Period
to 18 January 2019

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £358 per day in advertised job vacancies in Scotland during the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

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
UK > Scotland
6 months to
18 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 118 113 105
Rank change year-on-year -5 -8 +21
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 68 62 66
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.43% 1.30% 1.75%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.51% 1.36% 1.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 49 39
Scotland median daily rate £358 £400 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.63% +33.33% -
10th Percentile £279 £264 £163
90th Percentile £458 £434 £428
UK median daily rate £413 £375 £355
% change year-on-year +10.00% +5.63% +4.41%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Scotland median hourly rate £30.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £16.85 £13.00 £28.00
% change year-on-year +29.62% -53.57% -27.27%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Scotland. 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
Scotland
Contract vacancies in Scotland with a recognized job title 4,505 4,560 3,589
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.04% 95.70% 94.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,534 2,657 2,070
Scotland median daily rate £405 £390 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.85% +7.59% -3.33%
10th Percentile £218 £225 £223
90th Percentile £563 £538 £501
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 113 133
Scotland median hourly rate £19.00 £19.00 £17.32
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +9.70% -17.52%
10th Percentile £11.17 £10.83 £10.53
90th Percentile £44.50 £35.00 £49.68
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +1.08% +2.78% -2.76%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Scotland

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Scotland

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Scotland

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Scotland over the 6 months to 18 January 2019.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in Scotland

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Scotland

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Scotland region over the 6 months to 18 January 2019. 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
Glasgow -11 30 £365 -4.58% 4
Edinburgh +19 24 £375 -6.25% 8
West Lothian -7 4 £275 -33.73% 1
Renfrewshire - 3 £279 - 1
Dundee 0 2 £175 -
Tester
UK

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 18 January 2019, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Scotland region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 52 (76.47%) Test Automation
2 27 (39.71%) Agile Software Development
3 26 (38.24%) Java
4 22 (32.35%) Selenium
5 18 (26.47%) C#
6 16 (23.53%) SQL
6 16 (23.53%) JMeter
7 14 (20.59%) Test Scripting
7 14 (20.59%) Cucumber
7 14 (20.59%) BDD
7 14 (20.59%) Gatling
8 13 (19.12%) JUnit
9 11 (16.18%) Microsoft Azure
9 11 (16.18%) Open Source
10 10 (14.71%) SpecFlow
10 10 (14.71%) Non-Functional Testing
10 10 (14.71%) Performance Testing
10 10 (14.71%) Open Source Development
11 9 (13.24%) API Testing
11 9 (13.24%) Jenkins
11 9 (13.24%) TeamCity
12 8 (11.76%) Software Testing
12 8 (11.76%) Python
12 8 (11.76%) Calabash
12 8 (11.76%) Appium
13 7 (10.29%) DevOps
13 7 (10.29%) Stress Testing
14 6 (8.82%) Ruby
14 6 (8.82%) QA
14 6 (8.82%) REST

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Scotland 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 (4.41%) Confluence
2 2 (2.94%) Elasticsearch
3 1 (1.47%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.47%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 11 (16.18%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (7.35%) Amazon AWS
3 4 (5.88%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (1.47%) IaaS
4 1 (1.47%) Office 365
4 1 (1.47%) PaaS
4 1 (1.47%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.47%) DHCP
1 1 (1.47%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.88%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.94%) Flink
2 2 (2.94%) NoSQL
3 1 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.47%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.47%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.47%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 22 (32.35%) Selenium
2 16 (23.53%) JMeter
3 14 (20.59%) Cucumber
3 14 (20.59%) Gatling
4 13 (19.12%) JUnit
5 10 (14.71%) SpecFlow
6 9 (13.24%) Jenkins
6 9 (13.24%) TeamCity
7 8 (11.76%) Appium
7 8 (11.76%) Calabash
8 6 (8.82%) JBehave
8 6 (8.82%) NeoLoad
9 4 (5.88%) JIRA
10 3 (4.41%) Bugzilla
10 3 (4.41%) Git (software)
10 3 (4.41%) NUnit
10 3 (4.41%) Team Foundation Server
10 3 (4.41%) WebDriver
11 2 (2.94%) LoadRunner
11 2 (2.94%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (8.82%) Finance
2 2 (2.94%) Advertising
3 1 (1.47%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (8.82%) REST
2 3 (4.41%) AngularJS
3 2 (2.94%) JSON
3 2 (2.94%) Kafka
3 2 (2.94%) Middleware
3 2 (2.94%) SOAP
3 2 (2.94%) WebGL
4 1 (1.47%) .NET
4 1 (1.47%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.47%) CSS
4 1 (1.47%) HTML
4 1 (1.47%) Node.js
4 1 (1.47%) RESTful
4 1 (1.47%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (2.94%) Cloud Native
1 2 (2.94%) N-Tier
2 1 (1.47%) Clustering
2 1 (1.47%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (1.47%) PDA
2 1 (1.47%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.41%) Windows
2 2 (2.94%) Android
2 2 (2.94%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.47%) AIX
3 1 (1.47%) Windows 7
3 1 (1.47%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (1.47%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (76.47%) Test Automation
2 27 (39.71%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (20.59%) BDD
3 14 (20.59%) Test Scripting
4 11 (16.18%) Open Source
5 10 (14.71%) Non-Functional Testing
5 10 (14.71%) Open Source Development
5 10 (14.71%) Performance Testing
6 9 (13.24%) API Testing
7 8 (11.76%) Software Testing
8 7 (10.29%) DevOps
8 7 (10.29%) Stress Testing
9 6 (8.82%) Analytics
9 6 (8.82%) Asset Management
9 6 (8.82%) Deployment Automation
9 6 (8.82%) SDLC
10 5 (7.35%) Manual Testing
10 5 (7.35%) Test Strategy
10 5 (7.35%) User Acceptance Testing
11 4 (5.88%) OO
Programming Languages
1 26 (38.24%) Java
2 18 (26.47%) C#
3 16 (23.53%) SQL
4 8 (11.76%) Python
5 6 (8.82%) JavaScript
5 6 (8.82%) Ruby
6 3 (4.41%) T-SQL
7 2 (2.94%) C++
7 2 (2.94%) PHP
7 2 (2.94%) Scala
8 1 (1.47%) VBA
Qualifications
1 4 (5.88%) ISTQB
2 3 (4.41%) ISEB
3 1 (1.47%) Degree
3 1 (1.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
3 1 (1.47%) SC Cleared
3 1 (1.47%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (8.82%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.47%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.47%) Hyper-V
1 1 (1.47%) Virtual Desktop
1 1 (1.47%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (4.41%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.47%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.47%) Rancher
Vendors
1 6 (8.82%) Microsoft
2 2 (2.94%) HP
2 2 (2.94%) IBM
2 2 (2.94%) Oracle
3 1 (1.47%) Ab Initio
3 1 (1.47%) Charles River
3 1 (1.47%) Citrix
3 1 (1.47%) Ivanti
3 1 (1.47%) McAfee
3 1 (1.47%) Micro Focus
3 1 (1.47%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (1.47%) SAP
3 1 (1.47%) Veritas
3 1 (1.47%) VMware