The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 185 212 218
Rank change year-on-year +27 +6  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 578 612 557
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.34% 1.24% 1.09%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.42% 1.30% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 330 414 351
Median daily rate £350 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +15.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £215
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £336 £331 £304
% change year-on-year +1.58% +8.97%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 2 7
Median hourly rate £16.08 £12.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +28.64% -66.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £19.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £14.50 £91.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.54 £15.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year -9.73% -59.45%  

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 40726 46972 48452
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.73% 95.05% 94.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 26580 31013 30938
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1241 1367 1887
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.25 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.14
% change year-on-year +0.28% +8.11%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Tester in the job title.

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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 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 3 months to 23 June 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 -18 249 £400 -3.32% 58
South East +16 102 £338 -3.57% 29
Yorkshire +44 58 £350 - 13
East of England +9 43 £325 -7.14% 16
South West +8 43 £350 +7.69% 7
North West +12 35 £318 -2.30% 20
West Midlands +4 17 £313 +17.92% 19
North East +59 16 £310 +6.89% 7
East Midlands +2 14 £363 +20.63% 8
Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 23 June 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.

1 711 (61.56%) Test Automation
2 592 (51.26%) Agile Software Development
3 457 (39.57%) Selenium
4 340 (29.44%) Java
5 339 (29.35%) QA
6 274 (23.72%) Test Scripting
7 255 (22.08%) JIRA
8 249 (21.56%) SQL
9 243 (21.04%) Cucumber
10 233 (20.17%) BDD
11 225 (19.48%) Jenkins
11 225 (19.48%) Scrum
12 212 (18.35%) WebDriver
13 191 (16.54%) Finance
14 179 (15.50%) TDD
15 171 (14.81%) Functional Testing
16 152 (13.16%) Continuous Integration
17 144 (12.47%) Web Services
18 140 (12.12%) Test Strategy
19 139 (12.03%) Python
20 133 (11.52%) Regression Testing
21 130 (11.26%) Performance Testing
22 127 (11.00%) Software Testing
23 126 (10.91%) C#
24 123 (10.65%) User Acceptance Testing
25 119 (10.30%) API Testing
26 115 (9.96%) Git (software)
27 107 (9.26%) Gherkin
28 105 (9.09%) .NET
28 105 (9.09%) Oracle

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 64 (5.54%) Confluence
2 24 (2.08%) SharePoint
3 16 (1.39%) CMS
4 15 (1.30%) WebSphere
5 12 (1.04%) Apache Spark
6 10 (0.87%) SAS
7 7 (0.61%) SharePoint 2010
7 7 (0.61%) Sitecore CMS
8 6 (0.52%) WebLogic
9 5 (0.43%) BizTalk Server
10 4 (0.35%) SharePoint 2013
10 4 (0.35%) Tomcat
11 3 (0.26%) IIS
12 2 (0.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 2 (0.17%) JBoss
13 1 (0.087%) Apache Solr
13 1 (0.087%) Elasticsearch
13 1 (0.087%) Moodle
13 1 (0.087%) nginx
13 1 (0.087%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 26 (2.25%) Microsoft Excel
2 18 (1.56%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.17%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 17 (1.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.13%) Magento
3 10 (0.87%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 8 (0.69%) Oracle Applications
5 6 (0.52%) SAP FI
6 5 (0.43%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.35%) Dynamics NAV
7 4 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.26%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.26%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.17%) FastStats
9 2 (0.17%) iTrent
9 2 (0.17%) Maximo
9 2 (0.17%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.17%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.17%) SAP CO
9 2 (0.17%) SAP CRM
