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 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 169 187 162
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -25
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 747 613 734
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.30% 1.16% 1.27%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.42% 1.25% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 526 387 404
Average daily rate
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£323 £322 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.15% +6.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £200 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £425 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £307 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 14 24
Average hourly rate £20.00 £27.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.92% +35.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.92 £13.00 £8.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £137.50 £36.60 £48.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £12.50 £18.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year
-30.55% -10.00%

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
52430 48925 53586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.02% 92.73% 92.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 32042 29264 29965
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2056 2117 2633
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.35
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 19 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 19 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 19 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 +21 665 £325 - 180
London +38 325 £350 - 54
South East +32 148 £305 -2.86% 43
City of London +22 77 £375 - 17
South West -19 43 £325 - 17
East of England -1 38 £340 -2.85% 14
Wales +16 37 £245 -10.90% 7
Surrey +14 36 £295 +9.25% 10
Hampshire 0 35 £285 +1.78% 11
Yorkshire -5 31 £313 +8.69% 13
Scotland -17 30 £292 -17.79% 5
South Wales - 30 £224 - 2
Bristol +8 27 £363 +11.53% 9
Buckinghamshire +3 24 £280 -25.33% 5
West Yorkshire -2 24 £338 +12.50% 6
North West -8 23 £310 +3.33% 20
West Midlands -10 22 £290 -27.50% 11
East Sussex -3 18 £350 -3.44% 5
Hertfordshire -12 18 £300 - 2
North East -18 15 £338 - 6
Brighton -2 14 £350 -3.44% 5
Tyne and Wear -19 14 £338 - 6
Cardiff - 14 £224 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne - 14 £338 - 6
Oxfordshire +7 13 £309 -4.92% 3
Milton Keynes +1 13 £380 -1.93% 2
Edinburgh -4 13 £260 -33.88% 2
Birmingham +7 12 £330 -19.51%
Glasgow -8 12 £289 +15.60% 1
Manchester -15 12 £323 +21.69% 12

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 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.

1 568 (36.43%) Agile Software Development
2 440 (28.22%) Test Scripting
3 382 (24.50%) SQL
4 363 (23.28%) QA
5 357 (22.90%) Selenium
6 339 (21.74%) Java
7 242 (15.52%) Finance
8 234 (15.01%) HP
9 229 (14.69%) Oracle
10 221 (14.18%) HP Quality Center
11 220 (14.11%) ISTQB
12 219 (14.05%) Test Automation
13 218 (13.98%) ISEB
14 215 (13.79%) BDD
15 214 (13.73%) User Acceptance Testing
16 213 (13.66%) Scrum
17 195 (12.51%) Cucumber
18 188 (12.06%) Software Testing
19 187 (11.99%) TDD
20 180 (11.55%) C#
21 172 (11.03%) Automated Testing
21 172 (11.03%) WebDriver
22 169 (10.84%) Performance Testing
23 168 (10.78%) Security Cleared
24 164 (10.52%) UNIX
25 159 (10.20%) .NET
25 159 (10.20%) QuickTest Pro
26 157 (10.07%) Microsoft
27 153 (9.81%) Manual Testing
28 146 (9.36%) SC Cleared

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 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 (2.57%) SharePoint
2 22 (1.41%) WebSphere
3 21 (1.35%) WebLogic
4 20 (1.28%) CMS
5 17 (1.09%) Apache
6 14 (0.90%) Tomcat
6 14 (0.90%) SharePoint 2013
7 13 (0.83%) IIS
8 12 (0.77%) MQSeries
9 8 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
10 6 (0.38%) MS Exchange
10 6 (0.38%) Node.js
11 5 (0.32%) Confluence
11 5 (0.32%) SAS
11 5 (0.32%) WebLogic Integration
12 4 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
12 4 (0.26%) CICS
12 4 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
13 3 (0.19%) Exchange Server 2010
13 3 (0.19%) Mule
Applications
1 89 (5.71%) MS Excel
2 56 (3.59%) MS Office
3 9 (0.58%) MS PowerPoint
4 4 (0.26%) MS Visio
4 4 (0.26%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.064%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 26 (1.67%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (0.71%) SAP HR
