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 April 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Specialist
Rank 570 553 563
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +10
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 57 45 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.11% 0.089% 0.062%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.094% 0.066%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 20 16
Average daily rate £380 £447 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.03% +32.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £345 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £528 £505 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £450 £325
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +38.46%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 0
Average hourly rate £38.50 £40.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.75% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 -
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -
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
48697 48044 46983
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 95.04% 94.77% 94.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 32114 29627 29164
Average daily rate £425 £400 £400
Average 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 £555
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1383 1932 1948
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 £44.10 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.83 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+4.01% -1.02%

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 April 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 30 April 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
South East -22 16 £400 -11.11% 1
London -10 14 £525 +18.11% 1
South West +19 12 £382 +27.16% 1
North West - 9 £325 - 2
North East - 3 £338 -
Yorkshire +2 2 £340 - 2
East of England +2 1 £425 -10.52%
Test Specialist
UK

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 34 (40.48%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (36.90%) Security Cleared
3 22 (26.19%) ISTQB
4 21 (25.00%) HP
5 20 (23.81%) Test Scripting
5 20 (23.81%) Test Automation
6 18 (21.43%) SC Cleared
7 17 (20.24%) Java
8 16 (19.05%) Linux
8 16 (19.05%) Performance Testing
9 15 (17.86%) ISEB
9 15 (17.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 14 (16.67%) DV Cleared
11 13 (15.48%) Selenium
11 13 (15.48%) Finance
12 12 (14.29%) Cucumber
13 11 (13.10%) Functional Testing
13 11 (13.10%) Test Management
13 11 (13.10%) Software Testing
13 11 (13.10%) LoadRunner
13 11 (13.10%) Unix
13 11 (13.10%) JavaScript
14 10 (11.90%) HTML
14 10 (11.90%) Security Testing
14 10 (11.90%) Banking
14 10 (11.90%) Non-Functional Testing
14 10 (11.90%) BDD
15 9 (10.71%) HP Quality Center
15 9 (10.71%) Automated Testing
15 9 (10.71%) JMeter

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 (2.38%) Confluence
Applications
1 8 (9.52%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.19%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (4.76%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.19%) BASE24
2 1 (1.19%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.19%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (1.19%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.19%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (1.19%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.95%) FCoE
1 5 (5.95%) Fibre Channel
1 5 (5.95%) iSCSI
1 5 (5.95%) SAN
2 4 (4.76%) HTTP
3 1 (1.19%) Broadband
3 1 (1.19%) Firewall
3 1 (1.19%) Internet
3 1 (1.19%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.38%) DataStage
1 2 (2.38%) OLTP
2 1 (1.19%) Big Data
2 1 (1.19%) DB2
2 1 (1.19%) Hadoop
2 1 (1.19%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 13 (15.48%) Selenium
2 12 (14.29%) Cucumber
3 11 (13.10%) LoadRunner
4 9 (10.71%) JIRA
4 9 (10.71%) JMeter
5 8 (9.52%) JBehave
6 7 (8.33%) HP UFT
7 6 (7.14%) WebDriver
8 5 (5.95%) Appium
8 5 (5.95%) Jenkins
8 5 (5.95%) Selenium IDE
9 4 (4.76%) Git (software)
9 4 (4.76%) Liquibase
10 3 (3.57%) Calabash
10 3 (3.57%) Zephyr
11 2 (2.38%) AppScan
11 2 (2.38%) FitNesse
11 2 (2.38%) Mercurial
12 1 (1.19%) JUnit
12 1 (1.19%) Rational Functional Tester
General
1 13 (15.48%) Finance
2 10 (11.90%) Banking
3 5 (5.95%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.19%) Electronics
4 1 (1.19%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.19%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.90%) HTML
2 9 (10.71%) .NET
3 7 (8.33%) ASP.NET
3 7 (8.33%) Web Services
4 4 (4.76%) Ajax
5 3 (3.57%) J2EE
6 2 (2.38%) .NET Framework
6 2 (2.38%) CSS
6 2 (2.38%) CSS3
6 2 (2.38%) HTML5
6 2 (2.38%) jQuery
6 2 (2.38%) XML
7 1 (1.19%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.19%) Middleware
7 1 (1.19%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.95%) Analytical Skills
1 5 (5.95%) Device Driver
2 4 (4.76%) Mobile App
3 3 (3.57%) Data Centre
3 3 (3.57%) Mobile Payment
4 2 (2.38%) Blackberry
4 2 (2.38%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.38%) Mobile Banking
5 1 (1.19%) Data Integration
5 1 (1.19%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.19%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.19%) Online Banking
5 1 (1.19%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 16 (19.05%) Linux
2 11 (13.10%) Unix
3 8 (9.52%) Windows
4 5 (5.95%) AIX
5 2 (2.38%) Android
5 2 (2.38%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.19%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.19%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (40.48%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (23.81%) Test Automation
2 20 (23.81%) Test Scripting
3 16 (19.05%) Performance Testing
4 11 (13.10%) Functional Testing
4 11 (13.10%) Software Testing
4 11 (13.10%) Test Management
5 10 (11.90%) BDD
5 10 (11.90%) Non-Functional Testing
5 10 (11.90%) Security Testing
6 9 (10.71%) Automated Testing
7 8 (9.52%) Software Engineering
8 7 (8.33%) Regression Testing
8 7 (8.33%) Test Planning
9 6 (7.14%) Project Management
10 5 (5.95%) Continuous Improvement
10 5 (5.95%) Knowledge Management
10 5 (5.95%) Scrum
10 5 (5.95%) Validation
11 4 (4.76%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 17 (20.24%) Java
2 11 (13.10%) JavaScript
3 7 (8.33%) PowerShell
3 7 (8.33%) Python
3 7 (8.33%) SQL
4 6 (7.14%) VB
5 5 (5.95%) Perl
6 4 (4.76%) C#
6 4 (4.76%) C++
6 4 (4.76%) VBScript
7 2 (2.38%) Bash Shell
7 2 (2.38%) COBOL
8 1 (1.19%) ECMAScript
8 1 (1.19%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.19%) Scala
8 1 (1.19%) VBA
Qualifications
1 31 (36.90%) Security Cleared
2 22 (26.19%) ISTQB
3 18 (21.43%) SC Cleared
4 15 (17.86%) ISEB
4 15 (17.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 14 (16.67%) DV Cleared
6 9 (10.71%) Cisco Certification
7 8 (9.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 7 (8.33%) MCITP
8 7 (8.33%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (3.57%) CCNA
10 2 (2.38%) BPSS Clearance
11 1 (1.19%) CCNP
11 1 (1.19%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.33%) QA
2 1 (1.19%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 5 (5.95%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (10.71%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (5.95%) Puppet
3 2 (2.38%) HP Fortify
3 2 (2.38%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 21 (25.00%) HP
2 9 (10.71%) Microsoft
2 9 (10.71%) Oracle
3 8 (9.52%) Cisco
4 5 (5.95%) Atlassian
4 5 (5.95%) Veritas
4 5 (5.95%) VMware
5 4 (4.76%) Citrix
6 2 (2.38%) SAP
6 2 (2.38%) Veracode
7 1 (1.19%) Alias
7 1 (1.19%) BT
7 1 (1.19%) Pega
7 1 (1.19%) Unisys
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