The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Specialist role in IT contracts advertised for the South East 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 28 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
28 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 236 215 224
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +9
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 26 31 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.27% 0.34% 0.12%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.29% 0.37% 0.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 10 9
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£365 £325 £322
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.30% +0.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £305 £283 £304
10% offered a daily rate of more than £406 £385 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £318
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 - -
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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 South East 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
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
8835 8451 7818
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 92.27% 92.02% 92.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 5209 4594 4023
Average daily rate £375 £350 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -2.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £231 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 415 412 553
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.48 £17.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.91% -4.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.17 £11.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.23
% change year-on-year
- -4.20%

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

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

Test Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Test Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Specialist across the South East region over the 3 months to 28 July 2015.

Test Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Test Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Test Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Test Specialist
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 28 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
Hampshire -6 19 £360 +10.76%
West Sussex - 4 £463 -
Surrey +2 1 £360 -
Buckinghamshire -2 1 £283 -
Kent - 1 £413 -
Test Specialist
England

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 29 (56.86%) ISTQB
2 25 (49.02%) Microsoft
3 24 (47.06%) HP
3 24 (47.06%) Test Scripting
4 23 (45.10%) ISEB
4 23 (45.10%) UNIX
5 22 (43.14%) HTML
5 22 (43.14%) JavaScript
5 22 (43.14%) SC Cleared
5 22 (43.14%) Security Cleared
6 21 (41.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 21 (41.18%) .NET
6 21 (41.18%) Linux
7 20 (39.22%) JSP
7 20 (39.22%) MS Excel
7 20 (39.22%) ASP.NET
7 20 (39.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 17 (33.33%) Security Testing
8 17 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
9 16 (31.37%) Microsoft Certification
9 16 (31.37%) Cisco
9 16 (31.37%) MCITP
10 14 (27.45%) PowerShell
11 12 (23.53%) Knowledge Management
12 11 (21.57%) SAN
13 10 (19.61%) Project Management
14 9 (17.65%) Software Testing
15 8 (15.69%) Windows
16 7 (13.73%) AIX
16 7 (13.73%) Oracle

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 (3.92%) Documentum
2 1 (1.96%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.96%) Umbraco
2 1 (1.96%) Confluence
2 1 (1.96%) WebSphere Application Server
2 1 (1.96%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.96%) SharePoint
Applications
1 20 (39.22%) MS Excel
2 5 (9.80%) MS Project
3 4 (7.84%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (9.80%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.96%) Dynamics GP
Communications & Networking
1 11 (21.57%) SAN
2 6 (11.76%) iSCSI
2 6 (11.76%) FCoE
2 6 (11.76%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (11.76%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (5.88%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (11.76%) HP UFT
1 6 (11.76%) Selenium
2 4 (7.84%) SoapUI
3 3 (5.88%) Selenium IDE
4 2 (3.92%) WebDriver
4 2 (3.92%) Cucumber
5 1 (1.96%) JIRA
5 1 (1.96%) Toad
General
1 2 (3.92%) Finance
2 1 (1.96%) Banking
2 1 (1.96%) Financial Institution
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (43.14%) HTML
2 21 (41.18%) .NET
3 20 (39.22%) ASP.NET
3 20 (39.22%) JSP
4 4 (7.84%) SOAP
4 4 (7.84%) XML
5 1 (1.96%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (1.96%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.92%) Device Driver
2 1 (1.96%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 23 (45.10%) UNIX
2 21 (41.18%) Linux
3 8 (15.69%) Windows
4 7 (13.73%) AIX
5 1 (1.96%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.96%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.96%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (47.06%) Test Scripting
2 17 (33.33%) Security Testing
3 12 (23.53%) Knowledge Management
4 10 (19.61%) Project Management
5 9 (17.65%) Software Testing
6 6 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (7.84%) Test Automation
8 3 (5.88%) Data Migration
8 3 (5.88%) Migration
8 3 (5.88%) Performance Testing
9 2 (3.92%) User Acceptance Testing
9 2 (3.92%) Software Engineering
9 2 (3.92%) CRM
9 2 (3.92%) Automation Testing
10 1 (1.96%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 1 (1.96%) System Integration Testing
10 1 (1.96%) Functional Testing
10 1 (1.96%) ITIL
10 1 (1.96%) Service Management
10 1 (1.96%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (43.14%) JavaScript
2 14 (27.45%) PowerShell
3 6 (11.76%) Perl
4 5 (9.80%) SQL
4 5 (9.80%) C
4 5 (9.80%) Java
5 4 (7.84%) C++
6 2 (3.92%) C#
7 1 (1.96%) VB
7 1 (1.96%) VBA
7 1 (1.96%) Scala
Qualifications
1 29 (56.86%) ISTQB
2 23 (45.10%) ISEB
3 22 (43.14%) SC Cleared
3 22 (43.14%) Security Cleared
4 21 (41.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 20 (39.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 17 (33.33%) Cisco Certification
7 16 (31.37%) Microsoft Certification
7 16 (31.37%) MCITP
8 7 (13.73%) DV Cleared
9 2 (3.92%) CCNA
10 1 (1.96%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 6 (11.76%) VMware Infrastructure
Vendors
1 25 (49.02%) Microsoft
2 24 (47.06%) HP
3 16 (31.37%) Cisco
4 7 (13.73%) Oracle
5 6 (11.76%) Veritas
5 6 (11.76%) VMware
6 5 (9.80%) Citrix
7 3 (5.88%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (3.92%) Remedy
9 1 (1.96%) webMethods