Period
to 21 April 2018

The median contractor rate for a QA Tester was £388 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 675 633 747
Rank change year-on-year -42 +114 -31
Contract jobs requiring a QA Tester 206 209 136
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.20% 0.23% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.21% 0.24% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 133 108 99
UK median daily rate £388 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% +7.69% +1.56%
10th Percentile £275 £201 £205
90th Percentile £488 £500 £438
UK excluding London median daily rate £356 £350 £303
% change year-on-year +1.58% +15.70% +5.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 2
UK median hourly rate £19.61 £115.00 £19.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -82.95% +495.85% -
10th Percentile £10.60 £107.50 £18.47
90th Percentile £124.11 £122.50 £19.89
UK excluding London median hourly rate £11.00 - £20.00

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 96,028 87,287 101,432
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.93% 94.87% 95.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,193 56,709 65,411
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
10th Percentile £263 £258 £250
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +2.50% +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,954 3,007 3,316
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.93 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.27% -2.92% +14.71%
10th Percentile £10.80 £10.75 £10.50
90th Percentile £48.56 £48.75 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year -2.78% -5.26% +15.15%

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 21 April 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 21 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 21 April 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 -50 197 £388 +10.71% 54
UK excluding London -46 109 £356 +1.58% 40
London -44 94 £425 +17.24% 20
North of England -13 33 £381 +20.32% 9
South East -20 32 £400 +14.29% 10
North West -6 18 £351 +21.92% 6
Midlands -15 15 £378 +2.03% 6
East of England +3 14 £335 - 8
Yorkshire -2 10 £425 +49.12% 1
West Midlands -4 10 £369 -15.71% 2
South West 0 8 £325 - 1
North East +24 5 £325 -10.34% 2
East Midlands -3 5 £380 +4.11% 4
Scotland -43 4 £320 -1.54% 3
Northern Ireland 0 2 £400 +33.33%
Wales -10 1 £310 - 1

QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 April 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.

1 206 (100.00%) QA
2 149 (72.33%) Test Automation
3 121 (58.74%) Agile Software Development
4 96 (46.60%) Selenium
5 77 (37.38%) Java
6 66 (32.04%) JIRA
7 63 (30.58%) SQL
8 60 (29.13%) Cucumber
9 52 (25.24%) BDD
10 49 (23.79%) Test Scripting
11 43 (20.87%) Scrum
12 42 (20.39%) Jenkins
13 41 (19.90%) TDD
14 40 (19.42%) Continuous Integration
15 37 (17.96%) WebDriver
16 33 (16.02%) C#
17 32 (15.53%) QA Automation
18 31 (15.05%) Acceptance Criteria
18 31 (15.05%) Web Services
19 30 (14.56%) Ruby
19 30 (14.56%) Exploratory Testing
20 29 (14.08%) Functional Testing
20 29 (14.08%) Problem-Solving
20 29 (14.08%) Performance Testing
20 29 (14.08%) Git (software)
21 28 (13.59%) Manual Testing
21 28 (13.59%) Finance
22 26 (12.62%) SDLC
23 25 (12.14%) Confluence
24 24 (11.65%) Kanban

