The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was £375 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 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
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 559 592 590
Rank change year-on-year +33 -2  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 49 47 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.11% 0.088% 0.096%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.092% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 24 21
Median daily rate £375 £419 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.44% +16.31%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £322 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £543 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £406 £330
% change year-on-year -7.69% +23.10%  
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. 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 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Test Specialist
Job Vacancy Trend

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

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 3 months to 28 March 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 22 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 3 months to 28 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
England +32 45 £400 -5.88% 3
London +37 24 £405 -11.23% 2
South West +3 12 £350 -30.00%
Devon - 8 £413 -
Exeter - 8 £413 -
City of London -8 6 £475 -9.52% 2
South East +3 5 £375 -6.25% 1
Swindon +3 3 £325 -35.00%
Wiltshire +1 3 £325 -35.00%
Hampshire 0 3 £375 -6.25%
West Midlands +15 2 - -
Berkshire - 2 - - 1
East Midlands - 2 £381 -
Gloucestershire 0 1 £400 -
Leicestershire - 1 £350 -
Northamptonshire - 1 £413 -
Moorgate - 1 £340 -
Wokingham - 1 - -
Cirencester - 1 £400 -
Fareham - 1 £375 -
Leicester - 1 £350 -
Northampton - 1 £413 -

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 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 featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 37 (50.68%) Test Automation
2 34 (46.58%) Agile Software Development
3 23 (31.51%) ISEB
3 23 (31.51%) Finance
4 22 (30.14%) Selenium
5 21 (28.77%) Java
6 20 (27.40%) Test Strategy
7 18 (24.66%) ISTQB
8 17 (23.29%) Scrum
9 16 (21.92%) JIRA
10 14 (19.18%) SAP
10 14 (19.18%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (17.81%) Cucumber
12 12 (16.44%) Test Scripting
12 12 (16.44%) Security Cleared
12 12 (16.44%) TDD
13 11 (15.07%) User Acceptance Testing
13 11 (15.07%) SOAP
13 11 (15.07%) Web Services
13 11 (15.07%) SoapUI
13 11 (15.07%) DevOps
14 10 (13.70%) WebDriver
14 10 (13.70%) Manufacturing
14 10 (13.70%) Business Intelligence
14 10 (13.70%) Integration Testing
14 10 (13.70%) Telecoms
15 9 (12.33%) Electronics
15 9 (12.33%) Programme Management
15 9 (12.33%) Banking
15 9 (12.33%) Digital Marketing

