The median contractor rate for a Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in Essex 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
Rank 49 43 51
Rank change year-on-year -6 +8  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 12 7 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 2.84% 1.56% 1.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.99% 1.62% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 6 4
Median daily rate £325 £350 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £325 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £350 £350
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -2.30% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Essex. 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
Essex
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 401 433 428
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Essex 94.80% 96.65% 96.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 281 236 228
Median daily rate £350 £363 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.44% +11.53%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £135
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 49 55
Median hourly rate £35.00 £16.50 £32.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +112.12% -48.51%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £16.50 £14.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £62.85 £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 Essex

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Essex

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Essex

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Essex

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Essex

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Essex 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
Southend-on-Sea - 10 £325 - 1
Tester
East of England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Essex

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 Essex region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 12 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (78.57%) Software Testing
2 11 (78.57%) JMeter
2 11 (78.57%) LoadRunner
2 11 (78.57%) JIRA
2 11 (78.57%) Selenium
3 10 (71.43%) SDLC
4 9 (64.29%) ISEB
4 9 (64.29%) ISTQB
5 7 (50.00%) Configuration Management
5 7 (50.00%) QA
5 7 (50.00%) Performance Testing
6 6 (42.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
7 5 (35.71%) Test Strategy
7 5 (35.71%) Scrum
7 5 (35.71%) Client/Server
7 5 (35.71%) Oracle
7 5 (35.71%) WebLogic
7 5 (35.71%) XML
7 5 (35.71%) TDD
8 4 (28.57%) Security Cleared
8 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
8 4 (28.57%) Kanban
8 4 (28.57%) Confluence
8 4 (28.57%) BDD
9 3 (21.43%) Data Quality
9 3 (21.43%) Test Planning
9 3 (21.43%) SC Cleared
9 3 (21.43%) Test Management

Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in Essex 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 5 (35.71%) WebLogic
2 4 (28.57%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (7.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
Development Applications
1 11 (78.57%) JIRA
1 11 (78.57%) JMeter
1 11 (78.57%) LoadRunner
1 11 (78.57%) Selenium
2 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
3 1 (7.14%) Jenkins
General
1 2 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (7.14%) Electronics
2 1 (7.14%) Manufacturing
2 1 (7.14%) Marketing
2 1 (7.14%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (35.71%) XML
2 1 (7.14%) JSON
2 1 (7.14%) JSON Schema
2 1 (7.14%) Middleware
2 1 (7.14%) SOAP
2 1 (7.14%) Web Services
2 1 (7.14%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 5 (35.71%) Client/Server
2 2 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (7.14%) Reinsurance
3 1 (7.14%) Wiki
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (85.71%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (78.57%) Software Testing
3 10 (71.43%) SDLC
4 7 (50.00%) Configuration Management
4 7 (50.00%) Performance Testing
5 5 (35.71%) Scrum
5 5 (35.71%) TDD
5 5 (35.71%) Test Strategy
6 4 (28.57%) BDD
6 4 (28.57%) Kanban
6 4 (28.57%) Test Automation
7 3 (21.43%) Test Management
7 3 (21.43%) Test Planning
7 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
7 3 (21.43%) User Stories
8 2 (14.29%) API Design
8 2 (14.29%) Non-Functional Testing
8 2 (14.29%) Software Engineering
9 1 (7.14%) Business Analysis
9 1 (7.14%) Exploratory Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (21.43%) C
2 1 (7.14%) Groovy
2 1 (7.14%) Java
Qualifications
1 9 (64.29%) ISEB
1 9 (64.29%) ISTQB
2 6 (42.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (28.57%) Security Cleared
4 3 (21.43%) SC Cleared
5 1 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (50.00%) QA
2 3 (21.43%) Data Quality
3 2 (14.29%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 5 (35.71%) Oracle
2 1 (7.14%) Citrix
2 1 (7.14%) SAP