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 24 February 2017 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
24 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Tester
UK
Rank 171 192 182
Rank change year-on-year
+21 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 682 666 672
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.50% 1.28% 1.28%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.59% 1.35% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 405 454 443
Median daily rate £350 £325 £301
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% +7.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £216 £225 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £320 £280
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 3 16
Median hourly rate £30.00 £170.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-82.35% +423.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.75 £68.00 £12.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £70.00 £182.00 £81.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.13 £170.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-87.57% +423.07%

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
43026 49406 49767
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.75% 94.99% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 28072 31841 30661
Median daily rate £425 £414 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% +3.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1547 1650 1932
Median hourly rate £18.50 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.71% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.23 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year
-2.77% +5.88%

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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017.

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 24 February 2017. 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 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 +22 615 £350 +3.70% 539
London +35 237 £400 +3.22% 65
South East +10 97 £350 +7.69% 133
South West +9 64 £325 -7.14% 64
Yorkshire +9 48 £300 -4.00% 50
North West +9 39 £315 -1.25% 69
West Yorkshire +20 38 £300 -3.22% 22
Leeds +16 38 £300 -6.25% 10
East of England +6 38 £319 -8.92% 54
North East -2 36 £300 -16.66% 15
Scotland +26 33 £388 +43.51% 35
Newcastle upon Tyne -1 32 £300 -16.66% 4
Tyne and Wear -2 32 £300 -16.66% 10
City of London -8 30 £426 +6.16% 13
West Midlands +12 29 £310 - 49
Manchester +4 26 £313 +1.05% 30
Hampshire +14 23 £375 +12.35% 25
East Midlands +17 22 £370 +19.35% 37
Wiltshire -2 21 £335 +0.75% 11
Bristol +17 20 £325 +16.07% 13
Buckinghamshire +2 19 £410 +41.37% 15
Berkshire +10 18 £350 -3.44% 14
Wales +3 17 £190 -36.66% 24
Edinburgh +23 16 £400 +53.84% 1
South Wales +5 15 £190 -36.66% 9
Swindon -2 15 £313 -2.34% 3
Milton Keynes +6 12 £418 +41.52% 4
Kent +11 11 £203 -3.57% 17
Nottinghamshire +11 10 £375 +20.96% 11
Hertfordshire -6 10 £311 -16.44% 12

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 February 2017, 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.

1 710 (49.44%) Agile Software Development
2 553 (38.51%) Selenium
3 391 (27.23%) QA
4 383 (26.67%) Java
5 344 (23.96%) Test Scripting
6 299 (20.82%) SQL
7 296 (20.61%) Cucumber
8 272 (18.94%) BDD
8 272 (18.94%) Test Automation
9 251 (17.48%) JIRA
10 227 (15.81%) Automation Testing
11 223 (15.53%) WebDriver
12 221 (15.39%) Automated Testing
13 211 (14.69%) Scrum
14 208 (14.48%) Finance
15 191 (13.30%) User Acceptance Testing
16 180 (12.53%) Software Testing
17 178 (12.40%) C#
18 177 (12.33%) Jenkins
19 175 (12.19%) Performance Testing
