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 January 2017 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 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Specialist
UK
Rank 561 600 570
Rank change year-on-year
+39 -30
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 26 30 37
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.058% 0.060% 0.073%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.061% 0.063% 0.077%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 15 11
Median daily rate £420 £400 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% +4.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £349 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £465 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £385 £320
% change year-on-year
+6.49% +20.31%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £32.50

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
42508 47354 48039
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.77% 94.75% 94.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 27665 30191 30170
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 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £587 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1501 1736 1893
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% +6.06%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.13 £10.75 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.87 £47.50 £38.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%

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 January 2017.

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 19 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 January 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 +30 25 £420 +0.71% 7
South East +20 6 £340 -12.25% 1
Hampshire +13 6 £340 -12.25%
East of England +10 6 £475 -
Essex -2 6 £475 -
Wiltshire +8 5 £325 -10.95%
South West +8 5 £325 -10.95% 1
Swindon +4 5 £325 -10.95%
London +4 4 £475 +7.04% 4
West Midlands -9 3 £420 -
City of London -4 2 £550 +25.71% 2
Portsmouth - 2 £340 -
Coventry - 2 £410 -
Fareham - 2 £425 -
West Yorkshire +12 1 - -
Leeds +9 1 - -
Yorkshire +8 1 - -
Warwick -1 1 £430 -
Warwickshire -2 1 £430 -

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 January 2017, 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 34 (54.84%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (41.94%) Test Automation
3 23 (37.10%) Finance
4 19 (30.65%) Scrum
4 19 (30.65%) Selenium
5 17 (27.42%) SoapUI
6 16 (25.81%) Java
7 14 (22.58%) TDD
7 14 (22.58%) Banking
8 13 (20.97%) SQL
8 13 (20.97%) SAP
9 12 (19.35%) HP
9 12 (19.35%) Test Scripting
10 11 (17.74%) SOAP
10 11 (17.74%) DevOps
11 10 (16.13%) Security Cleared
11 10 (16.13%) Web Services
11 10 (16.13%) Linux
11 10 (16.13%) Python
11 10 (16.13%) LoadRunner
11 10 (16.13%) QA
12 9 (14.52%) Continuous Integration
12 9 (14.52%) Integration Testing
12 9 (14.52%) Manufacturing
12 9 (14.52%) Business Intelligence
12 9 (14.52%) Test Planning
13 8 (12.90%) HP Quality Center
13 8 (12.90%) SOA
13 8 (12.90%) Unix
13 8 (12.90%) Windows

