Period
to 21 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £435 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 21 October 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
21 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 218 212 193
Rank change year-on-year -6 -19 -15
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 590 582 612
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 1.29% 1.29% 1.37%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.36% 1.36% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 426 375 423
London median daily rate £435 £413 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.45% +5.77% +4.00%
10th Percentile £291 £263 £206
90th Percentile £550 £550 £550
England median daily rate £400 £368 £365
% change year-on-year +8.84% +0.68% +5.80%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 4 6
London median hourly rate £11.50 £12.00 £12.91
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.17% -7.07% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £12.00 £8.50
90th Percentile £12.00 £16.73 £33.70
England median hourly rate £12.50 £12.50 £33.19
% change year-on-year - -62.33% +2.11%

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 43,329 42,797 42,448
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.72% 94.98% 95.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,316 30,865 30,276
London median daily rate £500 £488 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +8.33% -
10th Percentile £313 £300 £285
90th Percentile £675 £656 £638
England median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 583 512 552
London median hourly rate £19.00 £20.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.00% +2.56% +2.63%
10th Percentile £12.75 £12.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.50 £47.83 £52.35
England median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +4.11%

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 21 October 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
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 21 October 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 -10 93 £425 +6.25% 23
South London +10 58 £475 +38.89% 9
West London -11 23 £363 +3.57% 14
East London -4 14 £488 +25.00% 5
North London -3 1 - - 1
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 21 October 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.

1 390 (66.10%) Test Automation
2 249 (42.20%) Selenium
3 248 (42.03%) Agile Software Development
4 238 (40.34%) Java
5 159 (26.95%) QA
6 153 (25.93%) Cucumber
7 144 (24.41%) BDD
8 130 (22.03%) JIRA
9 127 (21.53%) Finance
10 120 (20.34%) Jenkins
11 111 (18.81%) WebDriver
12 102 (17.29%) SQL
13 100 (16.95%) Test Scripting
14 98 (16.61%) JavaScript
15 86 (14.58%) Scrum
16 84 (14.24%) TDD
17 83 (14.07%) Performance Testing
18 81 (13.73%) Continuous Integration
19 79 (13.39%) C#
20 76 (12.88%) JMeter
20 76 (12.88%) Security Cleared
21 70 (11.86%) Banking
22 69 (11.69%) SC Cleared
23 66 (11.19%) DevOps
23 66 (11.19%) Test Strategy
24 61 (10.34%) Functional Testing
25 57 (9.66%) Confluence
26 55 (9.32%) User Acceptance Testing
27 53 (8.98%) API Testing
28 51 (8.64%) Problem-Solving

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 57 (9.66%) Confluence
2 10 (1.69%) CMS
3 8 (1.36%) Elasticsearch
4 7 (1.19%) Apache Solr
4 7 (1.19%) SharePoint
5 5 (0.85%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 5 (0.85%) CoreMedia CMS
6 3 (0.51%) NServiceBus
6 3 (0.51%) SAS
7 2 (0.34%) Apache Spark
8 1 (0.17%) Alfresco
8 1 (0.17%) Apache
8 1 (0.17%) Apache Airflow
8 1 (0.17%) Cloud Foundry
8 1 (0.17%) Drupal
8 1 (0.17%) EPiServer
8 1 (0.17%) IIS
8 1 (0.17%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.17%) WordPress
Applications
1 17 (2.88%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (0.68%) Windchill
