The median contractor rate for a Tester was £350 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 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.

Tester
UK
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 195 203 206
Rank change year-on-year +8 +3  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 606 673 639
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.29% 1.25% 1.16%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.36% 1.32% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 347 446 413
Median daily rate £350 £375 £323
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +16.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £248 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £338 £331 £300
% change year-on-year +1.96% +10.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 3 6
Median hourly rate £16.08 £15.00 £37.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.20% -59.73%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £26.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £35.00 £103.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.54 £27.50 £37.25
% change year-on-year -50.76% -26.17%  

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 44648 51085 52304
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.85% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28819 33278 32902
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 1391 1532 1988
Median hourly rate £18.69 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.80% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.42 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £43.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in the UK

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in the UK

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Tester in the UK

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in the UK

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Tester in the UK

Tester
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 28 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 +8 564 £350 -6.66% 181
London -14 244 £400 -4.76% 56
South East +33 103 £338 -3.57% 23
Yorkshire +38 59 £350 - 21
West Yorkshire +52 46 £350 - 13
Leeds +48 43 £350 - 10
East of England +14 42 £325 -7.14% 17
South West -5 39 £350 +7.69% 8
Scotland +39 35 £325 +5.69% 4
Buckinghamshire +10 34 £325 - 1
North West +8 29 £335 +3.07% 19
Milton Keynes +6 28 £325 - 1
Manchester +7 21 £300 -7.69% 13
Berkshire +14 19 £338 -3.57% 1
City of London -14 19 £400 -11.11% 16
West Midlands +11 17 £313 +17.92% 20
North East +63 16 £310 +5.08% 8
Oxfordshire +8 16 £350 -12.50% 5
Hertfordshire -1 16 £288 -25.80% 1
Edinburgh +21 15 £318 +22.11% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne +70 14 £300 +2.56% 2
Tyne and Wear +67 14 £300 +2.56% 2
East Midlands -2 14 £356 +18.55% 8
Cambridgeshire +15 13 £230 -34.28% 13
Hampshire -12 13 £325 -13.33% 6
Glasgow -1 12 £310 -11.42% 3
Bristol +2 11 £278 -24.48% 6
Wiltshire -2 11 £369 +22.91% 1
South Yorkshire -4 11 £375 +7.14% 1
Devon -5 10 £350 +10.23% 1

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 June 2017, 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 Tester in the job title.

1 750 (60.05%) Test Automation
2 622 (49.80%) Agile Software Development
3 478 (38.27%) Selenium
4 362 (28.98%) Java
5 340 (27.22%) QA
6 282 (22.58%) SQL
7 279 (22.34%) Test Scripting
8 257 (20.58%) Cucumber
9 254 (20.34%) JIRA
10 238 (19.06%) BDD
11 230 (18.41%) Jenkins
12 229 (18.33%) Scrum
13 220 (17.61%) WebDriver
14 209 (16.73%) Finance
15 178 (14.25%) TDD
16 174 (13.93%) Functional Testing
17 164 (13.13%) Continuous Integration
18 149 (11.93%) Web Services
19 143 (11.45%) Python
20 141 (11.29%) Test Strategy
21 140 (11.21%) User Acceptance Testing
22 137 (10.97%) C#
23 136 (10.89%) Performance Testing
24 134 (10.73%) Regression Testing
25 131 (10.49%) Software Testing
26 120 (9.61%) Git (software)
27 119 (9.53%) API Testing
28 117 (9.37%) Manual Testing
29 115 (9.21%) .NET
30 112 (8.97%) ISEB

