Period
to 10 December 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Leeds during the 6 months to 10 December 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
6 months to
10 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 86 108 87
Rank change year-on-year +22 -21 +13
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 53 39 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 2.36% 1.51% 2.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.45% 1.58% 2.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 10 81
Leeds median daily rate £350 £395 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.39% +17.91% +6.35%
10th Percentile £238 £311 £255
90th Percentile £436 £423 £600
West Yorkshire median daily rate £350 £415 £329
% change year-on-year -15.66% +26.24% +4.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Leeds median hourly rate - - £25.00
West Yorkshire median hourly rate - - £27.50

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 2164 2472 3110
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 96.35% 95.74% 94.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1533 1634 2147
Leeds median daily rate £409 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.13% +5.26% +8.57%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £263
90th Percentile £549 £550 £550
West Yorkshire median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 42 48 94
Leeds median hourly rate £20.50 £13.25 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +54.72% -11.67% +12.36%
10th Percentile £10.51 £10.07 £9.01
90th Percentile £40.00 £30.23 £34.10
West Yorkshire median hourly rate £14.35 £12.50 £13.60
% change year-on-year +14.80% -8.05% +9.00%

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 10 December 2017.

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 10 December 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 Leeds region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 38 (71.70%) Selenium
1 38 (71.70%) Test Automation
2 35 (66.04%) Java
3 34 (64.15%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (45.28%) WebDriver
5 23 (43.40%) Test Scripting
6 18 (33.96%) Cucumber
7 14 (26.42%) JavaScript
7 14 (26.42%) C#
8 12 (22.64%) BDD
8 12 (22.64%) SoapUI
8 12 (22.64%) Jenkins
9 11 (20.75%) SQL
9 11 (20.75%) SOAP
9 11 (20.75%) Python
10 10 (18.87%) QA
10 10 (18.87%) Defect Tracking
11 9 (16.98%) Hudson
11 9 (16.98%) Scrum
12 8 (15.09%) TDD
12 8 (15.09%) Unix
12 8 (15.09%) Bash Shell
12 8 (15.09%) User Stories
12 8 (15.09%) Exploratory Testing
13 7 (13.21%) Test Management
13 7 (13.21%) Manual Testing
13 7 (13.21%) XML
13 7 (13.21%) HTML
13 7 (13.21%) PHP
14 6 (11.32%) Stakeholder Management

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 2 (3.77%) Cloud Foundry
1 2 (3.77%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.77%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (3.77%) Heroku
1 2 (3.77%) npm
2 1 (1.89%) GitHub
2 1 (1.89%) SaaS
2 1 (1.89%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.77%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.77%) Big Data
2 1 (1.89%) Amazon Redshift
2 1 (1.89%) MongoDB
2 1 (1.89%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 38 (71.70%) Selenium
2 24 (45.28%) WebDriver
3 18 (33.96%) Cucumber
4 12 (22.64%) Jenkins
4 12 (22.64%) SoapUI
5 9 (16.98%) Hudson
6 5 (9.43%) JIRA
7 4 (7.55%) JMeter
7 4 (7.55%) LoadRunner
8 3 (5.66%) HP UFT
9 2 (3.77%) Gatling
9 2 (3.77%) Git (software)
10 1 (1.89%) Appium
10 1 (1.89%) Calabash
10 1 (1.89%) JUnit
10 1 (1.89%) Oracle Forms
10 1 (1.89%) RSpec
10 1 (1.89%) SpecFlow
10 1 (1.89%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 6 (11.32%) Finance
2 3 (5.66%) Games
2 3 (5.66%) Marketing
3 2 (3.77%) Electronics
3 2 (3.77%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.77%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (20.75%) SOAP
2 7 (13.21%) HTML
2 7 (13.21%) XML
3 3 (5.66%) Node.js
4 2 (3.77%) J2EE
4 2 (3.77%) REST
5 1 (1.89%) Dropwizard
5 1 (1.89%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.32%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (7.55%) Mainframe
3 3 (5.66%) Computer Science
3 3 (5.66%) User Experience
4 2 (3.77%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (3.77%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.89%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.89%) Smart Meter
5 1 (1.89%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 8 (15.09%) Unix
2 3 (5.66%) Linux
3 2 (3.77%) Windows
3 2 (3.77%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.89%) AIX
4 1 (1.89%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (71.70%) Test Automation
2 34 (64.15%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (43.40%) Test Scripting
4 12 (22.64%) BDD
5 10 (18.87%) Defect Tracking
6 9 (16.98%) Scrum
7 8 (15.09%) Exploratory Testing
7 8 (15.09%) TDD
7 8 (15.09%) User Stories
8 7 (13.21%) Manual Testing
8 7 (13.21%) Test Management
9 6 (11.32%) Root Cause Analysis
9 6 (11.32%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (9.43%) Cross-Browser Testing
10 5 (9.43%) Non-Functional Testing
10 5 (9.43%) Open Source
10 5 (9.43%) Performance Testing
11 4 (7.55%) Business Intelligence
11 4 (7.55%) SDLC
11 4 (7.55%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 35 (66.04%) Java
2 14 (26.42%) C#
2 14 (26.42%) JavaScript
3 11 (20.75%) Python
3 11 (20.75%) SQL
4 8 (15.09%) Bash Shell
5 7 (13.21%) PHP
6 4 (7.55%) Ruby
7 1 (1.89%) C
7 1 (1.89%) Scala
Qualifications
1 5 (9.43%) Degree
2 1 (1.89%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (1.89%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (18.87%) QA
2 1 (1.89%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (1.89%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.89%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (5.66%) HP
1 3 (5.66%) SAP
2 2 (3.77%) IBM
3 1 (1.89%) AppDynamics
3 1 (1.89%) Capita
3 1 (1.89%) Informatica
3 1 (1.89%) Logi
3 1 (1.89%) Logi Analytics
3 1 (1.89%) Oracle
3 1 (1.89%) Sun
3 1 (1.89%) Tableau
3 1 (1.89%) Talend