Period
to 18 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Senior Tester was £453 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 18 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.

Senior Tester
UK > England
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 734 751 756
Rank change year-on-year +17 +5 -30
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 104 92 83
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.10% 0.084%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.11% 0.089%
Number of daily rates quoted 73 66 51
England median daily rate £453 £413 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.70% -1.79% +8.39%
10th Percentile £351 £292 £281
90th Percentile £585 £548 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
England median hourly rate - - £25.00
UK median hourly rate - - £25.00

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 87,499 85,538 93,500
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.76% 95.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,692 56,349 60,467
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 £610 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,538 2,914 3,579
England median hourly rate £18.30 £18.39 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -0.48% -0.61% +12.12%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £46.25
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.52
% change year-on-year +2.78% -2.81% +12.24%

Senior Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Senior Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Senior Tester in England

Senior Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Senior Tester in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior Tester in England

Senior Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Tester in England over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Senior Tester in England

Senior Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Tester in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Tester in England

Senior 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 Senior Tester within the England region over the 6 months to 18 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 -19 62 £453 +5.23% 17
South East -17 18 £369 -10.61% 12
North of England +34 10 £425 -2.86% 9
East of England -10 9 £525 +76.47% 4
Yorkshire - 7 £425 - 4
East Midlands +8 4 £350 -
Midlands +8 4 £350 -7.89% 3
North West +8 2 £300 -18.64% 5
North East +48 1 £475 -0.21%
Senior Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, Senior 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 Senior Tester in the job title.

1 74 (71.15%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (57.69%) Test Automation
3 54 (51.92%) QA
3 54 (51.92%) Java
4 42 (40.38%) Scrum
5 40 (38.46%) Cucumber
5 40 (38.46%) Git (software)
6 37 (35.58%) TDD
7 34 (32.69%) RESTful
7 34 (32.69%) Continuous Delivery
8 33 (31.73%) BDD
9 31 (29.81%) Kanban
10 29 (27.88%) E-Commerce
11 28 (26.92%) Web Services
11 28 (26.92%) Selenium
12 27 (25.96%) Finance
12 27 (25.96%) REST
13 25 (24.04%) Continuous Integration
14 24 (23.08%) Integration Testing
14 24 (23.08%) Jenkins
14 24 (23.08%) Mentoring
15 22 (21.15%) SQL
16 21 (20.19%) SOA
16 21 (20.19%) Coaching
17 20 (19.23%) SOAP
18 19 (18.27%) JSON
18 19 (18.27%) JIRA
19 17 (16.35%) Unix
19 17 (16.35%) Mac OS X
19 17 (16.35%) Scala

