Period
to 20 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 246 220 212
Rank change year-on-year -26 -8 +2
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 516 505 560
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 1.11% 1.21% 1.23%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.17% 1.27% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 304 381
London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £276 £250 £250
90th Percentile £550 £525 £525
England median daily rate £392 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +11.86% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 3 5
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 £11.00 £22.60 £9.90
90th Percentile £175.00 £113.00 £39.40
England median hourly rate £36.00 £18.61 £22.00
% change year-on-year +93.50% -15.43% -40.54%

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 44,056 39,840 43,326
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 95.07% 95.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,917 28,335 31,180
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% +2.86%
10th Percentile £313 £305 £288
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 658 516 504
London median hourly rate £21.50 £21.23 £19.02
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.30% +11.62% -2.56%
10th Percentile £13.13 £12.50 £10.75
90th Percentile £51.25 £50.00 £47.35
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.22 £19.00
% change year-on-year +2.63% -4.11% +8.57%

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 20 July 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 20 July 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 20 July 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 +14 101 £425 +13.33% 33
South London -12 42 £450 +12.50% 6
West London -43 31 £463 +38.06% 14
East London -11 12 £450 -1.91% 2
North London +7 3 £400 +45.45% 2
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 320 (62.02%) Test Automation
2 226 (43.80%) Agile Software Development
3 204 (39.53%) Selenium
4 178 (34.50%) Java
5 139 (26.94%) BDD
6 134 (25.97%) QA
7 133 (25.78%) Cucumber
8 109 (21.12%) WebDriver
9 95 (18.41%) SQL
10 94 (18.22%) Finance
11 93 (18.02%) JIRA
12 86 (16.67%) C#
13 85 (16.47%) JavaScript
14 83 (16.09%) Scrum
15 82 (15.89%) Test Scripting
16 74 (14.34%) Jenkins
17 73 (14.15%) API Testing
18 70 (13.57%) Performance Testing
19 63 (12.21%) TDD
20 59 (11.43%) Functional Testing
21 56 (10.85%) SpecFlow
21 56 (10.85%) Security Cleared
22 54 (10.47%) Continuous Integration
23 53 (10.27%) DevOps
24 51 (9.88%) JMeter
25 50 (9.69%) REST
25 50 (9.69%) Test Strategy
26 49 (9.50%) SoapUI
27 48 (9.30%) Problem-Solving
28 47 (9.11%) SC Cleared

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 32 (6.20%) Confluence
2 16 (3.10%) CMS
3 12 (2.33%) Sitecore CMS
4 8 (1.55%) Elasticsearch
5 7 (1.36%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 4 (0.78%) Apache Solr
6 4 (0.78%) Apache Spark
6 4 (0.78%) Umbraco
7 3 (0.58%) IIS
8 2 (0.39%) EPiServer
8 2 (0.39%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.39%) SharePoint
8 2 (0.39%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.39%) WordPress
9 1 (0.19%) Apache
9 1 (0.19%) Oracle Self-Service HR
9 1 (0.19%) Telligent Community
9 1 (0.19%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.19%) WebLogic
Applications
1 19 (3.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (0.97%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.19%) HipChat
3 1 (0.19%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.19%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.19%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (0.58%) SAP S/4HANA
1 3 (0.58%) WebTrends
2 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.19%) Adobe Campaign
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.19%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.19%) Elite 3E
