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 27 August 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
27 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Tester
Rank 187 155 161
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 703 881 792
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.32% 1.51% 1.40%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.39% 1.59% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 424 550 539
Median daily rate £375 £330 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% +1.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £225 £202
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £450 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £310 £304
% change year-on-year
+5.64% +1.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 16
Median hourly rate £34.37 £29.00 £20.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.51% +39.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.86 £22.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £35.50 £137.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.37 £29.00 £14.05
% change year-on-year
+18.51% +106.40%

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
50506 55381 53413
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.73% 94.92% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 32907 35226 32261
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1614 2075 2087
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.25 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.34% +1.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.00 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £39.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +3.03%

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 27 August 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 27 August 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 27 August 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 -27 657 £375 +7.14% 376
London -12 316 £400 +0.62% 70
South East -32 122 £353 +8.46% 81
Hampshire +2 45 £406 +25.00% 14
South West +4 41 £320 +3.22% 45
North West +1 39 £338 -0.73% 47
West Midlands -17 38 £309 +2.91% 34
Yorkshire -23 35 £413 +37.50% 36
City of London +17 32 £450 +24.13% 9
East of England +25 29 £338 +22.17% 31
Scotland -3 28 £300 -4.00% 14
Berkshire -14 24 £375 +6.38% 20
North East -17 24 £300 -41.46% 9
Manchester -2 23 £350 +15.70% 33
West Yorkshire -19 23 £420 +42.37% 18
Croydon +8 21 £380 -
Tyne and Wear -16 20 £305 -27.16% 9
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 20 £305 -27.16% 7
West Sussex +9 17 £300 -14.28% 1
Surrey -9 15 £345 -10.67% 7
Bristol +4 14 £400 +29.03% 13
Leeds -28 14 £410 +43.85% 15
Staffordshire +10 13 £309 +4.66% 2
Cambridgeshire +36 12 £388 +70.32% 14
Cheshire +10 12 £338 +8.00% 9
Glasgow +10 10 £300 -11.11% 2
Wales -13 10 £320 +25.49% 6
Bradford +8 9 £420 +41.17% 1
Gloucestershire +5 9 £400 -8.57% 20
South Wales -6 9 £320 +25.49% 2

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 593 (43.32%) Agile Software Development
2 366 (26.73%) Java
3 364 (26.59%) Selenium
4 297 (21.69%) Test Scripting
5 295 (21.55%) SQL
6 265 (19.36%) QA
7 242 (17.68%) Scrum
7 242 (17.68%) Cucumber
7 242 (17.68%) BDD
8 216 (15.78%) JIRA
9 195 (14.24%) Test Automation
10 193 (14.10%) Security Cleared
11 191 (13.95%) WebDriver
12 185 (13.51%) Functional Testing
13 182 (13.29%) Automated Testing
14 170 (12.42%) Finance
15 158 (11.54%) C#
16 150 (10.96%) SC Cleared
17 145 (10.59%) Oracle
18 144 (10.52%) Automation Testing
19 140 (10.23%) Jenkins
