Period
to 21 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £256 per day in advertised job vacancies in Bristol during the 6 months to 21 August 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
South West > Bristol
6 months to
21 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 86 78 86
Rank change year-on-year -8 +8 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 35 27 17
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 1.83% 1.58% 0.97%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.90% 1.65% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 11 11
Bristol median daily rate £256 £280 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.48% -30.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £213 £178 £270
90th Percentile £438 £400 £438
South West median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Bristol median hourly rate - - -
South West median hourly rate - - £26.75

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bristol. 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
Bristol
Contract vacancies in Bristol with a recognized job title 1,839 1,641 1,688
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.93% 95.74% 96.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,243 1,101 1,195
Bristol median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £251 £213 £231
90th Percentile £530 £525 £550
South West median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year +3.90% +2.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 54 78
Bristol median hourly rate £37.55 £30.50 £29.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.11% +3.04% +71.59%
10th Percentile £15.03 £11.65 £11.60
90th Percentile £52.25 £46.18 £45.08
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% +44.44%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Bristol

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Bristol

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Bristol

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Bristol over the 6 months to 21 August 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Bristol

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Bristol

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

For the 6 months to 21 August 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 Bristol region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 31 (88.57%) Test Automation
2 23 (65.71%) Selenium
3 20 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (37.14%) WebDriver
5 12 (34.29%) ISEB
6 11 (31.43%) Java
6 11 (31.43%) Microsoft
6 11 (31.43%) QA
6 11 (31.43%) Analytical Skills
6 11 (31.43%) API Testing
6 11 (31.43%) Acceptance Criteria
6 11 (31.43%) Problem-Solving
7 10 (28.57%) SDLC
7 10 (28.57%) SoapUI
7 10 (28.57%) Test Scripting
7 10 (28.57%) VBScript
7 10 (28.57%) Windows
8 8 (22.86%) Oracle
8 8 (22.86%) SQL Server
8 8 (22.86%) HTML
8 8 (22.86%) Workflow
8 8 (22.86%) CMS
8 8 (22.86%) Content Management
8 8 (22.86%) WMI
8 8 (22.86%) Drupal
8 8 (22.86%) WCAG
8 8 (22.86%) PowerShell
8 8 (22.86%) Git (software)
8 8 (22.86%) Cucumber
9 6 (17.14%) SDET

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Bristol 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 8 (22.86%) CMS
1 8 (22.86%) Drupal
2 6 (17.14%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.71%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (22.86%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 23 (65.71%) Selenium
2 13 (37.14%) WebDriver
3 10 (28.57%) SoapUI
4 8 (22.86%) Cucumber
4 8 (22.86%) Git (software)
5 5 (14.29%) NUnit
6 4 (11.43%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (8.57%) JIRA
8 2 (5.71%) HP UFT
8 2 (5.71%) Jenkins
8 2 (5.71%) JIRA Agile
9 1 (2.86%) IntelliJ
9 1 (2.86%) JUnit
9 1 (2.86%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (2.86%) SpecFlow
9 1 (2.86%) TeamCity
9 1 (2.86%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5 (14.29%) Finance
2 3 (8.57%) Banking
3 1 (2.86%) Electronics
3 1 (2.86%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.86%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.86%) Marketing
3 1 (2.86%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (22.86%) HTML
2 6 (17.14%) XML
3 5 (14.29%) Gherkin
4 4 (11.43%) JSON
5 3 (8.57%) React
6 2 (5.71%) SOAP
7 1 (2.86%) .NET
7 1 (2.86%) AngularJS
7 1 (2.86%) ASP.NET
7 1 (2.86%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 11 (31.43%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.71%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.86%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 10 (28.57%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (88.57%) Test Automation
2 20 (57.14%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (31.43%) Acceptance Criteria
3 11 (31.43%) API Testing
3 11 (31.43%) Problem-Solving
4 10 (28.57%) SDLC
4 10 (28.57%) Test Scripting
5 8 (22.86%) Content Management
5 8 (22.86%) Workflow
6 6 (17.14%) Manual Testing
6 6 (17.14%) SDET
7 4 (11.43%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (11.43%) OO
8 3 (8.57%) Exploratory Testing
8 3 (8.57%) Migration
8 3 (8.57%) Test Management
8 3 (8.57%) Web Testing
9 2 (5.71%) Digital Transformation Programme
9 2 (5.71%) Front End Development
9 2 (5.71%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (31.43%) Java
2 10 (28.57%) VBScript
3 8 (22.86%) PowerShell
4 4 (11.43%) C#
4 4 (11.43%) SQL
5 2 (5.71%) C
5 2 (5.71%) Java 8
5 2 (5.71%) VB
Qualifications
1 12 (34.29%) ISEB
2 3 (8.57%) ISTQB
3 2 (5.71%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (5.71%) SC Cleared
3 2 (5.71%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.86%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (31.43%) QA
2 8 (22.86%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 8 (22.86%) WMI
Vendors
1 11 (31.43%) Microsoft
2 8 (22.86%) Oracle
3 1 (2.86%) Capita
3 1 (2.86%) SAP