Period
to 19 April 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 April 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 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 202 172 168
Rank change year-on-year -30 -4 +13
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 52 54 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.74% 0.88% 0.98%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.78% 0.91% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 40 44
City of London median daily rate £450 £421 £401
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.82% +4.98% +14.64%
10th Percentile £209 £203 £245
90th Percentile £675 £504 £521
Central London median daily rate £425 £417 £408
% change year-on-year +1.86% +2.39% +13.19%
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 6,628 5,914 6,258
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.42% 95.87% 95.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 5,239 4,594 4,973
City of London median daily rate £500 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £313 £310 £288
90th Percentile £688 £650 £644
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
% change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 61 93
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.89 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.56% -10.58% +11.95%
10th Percentile £11.25 £12.50 £11.65
90th Percentile £37.88 £37.50 £46.90
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £17.22 £20.00
% change year-on-year +8.59% -13.90% +12.31%

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

For the 6 months to 19 April 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 35 (67.31%) Test Automation
2 21 (40.38%) Java
2 21 (40.38%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (36.54%) Selenium
4 15 (28.85%) Cucumber
4 15 (28.85%) BDD
5 14 (26.92%) Banking
6 13 (25.00%) QA
6 13 (25.00%) Test Scripting
7 11 (21.15%) Finance
8 10 (19.23%) C#
8 10 (19.23%) JIRA
8 10 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (17.31%) Apple iOS
10 8 (15.38%) Functional Testing
10 8 (15.38%) Fintech
10 8 (15.38%) Security Testing
10 8 (15.38%) Android
10 8 (15.38%) Regression Testing
10 8 (15.38%) Scrum
11 7 (13.46%) WebDriver
11 7 (13.46%) SDLC
11 7 (13.46%) API Testing
11 7 (13.46%) Amazon AWS
12 6 (11.54%) Reverse Engineering
12 6 (11.54%) Test Strategy
12 6 (11.54%) Cybersecurity
12 6 (11.54%) SpecFlow
12 6 (11.54%) IaaS
12 6 (11.54%) Public Cloud

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 (3.85%) CMS
1 2 (3.85%) SharePoint
1 2 (3.85%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (1.92%) Confluence
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle Service Bus
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (1.92%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.92%) HipChat
Cloud Services
1 7 (13.46%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (11.54%) IaaS
3 2 (3.85%) BrowserStack
3 2 (3.85%) GitHub
3 2 (3.85%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (3.85%) TestFlight
3 2 (3.85%) vREST
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.92%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.77%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.85%) Oracle ODI
3 1 (1.92%) Big Data
3 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.92%) Oracle BI EE
3 1 (1.92%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 1 (1.92%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.92%) Oracle Database 12c
3 1 (1.92%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.92%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 19 (36.54%) Selenium
2 15 (28.85%) Cucumber
3 10 (19.23%) JIRA
4 7 (13.46%) WebDriver
5 6 (11.54%) SpecFlow
6 4 (7.69%) Jenkins
6 4 (7.69%) JMeter
7 3 (5.77%) SoapUI
7 3 (5.77%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (5.77%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (3.85%) Appium
8 2 (3.85%) Capybara
8 2 (3.85%) Eclipse
8 2 (3.85%) Fiddler
8 2 (3.85%) Gatling
8 2 (3.85%) LoadRunner
9 1 (1.92%) FitNesse
9 1 (1.92%) Maven
9 1 (1.92%) Visual Studio
9 1 (1.92%) WATIR
General
1 14 (26.92%) Banking
2 11 (21.15%) Finance
3 4 (7.69%) Retail
4 3 (5.77%) Investment Banking
5 2 (3.85%) Front Office
5 2 (3.85%) Games
6 1 (1.92%) Advertising
6 1 (1.92%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.69%) RESTful
1 4 (7.69%) Web Services
1 4 (7.69%) XML
2 3 (5.77%) HTML
3 2 (3.85%) .NET
3 2 (3.85%) Gherkin
3 2 (3.85%) JSON
3 2 (3.85%) SOAP
4 1 (1.92%) HTML5
4 1 (1.92%) WSDL
4 1 (1.92%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (15.38%) Fintech
2 6 (11.54%) Public Cloud
3 3 (5.77%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (5.77%) Mobile App
3 3 (5.77%) Reinsurance
4 2 (3.85%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.92%) Derivative
5 1 (1.92%) Equities
5 1 (1.92%) Equity Derivative
5 1 (1.92%) Fixed Income
5 1 (1.92%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.92%) Greenfield Project
5 1 (1.92%) Market Risk
Operating Systems
1 9 (17.31%) Apple iOS
2 8 (15.38%) Android
3 4 (7.69%) Linux
4 2 (3.85%) Unix
4 2 (3.85%) Windows
4 2 (3.85%) Windows 10
5 1 (1.92%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.92%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (67.31%) Test Automation
2 21 (40.38%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (28.85%) BDD
4 13 (25.00%) Test Scripting
5 10 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (15.38%) Functional Testing
6 8 (15.38%) Regression Testing
6 8 (15.38%) Scrum
6 8 (15.38%) Security Testing
7 7 (13.46%) API Testing
7 7 (13.46%) SDLC
8 6 (11.54%) Cybersecurity
8 6 (11.54%) Penetration Testing
8 6 (11.54%) Reverse Engineering
8 6 (11.54%) Technical Architecture
8 6 (11.54%) Test Strategy
9 5 (9.62%) Non-Functional Testing
9 5 (9.62%) Software Engineering
9 5 (9.62%) Software Testing
10 4 (7.69%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 21 (40.38%) Java
2 10 (19.23%) C#
3 5 (9.62%) JavaScript
3 5 (9.62%) SQL
4 4 (7.69%) Ruby
5 3 (5.77%) Groovy
5 3 (5.77%) Python
5 3 (5.77%) Scala
6 2 (3.85%) Apple Swift
7 1 (1.92%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.92%) Clojure
7 1 (1.92%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.92%) TypeScript
7 1 (1.92%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (7.69%) Degree
2 3 (5.77%) ISTQB
3 2 (3.85%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (1.92%) AWS Certification
4 1 (1.92%) Master's Degree
4 1 (1.92%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.92%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (25.00%) QA
2 1 (1.92%) ISO 20022
2 1 (1.92%) ISO 8583
2 1 (1.92%) MiFID
System Software
1 1 (1.92%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (3.85%) HockeyApp
1 2 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.92%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 3 (5.77%) Oracle
1 3 (5.77%) Salesforce.com
2 2 (3.85%) Sitecore
3 1 (1.92%) HP
3 1 (1.92%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.92%) Red Hat
3 1 (1.92%) Splunk