Period
to 27 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Leeds during the 6 months to 27 May 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
6 months to
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 67 66 105
Rank change year-on-year -1 +39 -21
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 90 70 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 3.54% 3.29% 1.58%
As % of the Job Titles category 3.67% 3.37% 1.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 64 39 29
Leeds median daily rate £350 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.69% +1.56% +16.36%
10th Percentile £264 £247 £258
90th Percentile £443 £411 £435
West Yorkshire median daily rate £350 £325 £315
% change year-on-year +7.69% +3.17% +14.55%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Leeds median hourly rate £36.00 - -
West Yorkshire median hourly rate £36.00 - -

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Leeds. 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
Leeds
Contract vacancies in Leeds with a recognized job title 2,455 2,077 2,806
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.46% 97.65% 96.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,689 1,370 1,962
Leeds median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £275 £275 £276
90th Percentile £538 £550 £575
West Yorkshire median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 34 54
Leeds median hourly rate £21.50 £14.10 £12.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +52.48% +12.80% +0.64%
10th Percentile £10.50 £10.56 £9.50
90th Percentile £42.40 £28.27 £21.58
West Yorkshire median hourly rate £14.65 £12.34 £12.50
% change year-on-year +18.74% -1.30% -9.88%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Leeds

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Leeds

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Leeds

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Leeds over the 6 months to 27 May 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Leeds

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Leeds

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

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

1 74 (82.22%) Test Automation
2 55 (61.11%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (45.56%) Selenium
4 36 (40.00%) C#
5 27 (30.00%) Test Scripting
6 26 (28.89%) BDD
7 25 (27.78%) WebDriver
7 25 (27.78%) SQL
8 21 (23.33%) Java
9 20 (22.22%) Cucumber
10 19 (21.11%) QA
11 18 (20.00%) Scrum
11 18 (20.00%) API Testing
12 15 (16.67%) SoapUI
13 13 (14.44%) JavaScript
14 12 (13.33%) TDD
14 12 (13.33%) Defect Tracking
14 12 (13.33%) SDET
15 11 (12.22%) Performance Testing
15 11 (12.22%) Software Testing
15 11 (12.22%) Git (software)
16 10 (11.11%) Test Management
16 10 (11.11%) Manual Testing
16 10 (11.11%) SOAP
17 9 (10.00%) ISTQB
17 9 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
17 9 (10.00%) SpecFlow
18 8 (8.89%) Kanban
18 8 (8.89%) Continuous Improvement
18 8 (8.89%) Linux

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Leeds 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 (4.44%) SharePoint
1 4 (4.44%) SharePoint 2010
2 3 (3.33%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (1.11%) Apache Spark
Business Applications
1 3 (3.33%) SAP S/4HANA
2 2 (2.22%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.33%) SaaS
1 3 (3.33%) SuccessFactors
2 2 (2.22%) BrowserStack
2 2 (2.22%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.22%) npm
3 1 (1.11%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.11%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.33%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.56%) MySQL
1 5 (5.56%) PostgreSQL
2 4 (4.44%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.11%) Big Data
3 1 (1.11%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.11%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 41 (45.56%) Selenium
2 25 (27.78%) WebDriver
3 20 (22.22%) Cucumber
4 15 (16.67%) SoapUI
5 11 (12.22%) Git (software)
6 9 (10.00%) SpecFlow
7 7 (7.78%) Jenkins
8 6 (6.67%) JIRA
8 6 (6.67%) JMeter
9 4 (4.44%) MSTest
9 4 (4.44%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (4.44%) Visual Studio
10 3 (3.33%) Appium
10 3 (3.33%) JUnit
10 3 (3.33%) LoadRunner
10 3 (3.33%) Maven
11 2 (2.22%) Bitbucket
11 2 (2.22%) Burp Suite
11 2 (2.22%) Protractor
11 2 (2.22%) SonarQube
General
1 6 (6.67%) Finance
2 5 (5.56%) Law
3 2 (2.22%) Advertising
4 1 (1.11%) Games
4 1 (1.11%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.11%) SOAP
2 7 (7.78%) Gherkin
3 6 (6.67%) XML
4 5 (5.56%) HTML
5 4 (4.44%) Kafka
6 3 (3.33%) Nightwatchjs
6 3 (3.33%) RequireJS
6 3 (3.33%) WebdriverIO
7 2 (2.22%) .NET
7 2 (2.22%) Node.js
7 2 (2.22%) RESTful
7 2 (2.22%) WireMock
8 1 (1.11%) React
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.56%) Greenfield Project
2 3 (3.33%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.11%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.11%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.11%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.11%) Smart Meter
3 1 (1.11%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.89%) Linux
2 4 (4.44%) Android
2 4 (4.44%) Apple iOS
3 2 (2.22%) Kali Linux
4 1 (1.11%) Mac OS X
4 1 (1.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (82.22%) Test Automation
2 55 (61.11%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (30.00%) Test Scripting
4 26 (28.89%) BDD
5 18 (20.00%) API Testing
5 18 (20.00%) Scrum
6 12 (13.33%) Defect Tracking
6 12 (13.33%) SDET
6 12 (13.33%) TDD
7 11 (12.22%) Performance Testing
7 11 (12.22%) Software Testing
8 10 (11.11%) Manual Testing
8 10 (11.11%) Test Management
9 9 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
10 8 (8.89%) Continuous Improvement
10 8 (8.89%) Kanban
11 7 (7.78%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (7.78%) DevOps
12 6 (6.67%) Cross-Browser Testing
12 6 (6.67%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 36 (40.00%) C#
2 25 (27.78%) SQL
3 21 (23.33%) Java
4 13 (14.44%) JavaScript
5 5 (5.56%) Python
6 3 (3.33%) Ruby
6 3 (3.33%) T-SQL
7 2 (2.22%) Scala
7 2 (2.22%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.11%) C++
8 1 (1.11%) Kotlin
Qualifications
1 9 (10.00%) ISTQB
2 4 (4.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 4 (4.44%) Security Cleared
3 3 (3.33%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (3.33%) Degree
4 2 (2.22%) ISEB
5 1 (1.11%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (21.11%) QA
2 1 (1.11%) WCAG
System Software
1 6 (6.67%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.11%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (1.11%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (1.11%) Puppet
Vendors
1 7 (7.78%) Capita
2 4 (4.44%) SAP
3 2 (2.22%) Splunk
4 1 (1.11%) Oracle