Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 24 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.

Tester
UK > England
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 202 195 167
Rank change year-on-year -7 -28 +16
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 1245 1369 1550
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.31% 1.40% 1.48%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.39% 1.48% 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 793 848 1061
England median daily rate £375 £365 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.74% +4.29% +7.69%
10th Percentile £250 £213 £225
90th Percentile £525 £525 £464
UK median daily rate £375 £365 £338
% change year-on-year +2.74% +8.15% +3.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 19 15
England median hourly rate £13.00 £34.37 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -62.18% +14.57% +7.14%
10th Percentile £11.60 £8.50 £22.00
90th Percentile £44.85 £44.20 £42.00
UK median hourly rate £13.00 £33.19 £30.00
% change year-on-year -60.83% +10.62% +5.26%

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 89838 92421 99413
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 94.75% 95.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 59916 60828 64292
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 £630 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2650 3012 3838
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.85 £46.94 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.81% - +9.09%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in England

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in England

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in England over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in England

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in England

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in England over the 6 months to 24 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Tester in England

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 Tester within the England region over the 6 months to 24 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 -24 616 £420 +7.69% 70
South East -31 208 £350 - 41
North of England +39 176 £350 +3.70% 41
Yorkshire +55 101 £363 -7.05% 20
East of England +24 97 £350 +7.69% 20
South West -25 80 £350 +7.69% 14
Midlands +3 67 £325 - 21
North West +13 59 £314 -7.04% 19
West Midlands -16 36 £350 +7.69% 9
East Midlands +9 30 £325 - 12
North East +32 16 £275 -15.38% 2
Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 November 2017, 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 Tester in the job title.

1 746 (59.92%) Test Automation
2 594 (47.71%) Agile Software Development
3 436 (35.02%) Selenium
4 357 (28.67%) QA
5 341 (27.39%) Java
6 308 (24.74%) Cucumber
7 280 (22.49%) BDD
8 272 (21.85%) JIRA
9 257 (20.64%) Test Scripting
10 248 (19.92%) SQL
11 227 (18.23%) Finance
12 212 (17.03%) WebDriver
13 203 (16.31%) Jenkins
14 190 (15.26%) Scrum
15 172 (13.82%) Continuous Integration
16 170 (13.65%) TDD
17 156 (12.53%) C#
18 150 (12.05%) Web Services
19 146 (11.73%) Functional Testing
19 146 (11.73%) Git (software)
20 135 (10.84%) SOAP
21 132 (10.60%) JavaScript
22 123 (9.88%) Regression Testing
22 123 (9.88%) Manual Testing
23 119 (9.56%) SoapUI
24 118 (9.48%) Banking
24 118 (9.48%) Software Testing
24 118 (9.48%) JMeter
25 115 (9.24%) Performance Testing
25 115 (9.24%) API Testing

