Period
to 17 November 2017

The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was £418 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 6 months to 17 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
UK
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 828 823 798
Rank change year-on-year -5 -25 +1
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 50 71 95
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.049% 0.067% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.051% 0.071% 0.087%
Number of daily rates quoted 40 44 65
UK median daily rate £418 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.38% +6.67% -10.71%
10th Percentile £313 £316 £288
90th Percentile £528 £485 £521
UK excluding London median daily rate £389 £400 £373
% change year-on-year -2.81% +7.38% +10.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
UK median hourly rate - - £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate - - £41.00

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 97472 100409 109082
% of contract IT jobs with a recognized job title 94.81% 94.75% 94.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 64264 65451 69386
UK median daily rate £448 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.29% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £260 £250 £250
90th Percentile £625 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £390 £375
% change year-on-year +2.56% +4.00% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2912 3320 4146
UK median hourly rate £18.70 £18.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.89% - +9.09%
10th Percentile £10.96 £10.50 £10.50
90th Percentile £47.83 £47.26 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.77 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year +1.54% - +8.29%

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Specialist in the UK

Test Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Specialist in the UK

Test Specialist
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Specialist over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Specialist in the UK

Test Specialist
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Specialist in the UK

Test Specialist
Top 12 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 6 months to 17 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
England -5 46 £425 +6.25% 3
UK excluding London +9 27 £389 -2.81% 3
London -5 22 £475 +12.76%
South East +5 8 £389 -2.81% 3
North of England +59 6 £375 -6.25%
North West +26 5 £418 -1.76%
East of England -25 4 £505 +6.32%
Midlands +24 3 £400 +26.18%
Scotland -6 3 £325 -12.30%
South West -9 3 £325 -19.95%
East Midlands - 3 £400 -
North East +66 1 £335 -7.27%

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 17 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 featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 35 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 23 (46.00%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (42.00%) Selenium
4 17 (34.00%) Cucumber
5 15 (30.00%) Java
6 14 (28.00%) Security Cleared
7 12 (24.00%) Test Scripting
7 12 (24.00%) Finance
8 11 (22.00%) Microsoft
8 11 (22.00%) BDD
9 10 (20.00%) Linux
9 10 (20.00%) Banking
10 9 (18.00%) JIRA
10 9 (18.00%) Scenario Testing
11 8 (16.00%) SC Cleared
11 8 (16.00%) Gherkin
11 8 (16.00%) Non-Functional Testing
11 8 (16.00%) Scrum
11 8 (16.00%) VMware
12 7 (14.00%) TDD
12 7 (14.00%) C#
12 7 (14.00%) SQL
12 7 (14.00%) SQL Server
13 6 (12.00%) Web Services
13 6 (12.00%) Windows
13 6 (12.00%) QA
13 6 (12.00%) Ruby
13 6 (12.00%) VMware Infrastructure
13 6 (12.00%) Kanban
13 6 (12.00%) Functional Testing

Test Specialist 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 2 (4.00%) OpenStack
Applications
1 2 (4.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.00%) Actimize
Cloud Services
1 4 (8.00%) Amazon AWS
1 4 (8.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (6.00%) GitHub
3 2 (4.00%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.00%) Ethernet
1 4 (8.00%) WAN
2 2 (4.00%) PuTTY
2 2 (4.00%) WinSCP
3 1 (2.00%) HTTP
3 1 (2.00%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (14.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (8.00%) DB2
3 2 (4.00%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (4.00%) Oracle BI EE
3 2 (4.00%) Oracle Database
3 2 (4.00%) Oracle Database 10g
3 2 (4.00%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (4.00%) Power BI
3 2 (4.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (4.00%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 21 (42.00%) Selenium
2 17 (34.00%) Cucumber
3 9 (18.00%) JIRA
4 5 (10.00%) WebDriver
5 4 (8.00%) Protractor
5 4 (8.00%) Robot Framework
6 3 (6.00%) Ant
6 3 (6.00%) Eclipse
6 3 (6.00%) Git (software)
6 3 (6.00%) GitLab
6 3 (6.00%) HP UFT
6 3 (6.00%) Jenkins
6 3 (6.00%) LoadRunner
6 3 (6.00%) SoapUI
6 3 (6.00%) SpecFlow
6 3 (6.00%) Toad
7 2 (4.00%) JMeter
7 2 (4.00%) Maven
7 2 (4.00%) Oracle APEX
7 2 (4.00%) Subversion
General
1 12 (24.00%) Finance
2 10 (20.00%) Banking
3 3 (6.00%) Investment Banking
4 2 (4.00%) Back Office
5 1 (2.00%) Automotive
5 1 (2.00%) Front Office
5 1 (2.00%) Retail
5 1 (2.00%) Telecoms
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (16.00%) Gherkin
2 6 (12.00%) Web Services
3 5 (10.00%) .NET
4 4 (8.00%) Middleware
5 2 (4.00%) JSON
5 2 (4.00%) REST
5 2 (4.00%) RESTful
5 2 (4.00%) XML
6 1 (2.00%) FIX Protocol
6 1 (2.00%) HTML
6 1 (2.00%) J2EE
6 1 (2.00%) Kafka
6 1 (2.00%) Node.js
6 1 (2.00%) SOAP
6 1 (2.00%) Spring
6 1 (2.00%) Spring Cloud
6 1 (2.00%) WinForms
6 1 (2.00%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.00%) SWIFT
2 3 (6.00%) Computer Science
3 2 (4.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (2.00%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.00%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (2.00%) Equities
4 1 (2.00%) Fintech
4 1 (2.00%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (2.00%) Hedge funds
4 1 (2.00%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 10 (20.00%) Linux
2 6 (12.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 6 (12.00%) Windows
2 6 (12.00%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (10.00%) AIX
4 4 (8.00%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.00%) Windows Server
6 1 (2.00%) Apple iOS
6 1 (2.00%) HPUX
6 1 (2.00%) Solaris
6 1 (2.00%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (70.00%) Test Automation
2 23 (46.00%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (24.00%) Test Scripting
4 11 (22.00%) BDD
5 9 (18.00%) Scenario Testing
6 8 (16.00%) Non-Functional Testing
6 8 (16.00%) Scrum
7 7 (14.00%) TDD
8 6 (12.00%) Functional Testing
8 6 (12.00%) Kanban
9 5 (10.00%) Agile Testing
9 5 (10.00%) Configuration Management
9 5 (10.00%) Software Engineering
9 5 (10.00%) Software Testing
9 5 (10.00%) Test Management
10 4 (8.00%) Continuous Integration
10 4 (8.00%) DevOps
10 4 (8.00%) Security Monitoring
10 4 (8.00%) Test Strategy
11 3 (6.00%) API Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (30.00%) Java
2 7 (14.00%) C#
2 7 (14.00%) SQL
3 6 (12.00%) Ruby
4 5 (10.00%) JavaScript
4 5 (10.00%) Perl
4 5 (10.00%) Python
5 3 (6.00%) VB
6 2 (4.00%) Bash Shell
6 2 (4.00%) C
6 2 (4.00%) F#
7 1 (2.00%) Groovy
7 1 (2.00%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 14 (28.00%) Security Cleared
2 8 (16.00%) SC Cleared
3 4 (8.00%) ISEB
3 4 (8.00%) ISTQB
4 3 (6.00%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (6.00%) Degree
4 3 (6.00%) DV Cleared
5 2 (4.00%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (2.00%) CCIE
6 1 (2.00%) CCNA
6 1 (2.00%) CCNP
6 1 (2.00%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (12.00%) QA
System Software
1 6 (12.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (8.00%) Active Directory
2 4 (8.00%) Docker
2 4 (8.00%) VMware ESXi
3 2 (4.00%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 5 (10.00%) Ansible
2 2 (4.00%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (4.00%) Puppet
Vendors
1 11 (22.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (16.00%) VMware
3 3 (6.00%) Atlassian
3 3 (6.00%) HP
3 3 (6.00%) Oracle
4 2 (4.00%) Red Hat
4 2 (4.00%) Software AG
4 2 (4.00%) webMethods
5 1 (2.00%) Cisco
5 1 (2.00%) IBM