Period
to 26 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 26 April 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
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 659 608 736
Rank change year-on-year -51 +128 -41
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 198 195 133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.23% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.23% 0.24% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 106 94
England median daily rate £400 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% +7.69% +1.56%
10th Percentile £275 £210 £205
90th Percentile £488 £500 £435
UK median daily rate £394 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +12.50% +7.69% +1.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 2
England median hourly rate £19.61 £115.00 £19.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -82.95% +495.85% -
10th Percentile £10.60 £107.50 £18.47
90th Percentile £124.11 £122.50 £19.89
UK median hourly rate £19.61 £115.00 £19.30
% change year-on-year -82.95% +495.85% -

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 87,787 80,085 93,563
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.87% 95.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,151 52,436 61,237
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £614 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,720 2,700 3,057
England median hourly rate £18.68 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.68% - +11.76%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.63 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.83
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £19.50
% change year-on-year -2.63% -2.56% +14.71%

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 26 April 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 26 April 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 26 April 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 -46 95 £425 +13.33% 25
South East -22 33 £400 +14.29% 14
North of England -10 32 £400 +25.00% 9
North West -19 18 £351 +16.84% 6
Midlands -10 17 £378 +2.03% 5
East of England +9 13 £335 - 6
West Midlands -10 11 £369 -15.71% 2
Yorkshire -18 9 £450 +57.89% 2
South West -10 7 £325 -
East Midlands -10 6 £380 +4.11% 3
North East +10 5 £325 -10.34% 1
QA Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 26 April 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
2 145 (73.23%) Test Automation
3 119 (60.10%) Agile Software Development
4 92 (46.46%) Selenium
5 79 (39.90%) Java
6 62 (31.31%) JIRA
6 62 (31.31%) SQL
7 59 (29.80%) Cucumber
8 52 (26.26%) BDD
9 49 (24.75%) Test Scripting
10 42 (21.21%) TDD
10 42 (21.21%) Scrum
11 41 (20.71%) Continuous Integration
12 39 (19.70%) Jenkins
13 37 (18.69%) WebDriver
14 33 (16.67%) C#
15 31 (15.66%) Web Services
15 31 (15.66%) Acceptance Criteria
16 30 (15.15%) Problem-Solving
16 30 (15.15%) Exploratory Testing
17 29 (14.65%) QA Automation
17 29 (14.65%) Manual Testing
18 27 (13.64%) Performance Testing
18 27 (13.64%) Ruby
19 26 (13.13%) Finance
19 26 (13.13%) Confluence
19 26 (13.13%) Git (software)
19 26 (13.13%) Functional Testing
20 24 (12.12%) SDLC
21 23 (11.62%) Kanban