9 2 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
10 1 (0.087%) Bloomberg TOMS
Cloud Services
1 30 (2.60%) Amazon AWS
2 27 (2.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (1.56%) GitHub
4 10 (0.87%) BrowserStack
5 9 (0.78%) OpenShift
6 7 (0.61%) SaaS
7 5 (0.43%) Office 365
7 5 (0.43%) Sauce Labs
8 3 (0.26%) Dynamics 365
9 2 (0.17%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.17%) vREST
10 1 (0.087%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.087%) Google Play
10 1 (0.087%) PaaS
10 1 (0.087%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.087%) ServiceMax
10 1 (0.087%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 33 (2.86%) Internet
2 22 (1.90%) HTTP
3 18 (1.56%) PuTTY
3 18 (1.56%) WinSCP
4 7 (0.61%) Wi-Fi
5 5 (0.43%) Bluetooth
6 4 (0.35%) DVB
6 4 (0.35%) Firewall
6 4 (0.35%) TCP/IP
6 4 (0.35%) Wireless
7 3 (0.26%) BGP
7 3 (0.26%) Broadband
7 3 (0.26%) DHCP
7 3 (0.26%) DNS
7 3 (0.26%) WAN
8 2 (0.17%) ADSL
8 2 (0.17%) IPv4
8 2 (0.17%) LAN
8 2 (0.17%) SMS
8 2 (0.17%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 70 (6.06%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
3 33 (2.86%) Oracle Database
4 29 (2.51%) Relational Database
5 26 (2.25%) Big Data
5 26 (2.25%) MongoDB
6 24 (2.08%) Oracle Database 11g
7 21 (1.82%) Oracle Reports
8 20 (1.73%) Hadoop
9 18 (1.56%) Oracle Database 10g
10 17 (1.47%) DB2
11 15 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
12 14 (1.21%) MySQL
12 14 (1.21%) SQL Server 2012
13 13 (1.13%) DbVisualizer
14 12 (1.04%) Oracle Database 12c
14 12 (1.04%) SQL Server 2005
15 9 (0.78%) Redis
16 8 (0.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
17 7 (0.61%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 457 (39.57%) Selenium
2 255 (22.08%) JIRA
3 243 (21.04%) Cucumber
4 225 (19.48%) Jenkins
5 212 (18.35%) WebDriver
6 115 (9.96%) Git (software)
7 102 (8.83%) SoapUI
8 74 (6.41%) JMeter
9 70 (6.06%) Team Foundation Server
10 69 (5.97%) TeamCity
11 68 (5.89%) LoadRunner
12 56 (4.85%) SpecFlow
13 46 (3.98%) HP UFT
14 39 (3.38%) JUnit
15 35 (3.03%) Protractor
16 33 (2.86%) Visual Studio
17 32 (2.77%) Hudson
18 28 (2.42%) Appium
19 23 (1.99%) Atlassian Bamboo
19 23 (1.99%) Calabash
General
1 191 (16.54%) Finance
2 73 (6.32%) Banking
3 58 (5.02%) Retail
4 41 (3.55%) Games
5 35 (3.03%) Marketing
6 20 (1.73%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.47%) Manufacturing
8 12 (1.04%) Corporate Banking
9 11 (0.95%) Advertising
9 11 (0.95%) Electronics
10 10 (0.87%) Publishing
11 9 (0.78%) Investment Banking
11 9 (0.78%) Retail Banking
12 7 (0.61%) Law
12 7 (0.61%) Legal
13 4 (0.35%) Financial Institution
14 3 (0.26%) Front Office
14 3 (0.26%) Military
15 2 (0.17%) Automotive
15 2 (0.17%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 144 (12.47%) Web Services
2 107 (9.26%) Gherkin
3 105 (9.09%) .NET
4 92 (7.97%) SOAP
5 86 (7.45%) RESTful
6 77 (6.67%) XML
7 75 (6.49%) REST
8 54 (4.68%) HTML
9 50 (4.33%) JSON
10 34 (2.94%) Node.js
11 28 (2.42%) CSS
12 27 (2.34%) AngularJS
13 15 (1.30%) Chai
14 13 (1.13%) Behat
14 13 (1.13%) HTML5
14 13 (1.13%) Middleware
15 12 (1.04%) RESTEasy
16 9 (0.78%) Spring
17 7 (0.61%) React
18 6 (0.52%) ActiveMQ
Miscellaneous
1 83 (7.19%) Analytical Skills
2 63 (5.45%) Mobile App
3 20 (1.73%) Management Information System
4 19 (1.65%) Greenfield Project
5 17 (1.47%) STB
6 16 (1.39%) Computer Science
6 16 (1.39%) User Experience
7 15 (1.30%) Smartphone
8 11 (0.95%) Algorithms
9 10 (0.87%) Client/Server
10 9 (0.78%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 9 (0.78%) NHS
11 8 (0.69%) Mainframe
12 7 (0.61%) Online Games
13 6 (0.52%) Equities
13 6 (0.52%) Fintech
14 5 (0.43%) Data Centre
14 5 (0.43%) FMCG
14 5 (0.43%) iSeries
14 5 (0.43%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 87 (7.53%) Linux
2 73 (6.32%) Unix
2 73 (6.32%) Windows
3 44 (3.81%) Apple iOS
4 43 (3.72%) Android
5 17 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 16 (1.39%) Windows Server 2012
7 14 (1.21%) Windows Server
8 13 (1.13%) Mac OS X
9 5 (0.43%) Windows 8
10 4 (0.35%) Solaris
10 4 (0.35%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.26%) AIX
11 3 (0.26%) VMS
11 3 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
12 2 (0.17%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.17%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.17%) Windows Mobile
13 1 (0.087%) Embedded Linux
