Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 18 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
Central London > City of London
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 175 174 174
Rank change year-on-year -1 0 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 74 75 101
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.05% 1.12% 1.09%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.11% 1.17% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 54 60 70
City of London median daily rate £425 £426 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -0.29% +12.91% +0.67%
10th Percentile £278 £274 £262
90th Percentile £625 £577 £464
Central London median daily rate £401 £417 £375
% change year-on-year -3.96% +11.20% -
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 6694 6411 8806
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.55% 95.54% 95.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 5291 5101 6921
City of London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £273
90th Percentile £675 £663 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.88%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 79 126
City of London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.25 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.45% -4.17% +5.88%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.45 £10.25
90th Percentile £29.29 £47.83 £37.88
Central London median hourly rate £18.05 £17.08 £18.00
% change year-on-year +5.66% -5.10% +10.23%

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 18 November 2017.

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 18 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
London Bridge - 1 - -
Tester
Central London

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

For the 6 months to 18 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 City of London region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 40 (54.05%) Test Automation
2 28 (37.84%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (25.68%) Selenium
3 19 (25.68%) Banking
4 18 (24.32%) Java
5 17 (22.97%) Finance
6 16 (21.62%) Test Scripting
7 15 (20.27%) QA
8 13 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing
9 12 (16.22%) JIRA
9 12 (16.22%) Cucumber
10 10 (13.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 10 (13.51%) BDD
11 9 (12.16%) System Integration Testing
11 9 (12.16%) C#
11 9 (12.16%) SQL
11 9 (12.16%) Web Services
12 8 (10.81%) MiFID
12 8 (10.81%) SOAP
12 8 (10.81%) Functional Testing
12 8 (10.81%) Test Management
12 8 (10.81%) Manual Testing
13 7 (9.46%) Integration Testing
13 7 (9.46%) WebDriver
13 7 (9.46%) Coaching
13 7 (9.46%) CREST Certified
13 7 (9.46%) Python
13 7 (9.46%) .NET
14 6 (8.11%) Regression Testing
14 6 (8.11%) ISEB

