 354 (23.15%) QA
2 13 (0.85%) PCI DSS
3 8 (0.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.33%) ISO 9001
5 3 (0.20%) GxP
5 3 (0.20%) ISO 14001
6 2 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.065%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.065%) ISO/IEC 14443
System Software
1 15 (0.98%) Nmap
2 13 (0.85%) Active Directory
3 9 (0.59%) XenApp
4 8 (0.52%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.52%) Snort
5 6 (0.39%) Firmware
6 3 (0.20%) ISA Server
6 3 (0.20%) XenServer
7 2 (0.13%) vCloud
7 2 (0.13%) KVM
7 2 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.13%) Terminal Server
7 2 (0.13%) NDS
8 1 (0.065%) NFS
8 1 (0.065%) Squid
8 1 (0.065%) Cygwin
8 1 (0.065%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.065%) qmail
Systems Management
1 226 (14.78%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (1.11%) Nessus
3 5 (0.33%) SCOM
4 4 (0.26%) SCCM
4 4 (0.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 3 (0.20%) Control-M
5 3 (0.20%) HP Data Protector
5 3 (0.20%) Puppet
6 2 (0.13%) HP SiteScope
6 2 (0.13%) Vagrant
6 2 (0.13%) CORE IMPACT
6 2 (0.13%) Nagios
6 2 (0.13%) Netcool
7 1 (0.065%) WebInspect
7 1 (0.065%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.065%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.065%) CA LISA
7 1 (0.065%) Cobbler
Vendors
1 221 (14.45%) Oracle
2 214 (14.00%) HP
3 158 (10.33%) Microsoft
4 46 (3.01%) SAP
5 28 (1.83%) IBM
6 24 (1.57%) Citrix
7 21 (1.37%) Informatica
8 17 (1.11%) Red Hat
8 17 (1.11%) VMware
9 15 (0.98%) Google
10 13 (0.85%) Cisco
11 10 (0.65%) Telerik
12 9 (0.59%) AppSense
12 9 (0.59%) Salesforce.com
13 7 (0.46%) TIBCO
14 6 (0.39%) Cognos
14 6 (0.39%) Sitecore
14 6 (0.39%) SOASTA, Inc
15 5 (0.33%) SolarWinds
15 5 (0.33%) ATG
Oxfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 220 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Cardiff
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 21 hours ago
West Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
Rate: £175 - £200 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
City, London
Sanderson
Rate: £340 per day
Posted: Yesterday
South West London
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £375 per day + competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Southampton, Hampshire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 2 days ago
Oxford, Oxfordshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 2 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Vertical IT
Rate: £300 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Sheffield
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: £375 - £425 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Exeter
WA Consultants
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Search Consultancy
Posted: 3 days ago
High Wycombe
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Harris Global
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Square One Resources
Rate: Up to £350 per day for 3 months
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200 - £230 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Involved Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £335 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Senitor Associates
Rate: £180 - £220 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £150.00 - £200.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago