The median contractor rate for a Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in the East of England during the 3 months to 22 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.

3 months to
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Tester
England / East of England
Rank 88 86 100
Rank change year-on-year -2 +14  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 40 36 28
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 1.87% 1.48% 1.09%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.95% 1.53% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 22 15
Median daily rate £325 £350 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £300 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £393 £385 £388
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -1.53% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 4
Median hourly rate - £26.75 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -17.69%  
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 East of England. 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
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2053 2350 2483
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 95.85% 96.31% 96.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 1246 1375 1403
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £250 £190
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 155 169 236
Median hourly rate £30.00 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.89% +8.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £49.55 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the East of England that featured Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the East of England

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Tester in the East of England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in the East of England

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the East of England over the 3 months to 22 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in the East of England

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the East of England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in the East of England

Tester
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the East of England region over the 3 months to 22 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Essex -3 13 £325 -7.14% 8
Cambridgeshire +13 11 £258 -20.76% 7
Hertfordshire -14 9 £338 -8.78% 14
Suffolk -2 5 £250 -28.57% 9
Bedfordshire +1 1 - - 5
Norfolk - 1 - - 9
Tester
England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 22 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 East of England region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 34 (53.97%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (46.03%) Selenium
3 26 (41.27%) JIRA
4 19 (30.16%) QA
5 16 (25.40%) Software Testing
5 16 (25.40%) Java
6 14 (22.22%) Test Strategy
6 14 (22.22%) BDD
6 14 (22.22%) Test Scripting
6 14 (22.22%) Test Automation
7 13 (20.63%) Cucumber
7 13 (20.63%) ISEB
7 13 (20.63%) LoadRunner
8 12 (19.05%) ISTQB
8 12 (19.05%) JMeter
9 11 (17.46%) Scrum
9 11 (17.46%) TDD
9 11 (17.46%) SQL
9 11 (17.46%) .NET
9 11 (17.46%) SoapUI
9 11 (17.46%) Automation Testing
9 11 (17.46%) WebDriver
9 11 (17.46%) SDLC
10 10 (15.87%) Gherkin
10 10 (15.87%) Performance Testing
11 9 (14.29%) Jenkins
12 8 (12.70%) Functional Testing
12 8 (12.70%) Test Management
12 8 (12.70%) Kanban
12 8 (12.70%) XML

Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the East of England 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 7 (11.11%) Confluence
2 5 (7.94%) WebLogic
3 3 (4.76%) Tomcat
4 2 (3.17%) WebSphere
5 1 (1.59%) Apache
Business Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Magento
2 1 (1.59%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.59%) Lorenzo
2 1 (1.59%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.59%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.59%) SAP HR
2 1 (1.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.17%) VPN
1 2 (3.17%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (1.59%) BGP
2 1 (1.59%) Bluetooth
2 1 (1.59%) Fibre Channel
2 1 (1.59%) MPLS
2 1 (1.59%) OSPF
2 1 (1.59%) RSVP
2 1 (1.59%) TCP/IP
2 1 (1.59%) WPA
2 1 (1.59%) WPA2
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (11.11%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.76%) Electronic Patient Records
3 2 (3.17%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (3.17%) DB2
3 2 (3.17%) DbVisualizer
4 1 (1.59%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 29 (46.03%) Selenium
2 26 (41.27%) JIRA
3 13 (20.63%) Cucumber
3 13 (20.63%) LoadRunner
4 12 (19.05%) JMeter
5 11 (17.46%) SoapUI
5 11 (17.46%) WebDriver
6 9 (14.29%) Jenkins
7 6 (9.52%) Appium
7 6 (9.52%) Git (software)
7 6 (9.52%) JBehave
8 5 (7.94%) SpecFlow
9 4 (6.35%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 4 (6.35%) Maven
10 3 (4.76%) HP UFT
10 3 (4.76%) JUnit
10 3 (4.76%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (4.76%) TeamCity
11 2 (3.17%) Mockito
11 2 (3.17%) Moq
General
1 7 (11.11%) Finance
2 3 (4.76%) Retail
2 3 (4.76%) Telecoms
3 2 (3.17%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.59%) Back Office
4 1 (1.59%) Banking
4 1 (1.59%) Electronics
4 1 (1.59%) Games
4 1 (1.59%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (17.46%) .NET
2 10 (15.87%) Gherkin
3 8 (12.70%) XML
4 7 (11.11%) Web Services
5 4 (6.35%) .NET Framework
6 3 (4.76%) ASP.NET
6 3 (4.76%) Hibernate
6 3 (4.76%) RESTful
6 3 (4.76%) Spring
7 2 (3.17%) HTML
7 2 (3.17%) J2EE
7 2 (3.17%) JSON
8 1 (1.59%) JSON Schema
8 1 (1.59%) Middleware
8 1 (1.59%) REST
8 1 (1.59%) SOAP
8 1 (1.59%) Swagger
8 1 (1.59%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.94%) Client/Server
1 5 (7.94%) NHS
2 4 (6.35%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (4.76%) Management Information System
4 2 (3.17%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (3.17%) iSeries
4 2 (3.17%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.59%) AS400
5 1 (1.59%) Linux Command Line
5 1 (1.59%) Reinsurance
5 1 (1.59%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.35%) Unix
2 3 (4.76%) Linux
3 2 (3.17%) Android
3 2 (3.17%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.59%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (53.97%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (25.40%) Software Testing
3 14 (22.22%) BDD
3 14 (22.22%) Test Automation
3 14 (22.22%) Test Scripting
3 14 (22.22%) Test Strategy
4 11 (17.46%) Automation Testing
4 11 (17.46%) Scrum
4 11 (17.46%) SDLC
4 11 (17.46%) TDD
5 10 (15.87%) Performance Testing
6 8 (12.70%) Functional Testing
6 8 (12.70%) Kanban
6 8 (12.70%) Test Management
7 7 (11.11%) Automated Testing
7 7 (11.11%) Configuration Management
7 7 (11.11%) Regression Testing
8 6 (9.52%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (9.52%) E-Commerce
8 6 (9.52%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (25.40%) Java
2 11 (17.46%) SQL
3 6 (9.52%) C#
4 3 (4.76%) C
4 3 (4.76%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.17%) Shell Script
6 1 (1.59%) Groovy
6 1 (1.59%) Perl
6 1 (1.59%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 13 (20.63%) ISEB
2 12 (19.05%) ISTQB
3 6 (9.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (6.35%) Security Cleared
5 3 (4.76%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.59%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.59%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (30.16%) QA
2 3 (4.76%) Data Quality
3 2 (3.17%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (3.17%) HL7
3 2 (3.17%) SDET
Systems Management
1 5 (7.94%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (12.70%) HP
2 7 (11.11%) Oracle
3 3 (4.76%) Atlassian
4 2 (3.17%) hybris
4 2 (3.17%) IBM
4 2 (3.17%) SAP
4 2 (3.17%) Xamarin
5 1 (1.59%) Cisco
5 1 (1.59%) Citrix
5 1 (1.59%) Google
5 1 (1.59%) Juniper
5 1 (1.59%) Workday