The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the UK that had Test Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 23 August 2016 with a comparison to same period over 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
23 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Specialist
Rank 603 610 561
Rank change year-on-year
+7 -49
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 47 44 69
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.086% 0.076% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.091% 0.081% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 32 31
Median daily rate £400 £365 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.58% -14.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £329 £318 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £499 £514
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £355 £375
% change year-on-year
+12.67% -5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Median hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £35.00

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51788 54568 52505
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.77% 94.82% 94.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 33741 34681 31721
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1632 2045 2054
Median hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £16.72
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +1.67%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.00 £10.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £42.00 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.60 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-0.60% +0.60%

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of IT contracts that featured Test Specialist in the job title.

Test Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Specialist within the UK.

Test Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 23 August 2016.

Test Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Specialist within the UK.

Test Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Specialist
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 23 August 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 +7 45 £400 +8.84% 6
London -5 17 £425 -5.55% 1
Gloucestershire +20 13 £403 - 1
South West +18 13 £403 +18.00% 1
Yorkshire +2 5 £400 +23.07% 1
City of London - 5 £400 -
West Yorkshire +7 4 - - 1
Hampshire -11 3 £425 +18.05% 2
South East -22 3 £425 +13.33% 2
Cheltenham - 3 £405 -
Gloucester - 3 £365 -
Bradford +7 2 - -
North West +6 2 £425 +3.03% 1
Leeds +4 2 - - 1
North East -30 2 £361 +13.24%
Newcastle upon Tyne -30 2 £361 +13.24%
Tyne and Wear -31 2 £361 +13.24%
Warwickshire - 2 £300 -
Warwick - 2 £300 -
West Midlands - 2 £300 -
East of England +17 1 £413 +10.00%
Scotland +13 1 £370 +29.82%
Glasgow +11 1 £370 +29.82%
Gosport +1 1 £450 +28.57%
Manchester -4 1 £450 +28.57% 1
South Yorkshire -4 1 £400 +23.07%
Sheffield -10 1 £400 +23.07%
Croydon - 1 £300 -
Cambridge - 1 £413 -
Preston - 1 £400 -

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 August 2016, Test Specialist 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 Test Specialist in the job title.

1 43 (38.74%) Security Cleared
2 34 (30.63%) Test Scripting
2 34 (30.63%) HP
3 33 (29.73%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (27.03%) Java
5 25 (22.52%) ISTQB
6 23 (20.72%) SC Cleared
7 22 (19.82%) DV Cleared
7 22 (19.82%) Test Automation
7 22 (19.82%) Functional Testing
8 21 (18.92%) Selenium
9 20 (18.02%) Unix
10 19 (17.12%) Linux
10 19 (17.12%) LoadRunner
11 17 (15.32%) Python
12 16 (14.41%) HTML
12 16 (14.41%) .NET
12 16 (14.41%) Performance Testing
13 15 (13.51%) Test Planning
13 15 (13.51%) JavaScript
13 15 (13.51%) JMeter
14 14 (12.61%) Finance
14 14 (12.61%) Banking
14 14 (12.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 14 (12.61%) HP Quality Center
15 13 (11.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 13 (11.71%) Non-Functional Testing
15 13 (11.71%) Software Testing
16 12 (10.81%) ISEB
16 12 (10.81%) Microsoft

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top Related 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:

