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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 173 179 167
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 687 622 599
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.25% 1.21% 1.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.36% 1.30% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 488 375 392
Average daily rate
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£325 £320 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £225 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
- +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 3 13
Average hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.84 £22.00 £9.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.00 £38.80 £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £28.50 £41.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year
-30.48% +95.23%

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 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 19 December 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 19 December 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 +9 622 £325 +4.00% 164
London +7 273 £375 +15.38% 47
South East +7 134 £308 +11.81% 26
South West +20 65 £341 +51.66% 14
City of London -11 58 £350 - 21
North West -11 47 £275 -8.48% 28
Yorkshire -2 44 £311 -4.23% 13
Hampshire -7 42 £313 +15.74% 3
Surrey +23 37 £325 +18.18% 5
East of England -12 35 £250 -23.07% 14
Manchester +7 32 £275 -4.34% 17
West Yorkshire -10 32 £313 -3.84% 7
Scotland -28 30 £370 +5.56% 7
Wales -10 24 £265 -16.53% 3
Devon +11 21 £331 -23.41%
Wiltshire -1 20 £513 +201.47% 2
South Wales -10 19 £276 -17.53% 3
Exeter - 19 £325 -
Bristol -3 17 £363 +23.93% 6
Leeds -9 17 £275 -16.66% 5
Buckinghamshire -6 16 £250 -28.57% 3
Berkshire -18 16 £313 +14.67% 12
Cambridgeshire -4 15 £230 -29.23% 8
Oxfordshire -10 15 £295 +68.57%
Edinburgh -21 12 £375 -1.31% 1
Newport -1 10 £325 -2.98% 1
West Midlands -14 10 £188 -42.30% 7
Glasgow -15 9 £330 +1.53% 1
Lancashire -15 9 £275 +50.68% 2
West Lothian +15 8 £380 +10.14% 3

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

1 510 (35.56%) Agile Software Development
2 400 (27.89%) SQL
3 380 (26.50%) Test Scripting
4 366 (25.52%) Selenium
5 315 (21.97%) QA
6 305 (21.27%) Java
7 237 (16.53%) ISEB
8 204 (14.23%) Finance
9 199 (13.88%) Test Automation
10 196 (13.67%) User Acceptance Testing
11 193 (13.46%) JIRA
11 193 (13.46%) Oracle
12 191 (13.32%) HP Quality Center
13 188 (13.11%) Scrum
14 179 (12.48%) BDD
15 178 (12.41%) Software Testing
16 167 (11.65%) ISTQB
17 166 (11.58%) HP
18 161 (11.23%) Automated Testing
19 159 (11.09%) Automation Testing
20 158 (11.02%) WebDriver
21 156 (10.88%) .NET
22 154 (10.74%) Cucumber
23 153 (10.67%) Manual Testing
24 150 (10.46%) C#
25 142 (9.90%) Performance Testing
26 140 (9.76%) Security Cleared
26 140 (9.76%) TDD
27 138 (9.62%) Microsoft
28 136 (9.48%) Web Services

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 38 (2.65%) SharePoint
2 19 (1.32%) CMS
2 19 (1.32%) WebSphere
2 19 (1.32%) WebLogic
3 16 (1.12%) Tomcat
4 14 (0.98%) Confluence
5 10 (0.70%) IIS
5 10 (0.70%) SharePoint 2010
6 9 (0.63%) JBoss
7 8 (0.56%) Apache
7 8 (0.56%) MQSeries
7 8 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.42%) SAS
8 6 (0.42%) uiautomator
9 5 (0.35%) Sitecore CMS
10 4 (0.28%) WebLogic Integration
10 4 (0.28%) Umbraco
11 3 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
11 3 (0.21%) GlassFish
11 3 (0.21%) WebLogic Portal
Applications
1 70 (4.88%) MS Excel
2 54 (3.77%) MS Office
3 9 (0.63%) MS PowerPoint
4 8 (0.56%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.28%) MS Project
5 4 (0.28%) Mingle
6 3 (0.21%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.14%) SPSS
8 1 (0.070%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 18 (1.26%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.70%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.56%) Summit
4 7 (0.49%) SAP HR
5 6 (0.42%) BASE24
5 6 (0.42%) Oracle EBS R12
