Period
to 23 October 2019

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £263 per day in advertised job vacancies in Wales during the 6 months to 23 October 2019.

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 > Wales
6 months to
23 Oct 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 71 74 84
Rank change year-on-year +3 +10 -3
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 16 38 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 1.27% 2.31% 0.61%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.34% 2.35% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 33 5
Wales median daily rate £263 £365 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.08% +12.31% -14.75%
10th Percentile £205 £313 £204
90th Percentile £293 £456 £430
UK median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.11% +2.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Wales median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate £13.10 £12.50 £12.50
% change year-on-year +4.80% - -60.94%

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales. 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
Wales
Contract vacancies in Wales with a recognized job title 1,191 1,616 1,123
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.45% 98.36% 97.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 820 1,120 762
Wales median daily rate £425 £411 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.34% +9.67% -6.25%
10th Percentile £249 £268 £170
90th Percentile £600 £575 £538
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £440
% change year-on-year +2.78% +2.27% +3.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 81 74
Wales median hourly rate £19.03 £13.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +46.38% -25.71% +29.63%
10th Percentile £11.15 £10.13 £10.50
90th Percentile £42.00 £30.00 £56.88
UK median hourly rate £20.00 £18.00 £18.70
% change year-on-year +11.11% -3.74% +3.89%

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Wales

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Wales

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Wales

Tester
Contract Job Locations in Wales

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Tester within the Wales region over the 6 months to 23 October 2019. 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
South Wales +3 10 £218 -41.22% 4
West Wales +3 4 £293 - 1
Tester
UK

Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 23 October 2019, Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Wales region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 9 (56.25%) Selenium
1 9 (56.25%) Test Automation
2 8 (50.00%) Java
2 8 (50.00%) SQL
3 7 (43.75%) Cucumber
4 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
5 5 (31.25%) Jenkins
5 5 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (25.00%) Finance
6 4 (25.00%) JMeter
6 4 (25.00%) BDD
6 4 (25.00%) Performance Testing
6 4 (25.00%) ISTQB
7 3 (18.75%) QA
7 3 (18.75%) Stress Testing
7 3 (18.75%) Git (software)
7 3 (18.75%) WebDriver
7 3 (18.75%) Mentoring
7 3 (18.75%) Coaching
7 3 (18.75%) Microservices
7 3 (18.75%) ISEB
7 3 (18.75%) Validation
7 3 (18.75%) Grafana
7 3 (18.75%) Kubernetes
7 3 (18.75%) Gherkin
7 3 (18.75%) Serverless
7 3 (18.75%) Collaborative Working
8 2 (12.50%) Integration Testing
8 2 (12.50%) Acceptance Criteria
8 2 (12.50%) Ruby

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Wales 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 1 (6.25%) Elasticsearch
Cloud Services
1 3 (18.75%) Serverless
2 2 (12.50%) Azure
3 1 (6.25%) AWS
3 1 (6.25%) BrowserStack
3 1 (6.25%) GCP
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) HTTP
1 1 (6.25%) Reverse Proxy
1 1 (6.25%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (6.25%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 9 (56.25%) Selenium
2 7 (43.75%) Cucumber
3 5 (31.25%) Jenkins
4 4 (25.00%) JMeter
5 3 (18.75%) Git (software)
5 3 (18.75%) WebDriver
6 1 (6.25%) SoapUI
6 1 (6.25%) Spock
6 1 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 4 (25.00%) Finance
2 1 (6.25%) Electronics
2 1 (6.25%) Manufacturing
2 1 (6.25%) Marketing
2 1 (6.25%) Public Sector
2 1 (6.25%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (18.75%) Gherkin
2 2 (12.50%) SOAP
3 1 (6.25%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (6.25%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.25%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.25%) Linux
1 1 (6.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (6.25%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (56.25%) Test Automation
2 6 (37.50%) Test Scripting
3 5 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (25.00%) BDD
4 4 (25.00%) Performance Testing
5 3 (18.75%) Coaching
5 3 (18.75%) Collaborative Working
5 3 (18.75%) Mentoring
5 3 (18.75%) Microservices
5 3 (18.75%) Stress Testing
5 3 (18.75%) Validation
6 2 (12.50%) Acceptance Criteria
6 2 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
6 2 (12.50%) Integration Testing
6 2 (12.50%) Regression Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Penetration Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Programme Management
7 1 (6.25%) Security Testing
7 1 (6.25%) Stakeholder Management
7 1 (6.25%) Web Design
Programming Languages
1 8 (50.00%) Java
1 8 (50.00%) SQL
2 2 (12.50%) Ruby
3 1 (6.25%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (25.00%) ISTQB
2 3 (18.75%) ISEB
3 1 (6.25%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (6.25%) CEPT
3 1 (6.25%) EC-Council LPT
3 1 (6.25%) GIAC
3 1 (6.25%) GPEN
3 1 (6.25%) GXPN
3 1 (6.25%) OSCP
3 1 (6.25%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (18.75%) QA
System Software
1 1 (6.25%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (18.75%) Grafana
1 3 (18.75%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 1 (6.25%) Google
1 1 (6.25%) SAP
1 1 (6.25%) Splunk