Period
to 17 January 2018

The median contractor rate for an Applications Tester was £406 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 January 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.

Application Tester
UK
6 months to
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 862 838 811
Rank change year-on-year -24 -27 +3
Contract jobs requiring an Applications Tester 34 27 61
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.034% 0.028% 0.057%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.036% 0.029% 0.060%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 18 46
UK median daily rate £406 £346 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.33% +6.54% +26.21%
10th Percentile £231 £268 £207
90th Percentile £570 £469 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +30.77% - +30.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
UK median hourly rate - - £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £38.50

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 95,102 92,258 100,985
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,208 60,233 64,366
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,777 3,239 3,822
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.51
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -2.76% +12.18%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £47.14
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

Applications Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Applications Tester in the UK

Applications Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Applications Tester in the UK

Applications Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Applications Tester over the 6 months to 17 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Applications Tester in the UK

Applications Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Applications Tester in the UK

Applications Tester
Top 11 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Applications Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 17 January 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
England +5 33 £413 +20.44% 10
UK excluding London +39 22 £425 +30.77% 7
South East -7 15 £425 +30.77% 5
London -23 13 £375 +8.30% 3
South West +7 3 - -
North of England +46 1 £438 +36.72%
North West +16 1 £438 +47.06%
Midlands +7 1 £301 -
East Midlands +3 1 £301 -
Scotland - 1 £265 -
East of England - 1 - - 2

Applications Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, Applications 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 featuring Applications Tester in the job title.

1 13 (38.24%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (32.35%) QA
3 9 (26.47%) Test Automation
4 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
4 8 (23.53%) Mobile App
4 8 (23.53%) JIRA
5 6 (17.65%) Defect Management
5 6 (17.65%) HP Quality Center
5 6 (17.65%) Windows
6 5 (14.71%) Regression Testing
6 5 (14.71%) Migration
6 5 (14.71%) Software Testing
6 5 (14.71%) Security Cleared
7 4 (11.76%) Test Strategy
7 4 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (11.76%) STB
7 4 (11.76%) HP
8 3 (8.82%) Scenario Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Traceability Matrix
8 3 (8.82%) E-Commerce
8 3 (8.82%) JMeter
8 3 (8.82%) Penetration Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Functional Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (8.82%) Data Centre
8 3 (8.82%) SDLC
8 3 (8.82%) comScore
8 3 (8.82%) Android
8 3 (8.82%) Manual Testing
9 2 (5.88%) Continuous Integration

Applications Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.94%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
1 2 (5.88%) Sauce Labs
2 1 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.94%) Amazon CloudWatch
2 1 (2.94%) AWS CloudTrail
Development Applications
1 8 (23.53%) JIRA
2 3 (8.82%) JMeter
3 2 (5.88%) Appium
3 2 (5.88%) HP UFT
3 2 (5.88%) LoadRunner
3 2 (5.88%) NeoLoad
3 2 (5.88%) Selenium
3 2 (5.88%) SoapUI
3 2 (5.88%) Zephyr
4 1 (2.94%) MSI
4 1 (2.94%) TestRail
4 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (5.88%) Legal
2 1 (2.94%) Back Office
2 1 (2.94%) Finance
2 1 (2.94%) Games
2 1 (2.94%) Law
2 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) React Native
2 1 (2.94%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 8 (23.53%) Mobile App
2 4 (11.76%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (11.76%) STB
3 3 (8.82%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.94%) iPad
4 1 (2.94%) iPhone
4 1 (2.94%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.94%) NHS
4 1 (2.94%) Over-the-Top Content
4 1 (2.94%) Video on Demand
4 1 (2.94%) Video\Live Streaming
Operating Systems
1 6 (17.65%) Windows
2 3 (8.82%) Android
3 2 (5.88%) Windows Mobile
4 1 (2.94%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.94%) Linux
4 1 (2.94%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (38.24%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (26.47%) Test Automation
3 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
4 6 (17.65%) Defect Management
5 5 (14.71%) Migration
5 5 (14.71%) Regression Testing
5 5 (14.71%) Software Testing
6 4 (11.76%) Test Strategy
7 3 (8.82%) E-Commerce
7 3 (8.82%) Functional Testing
7 3 (8.82%) Manual Testing
7 3 (8.82%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (8.82%) Penetration Testing
7 3 (8.82%) Scenario Testing
7 3 (8.82%) SDLC
7 3 (8.82%) Traceability Matrix
8 2 (5.88%) Continuous Improvement Process
8 2 (5.88%) Cross-Browser Testing
8 2 (5.88%) Ethical Hacking
8 2 (5.88%) Security Operations
Qualifications
1 5 (14.71%) Security Cleared
2 2 (5.88%) CREST Certified
2 2 (5.88%) ISTQB
2 2 (5.88%) SANS
2 2 (5.88%) SC Cleared
3 1 (2.94%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (2.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (32.35%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.94%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (2.94%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (17.65%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (5.88%) Nessus
3 1 (2.94%) SCCM
Vendors
1 4 (11.76%) HP
2 3 (8.82%) comScore
3 2 (5.88%) iManage
3 2 (5.88%) Microsoft
3 2 (5.88%) Oracle
3 2 (5.88%) Qualys
4 1 (2.94%) AppDynamics
4 1 (2.94%) Samsung
4 1 (2.94%) ServiceNow
4 1 (2.94%) Sony