Period
to 22 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £413 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 22 July 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.

Quality Assurance Tester
UK > England
6 months to
22 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 698 648 730
Rank change year-on-year -50 +82 +7
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 173 181 148
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.18% 0.20% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.19% 0.22% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 109 94 112
England median daily rate £413 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.86% - +2.94%
10th Percentile £295 £191 £151
90th Percentile £513 £513 £500
UK median daily rate £409 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +16.79% - +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
England median hourly rate £11.50 £115.00 £29.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -90.00% +292.49% +46.50%
10th Percentile £11.00 £107.50 £19.97
90th Percentile £134.40 £122.50 £42.39
UK median hourly rate £11.50 £115.00 £29.30
% change year-on-year -90.00% +292.49% +46.50%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in 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
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 89,360 83,878 96,708
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.82% 94.94% 95.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,161 54,726 63,738
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £259
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
% change year-on-year +5.14% +0.71% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,881 2,688 2,831
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.14 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.09% -4.53% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.75 £10.41
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.00
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in England

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in England

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in England over the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Tester in England

QA Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Tester in England

QA Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in England over the 6 months to 22 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for QA Tester in England

QA Tester
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the England region over the 6 months to 22 July 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 -40 86 £450 +9.09% 23
South East -24 30 £384 +22.80% 12
North of England -27 21 £368 +1.52% 5
Midlands -2 19 £380 +6.67% 6
East of England +8 12 £358 +8.33% 5
West Midlands -18 12 £413 -2.94% 5
North West -18 10 £368 +15.46% 3
Yorkshire -15 8 £438 +1.16% 2
East Midlands +3 7 £380 +6.67% 1
South West -1 4 £238 -26.64% 1
North East -7 3 £325 -10.34%
QA Tester
UK

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 July 2018, QA 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 England region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 173 (100.00%) QA
2 136 (78.61%) Test Automation
3 115 (66.47%) Agile Software Development
4 101 (58.38%) Selenium
5 66 (38.15%) Java
6 60 (34.68%) SQL
7 51 (29.48%) Cucumber
8 49 (28.32%) JIRA
9 47 (27.17%) BDD
9 47 (27.17%) TDD
10 41 (23.70%) WebDriver
11 39 (22.54%) Scrum
12 34 (19.65%) Finance
12 34 (19.65%) C#
13 33 (19.08%) QA Automation
14 32 (18.50%) JavaScript
15 30 (17.34%) Jenkins
15 30 (17.34%) Continuous Integration
16 28 (16.18%) Test Scripting
16 28 (16.18%) Performance Testing
17 24 (13.87%) Test Strategy
17 24 (13.87%) Problem-Solving
18 23 (13.29%) Acceptance Criteria
18 23 (13.29%) Functional Testing
18 23 (13.29%) Manual Testing
18 23 (13.29%) .NET
19 22 (12.72%) Web Services
20 21 (12.14%) Regression Testing
20 21 (12.14%) Git (software)
20 21 (12.14%) Exploratory Testing

