The median contractor rate for a Tester was £340 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 March 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 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 183 205 185
Rank change year-on-year +22 -20  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 643 637 683
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.43% 1.19% 1.26%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.50% 1.25% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 388 428 435
Median daily rate £340 £330 £315
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +4.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £225 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £320 £325 £300
% change year-on-year -1.53% +8.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 13 14
Median hourly rate £30.00 £43.50 £33.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -31.03% +28.88%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.68 £10.20 £10.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £70.00 £170.00 £146.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £25.57 £44.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year -42.22% +36.15%  

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 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

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 March 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 March 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 March 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 +15 583 £350 +2.18% 519
London +35 242 £400 +3.22% 63
South East +16 101 £325 - 124
South West +6 55 £325 -21.68% 59
Yorkshire +9 43 £300 -4.76% 55
North West +18 36 £325 - 66
North East -14 35 £300 -7.69% 17
Leeds +21 33 £300 -4.76% 16
West Yorkshire +15 33 £300 +2.56% 26
East of England -3 31 £325 -7.14% 50
Scotland +26 29 £388 +49.03% 37
Tyne and Wear -14 29 £300 -6.97% 11
Newcastle upon Tyne -18 29 £300 -6.97% 5
Buckinghamshire +19 27 £400 +35.59% 12
City of London -13 25 £410 -2.08% 9
Hampshire +21 24 £375 +7.14% 21
Wales +17 20 £190 -36.66% 23
West Midlands +5 20 £315 +1.61% 47
Milton Keynes +8 19 £400 +35.59% 2
Manchester +1 19 £351 +9.76% 26
South Wales +22 18 £190 -35.04% 8
Bristol +19 18 £325 +12.06% 8
East Midlands -6 15 £365 +17.74% 34
Edinburgh +23 14 £410 +51.85% 2
Berkshire +21 13 £294 -12.31% 14
Oxfordshire +7 12 £325 -7.14% 16
Cheshire +29 11 £288 -11.53% 19
Cardiff +25 9 £190 -32.14% 1
Cambridgeshire +7 9 £258 -20.15% 6
Surrey +6 9 £318 -13.01% 19

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 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.

1 685 (49.60%) Agile Software Development
2 548 (39.68%) Selenium
3 373 (27.01%) QA
4 371 (26.86%) Java
5 325 (23.53%) Test Scripting
6 290 (21.00%) SQL
7 288 (20.85%) Test Automation
8 275 (19.91%) BDD
9 272 (19.70%) Cucumber
10 252 (18.25%) JIRA
11 230 (16.65%) WebDriver
12 225 (16.29%) Scrum
13 221 (16.00%) Automation Testing
14 210 (15.21%) Automated Testing
15 193 (13.98%) Jenkins
16 190 (13.76%) Finance
17 189 (13.69%) User Acceptance Testing
18 180 (13.03%) TDD
19 178 (12.89%) Performance Testing
20 168 (12.17%) Software Testing
21 160 (11.59%) Test Strategy
22 158 (11.44%) C#
23 155 (11.22%) ISEB
24 153 (11.08%) Manual Testing
25 151 (10.93%) Functional Testing
26 148 (10.72%) Continuous Integration
27 143 (10.35%) Regression Testing
28 139 (10.07%) ISTQB
29 137 (9.92%) Gherkin
30 133 (9.63%) Web Services

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 64 (4.63%) Confluence
2 30 (2.17%) SharePoint
3 17 (1.23%) CMS
4 10 (0.72%) Tomcat
5 7 (0.51%) JBoss
5 7 (0.51%) SharePoint 2010
6 6 (0.43%) SAS
