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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 230 228 232
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +4
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 21 20 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.23% 0.22% 0.098%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.25% 0.24% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 6 4
Average daily rate
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£400 £325 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% +3.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £325 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £350 £393
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £344
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -5.57%
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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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
8314 8244 7570
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 91.89% 91.80% 92.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 4710 4537 3853
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £210 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £498 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 396 424 589
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.22 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £45.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -5.71%

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 29 May 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 29 May 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 14 £394 +21.15%
West Sussex - 3 - -
Surrey - 2 £451 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £283 -
Kent - 1 £413 -
Test Specialist
England

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 27 (52.94%) ISTQB
2 26 (50.98%) Test Scripting
3 25 (49.02%) Linux
4 24 (47.06%) HP
5 23 (45.10%) Microsoft
5 23 (45.10%) Security Cleared
6 22 (43.14%) SC Cleared
6 22 (43.14%) ISEB
7 21 (41.18%) UNIX
7 21 (41.18%) HTML
7 21 (41.18%) JavaScript
7 21 (41.18%) .NET
7 21 (41.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 21 (41.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 20 (39.22%) ASP.NET
8 20 (39.22%) JSP
9 19 (37.25%) Knowledge Management
10 18 (35.29%) MS Excel
11 17 (33.33%) SAN
12 15 (29.41%) MCITP
12 15 (29.41%) Cisco Certification
12 15 (29.41%) Microsoft Certification
12 15 (29.41%) Cisco
12 15 (29.41%) Security Testing
13 13 (25.49%) PowerShell
13 13 (25.49%) Windows
13 13 (25.49%) Software Testing
14 11 (21.57%) Project Management
14 11 (21.57%) AIX
15 10 (19.61%) Perl

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

For the 6 months to 29 May 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%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.96%) Umbraco
Applications
1 18 (35.29%) 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
2 1 (1.96%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 17 (33.33%) SAN
2 10 (19.61%) FCoE
2 10 (19.61%) Fibre Channel
2 10 (19.61%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (13.73%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (3.92%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (7.84%) Selenium
1 4 (7.84%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (5.88%) SoapUI
2 3 (5.88%) Selenium IDE
3 1 (1.96%) WebDriver
3 1 (1.96%) Cucumber
General
1 2 (3.92%) Finance
2 1 (1.96%) Financial Institution
2 1 (1.96%) Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (41.18%) HTML
1 21 (41.18%) .NET
2 20 (39.22%) ASP.NET
2 20 (39.22%) JSP
3 3 (5.88%) SOAP
3 3 (5.88%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.80%) Device Driver
2 1 (1.96%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 25 (49.02%) Linux
2 21 (41.18%) UNIX
3 13 (25.49%) Windows
4 11 (21.57%) AIX
5 2 (3.92%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (3.92%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.92%) Windows Server 2003
6 1 (1.96%) HPUX
6 1 (1.96%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (50.98%) Test Scripting
2 19 (37.25%) Knowledge Management
3 15 (29.41%) Security Testing
4 13 (25.49%) Software Testing
5 11 (21.57%) Project Management
6 7 (13.73%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (9.80%) CRM
7 5 (9.80%) Migration
7 5 (9.80%) Software Engineering
7 5 (9.80%) Data Migration
7 5 (9.80%) Performance Testing
8 3 (5.88%) Test Automation
9 2 (3.92%) System Testing
9 2 (3.92%) Functional Testing
9 2 (3.92%) User Acceptance Testing
9 2 (3.92%) CMMI
10 1 (1.96%) ITIL
10 1 (1.96%) Regression Testing
10 1 (1.96%) Service Management
10 1 (1.96%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (41.18%) JavaScript
2 13 (25.49%) PowerShell
3 10 (19.61%) Perl
4 6 (11.76%) Java
4 6 (11.76%) C
5 5 (9.80%) C++
6 4 (7.84%) SQL
7 3 (5.88%) C#
8 2 (3.92%) Shell Script
8 2 (3.92%) VB
9 1 (1.96%) VBA
Qualifications
1 27 (52.94%) ISTQB
2 23 (45.10%) Security Cleared
3 22 (43.14%) SC Cleared
3 22 (43.14%) ISEB
4 21 (41.18%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 21 (41.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 15 (29.41%) MCITP
5 15 (29.41%) Cisco Certification
5 15 (29.41%) Microsoft Certification
6 4 (7.84%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.96%) CCNA
7 1 (1.96%) ITIL Certification
System Software
1 10 (19.61%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (1.96%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 24 (47.06%) HP
2 23 (45.10%) Microsoft
3 15 (29.41%) Cisco
4 10 (19.61%) Veritas
4 10 (19.61%) VMware
5 7 (13.73%) Oracle
6 6 (11.76%) Citrix
7 2 (3.92%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (3.92%) Remedy
7 2 (3.92%) IBM