3 3 (0.51%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (0.34%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.17%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.17%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 6 (1.02%) SAP GRC
2 5 (0.85%) Oracle EBS R12
2 5 (0.85%) Oracle General Ledger
3 4 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (0.68%) SAP PLM
4 3 (0.51%) SAP S/4HANA
5 2 (0.34%) Elite 3E
5 2 (0.34%) thinkFolio
6 1 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
6 1 (0.17%) Infor CloudSuite
6 1 (0.17%) Markit EDM
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle EBS
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle ERP
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Payables
6 1 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.17%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 33 (5.59%) Microsoft Azure
2 29 (4.92%) Amazon AWS
3 26 (4.41%) GitHub
4 17 (2.88%) BlazeMeter
4 17 (2.88%) Sauce Labs
5 16 (2.71%) BrowserStack
6 8 (1.36%) Slack
7 6 (1.02%) Amazon CloudWatch
8 5 (0.85%) Dynamics 365
8 5 (0.85%) SaaS
8 5 (0.85%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 3 (0.51%) AWS Lambda
9 3 (0.51%) IaaS
10 2 (0.34%) Apigee
10 2 (0.34%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.17%) Azure Data Factory
11 1 (0.17%) IBM Cloud
11 1 (0.17%) Mimecast
11 1 (0.17%) Oracle CX
11 1 (0.17%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 8 (1.36%) HTTP
2 6 (1.02%) Internet
3 4 (0.68%) Wireshark
4 3 (0.51%) DNS
5 2 (0.34%) Firewall
5 2 (0.34%) Network Security
5 2 (0.34%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.17%) DKIM
6 1 (0.17%) DMARC
6 1 (0.17%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.17%) Kerberos
6 1 (0.17%) VoIP
6 1 (0.17%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (3.39%) MongoDB
2 15 (2.54%) Data Warehouse
3 13 (2.20%) MySQL
3 13 (2.20%) Relational Database
4 9 (1.53%) Big Data
4 9 (1.53%) PostgreSQL
5 7 (1.19%) Apache Cassandra
5 7 (1.19%) Hadoop
5 7 (1.19%) SQL Server
6 4 (0.68%) DB2
6 4 (0.68%) Oracle ODI
7 3 (0.51%) Data Lake
7 3 (0.51%) SAP HANA
8 2 (0.34%) Apache Hive
8 2 (0.34%) DataStage
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 2 (0.34%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.34%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 1 (0.17%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 249 (42.20%) Selenium
2 153 (25.93%) Cucumber
3 130 (22.03%) JIRA
4 120 (20.34%) Jenkins
5 111 (18.81%) WebDriver
6 76 (12.88%) JMeter
7 49 (8.31%) SoapUI
8 45 (7.63%) Git (software)
9 40 (6.78%) SpecFlow
10 36 (6.10%) LoadRunner
11 34 (5.76%) Maven
12 33 (5.59%) Gatling
13 31 (5.25%) Zephyr
14 30 (5.08%) Protractor
15 26 (4.41%) JUnit
16 24 (4.07%) Visual Studio
17 18 (3.05%) TeamCity
18 17 (2.88%) Appium
19 16 (2.71%) Ant
19 16 (2.71%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 127 (21.53%) Finance
2 70 (11.86%) Banking
3 29 (4.92%) Retail
4 13 (2.20%) Advertising
5 7 (1.19%) Financial Institution
5 7 (1.19%) Games
6 6 (1.02%) Marketing
6 6 (1.02%) Retail Banking
7 5 (0.85%) Front Office
7 5 (0.85%) Legal
7 5 (0.85%) Online Betting
8 4 (0.68%) Investment Banking
9 3 (0.51%) Telecoms
10 2 (0.34%) Automotive
10 2 (0.34%) Electronics
10 2 (0.34%) Law
10 2 (0.34%) Manufacturing
10 2 (0.34%) Pharmaceutical
10 2 (0.34%) Private Banking
11 1 (0.17%) Italian Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 48 (8.14%) RESTful
2 44 (7.46%) REST
3 41 (6.95%) Gherkin
4 39 (6.61%) Web Services
5 37 (6.27%) .NET
6 30 (5.08%) SOAP
7 28 (4.75%) XML
8 21 (3.56%) Node.js
9 18 (3.05%) HTML
10 13 (2.20%) CSS
10 13 (2.20%) Java EE
10 13 (2.20%) JSON
11 12 (2.03%) Oracle Fusion
12 11 (1.86%) Dropwizard
12 11 (1.86%) React
13 10 (1.69%) AngularJS
14 7 (1.19%) Elastic Stack
14 7 (1.19%) Middleware
14 7 (1.19%) Nightwatchjs
14 7 (1.19%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 37 (6.27%) Mobile App
