Period
to 20 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 20 November 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
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 648 696 729
Rank change year-on-year +48 +33 -62
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 203 180 142
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.22% 0.19% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.20% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 120 124 102
England median daily rate £350 £364 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.78% +3.93% +7.69%
10th Percentile £250 £179 £251
90th Percentile £525 £494 £438
UK median daily rate £350 £364 £350
% change year-on-year -3.78% +3.93% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
England median hourly rate £12.00 £42.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -71.43% +110.00% -
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £42.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -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 89119 91561 99256
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.77% 94.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 59385 60311 64207
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2639 2960 3840
England median hourly rate £18.69 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.00% +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.96 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

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 20 November 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 6 months to 20 November 2017. 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 -16 105 £375 - 15
South East +22 37 £400 +14.29% 10
South West +22 21 £350 -3.45% 3
North of England +49 16 £369 +5.36% 6
East of England -7 13 £334 -16.56% 6
Midlands +16 10 £369 +145.83% 6
North West +15 9 £300 -18.64% 3
Yorkshire +18 6 £425 +49.12% 3
East Midlands - 6 £375 - 2
West Midlands +14 4 £363 +141.67% 4
North East +55 1 - -
QA Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 20 November 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.

1 203 (100.00%) QA
2 141 (69.46%) Test Automation
3 113 (55.67%) Agile Software Development
4 94 (46.31%) Selenium
5 76 (37.44%) JIRA
6 71 (34.98%) Cucumber
7 63 (31.03%) Java
8 51 (25.12%) SQL
9 50 (24.63%) Jenkins
10 48 (23.65%) BDD
11 46 (22.66%) SOAP
12 45 (22.17%) Test Scripting
13 44 (21.67%) Continuous Integration
13 44 (21.67%) Git (software)
14 43 (21.18%) WebDriver
15 37 (18.23%) Web Services
16 34 (16.75%) Scrum
16 34 (16.75%) Confluence
16 34 (16.75%) Functional Testing
17 33 (16.26%) SoapUI
18 32 (15.76%) TDD
19 31 (15.27%) Regression Testing
19 31 (15.27%) Finance
20 30 (14.78%) SDLC
21 29 (14.29%) Mobile App
22 28 (13.79%) QA Automation
23 27 (13.30%) API Testing
24 26 (12.81%) Amazon AWS
25 25 (12.32%) Windows
25 25 (12.32%) C#

