Period
to 24 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 24 April 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
England > London
6 months to
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 230 201 235
Rank change year-on-year -29 +34 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 542 519 470
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 1.18% 1.31% 1.07%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.24% 1.37% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 407 316 310
London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +12.14%
10th Percentile £262 £260 £260
90th Percentile £538 £525 £488
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 3
London median hourly rate £106.25 £70.00 £18.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.79% +276.34% -88.90%
10th Percentile £18.86 £33.20 £12.06
90th Percentile £175.00 £103.50 £22.58
England median hourly rate £42.50 £30.00 £36.25
% change year-on-year +41.67% -17.24% +27.19%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Contract vacancies in London with a recognized job title 43,689 37,788 41,871
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.76% 95.04% 95.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,550 26,948 29,907
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +3.45%
10th Percentile £308 £305 £281
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 689 500 576
London median hourly rate £21.50 £22.50 £19.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.44% +15.86% +7.89%
10th Percentile £12.49 £12.00 £10.75
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £48.92
England median hourly rate £18.70 £19.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -1.58% - +11.76%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in London

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in London

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in London over the 6 months to 24 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in London

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in London

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in London

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in London over the 6 months to 24 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Tester in London

Tester
Contract Job Locations in London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the London region over the 6 months to 24 April 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
Central London -26 86 £425 +1.80% 24
West London -31 44 £438 +16.67% 13
South London -20 37 £425 - 4
East London -2 10 £450 +7.78% 3
North London -1 2 £400 +45.45% 2
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 24 April 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 London region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 333 (61.44%) Test Automation
2 265 (48.89%) Agile Software Development
3 203 (37.45%) Selenium
4 179 (33.03%) Java
5 173 (31.92%) Cucumber
6 169 (31.18%) BDD
7 165 (30.44%) QA
8 105 (19.37%) SQL
9 92 (16.97%) JIRA
10 88 (16.24%) C#
11 87 (16.05%) TDD
12 86 (15.87%) Finance
13 83 (15.31%) WebDriver
14 81 (14.94%) Scrum
14 81 (14.94%) JavaScript
15 79 (14.58%) Test Scripting
16 73 (13.47%) API Testing
17 71 (13.10%) Functional Testing
18 64 (11.81%) Security Cleared
19 63 (11.62%) REST
20 62 (11.44%) Performance Testing
21 59 (10.89%) Problem-Solving
22 57 (10.52%) Git (software)
22 57 (10.52%) Gherkin
22 57 (10.52%) Jenkins
22 57 (10.52%) .NET
23 55 (10.15%) SpecFlow
24 51 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
25 50 (9.23%) Software Testing
26 49 (9.04%) RESTful