2 28 (4.75%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (2.71%) Fintech
4 14 (2.37%) Greenfield Project
5 10 (1.69%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 8 (1.36%) Computer Science
6 8 (1.36%) Data Centre
6 8 (1.36%) Linux Command Line
6 8 (1.36%) Video on Demand
6 8 (1.36%) Virtual Team
7 6 (1.02%) User Experience
8 5 (0.85%) DataPower
8 5 (0.85%) Derivative
8 5 (0.85%) Online Games
8 5 (0.85%) PACS
8 5 (0.85%) SWIFT
9 4 (0.68%) Credit Risk
9 4 (0.68%) Equities
9 4 (0.68%) Fixed Income
9 4 (0.68%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 33 (5.59%) Android
2 30 (5.08%) Apple iOS
3 28 (4.75%) Windows
4 21 (3.56%) Unix
5 18 (3.05%) Linux
6 8 (1.36%) Ubuntu
7 4 (0.68%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.34%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.17%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 390 (66.10%) Test Automation
2 248 (42.03%) Agile Software Development
3 144 (24.41%) BDD
4 100 (16.95%) Test Scripting
5 86 (14.58%) Scrum
6 84 (14.24%) TDD
7 83 (14.07%) Performance Testing
8 81 (13.73%) Continuous Integration
9 66 (11.19%) DevOps
9 66 (11.19%) Test Strategy
10 61 (10.34%) Functional Testing
11 55 (9.32%) User Acceptance Testing
12 53 (8.98%) API Testing
13 51 (8.64%) Problem-Solving
14 44 (7.46%) Microservices
14 44 (7.46%) Non-Functional Testing
14 44 (7.46%) Regression Testing
15 42 (7.12%) Scenario Testing
16 41 (6.95%) SDET
17 37 (6.27%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 238 (40.34%) Java
2 102 (17.29%) SQL
3 98 (16.61%) JavaScript
4 79 (13.39%) C#
5 49 (8.31%) Python
6 25 (4.24%) Groovy
7 22 (3.73%) Ruby
8 21 (3.56%) Scala
9 19 (3.22%) C
10 15 (2.54%) C++
11 11 (1.86%) VBA
12 10 (1.69%) PHP
13 7 (1.19%) Java 8
13 7 (1.19%) Shell Script
13 7 (1.19%) T-SQL
14 4 (0.68%) VBScript
15 3 (0.51%) Apple Swift
15 3 (0.51%) Objective-C
15 3 (0.51%) Perl
15 3 (0.51%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 76 (12.88%) Security Cleared
2 69 (11.69%) SC Cleared
3 29 (4.92%) ISTQB
4 21 (3.56%) Degree
5 19 (3.22%) ISEB
6 10 (1.69%) CREST Certified
7 7 (1.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (1.02%) CISA
9 5 (0.85%) CEH
9 5 (0.85%) OSCP
10 4 (0.68%) BPSS Clearance
10 4 (0.68%) Master's Degree
11 3 (0.51%) Computer Science Degree
11 3 (0.51%) DV Cleared
11 3 (0.51%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 2 (0.34%) CISSP
12 2 (0.34%) SANS
12 2 (0.34%) Tigerscheme
13 1 (0.17%) CHECK Team Leader
13 1 (0.17%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (26.95%) QA
2 7 (1.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 6 (1.02%) GDPR
4 5 (0.85%) SEPA
5 4 (0.68%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.51%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.51%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.51%) WCAG
7 1 (0.17%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.17%) Solvency II
System Software
1 43 (7.29%) Docker
2 1 (0.17%) HDFS
2 1 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 19 (3.22%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (2.03%) Kibana
2 12 (2.03%) Kubernetes
3 10 (1.69%) Puppet
4 8 (1.36%) Grafana
5 7 (1.19%) HP ALM
5 7 (1.19%) logstash
5 7 (1.19%) Prometheus
6 2 (0.34%) Ansible
6 2 (0.34%) Oozie
7 1 (0.17%) Automic
7 1 (0.17%) BladeLogic
7 1 (0.17%) CA Service Virtualization
7 1 (0.17%) Hadoop YARN
7 1 (0.17%) Nessus
7 1 (0.17%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.17%) TeamSite
7 1 (0.17%) Terraform
Vendors
1 29 (4.92%) Oracle
2 22 (3.73%) Atlassian
3 20 (3.39%) Microsoft
4 18 (3.05%) SAP
5 16 (2.71%) SOASTA, Inc
6 14 (2.37%) HP
7 13 (2.20%) AppDynamics
8 12 (2.03%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (1.19%) hybris
10 6 (1.02%) AlienVault
10 6 (1.02%) New Relic
11 5 (0.85%) Adobe
11 5 (0.85%) Dynatrace
11 5 (0.85%) FIS
11 5 (0.85%) IBM
12 3 (0.51%) CyberArk
12 3 (0.51%) Google
12 3 (0.51%) MuleSoft
13 2 (0.34%) iManage
13 2 (0.34%) Workday