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 (2.70%) Confluence
2 1 (1.35%) EPiServer
2 1 (1.35%) nginx
2 1 (1.35%) Oracle Service Bus
2 1 (1.35%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Office
1 1 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (1.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (4.05%) Misys Midas
2 1 (1.35%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.35%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (2.70%) BrowserStack
1 2 (2.70%) GitHub
1 2 (2.70%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.05%) Internet
2 2 (2.70%) HTTP
2 2 (2.70%) Wireshark
3 1 (1.35%) DHCP
3 1 (1.35%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.41%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (4.05%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.70%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.35%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.35%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 19 (25.68%) Selenium
2 12 (16.22%) Cucumber
2 12 (16.22%) JIRA
3 7 (9.46%) WebDriver
4 6 (8.11%) JMeter
5 5 (6.76%) Git (software)
5 5 (6.76%) SpecFlow
6 4 (5.41%) LoadRunner
7 3 (4.05%) Appium
7 3 (4.05%) Jenkins
7 3 (4.05%) SoapUI
8 2 (2.70%) Calabash
8 2 (2.70%) Capybara
8 2 (2.70%) Eclipse
8 2 (2.70%) Fiddler
8 2 (2.70%) LoadUI
8 2 (2.70%) RubyGems
8 2 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (1.35%) IntelliJ
9 1 (1.35%) JUnit
General
1 19 (25.68%) Banking
2 17 (22.97%) Finance
3 6 (8.11%) Retail
4 5 (6.76%) Investment Banking
5 3 (4.05%) Front Office
5 3 (4.05%) Telecoms
6 2 (2.70%) Advertising
7 1 (1.35%) Digital Economy
7 1 (1.35%) Legal
7 1 (1.35%) Marketing
7 1 (1.35%) Multimedia
7 1 (1.35%) Publishing
7 1 (1.35%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (12.16%) Web Services
2 8 (10.81%) SOAP
3 7 (9.46%) .NET
4 6 (8.11%) REST
5 4 (5.41%) Gherkin
6 3 (4.05%) HTML
6 3 (4.05%) XML
7 2 (2.70%) JSON
7 2 (2.70%) YAML
8 1 (1.35%) HTML5
8 1 (1.35%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 4 (5.41%) Cyberthreat
3 3 (4.05%) Derivative
3 3 (4.05%) Mobile App
3 3 (4.05%) SWIFT
4 2 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.70%) Greenfield Project
4 2 (2.70%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.70%) Video on Demand
5 1 (1.35%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.35%) Cyber Defence
5 1 (1.35%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.35%) EPoS
5 1 (1.35%) Equity Derivative
5 1 (1.35%) Fintech
5 1 (1.35%) Fixed Income
5 1 (1.35%) Market Risk
5 1 (1.35%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.35%) OTC Derivatives
5 1 (1.35%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.76%) Linux
2 3 (4.05%) Windows
3 2 (2.70%) Unix
4 1 (1.35%) Android
4 1 (1.35%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.35%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.35%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.35%) Windows 8
4 1 (1.35%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (1.35%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (54.05%) Test Automation
2 28 (37.84%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (21.62%) Test Scripting
4 13 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (13.51%) BDD
6 9 (12.16%) System Integration Testing
7 8 (10.81%) Functional Testing
7 8 (10.81%) Manual Testing
7 8 (10.81%) Test Management
8 7 (9.46%) Coaching
8 7 (9.46%) Integration Testing
9 6 (8.11%) Penetration Testing
9 6 (8.11%) Performance Testing
9 6 (8.11%) Regression Testing
9 6 (8.11%) Software Testing
10 5 (6.76%) QA Automation
10 5 (6.76%) Software Engineering
10 5 (6.76%) TDD
11 4 (5.41%) Migration
11 4 (5.41%) SDET
Programming Languages
1 18 (24.32%) Java
2 9 (12.16%) C#
2 9 (12.16%) SQL
3 7 (9.46%) Python
4 3 (4.05%) Ruby
5 2 (2.70%) JavaScript
5 2 (2.70%) Perl
5 2 (2.70%) Scala
5 2 (2.70%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.35%) Bash Shell
6 1 (1.35%) Groovy
6 1 (1.35%) PHP
6 1 (1.35%) TypeScript
6 1 (1.35%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (9.46%) CREST Certified
2 6 (8.11%) Degree
2 6 (8.11%) ISEB
3 4 (5.41%) Security Cleared
4 3 (4.05%) CHECK Team Member
4 3 (4.05%) ISTQB
5 2 (2.70%) DV Cleared
5 2 (2.70%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (2.70%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.35%) CCNA
6 1 (1.35%) CCNP
6 1 (1.35%) CHECK Team Leader
6 1 (1.35%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (1.35%) CISSP
6 1 (1.35%) MCP
6 1 (1.35%) MCSA
6 1 (1.35%) MCSE
6 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (20.27%) QA
2 8 (10.81%) MiFID
3 3 (4.05%) SEPA
4 1 (1.35%) Cyber Essentials
4 1 (1.35%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.35%) GDPR
4 1 (1.35%) ISO 20022
4 1 (1.35%) ISO 8583
4 1 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (1.35%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.70%) Docker
2 1 (1.35%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.35%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (5.41%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.35%) HP Data Protector
2 1 (1.35%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.35%) SCCM
2 1 (1.35%) WSUS
Vendors
1 4 (5.41%) HP
2 3 (4.05%) Microsoft
3 2 (2.70%) Oracle
3 2 (2.70%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.35%) Atlassian
4 1 (1.35%) CA Agile Central
4 1 (1.35%) Cisco
4 1 (1.35%) Dell
4 1 (1.35%) iManage
4 1 (1.35%) Lumension
4 1 (1.35%) Murex
4 1 (1.35%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.35%) Symantec
4 1 (1.35%) Veeam
4 1 (1.35%) VMware
4 1 (1.35%) Workday