Period
to 17 October 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Scotland during the 6 months to 17 October 2018.

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
17 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 108 122 129
Rank change year-on-year +14 +7 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 94 62 66
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.75% 1.28% 1.34%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.85% 1.34% 1.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 45 45
Scotland median daily rate £350 £375 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +25.00% -6.98%
10th Percentile £263 £252 £102
90th Percentile £470 £426 £400
UK median daily rate £400 £365 £360
% change year-on-year +9.59% +1.39% +9.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Scotland median hourly rate £30.00 - -
UK median hourly rate £12.50 £12.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year - -60.94% -1.54%

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 5,092 4,637 4,617
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.98% 95.53% 93.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,739 2,614 2,699
Scotland median daily rate £400 £388 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% +7.64% -
10th Percentile £225 £230 £225
90th Percentile £550 £538 £494
UK median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 139 127
Scotland median hourly rate £17.50 £22.00 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -20.45% +12.82% -2.50%
10th Percentile £10.75 £11.23 £10.00
90th Percentile £44.71 £43.90 £42.70
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.50
% change year-on-year -3.74% +1.08% +2.89%

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 17 October 2018.

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 17 October 2018. 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
Edinburgh +20 41 £400 +14.29% 9
Glasgow +5 32 £350 +12.90% 4
West Lothian 0 9 £286 -31.02%
Renfrewshire - 4 £243 -
Fife +1 2 - -
Dundee - 1 £200 -
Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 17 October 2018, 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 73 (77.66%) Test Automation
2 47 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (44.68%) Selenium
4 29 (30.85%) SQL
5 27 (28.72%) Java
6 25 (26.60%) Cucumber
6 25 (26.60%) BDD
7 24 (25.53%) C#
8 23 (24.47%) Test Scripting
9 20 (21.28%) Jenkins
10 18 (19.15%) Software Testing
10 18 (19.15%) JIRA
11 17 (18.09%) QA
12 14 (14.89%) Scrum
12 14 (14.89%) User Acceptance Testing
12 14 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
12 14 (14.89%) Microsoft Azure
12 14 (14.89%) WebDriver
13 13 (13.83%) Test Strategy
13 13 (13.83%) ISTQB
13 13 (13.83%) Python
14 12 (12.77%) Finance
14 12 (12.77%) Manual Testing
14 12 (12.77%) SpecFlow
14 12 (12.77%) Functional Testing
15 11 (11.70%) Non-Functional Testing
15 11 (11.70%) Amazon AWS
16 10 (10.64%) Smoke Testing
16 10 (10.64%) OO
16 10 (10.64%) Microsoft