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 25 (12.14%) Confluence
2 13 (6.31%) CMS
3 11 (5.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 9 (4.37%) Sitecore CMS
5 3 (1.46%) Umbraco
6 2 (0.97%) SharePoint
7 1 (0.49%) SAS
7 1 (0.49%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.49%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (2.43%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (0.97%) Chatbot
3 1 (0.49%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (0.97%) Magento
2 1 (0.49%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.49%) Salesforce.com CRM
2 1 (0.49%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 19 (9.22%) Amazon AWS
2 13 (6.31%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.40%) Sauce Labs
4 4 (1.94%) GitHub
5 3 (1.46%) Amazon S3
5 3 (1.46%) BrowserStack
6 2 (0.97%) Google Cloud Platform
6 2 (0.97%) OpenShift
7 1 (0.49%) Google Analytics
7 1 (0.49%) npm
7 1 (0.49%) NuGet
Communications & Networking
1 11 (5.34%) Internet
2 3 (1.46%) SMS
3 1 (0.49%) Broadband
3 1 (0.49%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (4.37%) Relational Database
2 7 (3.40%) SQL Server
3 6 (2.91%) Redis
4 4 (1.94%) Data Warehouse
5 3 (1.46%) NoSQL
6 2 (0.97%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 2 (0.97%) Amazon Redshift
6 2 (0.97%) Big Data
6 2 (0.97%) BigQuery
6 2 (0.97%) MongoDB
6 2 (0.97%) MySQL
6 2 (0.97%) PostgreSQL
6 2 (0.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 1 (0.49%) Blockchain
7 1 (0.49%) Data Lake
7 1 (0.49%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.49%) Power BI
7 1 (0.49%) RDBMS
7 1 (0.49%) SQL Server 2016
7 1 (0.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 96 (46.60%) Selenium
2 66 (32.04%) JIRA
3 60 (29.13%) Cucumber
4 42 (20.39%) Jenkins
5 37 (17.96%) WebDriver
6 29 (14.08%) Git (software)
7 20 (9.71%) SoapUI
8 15 (7.28%) Appium
9 14 (6.80%) SpecFlow
10 13 (6.31%) JMeter
11 11 (5.34%) HP UFT
11 11 (5.34%) JUnit
11 11 (5.34%) Protractor
12 8 (3.88%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (3.88%) Bitbucket
13 7 (3.40%) Visual Studio Team System
13 7 (3.40%) WATIR
14 6 (2.91%) Calabash
14 6 (2.91%) Gatling
15 5 (2.43%) Rational Team Concert
General
1 28 (13.59%) Finance
2 10 (4.85%) Retail
3 8 (3.88%) Banking
4 7 (3.40%) Games
5 4 (1.94%) Corporate Banking
5 4 (1.94%) Front Office
6 3 (1.46%) Electronics
6 3 (1.46%) Marketing
7 2 (0.97%) Back Office
7 2 (0.97%) Law
7 2 (0.97%) Legal
7 2 (0.97%) Manufacturing
7 2 (0.97%) Telecoms
8 1 (0.49%) Advertising
8 1 (0.49%) Automotive
8 1 (0.49%) Financial Institution
8 1 (0.49%) French Language
8 1 (0.49%) German Language
8 1 (0.49%) Investment Banking
8 1 (0.49%) Spanish Language
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (15.05%) Web Services
2 21 (10.19%) REST
3 20 (9.71%) .NET
3 20 (9.71%) Gherkin
4 19 (9.22%) SOAP
5 11 (5.34%) RESTful
6 6 (2.91%) Node.js
7 5 (2.43%) Behat
7 5 (2.43%) Chai
7 5 (2.43%) XML
8 4 (1.94%) AngularJS
9 3 (1.46%) HTML
9 3 (1.46%) ODBC
9 3 (1.46%) WebdriverIO
10 2 (0.97%) CSS
11 1 (0.49%) JSON
11 1 (0.49%) Natural Language Processing
11 1 (0.49%) Regular Expression
11 1 (0.49%) Velocity
11 1 (0.49%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 20 (9.71%) Analytical Skills
2 16 (7.77%) Mobile App
2 16 (7.77%) Self-Motivation
3 6 (2.91%) Greenfield Project
4 5 (2.43%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.46%) Video on Demand
6 2 (0.97%) Fintech
6 2 (0.97%) Linux Command Line
6 2 (0.97%) Over-the-Top Content
6 2 (0.97%) User Experience
6 2 (0.97%) Xbox
7 1 (0.49%) Client/Server
7 1 (0.49%) Derivative
7 1 (0.49%) Equities
7 1 (0.49%) Equity Derivative
7 1 (0.49%) Fixed Income
7 1 (0.49%) IPTV
7 1 (0.49%) IVR
7 1 (0.49%) PlayStation
7 1 (0.49%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 21 (10.19%) Android
2 15 (7.28%) Apple iOS
3 12 (5.83%) Windows
4 8 (3.88%) Mac OS X
5 6 (2.91%) Linux
6 3 (1.46%) Unix
7 2 (0.97%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 149 (72.33%) Test Automation
2 121 (58.74%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (25.24%) BDD
4 49 (23.79%) Test Scripting
5 43 (20.87%) Scrum
6 41 (19.90%) TDD
7 40 (19.42%) Continuous Integration
8 32 (15.53%) QA Automation
9 31 (15.05%) Acceptance Criteria
10 30 (14.56%) Exploratory Testing
11 29 (14.08%) Functional Testing
11 29 (14.08%) Performance Testing
11 29 (14.08%) Problem-Solving
12 28 (13.59%) Manual Testing
13 26 (12.62%) SDLC
14 24 (11.65%) Kanban
15 22 (10.68%) Scenario Testing
16 21 (10.19%) Defect Management
17 20 (9.71%) API Testing
18 19 (9.22%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 77 (37.38%) Java
2 63 (30.58%) SQL
3 33 (16.02%) C#
4 30 (14.56%) Ruby
5 21 (10.19%) JavaScript
6 13 (6.31%) Python
7 11 (5.34%) Scala
8 9 (4.37%) Apple Swift
9 8 (3.88%) Groovy
10 4 (1.94%) VBA
11 3 (1.46%) VB
12 2 (0.97%) TypeScript
13 1 (0.49%) Bash Shell
13 1 (0.49%) C++
13 1 (0.49%) PL/SQL
13 1 (0.49%) PowerShell
13 1 (0.49%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (8.25%) Degree
2 13 (6.31%) Computer Science Degree
3 12 (5.83%) Security Cleared
4 10 (4.85%) ISTQB
5 9 (4.37%) SC Cleared
6 7 (3.40%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (2.91%) ISEB
8 4 (1.94%) BPSS Clearance
8 4 (1.94%) Sun Certification
9 2 (0.97%) BC Cleared
9 2 (0.97%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.49%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 206 (100.00%) QA
2 3 (1.46%) WCAG
3 1 (0.49%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.49%) MiFID
3 1 (0.49%) WAI
System Software
1 16 (7.77%) Docker
2 3 (1.46%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (2.91%) HP ALM
2 3 (1.46%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (0.49%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 1 (0.49%) Kibana
Vendors
1 11 (5.34%) Adobe
2 10 (4.85%) Sitecore
3 8 (3.88%) Atlassian
4 7 (3.40%) HP
4 7 (3.40%) Salesforce.com
5 6 (2.91%) Oracle
6 4 (1.94%) Talend
7 3 (1.46%) Google
7 3 (1.46%) Microsoft
8 2 (0.97%) Informatica
8 2 (0.97%) Perfecto Mobile
8 2 (0.97%) SAP
9 1 (0.49%) AppDynamics
9 1 (0.49%) Charles River
9 1 (0.49%) Fidessa
9 1 (0.49%) IBM
9 1 (0.49%) Murex
9 1 (0.49%) webMethods
9 1 (0.49%) Xamarin