Period
to 17 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £441 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 17 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
17 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 167 182 172
Rank change year-on-year +15 -10 -10
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 93 68 69
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.31% 0.95% 1.06%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.38% 1.01% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 48 52
City of London median daily rate £441 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.82% - +13.33%
10th Percentile £300 £246 £278
90th Percentile £500 £625 £575
Central London median daily rate £445 £413 £417
% change year-on-year +7.88% -1.08% +10.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
City of London median hourly rate - - -
Central London median hourly rate - - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London. 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
City of London
Contract vacancies in the City of London with a recognized job title 6,754 6,761 6,194
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.17% 94.61% 95.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,314 5,368 4,901
City of London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £300 £313 £313
90th Percentile £675 £688 £663
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 93 69
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -2.86% -5.41%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.25 £12.50
90th Percentile £26.50 £30.75 £51.11
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.10 £17.17
% change year-on-year +3.31% +5.45% -4.64%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the City of London

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in the City of London

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the City of London over the 6 months to 17 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in the City of London

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in the City of London

Tester
Contract Job Locations in the City of London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the City of London region over the 6 months to 17 December 2018. 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
London Bridge -44 10 £500 -
Moorgate - 2 - -
Tester
Central London

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 17 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 City of London region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 60 (64.52%) Test Automation
2 44 (47.31%) Selenium
3 34 (36.56%) QA
4 33 (35.48%) Finance
5 32 (34.41%) Java
6 30 (32.26%) Agile Software Development
7 29 (31.18%) WebDriver
8 27 (29.03%) Test Scripting
8 27 (29.03%) Cucumber
9 18 (19.35%) Jenkins
9 18 (19.35%) JIRA
10 15 (16.13%) BDD
11 14 (15.05%) Functional Testing
11 14 (15.05%) HP Quality Center
11 14 (15.05%) API Testing
11 14 (15.05%) SDET
11 14 (15.05%) Banking
12 13 (13.98%) SQL
12 13 (13.98%) Regression Testing
13 12 (12.90%) JavaScript
13 12 (12.90%) Maven
13 12 (12.90%) SEPA
14 11 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
14 11 (11.83%) REST
15 10 (10.75%) Scrum
15 10 (10.75%) Integration Testing
15 10 (10.75%) Ant
15 10 (10.75%) BrowserStack
16 9 (9.68%) Software Testing
16 9 (9.68%) SWIFT