3 10 (0.64%) Oracle Applications
4 7 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.45%) BASE24
4 7 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
5 5 (0.32%) SAP HCM
5 5 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 5 (0.32%) SAP CO
5 5 (0.32%) SAP FI/CO
5 5 (0.32%) SAP CRM
5 5 (0.32%) SAP FI
6 4 (0.26%) Cognos TM1
6 4 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.19%) IntelliMatch
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
7 3 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.13%) SAP MM
8 2 (0.13%) SAP PP
8 2 (0.13%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.58%) SuccessFactors
1 9 (0.58%) Office 365
2 7 (0.45%) SaaS
3 4 (0.26%) Amazon AWS
4 3 (0.19%) GitHub
4 3 (0.19%) Microsoft Azure
5 1 (0.064%) Basecamp
5 1 (0.064%) PaaS
5 1 (0.064%) Amazon EC2
5 1 (0.064%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 36 (2.31%) HTTP
2 35 (2.25%) TCP/IP
3 22 (1.41%) Wireshark
4 18 (1.15%) SAN
5 17 (1.09%) HTTPS
6 16 (1.03%) DNS
7 14 (0.90%) Internet
8 10 (0.64%) SSL
8 10 (0.64%) Firewall
9 8 (0.51%) DVB
9 8 (0.51%) FTP
10 6 (0.38%) Wi-Fi
10 6 (0.38%) Network Security
11 5 (0.32%) Wireless
11 5 (0.32%) LAN
11 5 (0.32%) DHCP
12 4 (0.26%) VPN
12 4 (0.26%) NAS
12 4 (0.26%) LTE
12 4 (0.26%) Multicast
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (4.75%) SQL Server
2 68 (4.36%) Oracle Database
3 45 (2.89%) Relational Database
4 44 (2.82%) Data Warehouse
5 36 (2.31%) Oracle Reports
6 26 (1.67%) MySQL
7 23 (1.48%) DB2
8 15 (0.96%) RDBMS
9 14 (0.90%) Oracle Database 11g
9 14 (0.90%) SQL Server 2008
10 12 (0.77%) Big Data
11 11 (0.71%) DbVisualizer
12 9 (0.58%) NoSQL
12 9 (0.58%) SAP BW
13 7 (0.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 7 (0.45%) MS Access
14 6 (0.38%) Oracle Database 10g
14 6 (0.38%) MongoDB
15 5 (0.32%) Base SAS
15 5 (0.32%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 357 (22.90%) Selenium
2 195 (12.51%) Cucumber
3 172 (11.03%) WebDriver
4 159 (10.20%) QuickTest Pro
5 144 (9.24%) JIRA
6 94 (6.03%) LoadRunner
7 91 (5.84%) Jenkins
8 90 (5.77%) JMeter
9 62 (3.98%) SoapUI
10 60 (3.85%) JUnit
11 58 (3.72%) Visual Studio
12 53 (3.40%) Team Foundation Server
13 50 (3.21%) Calabash
14 39 (2.50%) Subversion
15 37 (2.37%) Git (software)
16 36 (2.31%) Maven
17 32 (2.05%) WATIR
18 31 (1.99%) SpecFlow
19 27 (1.73%) JBehave
20 26 (1.67%) FitNesse
General
1 242 (15.52%) Finance
2 99 (6.35%) Banking
3 40 (2.57%) Retail
4 26 (1.67%) Manufacturing
5 23 (1.48%) Telecoms
6 21 (1.35%) Billing
7 18 (1.15%) Marketing
8 15 (0.96%) Electronics
8 15 (0.96%) Games
9 14 (0.90%) Investment Banking
10 11 (0.71%) Publishing
11 10 (0.64%) Advertising
11 10 (0.64%) Retail Banking
12 8 (0.51%) Back Office
12 8 (0.51%) Legal
13 7 (0.45%) Automotive
13 7 (0.45%) Military
14 6 (0.38%) Front Office
14 6 (0.38%) Multimedia
15 4 (0.26%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 159 (10.20%) .NET
2 130 (8.34%) Web Services
3 105 (6.74%) XML
4 104 (6.67%) HTML
5 70 (4.49%) SOAP
6 58 (3.72%) ASP.NET
7 42 (2.69%) JSON
8 40 (2.57%) REST
8 40 (2.57%) JSP
9 23 (1.48%) Spring
10 22 (1.41%) RESTful
10 22 (1.41%) XSLT
11 20 (1.28%) Gherkin
12 19 (1.22%) CSS
13 18 (1.15%) J2EE
14 13 (0.83%) Android SDK
14 13 (0.83%) Flash
15 12 (0.77%) .NET Framework
15 12 (0.77%) HTML5
16 10 (0.64%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 91 (5.84%) Mobile App
2 78 (5.00%) Analytical Skills
3 76 (4.87%) Open Source
4 38 (2.44%) Computer Science
5 28 (1.80%) STB
6 27 (1.73%) User Experience
7 25 (1.60%) Enterprise Software
8 21 (1.35%) Client/Server
9 20 (1.28%) NHS
10 17 (1.09%) Over-the-Top Content
10 17 (1.09%) EMV
11 16 (1.03%) AS400
11 16 (1.03%) Video on Demand
12 15 (0.96%) SWIFT
12 15 (0.96%) Statistics
13 14 (0.90%) Smartcard
14 13 (0.83%) Management Information System
15 11 (0.71%) IPTV
16 9 (0.58%) iPad
16 9 (0.58%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 164 (10.52%) UNIX
2 141 (9.04%) Linux
3 130 (8.34%) Windows
4 87 (5.58%) Apple iOS
5 83 (5.32%) Android
6 36 (2.31%) Windows XP
7 28 (1.80%) Windows Server 2003
7 28 (1.80%) Windows 7
8 22 (1.41%) Windows Server 2008
9 17 (1.09%) Windows 2000
10 15 (0.96%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 15 (0.96%) Solaris
11 10 (0.64%) AIX
11 10 (0.64%) Windows 8
12 7 (0.45%) HPUX
13 5 (0.32%) SUSE
14 4 (0.26%) Windows NT
14 4 (0.26%) Debian
14 4 (0.26%) Windows Server 2012
15 3 (0.19%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 568 (36.43%) Agile Software Development
2 440 (28.22%) Test Scripting
3 219 (14.05%) Test Automation
4 215 (13.79%) BDD
5 214 (13.73%) User Acceptance Testing
