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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 171 186 165
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -21
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 743 630 714
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.28% 1.19% 1.24%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.41% 1.29% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 531 390 398
Average daily rate
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£321 £325 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.15% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £212 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 15 25
Average hourly rate £24.00 £30.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.59 £13.00 £9.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £139.75 £40.20 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £24.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-18.36% +22.50%

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
52574 48917 53715
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 90.59% 92.65% 92.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 32287 29427 30052
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 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2054 2082 2685
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.19
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 30 September 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 +13 655 £325 +0.15% 193
London +19 306 £335 -4.42% 65
South East +10 137 £307 +2.33% 41
City of London +19 73 £375 +3.44% 19
South West +8 57 £325 - 22
Wales +22 46 £250 -9.09% 7
East of England +8 46 £318 -2.30% 9
Surrey +23 38 £295 +7.27% 13
South Wales - 35 £250 - 4
Bristol +6 30 £356 +10.89% 15
Hampshire -11 30 £303 +8.03% 10
Yorkshire -21 29 £311 +3.75% 17
Scotland -21 29 £328 -6.98% 4
Buckinghamshire +14 25 £325 +8.33% 4
West Midlands -8 24 £283 -29.37% 10
West Yorkshire -14 24 £325 +8.33% 10
Hertfordshire -8 23 £280 +5.66% 2
North West -21 21 £294 -2.08% 20
North East -20 16 £341 +51.33% 6
East Sussex -9 15 £350 -3.44% 2
Devon -6 14 £325 +8.33% 2
Tyne and Wear -25 14 £338 - 6
Cardiff - 14 £224 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 14 £338 - 6
Milton Keynes +9 13 £385 +92.50%
Exeter -7 13 £325 - 2
Birmingham +8 12 £330 -19.51% 1
Edinburgh -6 12 £325 -15.58% 4
Oxfordshire +2 11 £309 -4.92% 3
Brighton -7 11 £350 -3.44% 2

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 572 (36.83%) Agile Software Development
2 443 (28.53%) Test Scripting
3 372 (23.95%) SQL
4 358 (23.05%) Selenium
5 352 (22.67%) QA
6 334 (21.51%) Java
7 234 (15.07%) HP
8 232 (14.94%) HP Quality Center
9 230 (14.81%) Oracle
10 229 (14.75%) ISEB
11 228 (14.68%) Finance
12 220 (14.17%) ISTQB
13 216 (13.91%) Test Automation
14 214 (13.78%) User Acceptance Testing
14 214 (13.78%) Scrum
15 200 (12.88%) BDD
16 198 (12.75%) Software Testing
17 187 (12.04%) C#
18 181 (11.65%) Cucumber
18 181 (11.65%) WebDriver
19 176 (11.33%) Security Cleared
19 176 (11.33%) Automated Testing
20 174 (11.20%) TDD
21 170 (10.95%) .NET
22 165 (10.62%) Performance Testing
23 162 (10.43%) QuickTest Pro
24 160 (10.30%) UNIX
25 159 (10.24%) Microsoft
26 154 (9.92%) JIRA
27 152 (9.79%) SC Cleared

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 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 40 (2.58%) SharePoint
2 21 (1.35%) WebLogic
3 20 (1.29%) CMS
3 20 (1.29%) WebSphere
4 17 (1.09%) Apache
5 14 (0.90%) Tomcat
5 14 (0.90%) IIS
6 13 (0.84%) SharePoint 2013
7 11 (0.71%) MQSeries
8 8 (0.52%) uiautomator
9 7 (0.45%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.39%) MS Exchange
11 5 (0.32%) SAS
11 5 (0.32%) Confluence
11 5 (0.32%) WebLogic Integration
12 4 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
12 4 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
13 3 (0.19%) WebLogic Portal
13 3 (0.19%) CICS
13 3 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2003
Applications
1 89 (5.73%) MS Excel
2 57 (3.67%) MS Office
3 9 (0.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 7 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
5 4 (0.26%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.064%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 25 (1.61%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.64%) Oracle Applications
3 9 (0.58%) SAP HR
4 8 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
5 7 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
5 7 (0.45%) BASE24
6 5 (0.32%) SAP FI/CO
6 5 (0.32%) SAP CRM
6 5 (0.32%) SAP FI
6 5 (0.32%) SAP CO
