Period
to 23 June 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in the East of England during the 6 months to 23 June 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
England > East of England
6 months to
23 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 118 112 127
Rank change year-on-year -6 +15 +23
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 74 81 62
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 1.66% 1.81% 1.25%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.76% 1.91% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 41 45 38
East of England median daily rate £413 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.92% -7.14% +10.67%
10th Percentile £263 £213 £271
90th Percentile £525 £415 £429
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
East of England median hourly rate - £10.00 £26.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -62.62% -17.69%
England median hourly rate £42.50 £30.00 £20.30
% change year-on-year +41.67% +47.78% -42.00%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England. 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
East of England
Contract vacancies in the East of England with a recognized job title 4,212 4,237 4,795
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.67% 94.77% 96.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,385 2,517 2,770
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £199 £200 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £550
England median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 301 330 362
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.33% -16.28% +10.26%
10th Percentile £11.38 £10.50 £11.66
90th Percentile £45.25 £47.50 £50.53
England median hourly rate £18.52 £18.69 £19.50
% change year-on-year -0.92% -4.14% +11.43%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the East of England.

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 6 months to 23 June 2018.

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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT 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 6 months to 23 June 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
Hertfordshire -5 28 £450 +38.46% 6
Essex +21 23 £500 +53.85% 4
Cambridgeshire 0 15 £375 +56.25% 14
Bedfordshire +13 5 £300 -9.09% 1
Suffolk -13 4 £310 -2.36% 3
Norfolk +5 1 - - 3
Tester
England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 East of England region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 42 (56.76%) Test Automation
2 37 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (36.49%) Java
4 23 (31.08%) SQL
4 23 (31.08%) Selenium
5 21 (28.38%) Scenario Testing
6 20 (27.03%) Test Scripting
7 19 (25.68%) QA
7 19 (25.68%) JIRA
7 19 (25.68%) Web Services
8 18 (24.32%) Finance
8 18 (24.32%) Scrum
9 17 (22.97%) TDD
10 15 (20.27%) Oracle
11 13 (17.57%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (17.57%) RESTful
11 13 (17.57%) SoapUI
12 12 (16.22%) Cucumber
12 12 (16.22%) BDD
12 12 (16.22%) XML
13 11 (14.86%) ISTQB
13 11 (14.86%) Performance Testing
14 10 (13.51%) Programme Delivery
14 10 (13.51%) Analytical Skills
14 10 (13.51%) Data Centre
14 10 (13.51%) Law
14 10 (13.51%) SOAP
15 9 (12.16%) SQL Server
15 9 (12.16%) Business Intelligence
15 9 (12.16%) Test Strategy