20 138 (10.08%) ISEB
21 134 (9.79%) Software Testing
22 133 (9.72%) Continuous Integration
23 132 (9.64%) Manual Testing
23 132 (9.64%) Regression Testing
24 130 (9.50%) User Acceptance Testing
24 130 (9.50%) Performance Testing
25 128 (9.35%) Unix
26 127 (9.28%) Non-Functional Testing

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 31 (2.26%) Confluence
2 20 (1.46%) Tomcat
3 19 (1.39%) CMS
4 16 (1.17%) WebSphere
5 14 (1.02%) Apache
5 14 (1.02%) SharePoint
6 13 (0.95%) WebLogic
7 12 (0.88%) JBoss
8 10 (0.73%) SAS
9 8 (0.58%) Apache Solr
9 8 (0.58%) IIS
10 6 (0.44%) Skype for Business
11 5 (0.37%) Mule
12 4 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 4 (0.29%) Apache Spark
13 3 (0.22%) Apache Pig
13 3 (0.22%) Oracle Service Bus
13 3 (0.22%) Umbraco
14 2 (0.15%) BizTalk Server
14 2 (0.15%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 44 (3.21%) MS Excel
2 34 (2.48%) MS Office
3 14 (1.02%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.22%) Mingle
4 3 (0.22%) Spreadsheet
5 2 (0.15%) MS Project
5 2 (0.15%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.073%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 9 (0.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 8 (0.58%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.58%) Magento
3 7 (0.51%) Oracle EBS
4 6 (0.44%) Oracle Assets
4 6 (0.44%) Oracle Receivables
5 5 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.37%) Oracle Applications
5 5 (0.37%) SAP HR
6 4 (0.29%) SAP CRM
6 4 (0.29%) SAP IS-U
6 4 (0.29%) Temenos T24
7 3 (0.22%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 3 (0.22%) Markit EDM
7 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
7 3 (0.22%) ResourceLink
7 3 (0.22%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.15%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 2 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 12 (0.88%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (0.51%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
4 5 (0.37%) GitHub
4 5 (0.37%) SuccessFactors
5 3 (0.22%) Office 365
5 3 (0.22%) PaaS
5 3 (0.22%) SaaS
6 2 (0.15%) Taleo
7 1 (0.073%) IaaS
7 1 (0.073%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 39 (2.85%) HTTP
2 15 (1.10%) Wireless
3 13 (0.95%) Internet
4 11 (0.80%) Firewall
5 10 (0.73%) Kerberos
6 8 (0.58%) Network Security
7 7 (0.51%) DVB
8 6 (0.44%) LDAP
8 6 (0.44%) NAS
8 6 (0.44%) TCP/IP
8 6 (0.44%) Wi-Fi
9 5 (0.37%) SAN
9 5 (0.37%) VPN
10 4 (0.29%) Skype
11 3 (0.22%) SSH
11 3 (0.22%) SSL
11 3 (0.22%) WAN
11 3 (0.22%) Wireless Security
12 2 (0.15%) Intrusion Detection
12 2 (0.15%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 84 (6.14%) SQL Server
2 60 (4.38%) Data Warehouse
3 36 (2.63%) Oracle Database
4 32 (2.34%) MySQL
5 29 (2.12%) Hadoop
6 25 (1.83%) Oracle Reports
7 24 (1.75%) Oracle Database 11g
8 21 (1.53%) Big Data
9 18 (1.31%) DB2
10 15 (1.10%) Relational Database
11 12 (0.88%) Oracle ODI
12 10 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
13 8 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
14 7 (0.51%) Base SAS
14 7 (0.51%) Data Mining
14 7 (0.51%) Star Schema
15 6 (0.44%) NoSQL
15 6 (0.44%) QlikView
15 6 (0.44%) RDBMS
15 6 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 364 (26.59%) Selenium
2 242 (17.68%) Cucumber
3 216 (15.78%) JIRA
4 191 (13.95%) WebDriver
5 140 (10.23%) Jenkins
6 112 (8.18%) JMeter
7 104 (7.60%) Git (software)
8 91 (6.65%) SoapUI
9 83 (6.06%) SpecFlow
10 75 (5.48%) HP UFT
10 75 (5.48%) LoadRunner
11 70 (5.11%) Team Foundation Server
12 46 (3.36%) Visual Studio
13 44 (3.21%) JUnit
14 41 (2.99%) Appium