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 24 (4.43%) CMS
2 18 (3.32%) Confluence
3 16 (2.95%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 15 (2.77%) Sitecore CMS
5 10 (1.85%) WebSphere
6 7 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
7 6 (1.11%) SharePoint
8 4 (0.74%) Apache Spark
8 4 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.74%) IIS
8 4 (0.74%) Umbraco
8 4 (0.74%) WordPress
9 3 (0.55%) EPiServer
9 3 (0.55%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.55%) WebLogic
10 2 (0.37%) JBoss
10 2 (0.37%) Oracle Workflow
11 1 (0.18%) Apache
11 1 (0.18%) Oracle Service Bus
11 1 (0.18%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 21 (3.87%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (2.03%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.37%) HipChat
3 2 (0.37%) Spreadsheet
4 1 (0.18%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.18%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (0.55%) WebTrends
2 2 (0.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.37%) Magento
2 2 (0.37%) Minerva
2 2 (0.37%) Sentinel
3 1 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.18%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.18%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.18%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 36 (6.64%) Microsoft Azure
2 26 (4.80%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (1.29%) Sauce Labs
4 6 (1.11%) IaaS
5 5 (0.92%) BrowserStack
6 4 (0.74%) Adobe Analytics
6 4 (0.74%) GitHub
6 4 (0.74%) Google Analytics
6 4 (0.74%) Office 365
7 3 (0.55%) Azure Data Factory
7 3 (0.55%) Firebase
7 3 (0.55%) Google Cloud Platform
7 3 (0.55%) Google Tag Manager
8 2 (0.37%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.37%) BlazeMeter
8 2 (0.37%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 2 (0.37%) TestFlight
8 2 (0.37%) vREST
9 1 (0.18%) NuGet
9 1 (0.18%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 15 (2.77%) HTTP
2 3 (0.55%) DNS
2 3 (0.55%) Firewall
2 3 (0.55%) TCP/IP
3 2 (0.37%) HTTPS
3 2 (0.37%) Internet
3 2 (0.37%) Network Security
3 2 (0.37%) Wireshark
4 1 (0.18%) Broadband
4 1 (0.18%) DHCP
4 1 (0.18%) DMZ
4 1 (0.18%) DVB
4 1 (0.18%) FTP
4 1 (0.18%) Intrusion Detection
4 1 (0.18%) Kerberos
4 1 (0.18%) LAN
4 1 (0.18%) RTSP
4 1 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (3.32%) Hadoop
2 15 (2.77%) Big Data
3 13 (2.40%) MongoDB
4 12 (2.21%) MySQL
4 12 (2.21%) NoSQL
4 12 (2.21%) SQL Server
5 11 (2.03%) Data Warehouse
6 9 (1.66%) Redis
6 9 (1.66%) Relational Database
7 7 (1.29%) PostgreSQL
8 5 (0.92%) BusinessObjects
8 5 (0.92%) Crystal Reports
9 4 (0.74%) Oracle Database
9 4 (0.74%) Oracle Reports
10 3 (0.55%) Blockchain
10 3 (0.55%) DataStage
10 3 (0.55%) HBase
10 3 (0.55%) Oracle BI EE
10 3 (0.55%) Oracle ODI
10 3 (0.55%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 203 (37.45%) Selenium
2 173 (31.92%) Cucumber
3 92 (16.97%) JIRA
4 83 (15.31%) WebDriver
5 57 (10.52%) Git (software)
5 57 (10.52%) Jenkins
6 55 (10.15%) SpecFlow
7 48 (8.86%) SoapUI
8 43 (7.93%) JMeter
9 22 (4.06%) Visual Studio
10 20 (3.69%) Appium
11 19 (3.51%) JUnit
12 18 (3.32%) Protractor
13 17 (3.14%) Maven
13 17 (3.14%) NUnit
14 16 (2.95%) Burp Suite
14 16 (2.95%) Gatling
14 16 (2.95%) LoadRunner
15 15 (2.77%) Team Foundation Server
15 15 (2.77%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 86 (15.87%) Finance
2 36 (6.64%) Banking
3 21 (3.87%) Retail
4 19 (3.51%) Games
5 13 (2.40%) Law
6 8 (1.48%) Investment Banking
7 7 (1.29%) Advertising
8 5 (0.92%) Front Office
8 5 (0.92%) Legal
9 3 (0.55%) Back Office
9 3 (0.55%) Marketing
10 2 (0.37%) Electronics
10 2 (0.37%) Financial Institution
10 2 (0.37%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.18%) Automotive
11 1 (0.18%) Manufacturing
11 1 (0.18%) Private Banking
11 1 (0.18%) Publishing
11 1 (0.18%) Retail Banking
11 1 (0.18%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (11.62%) REST
2 57 (10.52%) .NET
2 57 (10.52%) Gherkin
3 49 (9.04%) RESTful
4 33 (6.09%) Web Services
5 24 (4.43%) XML
6 21 (3.87%) JSON
7 18 (3.32%) SOAP
8 13 (2.40%) HTML
9 10 (1.85%) ActiveMQ
9 10 (1.85%) Apache Flex
9 10 (1.85%) Node.js
9 10 (1.85%) Spring
10 9 (1.66%) ASP.NET Web API
11 8 (1.48%) Behat
12 7 (1.29%) ASP.NET
12 7 (1.29%) Elastic Stack
12 7 (1.29%) HTML5
12 7 (1.29%) Swagger
13 6 (1.11%) Dropwizard
Miscellaneous