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 63 (5.04%) Confluence
2 25 (2.00%) SharePoint
3 17 (1.36%) WebSphere
4 16 (1.28%) CMS
5 11 (0.88%) Apache Spark
6 10 (0.80%) SAS
7 7 (0.56%) SharePoint 2010
7 7 (0.56%) Sitecore CMS
8 6 (0.48%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.48%) WebLogic
9 4 (0.32%) IIS
9 4 (0.32%) SharePoint 2013
10 2 (0.16%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.16%) JBoss
10 2 (0.16%) nginx
11 1 (0.080%) Apache Solr
11 1 (0.080%) Elasticsearch
11 1 (0.080%) Moodle
11 1 (0.080%) Tomcat
11 1 (0.080%) WebSphere Portal
Applications
1 28 (2.24%) Microsoft Excel
2 21 (1.68%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.16%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 17 (1.36%) Dynamics CRM
2 14 (1.12%) Magento
3 10 (0.80%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 8 (0.64%) Oracle Applications
5 6 (0.48%) SAP FI
6 5 (0.40%) Oracle EBS R12
7 4 (0.32%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.32%) Dynamics NAV
7 4 (0.32%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.24%) Oracle EBS
8 3 (0.24%) SAP CRM
8 3 (0.24%) Unit4 Business World
9 2 (0.16%) FastStats
9 2 (0.16%) iTrent
9 2 (0.16%) Maximo
9 2 (0.16%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.16%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.16%) SAP CO
9 2 (0.16%) SAP FI/CO
10 1 (0.080%) Bloomberg TOMS
Cloud Services
1 32 (2.56%) Amazon AWS
2 30 (2.40%) Microsoft Azure
3 19 (1.52%) GitHub
4 10 (0.80%) BrowserStack
5 9 (0.72%) OpenShift
6 6 (0.48%) SaaS
7 5 (0.40%) Office 365
7 5 (0.40%) Sauce Labs
8 3 (0.24%) Dynamics 365
8 3 (0.24%) Google Cloud Platform
9 2 (0.16%) vREST
10 1 (0.080%) Amazon S3
10 1 (0.080%) Google Play
10 1 (0.080%) PaaS
10 1 (0.080%) Salesforce Service Cloud
10 1 (0.080%) ServiceMax
10 1 (0.080%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 35 (2.80%) Internet
2 23 (1.84%) HTTP
3 18 (1.44%) PuTTY
3 18 (1.44%) WinSCP
4 7 (0.56%) Wi-Fi
5 6 (0.48%) TCP/IP
6 5 (0.40%) Bluetooth
6 5 (0.40%) Broadband
6 5 (0.40%) Wireless
7 4 (0.32%) DVB
7 4 (0.32%) Firewall
7 4 (0.32%) WAN
8 3 (0.24%) 802.11
8 3 (0.24%) ADSL
8 3 (0.24%) BGP
8 3 (0.24%) DHCP
8 3 (0.24%) DNS
8 3 (0.24%) IPv4
8 3 (0.24%) IPv6
8 3 (0.24%) Tactical Data Link
Database & Business Intelligence
1 73 (5.84%) SQL Server
2 50 (4.00%) Data Warehouse
3 33 (2.64%) Oracle Database
4 32 (2.56%) Relational Database
5 27 (2.16%) MongoDB
6 26 (2.08%) Big Data
7 24 (1.92%) Oracle Database 11g
8 20 (1.60%) Oracle Reports
9 19 (1.52%) Hadoop
10 18 (1.44%) DB2
10 18 (1.44%) Oracle Database 10g
11 15 (1.20%) SQL Server 2008
12 14 (1.12%) DbVisualizer
12 14 (1.12%) MySQL
12 14 (1.12%) SQL Server 2012
13 12 (0.96%) Oracle Database 12c
13 12 (0.96%) SQL Server 2005
14 9 (0.72%) Redis
15 8 (0.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
16 7 (0.56%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 478 (38.27%) Selenium
2 257 (20.58%) Cucumber
3 254 (20.34%) JIRA
4 230 (18.41%) Jenkins
5 220 (17.61%) WebDriver
6 120 (9.61%) Git (software)
7 101 (8.09%) SoapUI
8 76 (6.08%) Team Foundation Server
9 74 (5.92%) LoadRunner
10 71 (5.68%) TeamCity
11 69 (5.52%) JMeter
12 65 (5.20%) SpecFlow
13 47 (3.76%) HP UFT
14 39 (3.12%) Visual Studio
15 36 (2.88%) JUnit
16 34 (2.72%) Protractor
17 33 (2.64%) Hudson
18 29 (2.32%) Appium
19 24 (1.92%) Calabash
20 22 (1.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 209 (16.73%) Finance
2 89 (7.13%) Banking
