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 2 December 2016 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
2 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 165 164 187
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +23
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 778 816 695
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.55% 1.47% 1.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.64% 1.55% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 495 575 489
Median daily rate £360 £338 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 9 22
Median hourly rate £21.91 £39.37 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-44.34% +38.14%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.00 £39.37 £28.50
% change year-on-year
-18.71% +38.14%

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
47474 52672 53743
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.81% 93.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 31013 33568 33961
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £583 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £396 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1672 2047 2214
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £43.00 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.79
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +7.66%

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 2 December 2016.

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 2 December 2016.

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 2 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -4 725 £360 +6.66% 514
London +6 317 £375 +3.44% 47
South East +49 137 £350 -2.77% 120
South West -9 70 £355 +9.23% 65
City of London -20 42 £421 +10.85% 9
North West -20 41 £323 +7.50% 71
Scotland +19 39 £300 - 32
West Midlands -9 38 £327 +2.03% 49
East of England -4 37 £325 - 58
Hampshire +19 36 £331 -11.66% 24
Yorkshire -13 35 £375 +25.00% 49
Wiltshire -3 33 £355 +9.23% 10
West Yorkshire -1 27 £389 +24.40% 24
Leeds +6 25 £390 +23.32% 14
Oxfordshire +18 24 £200 -36.00% 9
Manchester -11 24 £320 +10.34% 32
North East -32 24 £350 +1.44% 17
Tyne and Wear -35 24 £350 +1.44% 13
Newcastle upon Tyne -42 24 £350 +1.44% 7
West Sussex +23 23 £368 +13.07% 12
Berkshire +15 20 £350 -1.40% 17
Oxford +13 20 £200 -36.00% 2
Swindon -1 18 £355 +9.23% 2
Edinburgh +18 16 £350 +0.71%
Hertfordshire 0 14 £258 +8.64% 15
East Midlands -5 14 £325 +8.33% 35
Suffolk +10 12 £325 - 7
Surrey -4 11 £355 -15.47% 19
Bristol +7 10 £325 -18.75% 12
Glasgow +5 10 £300 +9.09% 1

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 December 2016, 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.

1 684 (45.78%) Agile Software Development
2 475 (31.79%) Selenium
3 393 (26.31%) Java
4 345 (23.09%) Test Scripting
5 340 (22.76%) QA
6 317 (21.22%) SQL
7 265 (17.74%) Cucumber
8 249 (16.67%) BDD
9 246 (16.47%) JIRA
10 244 (16.33%) Test Automation
11 220 (14.73%) Automated Testing
11 220 (14.73%) Scrum
12 195 (13.05%) Automation Testing
13 194 (12.99%) WebDriver
14 193 (12.92%) Finance
15 183 (12.25%) Jenkins
16 182 (12.18%) Performance Testing
16 182 (12.18%) C#
17 167 (11.18%) Software Testing
18 161 (10.78%) User Acceptance Testing
19 160 (10.71%) Manual Testing
20 156 (10.44%) Functional Testing
21 154 (10.31%) Continuous Integration
22 151 (10.11%) Regression Testing
23 143 (9.57%) Security Cleared
24 141 (9.44%) ISEB
25 129 (8.63%) SoapUI
25 129 (8.63%) JMeter
26 127 (8.50%) JavaScript
26 127 (8.50%) TDD

