Period
to 19 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £356 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 19 January 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
19 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 607 623 716
Rank change year-on-year +16 +93 -38
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 223 204 125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.24% 0.23% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.26% 0.24% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 133 86
England median daily rate £356 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.79% +7.69% -
10th Percentile £261 £215 £250
90th Percentile £489 £476 £438
UK median daily rate £363 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +3.57% +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 1
England median hourly rate £12.00 £44.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -72.73% +120.00% +37.93%
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £44.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year -72.73% +120.00% +37.93%

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 87,421 85,327 94,319
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.78% 95.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,646 56,201 61,003
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,544 2,910 3,601
England median hourly rate £18.10 £18.39 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.55% -0.61% +12.12%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £46.25
UK median hourly rate £18.36 £18.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year +2.01% -3.64% +13.21%

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 19 January 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 19 January 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 19 January 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 -21 114 £375 +3.45% 16
South East -7 39 £400 +14.29% 10
North of England +29 27 £340 -2.86% 7
South West +10 21 £350 +7.69% 6
North West +2 15 £300 -5.14% 6
East of England -2 11 £336 -15.94% 8
Midlands 0 10 £369 -1.67% 6
Yorkshire +18 9 £425 +49.12% 1
West Midlands 0 6 £363 -3.33% 5
East Midlands +1 4 £375 - 1
North East +40 3 £300 -25.00%
QA Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 19 January 2018, 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.

1 223 (100.00%) QA
2 151 (67.71%) Test Automation
3 118 (52.91%) Agile Software Development
4 92 (41.26%) Selenium
5 79 (35.43%) JIRA
6 74 (33.18%) Java
7 70 (31.39%) Cucumber
8 64 (28.70%) Test Scripting
9 58 (26.01%) SQL
10 50 (22.42%) BDD
11 42 (18.83%) SOAP
12 41 (18.39%) Jenkins
13 40 (17.94%) WebDriver
13 40 (17.94%) Continuous Integration
14 38 (17.04%) Web Services
15 35 (15.70%) SDLC
16 34 (15.25%) SoapUI
16 34 (15.25%) Finance
16 34 (15.25%) Confluence
16 34 (15.25%) Git (software)
16 34 (15.25%) Manual Testing
17 33 (14.80%) Scrum
17 33 (14.80%) Functional Testing
18 32 (14.35%) TDD
18 32 (14.35%) Regression Testing
19 30 (13.45%) C#
20 26 (11.66%) .NET
20 26 (11.66%) Ruby
20 26 (11.66%) Analytical Skills
21 25 (11.21%) Exploratory Testing

