Period
to 20 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £409 per day in advertised job vacancies in the East of England during the 6 months to 20 August 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
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 117 111 130
Rank change year-on-year -6 +19 +34
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 95 91 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 1.90% 1.94% 1.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.01% 2.07% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 55 36
East of England median daily rate £409 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.77% -7.14% +16.67%
10th Percentile £281 £213 £259
90th Percentile £525 £433 £431
England median daily rate £400 £350 £363
% change year-on-year +14.29% -3.45% +11.54%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 2
East of England median hourly rate £11.00 £10.00 £26.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -62.62% -69.52%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £11.93
90th Percentile £11.50 £12.40 £41.38
England median hourly rate £23.25 £12.50 £28.19
% change year-on-year +86.00% -55.65% -13.28%

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 4,715 4,405 4,903
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.51% 94.08% 96.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,711 2,601 2,812
East of England median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £194 £210 £200
90th Percentile £575 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 319 349 368
East of England median hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.86% -12.50% -
10th Percentile £11.48 £10.99 £11.12
90th Percentile £47.50 £46.10 £46.00
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -2.63% +6.92%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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
Essex +32 43 £500 +53.85% 3
Cambridgeshire -6 23 £325 +18.18% 11
Hertfordshire -10 18 £400 +23.08% 6
Bedfordshire +2 9 £345 -1.43%
Suffolk -20 4 £310 -4.62% 1
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 68 (71.58%) Test Automation
2 49 (51.58%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (42.11%) Java
4 35 (36.84%) Test Scripting
5 34 (35.79%) QA
5 34 (35.79%) Finance
6 33 (34.74%) Selenium
7 29 (30.53%) TDD
8 28 (29.47%) Scrum
8 28 (29.47%) SQL
8 28 (29.47%) Web Services
8 28 (29.47%) SoapUI
9 25 (26.32%) XML
10 24 (25.26%) JMeter
11 22 (23.16%) SOAP
12 21 (22.11%) Scenario Testing
13 19 (20.00%) SOA
13 19 (20.00%) JIRA
13 19 (20.00%) API Testing
14 18 (18.95%) Business Intelligence
15 17 (17.89%) ISTQB
16 16 (16.84%) SAP
16 16 (16.84%) Performance Testing
16 16 (16.84%) Groovy
16 16 (16.84%) RESTful
17 15 (15.79%) Cucumber
17 15 (15.79%) Test Strategy
17 15 (15.79%) Oracle
17 15 (15.79%) Manufacturing
18 14 (14.74%) Programme Management

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 (6.32%) WebLogic
2 5 (5.26%) Confluence
2 5 (5.26%) Oracle Service Bus
3 1 (1.05%) SharePoint
Applications
1 4 (4.21%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (3.16%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.05%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.05%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (1.05%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.11%) BlazeMeter
3 1 (1.05%) GitHub
3 1 (1.05%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.11%) Internet
2 1 (1.05%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (10.53%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.26%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (5.26%) MySQL
3 4 (4.21%) Relational Database
4 3 (3.16%) Pentaho
5 2 (2.11%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (2.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 2 (2.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 1 (1.05%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (1.05%) Geospatial Data
