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 30 September 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
30 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 187 149 177
Rank change year-on-year
-38 +28
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 746 951 747
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.40% 1.64% 1.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.48% 1.73% 1.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 449 609 534
Median daily rate £360 £350 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +9.37%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £455 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £325 £309
% change year-on-year
+3.84% +5.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 9 11
Median hourly rate £32.00 £32.50 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.53% +47.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £27.40 £9.66
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.22 £39.37 £137.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.37 £32.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year
+5.75% +62.50%

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
50426 54977 54154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.62% 94.99% 92.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 32986 35136 33089
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £380 £350
% change year-on-year
+2.63% +8.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1704 2093 2157
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

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 30 September 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 30 September 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 30 September 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 -33 696 £363 +3.57% 528
London -23 300 £375 +4.16% 67
South East -6 142 £350 - 136
Hampshire +26 57 £369 +1.37% 24
East of England +15 47 £325 +12.55% 55
West Midlands -5 45 £325 +8.33% 48
South West -5 43 £325 -7.14% 60
Yorkshire -20 41 £410 +36.66% 44
North West -10 37 £338 +3.84% 62
City of London -7 34 £425 +15.25% 12
Scotland -1 33 £300 -7.69% 42
West Yorkshire -11 33 £420 +42.37% 20
Leeds -12 24 £363 +24.46% 10
West Sussex +16 22 £300 -14.28% 11
Berkshire -13 22 £350 - 16
North East -26 22 £320 -8.57% 16
Tyne and Wear -30 21 £335 -4.28% 12
Newcastle upon Tyne -35 21 £335 -4.28% 6
Surrey -3 19 £350 -12.06% 19
Hertfordshire +9 16 £304 +11.05% 11
Cheshire +5 15 £338 +2.27% 15
Manchester -21 14 £350 +16.66% 25
Croydon - 14 £380 -
Cambridgeshire +23 13 £388 +24.00% 10
Suffolk +12 13 £350 - 11
Glasgow +6 13 £300 -7.69% 6
Wiltshire +10 12 £375 -6.25% 10
Swindon +10 12 £375 -6.25% 2
Bristol -2 12 £350 +12.90% 7
East Midlands -13 11 £325 - 37

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 September 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.

1 641 (45.08%) Agile Software Development
2 423 (29.75%) Selenium
3 389 (27.36%) Java
4 326 (22.93%) Test Scripting
5 304 (21.38%) QA
6 293 (20.60%) SQL
7 269 (18.92%) Cucumber
8 256 (18.00%) Scrum
9 241 (16.95%) BDD
10 230 (16.17%) JIRA
11 218 (15.33%) Test Automation
12 198 (13.92%) Automated Testing
13 196 (13.78%) WebDriver
14 193 (13.57%) Functional Testing
15 184 (12.94%) Finance
16 178 (12.52%) C#
17 176 (12.38%) Security Cleared
18 170 (11.95%) Automation Testing
19 164 (11.53%) Jenkins
20 152 (10.69%) Performance Testing
21 147 (10.34%) Software Testing
22 144 (10.13%) Manual Testing
23 139 (9.77%) Continuous Integration
23 139 (9.77%) SC Cleared
23 139 (9.77%) Regression Testing
24 136 (9.56%) User Acceptance Testing
25 133 (9.35%) Unix
25 133 (9.35%) ISEB
26 129 (9.07%) JMeter