3 59 (4.72%) Retail
4 44 (3.52%) Games
5 38 (3.04%) Marketing
6 22 (1.76%) Telecoms
7 17 (1.36%) Manufacturing
8 13 (1.04%) Corporate Banking
9 12 (0.96%) Investment Banking
10 11 (0.88%) Advertising
10 11 (0.88%) Electronics
11 10 (0.80%) Publishing
12 9 (0.72%) Retail Banking
13 7 (0.56%) Law
13 7 (0.56%) Legal
14 4 (0.32%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.32%) Military
15 3 (0.24%) Front Office
15 3 (0.24%) German Language
16 2 (0.16%) Back Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 149 (11.93%) Web Services
2 115 (9.21%) .NET
3 109 (8.73%) Gherkin
4 95 (7.61%) SOAP
5 85 (6.81%) RESTful
6 76 (6.08%) XML
7 73 (5.84%) REST
8 55 (4.40%) JSON
9 54 (4.32%) HTML
10 35 (2.80%) Node.js
11 28 (2.24%) AngularJS
12 26 (2.08%) CSS
13 17 (1.36%) J2EE
14 15 (1.20%) Chai
15 13 (1.04%) Behat
15 13 (1.04%) Middleware
15 13 (1.04%) RESTEasy
16 12 (0.96%) HTML5
17 9 (0.72%) Spring
18 7 (0.56%) React
Miscellaneous
1 87 (6.97%) Analytical Skills
2 66 (5.28%) Mobile App
3 19 (1.52%) Greenfield Project
3 19 (1.52%) Management Information System
3 19 (1.52%) STB
4 18 (1.44%) Computer Science
4 18 (1.44%) User Experience
5 14 (1.12%) Smartphone
6 11 (0.88%) Algorithms
7 10 (0.80%) Client/Server
7 10 (0.80%) NHS
8 9 (0.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 9 (0.72%) Mainframe
9 7 (0.56%) Equities
9 7 (0.56%) Fintech
9 7 (0.56%) Online Games
10 5 (0.40%) Data Centre
10 5 (0.40%) Enterprise Software
10 5 (0.40%) FMCG
10 5 (0.40%) iSeries
Operating Systems
1 90 (7.21%) Linux
2 78 (6.24%) Windows
3 75 (6.00%) Unix
4 48 (3.84%) Apple iOS
5 47 (3.76%) Android
6 17 (1.36%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 17 (1.36%) Windows Server 2012
7 15 (1.20%) Windows Server
8 13 (1.04%) Mac OS X
9 4 (0.32%) Solaris
9 4 (0.32%) Windows 8
10 3 (0.24%) AIX
10 3 (0.24%) VMS
10 3 (0.24%) Windows 10
10 3 (0.24%) Windows 7
10 3 (0.24%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.16%) Ubuntu
11 2 (0.16%) Windows Mobile
12 1 (0.080%) CentOS
12 1 (0.080%) Embedded Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 750 (60.05%) Test Automation
2 622 (49.80%) Agile Software Development
3 279 (22.34%) Test Scripting
4 238 (19.06%) BDD
5 229 (18.33%) Scrum
6 178 (14.25%) TDD
7 174 (13.93%) Functional Testing
8 164 (13.13%) Continuous Integration
9 141 (11.29%) Test Strategy
10 140 (11.21%) User Acceptance Testing
11 136 (10.89%) Performance Testing
12 134 (10.73%) Regression Testing
13 131 (10.49%) Software Testing
14 119 (9.53%) API Testing
15 117 (9.37%) Manual Testing
16 107 (8.57%) Defect Management
17 105 (8.41%) Scenario Testing
18 104 (8.33%) Exploratory Testing
19 91 (7.29%) Non-Functional Testing
20 90 (7.21%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 362 (28.98%) Java
2 282 (22.58%) SQL
3 143 (11.45%) Python
4 137 (10.97%) C#
5 108 (8.65%) JavaScript
6 71 (5.68%) Ruby
7 70 (5.60%) Scala
8 45 (3.60%) Shell Script
9 44 (3.52%) Groovy
10 36 (2.88%) PHP
11 29 (2.32%) Bash Shell
12 21 (1.68%) F#
13 20 (1.60%) VB
14 19 (1.52%) C
15 14 (1.12%) VBScript
16 13 (1.04%) Perl
16 13 (1.04%) PowerShell
16 13 (1.04%) VB.NET
17 11 (0.88%) C++
17 11 (0.88%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 112 (8.97%) ISEB
2 104 (8.33%) ISTQB
3 86 (6.89%) Security Cleared
4 53 (4.24%) SC Cleared
5 50 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 47 (3.76%) Degree
7 17 (1.36%) ISEB Practitioner
8 16 (1.28%) DV Cleared
9 14 (1.12%) Computer Science Degree