6 1 (1.05%) GIS
6 1 (1.05%) Impala
6 1 (1.05%) MongoDB
6 1 (1.05%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (1.05%) RDBMS
6 1 (1.05%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 33 (34.74%) Selenium
2 28 (29.47%) SoapUI
3 24 (25.26%) JMeter
4 19 (20.00%) JIRA
5 15 (15.79%) Cucumber
6 10 (10.53%) LoadRunner
7 6 (6.32%) Toad
8 5 (5.26%) Robot Framework
9 4 (4.21%) SpecFlow
9 4 (4.21%) WebDriver
9 4 (4.21%) Zephyr
10 3 (3.16%) Fiddler
10 3 (3.16%) Git (software)
10 3 (3.16%) Jenkins
11 2 (2.11%) eggPlant
11 2 (2.11%) Hudson
11 2 (2.11%) Maven
11 2 (2.11%) MSTest
11 2 (2.11%) Subversion
11 2 (2.11%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 34 (35.79%) Finance
2 15 (15.79%) Manufacturing
3 14 (14.74%) Electronics
3 14 (14.74%) Marketing
3 14 (14.74%) Telecoms
4 9 (9.47%) Back Office
5 7 (7.37%) Banking
6 3 (3.16%) Legal
7 1 (1.05%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (29.47%) Web Services
2 25 (26.32%) XML
3 22 (23.16%) SOAP
4 16 (16.84%) RESTful
5 7 (7.37%) .NET
5 7 (7.37%) JSON
5 7 (7.37%) WSDL
6 4 (4.21%) J2EE
6 4 (4.21%) REST
7 2 (2.11%) HTML
7 2 (2.11%) Middleware
7 2 (2.11%) ODBC
8 1 (1.05%) CSS
8 1 (1.05%) Gherkin
8 1 (1.05%) GWT
8 1 (1.05%) Java SE
8 1 (1.05%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 14 (14.74%) Greenfield Project
2 7 (7.37%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (4.21%) Hybrid Cloud
3 4 (4.21%) Mobile App
4 2 (2.11%) SWIFT
4 2 (2.11%) User Experience
5 1 (1.05%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.05%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.05%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.47%) Windows
2 8 (8.42%) Unix
3 2 (2.11%) Linux
4 1 (1.05%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (71.58%) Test Automation
2 49 (51.58%) Agile Software Development
3 35 (36.84%) Test Scripting
4 29 (30.53%) TDD
5 28 (29.47%) Scrum
6 21 (22.11%) Scenario Testing
7 19 (20.00%) API Testing
7 19 (20.00%) SOA
8 18 (18.95%) Business Intelligence
9 16 (16.84%) Performance Testing
10 15 (15.79%) Test Strategy
11 14 (14.74%) Digital Marketing
11 14 (14.74%) Functional Testing
11 14 (14.74%) Open Source
11 14 (14.74%) Programme Management
12 13 (13.68%) BDD
12 13 (13.68%) Integration Testing
13 10 (10.53%) ETL
13 10 (10.53%) Kanban
13 10 (10.53%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (42.11%) Java
2 28 (29.47%) SQL
3 16 (16.84%) Groovy
4 8 (8.42%) PL/SQL
5 7 (7.37%) C
6 3 (3.16%) C#
6 3 (3.16%) Python
6 3 (3.16%) VB
7 2 (2.11%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.11%) Ruby
7 2 (2.11%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.05%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 17 (17.89%) ISTQB
2 12 (12.63%) ISEB
3 10 (10.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 8 (8.42%) Security Cleared
5 6 (6.32%) SC Cleared
6 3 (3.16%) BPSS Clearance
7 2 (2.11%) IRCA
7 2 (2.11%) Six Sigma Black Belt
8 1 (1.05%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (1.05%) Degree
8 1 (1.05%) MCP
8 1 (1.05%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (1.05%) OCP
8 1 (1.05%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (35.79%) QA
2 3 (3.16%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.11%) ISO 9001
3 2 (2.11%) ISO/IEC 20000
4 1 (1.05%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (1.05%) GMP
4 1 (1.05%) PMO
System Software
1 4 (4.21%) Docker
2 1 (1.05%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (4.21%) Ansible
1 4 (4.21%) Terraform
2 2 (2.11%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.05%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 16 (16.84%) SAP
2 15 (15.79%) Oracle
3 6 (6.32%) MuleSoft
3 6 (6.32%) webMethods
4 4 (4.21%) CA Agile Central
4 4 (4.21%) Microsoft
5 3 (3.16%) HP
6 1 (1.05%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.05%) Capita
6 1 (1.05%) IBM
6 1 (1.05%) SOASTA, Inc