3 1 (0.19%) Magento
3 1 (0.19%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.19%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.19%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 38 (7.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 32 (6.20%) Amazon AWS
3 13 (2.52%) GitHub
3 13 (2.52%) Sauce Labs
4 10 (1.94%) BlazeMeter
5 9 (1.74%) IaaS
6 5 (0.97%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 5 (0.97%) SaaS
7 4 (0.78%) Adobe Analytics
7 4 (0.78%) BrowserStack
7 4 (0.78%) Office 365
7 4 (0.78%) Slack
8 3 (0.58%) AWS Lambda
8 3 (0.58%) Azure Data Factory
8 3 (0.58%) Firebase
8 3 (0.58%) Google Cloud Platform
8 3 (0.58%) Google Tag Manager
8 3 (0.58%) TestFlight
9 2 (0.39%) Google Analytics
9 2 (0.39%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.36%) HTTP
2 6 (1.16%) Internet
3 4 (0.78%) Wireshark
4 3 (0.58%) DNS
4 3 (0.58%) Firewall
5 2 (0.39%) HTTPS
5 2 (0.39%) Kerberos
5 2 (0.39%) Network Security
5 2 (0.39%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.19%) Broadband
6 1 (0.19%) DHCP
6 1 (0.19%) DKIM
6 1 (0.19%) DMARC
6 1 (0.19%) DMZ
6 1 (0.19%) DVB
6 1 (0.19%) Intrusion Detection
6 1 (0.19%) LAN
6 1 (0.19%) RTMP
6 1 (0.19%) RTSP
6 1 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (3.88%) Hadoop
2 16 (3.10%) Data Warehouse
3 15 (2.91%) Big Data
4 14 (2.71%) MongoDB
4 14 (2.71%) PostgreSQL
5 11 (2.13%) SQL Server
6 10 (1.94%) MySQL
7 5 (0.97%) Relational Database
8 4 (0.78%) Apache Cassandra
8 4 (0.78%) DataStage
8 4 (0.78%) Oracle BI EE
8 4 (0.78%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.58%) Data Lake
9 3 (0.58%) HBase
9 3 (0.58%) Oracle ODI
9 3 (0.58%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.58%) Power BI
10 2 (0.39%) Oracle Database 11g
10 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 2 (0.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 204 (39.53%) Selenium
2 133 (25.78%) Cucumber
3 109 (21.12%) WebDriver
4 93 (18.02%) JIRA
5 74 (14.34%) Jenkins
6 56 (10.85%) SpecFlow
7 51 (9.88%) JMeter
8 49 (9.50%) SoapUI
9 42 (8.14%) Git (software)
10 30 (5.81%) JUnit
10 30 (5.81%) LoadRunner
11 27 (5.23%) Gatling
12 25 (4.84%) Protractor
13 23 (4.46%) Visual Studio
14 19 (3.68%) Maven
14 19 (3.68%) Zephyr
15 18 (3.49%) Burp Suite
16 15 (2.91%) GitLab
16 15 (2.91%) HP UFT
17 14 (2.71%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 94 (18.22%) Finance
2 46 (8.91%) Banking
3 16 (3.10%) Retail
4 9 (1.74%) Advertising
5 7 (1.36%) Games
6 6 (1.16%) Law
7 4 (0.78%) Legal
7 4 (0.78%) Marketing
8 3 (0.58%) Telecoms
9 2 (0.39%) Back Office
9 2 (0.39%) Electronics
9 2 (0.39%) Investment Banking
9 2 (0.39%) Manufacturing
9 2 (0.39%) Private Banking
9 2 (0.39%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.19%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.19%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (9.69%) REST
2 43 (8.33%) .NET
3 39 (7.56%) Gherkin
3 39 (7.56%) RESTful
4 22 (4.26%) Web Services
4 22 (4.26%) XML
5 15 (2.91%) SOAP
6 11 (2.13%) Node.js
7 10 (1.94%) HTML
8 9 (1.74%) Dropwizard
8 9 (1.74%) Elastic Stack
8 9 (1.74%) Java EE
9 8 (1.55%) JSON
10 7 (1.36%) WebdriverIO
11 5 (0.97%) AngularJS
11 5 (0.97%) ASP.NET
11 5 (0.97%) ASP.NET Web API
11 5 (0.97%) Behat
11 5 (0.97%) CSS
11 5 (0.97%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 29 (5.62%) Mobile App
2 24 (4.65%) Fintech
3 23 (4.46%) Analytical Skills
4 15 (2.91%) Greenfield Project
5 10 (1.94%) Video on Demand
6 9 (1.74%) CESG
6 9 (1.74%) Data Centre
7 8 (1.55%) Public Cloud
8 7 (1.36%) Fixed Income
9 6 (1.16%) Linux Command Line
9 6 (1.16%) Mainframe
10 5 (0.97%) Reinsurance
11 4 (0.78%) MPEG
11 4 (0.78%) Over-the-Top Content
11 4 (0.78%) Self-Motivation
11 4 (0.78%) Video\Live Streaming
12 3 (0.58%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 3 (0.58%) PACS
12 3 (0.58%) User Experience
