Period
to 23 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Technical Tester was £438 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 23 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.

Technical Tester
UK
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 871 861 824
Rank change year-on-year -10 -37 +34
Contract jobs requiring a Technical Tester 16 30 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.016% 0.029% 0.062%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.016% 0.030% 0.066%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 12 31
UK median daily rate £438 £317 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +38.23% -21.85% +29.60%
10th Percentile £298 £300 £288
90th Percentile £491 £473 £455
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £308 £305
% change year-on-year +29.87% +0.98% -15.86%
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 97742 99747 107875
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.80% 94.76% 94.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 64508 65028 68632
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 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +3.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2923 3319 4120
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +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 £17.50

Technical Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Technical Tester in the UK

Technical Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Technical Tester in the UK

Technical Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Technical Tester over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Technical Tester in the UK

Technical Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Technical Tester in the UK

Technical Tester
Top 9 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Technical Tester within the UK over the 6 months to 23 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 +2 15 £438 +34.62% 7
UK excluding London +27 9 £400 +29.87% 3
London -20 7 £475 +18.75% 4
South East +2 4 £400 +22.14% 2
South West -7 2 £438 -2.78%
North of England +61 1 £350 -26.32% 1
Yorkshire +21 1 £350 -26.32% 1
Scotland -1 1 - -
East of England -20 1 £240 -22.08%

Technical Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 November 2017, Technical 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 Technical Tester in the job title.

1 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 7 (43.75%) Web Services
4 6 (37.50%) HP
4 6 (37.50%) Finance
5 5 (31.25%) Microsoft
5 5 (31.25%) Java
6 4 (25.00%) Unix
6 4 (25.00%) Windows
6 4 (25.00%) Shell Script
6 4 (25.00%) Banking
6 4 (25.00%) Games
6 4 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
6 4 (25.00%) Manual Testing
6 4 (25.00%) Integration Testing
6 4 (25.00%) Software Engineering
6 4 (25.00%) ISTQB
6 4 (25.00%) Kanban
6 4 (25.00%) Test Automation
6 4 (25.00%) Cucumber
6 4 (25.00%) BDD
6 4 (25.00%) REST
6 4 (25.00%) High Availability
6 4 (25.00%) Test Strategy
6 4 (25.00%) Acceptance Criteria
7 3 (18.75%) API Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Scenario Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Scala
7 3 (18.75%) Selenium
7 3 (18.75%) QA

Technical 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:

Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Lawson
1 1 (6.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (12.50%) Serverless
2 1 (6.25%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) PuTTY
1 1 (6.25%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (18.75%) SQL Server
2 2 (12.50%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (6.25%) DB2
3 1 (6.25%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
3 1 (6.25%) Oracle Database
3 1 (6.25%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (6.25%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (6.25%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 4 (25.00%) Cucumber
2 3 (18.75%) Selenium
3 1 (6.25%) Ant
3 1 (6.25%) Eclipse
3 1 (6.25%) HP UFT
3 1 (6.25%) JIRA
3 1 (6.25%) LoadRunner
3 1 (6.25%) Oracle APEX
3 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
3 1 (6.25%) SpecFlow
3 1 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (6.25%) TestNG
General
1 6 (37.50%) Finance
2 4 (25.00%) Banking
2 4 (25.00%) Games
3 1 (6.25%) General Ledger
3 1 (6.25%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (43.75%) Web Services
2 4 (25.00%) REST
3 2 (12.50%) JSON
3 2 (12.50%) Node.js
3 2 (12.50%) OAuth
3 2 (12.50%) OAuth2
3 2 (12.50%) OpenID
3 2 (12.50%) Swagger
4 1 (6.25%) .NET
4 1 (6.25%) Middleware
4 1 (6.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (12.50%) Fintech
1 2 (12.50%) Smartphone
2 1 (6.25%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 4 (25.00%) Unix
1 4 (25.00%) Windows
2 2 (12.50%) Linux
2 2 (12.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (12.50%) Windows 10
2 2 (12.50%) Windows 7
2 2 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (6.25%) AIX
3 1 (6.25%) Windows Server
3 1 (6.25%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (56.25%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 4 (25.00%) Acceptance Criteria
3 4 (25.00%) BDD
3 4 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
3 4 (25.00%) High Availability
3 4 (25.00%) Integration Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Kanban
3 4 (25.00%) Manual Testing
3 4 (25.00%) Software Engineering
3 4 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 4 (25.00%) Test Strategy
4 3 (18.75%) API Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Scenario Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Scrum
5 2 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
5 2 (12.50%) ETL
5 2 (12.50%) Migration
5 2 (12.50%) Service Management
5 2 (12.50%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (31.25%) Java
2 4 (25.00%) Shell Script
3 3 (18.75%) Scala
3 3 (18.75%) SQL
4 2 (12.50%) Python
5 1 (6.25%) F#
Qualifications
1 4 (25.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (12.50%) ISEB
2 2 (12.50%) MCSE
2 2 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (6.25%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (6.25%) SC Cleared
3 1 (6.25%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (18.75%) QA
2 1 (6.25%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (6.25%) Active Directory
1 1 (6.25%) Docker
1 1 (6.25%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (6.25%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 1 (6.25%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (37.50%) HP
2 5 (31.25%) Microsoft
3 2 (12.50%) IBM
3 2 (12.50%) Oracle
3 2 (12.50%) VMware
4 1 (6.25%) Informatica
4 1 (6.25%) Red Hat
4 1 (6.25%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (6.25%) Software AG
4 1 (6.25%) webMethods
4 1 (6.25%) Workday