Period
to 21 January 2018

The median contractor rate for a Test Consultant was £450 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 21 January 2018.

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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 797 776 717
Rank change year-on-year -21 -59 +36
Contract jobs requiring a Test Consultant 80 73 164
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.081% 0.076% 0.15%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.085% 0.080% 0.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 51 48 80
UK median daily rate £450 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% - -11.11%
10th Percentile £315 £263 £300
90th Percentile £556 £529 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £438 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +12.90% -3.13% +16.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
UK median hourly rate - - £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £42.50

The following table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all contract IT job vacancies. 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
UK
Contract vacancies in the UK with a recognized job title 93,600 91,033 102,521
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.79% 94.78% 94.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 62,185 59,429 65,414
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £260 £253 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £380
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,750 3,215 3,866
UK median hourly rate £18.50 £18.00 £19.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.78% -5.26% +15.15%
10th Percentile £10.75 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.25
% change year-on-year - -4.11% +10.61%

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 21 January 2018.

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 21 January 2018. 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 +3 74 £450 +9.09% 29
London -20 42 £475 +5.56% 20
UK excluding London +2 36 £438 +12.90% 10
South West +12 12 £450 +20.00%
Midlands +15 6 £369 +28.26%
East of England -6 6 £488 +56.00%
North of England +43 4 - - 5
South East -34 4 £500 +21.21% 4
East Midlands - 4 £388 -
West Midlands +16 2 £350 +21.74%
North West +12 2 - - 2
Yorkshire +8 2 - - 3
Scotland -21 2 £400 +53.85% 1
Wales +13 1 - -
Isle of Man - 1 £400 -

Test Consultant Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 21 January 2018, 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 32 (40.00%) Test Automation
2 27 (33.75%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (27.50%) Selenium
4 17 (21.25%) Finance
5 13 (16.25%) TDD
5 13 (16.25%) Performance Testing
5 13 (16.25%) JMeter
5 13 (16.25%) LoadRunner
6 12 (15.00%) Cucumber
6 12 (15.00%) HP
6 12 (15.00%) Java
6 12 (15.00%) SQL
7 11 (13.75%) JIRA
8 10 (12.50%) Banking
8 10 (12.50%) BDD
9 9 (11.25%) Test Planning
10 8 (10.00%) Jenkins
10 8 (10.00%) Test Management
10 8 (10.00%) C#
11 7 (8.75%) Test Scripting
11 7 (8.75%) Functional Testing
11 7 (8.75%) System Integration Testing
12 6 (7.50%) ATDD
12 6 (7.50%) NeoLoad
12 6 (7.50%) Test Strategy
12 6 (7.50%) SoapUI
12 6 (7.50%) QA
12 6 (7.50%) Regression Testing
13 5 (6.25%) Scrum
13 5 (6.25%) MiFID

