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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Specialist
Rank 607 620 593
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 42 50 53
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.079% 0.086% 0.092%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.084% 0.091% 0.098%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 34 27
Median daily rate £400 £375 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -9.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £322 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £503 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 5
Median hourly rate - £41.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +17.14%
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £41.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +17.14%

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
50058 55053 53923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.63% 94.96% 93.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 32735 35187 32868
Median daily rate £425 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £376 £351
% change year-on-year
+3.86% +6.93%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1664 2085 2143
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.70% +6.04%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.46 £42.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £17.33 £16.50
% change year-on-year
-4.78% +5.03%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 +18 41 £400 +6.66% 6
London -2 16 £421 +5.31%
South West +22 9 £405 +10.95%
Gloucestershire +12 9 £405 -
City of London +19 5 £400 -11.11%
Yorkshire +15 4 £400 +28.00% 1
South East +8 4 £400 +6.66% 1
Hampshire +3 4 £400 +6.66% 1
West Midlands - 4 £317 -
West Yorkshire +10 3 - - 1
Warwickshire - 3 £309 -
Warwick - 3 £309 -
Cheltenham - 3 £405 -
Gloucester - 3 £365 -
East of England +14 2 £444 -1.38% 1
Bradford - 2 - -
Cambridgeshire +24 1 £413 -8.33%
Scotland +20 1 £370 +29.82%
North West +16 1 £450 - 1
Glasgow +12 1 £370 +29.82%
Manchester -1 1 £450 +28.57% 1
North East -24 1 £390 +26.00%
Newcastle upon Tyne -28 1 £390 +26.00%
Tyne and Wear -28 1 £390 +26.00%
Worcestershire - 1 £350 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £400 -
Essex - 1 £475 - 1
Worcester - 1 £350 -
Sheffield - 1 £400 -
Portsmouth - 1 - -

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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 36 (36.00%) Security Cleared
2 33 (33.00%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (30.00%) HP
3 30 (30.00%) Test Scripting
4 25 (25.00%) Java
5 23 (23.00%) ISTQB
5 23 (23.00%) Test Automation
6 21 (21.00%) Selenium
7 19 (19.00%) SC Cleared
7 19 (19.00%) Functional Testing
8 18 (18.00%) DV Cleared
9 17 (17.00%) .NET
9 17 (17.00%) Unix
9 17 (17.00%) LoadRunner
10 16 (16.00%) Banking
10 16 (16.00%) Finance
11 15 (15.00%) JMeter
11 15 (15.00%) Linux
11 15 (15.00%) Python
11 15 (15.00%) HTML
12 13 (13.00%) JavaScript
12 13 (13.00%) SoapUI
12 13 (13.00%) BDD
12 13 (13.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 12 (12.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 12 (12.00%) Test Planning
13 12 (12.00%) SQL
13 12 (12.00%) ISEB
13 12 (12.00%) Microsoft
14 11 (11.00%) HP UFT

