Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £420 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 19 November 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
England > London
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 202 180 166
Rank change year-on-year -22 -14 +19
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 607 623 686
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 1.31% 1.39% 1.46%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.38% 1.46% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 394 421 444
London median daily rate £420 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £257 £204 £256
90th Percentile £550 £553 £468
England median daily rate £375 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71% +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 £34.37 £30.00
% change year-on-year -62.18% +14.57% +7.14%

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 43845 42658 44659
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 95.00% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 31743 30364 31460
London median daily rate £493 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.07% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £288 £268
90th Percentile £663 £638 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 553 695
London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.62 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +3.24% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.15 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.83
England median hourly rate £18.63 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +0.68% +2.78% +9.09%

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 19 November 2017.

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
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 19 November 2017. 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 0 92 £401 -4.93% 12
West London -29 36 £335 -7.59% 8
South London -34 25 £360 -5.26% 1
North London -7 3 £300 -
East London - 3 £475 - 2
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 November 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 London region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 369 (60.79%) Test Automation
2 279 (45.96%) Agile Software Development
3 185 (30.48%) Selenium
4 173 (28.50%) Java
5 172 (28.34%) QA
6 150 (24.71%) BDD
7 149 (24.55%) Cucumber
8 125 (20.59%) JIRA
9 109 (17.96%) SQL
10 106 (17.46%) Finance
11 105 (17.30%) Test Scripting
12 99 (16.31%) Jenkins
13 98 (16.14%) Scrum
14 92 (15.16%) Continuous Integration
15 80 (13.18%) Functional Testing
16 78 (12.85%) TDD
17 74 (12.19%) Git (software)
18 72 (11.86%) Banking
19 70 (11.53%) Web Services
20 66 (10.87%) Regression Testing
20 66 (10.87%) WebDriver
21 63 (10.38%) Integration Testing
22 62 (10.21%) E-Commerce
23 61 (10.05%) Security Cleared
24 60 (9.88%) Python
24 60 (9.88%) C#
25 59 (9.72%) Gherkin
25 59 (9.72%) API Testing
26 58 (9.56%) JMeter
27 56 (9.23%) JavaScript

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 34 (5.60%) Confluence
2 20 (3.29%) WebSphere
3 5 (0.82%) CMS
3 5 (0.82%) nginx
3 5 (0.82%) SharePoint
4 4 (0.66%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 2 (0.33%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.33%) SAS
5 2 (0.33%) Sitecore CMS
6 1 (0.16%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.16%) Elasticsearch
6 1 (0.16%) EPiServer
6 1 (0.16%) IIS
6 1 (0.16%) Oracle Service Bus
6 1 (0.16%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.16%) WebLogic
Applications
1 28 (4.61%) Microsoft Excel
2 9 (1.48%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (0.33%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 2 (0.33%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.16%) HipChat
4 1 (0.16%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 8 (1.32%) Magento
2 5 (0.82%) Unit4 Business World
3 4 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.66%) Minerva
3 4 (0.66%) Sentinel