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 3 (3.75%) Confluence
2 2 (2.50%) MS Exchange
3 1 (1.25%) CMS
3 1 (1.25%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.25%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 1 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.25%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (1.25%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (1.25%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (1.25%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.75%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (3.75%) Salesforce Sales Cloud
2 2 (2.50%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.50%) Office 365
3 1 (1.25%) PaaS
3 1 (1.25%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.75%) Remote Desktop
2 2 (2.50%) Firewall
3 1 (1.25%) NetScaler
3 1 (1.25%) Network Security
3 1 (1.25%) SSL
3 1 (1.25%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.75%) Big Data
1 3 (3.75%) Hadoop
2 2 (2.50%) Apache Hive
3 1 (1.25%) Data Mining
3 1 (1.25%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 22 (27.50%) Selenium
2 13 (16.25%) JMeter
2 13 (16.25%) LoadRunner
3 12 (15.00%) Cucumber
4 11 (13.75%) JIRA
5 8 (10.00%) Jenkins
6 6 (7.50%) NeoLoad
6 6 (7.50%) SoapUI
7 5 (6.25%) Zephyr
8 4 (5.00%) Git (software)
8 4 (5.00%) SpecFlow
8 4 (5.00%) WebDriver
9 3 (3.75%) Team Foundation Server
10 2 (2.50%) Ant
10 2 (2.50%) JBehave
10 2 (2.50%) JUnit
10 2 (2.50%) Maven
11 1 (1.25%) Bugzilla
11 1 (1.25%) HP UFT
11 1 (1.25%) Toad
General
1 17 (21.25%) Finance
2 10 (12.50%) Banking
3 4 (5.00%) Marketing
4 3 (3.75%) Investment Banking
4 3 (3.75%) Retail
5 1 (1.25%) Games
5 1 (1.25%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.25%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.00%) Gherkin
2 3 (3.75%) SOAP
2 3 (3.75%) Web Services
3 2 (2.50%) CSS
3 2 (2.50%) HTML
4 1 (1.25%) .NET
4 1 (1.25%) .NET Framework
4 1 (1.25%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.25%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.25%) ASP.NET MVC 5
4 1 (1.25%) JMS
4 1 (1.25%) JSF
4 1 (1.25%) Kafka
4 1 (1.25%) Middleware
4 1 (1.25%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (1.25%) PrimeFaces
4 1 (1.25%) React
4 1 (1.25%) RESTful
4 1 (1.25%) Sass
4 1 (1.25%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.25%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 4 (5.00%) Derivative
2 4 (5.00%) Equities
2 4 (5.00%) OTC Derivatives
3 3 (3.75%) Fixed Income
4 2 (2.50%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.50%) Data Centre
4 2 (2.50%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.25%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.25%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.25%) RIA
5 1 (1.25%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.00%) Windows
2 3 (3.75%) Linux
3 2 (2.50%) Unix
4 1 (1.25%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (40.00%) Test Automation
2 27 (33.75%) Agile Software Development
3 13 (16.25%) Performance Testing
3 13 (16.25%) TDD
4 10 (12.50%) BDD
5 9 (11.25%) Test Planning
6 8 (10.00%) Test Management
7 7 (8.75%) Functional Testing
7 7 (8.75%) System Integration Testing
7 7 (8.75%) Test Scripting
8 6 (7.50%) ATDD
8 6 (7.50%) Regression Testing
8 6 (7.50%) Test Strategy
9 5 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (6.25%) Integration Testing
9 5 (6.25%) Manual Testing
9 5 (6.25%) Scrum
9 5 (6.25%) SDET
9 5 (6.25%) Software Testing
9 5 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (15.00%) Java
1 12 (15.00%) SQL
2 8 (10.00%) C#
3 4 (5.00%) JavaScript
3 4 (5.00%) Python
4 3 (3.75%) Apex Code
5 2 (2.50%) Perl
5 2 (2.50%) Ruby
6 1 (1.25%) C
6 1 (1.25%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.25%) Scala
6 1 (1.25%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 5 (6.25%) ISTQB
2 4 (5.00%) ISEB
3 2 (2.50%) SC Cleared
3 2 (2.50%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.25%) CISSP
4 1 (1.25%) Degree
4 1 (1.25%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.50%) QA
2 5 (6.25%) MiFID
3 3 (3.75%) EMIR
4 1 (1.25%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (1.25%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 4 (5.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.25%) Ambari
2 1 (1.25%) BMC PATROL
2 1 (1.25%) Hadoop YARN
2 1 (1.25%) HP SiteScope
2 1 (1.25%) OpenView
2 1 (1.25%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (15.00%) HP
2 4 (5.00%) AppDynamics
3 3 (3.75%) DocuSign
3 3 (3.75%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (2.50%) Citrix
4 2 (2.50%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.50%) Oracle
4 2 (2.50%) SAP
5 1 (1.25%) Adobe
5 1 (1.25%) Atlassian
5 1 (1.25%) Bloomberg
5 1 (1.25%) BMC
5 1 (1.25%) Charles River
5 1 (1.25%) Cisco
5 1 (1.25%) Dynatrace
5 1 (1.25%) FXall
5 1 (1.25%) PeopleSoft