15 40 (2.92%) Maven
15 40 (2.92%) Subversion
16 29 (2.12%) Calabash
17 22 (1.61%) ERwin
18 21 (1.53%) NUnit
General
1 170 (12.42%) Finance
2 73 (5.33%) Banking
3 57 (4.16%) Retail
4 35 (2.56%) Telecoms
5 25 (1.83%) Games
6 18 (1.31%) Investment Banking
7 14 (1.02%) Manufacturing
8 11 (0.80%) Billing
8 11 (0.80%) Financial Institution
9 10 (0.73%) Electronics
10 9 (0.66%) Legal
10 9 (0.66%) Marketing
11 8 (0.58%) Front Office
12 6 (0.44%) Retail Banking
13 5 (0.37%) Military
13 5 (0.37%) Spanish Language
14 4 (0.29%) Advertising
14 4 (0.29%) Corporate Banking
15 3 (0.22%) Aerospace
15 3 (0.22%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 125 (9.13%) .NET
2 97 (7.09%) Web Services
3 79 (5.77%) XML
4 68 (4.97%) HTML
5 67 (4.89%) RESTful
6 66 (4.82%) Gherkin
7 56 (4.09%) REST
8 53 (3.87%) JSON
9 51 (3.73%) SOAP
10 33 (2.41%) CSS
11 16 (1.17%) Spring
12 11 (0.80%) .NET Framework
12 11 (0.80%) HTML5
13 10 (0.73%) ASP.NET
13 10 (0.73%) OAuth
13 10 (0.73%) SAML
14 9 (0.66%) ActiveMQ
14 9 (0.66%) Middleware
15 8 (0.58%) Drools
16 7 (0.51%) SailPoint
Miscellaneous
1 89 (6.50%) Analytical Skills
2 80 (5.84%) Mobile App
3 18 (1.31%) CESG
3 18 (1.31%) STB
4 17 (1.24%) User Experience
5 13 (0.95%) Embedded Systems
6 12 (0.88%) Computer Science
6 12 (0.88%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 11 (0.80%) Management Information System
7 11 (0.80%) Smart Meter
8 10 (0.73%) Client/Server
8 10 (0.73%) Digital Media
9 9 (0.66%) Virtual Team
10 8 (0.58%) Derivative
10 8 (0.58%) NHS
11 7 (0.51%) Blackberry
11 7 (0.51%) Credit Risk
11 7 (0.51%) MPEG
12 5 (0.37%) Data Integration
12 5 (0.37%) iPhone
Operating Systems
1 128 (9.35%) Unix
2 111 (8.11%) Linux
3 85 (6.21%) Windows
4 57 (4.16%) Android
5 47 (3.43%) Apple iOS
6 12 (0.88%) Solaris
7 6 (0.44%) Windows Server
7 6 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
8 5 (0.37%) Mac OS X
8 5 (0.37%) Windows 7
9 4 (0.29%) AIX
9 4 (0.29%) Windows XP
10 3 (0.22%) VMS
10 3 (0.22%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.15%) Fedora
11 2 (0.15%) Kali Linux
11 2 (0.15%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 593 (43.32%) Agile Software Development
2 297 (21.69%) Test Scripting
3 242 (17.68%) BDD
3 242 (17.68%) Scrum
4 195 (14.24%) Test Automation
5 185 (13.51%) Functional Testing
6 182 (13.29%) Automated Testing
7 144 (10.52%) Automation Testing
8 134 (9.79%) Software Testing
9 133 (9.72%) Continuous Integration
10 132 (9.64%) Manual Testing
10 132 (9.64%) Regression Testing
11 130 (9.50%) Performance Testing
11 130 (9.50%) User Acceptance Testing
12 127 (9.28%) Non-Functional Testing
13 124 (9.06%) TDD
14 100 (7.30%) Penetration Testing
15 92 (6.72%) ETL
16 87 (6.36%) Test Strategy
17 78 (5.70%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 366 (26.73%) Java
2 295 (21.55%) SQL
3 158 (11.54%) C#
4 123 (8.98%) JavaScript
5 93 (6.79%) Ruby
6 86 (6.28%) Python
7 55 (4.02%) C++
8 36 (2.63%) C
9 34 (2.48%) PHP
10 32 (2.34%) Perl
11 31 (2.26%) PL/SQL
12 28 (2.05%) VBScript
13 27 (1.97%) Groovy
13 27 (1.97%) T-SQL
14 26 (1.90%) Shell Script
15 25 (1.83%) VB
16 24 (1.75%) F#
17 21 (1.53%) Bash Shell
18 15 (1.10%) Scala
19 11 (0.80%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 193 (14.10%) Security Cleared
2 150 (10.96%) SC Cleared
3 138 (10.08%) ISEB
4 101 (7.38%) ISTQB
5 61 (4.46%) CREST Certified
5 61 (4.46%) Degree
6 47 (3.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 29 (2.12%) DV Cleared
8 27 (1.97%) OSCP
9 24 (1.75%) CHECK Team Member
9 24 (1.75%) Cyber Scheme
10 20 (1.46%) BPSS Clearance
10 20 (1.46%) Tigerscheme
