Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 184 183 178
Rank change year-on-year -1 -5 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 71 69 70
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.01% 1.00% 1.06%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.06% 1.05% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 58 53 54
City of London median daily rate £441 £413 £421
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.97% -2.08% +16.21%
10th Percentile £300 £218 £304
90th Percentile £538 £620 £588
Central London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +10.34%
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 6,703 6,569 6,341
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.38% 94.79% 95.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,302 5,168 5,053
City of London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £307
90th Percentile £675 £675 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £464
% change year-on-year - +7.87% +3.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 118 87 77
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% +2.86% -2.78%
10th Percentile £13.00 £11.70 £11.25
90th Percentile £25.50 £30.75 £48.40
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.40 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.66% +5.11% -2.72%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 2 £500 -
Tester
Central London

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

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 46 (64.79%) Test Automation
2 28 (39.44%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (38.03%) Selenium
4 26 (36.62%) QA
5 20 (28.17%) Finance
6 19 (26.76%) Java
7 17 (23.94%) Test Scripting
8 16 (22.54%) WebDriver
9 14 (19.72%) JIRA
10 13 (18.31%) Cucumber
11 12 (16.90%) BDD
11 12 (16.90%) Test Strategy
11 12 (16.90%) Regression Testing
12 10 (14.08%) JavaScript
12 10 (14.08%) Functional Testing
13 8 (11.27%) Jenkins
13 8 (11.27%) Performance Testing
14 7 (9.86%) User Acceptance Testing
14 7 (9.86%) Banking
14 7 (9.86%) C#
14 7 (9.86%) SQL
14 7 (9.86%) Microsoft
14 7 (9.86%) Scrum
14 7 (9.86%) DevOps
14 7 (9.86%) Fintech
15 6 (8.45%) Scenario Testing
15 6 (8.45%) SDLC
15 6 (8.45%) Defect Management
15 6 (8.45%) QA Automation
15 6 (8.45%) Team Foundation Server

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 2 (2.82%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (4.23%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.41%) Elite 3E
1 1 (1.41%) Oracle EBS R12
1 1 (1.41%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 5 (7.04%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (4.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (4.23%) Salesforce Service Cloud
3 2 (2.82%) BrowserStack
3 2 (2.82%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (2.82%) IaaS
4 1 (1.41%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (1.41%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (1.41%) GitHub
4 1 (1.41%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.41%) HTTP
1 1 (1.41%) Network Security
1 1 (1.41%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (8.45%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.82%) MySQL
2 2 (2.82%) SAP HANA
2 2 (2.82%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.41%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle BI EE
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle ODI
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle OWB
3 1 (1.41%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.41%) SAP BW
3 1 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 27 (38.03%) Selenium
2 16 (22.54%) WebDriver
3 14 (19.72%) JIRA
4 13 (18.31%) Cucumber
5 8 (11.27%) Jenkins
6 6 (8.45%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (7.04%) TestDirector
8 4 (5.63%) Appium
8 4 (5.63%) Maven
8 4 (5.63%) SpecFlow
9 3 (4.23%) Ant
9 3 (4.23%) JMeter
9 3 (4.23%) Protractor
9 3 (4.23%) Visual Studio Team System
10 2 (2.82%) Capybara
10 2 (2.82%) Fiddler
10 2 (2.82%) Hudson
10 2 (2.82%) LoadUI
10 2 (2.82%) Selenium IDE
10 2 (2.82%) Visual Studio
General
1 20 (28.17%) Finance
2 7 (9.86%) Banking
3 4 (5.63%) Retail
4 2 (2.82%) Marketing
5 1 (1.41%) Front Office
5 1 (1.41%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.41%) Law
5 1 (1.41%) Legal
5 1 (1.41%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.41%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.04%) EDIFACT
1 5 (7.04%) REST
2 3 (4.23%) .NET
2 3 (4.23%) Gherkin
3 1 (1.41%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.41%) CSS
3 1 (1.41%) HTML
3 1 (1.41%) Nightwatchjs
3 1 (1.41%) React
3 1 (1.41%) SOAP
3 1 (1.41%) Web Services
3 1 (1.41%) WebSockets
3 1 (1.41%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (9.86%) Fintech
2 5 (7.04%) PACS
2 5 (7.04%) SWIFT
3 4 (5.63%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.82%) Public Cloud
4 2 (2.82%) Virtual Team
5 1 (1.41%) Analytical Mindset
5 1 (1.41%) BBC
5 1 (1.41%) CESG
5 1 (1.41%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.41%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.41%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.41%) Derivative
5 1 (1.41%) Fixed Income
5 1 (1.41%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.41%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.41%) Market Risk
5 1 (1.41%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.41%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.23%) Android
1 3 (4.23%) Apple iOS
2 2 (2.82%) Windows
3 1 (1.41%) Mac OS
3 1 (1.41%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 46 (64.79%) Test Automation
2 28 (39.44%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (23.94%) Test Scripting
4 12 (16.90%) BDD
4 12 (16.90%) Regression Testing
4 12 (16.90%) Test Strategy
5 10 (14.08%) Functional Testing
6 8 (11.27%) Performance Testing
7 7 (9.86%) DevOps
7 7 (9.86%) Scrum
7 7 (9.86%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (8.45%) Defect Management
8 6 (8.45%) QA Automation
8 6 (8.45%) Scenario Testing
8 6 (8.45%) SDLC
8 6 (8.45%) Software Engineering
8 6 (8.45%) TDD
9 5 (7.04%) Kanban
9 5 (7.04%) Manual Testing
9 5 (7.04%) Penetration Testing
Programming Languages
1 19 (26.76%) Java
2 10 (14.08%) JavaScript
3 7 (9.86%) C#
3 7 (9.86%) SQL
4 4 (5.63%) Groovy
5 3 (4.23%) Kotlin
5 3 (4.23%) PHP
5 3 (4.23%) Python
6 2 (2.82%) C++
6 2 (2.82%) Ruby
7 1 (1.41%) C
7 1 (1.41%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.41%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (4.23%) Degree
1 3 (4.23%) SC Cleared
1 3 (4.23%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.82%) CREST Certified
3 1 (1.41%) CHECK Team Leader
3 1 (1.41%) DV Cleared
3 1 (1.41%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.41%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (1.41%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.41%) OSCP
3 1 (1.41%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (36.62%) QA
2 5 (7.04%) SEPA
3 1 (1.41%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 6 (8.45%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.41%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 7 (9.86%) Microsoft
2 6 (8.45%) Salesforce.com
3 5 (7.04%) FIS
4 2 (2.82%) Oracle
4 2 (2.82%) SAP
5 1 (1.41%) HP
5 1 (1.41%) iManage
5 1 (1.41%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud