The median contractor rate for a Tester was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North East during the 3 months to 29 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.

Tester
England / North East
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 47 39 53
Rank change year-on-year -8 +14  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 36 37 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 4.99% 4.25% 0.93%
As % of the Job Titles category 5.26% 4.45% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 28 3
Median daily rate £300 £325 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -1.53% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £21.13 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.57 £44.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year -42.22% +36.15%  

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 685 831 609
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 95.01% 95.52% 94.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 456 555 334
Median daily rate £358 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £530 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 18 35
Median hourly rate £13.13 £15.25 £13.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -13.93% +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 £27.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the North East

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 Tester in the North East.

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in the North East

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester in the North East.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in the North East

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 Tester within the North East region over the 3 months to 29 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 -15 30 £300 -6.97% 11
Durham - 4 £288 - 3
Tester
England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 North East region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 48 (81.36%) Test Automation
2 47 (79.66%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (77.97%) Selenium
3 46 (77.97%) Java
4 41 (69.49%) Automated Testing
5 40 (67.80%) Automation Testing
6 39 (66.10%) Scala
7 37 (62.71%) Gherkin
8 34 (57.63%) Jenkins
9 31 (52.54%) QA
10 29 (49.15%) Cucumber
11 26 (44.07%) Test Scripting
12 25 (42.37%) WebDriver
12 25 (42.37%) User Stories
12 25 (42.37%) Scrum
13 24 (40.68%) Software Engineering
13 24 (40.68%) Continuous Improvement
13 24 (40.68%) API Testing
13 24 (40.68%) Kanban
14 23 (38.98%) Groovy
14 23 (38.98%) RESTful
14 23 (38.98%) TDD
15 22 (37.29%) BDD
16 18 (30.51%) Ruby
17 17 (28.81%) C#
17 17 (28.81%) Web Services
18 16 (27.12%) Python
18 16 (27.12%) JUnit
18 16 (27.12%) Atlassian
18 16 (27.12%) Defect Management

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring 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 15 (25.42%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.69%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.69%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.39%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.69%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 46 (77.97%) Selenium
2 34 (57.63%) Jenkins
3 29 (49.15%) Cucumber
4 25 (42.37%) WebDriver
5 16 (27.12%) JUnit
5 16 (27.12%) RSpec
6 15 (25.42%) JIRA
6 15 (25.42%) SoapUI
7 10 (16.95%) HP UFT
8 2 (3.39%) LoadRunner
8 2 (3.39%) Sahi
8 2 (3.39%) SpecFlow
8 2 (3.39%) WATIR
9 1 (1.69%) Hudson
9 1 (1.69%) Jasmine
9 1 (1.69%) Protractor
9 1 (1.69%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (3.39%) Games
2 1 (1.69%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (62.71%) Gherkin
2 23 (38.98%) RESTful
3 17 (28.81%) Web Services
4 3 (5.08%) .NET
4 3 (5.08%) XML
5 2 (3.39%) Behat
6 1 (1.69%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 15 (25.42%) Smartphone
2 1 (1.69%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.39%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (81.36%) Test Automation
2 47 (79.66%) Agile Software Development
3 41 (69.49%) Automated Testing
4 40 (67.80%) Automation Testing
5 26 (44.07%) Test Scripting
6 25 (42.37%) Scrum
6 25 (42.37%) User Stories
7 24 (40.68%) API Testing
7 24 (40.68%) Continuous Improvement
7 24 (40.68%) Kanban
7 24 (40.68%) Software Engineering
8 23 (38.98%) TDD
9 22 (37.29%) BDD
10 16 (27.12%) Defect Management
10 16 (27.12%) Defect Tracking
10 16 (27.12%) Exploratory Testing
10 16 (27.12%) Usability Testing
10 16 (27.12%) Web Testing
11 15 (25.42%) Performance Testing
11 15 (25.42%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 46 (77.97%) Java
2 39 (66.10%) Scala
3 23 (38.98%) Groovy
4 18 (30.51%) Ruby
5 17 (28.81%) C#
6 16 (27.12%) Python
7 3 (5.08%) SQL
8 1 (1.69%) C
8 1 (1.69%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.69%) VB
Qualifications
1 5 (8.47%) BPSS Clearance
2 3 (5.08%) ISEB
3 2 (3.39%) ISTQB
3 2 (3.39%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.69%) Degree
4 1 (1.69%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (1.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 31 (52.54%) QA
2 2 (3.39%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 1 (1.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (27.12%) Atlassian
2 5 (8.47%) HP