Period
to 24 May 2019

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £439 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 24 May 2019.

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
24 May 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 168 198 182
Rank change year-on-year +30 -16 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 71 49 47
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.10% 0.71% 0.76%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.17% 0.75% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 40 33
City of London median daily rate £439 £444 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.18% +6.29% +2.77%
10th Percentile £324 £224 £230
90th Percentile £588 £675 £499
Central London median daily rate £454 £425 £395
% change year-on-year +6.82% +7.59% -3.66%
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 6,076 6,566 5,901
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.84% 94.76% 95.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,664 5,164 4,523
City of London median daily rate £520 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% +5.26% -
10th Percentile £315 £313 £306
90th Percentile £675 £682 £650
Central London median daily rate £513 £500 £475
% change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 113 65
City of London median hourly rate £21.00 £18.70 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.30% +10.00% -14.99%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.81 £12.50
90th Percentile £56.50 £34.95 £30.07
Central London median hourly rate £20.65 £18.70 £16.92
% change year-on-year +10.40% +10.55% -15.43%

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 24 May 2019.

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 24 May 2019. 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
Moorgate - 2 £400 -
Tester
Central London

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

For the 6 months to 24 May 2019, 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 45 (63.38%) Test Automation
2 33 (46.48%) Selenium
3 29 (40.85%) Agile Software Development
4 27 (38.03%) Finance
5 21 (29.58%) Test Scripting
6 19 (26.76%) Continuous Integration
6 19 (26.76%) QA
7 18 (25.35%) C#
7 18 (25.35%) SpecFlow
7 18 (25.35%) Analytical Skills
8 17 (23.94%) Web Services
8 17 (23.94%) HP
9 16 (22.54%) WebDriver
9 16 (22.54%) Cucumber
9 16 (22.54%) BDD
10 15 (21.13%) SQL
10 15 (21.13%) Validation
10 15 (21.13%) Banking
11 14 (19.72%) Integration Testing
11 14 (19.72%) Test Strategy
12 13 (18.31%) API Testing
12 13 (18.31%) Java
13 12 (16.90%) Penetration Testing
13 12 (16.90%) SDLC
13 12 (16.90%) Microsoft Azure
13 12 (16.90%) Functional Testing
14 11 (15.49%) RESTful
14 11 (15.49%) API Development
14 11 (15.49%) SEPA
14 11 (15.49%) Acceptance Criteria