Applications
1 8 (7.21%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.80%) MS Office
3 1 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (4.50%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.90%) BASE24
2 1 (0.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 6 (5.41%) SAN
2 5 (4.50%) FCoE
2 5 (4.50%) Fibre Channel
2 5 (4.50%) iSCSI
3 2 (1.80%) HTTP
4 1 (0.90%) Firewall
4 1 (0.90%) Internet
4 1 (0.90%) Kerberos
4 1 (0.90%) MQTT
4 1 (0.90%) RTSP
4 1 (0.90%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (1.80%) DataStage
2 2 (1.80%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 21 (18.92%) Selenium
2 19 (17.12%) LoadRunner
3 15 (13.51%) JMeter
4 11 (9.91%) HP UFT
4 11 (9.91%) SoapUI
5 8 (7.21%) Cucumber
5 8 (7.21%) WebDriver
6 7 (6.31%) JIRA
7 5 (4.50%) Jenkins
7 5 (4.50%) JUnit
7 5 (4.50%) Selenium IDE
8 4 (3.60%) Zephyr
9 3 (2.70%) SpecFlow
10 2 (1.80%) Appium
10 2 (1.80%) AppScan
10 2 (1.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
10 2 (1.80%) Git (software)
10 2 (1.80%) Mercurial
10 2 (1.80%) Visual Studio
11 1 (0.90%) NUnit
General
1 14 (12.61%) Banking
1 14 (12.61%) Finance
2 2 (1.80%) Retail
3 1 (0.90%) Electronics
3 1 (0.90%) Legal
3 1 (0.90%) Manufacturing
3 1 (0.90%) Marketing
3 1 (0.90%) Retail Banking
3 1 (0.90%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (14.41%) .NET
1 16 (14.41%) HTML
2 11 (9.91%) ASP.NET
3 6 (5.41%) SOAP
3 6 (5.41%) Web Services
4 4 (3.60%) Gherkin
4 4 (3.60%) HTML5
5 3 (2.70%) J2EE
6 2 (1.80%) .NET Framework
6 2 (1.80%) AngularJS
6 2 (1.80%) COM
6 2 (1.80%) CSS
6 2 (1.80%) CSS3
6 2 (1.80%) jQuery
6 2 (1.80%) JSON
6 2 (1.80%) Node.js
6 2 (1.80%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (1.80%) Silverlight
6 2 (1.80%) XML
7 1 (0.90%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.11%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (5.41%) Embedded Systems
3 5 (4.50%) Device Driver
4 3 (2.70%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.70%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.80%) Client/Server
5 2 (1.80%) User Experience
6 1 (0.90%) Computer Science
6 1 (0.90%) Credit Risk
6 1 (0.90%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.90%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 1 (0.90%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.90%) Mathematics
6 1 (0.90%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.90%) N-Tier
6 1 (0.90%) Online Banking
6 1 (0.90%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 20 (18.02%) Unix
2 19 (17.12%) Linux
3 8 (7.21%) Windows
4 5 (4.50%) AIX
5 1 (0.90%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.90%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (30.63%) Test Scripting
2 33 (29.73%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (19.82%) Functional Testing
3 22 (19.82%) Test Automation
4 16 (14.41%) Performance Testing
5 15 (13.51%) Test Planning
6 13 (11.71%) Non-Functional Testing
6 13 (11.71%) Software Testing
7 12 (10.81%) BDD
7 12 (10.81%) Test Management
8 10 (9.01%) Security Testing
8 10 (9.01%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (8.11%) SDLC
10 8 (7.21%) Regression Testing
11 7 (6.31%) Automated Testing
11 7 (6.31%) Knowledge Management
11 7 (6.31%) Project Management
11 7 (6.31%) Software Engineering
11 7 (6.31%) TDD
12 6 (5.41%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 30 (27.03%) Java
2 17 (15.32%) Python
3 15 (13.51%) JavaScript
4 11 (9.91%) Perl
4 11 (9.91%) SQL
5 9 (8.11%) C++
6 8 (7.21%) C#
6 8 (7.21%) PowerShell
7 7 (6.31%) Ruby
7 7 (6.31%) VB
8 6 (5.41%) Bash Shell
9 5 (4.50%) VBScript
10 2 (1.80%) C
10 2 (1.80%) COBOL
10 2 (1.80%) Groovy
10 2 (1.80%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.90%) ECMAScript
Qualifications
1 43 (38.74%) Security Cleared
2 25 (22.52%) ISTQB
3 23 (20.72%) SC Cleared
4 22 (19.82%) DV Cleared
5 14 (12.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (11.71%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 12 (10.81%) ISEB
8 9 (8.11%) Cisco Certification
9 8 (7.21%) MCITP
9 8 (7.21%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (2.70%) CCNA
11 2 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.90%) CCNP
12 1 (0.90%) Degree
12 1 (0.90%) HP ASE
12 1 (0.90%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (7.21%) QA
2 1 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.90%) SDET
System Software
1 5 (4.50%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 14 (12.61%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.80%) HP Fortify
2 2 (1.80%) Puppet
2 2 (1.80%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 34 (30.63%) HP
2 12 (10.81%) Microsoft
3 9 (8.11%) Oracle
4 8 (7.21%) Cisco
5 5 (4.50%) Veritas
5 5 (4.50%) VMware
6 4 (3.60%) Atlassian
6 4 (3.60%) SAP
7 2 (1.80%) Infor
7 2 (1.80%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (1.80%) Veracode
8 1 (0.90%) Alias
8 1 (0.90%) AppDynamics
8 1 (0.90%) BT
8 1 (0.90%) Siebel
8 1 (0.90%) Unisys
Eastleigh, Hampshire
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive Rates
Posted: 5 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Hursley
Rate: From £28,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago