Period
to 22 October 2021

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 22 October 2021.

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
22 Oct 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 293 233 257
Rank change year-on-year -60 +24 -43
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 311 136 385
As % of all contract jobs advertised in London 0.87% 0.96% 1.05%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.93% 1.05% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 89 256
10th Percentile £323 £227 £310
25th Percentile £392 £344 £363
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £450 £415 £425
Median % change year-on-year +8.43% -2.35% -2.30%
75th Percentile £538 £463 £525
90th Percentile £600 £500 £575
England median daily rate £425 £406 £400
% change year-on-year +4.62% +1.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
10th Percentile £15.20 " £11.21
25th Percentile £17.00 " £11.34
Median hourly rate £20.50 - £11.63
75th Percentile £23.50 " £11.84
90th Percentile £25.00 " £11.94
England median hourly rate £19.89 £50.00 £13.10
% change year-on-year -60.22% +281.68% +4.80%

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 33,336 12,971 34,507
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 93.01% 91.73% 93.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 24,208 9,369 25,194
10th Percentile £358 £313 £313
25th Percentile £450 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £500 £500
Median % change year-on-year +10.00% - -
75th Percentile £650 £613 £600
90th Percentile £738 £713 £680
England median daily rate £502 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.74% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 316 99 439
10th Percentile £13.94 £15.20 £12.04
25th Percentile £18.75 £21.25 £15.55
Median hourly rate £30.00 £35.00 £21.00
Median % change year-on-year -14.29% +66.67% +12.30%
75th Percentile £52.50 £45.13 £40.00
90th Percentile £65.88 £54.20 £52.50
England median hourly rate £19.55 £22.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year -11.16% +17.65% +6.86%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in London

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Tester in London.

Daily rate trend for Tester in London

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Tester in London over the 6 months to 22 October 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Tester in London

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Tester in London.

Hourly rate trend 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 22 October 2021. 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 -32 43 £450 +8.43% 9
West London +2 18 £425 -1.45% 7
South London -9 2 £425 +0.59% 3
East London -14 2 £468 +70.00% 5
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 October 2021, 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.

1 195 (62.70%) Test Automation
2 133 (42.77%) Agile Software Development
3 92 (29.58%) Java
4 82 (26.37%) Cucumber
5 78 (25.08%) QA
5 78 (25.08%) Selenium
6 73 (23.47%) JIRA
7 67 (21.54%) Social Skills
8 55 (17.68%) Scrum
9 52 (16.72%) BDD
10 46 (14.79%) Finance
10 46 (14.79%) Python
11 44 (14.15%) JMeter
12 42 (13.50%) Performance Testing
12 42 (13.50%) Test Strategy
12 42 (13.50%) Functional Testing
12 42 (13.50%) DevOps
13 41 (13.18%) Jenkins
14 40 (12.86%) Software Testing
15 39 (12.54%) Test Scripting
15 39 (12.54%) API Testing
15 39 (12.54%) Postman
16 38 (12.22%) Azure
16 38 (12.22%) Security Cleared
16 38 (12.22%) JavaScript
17 36 (11.58%) SQL
18 34 (10.93%) TDD
19 32 (10.29%) Manual Testing
19 32 (10.29%) Git (software)
19 32 (10.29%) Gherkin

