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 4 August 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
4 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 546 519 533
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +14
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 41 49 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.079% 0.099% 0.049%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.086% 0.11% 0.053%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 24 19
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£363 £400 £346
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.37% +15.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £297 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £464 £514 £444
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £318
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
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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
47771 45698 43205
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 92.50% 92.57% 92.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 30943 28173 25957
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 £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1778 1841 1968
Average hourly rate £16.95 £16.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.72% -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.78 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 4 August 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 4 August 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 -32 22 £370 +5.71%
London -4 10 £425 -
North West - 4 £413 - 1
East of England - 2 £375 - 1
South West -4 1 £318 -15.98%
North East -19 1 £319 -14.93%
Yorkshire - 1 £325 -
Test Specialist
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Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 34 (38.64%) ISTQB
1 34 (38.64%) Security Cleared
2 32 (36.36%) Test Scripting
3 30 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
4 29 (32.95%) JavaScript
5 28 (31.82%) UNIX
5 28 (31.82%) HP
6 27 (30.68%) HTML
7 26 (29.55%) .NET
7 26 (29.55%) SC Cleared
8 25 (28.41%) Microsoft
9 24 (27.27%) ISEB
9 24 (27.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 23 (26.14%) Linux
11 21 (23.86%) ASP.NET
11 21 (23.86%) JSP
11 21 (23.86%) Selenium
11 21 (23.86%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 19 (21.59%) Security Testing
12 19 (21.59%) Java
13 18 (20.45%) Cisco Certification
13 18 (20.45%) Test Automation
14 17 (19.32%) Microsoft Certification
14 17 (19.32%) Cisco
14 17 (19.32%) MS Excel
14 17 (19.32%) MCITP
15 16 (18.18%) PowerShell
16 15 (17.05%) Knowledge Management
16 15 (17.05%) HP UFT
17 12 (13.64%) Performance Testing

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 4 August 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 (2.27%) Documentum
1 2 (2.27%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.14%) Oracle Coherence
2 1 (1.14%) Umbraco
2 1 (1.14%) Confluence
2 1 (1.14%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (1.14%) WebSphere Application Server
2 1 (1.14%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.14%) JBoss
2 1 (1.14%) SharePoint
Applications
1 17 (19.32%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.14%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.14%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (6.82%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (3.41%) Primavera
3 2 (2.27%) SAP PLM
4 1 (1.14%) Teamcenter
4 1 (1.14%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (1.14%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.27%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (10.23%) SAN
2 4 (4.55%) iSCSI
2 4 (4.55%) FCoE
2 4 (4.55%) Fibre Channel
3 1 (1.14%) Internet
3 1 (1.14%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.82%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.41%) IBM InfoSphere
2 3 (3.41%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.27%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.27%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.14%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 21 (23.86%) Selenium
2 15 (17.05%) HP UFT
3 9 (10.23%) Cucumber
4 8 (9.09%) WebDriver
5 6 (6.82%) JIRA
6 5 (5.68%) SoapUI
7 4 (4.55%) JMeter
8 3 (3.41%) Git (software)
8 3 (3.41%) Selenium IDE
8 3 (3.41%) Appium
9 2 (2.27%) SpecFlow
9 2 (2.27%) Jasmine
9 2 (2.27%) Jenkins
9 2 (2.27%) JBehave
9 2 (2.27%) Mercurial
9 2 (2.27%) JUnit
9 2 (2.27%) Visual Studio
10 1 (1.14%) Eclipse
10 1 (1.14%) Toad
10 1 (1.14%) Subversion
General
1 7 (7.95%) Finance
1 7 (7.95%) Banking
2 3 (3.41%) Investment Banking
3 2 (2.27%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.14%) Retail
4 1 (1.14%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.14%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.14%) Front Office
4 1 (1.14%) Legal
4 1 (1.14%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.14%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (30.68%) HTML
2 26 (29.55%) .NET
3 21 (23.86%) ASP.NET
3 21 (23.86%) JSP
4 8 (9.09%) XML
5 6 (6.82%) SOAP
6 4 (4.55%) CSS
7 3 (3.41%) Web Services
8 2 (2.27%) jQuery
8 2 (2.27%) HTML5
8 2 (2.27%) CSS3
9 1 (1.14%) Gherkin
9 1 (1.14%) Oracle Fusion
9 1 (1.14%) XSLT
9 1 (1.14%) Java SE
9 1 (1.14%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (1.14%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.68%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.27%) Device Driver
2 2 (2.27%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.14%) Over-the-Top Content
3 1 (1.14%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.14%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.14%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.14%) Fixed Income
3 1 (1.14%) Credit Risk
3 1 (1.14%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 28 (31.82%) UNIX
2 23 (26.14%) Linux
3 7 (7.95%) Windows
4 5 (5.68%) AIX
5 1 (1.14%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (36.36%) Test Scripting
2 30 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (21.59%) Security Testing
4 18 (20.45%) Test Automation
5 15 (17.05%) Knowledge Management
6 12 (13.64%) Performance Testing
7 11 (12.50%) Scrum
7 11 (12.50%) Project Management
8 8 (9.09%) Regression Testing
8 8 (9.09%) Automated Testing
9 7 (7.95%) Software Testing
9 7 (7.95%) Automation Testing
10 5 (5.68%) BDD
10 5 (5.68%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (5.68%) Test Management
11 4 (4.55%) User Acceptance Testing
11 4 (4.55%) TDD
11 4 (4.55%) ERP
12 3 (3.41%) OO
12 3 (3.41%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 29 (32.95%) JavaScript
2 19 (21.59%) Java
3 16 (18.18%) PowerShell
4 11 (12.50%) SQL
5 8 (9.09%) C#
6 4 (4.55%) C++
6 4 (4.55%) Perl
7 3 (3.41%) C
7 3 (3.41%) Python
7 3 (3.41%) Ruby
7 3 (3.41%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.27%) VBA
8 2 (2.27%) Scala
9 1 (1.14%) PHP
9 1 (1.14%) VB
Qualifications
1 34 (38.64%) ISTQB
1 34 (38.64%) Security Cleared
2 26 (29.55%) SC Cleared
3 24 (27.27%) ISEB
3 24 (27.27%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 21 (23.86%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 18 (20.45%) Cisco Certification
6 17 (19.32%) Microsoft Certification
6 17 (19.32%) MCITP
7 12 (13.64%) DV Cleared
8 2 (2.27%) CCNA
9 1 (1.14%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (10.23%) QA
System Software
1 4 (4.55%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.41%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 28 (31.82%) HP
2 25 (28.41%) Microsoft
3 17 (19.32%) Cisco
4 11 (12.50%) Oracle
5 7 (7.95%) IBM
6 5 (5.68%) Citrix
7 4 (4.55%) Veritas
7 4 (4.55%) SAP
7 4 (4.55%) VMware
8 3 (3.41%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (3.41%) Remedy
9 1 (1.14%) Infragistics
9 1 (1.14%) webMethods
9 1 (1.14%) Lotus
9 1 (1.14%) Cognos
9 1 (1.14%) Adobe
9 1 (1.14%) Murex
9 1 (1.14%) Calypso