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 (15.25%) Confluence
2 8 (3.59%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 5 (2.24%) CMS
4 2 (0.90%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.45%) EPiServer
5 1 (0.45%) SAS
5 1 (0.45%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.45%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.45%) WordPress
Applications
1 7 (3.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.90%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.45%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.90%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.45%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.45%) Magento
2 1 (0.45%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.45%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 25 (11.21%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (5.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 11 (4.93%) Sauce Labs
4 3 (1.35%) Amazon S3
5 2 (0.90%) BrowserStack
5 2 (0.90%) GitHub
5 2 (0.90%) PaaS
6 1 (0.45%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 13 (5.83%) Internet
2 4 (1.79%) HTTP
3 2 (0.90%) Firewall
4 1 (0.45%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.45%) SMS
4 1 (0.45%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (5.38%) Redis
2 11 (4.93%) SQL Server
3 7 (3.14%) Relational Database
4 6 (2.69%) Big Data
4 6 (2.69%) Hadoop
5 2 (0.90%) Amazon Redshift
5 2 (0.90%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.90%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.90%) Oracle Database
6 1 (0.45%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.45%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.45%) Firebird
6 1 (0.45%) NoSQL
6 1 (0.45%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.45%) Power BI
6 1 (0.45%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 92 (41.26%) Selenium
2 79 (35.43%) JIRA
3 70 (31.39%) Cucumber
4 41 (18.39%) Jenkins
5 40 (17.94%) WebDriver
6 34 (15.25%) Git (software)
6 34 (15.25%) SoapUI
7 20 (8.97%) SpecFlow
8 19 (8.52%) Appium
9 15 (6.73%) Bitbucket
10 13 (5.83%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 13 (5.83%) JUnit
10 13 (5.83%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (4.04%) Visual Studio
12 7 (3.14%) JMeter
12 7 (3.14%) NUnit
13 6 (2.69%) Calabash
13 6 (2.69%) Maven
14 5 (2.24%) HP UFT
15 4 (1.79%) Eclipse
General
1 34 (15.25%) Finance
2 15 (6.73%) Telecoms
3 14 (6.28%) Banking
4 13 (5.83%) Marketing
5 12 (5.38%) Games
5 12 (5.38%) Retail
6 11 (4.93%) Electronics
7 10 (4.48%) Manufacturing
8 8 (3.59%) Corporate Banking
9 4 (1.79%) Front Office
9 4 (1.79%) Retail Banking
10 3 (1.35%) Law
11 2 (0.90%) Advertising
11 2 (0.90%) Legal
11 2 (0.90%) Publishing
12 1 (0.45%) French Language
12 1 (0.45%) German Language
12 1 (0.45%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.45%) Military
12 1 (0.45%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (18.83%) SOAP
2 38 (17.04%) Web Services
3 26 (11.66%) .NET
4 22 (9.87%) Gherkin
5 21 (9.42%) REST
6 10 (4.48%) RESTful
7 5 (2.24%) HTML
7 5 (2.24%) JSON
7 5 (2.24%) Node.js
7 5 (2.24%) XML
8 3 (1.35%) Behat
9 2 (0.90%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.90%) HTML5
9 2 (0.90%) OAuth
9 2 (0.90%) OAuth2
9 2 (0.90%) OpenID
9 2 (0.90%) YAML
10 1 (0.45%) ASP.NET Web API
10 1 (0.45%) Unity (Game Engine)
10 1 (0.45%) Unreal Engine
Miscellaneous
1 26 (11.66%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (10.76%) Mobile App
3 16 (7.17%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (3.59%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 5 (2.24%) User Experience
7 4 (1.79%) Fintech
7 4 (1.79%) Video on Demand
8 3 (1.35%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (0.90%) Client/Server
9 2 (0.90%) Over-the-Top Content
9 2 (0.90%) Smartphone
10 1 (0.45%) CESG
10 1 (0.45%) Derivative
10 1 (0.45%) Equities
10 1 (0.45%) Equity Derivative
10 1 (0.45%) Handset
10 1 (0.45%) Hedge funds
10 1 (0.45%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.45%) Oculus Rift
Operating Systems
1 22 (9.87%) Android
1 22 (9.87%) Windows
2 18 (8.07%) Apple iOS
3 13 (5.83%) Mac OS X
4 8 (3.59%) Linux
5 2 (0.90%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.45%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (67.71%) Test Automation
2 118 (52.91%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (28.70%) Test Scripting
4 50 (22.42%) BDD
5 40 (17.94%) Continuous Integration
6 35 (15.70%) SDLC
7 34 (15.25%) Manual Testing
8 33 (14.80%) Functional Testing
8 33 (14.80%) Scrum
9 32 (14.35%) Regression Testing
9 32 (14.35%) TDD
10 25 (11.21%) Exploratory Testing
11 23 (10.31%) API Testing
11 23 (10.31%) Kanban
11 23 (10.31%) QA Automation
12 22 (9.87%) Software Testing
12 22 (9.87%) Test Strategy
13 20 (8.97%) Defect Management
14 19 (8.52%) Acceptance Criteria
15 18 (8.07%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 74 (33.18%) Java
2 58 (26.01%) SQL
3 30 (13.45%) C#
4 26 (11.66%) Ruby
5 18 (8.07%) JavaScript
6 17 (7.62%) Python
7 14 (6.28%) Apple Swift
8 12 (5.38%) Scala
9 7 (3.14%) Groovy
10 5 (2.24%) VBA
11 3 (1.35%) VB
12 2 (0.90%) Bash Shell
12 2 (0.90%) C
12 2 (0.90%) C++
12 2 (0.90%) Perl
12 2 (0.90%) PowerShell
13 1 (0.45%) COBOL
13 1 (0.45%) Delphi
13 1 (0.45%) Go
13 1 (0.45%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 24 (10.76%) Degree
2 15 (6.73%) Computer Science Degree
3 12 (5.38%) Security Cleared
4 7 (3.14%) ISTQB
4 7 (3.14%) SC Cleared
5 5 (2.24%) BPSS Clearance
5 5 (2.24%) ISEB
5 5 (2.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (0.90%) Sun Certification
7 1 (0.45%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.45%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 223 (100.00%) QA
2 7 (3.14%) WCAG
3 3 (1.35%) MiFID
4 1 (0.45%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.45%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (0.45%) WAI
System Software
1 17 (7.62%) Docker
2 1 (0.45%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 13 (5.83%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.79%) Kibana
3 2 (0.90%) Grafana
4 1 (0.45%) Business Desktop Deployment
Vendors
1 13 (5.83%) Microsoft
2 10 (4.48%) SAP
3 9 (4.04%) HP
3 9 (4.04%) Salesforce.com
4 8 (3.59%) Adobe
4 8 (3.59%) Atlassian
5 6 (2.69%) Charles River
6 5 (2.24%) Oracle
6 5 (2.24%) Talend
7 3 (1.35%) Sitecore
8 2 (0.90%) Perfecto Mobile
8 2 (0.90%) Splunk
9 1 (0.45%) AppDynamics
9 1 (0.45%) Fidessa
9 1 (0.45%) Google
9 1 (0.45%) IBM
9 1 (0.45%) Informatica
9 1 (0.45%) New Relic
9 1 (0.45%) Samsung
9 1 (0.45%) webMethods