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 6 (8.11%) WebSphere
2 4 (5.41%) Confluence
3 1 (1.35%) MQSeries
3 1 (1.35%) Oracle Service Bus
3 1 (1.35%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.35%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (2.70%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.70%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (5.41%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.35%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.35%) GitHub
1 1 (1.35%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.70%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (12.16%) SQL Server
2 5 (6.76%) DB2
2 5 (6.76%) DbVisualizer
3 3 (4.05%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.70%) MySQL
4 2 (2.70%) SQL Server 2016
4 2 (2.70%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 2 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.35%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (1.35%) Impala
5 1 (1.35%) MongoDB
5 1 (1.35%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (1.35%) Pentaho
5 1 (1.35%) Relational Database
5 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 23 (31.08%) Selenium
2 19 (25.68%) JIRA
3 13 (17.57%) SoapUI
4 12 (16.22%) Cucumber
5 8 (10.81%) JMeter
6 7 (9.46%) Jenkins
7 6 (8.11%) Git (software)
7 6 (8.11%) WebDriver
8 4 (5.41%) LoadRunner
9 3 (4.05%) HP UFT
9 3 (4.05%) MSTest
9 3 (4.05%) Zephyr
10 2 (2.70%) Eclipse
10 2 (2.70%) Maven
10 2 (2.70%) SpecFlow
10 2 (2.70%) Team Foundation Server
11 1 (1.35%) IntelliJ
11 1 (1.35%) Subversion
11 1 (1.35%) Toad
11 1 (1.35%) WATIR
General
1 18 (24.32%) Finance
2 10 (13.51%) Law
3 7 (9.46%) Manufacturing
4 6 (8.11%) Back Office
4 6 (8.11%) Electronics
4 6 (8.11%) Marketing
4 6 (8.11%) Telecoms
5 5 (6.76%) Retail
6 3 (4.05%) Banking
6 3 (4.05%) Legal
7 1 (1.35%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (25.68%) Web Services
2 13 (17.57%) RESTful
3 12 (16.22%) XML
4 10 (13.51%) SOAP
5 7 (9.46%) .NET
6 5 (6.76%) Gherkin
7 4 (5.41%) RESTEasy
8 2 (2.70%) HTML
8 2 (2.70%) ODBC
9 1 (1.35%) CSS
9 1 (1.35%) Flash
9 1 (1.35%) J2EE
9 1 (1.35%) Java SE
9 1 (1.35%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 10 (13.51%) Analytical Skills
1 10 (13.51%) Data Centre
2 6 (8.11%) Greenfield Project
3 4 (5.41%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.70%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.35%) iPad
5 1 (1.35%) SWIFT
5 1 (1.35%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.81%) Unix
2 4 (5.41%) Windows
3 3 (4.05%) Linux
4 1 (1.35%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (56.76%) Test Automation
2 37 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (28.38%) Scenario Testing
4 20 (27.03%) Test Scripting
5 18 (24.32%) Scrum
6 17 (22.97%) TDD
7 13 (17.57%) Continuous Integration
8 12 (16.22%) BDD
9 11 (14.86%) Performance Testing
10 10 (13.51%) Programme Delivery
11 9 (12.16%) Business Intelligence
11 9 (12.16%) Integration Testing
11 9 (12.16%) Problem-Solving
11 9 (12.16%) System Testing
11 9 (12.16%) Test Strategy
12 8 (10.81%) SOA
13 7 (9.46%) API Testing
13 7 (9.46%) Defect Management
13 7 (9.46%) Regression Testing
13 7 (9.46%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 27 (36.49%) Java
2 23 (31.08%) SQL
3 7 (9.46%) Groovy
4 6 (8.11%) PL/SQL
5 4 (5.41%) C
6 3 (4.05%) C#
6 3 (4.05%) JavaScript
6 3 (4.05%) Python
7 2 (2.70%) Ruby
7 2 (2.70%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.35%) Java 8
8 1 (1.35%) VB
Qualifications
1 11 (14.86%) ISTQB
2 6 (8.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (6.76%) ISEB
4 4 (5.41%) SC Cleared
4 4 (5.41%) Security Cleared
5 3 (4.05%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.35%) CHECK Team Leader
6 1 (1.35%) Degree
6 1 (1.35%) MCP
6 1 (1.35%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.35%) OCP
6 1 (1.35%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (25.68%) QA
2 1 (1.35%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (1.35%) GMP
2 1 (1.35%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (1.35%) Hyper-V
1 1 (1.35%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (1.35%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 4 (5.41%) Nessus
2 3 (4.05%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.35%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 15 (20.27%) Oracle
2 6 (8.11%) Forcepoint
2 6 (8.11%) IBM
2 6 (8.11%) SAP
2 6 (8.11%) Symantec
3 4 (5.41%) CA Agile Central
3 4 (5.41%) HP
3 4 (5.41%) hybris
3 4 (5.41%) Microsoft
3 4 (5.41%) Qualys
4 2 (2.70%) MuleSoft
5 1 (1.35%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.35%) Capita
5 1 (1.35%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.35%) SOASTA, Inc
5 1 (1.35%) VMware
5 1 (1.35%) webMethods