20 164 (11.42%) Manual Testing
21 161 (11.21%) TDD
22 157 (10.93%) Functional Testing
23 153 (10.65%) ISEB
24 143 (9.96%) Regression Testing
24 143 (9.96%) ISTQB
25 142 (9.89%) Gherkin
26 133 (9.26%) Continuous Integration
27 127 (8.84%) Microsoft
27 127 (8.84%) 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 72 (5.01%) Confluence
2 34 (2.37%) SharePoint
3 19 (1.32%) CMS
4 18 (1.25%) Tomcat
5 8 (0.56%) JBoss
6 7 (0.49%) SharePoint 2010
6 7 (0.49%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.35%) Apache
7 5 (0.35%) IIS
8 4 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
9 3 (0.21%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.14%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.14%) Drupal
10 2 (0.14%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.14%) OpenROAD
10 2 (0.14%) Tuxedo
11 1 (0.070%) EPiServer
11 1 (0.070%) MS Exchange
11 1 (0.070%) Umbraco
11 1 (0.070%) WordPress
Applications
1 49 (3.41%) MS Excel
2 31 (2.16%) MS Office
3 17 (1.18%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.21%) MS Project
5 2 (0.14%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.070%) InfoPath
6 1 (0.070%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 20 (1.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 19 (1.32%) Dynamics CRM
3 17 (1.18%) Oracle Applications
4 8 (0.56%) SAP FI
5 6 (0.42%) SAP CO
5 6 (0.42%) SAP FI/CO
6 5 (0.35%) Magento
6 5 (0.35%) SAP CRM
7 4 (0.28%) FastStats
7 4 (0.28%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 3 (0.21%) SAP SD
9 2 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.14%) Lorenzo
9 2 (0.14%) Markit EDM
9 2 (0.14%) Oracle EBS R12
9 2 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.14%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.14%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 25 (1.74%) GitHub
2 22 (1.53%) Microsoft Azure
3 21 (1.46%) Amazon AWS
4 11 (0.77%) Office 365
5 10 (0.70%) SaaS
6 5 (0.35%) PaaS
7 2 (0.14%) Slack
8 1 (0.070%) Google Play
8 1 (0.070%) IaaS
8 1 (0.070%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.11%) Internet
2 13 (0.91%) HTTP
3 10 (0.70%) Firewall
4 9 (0.63%) Network Security
5 7 (0.49%) Wireshark
6 6 (0.42%) PuTTY
6 6 (0.42%) WinSCP
7 5 (0.35%) SNMP
8 4 (0.28%) FTP
8 4 (0.28%) Intrusion Detection
8 4 (0.28%) TCP/IP
8 4 (0.28%) Wi-Fi
9 3 (0.21%) Bluetooth
9 3 (0.21%) DNS
9 3 (0.21%) SSH
9 3 (0.21%) VPN
9 3 (0.21%) Wireless
10 2 (0.14%) DHCP
10 2 (0.14%) HTTPS
10 2 (0.14%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 74 (5.15%) SQL Server
2 51 (3.55%) Data Warehouse
3 37 (2.58%) Oracle Database
4 26 (1.81%) Oracle Reports
5 22 (1.53%) Relational Database
6 12 (0.84%) MongoDB
7 11 (0.77%) MySQL
8 10 (0.70%) Big Data
8 10 (0.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 8 (0.56%) GIS
10 7 (0.49%) Oracle BI EE
10 7 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
10 7 (0.49%) RDBMS
11 6 (0.42%) DB2
11 6 (0.42%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.42%) NoSQL
11 6 (0.42%) Oracle Database 10g
11 6 (0.42%) Oracle OWB
11 6 (0.42%) SQL Server 2012
11 6 (0.42%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 553 (38.51%) Selenium
2 296 (20.61%) Cucumber
3 251 (17.48%) JIRA
4 223 (15.53%) WebDriver
5 177 (12.33%) Jenkins
6 123 (8.57%) SoapUI
7 105 (7.31%) Git (software)
8 97 (6.75%) JMeter
9 89 (6.20%) Team Foundation Server
10 88 (6.13%) SpecFlow
11 80 (5.57%) HP UFT
12 76 (5.29%) LoadRunner
13 51 (3.55%) Visual Studio
14 50 (3.48%) JUnit
15 45 (3.13%) TeamCity
16 34 (2.37%) Protractor
17 33 (2.30%) Maven
18 32 (2.23%) Appium
19 31 (2.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
