The median contractor rate for a Test Specialist was £394 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 25 June 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
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 570 594 581
Rank change year-on-year +24 -13  
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 17 58 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.037% 0.11% 0.098%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.039% 0.12% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 41 30
Median daily rate £394 £385 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.27% -0.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £326 £300 £316
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £470 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £373 £350
% change year-on-year +4.02% +6.42%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 5
Median hourly rate - £38.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -3.75%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £38.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year - -3.75%  

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 43855 50329 53147
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.75% 94.86% 94.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 28363 32827 33406
Median daily rate £438 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.94% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £370
% change year-on-year - +8.10%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1353 1495 2037
Median hourly rate £18.00 £17.50 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £44.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.45 £16.00
% change year-on-year +0.28% +9.06%  

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 25 June 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 24 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 25 June 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 +11 16 £400 +3.09% 6
South West -5 5 £400 +4.84% 1
North West +25 4 £468 +21.42%
Wiltshire +6 4 £375 +1.35%
Swindon +3 4 £375 +1.35%
Lancashire +4 3 £468 +16.87%
London -7 3 £475 +11.76% 3
Preston -19 3 £468 +16.87%
South East +33 2 £388 -8.82% 1
Yorkshire +20 1 £325 -4.41%
West Yorkshire +19 1 £325 -4.41%
Leeds +16 1 £325 -4.41%
Manchester +14 1 - -
Gloucestershire +2 1 £450 +10.83%
City of London +1 1 £320 - 1
Cardiff -1 1 £330 -12.00%
South Wales -6 1 £330 -12.00%
Wales -7 1 £330 -12.00%
Buckinghamshire - 1 £388 -
Berkshire - 1 - -
East Midlands - 1 £350 -
Milton Keynes - 1 £388 -
Leicester - 1 £350 -
Leicestershire - 1 £350 -

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 36 (54.55%) Test Automation
2 31 (46.97%) Agile Software Development
3 24 (36.36%) Selenium
4 23 (34.85%) ISEB
5 21 (31.82%) Java
6 18 (27.27%) Test Strategy
7 17 (25.76%) JIRA
7 17 (25.76%) ISTQB
8 15 (22.73%) Cucumber
9 13 (19.70%) Security Cleared
9 13 (19.70%) Test Scripting
9 13 (19.70%) Finance
10 12 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
10 12 (18.18%) WebDriver
11 11 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
11 11 (16.67%) Scrum
12 10 (15.15%) SC Cleared
13 9 (13.64%) Hedge funds
13 9 (13.64%) Proprietary Trading
13 9 (13.64%) TestRail
14 8 (12.12%) Confluence
15 7 (10.61%) BDD
15 7 (10.61%) Release Management
15 7 (10.61%) Equities
15 7 (10.61%) TDD
15 7 (10.61%) C#
16 6 (9.09%) SAP
16 6 (9.09%) Web Services
16 6 (9.09%) Banking
16 6 (9.09%) User Stories

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 (12.12%) Confluence
2 3 (4.55%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 3 (4.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.52%) Actimize
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.03%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.03%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.55%) Oracle Database
1 3 (4.55%) RDBMS
1 3 (4.55%) Relational Database
2 2 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.52%) Redis
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (1.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 24 (36.36%) Selenium
2 17 (25.76%) JIRA
3 15 (22.73%) Cucumber
4 12 (18.18%) WebDriver
5 9 (13.64%) TestRail
6 5 (7.58%) SpecFlow
6 5 (7.58%) Visual Studio
7 4 (6.06%) Jenkins
7 4 (6.06%) SoapUI
8 3 (4.55%) Appium
8 3 (4.55%) Calabash
8 3 (4.55%) Git (software)
8 3 (4.55%) JUnit
8 3 (4.55%) Maven
8 3 (4.55%) Spock
8 3 (4.55%) Subversion
9 2 (3.03%) Gatling
9 2 (3.03%) Gradle
9 2 (3.03%) IntelliJ
9 2 (3.03%) JMeter
General
1 13 (19.70%) Finance
2 6 (9.09%) Banking
3 4 (6.06%) Manufacturing
3 4 (6.06%) Telecoms
4 3 (4.55%) Electronics
4 3 (4.55%) Marketing
4 3 (4.55%) Retail
5 1 (1.52%) Back Office
5 1 (1.52%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (1.52%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.52%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (9.09%) Web Services
2 5 (7.58%) Gherkin
3 4 (6.06%) SOAP
4 3 (4.55%) Java EE
4 3 (4.55%) Node.js
5 2 (3.03%) J2EE
6 1 (1.52%) .NET
6 1 (1.52%) EDI
6 1 (1.52%) HTML
6 1 (1.52%) React
6 1 (1.52%) RESTful
6 1 (1.52%) WinForms
6 1 (1.52%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 9 (13.64%) Hedge funds
2 7 (10.61%) Equities
3 4 (6.06%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
3 4 (6.06%) Mobile App
3 4 (6.06%) Verilog
4 3 (4.55%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.52%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.52%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.52%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.52%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.52%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.52%) NHS
5 1 (1.52%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.55%) AIX
1 3 (4.55%) HPUX
1 3 (4.55%) Solaris
1 3 (4.55%) Unix
2 2 (3.03%) Android
2 2 (3.03%) Apple iOS
2 2 (3.03%) Windows
3 1 (1.52%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (54.55%) Test Automation
2 31 (46.97%) Agile Software Development
3 18 (27.27%) Test Strategy
4 13 (19.70%) Test Scripting
5 12 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
6 11 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
6 11 (16.67%) Scrum
7 9 (13.64%) Proprietary Trading
8 7 (10.61%) BDD
8 7 (10.61%) Release Management
8 7 (10.61%) TDD
9 6 (9.09%) User Stories
10 5 (7.58%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (7.58%) Functional Testing
10 5 (7.58%) Test Management
11 4 (6.06%) Integration Testing
11 4 (6.06%) Low Latency
11 4 (6.06%) Migration
11 4 (6.06%) Performance Testing
11 4 (6.06%) Programme Management
Programming Languages
1 21 (31.82%) Java
2 7 (10.61%) C#
3 5 (7.58%) SQL
4 4 (6.06%) JavaScript
4 4 (6.06%) Python
5 3 (4.55%) Bash Shell
5 3 (4.55%) Groovy
5 3 (4.55%) Ruby
6 1 (1.52%) Apple Swift
6 1 (1.52%) C++
6 1 (1.52%) ES6
6 1 (1.52%) PHP
6 1 (1.52%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 23 (34.85%) ISEB
2 17 (25.76%) ISTQB
3 13 (19.70%) Security Cleared
4 10 (15.15%) SC Cleared
5 3 (4.55%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.52%) Degree
6 1 (1.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.52%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.06%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.52%) Docker
Systems Management
1 2 (3.03%) Grafana
1 2 (3.03%) Graphite
1 2 (3.03%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 6 (9.09%) SAP
2 4 (6.06%) Altera
3 3 (4.55%) Fixnetix
3 3 (4.55%) Oracle
4 2 (3.03%) AppDynamics
4 2 (3.03%) BMC
4 2 (3.03%) Dynatrace
4 2 (3.03%) HP
4 2 (3.03%) New Relic
4 2 (3.03%) Splunk
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