The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 3 months to 29 March 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.

Test Specialist
UK / England
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 532 580 556
Rank change year-on-year +48 -24  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 45 46 50
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.11% 0.093% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.097% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 29 23 20
Median daily rate £400 £425 £355
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +19.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £332 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £545 £503
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £413 £330
% change year-on-year -9.09% +25.00%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 5
Median hourly rate - £40.25 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +15.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.25 £35.00
% change year-on-year - +15.00%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in England. 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
England
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 39575 47323 46031
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 94.83% 95.28% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 25800 31094 28258
Median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £263 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1355 1459 1862
Median hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - +5.71%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.30 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £47.50 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.25% +14.70%  

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England that featured Test Specialist in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Test Specialist in England

Test Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Specialist in England

Test Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Specialist in England over the 3 months to 29 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Specialist in England

Test Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Specialist in England

Test Specialist
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 3 months to 29 March 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
London +43 24 £405 -11.23% 2
South West 0 12 £350 -30.00%
South East +7 5 £375 -7.69% 1
West Midlands +15 2 - -
East Midlands - 2 £381 -
Test Specialist
UK

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 March 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 across the England region featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 32 (47.76%) Agile Software Development
1 32 (47.76%) Test Automation
2 22 (32.84%) Finance
3 20 (29.85%) Java
3 20 (29.85%) Selenium
3 20 (29.85%) Test Strategy
4 19 (28.36%) ISEB
5 16 (23.88%) Scrum
5 16 (23.88%) JIRA
6 14 (20.90%) ISTQB
6 14 (20.90%) Continuous Integration
6 14 (20.90%) SAP
7 12 (17.91%) TDD
8 11 (16.42%) Test Scripting
8 11 (16.42%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (16.42%) SOAP
8 11 (16.42%) Web Services
8 11 (16.42%) SoapUI
8 11 (16.42%) DevOps
9 10 (14.93%) Manufacturing
9 10 (14.93%) Integration Testing
9 10 (14.93%) Telecoms
10 9 (13.43%) Electronics
10 9 (13.43%) Programme Management
10 9 (13.43%) Digital Marketing
10 9 (13.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 9 (13.43%) Marketing
10 9 (13.43%) Business Intelligence
10 9 (13.43%) SOA
10 9 (13.43%) Proprietary Trading

Test Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 8 (11.94%) Confluence
2 2 (2.99%) IIS
2 2 (2.99%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (1.49%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 9 (13.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (2.99%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (1.49%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.49%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.49%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.99%) Firewall
1 2 (2.99%) Intrusion Detection
1 2 (2.99%) Network Security
2 1 (1.49%) HTTP
2 1 (1.49%) Internet
2 1 (1.49%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.46%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.48%) DB2
3 2 (2.99%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.99%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.99%) RDBMS
3 2 (2.99%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.49%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 20 (29.85%) Selenium
2 16 (23.88%) JIRA
3 11 (16.42%) SoapUI
4 9 (13.43%) Cucumber
4 9 (13.43%) TestRail
4 9 (13.43%) WebDriver
5 4 (5.97%) Jenkins
5 4 (5.97%) SpecFlow
6 3 (4.48%) Calabash
6 3 (4.48%) HP UFT
6 3 (4.48%) JUnit
6 3 (4.48%) LoadRunner
6 3 (4.48%) Spock
6 3 (4.48%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.99%) Appium
7 2 (2.99%) JMeter
7 2 (2.99%) Maven
8 1 (1.49%) Git (software)
8 1 (1.49%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (1.49%) WATIR
General
1 22 (32.84%) Finance
2 10 (14.93%) Manufacturing
2 10 (14.93%) Telecoms
3 9 (13.43%) Electronics
3 9 (13.43%) Marketing
4 8 (11.94%) Banking
5 3 (4.48%) Retail
6 1 (1.49%) General Ledger
6 1 (1.49%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.42%) SOAP
1 11 (16.42%) Web Services
2 3 (4.48%) Gherkin
2 3 (4.48%) Middleware
2 3 (4.48%) Node.js
3 2 (2.99%) .NET
3 2 (2.99%) AppFabric
3 2 (2.99%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.99%) HTML
3 2 (2.99%) Java EE
3 2 (2.99%) WCF
4 1 (1.49%) EDI
4 1 (1.49%) J2EE
4 1 (1.49%) JSON
4 1 (1.49%) JSON Schema
4 1 (1.49%) React
4 1 (1.49%) RESTful
4 1 (1.49%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.43%) Hedge funds
2 7 (10.45%) Equities
3 4 (5.97%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 4 (5.97%) Mobile App
3 4 (5.97%) Verilog
4 3 (4.48%) SWIFT
5 2 (2.99%) Client/Server
5 2 (2.99%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.99%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.49%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.49%) NHS
6 1 (1.49%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (7.46%) Windows
2 4 (5.97%) Unix
3 3 (4.48%) AIX
3 3 (4.48%) Linux
3 3 (4.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (4.48%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (47.76%) Agile Software Development
1 32 (47.76%) Test Automation
2 20 (29.85%) Test Strategy
3 16 (23.88%) Scrum
4 14 (20.90%) Continuous Integration
5 12 (17.91%) TDD
6 11 (16.42%) DevOps
6 11 (16.42%) Test Scripting
6 11 (16.42%) User Acceptance Testing
7 10 (14.93%) Integration Testing
8 9 (13.43%) Business Intelligence
8 9 (13.43%) Digital Marketing
8 9 (13.43%) Programme Management
8 9 (13.43%) Proprietary Trading
8 9 (13.43%) SOA
9 7 (10.45%) Release Management
10 5 (7.46%) Performance Testing
10 5 (7.46%) Test Planning
11 4 (5.97%) Low Latency
11 4 (5.97%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 20 (29.85%) Java
2 8 (11.94%) SQL
3 6 (8.96%) Python
4 4 (5.97%) Groovy
5 3 (4.48%) C#
5 3 (4.48%) JavaScript
5 3 (4.48%) Ruby
6 2 (2.99%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.49%) ES6
7 1 (1.49%) PHP
7 1 (1.49%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 19 (28.36%) ISEB
2 14 (20.90%) ISTQB
3 8 (11.94%) Security Cleared
4 7 (10.45%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.49%) CHECK Team Member
5 1 (1.49%) CISM
5 1 (1.49%) CREST Certified
5 1 (1.49%) DV Cleared
5 1 (1.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.97%) QA
2 3 (4.48%) SDET
3 2 (2.99%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (4.48%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (2.99%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.99%) Snort
3 1 (1.49%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (4.48%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.49%) Grafana
2 1 (1.49%) Graphite
2 1 (1.49%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (1.49%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 14 (20.90%) SAP
2 5 (7.46%) HP
2 5 (7.46%) Microsoft
2 5 (7.46%) Oracle
3 4 (5.97%) Altera
4 3 (4.48%) Citrix
4 3 (4.48%) Fixnetix
4 3 (4.48%) VMware
5 2 (2.99%) Sourcefire
6 1 (1.49%) AppDynamics
6 1 (1.49%) Avaloq
6 1 (1.49%) BMC
6 1 (1.49%) Dynatrace
6 1 (1.49%) IBM
6 1 (1.49%) New Relic
6 1 (1.49%) Splunk
6 1 (1.49%) TSYS
6 1 (1.49%) Wallstreet Suite