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 4 (4.26%) CMS
2 3 (3.19%) Confluence
3 2 (2.13%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.06%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (5.32%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (3.19%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.06%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.13%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 14 (14.89%) Microsoft Azure
2 11 (11.70%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (3.19%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (3.19%) Office 365
4 2 (2.13%) SaaS
5 1 (1.06%) IaaS
5 1 (1.06%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.19%) DHCP
1 3 (3.19%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.26%) Oracle Database
2 3 (3.19%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.13%) Flink
3 2 (2.13%) MongoDB
3 2 (2.13%) NoSQL
3 2 (2.13%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (2.13%) Oracle Database 12c
4 1 (1.06%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 42 (44.68%) Selenium
2 25 (26.60%) Cucumber
3 20 (21.28%) Jenkins
4 18 (19.15%) JIRA
5 14 (14.89%) WebDriver
6 12 (12.77%) SpecFlow
7 9 (9.57%) Gatling
7 9 (9.57%) JMeter
7 9 (9.57%) JUnit
8 7 (7.45%) SilkTest
8 7 (7.45%) Team Foundation Server
9 5 (5.32%) Appium
9 5 (5.32%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (5.32%) Calabash
9 5 (5.32%) FitNesse
9 5 (5.32%) TeamCity
10 4 (4.26%) Git (software)
10 4 (4.26%) HP UFT
10 4 (4.26%) NeoLoad
10 4 (4.26%) Protractor
General
1 12 (12.77%) Finance
2 7 (7.45%) Banking
3 1 (1.06%) Advertising
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (9.57%) Node.js
2 7 (7.45%) RESTful
3 6 (6.38%) .NET
4 4 (4.26%) Gherkin
4 4 (4.26%) JSON
5 3 (3.19%) AngularJS
5 3 (3.19%) Chai
5 3 (3.19%) Kafka
6 2 (2.13%) XML
6 2 (2.13%) XML Messaging
7 1 (1.06%) SOAP
7 1 (1.06%) Spring
7 1 (1.06%) Spring Boot
7 1 (1.06%) Spring Cloud
7 1 (1.06%) Web Services
7 1 (1.06%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.26%) DataPower
2 3 (3.19%) Clustering
2 3 (3.19%) PDA
2 3 (3.19%) User Experience
3 2 (2.13%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.13%) Cloud Native
3 2 (2.13%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.13%) N-Tier
3 2 (2.13%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.06%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.06%) Fintech
4 1 (1.06%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.51%) Windows
2 3 (3.19%) AIX
2 3 (3.19%) Apple iOS
2 3 (3.19%) Linux
2 3 (3.19%) Windows 7
2 3 (3.19%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (3.19%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (2.13%) Unix
4 1 (1.06%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 73 (77.66%) Test Automation
2 47 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (26.60%) BDD
4 23 (24.47%) Test Scripting
5 18 (19.15%) Software Testing
6 14 (14.89%) Continuous Integration
6 14 (14.89%) Scrum
6 14 (14.89%) User Acceptance Testing
7 13 (13.83%) Test Strategy
8 12 (12.77%) Functional Testing
8 12 (12.77%) Manual Testing
9 11 (11.70%) Non-Functional Testing
10 10 (10.64%) OO
10 10 (10.64%) Smoke Testing
11 9 (9.57%) DevOps
11 9 (9.57%) Integration Testing
11 9 (9.57%) Open Source
11 9 (9.57%) SDLC
11 9 (9.57%) System Testing
12 8 (8.51%) Open Source Development
Programming Languages
1 29 (30.85%) SQL
2 27 (28.72%) Java
3 24 (25.53%) C#
4 13 (13.83%) Python
5 9 (9.57%) JavaScript
6 7 (7.45%) Ruby
7 4 (4.26%) PHP
8 2 (2.13%) Perl
8 2 (2.13%) Scala
8 2 (2.13%) VBA
8 2 (2.13%) VBScript
9 1 (1.06%) C++
9 1 (1.06%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.06%) VB
Qualifications
1 13 (13.83%) ISTQB
2 8 (8.51%) ISEB
3 5 (5.32%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (2.13%) SC Cleared
4 2 (2.13%) Security Cleared
5 1 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.06%) DBS Check
5 1 (1.06%) Degree
5 1 (1.06%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (18.09%) QA
2 1 (1.06%) PMO
System Software
1 3 (3.19%) Active Directory
1 3 (3.19%) Hyper-V
1 3 (3.19%) Virtual Desktop
1 3 (3.19%) VMware ESXi
1 3 (3.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.06%) Docker
2 1 (1.06%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 7 (7.45%) HP ALM
2 6 (6.38%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (3.19%) McAfee ePO
3 3 (3.19%) Rancher
4 1 (1.06%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 10 (10.64%) Microsoft
2 7 (7.45%) HP
3 5 (5.32%) Atlassian
4 4 (4.26%) IBM
4 4 (4.26%) Oracle
5 3 (3.19%) Citrix
5 3 (3.19%) Ivanti
5 3 (3.19%) McAfee
5 3 (3.19%) Veritas
5 3 (3.19%) VMware
6 2 (2.13%) SAP
7 1 (1.06%) Ab Initio
7 1 (1.06%) Micro Focus
7 1 (1.06%) Salesforce.com