6 6 (0.43%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.36%) IIS
7 5 (0.36%) WebLogic
8 3 (0.22%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 3 (0.22%) Apache
8 3 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.22%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.14%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.14%) Drupal
9 2 (0.14%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.14%) Sitecore CMS
9 2 (0.14%) Umbraco
10 1 (0.072%) EPiServer
Applications
1 53 (3.84%) MS Excel
2 23 (1.67%) MS Office
3 14 (1.01%) MS PowerPoint
4 3 (0.22%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 17 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
1 17 (1.23%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 12 (0.87%) Oracle Applications
2 12 (0.87%) SAP FI
3 8 (0.58%) SAP CO
3 8 (0.58%) SAP FI/CO
4 5 (0.36%) FastStats
4 5 (0.36%) Magento
4 5 (0.36%) SAP CRM
5 4 (0.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
6 3 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.22%) SAP SD
6 3 (0.22%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.14%) Cognos TM1
7 2 (0.14%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.14%) Dynamics NAV
7 2 (0.14%) Oracle ERP
7 2 (0.14%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.14%) Visualfiles
8 1 (0.072%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 28 (2.03%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (1.74%) Amazon AWS
2 24 (1.74%) GitHub
3 10 (0.72%) SaaS
4 5 (0.36%) Office 365
4 5 (0.36%) PaaS
5 2 (0.14%) Slack
6 1 (0.072%) Amazon S3
6 1 (0.072%) Google Play
6 1 (0.072%) IaaS
6 1 (0.072%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 20 (1.45%) HTTP
2 18 (1.30%) Internet
3 15 (1.09%) PuTTY
3 15 (1.09%) WinSCP
4 9 (0.65%) Firewall
5 8 (0.58%) Network Security
6 6 (0.43%) Wireshark
7 4 (0.29%) FTP
7 4 (0.29%) Intrusion Detection
7 4 (0.29%) LDAP
7 4 (0.29%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.22%) Bluetooth
8 3 (0.22%) SSH
8 3 (0.22%) VPN
8 3 (0.22%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.14%) DHCP
9 2 (0.14%) DVB
9 2 (0.14%) IPv6
9 2 (0.14%) SNMP
9 2 (0.14%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 76 (5.50%) SQL Server
2 50 (3.62%) Data Warehouse
3 43 (3.11%) Oracle Database
4 30 (2.17%) Relational Database
5 27 (1.96%) Oracle Reports
6 17 (1.23%) Oracle Database 11g
7 16 (1.16%) SQL Server 2012
8 15 (1.09%) Oracle Database 10g
8 15 (1.09%) SQL Server 2008
9 14 (1.01%) Big Data
10 13 (0.94%) MongoDB
11 12 (0.87%) MySQL
12 9 (0.65%) RDBMS
12 9 (0.65%) SQL Server 2005
13 8 (0.58%) Hadoop
13 8 (0.58%) Oracle Database 12c
13 8 (0.58%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 7 (0.51%) DB2
14 7 (0.51%) NoSQL
14 7 (0.51%) Oracle BI EE
Development Applications
1 548 (39.68%) Selenium
2 272 (19.70%) Cucumber
3 252 (18.25%) JIRA
4 230 (16.65%) WebDriver
5 193 (13.98%) Jenkins
6 131 (9.49%) SoapUI
7 100 (7.24%) Git (software)
8 90 (6.52%) SpecFlow
9 82 (5.94%) Team Foundation Server
10 79 (5.72%) JMeter
11 75 (5.43%) HP UFT
11 75 (5.43%) LoadRunner
12 65 (4.71%) TeamCity
13 45 (3.26%) Visual Studio
14 42 (3.04%) JUnit
15 34 (2.46%) Protractor
16 29 (2.10%) Oracle APEX
17 28 (2.03%) Appium
18 25 (1.81%) Maven
19 24 (1.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 190 (13.76%) Finance
2 64 (4.63%) Banking
3 51 (3.69%) Retail
4 33 (2.39%) Marketing
5 31 (2.24%) Telecoms
6 28 (2.03%) Games
7 21 (1.52%) Electronics
8 20 (1.45%) Manufacturing
9 11 (0.80%) Investment Banking
10 9 (0.65%) Legal
11 8 (0.58%) Publishing
12 7 (0.51%) Advertising
13 5 (0.36%) Law
14 4 (0.29%) Back Office
14 4 (0.29%) Financial Institution
15 3 (0.22%) Automotive
15 3 (0.22%) Multimedia
15 3 (0.22%) Retail Banking
16 2 (0.14%) German Language
