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 March 2015 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 176 125 172
Rank change year-on-year
-51 +47
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 674 884 547
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.23% 1.66% 1.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.33% 1.80% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 428 590 322
Average daily rate
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£315 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.07% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £219 £212 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £438 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £300 £300
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 7 16
Average hourly rate £35.00 £22.50 £33.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.55% -32.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.70 £14.60 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £149.00 £143.00 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £28.00 £34.00
% change year-on-year
+16.07% -17.64%

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
50807 49213 43153
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.46% 92.36% 92.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 30874 29577 24780
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1991 2026 2213
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.58
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.70 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.76% -2.85%

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 March 2015.

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 March 2015.

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 March 2015. 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 -60 573 £320 -1.53% 209
London -65 264 £350 -6.04% 77
South East -13 116 £325 +8.33% 31
City of London -35 55 £375 +1.35% 25
Berkshire +25 45 £338 +27.35% 6
North West -10 45 £309 -1.20% 26
Wales +10 43 £255 -20.93% 7
Yorkshire -36 38 £275 - 18
Scotland -7 37 £295 -13.23% 9
West Yorkshire -37 34 £275 - 11
South Wales +12 31 £255 -21.53% 5
West Midlands +8 28 £331 +1.92% 13
South West -38 28 £325 +6.99% 16
East of England -12 27 £306 -7.54% 11
Leeds -32 27 £275 - 9
Reading +9 24 £350 +32.07% 4
Manchester -5 24 £320 +1.58% 18
Hampshire -13 23 £350 +4.08% 5
Surrey -1 22 £350 +17.15% 9
Cardiff +21 21 £255 -20.00% 3
East Midlands -6 18 £300 +11.11% 9
Edinburgh -14 15 £290 -7.93% 5
Cambridgeshire +7 11 £329 +19.54% 7
Leatherhead - 11 £450 - 1
Newbury +1 10 £200 +21.21%
Buckinghamshire -4 10 £275 - 5
Gloucestershire -4 10 £325 - 8
Glasgow -5 10 £338 +14.02% 2
Birmingham 0 8 £368 +13.07% 7
Milton Keynes +4 7 £285 +3.63% 4

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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.

1 505 (37.66%) Agile Software Development
2 347 (25.88%) Selenium
3 323 (24.09%) SQL
4 307 (22.89%) QA
5 304 (22.67%) Test Scripting
6 225 (16.78%) Java
7 211 (15.73%) Finance
8 197 (14.69%) ISEB
9 193 (14.39%) Test Automation
10 191 (14.24%) Scrum
11 183 (13.65%) JIRA
12 180 (13.42%) User Acceptance Testing
13 174 (12.98%) Oracle
14 164 (12.23%) BDD
15 162 (12.08%) Security Cleared
16 153 (11.41%) Automation Testing
17 152 (11.33%) .NET
18 151 (11.26%) HP
18 151 (11.26%) Cucumber
19 148 (11.04%) HP Quality Center
20 144 (10.74%) ISTQB
21 130 (9.69%) C#
22 129 (9.62%) Automated Testing
23 126 (9.40%) Web Services
24 123 (9.17%) Linux
24 123 (9.17%) Software Testing
25 119 (8.87%) Performance Testing
26 118 (8.80%) Manual Testing
27 117 (8.72%) Microsoft
28 116 (8.65%) TDD