QA Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 19 (10.98%) Confluence
2 11 (6.36%) CMS
3 8 (4.62%) Sitecore CMS
4 4 (2.31%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (1.73%) Umbraco
6 2 (1.16%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.58%) Apache
7 1 (0.58%) JBoss
7 1 (0.58%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.58%) WebLogic
Applications
1 8 (4.62%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.16%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.58%) Adobe Campaign
1 1 (0.58%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.05%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (4.05%) GitHub
2 6 (3.47%) Sauce Labs
3 5 (2.89%) BrowserStack
3 5 (2.89%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (1.16%) Google Cloud Platform
4 2 (1.16%) OpenShift
5 1 (0.58%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.94%) Internet
2 2 (1.16%) SMS
3 1 (0.58%) Broadband
3 1 (0.58%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (8.09%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.47%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (2.31%) MySQL
4 3 (1.73%) Redis
4 3 (1.73%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.16%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 2 (1.16%) Big Data
5 2 (1.16%) BigQuery
5 2 (1.16%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.16%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.16%) Pentaho
5 2 (1.16%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.16%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.58%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.58%) Impala
6 1 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.58%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 101 (58.38%) Selenium
2 51 (29.48%) Cucumber
3 49 (28.32%) JIRA
4 41 (23.70%) WebDriver
5 30 (17.34%) Jenkins
6 21 (12.14%) Git (software)
7 19 (10.98%) SpecFlow
8 17 (9.83%) Protractor
9 12 (6.94%) HP UFT
10 11 (6.36%) SoapUI
11 10 (5.78%) JMeter
12 7 (4.05%) Appium
12 7 (4.05%) TestNG
13 6 (3.47%) Calabash
13 6 (3.47%) JUnit
13 6 (3.47%) LoadRunner
13 6 (3.47%) Visual Studio
13 6 (3.47%) Visual Studio Team System
13 6 (3.47%) WATIR
14 5 (2.89%) Karma Test Runner
General
1 34 (19.65%) Finance
2 11 (6.36%) Retail
3 8 (4.62%) Banking
4 5 (2.89%) Games
5 2 (1.16%) Back Office
5 2 (1.16%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.16%) Marketing
6 1 (0.58%) Front Office
6 1 (0.58%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.58%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 23 (13.29%) .NET
2 22 (12.72%) Web Services
3 19 (10.98%) Gherkin
4 17 (9.83%) REST
5 11 (6.36%) SOAP
6 8 (4.62%) AngularJS
6 8 (4.62%) RESTful
7 6 (3.47%) WebdriverIO
8 5 (2.89%) Chai
9 4 (2.31%) Behat
9 4 (2.31%) Nightwatchjs
9 4 (2.31%) Node.js
9 4 (2.31%) React
9 4 (2.31%) XML
10 3 (1.73%) Jest
10 3 (1.73%) Pyramid
10 3 (1.73%) Velocity
11 2 (1.16%) CSS
11 2 (1.16%) JSON
11 2 (1.16%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 18 (10.40%) Mobile App
2 13 (7.51%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (6.94%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (1.73%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.73%) Fixed Income
4 3 (1.73%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.16%) Fintech
5 2 (1.16%) IVR
5 2 (1.16%) User Experience
6 1 (0.58%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.58%) Equities
6 1 (0.58%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.58%) IPTV
6 1 (0.58%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.58%) Over-the-Top Content
6 1 (0.58%) PlayStation
6 1 (0.58%) Video on Demand
6 1 (0.58%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 19 (10.98%) Android
2 15 (8.67%) Apple iOS
3 12 (6.94%) Windows
4 6 (3.47%) Linux
5 4 (2.31%) Mac OS X
5 4 (2.31%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.73%) Unix
7 2 (1.16%) Debian
8 1 (0.58%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (78.61%) Test Automation
2 115 (66.47%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (27.17%) BDD
3 47 (27.17%) TDD
4 39 (22.54%) Scrum
5 33 (19.08%) QA Automation
6 30 (17.34%) Continuous Integration
7 28 (16.18%) Performance Testing
7 28 (16.18%) Test Scripting
8 24 (13.87%) Problem-Solving
8 24 (13.87%) Test Strategy
9 23 (13.29%) Acceptance Criteria
9 23 (13.29%) Functional Testing
9 23 (13.29%) Manual Testing
10 21 (12.14%) Exploratory Testing
10 21 (12.14%) Regression Testing
10 21 (12.14%) SDLC
11 19 (10.98%) DevOps
11 19 (10.98%) Scenario Testing
12 16 (9.25%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 66 (38.15%) Java
2 60 (34.68%) SQL
3 34 (19.65%) C#
4 32 (18.50%) JavaScript
5 18 (10.40%) Ruby
6 17 (9.83%) Python
7 6 (3.47%) T-SQL
7 6 (3.47%) VBA
8 5 (2.89%) Apple Swift
8 5 (2.89%) C
8 5 (2.89%) Scala
8 5 (2.89%) VB
9 4 (2.31%) Groovy
9 4 (2.31%) PHP
10 2 (1.16%) F#
11 1 (0.58%) C++
11 1 (0.58%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.58%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 9 (5.20%) ISTQB
2 8 (4.62%) Security Cleared
3 7 (4.05%) SC Cleared
4 6 (3.47%) ISEB
4 6 (3.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (2.89%) Degree
6 3 (1.73%) Sun Certification
7 2 (1.16%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.58%) BC Cleared
8 1 (0.58%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.58%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 173 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.73%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.16%) WCAG
4 1 (0.58%) GDPR
System Software
1 10 (5.78%) Docker
2 2 (1.16%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.58%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (2.31%) HP ALM
2 1 (0.58%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.58%) Terraform
Vendors
1 9 (5.20%) Oracle
1 9 (5.20%) Sitecore
2 7 (4.05%) HP
3 5 (2.89%) Microsoft
4 4 (2.31%) Adobe
4 4 (2.31%) Atlassian
5 3 (1.73%) webMethods
6 2 (1.16%) Google
6 2 (1.16%) Software AG
7 1 (0.58%) Apple
7 1 (0.58%) Capita
7 1 (0.58%) IBM
7 1 (0.58%) Murex
7 1 (0.58%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.58%) SAP
7 1 (0.58%) Xamarin