Period
to 19 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was £475 per day in advertised job vacancies in London during the 6 months to 19 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
England > London
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 612 585 565
Rank change year-on-year -27 -20 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 22 22 37
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.048% 0.049% 0.079%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.050% 0.052% 0.083%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 15 22
London median daily rate £475 £418 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.77% -7.22% -2.17%
10th Percentile £374 £331 £327
90th Percentile £531 £468 £598
England median daily rate £425 £400 £381
% change year-on-year +6.25% +4.92% -9.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
London median hourly rate - - -
England 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 London. 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
London
Contract vacancies in London with a recognized job title 43845 42658 44659
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.85% 95.00% 94.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 31743 30364 31460
London median daily rate £493 £460 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.07% +2.22% +5.88%
10th Percentile £300 £288 £268
90th Percentile £663 £638 £638
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 553 695
London median hourly rate £20.00 £19.62 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.96% +3.24% +8.57%
10th Percentile £12.15 £11.50 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £50.00 £47.83
England median hourly rate £18.63 £18.50 £18.00
% change year-on-year +0.68% +2.78% +9.09%

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

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 6 months to 19 November 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 6 months to 19 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
Central London -8 4 £400 +6.67%
Test Specialist
England

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

For the 6 months to 19 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 London region featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 17 (77.27%) Test Automation
2 11 (50.00%) Cucumber
2 11 (50.00%) Selenium
3 9 (40.91%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (36.36%) BDD
5 7 (31.82%) Gherkin
5 7 (31.82%) Java
6 6 (27.27%) Scrum
6 6 (27.27%) Banking
6 6 (27.27%) Finance
6 6 (27.27%) QA
7 5 (22.73%) Software Engineering
7 5 (22.73%) TDD
7 5 (22.73%) C#
7 5 (22.73%) Scenario Testing
8 4 (18.18%) Test Scripting
8 4 (18.18%) Kanban
8 4 (18.18%) Security Cleared
8 4 (18.18%) JavaScript
9 3 (13.64%) Investment Banking
9 3 (13.64%) Ruby
9 3 (13.64%) Computer Science
9 3 (13.64%) Degree
9 3 (13.64%) Linux
9 3 (13.64%) VB
9 3 (13.64%) Microsoft
9 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
9 3 (13.64%) WebDriver
9 3 (13.64%) DV Cleared
9 3 (13.64%) Computer Science Degree

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 2 (9.09%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Actimize
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.09%) Amazon AWS
1 2 (9.09%) Cloud Computing
Development Applications
1 11 (50.00%) Cucumber
1 11 (50.00%) Selenium
2 3 (13.64%) WebDriver
3 2 (9.09%) Maven
4 1 (4.55%) Ant
4 1 (4.55%) FitNesse
4 1 (4.55%) Git (software)
4 1 (4.55%) Jenkins
4 1 (4.55%) JIRA
4 1 (4.55%) JMeter
4 1 (4.55%) JUnit
4 1 (4.55%) LoadRunner
4 1 (4.55%) Protractor
4 1 (4.55%) SoapUI
4 1 (4.55%) TeamCity
4 1 (4.55%) TestRail
General
1 6 (27.27%) Banking
1 6 (27.27%) Finance
2 3 (13.64%) Investment Banking
3 1 (4.55%) Back Office
3 1 (4.55%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (31.82%) Gherkin
2 2 (9.09%) REST
3 1 (4.55%) FIX Protocol
3 1 (4.55%) Kafka
3 1 (4.55%) Node.js
3 1 (4.55%) SOAP
3 1 (4.55%) Spring
3 1 (4.55%) Spring Cloud
3 1 (4.55%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.64%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.55%) Equities
2 1 (4.55%) Fintech
2 1 (4.55%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (4.55%) Hedge funds
2 1 (4.55%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.64%) Linux
2 1 (4.55%) Apple iOS
2 1 (4.55%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (77.27%) Test Automation
2 9 (40.91%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (36.36%) BDD
4 6 (27.27%) Scrum
5 5 (22.73%) Scenario Testing
5 5 (22.73%) Software Engineering
5 5 (22.73%) TDD
6 4 (18.18%) Kanban
6 4 (18.18%) Test Scripting
7 3 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (9.09%) Configuration Management
8 2 (9.09%) Migration
8 2 (9.09%) Non-Functional Testing
9 1 (4.55%) Agile Testing
9 1 (4.55%) API Testing
9 1 (4.55%) Automated Trading
9 1 (4.55%) DevOps
9 1 (4.55%) Functional Testing
9 1 (4.55%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 1 (4.55%) Proprietary Trading
Programming Languages
1 7 (31.82%) Java
2 5 (22.73%) C#
3 4 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 3 (13.64%) Ruby
4 3 (13.64%) VB
5 2 (9.09%) Bash Shell
5 2 (9.09%) C
5 2 (9.09%) Perl
5 2 (9.09%) SQL
6 1 (4.55%) Groovy
6 1 (4.55%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (18.18%) Security Cleared
2 3 (13.64%) Computer Science Degree
2 3 (13.64%) Degree
2 3 (13.64%) DV Cleared
3 2 (9.09%) ISEB
3 2 (9.09%) ISTQB
4 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (27.27%) QA
System Software
1 2 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (9.09%) Ansible
1 2 (9.09%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (9.09%) Puppet
Vendors
1 3 (13.64%) Microsoft
2 2 (9.09%) VMware