The median contractor rate for a Senior Tester was £395 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 30 April 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 Tester
UK
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 572 615 595
Rank change year-on-year +43 -20  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Tester 28 43 43
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.060% 0.077% 0.077%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.064% 0.081% 0.081%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 29 32
Median daily rate £395 £415 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.81% +10.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £273 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £460 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £366 £363 £325
% change year-on-year +1.03% +11.53%  
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 43831 53159 52965
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.58% 95.10% 94.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 28449 34627 32119
Median daily rate £433 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.76% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £396 £375
% change year-on-year +1.13% +5.46%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1436 1538 2125
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £44.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.83
% change year-on-year - +4.01%  

Senior Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 30 April 2017.

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 24 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 3 months to 30 April 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 +38 26 £401 -3.31% 18
London +24 17 £409 -4.94% 5
South East +9 3 £421 +12.33% 1
North West +37 2 £366 +39.52% 3
Manchester +13 2 £366 - 3
Hampshire +8 2 £421 +24.81%
South West +5 2 £425 +61.90% 4
North East - 2 £390 -
Bristol - 2 £425 - 1
Basingstoke - 2 £421 -
Surrey +8 1 - -
City of London -13 1 £425 -19.04% 1
Stockton-on-Tees - 1 - -
Belfast - 1 £250 -
Hayes - 1 £318 -
Ealing - 1 £425 -
Guildford - 1 - -
Durham - 1 - -
Tyne and Wear - 1 £390 -
Newcastle upon Tyne - 1 £390 -
Stirling - 1 £305 -
Northern Ireland - 1 £250 -
Scotland - 1 £305 -
County Antrim - 1 £250 -

Senior Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2017, 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 42 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (32.10%) QA
3 25 (30.86%) Selenium
3 25 (30.86%) Java
4 19 (23.46%) User Acceptance Testing
5 18 (22.22%) Test Automation
6 17 (20.99%) Scrum
7 16 (19.75%) Test Scripting
8 15 (18.52%) Finance
9 14 (17.28%) BDD
9 14 (17.28%) Test Strategy
10 13 (16.05%) Automation Testing
11 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
11 12 (14.81%) Regression Testing
12 11 (13.58%) SQL
13 10 (12.35%) Software Testing
13 10 (12.35%) Jenkins
13 10 (12.35%) Continuous Integration
13 10 (12.35%) Manual Testing
13 10 (12.35%) JIRA
13 10 (12.35%) Defect Management
14 9 (11.11%) Kanban
14 9 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
15 8 (9.88%) C#
15 8 (9.88%) Unix
15 8 (9.88%) E-Commerce
15 8 (9.88%) Functional Testing
15 8 (9.88%) SoapUI
16 7 (8.64%) Security Cleared
16 7 (8.64%) Git (software)

