The table below looks at the statistics 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 26 February 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
26 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 508 532 495
Rank change year-on-year
+24 -37
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 51 22 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.11% 0.048% 0.034%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.051% 0.036%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 16 10
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£350 £364 £352
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.78% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £309 £319 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £452 £451 £379
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - -
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the England region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
43265 42840 38456
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.40% 92.50% 92.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 27090 25773 22427
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1673 1859 2173
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £10.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.72 £17.15 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.50% -2.00%

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 26 February 2015.

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 26 February 2015. 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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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 - 28 £330 - 2
London +9 16 £400 +8.47% 1
South West -17 1 £400 +14.28% 2
West Midlands - 1 - -
East of England - 1 £277 -
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Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 February 2015, 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 35 (49.30%) Test Scripting
2 34 (47.89%) Security Cleared
3 32 (45.07%) UNIX
4 31 (43.66%) Microsoft
4 31 (43.66%) SC Cleared
5 30 (42.25%) ISTQB
5 30 (42.25%) HP
5 30 (42.25%) HTML
5 30 (42.25%) .NET
6 29 (40.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 28 (39.44%) ASP.NET
7 28 (39.44%) JSP
7 28 (39.44%) JavaScript
7 28 (39.44%) Knowledge Management
8 26 (36.62%) Linux
9 22 (30.99%) MS Excel
10 20 (28.17%) ISEB
10 20 (28.17%) Project Management
11 18 (25.35%) Cisco
11 18 (25.35%) Oracle
11 18 (25.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 17 (23.94%) Cisco Certification
12 17 (23.94%) Microsoft Certification
12 17 (23.94%) SAN
12 17 (23.94%) MCITP
12 17 (23.94%) Security Testing
13 16 (22.54%) PowerShell
14 13 (18.31%) Agile Software Development
14 13 (18.31%) Windows
15 12 (16.90%) Oracle Reports

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 February 2015, 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 2 (2.82%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.41%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.41%) WebLogic
Applications
1 22 (30.99%) MS Excel
2 5 (7.04%) MS Project
3 4 (5.63%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (11.27%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.41%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 17 (23.94%) SAN
2 7 (9.86%) iSCSI
2 7 (9.86%) FCoE
2 7 (9.86%) Fibre Channel
3 3 (4.23%) Internet
3 3 (4.23%) DVB
4 2 (2.82%) Broadband
4 2 (2.82%) Multicast
5 1 (1.41%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (16.90%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (4.23%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 5 (7.04%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (4.23%) Selenium
2 3 (4.23%) Cucumber
2 3 (4.23%) Jenkins
3 2 (2.82%) Calabash
3 2 (2.82%) Grunt
3 2 (2.82%) Karma Test Runner
3 2 (2.82%) Bower
3 2 (2.82%) WebDriver
3 2 (2.82%) Xcode
3 2 (2.82%) Subversion
3 2 (2.82%) Maven
4 1 (1.41%) LoadRunner
4 1 (1.41%) FitNesse
4 1 (1.41%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.41%) Mercurial
4 1 (1.41%) RSpec
4 1 (1.41%) Toad
4 1 (1.41%) Hudson
4 1 (1.41%) SpecFlow
General
1 2 (2.82%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.41%) Finance
2 1 (1.41%) Banking
2 1 (1.41%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (42.25%) HTML
1 30 (42.25%) .NET
2 28 (39.44%) ASP.NET
2 28 (39.44%) JSP
3 4 (5.63%) XML
4 3 (4.23%) JRuby
4 3 (4.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.63%) MPEG
2 3 (4.23%) Device Driver
2 3 (4.23%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.82%) Over-the-Top Content
3 2 (2.82%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.82%) Video on Demand
4 1 (1.41%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.41%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.41%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 32 (45.07%) UNIX
2 26 (36.62%) Linux
3 13 (18.31%) Windows
4 8 (11.27%) AIX
5 3 (4.23%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (4.23%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (4.23%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.82%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.41%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.41%) SUSE
7 1 (1.41%) HPUX
7 1 (1.41%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (49.30%) Test Scripting
2 28 (39.44%) Knowledge Management
3 20 (28.17%) Project Management
4 17 (23.94%) Security Testing
5 13 (18.31%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (14.08%) Software Testing
6 10 (14.08%) Test Automation
7 8 (11.27%) CRM
8 7 (9.86%) Migration
8 7 (9.86%) Data Migration
9 4 (5.63%) Functional Testing
9 4 (5.63%) CMMI
10 3 (4.23%) Regression Testing
10 3 (4.23%) Software Engineering
10 3 (4.23%) Automation Testing
10 3 (4.23%) Performance Testing
11 2 (2.82%) Release Management
11 2 (2.82%) Unit Testing
11 2 (2.82%) Test Management
11 2 (2.82%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 28 (39.44%) JavaScript
2 16 (22.54%) PowerShell
3 12 (16.90%) Perl
4 9 (12.68%) SQL
5 8 (11.27%) Java
6 5 (7.04%) C#
7 4 (5.63%) C++
7 4 (5.63%) C
7 4 (5.63%) VB
8 3 (4.23%) Jython
8 3 (4.23%) Bash Shell
8 3 (4.23%) PL/SQL
9 2 (2.82%) Ruby
9 2 (2.82%) VBA
9 2 (2.82%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.41%) PHP
Qualifications
1 34 (47.89%) Security Cleared
2 31 (43.66%) SC Cleared
3 30 (42.25%) ISTQB
4 29 (40.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 20 (28.17%) ISEB
6 18 (25.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 17 (23.94%) MCITP
7 17 (23.94%) Cisco Certification
7 17 (23.94%) Microsoft Certification
8 9 (12.68%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.41%) Degree
9 1 (1.41%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.41%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (1.41%) QA
System Software
1 7 (9.86%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (8.45%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.41%) yum
2 1 (1.41%) Puppet
2 1 (1.41%) Vagrant
2 1 (1.41%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (1.41%) Nagios
2 1 (1.41%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 31 (43.66%) Microsoft
2 30 (42.25%) HP
3 18 (25.35%) Oracle
3 18 (25.35%) Cisco
4 9 (12.68%) Citrix
5 7 (9.86%) Veritas
5 7 (9.86%) VMware
6 4 (5.63%) IBM
7 2 (2.82%) CA
7 2 (2.82%) Ericsson
8 1 (1.41%) Cognos
8 1 (1.41%) Red Hat
8 1 (1.41%) webMethods
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