The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £335 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 24 June 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
UK
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 507 564 588
Rank change year-on-year +57 +24  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 94 80 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.15% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.16% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 59 39
Median daily rate £335 £350 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.28% -3.44%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £150 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £500 £460
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £295 £350
% change year-on-year +11.01% -15.71%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Median hourly rate £115.00 £40.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +187.50% +100.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year - +100.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 43829 51011 53185
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.87% 94.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 28353 33254 33375
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1511 2053
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.48 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.14% +9.21%  

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured QA Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for QA Tester in the UK

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for QA Tester in the UK

QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester over the 3 months to 24 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for QA Tester in the UK

QA Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for QA Tester in the UK

QA Tester
Top 30 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 24 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +64 91 £333 -5.00% 44
London +26 46 £375 -11.76% 20
South East +47 20 £313 +4.16% 4
Buckinghamshire - 14 £320 -
Milton Keynes - 11 £320 -
North West +19 7 £300 +36.05% 4
Nottinghamshire - 5 £350 -
East Midlands - 5 £350 -
South West +7 4 £286 - 1
Nottingham - 4 £350 -
West Yorkshire +20 3 £433 +23.57% 1
Yorkshire +13 3 £433 +23.57% 2
Manchester +6 3 £135 -38.77% 2
East of England -3 3 £330 +1.53% 5
City of London -6 3 £281 -46.42% 6
Berkshire - 3 £313 -
North East +66 2 £390 +11.42% 2
Scotland +45 2 £313 - 1
Leeds +17 2 £433 +23.57% 1
Bristol - 2 £288 - 1
Lancashire - 2 £400 -
Oxfordshire - 2 £313 - 2
Bedfordshire - 2 £330 -
Newcastle upon Tyne +78 1 £390 +19.54% 1
Tyne and Wear +76 1 £390 +19.54% 1
Edinburgh +17 1 £275 -
Surrey +2 1 - - 1
Kent -2 1 - -
Cheshire - 1 £300 - 1
Merseyside - 1 £190 - 1

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 188 (100.00%) QA
2 128 (68.09%) Test Automation
3 124 (65.96%) Agile Software Development
4 85 (45.21%) Selenium
5 69 (36.70%) Java
6 68 (36.17%) JIRA
7 57 (30.32%) SQL
8 53 (28.19%) Cucumber
9 52 (27.66%) Jenkins
10 51 (27.13%) Scrum
11 40 (21.28%) TDD
12 39 (20.74%) Continuous Integration
13 38 (20.21%) Git (software)
13 38 (20.21%) Web Services
14 36 (19.15%) WebDriver
15 34 (18.09%) QA Automation
16 33 (17.55%) API Testing
16 33 (17.55%) Test Scripting
17 32 (17.02%) BDD
18 28 (14.89%) SOAP
18 28 (14.89%) REST
19 26 (13.83%) SoapUI
19 26 (13.83%) Python
20 25 (13.30%) Finance
20 25 (13.30%) Functional Testing
20 25 (13.30%) SDLC
21 24 (12.77%) Regression Testing
22 23 (12.23%) Mobile App
23 22 (11.70%) Test Strategy
23 22 (11.70%) JavaScript