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 82 (6.59%) Confluence
2 23 (1.85%) WebSphere
3 11 (0.88%) SharePoint
4 9 (0.72%) CMS
5 7 (0.56%) nginx
6 6 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 6 (0.48%) IIS
7 5 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.32%) Sitecore CMS
9 3 (0.24%) SAS
9 3 (0.24%) Tomcat
10 2 (0.16%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.16%) Cloud Foundry
10 2 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.16%) JBoss
10 2 (0.16%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.16%) WebLogic
11 1 (0.080%) CICS
11 1 (0.080%) Oracle Service Bus
11 1 (0.080%) Umbraco
Applications
1 42 (3.37%) Microsoft Excel
2 20 (1.61%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (0.48%) MS Visio
4 2 (0.16%) Simulink
5 1 (0.080%) HipChat
5 1 (0.080%) Mingle
5 1 (0.080%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 11 (0.88%) Magento
2 8 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.48%) Unit4 Business World
4 4 (0.32%) Lawson
4 4 (0.32%) Minerva
4 4 (0.32%) Sentinel
5 3 (0.24%) Misys Midas
5 3 (0.24%) Temenos T24
6 2 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
6 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.16%) iTrent
6 2 (0.16%) Maximo
6 2 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
6 2 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.16%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 2 (0.16%) SAP CRM
7 1 (0.080%) OPENHousing
7 1 (0.080%) PeopleSoft HCM
7 1 (0.080%) Postilion
7 1 (0.080%) SystmOne
Cloud Services
1 65 (5.22%) Amazon AWS
2 31 (2.49%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (1.45%) Sauce Labs
4 15 (1.20%) GitHub
5 11 (0.88%) BrowserStack
6 5 (0.40%) Salesforce Service Cloud
7 4 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.32%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.24%) BlazeMeter
8 3 (0.24%) npm
8 3 (0.24%) PaaS
8 3 (0.24%) SaaS
9 2 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 2 (0.16%) Heroku
9 2 (0.16%) Serverless
9 2 (0.16%) vREST
10 1 (0.080%) FinancialForce
10 1 (0.080%) Office 365
10 1 (0.080%) OpenShift
10 1 (0.080%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 27 (2.17%) Internet
2 19 (1.53%) HTTP
3 18 (1.45%) Bluetooth
4 16 (1.29%) Wireless
5 8 (0.64%) TCP/IP
6 7 (0.56%) Broadband
6 7 (0.56%) Wireshark
7 6 (0.48%) Firewall
7 6 (0.48%) NAS
8 5 (0.40%) 3G
8 5 (0.40%) 802.11
8 5 (0.40%) ADSL
8 5 (0.40%) DNS
8 5 (0.40%) FTP
8 5 (0.40%) IPv4
8 5 (0.40%) IPv6
8 5 (0.40%) SMS
8 5 (0.40%) UPnP
8 5 (0.40%) WAN
8 5 (0.40%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (4.42%) SQL Server
2 37 (2.97%) MongoDB
2 37 (2.97%) Redis
3 29 (2.33%) Relational Database
4 27 (2.17%) Data Warehouse
5 24 (1.93%) Big Data
6 23 (1.85%) DB2
7 22 (1.77%) NoSQL
8 16 (1.29%) MySQL
8 16 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 14 (1.12%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 13 (1.04%) Hadoop
11 11 (0.88%) DbVisualizer
12 10 (0.80%) Oracle Database
13 8 (0.64%) PostgreSQL
14 7 (0.56%) SQL Server 2012
15 6 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
15 6 (0.48%) PowerCenter
16 5 (0.40%) SQL Server 2016
17 4 (0.32%) Blockchain
Development Applications
1 436 (35.02%) Selenium
2 308 (24.74%) Cucumber
3 272 (21.85%) JIRA
4 212 (17.03%) WebDriver
5 203 (16.31%) Jenkins
6 146 (11.73%) Git (software)
7 119 (9.56%) SoapUI
8 118 (9.48%) JMeter
9 64 (5.14%) SpecFlow
10 60 (4.82%) LoadRunner
11 55 (4.42%) Team Foundation Server
12 50 (4.02%) JUnit
13 47 (3.78%) Appium
14 38 (3.05%) Protractor
15 36 (2.89%) Visual Studio
16 32 (2.57%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 29 (2.33%) Calabash
18 26 (2.09%) HP UFT
19 25 (2.01%) TeamCity
20 23 (1.85%) Bitbucket
General
1 227 (18.23%) Finance
2 118 (9.48%) Banking
3 61 (4.90%) Retail
4 56 (4.50%) Telecoms
5 53 (4.26%) Games
6 39 (3.13%) Marketing
7 27 (2.17%) Electronics
7 27 (2.17%) Manufacturing
8 26 (2.09%) Investment Banking
9 19 (1.53%) Retail Banking
10 18 (1.45%) Legal
11 15 (1.20%) Advertising
12 14 (1.12%) Corporate Banking
12 14 (1.12%) Front Office
13 8 (0.64%) Back Office
13 8 (0.64%) Publishing
14 7 (0.56%) Financial Institution
15 6 (0.48%) General Ledger
16 5 (0.40%) Law
17 4 (0.32%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 150 (12.05%) Web Services
2 135 (10.84%) SOAP
3 105 (8.43%) Gherkin
4 95 (7.63%) REST
5 87 (6.99%) .NET
6 82 (6.59%) RESTful
7 59 (4.74%) JSON
8 52 (4.18%) XML
9 40 (3.21%) HTML
10 26 (2.09%) Node.js
11 25 (2.01%) AngularJS
12 21 (1.69%) ActiveMQ
13 20 (1.61%) RESTEasy
14 19 (1.53%) Middleware
15 18 (1.45%) Spring
16 16 (1.29%) CSS
17 8 (0.64%) React
18 7 (0.56%) WSDL
19 6 (0.48%) WebSphere MQ
19 6 (0.48%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 84 (6.75%) Analytical Skills
2 68 (5.46%) Mobile App
3 38 (3.05%) Greenfield Project
4 29 (2.33%) Computer Science