1 33 (6.09%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (5.17%) Mobile App
3 17 (3.14%) Fintech
4 14 (2.58%) Video on Demand
5 12 (2.21%) Self-Motivation
6 10 (1.85%) Online Games
7 9 (1.66%) Greenfield Project
8 8 (1.48%) CESG
9 7 (1.29%) Data Centre
9 7 (1.29%) Mainframe
9 7 (1.29%) User Experience
10 6 (1.11%) MPEG
10 6 (1.11%) Public Cloud
11 5 (0.92%) Computer Science
11 5 (0.92%) Over-the-Top Content
11 5 (0.92%) Video\Live Streaming
12 4 (0.74%) Fixed Income
12 4 (0.74%) Reinsurance
13 3 (0.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 3 (0.55%) STB
Operating Systems
1 34 (6.27%) Android
1 34 (6.27%) Linux
2 30 (5.54%) Apple iOS
3 29 (5.35%) Unix
4 23 (4.24%) Windows
5 10 (1.85%) Mac OS X
6 4 (0.74%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (0.74%) Ubuntu
7 3 (0.55%) Windows 10
7 3 (0.55%) Windows 7
8 2 (0.37%) CentOS
8 2 (0.37%) Mac OS
9 1 (0.18%) AIX
9 1 (0.18%) FreeBSD
9 1 (0.18%) OpenBSD
9 1 (0.18%) Solaris
9 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
9 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2008
9 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 333 (61.44%) Test Automation
2 265 (48.89%) Agile Software Development
3 169 (31.18%) BDD
4 87 (16.05%) TDD
5 81 (14.94%) Scrum
6 79 (14.58%) Test Scripting
7 73 (13.47%) API Testing
8 71 (13.10%) Functional Testing
9 62 (11.44%) Performance Testing
10 59 (10.89%) Problem-Solving
11 51 (9.41%) Continuous Integration
12 50 (9.23%) Software Testing
13 48 (8.86%) SDET
14 46 (8.49%) User Acceptance Testing
15 43 (7.93%) Test Strategy
16 42 (7.75%) DevOps
17 38 (7.01%) Regression Testing
17 38 (7.01%) Scenario Testing
18 37 (6.83%) E-Commerce
19 35 (6.46%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 179 (33.03%) Java
2 105 (19.37%) SQL
3 88 (16.24%) C#
4 81 (14.94%) JavaScript
5 43 (7.93%) Ruby
6 26 (4.80%) Python
7 22 (4.06%) Scala
8 10 (1.85%) Groovy
9 9 (1.66%) Shell Script
9 9 (1.66%) VBScript
10 8 (1.48%) R
11 7 (1.29%) Bash Shell
11 7 (1.29%) C++
11 7 (1.29%) VB.NET
12 6 (1.11%) C
13 5 (0.92%) VBA
14 4 (0.74%) Apple Swift
14 4 (0.74%) Java 8
14 4 (0.74%) PL/SQL
15 3 (0.55%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 64 (11.81%) Security Cleared
2 46 (8.49%) SC Cleared
3 26 (4.80%) Degree
4 19 (3.51%) ISEB
5 18 (3.32%) ISTQB
6 12 (2.21%) Computer Science Degree
7 11 (2.03%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (1.66%) CREST Certified
9 8 (1.48%) CHECK Team Member
10 6 (1.11%) DV Cleared
11 3 (0.55%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (0.55%) CISSP
11 3 (0.55%) Master's Degree
11 3 (0.55%) OSCP
12 2 (0.37%) CCSAM
12 2 (0.37%) CEH
12 2 (0.37%) GPEN
12 2 (0.37%) OSCE
13 1 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
13 1 (0.18%) GWAPT
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 165 (30.44%) QA
2 5 (0.92%) WCAG
3 3 (0.55%) MiFID
3 3 (0.55%) PCI DSS
4 2 (0.37%) Data Quality
5 1 (0.18%) GxP
5 1 (0.18%) HL7
5 1 (0.18%) ISO 20022
5 1 (0.18%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.18%) JSP 440
5 1 (0.18%) WAI
System Software
1 25 (4.61%) Docker
2 8 (1.48%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (0.92%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.55%) HDFS
5 2 (0.37%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
6 1 (0.18%) ACF2
6 1 (0.18%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.18%) KVM
6 1 (0.18%) QEMU
6 1 (0.18%) RACF
6 1 (0.18%) VirtualBox
6 1 (0.18%) VMware NSX
Systems Management
1 16 (2.95%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (2.21%) Puppet
3 11 (2.03%) Grafana
3 11 (2.03%) Kibana
3 11 (2.03%) Kubernetes
4 10 (1.85%) Nessus
5 8 (1.48%) StatsD
6 6 (1.11%) logstash
7 3 (0.55%) Oozie
8 2 (0.37%) HockeyApp
8 2 (0.37%) HP ALM
8 2 (0.37%) Nmap
9 1 (0.18%) CA Service Virtualization
9 1 (0.18%) Hadoop YARN
9 1 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.18%) Netcool
9 1 (0.18%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 31 (5.72%) Microsoft
2 20 (3.69%) Adobe
3 16 (2.95%) Sitecore
4 15 (2.77%) Oracle
5 12 (2.21%) Google
6 11 (2.03%) Salesforce.com
7 10 (1.85%) HP
8 9 (1.66%) Splunk
9 8 (1.48%) Atlassian
9 8 (1.48%) SAP
10 4 (0.74%) SOASTA, Inc
11 3 (0.55%) CA
11 3 (0.55%) Fidessa
11 3 (0.55%) Hotjar
11 3 (0.55%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.55%) Tealium
11 3 (0.55%) VMware
12 2 (0.37%) Citrix
12 2 (0.37%) IBM
12 2 (0.37%) Informatica