4 3 (0.49%) Misys Midas
5 2 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
6 1 (0.16%) CSG Singleview
6 1 (0.16%) IntelliMatch
6 1 (0.16%) PeopleSoft HCM
6 1 (0.16%) SAP ERP
6 1 (0.16%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 21 (3.46%) Amazon AWS
2 15 (2.47%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (0.99%) GitHub
4 5 (0.82%) Salesforce Service Cloud
5 4 (0.66%) Google Cloud Platform
6 3 (0.49%) PaaS
7 2 (0.33%) Amazon CloudWatch
7 2 (0.33%) BrowserStack
7 2 (0.33%) Serverless
7 2 (0.33%) vREST
8 1 (0.16%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.16%) FinancialForce
8 1 (0.16%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.16%) Sauce Labs
8 1 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.16%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.65%) HTTP
2 4 (0.66%) DNS
2 4 (0.66%) TCP/IP
3 3 (0.49%) DHCP
3 3 (0.49%) Internet
4 2 (0.33%) 3G
4 2 (0.33%) DSL
4 2 (0.33%) DVB
4 2 (0.33%) Firewall
4 2 (0.33%) ICMP
4 2 (0.33%) LAN
4 2 (0.33%) LTE
4 2 (0.33%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.33%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.16%) FTP
5 1 (0.16%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.16%) Network Security
5 1 (0.16%) SMS
5 1 (0.16%) WAAS
5 1 (0.16%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 28 (4.61%) MongoDB
2 26 (4.28%) Relational Database
3 21 (3.46%) NoSQL
4 18 (2.97%) Redis
5 15 (2.47%) MySQL
6 14 (2.31%) DB2
7 13 (2.14%) Data Warehouse
8 11 (1.81%) SQL Server
9 9 (1.48%) Big Data
10 8 (1.32%) DbVisualizer
11 6 (0.99%) Hadoop
12 5 (0.82%) PostgreSQL
12 5 (0.82%) PowerCenter
13 4 (0.66%) Blockchain
14 3 (0.49%) BigQuery
14 3 (0.49%) Oracle Database
14 3 (0.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
15 2 (0.33%) Oracle Database 11g
15 2 (0.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
16 1 (0.16%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 185 (30.48%) Selenium
2 149 (24.55%) Cucumber
3 125 (20.59%) JIRA
4 99 (16.31%) Jenkins
5 74 (12.19%) Git (software)
6 66 (10.87%) WebDriver
7 58 (9.56%) JMeter
8 47 (7.74%) SoapUI
9 30 (4.94%) SpecFlow
10 21 (3.46%) JUnit
11 19 (3.13%) Appium
11 19 (3.13%) Protractor
12 18 (2.97%) TeamCity
13 16 (2.64%) LoadRunner
14 15 (2.47%) Team Foundation Server
15 13 (2.14%) Visual Studio
16 12 (1.98%) Calabash
16 12 (1.98%) CruiseControl
17 10 (1.65%) HP UFT
17 10 (1.65%) Zephyr
General
1 106 (17.46%) Finance
2 72 (11.86%) Banking
3 43 (7.08%) Games
4 31 (5.11%) Retail
5 23 (3.79%) Investment Banking
6 12 (1.98%) Front Office
7 10 (1.65%) Marketing
7 10 (1.65%) Retail Banking
8 9 (1.48%) Telecoms
9 7 (1.15%) Back Office
9 7 (1.15%) Financial Institution
10 6 (0.99%) Legal
11 4 (0.66%) Advertising
12 3 (0.49%) Publishing
13 2 (0.33%) Billing
13 2 (0.33%) Electronics
13 2 (0.33%) Manufacturing
14 1 (0.16%) Automotive
14 1 (0.16%) General Ledger
14 1 (0.16%) Multimedia
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (11.53%) Web Services
2 59 (9.72%) Gherkin
3 51 (8.40%) REST
4 50 (8.24%) SOAP
5 46 (7.58%) RESTful
6 41 (6.75%) JSON
7 35 (5.77%) .NET
8 26 (4.28%) XML
9 20 (3.29%) ActiveMQ
10 18 (2.97%) HTML
11 17 (2.80%) RESTEasy
12 16 (2.64%) AngularJS
13 11 (1.81%) Middleware
14 10 (1.65%) Node.js
15 7 (1.15%) Swagger
16 6 (0.99%) Apache Flex
16 6 (0.99%) React
16 6 (0.99%) Spring
16 6 (0.99%) WebSphere MQ
17 5 (0.82%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 43 (7.08%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (4.28%) Mobile App
3 24 (3.95%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 17 (2.80%) Greenfield Project
5 13 (2.14%) Online Games
6 12 (1.98%) STB
7 11 (1.81%) Computer Science
8 10 (1.65%) Derivative
8 10 (1.65%) Video on Demand
9 9 (1.48%) Equities
10 7 (1.15%) Fintech
10 7 (1.15%) Management Information System
10 7 (1.15%) User Experience
11 6 (0.99%) SWIFT
12 5 (0.82%) Cyberthreat
12 5 (0.82%) Virtual Team
13 4 (0.66%) Fixed Income
13 4 (0.66%) IPTV
13 4 (0.66%) Linux Command Line
13 4 (0.66%) OTC Derivatives
Operating Systems