5 24 (1.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 20 (1.61%) STB
7 17 (1.37%) User Experience
8 14 (1.12%) Online Games
9 13 (1.04%) Fintech
10 12 (0.96%) Embedded Systems
10 12 (0.96%) Management Information System
11 11 (0.88%) Video on Demand
12 10 (0.80%) Derivative
12 10 (0.80%) Mainframe
13 9 (0.72%) Equities
13 9 (0.72%) Smartphone
14 7 (0.56%) Data Centre
14 7 (0.56%) Linux Command Line
14 7 (0.56%) SWIFT
15 6 (0.48%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 64 (5.14%) Unix
2 63 (5.06%) Linux
2 63 (5.06%) Windows
3 46 (3.69%) Android
4 44 (3.53%) Apple iOS
5 36 (2.89%) Mac OS X
6 7 (0.56%) Windows Server
6 7 (0.56%) Windows Server 2012
7 6 (0.48%) Windows 10
8 4 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.24%) Windows 7
10 2 (0.16%) AIX
10 2 (0.16%) VMS
10 2 (0.16%) Windows Mobile
10 2 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.080%) Solaris
11 1 (0.080%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.080%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.080%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 746 (59.92%) Test Automation
2 594 (47.71%) Agile Software Development
3 280 (22.49%) BDD
4 257 (20.64%) Test Scripting
5 190 (15.26%) Scrum
6 172 (13.82%) Continuous Integration
7 170 (13.65%) TDD
8 146 (11.73%) Functional Testing
9 123 (9.88%) Manual Testing
9 123 (9.88%) Regression Testing
10 118 (9.48%) Software Testing
11 115 (9.24%) API Testing
11 115 (9.24%) Performance Testing
12 110 (8.84%) User Acceptance Testing
13 105 (8.43%) Test Strategy
14 99 (7.95%) Integration Testing
15 95 (7.63%) SDLC
16 93 (7.47%) E-Commerce
17 88 (7.07%) Scenario Testing
18 78 (6.27%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 341 (27.39%) Java
2 248 (19.92%) SQL
3 156 (12.53%) C#
4 132 (10.60%) JavaScript
5 107 (8.59%) Python
6 76 (6.10%) Ruby
7 44 (3.53%) Scala
8 39 (3.13%) Groovy
9 25 (2.01%) Bash Shell
9 25 (2.01%) C
10 24 (1.93%) PHP
11 22 (1.77%) Apple Swift
12 19 (1.53%) Shell Script
13 18 (1.45%) Perl
14 17 (1.37%) C++
15 13 (1.04%) R
16 12 (0.96%) VB.NET
17 10 (0.80%) Embedded C
17 10 (0.80%) PowerShell
18 8 (0.64%) VBA
Qualifications
1 95 (7.63%) Security Cleared
2 73 (5.86%) Degree
3 67 (5.38%) SC Cleared
4 64 (5.14%) ISEB
5 51 (4.10%) ISTQB
6 27 (2.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 23 (1.85%) CREST Certified
8 20 (1.61%) Computer Science Degree
9 12 (0.96%) CHECK Team Member
10 11 (0.88%) DV Cleared
11 10 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
12 6 (0.48%) CISSP
12 6 (0.48%) Master's Degree
12 6 (0.48%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (0.40%) SANS
14 4 (0.32%) CEH
14 4 (0.32%) ISEB Practitioner
14 4 (0.32%) MCSE
15 2 (0.16%) CTC Cleared
15 2 (0.16%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 357 (28.67%) QA
2 22 (1.77%) MiFID
3 15 (1.20%) WCAG
4 6 (0.48%) Data Quality
4 6 (0.48%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.40%) WAI
6 3 (0.24%) GAMP
6 3 (0.24%) SEPA
7 2 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
7 2 (0.16%) Disclosure Scotland
7 2 (0.16%) ISO 20022
7 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.16%) SLA
8 1 (0.080%) 21 CFR Part 11
8 1 (0.080%) EMIR
8 1 (0.080%) GDPR
8 1 (0.080%) GxP
8 1 (0.080%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.080%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.080%) PSD2
System Software
1 40 (3.21%) Docker
2 9 (0.72%) Firmware
3 4 (0.32%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.24%) VMware Infrastructure
5 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
5 2 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.16%) vSphere
6 1 (0.080%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.080%) HDFS
6 1 (0.080%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.080%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.080%) Time Sharing Option
6 1 (0.080%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.080%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 68 (5.46%) HP Quality Center
2 23 (1.85%) Puppet
3 12 (0.96%) Ansible
4 11 (0.88%) Kibana
5 10 (0.80%) Grafana
6 8 (0.64%) StatsD
7 5 (0.40%) Nessus
8 4 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
9 3 (0.24%) Nmap
9 3 (0.24%) Perfmon
10 2 (0.16%) HP Fortify
10 2 (0.16%) SCCM
10 2 (0.16%) Terraform
11 1 (0.080%) Ambari
11 1 (0.080%) Hadoop YARN
11 1 (0.080%) HP Data Protector
11 1 (0.080%) HP SiteScope
11 1 (0.080%) logstash
11 1 (0.080%) Rancher
11 1 (0.080%) WSUS
Vendors
1 90 (7.23%) HP
2 85 (6.83%) Microsoft
3 54 (4.34%) Oracle
4 34 (2.73%) SAP
5 28 (2.25%) Atlassian
6 24 (1.93%) Salesforce.com
7 22 (1.77%) IBM
8 17 (1.37%) hybris
9 11 (0.88%) Splunk
10 9 (0.72%) Fidessa
10 9 (0.72%) Informatica
10 9 (0.72%) Perforce
11 8 (0.64%) AppDynamics
11 8 (0.64%) Workday
12 7 (0.56%) Charles River
12 7 (0.56%) VMware
12 7 (0.56%) Xamarin
13 6 (0.48%) Adobe
13 6 (0.48%) Google
13 6 (0.48%) Talend