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 56 (3.75%) Confluence
2 27 (1.81%) Tomcat
3 22 (1.47%) CMS
4 21 (1.41%) SharePoint
5 17 (1.14%) WebSphere
6 14 (0.94%) JBoss
7 12 (0.80%) Apache
8 11 (0.74%) IIS
9 8 (0.54%) Apache Solr
10 7 (0.47%) WebLogic
11 4 (0.27%) Skype for Business
12 3 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
13 2 (0.13%) Elasticsearch
13 2 (0.13%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.13%) nginx
13 2 (0.13%) OpenROAD
13 2 (0.13%) Tuxedo
13 2 (0.13%) WordPress
14 1 (0.067%) Apache Spark
14 1 (0.067%) Umbraco
Applications
1 40 (2.68%) MS Excel
2 31 (2.07%) MS Office
3 14 (0.94%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.33%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.13%) Mingle
5 2 (0.13%) MS Project
5 2 (0.13%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.067%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 16 (1.07%) Oracle Applications
2 14 (0.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (0.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 7 (0.47%) Magento
3 7 (0.47%) SAP FI
4 6 (0.40%) SAP CO
4 6 (0.40%) SAP FI/CO
5 5 (0.33%) SAP CRM
6 4 (0.27%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 4 (0.27%) SAP SD
7 3 (0.20%) FastStats
7 3 (0.20%) Temenos T24
8 2 (0.13%) Cognos TM1
8 2 (0.13%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.13%) Oracle EBS
8 2 (0.13%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.13%) SAP FS
8 2 (0.13%) SAP HCM
8 2 (0.13%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.13%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 19 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (1.20%) GitHub
3 16 (1.07%) Microsoft Azure
4 11 (0.74%) Office 365
5 8 (0.54%) SaaS
6 3 (0.20%) PaaS
7 2 (0.13%) IaaS
7 2 (0.13%) Slack
7 2 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 25 (1.67%) HTTP
2 19 (1.27%) Internet
3 12 (0.80%) Firewall
4 10 (0.67%) Network Security
5 9 (0.60%) Wireless
6 8 (0.54%) Kerberos
6 8 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
6 8 (0.54%) Wireshark
7 6 (0.40%) LDAP
8 5 (0.33%) Skype
9 4 (0.27%) HTTPS
9 4 (0.27%) SNMP
9 4 (0.27%) WAN
10 3 (0.20%) DVB
10 3 (0.20%) FTP
10 3 (0.20%) Intrusion Detection
10 3 (0.20%) SSL
10 3 (0.20%) TCP/IP
11 2 (0.13%) SIGTRAN
11 2 (0.13%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (4.48%) SQL Server
2 54 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
3 30 (2.01%) Oracle Reports
4 28 (1.87%) Oracle Database
5 25 (1.67%) MySQL
6 22 (1.47%) Hadoop
7 21 (1.41%) Relational Database
8 17 (1.14%) Big Data
9 16 (1.07%) DB2
10 14 (0.94%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 13 (0.87%) GIS
12 10 (0.67%) QGIS
12 10 (0.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 9 (0.60%) Oracle ODI
14 8 (0.54%) Spatial Data
14 8 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
15 7 (0.47%) DbVisualizer
16 6 (0.40%) MongoDB
16 6 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
17 5 (0.33%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 475 (31.79%) Selenium
2 265 (17.74%) Cucumber
3 246 (16.47%) JIRA
4 194 (12.99%) WebDriver
5 183 (12.25%) Jenkins
6 129 (8.63%) JMeter
6 129 (8.63%) SoapUI
7 117 (7.83%) Git (software)
8 90 (6.02%) SpecFlow
9 77 (5.15%) LoadRunner
10 75 (5.02%) Team Foundation Server
11 74 (4.95%) HP UFT
12 54 (3.61%) JUnit
13 50 (3.35%) Visual Studio
14 47 (3.15%) Maven
15 42 (2.81%) Appium
16 28 (1.87%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 28 (1.87%) Protractor
17 27 (1.81%) NUnit
18 24 (1.61%) Subversion
General
1 193 (12.92%) Finance
2 69 (4.62%) Retail
3 68 (4.55%) Banking