1 44 (7.25%) Unix
2 37 (6.10%) Linux
3 18 (2.97%) Android
4 17 (2.80%) Apple iOS
4 17 (2.80%) Windows
5 15 (2.47%) Mac OS X
6 3 (0.49%) Windows Server 2012
7 2 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.33%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.33%) Windows Mobile
8 1 (0.16%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.16%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.16%) Windows Phone
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
1 369 (60.79%) Test Automation
2 279 (45.96%) Agile Software Development
3 150 (24.71%) BDD
4 105 (17.30%) Test Scripting
5 98 (16.14%) Scrum
6 92 (15.16%) Continuous Integration
7 80 (13.18%) Functional Testing
8 78 (12.85%) TDD
9 66 (10.87%) Regression Testing
10 63 (10.38%) Integration Testing
11 62 (10.21%) E-Commerce
12 59 (9.72%) API Testing
13 56 (9.23%) Manual Testing
14 54 (8.90%) Performance Testing
15 53 (8.73%) User Acceptance Testing
16 50 (8.24%) Software Testing
17 46 (7.58%) Exploratory Testing
18 44 (7.25%) Continuous Delivery
19 43 (7.08%) Kanban
19 43 (7.08%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 173 (28.50%) Java
2 109 (17.96%) SQL
3 60 (9.88%) C#
3 60 (9.88%) Python
4 56 (9.23%) JavaScript
5 32 (5.27%) Ruby
6 27 (4.45%) Scala
7 19 (3.13%) Groovy
7 19 (3.13%) Shell Script
8 12 (1.98%) C++
8 12 (1.98%) R
9 10 (1.65%) Bash Shell
10 8 (1.32%) PHP
11 7 (1.15%) C
11 7 (1.15%) VBA
12 6 (0.99%) VB.NET
13 5 (0.82%) Perl
13 5 (0.82%) VBScript
14 3 (0.49%) Apple Swift
15 2 (0.33%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 61 (10.05%) Security Cleared
2 41 (6.75%) SC Cleared
3 35 (5.77%) Degree
4 34 (5.60%) ISEB
5 28 (4.61%) ISTQB
6 20 (3.29%) CREST Certified
7 16 (2.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 12 (1.98%) Computer Science Degree
9 10 (1.65%) CHECK Team Member
9 10 (1.65%) DV Cleared
10 6 (0.99%) CISSP
11 5 (0.82%) BPSS Clearance
12 3 (0.49%) CEH
12 3 (0.49%) Microsoft Certification
12 3 (0.49%) SANS
13 2 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
13 2 (0.33%) Master's Degree
14 1 (0.16%) BC Cleared
14 1 (0.16%) CHECK Team Leader
14 1 (0.16%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (28.34%) QA
2 22 (3.62%) MiFID
3 6 (0.99%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.82%) Data Quality
4 5 (0.82%) WCAG
5 3 (0.49%) SEPA
6 2 (0.33%) ISO 20022
6 2 (0.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.16%) Cyber Essentials
7 1 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.16%) EMIR
7 1 (0.16%) GAMP
7 1 (0.16%) GDPR
7 1 (0.16%) GxP
7 1 (0.16%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 1 (0.16%) PSD2
7 1 (0.16%) SLA
System Software
1 14 (2.31%) Docker
2 3 (0.49%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.16%) Apache Flume
3 1 (0.16%) HDFS
3 1 (0.16%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.16%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.16%) Time Sharing Option
3 1 (0.16%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.16%) VMware NSX
3 1 (0.16%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 33 (5.44%) HP Quality Center
2 22 (3.62%) Puppet
3 9 (1.48%) Grafana
3 9 (1.48%) Kibana
4 8 (1.32%) Ansible
5 7 (1.15%) StatsD
6 4 (0.66%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.49%) Perfmon
8 2 (0.33%) Nessus
8 2 (0.33%) Nmap
8 2 (0.33%) SCCM
8 2 (0.33%) Terraform
9 1 (0.16%) Ambari
9 1 (0.16%) Business Desktop Deployment
9 1 (0.16%) Hadoop YARN
9 1 (0.16%) HP Data Protector
9 1 (0.16%) HP Fortify
9 1 (0.16%) HP SiteScope
9 1 (0.16%) Rancher
9 1 (0.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 35 (5.77%) Microsoft
2 31 (5.11%) HP
3 23 (3.79%) Oracle
4 15 (2.47%) IBM
5 14 (2.31%) Atlassian
6 13 (2.14%) hybris
7 12 (1.98%) Salesforce.com
8 9 (1.48%) Fidessa
8 9 (1.48%) Splunk
9 7 (1.15%) Charles River
9 7 (1.15%) SAP
10 5 (0.82%) Informatica
10 5 (0.82%) Netezza
11 4 (0.66%) Adobe
11 4 (0.66%) Google
11 4 (0.66%) Mercator
11 4 (0.66%) Murex
11 4 (0.66%) New Relic
11 4 (0.66%) Workday
12 3 (0.49%) CA Agile Central