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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 150 165 189
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +24
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 911 786 597
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.53% 1.41% 1.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.65% 1.53% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 569 531 376
Average daily rate
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£334 £323 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.48% -0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £200 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £302 £300
% change year-on-year
+2.78% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 17 13
Average hourly rate £29.00 £21.50 £29.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.88% -26.49%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £12.10 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.50 £137.50 £42.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.05 £29.25
% change year-on-year
+106.40% -51.96%

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
55134 51382 48884
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.80% 92.32% 92.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 35199 31088 29037
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2028 1976 2121
Average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

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 August 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 August 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 August 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 +7 798 £350 +7.69% 217
London +2 374 £388 +14.81% 52
South East -2 181 £325 +10.16% 36
Yorkshire -3 61 £300 -4.38% 15
Wales +3 53 £255 +2.00% 1
North West -3 53 £340 +5.42% 54
Hampshire -5 51 £320 +7.11% 6
City of London -36 49 £363 -6.45% 10
Berkshire +36 48 £353 +10.58% 11
South West -2 48 £310 -4.61% 10
Scotland +1 45 £321 +1.18% 6
West Yorkshire -13 44 £295 -7.08% 8
South Wales -1 40 £273 +21.78%
Cardiff +12 38 £255 +13.96%
Leeds -3 38 £275 -13.38% 7
East of England -6 25 £275 -18.51% 16
Surrey -18 25 £385 +30.50% 6
West Midlands -1 24 £300 +3.44% 11
Manchester -7 23 £300 -6.97% 32
Newbury - 23 £275 - 1
Reading +4 20 £353 -6.00% 8
Buckinghamshire -12 18 £300 +9.09% 2
North East -18 18 £513 +46.42% 5
Milton Keynes +2 17 £300 -21.05% 2
Wiltshire +9 15 £350 +27.27% 1
Tyne and Wear -19 15 £419 +19.64% 5
Newcastle upon Tyne -24 15 £419 +19.64% 5
Kent +9 14 £200 -27.27% 4
Lancashire -1 14 £563 +109.30% 3
East Midlands -8 14 £350 +20.02% 17

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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.

1 571 (37.81%) Agile Software Development
2 386 (25.56%) Selenium
3 366 (24.24%) Test Scripting
4 322 (21.32%) QA
4 322 (21.32%) SQL
5 260 (17.22%) Finance
6 256 (16.95%) Java
7 221 (14.64%) Test Automation
8 205 (13.58%) ISEB
9 185 (12.25%) User Acceptance Testing
10 182 (12.05%) Cucumber
11 181 (11.99%) Security Cleared
12 172 (11.39%) Scrum
13 169 (11.19%) BDD
14 168 (11.13%) Manual Testing
15 166 (10.99%) Oracle
16 161 (10.66%) C#
17 160 (10.60%) Automation Testing
18 155 (10.26%) Automated Testing
19 154 (10.20%) Microsoft
20 153 (10.13%) WebDriver
21 151 (10.00%) Regression Testing
22 148 (9.80%) ISTQB
23 146 (9.67%) Software Testing
24 144 (9.54%) JIRA