6 5 (0.35%) Oracle Financials
6 5 (0.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 4 (0.28%) Cognos TM1
7 4 (0.28%) SAP CRM
7 4 (0.28%) SAP HCM
7 4 (0.28%) Oracle Retail
8 3 (0.21%) IntelliMatch
8 3 (0.21%) SAP APO
8 3 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.21%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 2 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.14%) Cognos Controller
9 2 (0.14%) SAP SRM
9 2 (0.14%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.42%) Microsoft Azure
1 6 (0.42%) Cloud Computing
2 5 (0.35%) SaaS
3 4 (0.28%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (0.28%) Trello
4 3 (0.21%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.14%) GitHub
5 2 (0.14%) Office 365
5 2 (0.14%) IaaS
6 1 (0.070%) Basecamp
6 1 (0.070%) Google Apps
6 1 (0.070%) Force.com
6 1 (0.070%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 37 (2.58%) HTTP
2 24 (1.67%) TCP/IP
3 19 (1.32%) Wireshark
4 14 (0.98%) Internet
5 11 (0.77%) FTP
6 10 (0.70%) Firewall
7 7 (0.49%) Network Security
7 7 (0.49%) DVB
7 7 (0.49%) GPRS
7 7 (0.49%) SMS
8 6 (0.42%) SSL
8 6 (0.42%) SAN
9 5 (0.35%) HTTPS
9 5 (0.35%) Wi-Fi
10 4 (0.28%) Wireless
10 4 (0.28%) Bluetooth
10 4 (0.28%) 802.11
10 4 (0.28%) DLNA
10 4 (0.28%) WPA2
11 3 (0.21%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (4.81%) SQL Server
2 67 (4.67%) Oracle Database
3 61 (4.25%) Data Warehouse
4 40 (2.79%) Relational Database
5 32 (2.23%) MySQL
6 19 (1.32%) DB2
7 18 (1.26%) Oracle Reports
8 11 (0.77%) DbVisualizer
9 9 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
9 9 (0.63%) RDBMS
10 8 (0.56%) Oracle BI EE
10 8 (0.56%) Oracle ODI
11 7 (0.49%) Big Data
11 7 (0.49%) SQL Server 2012
11 7 (0.49%) PowerCenter
11 7 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 6 (0.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 6 (0.42%) Azure SQL Database
13 5 (0.35%) MongoDB
13 5 (0.35%) Oracle Database 10g
Development Applications
1 366 (25.52%) Selenium
2 193 (13.46%) JIRA
3 158 (11.02%) WebDriver
4 154 (10.74%) Cucumber
5 131 (9.14%) QuickTest Pro
6 85 (5.93%) JMeter
7 77 (5.37%) Team Foundation Server
8 70 (4.88%) LoadRunner
9 68 (4.74%) Jenkins
10 65 (4.53%) Visual Studio
11 61 (4.25%) SoapUI
12 47 (3.28%) JUnit
13 44 (3.07%) SpecFlow
14 41 (2.86%) Subversion
15 38 (2.65%) Calabash
16 32 (2.23%) Appium
17 30 (2.09%) Maven
18 27 (1.88%) WATIR
18 27 (1.88%) Eclipse
19 24 (1.67%) Git (software)
General
1 204 (14.23%) Finance
2 74 (5.16%) Banking
3 38 (2.65%) Retail
4 33 (2.30%) Telecoms
5 30 (2.09%) Electronics
6 20 (1.39%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.26%) Billing
8 17 (1.19%) Games
9 14 (0.98%) Marketing
10 13 (0.91%) Investment Banking
11 9 (0.63%) Automotive
12 7 (0.49%) Legal
12 7 (0.49%) Retail Banking
13 6 (0.42%) Advertising
14 5 (0.35%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.21%) German Language
15 3 (0.21%) Polish Language
15 3 (0.21%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.21%) Front Office
16 2 (0.14%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 156 (10.88%) .NET
2 136 (9.48%) Web Services
3 99 (6.90%) XML
4 92 (6.42%) HTML
5 77 (5.37%) SOAP
6 45 (3.14%) REST
7 35 (2.44%) CSS
7 35 (2.44%) RESTful
8 29 (2.02%) ASP.NET
9 27 (1.88%) Gherkin
9 27 (1.88%) JSON
10 24 (1.67%) J2EE
11 23 (1.60%) .NET Framework
12 18 (1.26%) jQuery
13 16 (1.12%) JSP
14 14 (0.98%) Spring
14 14 (0.98%) HTML5
15 13 (0.91%) WCF
15 13 (0.91%) ODBC
16 11 (0.77%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 76 (5.30%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (4.60%) Mobile App
3 63 (4.39%) Open Source
4 35 (2.44%) User Experience
5 31 (2.16%) STB
6 24 (1.67%) Client/Server
7 23 (1.60%) Computer Science
8 19 (1.32%) NHS
9 16 (1.12%) Video on Demand
10 15 (1.05%) EMV
11 13 (0.91%) Management Information System
12 12 (0.84%) IPTV
12 12 (0.84%) AS400
12 12 (0.84%) SWIFT
13 11 (0.77%) Over-the-Top Content
13 11 (0.77%) Enterprise Software
13 11 (0.77%) Smartcard
13 11 (0.77%) MPEG
14 10 (0.70%) Derivative