Senior 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 12 (11.54%) WebSphere
2 10 (9.62%) Confluence
3 1 (0.96%) Oracle Service Bus
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.77%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.92%) BlazeMeter
2 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.92%) PaaS
2 2 (1.92%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (0.96%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.96%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 12 (11.54%) HTTP
2 5 (4.81%) Internet
3 2 (1.92%) Network Security
4 1 (0.96%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (15.38%) Redis
2 15 (14.42%) MongoDB
3 13 (12.50%) MySQL
4 12 (11.54%) NoSQL
4 12 (11.54%) Relational Database
5 5 (4.81%) Hadoop
6 4 (3.85%) Big Data
7 2 (1.92%) DB2
7 2 (1.92%) SQL Server
8 1 (0.96%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 40 (38.46%) Cucumber
1 40 (38.46%) Git (software)
2 28 (26.92%) Selenium
3 24 (23.08%) Jenkins
4 19 (18.27%) JIRA
5 11 (10.58%) WebDriver
6 10 (9.62%) SoapUI
6 10 (9.62%) SpecFlow
7 6 (5.77%) Appium
7 6 (5.77%) Bitbucket
7 6 (5.77%) Visual Studio
8 5 (4.81%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 5 (4.81%) IntelliJ
8 5 (4.81%) LoadRunner
8 5 (4.81%) NUnit
8 5 (4.81%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (3.85%) Calabash
9 4 (3.85%) JMeter
10 3 (2.88%) Eclipse
10 3 (2.88%) HP UFT
General
1 27 (25.96%) Finance
2 12 (11.54%) Banking
2 12 (11.54%) Games
2 12 (11.54%) Telecoms
3 11 (10.58%) Marketing
4 9 (8.65%) Manufacturing
5 8 (7.69%) Electronics
6 4 (3.85%) Retail
6 4 (3.85%) Retail Banking
7 3 (2.88%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.96%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (32.69%) RESTful
2 28 (26.92%) Web Services
3 27 (25.96%) REST
4 20 (19.23%) SOAP
5 19 (18.27%) JSON
6 12 (11.54%) ActiveMQ
6 12 (11.54%) Apache Flex
7 9 (8.65%) .NET
8 5 (4.81%) WSDL
8 5 (4.81%) XML
9 4 (3.85%) Gherkin
9 4 (3.85%) HTML
9 4 (3.85%) Middleware
9 4 (3.85%) XSD
10 3 (2.88%) OAuth2
10 3 (2.88%) OpenID
11 2 (1.92%) Google Maps API
11 2 (1.92%) HTML5
11 2 (1.92%) Laravel
11 2 (1.92%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 12 (11.54%) Online Games
2 7 (6.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 5 (4.81%) Greenfield Project
3 5 (4.81%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.92%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.92%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.92%) Mainframe
4 2 (1.92%) User Experience
4 2 (1.92%) Video on Demand
5 1 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.96%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.96%) IPTV
5 1 (0.96%) Over-the-Top Content
5 1 (0.96%) STB
Operating Systems
1 17 (16.35%) Mac OS X
1 17 (16.35%) Unix
2 7 (6.73%) Windows
3 5 (4.81%) Android
3 5 (4.81%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.92%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (71.15%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (57.69%) Test Automation
3 42 (40.38%) Scrum
4 37 (35.58%) TDD
5 34 (32.69%) Continuous Delivery
6 33 (31.73%) BDD
7 31 (29.81%) Kanban
8 29 (27.88%) E-Commerce
9 25 (24.04%) Continuous Integration
10 24 (23.08%) Integration Testing
10 24 (23.08%) Mentoring
11 21 (20.19%) Coaching
11 21 (20.19%) SOA
12 17 (16.35%) SDET
13 15 (14.42%) Software Testing
14 14 (13.46%) API Testing
14 14 (13.46%) Pair Programming
15 12 (11.54%) CRM
15 12 (11.54%) Performance Analysis
15 12 (11.54%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 54 (51.92%) Java
2 22 (21.15%) SQL
3 17 (16.35%) Scala
4 12 (11.54%) Groovy
4 12 (11.54%) JavaScript
4 12 (11.54%) R
5 9 (8.65%) C#
6 5 (4.81%) Apple Swift
6 5 (4.81%) Python
7 4 (3.85%) C
8 3 (2.88%) C++
8 3 (2.88%) Ruby
9 2 (1.92%) COBOL
9 2 (1.92%) JCL
10 1 (0.96%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.96%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (5.77%) CREST Certified
2 5 (4.81%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.88%) ISEB
3 3 (2.88%) SANS
4 2 (1.92%) CEH
4 2 (1.92%) CISSP
4 2 (1.92%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.92%) OSCE
4 2 (1.92%) Sun Certification
5 1 (0.96%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.96%) CCSAM
5 1 (0.96%) GPEN
5 1 (0.96%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 54 (51.92%) QA
2 6 (5.77%) MiFID
3 2 (1.92%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.92%) WCAG
4 1 (0.96%) ISO 20022
4 1 (0.96%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 7 (6.73%) Docker
Systems Management
1 14 (13.46%) Grafana
2 12 (11.54%) Puppet
2 12 (11.54%) StatsD
3 4 (3.85%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (3.85%) Kibana
4 1 (0.96%) Nessus
Vendors
1 14 (13.46%) Splunk
2 9 (8.65%) SAP
3 6 (5.77%) HP
4 2 (1.92%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.92%) Google
4 2 (1.92%) Mapbox
5 1 (0.96%) Capita
5 1 (0.96%) Charles River
5 1 (0.96%) Microsoft
5 1 (0.96%) New Relic
5 1 (0.96%) SOASTA, Inc
5 1 (0.96%) WorldPay