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 8 (10.96%) Confluence
2 2 (2.74%) IIS
2 2 (2.74%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (1.37%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 9 (12.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (2.74%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (1.37%) SAP HCM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.37%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.37%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.74%) Firewall
1 2 (2.74%) Intrusion Detection
1 2 (2.74%) Network Security
2 1 (1.37%) HTTP
2 1 (1.37%) Internet
2 1 (1.37%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.85%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.11%) DB2
3 2 (2.74%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (2.74%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.74%) RDBMS
3 2 (2.74%) Relational Database
4 1 (1.37%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 22 (30.14%) Selenium
2 16 (21.92%) JIRA
3 13 (17.81%) Cucumber
4 11 (15.07%) SoapUI
5 10 (13.70%) WebDriver
6 9 (12.33%) TestRail
7 4 (5.48%) HP UFT
7 4 (5.48%) Jenkins
7 4 (5.48%) SpecFlow
8 3 (4.11%) Calabash
8 3 (4.11%) JUnit
8 3 (4.11%) LoadRunner
8 3 (4.11%) Spock
8 3 (4.11%) Visual Studio
9 2 (2.74%) Appium
9 2 (2.74%) JMeter
9 2 (2.74%) Maven
10 1 (1.37%) NUnit
10 1 (1.37%) Subversion
10 1 (1.37%) WATIR
General
1 23 (31.51%) Finance
2 10 (13.70%) Manufacturing
2 10 (13.70%) Telecoms
3 9 (12.33%) Banking
3 9 (12.33%) Electronics
3 9 (12.33%) Marketing
4 3 (4.11%) Retail
5 2 (2.74%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.37%) Front Office
6 1 (1.37%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (15.07%) SOAP
1 11 (15.07%) Web Services
2 3 (4.11%) .NET
2 3 (4.11%) Gherkin
2 3 (4.11%) Middleware
2 3 (4.11%) Node.js
3 2 (2.74%) AppFabric
3 2 (2.74%) ASP.NET
3 2 (2.74%) HTML
3 2 (2.74%) Java EE
3 2 (2.74%) WCF
4 1 (1.37%) EDI
4 1 (1.37%) J2EE
4 1 (1.37%) JSON
4 1 (1.37%) JSON Schema
4 1 (1.37%) React
4 1 (1.37%) RESTful
4 1 (1.37%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 9 (12.33%) Hedge funds
2 7 (9.59%) Equities
3 4 (5.48%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 4 (5.48%) Mobile App
3 4 (5.48%) Verilog
4 3 (4.11%) SWIFT
5 2 (2.74%) Client/Server
5 2 (2.74%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (2.74%) Mainframe
6 1 (1.37%) Management Information System
6 1 (1.37%) NHS
6 1 (1.37%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.85%) Windows
2 4 (5.48%) Unix
3 3 (4.11%) AIX
3 3 (4.11%) Linux
3 3 (4.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 3 (4.11%) Windows Server 2008
3 3 (4.11%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (50.68%) Test Automation
2 34 (46.58%) Agile Software Development
3 20 (27.40%) Test Strategy
4 17 (23.29%) Scrum
5 14 (19.18%) Continuous Integration
6 12 (16.44%) TDD
6 12 (16.44%) Test Scripting
7 11 (15.07%) DevOps
7 11 (15.07%) User Acceptance Testing
8 10 (13.70%) Business Intelligence
8 10 (13.70%) Integration Testing
9 9 (12.33%) Digital Marketing
9 9 (12.33%) Programme Management
9 9 (12.33%) Proprietary Trading
9 9 (12.33%) SOA
10 7 (9.59%) Release Management
11 6 (8.22%) Regression Testing
12 5 (6.85%) Performance Testing
12 5 (6.85%) Software Testing
12 5 (6.85%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 21 (28.77%) Java
2 9 (12.33%) SQL
3 6 (8.22%) Python
4 4 (5.48%) Groovy
5 3 (4.11%) C#
5 3 (4.11%) JavaScript
5 3 (4.11%) Ruby
6 2 (2.74%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.37%) ES6
7 1 (1.37%) PHP
7 1 (1.37%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 23 (31.51%) ISEB
2 18 (24.66%) ISTQB
3 12 (16.44%) Security Cleared
4 9 (12.33%) SC Cleared
5 3 (4.11%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.37%) CHECK Team Member
6 1 (1.37%) CISM
6 1 (1.37%) CREST Certified
6 1 (1.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (6.85%) QA
2 4 (5.48%) SDET
3 2 (2.74%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (4.11%) VMware ESXi
2 2 (2.74%) Active Directory
2 2 (2.74%) Snort
3 1 (1.37%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (4.11%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.37%) Grafana
2 1 (1.37%) Graphite
2 1 (1.37%) Network Intrusion Detection System
2 1 (1.37%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 14 (19.18%) SAP
2 5 (6.85%) HP
2 5 (6.85%) Microsoft
2 5 (6.85%) Oracle
3 4 (5.48%) Altera
4 3 (4.11%) Citrix
4 3 (4.11%) Fixnetix
4 3 (4.11%) VMware
5 2 (2.74%) Sourcefire
6 1 (1.37%) AppDynamics
6 1 (1.37%) Avaloq
6 1 (1.37%) BMC
6 1 (1.37%) Dynatrace
6 1 (1.37%) IBM
6 1 (1.37%) New Relic
6 1 (1.37%) Splunk
6 1 (1.37%) Sybase
6 1 (1.37%) TSYS
6 1 (1.37%) Wallstreet Suite
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
TEKsystems
Rate: £299 - £361 per day
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