24 144 (9.54%) .NET
24 144 (9.54%) HP Quality Center
25 140 (9.27%) HP
26 134 (8.87%) SoapUI
27 127 (8.41%) TDD

Tester
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 31 (2.05%) SharePoint
2 28 (1.85%) CMS
3 24 (1.59%) WebSphere
4 18 (1.19%) Confluence
5 16 (1.06%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 15 (0.99%) WebLogic
7 11 (0.73%) SAS
8 10 (0.66%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 8 (0.53%) Apache
10 7 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
11 5 (0.33%) Drupal
11 5 (0.33%) JBoss
11 5 (0.33%) Apache Spark
12 4 (0.26%) Sitecore CMS
12 4 (0.26%) Oracle Service Bus
12 4 (0.26%) Tomcat
13 3 (0.20%) WebSphere Application Server
13 3 (0.20%) Umbraco
14 2 (0.13%) WebLogic Integration
14 2 (0.13%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 59 (3.91%) MS Excel
2 48 (3.18%) MS Office
3 6 (0.40%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (0.20%) FastStats
4 3 (0.20%) MS Project
4 3 (0.20%) MS PowerPoint
5 1 (0.066%) PowerPivot
5 1 (0.066%) HipChat
5 1 (0.066%) PTC Creo
5 1 (0.066%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.066%) SOLIDWORKS
5 1 (0.066%) Pro/ENGINEER
Business Applications
1 15 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.60%) Magento
2 9 (0.60%) Oracle EBS
3 8 (0.53%) Oracle General Ledger
4 7 (0.46%) Oracle Financials
5 5 (0.33%) Agresso
5 5 (0.33%) SAP FI
5 5 (0.33%) Markit EDM
6 4 (0.26%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.26%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.20%) ResourceLink
7 3 (0.20%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.20%) SAP HR
7 3 (0.20%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.20%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.20%) MultiFonds
8 2 (0.13%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.13%) Exstream
8 2 (0.13%) Oracle Applications
8 2 (0.13%) SAP PP
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.53%) Amazon AWS
1 8 (0.53%) SaaS
2 7 (0.46%) GitHub
3 5 (0.33%) Google Analytics
4 3 (0.20%) Taleo
5 2 (0.13%) Microsoft Azure
5 2 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
6 1 (0.066%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 1 (0.066%) Boomi
6 1 (0.066%) Sage Pay
6 1 (0.066%) Cloud Computing
6 1 (0.066%) Amazon EC2
6 1 (0.066%) Amazon ELB
6 1 (0.066%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.26%) GSM
2 18 (1.19%) HTTP
3 17 (1.13%) 3G
4 16 (1.06%) GPRS
4 16 (1.06%) 4G
4 16 (1.06%) VoLTE
5 14 (0.93%) Wireshark
5 14 (0.93%) FTP
6 13 (0.86%) UMTS
6 13 (0.86%) Diameter Protocol
7 12 (0.79%) LTE
7 12 (0.79%) Wireless
8 11 (0.73%) RNC
9 10 (0.66%) 2G
10 9 (0.60%) HSDPA
10 9 (0.60%) HTTPS
11 8 (0.53%) Internet
11 8 (0.53%) Firewall
12 7 (0.46%) SS7
12 7 (0.46%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 115 (7.62%) SQL Server
2 66 (4.37%) Data Warehouse
3 37 (2.45%) DB2
4 27 (1.79%) Oracle Database
5 26 (1.72%) Relational Database
6 22 (1.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 16 (1.06%) MySQL
7 16 (1.06%) DbVisualizer
8 13 (0.86%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 12 (0.79%) BusinessObjects
10 11 (0.73%) SQLPlus
11 8 (0.53%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 6 (0.40%) DataStage
12 6 (0.40%) SQL Server 2008
12 6 (0.40%) Hadoop
12 6 (0.40%) SQL Server 2012
13 5 (0.33%) Apache Hive
13 5 (0.33%) Data Mining
14 4 (0.26%) RDBMS
14 4 (0.26%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 386 (25.56%) Selenium
