Period
to 20 July 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £409 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 20 July 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
20 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 722 664 762
Rank change year-on-year -58 +98 -3
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 179 188 153
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.17% 0.20% 0.14%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.18% 0.21% 0.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 114 99 111
UK median daily rate £409 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +16.79% - +2.94%
10th Percentile £278 £202 £150
90th Percentile £513 £513 £480
UK excluding London median daily rate £376 £339 £310
% change year-on-year +10.91% +9.44% -8.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
UK median hourly rate £11.50 £115.00 £29.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -90.00% +292.49% +46.50%
10th Percentile £11.00 £107.50 £19.97
90th Percentile £134.40 £122.50 £42.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £40.00

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 98,830 90,441 104,671
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.86% 94.94% 95.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,752 58,615 68,085
UK median daily rate £450 £428 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +0.59% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £256
90th Percentile £638 £619 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £388
% change year-on-year +3.13% +3.23% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,197 2,912 3,137
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -2.63% +8.57%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.44
90th Percentile £48.75 £50.00 £47.39
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year - -7.89% +11.76%

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 20 July 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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing QA Tester over the 6 months to 20 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 20 July 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 -33 173 £413 +17.86% 53
UK excluding London -42 90 £376 +10.91% 34
London -51 86 £450 +9.09% 23
South East -26 30 £384 +22.80% 12
North of England -25 21 £368 +1.52% 6
Midlands -5 19 £380 +6.67% 6
East of England +6 12 £358 +8.33% 5
West Midlands -17 12 £413 -2.94% 5
North West -13 10 £368 +15.46% 4
Yorkshire -18 8 £438 +1.16% 2
East Midlands +2 7 £380 +6.67% 1
South West 0 4 £238 -26.64% 1
North East -12 3 £325 -10.34%
Scotland -45 3 £475 +35.71% 1
Wales -10 1 £310 - 1

