Rates and Project Lengths for QA/Testing Freelancers

The most comprehensive study on freelancer day rates and project lengths in the UK QA/testing industry, by the country's leading marketplace of premium talent.

Knowledge is power - for freelancer and hirer.

YunoJuno is committed to providing a new level of transparency to both freelancers and companies alike. The following data is from our 2019/20 Freelancer Rates Report - a study based on over 25,000 bookings on the YunoJuno platform in 2019.

Freelance Rates QA/Testing

Data for rates in the QA/testing category

The average day rate for freelancers working in QA / Testing in 2019 was £313 per day with the most common range being £250-350 per day. Those in the top 10% of the discipline earned at least £470 per day indicating that those with specifically desired expertise can command a significantly higher day rate.

If the project represents a great opportunity I’m more flexible with my rate as I recognise the experience will give me more rate leverage in the future.
Mathew Attlee - Senior Full-stack Developer
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Data for project lengths in the QA/testing category

In this specifically skilled discipline, there was the largest disparity between project lengths. The average length in 2019 was approximately seven weeks (34 working days) but project’s in the top 10% ran for nearly seven months (144 days). This reveals the level of assurance required by clients on large complex and transformative projects and thus significantly elongates a freelancer’s stay with a client.

Freelance Rates QA/Testing

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Emma Dawson, Lead Talent Acquisition, EMEA

YunoJuno has reduced the time and admin spent on completing IR35 compliance for all of our freelancers. It's revolutionised how quickly we can hire someone, in a fully compliant way.

Emma Hughes, Senior Creative Producer

YunoJuno is a great platform for finding the best freelancers and really happy with the support of the team there. Super easy to use and it takes care of all our freelancing requirements. All-in-all, it's been a great solution for me and for our Creative Studio at OVO Energy. Happy to recommend YunoJuno to all of my contacts.

Natasha Montgomery, Creative Resource Manager

It's helpful to have the contracts/ briefs and bookings all in one place.The team from YJ are really helpful and make the process smooth.

Tessa Schimetat, Senior Production Manager

The recruitment portal on YunoJuno is really clear and easy to use. It's super helpful to have the list of candidates and all our invoices in one place and to be paid on time. The team is helpful, knowledgeable and on hand to help with any questions we have. Would be great if more of our clients used YunoJuno to manage their freelancers.

Daniel Levy

YunoJuno IR35 process is a seamless experience and takes a lot of the stress away. YunoJuno really helps from an agility and productivity perspective, quickly answering the business needs and helping to create a much more diverse and output focused team. The quick payment of freelancers at YJ is a game changer. We've managed to reduce time to hire from a week to a couple of hours.

Senior Project Manager

I really enjoy working with YunoJuno. The platform is user friendly, intuitive and the Account Management team has been responsive and on hand to help throughout the entire process.Working with YunoJuno, I have been able to onboard, hire and manage my freelancers seamlessly and with speed.

EMEA Marketing Director, Creator, Emerging, Social

I have to say a huge thanks to your team — YunoJuno has saved us on many occasions now.

Christine Richter, Creative Operations Manager

We haven’t used a recruiter in ages, working closely with the YunoJuno Talent team we moved to sourcing 100% via the YJ Marketplace.

Marie Brittain, Resource Manager

YunoJuno have been brilliant in identifying remote working freelancers who always deliver. From first introductions and telephone calls, to brief discussions and final delivery, the key has been good, clear and honest communication.

Nick Astor, Content Strategy & Execution Lead

Frequently asked questions

When should I hire a QA/Testing expert?

There are several reasons why now might be the time to hire a QA/Tester freelancer. This includes:

Time — Due to testers being experienced in testing best practice, they can quickly and efficiently test a product and service from start to finish and help identify any bugs / issues that need to be urgently fixed.

Skills/knowledge — As they’re solely focused on testing, QA freelancers have the expertise to execute efficient testing campaigns. As they have years of testing, across various projects, they’re able to determine the right plan and approach to test a project competently.

Communication — QA testers help keep a constant discussion across the development of a project. They work with developers to understand objectives, reasons and decisions, but also encourage the developers to do the same, ensuring  acceptance criteria isn’t lost.

Flexibility — Testing freelancers are flexible and adaptable and are able to adjust changes in workflow and processes when it comes to changes in original requirements. They can quickly amend and adjust the timeplan and plan.

Why choose a YunoJuno QA/Testing Freelancer?

Each of our testing experts have been manually vetted by our dedicated onboarding team to ensure they have the right skills and experience to be considered an elite Freelancer.

What type of QA/Testing Freelancer do I need?

We have various types of QA/Testers including:

  • Automation Engineer
  • Quality Analyst
  • Test Automation Developer
  • Testing Analyst
  • Director of Test
  • Test Architect
  • Test Engineer
  • Test Manager

Each of our testers have a profile page that outlines their skills and experience giving you the opportunity to review this information to ensure you are hiring the right freelancer, with the right background for your project.

Alternatively, you can engage directly with our Talent Team. Not only can they help you create your brief, to detail exactly what you’re looking for, they can also help with shortlisting candidates, to ensure you find the right freelancer to get the job done.

Where can I download the full 2019/20 Rates Report?

We believe this information should be available and transparent to both freelancers and companies alike. That's why this report is completely free to download. No required email before downloading. No catch.

Download the full report here.

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