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 (3.23%) IIS
2 1 (1.61%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (1.61%) MS Project
1 1 (1.61%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 8 (12.90%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 3 (4.84%) SAP HCM
3 2 (3.23%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.61%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.23%) Firewall
1 2 (3.23%) Intrusion Detection
1 2 (3.23%) Network Security
1 2 (3.23%) SAN
2 1 (1.61%) HTTP
2 1 (1.61%) Internet
2 1 (1.61%) MQTT
2 1 (1.61%) RTSP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.45%) DB2
1 4 (6.45%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.23%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 19 (30.65%) Selenium
2 17 (27.42%) SoapUI
3 10 (16.13%) LoadRunner
4 8 (12.90%) JMeter
5 7 (11.29%) HP UFT
5 7 (11.29%) JIRA
6 6 (9.68%) SpecFlow
6 6 (9.68%) WebDriver
6 6 (9.68%) Zephyr
7 5 (8.06%) JUnit
8 4 (6.45%) Jenkins
8 4 (6.45%) Visual Studio
9 3 (4.84%) CasperJS
9 3 (4.84%) Cucumber
9 3 (4.84%) NUnit
10 2 (3.23%) Appium
10 2 (3.23%) Calabash
10 2 (3.23%) Sahi
10 2 (3.23%) WATIR
11 1 (1.61%) Capybara
General
1 23 (37.10%) Finance
2 14 (22.58%) Banking
3 9 (14.52%) Manufacturing
4 8 (12.90%) Electronics
4 8 (12.90%) Marketing
4 8 (12.90%) Telecoms
5 3 (4.84%) Front Office
5 3 (4.84%) Investment Banking
6 2 (3.23%) Retail
7 1 (1.61%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (17.74%) SOAP
2 10 (16.13%) Web Services
3 8 (12.90%) .NET
4 6 (9.68%) Gherkin
5 3 (4.84%) JSON
5 3 (4.84%) Middleware
6 2 (3.23%) AppFabric
6 2 (3.23%) ASP.NET
6 2 (3.23%) HTML
6 2 (3.23%) Node.js
6 2 (3.23%) RabbitMQ
6 2 (3.23%) RESTful
6 2 (3.23%) WCF
6 2 (3.23%) XSD
7 1 (1.61%) CSS
7 1 (1.61%) DOM
7 1 (1.61%) JSON Schema
7 1 (1.61%) Kafka
7 1 (1.61%) Protocol Buffers
7 1 (1.61%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.45%) SWIFT
2 3 (4.84%) Mathematics
2 3 (4.84%) User Experience
3 2 (3.23%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.23%) Client/Server
3 2 (3.23%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (3.23%) Mainframe
3 2 (3.23%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.23%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.61%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.61%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.61%) Equities
4 1 (1.61%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 1 (1.61%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.61%) NHS
4 1 (1.61%) Verilog
4 1 (1.61%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 10 (16.13%) Linux
2 8 (12.90%) Unix
2 8 (12.90%) Windows
3 4 (6.45%) AIX
3 4 (6.45%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 4 (6.45%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (6.45%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (1.61%) Android
4 1 (1.61%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (54.84%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (41.94%) Test Automation
3 19 (30.65%) Scrum
4 14 (22.58%) TDD
5 12 (19.35%) Test Scripting
6 11 (17.74%) DevOps
7 9 (14.52%) Business Intelligence
7 9 (14.52%) Continuous Integration
7 9 (14.52%) Integration Testing
7 9 (14.52%) Test Planning
8 8 (12.90%) Digital Marketing
8 8 (12.90%) Programme Management
8 8 (12.90%) SOA
9 7 (11.29%) Regression Testing
9 7 (11.29%) SDLC
10 6 (9.68%) BDD
10 6 (9.68%) Defect Tracking
10 6 (9.68%) Functional Testing
11 5 (8.06%) Automated Testing
11 5 (8.06%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 16 (25.81%) Java
2 13 (20.97%) SQL
3 10 (16.13%) Python
4 7 (11.29%) C++
5 5 (8.06%) C#
6 4 (6.45%) Ruby
7 3 (4.84%) Groovy
7 3 (4.84%) Shell Script
8 2 (3.23%) Bash Shell
8 2 (3.23%) C
8 2 (3.23%) Perl
9 1 (1.61%) JavaScript
9 1 (1.61%) PHP
9 1 (1.61%) XPath
Qualifications
1 10 (16.13%) Security Cleared
2 7 (11.29%) DV Cleared
2 7 (11.29%) ISTQB
3 5 (8.06%) ISEB
3 5 (8.06%) SC Cleared
4 2 (3.23%) PhD
5 1 (1.61%) CHECK Team Member
5 1 (1.61%) CISM
5 1 (1.61%) CREST Certified
5 1 (1.61%) Degree
5 1 (1.61%) HP ASE
5 1 (1.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (16.13%) QA
2 4 (6.45%) SDET
3 2 (3.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 4 (6.45%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (3.23%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.23%) Snort
3 1 (1.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (12.90%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (3.23%) Network Intrusion Detection System
3 1 (1.61%) Host Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 13 (20.97%) SAP
2 12 (19.35%) HP
3 6 (9.68%) Microsoft
4 5 (8.06%) Oracle
5 4 (6.45%) Citrix
5 4 (6.45%) VMware
6 3 (4.84%) Sybase
7 2 (3.23%) IBM
7 2 (3.23%) Sourcefire
8 1 (1.61%) Altera
8 1 (1.61%) Avaloq
8 1 (1.61%) Siebel
8 1 (1.61%) TSYS
8 1 (1.61%) Wall Street Systems
London
Resource Group
Rate: £350 - £379 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Total Recruitment Specialists Limited / TRG / Total recruitment group
Rate: £450 - £500 Per Day
Posted: 7 hours ago