The median contractor rate for a Tester was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cheltenham during the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

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
Gloucestershire / Cheltenham
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 12 16 31
Rank change year-on-year +4 +15  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 3 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheltenham 5.77% 1.28% 0.68%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.25% 1.37% 0.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 0
Median daily rate £300 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -1.53% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.57 £44.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year -42.22% +36.15%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Cheltenham. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
Cheltenham
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 48 73 140
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheltenham 92.31% 93.59% 95.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 31 89
Median daily rate £350 £325 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% -21.21%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £140 £110 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £524 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 6 8
Median hourly rate £14.00 £42.00 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -66.66% -1.17%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.80 £12.25 £40.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.50 £43.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheltenham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheltenham that featured Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Cheltenham

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheltenham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Cheltenham

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheltenham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Cheltenham

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

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, 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 across the Cheltenham region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 4 (80.00%) JIRA
2 3 (60.00%) Manual Testing
2 3 (60.00%) Content Management
2 3 (60.00%) Automated Testing
2 3 (60.00%) IBM Sterling
2 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 3 (60.00%) E-Commerce
2 3 (60.00%) IBM
2 3 (60.00%) Windows
2 3 (60.00%) Internet
2 3 (60.00%) Regression Testing
2 3 (60.00%) CMS
2 3 (60.00%) Android
2 3 (60.00%) Apple iOS
2 3 (60.00%) Issue Tracking
2 3 (60.00%) Test Planning
2 3 (60.00%) Smoke Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Multichannel Retail
3 2 (40.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (40.00%) QA
4 1 (20.00%) Selenium
4 1 (20.00%) Release Management
4 1 (20.00%) Atlassian
4 1 (20.00%) DV Cleared
4 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
4 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (20.00%) ISTQB
4 1 (20.00%) Software Engineering
4 1 (20.00%) Maven
4 1 (20.00%) Python

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheltenham 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 3 (60.00%) CMS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (20.00%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 4 (80.00%) JIRA
2 1 (20.00%) Ant
2 1 (20.00%) LoadRunner
2 1 (20.00%) Maven
2 1 (20.00%) Selenium
2 1 (20.00%) Selenium IDE
2 1 (20.00%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (20.00%) Retail
Operating Systems
1 3 (60.00%) Android
1 3 (60.00%) Apple iOS
1 3 (60.00%) Windows
2 1 (20.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Automated Testing
1 3 (60.00%) Content Management
1 3 (60.00%) E-Commerce
1 3 (60.00%) Issue Tracking
1 3 (60.00%) Manual Testing
1 3 (60.00%) Regression Testing
1 3 (60.00%) Smoke Testing
1 3 (60.00%) Test Planning
2 2 (40.00%) Multichannel Retail
2 2 (40.00%) Test Scripting
3 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (20.00%) BDD
3 1 (20.00%) Functional Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Release Management
3 1 (20.00%) Scrum
3 1 (20.00%) Software Delivery
3 1 (20.00%) Software Engineering
3 1 (20.00%) Software Testing
3 1 (20.00%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) Bash Shell
2 1 (20.00%) C
2 1 (20.00%) Java
2 1 (20.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) DV Cleared
1 1 (20.00%) ISEB
1 1 (20.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (40.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) IBM
1 3 (60.00%) IBM Sterling
2 1 (20.00%) Atlassian
2 1 (20.00%) Cloudera
2 1 (20.00%) HP