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 4 December 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
4 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Specialist
Rank 600 602 626
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +24
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 24 44 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.049% 0.079% 0.052%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.051% 0.084% 0.056%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 24 16
Median daily rate £350 £406 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-13.84% -2.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £332 £304 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £493 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £388 £338
% change year-on-year
+16.12% +14.81%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Median hourly rate - £41.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +36.66%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £41.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +36.66%

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
46813 52482 53624
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.63% 94.79% 93.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 30599 33429 33859
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.76% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1652 2038 2200
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% +6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £43.00 £37.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £15.71
% change year-on-year
-2.94% +8.21%

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 4 December 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 20 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 4 December 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 -10 23 £350 -15.15% 7
West Midlands -6 5 £345 -
London -19 5 £340 -24.44% 2
East of England - 5 £475 - 1
Essex - 5 £475 - 1
Warwickshire +2 4 £331 -
Warwick +1 4 £331 -
South West - 4 £400 - 1
Hampshire +16 3 £340 -17.57% 1
South East +12 3 £340 -17.57% 1
Portsmouth - 3 £340 -
Swindon - 2 £350 -
Gloucestershire - 2 £450 -
Wiltshire - 2 £350 -
Yorkshire +18 1 - -
West Yorkshire +13 1 - -
Worcestershire - 1 £350 -
Worcester - 1 £350 -
Leeds - 1 - -
Gloucester - 1 £450 -

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 4 December 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 28 (41.79%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (28.36%) Finance
2 19 (28.36%) Security Cleared
3 18 (26.87%) Test Automation
4 14 (20.90%) Test Scripting
4 14 (20.90%) Banking
4 14 (20.90%) Selenium
4 14 (20.90%) Java
5 13 (19.40%) Python
5 13 (19.40%) HP
5 13 (19.40%) DV Cleared
5 13 (19.40%) SoapUI
6 12 (17.91%) SQL
6 12 (17.91%) Scrum
7 11 (16.42%) TDD
7 11 (16.42%) Linux
8 10 (14.93%) .NET
8 10 (14.93%) JMeter
8 10 (14.93%) Functional Testing
8 10 (14.93%) Test Planning
9 9 (13.43%) ISTQB
10 8 (11.94%) Ruby
10 8 (11.94%) QA
10 8 (11.94%) Unix
10 8 (11.94%) SAP
10 8 (11.94%) Microsoft
10 8 (11.94%) LoadRunner
10 8 (11.94%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (10.45%) BDD
11 7 (10.45%) Test Management

