Period
to 18 August 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies in Scotland during the 6 months to 18 August 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
18 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 122 116 146
Rank change year-on-year -6 +30 -35
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 92 59 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Scotland 1.66% 1.35% 1.08%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.75% 1.42% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 38 40
Scotland median daily rate £350 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +16.67% -1.64%
10th Percentile £263 £239 £100
90th Percentile £450 £432 £407
UK median daily rate £390 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +11.43% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Scotland median hourly rate - £15.00 -
UK median hourly rate £23.25 £13.00 £36.87
% change year-on-year +78.85% -64.74% +17.98%

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 5,262 4,141 4,960
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 95.22% 95.06% 93.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,980 2,375 2,844
Scotland median daily rate £400 £379 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.54% +1.07% +3.45%
10th Percentile £238 £228 £230
90th Percentile £544 £525 £500
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
% change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 127 104 113
Scotland median hourly rate £17.00 £25.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.33% +27.50% -
10th Percentile £10.40 £11.32 £10.26
90th Percentile £43.00 £46.50 £43.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £19.00
% change year-on-year -3.74% -1.58% +5.67%

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 August 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 18 August 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 -5 41 £400 +14.29% 12
Glasgow -10 30 £350 +20.69% 6
West Lothian +3 12 £285 -31.33%
Renfrewshire - 6 £260 - 1
Fife -3 2 - -
Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 18 August 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 68 (73.91%) Test Automation
2 50 (54.35%) Agile Software Development
3 42 (45.65%) Selenium
4 33 (35.87%) Test Scripting
4 33 (35.87%) SQL
5 23 (25.00%) Java
5 23 (25.00%) Cucumber
6 22 (23.91%) JIRA
7 20 (21.74%) BDD
7 20 (21.74%) Jenkins
8 18 (19.57%) User Acceptance Testing
9 17 (18.48%) ISTQB
9 17 (18.48%) Software Testing
9 17 (18.48%) C#
9 17 (18.48%) Functional Testing
10 15 (16.30%) WebDriver
10 15 (16.30%) Finance
10 15 (16.30%) Scrum
11 14 (15.22%) Continuous Integration
11 14 (15.22%) Manual Testing
11 14 (15.22%) Smoke Testing
12 13 (14.13%) QA
12 13 (14.13%) Regression Testing
13 12 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
14 11 (11.96%) Waterfall
14 11 (11.96%) Change Management
14 11 (11.96%) Microsoft
15 10 (10.87%) HP
15 10 (10.87%) OO
15 10 (10.87%) Python

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 5 (5.43%) Confluence
2 3 (3.26%) CMS
3 2 (2.17%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (1.09%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
2 2 (2.17%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.09%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (2.17%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 10 (10.87%) Amazon AWS
1 10 (10.87%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (3.26%) Office 365
3 2 (2.17%) SaaS
4 1 (1.09%) IaaS
4 1 (1.09%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.35%) DSL
2 3 (3.26%) DHCP
2 3 (3.26%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (7.61%) Oracle Database
2 3 (3.26%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.26%) MongoDB
2 3 (3.26%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.17%) Flink
3 2 (2.17%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.09%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.09%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (1.09%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 42 (45.65%) Selenium
2 23 (25.00%) Cucumber
3 22 (23.91%) JIRA
4 20 (21.74%) Jenkins
5 15 (16.30%) WebDriver
6 8 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 7 (7.61%) FitNesse
7 7 (7.61%) SilkTest
7 7 (7.61%) SpecFlow
8 6 (6.52%) HP UFT
9 5 (5.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (5.43%) Eclipse
9 5 (5.43%) LoadRunner
9 5 (5.43%) WinRunner
9 5 (5.43%) Zephyr
10 4 (4.35%) Appium
10 4 (4.35%) Protractor
11 3 (3.26%) Git (software)
11 3 (3.26%) Mocha
11 3 (3.26%) TestComplete
General
1 15 (16.30%) Finance
2 9 (9.78%) Banking
3 4 (4.35%) Retail
4 1 (1.09%) Billing
4 1 (1.09%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (10.87%) Node.js
2 8 (8.70%) Gherkin
2 8 (8.70%) RESTful
3 7 (7.61%) .NET
4 5 (5.43%) JSON
4 5 (5.43%) XML
4 5 (5.43%) XML Messaging
5 3 (3.26%) AngularJS
5 3 (3.26%) Chai
5 3 (3.26%) Kafka
6 1 (1.09%) Spring
6 1 (1.09%) Spring Boot
6 1 (1.09%) Spring Cloud
6 1 (1.09%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.61%) User Experience
2 5 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.43%) Clustering
2 5 (5.43%) PDA
3 4 (4.35%) DataPower
4 3 (3.26%) Client/Server
5 2 (2.17%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.09%) Analytical Mindset
6 1 (1.09%) Fintech
6 1 (1.09%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.78%) Windows
2 7 (7.61%) Unix
3 6 (6.52%) Apple iOS
4 5 (5.43%) AIX
4 5 (5.43%) Windows 7
4 5 (5.43%) Windows Server 2003
4 5 (5.43%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (4.35%) Linux
6 2 (2.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 68 (73.91%) Test Automation
2 50 (54.35%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (35.87%) Test Scripting
4 20 (21.74%) BDD
5 18 (19.57%) User Acceptance Testing
6 17 (18.48%) Functional Testing
6 17 (18.48%) Software Testing
7 15 (16.30%) Scrum
8 14 (15.22%) Continuous Integration
8 14 (15.22%) Manual Testing
8 14 (15.22%) Smoke Testing
9 13 (14.13%) Regression Testing
10 11 (11.96%) Change Management
10 11 (11.96%) Waterfall
11 10 (10.87%) API Testing
11 10 (10.87%) CRM
11 10 (10.87%) Non-Functional Testing
11 10 (10.87%) Open Source
11 10 (10.87%) SDLC
11 10 (10.87%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 33 (35.87%) SQL
2 23 (25.00%) Java
3 17 (18.48%) C#
4 10 (10.87%) Python
5 9 (9.78%) JavaScript
6 5 (5.43%) PHP
7 2 (2.17%) Perl
7 2 (2.17%) Ruby
7 2 (2.17%) VBScript
8 1 (1.09%) VB
8 1 (1.09%) VBA
Qualifications
1 17 (18.48%) ISTQB
2 7 (7.61%) ISEB
3 5 (5.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (4.35%) SC Cleared
4 4 (4.35%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.17%) MCITP
5 2 (2.17%) MCSA
5 2 (2.17%) MCSE
5 2 (2.17%) MCTS
5 2 (2.17%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (1.09%) DBS Check
6 1 (1.09%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (14.13%) QA
2 1 (1.09%) PMO
System Software
1 5 (5.43%) Active Directory
1 5 (5.43%) Hyper-V
1 5 (5.43%) VMware ESXi
2 4 (4.35%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (3.26%) Virtual Desktop
4 1 (1.09%) Docker
4 1 (1.09%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 12 (13.04%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (9.78%) HP ALM
3 5 (5.43%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (3.26%) Rancher
5 2 (2.17%) Netcool
6 1 (1.09%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 11 (11.96%) Microsoft
2 10 (10.87%) HP
3 9 (9.78%) Oracle
4 5 (5.43%) Atlassian
4 5 (5.43%) Citrix
4 5 (5.43%) McAfee
4 5 (5.43%) Veritas
4 5 (5.43%) VMware
5 4 (4.35%) IBM
6 3 (3.26%) Ivanti
7 2 (2.17%) Informatica
8 1 (1.09%) Micro Focus
8 1 (1.09%) SAP
8 1 (1.09%) Twitter