Period
to 18 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Senior Tester was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 18 January 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.

Senior Tester
UK
6 months to
18 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 759 766 790
Rank change year-on-year +7 +24 -35
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 117 104 91
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.12% 0.11% 0.085%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.11% 0.089%
Number of daily rates quoted 86 78 56
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £359 £295 £278
90th Percentile £575 £521 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £375 £385
% change year-on-year +10.67% -2.60% +14.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
UK median hourly rate - - £25.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £25.00

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 95,087 92,090 101,917
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.77% 94.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 63,169 60,120 64,967
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £254 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,779 3,236 3,857
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -2.81% +12.24%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.25 £47.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year - -2.78% +9.09%

Senior Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Senior Tester in the UK

Senior Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior Tester in the UK

Senior Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Tester over the 6 months to 18 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Senior Tester in the UK

Senior Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Tester in the UK

Senior Tester
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 18 January 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 +17 104 £453 +9.70% 49
London -19 62 £453 +5.23% 13
UK excluding London +7 54 £415 +10.67% 38
South East -17 18 £369 -10.61% 12
Scotland +3 12 £415 +10.67% 2
North of England +34 10 £425 -2.86% 9
East of England -10 9 £525 +76.47% 3
Yorkshire - 7 £425 - 4
East Midlands +8 4 £350 -
Midlands +8 4 £350 -7.89% 3
North West +8 2 £300 -18.64% 5
North East +48 1 £475 -0.21%
Northern Ireland -22 1 £400 +60.00%

Senior Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 January 2018, Senior 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 Tester in the job title.

1 86 (73.50%) Agile Software Development
2 66 (56.41%) Java
3 60 (51.28%) Test Automation
4 55 (47.01%) QA
5 42 (35.90%) Scrum
6 40 (34.19%) Cucumber
6 40 (34.19%) Git (software)
7 37 (31.62%) Continuous Integration
7 37 (31.62%) TDD
8 34 (29.06%) RESTful
8 34 (29.06%) Continuous Delivery
9 33 (28.21%) BDD
9 33 (28.21%) SOA
10 31 (26.50%) Kanban
11 29 (24.79%) E-Commerce
12 28 (23.93%) Web Services
12 28 (23.93%) Selenium
13 27 (23.08%) Finance
13 27 (23.08%) REST
14 24 (20.51%) Mentoring
14 24 (20.51%) Jenkins
14 24 (20.51%) Performance Testing
14 24 (20.51%) Integration Testing
14 24 (20.51%) CRM
15 22 (18.80%) SQL
16 21 (17.95%) Coaching
17 20 (17.09%) SOAP
18 19 (16.24%) JIRA
18 19 (16.24%) JSON
19 18 (15.38%) HP