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 26 (13.13%) Confluence
2 13 (6.57%) CMS
3 11 (5.56%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 9 (4.55%) Sitecore CMS
5 3 (1.52%) Umbraco
6 2 (1.01%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.51%) SAS
7 1 (0.51%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.51%) WordPress
Applications
1 6 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (1.52%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.51%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (1.01%) Magento
2 1 (0.51%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.51%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.51%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 18 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (6.06%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.54%) Sauce Labs
4 4 (2.02%) GitHub
5 3 (1.52%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.52%) BrowserStack
6 2 (1.01%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (1.01%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.51%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.51%) npm
7 1 (0.51%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.56%) Internet
2 3 (1.52%) SMS
3 1 (0.51%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (3.54%) Relational Database
2 6 (3.03%) Redis
2 6 (3.03%) SQL Server
3 3 (1.52%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (1.52%) NoSQL
4 2 (1.01%) Amazon DynamoDB
4 2 (1.01%) Amazon Redshift
4 2 (1.01%) Big Data
4 2 (1.01%) BigQuery
4 2 (1.01%) MongoDB
4 2 (1.01%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.01%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.51%) Blockchain
5 1 (0.51%) MySQL
5 1 (0.51%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.51%) Power BI
5 1 (0.51%) RDBMS
5 1 (0.51%) SQL Server 2016
5 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (0.51%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 92 (46.46%) Selenium
2 62 (31.31%) JIRA
3 59 (29.80%) Cucumber
4 39 (19.70%) Jenkins
5 37 (18.69%) WebDriver
6 26 (13.13%) Git (software)
7 21 (10.61%) SoapUI
8 15 (7.58%) Appium
8 15 (7.58%) SpecFlow
9 11 (5.56%) HP UFT
9 11 (5.56%) JMeter
9 11 (5.56%) JUnit
10 9 (4.55%) Protractor
11 8 (4.04%) Atlassian Bamboo
11 8 (4.04%) Bitbucket
12 7 (3.54%) WATIR
13 6 (3.03%) Visual Studio Team System
14 5 (2.53%) Calabash
14 5 (2.53%) Gatling
14 5 (2.53%) TestNG
General
1 26 (13.13%) Finance
2 10 (5.05%) Retail
3 8 (4.04%) Banking
4 7 (3.54%) Games
5 4 (2.02%) Front Office
6 3 (1.52%) Corporate Banking
6 3 (1.52%) Electronics
6 3 (1.52%) Marketing
7 2 (1.01%) Back Office
7 2 (1.01%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.01%) Law
7 2 (1.01%) Legal
7 2 (1.01%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.01%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.51%) Automotive
8 1 (0.51%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.51%) French Language
8 1 (0.51%) German Language
8 1 (0.51%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (15.66%) Web Services
2 22 (11.11%) Gherkin
3 21 (10.61%) .NET
3 21 (10.61%) REST
4 19 (9.60%) SOAP
5 11 (5.56%) RESTful
6 6 (3.03%) Node.js
7 5 (2.53%) Behat
7 5 (2.53%) Chai
8 4 (2.02%) AngularJS
8 4 (2.02%) XML
9 3 (1.52%) CSS
9 3 (1.52%) HTML
9 3 (1.52%) ODBC
9 3 (1.52%) WebdriverIO
10 2 (1.01%) Velocity
11 1 (0.51%) GWT
11 1 (0.51%) Natural Language Processing
11 1 (0.51%) Nightwatchjs
11 1 (0.51%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 18 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (8.08%) Mobile App
2 16 (8.08%) Self-Motivation
3 6 (3.03%) Computer Science
3 6 (3.03%) Greenfield Project
4 3 (1.52%) Video on Demand
5 2 (1.01%) Fintech
5 2 (1.01%) Fixed Income
5 2 (1.01%) IVR
5 2 (1.01%) Linux Command Line
5 2 (1.01%) Over-the-Top Content
5 2 (1.01%) User Experience
5 2 (1.01%) Xbox
6 1 (0.51%) Derivative
6 1 (0.51%) Equities
6 1 (0.51%) Equity Derivative
6 1 (0.51%) IPTV
6 1 (0.51%) PlayStation
6 1 (0.51%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 21 (10.61%) Android
2 15 (7.58%) Apple iOS
3 12 (6.06%) Windows
4 8 (4.04%) Mac OS X
5 5 (2.53%) Linux
6 2 (1.01%) Debian
6 2 (1.01%) Unix
7 1 (0.51%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 145 (73.23%) Test Automation
2 119 (60.10%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (26.26%) BDD
4 49 (24.75%) Test Scripting
5 42 (21.21%) Scrum
5 42 (21.21%) TDD
6 41 (20.71%) Continuous Integration
7 31 (15.66%) Acceptance Criteria
8 30 (15.15%) Exploratory Testing
8 30 (15.15%) Problem-Solving
9 29 (14.65%) Manual Testing
9 29 (14.65%) QA Automation
10 27 (13.64%) Performance Testing
11 26 (13.13%) Functional Testing
12 24 (12.12%) SDLC
13 23 (11.62%) Kanban
14 22 (11.11%) Scenario Testing
15 20 (10.10%) API Testing
15 20 (10.10%) Test Strategy
16 19 (9.60%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 79 (39.90%) Java
2 62 (31.31%) SQL
3 33 (16.67%) C#
4 27 (13.64%) Ruby
5 19 (9.60%) JavaScript
6 14 (7.07%) Python
7 11 (5.56%) Scala
8 9 (4.55%) Apple Swift
9 8 (4.04%) Groovy
10 5 (2.53%) VBA
11 3 (1.52%) VB
12 1 (0.51%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.51%) C++
12 1 (0.51%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.51%) PowerShell
12 1 (0.51%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (8.59%) Degree
2 13 (6.57%) Computer Science Degree
3 11 (5.56%) Security Cleared
4 9 (4.55%) ISTQB
4 9 (4.55%) SC Cleared
5 6 (3.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (2.53%) ISEB
7 4 (2.02%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (2.02%) Sun Certification
8 2 (1.01%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.51%) BC Cleared
9 1 (0.51%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 198 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.52%) WCAG
3 1 (0.51%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.51%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.51%) GDPR
3 1 (0.51%) MiFID
3 1 (0.51%) WAI
System Software
1 16 (8.08%) Docker
2 3 (1.52%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.51%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 6 (3.03%) HP ALM
2 3 (1.52%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.51%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (0.51%) Kibana
Vendors
1 11 (5.56%) Adobe
2 10 (5.05%) Sitecore
3 8 (4.04%) Atlassian
4 7 (3.54%) HP
4 7 (3.54%) Salesforce.com
5 4 (2.02%) Microsoft
5 4 (2.02%) Oracle
5 4 (2.02%) Talend
6 3 (1.52%) Google
7 2 (1.01%) Perfecto Mobile
7 2 (1.01%) SAP
8 1 (0.51%) AppDynamics
8 1 (0.51%) Capita
8 1 (0.51%) Charles River
8 1 (0.51%) Fidessa
8 1 (0.51%) IBM
8 1 (0.51%) Informatica
8 1 (0.51%) Murex
8 1 (0.51%) webMethods
8 1 (0.51%) Xamarin