The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Specialist role in IT contracts advertised for the Tyne and Wear 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 20 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 48 - 35
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 2 0 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 0.47% - 2.19%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.51% - 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 7
Average daily rate
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£375 - £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £322 £330
% change year-on-year
+16.45% -2.42%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 - -
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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 Tyne and Wear 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
Tyne and Wear
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
392 197 343
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 92.24% 90.78% 93.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 258 85 171
Average daily rate £350 £350 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +14.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £225 £175
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 16 24
Average hourly rate £13.00 £15.50 £13.11
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.12% +18.23%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.50 £10.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.75 £18.90 £21.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.68
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.98%

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Test Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Test Specialist Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

Test Specialist
Top 26 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Tyne and Wear 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 2 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 2 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 2 (100.00%) Automated Testing
1 2 (100.00%) Automation Testing
2 1 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (50.00%) Jenkins
2 1 (50.00%) Ruby
2 1 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (50.00%) Selenium
2 1 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 1 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 1 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 1 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 1 (50.00%) Scala
2 1 (50.00%) RSpec
2 1 (50.00%) WebDriver
2 1 (50.00%) Cucumber
2 1 (50.00%) C#
2 1 (50.00%) Java
2 1 (50.00%) VB
2 1 (50.00%) JUnit
2 1 (50.00%) Python
2 1 (50.00%) QuickTest Pro
2 1 (50.00%) Games
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) TDD

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear by Category

For the 6 months to 20 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Tyne and Wear 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.

Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) Jenkins
1 1 (50.00%) Selenium
1 1 (50.00%) RSpec
1 1 (50.00%) WebDriver
1 1 (50.00%) Cucumber
1 1 (50.00%) JUnit
1 1 (50.00%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 1 (50.00%) Games
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 2 (100.00%) Software Testing
1 2 (100.00%) Automated Testing
1 2 (100.00%) Automation Testing
2 1 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 1 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 1 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (50.00%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 1 (50.00%) Ruby
1 1 (50.00%) Scala
1 1 (50.00%) C#
1 1 (50.00%) Java
1 1 (50.00%) VB
1 1 (50.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 1 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 1 (50.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (50.00%) Security Cleared