27 126 (8.86%) JavaScript

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 41 (2.88%) Confluence
2 27 (1.90%) Tomcat
3 24 (1.69%) CMS
4 19 (1.34%) WebSphere
5 15 (1.05%) Apache
5 15 (1.05%) SharePoint
6 11 (0.77%) JBoss
6 11 (0.77%) WebLogic
7 9 (0.63%) IIS
8 8 (0.56%) Apache Solr
9 6 (0.42%) Skype for Business
10 5 (0.35%) Mule
11 4 (0.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 3 (0.21%) Apache Spark
12 3 (0.21%) BizTalk Server
12 3 (0.21%) Oracle Service Bus
12 3 (0.21%) SAS
13 2 (0.14%) IBM Notes
13 2 (0.14%) MS Exchange
13 2 (0.14%) Tuxedo
Applications
1 48 (3.38%) MS Excel
2 36 (2.53%) MS Office
3 17 (1.20%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (0.35%) Spreadsheet
5 3 (0.21%) Mingle
5 3 (0.21%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.14%) MS Project
7 1 (0.070%) Adobe Creative Suite
7 1 (0.070%) InfoPath
Business Applications
1 12 (0.84%) Dynamics CRM
1 12 (0.84%) Oracle Applications
2 11 (0.77%) Magento
3 10 (0.70%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 4 (0.28%) Markit EDM
4 4 (0.28%) SAP CRM
4 4 (0.28%) SAP IS-U
4 4 (0.28%) Temenos T24
5 3 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.21%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.14%) Infor SunSystems
6 2 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.14%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.14%) SAP FS
6 2 (0.14%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.14%) Visualfiles
7 1 (0.070%) Cerner Millennium
7 1 (0.070%) ION MarketView
7 1 (0.070%) Sonata
Cloud Services
1 14 (0.98%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (0.70%) Microsoft Azure
3 9 (0.63%) Office 365
4 7 (0.49%) GitHub
5 5 (0.35%) SuccessFactors
6 4 (0.28%) SaaS
7 3 (0.21%) PaaS
8 1 (0.070%) IaaS
8 1 (0.070%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.32%) HTTP
2 15 (1.05%) Wireless
3 13 (0.91%) Internet
4 12 (0.84%) Firewall
5 9 (0.63%) Kerberos
6 8 (0.56%) Network Security
7 7 (0.49%) DVB
8 6 (0.42%) LDAP
8 6 (0.42%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.35%) NAS
10 4 (0.28%) HTTPS
10 4 (0.28%) SAN
10 4 (0.28%) Skype
10 4 (0.28%) SNMP
10 4 (0.28%) TCP/IP
11 3 (0.21%) SSL
11 3 (0.21%) VPN
11 3 (0.21%) WAN
11 3 (0.21%) Wireless Security
11 3 (0.21%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 61 (4.29%) SQL Server
2 53 (3.73%) Data Warehouse
3 34 (2.39%) Oracle Reports
4 27 (1.90%) MySQL
5 26 (1.83%) Hadoop
6 24 (1.69%) Big Data
7 20 (1.41%) DB2
8 19 (1.34%) Oracle Database
9 16 (1.13%) Relational Database
10 13 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 12 (0.84%) Oracle ODI
12 8 (0.56%) Data Mining
12 8 (0.56%) DbVisualizer
12 8 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 7 (0.49%) GIS
13 7 (0.49%) QlikView
14 6 (0.42%) MongoDB
14 6 (0.42%) NoSQL
14 6 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
14 6 (0.42%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 423 (29.75%) Selenium
2 269 (18.92%) Cucumber
3 230 (16.17%) JIRA
4 196 (13.78%) WebDriver
5 164 (11.53%) Jenkins
6 129 (9.07%) JMeter
7 115 (8.09%) Git (software)
8 106 (7.45%) SoapUI
9 85 (5.98%) SpecFlow
9 85 (5.98%) Team Foundation Server
10 81 (5.70%) HP UFT
10 81 (5.70%) LoadRunner
11 51 (3.59%) JUnit
12 45 (3.16%) Visual Studio
13 43 (3.02%) Appium
13 43 (3.02%) Maven
14 41 (2.88%) Subversion
15 32 (2.25%) Calabash
15 32 (2.25%) NUnit
16 27 (1.90%) TeamCity
General
1 184 (12.94%) Finance
2 86 (6.05%) Banking
3 66 (4.64%) Retail
4 36 (2.53%) Telecoms
5 27 (1.90%) Games
6 24 (1.69%) Investment Banking
7 15 (1.05%) Financial Institution
7 15 (1.05%) Manufacturing
8 11 (0.77%) Electronics
9 10 (0.70%) Marketing
10 9 (0.63%) Billing
10 9 (0.63%) Front Office
11 8 (0.56%) Legal
12 6 (0.42%) Retail Banking
