Period
to 20 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £418 per day in advertised job vacancies in Hertfordshire during the 6 months to 20 July 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.

Tester
East of England > Hertfordshire
6 months to
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 74 69 67
Rank change year-on-year -5 -2 +24
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 25 24 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 1.58% 1.88% 1.57%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.67% 2.01% 1.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 8 10
Hertfordshire median daily rate £418 £325 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +28.46% -9.72% +20.00%
10th Percentile £337 £228 £323
90th Percentile £500 £386 £478
East of England median daily rate £400 £325 £350
% change year-on-year +23.08% -7.14% +10.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £11.00 £10.00 £8.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% +17.65% -
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.00 £8.25
90th Percentile £11.50 £10.00 £8.75
East of England median hourly rate £11.00 £10.00 £26.75
% change year-on-year +10.00% -62.62% -23.57%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire. 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
Hertfordshire
Contract vacancies in Hertfordshire with a recognized job title 1,494 1,196 1,346
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.50% 93.73% 96.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 830 629 703
Hertfordshire median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £170 £200 £213
90th Percentile £550 £588 £538
East of England median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 119 73
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £16.25 £15.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +4.84% -3.13% -8.57%
10th Percentile £11.34 £10.48 £9.00
90th Percentile £42.88 £48.12 £52.25
East of England median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year -5.71% -12.50% -

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Hertfordshire

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Hertfordshire

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Hertfordshire over the 6 months to 20 July 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Hertfordshire

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Hertfordshire

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Hertfordshire region over the 6 months to 20 July 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
Watford +1 9 £400 +18.52% 2
Hemel Hempstead -8 6 £350 +21.74% 1
Welwyn Garden City -9 2 - -
Ware - 1 £418 -
Tester
East of England

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

For the 6 months to 20 July 2018, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Hertfordshire region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (60.00%) Test Automation
3 14 (56.00%) SQL
4 13 (52.00%) Scenario Testing
5 10 (40.00%) JIRA
6 9 (36.00%) Java
7 8 (32.00%) Selenium
8 7 (28.00%) Test Scripting
9 6 (24.00%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (24.00%) Test Strategy
9 6 (24.00%) BDD
9 6 (24.00%) Law
9 6 (24.00%) Programme Delivery
9 6 (24.00%) Analytical Skills
9 6 (24.00%) Data Centre
9 6 (24.00%) SDLC
10 5 (20.00%) Problem-Solving
10 5 (20.00%) Functional Testing
10 5 (20.00%) Cucumber
10 5 (20.00%) QA
10 5 (20.00%) Security Cleared
11 4 (16.00%) System Testing
11 4 (16.00%) Qualys
11 4 (16.00%) WebSphere
11 4 (16.00%) ISTQB
11 4 (16.00%) TDD
11 4 (16.00%) Nessus
11 4 (16.00%) Non-Functional Testing
11 4 (16.00%) E-Commerce
11 4 (16.00%) ETL

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Hertfordshire 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 4 (16.00%) WebSphere
2 1 (4.00%) Confluence
2 1 (4.00%) MQSeries
2 1 (4.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (12.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (12.00%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (8.00%) Magento
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (12.00%) DB2
2 3 (12.00%) DbVisualizer
2 3 (12.00%) Relational Database
3 2 (8.00%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (8.00%) SQL Server 2016
3 2 (8.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 2 (8.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (40.00%) JIRA
2 8 (32.00%) Selenium
3 5 (20.00%) Cucumber
4 4 (16.00%) JMeter
5 3 (12.00%) WebDriver
6 2 (8.00%) eggPlant
6 2 (8.00%) Git (software)
6 2 (8.00%) Jenkins
6 2 (8.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 2 (8.00%) Zephyr
7 1 (4.00%) JBehave
7 1 (4.00%) LoadRunner
7 1 (4.00%) SoapUI
7 1 (4.00%) SpecFlow
General
1 6 (24.00%) Law
2 3 (12.00%) Retail
3 2 (8.00%) Finance
3 2 (8.00%) Legal
4 1 (4.00%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) Gherkin
1 3 (12.00%) RESTful
1 3 (12.00%) Web Services
2 2 (8.00%) HTML
2 2 (8.00%) ODBC
2 2 (8.00%) RESTEasy
2 2 (8.00%) XML
3 1 (4.00%) .NET
3 1 (4.00%) Flash
3 1 (4.00%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 6 (24.00%) Analytical Skills
1 6 (24.00%) Data Centre
2 1 (4.00%) Client/Server
2 1 (4.00%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (64.00%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (60.00%) Test Automation
3 13 (52.00%) Scenario Testing
4 7 (28.00%) Test Scripting
5 6 (24.00%) BDD
5 6 (24.00%) Continuous Integration
5 6 (24.00%) Programme Delivery
5 6 (24.00%) SDLC
5 6 (24.00%) Test Strategy
6 5 (20.00%) Functional Testing
6 5 (20.00%) Problem-Solving
7 4 (16.00%) E-Commerce
7 4 (16.00%) ETL
7 4 (16.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (16.00%) Security Operations
7 4 (16.00%) System Testing
7 4 (16.00%) TDD
7 4 (16.00%) Threat Management
8 3 (12.00%) DNA
8 3 (12.00%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 14 (56.00%) SQL
2 9 (36.00%) Java
3 4 (16.00%) PL/SQL
4 3 (12.00%) C
4 3 (12.00%) VB
5 2 (8.00%) T-SQL
6 1 (4.00%) C#
6 1 (4.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 5 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 4 (16.00%) ISTQB
3 3 (12.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (12.00%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (4.00%) Degree
4 1 (4.00%) ISEB
4 1 (4.00%) MCP
4 1 (4.00%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (4.00%) OCP
4 1 (4.00%) Oracle Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (20.00%) QA
2 1 (4.00%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (4.00%) GMP
System Software
1 1 (4.00%) Hyper-V
1 1 (4.00%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (4.00%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 4 (16.00%) Nessus
Vendors
1 4 (16.00%) Oracle
1 4 (16.00%) Qualys
2 3 (12.00%) IBM
3 2 (8.00%) Forcepoint
3 2 (8.00%) hybris
3 2 (8.00%) Microsoft
3 2 (8.00%) Symantec
4 1 (4.00%) Atlassian
4 1 (4.00%) Capita
4 1 (4.00%) HP
4 1 (4.00%) VMware