Period
to 19 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in the City of London during the 6 months to 19 January 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
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 186 165 152
Rank change year-on-year -21 -13 +20
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 66 67 90
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.93% 1.08% 1.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.99% 1.13% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 50 63
City of London median daily rate £450 £426 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.57% +12.17% +1.33%
10th Percentile £298 £288 £275
90th Percentile £625 £538 £461
Central London median daily rate £419 £418 £395
% change year-on-year +0.30% +5.70% +5.33%
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 6,685 5,951 6,861
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.23% 95.55% 95.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,311 4,722 5,412
City of London median daily rate £500 £475 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +3.26% +5.14%
10th Percentile £313 £313 £275
90th Percentile £688 £663 £644
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 67 100
City of London median hourly rate £17.00 £17.89 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.95% -10.55% +19.37%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.84 £10.98
90th Percentile £30.80 £55.00 £41.30
Central London median hourly rate £18.10 £17.13 £19.50
% change year-on-year +5.69% -12.18% +18.18%

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 19 January 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 19 January 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 - 1 - -
Tester
Central London

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

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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 (54.55%) Test Automation
2 29 (43.94%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (28.79%) Finance
4 18 (27.27%) Java
5 17 (25.76%) QA
5 17 (25.76%) Selenium
6 16 (24.24%) Banking
7 15 (22.73%) BDD
8 13 (19.70%) Cucumber
9 12 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
10 11 (16.67%) Test Scripting
10 11 (16.67%) Web Services
11 10 (15.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 10 (15.15%) JIRA
12 9 (13.64%) System Integration Testing
12 9 (13.64%) SOAP
12 9 (13.64%) .NET
12 9 (13.64%) C#
13 8 (12.12%) SQL
13 8 (12.12%) Python
13 8 (12.12%) Functional Testing
13 8 (12.12%) MiFID
13 8 (12.12%) Integration Testing
13 8 (12.12%) Manual Testing
14 7 (10.61%) Performance Testing
14 7 (10.61%) WebDriver
14 7 (10.61%) API Testing
14 7 (10.61%) Software Testing
14 7 (10.61%) Linux
14 7 (10.61%) JMeter

