Period
to 18 November 2018

The median contractor rate for a Tester was £370 per day in advertised job vacancies in Wales during the 6 months to 18 November 2018.

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
18 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 77 83 84
Rank change year-on-year +6 +1 -31
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 36 13 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 2.18% 1.09% 1.41%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.22% 1.12% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 10 15
Wales median daily rate £370 £278 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -26.00% +47.06%
10th Percentile £313 £190 £285
90th Percentile £456 £483 £595
UK median daily rate £400 £375 £365
% change year-on-year +6.67% +2.74% +8.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Wales median hourly rate - - -
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £13.00 £33.19
% change year-on-year +57.69% -60.83% +10.62%

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 1,619 1,161 1,385
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 97.88% 97.15% 97.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,107 777 929
Wales median daily rate £413 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -6.25% +14.29%
10th Percentile £269 £165 £199
90th Percentile £580 £550 £551
UK median daily rate £450 £448 £425
% change year-on-year +0.56% +5.29% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 62 89
Wales median hourly rate £13.00 £15.37 £13.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.42% +13.85% -
10th Percentile £10.13 £10.50 £10.30
90th Percentile £38.40 £46.83 £64.00
UK median hourly rate £18.00 £18.70 £18.00
% change year-on-year -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 Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Tester in Wales over the 6 months to 18 November 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 18 November 2018. 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 +4 30 £365 +46.00%
West Wales +6 3 £425 -
Tester
UK

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

For the 6 months to 18 November 2018, 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 33 (91.67%) Test Automation
2 23 (63.89%) Selenium
3 21 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
4 17 (47.22%) C#
5 11 (30.56%) SQL Server
5 11 (30.56%) API Testing
6 10 (27.78%) SpecFlow
6 10 (27.78%) Cucumber
6 10 (27.78%) .NET
6 10 (27.78%) Visual Studio Team System
7 9 (25.00%) Test Scripting
7 9 (25.00%) SQL
8 8 (22.22%) SOAP
8 8 (22.22%) QA
8 8 (22.22%) RESTful
9 7 (19.44%) Git (software)
10 6 (16.67%) Integration Testing
10 6 (16.67%) Visual Studio
10 6 (16.67%) MySQL
10 6 (16.67%) Oracle
10 6 (16.67%) IBM
10 6 (16.67%) Microsoft
10 6 (16.67%) Scrum
11 5 (13.89%) Regression Testing
11 5 (13.89%) JIRA
11 5 (13.89%) Security Cleared
11 5 (13.89%) Functional Testing
11 5 (13.89%) SDLC
11 5 (13.89%) Exploratory Testing
12 4 (11.11%) SDET

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:

Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.78%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (30.56%) SQL Server
2 6 (16.67%) MySQL
3 2 (5.56%) Power BI
Development Applications
1 23 (63.89%) Selenium
2 10 (27.78%) Cucumber
2 10 (27.78%) SpecFlow
2 10 (27.78%) Visual Studio Team System
3 7 (19.44%) Git (software)
4 6 (16.67%) Visual Studio
5 5 (13.89%) JIRA
6 4 (11.11%) Subversion
7 3 (8.33%) Jenkins
7 3 (8.33%) WebDriver
8 2 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (2.78%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (5.56%) Telecoms
2 1 (2.78%) Finance
2 1 (2.78%) Publishing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (27.78%) .NET
2 8 (22.22%) RESTful
2 8 (22.22%) SOAP
3 4 (11.11%) .NET Framework
4 3 (8.33%) XML
5 2 (5.56%) JSON
5 2 (5.56%) Nightwatchjs
5 2 (5.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.56%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.78%) Greenfield Project
2 1 (2.78%) NHS
2 1 (2.78%) Self-Motivation
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.78%) Linux
1 1 (2.78%) Unix
1 1 (2.78%) Windows
1 1 (2.78%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (91.67%) Test Automation
2 21 (58.33%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (30.56%) API Testing
4 9 (25.00%) Test Scripting
5 6 (16.67%) Integration Testing
5 6 (16.67%) Scrum
6 5 (13.89%) Exploratory Testing
6 5 (13.89%) Functional Testing
6 5 (13.89%) Regression Testing
6 5 (13.89%) SDLC
7 4 (11.11%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (11.11%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (11.11%) Project Management
7 4 (11.11%) SDET
7 4 (11.11%) Test Management
8 3 (8.33%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
9 2 (5.56%) Analytics
9 2 (5.56%) BDD
9 2 (5.56%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 17 (47.22%) C#
2 9 (25.00%) SQL
3 3 (8.33%) Java
4 1 (2.78%) Go
4 1 (2.78%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.78%) PHP
4 1 (2.78%) Python
Qualifications
1 5 (13.89%) Security Cleared
2 2 (5.56%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (5.56%) ISEB
3 1 (2.78%) CEH
3 1 (2.78%) CESG Certified Professional
3 1 (2.78%) CISSP
3 1 (2.78%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.78%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (22.22%) QA
2 2 (5.56%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 6 (16.67%) IBM
1 6 (16.67%) Microsoft
1 6 (16.67%) Oracle
2 1 (2.78%) BISAM
2 1 (2.78%) FactSet