The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 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
Tester
UK / England
Rank 185 204 188
Rank change year-on-year +19 -16  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 577 579 577
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.40% 1.19% 1.21%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.47% 1.25% 1.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 347 390 371
Median daily rate £350 £338 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.70% +5.46%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £227 £225 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -2.30% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 10 12
Median hourly rate £50.00 £32.75 £33.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.67% -2.96%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.57 £9.85 £10.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £70.00 £171.50 £143.35
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.57 £44.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year -42.22% +36.15%  

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%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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 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 +27 236 £400 +5.26% 62
South East +22 97 £325 -0.76% 133
South West +7 53 £325 -21.68% 63
Yorkshire -2 41 £300 -4.38% 54
East of England 0 38 £319 -8.92% 54
North East -5 37 £300 -7.69% 18
North West +6 31 £325 +0.77% 70
West Midlands +7 24 £315 +1.61% 48
East Midlands 0 15 £365 +17.74% 32
Tester
UK

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 23 March 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.

1 619 (49.01%) Agile Software Development
2 502 (39.75%) Selenium
3 356 (28.19%) QA
4 331 (26.21%) Java
5 309 (24.47%) Test Scripting
6 273 (21.62%) Test Automation
7 255 (20.19%) BDD
8 250 (19.79%) SQL
9 247 (19.56%) Cucumber
10 236 (18.69%) JIRA
11 219 (17.34%) WebDriver
12 212 (16.79%) Automation Testing
13 204 (16.15%) Automated Testing
13 204 (16.15%) Scrum
14 179 (14.17%) Jenkins
15 174 (13.78%) TDD
16 173 (13.70%) User Acceptance Testing
17 167 (13.22%) Finance
18 161 (12.75%) Software Testing
19 154 (12.19%) C#
20 153 (12.11%) Performance Testing
21 145 (11.48%) Test Strategy
22 141 (11.16%) Functional Testing
22 141 (11.16%) ISEB
23 133 (10.53%) Manual Testing
24 132 (10.45%) Regression Testing
25 130 (10.29%) ISTQB
26 129 (10.21%) Continuous Integration
26 129 (10.21%) Gherkin
27 128 (10.13%) Web Services

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 62 (4.91%) Confluence
2 27 (2.14%) SharePoint
3 17 (1.35%) CMS
4 10 (0.79%) Tomcat
5 7 (0.55%) SharePoint 2010
6 6 (0.48%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.40%) SAS
7 5 (0.40%) WebLogic
8 4 (0.32%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.32%) IIS
9 3 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 3 (0.24%) Apache
9 3 (0.24%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.16%) Apache Spark
10 2 (0.16%) Drupal
10 2 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
10 2 (0.16%) JBoss
10 2 (0.16%) Sitecore CMS
11 1 (0.079%) EPiServer
11 1 (0.079%) WordPress
Applications
1 50 (3.96%) MS Excel
2 22 (1.74%) MS Office
3 14 (1.11%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.24%) MS Project
5 1 (0.079%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 18 (1.43%) Dynamics CRM
2 17 (1.35%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 12 (0.95%) SAP FI
4 11 (0.87%) Oracle Applications
5 8 (0.63%) SAP CO
5 8 (0.63%) SAP FI/CO
6 5 (0.40%) FastStats
6 5 (0.40%) Magento
7 4 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
7 4 (0.32%) SAP CRM
8 3 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.24%) SAP SD
8 3 (0.24%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.16%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
9 2 (0.16%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.16%) Visualfiles
10 1 (0.079%) Dynamics NAV
10 1 (0.079%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 25 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (1.90%) GitHub
3 22 (1.74%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.71%) SaaS
5 5 (0.40%) Office 365
5 5 (0.40%) PaaS
6 2 (0.16%) Slack
7 1 (0.079%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.079%) Google Play
7 1 (0.079%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 20 (1.58%) HTTP