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 (3.03%) Oracle Service Bus
2 1 (1.52%) Confluence
2 1 (1.52%) EPiServer
2 1 (1.52%) nginx
2 1 (1.52%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (1.52%) Umbraco
2 1 (1.52%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (4.55%) Misys Midas
2 1 (1.52%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (3.03%) BrowserStack
2 2 (3.03%) GitHub
2 2 (3.03%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.03%) HTTP
2 1 (1.52%) DHCP
2 1 (1.52%) DNS
2 1 (1.52%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.55%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.03%) Relational Database
2 2 (3.03%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.52%) Big Data
3 1 (1.52%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.52%) Oracle ODI
3 1 (1.52%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 17 (25.76%) Selenium
2 13 (19.70%) Cucumber
3 10 (15.15%) JIRA
4 7 (10.61%) JMeter
4 7 (10.61%) WebDriver
5 5 (7.58%) Git (software)
5 5 (7.58%) LoadRunner
5 5 (7.58%) SpecFlow
6 4 (6.06%) SoapUI
7 3 (4.55%) Fiddler
7 3 (4.55%) Jenkins
7 3 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (3.03%) Appium
8 2 (3.03%) Calabash
8 2 (3.03%) Capybara
8 2 (3.03%) Gatling
8 2 (3.03%) JBehave
8 2 (3.03%) LoadUI
8 2 (3.03%) RubyGems
9 1 (1.52%) Gerrit
General
1 19 (28.79%) Finance
2 16 (24.24%) Banking
3 4 (6.06%) Investment Banking
3 4 (6.06%) Retail
4 3 (4.55%) Front Office
5 2 (3.03%) Advertising
6 1 (1.52%) Digital Economy
6 1 (1.52%) Games
6 1 (1.52%) Legal
6 1 (1.52%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.67%) Web Services
2 9 (13.64%) .NET
2 9 (13.64%) SOAP
3 6 (9.09%) REST
4 5 (7.58%) Gherkin
5 4 (6.06%) HTML
5 4 (6.06%) XML
6 2 (3.03%) JSON
6 2 (3.03%) WSDL
6 2 (3.03%) YAML
7 1 (1.52%) HTML5
7 1 (1.52%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 10 (15.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 4 (6.06%) Cyberthreat
3 3 (4.55%) Derivative
3 3 (4.55%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (4.55%) Mobile App
3 3 (4.55%) SWIFT
4 2 (3.03%) Computer Science
4 2 (3.03%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.52%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.52%) Cyber Defence
5 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.52%) Equities
5 1 (1.52%) Equity Derivative
5 1 (1.52%) Fintech
5 1 (1.52%) Fixed Income
5 1 (1.52%) Market Risk
5 1 (1.52%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.52%) OTC Derivatives
5 1 (1.52%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.52%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 7 (10.61%) Linux
2 3 (4.55%) Unix
2 3 (4.55%) Windows
3 1 (1.52%) Android
3 1 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.52%) Solaris
3 1 (1.52%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.52%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.52%) Windows 8
3 1 (1.52%) Windows Mobile
3 1 (1.52%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.52%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.52%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.52%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (54.55%) Test Automation
2 29 (43.94%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (22.73%) BDD
4 12 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
5 11 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 9 (13.64%) System Integration Testing
7 8 (12.12%) Functional Testing
7 8 (12.12%) Integration Testing
7 8 (12.12%) Manual Testing
8 7 (10.61%) API Testing
8 7 (10.61%) Performance Testing
8 7 (10.61%) Software Testing
9 6 (9.09%) Coaching
9 6 (9.09%) Penetration Testing
9 6 (9.09%) QA Automation
9 6 (9.09%) Regression Testing
9 6 (9.09%) Software Engineering
9 6 (9.09%) TDD
10 4 (6.06%) Scrum
10 4 (6.06%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 18 (27.27%) Java
2 9 (13.64%) C#
3 8 (12.12%) Python
3 8 (12.12%) SQL
4 4 (6.06%) Ruby
5 3 (4.55%) Groovy
5 3 (4.55%) JavaScript
6 2 (3.03%) Perl
6 2 (3.03%) Scala
7 1 (1.52%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.52%) PHP
7 1 (1.52%) TypeScript
7 1 (1.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (10.61%) CREST Certified
2 4 (6.06%) ISEB
2 4 (6.06%) Security Cleared
3 3 (4.55%) CHECK Team Member
3 3 (4.55%) Degree
3 3 (4.55%) ISTQB
4 2 (3.03%) DV Cleared
4 2 (3.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (3.03%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.52%) AWS Certification
5 1 (1.52%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.52%) CCNA
5 1 (1.52%) CCNP
5 1 (1.52%) CHECK Team Leader
5 1 (1.52%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.52%) CISSP
5 1 (1.52%) MCP
5 1 (1.52%) MCSA
5 1 (1.52%) MCSE
5 1 (1.52%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (25.76%) QA
2 8 (12.12%) MiFID
3 3 (4.55%) SEPA
4 2 (3.03%) ISO 20022
4 2 (3.03%) ISO 8583
5 1 (1.52%) Cyber Essentials
5 1 (1.52%) GDPR
5 1 (1.52%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 3 (4.55%) Docker
2 1 (1.52%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.52%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.52%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (1.52%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (6.06%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.52%) HP Data Protector
2 1 (1.52%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.52%) SCCM
2 1 (1.52%) WSUS
Vendors
1 3 (4.55%) HP
1 3 (4.55%) Oracle
2 2 (3.03%) Microsoft
2 2 (3.03%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (1.52%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.52%) CA Agile Central
3 1 (1.52%) Cisco
3 1 (1.52%) Dell
3 1 (1.52%) iManage
3 1 (1.52%) Lumension
3 1 (1.52%) Murex
3 1 (1.52%) Red Hat
3 1 (1.52%) Sitecore
3 1 (1.52%) Symantec
3 1 (1.52%) Veeam
3 1 (1.52%) VMware
3 1 (1.52%) Workday