The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North East during the 3 months to 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Quality Assurance Tester
England / North East
Rank 75 - 56
Rank change year-on-year - 0  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 10 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 1.36% - 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.43% - 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 0 1
Median daily rate £350 - £275
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £310 £320
% change year-on-year +12.90% -3.12%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the North East. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
North East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 701 828 594
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 95.37% 95.28% 93.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 462 557 334
Median daily rate £350 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £508 £530 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 16 33
Median hourly rate £13.00 £15.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.75% +17.30%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.79 £11.83 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £29.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.38
% change year-on-year -12.50% +15.10%  

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East that featured QA Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the North East

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing QA Tester in the North East.

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in the North East

QA Tester
Contract Job Locations in the North East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the North East region over the 3 months to 24 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Tyne and Wear - 8 £350 - 1
QA Tester
England

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, QA 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 North East region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 14 (100.00%) QA
2 13 (92.86%) Selenium
3 12 (85.71%) Java
4 11 (78.57%) Test Automation
5 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (57.14%) Automated Testing
6 8 (57.14%) Web Services
7 7 (50.00%) Scrum
7 7 (50.00%) Scala
7 7 (50.00%) Atlassian
7 7 (50.00%) Usability Testing
7 7 (50.00%) User Stories
7 7 (50.00%) API Testing
7 7 (50.00%) Exploratory Testing
8 6 (42.86%) Defect Management
8 6 (42.86%) Gherkin
8 6 (42.86%) SoapUI
8 6 (42.86%) Continuous Improvement
8 6 (42.86%) Continuous Delivery
8 6 (42.86%) Performance Testing
8 6 (42.86%) Security Testing
8 6 (42.86%) Unit Testing
8 6 (42.86%) JIRA
8 6 (42.86%) Kanban
8 6 (42.86%) Groovy
8 6 (42.86%) RESTful
8 6 (42.86%) Confluence
8 6 (42.86%) Software Engineering
9 5 (35.71%) TDD
10 4 (28.57%) HP UFT

QA Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the North East 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 6 (42.86%) Confluence
Development Applications
1 13 (92.86%) Selenium
2 6 (42.86%) JIRA
2 6 (42.86%) SoapUI
3 4 (28.57%) HP UFT
4 3 (21.43%) Cucumber
4 3 (21.43%) Jenkins
5 2 (14.29%) LoadRunner
5 2 (14.29%) Sahi
5 2 (14.29%) WATIR
6 1 (7.14%) JUnit
6 1 (7.14%) RSpec
6 1 (7.14%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (7.14%) Finance
1 1 (7.14%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (57.14%) Web Services
2 6 (42.86%) Gherkin
2 6 (42.86%) RESTful
3 2 (14.29%) .NET
3 2 (14.29%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.14%) Smartphone
Operating Systems
1 2 (14.29%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (78.57%) Test Automation
2 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (57.14%) Automated Testing
4 7 (50.00%) API Testing
4 7 (50.00%) Exploratory Testing
4 7 (50.00%) Scrum
4 7 (50.00%) Usability Testing
4 7 (50.00%) User Stories
5 6 (42.86%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (42.86%) Continuous Improvement
5 6 (42.86%) Defect Management
5 6 (42.86%) Kanban
5 6 (42.86%) Performance Testing
5 6 (42.86%) Security Testing
5 6 (42.86%) Software Engineering
5 6 (42.86%) Unit Testing
6 5 (35.71%) TDD
7 4 (28.57%) BDD
8 3 (21.43%) Open Source
8 3 (21.43%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 12 (85.71%) Java
2 7 (50.00%) Scala
3 6 (42.86%) Groovy
4 3 (21.43%) Ruby
5 2 (14.29%) SQL
6 1 (7.14%) C#
6 1 (7.14%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (14.29%) ISEB
2 1 (7.14%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (100.00%) QA
2 1 (7.14%) WCAG
Vendors
1 7 (50.00%) Atlassian