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 4 (4.94%) Confluence
2 3 (3.70%) CMS
3 2 (2.47%) Tomcat
4 1 (1.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
4 1 (1.23%) Apache Solr
4 1 (1.23%) EPiServer
4 1 (1.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (1.23%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.23%) BrowserStack
1 1 (1.23%) GitHub
1 1 (1.23%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.23%) HTTP
1 1 (1.23%) LAN
1 1 (1.23%) WAN
1 1 (1.23%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.17%) MongoDB
2 4 (4.94%) Relational Database
3 3 (3.70%) MySQL
3 3 (3.70%) NoSQL
3 3 (3.70%) Redis
4 2 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (2.47%) GIS
4 2 (2.47%) QGIS
5 1 (1.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 25 (30.86%) Selenium
2 12 (14.81%) Cucumber
3 10 (12.35%) Jenkins
3 10 (12.35%) JIRA
4 8 (9.88%) SoapUI
5 7 (8.64%) Git (software)
5 7 (8.64%) HP UFT
6 6 (7.41%) JMeter
7 5 (6.17%) JUnit
7 5 (6.17%) WebDriver
8 4 (4.94%) Eclipse
8 4 (4.94%) Protractor
9 3 (3.70%) Jasmine
9 3 (3.70%) LoadRunner
9 3 (3.70%) Visual Studio
10 2 (2.47%) Robot Framework
10 2 (2.47%) SpecFlow
10 2 (2.47%) Spock
10 2 (2.47%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (2.47%) TeamCity
General
1 15 (18.52%) Finance
2 4 (4.94%) Games
3 3 (3.70%) Banking
3 3 (3.70%) Retail
4 2 (2.47%) Advertising
4 2 (2.47%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.47%) Marketing
4 2 (2.47%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.23%) Electronics
5 1 (1.23%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.64%) .NET
1 7 (8.64%) SOAP
2 6 (7.41%) RESTful
3 5 (6.17%) Gherkin
3 5 (6.17%) JSON
4 4 (4.94%) ActiveMQ
4 4 (4.94%) XML
5 3 (3.70%) AngularJS
5 3 (3.70%) HTML
5 3 (3.70%) Spring
5 3 (3.70%) Web Services
6 2 (2.47%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.47%) CSS
6 2 (2.47%) Hibernate
6 2 (2.47%) Middleware
6 2 (2.47%) Node.js
6 2 (2.47%) Twitter Bootstrap
7 1 (1.23%) Flash
7 1 (1.23%) JMS
7 1 (1.23%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.70%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.47%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (2.47%) Greenfield Project
2 2 (2.47%) Online Games
3 1 (1.23%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.23%) Derivative
3 1 (1.23%) Equities
3 1 (1.23%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.23%) IPTV
3 1 (1.23%) Linux Command Line
3 1 (1.23%) Reinsurance
3 1 (1.23%) STB
3 1 (1.23%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 8 (9.88%) Unix
2 5 (6.17%) Linux
2 5 (6.17%) Windows
3 4 (4.94%) Mac OS X
4 2 (2.47%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.23%) Android
5 1 (1.23%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.23%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (51.85%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (23.46%) User Acceptance Testing
3 18 (22.22%) Test Automation
4 17 (20.99%) Scrum
5 16 (19.75%) Test Scripting
6 14 (17.28%) BDD
6 14 (17.28%) Test Strategy
7 13 (16.05%) Automation Testing
8 12 (14.81%) Regression Testing
9 10 (12.35%) Continuous Integration
9 10 (12.35%) Defect Management
9 10 (12.35%) Manual Testing
9 10 (12.35%) Software Testing
10 9 (11.11%) Kanban
10 9 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
11 8 (9.88%) E-Commerce
11 8 (9.88%) Functional Testing
12 7 (8.64%) Automated Testing
12 7 (8.64%) Penetration Testing
12 7 (8.64%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 25 (30.86%) Java
2 11 (13.58%) SQL
3 8 (9.88%) C#
4 7 (8.64%) Python
5 6 (7.41%) JavaScript
6 4 (4.94%) Groovy
7 3 (3.70%) R
7 3 (3.70%) Shell Script
8 2 (2.47%) C
8 2 (2.47%) C++
8 2 (2.47%) TypeScript
8 2 (2.47%) VB.NET
9 1 (1.23%) Go
9 1 (1.23%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.23%) Ruby
9 1 (1.23%) Scala
9 1 (1.23%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.23%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (8.64%) ISTQB
1 7 (8.64%) Security Cleared
2 4 (4.94%) ISEB
2 4 (4.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (3.70%) OSCP
4 2 (2.47%) DV Cleared
4 2 (2.47%) SANS
4 2 (2.47%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.23%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.23%) Degree
5 1 (1.23%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (32.10%) QA
2 7 (8.64%) SDET
3 2 (2.47%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.47%) SLA
4 1 (1.23%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (1.23%) Docker
1 1 (1.23%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (1.23%) XenApp
1 1 (1.23%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (3.70%) Grafana
1 3 (3.70%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (3.70%) Puppet
1 3 (3.70%) StatsD
Vendors
1 4 (4.94%) Microsoft
2 3 (3.70%) Oracle
2 3 (3.70%) Splunk
3 2 (2.47%) Atlassian
3 2 (2.47%) Dynatrace
4 1 (1.23%) ATG
4 1 (1.23%) comScore
4 1 (1.23%) Gigya
4 1 (1.23%) Green Hat
4 1 (1.23%) Guidewire
4 1 (1.23%) HP
4 1 (1.23%) hybris
4 1 (1.23%) IBM
4 1 (1.23%) JD Edwards
4 1 (1.23%) SAP
4 1 (1.23%) VMware
4 1 (1.23%) Workday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £380 to £425 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £400 - £430 per day + 6 Months
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Posted: 23 days ago