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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Specialist
Rank 551 535 552
Rank change year-on-year
-16 +17
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 29 45 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.061% 0.098% 0.043%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.065% 0.10% 0.045%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 18 14
Average daily rate £434 £330 £364
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.51% -9.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £293 £316
10% offered a daily rate of more than £505 £439 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £365
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -10.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 4 0
Average hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £35.00 -
Test Specialist
UK

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
44601 43533 41830
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 94.51% 94.45% 94.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 29104 27575 25284
Average daily rate £418 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.37% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £245 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1612 1743 1871
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.72 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -4.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.77 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.05 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
London -3 13 £438 +9.37% 2
South East -19 5 £394 +19.31%
East of England +2 4 £550 +104.84%
Yorkshire -7 3 £385 -
West Midlands -13 2 - -
South West +1 1 £365 +2.81% 1
North West - 1 - -
Test Specialist
UK

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 (44.30%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (37.97%) Security Cleared
3 25 (31.65%) Test Scripting
4 24 (30.38%) Test Automation
5 22 (27.85%) ISTQB
6 18 (22.78%) DV Cleared
7 17 (21.52%) Oracle
7 17 (21.52%) HP
8 16 (20.25%) HTML
8 16 (20.25%) SC Cleared
9 15 (18.99%) Java
10 14 (17.72%) JavaScript
10 14 (17.72%) Cucumber
11 13 (16.46%) Functional Testing
11 13 (16.46%) Performance Testing
11 13 (16.46%) ISEB
12 12 (15.19%) Regression Testing
12 12 (15.19%) Finance
13 11 (13.92%) Selenium
13 11 (13.92%) HP UFT
13 11 (13.92%) Microsoft
13 11 (13.92%) .NET
13 11 (13.92%) JBehave
13 11 (13.92%) BDD
14 10 (12.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 10 (12.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 10 (12.66%) C#
15 9 (11.39%) ASP.NET
15 9 (11.39%) Unix
15 9 (11.39%) JIRA

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 (2.53%) Confluence
2 1 (1.27%) Apache
2 1 (1.27%) Documentum
2 1 (1.27%) WebLogic
Applications
1 7 (8.86%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.27%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (6.33%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (3.80%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (3.80%) Oracle ERP
2 3 (3.80%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (1.27%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (1.27%) Summit
3 1 (1.27%) SunGard Martini
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.33%) HTTP
2 3 (3.80%) Broadband
3 2 (2.53%) 2G
3 2 (2.53%) 3G
3 2 (2.53%) 4G
3 2 (2.53%) FCoE
3 2 (2.53%) Fibre Channel
3 2 (2.53%) Firewall
3 2 (2.53%) iSCSI
3 2 (2.53%) SAN
3 2 (2.53%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.27%) DSL
4 1 (1.27%) SSH
4 1 (1.27%) SSL
4 1 (1.27%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.59%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (2.53%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.53%) DB2
2 2 (2.53%) Hadoop
2 2 (2.53%) OLTP
3 1 (1.27%) Big Data
3 1 (1.27%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.27%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (17.72%) Cucumber
2 11 (13.92%) HP UFT
2 11 (13.92%) JBehave
2 11 (13.92%) Selenium
3 9 (11.39%) JIRA
3 9 (11.39%) JMeter
4 8 (10.13%) LoadRunner
5 7 (8.86%) Appium
6 6 (7.59%) Git (software)
6 6 (7.59%) Jenkins
7 4 (5.06%) Calabash
7 4 (5.06%) JUnit
7 4 (5.06%) Zephyr
8 3 (3.80%) Liquibase
8 3 (3.80%) Mercurial
9 2 (2.53%) FitNesse
9 2 (2.53%) Selenium IDE
9 2 (2.53%) SoapUI
9 2 (2.53%) SonarQube
9 2 (2.53%) WebDriver
General
1 12 (15.19%) Finance
2 7 (8.86%) Banking
3 3 (3.80%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.53%) Billing
5 1 (1.27%) Front Office
5 1 (1.27%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.27%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (20.25%) HTML
2 11 (13.92%) .NET
3 9 (11.39%) ASP.NET
4 6 (7.59%) XML
5 4 (5.06%) Ajax
5 4 (5.06%) HTML5
5 4 (5.06%) Web Services
6 3 (3.80%) CSS
6 3 (3.80%) CSS3
6 3 (3.80%) jQuery
7 2 (2.53%) Middleware
7 2 (2.53%) REST
7 2 (2.53%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.59%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.06%) Mobile App
2 4 (5.06%) Mobile Payment
3 3 (3.80%) Equities
4 2 (2.53%) Blackberry
4 2 (2.53%) Hedge funds
4 2 (2.53%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (2.53%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.27%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.27%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.27%) Derivative
5 1 (1.27%) Device Driver
5 1 (1.27%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 1 (1.27%) Equity Derivative
5 1 (1.27%) Fixed Income
5 1 (1.27%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.27%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.27%) PKI
5 1 (1.27%) Private Cloud
5 1 (1.27%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 9 (11.39%) Unix
2 8 (10.13%) Linux
3 6 (7.59%) Windows
4 2 (2.53%) AIX
4 2 (2.53%) Android
4 2 (2.53%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (44.30%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (31.65%) Test Scripting
3 24 (30.38%) Test Automation
4 13 (16.46%) Functional Testing
4 13 (16.46%) Performance Testing
5 12 (15.19%) Regression Testing
6 11 (13.92%) BDD
7 9 (11.39%) Knowledge Management
7 9 (11.39%) Non-Functional Testing
7 9 (11.39%) Project Management
7 9 (11.39%) Scrum
8 7 (8.86%) TDD
8 7 (8.86%) Test Management
9 6 (7.59%) Automated Testing
9 6 (7.59%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (7.59%) CRM
9 6 (7.59%) Test Planning
10 5 (6.33%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (6.33%) Stakeholder Management
11 4 (5.06%) Automation Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (18.99%) Java
2 14 (17.72%) JavaScript
3 10 (12.66%) C#
4 8 (10.13%) SQL
4 8 (10.13%) VB
5 4 (5.06%) C++
5 4 (5.06%) Python
6 3 (3.80%) Perl
6 3 (3.80%) PowerShell
6 3 (3.80%) Scala
7 2 (2.53%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.53%) VBA
8 1 (1.27%) C
8 1 (1.27%) ECMAScript
8 1 (1.27%) Korn
8 1 (1.27%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.27%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 30 (37.97%) Security Cleared
2 22 (27.85%) ISTQB
3 18 (22.78%) DV Cleared
4 16 (20.25%) SC Cleared
5 13 (16.46%) ISEB
6 10 (12.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 10 (12.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (6.33%) Cisco Certification
8 3 (3.80%) MCITP
8 3 (3.80%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (2.53%) CCNA
9 2 (2.53%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.86%) QA
2 1 (1.27%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (2.53%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.27%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (3.80%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (3.80%) Puppet
2 1 (1.27%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 17 (21.52%) HP
1 17 (21.52%) Oracle
2 11 (13.92%) Microsoft
3 5 (6.33%) Citrix
4 4 (5.06%) Cisco
5 3 (3.80%) Remedy
6 2 (2.53%) IBM
6 2 (2.53%) Veritas
6 2 (2.53%) VMware
7 1 (1.27%) Atlassian
7 1 (1.27%) Bloomberg
7 1 (1.27%) Calypso
7 1 (1.27%) F5
7 1 (1.27%) Pega
7 1 (1.27%) SAP
7 1 (1.27%) SunGard
7 1 (1.27%) webMethods