Period
to 26 July 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Consultant was £400 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 26 July 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 Consultant
UK
6 months to
26 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 761 801 768
Rank change year-on-year +40 -33 -67
Contract jobs requiring a Test Consultant 83 101 132
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.087% 0.092% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.092% 0.097% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 69 54
UK median daily rate £400 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +3.06% +18.59%
10th Percentile £312 £268 £314
90th Percentile £543 £750 £484
UK excluding London median daily rate £365 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -8.75% +6.67% +15.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £175.00 £180.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -78.57% -2.78% -
10th Percentile £36.25 £162.50 £170.00
90th Percentile £38.75 £187.50 £190.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £175.00 -
% change year-on-year -78.57% - -

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 90298 104385 106998
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.82% 95.01% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 58587 67947 66244
UK median daily rate £430 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.18% +6.25% +1.01%
10th Percentile £263 £255 £233
90th Percentile £620 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.23% +3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2889 3090 4140
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £19.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.63% +8.57% +2.94%
10th Percentile £10.91 £10.40 £10.50
90th Percentile £49.60 £47.33 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £19.00 £17.00
% change year-on-year -6.47% +11.76% +1.49%

Test Consultant
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Consultant in the UK

Test Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Consultant in the UK

Test Consultant
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Consultant over the 6 months to 26 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Consultant in the UK

Test Consultant
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Consultant in the UK

Test Consultant
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Consultant within the UK over the 6 months to 26 July 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
England +30 73 £425 - 11
UK excluding London +47 44 £365 -8.75% 1
London +18 35 £438 -2.78% 10
South East +52 17 £325 -13.33%
South West +11 10 £460 +15.00%
North of England +51 4 £288 -30.72% 1
Scotland +40 4 £425 +33.86%
East of England -11 4 - -
Midlands +24 3 £300 -57.14%
Yorkshire +31 2 - -
Wales +2 2 £370 -22.11%
East Midlands -16 2 £300 -57.14%
North East +49 1 £288 -39.47% 1
North West +34 1 - -
West Midlands +30 1 - -

Test Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 26 July 2017, Test Consultant 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 featuring Test Consultant in the job title.

1 42 (50.60%) Test Automation
2 26 (31.33%) Selenium
3 22 (26.51%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (25.30%) Security Cleared
5 18 (21.69%) Java
6 16 (19.28%) SC Cleared
6 16 (19.28%) Test Scripting
7 13 (15.66%) Performance Testing
7 13 (15.66%) C#
7 13 (15.66%) Microsoft
7 13 (15.66%) ISEB
8 12 (14.46%) Integration Testing
9 11 (13.25%) Continuous Integration
9 11 (13.25%) BDD
9 11 (13.25%) HP
9 11 (13.25%) Finance
10 10 (12.05%) Regression Testing
10 10 (12.05%) Scrum
10 10 (12.05%) LoadRunner
10 10 (12.05%) Non-Functional Testing
10 10 (12.05%) Team Foundation Server
11 9 (10.84%) WebDriver
11 9 (10.84%) Test Strategy
11 9 (10.84%) SQL
11 9 (10.84%) Linux
11 9 (10.84%) JMeter
11 9 (10.84%) ISTQB
12 8 (9.64%) QA
12 8 (9.64%) Banking
12 8 (9.64%) HP UFT

