Period
to 18 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 18 January 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
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 207 192 195
Rank change year-on-year -15 +3 +5
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 607 566 579
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 1.31% 1.35% 1.32%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.38% 1.42% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 414 372 379
London median daily rate £425 £385 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.39% +4.76% +4.26%
10th Percentile £263 £217 £249
90th Percentile £550 £538 £475
England median daily rate £375 £357 £350
% change year-on-year +5.04% +2.00% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 6 0
London median hourly rate £12.00 £13.91 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.75% - -
England median hourly rate £13.00 £30.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year -56.67% -22.08% +35.09%

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 44,053 39,899 41,706
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.98% 95.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 32,029 28,436 29,402
London median daily rate £500 £465 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.53% +3.33% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £300 £275
90th Percentile £669 £643 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £415
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.41% +3.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 570 559 641
London median hourly rate £19.57 £20.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.54% +7.89% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.00 £11.77 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.83
England median hourly rate £18.30 £18.39 £18.50
% change year-on-year -0.48% -0.61% +12.12%

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 18 January 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 18 January 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 18 January 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 -13 86 £425 +1.80% 25
West London -35 39 £425 +14.86% 13
South London -19 34 £360 -15.29% 4
East London -5 5 £475 +19.87% 1
North London -6 2 £300 +9.09%
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, 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 London region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 367 (60.46%) Test Automation
2 297 (48.93%) Agile Software Development
3 201 (33.11%) Selenium
4 198 (32.62%) QA
5 185 (30.48%) Java
6 173 (28.50%) Cucumber
7 167 (27.51%) BDD
8 120 (19.77%) JIRA
9 108 (17.79%) SQL
10 103 (16.97%) Test Scripting
11 99 (16.31%) Finance
12 96 (15.82%) Scrum
13 91 (14.99%) TDD
14 84 (13.84%) Continuous Integration
14 84 (13.84%) Jenkins
15 77 (12.69%) Git (software)
16 76 (12.52%) Security Cleared
16 76 (12.52%) Functional Testing
17 70 (11.53%) JavaScript
18 69 (11.37%) Integration Testing
19 68 (11.20%) C#
20 66 (10.87%) REST
20 66 (10.87%) Gherkin
21 63 (10.38%) Web Services
22 62 (10.21%) E-Commerce
22 62 (10.21%) API Testing
23 60 (9.88%) JMeter
24 59 (9.72%) Banking
24 59 (9.72%) Software Testing
25 58 (9.56%) WebDriver

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 29 (4.78%) Confluence
2 18 (2.97%) WebSphere
3 11 (1.81%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 11 (1.81%) CMS
4 9 (1.48%) SharePoint
5 4 (0.66%) BizTalk Server
5 4 (0.66%) nginx
5 4 (0.66%) Sitecore CMS
6 3 (0.49%) EPiServer
7 2 (0.33%) Elasticsearch
7 2 (0.33%) Oracle Service Bus
7 2 (0.33%) SAS
7 2 (0.33%) WebLogic
7 2 (0.33%) WordPress
8 1 (0.16%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.16%) IIS
8 1 (0.16%) JBoss
8 1 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.16%) Tomcat
8 1 (0.16%) Umbraco
Applications
1 29 (4.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 10 (1.65%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.16%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.16%) HipChat
