The median contractor rate for an Agile Tester was £300 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 27 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.

Agile Tester
UK
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 581 615 583
Rank change year-on-year +34 -32  
Contract jobs requiring an Agile Tester 29 39 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.062% 0.072% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.065% 0.076% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 29 35
Median daily rate £300 £420 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -28.57% +35.48%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £293 £258
10% offered a daily rate of more than £443 £505 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £300 £350 £300
% change year-on-year -14.28% +16.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £164.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £164.00

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 44656 51218 52310
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 94.87% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28833 33387 32903
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1389 1533 1989
Median hourly rate £18.10 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.42% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.44 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.14
% change year-on-year - +8.42%  

Agile Tester
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Agile Tester in the UK

Agile Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Agile Tester in the UK

Agile Tester
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Agile Tester over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Agile Tester in the UK

Agile Tester
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Agile Tester in the UK

Agile Tester
Top 20 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Agile Tester within the UK over the 3 months to 27 June 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 +12 29 £300 -28.57% 10
London -3 15 £300 -29.41% 6
Yorkshire +36 6 £288 -11.53%
Leeds +23 6 £288 -11.53%
West Yorkshire +22 6 £288 -11.53%
Tyne and Wear +75 3 £320 -8.57%
Newcastle upon Tyne +75 3 £320 -8.57%
North East +74 3 £320 -8.57%
South East +10 2 - - 1
West Midlands +18 1 £375 +87.50%
Surrey +8 1 - -
South West +4 1 - -
East of England -2 1 £488 +39.28% 2
Coventry - 1 £375 -
Devon - 1 - -
Hammersmith - 1 £335 -
Hastings - 1 - -
Woking - 1 - -
East Sussex - 1 - -
Essex - 1 £488 - 1

Agile Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 June 2017, Agile 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 Agile Tester in the job title.

1 61 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (85.25%) Test Automation
3 41 (67.21%) Selenium
4 31 (50.82%) Java
5 29 (47.54%) WebDriver
6 28 (45.90%) Cucumber
7 27 (44.26%) C#
8 20 (32.79%) Gherkin
9 19 (31.15%) TDD
9 19 (31.15%) BDD
9 19 (31.15%) Test Scripting
10 18 (29.51%) Jenkins
11 17 (27.87%) API Testing
12 15 (24.59%) SoapUI
13 14 (22.95%) Scala
13 14 (22.95%) QA
13 14 (22.95%) Scrum
13 14 (22.95%) JUnit
14 13 (21.31%) Python
14 13 (21.31%) Finance
14 13 (21.31%) Web Testing
14 13 (21.31%) Ruby
14 13 (21.31%) Smartphone
14 13 (21.31%) RSpec
14 13 (21.31%) Defect Tracking
15 9 (14.75%) JIRA
15 9 (14.75%) Web Services
16 8 (13.11%) SQL
16 8 (13.11%) REST
16 8 (13.11%) Build Automation

Agile 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 2 (3.28%) Confluence
2 1 (1.64%) Apache
2 1 (1.64%) Apache Spark
2 1 (1.64%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (1.64%) Tomcat
Business Applications
1 2 (3.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.64%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 4 (6.56%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.28%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.64%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.20%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.28%) Big Data
2 2 (3.28%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (3.28%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.64%) Apache Hive
3 1 (1.64%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.64%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.64%) MySQL
3 1 (1.64%) Neo4j
3 1 (1.64%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 41 (67.21%) Selenium
2 29 (47.54%) WebDriver
3 28 (45.90%) Cucumber
4 18 (29.51%) Jenkins
5 15 (24.59%) SoapUI
6 14 (22.95%) JUnit
7 13 (21.31%) RSpec
8 9 (14.75%) JIRA
9 6 (9.84%) SpecFlow
10 5 (8.20%) Git (software)
11 2 (3.28%) JIRA Agile
11 2 (3.28%) JMeter
11 2 (3.28%) NUnit
12 1 (1.64%) Bugzilla
12 1 (1.64%) Gatling
12 1 (1.64%) HP UFT
12 1 (1.64%) LoadRunner
12 1 (1.64%) Mockito
12 1 (1.64%) Moq
12 1 (1.64%) Trac
General
1 13 (21.31%) Finance
2 1 (1.64%) Electronics
2 1 (1.64%) Manufacturing
2 1 (1.64%) Marketing
2 1 (1.64%) Publishing
2 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (32.79%) Gherkin
2 9 (14.75%) Web Services
3 8 (13.11%) REST
4 7 (11.48%) SOAP
5 6 (9.84%) .NET
6 4 (6.56%) XML
7 2 (3.28%) AngularJS
7 2 (3.28%) JSON
7 2 (3.28%) RESTful
8 1 (1.64%) Elastic Stack
8 1 (1.64%) Hibernate
8 1 (1.64%) Kafka
8 1 (1.64%) Middleware
8 1 (1.64%) Node.js
8 1 (1.64%) Spring
8 1 (1.64%) WSDL
8 1 (1.64%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 13 (21.31%) Smartphone
2 3 (4.92%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.64%) AS400
3 1 (1.64%) iSeries
3 1 (1.64%) IVR
3 1 (1.64%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.64%) NHS
3 1 (1.64%) Public Cloud
3 1 (1.64%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.92%) Linux
1 3 (4.92%) Windows
2 1 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (1.64%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (85.25%) Test Automation
3 19 (31.15%) BDD
3 19 (31.15%) TDD
3 19 (31.15%) Test Scripting
4 17 (27.87%) API Testing
5 14 (22.95%) Scrum
6 13 (21.31%) Defect Tracking
6 13 (21.31%) Web Testing
7 8 (13.11%) Build Automation
8 7 (11.48%) Regression Testing
9 5 (8.20%) Functional Testing
9 5 (8.20%) Manual Testing
9 5 (8.20%) Microservices
9 5 (8.20%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (6.56%) Continuous Integration
10 4 (6.56%) E-Commerce
10 4 (6.56%) Open Source
10 4 (6.56%) Software Testing
10 4 (6.56%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 31 (50.82%) Java
2 27 (44.26%) C#
3 14 (22.95%) Scala
4 13 (21.31%) Python
4 13 (21.31%) Ruby
5 8 (13.11%) SQL
6 4 (6.56%) Groovy
7 2 (3.28%) T-SQL
8 1 (1.64%) ANSI SQL
8 1 (1.64%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 6 (9.84%) ISEB
2 4 (6.56%) ISTQB
2 4 (6.56%) SC Cleared
2 4 (6.56%) Security Cleared
3 1 (1.64%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (1.64%) Degree
3 1 (1.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (22.95%) QA
2 1 (1.64%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.64%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 3 (4.92%) Docker
2 1 (1.64%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 1 (1.64%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (1.64%) Kibana
1 1 (1.64%) logstash
1 1 (1.64%) Nagios
1 1 (1.64%) Puppet
Vendors
1 4 (6.56%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.92%) Oracle
3 1 (1.64%) Atlassian
3 1 (1.64%) CA Agile Central
3 1 (1.64%) Google
3 1 (1.64%) HP
3 1 (1.64%) Red Hat
3 1 (1.64%) SAP
3 1 (1.64%) Splunk
3 1 (1.64%) Talend
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