Period
to 11 December 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 11 December 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.

Quality Assurance Tester
UK
6 months to
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 675 667 697
Rank change year-on-year -8 +30 +90
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 237 229 194
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.22% 0.22% 0.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.24% 0.23% 0.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 155 141 125
UK median daily rate £400 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.29% - +3.70%
10th Percentile £290 £250 £203
90th Percentile £538 £494 £476
UK excluding London median daily rate £392 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +12.00% - +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 2
UK median hourly rate £11.50 £12.00 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.17% -71.43% +110.00%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.60 £35.90
90th Percentile £12.20 £12.00 £44.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £11.00 £42.00
% change year-on-year - -73.81% +110.00%

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 99,844 98,017 97,325
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.74% 94.93% 94.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 66,066 64,939 63,502
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +4.94%
10th Percentile £270 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £393
% change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,088 2,875 3,289
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.74% +3.89% -
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.83 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.74 £17.50
% change year-on-year -1.35% +1.37% -

QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 6 months to 11 December 2018.

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 15 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 6 months to 11 December 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 -6 223 £400 +14.29% 59
UK excluding London 0 131 £392 +12.00% 46
London +6 99 £445 +18.67% 18
South East -1 49 £400 - 10
North of England -9 25 £391 +15.00% 9
East of England +11 22 £390 +17.29% 10
North West -18 17 £390 +21.88% 7
Midlands -4 15 £344 -6.78% 11
West Midlands -13 12 £360 -0.69% 3
South West -45 11 £394 +12.50% 1
North East 0 5 £392 - 1
Scotland -13 5 £375 +36.36% 2
Wales -16 4 £328 -20.12% 1
East Midlands +4 3 £310 -17.33% 8
Yorkshire -12 3 £288 -32.35% 1

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 December 2018, QA 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 featuring QA Tester in the job title.

1 237 (100.00%) QA
2 180 (75.95%) Test Automation
3 157 (66.24%) Agile Software Development
4 136 (57.38%) Selenium
5 101 (42.62%) Java
6 80 (33.76%) Cucumber
7 64 (27.00%) SQL
7 64 (27.00%) Scrum
8 63 (26.58%) JIRA
9 62 (26.16%) BDD
10 58 (24.47%) QA Automation
11 50 (21.10%) Test Strategy
12 49 (20.68%) Regression Testing
13 46 (19.41%) Finance
14 44 (18.57%) Jenkins
15 43 (18.14%) Performance Testing
15 43 (18.14%) Manual Testing
16 42 (17.72%) Continuous Integration
16 42 (17.72%) JavaScript
17 40 (16.88%) JMeter
18 38 (16.03%) TDD
18 38 (16.03%) Web Services
19 36 (15.19%) Test Scripting
19 36 (15.19%) WebDriver
20 35 (14.77%) Confluence
21 34 (14.35%) SoapUI
22 32 (13.50%) Git (software)
22 32 (13.50%) Gherkin
22 32 (13.50%) Defect Management
23 31 (13.08%) Functional Testing