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 (3.23%) Confluence
2 2 (2.15%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 2 (2.15%) CMS
3 1 (1.08%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.08%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (2.15%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.15%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.08%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.08%) Elite 3E
1 1 (1.08%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.75%) BrowserStack
2 5 (5.38%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (2.15%) Dynamics 365
4 2 (2.15%) IaaS
4 2 (2.15%) SaaS
4 2 (2.15%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 1 (1.08%) Amazon CloudWatch
5 1 (1.08%) BlazeMeter
5 1 (1.08%) GitHub
5 1 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (1.08%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.08%) HTTP
1 1 (1.08%) Internet
1 1 (1.08%) Network Security
1 1 (1.08%) SSL
1 1 (1.08%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (3.23%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.15%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.08%) MySQL
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle BI EE
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle ODI
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle OWB
3 1 (1.08%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.08%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 44 (47.31%) Selenium
2 29 (31.18%) WebDriver
3 27 (29.03%) Cucumber
4 18 (19.35%) Jenkins
4 18 (19.35%) JIRA
5 12 (12.90%) Maven
6 10 (10.75%) Ant
7 6 (6.45%) SoapUI
7 6 (6.45%) Team Foundation Server
8 5 (5.38%) TestDirector
9 4 (4.30%) Appium
9 4 (4.30%) HP UFT
9 4 (4.30%) SpecFlow
9 4 (4.30%) Visual Studio Team System
10 3 (3.23%) Capybara
10 3 (3.23%) JMeter
11 2 (2.15%) Hudson
11 2 (2.15%) LoadUI
11 2 (2.15%) Selenium IDE
11 2 (2.15%) Visual Studio
General
1 33 (35.48%) Finance
2 14 (15.05%) Banking
3 5 (5.38%) Financial Institution
4 2 (2.15%) Front Office
4 2 (2.15%) Marketing
4 2 (2.15%) Retail
5 1 (1.08%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.08%) Law
5 1 (1.08%) Legal
5 1 (1.08%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.08%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (11.83%) REST
2 6 (6.45%) Web Services
3 5 (5.38%) .NET
3 5 (5.38%) EDIFACT
3 5 (5.38%) Gherkin
4 3 (3.23%) Middleware
4 3 (3.23%) RESTful
4 3 (3.23%) SOAP
5 2 (2.15%) HTML
5 2 (2.15%) XML
6 1 (1.08%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.08%) AngularJS
6 1 (1.08%) CSS
6 1 (1.08%) Flash
6 1 (1.08%) J2EE
6 1 (1.08%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (1.08%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 11 (11.83%) Analytical Skills
2 9 (9.68%) SWIFT
3 7 (7.53%) Fintech
4 5 (5.38%) PACS
5 2 (2.15%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.15%) Public Cloud
5 2 (2.15%) Self-Motivation
6 1 (1.08%) Analytical Mindset
6 1 (1.08%) BBC
6 1 (1.08%) CESG
6 1 (1.08%) Client/Server
6 1 (1.08%) Credit Risk
6 1 (1.08%) Derivative
6 1 (1.08%) Fixed Income
6 1 (1.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (1.08%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.08%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.08%) Market Risk
6 1 (1.08%) Video on Demand
6 1 (1.08%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (3.23%) Android
1 3 (3.23%) Apple iOS
2 2 (2.15%) Unix
2 2 (2.15%) Windows
3 1 (1.08%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 60 (64.52%) Test Automation
2 30 (32.26%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (29.03%) Test Scripting
4 15 (16.13%) BDD
5 14 (15.05%) API Testing
5 14 (15.05%) Functional Testing
5 14 (15.05%) SDET
6 13 (13.98%) Regression Testing
7 10 (10.75%) Integration Testing
7 10 (10.75%) Scrum
8 9 (9.68%) Software Testing
8 9 (9.68%) Test Strategy
9 8 (8.60%) Manual Testing
9 8 (8.60%) Performance Testing
9 8 (8.60%) Scenario Testing
9 8 (8.60%) Validation
10 7 (7.53%) API Development
10 7 (7.53%) Defect Management
10 7 (7.53%) QA Automation
10 7 (7.53%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (34.41%) Java
2 13 (13.98%) SQL
3 12 (12.90%) JavaScript
4 5 (5.38%) C#
5 4 (4.30%) Groovy
5 4 (4.30%) Python
5 4 (4.30%) Ruby
6 3 (3.23%) C++
6 3 (3.23%) Kotlin
7 2 (2.15%) C
7 2 (2.15%) PHP
8 1 (1.08%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.08%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (3.23%) Degree
1 3 (3.23%) SC Cleared
1 3 (3.23%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.15%) CREST Certified
2 2 (2.15%) ISTQB
2 2 (2.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.08%) CCAB
3 1 (1.08%) CHECK Team Leader
3 1 (1.08%) DBS Check
3 1 (1.08%) DV Cleared
3 1 (1.08%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (1.08%) OSCP
3 1 (1.08%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (36.56%) QA
2 12 (12.90%) SEPA
3 4 (4.30%) PSD2
3 4 (4.30%) TARGET2
4 3 (3.23%) Data Quality
5 1 (1.08%) HIPAA
5 1 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 1 (1.08%) Docker
Systems Management
1 14 (15.05%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (7.53%) HP
2 6 (6.45%) Microsoft
3 5 (5.38%) FIS
4 4 (4.30%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (3.23%) Oracle
6 2 (2.15%) Adobe
6 2 (2.15%) BISAM
6 2 (2.15%) FactSet
7 1 (1.08%) Hyperion
7 1 (1.08%) iManage
7 1 (1.08%) RedPrairie
7 1 (1.08%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
7 1 (1.08%) SAP
7 1 (1.08%) TOWER Software