Period
to 18 September 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 September 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
18 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 675 655 723
Rank change year-on-year -20 +68 +42
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 208 206 169
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.21% 0.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.22% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 127 111 118
UK median daily rate £400 £330 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +21.21% -5.71% -
10th Percentile £284 £208 £154
90th Percentile £525 £494 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £325 £325
% change year-on-year +15.38% - -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 1
UK median hourly rate £11.50 £63.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -81.89% +58.75% +100.00%
10th Percentile £11.00 £21.55 £35.00
90th Percentile £134.40 £111.45 £45.00
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 97,636 92,995 100,848
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.75% 94.93% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 64,048 60,711 65,871
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £269 £263 £255
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3,165 2,810 3,123
UK median hourly rate £17.85 £19.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.05% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £11.00 £10.75 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.25 £48.75 £46.69
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £18.87
% change year-on-year -2.78% -4.61% +7.83%

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 18 September 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 18 September 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 18 September 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 -35 196 £400 +23.08% 62
UK excluding London -19 110 £375 +15.38% 37
London -39 94 £450 +36.36% 27
South East +11 47 £393 +25.60% 16
Midlands +2 20 £380 +8.57% 11
North of England -26 16 £350 +16.67% 5
West Midlands -8 14 £406 +16.07% 8
East of England -1 13 £358 +8.33% 1
North West -22 10 £338 +12.50% 4
East Midlands +2 6 £359 +2.50% 3
Wales -15 5 £325 -23.53%
South West -20 5 £250 -23.08% 3
Yorkshire -22 5 £375 -13.29% 1
Scotland -22 4 £488 +56.00% 2
North East -9 1 - -

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 208 (100.00%) QA
2 156 (75.00%) Test Automation
3 128 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
4 119 (57.21%) Selenium
5 77 (37.02%) Java
6 66 (31.73%) SQL
7 62 (29.81%) Cucumber
8 57 (27.40%) JIRA
9 52 (25.00%) BDD
10 50 (24.04%) TDD
11 44 (21.15%) JavaScript
12 41 (19.71%) WebDriver
13 40 (19.23%) Finance
14 39 (18.75%) QA Automation
15 38 (18.27%) Scrum
15 38 (18.27%) Continuous Integration
16 36 (17.31%) C#
17 32 (15.38%) Performance Testing
18 30 (14.42%) Regression Testing
18 30 (14.42%) Test Strategy
18 30 (14.42%) Jenkins
19 29 (13.94%) Problem-Solving
20 28 (13.46%) DevOps
20 28 (13.46%) Web Services
21 26 (12.50%) Manual Testing
22 24 (11.54%) Test Scripting
22 24 (11.54%) Git (software)
22 24 (11.54%) Gherkin
22 24 (11.54%) SpecFlow
23 23 (11.06%) SDLC