3 1 (0.16%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.16%) Mingle
3 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (0.82%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (0.82%) Minerva
1 5 (0.82%) Sentinel
1 5 (0.82%) Unit4 Business World
2 3 (0.49%) Misys Midas
3 1 (0.16%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.16%) IntelliMatch
3 1 (0.16%) Magento
3 1 (0.16%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HCM
3 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
3 1 (0.16%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.16%) Summit
3 1 (0.16%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 20 (3.29%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (2.64%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.32%) GitHub
4 5 (0.82%) BrowserStack
4 5 (0.82%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 3 (0.49%) Google Analytics
5 3 (0.49%) PaaS
6 2 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 2 (0.33%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.33%) Serverless
6 2 (0.33%) vREST
7 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.16%) BlazeMeter
7 1 (0.16%) Bluemix
7 1 (0.16%) FinancialForce
7 1 (0.16%) Google Cloud Platform
7 1 (0.16%) IBM Cloud
7 1 (0.16%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
7 1 (0.16%) Sauce Labs
7 1 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.80%) HTTP
2 5 (0.82%) TCP/IP
3 4 (0.66%) DNS
4 3 (0.49%) DHCP
4 3 (0.49%) Network Security
5 2 (0.33%) 3G
5 2 (0.33%) Firewall
5 2 (0.33%) ICMP
5 2 (0.33%) LTE
6 1 (0.16%) FTP
6 1 (0.16%) Multicast
6 1 (0.16%) PuTTY
6 1 (0.16%) WAAS
6 1 (0.16%) WinSCP
6 1 (0.16%) Wireless
6 1 (0.16%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 32 (5.27%) MongoDB
2 26 (4.28%) NoSQL
3 25 (4.12%) Relational Database
4 22 (3.62%) Redis
5 17 (2.80%) MySQL
6 12 (1.98%) Big Data
6 12 (1.98%) Data Warehouse
7 10 (1.65%) SQL Server
8 6 (0.99%) DB2
8 6 (0.99%) Hadoop
9 5 (0.82%) BusinessObjects
9 5 (0.82%) Crystal Reports
9 5 (0.82%) PowerCenter
10 4 (0.66%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.49%) Blockchain
11 3 (0.49%) Oracle Database
11 3 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 2 (0.33%) Amazon Redshift
12 2 (0.33%) DbVisualizer
12 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 201 (33.11%) Selenium
2 173 (28.50%) Cucumber
3 120 (19.77%) JIRA
4 84 (13.84%) Jenkins
5 77 (12.69%) Git (software)
6 60 (9.88%) JMeter
7 58 (9.56%) WebDriver
8 40 (6.59%) SoapUI
9 38 (6.26%) SpecFlow
10 22 (3.62%) Appium
11 20 (3.29%) Protractor
11 20 (3.29%) Visual Studio
12 19 (3.13%) JUnit
12 19 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
13 16 (2.64%) LoadRunner
14 14 (2.31%) Calabash
14 14 (2.31%) TeamCity
15 11 (1.81%) Jasmine
15 11 (1.81%) Maven
16 9 (1.48%) HP UFT
General
1 99 (16.31%) Finance
2 59 (9.72%) Banking
3 39 (6.43%) Games
4 24 (3.95%) Retail
5 18 (2.97%) Investment Banking
6 13 (2.14%) Front Office
7 8 (1.32%) Law
8 7 (1.15%) Marketing
9 6 (0.99%) Back Office
9 6 (0.99%) Legal
10 5 (0.82%) Advertising
10 5 (0.82%) Telecoms
11 3 (0.49%) Electronics
11 3 (0.49%) Retail Banking
12 2 (0.33%) Automotive
12 2 (0.33%) Financial Institution
12 2 (0.33%) Manufacturing
12 2 (0.33%) Publishing
13 1 (0.16%) Billing
13 1 (0.16%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 66 (10.87%) Gherkin
1 66 (10.87%) REST
2 63 (10.38%) Web Services
3 54 (8.90%) RESTful
4 46 (7.58%) .NET
5 44 (7.25%) SOAP
6 34 (5.60%) JSON
7 24 (3.95%) ActiveMQ
7 24 (3.95%) XML
8 16 (2.64%) HTML
9 13 (2.14%) AngularJS
10 12 (1.98%) Apache Flex
11 11 (1.81%) RESTEasy
11 11 (1.81%) Spring
12 9 (1.48%) Node.js
13 8 (1.32%) Swagger
14 7 (1.15%) Middleware
14 7 (1.15%) React
15 6 (0.99%) WebSphere MQ
16 5 (0.82%) OpenID
Miscellaneous
1 37 (6.10%) Analytical Skills
2 33 (5.44%) Mobile App
3 22 (3.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 17 (2.80%) Online Games
5 15 (2.47%) Greenfield Project
5 15 (2.47%) Video on Demand
6 10 (1.65%) Computer Science
6 10 (1.65%) User Experience
7 7 (1.15%) Derivative
