The median contractor rate for a Tester was £325 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 23 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Tester
England / North West
Rank 106 112 105
Rank change year-on-year +6 -7  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 31 46 42
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.21% 1.21% 1.20%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.27% 1.28% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 30 26
Median daily rate £325 £323 £308
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.77% +4.87%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £421 £340
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -2.30% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £38.50
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 West. 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 West
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 2433 3598 3306
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 95.04% 94.26% 94.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 1517 2142 1745
Median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 147 176 196
Median hourly rate £16.50 £26.92 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.69% +41.65%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £11.36
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.98 £49.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -12.50% +17.64%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

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 3 months to 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend 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 3 months to 23 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
Manchester +6 17 £313 -2.34% 27
Cheshire +33 10 £313 -3.84% 20
Merseyside -4 1 £325 +13.04% 7
Tester
England

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

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

1 43 (55.13%) Selenium
2 42 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
3 27 (34.62%) Java
4 23 (29.49%) QA
4 23 (29.49%) Test Scripting
5 22 (28.21%) WebDriver
6 18 (23.08%) Automated Testing
6 18 (23.08%) Python
7 17 (21.79%) TDD
8 15 (19.23%) JIRA
8 15 (19.23%) SQL
8 15 (19.23%) Automation Testing
9 14 (17.95%) Cucumber
10 12 (15.38%) BDD
10 12 (15.38%) Gherkin
10 12 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
11 11 (14.10%) XML
11 11 (14.10%) Regression Testing
11 11 (14.10%) Jenkins
12 10 (12.82%) Test Automation
12 10 (12.82%) Manual Testing
12 10 (12.82%) C#
13 7 (8.97%) Scrum
13 7 (8.97%) JMeter
13 7 (8.97%) ISEB
13 7 (8.97%) .NET
13 7 (8.97%) GitHub
13 7 (8.97%) QA Automation
14 6 (7.69%) Functional Testing
14 6 (7.69%) SoapUI

Tester Skill Set
Top Related 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 2 (2.56%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.28%) CMS
2 1 (1.28%) MS Exchange
2 1 (1.28%) SAS
2 1 (1.28%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 3 (3.85%) MS Office
2 1 (1.28%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (3.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.56%) Visualfiles
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 7 (8.97%) GitHub
2 1 (1.28%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.28%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.41%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.13%) Data Warehouse
3 3 (3.85%) Big Data
3 3 (3.85%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.56%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (2.56%) SQLPlus
5 1 (1.28%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 43 (55.13%) Selenium
2 22 (28.21%) WebDriver
3 15 (19.23%) JIRA
4 14 (17.95%) Cucumber
5 11 (14.10%) Jenkins
6 7 (8.97%) JMeter
7 6 (7.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 6 (7.69%) SoapUI
8 4 (5.13%) SpecFlow
9 3 (3.85%) Git (software)
9 3 (3.85%) Visual Studio
10 2 (2.56%) ClearCase
10 2 (2.56%) ClearQuest
10 2 (2.56%) IntelliJ
10 2 (2.56%) LoadRunner
10 2 (2.56%) Log4j
10 2 (2.56%) Rational Robot
10 2 (2.56%) TestNG
11 1 (1.28%) Talend Open Studio
11 1 (1.28%) TeamCity
General
1 6 (7.69%) Finance
1 6 (7.69%) Retail
2 3 (3.85%) Legal
3 2 (2.56%) Banking
3 2 (2.56%) Games
4 1 (1.28%) Back Office
4 1 (1.28%) Law
4 1 (1.28%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.28%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (15.38%) Gherkin
2 11 (14.10%) XML
3 7 (8.97%) .NET
4 4 (5.13%) Web Services
5 3 (3.85%) JSON
5 3 (3.85%) SOAP
6 2 (2.56%) REST
6 2 (2.56%) RESTful
7 1 (1.28%) Apache Cordova
7 1 (1.28%) Chai
7 1 (1.28%) jQuery
7 1 (1.28%) Node.js
7 1 (1.28%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 2 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (2.56%) Computer Science
1 2 (2.56%) Public Cloud
2 1 (1.28%) iPhone
2 1 (1.28%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.28%) NHS
2 1 (1.28%) N-Tier
2 1 (1.28%) RIA
2 1 (1.28%) User Experience
2 1 (1.28%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.13%) Linux
2 3 (3.85%) Unix
3 2 (2.56%) Android
3 2 (2.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (2.56%) Windows
4 1 (1.28%) Apple iOS
4 1 (1.28%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (29.49%) Test Scripting
3 18 (23.08%) Automated Testing
4 17 (21.79%) TDD
5 15 (19.23%) Automation Testing
6 12 (15.38%) BDD
6 12 (15.38%) User Acceptance Testing
7 11 (14.10%) Regression Testing
8 10 (12.82%) Manual Testing
8 10 (12.82%) Test Automation
9 7 (8.97%) QA Automation
9 7 (8.97%) Scrum
10 6 (7.69%) Functional Testing
10 6 (7.69%) Integration Testing
10 6 (7.69%) Performance Testing
11 5 (6.41%) ETL
12 4 (5.13%) Continuous Integration
12 4 (5.13%) SDLC
12 4 (5.13%) Software Testing
12 4 (5.13%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 27 (34.62%) Java
2 18 (23.08%) Python
3 15 (19.23%) SQL
4 10 (12.82%) C#
5 5 (6.41%) Ruby
6 3 (3.85%) C
6 3 (3.85%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.56%) ANSI SQL
7 2 (2.56%) Perl
7 2 (2.56%) PL/SQL
7 2 (2.56%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.28%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.28%) C++
8 1 (1.28%) PHP
8 1 (1.28%) R
8 1 (1.28%) Shell Script
8 1 (1.28%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (8.97%) ISEB
2 2 (2.56%) Degree
2 2 (2.56%) HND
2 2 (2.56%) SC Cleared
2 2 (2.56%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.28%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (29.49%) QA
2 2 (2.56%) SLA
3 1 (1.28%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (1.28%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 2 (2.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (7.69%) Microsoft
1 6 (7.69%) Oracle
2 5 (6.41%) HP
3 2 (2.56%) Citrix
3 2 (2.56%) Red Hat
4 1 (1.28%) Ab Initio
4 1 (1.28%) Google
4 1 (1.28%) JD Edwards
4 1 (1.28%) SAP
4 1 (1.28%) Sitecore
4 1 (1.28%) Tableau
4 1 (1.28%) Talend
4 1 (1.28%) Xamarin
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