The median contractor rate for a Tester was £338 per day in advertised job vacancies in Hertfordshire during the 3 months to 27 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.

Tester
East of England / Hertfordshire
3 months to
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 48 45 58
Rank change year-on-year -3 +13  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 10 13 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 1.69% 1.90% 1.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.74% 1.99% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 4 4
Median daily rate £338 £373 £220
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.39% +69.31%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £321 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £359 £384 £346
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -1.53% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £8.50 -
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 Hertfordshire. 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
Hertfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 574 652 678
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 96.96% 95.32% 95.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 320 351
Median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £538 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 51 44
Median hourly rate £30.00 £15.25 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +96.72% +12.96%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £7.85 £9.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £49.50 £37.50
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 Hertfordshire

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

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 Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 27 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
Watford -4 3 £338 -10.00% 3
Rickmansworth - 1 £313 -
Tester
East of England

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

For the 6 months to 27 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 Hertfordshire region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 9 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (47.06%) Selenium
3 7 (41.18%) QA
3 7 (41.18%) Test Automation
3 7 (41.18%) WebDriver
3 7 (41.18%) Cucumber
3 7 (41.18%) SoapUI
3 7 (41.18%) Test Strategy
4 6 (35.29%) Gherkin
4 6 (35.29%) BDD
4 6 (35.29%) Automation Testing
4 6 (35.29%) JIRA
4 6 (35.29%) Scrum
4 6 (35.29%) Regression Testing
4 6 (35.29%) Java
5 5 (29.41%) SQL
5 5 (29.41%) NHS
5 5 (29.41%) Retail
5 5 (29.41%) Git (software)
6 4 (23.53%) JBehave
6 4 (23.53%) ATDD
6 4 (23.53%) Open Source
6 4 (23.53%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (23.53%) Kanban
6 4 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
6 4 (23.53%) TDD
6 4 (23.53%) Software Testing
6 4 (23.53%) Unix
6 4 (23.53%) JUnit
7 3 (17.65%) Tomcat

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 3 (17.65%) Confluence
1 3 (17.65%) Tomcat
2 2 (11.76%) WebSphere
3 1 (5.88%) Apache
Business Applications
1 2 (11.76%) Magento
2 1 (5.88%) Lorenzo
2 1 (5.88%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (5.88%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (17.65%) Electronic Patient Records
2 2 (11.76%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (11.76%) DB2
2 2 (11.76%) DbVisualizer
3 1 (5.88%) DataStage
3 1 (5.88%) RDBMS
3 1 (5.88%) Relational Database
3 1 (5.88%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (47.06%) Selenium
2 7 (41.18%) Cucumber
2 7 (41.18%) SoapUI
2 7 (41.18%) WebDriver
3 6 (35.29%) JIRA
4 5 (29.41%) Git (software)
5 4 (23.53%) JBehave
5 4 (23.53%) JUnit
6 3 (17.65%) Jenkins
6 3 (17.65%) Maven
7 2 (11.76%) Appium
7 2 (11.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (11.76%) JMeter
7 2 (11.76%) Mockito
7 2 (11.76%) Moq
7 2 (11.76%) TeamCity
8 1 (5.88%) FitNesse
8 1 (5.88%) LoadRunner
General
1 5 (29.41%) Retail
2 2 (11.76%) Finance
3 1 (5.88%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (35.29%) Gherkin
2 3 (17.65%) Hibernate
2 3 (17.65%) RESTful
2 3 (17.65%) Spring
3 2 (11.76%) HTML
3 2 (11.76%) J2EE
3 2 (11.76%) Middleware
3 2 (11.76%) Web Services
3 2 (11.76%) XML
4 1 (5.88%) JMS
4 1 (5.88%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (29.41%) NHS
2 4 (23.53%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.88%) Algorithms
3 1 (5.88%) Linux Command Line
3 1 (5.88%) Management Information System
3 1 (5.88%) Mobile App
3 1 (5.88%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (23.53%) Unix
2 2 (11.76%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (41.18%) Test Automation
2 7 (41.18%) Test Strategy
3 6 (35.29%) Automation Testing
3 6 (35.29%) BDD
3 6 (35.29%) Regression Testing
3 6 (35.29%) Scrum
4 4 (23.53%) ATDD
4 4 (23.53%) Continuous Integration
4 4 (23.53%) Kanban
4 4 (23.53%) Open Source
4 4 (23.53%) Software Testing
4 4 (23.53%) TDD
5 3 (17.65%) Automated Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Continuous Delivery
5 3 (17.65%) ETL
5 3 (17.65%) High Availability
5 3 (17.65%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
6 2 (11.76%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 6 (35.29%) Java
2 5 (29.41%) SQL
3 2 (11.76%) JavaScript
3 2 (11.76%) Shell Script
4 1 (5.88%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (5.88%) ISEB
1 1 (5.88%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (41.18%) QA
2 2 (11.76%) HL7
2 2 (11.76%) SDET
Systems Management
1 1 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (17.65%) Atlassian
2 2 (11.76%) hybris
2 2 (11.76%) IBM
3 1 (5.88%) HP
3 1 (5.88%) Oracle
3 1 (5.88%) SAP
3 1 (5.88%) Workday