16 2 (0.14%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 137 (9.92%) Gherkin
2 133 (9.63%) Web Services
3 128 (9.27%) .NET
4 88 (6.37%) SOAP
5 83 (6.01%) XML
6 74 (5.36%) RESTful
7 59 (4.27%) REST
8 47 (3.40%) JSON
9 45 (3.26%) HTML
10 29 (2.10%) Node.js
11 25 (1.81%) CSS
12 24 (1.74%) AngularJS
13 17 (1.23%) J2EE
13 17 (1.23%) Spring
14 11 (0.80%) .NET Framework
15 10 (0.72%) Chai
16 9 (0.65%) ASP.NET
16 9 (0.65%) Behat
16 9 (0.65%) XSD
17 8 (0.58%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 76 (5.50%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (3.69%) Mobile App
3 22 (1.59%) Management Information System
4 16 (1.16%) Computer Science
4 16 (1.16%) User Experience
5 15 (1.09%) Smartphone
6 14 (1.01%) NHS
7 13 (0.94%) Algorithms
8 10 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (0.72%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 9 (0.65%) Client/Server
9 9 (0.65%) Equities
9 9 (0.65%) Mainframe
10 7 (0.51%) Fixed Income
10 7 (0.51%) iPad
10 7 (0.51%) STB
10 7 (0.51%) Video on Demand
11 6 (0.43%) Virtual Team
12 5 (0.36%) Data Centre
12 5 (0.36%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 116 (8.40%) Linux
2 96 (6.95%) Windows
3 77 (5.58%) Unix
4 44 (3.19%) Apple iOS
5 43 (3.11%) Android
6 16 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 15 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
8 13 (0.94%) Mac OS X
9 10 (0.72%) Windows Server
10 6 (0.43%) Windows 10
10 6 (0.43%) Windows 7
11 5 (0.36%) Kali Linux
11 5 (0.36%) Windows 8
11 5 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
12 3 (0.22%) Ubuntu
13 2 (0.14%) AIX
13 2 (0.14%) Windows Server 2003
14 1 (0.072%) Debian
14 1 (0.072%) Windows Mobile
14 1 (0.072%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 685 (49.60%) Agile Software Development
2 325 (23.53%) Test Scripting
3 288 (20.85%) Test Automation
4 275 (19.91%) BDD
5 225 (16.29%) Scrum
6 221 (16.00%) Automation Testing
7 210 (15.21%) Automated Testing
8 189 (13.69%) User Acceptance Testing
9 180 (13.03%) TDD
10 178 (12.89%) Performance Testing
11 168 (12.17%) Software Testing
12 160 (11.59%) Test Strategy
13 153 (11.08%) Manual Testing
14 151 (10.93%) Functional Testing
15 148 (10.72%) Continuous Integration
16 143 (10.35%) Regression Testing
17 109 (7.89%) API Testing
18 106 (7.68%) Defect Management
19 92 (6.66%) Exploratory Testing
20 89 (6.44%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 371 (26.86%) Java
2 290 (21.00%) SQL
3 158 (11.44%) C#
4 129 (9.34%) Python
5 116 (8.40%) JavaScript
6 83 (6.01%) Ruby
7 64 (4.63%) Scala
8 44 (3.19%) Groovy
9 35 (2.53%) Shell Script
10 30 (2.17%) PHP
11 23 (1.67%) F#
12 21 (1.52%) Bash Shell
12 21 (1.52%) C
13 20 (1.45%) C++
13 20 (1.45%) PL/SQL
14 18 (1.30%) VBScript
15 16 (1.16%) VB
16 11 (0.80%) Perl
16 11 (0.80%) VB.NET
17 9 (0.65%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 155 (11.22%) ISEB
2 139 (10.07%) ISTQB
3 103 (7.46%) Security Cleared
4 75 (5.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 65 (4.71%) SC Cleared
6 49 (3.55%) Degree
7 39 (2.82%) CREST Certified
8 20 (1.45%) OSCP
9 18 (1.30%) BPSS Clearance
9 18 (1.30%) DV Cleared
9 18 (1.30%) SANS
10 17 (1.23%) CHECK Team Member
11 15 (1.09%) ISEB Practitioner
12 14 (1.01%) CISSP
13 13 (0.94%) CEH
14 10 (0.72%) CHECK Team Leader
15 6 (0.43%) CISM
16 5 (0.36%) CISA
16 5 (0.36%) GIAC
16 5 (0.36%) GPEN
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 373 (27.01%) QA
2 19 (1.38%) Data Quality
2 19 (1.38%) SDET
3 11 (0.80%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.36%) PCI DSS
5 4 (0.29%) WCAG
6 3 (0.22%) HL7
6 3 (0.22%) PMO
6 3 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 2 (0.14%) SLA
