Period
to 22 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Senior QA Tester was £488 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 22 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.

Senior Quality Assurance Tester
UK
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 864 883 895
Rank change year-on-year +19 +12 -45
Contract jobs requiring a Senior QA Tester 20 16 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.019% 0.015% 0.008%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.020% 0.016% 0.008%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 13 6
UK median daily rate £488 £373 £365
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.87% +2.05% -14.12%
10th Percentile £329 £285 £281
90th Percentile £566 £472 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £394 £365
% change year-on-year -11.11% +7.88% +32.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
UK median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - -

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 97824 99914 107019
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64542 65150 68083
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 £392 £375
% change year-on-year +2.04% +4.53% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2932 3310 4089
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.88% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.77
% change year-on-year - -1.52% +9.96%

Senior QA Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings that featured Senior QA Tester in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

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 6 months to 22 November 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 7 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 6 months to 22 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 +18 19 £525 +40.94% 7
London -30 11 £525 +40.94% 2
UK excluding London +34 9 £350 -11.11% 5
South East +13 5 - - 3
East of England -11 2 £525 -
South West +7 1 £323 -
Scotland - 1 £350 -

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

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 20 (100.00%) QA
2 16 (80.00%) Test Automation
3 12 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
4 11 (55.00%) Selenium
4 11 (55.00%) Cucumber
5 10 (50.00%) JIRA
6 9 (45.00%) Continuous Integration
6 9 (45.00%) Git (software)
6 9 (45.00%) BDD
7 8 (40.00%) TDD
7 8 (40.00%) Java
8 7 (35.00%) Test Strategy
8 7 (35.00%) Jenkins
9 6 (30.00%) Mentoring
9 6 (30.00%) Continuous Delivery
9 6 (30.00%) Confluence
9 6 (30.00%) WebDriver
9 6 (30.00%) Web Services
10 5 (25.00%) JavaScript
10 5 (25.00%) C#
10 5 (25.00%) Scrum
10 5 (25.00%) Kanban
10 5 (25.00%) SpecFlow
10 5 (25.00%) REST
10 5 (25.00%) SDLC
11 4 (20.00%) Apple Swift
11 4 (20.00%) Appium
11 4 (20.00%) Bitbucket
11 4 (20.00%) Docker
11 4 (20.00%) Kibana

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 6 (30.00%) Confluence
2 1 (5.00%) Drupal
Cloud Services
1 2 (10.00%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (10.00%) PaaS
2 1 (5.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (5.00%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 4 (20.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (20.00%) Big Data
1 4 (20.00%) Hadoop
1 4 (20.00%) Redis
2 2 (10.00%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 11 (55.00%) Cucumber
1 11 (55.00%) Selenium
2 10 (50.00%) JIRA
3 9 (45.00%) Git (software)
4 7 (35.00%) Jenkins
5 6 (30.00%) WebDriver
6 5 (25.00%) SpecFlow
7 4 (20.00%) Appium
7 4 (20.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 4 (20.00%) Bitbucket
7 4 (20.00%) NUnit
7 4 (20.00%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (15.00%) Calabash
8 3 (15.00%) Eclipse
8 3 (15.00%) IntelliJ
8 3 (15.00%) PhantomJS
8 3 (15.00%) Visual Studio
9 1 (5.00%) NuGet
9 1 (5.00%) Octopus Deploy
9 1 (5.00%) Robot Framework
General
1 4 (20.00%) Finance
1 4 (20.00%) Retail
2 3 (15.00%) Banking
2 3 (15.00%) Corporate Banking
2 3 (15.00%) Retail Banking
2 3 (15.00%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (30.00%) Web Services
2 5 (25.00%) REST
3 4 (20.00%) SOAP
4 3 (15.00%) JSON
4 3 (15.00%) RESTful
5 2 (10.00%) Gherkin
5 2 (10.00%) OAuth
5 2 (10.00%) OAuth2
5 2 (10.00%) OpenID
6 1 (5.00%) .NET
6 1 (5.00%) ASP.NET Web API
6 1 (5.00%) Behat
6 1 (5.00%) GWT
6 1 (5.00%) HTML
6 1 (5.00%) HTML5
6 1 (5.00%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 2 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (10.00%) Mobile App
2 1 (5.00%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (5.00%) Hedge funds
Operating Systems
1 4 (20.00%) Android
1 4 (20.00%) Apple iOS
1 4 (20.00%) Mac OS X
1 4 (20.00%) Windows
2 1 (5.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 12 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (45.00%) BDD
3 9 (45.00%) Continuous Integration
4 8 (40.00%) TDD
5 7 (35.00%) Test Strategy
6 6 (30.00%) Continuous Delivery
6 6 (30.00%) Mentoring
7 5 (25.00%) Kanban
7 5 (25.00%) Scrum
7 5 (25.00%) SDLC
8 4 (20.00%) Exploratory Testing
8 4 (20.00%) Manual Testing
8 4 (20.00%) Open Source
8 4 (20.00%) Regression Testing
9 3 (15.00%) Data Entry
9 3 (15.00%) E-Commerce
9 3 (15.00%) Functional Testing
10 2 (10.00%) Pair Programming
10 2 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (40.00%) Java
2 5 (25.00%) C#
2 5 (25.00%) JavaScript
3 4 (20.00%) Apple Swift
3 4 (20.00%) SQL
4 3 (15.00%) Ruby
4 3 (15.00%) Scala
5 1 (5.00%) PHP
5 1 (5.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (5.00%) ISEB
1 1 (5.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (100.00%) QA
System Software
1 4 (20.00%) Docker
Systems Management
1 4 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
1 4 (20.00%) Kibana
2 2 (10.00%) Grafana
Vendors
1 4 (20.00%) HP
2 2 (10.00%) Splunk
3 1 (5.00%) Atlassian
3 1 (5.00%) Charles River
3 1 (5.00%) New Relic