Period
to 21 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £390 per day in advertised job vacancies in Bedfordshire during the 6 months to 21 September 2018.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Tester
East of England > Bedfordshire
6 months to
21 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 47 51 50
Rank change year-on-year +4 -1 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 9 11 10
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 1.62% 1.63% 1.49%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.75% 1.69% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 7 9
Bedfordshire median daily rate £390 £350 £275
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.43% +27.27% -28.57%
10th Percentile £308 £328 £223
90th Percentile £398 £400 £358
East of England median daily rate £434 £334 £325
% change year-on-year +29.96% +2.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Bedfordshire median hourly rate - - -
East of England median hourly rate £11.00 £11.50 £28.00
% change year-on-year -4.35% -58.93% -72.35%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
Bedfordshire
Contract vacancies in Bedfordshire with a recognized job title 514 651 637
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.78% 96.30% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 348 450 426
Bedfordshire median daily rate £420 £434 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.17% +2.06% +5.92%
10th Percentile £162 £263 £215
90th Percentile £584 £575 £604
East of England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 15 15
Bedfordshire median hourly rate £17.00 £15.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -62.50% +23.08%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.05 £11.90
90th Percentile £23.00 £22.35 £50.78
East of England median hourly rate £17.32 £18.00 £20.41
% change year-on-year -3.78% -11.81% -0.44%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Bedfordshire

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Tester in Bedfordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Bedfordshire

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester in Bedfordshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Bedfordshire

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Bedfordshire region over the 6 months to 21 September 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Dunstable - 6 £300 -
Bedford -3 1 £400 +6.67%
Luton - 1 - -
Tester
East of England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 21 September 2018, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Bedfordshire region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 8 (88.89%) Test Automation
2 7 (77.78%) QA
3 6 (66.67%) RESTful
3 6 (66.67%) SoapUI
3 6 (66.67%) Scenario Testing
4 5 (55.56%) MuleSoft
4 5 (55.56%) System Integration Testing
4 5 (55.56%) API Testing
4 5 (55.56%) Continuous Improvement
4 5 (55.56%) Unit Testing
4 5 (55.56%) Integration Testing
4 5 (55.56%) Oracle Service Bus
4 5 (55.56%) Data Management
4 5 (55.56%) Test Management
4 5 (55.56%) Test Scripting
4 5 (55.56%) Manual Testing
4 5 (55.56%) Groovy
4 5 (55.56%) SOA
4 5 (55.56%) Regression Testing
5 2 (22.22%) C#
5 2 (22.22%) Selenium
5 2 (22.22%) SOAP
5 2 (22.22%) WebDriver
6 1 (11.11%) Web Testing
6 1 (11.11%) Mobile App
6 1 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
6 1 (11.11%) JIRA
6 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
6 1 (11.11%) Java
6 1 (11.11%) Scrum

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bedfordshire 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 5 (55.56%) Oracle Service Bus
Development Applications
1 6 (66.67%) SoapUI
2 2 (22.22%) Selenium
2 2 (22.22%) WebDriver
3 1 (11.11%) Git (software)
3 1 (11.11%) JIRA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (66.67%) RESTful
2 2 (22.22%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Mobile App
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (88.89%) Test Automation
2 6 (66.67%) Scenario Testing
3 5 (55.56%) API Testing
3 5 (55.56%) Continuous Improvement
3 5 (55.56%) Data Management
3 5 (55.56%) Integration Testing
3 5 (55.56%) Manual Testing
3 5 (55.56%) Regression Testing
3 5 (55.56%) SOA
3 5 (55.56%) System Integration Testing
3 5 (55.56%) Test Management
3 5 (55.56%) Test Scripting
3 5 (55.56%) Unit Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (11.11%) Continuous Delivery
4 1 (11.11%) Scrum
4 1 (11.11%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (55.56%) Groovy
2 2 (22.22%) C#
3 1 (11.11%) Java
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (77.78%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (55.56%) MuleSoft