The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the England region that had Test Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 30 May 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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.

3 months to
30 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Specialist
Rank 554 566 555
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -11
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 52 47 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.11% 0.094% 0.077%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.099% 0.081%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 26 17
Median daily rate £385 £440 £351
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.50% +25.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £308 £320 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £548 £498
UK excluding London median daily rate £373 £381 £325
% change year-on-year
-2.29% +17.30%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 5 0
Median hourly rate £38.50 £40.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.75% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £40.00 -
% change year-on-year
-3.75% -
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
46756 47408 46705
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 94.92% 94.70% 94.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 30937 29879 29302
Median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1327 1880 1986
Median hourly rate £18.00 £16.87 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+6.72% -0.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £41.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £16.00 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+9.37% -3.03%

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of IT contracts across the England region that featured Test Specialist in the job title.

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 30 May 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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Specialist within the England region over the 3 months to 30 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +3 16 £475 -2.56% 2
South East -19 12 £413 +1.53%
South West 0 9 £382 -17.06%
North West - 8 £348 - 1
East of England +8 3 £250 -41.17% 1
Yorkshire +6 2 £340 +4.61% 2
North East - 2 £338 -
Test Specialist
UK

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 May 2016, Test Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 34 (39.08%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (35.63%) Security Cleared
3 25 (28.74%) ISTQB
4 23 (26.44%) HP
4 23 (26.44%) Test Scripting
5 20 (22.99%) Java
6 19 (21.84%) Performance Testing
7 18 (20.69%) SC Cleared
7 18 (20.69%) Test Automation
7 18 (20.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 17 (19.54%) Selenium
9 16 (18.39%) Linux
10 15 (17.24%) ISEB
10 15 (17.24%) LoadRunner
11 14 (16.09%) Finance
11 14 (16.09%) DV Cleared
12 13 (14.94%) HTML
13 12 (13.79%) JavaScript
13 12 (13.79%) Unix
13 12 (13.79%) Software Testing
13 12 (13.79%) Functional Testing
14 11 (12.64%) Non-Functional Testing
14 11 (12.64%) BDD
14 11 (12.64%) JMeter
14 11 (12.64%) Microsoft
15 10 (11.49%) MS Excel
15 10 (11.49%) Oracle
15 10 (11.49%) Security Testing
15 10 (11.49%) Test Management
15 10 (11.49%) Cucumber

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.15%) Confluence
Applications
1 10 (11.49%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.45%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (4.60%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.15%) BASE24
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (1.15%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.75%) FCoE
1 5 (5.75%) Fibre Channel
1 5 (5.75%) iSCSI
1 5 (5.75%) SAN
2 4 (4.60%) HTTP
3 1 (1.15%) Broadband
3 1 (1.15%) Firewall
3 1 (1.15%) Internet
3 1 (1.15%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.30%) DataStage
1 2 (2.30%) OLTP
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 17 (19.54%) Selenium
2 15 (17.24%) LoadRunner
3 11 (12.64%) JMeter
4 10 (11.49%) Cucumber
5 9 (10.34%) HP UFT
6 7 (8.05%) WebDriver
7 6 (6.90%) JIRA
7 6 (6.90%) Selenium IDE
8 5 (5.75%) JBehave
9 4 (4.60%) Liquibase
10 3 (3.45%) Appium
10 3 (3.45%) Git (software)
10 3 (3.45%) Jenkins
10 3 (3.45%) Mercurial
11 2 (2.30%) AppScan
11 2 (2.30%) FitNesse
11 2 (2.30%) SoapUI
11 2 (2.30%) SpecFlow
12 1 (1.15%) Rational Functional Tester
General
1 14 (16.09%) Finance
2 6 (6.90%) Banking
3 5 (5.75%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.15%) Electronics
4 1 (1.15%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.15%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (14.94%) HTML
2 9 (10.34%) .NET
2 9 (10.34%) Web Services
3 7 (8.05%) ASP.NET
4 5 (5.75%) HTML5
5 4 (4.60%) Ajax
6 3 (3.45%) CSS
6 3 (3.45%) CSS3
6 3 (3.45%) J2EE
6 3 (3.45%) jQuery
6 3 (3.45%) SOAP
7 2 (2.30%) .NET Framework
7 2 (2.30%) AngularJS
7 2 (2.30%) COM
7 2 (2.30%) Silverlight
7 2 (2.30%) XML
8 1 (1.15%) Gherkin
8 1 (1.15%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.75%) Device Driver
2 3 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.45%) Data Centre
3 2 (2.30%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.30%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.15%) Data Integration
4 1 (1.15%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.15%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.15%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.15%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 16 (18.39%) Linux
2 12 (13.79%) Unix
3 6 (6.90%) Windows
4 5 (5.75%) AIX
5 1 (1.15%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.15%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (39.08%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (26.44%) Test Scripting
3 19 (21.84%) Performance Testing
4 18 (20.69%) Test Automation
5 12 (13.79%) Functional Testing
5 12 (13.79%) Software Testing
6 11 (12.64%) BDD
6 11 (12.64%) Non-Functional Testing
7 10 (11.49%) Security Testing
7 10 (11.49%) Test Management
8 8 (9.20%) Software Engineering
9 7 (8.05%) Automated Testing
10 6 (6.90%) Project Management
10 6 (6.90%) Regression Testing
10 6 (6.90%) Test Planning
10 6 (6.90%) User Acceptance Testing
11 5 (5.75%) Knowledge Management
11 5 (5.75%) SDLC
11 5 (5.75%) Software Delivery
11 5 (5.75%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 20 (22.99%) Java
2 12 (13.79%) JavaScript
3 9 (10.34%) SQL
4 8 (9.20%) Python
5 7 (8.05%) PowerShell
6 6 (6.90%) VB
7 5 (5.75%) Perl
8 4 (4.60%) C#
8 4 (4.60%) VBScript
9 2 (2.30%) Bash Shell
9 2 (2.30%) C++
9 2 (2.30%) COBOL
10 1 (1.15%) ECMAScript
10 1 (1.15%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 31 (35.63%) Security Cleared
2 25 (28.74%) ISTQB
3 18 (20.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 18 (20.69%) SC Cleared
4 15 (17.24%) ISEB
5 14 (16.09%) DV Cleared
6 9 (10.34%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (9.20%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 7 (8.05%) MCITP
8 7 (8.05%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (3.45%) CCNA
10 2 (2.30%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.15%) CCNP
11 1 (1.15%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.34%) QA
2 1 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 5 (5.75%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 10 (11.49%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (5.75%) Puppet
3 2 (2.30%) HP Fortify
3 2 (2.30%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 23 (26.44%) HP
2 11 (12.64%) Microsoft
3 10 (11.49%) Oracle
4 8 (9.20%) Cisco
5 6 (6.90%) Atlassian
6 5 (5.75%) Veritas
6 5 (5.75%) VMware
7 4 (4.60%) Citrix
7 4 (4.60%) SAP
8 2 (2.30%) Infor
8 2 (2.30%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (2.30%) Veracode
9 1 (1.15%) Alias
9 1 (1.15%) AppDynamics
9 1 (1.15%) BT
9 1 (1.15%) Unisys