The median contractor rate for a Tester was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies in Chester during the 3 months to 28 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
Cheshire / Chester
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 13 29 27
Rank change year-on-year +16 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 6 2 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Chester 5.83% 1.33% 2.06%
As % of the Job Titles category 6.32% 1.40% 2.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 2 4
Median daily rate £300 £238 £309
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.31% -23.07%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £269 £168 £308
10% offered a daily rate of more than £344 £308 £312
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 Chester. 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
Chester
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 95 143 189
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Chester 92.23% 95.33% 97.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 79 99 118
Median daily rate £375 £350 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -15.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £166 £250 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £463 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 16 24
Median hourly rate £21.00 £16.84 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.70% -38.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £14.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £35.00 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Chester

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Chester

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Chester

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Chester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Chester

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

For the 6 months to 28 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 Chester region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 5 (62.50%) SQL
2 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (37.50%) HP
3 3 (37.50%) Finance
3 3 (37.50%) Oracle
3 3 (37.50%) SQL Server
3 3 (37.50%) Selenium
3 3 (37.50%) Time Management
4 2 (25.00%) Incident Management
4 2 (25.00%) ETL
4 2 (25.00%) ISEB
4 2 (25.00%) Banking
4 2 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (25.00%) Test Scripting
5 1 (12.50%) Manual Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Web Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Test Management
5 1 (12.50%) Data Analysis
5 1 (12.50%) Automated Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Software Testing
5 1 (12.50%) JD Edwards
5 1 (12.50%) C
5 1 (12.50%) Java
5 1 (12.50%) Migration
5 1 (12.50%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (12.50%) Ab Initio
5 1 (12.50%) SAS
5 1 (12.50%) HTTP
5 1 (12.50%) Toad
5 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Chester 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 (12.50%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (12.50%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (12.50%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (37.50%) SQL Server
2 1 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (12.50%) DB2
2 1 (12.50%) MySQL
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle Database
2 1 (12.50%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (12.50%) Relational Database
2 1 (12.50%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 3 (37.50%) Selenium
2 1 (12.50%) Cucumber
2 1 (12.50%) JIRA
2 1 (12.50%) JMeter
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle Forms
2 1 (12.50%) Protractor
2 1 (12.50%) SoapUI
2 1 (12.50%) Toad
2 1 (12.50%) Visual Studio
2 1 (12.50%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (37.50%) Finance
2 2 (25.00%) Banking
3 1 (12.50%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) .NET
1 1 (12.50%) JSON
1 1 (12.50%) RESTful
1 1 (12.50%) SOAP
1 1 (12.50%) Swagger
1 1 (12.50%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) N-Tier
1 1 (12.50%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (37.50%) Time Management
3 2 (25.00%) ETL
3 2 (25.00%) Incident Management
3 2 (25.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Automated Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Automation Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (12.50%) Data Analysis
4 1 (12.50%) Data Migration
4 1 (12.50%) E-Commerce
4 1 (12.50%) Kanban
4 1 (12.50%) Manual Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Migration
4 1 (12.50%) Risk Analysis
4 1 (12.50%) SDLC
4 1 (12.50%) Software Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Test Management
4 1 (12.50%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (62.50%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) ANSI SQL
2 1 (12.50%) C
2 1 (12.50%) Java
2 1 (12.50%) R
2 1 (12.50%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) ISEB
2 1 (12.50%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 3 (37.50%) HP
1 3 (37.50%) Oracle
2 1 (12.50%) Ab Initio
2 1 (12.50%) JD Edwards
2 1 (12.50%) Microsoft
2 1 (12.50%) Tableau