Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £331 per day in advertised job vacancies in Cheshire during the 6 months to 23 November 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
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 82 78 91
Rank change year-on-year -4 +13 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 9 18 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.67% 1.24% 0.96%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.71% 1.32% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 17 18
Cheshire median daily rate £331 £338 £309
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.85% +9.31% +10.27%
10th Percentile £293 £310 £262
90th Percentile £384 £400 £390
North West median daily rate £313 £338 £328
% change year-on-year -7.41% +3.05% +11.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £25.00 £41.50 -
% change year-on-year -39.76% - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire. 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
Cheshire
Contract vacancies in Cheshire with a recognized job title 1275 1368 1976
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.43% 93.96% 95.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 897 989 1314
Cheshire median daily rate £408 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.88% -3.03% +10.00%
10th Percentile £257 £231 £266
90th Percentile £621 £600 £588
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 47 85
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £14.86 £16.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.52% -11.76% +4.21%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £10.10
90th Percentile £34.20 £28.50 £34.80
North West median hourly rate £17.74 £16.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year +10.88% -20.00% +25.00%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

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

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 6 months to 23 November 2017. 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
Crewe - 4 £350 - 1
Chester +7 3 £313 -3.85% 1
Knutsford - 1 £280 - 2
Tester
North West

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

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 4 (44.44%) Java
1 4 (44.44%) Selenium
1 4 (44.44%) Test Automation
2 3 (33.33%) WebDriver
2 3 (33.33%) JMeter
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (22.22%) Banking
3 2 (22.22%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (22.22%) Finance
3 2 (22.22%) Migration
3 2 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (22.22%) JavaScript
3 2 (22.22%) LoadRunner
3 2 (22.22%) .NET
3 2 (22.22%) CRM
3 2 (22.22%) Performance Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Test Scripting
3 2 (22.22%) BrowserStack
3 2 (22.22%) GitHub
3 2 (22.22%) Jenkins
4 1 (11.11%) Test Planning
4 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
4 1 (11.11%) Internal Audit
4 1 (11.11%) C#
4 1 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (11.11%) Data Protection
4 1 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
4 1 (11.11%) Test Strategy
4 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce

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:

Business Applications
1 2 (22.22%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (22.22%) BrowserStack
1 2 (22.22%) GitHub
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (11.11%) DB2
1 1 (11.11%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (44.44%) Selenium
2 3 (33.33%) JMeter
2 3 (33.33%) WebDriver
3 2 (22.22%) Jenkins
3 2 (22.22%) LoadRunner
4 1 (11.11%) Cucumber
4 1 (11.11%) HP UFT
General
1 2 (22.22%) Banking
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (22.22%) .NET
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (44.44%) Test Automation
2 3 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (22.22%) CRM
3 2 (22.22%) Migration
3 2 (22.22%) Performance Testing
3 2 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
3 2 (22.22%) Test Scripting
4 1 (11.11%) Data Protection
4 1 (11.11%) Defect Management
4 1 (11.11%) E-Commerce
4 1 (11.11%) ERP
4 1 (11.11%) GAP Analysis
4 1 (11.11%) Internal Audit
4 1 (11.11%) ITIL
4 1 (11.11%) Test Planning
4 1 (11.11%) Test Strategy
4 1 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (11.11%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) Java
2 2 (22.22%) JavaScript
3 1 (11.11%) C#
3 1 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (11.11%) ITIL Certification
1 1 (11.11%) MCSA
1 1 (11.11%) MCSE
1 1 (11.11%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) 21 CFR Part 11
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) Fortinet
1 1 (11.11%) HP
1 1 (11.11%) JD Edwards