6 5 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 4 (0.26%) Cognos TM1
7 4 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.26%) SAP HCM
8 3 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
8 3 (0.19%) IntelliMatch
8 3 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.19%) Oracle Payroll
9 2 (0.13%) Cognos Controller
9 2 (0.13%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.58%) Office 365
2 7 (0.45%) SuccessFactors
3 6 (0.39%) SaaS
4 4 (0.26%) Amazon AWS
5 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (0.19%) GitHub
6 2 (0.13%) IaaS
7 1 (0.064%) Basecamp
7 1 (0.064%) PaaS
7 1 (0.064%) Google Apps
7 1 (0.064%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.064%) Amazon EC2
Communications & Networking
1 38 (2.45%) HTTP
2 34 (2.19%) TCP/IP
3 23 (1.48%) Wireshark
4 18 (1.16%) SAN
5 15 (0.97%) DNS
5 15 (0.97%) HTTPS
6 13 (0.84%) Internet
7 12 (0.77%) Firewall
8 9 (0.58%) SSL
9 8 (0.52%) Wi-Fi
9 8 (0.52%) FTP
9 8 (0.52%) DVB
10 6 (0.39%) Network Security
11 5 (0.32%) LAN
11 5 (0.32%) DHCP
11 5 (0.32%) Wireless
12 4 (0.26%) VPN
12 4 (0.26%) Bluetooth
12 4 (0.26%) WPA2
12 4 (0.26%) DLNA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (4.83%) SQL Server
2 73 (4.70%) Oracle Database
3 52 (3.35%) Data Warehouse
4 43 (2.77%) Relational Database
5 34 (2.19%) Oracle Reports
6 27 (1.74%) MySQL
7 21 (1.35%) DB2
8 15 (0.97%) RDBMS
8 15 (0.97%) SQL Server 2008
9 14 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
10 12 (0.77%) Big Data
11 10 (0.64%) DbVisualizer
12 9 (0.58%) SAP BW
13 8 (0.52%) NoSQL
14 7 (0.45%) Oracle BI EE
14 7 (0.45%) PowerCenter
15 6 (0.39%) Oracle Database 10g
15 6 (0.39%) MS Access
15 6 (0.39%) Oracle ODI
15 6 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 358 (23.05%) Selenium
2 181 (11.65%) WebDriver
2 181 (11.65%) Cucumber
3 162 (10.43%) QuickTest Pro
4 154 (9.92%) JIRA
5 89 (5.73%) LoadRunner
5 89 (5.73%) JMeter
6 87 (5.60%) Jenkins
7 63 (4.06%) SoapUI
8 60 (3.86%) JUnit
9 59 (3.80%) Team Foundation Server
10 56 (3.61%) Visual Studio
11 45 (2.90%) Calabash
12 42 (2.70%) Subversion
13 37 (2.38%) Maven
14 32 (2.06%) SpecFlow
14 32 (2.06%) Appium
15 31 (2.00%) Git (software)
16 29 (1.87%) Bugzilla
17 27 (1.74%) WATIR
General
1 228 (14.68%) Finance
2 97 (6.25%) Banking
3 39 (2.51%) Retail
4 25 (1.61%) Manufacturing
5 22 (1.42%) Telecoms
6 20 (1.29%) Billing
7 17 (1.09%) Marketing
8 15 (0.97%) Electronics
9 14 (0.90%) Investment Banking
9 14 (0.90%) Games
10 10 (0.64%) Advertising
10 10 (0.64%) Publishing
10 10 (0.64%) Retail Banking
11 7 (0.45%) Legal
11 7 (0.45%) Military
11 7 (0.45%) Automotive
11 7 (0.45%) Back Office
12 6 (0.39%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (0.39%) Multimedia
13 5 (0.32%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 170 (10.95%) .NET
2 118 (7.60%) Web Services
3 100 (6.44%) HTML
4 98 (6.31%) XML
5 73 (4.70%) SOAP
6 56 (3.61%) ASP.NET
7 43 (2.77%) REST
8 42 (2.70%) JSON
9 38 (2.45%) JSP
10 23 (1.48%) CSS
11 22 (1.42%) RESTful
12 21 (1.35%) XSLT
12 21 (1.35%) Spring
13 20 (1.29%) Gherkin
13 20 (1.29%) .NET Framework
14 17 (1.09%) J2EE
15 12 (0.77%) Flash
15 12 (0.77%) Android SDK
16 11 (0.71%) WCF
17 10 (0.64%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 80 (5.15%) Mobile App
2 78 (5.02%) Open Source
3 77 (4.96%) Analytical Skills
4 35 (2.25%) Computer Science
5 31 (2.00%) User Experience
6 26 (1.67%) STB
7 24 (1.55%) Client/Server
8 21 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
9 19 (1.22%) NHS
10 17 (1.09%) EMV
11 16 (1.03%) Management Information System
11 16 (1.03%) AS400
11 16 (1.03%) Over-the-Top Content
12 15 (0.97%) Statistics
12 15 (0.97%) Video on Demand
13 14 (0.90%) SWIFT
14 13 (0.84%) Smartcard
15 12 (0.77%) IPTV
16 9 (0.58%) iPad
17 8 (0.52%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 160 (10.30%) UNIX
2 135 (8.69%) Linux
3 124 (7.98%) Windows
4 85 (5.47%) Apple iOS
5 80 (5.15%) Android
6 33 (2.12%) Windows XP
7 28 (1.80%) Windows 7
8 26 (1.67%) Windows Server 2003
9 21 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
10 15 (0.97%) Windows 2000
10 15 (0.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 11 (0.71%) Solaris
12 10 (0.64%) AIX
12 10 (0.64%) Windows 8
13 7 (0.45%) HPUX
14 5 (0.32%) SUSE
14 5 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
15 4 (0.26%) Debian
15 4 (0.26%) Windows NT
16 3 (0.19%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 572 (36.83%) Agile Software Development
2 443 (28.53%) Test Scripting
3 216 (13.91%) Test Automation
4 214 (13.78%) User Acceptance Testing
4 214 (13.78%) Scrum
5 200 (12.88%) BDD
6 198 (12.75%) Software Testing
7 176 (11.33%) Automated Testing