2 17 (1.35%) Internet
3 12 (0.95%) PuTTY
3 12 (0.95%) WinSCP
4 8 (0.63%) Firewall
4 8 (0.63%) Network Security
5 5 (0.40%) Wireshark
6 4 (0.32%) FTP
6 4 (0.32%) Intrusion Detection
6 4 (0.32%) TCP/IP
6 4 (0.32%) Wi-Fi
7 3 (0.24%) Bluetooth
7 3 (0.24%) LDAP
7 3 (0.24%) SSH
7 3 (0.24%) VPN
8 2 (0.16%) DHCP
8 2 (0.16%) DNS
8 2 (0.16%) IPv6
8 2 (0.16%) SNMP
8 2 (0.16%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 69 (5.46%) SQL Server
2 43 (3.40%) Data Warehouse
3 32 (2.53%) Oracle Database
4 27 (2.14%) Relational Database
5 20 (1.58%) Oracle Reports
6 14 (1.11%) Oracle Database 11g
7 13 (1.03%) SQL Server 2012
8 12 (0.95%) Big Data
8 12 (0.95%) Oracle Database 10g
8 12 (0.95%) SQL Server 2008
9 11 (0.87%) MongoDB
9 11 (0.87%) MySQL
10 8 (0.63%) Oracle Database 12c
10 8 (0.63%) RDBMS
10 8 (0.63%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 7 (0.55%) NoSQL
11 7 (0.55%) Oracle BI EE
12 6 (0.48%) DB2
12 6 (0.48%) Hadoop
12 6 (0.48%) SQL Server 2005
Development Applications
1 502 (39.75%) Selenium
2 247 (19.56%) Cucumber
3 236 (18.69%) JIRA
4 219 (17.34%) WebDriver
5 179 (14.17%) Jenkins
6 124 (9.82%) SoapUI
7 91 (7.21%) Git (software)
8 83 (6.57%) SpecFlow
9 81 (6.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 74 (5.86%) JMeter
11 68 (5.38%) HP UFT
12 60 (4.75%) LoadRunner
13 59 (4.67%) TeamCity
14 42 (3.33%) Visual Studio
15 41 (3.25%) JUnit
16 31 (2.45%) Protractor
17 27 (2.14%) Appium
18 26 (2.06%) Oracle APEX
19 25 (1.98%) Maven
20 21 (1.66%) Hudson
General
1 167 (13.22%) Finance
2 54 (4.28%) Banking
3 46 (3.64%) Retail
4 31 (2.45%) Marketing
5 28 (2.22%) Telecoms
6 25 (1.98%) Games
7 21 (1.66%) Electronics
8 20 (1.58%) Manufacturing
9 11 (0.87%) Investment Banking
10 8 (0.63%) Legal
11 7 (0.55%) Advertising
11 7 (0.55%) Publishing
12 5 (0.40%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.40%) Law
13 4 (0.32%) Back Office
13 4 (0.32%) Multimedia
14 3 (0.24%) Automotive
14 3 (0.24%) Retail Banking
15 2 (0.16%) Front Office
15 2 (0.16%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 129 (10.21%) Gherkin
2 128 (10.13%) Web Services
3 118 (9.34%) .NET
4 83 (6.57%) SOAP
5 78 (6.18%) XML
6 74 (5.86%) RESTful
7 58 (4.59%) REST
8 45 (3.56%) JSON
9 42 (3.33%) HTML
10 29 (2.30%) Node.js
11 23 (1.82%) CSS
12 22 (1.74%) AngularJS
13 16 (1.27%) Spring
14 11 (0.87%) .NET Framework
15 9 (0.71%) Chai
15 9 (0.71%) XSD
16 8 (0.63%) ASP.NET
16 8 (0.63%) Behat
16 8 (0.63%) HTML5
17 7 (0.55%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 65 (5.15%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (3.88%) Mobile App
3 21 (1.66%) Management Information System
4 16 (1.27%) Computer Science
5 15 (1.19%) Smartphone
6 13 (1.03%) NHS
6 13 (1.03%) User Experience
7 11 (0.87%) Equities
8 10 (0.79%) Algorithms
8 10 (0.79%) Client/Server
9 9 (0.71%) Mainframe
10 7 (0.55%) Fixed Income
10 7 (0.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
11 6 (0.48%) iPad
11 6 (0.48%) STB
11 6 (0.48%) Video on Demand
12 5 (0.40%) Data Centre
12 5 (0.40%) FMCG
12 5 (0.40%) Linux Command Line
12 5 (0.40%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 106 (8.39%) Linux
2 82 (6.49%) Windows
3 76 (6.02%) Unix
4 37 (2.93%) Apple iOS
5 36 (2.85%) Android
6 13 (1.03%) Mac OS X
6 13 (1.03%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.71%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (0.55%) Windows Server
9 5 (0.40%) Kali Linux
9 5 (0.40%) Windows 8
10 4 (0.32%) Windows 10
10 4 (0.32%) Windows Server 2008
11 3 (0.24%) Ubuntu
12 2 (0.16%) Windows 7
13 1 (0.079%) AIX
13 1 (0.079%) CentOS
13 1 (0.079%) Debian
13 1 (0.079%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 619 (49.01%) Agile Software Development
2 309 (24.47%) Test Scripting
3 273 (21.62%) Test Automation
4 255 (20.19%) BDD
5 212 (16.79%) Automation Testing
6 204 (16.15%) Automated Testing
6 204 (16.15%) Scrum
7 174 (13.78%) TDD
8 173 (13.70%) User Acceptance Testing
9 161 (12.75%) Software Testing
10 153 (12.11%) Performance Testing
11 145 (11.48%) Test Strategy
12 141 (11.16%) Functional Testing
13 133 (10.53%) Manual Testing
14 132 (10.45%) Regression Testing
15 129 (10.21%) Continuous Integration
16 106 (8.39%) API Testing
17 97 (7.68%) Defect Management
18 86 (6.81%) Exploratory Testing
19 85 (6.73%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 331 (26.21%) Java
2 250 (19.79%) SQL
3 154 (12.19%) C#
4 112 (8.87%) Python
5 107 (8.47%) JavaScript
6 81 (6.41%) Ruby
