The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 3 months to 22 June 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
England / London
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 413 415 407
Rank change year-on-year +2 -8  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 3 16 21
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.014% 0.074% 0.090%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.015% 0.077% 0.095%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 12 12
Median daily rate £475 £456 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.10% -1.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £351 £304 £373
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £373 £350
% change year-on-year +4.02% +6.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Median hourly rate - - £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £38.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year - -3.75%  

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies advertised in London. 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
London
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 19665 20680 22203
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in London 94.86% 95.26% 94.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 14033 15001 15472
Median daily rate £500 £463 £445
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.10% +3.93%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £605
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £373
% change year-on-year - +7.38%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 251 230 384
Median hourly rate £19.82 £18.00 £18.70
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.11% -3.74%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £43.57 £52.17
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Specialist in London

Test Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Specialist in London

Test Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Specialist in London over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Specialist in London

Test Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Specialist in London

Test Specialist
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 3 months to 22 June 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
City of London 0 1 £320 -39.04% 1
Test Specialist
England

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

For the 6 months to 22 June 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 London region featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 15 (55.56%) Test Strategy
2 12 (44.44%) JIRA
3 11 (40.74%) ISEB
4 10 (37.04%) User Acceptance Testing
5 9 (33.33%) Finance
5 9 (33.33%) Hedge funds
5 9 (33.33%) Proprietary Trading
5 9 (33.33%) TestRail
6 8 (29.63%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (25.93%) Equities
7 7 (25.93%) Release Management
7 7 (25.93%) Confluence
7 7 (25.93%) Test Automation
8 6 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (22.22%) TDD
9 5 (18.52%) Scrum
9 5 (18.52%) Java
9 5 (18.52%) Web Services
9 5 (18.52%) Cucumber
10 4 (14.81%) Altera
10 4 (14.81%) Low Latency
10 4 (14.81%) Test Scripting
10 4 (14.81%) SAP
10 4 (14.81%) Programme Management
10 4 (14.81%) Verilog
10 4 (14.81%) ISTQB
10 4 (14.81%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
11 3 (11.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
11 3 (11.11%) Marketing
11 3 (11.11%) Digital Marketing

Test Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in London 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 7 (25.93%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 3 (11.11%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (3.70%) Actimize
Cloud Services
1 2 (7.41%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (7.41%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.41%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (3.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 12 (44.44%) JIRA
2 9 (33.33%) TestRail
3 5 (18.52%) Cucumber
4 3 (11.11%) SoapUI
5 2 (7.41%) Gatling
5 2 (7.41%) Git (software)
5 2 (7.41%) Gradle
5 2 (7.41%) IntelliJ
5 2 (7.41%) Jenkins
5 2 (7.41%) JMeter
5 2 (7.41%) Subversion
6 1 (3.70%) Appium
6 1 (3.70%) Calabash
6 1 (3.70%) Robotium
6 1 (3.70%) Selenium
General
1 9 (33.33%) Finance
2 3 (11.11%) Banking
2 3 (11.11%) Electronics
2 3 (11.11%) Manufacturing
2 3 (11.11%) Marketing
2 3 (11.11%) Telecoms
3 2 (7.41%) Retail
4 1 (3.70%) General Ledger
4 1 (3.70%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (18.52%) Web Services
2 3 (11.11%) Node.js
2 3 (11.11%) SOAP
3 1 (3.70%) EDI
3 1 (3.70%) React
Miscellaneous
1 9 (33.33%) Hedge funds
2 7 (25.93%) Equities
3 4 (14.81%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 4 (14.81%) Verilog
4 1 (3.70%) Mobile App
4 1 (3.70%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (7.41%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (55.56%) Test Strategy
2 10 (37.04%) User Acceptance Testing
3 9 (33.33%) Proprietary Trading
4 8 (29.63%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (25.93%) Release Management
5 7 (25.93%) Test Automation
6 6 (22.22%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (22.22%) TDD
7 5 (18.52%) Scrum
8 4 (14.81%) Low Latency
8 4 (14.81%) Programme Management
8 4 (14.81%) Test Scripting
9 3 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
9 3 (11.11%) DevOps
9 3 (11.11%) Digital Marketing
9 3 (11.11%) E-Commerce
9 3 (11.11%) Integration Testing
9 3 (11.11%) SDET
9 3 (11.11%) SOA
10 2 (7.41%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 5 (18.52%) Java
2 3 (11.11%) JavaScript
3 2 (7.41%) SQL
4 1 (3.70%) ES6
4 1 (3.70%) Python
4 1 (3.70%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 11 (40.74%) ISEB
2 4 (14.81%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (7.41%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (7.41%) Grafana
1 2 (7.41%) Graphite
1 2 (7.41%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 4 (14.81%) Altera
1 4 (14.81%) SAP
2 3 (11.11%) Fixnetix
3 2 (7.41%) AppDynamics
3 2 (7.41%) BMC
3 2 (7.41%) Dynatrace
3 2 (7.41%) New Relic
3 2 (7.41%) Splunk