Period
to 17 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was £425 per day in advertised job vacancies in England during the 6 months to 17 November 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
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 800 795 783
Rank change year-on-year -5 -12 -23
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 46 69 91
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 0.049% 0.070% 0.087%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.051% 0.074% 0.091%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 43 62
England median daily rate £425 £400 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +4.92% -9.76%
10th Percentile £317 £316 £301
90th Percentile £528 £486 £524
UK median daily rate £418 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +4.38% +6.67% -10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
England median hourly rate - - £41.00
UK median hourly rate - - £41.00

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title that can be normalized. As such, the figures in the second row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

All Contract IT Job Vacancies
England
Contract vacancies in England with a recognized job title 89579 93247 99778
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.78% 94.76% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 59679 61380 64531
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £263 £256 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2656 3007 3839
England median hourly rate £18.70 £18.38 £17.98
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.77% +2.20% +8.97%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £46.75 £45.00
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings that featured Test Specialist in the job title as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

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 6 months to 17 November 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 6 months to 17 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -5 22 £475 +12.76%
South East +5 8 £389 -2.81% 3
North of England +59 6 £375 -6.25%
North West +26 5 £418 -1.76%
East of England -25 4 £505 +6.32%
Midlands +24 3 £400 +26.18%
South West -9 3 £325 -19.95%
East Midlands - 3 £400 -
North East +66 1 £335 -7.27%
Test Specialist
UK

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

For the 6 months to 17 November 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 33 (71.74%) Test Automation
2 21 (45.65%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (43.48%) Selenium
4 17 (36.96%) Cucumber
5 14 (30.43%) Java
6 12 (26.09%) Finance
6 12 (26.09%) Security Cleared
7 11 (23.91%) Test Scripting
7 11 (23.91%) Microsoft
8 10 (21.74%) Linux
8 10 (21.74%) Banking
8 10 (21.74%) BDD
9 9 (19.57%) JIRA
10 8 (17.39%) SC Cleared
10 8 (17.39%) Scrum
10 8 (17.39%) VMware
10 8 (17.39%) Non-Functional Testing
11 7 (15.22%) Gherkin
11 7 (15.22%) Scenario Testing
11 7 (15.22%) TDD
11 7 (15.22%) C#
11 7 (15.22%) SQL Server
12 6 (13.04%) Web Services
12 6 (13.04%) Windows
12 6 (13.04%) VMware Infrastructure
12 6 (13.04%) Kanban
12 6 (13.04%) Ruby
12 6 (13.04%) QA
12 6 (13.04%) Functional Testing
12 6 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012

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 2 (4.35%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Actimize
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.70%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (6.52%) GitHub
3 2 (4.35%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.70%) Ethernet
1 4 (8.70%) WAN
2 2 (4.35%) PuTTY
2 2 (4.35%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (15.22%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.70%) DB2
3 2 (4.35%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (4.35%) Oracle BI EE
3 2 (4.35%) Oracle Database
3 2 (4.35%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (4.35%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (4.35%) Power BI
3 2 (4.35%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (4.35%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 20 (43.48%) Selenium
2 17 (36.96%) Cucumber
3 9 (19.57%) JIRA
4 5 (10.87%) WebDriver
5 4 (8.70%) Robot Framework
6 3 (6.52%) Ant
6 3 (6.52%) Eclipse
6 3 (6.52%) Git (software)
6 3 (6.52%) GitLab
6 3 (6.52%) HP UFT
6 3 (6.52%) Jenkins
6 3 (6.52%) LoadRunner
6 3 (6.52%) Protractor
6 3 (6.52%) SoapUI
6 3 (6.52%) SpecFlow
6 3 (6.52%) Toad
7 2 (4.35%) Maven
7 2 (4.35%) Subversion
7 2 (4.35%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (4.35%) TestNG
General
1 12 (26.09%) Finance
2 10 (21.74%) Banking
3 3 (6.52%) Investment Banking
4 2 (4.35%) Back Office
5 1 (2.17%) Automotive
5 1 (2.17%) Front Office
5 1 (2.17%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (15.22%) Gherkin
2 6 (13.04%) Web Services
3 4 (8.70%) Middleware
4 3 (6.52%) .NET
5 2 (4.35%) JSON
5 2 (4.35%) REST
5 2 (4.35%) RESTful
5 2 (4.35%) XML
6 1 (2.17%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (2.17%) J2EE
6 1 (2.17%) Kafka
6 1 (2.17%) Node.js
6 1 (2.17%) SOAP
6 1 (2.17%) Spring
6 1 (2.17%) Spring Cloud
6 1 (2.17%) WinForms
6 1 (2.17%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.70%) SWIFT
2 3 (6.52%) Computer Science
3 2 (4.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (2.17%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.17%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (2.17%) Equities
4 1 (2.17%) Fintech
4 1 (2.17%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.17%) Hedge funds
4 1 (2.17%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 10 (21.74%) Linux
2 6 (13.04%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 6 (13.04%) Windows
2 6 (13.04%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (10.87%) AIX
4 4 (8.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.35%) Windows Server
6 1 (2.17%) Apple iOS
6 1 (2.17%) HPUX
6 1 (2.17%) Solaris
6 1 (2.17%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (71.74%) Test Automation
2 21 (45.65%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (23.91%) Test Scripting
4 10 (21.74%) BDD
5 8 (17.39%) Non-Functional Testing
5 8 (17.39%) Scrum
6 7 (15.22%) Scenario Testing
6 7 (15.22%) TDD
7 6 (13.04%) Functional Testing
7 6 (13.04%) Kanban
8 5 (10.87%) Agile Testing
8 5 (10.87%) Configuration Management
8 5 (10.87%) Software Engineering
8 5 (10.87%) Software Testing
8 5 (10.87%) Test Management
9 4 (8.70%) DevOps
9 4 (8.70%) Security Monitoring
9 4 (8.70%) Test Strategy
10 3 (6.52%) API Testing
10 3 (6.52%) Software Delivery
Programming Languages
1 14 (30.43%) Java
2 7 (15.22%) C#
3 6 (13.04%) Ruby
4 5 (10.87%) Perl
4 5 (10.87%) Python
4 5 (10.87%) SQL
5 4 (8.70%) JavaScript
6 3 (6.52%) VB
7 2 (4.35%) Bash Shell
7 2 (4.35%) C
7 2 (4.35%) F#
8 1 (2.17%) Groovy
8 1 (2.17%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 12 (26.09%) Security Cleared
2 8 (17.39%) SC Cleared
3 4 (8.70%) ISEB
3 4 (8.70%) ISTQB
4 3 (6.52%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (6.52%) Degree
4 3 (6.52%) DV Cleared
5 2 (4.35%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (4.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (2.17%) CCIE
6 1 (2.17%) CCNA
6 1 (2.17%) CCNP
6 1 (2.17%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (13.04%) QA
System Software
1 6 (13.04%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (8.70%) Active Directory
2 4 (8.70%) Docker
2 4 (8.70%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (4.35%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (10.87%) Ansible
2 2 (4.35%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (4.35%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (23.91%) Microsoft
2 8 (17.39%) VMware
3 3 (6.52%) Atlassian
3 3 (6.52%) HP
3 3 (6.52%) Oracle
4 2 (4.35%) Red Hat
4 2 (4.35%) Software AG
4 2 (4.35%) webMethods
5 1 (2.17%) Cisco
5 1 (2.17%) IBM