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 March 2015, 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 (2.98%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.19%) Confluence
3 14 (1.04%) Apache
4 12 (0.89%) WebLogic
4 12 (0.89%) CMS
5 9 (0.67%) IIS
5 9 (0.67%) Tomcat
5 9 (0.67%) SharePoint 2010
6 8 (0.60%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (0.45%) WebSphere
8 5 (0.37%) Oracle Service Bus
8 5 (0.37%) Apache Spark
9 4 (0.30%) GlassFish
9 4 (0.30%) Sitecore CMS
9 4 (0.30%) SAS
10 3 (0.22%) Oracle Coherence
10 3 (0.22%) Oracle Workflow
10 3 (0.22%) Umbraco
10 3 (0.22%) uiautomator
11 2 (0.15%) nginx
Applications
1 57 (4.25%) MS Excel
2 42 (3.13%) MS Office
3 6 (0.45%) MS Project
4 5 (0.37%) MS PowerPoint
5 4 (0.30%) Mingle
5 4 (0.30%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.15%) SPSS
7 1 (0.075%) Spreadsheet
7 1 (0.075%) FastStats
Business Applications
1 15 (1.12%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
3 10 (0.75%) Summit
4 9 (0.67%) Oracle EBS R12
5 6 (0.45%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 6 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
6 5 (0.37%) SAP FI
7 4 (0.30%) SAP PP
7 4 (0.30%) Agresso
7 4 (0.30%) Remedy ITSM
7 4 (0.30%) Exstream
7 4 (0.30%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.22%) SAP CO
8 3 (0.22%) Magento
8 3 (0.22%) SAP SD
8 3 (0.22%) SAP APO
8 3 (0.22%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.15%) Oracle Payroll
9 2 (0.15%) SAP CRM
9 2 (0.15%) CODA-Financials
Cloud Services
1 6 (0.45%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
3 4 (0.30%) SaaS
3 4 (0.30%) GitHub
3 4 (0.30%) Taleo
3 4 (0.30%) Trello
4 3 (0.22%) Amazon AWS
5 1 (0.075%) Force.com
5 1 (0.075%) IaaS
5 1 (0.075%) SuccessFactors
5 1 (0.075%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 32 (2.39%) HTTP
2 29 (2.16%) TCP/IP
3 16 (1.19%) Wireshark
4 14 (1.04%) GSM
5 13 (0.97%) Internet
5 13 (0.97%) 3G
5 13 (0.97%) 4G
6 12 (0.89%) 2G
7 10 (0.75%) FTP
8 9 (0.67%) SS7
8 9 (0.67%) SIGTRAN
9 7 (0.52%) MVNO
9 7 (0.52%) GPRS
10 6 (0.45%) SMS
10 6 (0.45%) Firewall
10 6 (0.45%) Wireless
11 5 (0.37%) Wi-Fi
11 5 (0.37%) Bluetooth
11 5 (0.37%) NAS
12 4 (0.30%) RNC
Database & Business Intelligence
1 75 (5.59%) SQL Server
2 72 (5.37%) Data Warehouse
3 42 (3.13%) Oracle Database
4 35 (2.61%) Relational Database
5 30 (2.24%) MySQL
6 22 (1.64%) DB2
7 12 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (0.60%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 8 (0.60%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.52%) Oracle ODI
10 6 (0.45%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.45%) Azure SQL Database
10 6 (0.45%) DbVisualizer
10 6 (0.45%) Hadoop
10 6 (0.45%) SAP BW
11 5 (0.37%) RDBMS
11 5 (0.37%) Apache Hive
11 5 (0.37%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
11 5 (0.37%) NoSQL
12 4 (0.30%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 347 (25.88%) Selenium
2 183 (13.65%) JIRA
3 151 (11.26%) Cucumber
4 115 (8.58%) WebDriver
5 95 (7.08%) QuickTest Pro
6 87 (6.49%) JMeter
7 84 (6.26%) LoadRunner
8 76 (5.67%) Team Foundation Server
9 68 (5.07%) Jenkins
10 67 (5.00%) SpecFlow
11 65 (4.85%) SoapUI
12 59 (4.40%) Visual Studio
13 41 (3.06%) Subversion
14 36 (2.68%) JUnit
15 35 (2.61%) Calabash
16 24 (1.79%) Appium
17 23 (1.72%) Maven
18 21 (1.57%) TeamCity
19 19 (1.42%) WATIR
19 19 (1.42%) Eclipse
General
1 211 (15.73%) Finance