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 34 (16.75%) Confluence
2 4 (1.97%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 3 (1.48%) CMS
4 2 (0.99%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.99%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.49%) EPiServer
5 1 (0.49%) SAS
5 1 (0.49%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.49%) WebLogic
Applications
1 6 (2.96%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.99%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.49%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (0.49%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 26 (12.81%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (7.39%) Sauce Labs
3 13 (6.40%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.99%) BrowserStack
4 2 (0.99%) GitHub
4 2 (0.99%) PaaS
5 1 (0.49%) npm
5 1 (0.49%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 18 (8.87%) Internet
2 4 (1.97%) HTTP
3 2 (0.99%) Firewall
4 1 (0.49%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.49%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (7.88%) Redis
2 11 (5.42%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.96%) Big Data
3 6 (2.96%) Hadoop
4 5 (2.46%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.99%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.99%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.49%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.49%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.49%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.49%) Firebird
6 1 (0.49%) Power BI
6 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 94 (46.31%) Selenium
2 76 (37.44%) JIRA
3 71 (34.98%) Cucumber
4 50 (24.63%) Jenkins
5 44 (21.67%) Git (software)
6 43 (21.18%) WebDriver
7 33 (16.26%) SoapUI
8 22 (10.84%) Appium
9 21 (10.34%) SpecFlow
10 18 (8.87%) Bitbucket
11 16 (7.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 14 (6.90%) JUnit
13 12 (5.91%) Team Foundation Server
14 11 (5.42%) Protractor
15 10 (4.93%) Visual Studio
16 7 (3.45%) JMeter
17 6 (2.96%) Maven
17 6 (2.96%) NUnit
18 5 (2.46%) Talend Open Studio
18 5 (2.46%) TeamCity
General
1 31 (15.27%) Finance
2 21 (10.34%) Banking
3 16 (7.88%) Retail
4 15 (7.39%) Telecoms
5 13 (6.40%) Manufacturing
6 12 (5.91%) Corporate Banking
6 12 (5.91%) Games
6 12 (5.91%) Marketing
7 10 (4.93%) Electronics
8 5 (2.46%) Retail Banking
9 4 (1.97%) Investment Banking
10 3 (1.48%) Publishing
11 2 (0.99%) Advertising
11 2 (0.99%) Front Office
11 2 (0.99%) Legal
12 1 (0.49%) Back Office
12 1 (0.49%) Law
12 1 (0.49%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 46 (22.66%) SOAP
2 37 (18.23%) Web Services
3 22 (10.84%) REST
4 19 (9.36%) .NET
5 14 (6.90%) Gherkin
6 10 (4.93%) Node.js
6 10 (4.93%) RESTful
7 7 (3.45%) JSON
8 4 (1.97%) AngularJS
8 4 (1.97%) HTML
8 4 (1.97%) XML
9 3 (1.48%) Behat
9 3 (1.48%) Spring
10 2 (0.99%) FIX Protocol
10 2 (0.99%) HTML5
10 2 (0.99%) OAuth
10 2 (0.99%) OAuth2
10 2 (0.99%) OpenID
10 2 (0.99%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 2 (0.99%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 29 (14.29%) Mobile App
2 21 (10.34%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (6.90%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (3.94%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 4 (1.97%) Equities
6 4 (1.97%) Fintech
6 4 (1.97%) User Experience
7 3 (1.48%) Smartphone
8 2 (0.99%) Client/Server
8 2 (0.99%) Derivative
8 2 (0.99%) Equity Derivative
8 2 (0.99%) Smart Home
8 2 (0.99%) Video on Demand
9 1 (0.49%) Handset
9 1 (0.49%) Linux Command Line
9 1 (0.49%) Mainframe
9 1 (0.49%) Oculus Rift
9 1 (0.49%) Over-the-Top Content
9 1 (0.49%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 25 (12.32%) Windows
2 21 (10.34%) Android
2 21 (10.34%) Apple iOS
3 16 (7.88%) Mac OS X
4 6 (2.96%) Linux
5 2 (0.99%) Unix
5 2 (0.99%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (0.99%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.49%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (69.46%) Test Automation
2 113 (55.67%) Agile Software Development
3 48 (23.65%) BDD
4 45 (22.17%) Test Scripting
5 44 (21.67%) Continuous Integration
6 34 (16.75%) Functional Testing
6 34 (16.75%) Scrum
7 32 (15.76%) TDD
8 31 (15.27%) Regression Testing
9 30 (14.78%) SDLC
10 28 (13.79%) QA Automation
11 27 (13.30%) API Testing
12 22 (10.84%) Exploratory Testing
12 22 (10.84%) Manual Testing
13 21 (10.34%) Software Testing
14 20 (9.85%) Test Strategy
15 19 (9.36%) Kanban
16 18 (8.87%) Cross-Browser Testing
17 15 (7.39%) Compatibility Testing
17 15 (7.39%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 63 (31.03%) Java
2 51 (25.12%) SQL
3 25 (12.32%) C#
4 24 (11.82%) JavaScript
5 17 (8.37%) Apple Swift
5 17 (8.37%) Ruby
6 11 (5.42%) Python
7 9 (4.43%) Scala
8 5 (2.46%) C++
8 5 (2.46%) Groovy
9 3 (1.48%) VBA
10 2 (0.99%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.99%) C
10 2 (0.99%) Perl
10 2 (0.99%) PowerShell
10 2 (0.99%) VB
11 1 (0.49%) COBOL
11 1 (0.49%) Delphi
11 1 (0.49%) JCL
11 1 (0.49%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 19 (9.36%) Degree
2 10 (4.93%) Computer Science Degree
3 8 (3.94%) Security Cleared
4 6 (2.96%) ISEB
4 6 (2.96%) ISTQB
5 4 (1.97%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (1.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (1.48%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.49%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (100.00%) QA
2 10 (4.93%) WCAG
3 3 (1.48%) MiFID
4 2 (0.99%) WAI
5 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 20 (9.85%) Docker
2 1 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (5.91%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.48%) Kibana
3 2 (0.99%) Grafana
Vendors
1 14 (6.90%) Microsoft
2 10 (4.93%) SAP
3 7 (3.45%) HP
3 7 (3.45%) Salesforce.com
4 6 (2.96%) Atlassian
4 6 (2.96%) Charles River
5 5 (2.46%) Talend
6 4 (1.97%) Adobe
6 4 (1.97%) Oracle
7 3 (1.48%) Sitecore
8 2 (0.99%) IBM
8 2 (0.99%) Perfecto Mobile
8 2 (0.99%) Splunk
9 1 (0.49%) Fidessa
9 1 (0.49%) hybris
9 1 (0.49%) New Relic
9 1 (0.49%) Samsung
9 1 (0.49%) Teradata
9 1 (0.49%) webMethods
9 1 (0.49%) Yardi