Period
to 24 May 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in Scotland during the 6 months to 24 May 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
24 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 113 107 150
Rank change year-on-year -6 +43 -26
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 87 57 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.68% 1.58% 1.07%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.76% 1.66% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 59 30 41
Scotland median daily rate £375 £311 £285
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.48% +9.21% -8.80%
10th Percentile £275 £256 £215
90th Percentile £450 £464 £413
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +11.11%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Scotland median hourly rate - £15.00 -
UK median hourly rate £42.50 £19.32 £42.40
% change year-on-year +120.04% -54.44% +30.45%

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 4,943 3,433 5,134
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.35% 95.26% 93.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,919 1,991 2,822
Scotland median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £242 £213 £230
90th Percentile £538 £513 £525
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 90 89
Scotland median hourly rate £16.76 £17.32 £30.21
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.23% -42.66% +65.51%
10th Percentile £10.35 £11.30 £11.10
90th Percentile £42.80 £47.71 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £20.00
% change year-on-year -3.99% -6.26% +14.29%

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 24 May 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 24 May 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 -8 37 £400 +3.23% 8
Glasgow -11 29 £400 +29.03% 7
West Lothian +7 13 £275 - 1
Renfrewshire - 5 £270 -
Dundee -7 3 - -
Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 24 May 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 58 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 40 (45.98%) Selenium
3 38 (43.68%) Agile Software Development
4 36 (41.38%) Test Scripting
5 35 (40.23%) SQL
6 27 (31.03%) Cucumber
7 24 (27.59%) Java
8 23 (26.44%) CRM
8 23 (26.44%) Finance
8 23 (26.44%) JIRA
9 21 (24.14%) User Acceptance Testing
10 20 (22.99%) Apple iOS
10 20 (22.99%) Jenkins
11 19 (21.84%) Gherkin
11 19 (21.84%) ISTQB
12 18 (20.69%) Regression Testing
12 18 (20.69%) Oracle
12 18 (20.69%) Unix
12 18 (20.69%) User Experience
13 17 (19.54%) Appium
13 17 (19.54%) Zephyr
13 17 (19.54%) Confluence
13 17 (19.54%) Eclipse
14 16 (18.39%) SDLC
14 16 (18.39%) Scenario Testing
15 15 (17.24%) HP Quality Center
15 15 (17.24%) DSL
15 15 (17.24%) Retail
16 13 (14.94%) Functional Testing
17 12 (13.79%) Open Source

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 17 (19.54%) Confluence
2 3 (3.45%) CMS
3 1 (1.15%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (1.15%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.15%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.15%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.15%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.15%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.15%) Office 365
1 1 (1.15%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 15 (17.24%) DSL
2 1 (1.15%) DHCP
2 1 (1.15%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (11.49%) Data Warehouse
1 10 (11.49%) Oracle Database
2 9 (10.34%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.45%) MongoDB
4 2 (2.30%) Big Data
4 2 (2.30%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.15%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.15%) Oracle Database 11g
5 1 (1.15%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 40 (45.98%) Selenium
2 27 (31.03%) Cucumber
3 23 (26.44%) JIRA
4 20 (22.99%) Jenkins
5 17 (19.54%) Appium
5 17 (19.54%) Eclipse
5 17 (19.54%) Zephyr
6 7 (8.05%) FitNesse
7 4 (4.60%) HP UFT
7 4 (4.60%) LoadRunner
7 4 (4.60%) SilkTest
7 4 (4.60%) WebDriver
8 3 (3.45%) JMeter
8 3 (3.45%) Mocha
8 3 (3.45%) Protractor
8 3 (3.45%) SpecFlow
8 3 (3.45%) TestComplete
8 3 (3.45%) WinRunner
9 2 (2.30%) TestDirector
9 2 (2.30%) Visual Studio
General
1 23 (26.44%) Finance
2 15 (17.24%) Retail
3 7 (8.05%) Banking
4 1 (1.15%) Billing
4 1 (1.15%) Games
4 1 (1.15%) Law
4 1 (1.15%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (21.84%) Gherkin
2 7 (8.05%) XML
2 7 (8.05%) XML Messaging
3 5 (5.75%) Node.js
4 4 (4.60%) RESTful
5 3 (3.45%) Chai
5 3 (3.45%) JSON
6 1 (1.15%) .NET
6 1 (1.15%) OpenGL
6 1 (1.15%) WebGL
Miscellaneous
1 18 (20.69%) User Experience
2 11 (12.64%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (3.45%) Clustering
3 3 (3.45%) PDA
4 2 (2.30%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.15%) Analytical Mindset
5 1 (1.15%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.15%) DataPower
5 1 (1.15%) iPad
5 1 (1.15%) iPhone
5 1 (1.15%) Self-Motivation
5 1 (1.15%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 20 (22.99%) Apple iOS
2 18 (20.69%) Unix
3 3 (3.45%) AIX
3 3 (3.45%) Android
3 3 (3.45%) Windows
3 3 (3.45%) Windows 7
3 3 (3.45%) Windows Server 2003
3 3 (3.45%) Windows Server 2008
4 2 (2.30%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.15%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (66.67%) Test Automation
2 38 (43.68%) Agile Software Development
3 36 (41.38%) Test Scripting
4 23 (26.44%) CRM
5 21 (24.14%) User Acceptance Testing
6 18 (20.69%) Regression Testing
7 16 (18.39%) Scenario Testing
7 16 (18.39%) SDLC
8 13 (14.94%) Functional Testing
9 12 (13.79%) Open Source
10 11 (12.64%) Defect Management
10 11 (12.64%) ETL
10 11 (12.64%) Test Management
11 10 (11.49%) API Testing
12 9 (10.34%) Manual Testing
13 8 (9.20%) Smoke Testing
13 8 (9.20%) Test Planning
13 8 (9.20%) Validation
13 8 (9.20%) Waterfall
14 7 (8.05%) BDD
Programming Languages
1 35 (40.23%) SQL
2 24 (27.59%) Java
3 12 (13.79%) C#
4 9 (10.34%) Python
5 5 (5.75%) PHP
6 4 (4.60%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.30%) C
7 2 (2.30%) TypeScript
7 2 (2.30%) VBScript
8 1 (1.15%) VB
8 1 (1.15%) VBA
Qualifications
1 19 (21.84%) ISTQB
2 3 (3.45%) ISEB
3 2 (2.30%) Degree
3 2 (2.30%) MCITP
3 2 (2.30%) MCSA
3 2 (2.30%) MCSE
3 2 (2.30%) MCTS
3 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Certification
3 2 (2.30%) SC Cleared
3 2 (2.30%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.05%) QA
2 1 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 3 (3.45%) Active Directory
1 3 (3.45%) Hyper-V
1 3 (3.45%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.15%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 15 (17.24%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (10.34%) HP ALM
3 3 (3.45%) McAfee ePO
4 2 (2.30%) Netcool
5 1 (1.15%) Rancher
Vendors
1 18 (20.69%) Oracle
2 11 (12.64%) Informatica
3 9 (10.34%) HP
4 6 (6.90%) Microsoft
5 3 (3.45%) Citrix
5 3 (3.45%) McAfee
5 3 (3.45%) Veritas
5 3 (3.45%) VMware
6 1 (1.15%) Atlassian
6 1 (1.15%) IBM
6 1 (1.15%) Ivanti
6 1 (1.15%) SAP
6 1 (1.15%) Twitter