11 19 (1.39%) CEH
12 17 (1.24%) CESG Certified Professional
13 13 (0.95%) CISSP
14 9 (0.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 8 (0.58%) CHECK Team Leader
15 8 (0.58%) DBS Check
15 8 (0.58%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 265 (19.36%) QA
2 16 (1.17%) SDET
3 14 (1.02%) Data Quality
4 13 (0.95%) Disclosure Scotland
5 6 (0.44%) ISO 14001
5 6 (0.44%) ISO 9001
6 5 (0.37%) SEPA
7 3 (0.22%) HL7
7 3 (0.22%) WCAG
8 2 (0.15%) Basel III
8 2 (0.15%) Dodd-Frank
8 2 (0.15%) EMIR
8 2 (0.15%) MiFID
8 2 (0.15%) SLA
8 2 (0.15%) WAI
9 1 (0.073%) GPG13
9 1 (0.073%) Solvency II
System Software
1 17 (1.24%) Active Directory
1 17 (1.24%) Docker
2 8 (0.58%) Virtual Machines
3 6 (0.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.37%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 5 (0.37%) VMware ESX
5 4 (0.29%) HDFS
6 3 (0.22%) Firmware
6 3 (0.22%) Hyper-V
7 2 (0.15%) SRDF
8 1 (0.073%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 103 (7.52%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (1.46%) Ansible
3 9 (0.66%) CA Service Virtualization
4 8 (0.58%) Puppet
5 7 (0.51%) HP SiteScope
5 7 (0.51%) Oracle Identity Management
6 3 (0.22%) BMC PATROL
6 3 (0.22%) Cisco IPCC
6 3 (0.22%) Graphite
6 3 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.15%) Control-M
7 2 (0.15%) HP Fortify
7 2 (0.15%) Netcool
7 2 (0.15%) Oozie
7 2 (0.15%) Packer
7 2 (0.15%) Perfmon
7 2 (0.15%) TADDM
7 2 (0.15%) Terraform
7 2 (0.15%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.073%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 145 (10.59%) Oracle
2 104 (7.60%) HP
3 103 (7.52%) Microsoft
4 53 (3.87%) SAP
5 39 (2.85%) IBM
6 30 (2.19%) VMware
7 29 (2.12%) Informatica
8 16 (1.17%) Siebel
8 16 (1.17%) SOASTA, Inc
9 15 (1.10%) hybris
10 14 (1.02%) EMC
11 11 (0.80%) Ab Initio
11 11 (0.80%) Atlassian
12 10 (0.73%) Veritas
13 9 (0.66%) CA
13 9 (0.66%) Cognos
13 9 (0.66%) Netezza
14 8 (0.58%) Red Hat
15 7 (0.51%) ForgeRock
15 7 (0.51%) Rally
North West London
Intelletec
Rate: From £250 to £300 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Tomorrow People
Posted: Yesterday
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £175 - £190 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North Yorkshire
CoreCom Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £407.00 - £420.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Optima Connections
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day 6months
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Mortimer Spinks
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £180 - £200 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates.
Posted: 4 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
North Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 5 days ago
South East
Graham Matthews
Rate: Up to £160 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
South East England
Vivid Resourcing
Posted: 2 days ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum + Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Exeter, Devon
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Slough
Volt
Rate: £8.50 per hour
Posted: 3 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 Per Day web tester, Jira, Quality
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Austin Fraser
Rate: £280 - £380 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300 - £385 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
Proprius Recruitment
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Acumin Consulting
Rate: £550 per day
Posted: 18 days ago