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 22 (7.07%) Confluence
2 4 (1.29%) SharePoint
3 3 (0.96%) Apache Spark
3 3 (0.96%) Elasticsearch
4 2 (0.64%) Apache Airflow
5 1 (0.32%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.32%) SAS
5 1 (0.32%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.32%) WebSphere
Applications
1 6 (1.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.96%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.96%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (0.96%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.32%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.32%) SPSS
Business Applications
1 2 (0.64%) Dynamics CRM
1 2 (0.64%) SAP S/4HANA
1 2 (0.64%) Shopify
2 1 (0.32%) Loan IQ
2 1 (0.32%) Payment Gateway
2 1 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.32%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.32%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 38 (12.22%) Azure
2 26 (8.36%) GitHub
3 25 (8.04%) AWS
4 12 (3.86%) Serverless
5 10 (3.22%) GCP
6 8 (2.57%) AWS Lambda
7 6 (1.93%) Amazon S3
8 5 (1.61%) Amazon SQS
9 4 (1.29%) AWS Step Functions
9 4 (1.29%) BrowserStack
10 3 (0.96%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 3 (0.96%) BlazeMeter
10 3 (0.96%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.96%) Power Platform
10 3 (0.96%) SaaS
10 3 (0.96%) Slack
11 2 (0.64%) IaaS
11 2 (0.64%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.64%) PaaS
11 2 (0.64%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 9 (2.89%) HTTP
2 5 (1.61%) Network Security
2 5 (1.61%) Wireshark
3 4 (1.29%) DSL
3 4 (1.29%) Internet
4 3 (0.96%) LAN
4 3 (0.96%) WAN
4 3 (0.96%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.64%) Firewall
5 2 (0.64%) SAN
6 1 (0.32%) 2G
6 1 (0.32%) 4G
6 1 (0.32%) Bluetooth
6 1 (0.32%) DHCP
6 1 (0.32%) DNS
6 1 (0.32%) Ethernet
6 1 (0.32%) FTP
6 1 (0.32%) SSL
6 1 (0.32%) VPN
6 1 (0.32%) XCAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.25%) Big Data
2 6 (1.93%) PostgreSQL
3 5 (1.61%) Apache Cassandra
3 5 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (1.61%) MySQL
4 4 (1.29%) MongoDB
5 3 (0.96%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 3 (0.96%) Flink
5 3 (0.96%) Hadoop
5 3 (0.96%) Power BI
5 3 (0.96%) Riak
5 3 (0.96%) SQL Server
5 3 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (0.64%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.32%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.32%) Data Mart
7 1 (0.32%) Electronic Patient Records
7 1 (0.32%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 82 (26.37%) Cucumber
2 78 (25.08%) Selenium
3 73 (23.47%) JIRA
4 44 (14.15%) JMeter
5 41 (13.18%) Jenkins
6 39 (12.54%) Postman
7 32 (10.29%) Git (software)
8 24 (7.72%) LoadRunner
9 23 (7.40%) SoapUI
9 23 (7.40%) WebDriver
10 21 (6.75%) Appium
11 18 (5.79%) REST Assured
12 14 (4.50%) Gatling
13 13 (4.18%) JUnit
13 13 (4.18%) SpecFlow
14 11 (3.54%) Cypress.io
14 11 (3.54%) Maven
15 8 (2.57%) TeamCity
15 8 (2.57%) TestNG
16 7 (2.25%) Mocha
General
1 67 (21.54%) Social Skills
2 46 (14.79%) Finance
3 29 (9.32%) Banking
4 18 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
5 16 (5.14%) Public Sector
6 11 (3.54%) Retail
7 6 (1.93%) Investment Banking
7 6 (1.93%) Presentation Skills
8 5 (1.61%) Influencing Skills
8 5 (1.61%) Legal
8 5 (1.61%) Manufacturing
8 5 (1.61%) Telecoms
9 4 (1.29%) Documentation Skills
9 4 (1.29%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.96%) Front Office
10 3 (0.96%) Organisational Skills
10 3 (0.96%) Social Science
11 2 (0.64%) Law
11 2 (0.64%) Marketing
11 2 (0.64%) Wholesale Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (10.29%) Gherkin
2 28 (9.00%) REST
3 21 (6.75%) SOAP
4 16 (5.14%) JSON
4 16 (5.14%) Node.js
4 16 (5.14%) Web Services
5 12 (3.86%) .NET
5 12 (3.86%) RESTful
6 10 (3.22%) Kafka
6 10 (3.22%) Spring
7 9 (2.89%) XML
8 8 (2.57%) Express