2 91 (6.79%) Banking
3 66 (4.92%) Retail
4 56 (4.18%) Telecoms
5 23 (1.72%) Electronics
6 21 (1.57%) Investment Banking
6 21 (1.57%) Marketing
7 16 (1.19%) Manufacturing
8 15 (1.12%) Games
9 14 (1.04%) Billing
10 9 (0.67%) Automotive
11 8 (0.60%) Legal
12 7 (0.52%) Advertising
13 6 (0.45%) Retail Banking
14 5 (0.37%) Front Office
15 4 (0.30%) Back Office
16 3 (0.22%) Financial Institution
16 3 (0.22%) General Ledger
16 3 (0.22%) Spanish Language
17 2 (0.15%) Local Government
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 152 (11.33%) .NET
2 126 (9.40%) Web Services
3 89 (6.64%) XML
4 76 (5.67%) HTML
5 66 (4.92%) SOAP
6 41 (3.06%) Gherkin
7 34 (2.54%) RESTful
8 29 (2.16%) CSS
9 27 (2.01%) ASP.NET
9 27 (2.01%) JSON
10 25 (1.86%) .NET Framework
10 25 (1.86%) REST
11 19 (1.42%) jQuery
11 19 (1.42%) J2EE
11 19 (1.42%) Middleware
12 12 (0.89%) HTML5
12 12 (0.89%) WPF
13 11 (0.82%) WCF
14 9 (0.67%) Oracle Fusion
14 9 (0.67%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 74 (5.52%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (5.07%) Mobile App
3 52 (3.88%) Open Source
4 21 (1.57%) Client/Server
5 20 (1.49%) SWIFT
6 19 (1.42%) User Experience
7 18 (1.34%) Computer Science
7 18 (1.34%) STB
8 15 (1.12%) NHS
9 13 (0.97%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 12 (0.89%) AS400
10 12 (0.89%) iPhone
11 11 (0.82%) iPad
11 11 (0.82%) Enterprise Software
11 11 (0.82%) Blackberry
12 9 (0.67%) Management Information System
12 9 (0.67%) Video on Demand
13 8 (0.60%) MPEG
14 7 (0.52%) W3C
14 7 (0.52%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 123 (9.17%) Linux
2 93 (6.94%) Windows
3 79 (5.89%) UNIX
4 74 (5.52%) Android
5 67 (5.00%) Apple iOS
6 20 (1.49%) Windows 7
7 12 (0.89%) Solaris
8 10 (0.75%) AIX
9 8 (0.60%) Windows XP
9 8 (0.60%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (0.52%) Embedded Linux
10 7 (0.52%) Windows Server 2003
11 3 (0.22%) Windows 2000
11 3 (0.22%) Windows Phone
12 2 (0.15%) Windows Phone 8
12 2 (0.15%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.15%) HPUX
12 2 (0.15%) SUSE
12 2 (0.15%) Debian
12 2 (0.15%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 505 (37.66%) Agile Software Development
2 304 (22.67%) Test Scripting
3 193 (14.39%) Test Automation
4 191 (14.24%) Scrum
5 180 (13.42%) User Acceptance Testing
6 164 (12.23%) BDD
7 153 (11.41%) Automation Testing
8 129 (9.62%) Automated Testing
9 123 (9.17%) Software Testing
10 119 (8.87%) Performance Testing
11 118 (8.80%) Manual Testing
12 116 (8.65%) TDD
13 95 (7.08%) Regression Testing
14 91 (6.79%) Integration Testing
15 73 (5.44%) Functional Testing
16 70 (5.22%) E-Commerce
17 69 (5.15%) Test Strategy
18 63 (4.70%) Load Testing
19 60 (4.47%) Continuous Integration
20 59 (4.40%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 323 (24.09%) SQL
2 225 (16.78%) Java
3 130 (9.69%) C#
4 102 (7.61%) JavaScript
5 76 (5.67%) Ruby
6 55 (4.10%) Python
7 40 (2.98%) C
8 35 (2.61%) PHP
9 28 (2.09%) Shell Script
10 24 (1.79%) PL/SQL
10 24 (1.79%) C++
11 17 (1.27%) VB
12 16 (1.19%) Perl
13 15 (1.12%) VBScript
14 14 (1.04%) Groovy
15 12 (0.89%) XPath
15 12 (0.89%) T-SQL
16 10 (0.75%) VBA
16 10 (0.75%) Bash Shell
17 9 (0.67%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 197 (14.69%) ISEB
2 162 (12.08%) Security Cleared
3 144 (10.74%) ISTQB
4 115 (8.58%) SC Cleared
5 55 (4.10%) Degree
