The median contractor rate for a Tester was £338 per day in advertised job vacancies in Watford during the 3 months to 25 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
Hertfordshire / Watford
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 21 15 24
Rank change year-on-year -6 +9  
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 6 8 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Watford 3.77% 5.93% 5.00%
As % of the Job Titles category 4.38% 5.97% 5.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 0
Median daily rate £338 - -
UK excluding London median daily rate £335 £330 £303
% change year-on-year +1.51% +9.09%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £13.54 £27.50 £37.00
% change year-on-year -50.76% -25.67%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in Watford. 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
Watford
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 137 134 148
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Watford 86.16% 99.26% 92.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 75 71 69
Median daily rate £375 £310 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.96% -14.48%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £130 £130 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 4
Median hourly rate £40.00 £13.00 £11.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +207.69% +16.85%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Tester
Job Vacancy Trend in Watford

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

Job vacancy trend for Tester in Watford

Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Watford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Tester in Watford

Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Watford

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Tester in Watford

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

For the 6 months to 25 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 across the Watford region featuring Tester in the job title.

1 7 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (71.43%) JIRA
3 4 (57.14%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (57.14%) Retail
3 4 (57.14%) Finance
4 3 (42.86%) Legal
4 3 (42.86%) Workflow
4 3 (42.86%) HP
4 3 (42.86%) Test Planning
4 3 (42.86%) Waterfall
4 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
4 3 (42.86%) SoapUI
4 3 (42.86%) Software Testing
4 3 (42.86%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (42.86%) Selenium
4 3 (42.86%) WebDriver
5 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
5 2 (28.57%) QA
5 2 (28.57%) Integration Testing
5 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
5 2 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
5 2 (28.57%) System Testing
5 2 (28.57%) Jenkins
5 2 (28.57%) BDD
5 2 (28.57%) Appium
5 2 (28.57%) Scrum
5 2 (28.57%) Middleware
5 2 (28.57%) HTML
5 2 (28.57%) Java
5 2 (28.57%) JavaScript

Tester Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in Watford 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 (14.29%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (14.29%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (14.29%) Amazon AWS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (14.29%) DB2
1 1 (14.29%) DbVisualizer
1 1 (14.29%) RDBMS
1 1 (14.29%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (71.43%) JIRA
2 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
2 3 (42.86%) Selenium
2 3 (42.86%) SoapUI
2 3 (42.86%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (42.86%) WebDriver
3 2 (28.57%) Appium
3 2 (28.57%) Git (software)
3 2 (28.57%) Jenkins
4 1 (14.29%) Gatling
4 1 (14.29%) JMeter
4 1 (14.29%) JUnit
General
1 4 (57.14%) Finance
1 4 (57.14%) Retail
2 3 (42.86%) Legal
3 1 (14.29%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (28.57%) HTML
1 2 (28.57%) J2EE
1 2 (28.57%) Middleware
1 2 (28.57%) Web Services
1 2 (28.57%) XML
2 1 (14.29%) CSS
2 1 (14.29%) Gherkin
2 1 (14.29%) JMS
2 1 (14.29%) RESTful
2 1 (14.29%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (57.14%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (14.29%) Algorithms
2 1 (14.29%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 2 (28.57%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (42.86%) Software Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Test Planning
2 3 (42.86%) Waterfall
2 3 (42.86%) Workflow
3 2 (28.57%) BDD
3 2 (28.57%) Continuous Integration
3 2 (28.57%) Integration Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Scenario Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Scrum
3 2 (28.57%) System Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Test Automation
3 2 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 1 (14.29%) Coaching
4 1 (14.29%) Complexity Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) E-Commerce
4 1 (14.29%) Performance Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Regression Testing
4 1 (14.29%) SOA
4 1 (14.29%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 2 (28.57%) Java
1 2 (28.57%) JavaScript
1 2 (28.57%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (14.29%) ISEB
1 1 (14.29%) ISTQB
1 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) HP
2 1 (14.29%) hybris
2 1 (14.29%) IBM