Period
to 18 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 18 October 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
18 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 654 647 706
Rank change year-on-year -7 +59 +31
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 198 201 179
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.22% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.23% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 118 127
England median daily rate £400 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% -3.45% +3.57%
10th Percentile £284 £250 £160
90th Percentile £533 £538 £500
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £363
% change year-on-year +14.29% -3.45% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
England median hourly rate £11.50 £12.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.17% -71.43% +110.00%
10th Percentile £11.00 £12.00 £35.90
90th Percentile £12.00 £12.00 £44.90
UK median hourly rate £11.50 £12.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year -4.17% -71.43% +110.00%

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 89,252 86,678 93,612
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.72% 94.86% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,439 57,438 61,666
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,830 2,559 2,986
England median hourly rate £18.18 £18.70 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.77% +1.08% +4.11%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.78 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £46.50
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.28
% change year-on-year -3.74% +2.33% +1.58%

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 18 October 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
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 18 October 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 -26 97 £450 +20.00% 17
South East -5 42 £400 +23.08% 9
Midlands -4 19 £338 -10.00% 6
North of England -28 19 £363 -9.38% 5
North West -13 15 £390 +22.35% 3
West Midlands -6 14 £406 +6.56% 2
East of England -5 12 £378 +13.11% 2
South West -24 7 £250 -23.08% 5
East Midlands +5 5 £324 -13.67% 4
Yorkshire -22 3 £319 -28.17% 1
North East -2 1 - - 1
QA Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 18 October 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.

1 198 (100.00%) QA
2 143 (72.22%) Test Automation
3 125 (63.13%) Agile Software Development
4 106 (53.54%) Selenium
5 76 (38.38%) Java
6 59 (29.80%) SQL
7 58 (29.29%) Cucumber
8 54 (27.27%) JIRA
9 49 (24.75%) BDD
10 46 (23.23%) TDD
10 46 (23.23%) Finance
11 45 (22.73%) JavaScript
12 39 (19.70%) QA Automation
13 36 (18.18%) Scrum
13 36 (18.18%) Test Strategy
14 35 (17.68%) WebDriver
15 34 (17.17%) Continuous Integration
16 32 (16.16%) C#
17 31 (15.66%) Regression Testing
18 30 (15.15%) DevOps
19 27 (13.64%) Manual Testing
20 26 (13.13%) Performance Testing
20 26 (13.13%) Web Services
20 26 (13.13%) Problem-Solving
21 25 (12.63%) Jenkins
21 25 (12.63%) Confluence
22 24 (12.12%) Test Scripting
22 24 (12.12%) SDLC
23 23 (11.62%) Gherkin
24 22 (11.11%) SpecFlow

