The median contractor rate for a Tester was £343 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cheshire during the 3 months to 27 June 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
North West / Cheshire
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 52 70 70
Rank change year-on-year +18 0  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 5 9 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.78% 0.97% 0.84%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.83% 1.03% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 9 7
Median daily rate £343 £325 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.38% +5.69%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £334 £300
% change year-on-year +0.44% +11.16%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.54 £27.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year -50.76% -26.17%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire. 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
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 605 875 902
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 94.98% 94.39% 94.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 418 635 551
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 27 46
Median hourly rate £30.00 £15.00 £15.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -4.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.00 £21.40 £33.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Cheshire

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Cheshire

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Cheshire

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 27 June 2017. 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 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
Chester +13 3 £343 +5.38% 1
Warrington +20 1 - -
Tester
North West

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

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 Cheshire region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 9 (56.25%) SQL
1 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) ETL
3 5 (31.25%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (31.25%) Test Automation
4 4 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (25.00%) SQL Server
4 4 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (25.00%) Finance
5 3 (18.75%) HP
5 3 (18.75%) ISEB
5 3 (18.75%) E-Commerce
5 3 (18.75%) Java
5 3 (18.75%) Oracle
5 3 (18.75%) Time Management
5 3 (18.75%) Kanban
5 3 (18.75%) QA
5 3 (18.75%) Cucumber
5 3 (18.75%) Software Testing
5 3 (18.75%) MongoDB
5 3 (18.75%) Big Data
6 2 (12.50%) GitHub
6 2 (12.50%) Gatling
6 2 (12.50%) Exploratory Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Workday
6 2 (12.50%) GDPR
6 2 (12.50%) NoSQL
6 2 (12.50%) Apache Camel
6 2 (12.50%) JIRA
6 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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 1 (6.25%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (12.50%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (31.25%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (25.00%) SQL Server
3 3 (18.75%) Big Data
3 3 (18.75%) MongoDB
4 2 (12.50%) DB2
4 2 (12.50%) NoSQL
4 2 (12.50%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (6.25%) MySQL
5 1 (6.25%) Oracle Database
5 1 (6.25%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 3 (18.75%) Cucumber
2 2 (12.50%) Gatling
2 2 (12.50%) JIRA
2 2 (12.50%) Selenium
3 1 (6.25%) Git (software)
3 1 (6.25%) Jenkins
3 1 (6.25%) JMeter
3 1 (6.25%) MSTest
3 1 (6.25%) Oracle Forms
3 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
3 1 (6.25%) SpecFlow
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 1 (6.25%) Talend Open Studio
3 1 (6.25%) Toad
3 1 (6.25%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (25.00%) Finance
2 2 (12.50%) Banking
3 1 (6.25%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (12.50%) Apache Camel
2 1 (6.25%) CryEngine
2 1 (6.25%) Gherkin
2 1 (6.25%) JSON
2 1 (6.25%) RESTful
2 1 (6.25%) SOAP
2 1 (6.25%) Swagger
2 1 (6.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) N-Tier
1 1 (6.25%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (12.50%) Unix
2 1 (6.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (37.50%) ETL
3 5 (31.25%) Test Automation
4 4 (25.00%) Business Intelligence
4 4 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (18.75%) E-Commerce
5 3 (18.75%) Kanban
5 3 (18.75%) Software Testing
5 3 (18.75%) Time Management
6 2 (12.50%) Exploratory Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Incident Management
7 1 (6.25%) API Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Data Analysis
7 1 (6.25%) Data Migration
7 1 (6.25%) Integration Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Performance Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Risk Analysis
7 1 (6.25%) SDLC
7 1 (6.25%) Test Management
7 1 (6.25%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 9 (56.25%) SQL
2 3 (18.75%) Java
3 2 (12.50%) T-SQL
4 1 (6.25%) ANSI SQL
4 1 (6.25%) C
4 1 (6.25%) C#
4 1 (6.25%) R
Qualifications
1 3 (18.75%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (18.75%) QA
2 2 (12.50%) GDPR
3 1 (6.25%) Data Quality
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) HP
1 3 (18.75%) Oracle
2 2 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 2 (12.50%) Workday
3 1 (6.25%) Ab Initio
3 1 (6.25%) Google
3 1 (6.25%) JD Edwards
3 1 (6.25%) Tableau
3 1 (6.25%) Talend