The median contractor rate for a Tester was £410 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 3 months to 29 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
London / City of London
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 137 128 133
Rank change year-on-year -9 +5  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 25 31 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.81% 0.92% 1.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.85% 0.96% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 23 30
Median daily rate £410 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.52% +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £227 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £500 £478
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 the City of London. 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
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2926 3222 4914
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 95.25% 95.18% 96.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 2273 2570 3709
Median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.55%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £276
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 46 72
Median hourly rate £19.00 £19.99 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.96% +11.19%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.38 £45.75 £27.37
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

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

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 3 months to 29 March 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 Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 29 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 City of London region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 36 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (36.67%) Selenium
3 15 (25.00%) WebDriver
4 14 (23.33%) TDD
4 14 (23.33%) Automated Testing
4 14 (23.33%) Scrum
5 13 (21.67%) SQL
5 13 (21.67%) Cucumber
6 11 (18.33%) BDD
6 11 (18.33%) Finance
6 11 (18.33%) QA
7 9 (15.00%) Test Scripting
7 9 (15.00%) Java
7 9 (15.00%) Linux
8 8 (13.33%) JavaScript
8 8 (13.33%) Penetration Testing
8 8 (13.33%) Degree
8 8 (13.33%) JIRA
8 8 (13.33%) Test Automation
9 7 (11.67%) SoapUI
9 7 (11.67%) REST
9 7 (11.67%) SpecFlow
9 7 (11.67%) Microservices
9 7 (11.67%) Exploratory Testing
9 7 (11.67%) C#
9 7 (11.67%) E-Commerce
9 7 (11.67%) Regression Testing
10 6 (10.00%) Microsoft
10 6 (10.00%) Windows
10 6 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing

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 (3.33%) Confluence
2 1 (1.67%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (1.67%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.67%) CMS
2 1 (1.67%) nginx
2 1 (1.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.67%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.67%) Salesforce.com CRM
1 1 (1.67%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 6 (10.00%) GitHub
2 3 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (5.00%) SaaS
3 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.33%) Internet
2 3 (5.00%) HTTP
3 2 (3.33%) IPv6
4 1 (1.67%) Firewall
4 1 (1.67%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.00%) NoSQL
1 3 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.33%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.67%) Apache Hive
3 1 (1.67%) Big Data
3 1 (1.67%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.67%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.67%) Neo4j
3 1 (1.67%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 22 (36.67%) Selenium
2 15 (25.00%) WebDriver
3 13 (21.67%) Cucumber
4 8 (13.33%) JIRA
5 7 (11.67%) SoapUI
5 7 (11.67%) SpecFlow
6 6 (10.00%) Git (software)
6 6 (10.00%) Jenkins
7 3 (5.00%) Appium
7 3 (5.00%) Eclipse
7 3 (5.00%) Mocha
8 2 (3.33%) Burp Suite
8 2 (3.33%) Calabash
8 2 (3.33%) Geb
8 2 (3.33%) Maven
9 1 (1.67%) FogBugz
9 1 (1.67%) Hudson
9 1 (1.67%) NeoLoad
9 1 (1.67%) Spock
9 1 (1.67%) Zephyr
General
1 11 (18.33%) Finance
2 5 (8.33%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.67%) Banking
3 1 (1.67%) Games
3 1 (1.67%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.67%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.67%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.67%) REST
2 5 (8.33%) SOAP
3 4 (6.67%) Node.js
3 4 (6.67%) Web Services
4 3 (5.00%) .NET
5 2 (3.33%) HTML
5 2 (3.33%) XML
6 1 (1.67%) Ajax
6 1 (1.67%) CSS
6 1 (1.67%) Elastic Stack
6 1 (1.67%) Flash
6 1 (1.67%) Gherkin
6 1 (1.67%) HTML5
6 1 (1.67%) JSON
6 1 (1.67%) Kafka
6 1 (1.67%) Ruby on Rails
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.67%) Mobile App
2 2 (3.33%) Contactless
2 2 (3.33%) Life Science
2 2 (3.33%) Reference Data
2 2 (3.33%) User Experience
3 1 (1.67%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.67%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.67%) Cyber Defence
3 1 (1.67%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 9 (15.00%) Linux
2 6 (10.00%) Windows
3 4 (6.67%) Android
3 4 (6.67%) Apple iOS
4 2 (3.33%) Kali Linux
4 2 (3.33%) Unix
5 1 (1.67%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (23.33%) Automated Testing
2 14 (23.33%) Scrum
2 14 (23.33%) TDD
3 11 (18.33%) BDD
4 9 (15.00%) Test Scripting
5 8 (13.33%) Penetration Testing
5 8 (13.33%) Test Automation
6 7 (11.67%) E-Commerce
6 7 (11.67%) Exploratory Testing
6 7 (11.67%) Microservices
6 7 (11.67%) Regression Testing
7 6 (10.00%) API Testing
7 6 (10.00%) Manual Testing
7 6 (10.00%) Test Strategy
7 6 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (8.33%) ATDD
8 5 (8.33%) Automation Testing
8 5 (8.33%) Software Engineering
9 4 (6.67%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (21.67%) SQL
2 9 (15.00%) Java
3 8 (13.33%) JavaScript
4 7 (11.67%) C#
5 5 (8.33%) Python
6 4 (6.67%) PHP
7 3 (5.00%) Perl
7 3 (5.00%) Ruby
8 1 (1.67%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.67%) Go
8 1 (1.67%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 8 (13.33%) Degree
2 6 (10.00%) CREST Certified
3 4 (6.67%) CEH
3 4 (6.67%) CHECK Team Member
4 3 (5.00%) ISTQB
4 3 (5.00%) SANS
5 2 (3.33%) GIAC
5 2 (3.33%) GPEN
5 2 (3.33%) ISEB
5 2 (3.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (3.33%) OSCE
5 2 (3.33%) OSCP
5 2 (3.33%) Security Cleared
6 1 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.67%) CHECK Team Leader
6 1 (1.67%) CISM
6 1 (1.67%) CISSP
6 1 (1.67%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (1.67%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (18.33%) QA
2 5 (8.33%) SDET
3 1 (1.67%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.67%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.67%) Docker
1 1 (1.67%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 2 (3.33%) Nessus
2 1 (1.67%) Nagios
2 1 (1.67%) Puppet
2 1 (1.67%) SCCM
Vendors
1 6 (10.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (1.67%) AppDynamics
2 1 (1.67%) Charles River
2 1 (1.67%) Citrix
2 1 (1.67%) Google
2 1 (1.67%) Oracle
2 1 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (1.67%) Splunk
2 1 (1.67%) Workday
2 1 (1.67%) WorldPay