The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £330 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 22 June 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.

Quality Assurance Tester
UK / England
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 497 563 565
Rank change year-on-year +66 +2  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 93 74 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.22% 0.15% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.16% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 55 38
Median daily rate £330 £350 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.71% -1.75%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £195 £150 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £500 £453
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £300 £350
% change year-on-year +9.16% -14.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Median hourly rate £115.00 - £20.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £20.00

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in 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
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 40770 47086 48496
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.72% 95.05% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 26583 31109 30993
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £373
% change year-on-year - +7.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1252 1361 1876
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

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 3 months to 22 June 2017.

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
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 3 months to 22 June 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
London +30 49 £355 -14.97% 21
South East +37 19 £313 +4.16% 6
North West +23 7 £300 +36.05% 4
East Midlands - 5 £350 -
South West +14 4 £286 -
Yorkshire +19 3 £433 +23.57% 1
East of England -3 3 £330 +1.53% 5
North East +64 2 £390 +11.42% 2
QA Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 22 June 2017, QA 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 England region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 178 (100.00%) QA
2 119 (66.85%) Test Automation
3 116 (65.17%) Agile Software Development
4 77 (43.26%) Selenium
5 66 (37.08%) JIRA
6 60 (33.71%) Java
7 51 (28.65%) Jenkins
7 51 (28.65%) SQL
8 45 (25.28%) Scrum
8 45 (25.28%) Cucumber
9 38 (21.35%) Web Services
10 37 (20.79%) TDD
10 37 (20.79%) Git (software)
10 37 (20.79%) Continuous Integration
11 34 (19.10%) WebDriver
12 33 (18.54%) QA Automation
13 32 (17.98%) API Testing
13 32 (17.98%) BDD
13 32 (17.98%) Test Scripting
14 27 (15.17%) SOAP
14 27 (15.17%) SoapUI
14 27 (15.17%) REST
15 26 (14.61%) Python
16 25 (14.04%) SDLC
17 24 (13.48%) Functional Testing
17 24 (13.48%) Finance
18 23 (12.92%) Regression Testing
19 22 (12.36%) Performance Testing
19 22 (12.36%) Software Testing
19 22 (12.36%) Test Strategy

