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 25 July 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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 518 521 516
Rank change year-on-year
+3 -5
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 52 21 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.11% 0.045% 0.083%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.049% 0.090%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 18 30
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£388 £342 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.38% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £313 £302
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £438 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £318 £330
% change year-on-year
+2.29% -3.72%
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
45677 43067 48985
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.52% 92.59% 92.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 28255 25820 27968
Average daily rate £400 £400 £395
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +1.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £228 £238 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
- +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1840 1987 2538
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.33% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.24 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £41.00 £40.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
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 25 July 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 25 July 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
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statistics and historical trends)
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
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +13 31 £325 +0.93% 2
London +11 16 £425 +13.33%
South West -26 2 £379 - 2
East of England - - - -
Test Specialist
UK

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 41 (51.25%) HP
2 39 (48.75%) Test Scripting
3 38 (47.50%) SC Cleared
3 38 (47.50%) Security Cleared
4 37 (46.25%) ISTQB
5 32 (40.00%) .NET
6 31 (38.75%) Oracle
6 31 (38.75%) UNIX
7 26 (32.50%) QuickTest Pro
8 25 (31.25%) ASP.NET
8 25 (31.25%) JSP
8 25 (31.25%) JavaScript
9 24 (30.00%) Test Automation
9 24 (30.00%) HTML
10 23 (28.75%) Microsoft
11 21 (26.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 20 (25.00%) VB
13 19 (23.75%) CRM
14 18 (22.50%) C#
15 16 (20.00%) SQL
15 16 (20.00%) Linux
16 14 (17.50%) QA
16 14 (17.50%) Agile Software Development
16 14 (17.50%) Software Testing
16 14 (17.50%) DV Cleared
17 13 (16.25%) HP Quality Center
17 13 (16.25%) Knowledge Management
18 12 (15.00%) Ruby
18 12 (15.00%) Automated Testing
18 12 (15.00%) Git (software)

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

Applications
1 10 (12.50%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.25%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (1.25%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 10 (12.50%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (2.50%) Oracle CRM
2 2 (2.50%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (2.50%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.50%) Dynamics GP
2 2 (2.50%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 8 (10.00%) TCP/IP
2 7 (8.75%) HTTPS
3 4 (5.00%) SAN
4 3 (3.75%) HTTP
4 3 (3.75%) Wireshark
4 3 (3.75%) SSL
4 3 (3.75%) DNS
5 2 (2.50%) Internet
5 2 (2.50%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (12.50%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (5.00%) Big Data
3 3 (3.75%) MongoDB
3 3 (3.75%) NoSQL
4 2 (2.50%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.25%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.25%) Data Mining
5 1 (1.25%) QlikView
5 1 (1.25%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.25%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 26 (32.50%) QuickTest Pro
2 12 (15.00%) Git (software)
3 10 (12.50%) RSpec
4 8 (10.00%) Jenkins
5 6 (7.50%) LoadRunner
6 5 (6.25%) Selenium
7 4 (5.00%) WebDriver
8 3 (3.75%) JIRA
9 2 (2.50%) JUnit
9 2 (2.50%) Mercurial
9 2 (2.50%) Hudson
9 2 (2.50%) SoapUI
10 1 (1.25%) Capybara
10 1 (1.25%) Cucumber
10 1 (1.25%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (1.25%) JMeter
General
1 8 (10.00%) Finance
2 6 (7.50%) Banking
2 6 (7.50%) Investment Banking
3 2 (2.50%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (40.00%) .NET
2 25 (31.25%) ASP.NET
2 25 (31.25%) JSP
3 24 (30.00%) HTML
4 5 (6.25%) MSMQ
5 1 (1.25%) WPF
5 1 (1.25%) JPA
5 1 (1.25%) Apache CXF
5 1 (1.25%) REST
5 1 (1.25%) SOAP
5 1 (1.25%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.25%) Mathematics
1 5 (6.25%) Hedge funds
2 3 (3.75%) Open Source
3 2 (2.50%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.25%) Handset
4 1 (1.25%) Replication
4 1 (1.25%) Statistics
4 1 (1.25%) Video on Demand
4 1 (1.25%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 31 (38.75%) UNIX
2 16 (20.00%) Linux
3 8 (10.00%) Windows
4 7 (8.75%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (8.75%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (8.75%) Windows 2000
4 7 (8.75%) Windows XP
5 2 (2.50%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.25%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (48.75%) Test Scripting
2 24 (30.00%) Test Automation
3 19 (23.75%) CRM
4 14 (17.50%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (17.50%) Software Testing
5 13 (16.25%) Knowledge Management
6 12 (15.00%) Automated Testing
7 11 (13.75%) BDD
8 9 (11.25%) Validation
9 8 (10.00%) Project Management
10 7 (8.75%) TDD
10 7 (8.75%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (7.50%) Performance Testing
11 6 (7.50%) Automation Testing
12 5 (6.25%) Risk Analytics
12 5 (6.25%) Analytics
12 5 (6.25%) User Stories
12 5 (6.25%) Software Engineering
13 4 (5.00%) Load Testing
13 4 (5.00%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 25 (31.25%) JavaScript
2 20 (25.00%) VB
3 18 (22.50%) C#
4 16 (20.00%) SQL
5 12 (15.00%) Ruby
6 10 (12.50%) Shell Script
7 8 (10.00%) PowerShell
8 6 (7.50%) Java
9 5 (6.25%) VBScript
10 2 (2.50%) Perl
10 2 (2.50%) PHP
10 2 (2.50%) PL/SQL
10 2 (2.50%) Bash Shell
11 1 (1.25%) VBA
11 1 (1.25%) Python
11 1 (1.25%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 38 (47.50%) SC Cleared
1 38 (47.50%) Security Cleared
2 37 (46.25%) ISTQB
3 21 (26.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 14 (17.50%) DV Cleared
5 12 (15.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 10 (12.50%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (12.50%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (12.50%) MCITP
7 4 (5.00%) ISEB
8 1 (1.25%) CTC Cleared
8 1 (1.25%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (17.50%) QA
System Software
1 3 (3.75%) Nmap
2 1 (1.25%) NDS
Systems Management
1 13 (16.25%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (7.50%) Puppet
2 6 (7.50%) Vagrant
2 6 (7.50%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (7.50%) ZABBIX
3 5 (6.25%) YUM
4 4 (5.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 3 (3.75%) Nessus
6 2 (2.50%) Nagios
Vendors
1 41 (51.25%) HP
2 31 (38.75%) Oracle
3 23 (28.75%) Microsoft
4 11 (13.75%) Cisco
5 7 (8.75%) Siebel
6 5 (6.25%) Sybase
7 2 (2.50%) IBM
7 2 (2.50%) SAP
7 2 (2.50%) Citrix
7 2 (2.50%) JD Edwards
8 1 (1.25%) Business Objects
8 1 (1.25%) Symbian
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 hours ago
Bristol
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Aldershot
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 17 days ago
East Sussex
Interquest - Sand Resources
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 22 days ago