2 182 (12.05%) Cucumber
3 153 (10.13%) WebDriver
4 144 (9.54%) JIRA
5 134 (8.87%) SoapUI
6 89 (5.89%) LoadRunner
7 81 (5.36%) SpecFlow
8 76 (5.03%) Team Foundation Server
9 74 (4.90%) JMeter
10 73 (4.83%) HP UFT
11 72 (4.77%) Jenkins
12 48 (3.18%) JUnit
13 41 (2.72%) Visual Studio
14 37 (2.45%) Subversion
15 27 (1.79%) Appium
16 25 (1.66%) Maven
17 23 (1.52%) Git (software)
17 23 (1.52%) Calabash
18 21 (1.39%) JBehave
19 19 (1.26%) Eclipse
General
1 260 (17.22%) Finance
2 100 (6.62%) Banking
3 86 (5.70%) Retail
4 51 (3.38%) Telecoms
5 21 (1.39%) Retail Banking
6 14 (0.93%) Investment Banking
6 14 (0.93%) Games
7 12 (0.79%) Manufacturing
8 9 (0.60%) Billing
9 8 (0.53%) Automotive
10 7 (0.46%) Back Office
11 6 (0.40%) Front Office
11 6 (0.40%) Marketing
12 5 (0.33%) Electronics
13 4 (0.26%) Advertising
13 4 (0.26%) Publishing
14 3 (0.20%) Military
14 3 (0.20%) German Language
15 2 (0.13%) Spanish Language
15 2 (0.13%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (9.54%) .NET
2 109 (7.22%) XML
3 107 (7.09%) SOAP
4 102 (6.75%) Web Services
5 76 (5.03%) HTML
6 49 (3.25%) Gherkin
7 35 (2.32%) RESTful
8 31 (2.05%) REST
8 31 (2.05%) Middleware
9 30 (1.99%) JSON
10 27 (1.79%) CSS
10 27 (1.79%) ASP.NET
11 19 (1.26%) J2EE
11 19 (1.26%) .NET Framework
12 17 (1.13%) Flash
13 13 (0.86%) XML Messaging
14 10 (0.66%) WPF
15 9 (0.60%) Spring
16 7 (0.46%) WebSphere MQ
17 6 (0.40%) JSP
Miscellaneous
1 96 (6.36%) Analytical Skills
2 72 (4.77%) Mobile App
3 26 (1.72%) AS400
4 22 (1.46%) NHS
5 20 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
6 19 (1.26%) Client/Server
7 16 (1.06%) SWIFT
8 15 (0.99%) User Experience
8 15 (0.99%) Data Centre
9 14 (0.93%) STB
10 13 (0.86%) Performance Metrics
11 12 (0.79%) Management Information System
11 12 (0.79%) Mainframe
12 11 (0.73%) Data Structures
13 10 (0.66%) Computer Science
14 9 (0.60%) Wiki
14 9 (0.60%) iSeries
14 9 (0.60%) MPEG
15 8 (0.53%) Replication
16 7 (0.46%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 124 (8.21%) UNIX
2 80 (5.30%) Linux
3 68 (4.50%) Apple iOS
4 65 (4.30%) Android
5 56 (3.71%) Windows
6 15 (0.99%) Solaris
7 12 (0.79%) Windows 7
8 6 (0.40%) AIX
9 3 (0.20%) SUSE
9 3 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
10 2 (0.13%) VME
10 2 (0.13%) HPUX
11 1 (0.066%) Mac OS X
11 1 (0.066%) Windows CE
11 1 (0.066%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.066%) CentOS
11 1 (0.066%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 571 (37.81%) Agile Software Development
2 366 (24.24%) Test Scripting
3 221 (14.64%) Test Automation
4 185 (12.25%) User Acceptance Testing
5 172 (11.39%) Scrum
6 169 (11.19%) BDD
7 168 (11.13%) Manual Testing
8 160 (10.60%) Automation Testing
9 155 (10.26%) Automated Testing
10 151 (10.00%) Regression Testing
11 146 (9.67%) Software Testing
12 127 (8.41%) TDD
13 126 (8.34%) Performance Testing
14 113 (7.48%) Integration Testing
15 97 (6.42%) System Testing
16 93 (6.16%) Continuous Integration
17 91 (6.03%) E-Commerce
18 81 (5.36%) Test Strategy
19 78 (5.17%) System Integration Testing
20 68 (4.50%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 322 (21.32%) SQL
2 256 (16.95%) Java
3 161 (10.66%) C#
4 80 (5.30%) JavaScript
5 52 (3.44%) Ruby
6 41 (2.72%) PL/SQL
7 32 (2.12%) Python
8 29 (1.92%) VB
8 29 (1.92%) PHP
8 29 (1.92%) Groovy
9 25 (1.66%) T-SQL
10 24 (1.59%) VBScript
10 24 (1.59%) C++
11 20 (1.32%) C
12 16 (1.06%) Shell Script
13 13 (0.86%) PowerShell