15 9 (0.63%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 130 (9.07%) Linux
2 128 (8.93%) UNIX
3 109 (7.60%) Windows
4 72 (5.02%) Android
5 67 (4.67%) Apple iOS
6 28 (1.95%) Windows 7
7 21 (1.46%) Windows XP
8 11 (0.77%) Windows Server 2003
9 10 (0.70%) Embedded Linux
10 9 (0.63%) Windows Server 2008
11 8 (0.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 6 (0.42%) Windows 8
13 5 (0.35%) AIX
13 5 (0.35%) Windows 2000
14 4 (0.28%) SUSE
14 4 (0.28%) HPUX
14 4 (0.28%) Solaris
15 2 (0.14%) Ubuntu
15 2 (0.14%) Debian
15 2 (0.14%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 510 (35.56%) Agile Software Development
2 380 (26.50%) Test Scripting
3 199 (13.88%) Test Automation
4 196 (13.67%) User Acceptance Testing
5 188 (13.11%) Scrum
6 179 (12.48%) BDD
7 178 (12.41%) Software Testing
8 161 (11.23%) Automated Testing
9 159 (11.09%) Automation Testing
10 153 (10.67%) Manual Testing
11 142 (9.90%) Performance Testing
12 140 (9.76%) TDD
13 111 (7.74%) Regression Testing
14 85 (5.93%) User Stories
15 81 (5.65%) System Testing
16 79 (5.51%) Test Strategy
17 78 (5.44%) Integration Testing
18 70 (4.88%) Continuous Integration
19 67 (4.67%) Test Management
20 59 (4.11%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 400 (27.89%) SQL
2 305 (21.27%) Java
3 150 (10.46%) C#
4 108 (7.53%) JavaScript
5 81 (5.65%) Ruby
6 70 (4.88%) Python
7 52 (3.63%) PHP
8 42 (2.93%) PL/SQL
9 32 (2.23%) C
10 28 (1.95%) Shell Script
11 27 (1.88%) VB
12 26 (1.81%) C++
13 24 (1.67%) VBScript
14 21 (1.46%) VB.NET
15 19 (1.32%) Perl
16 13 (0.91%) VBA
17 11 (0.77%) Scala
17 11 (0.77%) XPath
18 9 (0.63%) Groovy
18 9 (0.63%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 237 (16.53%) ISEB
2 167 (11.65%) ISTQB
3 140 (9.76%) Security Cleared
4 113 (7.88%) SC Cleared
5 68 (4.74%) Degree
6 63 (4.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 20 (1.39%) DV Cleared
8 15 (1.05%) CISSP
9 12 (0.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 11 (0.77%) ISEB Practitioner
11 10 (0.70%) CEH
12 6 (0.42%) CISM
13 5 (0.35%) CISA
13 5 (0.35%) HND
14 4 (0.28%) MOS
14 4 (0.28%) OSCP
15 3 (0.21%) CCA
15 3 (0.21%) Cisco Certification
15 3 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
15 3 (0.21%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 315 (21.97%) QA
2 9 (0.63%) ISO 9001
3 8 (0.56%) PCI DSS
4 7 (0.49%) ISO 14001
5 6 (0.42%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.21%) GxP
6 3 (0.21%) ISO 8583
7 2 (0.14%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.070%) FATCA
8 1 (0.070%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.070%) Solvency II
System Software
1 14 (0.98%) Nmap
2 10 (0.70%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.49%) XenApp
4 5 (0.35%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.35%) Firmware
5 3 (0.21%) Hyper-V
6 2 (0.14%) Snort
6 2 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.14%) KVM
6 2 (0.14%) vCloud
7 1 (0.070%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.070%) XenServer
7 1 (0.070%) ISA Server
7 1 (0.070%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.070%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 191 (13.32%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.12%) Nessus
3 5 (0.35%) SCOM
4 4 (0.28%) CORE IMPACT
5 3 (0.21%) Control-M
5 3 (0.21%) WebInspect
6 2 (0.14%) Netcool
6 2 (0.14%) Nagios
6 2 (0.14%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.14%) SCCM
6 2 (0.14%) HP SiteScope
7 1 (0.070%) HP Data Protector
7 1 (0.070%) Puppet
7 1 (0.070%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 193 (13.46%) Oracle
2 166 (11.58%) HP
3 138 (9.62%) Microsoft
4 35 (2.44%) SAP
5 30 (2.09%) IBM
6 23 (1.60%) Google
7 18 (1.26%) Citrix
8 16 (1.12%) Informatica
9 13 (0.91%) Telerik
10 12 (0.84%) VMware
10 12 (0.84%) Salesforce.com
11 10 (0.70%) AppSense
11 10 (0.70%) Red Hat
12 7 (0.49%) Cognos
13 6 (0.42%) ATG
13 6 (0.42%) Sitecore
13 6 (0.42%) SOASTA, Inc
14 5 (0.35%) SolarWinds
14 5 (0.35%) CODA
15 4 (0.28%) Endeca
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