Period
to 16 February 2019

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in Lancashire during the 6 months to 16 February 2019.

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
North West > Lancashire
6 months to
16 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 59 46 64
Rank change year-on-year -13 +18 0
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 17 7 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 2.34% 1.62% 1.01%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.45% 1.68% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 3 2
Lancashire median daily rate £450 £361 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +24.63% -6.82% -26.19%
10th Percentile £350 £343 £366
90th Percentile £521 £425 £399
North West median daily rate £408 £313 £325
% change year-on-year +30.40% -3.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Lancashire median hourly rate - - £41.50
North West median hourly rate - £14.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year - -66.27% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Lancashire. 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
Lancashire
Contract vacancies in Lancashire with a recognized job title 695 416 562
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.60% 96.30% 94.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 450 260 392
Lancashire median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - -3.61%
10th Percentile £263 £237 £225
90th Percentile £675 £582 £575
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 44 73
Lancashire median hourly rate £35.61 £40.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.07% +1.25% +6.67%
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.98 £11.08
90th Percentile £44.88 £62.78 £53.00
North West median hourly rate £20.00 £17.88 £17.50
% change year-on-year +11.86% +2.17% -22.22%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Lancashire

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Lancashire

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Lancashire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Lancashire over the 6 months to 16 February 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Lancashire

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Lancashire

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Lancashire region over the 6 months to 16 February 2019. 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
Blackpool -2 6 £450 +24.63%
Preston - 4 £388 -
Tester
North West

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

For the 6 months to 16 February 2019, 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 Lancashire region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 13 (76.47%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (58.82%) LoadRunner
2 10 (58.82%) JMeter
3 9 (52.94%) Jenkins
4 8 (47.06%) HP UFT
4 8 (47.06%) Selenium
4 8 (47.06%) Git (software)
4 8 (47.06%) Test Automation
5 7 (41.18%) Test Strategy
5 7 (41.18%) QA
6 6 (35.29%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (29.41%) DevOps
7 5 (29.41%) Microservices
7 5 (29.41%) Slack
7 5 (29.41%) JIRA
7 5 (29.41%) Cucumber
7 5 (29.41%) BDD
7 5 (29.41%) Confluence
8 4 (23.53%) Manual Testing
8 4 (23.53%) Test Management
8 4 (23.53%) SQL
8 4 (23.53%) Web Operations
8 4 (23.53%) SDLC
9 3 (17.65%) Burp Suite
9 3 (17.65%) User Stories
9 3 (17.65%) Non-Functional Testing
9 3 (17.65%) Finance
9 3 (17.65%) Nessus
9 3 (17.65%) Software Engineering
9 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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 (29.41%) Confluence
2 2 (11.76%) CMS
Cloud Services
1 5 (29.41%) Slack
2 2 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.76%) SQL Server
1 2 (11.76%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 10 (58.82%) JMeter
1 10 (58.82%) LoadRunner
2 9 (52.94%) Jenkins
3 8 (47.06%) Git (software)
3 8 (47.06%) HP UFT
3 8 (47.06%) Selenium
4 5 (29.41%) Cucumber
4 5 (29.41%) JIRA
5 3 (17.65%) Burp Suite
5 3 (17.65%) SoapUI
6 2 (11.76%) eggPlant
6 2 (11.76%) Gatling
6 2 (11.76%) TeamCity
6 2 (11.76%) Travis CI
7 1 (5.88%) JUnit
7 1 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (5.88%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (17.65%) Finance
2 1 (5.88%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (17.65%) REST
2 2 (11.76%) .NET
2 2 (11.76%) Django
2 2 (11.76%) JSON
2 2 (11.76%) SOAP
2 2 (11.76%) XML
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (76.47%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (47.06%) Test Automation
3 7 (41.18%) Test Strategy
4 6 (35.29%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (29.41%) BDD
5 5 (29.41%) DevOps
5 5 (29.41%) Microservices
6 4 (23.53%) Manual Testing
6 4 (23.53%) SDLC
6 4 (23.53%) Test Management
6 4 (23.53%) Web Operations
7 3 (17.65%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (17.65%) OWASP
7 3 (17.65%) Software Engineering
7 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
7 3 (17.65%) Unit Testing
7 3 (17.65%) User Stories
7 3 (17.65%) Waterfall
8 2 (11.76%) Data Transformation
8 2 (11.76%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (23.53%) SQL
2 2 (11.76%) C#
2 2 (11.76%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (5.88%) DBS Check
1 1 (5.88%) ISEB
1 1 (5.88%) ISTQB
1 1 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (41.18%) QA
2 1 (5.88%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 3 (17.65%) Nessus
Vendors
1 2 (11.76%) Oracle
2 1 (5.88%) Microsoft