Period
to 24 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 24 November 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
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 679 692 744
Rank change year-on-year +13 +52 -62
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 219 195 150
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.21% 0.19% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.22% 0.20% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 138 128 107
UK median daily rate £350 £350 £350
10th Percentile £246 £183 £250
90th Percentile £525 £489 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £350 £325
% change year-on-year - +7.69% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 2
UK median hourly rate £12.00 £42.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -71.43% +110.00% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.00 £20.00
% change year-on-year - +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 97695 99488 108685
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.75% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64489 64865 69136
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £393 £375
% change year-on-year +1.91% +4.67% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2905 3326 4142
UK median hourly rate £18.69 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.81% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.93 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.45 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50

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 24 November 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 16 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 24 November 2017. 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 +16 208 £350 - 45
UK excluding London +50 108 £350 - 28
London -6 107 £363 -3.33% 17
South East +16 36 £400 +14.29% 7
South West +8 22 £338 - 3
North of England +47 17 £340 -2.86% 10
East of England +10 15 £333 -16.88% 4
Midlands +27 10 £369 +145.83% 4
North West +24 10 £320 -13.22% 7
Yorkshire +29 6 £425 +49.12% 3
East Midlands - 6 £375 - 1
Scotland -1 5 £313 -3.85%
West Midlands +10 4 £363 +141.67% 3
Wales +13 2 £410 -
North East +55 1 - -
Northern Ireland - 1 £400 -

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 November 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.

1 219 (100.00%) QA
2 151 (68.95%) Test Automation
3 123 (56.16%) Agile Software Development
4 96 (43.84%) Selenium
5 84 (38.36%) JIRA
6 75 (34.25%) Cucumber
7 66 (30.14%) Java
8 53 (24.20%) BDD
8 53 (24.20%) SQL
9 50 (22.83%) Test Scripting
9 50 (22.83%) Jenkins
10 47 (21.46%) SOAP
11 46 (21.00%) WebDriver
12 45 (20.55%) Git (software)
13 44 (20.09%) Continuous Integration
14 40 (18.26%) Web Services
15 37 (16.89%) Functional Testing
16 35 (15.98%) SoapUI
16 35 (15.98%) Scrum
16 35 (15.98%) Confluence
17 34 (15.53%) TDD
17 34 (15.53%) SDLC
18 32 (14.61%) Regression Testing
19 31 (14.16%) Finance
19 31 (14.16%) Mobile App
20 30 (13.70%) QA Automation
20 30 (13.70%) C#
21 28 (12.79%) API Testing
22 27 (12.33%) JavaScript
23 26 (11.87%) Amazon AWS

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 (15.98%) Confluence
2 5 (2.28%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 3 (1.37%) CMS
4 2 (0.91%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.91%) Sitecore CMS
5 1 (0.46%) Drupal
5 1 (0.46%) EPiServer
5 1 (0.46%) SAS
5 1 (0.46%) Umbraco
5 1 (0.46%) WebLogic
5 1 (0.46%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.46%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 6 (2.74%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.91%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.46%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.46%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.91%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 26 (11.87%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (7.76%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (6.85%) Sauce Labs
4 3 (1.37%) BrowserStack
5 2 (0.91%) GitHub
5 2 (0.91%) PaaS
6 1 (0.46%) npm
6 1 (0.46%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 18 (8.22%) Internet
2 5 (2.28%) HTTP
3 2 (0.91%) Firewall
4 1 (0.46%) Bluetooth
4 1 (0.46%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (7.31%) Redis
2 12 (5.48%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.74%) Big Data
3 6 (2.74%) Hadoop
4 5 (2.28%) MongoDB
5 2 (0.91%) Oracle Database
5 2 (0.91%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.46%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.46%) Blockchain
6 1 (0.46%) Data Warehouse
6 1 (0.46%) Firebird
6 1 (0.46%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.46%) Power BI
6 1 (0.46%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 96 (43.84%) Selenium
2 84 (38.36%) JIRA
3 75 (34.25%) Cucumber
4 50 (22.83%) Jenkins
5 46 (21.00%) WebDriver
6 45 (20.55%) Git (software)
7 35 (15.98%) SoapUI
8 24 (10.96%) SpecFlow
9 22 (10.05%) Appium
10 18 (8.22%) Bitbucket
11 16 (7.31%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 15 (6.85%) JUnit
13 13 (5.94%) Team Foundation Server
14 11 (5.02%) Protractor
14 11 (5.02%) Visual Studio
15 8 (3.65%) JMeter
16 7 (3.20%) NUnit
17 6 (2.74%) Maven
17 6 (2.74%) TeamCity
18 5 (2.28%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 31 (14.16%) Finance
2 23 (10.50%) Banking
3 17 (7.76%) Retail
4 15 (6.85%) Telecoms
5 13 (5.94%) Manufacturing
6 12 (5.48%) Corporate Banking
6 12 (5.48%) Marketing
7 11 (5.02%) Games
8 10 (4.57%) Electronics
9 5 (2.28%) Retail Banking
10 4 (1.83%) Investment Banking
11 3 (1.37%) Publishing
12 2 (0.91%) Advertising
12 2 (0.91%) Front Office
12 2 (0.91%) Legal
13 1 (0.46%) Automotive
13 1 (0.46%) Back Office
13 1 (0.46%) Law
13 1 (0.46%) Military
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 47 (21.46%) SOAP
2 40 (18.26%) Web Services
3 23 (10.50%) .NET
3 23 (10.50%) REST
4 17 (7.76%) Gherkin
5 11 (5.02%) Node.js
5 11 (5.02%) RESTful
6 8 (3.65%) JSON
7 6 (2.74%) HTML
8 4 (1.83%) AngularJS
8 4 (1.83%) Behat
8 4 (1.83%) Spring
8 4 (1.83%) XML
9 2 (0.91%) .NET Framework
9 2 (0.91%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (0.91%) HTML5
9 2 (0.91%) OAuth
9 2 (0.91%) OAuth2
9 2 (0.91%) OpenID
9 2 (0.91%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 31 (14.16%) Mobile App
2 23 (10.50%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (6.39%) Greenfield Project
4 9 (4.11%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 4 (1.83%) Equities
6 4 (1.83%) Fintech
6 4 (1.83%) User Experience
7 2 (0.91%) Client/Server
7 2 (0.91%) Derivative
7 2 (0.91%) Equity Derivative
7 2 (0.91%) Smartphone
7 2 (0.91%) Video on Demand
8 1 (0.46%) CESG
8 1 (0.46%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.46%) Handset
8 1 (0.46%) IBM Mainframe
8 1 (0.46%) Life Science
8 1 (0.46%) Mainframe
8 1 (0.46%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 24 (10.96%) Windows
2 21 (9.59%) Android
2 21 (9.59%) Apple iOS
3 16 (7.31%) Mac OS X
4 6 (2.74%) Linux
5 3 (1.37%) Unix
6 2 (0.91%) Windows Mobile
6 2 (0.91%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 151 (68.95%) Test Automation
2 123 (56.16%) Agile Software Development
3 53 (24.20%) BDD
4 50 (22.83%) Test Scripting
5 44 (20.09%) Continuous Integration
6 37 (16.89%) Functional Testing
7 35 (15.98%) Scrum
8 34 (15.53%) SDLC
8 34 (15.53%) TDD
9 32 (14.61%) Regression Testing
10 30 (13.70%) QA Automation
11 28 (12.79%) API Testing
12 24 (10.96%) Exploratory Testing
12 24 (10.96%) Manual Testing
13 23 (10.50%) Test Strategy
14 20 (9.13%) Kanban
14 20 (9.13%) Software Testing
15 19 (8.68%) Cross-Browser Testing
16 17 (7.76%) Performance Testing
17 16 (7.31%) Compatibility Testing
Programming Languages
1 66 (30.14%) Java
2 53 (24.20%) SQL
3 30 (13.70%) C#
4 27 (12.33%) JavaScript
5 20 (9.13%) Ruby
6 17 (7.76%) Apple Swift
7 11 (5.02%) Python
8 9 (4.11%) Scala
9 5 (2.28%) C++
9 5 (2.28%) Groovy
10 3 (1.37%) VBA
11 2 (0.91%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.91%) C
11 2 (0.91%) Perl
11 2 (0.91%) PowerShell
11 2 (0.91%) VB
12 1 (0.46%) COBOL
12 1 (0.46%) Delphi
12 1 (0.46%) PHP
12 1 (0.46%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 22 (10.05%) Degree
2 13 (5.94%) Computer Science Degree
3 9 (4.11%) Security Cleared
4 7 (3.20%) ISTQB
5 6 (2.74%) ISEB
6 5 (2.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (1.83%) BPSS Clearance
7 4 (1.83%) SC Cleared
8 1 (0.46%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 219 (100.00%) QA
2 10 (4.57%) WCAG
3 3 (1.37%) MiFID
3 3 (1.37%) WAI
4 1 (0.46%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 20 (9.13%) Docker
2 1 (0.46%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 12 (5.48%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.83%) Kibana
3 2 (0.91%) Grafana
Vendors
1 14 (6.39%) Microsoft
2 10 (4.57%) SAP
3 7 (3.20%) HP
3 7 (3.20%) Salesforce.com
4 6 (2.74%) Atlassian
4 6 (2.74%) Charles River
5 5 (2.28%) Adobe
5 5 (2.28%) Oracle
5 5 (2.28%) Talend
6 3 (1.37%) Sitecore
7 2 (0.91%) IBM
7 2 (0.91%) Perfecto Mobile
7 2 (0.91%) Splunk
8 1 (0.46%) Fidessa
8 1 (0.46%) hybris
8 1 (0.46%) New Relic
8 1 (0.46%) Samsung
8 1 (0.46%) Teradata
8 1 (0.46%) webMethods
8 1 (0.46%) Yardi