The median contractor rate for a Senior QA Tester was £396 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 June 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.

Senior Quality Assurance Tester
UK
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 580 651 630
Rank change year-on-year +71 -21  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior QA Tester 7 1 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.015% 0.002% 0.011%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.016% 0.002% 0.011%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 1 4
Median daily rate £396 £613 £460
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -35.30% +33.15%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 - £413
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 43855 50329 53147
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.86% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28363 32827 33406
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1495 2037
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Senior QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Senior QA Tester in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Senior QA Tester in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Senior QA Tester.

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior QA Tester in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior QA Tester over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Senior QA Tester in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior QA Tester.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior QA Tester in the UK

Senior QA Tester
Top 14 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior QA Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 25 June 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 +53 7 £396 -35.30% 4
South East - 2 £390 -
Milton Keynes - 2 £390 -
Leeds - 2 £433 -
West Yorkshire - 2 £433 -
Buckinghamshire - 2 £390 -
Yorkshire - 2 £433 -
London +6 1 £463 -24.48% 2
South West - 1 £323 - 1
North East - 1 £390 -
Wiltshire - 1 £323 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £390 -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £390 -
Swindon - 1 £323 -

Senior QA Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 2017, Senior 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 Senior QA Tester in the job title.

1 9 (100.00%) QA
1 9 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 8 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (66.67%) TDD
3 6 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
3 6 (66.67%) Jenkins
4 5 (55.56%) BDD
4 5 (55.56%) Selenium
4 5 (55.56%) JIRA
5 4 (44.44%) Open Source
5 4 (44.44%) Functional Testing
5 4 (44.44%) API Testing
6 3 (33.33%) SDLC
6 3 (33.33%) Protractor
6 3 (33.33%) Karma Test Runner
6 3 (33.33%) Black-Box Testing
6 3 (33.33%) Waterfall
6 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
6 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
6 3 (33.33%) V-Model
6 3 (33.33%) Git (software)
6 3 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (33.33%) Manual Testing
6 3 (33.33%) Regression Testing
6 3 (33.33%) ISEB
6 3 (33.33%) Web Services
7 2 (22.22%) ITIL
7 2 (22.22%) Java
7 2 (22.22%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (22.22%) Scrum

Senior 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 1 (11.11%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) OpenShift
1 1 (11.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (11.11%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (22.22%) MongoDB
2 1 (11.11%) Big Data
2 1 (11.11%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 6 (66.67%) Jenkins
2 5 (55.56%) JIRA
2 5 (55.56%) Selenium
3 3 (33.33%) Cucumber
3 3 (33.33%) Git (software)
3 3 (33.33%) Karma Test Runner
3 3 (33.33%) Protractor
4 2 (22.22%) JIRA Agile
4 2 (22.22%) Mocha
4 2 (22.22%) WebDriver
5 1 (11.11%) Capybara
5 1 (11.11%) Gatling
5 1 (11.11%) Geb
5 1 (11.11%) GitLab
5 1 (11.11%) HP UFT
5 1 (11.11%) JMeter
5 1 (11.11%) PhantomJS
5 1 (11.11%) Robot Framework
General
1 2 (22.22%) Banking
2 1 (11.11%) Corporate Banking
2 1 (11.11%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Retail
2 1 (11.11%) Retail Banking
2 1 (11.11%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (33.33%) Web Services
2 2 (22.22%) AngularJS
2 2 (22.22%) Chai
2 2 (22.22%) Node.js
2 2 (22.22%) REST
2 2 (22.22%) RESTful
3 1 (11.11%) ActiveMQ
3 1 (11.11%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (11.11%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 1 (11.11%) Linux
1 1 (11.11%) Mac OS X
1 1 (11.11%) Unix
1 1 (11.11%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 8 (88.89%) Agile Software Development
3 6 (66.67%) Continuous Integration
3 6 (66.67%) TDD
4 5 (55.56%) BDD
5 4 (44.44%) API Testing
5 4 (44.44%) Functional Testing
5 4 (44.44%) Open Source
6 3 (33.33%) Black-Box Testing
6 3 (33.33%) Manual Testing
6 3 (33.33%) Regression Testing
6 3 (33.33%) SDLC
6 3 (33.33%) Test Scripting
6 3 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (33.33%) V-Model
6 3 (33.33%) Waterfall
7 2 (22.22%) Mentoring
7 2 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
7 2 (22.22%) System Integration Testing
7 2 (22.22%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 2 (22.22%) Java
2 1 (11.11%) Groovy
2 1 (11.11%) Ruby
2 1 (11.11%) Scala
2 1 (11.11%) Shell Script
2 1 (11.11%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (33.33%) ISEB
2 2 (22.22%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (100.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (11.11%) IBM