Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £275 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North East during the 6 months to 23 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 > North East
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 85 116 83
Rank change year-on-year +31 -33 -1
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 16 47 38
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 1.31% 1.74% 1.88%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.38% 1.89% 1.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 31 56
North East median daily rate £275 £325 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.38% -7.14% +1.89%
10th Percentile £263 £235 £275
90th Percentile £313 £400 £600
England median daily rate £375 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
North East median hourly rate - - -
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 the North East. 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
North East
Contract vacancies in the North East with a recognized job title 1161 2482 1914
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.70% 91.65% 94.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 767 1687 1185
North East median daily rate £375 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.14% -12.50% +11.11%
10th Percentile £225 £225 £245
90th Percentile £550 £524 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 54 124 119
North East median hourly rate £17.49 £26.50 £17.77
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.00% +49.13% +13.44%
10th Percentile £9.50 £10.25 £11.17
90th Percentile £47.73 £31.08 £36.05
England median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - +2.78% +9.09%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North East

Job postings that featured Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North East.

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in the North East over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 6 months to 23 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
Tyne and Wear +33 14 £275 -15.58% 1
Durham - 2 £285 - 2
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 23 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 North East region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 12 (75.00%) Jenkins
2 11 (68.75%) Cucumber
2 11 (68.75%) Test Automation
2 11 (68.75%) WebDriver
2 11 (68.75%) Selenium
2 11 (68.75%) Java
3 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (50.00%) Scala
5 7 (43.75%) QA
6 6 (37.50%) User Stories
6 6 (37.50%) Test Strategy
6 6 (37.50%) Acceptance Criteria
7 5 (31.25%) BDD
7 5 (31.25%) Web Testing
7 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
7 5 (31.25%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (31.25%) WCAG
7 5 (31.25%) JIRA
7 5 (31.25%) TDD
8 4 (25.00%) Ruby
8 4 (25.00%) Games
8 4 (25.00%) Scrum
8 4 (25.00%) JUnit
8 4 (25.00%) Regression Testing
8 4 (25.00%) RSpec
8 4 (25.00%) Open Source
8 4 (25.00%) Confluence
8 4 (25.00%) Defect Tracking
9 3 (18.75%) Continuous Improvement
9 3 (18.75%) API Testing

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 4 (25.00%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (6.25%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 2 (12.50%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) Oracle Database
1 1 (6.25%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (6.25%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (75.00%) Jenkins
2 11 (68.75%) Cucumber
2 11 (68.75%) Selenium
2 11 (68.75%) WebDriver
3 5 (31.25%) JIRA
4 4 (25.00%) JUnit
4 4 (25.00%) RSpec
5 1 (6.25%) Burp Suite
5 1 (6.25%) Git (software)
5 1 (6.25%) HP UFT
5 1 (6.25%) JMeter
5 1 (6.25%) LoadRunner
General
1 4 (25.00%) Games
2 3 (18.75%) Finance
3 1 (6.25%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (18.75%) Gherkin
1 3 (18.75%) RESTful
2 1 (6.25%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (68.75%) Test Automation
2 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (37.50%) Acceptance Criteria
3 6 (37.50%) Test Strategy
3 6 (37.50%) User Stories
4 5 (31.25%) BDD
4 5 (31.25%) Continuous Integration
4 5 (31.25%) TDD
4 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
4 5 (31.25%) Web Testing
5 4 (25.00%) Defect Tracking
5 4 (25.00%) Open Source
5 4 (25.00%) Regression Testing
5 4 (25.00%) Scrum
6 3 (18.75%) API Testing
6 3 (18.75%) Continuous Improvement
6 3 (18.75%) Kanban
6 3 (18.75%) Software Engineering
6 3 (18.75%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (12.50%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 11 (68.75%) Java
2 8 (50.00%) Scala
3 4 (25.00%) Ruby
4 3 (18.75%) C#
4 3 (18.75%) Groovy
4 3 (18.75%) Python
5 1 (6.25%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (18.75%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (43.75%) QA
2 5 (31.25%) WCAG
3 1 (6.25%) WAI
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) Nessus
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) Atlassian
2 2 (12.50%) Oracle
3 1 (6.25%) HP
3 1 (6.25%) SAP