The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies in the South East during the 3 months to 30 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
England / South East
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 243 251 237
Rank change year-on-year +8 -14  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 5 16 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 0.063% 0.17% 0.29%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.067% 0.18% 0.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 10 10
Median daily rate £375 £406 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.69% +23.10%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £331 £373 £314
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £428 £460
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 the South East. 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
South East
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 7452 8948 9294
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 94.08% 95.15% 94.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 4229 5474 4992
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 385 383 458
Median hourly rate £17.50 £19.50 £18.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.23% +5.37%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.75 £11.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -7.89% +11.76%  

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

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

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 Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Specialist in the South East over the 3 months to 30 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 3 months to 30 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
Hampshire +2 3 £375 -7.69%
Berkshire - 2 - - 1
Test Specialist
England

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

For the 6 months to 30 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 South East region featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 6 (60.00%) Test Automation
2 5 (50.00%) Selenium
2 5 (50.00%) Java
2 5 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (40.00%) Windows
3 4 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (30.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 3 (30.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (30.00%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (30.00%) SWIFT
4 3 (30.00%) Functional Testing
4 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (30.00%) AIX
4 3 (30.00%) Linux
4 3 (30.00%) Microsoft
4 3 (30.00%) SQL
4 3 (30.00%) DB2
4 3 (30.00%) Citrix
4 3 (30.00%) Finance
4 3 (30.00%) Cucumber
4 3 (30.00%) VMware
5 2 (20.00%) BDD
5 2 (20.00%) Case Management
5 2 (20.00%) Scrum
5 2 (20.00%) Middleware
5 2 (20.00%) Maven
5 2 (20.00%) ISTQB
5 2 (20.00%) Java EE
5 2 (20.00%) JUnit

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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (20.00%) WebLogic
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (30.00%) DB2
2 2 (20.00%) Oracle Database
2 2 (20.00%) RDBMS
2 2 (20.00%) Relational Database
2 2 (20.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (50.00%) Selenium
2 3 (30.00%) Cucumber
3 2 (20.00%) JUnit
3 2 (20.00%) Maven
4 1 (10.00%) HP UFT
4 1 (10.00%) JIRA
4 1 (10.00%) Robot Framework
General
1 3 (30.00%) Finance
2 1 (10.00%) Manufacturing
2 1 (10.00%) Retail
2 1 (10.00%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (20.00%) Java EE
1 2 (20.00%) Middleware
2 1 (10.00%) HTML
2 1 (10.00%) J2EE
2 1 (10.00%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 3 (30.00%) SWIFT
2 1 (10.00%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (40.00%) Windows
2 3 (30.00%) AIX
2 3 (30.00%) Linux
2 3 (30.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (30.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (10.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (60.00%) Test Automation
2 5 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 3 (30.00%) Continuous Integration
4 3 (30.00%) Functional Testing
5 2 (20.00%) BDD
5 2 (20.00%) Case Management
5 2 (20.00%) Scrum
6 1 (10.00%) Coaching
6 1 (10.00%) DevOps
6 1 (10.00%) Integration Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Load Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Manual Testing
6 1 (10.00%) People Management
6 1 (10.00%) Performance Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Regression Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Test Planning
6 1 (10.00%) Validation
6 1 (10.00%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 5 (50.00%) Java
2 3 (30.00%) SQL
3 2 (20.00%) Bash Shell
3 2 (20.00%) Python
4 1 (10.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 2 (20.00%) ISEB
1 2 (20.00%) ISTQB
1 2 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (10.00%) DV Cleared
2 1 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (10.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) QA
System Software
1 3 (30.00%) VMware ESXi
2 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) Network Intrusion Detection System
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) Citrix
1 3 (30.00%) Microsoft
1 3 (30.00%) VMware
2 2 (20.00%) HP
2 2 (20.00%) Oracle
3 1 (10.00%) IBM