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 179 (100.00%) QA
2 141 (78.77%) Test Automation
3 119 (66.48%) Agile Software Development
4 106 (59.22%) Selenium
5 66 (36.87%) Java
6 62 (34.64%) SQL
7 54 (30.17%) Cucumber
8 51 (28.49%) JIRA
9 48 (26.82%) BDD
10 47 (26.26%) TDD
11 43 (24.02%) WebDriver
12 40 (22.35%) Scrum
13 36 (20.11%) C#
14 35 (19.55%) Finance
15 33 (18.44%) JavaScript
15 33 (18.44%) QA Automation
16 32 (17.88%) Continuous Integration
17 31 (17.32%) Jenkins
18 29 (16.20%) Test Scripting
19 28 (15.64%) Performance Testing
20 24 (13.41%) Manual Testing
20 24 (13.41%) Functional Testing
20 24 (13.41%) Test Strategy
20 24 (13.41%) .NET
20 24 (13.41%) Problem-Solving
21 23 (12.85%) Acceptance Criteria
22 22 (12.29%) Regression Testing
22 22 (12.29%) Web Services
22 22 (12.29%) Git (software)
23 21 (11.73%) Exploratory 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 19 (10.61%) Confluence
2 11 (6.15%) CMS
3 8 (4.47%) Sitecore CMS
4 4 (2.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (1.68%) Umbraco
6 2 (1.12%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.56%) Apache
7 1 (0.56%) JBoss
7 1 (0.56%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.56%) WebLogic
Applications
1 8 (4.47%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.12%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 1 (0.56%) Adobe Campaign
1 1 (0.56%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 8 (4.47%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (3.91%) GitHub
3 6 (3.35%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (3.35%) Sauce Labs
4 5 (2.79%) BrowserStack
5 2 (1.12%) Google Cloud Platform
5 2 (1.12%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.56%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 12 (6.70%) Internet
2 2 (1.12%) SMS
3 1 (0.56%) Broadband
3 1 (0.56%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (8.38%) SQL Server
2 6 (3.35%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (2.79%) MySQL
4 3 (1.68%) Redis
4 3 (1.68%) SQL Server 2016
5 2 (1.12%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 2 (1.12%) Big Data
5 2 (1.12%) BigQuery
5 2 (1.12%) MongoDB
5 2 (1.12%) NoSQL
5 2 (1.12%) Pentaho
5 2 (1.12%) PostgreSQL
5 2 (1.12%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
6 1 (0.56%) Amazon Redshift
6 1 (0.56%) Impala
6 1 (0.56%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 1 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 106 (59.22%) Selenium
2 54 (30.17%) Cucumber
3 51 (28.49%) JIRA
4 43 (24.02%) WebDriver
5 31 (17.32%) Jenkins
6 22 (12.29%) Git (software)
7 20 (11.17%) SpecFlow
8 17 (9.50%) Protractor
9 12 (6.70%) HP UFT
10 11 (6.15%) SoapUI
11 10 (5.59%) JMeter
12 8 (4.47%) TestNG
13 7 (3.91%) Appium
13 7 (3.91%) JUnit
14 6 (3.35%) Calabash
14 6 (3.35%) LoadRunner
14 6 (3.35%) Team Foundation Server
14 6 (3.35%) Visual Studio
14 6 (3.35%) Visual Studio Team System
14 6 (3.35%) WATIR
General
1 35 (19.55%) Finance
2 11 (6.15%) Retail
3 8 (4.47%) Banking
4 5 (2.79%) Games
5 2 (1.12%) Back Office
5 2 (1.12%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.12%) Marketing
6 1 (0.56%) Front Office
6 1 (0.56%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.56%) Legal
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (13.41%) .NET
2 22 (12.29%) Web Services
3 19 (10.61%) Gherkin
4 17 (9.50%) REST
5 11 (6.15%) SOAP
6 8 (4.47%) AngularJS
6 8 (4.47%) RESTful
7 6 (3.35%) WebdriverIO
8 5 (2.79%) Chai
9 4 (2.23%) Behat
9 4 (2.23%) Nightwatchjs
9 4 (2.23%) Node.js
9 4 (2.23%) React
9 4 (2.23%) XML
10 3 (1.68%) Jest
10 3 (1.68%) Pyramid
10 3 (1.68%) Velocity
11 2 (1.12%) CSS
11 2 (1.12%) JSON
11 2 (1.12%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 18 (10.06%) Mobile App
2 13 (7.26%) Analytical Skills
3 12 (6.70%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (1.68%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.68%) Fixed Income
4 3 (1.68%) Greenfield Project
5 2 (1.12%) Fintech
5 2 (1.12%) IVR
5 2 (1.12%) User Experience
6 1 (0.56%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.56%) Equities
6 1 (0.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.56%) IPTV
6 1 (0.56%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.56%) Over-the-Top Content
6 1 (0.56%) PlayStation
6 1 (0.56%) Video on Demand
6 1 (0.56%) Xbox
Operating Systems
1 19 (10.61%) Android
2 15 (8.38%) Apple iOS
3 12 (6.70%) Windows
4 6 (3.35%) Linux
5 4 (2.23%) Mac OS X
5 4 (2.23%) Windows Server
6 3 (1.68%) Unix
7 2 (1.12%) Debian
8 1 (0.56%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 141 (78.77%) Test Automation
2 119 (66.48%) Agile Software Development
3 48 (26.82%) BDD
4 47 (26.26%) TDD
5 40 (22.35%) Scrum
6 33 (18.44%) QA Automation
7 32 (17.88%) Continuous Integration
8 29 (16.20%) Test Scripting
9 28 (15.64%) Performance Testing
10 24 (13.41%) Functional Testing
10 24 (13.41%) Manual Testing
10 24 (13.41%) Problem-Solving
10 24 (13.41%) Test Strategy
11 23 (12.85%) Acceptance Criteria
12 22 (12.29%) Regression Testing
13 21 (11.73%) Exploratory Testing
13 21 (11.73%) SDLC
14 19 (10.61%) DevOps
14 19 (10.61%) Scenario Testing
15 17 (9.50%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 66 (36.87%) Java
2 62 (34.64%) SQL
3 36 (20.11%) C#
4 33 (18.44%) JavaScript
5 18 (10.06%) Python
5 18 (10.06%) Ruby
6 6 (3.35%) T-SQL
6 6 (3.35%) VBA
7 5 (2.79%) Apple Swift
7 5 (2.79%) C
7 5 (2.79%) Scala
7 5 (2.79%) VB
8 4 (2.23%) Groovy
8 4 (2.23%) PHP
9 2 (1.12%) F#
10 1 (0.56%) C++
10 1 (0.56%) PL/SQL
10 1 (0.56%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 10 (5.59%) ISTQB
2 9 (5.03%) Security Cleared
3 7 (3.91%) ISEB
3 7 (3.91%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 7 (3.91%) SC Cleared
4 5 (2.79%) Degree
5 3 (1.68%) Sun Certification
6 2 (1.12%) BC Cleared
6 2 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
7 1 (0.56%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.56%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 179 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.68%) Data Quality
3 2 (1.12%) WCAG
4 1 (0.56%) GDPR
System Software
1 10 (5.59%) Docker
2 2 (1.12%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 4 (2.23%) HP ALM
2 1 (0.56%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.56%) Terraform
Vendors
1 10 (5.59%) Oracle
2 9 (5.03%) Sitecore
3 7 (3.91%) HP
4 5 (2.79%) Microsoft
5 4 (2.23%) Adobe
5 4 (2.23%) Atlassian
6 3 (1.68%) webMethods
7 2 (1.12%) Google
7 2 (1.12%) Software AG
8 1 (0.56%) Apple
8 1 (0.56%) Capita
8 1 (0.56%) IBM
8 1 (0.56%) Murex
8 1 (0.56%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (0.56%) SAP
8 1 (0.56%) Xamarin