8 174 (11.20%) TDD
9 165 (10.62%) Performance Testing
10 151 (9.72%) Manual Testing
11 141 (9.08%) Automation Testing
12 127 (8.18%) Regression Testing
13 100 (6.44%) User Stories
14 95 (6.12%) System Testing
15 91 (5.86%) Test Strategy
16 90 (5.80%) Continuous Integration
17 84 (5.41%) Integration Testing
18 71 (4.57%) Test Management
19 67 (4.31%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 372 (23.95%) SQL
2 334 (21.51%) Java
3 187 (12.04%) C#
4 104 (6.70%) JavaScript
4 104 (6.70%) Ruby
5 77 (4.96%) Python
6 65 (4.19%) PHP
7 63 (4.06%) VB
8 37 (2.38%) PL/SQL
8 37 (2.38%) Shell Script
9 33 (2.12%) VBScript
10 32 (2.06%) C++
11 29 (1.87%) C
12 28 (1.80%) Perl
13 24 (1.55%) VBA
14 23 (1.48%) Bash Shell
15 22 (1.42%) VB.NET
16 10 (0.64%) Scala
17 9 (0.58%) PowerShell
18 8 (0.52%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 229 (14.75%) ISEB
2 220 (14.17%) ISTQB
3 176 (11.33%) Security Cleared
4 152 (9.79%) SC Cleared
5 87 (5.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 69 (4.44%) Degree
7 46 (2.96%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 44 (2.83%) DV Cleared
9 16 (1.03%) MOS
10 14 (0.90%) CISSP
11 10 (0.64%) ISEB Practitioner
12 8 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
13 7 (0.45%) HND
14 6 (0.39%) CEH
15 5 (0.32%) MCITP
15 5 (0.32%) CISM
15 5 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
16 4 (0.26%) CCNA
16 4 (0.26%) HNC
17 3 (0.19%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 352 (22.67%) QA
2 11 (0.71%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.19%) GxP
5 2 (0.13%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.064%) ISO/IEC 14443
6 1 (0.064%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.064%) ISO 14001
6 1 (0.064%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 13 (0.84%) Nmap
2 12 (0.77%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.45%) Snort
5 6 (0.39%) Firmware
5 6 (0.39%) Terminal Server
6 5 (0.32%) XenApp
7 3 (0.19%) XenServer
7 3 (0.19%) ISA Server
7 3 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
8 2 (0.13%) NDS
8 2 (0.13%) Cygwin
8 2 (0.13%) KVM
9 1 (0.064%) vSphere
9 1 (0.064%) qmail
9 1 (0.064%) NFS
9 1 (0.064%) Squid
Systems Management
1 232 (14.94%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (0.84%) Nessus
3 8 (0.52%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.39%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.32%) SCOM
6 4 (0.26%) SCCM
7 3 (0.19%) HP Data Protector
7 3 (0.19%) Control-M
7 3 (0.19%) Nagios
8 2 (0.13%) Netcool
8 2 (0.13%) Puppet
8 2 (0.13%) HP SiteScope
8 2 (0.13%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.064%) CA LISA
9 1 (0.064%) Cobbler
9 1 (0.064%) WebInspect
9 1 (0.064%) OpenView
9 1 (0.064%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.064%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 234 (15.07%) HP
2 230 (14.81%) Oracle
3 159 (10.24%) Microsoft
4 60 (3.86%) SAP
5 35 (2.25%) IBM
6 27 (1.74%) Citrix
7 21 (1.35%) VMware
8 18 (1.16%) Informatica
9 17 (1.09%) Red Hat
10 12 (0.77%) Cisco
11 10 (0.64%) JBoss
11 10 (0.64%) Cognos
12 9 (0.58%) Siebel
13 8 (0.52%) TIBCO
14 7 (0.45%) Salesforce.com
15 6 (0.39%) AppSense
15 6 (0.39%) Telerik
15 6 (0.39%) Google
16 5 (0.32%) Sitecore
16 5 (0.32%) SolarWinds
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 10 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £125.00 - £145.00 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Newport, Gwent
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: 250 p/day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Change Recruitment Group
Rate: £280 - £300 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Sutton, Surrey
Spring Technology
Rate: £240.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
Spencer Rose
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Basildon, Essex
Aquent
Rate: From £300 to £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Loughborough, Leicestershire
ECS Recruitment Group Ltd
Posted: Yesterday
Surrey
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: Up to £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £0
Posted: 4 days ago
Wales
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 5 days ago
Surrey
Venturi
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £450 per day - dependent on experience
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Personnel IT
Rate: £230 - £250 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £320.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £300 - £400 per day + benefits
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: £market rates
Posted: 6 days ago