The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Specialist role in IT contracts advertised for the London 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 29 August 2014 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 394 422 394
Rank change year-on-year
+28 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 20 9 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.082% 0.036% 0.050%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.089% 0.039% 0.054%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 7 11
Average daily rate
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£445 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.25% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £315 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £464 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £322 £320
% change year-on-year
+16.45% +0.62%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - -
Test Specialist
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the London 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
London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
22500 23238 24253
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 92.48% 92.90% 93.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 15318 15932 15951
Average daily rate £425 £438 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% +2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £275 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 423 451 618
Average hourly rate £17.50 £19.13 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.49% -4.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £13.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £41.80 £44.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -5.55%

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Specialist in the job title across the London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Test Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in London

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Specialist across the London region.

Test Specialist Daily Rate Trend in London

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram in London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Specialist across the London region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Test Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in London

Test Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend in London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Specialist across the London region.

Test Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in London

Test Specialist
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014. 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
City of London +19 5 £514 +27.57%
Test Specialist
England

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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 18 (58.06%) UNIX
2 16 (51.61%) Ruby
3 14 (45.16%) Agile Software Development
3 14 (45.16%) Git (software)
3 14 (45.16%) BDD
4 13 (41.94%) RSpec
4 13 (41.94%) Security Cleared
4 13 (41.94%) Shell Script
5 12 (38.71%) SC Cleared
6 11 (35.48%) SQL
7 10 (32.26%) .NET
7 10 (32.26%) Continuous Integration
7 10 (32.26%) Jenkins
8 9 (29.03%) Vagrant
8 9 (29.03%) Opscode Chef
8 9 (29.03%) Puppet
8 9 (29.03%) Test Automation
8 9 (29.03%) Test Scripting
9 8 (25.81%) TDD
9 8 (25.81%) ZABBIX
10 7 (22.58%) Banking
10 7 (22.58%) Investment Banking
10 7 (22.58%) Oracle
11 6 (19.35%) C#
11 6 (19.35%) QA
11 6 (19.35%) YUM
12 5 (16.13%) Hedge funds
12 5 (16.13%) Mathematics
12 5 (16.13%) Risk Analytics
12 5 (16.13%) Analytics

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the London 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.

Applications
1 3 (9.68%) MS Excel
2 1 (3.23%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 4 (12.90%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (3.23%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (3.23%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 3 (9.68%) SAN
2 1 (3.23%) Internet
2 1 (3.23%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.90%) Big Data
2 3 (9.68%) MongoDB
2 3 (9.68%) NoSQL
3 2 (6.45%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (3.23%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (3.23%) Data Mining
4 1 (3.23%) QlikView
4 1 (3.23%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (45.16%) Git (software)
2 13 (41.94%) RSpec
3 10 (32.26%) Jenkins
4 3 (9.68%) WebDriver
5 2 (6.45%) Cucumber
5 2 (6.45%) Hudson
5 2 (6.45%) Mercurial
5 2 (6.45%) Selenium
6 1 (3.23%) FitNesse
6 1 (3.23%) Ant
6 1 (3.23%) JUnit
6 1 (3.23%) Eclipse
6 1 (3.23%) QuickTest Pro
6 1 (3.23%) Subversion
6 1 (3.23%) Maven
6 1 (3.23%) JIRA
6 1 (3.23%) SoapUI
6 1 (3.23%) Concordion
6 1 (3.23%) Robotium
6 1 (3.23%) Capybara
General
1 7 (22.58%) Banking
1 7 (22.58%) Investment Banking
2 5 (16.13%) Finance
3 1 (3.23%) Marketing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (32.26%) .NET
2 5 (16.13%) MSMQ
3 4 (12.90%) HTML
3 4 (12.90%) ASP.NET
3 4 (12.90%) JSP
4 1 (3.23%) SOAP
4 1 (3.23%) Web Services
4 1 (3.23%) RESTful
4 1 (3.23%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.13%) Mathematics
1 5 (16.13%) Hedge funds
2 1 (3.23%) Mobile App
2 1 (3.23%) Open Source
2 1 (3.23%) Video on Demand
2 1 (3.23%) Client/Server
2 1 (3.23%) Handset
Operating Systems
1 18 (58.06%) UNIX
2 2 (6.45%) Linux
3 1 (3.23%) Android
3 1 (3.23%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (45.16%) Agile Software Development
1 14 (45.16%) BDD
2 10 (32.26%) Continuous Integration
3 9 (29.03%) Test Automation
3 9 (29.03%) Test Scripting
4 8 (25.81%) TDD
5 5 (16.13%) Validation
5 5 (16.13%) Software Engineering
5 5 (16.13%) Risk Analytics
5 5 (16.13%) Analytics
6 3 (9.68%) CRM
7 2 (6.45%) Project Management
7 2 (6.45%) Knowledge Management
8 1 (3.23%) Software Testing
8 1 (3.23%) Integration Testing
8 1 (3.23%) OO
8 1 (3.23%) E-Commerce
8 1 (3.23%) Configuration Management
8 1 (3.23%) Penetration Testing
8 1 (3.23%) Agile Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (51.61%) Ruby
2 13 (41.94%) Shell Script
3 11 (35.48%) SQL
4 6 (19.35%) C#
5 5 (16.13%) Java
6 4 (12.90%) JavaScript
7 2 (6.45%) Perl
7 2 (6.45%) Bash Shell
8 1 (3.23%) PHP
8 1 (3.23%) PL/SQL
8 1 (3.23%) VB
8 1 (3.23%) Python
8 1 (3.23%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 13 (41.94%) Security Cleared
2 12 (38.71%) SC Cleared
3 4 (12.90%) ISTQB
3 4 (12.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 3 (9.68%) DV Cleared
5 2 (6.45%) Degree
5 2 (6.45%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (19.35%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.23%) NDS
Systems Management
1 9 (29.03%) Puppet
1 9 (29.03%) Vagrant
1 9 (29.03%) Opscode Chef
2 8 (25.81%) ZABBIX
3 6 (19.35%) YUM
4 2 (6.45%) Nagios
Vendors
1 7 (22.58%) Oracle
2 5 (16.13%) Sybase
2 5 (16.13%) HP
3 4 (12.90%) Microsoft
4 3 (9.68%) Citrix
5 2 (6.45%) IBM
6 1 (3.23%) JD Edwards
6 1 (3.23%) Business Objects
6 1 (3.23%) SAP
6 1 (3.23%) Cisco