8 8 (2.57%) React
9 7 (2.25%) Jest
10 6 (1.93%) WireMock
11 5 (1.61%) AngularJS
11 5 (1.61%) Middleware
11 5 (1.61%) WebdriverIO
12 4 (1.29%) .NET Framework
12 4 (1.29%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 17 (5.47%) Mobile App
2 12 (3.86%) Greenfield Project
3 8 (2.57%) User Experience
4 6 (1.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 5 (1.61%) Client/Server
6 3 (0.96%) Self-Motivation
7 2 (0.64%) Embedded Systems
7 2 (0.64%) Fixed Income
7 2 (0.64%) Mainframe
7 2 (0.64%) Management Information System
7 2 (0.64%) NHS
8 1 (0.32%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.32%) DataPower
8 1 (0.32%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.32%) FMCG
8 1 (0.32%) iSeries
8 1 (0.32%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (0.32%) Private Cloud
8 1 (0.32%) SWIFT
8 1 (0.32%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 17 (5.47%) Apple iOS
2 16 (5.14%) Android
3 15 (4.82%) Linux
4 14 (4.50%) Windows
5 10 (3.22%) Unix
6 5 (1.61%) Mac OS X
7 2 (0.64%) Kali Linux
7 2 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 1 (0.32%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 195 (62.70%) Test Automation
2 133 (42.77%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (17.68%) Scrum
4 52 (16.72%) BDD
5 42 (13.50%) DevOps
5 42 (13.50%) Functional Testing
5 42 (13.50%) Performance Testing
5 42 (13.50%) Test Strategy
6 40 (12.86%) Software Testing
7 39 (12.54%) API Testing
7 39 (12.54%) Test Scripting
8 34 (10.93%) TDD
9 32 (10.29%) Manual Testing
10 31 (9.97%) Microservices
11 29 (9.32%) Regression Testing
12 26 (8.36%) Defect Management
12 26 (8.36%) SDLC
13 25 (8.04%) Scenario Testing
14 24 (7.72%) SDET
15 23 (7.40%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 92 (29.58%) Java
2 46 (14.79%) Python
3 38 (12.22%) JavaScript
4 36 (11.58%) SQL
5 24 (7.72%) C#
6 17 (5.47%) Ruby
7 15 (4.82%) C
8 10 (3.22%) C++
9 9 (2.89%) Groovy
10 8 (2.57%) Scala
10 8 (2.57%) Shell Script
11 6 (1.93%) Java 8
12 5 (1.61%) Bash Shell
12 5 (1.61%) Perl
13 4 (1.29%) Kotlin
13 4 (1.29%) TypeScript
14 3 (0.96%) Go
14 3 (0.96%) Java 11
14 3 (0.96%) PHP
15 2 (0.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 38 (12.22%) Security Cleared
2 29 (9.32%) SC Cleared
3 10 (3.22%) ISEB
4 9 (2.89%) CREST Certified
4 9 (2.89%) Degree
4 9 (2.89%) ISTQB
5 8 (2.57%) OSCP
6 7 (2.25%) DV Cleared
7 4 (1.29%) BPSS Clearance
8 3 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
8 3 (0.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (0.96%) Tigerscheme
9 2 (0.64%) CHECK Team Leader
9 2 (0.64%) CISSP
9 2 (0.64%) FFIEC
10 1 (0.32%) CISA
10 1 (0.32%) CISM
10 1 (0.32%) GIAC
10 1 (0.32%) PhD
10 1 (0.32%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 78 (25.08%) QA
2 15 (4.82%) Accessibility
3 4 (1.29%) GRC
4 3 (0.96%) Data Quality
4 3 (0.96%) HL7
4 3 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.96%) NIST
4 3 (0.96%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.64%) WCAG
6 1 (0.32%) HMG Security Policy Framework
6 1 (0.32%) NCSC
6 1 (0.32%) WAI
System Software
1 16 (5.14%) Docker
2 3 (0.96%) HDFS
3 1 (0.32%) Xen
Systems Management
1 9 (2.89%) Kubernetes
2 7 (2.25%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (1.29%) Kibana
4 3 (0.96%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.64%) Nessus
5 2 (0.64%) Nmap
5 2 (0.64%) Terraform
6 1 (0.32%) Ansible
6 1 (0.32%) Grafana
6 1 (0.32%) HP Fortify
6 1 (0.32%) Istio
6 1 (0.32%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 13 (4.18%) HP
2 10 (3.22%) Microsoft
3 9 (2.89%) Oracle
4 8 (2.57%) IBM
4 8 (2.57%) SAP
5 5 (1.61%) Salesforce.com
5 5 (1.61%) SOASTA, Inc
6 4 (1.29%) Google
7 3 (0.96%) CA Agile Central
7 3 (0.96%) Murex
7 3 (0.96%) Splunk
8 2 (0.64%) AppDynamics
8 2 (0.64%) CA
8 2 (0.64%) Concur
8 2 (0.64%) MuleSoft
8 2 (0.64%) OutSystems
8 2 (0.64%) Perfecto Mobile
8 2 (0.64%) ServiceNow
8 2 (0.64%) SimCorp
8 2 (0.64%) Teradata