Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £313 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West 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 West
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 149 153 125
Rank change year-on-year +4 -28 +17
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 57 75 122
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.00% 1.10% 1.43%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.05% 1.16% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 36 40 104
North West median daily rate £313 £338 £328
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.41% +3.05% +11.49%
10th Percentile £209 £262 £250
90th Percentile £419 £446 £600
England median daily rate £375 £370 £350
% change year-on-year +1.35% +5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
North West median hourly rate £25.00 £41.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -39.76% - -
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 West. 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 West
Contract vacancies in the North West with a recognized job title 5417 6452 8088
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.99% 94.40% 94.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 3422 4154 4835
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £250 £250 £233
90th Percentile £588 £550 £570
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 261 233 402
North West median hourly rate £17.74 £16.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.88% -20.00% +25.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.00 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £45.60 £50.00
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 West

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the North West

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in the North West

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in the North West

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in the North West

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Tester in the North West

Tester
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West 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
Manchester +9 38 £300 -9.09% 16
Cheshire -4 9 £331 -1.85% 5
Merseyside +3 4 £413 +13.01% 1
Lancashire +8 3 £400 +14.29% 2
Cumbria - 1 - -
Tester
England

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

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 West region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 28 (49.12%) Test Automation
2 22 (38.60%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (26.32%) Selenium
4 12 (21.05%) JIRA
4 12 (21.05%) Test Scripting
5 11 (19.30%) QA
5 11 (19.30%) Regression Testing
6 10 (17.54%) SQL
7 9 (15.79%) User Acceptance Testing
7 9 (15.79%) Performance Testing
7 9 (15.79%) WebDriver
8 8 (14.04%) Java
8 8 (14.04%) Defect Management
9 7 (12.28%) Jenkins
9 7 (12.28%) .NET
9 7 (12.28%) Finance
9 7 (12.28%) Migration
10 6 (10.53%) C#
10 6 (10.53%) Data Protection
10 6 (10.53%) Test Strategy
10 6 (10.53%) Functional Testing
10 6 (10.53%) Manual Testing
10 6 (10.53%) Banking
11 5 (8.77%) Software Testing
11 5 (8.77%) GitHub
11 5 (8.77%) Cucumber
11 5 (8.77%) Team Foundation Server
11 5 (8.77%) Oracle
11 5 (8.77%) SQL Server
11 5 (8.77%) Validation

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 1 (1.75%) CMS
1 1 (1.75%) Sitecore CMS
Business Applications
1 3 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.75%) Magento
2 1 (1.75%) OPENHousing
Cloud Services
1 5 (8.77%) GitHub
2 2 (3.51%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.75%) BlazeMeter
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.51%) NAS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.77%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.51%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.51%) Oracle Database
2 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2000
2 2 (3.51%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.75%) DB2
3 1 (1.75%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 15 (26.32%) Selenium
2 12 (21.05%) JIRA
3 9 (15.79%) WebDriver
4 7 (12.28%) Jenkins
5 5 (8.77%) Cucumber
5 5 (8.77%) JMeter
5 5 (8.77%) Team Foundation Server
6 4 (7.02%) Git (software)
7 3 (5.26%) LoadRunner
7 3 (5.26%) Subversion
8 2 (3.51%) Hudson
8 2 (3.51%) Mercurial
8 2 (3.51%) MSTest
8 2 (3.51%) SpecFlow
8 2 (3.51%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (3.51%) Toad
8 2 (3.51%) Visual Studio
9 1 (1.75%) Gatling
9 1 (1.75%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (1.75%) Protractor
General
1 7 (12.28%) Finance
2 6 (10.53%) Banking
3 4 (7.02%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.75%) Automotive
4 1 (1.75%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.75%) Legal
4 1 (1.75%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (12.28%) .NET
2 3 (5.26%) Web Services
3 2 (3.51%) Gherkin
4 1 (1.75%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.75%) JSON
4 1 (1.75%) RESTful
4 1 (1.75%) Spring
4 1 (1.75%) Spring Boot
4 1 (1.75%) Taurus
4 1 (1.75%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.51%) Fintech
2 1 (1.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (1.75%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (1.75%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.02%) Windows
2 3 (5.26%) Linux
3 2 (3.51%) Android
3 2 (3.51%) Apple iOS
3 2 (3.51%) Mac OS X
3 2 (3.51%) Windows 10
3 2 (3.51%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (49.12%) Test Automation
2 22 (38.60%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (21.05%) Test Scripting
4 11 (19.30%) Regression Testing
5 9 (15.79%) Performance Testing
5 9 (15.79%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (14.04%) Defect Management
7 7 (12.28%) Migration
8 6 (10.53%) Data Protection
8 6 (10.53%) Functional Testing
8 6 (10.53%) Manual Testing
8 6 (10.53%) Test Strategy
9 5 (8.77%) Software Testing
9 5 (8.77%) Validation
10 4 (7.02%) BDD
10 4 (7.02%) Scrum
11 3 (5.26%) CRM
11 3 (5.26%) Stress Testing
11 3 (5.26%) Test Management
11 3 (5.26%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 10 (17.54%) SQL
2 8 (14.04%) Java
3 6 (10.53%) C#
4 3 (5.26%) JavaScript
5 1 (1.75%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (1.75%) CREST Certified
1 1 (1.75%) ISEB
1 1 (1.75%) ISTQB
1 1 (1.75%) ITIL Certification
1 1 (1.75%) MCSA
1 1 (1.75%) MCSE
1 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Certification
1 1 (1.75%) SC Cleared
1 1 (1.75%) Security Cleared
1 1 (1.75%) Tigerscheme
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (19.30%) QA
2 1 (1.75%) 21 CFR Part 11
Systems Management
1 2 (3.51%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (8.77%) Oracle
2 3 (5.26%) HP
3 2 (3.51%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.75%) Capita
4 1 (1.75%) Fortinet
4 1 (1.75%) JD Edwards
4 1 (1.75%) Sitecore