Period
to 20 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £313 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 20 July 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.

Quality Assurance Tester
England > South East
6 months to
20 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 327 382 376
Rank change year-on-year +55 -6 -42
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 34 18 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.21% 0.096% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.10% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 17 14
South East median daily rate £313 £300 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.17% -14.29% +27.27%
10th Percentile £291 £205 £304
90th Percentile £398 £432 £405
England median daily rate £350 £338 £340
% change year-on-year +3.70% -0.74% +4.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
South East median hourly rate - £40.00 -
England median hourly rate £115.00 £29.30 £20.00
% change year-on-year +292.49% +46.50% -76.26%

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in the South East. 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
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 15160 17723 18575
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.41% 95.00% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 8748 10720 10424
South East median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £243 £231 £227
90th Percentile £550 £545 £525
England median daily rate £440 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +3.53% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 730 772 890
South East median hourly rate £17.50 £20.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +14.30% +2.93%
10th Percentile £10.73 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £43.75
England median hourly rate £18.46 £19.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year -2.84% +8.57% +2.94%

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester in the South East over the 6 months to 20 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Tester in the South East

QA Tester
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing QA Tester within the South East region over the 6 months to 20 July 2017. 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
Buckinghamshire +5 22 £320 +8.47% 1
Oxfordshire - 5 £313 - 2
Berkshire +33 3 £313 -22.84%
West Sussex +11 2 - -
East Sussex - 2 - - 1
Kent +9 1 - -
Surrey +6 1 - - 5
QA Tester
England

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 20 July 2017, QA 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 South East region featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 34 (100.00%) QA
2 33 (97.06%) Test Automation
3 31 (91.18%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (70.59%) Java
5 21 (61.76%) Selenium
6 20 (58.82%) Web Services
7 19 (55.88%) SOAP
7 19 (55.88%) SQL
7 19 (55.88%) Continuous Integration
7 19 (55.88%) TDD
7 19 (55.88%) Jenkins
8 18 (52.94%) JIRA
9 17 (50.00%) REST
9 17 (50.00%) Git (software)
10 16 (47.06%) Mobile App
11 14 (41.18%) Internet
12 12 (35.29%) QA Automation
12 12 (35.29%) Cucumber
12 12 (35.29%) Protractor
13 11 (32.35%) Node.js
13 11 (32.35%) Scrum
14 10 (29.41%) WebDriver
14 10 (29.41%) SDLC
15 9 (26.47%) RESTful
15 9 (26.47%) JavaScript
15 9 (26.47%) Banking
16 8 (23.53%) Retail
16 8 (23.53%) Mocha
16 8 (23.53%) MongoDB
16 8 (23.53%) AngularJS

QA Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 2 (5.88%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 7 (20.59%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (17.65%) OpenShift
3 4 (11.76%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (8.82%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 14 (41.18%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (23.53%) MongoDB
2 5 (14.71%) SQL Server
3 2 (5.88%) Redis
4 1 (2.94%) Big Data
4 1 (2.94%) Hadoop
4 1 (2.94%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 21 (61.76%) Selenium
2 19 (55.88%) Jenkins
3 18 (52.94%) JIRA
4 17 (50.00%) Git (software)
5 12 (35.29%) Cucumber
5 12 (35.29%) Protractor
6 10 (29.41%) WebDriver
7 8 (23.53%) Karma Test Runner
7 8 (23.53%) Mocha
8 6 (17.65%) GitLab
9 5 (14.71%) Calabash
10 4 (11.76%) LoadRunner
10 4 (11.76%) SoapUI
11 3 (8.82%) Appium
11 3 (8.82%) Jasmine
12 2 (5.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (5.88%) Bitbucket
12 2 (5.88%) Burp Suite
12 2 (5.88%) JMeter
13 1 (2.94%) Bugzilla
General
1 9 (26.47%) Banking
2 8 (23.53%) Retail
3 7 (20.59%) Corporate Banking
4 5 (14.71%) Finance
5 1 (2.94%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (58.82%) Web Services
2 19 (55.88%) SOAP
3 17 (50.00%) REST
4 11 (32.35%) Node.js
5 9 (26.47%) RESTful
6 8 (23.53%) AngularJS
6 8 (23.53%) Chai
7 5 (14.71%) .NET
8 4 (11.76%) Behat
9 2 (5.88%) Spring
10 1 (2.94%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 16 (47.06%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.88%) Smart Home
3 1 (2.94%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.94%) Fat Client
3 1 (2.94%) Thin Client
3 1 (2.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.88%) Android
1 2 (5.88%) Apple iOS
1 2 (5.88%) Mac OS X
1 2 (5.88%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (97.06%) Test Automation
2 31 (91.18%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (55.88%) Continuous Integration
3 19 (55.88%) TDD
4 12 (35.29%) QA Automation
5 11 (32.35%) Scrum
6 10 (29.41%) SDLC
7 8 (23.53%) Functional Testing
8 7 (20.59%) API Testing
8 7 (20.59%) Open Source
8 7 (20.59%) Regression Testing
8 7 (20.59%) Software Testing
8 7 (20.59%) Workflow
9 6 (17.65%) Build Automation
9 6 (17.65%) Dependency Management
10 5 (14.71%) BDD
10 5 (14.71%) Cross-Browser Testing
11 4 (11.76%) Defect Management
11 4 (11.76%) Digital Transformation Programme
11 4 (11.76%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 24 (70.59%) Java
2 19 (55.88%) SQL
3 9 (26.47%) JavaScript
4 6 (17.65%) C#
5 5 (14.71%) Python
5 5 (14.71%) Ruby
5 5 (14.71%) VB
6 4 (11.76%) PHP
6 4 (11.76%) PowerShell
7 2 (5.88%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 3 (8.82%) Degree
2 2 (5.88%) ISEB
3 1 (2.94%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (2.94%) HND
3 1 (2.94%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (2.94%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (100.00%) QA
2 2 (5.88%) WAI
2 2 (5.88%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (5.88%) Docker
Vendors
1 6 (17.65%) IBM
2 2 (5.88%) New Relic
3 1 (2.94%) HP
3 1 (2.94%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (2.94%) SAP