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 25 (12.63%) Confluence
2 3 (1.52%) CMS
2 3 (1.52%) SharePoint
3 2 (1.01%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.51%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (0.51%) Apache
4 1 (0.51%) JBoss
4 1 (0.51%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.51%) WordPress
Applications
1 8 (4.04%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.51%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 6 (3.03%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.01%) thinkFolio
3 1 (0.51%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 14 (7.07%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (3.54%) Sauce Labs
3 6 (3.03%) BrowserStack
4 4 (2.02%) GitHub
5 3 (1.52%) Slack
6 2 (1.01%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.56%) Internet
2 2 (1.01%) DNS
3 1 (0.51%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.08%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.05%) MySQL
3 6 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (2.02%) Redis
5 2 (1.01%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.01%) Neo4j
5 2 (1.01%) Pentaho
5 2 (1.01%) SQL Server 2012
5 2 (1.01%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.01%) ZAP BI
6 1 (0.51%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.51%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.51%) Big Data
6 1 (0.51%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.51%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.51%) Impala
6 1 (0.51%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 106 (53.54%) Selenium
2 58 (29.29%) Cucumber
3 54 (27.27%) JIRA
4 35 (17.68%) WebDriver
5 25 (12.63%) Jenkins
6 22 (11.11%) SpecFlow
7 21 (10.61%) Git (software)
8 18 (9.09%) JMeter
8 18 (9.09%) Protractor
9 16 (8.08%) SoapUI
10 12 (6.06%) HP UFT
11 8 (4.04%) Appium
11 8 (4.04%) LoadRunner
12 7 (3.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 7 (3.54%) JUnit
12 7 (3.54%) Maven
12 7 (3.54%) Robot Framework
12 7 (3.54%) Visual Studio
13 6 (3.03%) Team Foundation Server
14 5 (2.53%) WATIR
General
1 46 (23.23%) Finance
2 12 (6.06%) Retail
3 11 (5.56%) Banking
4 5 (2.53%) Front Office
5 3 (1.52%) Financial Institution
6 2 (1.01%) Back Office
6 2 (1.01%) Games
6 2 (1.01%) Marketing
7 1 (0.51%) Automotive
7 1 (0.51%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.51%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.51%) Law
7 1 (0.51%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (13.13%) Web Services
2 23 (11.62%) Gherkin
3 22 (11.11%) .NET
4 18 (9.09%) REST
5 16 (8.08%) SOAP
6 8 (4.04%) HTML
7 7 (3.54%) AngularJS
7 7 (3.54%) CSS
7 7 (3.54%) J2EE
7 7 (3.54%) Nightwatchjs
8 6 (3.03%) Jest
8 6 (3.03%) JSON
8 6 (3.03%) React
8 6 (3.03%) RESTful
8 6 (3.03%) WebdriverIO
8 6 (3.03%) XML
9 3 (1.52%) Chai
9 3 (1.52%) Pyramid
10 2 (1.01%) React Native
10 2 (1.01%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 20 (10.10%) Mobile App
2 16 (8.08%) Analytical Skills
3 13 (6.57%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (3.03%) Hybrid Cloud
5 5 (2.53%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.53%) User Experience
6 4 (2.02%) Fintech
6 4 (2.02%) Greenfield Project
7 3 (1.52%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.51%) Client/Server
8 1 (0.51%) Equities
8 1 (0.51%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.51%) IVR
8 1 (0.51%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.51%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.51%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.51%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 16 (8.08%) Android
2 14 (7.07%) Windows
3 13 (6.57%) Apple iOS
4 6 (3.03%) Windows Server
5 5 (2.53%) Linux
5 5 (2.53%) Mac OS X
6 2 (1.01%) Unix
7 1 (0.51%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 143 (72.22%) Test Automation
2 125 (63.13%) Agile Software Development
3 49 (24.75%) BDD
4 46 (23.23%) TDD
5 39 (19.70%) QA Automation
6 36 (18.18%) Scrum
6 36 (18.18%) Test Strategy
7 34 (17.17%) Continuous Integration
8 31 (15.66%) Regression Testing
9 30 (15.15%) DevOps
10 27 (13.64%) Manual Testing
11 26 (13.13%) Performance Testing
11 26 (13.13%) Problem-Solving
12 24 (12.12%) SDLC
12 24 (12.12%) Test Scripting
13 20 (10.10%) Microservices
14 18 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
15 16 (8.08%) E-Commerce
15 16 (8.08%) Kanban
16 15 (7.58%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 76 (38.38%) Java
2 59 (29.80%) SQL
3 45 (22.73%) JavaScript
4 32 (16.16%) C#
5 16 (8.08%) Python
5 16 (8.08%) Ruby
6 8 (4.04%) Groovy
7 6 (3.03%) Apple Swift
7 6 (3.03%) C++
7 6 (3.03%) VBA
8 5 (2.53%) C
8 5 (2.53%) PHP
8 5 (2.53%) T-SQL
9 4 (2.02%) VB
10 2 (1.01%) F#
10 2 (1.01%) Scala
11 1 (0.51%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 11 (5.56%) ISEB
2 10 (5.05%) ISTQB
3 6 (3.03%) Degree
4 5 (2.53%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.53%) Security Cleared
5 4 (2.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (1.52%) Master's Degree
7 2 (1.01%) IRCA
7 2 (1.01%) Six Sigma Black Belt
8 1 (0.51%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.51%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (0.51%) DBS Check
8 1 (0.51%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 198 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.52%) Data Quality
2 3 (1.52%) GDPR
3 2 (1.01%) ISO 9001
3 2 (1.01%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (1.01%) WCAG
System Software
1 12 (6.06%) Docker
2 1 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 7 (3.54%) Ansible
1 7 (3.54%) Terraform
2 3 (1.52%) HP ALM
2 3 (1.52%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.52%) Nessus
3 1 (0.51%) Hadoop YARN
3 1 (0.51%) Oozie
3 1 (0.51%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 12 (6.06%) Oracle
2 9 (4.55%) Microsoft
3 6 (3.03%) HP
4 4 (2.02%) Atlassian
5 3 (1.52%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (1.01%) Sitecore
6 2 (1.01%) Software AG
6 2 (1.01%) Vermilion
6 2 (1.01%) webMethods
7 1 (0.51%) Adobe
7 1 (0.51%) Apple
7 1 (0.51%) Capita
7 1 (0.51%) Cloudera
7 1 (0.51%) CyberArk
7 1 (0.51%) Hortonworks
7 1 (0.51%) hybris
7 1 (0.51%) Murex
7 1 (0.51%) SAP
7 1 (0.51%) Talend