20 28 (1.95%) NUnit
General
1 208 (14.48%) Finance
2 69 (4.81%) Banking
3 53 (3.69%) Retail
4 38 (2.65%) Telecoms
5 34 (2.37%) Marketing
6 27 (1.88%) Games
7 24 (1.67%) Electronics
8 22 (1.53%) Manufacturing
9 15 (1.04%) Investment Banking
10 10 (0.70%) Financial Institution
11 8 (0.56%) Advertising
11 8 (0.56%) Publishing
12 7 (0.49%) Legal
13 5 (0.35%) Law
14 4 (0.28%) Back Office
14 4 (0.28%) Multimedia
14 4 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.21%) Retail Banking
16 2 (0.14%) Danish Language
16 2 (0.14%) German Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 142 (9.89%) Gherkin
2 127 (8.84%) .NET
3 124 (8.64%) Web Services
4 89 (6.20%) XML
5 80 (5.57%) SOAP
6 75 (5.22%) RESTful
7 60 (4.18%) REST
8 55 (3.83%) HTML
9 39 (2.72%) JSON
10 33 (2.30%) CSS
11 30 (2.09%) Spring
12 26 (1.81%) Node.js
13 25 (1.74%) AngularJS
14 21 (1.46%) J2EE
15 17 (1.18%) .NET Framework
16 12 (0.84%) ASP.NET
17 10 (0.70%) Hibernate
17 10 (0.70%) XSD
18 9 (0.63%) Middleware
19 8 (0.56%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 74 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (3.34%) Mobile App
3 25 (1.74%) Management Information System
4 21 (1.46%) Computer Science
5 13 (0.91%) NHS
6 12 (0.84%) Equities
6 12 (0.84%) Smartphone
7 11 (0.77%) Algorithms
8 10 (0.70%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (0.63%) Fintech
9 9 (0.63%) User Experience
10 8 (0.56%) iPad
10 8 (0.56%) Smart Meter
11 7 (0.49%) Replication
11 7 (0.49%) STB
11 7 (0.49%) Video on Demand
12 6 (0.42%) Fixed Income
12 6 (0.42%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 6 (0.42%) Mainframe
12 6 (0.42%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 111 (7.73%) Linux
2 93 (6.48%) Windows
3 91 (6.34%) Unix
4 40 (2.79%) Apple iOS
5 39 (2.72%) Android
6 15 (1.04%) Mac OS X
7 12 (0.84%) Windows Server 2012
8 11 (0.77%) Windows 10
8 11 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
9 10 (0.70%) Windows 7
10 8 (0.56%) Windows Server 2003
11 7 (0.49%) Windows XP
12 6 (0.42%) AIX
12 6 (0.42%) Kali Linux
12 6 (0.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 5 (0.35%) Windows 8
14 4 (0.28%) Windows Server
15 3 (0.21%) Ubuntu
16 1 (0.070%) Debian
16 1 (0.070%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 710 (49.44%) Agile Software Development
2 344 (23.96%) Test Scripting
3 272 (18.94%) BDD
3 272 (18.94%) Test Automation
4 227 (15.81%) Automation Testing
5 221 (15.39%) Automated Testing
6 211 (14.69%) Scrum
7 191 (13.30%) User Acceptance Testing
8 180 (12.53%) Software Testing
9 175 (12.19%) Performance Testing
10 164 (11.42%) Manual Testing
11 161 (11.21%) TDD
12 157 (10.93%) Functional Testing
13 143 (9.96%) Regression Testing
14 133 (9.26%) Continuous Integration
15 112 (7.80%) Test Strategy
16 104 (7.24%) Defect Management
17 91 (6.34%) Non-Functional Testing
18 89 (6.20%) API Testing
18 89 (6.20%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 383 (26.67%) Java
2 299 (20.82%) SQL
3 178 (12.40%) C#
4 127 (8.84%) JavaScript
5 125 (8.70%) Python
6 82 (5.71%) Ruby
7 56 (3.90%) Scala
8 41 (2.86%) Groovy
9 33 (2.30%) C++
10 28 (1.95%) Bash Shell
10 28 (1.95%) PHP
10 28 (1.95%) VBScript
11 25 (1.74%) Shell Script
12 23 (1.60%) C
12 23 (1.60%) F#
13 22 (1.53%) PL/SQL
14 17 (1.18%) Perl
15 13 (0.91%) T-SQL
16 12 (0.84%) VB
17 11 (0.77%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 153 (10.65%) ISEB
2 143 (9.96%) ISTQB
3 103 (7.17%) Security Cleared
4 74 (5.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 65 (4.53%) SC Cleared
6 59 (4.11%) Degree
7 57 (3.97%) CREST Certified
8 20 (1.39%) OSCP
9 19 (1.32%) CEH
9 19 (1.32%) SANS
10 18 (1.25%) DV Cleared