Senior 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 12 (10.26%) WebSphere
2 10 (8.55%) Confluence
3 1 (0.85%) Oracle Service Bus
Cloud Services
1 6 (5.13%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.71%) BlazeMeter
2 2 (1.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (1.71%) PaaS
2 2 (1.71%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (0.85%) Amazon S3
3 1 (0.85%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 12 (10.26%) HTTP
2 5 (4.27%) Internet
3 2 (1.71%) Network Security
4 1 (0.85%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (13.68%) Redis
2 15 (12.82%) MongoDB
3 13 (11.11%) MySQL
4 12 (10.26%) NoSQL
4 12 (10.26%) Relational Database
5 5 (4.27%) Hadoop
6 4 (3.42%) Big Data
7 2 (1.71%) DB2
7 2 (1.71%) SQL Server
8 1 (0.85%) Amazon Redshift
Development Applications
1 40 (34.19%) Cucumber
1 40 (34.19%) Git (software)
2 28 (23.93%) Selenium
3 24 (20.51%) Jenkins
4 19 (16.24%) JIRA
5 17 (14.53%) LoadRunner
6 11 (9.40%) WebDriver
7 10 (8.55%) SoapUI
7 10 (8.55%) SpecFlow
8 6 (5.13%) Appium
8 6 (5.13%) Bitbucket
8 6 (5.13%) Visual Studio
9 5 (4.27%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 5 (4.27%) IntelliJ
9 5 (4.27%) NUnit
9 5 (4.27%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (3.42%) Calabash
10 4 (3.42%) JMeter
11 3 (2.56%) Eclipse
11 3 (2.56%) HP UFT
General
1 27 (23.08%) Finance
2 12 (10.26%) Banking
2 12 (10.26%) Games
2 12 (10.26%) Telecoms
3 11 (9.40%) Marketing
4 9 (7.69%) Manufacturing
5 8 (6.84%) Electronics
6 4 (3.42%) Retail
6 4 (3.42%) Retail Banking
7 3 (2.56%) Corporate Banking
8 1 (0.85%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (29.06%) RESTful
2 28 (23.93%) Web Services
3 27 (23.08%) REST
4 20 (17.09%) SOAP
5 19 (16.24%) JSON
6 13 (11.11%) J2EE
7 12 (10.26%) ActiveMQ
7 12 (10.26%) Apache Flex
8 9 (7.69%) .NET
9 5 (4.27%) WSDL
9 5 (4.27%) XML
10 4 (3.42%) Gherkin
10 4 (3.42%) HTML
10 4 (3.42%) Middleware
10 4 (3.42%) XSD
11 3 (2.56%) OAuth2
11 3 (2.56%) OpenID
12 2 (1.71%) Google Maps API
12 2 (1.71%) HTML5
12 2 (1.71%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 12 (10.26%) Online Games
2 7 (5.98%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 5 (4.27%) Greenfield Project
3 5 (4.27%) Mobile App
4 2 (1.71%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (1.71%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.71%) Mainframe
4 2 (1.71%) User Experience
4 2 (1.71%) Video on Demand
5 1 (0.85%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (0.85%) Hedge funds
5 1 (0.85%) IPTV
5 1 (0.85%) Over-the-Top Content
5 1 (0.85%) STB
Operating Systems
1 17 (14.53%) Mac OS X
1 17 (14.53%) Unix
2 7 (5.98%) Windows
3 5 (4.27%) Android
3 5 (4.27%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.71%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 86 (73.50%) Agile Software Development
2 60 (51.28%) Test Automation
3 42 (35.90%) Scrum
4 37 (31.62%) Continuous Integration
4 37 (31.62%) TDD
5 34 (29.06%) Continuous Delivery
6 33 (28.21%) BDD
6 33 (28.21%) SOA
7 31 (26.50%) Kanban
8 29 (24.79%) E-Commerce
9 24 (20.51%) CRM
9 24 (20.51%) Integration Testing
9 24 (20.51%) Mentoring
9 24 (20.51%) Performance Testing
10 21 (17.95%) Coaching
11 17 (14.53%) SDET
12 15 (12.82%) Software Testing
13 14 (11.97%) API Testing
13 14 (11.97%) Non-Functional Testing
13 14 (11.97%) Pair Programming
Programming Languages
1 66 (56.41%) Java
2 22 (18.80%) SQL
3 17 (14.53%) Scala
4 12 (10.26%) Groovy
4 12 (10.26%) JavaScript
4 12 (10.26%) R
5 9 (7.69%) C#
6 5 (4.27%) Apple Swift
6 5 (4.27%) Python
7 4 (3.42%) C
8 3 (2.56%) C++
8 3 (2.56%) Ruby
9 2 (1.71%) COBOL
9 2 (1.71%) JCL
10 1 (0.85%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.85%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (5.13%) CREST Certified
2 5 (4.27%) Security Cleared
3 3 (2.56%) ISEB
3 3 (2.56%) SANS
4 2 (1.71%) CEH
4 2 (1.71%) CISSP
4 2 (1.71%) ISTQB
4 2 (1.71%) OSCE
4 2 (1.71%) Sun Certification
5 1 (0.85%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (0.85%) CCSAM
5 1 (0.85%) GPEN
5 1 (0.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 55 (47.01%) QA
2 6 (5.13%) MiFID
3 2 (1.71%) PCI DSS
3 2 (1.71%) WCAG
4 1 (0.85%) ISO 20022
4 1 (0.85%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 7 (5.98%) Docker
Systems Management
1 14 (11.97%) Grafana
2 12 (10.26%) HP SiteScope
2 12 (10.26%) OpenView
2 12 (10.26%) Puppet
2 12 (10.26%) StatsD
3 4 (3.42%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (3.42%) Kibana
4 1 (0.85%) Nessus
Vendors
1 18 (15.38%) HP
2 14 (11.97%) Splunk
3 9 (7.69%) SAP
4 2 (1.71%) Atlassian
4 2 (1.71%) Google
4 2 (1.71%) Mapbox
5 1 (0.85%) Capita
5 1 (0.85%) Charles River
5 1 (0.85%) Microsoft
5 1 (0.85%) New Relic
5 1 (0.85%) SOASTA, Inc
5 1 (0.85%) WorldPay