QA 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 17 (9.04%) Confluence
2 10 (5.32%) Apache Spark
3 3 (1.60%) CMS
3 3 (1.60%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (0.53%) Drupal
4 1 (0.53%) JBoss
4 1 (0.53%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.53%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.53%) WebLogic
4 1 (0.53%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.53%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 1 (0.53%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (2.66%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.53%) FastStats
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.91%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (3.72%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (3.19%) OpenShift
4 3 (1.60%) BrowserStack
4 3 (1.60%) Sauce Labs
5 2 (1.06%) Office 365
5 2 (1.06%) SaaS
6 1 (0.53%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.53%) GitHub
6 1 (0.53%) Google Play
6 1 (0.53%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 14 (7.45%) Internet
2 7 (3.72%) HTTP
3 2 (1.06%) Skype
4 1 (0.53%) BIG-IP
4 1 (0.53%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (7.45%) Big Data
1 14 (7.45%) Hadoop
2 7 (3.72%) MongoDB
2 7 (3.72%) SQL Server
3 5 (2.66%) Relational Database
4 3 (1.60%) Redis
5 2 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (1.06%) Electronic Patient Records
5 2 (1.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.53%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.53%) RDBMS
6 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
6 1 (0.53%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 85 (45.21%) Selenium
2 68 (36.17%) JIRA
3 53 (28.19%) Cucumber
4 52 (27.66%) Jenkins
5 38 (20.21%) Git (software)
6 36 (19.15%) WebDriver
7 26 (13.83%) SoapUI
8 16 (8.51%) Protractor
9 13 (6.91%) Mocha
10 12 (6.38%) TeamCity
11 11 (5.85%) Vagrant
12 9 (4.79%) Karma Test Runner
13 8 (4.26%) JMeter
13 8 (4.26%) SpecFlow
14 6 (3.19%) Capybara
14 6 (3.19%) GitLab
14 6 (3.19%) HP UFT
14 6 (3.19%) WATIR
15 5 (2.66%) Calabash
15 5 (2.66%) Jasmine
General
1 25 (13.30%) Finance
2 16 (8.51%) Banking
2 16 (8.51%) Retail
3 9 (4.79%) Corporate Banking
3 9 (4.79%) Marketing
4 8 (4.26%) Games
4 8 (4.26%) Manufacturing
5 6 (3.19%) Telecoms
6 5 (2.66%) Electronics
7 2 (1.06%) Front Office
7 2 (1.06%) Investment Banking
7 2 (1.06%) Retail Banking
8 1 (0.53%) Arabic Language
8 1 (0.53%) Back Office
8 1 (0.53%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (20.21%) Web Services
2 28 (14.89%) REST
2 28 (14.89%) SOAP
3 21 (11.17%) .NET
4 17 (9.04%) RESTful
5 15 (7.98%) Gherkin
5 15 (7.98%) Node.js
6 11 (5.85%) AngularJS
6 11 (5.85%) XML
7 10 (5.32%) HTML
8 8 (4.26%) Chai
9 6 (3.19%) CSS
9 6 (3.19%) JSON
10 5 (2.66%) Behat
11 2 (1.06%) HTML5
11 2 (1.06%) Spring
12 1 (0.53%) .NET Framework
12 1 (0.53%) Ajax
12 1 (0.53%) J2EE
12 1 (0.53%) Spring MVC
Miscellaneous
1 23 (12.23%) Mobile App
2 8 (4.26%) Greenfield Project
3 6 (3.19%) Analytical Skills
4 5 (2.66%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.66%) User Experience
5 2 (1.06%) Derivative
5 2 (1.06%) Fintech
5 2 (1.06%) NHS
5 2 (1.06%) Smartphone
5 2 (1.06%) STB
6 1 (0.53%) Equities
6 1 (0.53%) Equity Derivative
6 1 (0.53%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.53%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.53%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.53%) Mobile Games
6 1 (0.53%) PKI
6 1 (0.53%) Smart Home
6 1 (0.53%) Thin Client
6 1 (0.53%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 13 (6.91%) Windows
2 12 (6.38%) Linux
3 8 (4.26%) Apple iOS
4 7 (3.72%) Android
5 4 (2.13%) Mac OS X
6 3 (1.60%) Unix
7 1 (0.53%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.53%) Windows Mobile
7 1 (0.53%) Windows Phone
Processes & Methodologies
1 128 (68.09%) Test Automation
2 124 (65.96%) Agile Software Development
3 51 (27.13%) Scrum
4 40 (21.28%) TDD
5 39 (20.74%) Continuous Integration
6 34 (18.09%) QA Automation
7 33 (17.55%) API Testing
7 33 (17.55%) Test Scripting
8 32 (17.02%) BDD
9 25 (13.30%) Functional Testing
9 25 (13.30%) SDLC
10 24 (12.77%) Regression Testing
11 22 (11.70%) Performance Testing
11 22 (11.70%) Software Testing
11 22 (11.70%) Test Strategy
12 19 (10.11%) Open Source
13 18 (9.57%) Defect Management
14 16 (8.51%) Unit Testing
15 15 (7.98%) Software Engineering
15 15 (7.98%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 69 (36.70%) Java
2 57 (30.32%) SQL
3 26 (13.83%) Python
4 22 (11.70%) C#
4 22 (11.70%) JavaScript
5 21 (11.17%) Scala
6 18 (9.57%) Ruby
7 13 (6.91%) Shell Script
8 12 (6.38%) Groovy
9 5 (2.66%) PHP
9 5 (2.66%) VB
10 4 (2.13%) PowerShell
11 3 (1.60%) Apple Swift
12 2 (1.06%) C++
13 1 (0.53%) ANSI SQL
13 1 (0.53%) Perl
13 1 (0.53%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (9.04%) ISTQB
2 13 (6.91%) ISEB
3 7 (3.72%) Degree
4 4 (2.13%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (1.60%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.06%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.53%) CCNA
7 1 (0.53%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (0.53%) EMCIE
7 1 (0.53%) HND
7 1 (0.53%) Network+ Certification
7 1 (0.53%) Numerate Degree
7 1 (0.53%) SC Cleared
7 1 (0.53%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 188 (100.00%) QA
2 12 (6.38%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.06%) Disclosure Scotland
3 2 (1.06%) HL7
4 1 (0.53%) WCAG
System Software
1 3 (1.60%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (1.60%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.53%) BMC PATROL
2 1 (0.53%) Grafana
2 1 (0.53%) Graphite
2 1 (0.53%) HockeyApp
2 1 (0.53%) Netcool
2 1 (0.53%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 11 (5.85%) Cloudera
1 11 (5.85%) Hortonworks
2 8 (4.26%) Atlassian
3 6 (3.19%) IBM
3 6 (3.19%) SAP
4 5 (2.66%) Microsoft
5 3 (1.60%) Google
5 3 (1.60%) HP
5 3 (1.60%) Murex
5 3 (1.60%) New Relic
5 3 (1.60%) Sitecore
6 2 (1.06%) BMC
6 2 (1.06%) Oracle
6 2 (1.06%) Xamarin
7 1 (0.53%) Adobe
7 1 (0.53%) CA
7 1 (0.53%) Calypso
7 1 (0.53%) Cisco
7 1 (0.53%) Fidessa
7 1 (0.53%) Sybase
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