11 17 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
11 17 (1.18%) CISSP
12 16 (1.11%) CHECK Team Member
13 11 (0.77%) CHECK Team Leader
14 8 (0.56%) GPEN
14 8 (0.56%) Microsoft Certification
15 7 (0.49%) GIAC
15 7 (0.49%) ISEB Practitioner
15 7 (0.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 391 (27.23%) QA
2 23 (1.60%) SDET
3 13 (0.91%) Data Quality
3 13 (0.91%) Disclosure Scotland
4 8 (0.56%) WCAG
5 6 (0.42%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.21%) HL7
6 3 (0.21%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.21%) WAI
7 2 (0.14%) SLA
8 1 (0.070%) HIPAA
8 1 (0.070%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.070%) Section 508
System Software
1 21 (1.46%) Active Directory
2 17 (1.18%) Docker
3 6 (0.42%) Oracle RAC
4 5 (0.35%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.28%) Snort
6 2 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.070%) Apache Flume
7 1 (0.070%) Firmware
7 1 (0.070%) HDFS
7 1 (0.070%) Virtual Machines
7 1 (0.070%) VMware ESXi
7 1 (0.070%) VMware Infrastructure
7 1 (0.070%) vSphere
7 1 (0.070%) XenApp
7 1 (0.070%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 70 (4.87%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (0.77%) HP SiteScope
2 11 (0.77%) OpenView
2 11 (0.77%) Puppet
3 9 (0.63%) Opscode Chef
4 8 (0.56%) Ansible
4 8 (0.56%) Nmap
5 7 (0.49%) Nessus
6 6 (0.42%) Rancher
7 5 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
7 5 (0.35%) Netcool
8 4 (0.28%) SCCM
9 3 (0.21%) Ganglia
9 3 (0.21%) Graphite
9 3 (0.21%) nmon
9 3 (0.21%) Tivoli
9 3 (0.21%) Tivoli Monitoring
10 2 (0.14%) Grafana
10 2 (0.14%) ITRS Geneos
11 1 (0.070%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 127 (8.84%) Microsoft
2 112 (7.80%) Oracle
3 95 (6.62%) HP
4 55 (3.83%) SAP
5 49 (3.41%) Atlassian
6 17 (1.18%) IBM
7 15 (1.04%) Citrix
8 11 (0.77%) Salesforce.com
8 11 (0.77%) VMware
9 10 (0.70%) AppDynamics
10 7 (0.49%) Informatica
11 6 (0.42%) Charles River
11 6 (0.42%) hybris
11 6 (0.42%) Remedy
12 5 (0.35%) Google
12 5 (0.35%) Intel Security
12 5 (0.35%) Red Hat
12 5 (0.35%) Talend
12 5 (0.35%) Veritas
12 5 (0.35%) Xamarin
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Informatiq Consulting
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Bristol
Recruitment Genius Ltd
Rate: £23000 - £28000 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
Hampshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Interact Consulting
Rate: 300
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: Yesterday
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
Kyna Associates
Rate: £200 - £235 Per Day Up to £235 per day maximum
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £225 - £325 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 3 days ago
South West London
FT Select
Rate: From £350 to £375 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Swansea, West Glamorgan
CPS Group UK
Rate: £160 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £370 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Hertfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Andover, Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Central London
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 7 days ago
Cambridge
People Source Consulting
Rate: £20000 - £25000 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
Yorkshire
Maclean Moore Consulting
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol
People Source Consulting
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
West London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
FCO Services
Rate: £Competitive plus benefits
Posted: 18 days ago