Period
to 18 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was £389 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 6 months to 18 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 > South East
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 363 377 363
Rank change year-on-year +14 -14 -17
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 8 8 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.048% 0.048% 0.18%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.051% 0.051% 0.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 3 24
South East median daily rate £389 £400 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.81% +4.92% +1.67%
10th Percentile £369 £331 £316
90th Percentile £432 £445 £420
England median daily rate £425 £403 £381
% change year-on-year +5.46% +5.70% -9.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
South East median hourly rate - - £41.00
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 the South East. 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
South East
Contract vacancies in the South East with a recognized job title 15783 15735 18560
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.53% 94.00% 94.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 9360 9373 10883
South East median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.23% +7.64%
10th Percentile £238 £225 £230
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
Number of hourly rates quoted 642 780 923
South East median hourly rate £18.00 £19.50 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +8.33% +12.50%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.25 £10.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £48.75 £47.45
England median hourly rate £18.66 £18.50 £17.89
% change year-on-year +0.84% +3.41% +8.42%

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Specialist in the South East

Test Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Specialist in the South East

Test Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Specialist in the South East

Test Specialist
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 18 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
Hampshire +15 7 £388 -3.13% 1
Thames Valley - 1 £400 -
Berkshire - 1 £400 -
Test Specialist
England

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 18 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 South East region featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 7 (87.50%) SQL Server
2 6 (75.00%) Windows
2 6 (75.00%) Linux
2 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (75.00%) VMware
2 6 (75.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 6 (75.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (50.00%) Security Monitoring
3 4 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
3 4 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 4 (50.00%) VMware ESXi
3 4 (50.00%) SWIFT
3 4 (50.00%) Docker
3 4 (50.00%) Finance
3 4 (50.00%) Banking
3 4 (50.00%) Active Directory
3 4 (50.00%) Middleware
3 4 (50.00%) AIX
3 4 (50.00%) WAN
3 4 (50.00%) Ethernet
3 4 (50.00%) DB2
4 3 (37.50%) Java
4 3 (37.50%) Oracle
4 3 (37.50%) Eclipse
4 3 (37.50%) SpecFlow
4 3 (37.50%) Test Automation
4 3 (37.50%) Selenium
4 3 (37.50%) SC Cleared
4 3 (37.50%) Security Cleared
5 2 (25.00%) Oracle Database 11g

Test Specialist Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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:

Cloud Services
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 4 (50.00%) Ethernet
1 4 (50.00%) WAN
2 2 (25.00%) PuTTY
2 2 (25.00%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (87.50%) SQL Server
2 4 (50.00%) DB2
3 2 (25.00%) Oracle Database
3 2 (25.00%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (25.00%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (25.00%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 3 (37.50%) Eclipse
1 3 (37.50%) Selenium
1 3 (37.50%) SpecFlow
2 2 (25.00%) Ant
2 2 (25.00%) HP UFT
2 2 (25.00%) LoadRunner
2 2 (25.00%) Oracle APEX
2 2 (25.00%) SoapUI
2 2 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (25.00%) TestNG
3 1 (12.50%) Cucumber
3 1 (12.50%) PyCharm
3 1 (12.50%) Robot Framework
3 1 (12.50%) Sahi
3 1 (12.50%) Visual Studio
General
1 4 (50.00%) Banking
1 4 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (12.50%) Automotive
2 1 (12.50%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (50.00%) Middleware
2 2 (25.00%) .NET
2 2 (25.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (50.00%) SWIFT
2 1 (12.50%) Embedded Systems
2 1 (12.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (12.50%) Greenfield Project
Operating Systems
1 6 (75.00%) Linux
1 6 (75.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 6 (75.00%) Windows
1 6 (75.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 4 (50.00%) AIX
2 4 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
3 2 (25.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Security Monitoring
2 3 (37.50%) Test Automation
3 2 (25.00%) API Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Defect Tracking
3 2 (25.00%) Performance Testing
3 2 (25.00%) System Integration Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 3 (37.50%) Java
2 2 (25.00%) F#
3 1 (12.50%) C#
3 1 (12.50%) Python
Qualifications
1 3 (37.50%) SC Cleared
1 3 (37.50%) Security Cleared
2 2 (25.00%) ISEB
2 2 (25.00%) ISEB Practitioner
2 2 (25.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
System Software
1 4 (50.00%) Active Directory
1 4 (50.00%) Docker
1 4 (50.00%) VMware ESXi
1 4 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (25.00%) vSphere
Vendors
1 6 (75.00%) Microsoft
1 6 (75.00%) VMware
2 3 (37.50%) Oracle
3 2 (25.00%) HP
3 2 (25.00%) Red Hat
3 2 (25.00%) Software AG
3 2 (25.00%) webMethods
4 1 (12.50%) IBM