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 35 (14.77%) Confluence
2 7 (2.95%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.42%) WebLogic
3 1 (0.42%) WordPress
Applications
1 8 (3.38%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 11 (4.64%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.84%) thinkFolio
3 1 (0.42%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 18 (7.59%) BrowserStack
2 16 (6.75%) Amazon AWS
3 13 (5.49%) GitHub
4 7 (2.95%) Microsoft Azure
5 5 (2.11%) Sauce Labs
6 3 (1.27%) Slack
7 2 (0.84%) Google Cloud Platform
8 1 (0.42%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 10 (4.22%) Internet
2 2 (0.84%) DNS
2 2 (0.84%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.42%) PuTTY
3 1 (0.42%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 20 (8.44%) SQL Server
2 14 (5.91%) MySQL
3 7 (2.95%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (2.95%) Pentaho
4 6 (2.53%) Impala
5 5 (2.11%) ZAP BI
6 4 (1.69%) Oracle Database
7 3 (1.27%) Redis
7 3 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 2 (0.84%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.84%) Neo4j
8 2 (0.84%) Power BI
9 1 (0.42%) Apache Hive
9 1 (0.42%) Big Data
9 1 (0.42%) Hadoop
9 1 (0.42%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database 11g
9 1 (0.42%) Oracle Database 12c
9 1 (0.42%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.42%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 136 (57.38%) Selenium
2 80 (33.76%) Cucumber
3 63 (26.58%) JIRA
4 44 (18.57%) Jenkins
5 40 (16.88%) JMeter
6 36 (15.19%) WebDriver
7 34 (14.35%) SoapUI
8 32 (13.50%) Git (software)
9 24 (10.13%) Maven
10 22 (9.28%) JUnit
11 19 (8.02%) Visual Studio Team System
12 15 (6.33%) SpecFlow
13 11 (4.64%) HP UFT
13 11 (4.64%) Protractor
14 10 (4.22%) LoadRunner
14 10 (4.22%) Robot Framework
15 9 (3.80%) Bitbucket
15 9 (3.80%) SonarQube
15 9 (3.80%) Team Foundation Server
16 7 (2.95%) Visual Studio
General
1 46 (19.41%) Finance
2 12 (5.06%) Retail
3 10 (4.22%) Banking
4 6 (2.53%) Front Office
5 3 (1.27%) Back Office
5 3 (1.27%) Games
6 2 (0.84%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.42%) Advertising
7 1 (0.42%) Automotive
7 1 (0.42%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.42%) Electronics
7 1 (0.42%) Law
7 1 (0.42%) Legal
7 1 (0.42%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.42%) Marketing
7 1 (0.42%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (16.03%) Web Services
2 32 (13.50%) Gherkin
3 19 (8.02%) SOAP
4 18 (7.59%) CSS
5 16 (6.75%) REST
6 13 (5.49%) .NET
7 11 (4.64%) HTML
8 10 (4.22%) J2EE
9 8 (3.38%) AngularJS
9 8 (3.38%) XML
10 7 (2.95%) Nightwatchjs
10 7 (2.95%) RESTful
11 5 (2.11%) Jest
11 5 (2.11%) JSON
11 5 (2.11%) React
11 5 (2.11%) WebdriverIO
12 3 (1.27%) Chai
12 3 (1.27%) Node.js
12 3 (1.27%) Pyramid
12 3 (1.27%) React Native
Miscellaneous
1 19 (8.02%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (5.91%) User Experience
3 11 (4.64%) Mobile App
4 10 (4.22%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (3.38%) Greenfield Project
5 8 (3.38%) Hybrid Cloud
6 5 (2.11%) Client/Server
6 5 (2.11%) Fintech
7 3 (1.27%) Algorithms
8 1 (0.42%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.42%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.42%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.42%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.42%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 11 (4.64%) Windows
2 10 (4.22%) Android
3 9 (3.80%) Linux
4 8 (3.38%) Apple iOS
5 5 (2.11%) Unix
6 4 (1.69%) Windows Server
7 3 (1.27%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 180 (75.95%) Test Automation
2 157 (66.24%) Agile Software Development
3 64 (27.00%) Scrum
4 62 (26.16%) BDD
5 58 (24.47%) QA Automation
6 50 (21.10%) Test Strategy
7 49 (20.68%) Regression Testing
8 43 (18.14%) Manual Testing
8 43 (18.14%) Performance Testing
9 42 (17.72%) Continuous Integration
10 38 (16.03%) TDD
11 36 (15.19%) Test Scripting
12 32 (13.50%) Defect Management
13 31 (13.08%) DevOps
13 31 (13.08%) Functional Testing
14 30 (12.66%) Integration Testing
14 30 (12.66%) SDLC
14 30 (12.66%) User Stories
15 27 (11.39%) Microservices
16 26 (10.97%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 101 (42.62%) Java
2 64 (27.00%) SQL
3 42 (17.72%) JavaScript
4 28 (11.81%) C#
5 15 (6.33%) Python
6 12 (5.06%) Groovy
7 8 (3.38%) Ruby
8 5 (2.11%) C++
8 5 (2.11%) T-SQL
9 4 (1.69%) Apple Swift
9 4 (1.69%) C
9 4 (1.69%) PHP
9 4 (1.69%) Scala
9 4 (1.69%) VBA
10 2 (0.84%) Bash Shell
10 2 (0.84%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.42%) Kotlin
11 1 (0.42%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.42%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.42%) VB
Qualifications
1 17 (7.17%) ISEB
2 14 (5.91%) ISTQB
3 10 (4.22%) Security Cleared
4 8 (3.38%) SC Cleared
5 6 (2.53%) Degree
6 5 (2.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (1.27%) Master's Degree
8 2 (0.84%) BPSS Clearance
8 2 (0.84%) DBS Check
8 2 (0.84%) IRCA
8 2 (0.84%) Six Sigma Black Belt
9 1 (0.42%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 237 (100.00%) QA
2 8 (3.38%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.84%) GDPR
3 2 (0.84%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.84%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 2 (0.84%) WCAG
System Software
1 24 (10.13%) Docker
Systems Management
1 9 (3.80%) Ansible
2 8 (3.38%) Terraform
3 3 (1.27%) HP ALM
3 3 (1.27%) HP Quality Center
3 3 (1.27%) Nessus
4 1 (0.42%) Hadoop YARN
4 1 (0.42%) Kibana
4 1 (0.42%) Oozie
4 1 (0.42%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 24 (10.13%) Oracle
2 15 (6.33%) Microsoft
3 10 (4.22%) Atlassian
4 4 (1.69%) Salesforce.com
5 3 (1.27%) HP
5 3 (1.27%) hybris
6 2 (0.84%) Google
6 2 (0.84%) NVIDIA
6 2 (0.84%) Vermilion
7 1 (0.42%) Apple
7 1 (0.42%) BEA
7 1 (0.42%) CA Agile Central
7 1 (0.42%) Cloudera
7 1 (0.42%) CyberArk
7 1 (0.42%) Hortonworks
7 1 (0.42%) SAP
7 1 (0.42%) Talend