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 4 (5.63%) nginx
2 1 (1.41%) Jetty
2 1 (1.41%) Tomcat
2 1 (1.41%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Project
1 1 (1.41%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.41%) Actimize
2 1 (1.41%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 12 (16.90%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (8.45%) Amazon AWS
3 2 (2.82%) Azure Active Directory
3 2 (2.82%) Dynamics 365
3 2 (2.82%) PaaS
3 2 (2.82%) SaaS
4 1 (1.41%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.41%) Power Platform
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.41%) LAN
1 1 (1.41%) SSL
1 1 (1.41%) WAN
1 1 (1.41%) Wireless
1 1 (1.41%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.63%) MongoDB
1 4 (5.63%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (4.23%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (4.23%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.82%) Oracle ODI
3 2 (2.82%) Oracle OWB
3 2 (2.82%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.41%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 33 (46.48%) Selenium
2 18 (25.35%) SpecFlow
3 16 (22.54%) Cucumber
3 16 (22.54%) WebDriver
4 8 (11.27%) Visual Studio
5 7 (9.86%) Appium
5 7 (9.86%) LoadRunner
6 6 (8.45%) Rational Performance Tester
7 4 (5.63%) JIRA
7 4 (5.63%) Metasploit
7 4 (5.63%) MSTest
7 4 (5.63%) SoapUI
7 4 (5.63%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (4.23%) Burp Suite
8 3 (4.23%) HP UFT
8 3 (4.23%) NUnit
8 3 (4.23%) TeamCity
9 2 (2.82%) JMeter
9 2 (2.82%) Maven
9 2 (2.82%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 27 (38.03%) Finance
2 15 (21.13%) Banking
3 10 (14.08%) Financial Institution
4 3 (4.23%) Marketing
5 2 (2.82%) Retail
6 1 (1.41%) Advertising
6 1 (1.41%) Back Office
6 1 (1.41%) Front Office
6 1 (1.41%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (23.94%) Web Services
2 11 (15.49%) Middleware
2 11 (15.49%) RESTful
3 10 (14.08%) REST
3 10 (14.08%) SOAP
4 9 (12.68%) Gherkin
5 5 (7.04%) .NET
6 2 (2.82%) Natural Language Processing
7 1 (1.41%) CSS
7 1 (1.41%) Dropwizard
7 1 (1.41%) HTML
7 1 (1.41%) Pyramid
7 1 (1.41%) Spring
7 1 (1.41%) Spring Boot
7 1 (1.41%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 18 (25.35%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (9.86%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (5.63%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.82%) Fintech
4 2 (2.82%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.82%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.41%) Online Banking
5 1 (1.41%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.41%) SWIFT
5 1 (1.41%) Video on Demand
5 1 (1.41%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 7 (9.86%) Linux
2 5 (7.04%) Windows
3 2 (2.82%) Unix
4 1 (1.41%) Android
4 1 (1.41%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.41%) Kali Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (63.38%) Test Automation
2 29 (40.85%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (29.58%) Test Scripting
4 19 (26.76%) Continuous Integration
5 16 (22.54%) BDD
6 15 (21.13%) Validation
7 14 (19.72%) Integration Testing
7 14 (19.72%) Test Strategy
8 13 (18.31%) API Testing
9 12 (16.90%) Functional Testing
9 12 (16.90%) Penetration Testing
9 12 (16.90%) SDLC
10 11 (15.49%) Acceptance Criteria
10 11 (15.49%) API Development
10 11 (15.49%) Manual Testing
11 10 (14.08%) Non-Functional Testing
12 9 (12.68%) DevOps
13 8 (11.27%) Performance Testing
13 8 (11.27%) SDET
13 8 (11.27%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (25.35%) C#
2 15 (21.13%) SQL
3 13 (18.31%) Java
4 9 (12.68%) Python
5 7 (9.86%) Ruby
6 5 (7.04%) PHP
7 3 (4.23%) JavaScript
7 3 (4.23%) PowerShell
8 2 (2.82%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.41%) C
9 1 (1.41%) C++
9 1 (1.41%) Perl
9 1 (1.41%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (4.23%) CHECK Team Member
1 3 (4.23%) Degree
1 3 (4.23%) GPEN
1 3 (4.23%) OSCP
1 3 (4.23%) SC Cleared
1 3 (4.23%) Security Cleared
2 2 (2.82%) CEH
2 2 (2.82%) CISSP
2 2 (2.82%) GIAC
3 1 (1.41%) CHECK Team Leader
3 1 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (1.41%) GWAPT
3 1 (1.41%) GXPN
3 1 (1.41%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.41%) OSCE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (26.76%) QA
2 11 (15.49%) SEPA
3 3 (4.23%) GDPR
4 1 (1.41%) Data Quality
4 1 (1.41%) HIPAA
4 1 (1.41%) PSD2
4 1 (1.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 2 (2.82%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 10 (14.08%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.82%) Nessus
2 2 (2.82%) Nexpose
2 2 (2.82%) Single Sign-On
3 1 (1.41%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.41%) Nmap
Vendors
1 17 (23.94%) HP
2 6 (8.45%) IBM
3 5 (7.04%) Microsoft
4 4 (5.63%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (4.23%) Marketo
5 3 (4.23%) Oracle
5 3 (4.23%) Pardot
6 1 (1.41%) RedPrairie
6 1 (1.41%) TOWER Software
6 1 (1.41%) VMware