7 62 (4.91%) Scala
8 43 (3.40%) Groovy
9 33 (2.61%) Shell Script
10 28 (2.22%) PHP
11 22 (1.74%) C++
12 21 (1.66%) F#
13 20 (1.58%) PL/SQL
14 19 (1.50%) C
15 18 (1.43%) Bash Shell
16 17 (1.35%) VBScript
17 14 (1.11%) VB
18 12 (0.95%) Perl
19 11 (0.87%) VB.NET
20 9 (0.71%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 141 (11.16%) ISEB
2 130 (10.29%) ISTQB
3 97 (7.68%) Security Cleared
4 74 (5.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 59 (4.67%) SC Cleared
6 43 (3.40%) Degree
7 41 (3.25%) CREST Certified
8 20 (1.58%) OSCP
9 17 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
9 17 (1.35%) DV Cleared
9 17 (1.35%) SANS
10 16 (1.27%) CHECK Team Member
11 14 (1.11%) ISEB Practitioner
12 11 (0.87%) CEH
12 11 (0.87%) CISSP
13 9 (0.71%) CHECK Team Leader
14 6 (0.48%) CISM
15 5 (0.40%) CISA
15 5 (0.40%) GIAC
15 5 (0.40%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 356 (28.19%) QA
2 19 (1.50%) SDET
3 14 (1.11%) Data Quality
4 8 (0.63%) Disclosure Scotland
5 5 (0.40%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.32%) WCAG
7 3 (0.24%) HL7
7 3 (0.24%) PMO
7 3 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.16%) SLA
9 1 (0.079%) ISO/IEC 27001
9 1 (0.079%) JSP 440
9 1 (0.079%) Section 508
System Software
1 15 (1.19%) Docker
2 14 (1.11%) Active Directory
3 6 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
3 6 (0.48%) vSphere
4 5 (0.40%) Virtual Machines
5 4 (0.32%) Snort
6 1 (0.079%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.079%) Firmware
6 1 (0.079%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.079%) Terminal Services
6 1 (0.079%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.079%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 47 (3.72%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (0.87%) Puppet
3 9 (0.71%) Opscode Chef
4 6 (0.48%) Rancher
4 6 (0.48%) vRealize
5 5 (0.40%) Ansible
5 5 (0.40%) Nessus
5 5 (0.40%) Nmap
6 4 (0.32%) Graphite
6 4 (0.32%) HP SiteScope
6 4 (0.32%) SCCM
7 3 (0.24%) Ganglia
7 3 (0.24%) Grafana
7 3 (0.24%) nmon
7 3 (0.24%) Tivoli
7 3 (0.24%) Tivoli Monitoring
8 2 (0.16%) ITRS Geneos
8 2 (0.16%) StatsD
9 1 (0.079%) Oozie
9 1 (0.079%) OpenAM
Vendors
1 105 (8.31%) Microsoft
2 102 (8.08%) Oracle
3 58 (4.59%) HP
4 55 (4.35%) SAP
5 42 (3.33%) Atlassian
6 18 (1.43%) IBM
7 14 (1.11%) Salesforce.com
8 13 (1.03%) VMware
9 12 (0.95%) Red Hat
10 10 (0.79%) AppDynamics
10 10 (0.79%) Citrix
11 8 (0.63%) hybris
12 6 (0.48%) Remedy
12 6 (0.48%) Splunk
13 5 (0.40%) Charles River
13 5 (0.40%) Google
13 5 (0.40%) Xamarin
14 4 (0.32%) Green Hat
14 4 (0.32%) New Relic
14 4 (0.32%) Talend
Maidstone, Kent
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: Yesterday
York, North Yorkshire
Candour Solutions
Rate: Market Rates +
Posted: Yesterday
Lancashire
Oscar
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £325 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
Berkshire
Premier Media
Rate: £80 - £100 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
East Riding
Oscar
Rate: £225 - £325 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £360 - £370 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £276 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle, County Down
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Unspecified Neg
Posted: 3 days ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £225 - £325 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Posted: 6 days ago
Oxfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
PCR
Rate: £420 - £460 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Networking People
Rate: £150 - £200 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Devonshire Hayes Recruitment Specialists Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £375 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Harrington Starr
Rate: £500 - £501 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Uxbridge, Middlesex
Seven Principles Consulting
Rate: From £300 to £335 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
IBS Consulting
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Barnsley, United Kingdom
Barnsley Borough Council
Rate: £33,437 - £36,379
Posted: 6 days ago
London
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
City of London
Interquest - IQ Tech
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chester, Cheshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £250 - £275 per day
Posted: 5 days ago