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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 524 534 507
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -27
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 52 26 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.11% 0.054% 0.026%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.059% 0.028%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 17 6
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£360 £375 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% +10.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £304 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £448 £354
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £325 £340
% change year-on-year
+1.53% -4.41%
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
45333 44161 38662
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.44% 92.46% 92.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 27997 26983 22727
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £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 1804 1877 2051
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £17.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.83 £17.00 £17.15
% change year-on-year
-1.02% -0.87%

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 30 March 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 30 March 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 - 29 £330 -
London +7 16 £422 -3.48% 2
South West -17 2 £300 -11.11%
Yorkshire - 1 - -
North East - - - -
North West - - - -
West Midlands - - - - 1
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Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 38 (49.35%) Test Scripting
1 38 (49.35%) Security Cleared
2 35 (45.45%) UNIX
3 34 (44.16%) HTML
4 33 (42.86%) SC Cleared
5 32 (41.56%) ISTQB
5 32 (41.56%) JavaScript
5 32 (41.56%) HP
6 31 (40.26%) Microsoft
6 31 (40.26%) .NET
7 30 (38.96%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 29 (37.66%) ASP.NET
8 29 (37.66%) JSP
8 29 (37.66%) Knowledge Management
9 28 (36.36%) Linux
10 23 (29.87%) MS Excel
10 23 (29.87%) ISEB
11 21 (27.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 20 (25.97%) Cisco
12 20 (25.97%) Cisco Certification
12 20 (25.97%) Microsoft Certification
12 20 (25.97%) Project Management
12 20 (25.97%) MCITP
12 20 (25.97%) Security Testing
13 18 (23.38%) PowerShell
13 18 (23.38%) Oracle
14 16 (20.78%) SAN
14 16 (20.78%) Agile Software Development
15 12 (15.58%) Perl
15 12 (15.58%) Java

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 (2.60%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.30%) Oracle Coherence
2 1 (1.30%) WebLogic
Applications
1 23 (29.87%) MS Excel
2 5 (6.49%) MS Project
3 4 (5.19%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (9.09%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.30%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 16 (20.78%) SAN
2 7 (9.09%) iSCSI
2 7 (9.09%) FCoE
2 7 (9.09%) Fibre Channel
3 3 (3.90%) Internet
4 2 (2.60%) Broadband
5 1 (1.30%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.29%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.90%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 7 (9.09%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (6.49%) Selenium
3 4 (5.19%) Cucumber
4 2 (2.60%) Jenkins
4 2 (2.60%) Calabash
4 2 (2.60%) Grunt
4 2 (2.60%) Karma Test Runner
4 2 (2.60%) Bower
4 2 (2.60%) Appium
4 2 (2.60%) Git (software)
4 2 (2.60%) Mercurial
4 2 (2.60%) JBehave
4 2 (2.60%) WebDriver
4 2 (2.60%) JMeter
4 2 (2.60%) Xcode
4 2 (2.60%) Subversion
4 2 (2.60%) Maven
5 1 (1.30%) Visual Studio
5 1 (1.30%) Toad
General
1 4 (5.19%) Banking
2 2 (2.60%) Investment Banking
2 2 (2.60%) Telecoms
2 2 (2.60%) Finance
3 1 (1.30%) Financial Institution
3 1 (1.30%) Front Office
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (44.16%) HTML
2 31 (40.26%) .NET
3 29 (37.66%) ASP.NET
3 29 (37.66%) JSP
4 4 (5.19%) XML
5 3 (3.90%) JRuby
6 2 (2.60%) HTML5
6 2 (2.60%) CSS3
6 2 (2.60%) jQuery
6 2 (2.60%) Web Services
6 2 (2.60%) CSS
7 1 (1.30%) XSLT
7 1 (1.30%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.90%) Device Driver
1 3 (3.90%) Client/Server
2 2 (2.60%) MPEG
3 1 (1.30%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.30%) Credit Risk
3 1 (1.30%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.30%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.30%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 35 (45.45%) UNIX
2 28 (36.36%) Linux
3 12 (15.58%) Windows
4 8 (10.39%) AIX
5 3 (3.90%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (3.90%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (3.90%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.60%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.30%) HPUX
7 1 (1.30%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 38 (49.35%) Test Scripting
2 29 (37.66%) Knowledge Management
3 20 (25.97%) Security Testing
3 20 (25.97%) Project Management
4 16 (20.78%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (14.29%) Test Automation
6 10 (12.99%) Software Testing
7 8 (10.39%) CRM
8 7 (9.09%) Migration
8 7 (9.09%) Data Migration
9 6 (7.79%) Regression Testing
10 5 (6.49%) Performance Testing
11 4 (5.19%) CMMI
11 4 (5.19%) Functional Testing
12 3 (3.90%) Automation Testing
12 3 (3.90%) Software Engineering
12 3 (3.90%) Scrum
13 2 (2.60%) Validation
13 2 (2.60%) Configuration Management
13 2 (2.60%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 32 (41.56%) JavaScript
2 18 (23.38%) PowerShell
3 12 (15.58%) Perl
3 12 (15.58%) Java
4 9 (11.69%) SQL
5 6 (7.79%) C#
6 4 (5.19%) C++
6 4 (5.19%) C
6 4 (5.19%) VB
7 3 (3.90%) Jython
7 3 (3.90%) PL/SQL
8 2 (2.60%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.60%) VBA
8 2 (2.60%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.30%) Ruby
9 1 (1.30%) PHP
Qualifications
1 38 (49.35%) Security Cleared
2 33 (42.86%) SC Cleared
3 32 (41.56%) ISTQB
4 30 (38.96%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 23 (29.87%) ISEB
6 21 (27.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 20 (25.97%) Cisco Certification
7 20 (25.97%) Microsoft Certification
7 20 (25.97%) MCITP
8 10 (12.99%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.30%) CCNA
9 1 (1.30%) Degree
9 1 (1.30%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.19%) QA
2 1 (1.30%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 7 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.90%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 32 (41.56%) HP
2 31 (40.26%) Microsoft
3 20 (25.97%) Cisco
4 18 (23.38%) Oracle
5 8 (10.39%) Citrix
6 7 (9.09%) Veritas
6 7 (9.09%) VMware
7 3 (3.90%) IBM
8 2 (2.60%) CA
9 1 (1.30%) Murex
9 1 (1.30%) Calypso
9 1 (1.30%) SAP
9 1 (1.30%) Cognos
9 1 (1.30%) webMethods
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