The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £363 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 515 571 554
Rank change year-on-year +56 -17  
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 90 77 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.14% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.15% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 57 40
Median daily rate £363 £325 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.53% +1.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £174 £210 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £425 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £315 £320
% change year-on-year +11.11% -1.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £18.60 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 42875 51263 50687
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.79% 95.24% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27839 33245 30600
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £555
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1489 1590 2025
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.83 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

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 29 March 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 29 March 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 +59 85 £363 +11.53% 47
London +32 39 £400 +10.34% 18
South East +14 13 £400 +35.59% 9
North East - 10 £350 - 3
South West -2 8 £325 +4.83% 2
Tyne and Wear - 8 £350 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne - 8 £350 - 1
Buckinghamshire -1 7 - - 3
North West +29 4 £300 -4.00% 6
Scotland +29 4 - - 1
West Midlands +15 4 £425 +41.66% 6
Bristol - 4 £325 - 1
Milton Keynes -1 3 - -
City of London -3 3 £425 +6.25% 2
East of England -3 3 - - 2
East Midlands -3 3 £365 +46.00%
West Lothian - 3 - -
High Wycombe - 3 - -
Nottingham - 3 £365 -
Bournemouth - 3 - -
Livingston - 3 - -
Nottinghamshire - 3 £365 -
Dorset - 3 - -
Oxfordshire - 3 £400 - 4
Manchester +18 2 £388 - 5
Staffordshire +4 2 - -
Hampshire - 2 - -
Tamworth - 2 - -
Hertfordshire - 2 - - 2
Telford +37 1 £500 -

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 March 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.

1 203 (100.00%) QA
2 136 (67.00%) Agile Software Development
3 108 (53.20%) Selenium
4 69 (33.99%) Java
5 67 (33.00%) JIRA
6 66 (32.51%) SQL
7 58 (28.57%) Test Automation
8 57 (28.08%) Cucumber
9 55 (27.09%) BDD
10 43 (21.18%) Test Scripting
11 42 (20.69%) WebDriver
12 41 (20.20%) SoapUI
13 40 (19.70%) Jenkins
14 37 (18.23%) Scrum
15 35 (17.24%) Automation Testing
16 33 (16.26%) API Testing
16 33 (16.26%) TDD
17 32 (15.76%) .NET
17 32 (15.76%) Performance Testing
17 32 (15.76%) Automated Testing
18 30 (14.78%) Continuous Integration
18 30 (14.78%) Web Services
18 30 (14.78%) QA Automation
19 29 (14.29%) JavaScript
19 29 (14.29%) C#
19 29 (14.29%) Finance
20 28 (13.79%) Defect Management
21 27 (13.30%) Git (software)
22 24 (11.82%) Gherkin
22 24 (11.82%) XML