Test Consultant Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 5 (6.02%) Confluence
2 3 (3.61%) SharePoint
3 2 (2.41%) CMS
3 2 (2.41%) Drupal
4 1 (1.20%) CICS
Business Applications
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (2.41%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.20%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.20%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.20%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (1.20%) SAP APO
2 1 (1.20%) SAP SD
2 1 (1.20%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 4 (4.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.20%) Boomi
2 1 (1.20%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.41%) PuTTY
1 2 (2.41%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.82%) Big Data
2 3 (3.61%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.61%) Oracle Database
2 3 (3.61%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (2.41%) MySQL
3 2 (2.41%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (2.41%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (2.41%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2005
3 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.41%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.20%) DB2
4 1 (1.20%) GIS
4 1 (1.20%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 26 (31.33%) Selenium
2 10 (12.05%) LoadRunner
2 10 (12.05%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (10.84%) JMeter
3 9 (10.84%) WebDriver
4 8 (9.64%) Cucumber
4 8 (9.64%) HP UFT
5 7 (8.43%) Jenkins
5 7 (8.43%) JIRA
5 7 (8.43%) Visual Studio
6 6 (7.23%) SpecFlow
7 5 (6.02%) SoapUI
8 4 (4.82%) Git (software)
8 4 (4.82%) TeamCity
8 4 (4.82%) Visual Studio Team System
9 3 (3.61%) NeoLoad
9 3 (3.61%) Oracle APEX
9 3 (3.61%) TestNG
10 2 (2.41%) PhantomJS
10 2 (2.41%) Protractor
General
1 11 (13.25%) Finance
2 8 (9.64%) Banking
3 2 (2.41%) Front Office
3 2 (2.41%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.20%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.43%) .NET
2 6 (7.23%) Gherkin
2 6 (7.23%) SOAP
3 5 (6.02%) RESTful
4 4 (4.82%) Web Services
5 3 (3.61%) Middleware
6 2 (2.41%) REST
6 2 (2.41%) XML
7 1 (1.20%) AngularJS
7 1 (1.20%) HTML
7 1 (1.20%) Java EE
7 1 (1.20%) JSON
7 1 (1.20%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.82%) Derivative
1 4 (4.82%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 3 (3.61%) Client/Server
2 3 (3.61%) Data Centre
2 3 (3.61%) IVR
2 3 (3.61%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.61%) OTC Derivatives
3 1 (1.20%) Credit Risk
3 1 (1.20%) Equities
3 1 (1.20%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.20%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.20%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (1.20%) VxBlock/Vblock
Operating Systems
1 9 (10.84%) Linux
2 7 (8.43%) Windows
3 2 (2.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 2 (2.41%) Ubuntu
3 2 (2.41%) Windows Server
3 2 (2.41%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (50.60%) Test Automation
2 22 (26.51%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (19.28%) Test Scripting
4 13 (15.66%) Performance Testing
5 12 (14.46%) Integration Testing
6 11 (13.25%) BDD
6 11 (13.25%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (12.05%) Non-Functional Testing
7 10 (12.05%) Regression Testing
7 10 (12.05%) Scrum
8 9 (10.84%) Test Strategy
9 6 (7.23%) Scenario Testing
9 6 (7.23%) System Integration Testing
9 6 (7.23%) User Acceptance Testing
10 5 (6.02%) API Testing
10 5 (6.02%) DevOps
10 5 (6.02%) Smoke Testing
10 5 (6.02%) User Stories
10 5 (6.02%) Waterfall
11 4 (4.82%) Continuous Delivery
Programming Languages
1 18 (21.69%) Java
2 13 (15.66%) C#
3 9 (10.84%) SQL
4 6 (7.23%) Ruby
5 4 (4.82%) Python
6 3 (3.61%) JavaScript
7 2 (2.41%) F#
7 2 (2.41%) PHP
7 2 (2.41%) VB
7 2 (2.41%) VBScript
8 1 (1.20%) Bash Shell
8 1 (1.20%) C
8 1 (1.20%) COBOL
8 1 (1.20%) Korn
8 1 (1.20%) Perl
8 1 (1.20%) Scala
8 1 (1.20%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 21 (25.30%) Security Cleared
2 16 (19.28%) SC Cleared
3 13 (15.66%) ISEB
4 9 (10.84%) ISTQB
5 3 (3.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (2.41%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.20%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (9.64%) QA
2 3 (3.61%) MiFID
3 2 (2.41%) EMIR
System Software
1 2 (2.41%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (2.41%) vSphere
2 1 (1.20%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (4.82%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.41%) Cisco IPCC
2 2 (2.41%) vRealize
3 1 (1.20%) Ansible
3 1 (1.20%) BMC PATROL
3 1 (1.20%) OpenView
Vendors
1 13 (15.66%) Microsoft
2 11 (13.25%) HP
3 7 (8.43%) Oracle
4 4 (4.82%) SAP
5 3 (3.61%) Citrix
5 3 (3.61%) Red Hat
6 2 (2.41%) Bloomberg
6 2 (2.41%) Calypso
6 2 (2.41%) Murex
6 2 (2.41%) Reuters
6 2 (2.41%) VMware
7 1 (1.20%) BMC
7 1 (1.20%) Dell
7 1 (1.20%) EMC
7 1 (1.20%) IBM