6 52 (3.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 35 (2.61%) DV Cleared
8 15 (1.12%) CEH
9 13 (0.97%) CISSP
10 8 (0.60%) ISEB Practitioner
10 8 (0.60%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 7 (0.52%) OSCP
12 5 (0.37%) CISM
12 5 (0.37%) HND
13 4 (0.30%) CTC Cleared
14 3 (0.22%) Microsoft Certification
14 3 (0.22%) CISA
15 2 (0.15%) PMP
15 2 (0.15%) PMI Certification
15 2 (0.15%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 307 (22.89%) QA
2 10 (0.75%) ISO 9001
3 9 (0.67%) ISO 14001
4 8 (0.60%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.22%) ISO 8583
7 2 (0.15%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.075%) FATCA
8 1 (0.075%) Basel III
8 1 (0.075%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 13 (0.97%) Active Directory
2 8 (0.60%) XenApp
3 6 (0.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.37%) Hyper-V
5 3 (0.22%) VMware Workstation
5 3 (0.22%) vCloud
6 2 (0.15%) Firmware
7 1 (0.075%) Terminal Server
7 1 (0.075%) VMware ESX
7 1 (0.075%) Snort
7 1 (0.075%) Oracle RAC
7 1 (0.075%) vSphere
7 1 (0.075%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 148 (11.04%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.04%) Nessus
3 12 (0.89%) Nmap
4 6 (0.45%) CORE IMPACT
4 6 (0.45%) SCCM
5 4 (0.30%) WebInspect
6 2 (0.15%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
6 2 (0.15%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.15%) Puppet
7 1 (0.075%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.075%) nmon
7 1 (0.075%) Netcool
7 1 (0.075%) OpenView Configuration Management
Vendors
1 174 (12.98%) Oracle
2 151 (11.26%) HP
3 117 (8.72%) Microsoft
4 41 (3.06%) SAP
5 25 (1.86%) Google
6 17 (1.27%) VMware
7 15 (1.12%) IBM
8 14 (1.04%) Citrix
8 14 (1.04%) Telerik
9 9 (0.67%) Teradata
9 9 (0.67%) Informatica
9 9 (0.67%) Salesforce.com
9 9 (0.67%) Sybase
10 8 (0.60%) AppSense
11 7 (0.52%) ATG
11 7 (0.52%) Remedy
11 7 (0.52%) Apple
12 5 (0.37%) Business Objects
12 5 (0.37%) Perforce
12 5 (0.37%) Tumbleweed
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £440 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
X4 Group
Rate: £190 - 210 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £125 - £145 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Taunton, Somerset
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 14 hours ago
Preston, Lancashire
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 275 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £500 per day + Travell and accomodation expenses
Posted: Yesterday
London
CodeSource Recruitment Limited
Rate: From £300 to £400 per annum Long term ongoing projects - possibly high
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Search Consultancy
Rate: DOE
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
X4 Group
Rate: £250 - 300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
East London
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £300 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £200 to £300 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Woking
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City of London
Capita - ITPS
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Eutopia Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £325 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Rate: Market
Posted: 6 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £175 to £225 per day
Posted: 6 days ago