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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (2.99%) IIS
2 1 (1.49%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.49%) MS Project
1 1 (1.49%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (7.46%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (4.48%) SAP HCM
3 2 (2.99%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (1.49%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.49%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.48%) SAN
2 2 (2.99%) Firewall
2 2 (2.99%) Intrusion Detection
2 2 (2.99%) Network Security
3 1 (1.49%) HTTP
3 1 (1.49%) Internet
3 1 (1.49%) MQTT
3 1 (1.49%) RTSP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.97%) DB2
1 4 (5.97%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.99%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.49%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 14 (20.90%) Selenium
2 13 (19.40%) SoapUI
3 10 (14.93%) JMeter
4 8 (11.94%) LoadRunner
5 7 (10.45%) HP UFT
6 5 (7.46%) Zephyr
7 4 (5.97%) Jenkins
7 4 (5.97%) JIRA
7 4 (5.97%) JUnit
8 3 (4.48%) Appium
8 3 (4.48%) CasperJS
8 3 (4.48%) Cucumber
8 3 (4.48%) WebDriver
9 2 (2.99%) Calabash
9 2 (2.99%) NUnit
9 2 (2.99%) SpecFlow
10 1 (1.49%) Capybara
10 1 (1.49%) Mercurial
10 1 (1.49%) Visual Studio
10 1 (1.49%) WATIR
General
1 19 (28.36%) Finance
2 14 (20.90%) Banking
3 5 (7.46%) Electronics
3 5 (7.46%) Manufacturing
3 5 (7.46%) Marketing
3 5 (7.46%) Telecoms
4 3 (4.48%) Front Office
4 3 (4.48%) Investment Banking
5 2 (2.99%) Retail
6 1 (1.49%) Legal
6 1 (1.49%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (14.93%) .NET
2 7 (10.45%) SOAP
2 7 (10.45%) Web Services
3 4 (5.97%) ASP.NET
3 4 (5.97%) HTML
4 3 (4.48%) Gherkin
5 2 (2.99%) AppFabric
5 2 (2.99%) CSS
5 2 (2.99%) JSON
5 2 (2.99%) Middleware
5 2 (2.99%) Node.js
5 2 (2.99%) RabbitMQ
5 2 (2.99%) WCF
5 2 (2.99%) XML
6 1 (1.49%) CSS3
6 1 (1.49%) DOM
6 1 (1.49%) HTML5
6 1 (1.49%) JSP
6 1 (1.49%) RESTful
6 1 (1.49%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 6 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (7.46%) Embedded Systems
3 4 (5.97%) Mathematics
3 4 (5.97%) SWIFT
4 3 (4.48%) Management Information System
5 2 (2.99%) Computer Science
5 2 (2.99%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.99%) User Experience
6 1 (1.49%) Credit Risk
6 1 (1.49%) NHS
6 1 (1.49%) N-Tier
6 1 (1.49%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 11 (16.42%) Linux
2 8 (11.94%) Unix
3 6 (8.96%) Windows
4 4 (5.97%) AIX
4 4 (5.97%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (5.97%) Windows Server 2008
4 4 (5.97%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.49%) Android
5 1 (1.49%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (41.79%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (26.87%) Test Automation
3 14 (20.90%) Test Scripting
4 12 (17.91%) Scrum
5 11 (16.42%) TDD
6 10 (14.93%) Functional Testing
6 10 (14.93%) Test Planning
7 7 (10.45%) BDD
7 7 (10.45%) Defect Tracking
7 7 (10.45%) Test Management
8 6 (8.96%) Business Intelligence
8 6 (8.96%) Configuration Management
8 6 (8.96%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (8.96%) DevOps
8 6 (8.96%) Regression Testing
8 6 (8.96%) SDLC
8 6 (8.96%) Software Testing
9 5 (7.46%) Automated Testing
9 5 (7.46%) Programme Management
9 5 (7.46%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 14 (20.90%) Java
2 13 (19.40%) Python
3 12 (17.91%) SQL
4 8 (11.94%) Ruby
5 7 (10.45%) C++
6 6 (8.96%) Bash Shell
6 6 (8.96%) Perl
7 4 (5.97%) C#
7 4 (5.97%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.99%) C
8 2 (2.99%) Groovy
8 2 (2.99%) Shell Script
8 2 (2.99%) VB
9 1 (1.49%) ECMAScript
9 1 (1.49%) XPath
Qualifications
1 19 (28.36%) Security Cleared
2 13 (19.40%) DV Cleared
3 9 (13.43%) ISTQB
4 6 (8.96%) SC Cleared
5 4 (5.97%) ISEB
6 3 (4.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (2.99%) Degree
7 2 (2.99%) PhD
8 1 (1.49%) CCNA
8 1 (1.49%) CHECK Team Member
8 1 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
8 1 (1.49%) CISM
8 1 (1.49%) CREST Certified
8 1 (1.49%) HP ASE
8 1 (1.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (11.94%) QA
2 4 (5.97%) SDET
3 2 (2.99%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (5.97%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (2.99%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.99%) Snort
3 1 (1.49%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (11.94%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.99%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (1.49%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 13 (19.40%) HP
2 8 (11.94%) Microsoft
2 8 (11.94%) SAP
3 7 (10.45%) Oracle
4 4 (5.97%) Citrix
4 4 (5.97%) VMware
5 3 (4.48%) Sybase
6 2 (2.99%) IBM
6 2 (2.99%) Sourcefire
7 1 (1.49%) Avaloq
7 1 (1.49%) Siebel
7 1 (1.49%) TSYS
7 1 (1.49%) Wall Street Systems
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