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 (11.33%) Confluence
2 6 (2.96%) CMS
3 2 (0.99%) JBoss
3 2 (0.99%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (0.49%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.49%) Drupal
4 1 (0.49%) EPiServer
4 1 (0.49%) Sitecore CMS
4 1 (0.49%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.49%) WordPress
Applications
1 1 (0.49%) MS Excel
1 1 (0.49%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 10 (4.93%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 4 (1.97%) FastStats
Cloud Services
1 10 (4.93%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.48%) GitHub
4 2 (0.99%) SaaS
4 2 (0.99%) Slack
5 1 (0.49%) Amazon S3
5 1 (0.49%) Google Play
5 1 (0.49%) Office 365
5 1 (0.49%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.94%) HTTP
2 5 (2.46%) Internet
3 2 (0.99%) Skype
4 1 (0.49%) BIG-IP
4 1 (0.49%) DSL
4 1 (0.49%) Firewall
4 1 (0.49%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (5.42%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.93%) Relational Database
3 7 (3.45%) Data Warehouse
4 6 (2.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 5 (2.46%) Big Data
6 4 (1.97%) GIS
6 4 (1.97%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (1.97%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (1.48%) Hadoop
7 3 (1.48%) QGIS
7 3 (1.48%) Spatial Data
8 2 (0.99%) Apache Hive
8 2 (0.99%) Electronic Patient Records
8 2 (0.99%) MongoDB
8 2 (0.99%) RDBMS
9 1 (0.49%) Azure SQL Database
9 1 (0.49%) MySQL
9 1 (0.49%) NoSQL
9 1 (0.49%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 108 (53.20%) Selenium
2 67 (33.00%) JIRA
3 57 (28.08%) Cucumber
4 42 (20.69%) WebDriver
5 41 (20.20%) SoapUI
6 40 (19.70%) Jenkins
7 27 (13.30%) Git (software)
8 13 (6.40%) TeamCity
9 12 (5.91%) HP UFT
9 12 (5.91%) SpecFlow
10 10 (4.93%) JMeter
11 9 (4.43%) Team Foundation Server
12 8 (3.94%) WATIR
13 7 (3.45%) Atlassian Bamboo
13 7 (3.45%) Capybara
13 7 (3.45%) LoadRunner
14 6 (2.96%) Subversion
14 6 (2.96%) Visual Studio
15 5 (2.46%) Bugzilla
15 5 (2.46%) Sahi
General
1 29 (14.29%) Finance
2 14 (6.90%) Marketing
3 11 (5.42%) Manufacturing
4 10 (4.93%) Electronics
4 10 (4.93%) Telecoms
5 8 (3.94%) Retail
6 5 (2.46%) Banking
6 5 (2.46%) Games
7 3 (1.48%) Investment Banking
8 2 (0.99%) Back Office
8 2 (0.99%) Legal
8 2 (0.99%) Publishing
9 1 (0.49%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (15.76%) .NET
2 30 (14.78%) Web Services
3 24 (11.82%) Gherkin
3 24 (11.82%) XML
4 23 (11.33%) SOAP
5 15 (7.39%) REST
6 14 (6.90%) HTML
7 13 (6.40%) RESTful
8 8 (3.94%) CSS
8 8 (3.94%) JSON
9 5 (2.46%) AngularJS
9 5 (2.46%) Node.js
10 4 (1.97%) .NET Framework
10 4 (1.97%) Behat
11 3 (1.48%) HTML5
11 3 (1.48%) PostGIS
11 3 (1.48%) XSD
12 2 (0.99%) React
12 2 (0.99%) Twitter Bootstrap
13 1 (0.49%) Highcharts JS
Miscellaneous
1 14 (6.90%) Mobile App
2 13 (6.40%) Analytical Skills
3 6 (2.96%) Computer Science
4 5 (2.46%) Mainframe
4 5 (2.46%) User Experience
5 4 (1.97%) Replication
6 3 (1.48%) NHS
7 2 (0.99%) Credit Risk
7 2 (0.99%) Equities
7 2 (0.99%) Smartphone
8 1 (0.49%) Derivative
8 1 (0.49%) Equity Derivative
8 1 (0.49%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.49%) Fixed Income
8 1 (0.49%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.49%) Hedge funds
8 1 (0.49%) Management Information System
8 1 (0.49%) PKI
8 1 (0.49%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.49%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 14 (6.90%) Windows
2 12 (5.91%) Linux
3 10 (4.93%) Unix
4 9 (4.43%) Apple iOS
5 6 (2.96%) Android
6 1 (0.49%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.49%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 136 (67.00%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (28.57%) Test Automation
3 55 (27.09%) BDD
4 43 (21.18%) Test Scripting
5 37 (18.23%) Scrum
6 35 (17.24%) Automation Testing
7 33 (16.26%) API Testing
7 33 (16.26%) TDD
8 32 (15.76%) Automated Testing
8 32 (15.76%) Performance Testing
9 30 (14.78%) Continuous Integration
9 30 (14.78%) QA Automation
10 28 (13.79%) Defect Management
11 23 (11.33%) SDLC
12 22 (10.84%) Test Strategy
12 22 (10.84%) User Stories
13 20 (9.85%) Exploratory Testing
14 19 (9.36%) Functional Testing
14 19 (9.36%) Manual Testing
14 19 (9.36%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 69 (33.99%) Java
2 66 (32.51%) SQL
3 29 (14.29%) C#
3 29 (14.29%) JavaScript
4 20 (9.85%) Ruby
5 17 (8.37%) Scala
6 16 (7.88%) Python
7 13 (6.40%) Groovy
8 7 (3.45%) PHP
9 5 (2.46%) VB
10 4 (1.97%) PowerShell
11 3 (1.48%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.99%) Perl
12 2 (0.99%) Shell Script
12 2 (0.99%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.99%) VB.NET
12 2 (0.99%) VBScript
13 1 (0.49%) ANSI SQL
13 1 (0.49%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.49%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 19 (9.36%) ISEB
2 16 (7.88%) ISTQB
3 7 (3.45%) Degree
4 4 (1.97%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (0.99%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (0.49%) CCNA
6 1 (0.49%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (0.49%) EMCIE
6 1 (0.49%) HND
6 1 (0.49%) Network+ Certification
6 1 (0.49%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.49%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (100.00%) QA
2 7 (3.45%) Data Quality
3 2 (0.99%) HL7
3 2 (0.99%) SDET
3 2 (0.99%) SLA
3 2 (0.99%) WCAG
4 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (0.49%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.49%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (1.48%) Ansible
2 2 (0.99%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.49%) AppManager
3 1 (0.49%) BMC PATROL
3 1 (0.49%) Grafana
3 1 (0.49%) Graphite
3 1 (0.49%) HockeyApp
3 1 (0.49%) Netcool
3 1 (0.49%) Oozie
3 1 (0.49%) SCCM
3 1 (0.49%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 11 (5.42%) Atlassian
1 11 (5.42%) Microsoft
1 11 (5.42%) SAP
2 8 (3.94%) Oracle
3 3 (1.48%) Google
3 3 (1.48%) New Relic
4 2 (0.99%) BMC
4 2 (0.99%) Hortonworks
4 2 (0.99%) Informatica
5 1 (0.49%) Adobe
5 1 (0.49%) Apple
5 1 (0.49%) CA
5 1 (0.49%) Cisco
5 1 (0.49%) Citrix
5 1 (0.49%) EMC
5 1 (0.49%) Fidessa
5 1 (0.49%) HP
5 1 (0.49%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.49%) Sybase
5 1 (0.49%) Teradata
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: Yesterday
London
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 days ago