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 16 (8.99%) Confluence
2 10 (5.62%) Apache Spark
3 3 (1.69%) CMS
3 3 (1.69%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (0.56%) Drupal
4 1 (0.56%) JBoss
4 1 (0.56%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.56%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.56%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (2.81%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.56%) FastStats
Cloud Services
1 12 (6.74%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (3.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (3.37%) OpenShift
3 2 (1.12%) BrowserStack
3 2 (1.12%) Office 365
3 2 (1.12%) SaaS
3 2 (1.12%) Sauce Labs
4 1 (0.56%) Amazon S3
4 1 (0.56%) GitHub
4 1 (0.56%) Google Play
4 1 (0.56%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 13 (7.30%) Internet
2 6 (3.37%) HTTP
3 2 (1.12%) Skype
4 1 (0.56%) BIG-IP
4 1 (0.56%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (7.87%) Big Data
1 14 (7.87%) Hadoop
2 7 (3.93%) MongoDB
2 7 (3.93%) SQL Server
3 5 (2.81%) Relational Database
4 2 (1.12%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.12%) Electronic Patient Records
4 2 (1.12%) Redis
4 2 (1.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.56%) Apache Hive
5 1 (0.56%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
5 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 77 (43.26%) Selenium
2 66 (37.08%) JIRA
3 51 (28.65%) Jenkins
4 45 (25.28%) Cucumber
5 37 (20.79%) Git (software)
6 34 (19.10%) WebDriver
7 27 (15.17%) SoapUI
8 15 (8.43%) Protractor
9 13 (7.30%) Mocha
10 12 (6.74%) TeamCity
11 11 (6.18%) Vagrant
12 9 (5.06%) JMeter
12 9 (5.06%) Karma Test Runner
13 8 (4.49%) SpecFlow
14 6 (3.37%) Capybara
14 6 (3.37%) GitLab
14 6 (3.37%) HP UFT
14 6 (3.37%) WATIR
15 5 (2.81%) Calabash
15 5 (2.81%) LoadRunner
General
1 24 (13.48%) Finance
2 16 (8.99%) Retail
3 15 (8.43%) Banking
4 9 (5.06%) Corporate Banking
4 9 (5.06%) Marketing
5 8 (4.49%) Games
5 8 (4.49%) Manufacturing
6 6 (3.37%) Telecoms
7 5 (2.81%) Electronics
8 2 (1.12%) Front Office
8 2 (1.12%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.12%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.56%) Arabic Language
9 1 (0.56%) Back Office
9 1 (0.56%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (21.35%) Web Services
2 27 (15.17%) REST
2 27 (15.17%) SOAP
3 20 (11.24%) .NET
4 16 (8.99%) RESTful
5 14 (7.87%) Gherkin
6 13 (7.30%) Node.js
7 11 (6.18%) AngularJS
7 11 (6.18%) XML
8 9 (5.06%) HTML
9 8 (4.49%) Chai
10 6 (3.37%) CSS
10 6 (3.37%) JSON
11 5 (2.81%) Behat
12 2 (1.12%) HTML5
13 1 (0.56%) .NET Framework
13 1 (0.56%) ActiveMQ
13 1 (0.56%) Ajax
13 1 (0.56%) CSS3
13 1 (0.56%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 21 (11.80%) Mobile App
2 8 (4.49%) Greenfield Project
3 7 (3.93%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.81%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.81%) User Experience
5 2 (1.12%) Derivative
5 2 (1.12%) Fintech
5 2 (1.12%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.12%) NHS
5 2 (1.12%) Smartphone
5 2 (1.12%) STB
6 1 (0.56%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.56%) Data Centre
6 1 (0.56%) Data Structures
6 1 (0.56%) Equities
6 1 (0.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.56%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.56%) Smart Home
6 1 (0.56%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.56%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 12 (6.74%) Linux
1 12 (6.74%) Windows
2 7 (3.93%) Apple iOS
3 6 (3.37%) Android
4 3 (1.69%) Mac OS X
5 2 (1.12%) Unix
6 1 (0.56%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.56%) Windows Mobile
6 1 (0.56%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 119 (66.85%) Test Automation
2 116 (65.17%) Agile Software Development
3 45 (25.28%) Scrum
4 37 (20.79%) Continuous Integration
4 37 (20.79%) TDD
5 33 (18.54%) QA Automation
6 32 (17.98%) API Testing
6 32 (17.98%) BDD
6 32 (17.98%) Test Scripting
7 25 (14.04%) SDLC
8 24 (13.48%) Functional Testing
9 23 (12.92%) Regression Testing
10 22 (12.36%) Performance Testing
10 22 (12.36%) Software Testing
10 22 (12.36%) Test Strategy
11 18 (10.11%) Defect Management
12 17 (9.55%) Open Source
13 15 (8.43%) Software Engineering
13 15 (8.43%) Unit Testing
13 15 (8.43%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 60 (33.71%) Java
2 51 (28.65%) SQL
3 26 (14.61%) Python
4 21 (11.80%) Scala
5 20 (11.24%) C#
5 20 (11.24%) JavaScript
6 17 (9.55%) Ruby
7 12 (6.74%) Groovy
7 12 (6.74%) Shell Script
8 5 (2.81%) PHP
8 5 (2.81%) VB
9 4 (2.25%) PowerShell
10 2 (1.12%) Apple Swift
10 2 (1.12%) C++
11 1 (0.56%) ANSI SQL
11 1 (0.56%) Perl
11 1 (0.56%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (9.55%) ISTQB
2 13 (7.30%) ISEB
3 7 (3.93%) Degree
4 4 (2.25%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (1.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.12%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.56%) CCNA
7 1 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.56%) EMCIE
7 1 (0.56%) HND
7 1 (0.56%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (0.56%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 178 (100.00%) QA
2 12 (6.74%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.12%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.12%) HL7
4 1 (0.56%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (1.12%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (1.69%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.56%) BMC PATROL
2 1 (0.56%) Grafana
2 1 (0.56%) Graphite
2 1 (0.56%) HockeyApp
2 1 (0.56%) Netcool
2 1 (0.56%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 11 (6.18%) Cloudera
1 11 (6.18%) Hortonworks
2 8 (4.49%) Atlassian
3 6 (3.37%) IBM
3 6 (3.37%) SAP
4 5 (2.81%) Microsoft
5 3 (1.69%) Google
5 3 (1.69%) HP
5 3 (1.69%) Murex
5 3 (1.69%) New Relic
5 3 (1.69%) Sitecore
6 2 (1.12%) BMC
6 2 (1.12%) Oracle
6 2 (1.12%) Xamarin
7 1 (0.56%) CA
7 1 (0.56%) Calypso
7 1 (0.56%) Cisco
7 1 (0.56%) Fidessa
7 1 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (0.56%) Sybase
London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 2 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 6 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £35 - £50 per hour
Posted: 14 days ago