The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the North West region that had Test Specialist featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 26 July 2016 with a comparison to same period over 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
26 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Specialist
Rank 151 151 -
Rank change year-on-year
0 -
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 3 4 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.082% 0.11% -
As % of the Job Titles category 0.086% 0.11% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 0
Median daily rate £400 £413 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.03% -
UK excluding London median daily rate £370 £350 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.71% +7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £40.00 -
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 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
3471 3591 2881
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 94.86% 95.08% 95.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 2166 2090 1565
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 145 194 189
Median hourly rate £15.00 £16.50 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% +3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.39 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £16.50 £16.16 £16.10
% change year-on-year
+2.10% +0.37%

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of IT contracts across the North West region that featured Test Specialist in the job title.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Specialist within the North West region over the 3 months to 26 July 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Lancashire - 2 £385 -
Manchester -5 1 £450 +28.57% 1
Test Specialist
England

Test Specialist Skill Set
Top 22 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 July 2016, Test Specialist contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring Test Specialist in the job title.

1 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 3 (25.00%) Performance Testing
2 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 2 (16.67%) Test Scripting
3 2 (16.67%) Java
3 2 (16.67%) SQL
3 2 (16.67%) Unix
3 2 (16.67%) LoadRunner
3 2 (16.67%) Test Automation
4 1 (8.33%) Matrix Organization
4 1 (8.33%) Capacity Management
4 1 (8.33%) Analytics
4 1 (8.33%) Mobile App
4 1 (8.33%) Automation Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (8.33%) Firewall
4 1 (8.33%) Wireless
4 1 (8.33%) Migration
4 1 (8.33%) Penetration Testing
4 1 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (8.33%) Cisco
4 1 (8.33%) Security Testing

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) Firewall
1 1 (8.33%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 2 (16.67%) LoadRunner
Miscellaneous
1 1 (8.33%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (16.67%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (25.00%) Performance Testing
2 2 (16.67%) Test Automation
2 2 (16.67%) Test Scripting
3 1 (8.33%) Analytics
3 1 (8.33%) Automation Testing
3 1 (8.33%) Capacity Management
3 1 (8.33%) Matrix Organization
3 1 (8.33%) Migration
3 1 (8.33%) Penetration Testing
3 1 (8.33%) Security Testing
3 1 (8.33%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (16.67%) Java
1 2 (16.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 3 (25.00%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 1 (8.33%) Cisco