10 13 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
11 10 (0.80%) CREST Certified
11 10 (0.80%) OSCP
12 7 (0.56%) CHECK Team Member
12 7 (0.56%) SANS
13 5 (0.40%) CEH
14 4 (0.32%) CHECK Team Leader
15 3 (0.24%) CISA
15 3 (0.24%) Numerate Degree
16 2 (0.16%) Cisco Certification
16 2 (0.16%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 340 (27.22%) QA
2 27 (2.16%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.48%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.40%) WCAG
5 4 (0.32%) PMO
6 3 (0.24%) MiFID
6 3 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 3 (0.24%) SLA
7 2 (0.16%) GDPR
7 2 (0.16%) HL7
7 2 (0.16%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.080%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.080%) EMIR
8 1 (0.080%) IFRS
8 1 (0.080%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.080%) JSP 440
System Software
1 22 (1.76%) Docker
2 13 (1.04%) vSphere
3 10 (0.80%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (0.64%) Active Directory
5 6 (0.48%) Firmware
5 6 (0.48%) Oracle RAC
6 4 (0.32%) VMware Infrastructure
7 3 (0.24%) VirtualBox
8 2 (0.16%) Terminal Services
9 1 (0.080%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 56 (4.48%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (0.96%) HP SiteScope
2 12 (0.96%) vRealize
3 9 (0.72%) OpenView
3 9 (0.72%) Puppet
4 5 (0.40%) Grafana
4 5 (0.40%) Rancher
5 4 (0.32%) Ansible
5 4 (0.32%) Opscode Chef
5 4 (0.32%) StatsD
5 4 (0.32%) Tivoli
6 3 (0.24%) Perfmon
7 2 (0.16%) Ganglia
7 2 (0.16%) Graphite
7 2 (0.16%) HP Fortify
7 2 (0.16%) Kibana
7 2 (0.16%) nmon
7 2 (0.16%) Tivoli Monitoring
8 1 (0.080%) BMC PATROL
8 1 (0.080%) Netcool
Vendors
1 107 (8.57%) HP
1 107 (8.57%) Oracle
2 89 (7.13%) Microsoft
3 35 (2.80%) SAP
4 34 (2.72%) IBM
5 30 (2.40%) Atlassian
6 21 (1.68%) VMware
7 18 (1.44%) hybris
8 16 (1.28%) Red Hat
9 14 (1.12%) Salesforce.com
10 12 (0.96%) Cloudera
10 12 (0.96%) Hortonworks
11 10 (0.80%) Splunk
12 9 (0.72%) Informatica
12 9 (0.72%) Murex
13 8 (0.64%) Remedy
13 8 (0.64%) Xamarin
14 7 (0.56%) New Relic
14 7 (0.56%) Sitecore
14 7 (0.56%) Workday
City, London
ANSON MCCADE
Rate: UKP 80000 per year
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Verticality Ltd
Rate: Rate £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Basingstoke, Hampshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £16.08 - £20.00 per hour
Posted: 1 hour ago
Ipswich, Suffolk
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: Yesterday
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £450 per annum
Posted: 21 hours ago
Hull, North Humberside
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Darlington, County Durham
FT Select
Rate: From £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
LA International
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Nuneaton, Warwickshire
X4 Group
Rate: £200 - 225 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Woking, Surrey
Venturi
Rate: £200 - £275 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
Darlington, County Durham
FT Select
Rate: From £275 to £300 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Staines, Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Netsource
Posted: 23 days ago
Darlington, County Durham
Reed Technology
Rate: £270 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £35 - £50 per hour
Posted: 20 days ago
Cambridge
OHO Group Ltd.
Rate: £40 - £45 per hour
Posted: 19 days ago