13 5 (0.35%) Advertising
13 5 (0.35%) Military
14 4 (0.28%) Corporate Banking
14 4 (0.28%) Spanish Language
15 3 (0.21%) Back Office
15 3 (0.21%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 124 (8.72%) .NET
2 102 (7.17%) Web Services
3 88 (6.19%) Gherkin
3 88 (6.19%) XML
4 77 (5.41%) HTML
5 72 (5.06%) RESTful
6 58 (4.08%) JSON
6 58 (4.08%) REST
7 52 (3.66%) SOAP
8 39 (2.74%) CSS
9 28 (1.97%) Spring
10 16 (1.13%) .NET Framework
11 12 (0.84%) ASP.NET
11 12 (0.84%) Middleware
12 11 (0.77%) AngularJS
13 9 (0.63%) HTML5
13 9 (0.63%) J2EE
13 9 (0.63%) OAuth
13 9 (0.63%) SAML
14 8 (0.56%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 84 (5.91%) Analytical Skills
2 75 (5.27%) Mobile App
3 20 (1.41%) Computer Science
4 17 (1.20%) STB
5 15 (1.05%) User Experience
6 13 (0.91%) CESG
6 13 (0.91%) Embedded Systems
7 12 (0.84%) Management Information System
7 12 (0.84%) Smart Meter
8 10 (0.70%) Client/Server
9 9 (0.63%) Digital Media
9 9 (0.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 9 (0.63%) NHS
9 9 (0.63%) Virtual Team
10 8 (0.56%) Derivative
11 7 (0.49%) Blackberry
11 7 (0.49%) MPEG
12 6 (0.42%) Clustering
12 6 (0.42%) Credit Risk
12 6 (0.42%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 133 (9.35%) Unix
2 114 (8.02%) Linux
3 89 (6.26%) Windows
4 65 (4.57%) Android
5 54 (3.80%) Apple iOS
6 11 (0.77%) Solaris
7 9 (0.63%) Mac OS X
7 9 (0.63%) Windows 10
7 9 (0.63%) Windows 7
7 9 (0.63%) Windows Server
8 8 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
8 8 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (0.56%) Windows XP
9 7 (0.49%) AIX
10 6 (0.42%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (0.28%) VMS
12 3 (0.21%) Kali Linux
13 2 (0.14%) Fedora
13 2 (0.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 641 (45.08%) Agile Software Development
2 326 (22.93%) Test Scripting
3 256 (18.00%) Scrum
4 241 (16.95%) BDD
5 218 (15.33%) Test Automation
6 198 (13.92%) Automated Testing
7 193 (13.57%) Functional Testing
8 170 (11.95%) Automation Testing
9 152 (10.69%) Performance Testing
10 147 (10.34%) Software Testing
11 144 (10.13%) Manual Testing
12 139 (9.77%) Continuous Integration
12 139 (9.77%) Regression Testing
13 136 (9.56%) User Acceptance Testing
14 122 (8.58%) TDD
15 119 (8.37%) Non-Functional Testing
16 118 (8.30%) Penetration Testing
17 91 (6.40%) Test Strategy
17 91 (6.40%) User Stories
18 82 (5.77%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 389 (27.36%) Java
2 293 (20.60%) SQL
3 178 (12.52%) C#
4 126 (8.86%) JavaScript
5 85 (5.98%) Python
6 84 (5.91%) Ruby
7 64 (4.50%) C++
8 40 (2.81%) VBScript
9 35 (2.46%) PHP
10 33 (2.32%) C
10 33 (2.32%) F#
11 31 (2.18%) Groovy
12 29 (2.04%) Perl
13 28 (1.97%) T-SQL
14 26 (1.83%) Bash Shell
14 26 (1.83%) VB
15 24 (1.69%) Scala
16 21 (1.48%) Shell Script
17 15 (1.05%) PL/SQL
18 12 (0.84%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 176 (12.38%) Security Cleared
2 139 (9.77%) SC Cleared
3 133 (9.35%) ISEB
4 113 (7.95%) ISTQB
5 73 (5.13%) Degree
6 70 (4.92%) CREST Certified
7 53 (3.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 31 (2.18%) DV Cleared
9 25 (1.76%) CEH
10 24 (1.69%) OSCP
11 20 (1.41%) CHECK Team Member
12 18 (1.27%) Cyber Scheme
13 17 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
14 15 (1.05%) CISSP
14 15 (1.05%) Tigerscheme
15 13 (0.91%) CESG Certified Professional
16 11 (0.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
17 9 (0.63%) CHECK Team Leader
18 8 (0.56%) DBS Check
18 8 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 304 (21.38%) QA
2 21 (1.48%) SDET
3 11 (0.77%) Data Quality
4 9 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.42%) ISO 14001
5 6 (0.42%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.28%) WCAG
