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 5 February 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.

Location
3 months to
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Specialist
Rank 398 395 399
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 13 10 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 0.061% 0.048% 0.037%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.065% 0.051% 0.039%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 5 7
Average daily rate £438 £400 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.37% +10.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £395 £366 £343
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £542 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £365
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -10.96%
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
20026 19682 20464
As % of all contract IT jobs located in London 94.69% 94.48% 94.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 14194 13942 13897
Average daily rate £450 £450 £435
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 315 337 393
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.83 £37.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 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
City of London - 5 £438 - 1
Docklands, London - 1 £475 -
Canary Wharf - 1 £475 -
Test Specialist
England

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in London

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 24 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 11 (28.21%) DV Cleared
3 11 (28.21%) Security Cleared
4 10 (25.64%) Cucumber
5 9 (23.08%) JIRA
5 9 (23.08%) Java
6 8 (20.51%) Scrum
6 8 (20.51%) BDD
6 8 (20.51%) JBehave
6 8 (20.51%) Test Scripting
7 7 (17.95%) ISTQB
7 7 (17.95%) Banking
8 6 (15.38%) TDD
8 6 (15.38%) Performance Testing
8 6 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
8 6 (15.38%) Test Management
8 6 (15.38%) Finance
8 6 (15.38%) Regression Testing
8 6 (15.38%) HP
8 6 (15.38%) LoadRunner
8 6 (15.38%) Functional Testing
8 6 (15.38%) Non-Functional Testing
8 6 (15.38%) Test Planning
9 5 (12.82%) Analytical Skills
9 5 (12.82%) HTTP
9 5 (12.82%) Continuous Improvement
10 4 (10.26%) Waterfall
10 4 (10.26%) Use Case
10 4 (10.26%) Ajax

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in London by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (5.13%) Confluence
2 1 (2.56%) Apache
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (2.56%) Summit
1 1 (2.56%) SunGard Martini
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.82%) HTTP
2 3 (7.69%) Broadband
3 2 (5.13%) 2G
3 2 (5.13%) 3G
3 2 (5.13%) 4G
3 2 (5.13%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (2.56%) DSL
4 1 (2.56%) Firewall
4 1 (2.56%) SSH
4 1 (2.56%) SSL
4 1 (2.56%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.13%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (5.13%) DB2
1 2 (5.13%) Hadoop
1 2 (5.13%) OLTP
2 1 (2.56%) Big Data
2 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.56%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (25.64%) Cucumber
2 9 (23.08%) JIRA
3 8 (20.51%) JBehave
4 6 (15.38%) LoadRunner
5 4 (10.26%) Appium
5 4 (10.26%) Calabash
5 4 (10.26%) Zephyr
6 3 (7.69%) Git (software)
6 3 (7.69%) HP UFT
6 3 (7.69%) Jenkins
6 3 (7.69%) JMeter
6 3 (7.69%) JUnit
6 3 (7.69%) Selenium
7 2 (5.13%) FitNesse
7 2 (5.13%) SonarQube
7 2 (5.13%) SpecFlow
8 1 (2.56%) JIRA Agile
8 1 (2.56%) Selenium IDE
8 1 (2.56%) SoapUI
8 1 (2.56%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (17.95%) Banking
2 6 (15.38%) Finance
3 2 (5.13%) Billing
4 1 (2.56%) Front Office
4 1 (2.56%) Pharmaceutical
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.26%) Ajax
1 4 (10.26%) HTML
1 4 (10.26%) Web Services
2 3 (7.69%) XML
3 2 (5.13%) .NET
3 2 (5.13%) REST
4 1 (2.56%) HTML5
4 1 (2.56%) Middleware
4 1 (2.56%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.82%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (10.26%) Mobile App
2 4 (10.26%) Mobile Payment
3 3 (7.69%) Equities
4 2 (5.13%) Blackberry
4 2 (5.13%) Hedge funds
4 2 (5.13%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (5.13%) N-Tier
5 1 (2.56%) Algorithms
5 1 (2.56%) Derivative
5 1 (2.56%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
5 1 (2.56%) Equity Derivative
5 1 (2.56%) Fixed Income
5 1 (2.56%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (2.56%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.56%) PKI
5 1 (2.56%) Private Cloud
5 1 (2.56%) Tandem
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.26%) Unix
2 2 (5.13%) Android
2 2 (5.13%) Apple iOS
2 2 (5.13%) Windows
3 1 (2.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (61.54%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 8 (20.51%) BDD
3 8 (20.51%) Scrum
3 8 (20.51%) Test Scripting
4 6 (15.38%) Continuous Integration
4 6 (15.38%) Functional Testing
4 6 (15.38%) Non-Functional Testing
4 6 (15.38%) Performance Testing
4 6 (15.38%) Regression Testing
4 6 (15.38%) TDD
4 6 (15.38%) Test Management
4 6 (15.38%) Test Planning
5 5 (12.82%) Continuous Improvement
6 4 (10.26%) RUP
6 4 (10.26%) SDLC
6 4 (10.26%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (10.26%) Use Case
6 4 (10.26%) Waterfall
7 3 (7.69%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 9 (23.08%) Java
2 4 (10.26%) SQL
3 3 (7.69%) C++
3 3 (7.69%) Python
4 2 (5.13%) Bash Shell
4 2 (5.13%) C#
4 2 (5.13%) JavaScript
4 2 (5.13%) Scala
4 2 (5.13%) VBA
5 1 (2.56%) C
5 1 (2.56%) Korn
5 1 (2.56%) Perl
5 1 (2.56%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 11 (28.21%) DV Cleared
1 11 (28.21%) Security Cleared
2 7 (17.95%) ISTQB
3 4 (10.26%) ISEB
4 3 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (5.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.69%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (5.13%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.56%) CORE IMPACT
Vendors
1 6 (15.38%) HP
2 4 (10.26%) Citrix
2 4 (10.26%) Oracle
3 1 (2.56%) Atlassian
3 1 (2.56%) Bloomberg
3 1 (2.56%) Calypso
3 1 (2.56%) Cisco
3 1 (2.56%) F5
3 1 (2.56%) IBM
3 1 (2.56%) Remedy
3 1 (2.56%) SAP
3 1 (2.56%) SunGard