6 213 (13.66%) Scrum
7 188 (12.06%) Software Testing
8 187 (11.99%) TDD
9 172 (11.03%) Automated Testing
10 169 (10.84%) Performance Testing
11 153 (9.81%) Manual Testing
12 132 (8.47%) Automation Testing
13 129 (8.27%) Regression Testing
14 96 (6.16%) System Testing
15 94 (6.03%) Continuous Integration
16 91 (5.84%) Test Strategy
17 90 (5.77%) User Stories
18 85 (5.45%) Integration Testing
19 72 (4.62%) E-Commerce
20 68 (4.36%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 382 (24.50%) SQL
2 339 (21.74%) Java
3 180 (11.55%) C#
4 116 (7.44%) Ruby
5 105 (6.74%) JavaScript
6 76 (4.87%) Python
7 66 (4.23%) PHP
8 63 (4.04%) VB
9 38 (2.44%) Shell Script
10 37 (2.37%) PL/SQL
11 33 (2.12%) VBScript
12 30 (1.92%) C++
13 29 (1.86%) C
14 26 (1.67%) Perl
15 23 (1.48%) VBA
15 23 (1.48%) Bash Shell
16 20 (1.28%) VB.NET
17 9 (0.58%) Scala
17 9 (0.58%) PowerShell
18 8 (0.51%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 220 (14.11%) ISTQB
2 218 (13.98%) ISEB
3 168 (10.78%) Security Cleared
4 146 (9.36%) SC Cleared
5 95 (6.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 69 (4.43%) Degree
7 46 (2.95%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 46 (2.95%) DV Cleared
8 15 (0.96%) MOS
9 14 (0.90%) CISSP
10 10 (0.64%) ISEB Practitioner
11 8 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
12 7 (0.45%) HND
13 6 (0.38%) CEH
14 5 (0.32%) MCITP
14 5 (0.32%) Microsoft Certification
14 5 (0.32%) CISM
15 4 (0.26%) CCNA
15 4 (0.26%) HNC
16 3 (0.19%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 363 (23.28%) QA
2 11 (0.71%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.19%) GxP
5 1 (0.064%) ISO/IEC 14443
5 1 (0.064%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.064%) ISO 9001
5 1 (0.064%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 13 (0.83%) Nmap
2 12 (0.77%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.45%) Snort
5 6 (0.38%) Terminal Server
6 5 (0.32%) XenApp
7 3 (0.19%) XenServer
7 3 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
7 3 (0.19%) ISA Server
8 2 (0.13%) NDS
8 2 (0.13%) Cygwin
8 2 (0.13%) vSphere
9 1 (0.064%) qmail
9 1 (0.064%) Squid
9 1 (0.064%) NFS
Systems Management
1 221 (14.18%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (0.83%) Nessus
3 9 (0.58%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.38%) 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%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.064%) CA LISA
9 1 (0.064%) HP SiteScope
9 1 (0.064%) Cobbler
9 1 (0.064%) CA Endevor
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 (15.01%) HP
2 229 (14.69%) Oracle
3 157 (10.07%) Microsoft
4 66 (4.23%) SAP
5 39 (2.50%) IBM
6 28 (1.80%) Citrix
7 23 (1.48%) VMware
8 15 (0.96%) Red Hat
9 14 (0.90%) Informatica
10 12 (0.77%) JBoss
10 12 (0.77%) Cisco
11 10 (0.64%) Cognos
12 9 (0.58%) Siebel
13 8 (0.51%) Salesforce.com
13 8 (0.51%) TIBCO
14 6 (0.38%) AppSense
14 6 (0.38%) Telerik
15 5 (0.32%) Green Hat
15 5 (0.32%) SolarWinds
15 5 (0.32%) Sitecore
City, London
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Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
West Midlands
Austin Fraser
Rate: £0.00 - £450 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Bristol
Swan It Recruitment Ltd
Rate: £310 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bedfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £150 - 250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Exeter, Devon
Hays London City Projects
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bedfordshire
X4 Group
Rate: £150 - 250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £130.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Devon
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £250 - 350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Tony Timmins Associates
Rate: From £100 to £150 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £230 - £240 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £375 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Purple Consultancy
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
LEXSTRA
Rate: £360 - £380 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market value
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Calibre Search Ltd
Rate: £300 - £340 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Essex
Executive Resource Group
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £500 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Tiro Partners
Rate: From £250 to £325 per day
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