7 3 (0.21%) HL7
7 3 (0.21%) WAI
8 2 (0.14%) Basel III
8 2 (0.14%) Dodd-Frank
8 2 (0.14%) EMIR
8 2 (0.14%) MiFID
8 2 (0.14%) SLA
9 1 (0.070%) HIPAA
9 1 (0.070%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.070%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.070%) Solvency II
System Software
1 21 (1.48%) Docker
2 16 (1.13%) Active Directory
3 7 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (0.42%) Hyper-V
5 5 (0.35%) VMware Infrastructure
6 4 (0.28%) HDFS
7 3 (0.21%) Firmware
7 3 (0.21%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 3 (0.21%) VMware ESX
8 2 (0.14%) SRDF
9 1 (0.070%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 107 (7.52%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (1.41%) Ansible
3 10 (0.70%) Puppet
4 9 (0.63%) CA Service Virtualization
5 6 (0.42%) HP SiteScope
5 6 (0.42%) Oracle Identity Management
6 5 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
6 5 (0.35%) Netcool
7 4 (0.28%) BMC PATROL
7 4 (0.28%) Graphite
8 3 (0.21%) Cisco IPCC
8 3 (0.21%) HP Fortify
8 3 (0.21%) Nessus
8 3 (0.21%) Perfmon
9 2 (0.14%) Nmap
9 2 (0.14%) OpenView
9 2 (0.14%) Packer
9 2 (0.14%) TADDM
9 2 (0.14%) Terraform
9 2 (0.14%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 123 (8.65%) Oracle
2 112 (7.88%) HP
3 110 (7.74%) Microsoft
4 48 (3.38%) SAP
5 35 (2.46%) IBM
6 28 (1.97%) VMware
7 21 (1.48%) Atlassian
8 18 (1.27%) hybris
9 17 (1.20%) Siebel
10 16 (1.13%) SOASTA, Inc
11 14 (0.98%) Informatica
12 11 (0.77%) Ab Initio
12 11 (0.77%) EMC
12 11 (0.77%) Veritas
13 10 (0.70%) CA
14 9 (0.63%) Netezza
15 8 (0.56%) AppDynamics
16 6 (0.42%) ForgeRock
16 6 (0.42%) Guidewire
16 6 (0.42%) Rally
South West
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 hours ago
Chippenham, Wiltshire
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £300.00 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Dundee, Angus
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: Yesterday
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Technology Sourcing Limited
Rate: Market leading rates - Dependant upon experience
Posted: 20 hours ago
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £350 to £480 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
People Source Consulting
Posted: 2 days ago
Middlesex
Plan-net
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 3 days ago
Belfast, County Antrim
NCC Group
Rate: up to £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £280.00 - £320.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Brightred Resourcing Limited
Rate: Up to £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £400 - £455 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Search Consultancy
Rate: rate dependent on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Newbury, Berkshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Acumin
Rate: Up to £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 6 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum + Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Interact Consulting
Rate: 400-450 a day
Posted: 6 days ago
Preston, Lancashire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Preston
Rate: From £25,600 to £44,600 per annum Dependant on Experience
Posted: 18 days ago
Hampshire
Spencer Rose
Rate: Up to £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
UK
Edward Carter Solutions
Rate: Excellent
Posted: 11 days ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £12.66 per hour + £12.66 per hour, £18.99 weekend shifts
Posted: 6 days ago
Swindon
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire
ServerChoice
Rate: From £25,000 to £28,000 per annum depending on experience
Posted: 15 days ago