4 41 (2.74%) Telecoms
5 24 (1.61%) Games
6 19 (1.27%) Manufacturing
7 18 (1.20%) Marketing
8 17 (1.14%) Electronics
8 17 (1.14%) Investment Banking
9 13 (0.87%) Financial Institution
10 9 (0.60%) Billing
11 8 (0.54%) Front Office
12 5 (0.33%) Advertising
12 5 (0.33%) Back Office
12 5 (0.33%) Legal
13 4 (0.27%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.27%) Publishing
13 4 (0.27%) Retail Banking
13 4 (0.27%) Spanish Language
14 3 (0.20%) Corporate Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 126 (8.43%) .NET
2 106 (7.10%) Gherkin
3 94 (6.29%) Web Services
4 90 (6.02%) XML
5 65 (4.35%) HTML
6 63 (4.22%) RESTful
7 62 (4.15%) REST
8 55 (3.68%) SOAP
9 43 (2.88%) JSON
10 33 (2.21%) CSS
11 29 (1.94%) Spring
12 21 (1.41%) AngularJS
13 20 (1.34%) Node.js
14 16 (1.07%) .NET Framework
15 14 (0.94%) J2EE
16 11 (0.74%) Chai
17 10 (0.67%) ASP.NET
18 9 (0.60%) Middleware
19 8 (0.54%) HTML5
19 8 (0.54%) SAML
Miscellaneous
1 68 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 62 (4.15%) Mobile App
3 22 (1.47%) Computer Science
4 15 (1.00%) Smart Meter
5 13 (0.87%) Embedded Systems
5 13 (0.87%) STB
6 11 (0.74%) Management Information System
6 11 (0.74%) User Experience
7 10 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
7 10 (0.67%) Virtual Team
8 9 (0.60%) NHS
9 8 (0.54%) Data Integration
9 8 (0.54%) Equities
10 7 (0.47%) Algorithms
10 7 (0.47%) Digital Media
10 7 (0.47%) iPad
10 7 (0.47%) MPEG
11 6 (0.40%) Client/Server
11 6 (0.40%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 6 (0.40%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 116 (7.76%) Linux
2 109 (7.30%) Unix
3 105 (7.03%) Windows
4 69 (4.62%) Android
5 64 (4.28%) Apple iOS
6 16 (1.07%) Mac OS X
7 11 (0.74%) Windows 10
8 8 (0.54%) AIX
8 8 (0.54%) Windows 7
8 8 (0.54%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.47%) Kali Linux
9 7 (0.47%) Windows Server 2003
9 7 (0.47%) Windows XP
10 6 (0.40%) Solaris
10 6 (0.40%) Windows Server
11 2 (0.13%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.13%) VMS
12 1 (0.067%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 684 (45.78%) Agile Software Development
2 345 (23.09%) Test Scripting
3 249 (16.67%) BDD
4 244 (16.33%) Test Automation
5 220 (14.73%) Automated Testing
5 220 (14.73%) Scrum
6 195 (13.05%) Automation Testing
7 182 (12.18%) Performance Testing
8 167 (11.18%) Software Testing
9 161 (10.78%) User Acceptance Testing
10 160 (10.71%) Manual Testing
11 156 (10.44%) Functional Testing
12 154 (10.31%) Continuous Integration
13 151 (10.11%) Regression Testing
14 127 (8.50%) TDD
15 108 (7.23%) Penetration Testing
16 105 (7.03%) Test Strategy
17 91 (6.09%) Non-Functional Testing
18 87 (5.82%) User Stories
19 81 (5.42%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 393 (26.31%) Java
2 317 (21.22%) SQL
3 182 (12.18%) C#
4 127 (8.50%) JavaScript
5 99 (6.63%) Python
6 81 (5.42%) Ruby
7 50 (3.35%) C++
8 34 (2.28%) VBScript
9 33 (2.21%) Groovy
10 32 (2.14%) PHP
11 30 (2.01%) Scala
12 29 (1.94%) Bash Shell
13 28 (1.87%) C
14 26 (1.74%) F#
14 26 (1.74%) Perl
14 26 (1.74%) T-SQL
15 20 (1.34%) PL/SQL
16 19 (1.27%) VB
17 15 (1.00%) Shell Script
18 12 (0.80%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 143 (9.57%) Security Cleared
2 141 (9.44%) ISEB
3 121 (8.10%) ISTQB
4 98 (6.56%) SC Cleared
5 79 (5.29%) Degree
6 68 (4.55%) CREST Certified
7 57 (3.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 35 (2.34%) DV Cleared
9 22 (1.47%) CEH
10 21 (1.41%) BPSS Clearance
11 18 (1.20%) CISSP
12 14 (0.94%) CHECK Team Member
13 13 (0.87%) OSCP
14 12 (0.80%) CHECK Team Leader
15 11 (0.74%) SANS
16 9 (0.60%) GIAC
