Period
to 13 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in Hertfordshire during the 6 months to 13 November 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
13 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 85 82 70
Rank change year-on-year -3 -12 +7
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 17 21 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 1.04% 1.35% 1.60%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.12% 1.44% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 5 13
Hertfordshire median daily rate £450 £288 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +56.52% -6.66% +12.00%
10th Percentile £350 £222 £215
90th Percentile £640 £453 £385
East of England median daily rate £463 £350 £325
% change year-on-year +32.14% +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £11.00 - -
East of England median hourly rate £11.00 £30.75 £28.00
% change year-on-year -64.23% +9.82% -18.25%

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 1,515 1,454 1,335
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 92.94% 93.15% 96.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 904 735 762
Hertfordshire median daily rate £415 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% - +3.56%
10th Percentile £185 £200 £206
90th Percentile £556 £575 £538
East of England median daily rate £425 £413 £388
% change year-on-year +3.03% +6.45% +1.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 129 139 81
Hertfordshire median hourly rate £17.32 £16.81 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.06% +8.42% -13.89%
10th Percentile £12.25 £11.13 £10.00
90th Percentile £48.35 £40.60 £53.75
East of England median hourly rate £17.43 £18.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -3.19% -23.40% +11.89%

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 13 November 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 13 November 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
Hemel Hempstead +3 6 £350 +21.74%
Rickmansworth - 3 £400 -
Stevenage -5 2 - - 1
Watford -10 2 £700 +69.70% 3
St Albans - 1 £213 - 5
Letchworth - 1 - -
Tester
East of England

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

For the 6 months to 13 November 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 13 (76.47%) Test Automation
2 8 (47.06%) Selenium
3 7 (41.18%) JMeter
4 6 (35.29%) SQL
5 5 (29.41%) Java
5 5 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (29.41%) JIRA
5 5 (29.41%) Test Scripting
5 5 (29.41%) Cucumber
5 5 (29.41%) Scenario Testing
6 4 (23.53%) Test Strategy
6 4 (23.53%) Functional Testing
6 4 (23.53%) Non-Functional Testing
6 4 (23.53%) PL/SQL
6 4 (23.53%) VB
7 3 (17.65%) C
7 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Office
7 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Excel
7 3 (17.65%) Software Engineering
7 3 (17.65%) Security Cleared
7 3 (17.65%) Fiddler
7 3 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
7 3 (17.65%) Relational Database
8 2 (11.76%) Exploratory Testing
8 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Management
8 2 (11.76%) eggPlant
8 2 (11.76%) BDD
8 2 (11.76%) Scrum
8 2 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
8 2 (11.76%) ISTQB

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:

Applications
1 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Excel
1 3 (17.65%) Microsoft Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.88%) 3GPP
1 1 (5.88%) 4G
1 1 (5.88%) 5G
1 1 (5.88%) Ethernet
1 1 (5.88%) GSM
1 1 (5.88%) LAN
1 1 (5.88%) LTE
1 1 (5.88%) TCP/IP
1 1 (5.88%) WCDMA
1 1 (5.88%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (17.65%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (47.06%) Selenium
2 7 (41.18%) JMeter
3 5 (29.41%) Cucumber
3 5 (29.41%) JIRA
4 3 (17.65%) Fiddler
5 2 (11.76%) eggPlant
5 2 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (5.88%) ClearCase
6 1 (5.88%) ClearQuest
6 1 (5.88%) Git (software)
6 1 (5.88%) Jenkins
6 1 (5.88%) LoadRunner
6 1 (5.88%) SpecFlow
6 1 (5.88%) TeamCity
6 1 (5.88%) WebDriver
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (11.76%) HTML
2 1 (5.88%) .NET
2 1 (5.88%) CGI
2 1 (5.88%) Web Services
2 1 (5.88%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (17.65%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.88%) Computer Science
2 1 (5.88%) Fintech
2 1 (5.88%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.88%) Linux
1 1 (5.88%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (76.47%) Test Automation
2 5 (29.41%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (29.41%) Scenario Testing
2 5 (29.41%) Test Scripting
3 4 (23.53%) Functional Testing
3 4 (23.53%) Non-Functional Testing
3 4 (23.53%) Test Strategy
4 3 (17.65%) Software Engineering
5 2 (11.76%) BDD
5 2 (11.76%) Configuration Management
5 2 (11.76%) Exploratory Testing
5 2 (11.76%) Infrastructure Management
5 2 (11.76%) Kanban
5 2 (11.76%) Manual Testing
5 2 (11.76%) PRINCE2
5 2 (11.76%) Scrum
6 1 (5.88%) Agile Testing
6 1 (5.88%) Change Control
6 1 (5.88%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (5.88%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 6 (35.29%) SQL
2 5 (29.41%) Java
3 4 (23.53%) PL/SQL
3 4 (23.53%) VB
4 3 (17.65%) C
5 2 (11.76%) C#
5 2 (11.76%) Python
6 1 (5.88%) Perl
Qualifications
1 3 (17.65%) Security Cleared
2 2 (11.76%) ISTQB
3 1 (5.88%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (5.88%) Degree
3 1 (5.88%) ISEB
3 1 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (5.88%) MCP
3 1 (5.88%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (5.88%) OCP
3 1 (5.88%) Oracle Certification
3 1 (5.88%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.88%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 1 (5.88%) Cisco
2 1 (5.88%) HP
2 1 (5.88%) Juniper
2 1 (5.88%) Oracle
2 1 (5.88%) Perforce