12 3 (0.58%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 39 (7.56%) Android
2 38 (7.36%) Apple iOS
3 35 (6.78%) Windows
4 28 (5.43%) Linux
5 17 (3.29%) Unix
6 11 (2.13%) Ubuntu
7 4 (0.78%) Windows 10
8 3 (0.58%) Mac OS
8 3 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.58%) Windows 7
9 2 (0.39%) CentOS
10 1 (0.19%) AIX
10 1 (0.19%) FreeBSD
10 1 (0.19%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.19%) OpenBSD
10 1 (0.19%) Windows Server
10 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2003
10 1 (0.19%) Windows Server 2008
10 1 (0.19%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 320 (62.02%) Test Automation
2 226 (43.80%) Agile Software Development
3 139 (26.94%) BDD
4 83 (16.09%) Scrum
5 82 (15.89%) Test Scripting
6 73 (14.15%) API Testing
7 70 (13.57%) Performance Testing
8 63 (12.21%) TDD
9 59 (11.43%) Functional Testing
10 54 (10.47%) Continuous Integration
11 53 (10.27%) DevOps
12 50 (9.69%) Test Strategy
13 48 (9.30%) Problem-Solving
14 45 (8.72%) SDET
15 43 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
16 40 (7.75%) Scenario Testing
17 37 (7.17%) Penetration Testing
18 36 (6.98%) Non-Functional Testing
19 35 (6.78%) Open Source
19 35 (6.78%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 178 (34.50%) Java
2 95 (18.41%) SQL
3 86 (16.67%) C#
4 85 (16.47%) JavaScript
5 38 (7.36%) Python
6 33 (6.40%) Ruby
7 18 (3.49%) Scala
8 16 (3.10%) C
9 14 (2.71%) C++
10 10 (1.94%) Groovy
10 10 (1.94%) Shell Script
11 7 (1.36%) PHP
11 7 (1.36%) VBA
12 6 (1.16%) Java 8
12 6 (1.16%) VBScript
13 5 (0.97%) Apple Swift
13 5 (0.97%) Bash Shell
13 5 (0.97%) Perl
14 4 (0.78%) PL/SQL
14 4 (0.78%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 56 (10.85%) Security Cleared
2 47 (9.11%) SC Cleared
3 26 (5.04%) ISTQB
4 22 (4.26%) Degree
5 19 (3.68%) ISEB
6 11 (2.13%) CREST Certified
7 9 (1.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 8 (1.55%) CHECK Team Member
9 6 (1.16%) OSCP
10 5 (0.97%) BPSS Clearance
11 3 (0.58%) CEH
11 3 (0.58%) SANS
12 2 (0.39%) Computer Science Degree
12 2 (0.39%) DV Cleared
13 1 (0.19%) CHECK Team Leader
13 1 (0.19%) GPEN
13 1 (0.19%) GWAPT
13 1 (0.19%) MCITP
13 1 (0.19%) MCTS
13 1 (0.19%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 134 (25.97%) QA
2 5 (0.97%) WCAG
3 3 (0.58%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.58%) SEPA
4 2 (0.39%) GDPR
5 1 (0.19%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.19%) GCP
5 1 (0.19%) HL7
5 1 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.19%) Solvency II
System Software
1 35 (6.78%) Docker
2 5 (0.97%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.97%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (0.58%) HDFS
4 2 (0.39%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.19%) ACF2
5 1 (0.19%) Hyper-V
5 1 (0.19%) KVM
5 1 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
5 1 (0.19%) QEMU
5 1 (0.19%) RACF
5 1 (0.19%) VirtualBox
5 1 (0.19%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 17 (3.29%) Kibana
2 16 (3.10%) Kubernetes
3 11 (2.13%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (1.74%) Nessus
5 8 (1.55%) Grafana
5 8 (1.55%) logstash
5 8 (1.55%) Puppet
6 4 (0.78%) Prometheus
7 3 (0.58%) Oozie
8 2 (0.39%) HockeyApp
8 2 (0.39%) HP ALM
8 2 (0.39%) Nmap
9 1 (0.19%) CA Service Virtualization
9 1 (0.19%) Hadoop YARN
9 1 (0.19%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.19%) Netcool
9 1 (0.19%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 24 (4.65%) Microsoft
2 14 (2.71%) Oracle
3 13 (2.52%) Sitecore
3 13 (2.52%) SOASTA, Inc
4 12 (2.33%) Atlassian
5 11 (2.13%) Adobe
6 10 (1.94%) HP
7 9 (1.74%) Google
7 9 (1.74%) SAP
8 8 (1.55%) AppDynamics
8 8 (1.55%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (0.78%) Dynatrace
9 4 (0.78%) New Relic
10 3 (0.58%) Capita
10 3 (0.58%) FIS
10 3 (0.58%) Hotjar
10 3 (0.58%) Tealium
11 2 (0.39%) hybris
11 2 (0.39%) McAfee
11 2 (0.39%) VMware