8 1 (0.072%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.072%) JSP 440
8 1 (0.072%) Section 508
System Software
1 17 (1.23%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.09%) Docker
3 10 (0.72%) vSphere
4 7 (0.51%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.43%) Oracle RAC
6 4 (0.29%) Snort
7 2 (0.14%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.14%) Terminal Services
8 1 (0.072%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.072%) Firmware
8 1 (0.072%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.072%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.072%) VMware Infrastructure
8 1 (0.072%) XenApp
8 1 (0.072%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 49 (3.55%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (0.94%) HP SiteScope
3 10 (0.72%) Puppet
4 9 (0.65%) OpenView
4 9 (0.65%) vRealize
5 8 (0.58%) Ansible
5 8 (0.58%) Opscode Chef
6 6 (0.43%) Nmap
6 6 (0.43%) Rancher
7 5 (0.36%) Nessus
8 4 (0.29%) Graphite
8 4 (0.29%) SCCM
9 3 (0.22%) Ganglia
9 3 (0.22%) Grafana
9 3 (0.22%) nmon
9 3 (0.22%) Tivoli
9 3 (0.22%) Tivoli Monitoring
10 2 (0.14%) ITRS Geneos
10 2 (0.14%) Netcool
10 2 (0.14%) StatsD
Vendors
1 111 (8.04%) Microsoft
1 111 (8.04%) Oracle
2 77 (5.58%) HP
3 57 (4.13%) SAP
4 42 (3.04%) Atlassian
5 18 (1.30%) IBM
6 17 (1.23%) VMware
7 15 (1.09%) Red Hat
8 14 (1.01%) Salesforce.com
9 11 (0.80%) Citrix
10 10 (0.72%) AppDynamics
11 8 (0.58%) hybris
12 6 (0.43%) Remedy
12 6 (0.43%) Splunk
12 6 (0.43%) Xamarin
13 5 (0.36%) Charles River
13 5 (0.36%) Google
13 5 (0.36%) Murex
14 4 (0.29%) Cisco
14 4 (0.29%) Sourcefire
Leeds, West Yorkshire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 12 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 14 hours ago
North West London
Meadows Consulting Limited
Rate: Up to £250 per day £250 a day initial 3 month contract
Posted: 15 hours ago
Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 5 hours ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £400.00 - £430.00 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £300 - £320 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottinghamshire
KEYRESOURCE
Rate: Day rate
Posted: 6 hours ago
London
Nigel Frank International
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Norwich, Norfolk
Sanderson
Posted: Yesterday
Midlands
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £450 per annum
Posted: 12 hours ago
East Midlands
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £450 per annum
Posted: 13 hours ago
Reading, Berkshire
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £380 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
TEKsystems
Rate: £299 - £361 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
TEKsystems
Rate: £350 - £500 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Sanderson
Posted: 5 days ago
Maidstone, Kent
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 6 days ago
East London
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £420 per day 6 Months initially
Posted: 4 days ago
Oxfordshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 6 days ago
York, North Yorkshire
Candour Solutions
Rate: Market Rates +
Posted: 6 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
4it Recruitment Ltd
Rate: From £250 to £270 per day 3 Months initially
Posted: 4 days ago
West London
Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £120 - £140 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Dunfermline, Fife
Talent International
Rate: £200 - £250 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Wiltshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £325 - £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £276 per day
Posted: 6 days ago