13 1 (0.087%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 711 (61.56%) Test Automation
2 592 (51.26%) Agile Software Development
3 274 (23.72%) Test Scripting
4 233 (20.17%) BDD
5 225 (19.48%) Scrum
6 179 (15.50%) TDD
7 171 (14.81%) Functional Testing
8 152 (13.16%) Continuous Integration
9 140 (12.12%) Test Strategy
10 133 (11.52%) Regression Testing
11 130 (11.26%) Performance Testing
12 127 (11.00%) Software Testing
13 123 (10.65%) User Acceptance Testing
14 119 (10.30%) API Testing
15 103 (8.92%) Exploratory Testing
16 102 (8.83%) Manual Testing
17 98 (8.48%) Defect Management
18 93 (8.05%) Scenario Testing
19 87 (7.53%) SDLC
20 81 (7.01%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 340 (29.44%) Java
2 249 (21.56%) SQL
3 139 (12.03%) Python
4 126 (10.91%) C#
5 103 (8.92%) JavaScript
6 71 (6.15%) Ruby
6 71 (6.15%) Scala
7 45 (3.90%) Groovy
7 45 (3.90%) Shell Script
8 33 (2.86%) PHP
9 24 (2.08%) Bash Shell
10 21 (1.82%) C
10 21 (1.82%) F#
11 20 (1.73%) VB
12 15 (1.30%) VBScript
13 13 (1.13%) Perl
14 12 (1.04%) PowerShell
15 11 (0.95%) PL/SQL
15 11 (0.95%) VB.NET
16 10 (0.87%) C++
Qualifications
1 105 (9.09%) ISEB
2 102 (8.83%) ISTQB
3 84 (7.27%) Security Cleared
4 56 (4.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 51 (4.42%) SC Cleared
6 41 (3.55%) Degree
7 17 (1.47%) ISEB Practitioner
8 16 (1.39%) DV Cleared
9 13 (1.13%) BPSS Clearance
10 12 (1.04%) Computer Science Degree
11 10 (0.87%) CREST Certified
11 10 (0.87%) OSCP
12 7 (0.61%) SANS
13 6 (0.52%) CHECK Team Member
14 5 (0.43%) CEH
15 4 (0.35%) CHECK Team Leader
16 3 (0.26%) CISA
16 3 (0.26%) Numerate Degree
17 2 (0.17%) Cisco Certification
17 2 (0.17%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 339 (29.35%) QA
2 27 (2.34%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.52%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.43%) WCAG
5 3 (0.26%) MiFID
5 3 (0.26%) PMO
5 3 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 3 (0.26%) SLA
6 2 (0.17%) GDPR
6 2 (0.17%) HL7
6 2 (0.17%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.087%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.087%) EMIR
7 1 (0.087%) IFRS
7 1 (0.087%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.087%) JSP 440
System Software
1 22 (1.90%) Docker
2 12 (1.04%) vSphere
3 10 (0.87%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (0.69%) Active Directory
5 6 (0.52%) Oracle RAC
6 5 (0.43%) Firmware
7 4 (0.35%) VMware Infrastructure
8 3 (0.26%) VirtualBox
9 2 (0.17%) Terminal Services
10 1 (0.087%) Apache Flume
10 1 (0.087%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 49 (4.24%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.04%) vRealize
3 9 (0.78%) Puppet
4 5 (0.43%) Grafana
4 5 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
4 5 (0.43%) Rancher
5 4 (0.35%) Ansible
5 4 (0.35%) StatsD
5 4 (0.35%) Tivoli
6 3 (0.26%) HP SiteScope
6 3 (0.26%) Perfmon
7 2 (0.17%) Ganglia
7 2 (0.17%) Graphite
7 2 (0.17%) HP Fortify
7 2 (0.17%) Kibana
7 2 (0.17%) nmon
7 2 (0.17%) Tivoli Monitoring
8 1 (0.087%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.087%) Nagios
8 1 (0.087%) Netcool
Vendors
1 105 (9.09%) Oracle
2 92 (7.97%) HP
3 83 (7.19%) Microsoft
4 34 (2.94%) Atlassian
4 34 (2.94%) SAP
5 33 (2.86%) IBM
6 20 (1.73%) VMware
7 17 (1.47%) hybris
8 16 (1.39%) Red Hat
9 14 (1.21%) Salesforce.com
10 12 (1.04%) Cloudera
10 12 (1.04%) Hortonworks
11 9 (0.78%) Murex
11 9 (0.78%) Splunk
12 8 (0.69%) Informatica
12 8 (0.69%) Remedy
12 8 (0.69%) Xamarin
13 7 (0.61%) New Relic
13 7 (0.61%) Sitecore
13 7 (0.61%) Workday
Woking, Surrey
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 22 hours ago
Darlington, County Durham
FT Select
Rate: From £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: Yesterday
Winchester, Hampshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Reading, Berkshire
TEKsystems
Rate: £349 - £501 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Gloucestershire
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
North West England
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £275 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Netsource
Posted: 17 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £35 - £50 per hour
Posted: 15 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
Essex
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: 14 days ago