The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Specialist role in IT contracts advertised for the North West 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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 154 - 135
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 4 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.10% - 0.037%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% - 0.040%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 1
Average daily rate
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£413 - £425
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 £40.00 - -
Test Specialist
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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 North West 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
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
3562 2812 2516
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.05% 93.64% 92.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 2095 1521 1204
Average daily rate £375 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £220 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £529 £506 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 184 193 193
Average hourly rate £19.00 £16.08 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+18.15% -8.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.80 £42.50 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Test Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Test Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Test Specialist
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 3 months to 31 July 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
Cumbria - 3 £475 -
Manchester - 1 £350 -
Test Specialist
England

Test Specialist
Top 21 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 3 (75.00%) SAP
1 3 (75.00%) ERP
1 3 (75.00%) IBM
1 3 (75.00%) Primavera
1 3 (75.00%) PLM
1 3 (75.00%) Test Management
1 3 (75.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (50.00%) QA
2 2 (50.00%) SAP PLM
2 2 (50.00%) Automation Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Change Control
3 1 (25.00%) Selenium
3 1 (25.00%) Performance Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Security Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (25.00%) Teamcenter
3 1 (25.00%) HP
3 1 (25.00%) HP UFT
3 1 (25.00%) Configuration Management

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

Business Applications
1 3 (75.00%) Primavera
2 2 (50.00%) SAP PLM
3 1 (25.00%) Teamcenter
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) HP UFT
1 1 (25.00%) Selenium
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (75.00%) ERP
1 3 (75.00%) PLM
1 3 (75.00%) Test Management
2 2 (50.00%) Automation Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (25.00%) Change Control
3 1 (25.00%) Performance Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Security Testing
3 1 (25.00%) Configuration Management
Qualifications
1 3 (75.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (50.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (50.00%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (75.00%) SAP
1 3 (75.00%) IBM
2 1 (25.00%) HP