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 7 (7.00%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.00%) MS Office
3 1 (1.00%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (4.00%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (2.00%) SAP HCM
2 2 (2.00%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (1.00%) BASE24
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.00%) SAN
2 2 (2.00%) HTTP
3 1 (1.00%) FCoE
3 1 (1.00%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (1.00%) Internet
3 1 (1.00%) iSCSI
3 1 (1.00%) Kerberos
3 1 (1.00%) MQTT
3 1 (1.00%) RTSP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.00%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (2.00%) DataStage
2 2 (2.00%) MongoDB
3 1 (1.00%) DB2
Development Applications
1 21 (21.00%) Selenium
2 17 (17.00%) LoadRunner
3 15 (15.00%) JMeter
4 13 (13.00%) SoapUI
5 11 (11.00%) HP UFT
6 8 (8.00%) JIRA
7 7 (7.00%) Cucumber
8 6 (6.00%) Jenkins
8 6 (6.00%) WebDriver
9 5 (5.00%) JUnit
9 5 (5.00%) Zephyr
10 4 (4.00%) SpecFlow
11 3 (3.00%) Appium
11 3 (3.00%) Selenium IDE
11 3 (3.00%) Visual Studio
12 2 (2.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 2 (2.00%) CasperJS
12 2 (2.00%) Git (software)
12 2 (2.00%) JBehave
12 2 (2.00%) NUnit
General
1 16 (16.00%) Banking
1 16 (16.00%) Finance
2 2 (2.00%) Electronics
2 2 (2.00%) Front Office
2 2 (2.00%) Investment Banking
2 2 (2.00%) Manufacturing
2 2 (2.00%) Marketing
2 2 (2.00%) Retail
2 2 (2.00%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.00%) Legal
3 1 (1.00%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (17.00%) .NET
2 15 (15.00%) HTML
3 10 (10.00%) ASP.NET
4 7 (7.00%) SOAP
5 4 (4.00%) Gherkin
5 4 (4.00%) HTML5
5 4 (4.00%) Web Services
6 3 (3.00%) CSS
7 2 (2.00%) AngularJS
7 2 (2.00%) COM
7 2 (2.00%) CSS3
7 2 (2.00%) jQuery
7 2 (2.00%) JSON
7 2 (2.00%) Node.js
7 2 (2.00%) RabbitMQ
7 2 (2.00%) RESTful
7 2 (2.00%) Silverlight
7 2 (2.00%) XML
8 1 (1.00%) .NET Framework
8 1 (1.00%) OAuth
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.00%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.00%) Embedded Systems
3 4 (4.00%) Mathematics
4 2 (2.00%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.00%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.00%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.00%) User Experience
5 1 (1.00%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.00%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.00%) Data Integration
5 1 (1.00%) Device Driver
5 1 (1.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.00%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.00%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.00%) NHS
5 1 (1.00%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.00%) Online Banking
5 1 (1.00%) SWIFT
5 1 (1.00%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 17 (17.00%) Unix
2 15 (15.00%) Linux
3 5 (5.00%) Windows
4 2 (2.00%) AIX
5 1 (1.00%) Android
5 1 (1.00%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (33.00%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (30.00%) Test Scripting
3 23 (23.00%) Test Automation
4 19 (19.00%) Functional Testing
5 13 (13.00%) BDD
6 12 (12.00%) Test Planning
7 11 (11.00%) Performance Testing
8 10 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 10 (10.00%) SDLC
8 10 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (9.00%) Scrum
9 9 (9.00%) Software Testing
9 9 (9.00%) Test Management
10 8 (8.00%) Automated Testing
10 8 (8.00%) TDD
11 7 (7.00%) Defect Tracking
11 7 (7.00%) Regression Testing
11 7 (7.00%) Security Testing
12 6 (6.00%) Configuration Management
12 6 (6.00%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 25 (25.00%) Java
2 15 (15.00%) Python
3 13 (13.00%) JavaScript
4 12 (12.00%) SQL
5 9 (9.00%) C#
5 9 (9.00%) C++
6 7 (7.00%) Perl
6 7 (7.00%) PowerShell
6 7 (7.00%) Ruby
7 6 (6.00%) Bash Shell
8 5 (5.00%) VB
8 5 (5.00%) VBScript
9 2 (2.00%) C
9 2 (2.00%) Groovy
9 2 (2.00%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.00%) COBOL
10 1 (1.00%) ECMAScript
10 1 (1.00%) XPath
Qualifications
1 36 (36.00%) Security Cleared
2 23 (23.00%) ISTQB
3 19 (19.00%) SC Cleared
4 18 (18.00%) DV Cleared
5 13 (13.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (12.00%) ISEB
6 12 (12.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 8 (8.00%) Cisco Certification
8 7 (7.00%) MCITP
8 7 (7.00%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (3.00%) CCNA
10 2 (2.00%) Degree
10 2 (2.00%) PhD
11 1 (1.00%) CCNP
11 1 (1.00%) HP ASE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (10.00%) QA
2 3 (3.00%) SDET
3 1 (1.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (1.00%) VMware ESXi
1 1 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 11 (11.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.00%) Puppet
3 1 (1.00%) Host Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (1.00%) HP Fortify
3 1 (1.00%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (1.00%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 30 (30.00%) HP
2 12 (12.00%) Microsoft
3 10 (10.00%) Oracle
4 7 (7.00%) Cisco
4 7 (7.00%) SAP
5 3 (3.00%) Atlassian
6 2 (2.00%) Infor
6 2 (2.00%) Salesforce.com
6 2 (2.00%) Sybase
6 2 (2.00%) VMware
7 1 (1.00%) Alias
7 1 (1.00%) AppDynamics
7 1 (1.00%) BT
7 1 (1.00%) Citrix
7 1 (1.00%) IBM
7 1 (1.00%) Siebel
7 1 (1.00%) Unisys
7 1 (1.00%) Veracode
7 1 (1.00%) Veritas
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