7 7 (1.15%) Fintech
7 7 (1.15%) Management Information System
7 7 (1.15%) STB
8 6 (0.99%) Linux Command Line
9 5 (0.82%) Cyberthreat
9 5 (0.82%) Equities
9 5 (0.82%) Over-the-Top Content
9 5 (0.82%) SWIFT
9 5 (0.82%) Video\Live Streaming
10 4 (0.66%) Fixed Income
10 4 (0.66%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 48 (7.91%) Unix
2 40 (6.59%) Linux
3 23 (3.79%) Android
4 20 (3.29%) Mac OS X
4 20 (3.29%) Windows
5 16 (2.64%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.49%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.33%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.16%) Solaris
8 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 367 (60.46%) Test Automation
2 297 (48.93%) Agile Software Development
3 167 (27.51%) BDD
4 103 (16.97%) Test Scripting
5 96 (15.82%) Scrum
6 91 (14.99%) TDD
7 84 (13.84%) Continuous Integration
8 76 (12.52%) Functional Testing
9 69 (11.37%) Integration Testing
10 62 (10.21%) API Testing
10 62 (10.21%) E-Commerce
11 59 (9.72%) Software Testing
12 57 (9.39%) Manual Testing
13 56 (9.23%) Regression Testing
14 54 (8.90%) Performance Testing
15 53 (8.73%) Kanban
16 51 (8.40%) Continuous Delivery
17 45 (7.41%) User Acceptance Testing
18 42 (6.92%) Exploratory Testing
18 42 (6.92%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 185 (30.48%) Java
2 108 (17.79%) SQL
3 70 (11.53%) JavaScript
4 68 (11.20%) C#
5 51 (8.40%) Python
6 41 (6.75%) Ruby
7 29 (4.78%) Scala
8 16 (2.64%) R
8 16 (2.64%) Shell Script
9 15 (2.47%) Groovy
10 10 (1.65%) Bash Shell
10 10 (1.65%) C++
11 9 (1.48%) VBA
12 8 (1.32%) C
13 7 (1.15%) VB.NET
14 6 (0.99%) VBScript
15 5 (0.82%) PHP
16 4 (0.66%) Perl
17 3 (0.49%) Apple Swift
18 2 (0.33%) Jython
Qualifications
1 76 (12.52%) Security Cleared
2 49 (8.07%) SC Cleared
3 32 (5.27%) Degree
4 31 (5.11%) ISEB
5 27 (4.45%) ISTQB
6 19 (3.13%) CREST Certified
7 17 (2.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 13 (2.14%) Computer Science Degree
8 13 (2.14%) DV Cleared
9 8 (1.32%) CHECK Team Member
10 6 (0.99%) CISSP
11 5 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
12 4 (0.66%) Master's Degree
13 3 (0.49%) CEH
13 3 (0.49%) Microsoft Certification
13 3 (0.49%) SANS
14 2 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
14 2 (0.33%) OSCE
15 1 (0.16%) BC Cleared
15 1 (0.16%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 198 (32.62%) QA
2 19 (3.13%) MiFID
3 8 (1.32%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.82%) WCAG
5 4 (0.66%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.49%) ISO 20022
6 3 (0.49%) SEPA
7 2 (0.33%) ISO 8583
7 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
8 1 (0.16%) GAMP
8 1 (0.16%) GDPR
8 1 (0.16%) GxP
8 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 1 (0.16%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.16%) WAI
System Software
1 16 (2.64%) Docker
2 3 (0.49%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (0.33%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.16%) HDFS
4 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
4 1 (0.16%) VMware NSX
4 1 (0.16%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 31 (5.11%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (4.12%) Puppet
3 14 (2.31%) Grafana
4 12 (1.98%) StatsD
5 9 (1.48%) Kibana
6 6 (0.99%) Ansible
7 2 (0.33%) Nessus
7 2 (0.33%) Nmap
7 2 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.33%) SCCM
7 2 (0.33%) Terraform
8 1 (0.16%) Ambari
8 1 (0.16%) CA Service Virtualization
8 1 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
8 1 (0.16%) HP Data Protector
8 1 (0.16%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 35 (5.77%) Microsoft
2 18 (2.97%) HP
3 15 (2.47%) Oracle
4 14 (2.31%) Salesforce.com
4 14 (2.31%) Splunk
5 12 (1.98%) Atlassian
6 11 (1.81%) Adobe
7 10 (1.65%) SAP
8 9 (1.48%) Fidessa
9 7 (1.15%) Charles River
10 6 (0.99%) IBM
11 5 (0.82%) Google
11 5 (0.82%) Informatica
11 5 (0.82%) Netezza
11 5 (0.82%) Sitecore
12 4 (0.66%) hybris
12 4 (0.66%) Mercator
12 4 (0.66%) Workday
13 3 (0.49%) CA Agile Central
13 3 (0.49%) Xamarin