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 23 (11.06%) Confluence
2 8 (3.85%) CMS
3 5 (2.40%) Sitecore CMS
4 4 (1.92%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (1.44%) SharePoint
5 3 (1.44%) Umbraco
6 1 (0.48%) Apache
6 1 (0.48%) JBoss
6 1 (0.48%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.48%) WebLogic
6 1 (0.48%) WordPress
Applications
1 9 (4.33%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.96%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 3 (1.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.48%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 13 (6.25%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (2.88%) BrowserStack
2 6 (2.88%) Sauce Labs
3 5 (2.40%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (1.92%) GitHub
5 2 (0.96%) OpenShift
6 1 (0.48%) Google Cloud Platform
6 1 (0.48%) npm
6 1 (0.48%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 13 (6.25%) Internet
2 2 (0.96%) DNS
3 1 (0.48%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (10.10%) SQL Server
2 11 (5.29%) MySQL
3 6 (2.88%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (1.92%) Redis
5 3 (1.44%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.96%) Big Data
6 2 (0.96%) Neo4j
6 2 (0.96%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.96%) Pentaho
6 2 (0.96%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (0.96%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.48%) Amazon DynamoDB
7 1 (0.48%) Amazon Redshift
7 1 (0.48%) Apache Hive
7 1 (0.48%) BigQuery
7 1 (0.48%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.48%) Impala
7 1 (0.48%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.48%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.48%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 119 (57.21%) Selenium
2 62 (29.81%) Cucumber
3 57 (27.40%) JIRA
4 41 (19.71%) WebDriver
5 30 (14.42%) Jenkins
6 24 (11.54%) Git (software)
6 24 (11.54%) SpecFlow
7 19 (9.13%) Protractor
8 17 (8.17%) SoapUI
9 14 (6.73%) JMeter
10 10 (4.81%) JUnit
11 9 (4.33%) Appium
12 8 (3.85%) HP UFT
12 8 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
12 8 (3.85%) Visual Studio
12 8 (3.85%) Visual Studio Team System
13 7 (3.37%) Calabash
13 7 (3.37%) TestNG
14 6 (2.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 5 (2.40%) Zephyr
General
1 40 (19.23%) Finance
2 12 (5.77%) Retail
3 10 (4.81%) Banking
4 3 (1.44%) Back Office
4 3 (1.44%) Games
5 2 (0.96%) Financial Institution
5 2 (0.96%) Marketing
6 1 (0.48%) Automotive
6 1 (0.48%) Corporate Banking
6 1 (0.48%) Front Office
6 1 (0.48%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.48%) Law
6 1 (0.48%) Legal
6 1 (0.48%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (13.46%) Web Services
2 24 (11.54%) Gherkin
3 23 (11.06%) .NET
4 20 (9.62%) REST
5 18 (8.65%) SOAP
6 9 (4.33%) RESTful
7 8 (3.85%) AngularJS
8 7 (3.37%) CSS
8 7 (3.37%) WebdriverIO
8 7 (3.37%) XML
9 6 (2.88%) Nightwatchjs
9 6 (2.88%) React
10 5 (2.40%) Chai
10 5 (2.40%) HTML
10 5 (2.40%) J2EE
10 5 (2.40%) Jest
10 5 (2.40%) JSON
10 5 (2.40%) Node.js
11 3 (1.44%) Pyramid
11 3 (1.44%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 21 (10.10%) Mobile App
2 17 (8.17%) Analytical Skills
3 15 (7.21%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (2.88%) Computer Science
5 5 (2.40%) Greenfield Project
6 4 (1.92%) Hybrid Cloud
7 3 (1.44%) Fintech
7 3 (1.44%) Fixed Income
7 3 (1.44%) User Experience
8 2 (0.96%) IVR
9 1 (0.48%) Client/Server
9 1 (0.48%) Equities
9 1 (0.48%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 1 (0.48%) Management Information System
9 1 (0.48%) Smartcard
9 1 (0.48%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 16 (7.69%) Android
2 15 (7.21%) Windows
3 12 (5.77%) Apple iOS
4 6 (2.88%) Windows Server
5 5 (2.40%) Linux
5 5 (2.40%) Mac OS X
6 3 (1.44%) Unix
7 1 (0.48%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 156 (75.00%) Test Automation
2 128 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (25.00%) BDD
4 50 (24.04%) TDD
5 39 (18.75%) QA Automation
6 38 (18.27%) Continuous Integration
6 38 (18.27%) Scrum
7 32 (15.38%) Performance Testing
8 30 (14.42%) Regression Testing
8 30 (14.42%) Test Strategy
9 29 (13.94%) Problem-Solving
10 28 (13.46%) DevOps
11 26 (12.50%) Manual Testing
12 24 (11.54%) Test Scripting
13 23 (11.06%) SDLC
14 21 (10.10%) Functional Testing
15 20 (9.62%) Open Source
16 18 (8.65%) API Testing
16 18 (8.65%) Microservices
16 18 (8.65%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 77 (37.02%) Java
2 66 (31.73%) SQL
3 44 (21.15%) JavaScript
4 36 (17.31%) C#
5 19 (9.13%) Python
6 17 (8.17%) Ruby
7 7 (3.37%) VBA
8 6 (2.88%) Apple Swift
8 6 (2.88%) Groovy
8 6 (2.88%) VB
9 5 (2.40%) C
9 5 (2.40%) C++
9 5 (2.40%) PHP
9 5 (2.40%) T-SQL
10 4 (1.92%) Scala
11 2 (0.96%) F#
12 1 (0.48%) Go
12 1 (0.48%) Kotlin
12 1 (0.48%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (5.77%) ISEB
1 12 (5.77%) ISTQB
2 7 (3.37%) Degree
2 7 (3.37%) Security Cleared
3 6 (2.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (2.40%) SC Cleared
5 3 (1.44%) Master's Degree
6 2 (0.96%) BC Cleared
6 2 (0.96%) Computer Science Degree
6 2 (0.96%) IRCA
6 2 (0.96%) Six Sigma Black Belt
7 1 (0.48%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (0.48%) DBS Check
7 1 (0.48%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 208 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.44%) Data Quality
2 3 (1.44%) GDPR
2 3 (1.44%) WCAG
3 2 (0.96%) ISO 9001
3 2 (0.96%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 14 (6.73%) Docker
2 1 (0.48%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 5 (2.40%) Terraform
2 4 (1.92%) Ansible
3 3 (1.44%) HP ALM
4 1 (0.48%) Hadoop YARN
4 1 (0.48%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (0.48%) Nessus
4 1 (0.48%) Oozie
4 1 (0.48%) TeamSite
Vendors
1 15 (7.21%) Oracle
2 10 (4.81%) Microsoft
3 6 (2.88%) HP
4 5 (2.40%) Sitecore
5 4 (1.92%) Adobe
5 4 (1.92%) Atlassian
6 3 (1.44%) Salesforce.com
6 3 (1.44%) webMethods
7 2 (0.96%) Software AG
7 2 (0.96%) Vermilion
8 1 (0.48%) Apple
8 1 (0.48%) Capita
8 1 (0.48%) Cloudera
8 1 (0.48%) CyberArk
8 1 (0.48%) Google
8 1 (0.48%) Hortonworks
8 1 (0.48%) IBM
8 1 (0.48%) Murex
8 1 (0.48%) SAP
8 1 (0.48%) Talend