17 8 (0.54%) GPEN
17 8 (0.54%) ISEB Practitioner
17 8 (0.54%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
18 7 (0.47%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 340 (22.76%) QA
2 22 (1.47%) SDET
3 14 (0.94%) Disclosure Scotland
4 12 (0.80%) Data Quality
5 5 (0.33%) WCAG
6 4 (0.27%) SLA
7 3 (0.20%) ISO 14001
7 3 (0.20%) ISO 9001
7 3 (0.20%) PCI DSS
7 3 (0.20%) WAI
8 1 (0.067%) Basel III
8 1 (0.067%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.067%) HL7
8 1 (0.067%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.067%) Section 508
System Software
1 22 (1.47%) Docker
2 19 (1.27%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.33%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.27%) Firmware
6 3 (0.20%) HDFS
6 3 (0.20%) Snort
6 3 (0.20%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (0.13%) SRDF
7 2 (0.13%) VMware ESX
8 1 (0.067%) Microsoft App-V
8 1 (0.067%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 95 (6.36%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (1.67%) Ansible
3 12 (0.80%) HP SiteScope
3 12 (0.80%) Puppet
4 9 (0.60%) CA Service Virtualization
5 8 (0.54%) Nessus
6 7 (0.47%) Nmap
6 7 (0.47%) OpenView
7 6 (0.40%) Graphite
7 6 (0.40%) Oracle Identity Management
8 5 (0.33%) McAfee ePO
8 5 (0.33%) Netcool
9 4 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
10 3 (0.20%) Cisco IPCC
10 3 (0.20%) Perfmon
10 3 (0.20%) SCCM
10 3 (0.20%) Tivoli
11 2 (0.13%) BMC PATROL
11 2 (0.13%) TADDM
11 2 (0.13%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 118 (7.90%) Oracle
2 111 (7.43%) Microsoft
3 110 (7.36%) HP
4 52 (3.48%) SAP
5 32 (2.14%) Atlassian
6 29 (1.94%) IBM
7 19 (1.27%) Siebel
8 16 (1.07%) hybris
9 12 (0.80%) CA
10 11 (0.74%) Informatica
11 10 (0.67%) Ab Initio
11 10 (0.67%) AppDynamics
11 10 (0.67%) VMware
12 9 (0.60%) Citrix
12 9 (0.60%) Netezza
13 8 (0.54%) EMC
13 8 (0.54%) Xamarin
14 7 (0.47%) Cognos
14 7 (0.47%) Guidewire
14 7 (0.47%) Talend
Manchester, Lancashire
Digital Gurus
Posted: 14 hours ago
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £325 - £350 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
Cambridgeshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 16 hours ago
City, London
Stratospherec
Rate: From £350 to £440 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Greater Manchester
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Spring Technology
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: Up to £32,000 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Staffworx Ltd
Rate: excellent salary or rates
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Chippenham
aap3
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Macclesfield, Cheshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £150 - £175 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Berkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £315.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Berkshire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
Coal IT Services
Rate: £50,000 per annum + Bonus and Bens
Posted: 2 days ago
West Sussex
Bentley Whitaker
Rate: £325 - £400 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Gloucestershire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £420 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Bristol
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Andover
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Andover
People Source Consulting
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 25 days ago
London
Lawrence Harvey Enterprise
Rate: £275 - £325 per day
Posted: 4 days ago