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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 523 538 512
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -26
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 47 32 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.095% 0.067% 0.046%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.072% 0.049%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 14 13
Average daily rate
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£442 £363 £346
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.91% +4.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £325 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £548 £476 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
+19.23% +3.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 - -
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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
45619 44406 38688
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.37% 92.57% 92.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 28722 27970 22842
Average daily rate £400 £397 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.75% -0.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £235 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1788 1844 1977
Average hourly rate £16.83 £17.00 £18.92
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.02% -10.14%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £40.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.75 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-3.52% -4.28%

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 May 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 May 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 -1 22 £406 +25.00%
London +12 16 £488 +11.42% 1
South West +7 3 £460 +24.32%
East of England 0 3 £475 -9.52%
West Midlands - 2 £430 -
Yorkshire - 1 £325 -
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UK

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 44 (44.90%) Test Scripting
2 40 (40.82%) Security Cleared
3 36 (36.73%) UNIX
3 36 (36.73%) ISTQB
4 34 (34.69%) Linux
4 34 (34.69%) HP
5 33 (33.67%) HTML
6 32 (32.65%) JavaScript
6 32 (32.65%) .NET
7 31 (31.63%) Microsoft
7 31 (31.63%) SC Cleared
8 29 (29.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 29 (29.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 29 (29.59%) ISEB
8 29 (29.59%) Knowledge Management
9 28 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
9 28 (28.57%) JSP
9 28 (28.57%) ASP.NET
10 24 (24.49%) MS Excel
11 21 (21.43%) Cisco
11 21 (21.43%) Cisco Certification
11 21 (21.43%) Microsoft Certification
11 21 (21.43%) MCITP
11 21 (21.43%) Security Testing
12 20 (20.41%) Java
13 19 (19.39%) SAN
13 19 (19.39%) PowerShell
14 16 (16.33%) Oracle
14 16 (16.33%) Windows
15 15 (15.31%) Software Testing

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 (2.04%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.02%) Documentum
2 1 (1.02%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.02%) Oracle Coherence
2 1 (1.02%) Umbraco
2 1 (1.02%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (1.02%) WebLogic
Applications
1 24 (24.49%) MS Excel
2 5 (5.10%) MS Project
3 4 (4.08%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.02%) MS Office
4 1 (1.02%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (8.16%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.02%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.02%) Dynamics GP
Communications & Networking
1 19 (19.39%) SAN
2 10 (10.20%) iSCSI
2 10 (10.20%) FCoE
2 10 (10.20%) Fibre Channel
3 4 (4.08%) Internet
4 1 (1.02%) DVB
4 1 (1.02%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (9.18%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.06%) IBM InfoSphere
2 3 (3.06%) Oracle Database
3 2 (2.04%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 13 (13.27%) Selenium
2 11 (11.22%) QuickTest Pro
3 7 (7.14%) Cucumber
4 4 (4.08%) WebDriver
4 4 (4.08%) JMeter
5 3 (3.06%) Git (software)
5 3 (3.06%) SoapUI
6 2 (2.04%) Jenkins
6 2 (2.04%) Selenium IDE
6 2 (2.04%) Appium
6 2 (2.04%) JIRA
6 2 (2.04%) Mercurial
6 2 (2.04%) JBehave
6 2 (2.04%) Visual Studio
7 1 (1.02%) Eclipse
7 1 (1.02%) Toad
7 1 (1.02%) Ant
7 1 (1.02%) JUnit
7 1 (1.02%) Xcode
7 1 (1.02%) Subversion
General
1 5 (5.10%) Finance
2 4 (4.08%) Banking
3 2 (2.04%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.04%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.02%) Retail
4 1 (1.02%) Legal
4 1 (1.02%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.02%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.02%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 33 (33.67%) HTML
2 32 (32.65%) .NET
3 28 (28.57%) ASP.NET
3 28 (28.57%) JSP
4 6 (6.12%) XML
5 5 (5.10%) Web Services
6 3 (3.06%) SOAP
6 3 (3.06%) CSS
7 2 (2.04%) jQuery
7 2 (2.04%) HTML5
7 2 (2.04%) CSS3
8 1 (1.02%) Gherkin
8 1 (1.02%) XSLT
8 1 (1.02%) Java SE
8 1 (1.02%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.10%) Device Driver
3 3 (3.06%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.04%) MPEG
5 1 (1.02%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.02%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 1 (1.02%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.02%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.02%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 36 (36.73%) UNIX
2 34 (34.69%) Linux
3 16 (16.33%) Windows
4 11 (11.22%) AIX
5 2 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (2.04%) Solaris
5 2 (2.04%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.02%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.02%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (44.90%) Test Scripting
2 29 (29.59%) Knowledge Management
3 28 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (21.43%) Security Testing
5 15 (15.31%) Software Testing
5 15 (15.31%) Project Management
6 13 (13.27%) Test Automation
7 12 (12.24%) Performance Testing
8 10 (10.20%) Scrum
9 7 (7.14%) Regression Testing
9 7 (7.14%) CRM
9 7 (7.14%) Migration
9 7 (7.14%) Data Migration
10 5 (5.10%) BDD
10 5 (5.10%) Automated Testing
10 5 (5.10%) Software Engineering
11 4 (4.08%) CMMI
12 3 (3.06%) Configuration Management
12 3 (3.06%) Validation
12 3 (3.06%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 32 (32.65%) JavaScript
2 20 (20.41%) Java
3 19 (19.39%) PowerShell
4 13 (13.27%) Perl
5 10 (10.20%) SQL
6 7 (7.14%) C#
7 6 (6.12%) C++
7 6 (6.12%) C
8 3 (3.06%) Bash Shell
8 3 (3.06%) PL/SQL
9 2 (2.04%) VB
9 2 (2.04%) VBA
9 2 (2.04%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.02%) Ruby
10 1 (1.02%) PHP
Qualifications
1 40 (40.82%) Security Cleared
2 36 (36.73%) ISTQB
3 31 (31.63%) SC Cleared
4 29 (29.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 29 (29.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 29 (29.59%) ISEB
5 21 (21.43%) Cisco Certification
5 21 (21.43%) Microsoft Certification
5 21 (21.43%) MCITP
6 11 (11.22%) DV Cleared
7 2 (2.04%) Degree
8 1 (1.02%) CCNA
8 1 (1.02%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (6.12%) QA
2 1 (1.02%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (10.20%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (4.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 34 (34.69%) HP
2 31 (31.63%) Microsoft
3 21 (21.43%) Cisco
4 16 (16.33%) Oracle
5 10 (10.20%) Veritas
5 10 (10.20%) VMware
6 8 (8.16%) Citrix
7 7 (7.14%) IBM
8 3 (3.06%) Remedy
9 2 (2.04%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (2.04%) CA
10 1 (1.02%) Lotus
10 1 (1.02%) webMethods
10 1 (1.02%) SAP
10 1 (1.02%) Adobe
10 1 (1.02%) Murex
10 1 (1.02%) Calypso