The median contractor rate for a Tester was £335 per day in advertised job vacancies in the North West during the 3 months to 28 June 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 107 115 111
Rank change year-on-year +8 -4  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 29 44 41
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.98% 1.17% 1.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.05% 1.23% 1.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 27 26
Median daily rate £335 £325 £269
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.07% +20.81%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £165 £188 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £520 £339
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £331 £300
% change year-on-year +1.96% +10.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £30.00 - £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.54 £27.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year -50.76% -26.17%  

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 2771 3574 3449
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 93.84% 94.80% 94.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 1635 2225 1997
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £263 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £519
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 132 194
Median hourly rate £19.50 £15.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.00% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.90 £12.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.00 £43.43
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

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 28 June 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
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 28 June 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 +7 21 £300 -7.69% 13
Cheshire +7 5 £343 +5.38% 4
Lancashire +3 2 £400 +52.38%
Cumbria - 1 - -
Tester
England

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

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 37 (56.92%) Test Automation
2 33 (50.77%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (36.92%) Selenium
4 19 (29.23%) QA
5 15 (23.08%) JIRA
6 14 (21.54%) Java
6 14 (21.54%) SQL
6 14 (21.54%) Cucumber
6 14 (21.54%) WebDriver
7 13 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (16.92%) Test Scripting
9 9 (13.85%) Python
9 9 (13.85%) Gherkin
9 9 (13.85%) GitHub
10 8 (12.31%) Jenkins
11 7 (10.77%) Finance
11 7 (10.77%) .NET
11 7 (10.77%) TDD
11 7 (10.77%) BDD
12 6 (9.23%) Functional Testing
12 6 (9.23%) Exploratory Testing
12 6 (9.23%) Software Testing
12 6 (9.23%) ETL
12 6 (9.23%) Microsoft
12 6 (9.23%) HP
13 5 (7.69%) Regression Testing
13 5 (7.69%) Scrum
13 5 (7.69%) Data Warehouse
13 5 (7.69%) C#
13 5 (7.69%) XML

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 3 (4.62%) CMS
2 2 (3.08%) Confluence
2 2 (3.08%) Sitecore CMS
3 1 (1.54%) EPiServer
3 1 (1.54%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (1.54%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.54%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.54%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 9 (13.85%) GitHub
2 1 (1.54%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.54%) BGP
1 1 (1.54%) Ethernet
1 1 (1.54%) Firewall
1 1 (1.54%) HTTP
1 1 (1.54%) MPLS
1 1 (1.54%) OSPF
1 1 (1.54%) Skype
1 1 (1.54%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.69%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (6.15%) SQL Server
3 3 (4.62%) Big Data
3 3 (4.62%) MongoDB
4 2 (3.08%) DB2
4 2 (3.08%) NoSQL
4 2 (3.08%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.54%) MySQL
5 1 (1.54%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.54%) PostgreSQL
5 1 (1.54%) SQL Server 2008
5 1 (1.54%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 24 (36.92%) Selenium
2 15 (23.08%) JIRA
3 14 (21.54%) Cucumber
3 14 (21.54%) WebDriver
4 8 (12.31%) Jenkins
5 5 (7.69%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 4 (6.15%) Git (software)
6 4 (6.15%) SpecFlow
7 2 (3.08%) Gatling
7 2 (3.08%) Octopus Deploy
7 2 (3.08%) SoapUI
7 2 (3.08%) TeamCity
8 1 (1.54%) Appium
8 1 (1.54%) MSTest
8 1 (1.54%) Rational DOORS
8 1 (1.54%) Selenium IDE
8 1 (1.54%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (1.54%) Talend Open Studio
8 1 (1.54%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (1.54%) TestComplete
General
1 7 (10.77%) Finance
2 4 (6.15%) Manufacturing
3 3 (4.62%) Games
4 2 (3.08%) Banking
4 2 (3.08%) Retail
5 1 (1.54%) Law
5 1 (1.54%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (13.85%) Gherkin
2 7 (10.77%) .NET
3 5 (7.69%) XML
4 2 (3.08%) Apache Camel
4 2 (3.08%) JSON
4 2 (3.08%) SOAP
4 2 (3.08%) Web Services
5 1 (1.54%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.54%) Chai
5 1 (1.54%) CryEngine
5 1 (1.54%) jQuery
5 1 (1.54%) REST
5 1 (1.54%) RESTful
5 1 (1.54%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.08%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (3.08%) Computer Science
1 2 (3.08%) Public Cloud
2 1 (1.54%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (1.54%) Mobile App
2 1 (1.54%) N-Tier
2 1 (1.54%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.08%) Linux
1 2 (3.08%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 2 (3.08%) Unix
2 1 (1.54%) Android
2 1 (1.54%) Apple iOS
2 1 (1.54%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (56.92%) Test Automation
2 33 (50.77%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 11 (16.92%) Test Scripting
5 7 (10.77%) BDD
5 7 (10.77%) TDD
6 6 (9.23%) ETL
6 6 (9.23%) Exploratory Testing
6 6 (9.23%) Functional Testing
6 6 (9.23%) Software Testing
7 5 (7.69%) Manual Testing
7 5 (7.69%) Regression Testing
7 5 (7.69%) Scenario Testing
7 5 (7.69%) Scrum
7 5 (7.69%) System Testing
8 4 (6.15%) Migration
8 4 (6.15%) Non-Functional Testing
8 4 (6.15%) Performance Testing
8 4 (6.15%) QA Automation
8 4 (6.15%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 14 (21.54%) Java
1 14 (21.54%) SQL
2 9 (13.85%) Python
3 5 (7.69%) C#
4 2 (3.08%) JavaScript
4 2 (3.08%) T-SQL
5 1 (1.54%) ANSI SQL
5 1 (1.54%) C
5 1 (1.54%) R
5 1 (1.54%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 3 (4.62%) ISEB
2 2 (3.08%) Computer Science Degree
2 2 (3.08%) Degree
2 2 (3.08%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.54%) CCNA
3 1 (1.54%) CCNP
3 1 (1.54%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (1.54%) JNCIA
3 1 (1.54%) JNCIP
3 1 (1.54%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (29.23%) QA
2 2 (3.08%) GDPR
3 1 (1.54%) Data Quality
Systems Management
1 3 (4.62%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (9.23%) HP
1 6 (9.23%) Microsoft
2 4 (6.15%) Oracle
3 2 (3.08%) Red Hat
3 2 (3.08%) Sitecore
3 2 (3.08%) Workday
4 1 (1.54%) Ab Initio
4 1 (1.54%) Cisco
4 1 (1.54%) Google
4 1 (1.54%) JD Edwards
4 1 (1.54%) Juniper
4 1 (1.54%) SAP
4 1 (1.54%) Tableau
4 1 (1.54%) Talend
4 1 (1.54%) Xamarin