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 22 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 216 236 230
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -6
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 29 9 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.31% 0.10% 0.10%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.34% 0.11% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 5
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£375 £322 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.45% -2.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £301 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £433 £357
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £322 £330
% change year-on-year
+16.45% -2.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Average hourly rate £35.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - -
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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
8553 8234 9061
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 92.18% 92.81% 91.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 4750 4342 4208
Average daily rate £350 £363 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £215 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 404 512 624
Average hourly rate £16.14 £17.50 £19.68
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.77% -11.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.75 £11.27
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £38.75 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 22 August 2014.

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 22 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
Hampshire +9 23 £375 +16.45%
Buckinghamshire - 2 £283 - 1
Kent - - - -
Test Specialist
England

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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 36 (80.00%) HP
2 32 (71.11%) ISTQB
3 25 (55.56%) JavaScript
3 25 (55.56%) .NET
3 25 (55.56%) Oracle
3 25 (55.56%) ASP.NET
3 25 (55.56%) JSP
4 24 (53.33%) HTML
5 23 (51.11%) Microsoft
5 23 (51.11%) Test Scripting
6 21 (46.67%) Security Cleared
6 21 (46.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 20 (44.44%) SC Cleared
7 20 (44.44%) UNIX
7 20 (44.44%) QuickTest Pro
8 17 (37.78%) Linux
9 16 (35.56%) VB
10 15 (33.33%) CRM
11 13 (28.89%) Knowledge Management
11 13 (28.89%) DV Cleared
12 11 (24.44%) MCITP
12 11 (24.44%) Cisco
12 11 (24.44%) Cisco Certification
12 11 (24.44%) Microsoft Certification
12 11 (24.44%) C#
13 10 (22.22%) Windows
13 10 (22.22%) MS Excel
13 10 (22.22%) Software Testing
13 10 (22.22%) Test Automation
14 9 (20.00%) PowerShell

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

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, 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.

Applications
1 10 (22.22%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.22%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 9 (20.00%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (4.44%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (4.44%) Dynamics GP
2 2 (4.44%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 8 (17.78%) TCP/IP
1 8 (17.78%) SAN
2 7 (15.56%) HTTPS
3 3 (6.67%) SSL
3 3 (6.67%) DNS
3 3 (6.67%) HTTP
3 3 (6.67%) iSCSI
3 3 (6.67%) Wireshark
3 3 (6.67%) FCoE
3 3 (6.67%) Fibre Channel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (20.00%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 20 (44.44%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (11.11%) LoadRunner
General
1 1 (2.22%) Finance
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 25 (55.56%) .NET
1 25 (55.56%) ASP.NET
1 25 (55.56%) JSP
2 24 (53.33%) HTML
3 1 (2.22%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 1 (2.22%) Device Driver
1 1 (2.22%) Handset
1 1 (2.22%) Open Source
1 1 (2.22%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 20 (44.44%) UNIX
2 17 (37.78%) Linux
3 10 (22.22%) Windows
4 7 (15.56%) Windows XP
4 7 (15.56%) Windows 2000
4 7 (15.56%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (15.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (6.67%) AIX
6 1 (2.22%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (51.11%) Test Scripting
2 15 (33.33%) CRM
3 13 (28.89%) Knowledge Management
4 10 (22.22%) Software Testing
4 10 (22.22%) Test Automation
5 7 (15.56%) Project Management
5 7 (15.56%) Performance Testing
6 4 (8.89%) Load Testing
6 4 (8.89%) Security Testing
6 4 (8.89%) Validation
7 3 (6.67%) Workflow
7 3 (6.67%) Test Strategy
8 2 (4.44%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (4.44%) Regression Testing
9 1 (2.22%) Stakeholder Management
9 1 (2.22%) Information Security
9 1 (2.22%) Automated Testing
9 1 (2.22%) Software Engineering
9 1 (2.22%) Agile Software Development
9 1 (2.22%) Performance Engineering
Programming Languages
1 25 (55.56%) JavaScript
2 16 (35.56%) VB
3 11 (24.44%) C#
4 9 (20.00%) PowerShell
5 5 (11.11%) Java
5 5 (11.11%) VBScript
6 4 (8.89%) C
6 4 (8.89%) Perl
6 4 (8.89%) C++
7 2 (4.44%) SQL
Qualifications
1 32 (71.11%) ISTQB
2 21 (46.67%) Security Cleared
2 21 (46.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 20 (44.44%) SC Cleared
4 13 (28.89%) DV Cleared
5 11 (24.44%) MCITP
5 11 (24.44%) Cisco Certification
5 11 (24.44%) Microsoft Certification
6 9 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (2.22%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.44%) QA
System Software
1 3 (6.67%) Nmap
1 3 (6.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (8.89%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 3 (6.67%) Nessus
Vendors
1 36 (80.00%) HP
2 25 (55.56%) Oracle
3 23 (51.11%) Microsoft
4 11 (24.44%) Cisco
5 6 (13.33%) Siebel
6 3 (6.67%) Veritas
6 3 (6.67%) VMware
7 2 (4.44%) Citrix
8 1 (2.22%) Symbian