Period
to 9 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Bristol during the 6 months to 9 December 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
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 87 80 83
Rank change year-on-year -7 +3 +14
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 42 38 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 1.96% 1.96% 1.42%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.05% 2.07% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 25 16
Bristol median daily rate £350 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% - -1.52%
10th Percentile £213 £207 £229
90th Percentile £450 £450 £413
South West median daily rate £375 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +7.14% +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Bristol median hourly rate £22.50 - -
South West median hourly rate £22.50 - -

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 2,048 1,837 1,603
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.75% 94.89% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,419 1,249 1,130
Bristol median daily rate £413 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
10th Percentile £263 £213 £231
90th Percentile £546 £525 £555
South West median daily rate £425 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +8.97% +4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 61 79
Bristol median hourly rate £37.50 £17.50 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +114.29% -28.57% +48.48%
10th Percentile £14.50 £11.75 £12.00
90th Percentile £60.63 £50.00 £47.50
South West median hourly rate £35.63 £27.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year +29.55% +3.77% -11.75%

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 9 December 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 9 December 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 41 (97.62%) Test Automation
2 28 (66.67%) Selenium
3 21 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (40.48%) Microsoft
4 17 (40.48%) WebDriver
5 16 (38.10%) Problem-Solving
6 15 (35.71%) Acceptance Criteria
6 15 (35.71%) Analytical Skills
7 13 (30.95%) Cucumber
7 13 (30.95%) Continuous Integration
7 13 (30.95%) QA
8 12 (28.57%) Test Scripting
9 11 (26.19%) Java
10 10 (23.81%) ISEB
10 10 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
10 10 (23.81%) API Testing
11 9 (21.43%) SDLC
11 9 (21.43%) Manual Testing
11 9 (21.43%) SoapUI
12 8 (19.05%) PowerShell
12 8 (19.05%) VBScript
12 8 (19.05%) Workflow
12 8 (19.05%) CMS
12 8 (19.05%) Windows
12 8 (19.05%) Oracle
12 8 (19.05%) SQL Server
12 8 (19.05%) Drupal
12 8 (19.05%) WMI
12 8 (19.05%) WCAG
12 8 (19.05%) Content Management

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 (19.05%) CMS
1 8 (19.05%) Drupal
2 6 (14.29%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 6 (14.29%) BrowserStack
2 1 (2.38%) Boomi
2 1 (2.38%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (19.05%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.38%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 28 (66.67%) Selenium
2 17 (40.48%) WebDriver
3 13 (30.95%) Cucumber
4 10 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (21.43%) SoapUI
6 7 (16.67%) Maven
7 6 (14.29%) Ant
7 6 (14.29%) Jenkins
8 5 (11.90%) Git (software)
8 5 (11.90%) JMeter
8 5 (11.90%) JUnit
9 4 (9.52%) NUnit
10 2 (4.76%) JIRA
10 2 (4.76%) SpecFlow
11 1 (2.38%) JIRA Agile
11 1 (2.38%) Octopus Deploy
11 1 (2.38%) TeamCity
11 1 (2.38%) Visual Studio Coded UI
11 1 (2.38%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 5 (11.90%) Finance
2 1 (2.38%) Advertising
2 1 (2.38%) Banking
2 1 (2.38%) Electronics
2 1 (2.38%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.38%) Marketing
2 1 (2.38%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (19.05%) HTML
2 5 (11.90%) Gherkin
3 4 (9.52%) Taurus
4 2 (4.76%) .NET
4 2 (4.76%) RESTful
5 1 (2.38%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.38%) Spring
5 1 (2.38%) Spring Boot
5 1 (2.38%) Swagger
5 1 (2.38%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (35.71%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.76%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (2.38%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 8 (19.05%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (97.62%) Test Automation
2 21 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (38.10%) Problem-Solving
4 15 (35.71%) Acceptance Criteria
5 13 (30.95%) Continuous Integration
6 12 (28.57%) Test Scripting
7 10 (23.81%) API Testing
8 9 (21.43%) Manual Testing
8 9 (21.43%) SDLC
9 8 (19.05%) Content Management
9 8 (19.05%) Workflow
10 6 (14.29%) Performance Testing
11 5 (11.90%) Exploratory Testing
11 5 (11.90%) Software Testing
11 5 (11.90%) Test Management
12 3 (7.14%) Functional Testing
12 3 (7.14%) Non-Functional Testing
12 3 (7.14%) SDET
12 3 (7.14%) Security Testing
13 1 (2.38%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 11 (26.19%) Java
2 8 (19.05%) PowerShell
2 8 (19.05%) VBScript
3 5 (11.90%) C#
3 5 (11.90%) SQL
4 2 (4.76%) C
5 1 (2.38%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 10 (23.81%) ISEB
2 4 (9.52%) ISTQB
2 4 (9.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (7.14%) Degree
4 2 (4.76%) SC Cleared
4 2 (4.76%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.38%) CCSAM
5 1 (2.38%) CCSAS
5 1 (2.38%) DBS Check
5 1 (2.38%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (30.95%) QA
2 8 (19.05%) WCAG
3 1 (2.38%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (2.38%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (19.05%) WMI
2 1 (2.38%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 17 (40.48%) Microsoft
2 8 (19.05%) Oracle
3 1 (2.38%) Cadence
3 1 (2.38%) Dell
3 1 (2.38%) SAP