The first table below looks at the demand for the Test Specialist role in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the England region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 562 489 563
Rank change year-on-year
-73 +74
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 28 14 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.055% 0.032% 0.025%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.059% 0.035% 0.027%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 5 12
Average daily rate £338 £340 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.66% -9.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £293 £314
10% offered a daily rate of more than £472 £417 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £326 £350
% change year-on-year
-0.38% -6.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
47408 39975 51632
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.36% 92.77% 92.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 29341 23493 29070
Average daily rate £396 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £240 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1940 2055 2466
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%
Test Specialist
UK

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in England

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Specialist in the job title across the England region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Test Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in England

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Test Specialist Daily Rate Trend in England

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Specialist across the England region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Test Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in England

Test Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Test Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in England

Test Specialist
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Specialist within the England region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Find
Job
Vacancies
London -16 11 £438 +5.67% 2
South East -13 8 £325 +4.00%
South West -15 7 £308 -9.55%
East of England - 1 £525 -
Test Specialist
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Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited Test Specialist in their job title mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Test Specialist in their job title.

1 22 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 17 (38.64%) SC Cleared
2 17 (38.64%) Security Cleared
3 15 (34.09%) .NET
4 14 (31.82%) ISTQB
5 13 (29.55%) Test Scripting
5 13 (29.55%) Automated Testing
5 13 (29.55%) HP
6 11 (25.00%) SQL
6 11 (25.00%) Software Testing
6 11 (25.00%) Selenium
7 10 (22.73%) Oracle
7 10 (22.73%) UNIX
8 9 (20.45%) Linux
8 9 (20.45%) Test Management
8 9 (20.45%) Banking
8 9 (20.45%) Finance
8 9 (20.45%) WebDriver
9 8 (18.18%) QA
9 8 (18.18%) SAP
9 8 (18.18%) ASP.NET
9 8 (18.18%) JSP
9 8 (18.18%) HTML
9 8 (18.18%) Java
9 8 (18.18%) JavaScript
9 8 (18.18%) Microsoft
10 7 (15.91%) Scrum
11 6 (13.64%) Investment Banking
11 6 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
11 6 (13.64%) Performance Testing

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England region that cited Test Specialist in their job title mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled with Test Specialist in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.27%) WebLogic
1 1 (2.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 4 (9.09%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.27%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (6.82%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (4.55%) Oracle CRM
2 2 (4.55%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.82%) HTTPS
1 3 (6.82%) HTTP
1 3 (6.82%) TCP/IP
2 2 (4.55%) Internet
2 2 (4.55%) Firewall
2 2 (4.55%) DNS
3 1 (2.27%) SSL
3 1 (2.27%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.82%) Oracle Reports
1 3 (6.82%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.55%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.27%) Big Data
3 1 (2.27%) Data Mining
3 1 (2.27%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.27%) MySQL
3 1 (2.27%) SQLite
3 1 (2.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (2.27%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 11 (25.00%) Selenium
2 9 (20.45%) WebDriver
3 5 (11.36%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (9.09%) Jenkins
5 3 (6.82%) SoapUI
5 3 (6.82%) LoadRunner
5 3 (6.82%) JIRA
6 2 (4.55%) JUnit
6 2 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (2.27%) Capybara
7 1 (2.27%) Ranorex
7 1 (2.27%) eggPlant
7 1 (2.27%) Cucumber
7 1 (2.27%) RSpec
7 1 (2.27%) Ant
7 1 (2.27%) Bugzilla
7 1 (2.27%) JMeter
7 1 (2.27%) CruiseControl
7 1 (2.27%) Subversion
7 1 (2.27%) Maven
General
1 9 (20.45%) Banking
1 9 (20.45%) Finance
2 6 (13.64%) Investment Banking
3 3 (6.82%) Law
3 3 (6.82%) Legal
4 2 (4.55%) Marketing
5 1 (2.27%) Front Office
5 1 (2.27%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.27%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (34.09%) .NET
2 8 (18.18%) ASP.NET
2 8 (18.18%) JSP
2 8 (18.18%) HTML
3 4 (9.09%) Web Services
4 3 (6.82%) MSMQ
5 1 (2.27%) Twisted
5 1 (2.27%) REST
5 1 (2.27%) Middleware
5 1 (2.27%) SOAP
5 1 (2.27%) J2EE
5 1 (2.27%) Apache CXF
5 1 (2.27%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.27%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.82%) Hedge funds
1 3 (6.82%) Mathematics
2 2 (4.55%) Replication
2 2 (4.55%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.27%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (2.27%) Open Source
3 1 (2.27%) Video on Demand
3 1 (2.27%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.27%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 10 (22.73%) UNIX
2 9 (20.45%) Linux
3 5 (11.36%) Windows
4 3 (6.82%) Windows XP
4 3 (6.82%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (6.82%) Windows 2000
4 3 (6.82%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (4.55%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 13 (29.55%) Test Scripting
2 13 (29.55%) Automated Testing
3 11 (25.00%) Software Testing
4 9 (20.45%) Test Management
5 7 (15.91%) Scrum
6 6 (13.64%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (13.64%) Performance Testing
7 5 (11.36%) User Stories
7 5 (11.36%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (11.36%) TDD
8 4 (9.09%) Validation
8 4 (9.09%) CRM
8 4 (9.09%) Automation Testing
8 4 (9.09%) Test Strategy
9 3 (6.82%) Risk Analytics
9 3 (6.82%) Analytics
9 3 (6.82%) BDD
9 3 (6.82%) Project Management
9 3 (6.82%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 11 (25.00%) SQL
2 8 (18.18%) Java
2 8 (18.18%) JavaScript
3 5 (11.36%) C#
4 4 (9.09%) PowerShell
5 3 (6.82%) VBScript
5 3 (6.82%) VB
6 2 (4.55%) Perl
6 2 (4.55%) PHP
6 2 (4.55%) PL/SQL
6 2 (4.55%) Python
7 1 (2.27%) Tcl
7 1 (2.27%) VBA
7 1 (2.27%) C
7 1 (2.27%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 17 (38.64%) SC Cleared
1 17 (38.64%) Security Cleared
2 14 (31.82%) ISTQB
3 6 (13.64%) ISEB
4 4 (9.09%) MCITP
4 4 (9.09%) Cisco Certification
4 4 (9.09%) Microsoft Certification
5 2 (4.55%) DV Cleared
6 1 (2.27%) CTC Cleared
6 1 (2.27%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (18.18%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.27%) NDS
1 1 (2.27%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 6 (13.64%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (4.55%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (2.27%) Nessus
Vendors
1 13 (29.55%) HP
2 10 (22.73%) Oracle
3 8 (18.18%) SAP
3 8 (18.18%) Microsoft
4 5 (11.36%) Cisco
5 3 (6.82%) Citrix
5 3 (6.82%) Sybase
6 2 (4.55%) JD Edwards
7 1 (2.27%) Business Objects