The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £363 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
UK / England
Rank 490 539 516
Rank change year-on-year +49 -23  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 87 73 75
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.21% 0.15% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.16% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 52 43
Median daily rate £363 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.53% +1.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £194 £210 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £425 £468
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £310 £320
% change year-on-year +12.90% -3.12%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £18.60 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 39124 46334 45141
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.84% 95.21% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 25435 30385 27741
Median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.23% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1355 1447 1806
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

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 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 23 March 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 +17 39 £363 - 19
South East +12 11 £400 +35.59% 15
North East - 10 £350 -
South West +7 9 £325 +4.83% 2
West Midlands +18 7 £500 +66.66% 6
North West +20 4 £300 -4.00% 8
East Midlands 0 3 £365 +46.00%
East of England -4 3 - - 4
Yorkshire +8 1 - - 3
QA Tester
UK

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 March 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.

1 192 (100.00%) QA
2 125 (65.10%) Agile Software Development
3 103 (53.65%) Selenium
4 67 (34.90%) JIRA
5 62 (32.29%) Java
6 57 (29.69%) SQL
7 54 (28.13%) BDD
8 53 (27.60%) Test Automation
9 49 (25.52%) Cucumber
10 42 (21.88%) Test Scripting
11 41 (21.35%) WebDriver
11 41 (21.35%) SoapUI
12 36 (18.75%) Jenkins
13 34 (17.71%) Automation Testing
13 34 (17.71%) Automated Testing
14 33 (17.19%) API Testing
15 32 (16.67%) Performance Testing
15 32 (16.67%) .NET
16 31 (16.15%) Scrum
16 31 (16.15%) TDD
16 31 (16.15%) QA Automation
17 30 (15.63%) Web Services
18 29 (15.10%) JavaScript
19 28 (14.58%) C#
19 28 (14.58%) Finance
19 28 (14.58%) Defect Management
20 26 (13.54%) Continuous Integration
21 24 (12.50%) Git (software)
21 24 (12.50%) XML
22 23 (11.98%) SDLC

QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 23 (11.98%) Confluence
2 6 (3.13%) CMS
3 2 (1.04%) JBoss
3 2 (1.04%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.52%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (0.52%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.52%) Drupal
4 1 (0.52%) EPiServer
4 1 (0.52%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.52%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.52%) WordPress
Applications
1 2 (1.04%) MS Excel
1 2 (1.04%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.52%) MS Office
2 1 (0.52%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (5.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (2.08%) FastStats
3 1 (0.52%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 10 (5.21%) Amazon AWS
2 8 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.56%) GitHub
4 2 (1.04%) SaaS
4 2 (1.04%) Slack
5 1 (0.52%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.52%) Google Play
5 1 (0.52%) Office 365
5 1 (0.52%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 8 (4.17%) HTTP
2 4 (2.08%) Internet
3 1 (0.52%) BIG-IP
3 1 (0.52%) DSL
3 1 (0.52%) Firewall
3 1 (0.52%) Skype
3 1 (0.52%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.73%) SQL Server
2 10 (5.21%) Relational Database
3 7 (3.65%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (3.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (2.08%) Big Data
5 4 (2.08%) SQL Server 2008
5 4 (2.08%) SQL Server 2012
5 4 (2.08%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 2 (1.04%) Apache Hive
6 2 (1.04%) Azure SQL Database
6 2 (1.04%) Electronic Patient Records
6 2 (1.04%) Hadoop
6 2 (1.04%) MongoDB
6 2 (1.04%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.52%) GIS
7 1 (0.52%) MySQL
7 1 (0.52%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.52%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.52%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.52%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 103 (53.65%) Selenium
2 67 (34.90%) JIRA
3 49 (25.52%) Cucumber
4 41 (21.35%) SoapUI
4 41 (21.35%) WebDriver
5 36 (18.75%) Jenkins
6 24 (12.50%) Git (software)
7 13 (6.77%) TeamCity
8 12 (6.25%) HP UFT
8 12 (6.25%) SpecFlow
9 10 (5.21%) JMeter
10 9 (4.69%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (4.17%) Capybara
11 8 (4.17%) WATIR
12 7 (3.65%) LoadRunner
12 7 (3.65%) Visual Studio
13 6 (3.13%) Subversion
14 5 (2.60%) Bugzilla
14 5 (2.60%) Mocha
14 5 (2.60%) Sahi
General
1 28 (14.58%) Finance
2 13 (6.77%) Marketing
3 11 (5.73%) Manufacturing
4 10 (5.21%) Electronics
4 10 (5.21%) Telecoms
5 8 (4.17%) Retail
6 5 (2.60%) Banking
6 5 (2.60%) Games
7 4 (2.08%) Investment Banking
8 2 (1.04%) Back Office
8 2 (1.04%) Legal
8 2 (1.04%) Publishing
9 1 (0.52%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.52%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (16.67%) .NET
2 30 (15.63%) Web Services
3 24 (12.50%) XML
4 22 (11.46%) SOAP
5 21 (10.94%) Gherkin
6 14 (7.29%) HTML
6 14 (7.29%) REST
7 13 (6.77%) RESTful
8 8 (4.17%) CSS
8 8 (4.17%) JSON
9 6 (3.13%) AngularJS
10 5 (2.60%) .NET Framework
10 5 (2.60%) Node.js
11 4 (2.08%) Behat
12 3 (1.56%) HTML5
12 3 (1.56%) XSD
13 2 (1.04%) React
13 2 (1.04%) Twitter Bootstrap
14 1 (0.52%) Highcharts JS
14 1 (0.52%) Laravel
Miscellaneous
1 13 (6.77%) Analytical Skills
1 13 (6.77%) Mobile App
2 7 (3.65%) Computer Science
3 5 (2.60%) Mainframe
3 5 (2.60%) User Experience
4 4 (2.08%) Replication
5 3 (1.56%) Equities
5 3 (1.56%) NHS
6 2 (1.04%) Credit Risk
6 2 (1.04%) Smartphone
7 1 (0.52%) Algorithms
7 1 (0.52%) Data Structures
7 1 (0.52%) Derivative
7 1 (0.52%) Equity Derivative
7 1 (0.52%) Fat Client
7 1 (0.52%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.52%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (0.52%) PKI
7 1 (0.52%) Thin Client
7 1 (0.52%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 13 (6.77%) Windows
2 12 (6.25%) Linux
3 9 (4.69%) Apple iOS
3 9 (4.69%) Unix
4 6 (3.13%) Android
5 1 (0.52%) Mac OS X
5 1 (0.52%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 125 (65.10%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (28.13%) BDD
3 53 (27.60%) Test Automation
4 42 (21.88%) Test Scripting
5 34 (17.71%) Automated Testing
5 34 (17.71%) Automation Testing
6 33 (17.19%) API Testing
7 32 (16.67%) Performance Testing
8 31 (16.15%) QA Automation
8 31 (16.15%) Scrum
8 31 (16.15%) TDD
9 28 (14.58%) Defect Management
10 26 (13.54%) Continuous Integration
11 23 (11.98%) SDLC
11 23 (11.98%) Test Strategy
12 20 (10.42%) Regression Testing
13 19 (9.90%) Exploratory Testing
13 19 (9.90%) Manual Testing
13 19 (9.90%) User Acceptance Testing
13 19 (9.90%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 62 (32.29%) Java
2 57 (29.69%) SQL
3 29 (15.10%) JavaScript
4 28 (14.58%) C#
5 18 (9.38%) Ruby
6 16 (8.33%) Scala
7 13 (6.77%) Groovy
7 13 (6.77%) Python
8 7 (3.65%) PHP
9 4 (2.08%) PowerShell
9 4 (2.08%) VB
10 3 (1.56%) T-SQL
11 2 (1.04%) Shell Script
11 2 (1.04%) TypeScript
11 2 (1.04%) VB.NET
12 1 (0.52%) ANSI SQL
12 1 (0.52%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.52%) PL/SQL
12 1 (0.52%) VBA
12 1 (0.52%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 20 (10.42%) ISEB
2 17 (8.85%) ISTQB
3 8 (4.17%) Degree
4 4 (2.08%) BPSS Clearance
5 3 (1.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.52%) CCNA
6 1 (0.52%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.52%) EMCIE
6 1 (0.52%) HND
6 1 (0.52%) Network+ Certification
6 1 (0.52%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.52%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 192 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (1.04%) Data Quality
2 2 (1.04%) HL7
2 2 (1.04%) SDET
2 2 (1.04%) SLA
2 2 (1.04%) WCAG
3 1 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.52%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.52%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (1.56%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.52%) BMC PATROL
2 1 (0.52%) Grafana
2 1 (0.52%) Graphite
2 1 (0.52%) HockeyApp
2 1 (0.52%) Netcool
2 1 (0.52%) Oozie
2 1 (0.52%) SCCM
2 1 (0.52%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 12 (6.25%) Microsoft
2 11 (5.73%) Atlassian
2 11 (5.73%) SAP
3 9 (4.69%) Oracle
4 3 (1.56%) Google
4 3 (1.56%) New Relic
5 2 (1.04%) BMC
5 2 (1.04%) Informatica
6 1 (0.52%) Adobe
6 1 (0.52%) Apple
6 1 (0.52%) CA
6 1 (0.52%) Cisco
6 1 (0.52%) Citrix
6 1 (0.52%) EMC
6 1 (0.52%) Fidessa
6 1 (0.52%) HP
6 1 (0.52%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (0.52%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.52%) Sybase
6 1 (0.52%) Teradata
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