14 11 (0.73%) VBA
15 10 (0.66%) Perl
16 9 (0.60%) VB.NET
17 5 (0.33%) XPath
Qualifications
1 205 (13.58%) ISEB
2 181 (11.99%) Security Cleared
3 148 (9.80%) ISTQB
4 112 (7.42%) SC Cleared
5 81 (5.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 51 (3.38%) DV Cleared
7 39 (2.58%) Degree
8 17 (1.13%) ISEB Practitioner
9 10 (0.66%) CEH
10 7 (0.46%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 3 (0.20%) OSCP
11 3 (0.20%) GIAC
11 3 (0.20%) BC Cleared
11 3 (0.20%) CTC Cleared
11 3 (0.20%) CISSP
12 2 (0.13%) Cisco Certification
12 2 (0.13%) Microsoft Certification
12 2 (0.13%) HND
12 2 (0.13%) MCITP
13 1 (0.066%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 322 (21.32%) QA
2 8 (0.53%) SLA
3 5 (0.33%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.20%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.20%) MiFID
5 2 (0.13%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.066%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.066%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.066%) GxP
6 1 (0.066%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.066%) FINREP
System Software
1 12 (0.79%) VMware Infrastructure
2 9 (0.60%) Active Directory
3 3 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (0.13%) Firmware
4 2 (0.13%) XenApp
4 2 (0.13%) XenDesktop
5 1 (0.066%) FreeRADIUS
5 1 (0.066%) XenServer
5 1 (0.066%) ISA Server
5 1 (0.066%) Squid
Systems Management
1 144 (9.54%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.46%) SCCM
3 4 (0.26%) CORE IMPACT
3 4 (0.26%) Cisco IPCC
4 3 (0.20%) Nessus
5 2 (0.13%) Nmap
5 2 (0.13%) OpenView Configuration Management
5 2 (0.13%) Puppet
5 2 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.066%) CA LISA
6 1 (0.066%) nmon
6 1 (0.066%) Iperf
6 1 (0.066%) CA Wily
6 1 (0.066%) Control-M
6 1 (0.066%) Tivoli
6 1 (0.066%) Netcool
6 1 (0.066%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 166 (10.99%) Oracle
2 154 (10.20%) Microsoft
3 140 (9.27%) HP
4 43 (2.85%) SAP
5 25 (1.66%) Informatica
6 23 (1.52%) IBM
6 23 (1.52%) VMware
7 15 (0.99%) Remedy
8 14 (0.93%) Citrix
9 11 (0.73%) OpenText
10 9 (0.60%) Teradata
11 8 (0.53%) Endeca
12 7 (0.46%) Cisco
13 6 (0.40%) Cognos
13 6 (0.40%) Adobe
13 6 (0.40%) Apple
13 6 (0.40%) Salesforce.com
13 6 (0.40%) Google
13 6 (0.40%) Tableau
13 6 (0.40%) SOASTA, Inc
Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Reed Technology
Rate: £300 - £330 per day + +
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £0.00 per annum + Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Twist IT
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Hayes, Middlesex
@ITS
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Kent
Proactive Appointments
Rate: £200 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Weybridge, Surrey
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £380 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Spring Technology
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Wiltshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Engage PSG
Rate: £300 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
MA Associates Worldwide
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Salt
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £440 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Posted: 6 days ago
London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £225 - £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago