The first table below looks at the demand for the Test Consultant role in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Consultant in their job title over the 3 months to 24 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles currently tracked.

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
24 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Consultant
Rank 499 467 514
Rank change year-on-year
-32 +47
Contract jobs requiring a Test Consultant 88 71 66
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.16% 0.15% 0.11%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.17% 0.16% 0.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 38 37 40
Average daily rate £336 £320 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.07% -8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £213
10% offered a daily rate of more than £409 £450 £446
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £338 £338
% change year-on-year
-3.70% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Average hourly rate - £45.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £45.00 -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
50313 44084 56073
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.17% 92.43% 92.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 30713 25214 30795
Average daily rate £390 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £238 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1990 2177 2578
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -5.26%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%

Test Consultant
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Consultant in the job title within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Test Consultant Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Consultant
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Consultant within the UK.

Test Consultant Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Consultant
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Consultant within the UK over the 3 months to 24 April 2014.

Test Consultant Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Consultant
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Consultant within the UK.

Test Consultant Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Consultant
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Consultant within the UK over the 3 months to 24 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England -28 84 £336 +12.08% 14
London -6 33 £350 +20.17% 3
South East 0 17 £365 +16.80% 4
North West -17 10 £375 +50.00%
Hampshire +7 8 £363 +11.53% 2
South West -8 8 £325 +12.06% 2
Yorkshire -10 5 £275 -
City of London - 5 £330 - 1
West Yorkshire -10 4 £275 -
East Midlands -12 4 - - 1
Basingstoke - 3 £363 - 1
Surrey -6 2 - - 1
Berkshire -11 2 £400 +33.33% 1
Manchester -13 2 £341 +32.52%
East of England -23 2 £305 -32.22% 2
Leeds - 2 - -
Bristol -11 1 - - 2
Reading - 1 £400 - 1
Cheshire - 1 £450 -
Derbyshire - - - - 1
Gloucestershire - - - -
Oxfordshire - - - -
South Yorkshire - - - -
Suffolk - - - -
Oxford - - - -
Docklands, London - - - -
Reigate - - - -
Sheffield - - - -
Winchester - - - - 1
Bradford - - - -

Test Consultant
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Test Consultant 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 Consultant in their job title.

1 37 (25.87%) Selenium
2 35 (24.48%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (23.08%) Test Automation
4 29 (20.28%) Test Scripting
5 28 (19.58%) Finance
5 28 (19.58%) SQL
6 25 (17.48%) Java
7 22 (15.38%) Cucumber
8 21 (14.69%) E-Commerce
8 21 (14.69%) Test Strategy
9 20 (13.99%) XML
10 18 (12.59%) .NET
10 18 (12.59%) Scrum
10 18 (12.59%) User Acceptance Testing
11 17 (11.89%) Security Cleared
11 17 (11.89%) SC Cleared
11 17 (11.89%) Data Warehouse
12 16 (11.19%) Software Testing
13 15 (10.49%) BDD
13 15 (10.49%) WebDriver
13 15 (10.49%) ETL
13 15 (10.49%) Business Intelligence
13 15 (10.49%) SQL Server
13 15 (10.49%) SOAP
13 15 (10.49%) Migration
14 14 (9.79%) ISEB
14 14 (9.79%) JUnit
14 14 (9.79%) HP Quality Center
14 14 (9.79%) Automation Testing
15 13 (9.09%) Relational Database

Test Consultant
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 April 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK that cited Test Consultant 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 Consultant in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 9 (6.29%) WebSphere
2 4 (2.80%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.10%) IIS
4 2 (1.40%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.70%) SAS
5 1 (0.70%) CMS
Applications
1 4 (2.80%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.10%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.40%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (2.10%) Oracle EBS
1 3 (2.10%) SAP SD
2 2 (1.40%) Oracle 11i
2 2 (1.40%) Maximo
3 1 (0.70%) Cognos TM1
3 1 (0.70%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.70%) CSG Singleview
Cloud Services
1 5 (3.50%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (4.20%) Internet
2 1 (0.70%) Firewall
2 1 (0.70%) Wireshark
2 1 (0.70%) TCP/IP
2 1 (0.70%) HTTPS
2 1 (0.70%) SSL
2 1 (0.70%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (11.89%) Data Warehouse
2 15 (10.49%) SQL Server
3 13 (9.09%) Relational Database
4 6 (4.20%) Big Data
5 3 (2.10%) Oracle OWB
6 2 (1.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 2 (1.40%) Oracle BI EE
6 2 (1.40%) SQL Server 2008
6 2 (1.40%) Crystal Reports
6 2 (1.40%) Star Schema
6 2 (1.40%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (1.40%) Oracle ODI
6 2 (1.40%) Oracle Database
6 2 (1.40%) MySQL
7 1 (0.70%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.70%) DataStage
7 1 (0.70%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.70%) DB2
7 1 (0.70%) Base SAS
7 1 (0.70%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 37 (25.87%) Selenium
2 22 (15.38%) Cucumber
3 15 (10.49%) WebDriver
4 14 (9.79%) JUnit
5 12 (8.39%) LoadRunner
5 12 (8.39%) SoapUI
5 12 (8.39%) Jenkins
6 11 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
7 7 (4.90%) JIRA
7 7 (4.90%) RSpec
8 6 (4.20%) Maven
8 6 (4.20%) Visual Studio
9 5 (3.50%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (2.80%) XMLUnit
10 4 (2.80%) MSTest
10 4 (2.80%) Ant
10 4 (2.80%) JMeter
10 4 (2.80%) HttpUnit
11 3 (2.10%) Subversion
11 3 (2.10%) Eclipse
General
1 28 (19.58%) Finance
2 12 (8.39%) Banking
3 11 (7.69%) Retail
4 3 (2.10%) Advertising
5 2 (1.40%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.40%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.40%) International Banking
5 2 (1.40%) Financial Institution
5 2 (1.40%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.70%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.70%) Front Office
6 1 (0.70%) Back Office
6 1 (0.70%) Billing
6 1 (0.70%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (13.99%) XML
2 18 (12.59%) .NET
3 15 (10.49%) SOAP
4 12 (8.39%) Web Services
5 11 (7.69%) Middleware
6 4 (2.80%) HTML
6 4 (2.80%) RESTful
6 4 (2.80%) XSLT
7 3 (2.10%) Grails
8 2 (1.40%) ASP.NET
8 2 (1.40%) REST
9 1 (0.70%) Regular Expression
9 1 (0.70%) Gherkin
9 1 (0.70%) JSP
9 1 (0.70%) J2EE
9 1 (0.70%) ASP.NET MVC
9 1 (0.70%) LAMP
9 1 (0.70%) XML Messaging
9 1 (0.70%) JSON
9 1 (0.70%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (2.80%) Open Source
1 4 (2.80%) Mobile App
2 3 (2.10%) Market Risk
2 3 (2.10%) Credit Derivative
2 3 (2.10%) Derivative
3 2 (1.40%) Credit Risk
4 1 (0.70%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (0.70%) AS400
4 1 (0.70%) IVR
4 1 (0.70%) Data Extraction
4 1 (0.70%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 11 (7.69%) Windows
2 9 (6.29%) Linux
3 5 (3.50%) UNIX
4 4 (2.80%) Android
5 3 (2.10%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.40%) Windows 7
6 2 (1.40%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.70%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.70%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (0.70%) Windows 2000
7 1 (0.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (24.48%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (23.08%) Test Automation
3 29 (20.28%) Test Scripting
4 21 (14.69%) Test Strategy
4 21 (14.69%) E-Commerce
5 18 (12.59%) Scrum
5 18 (12.59%) User Acceptance Testing
6 16 (11.19%) Software Testing
7 15 (10.49%) BDD
7 15 (10.49%) Migration
7 15 (10.49%) ETL
7 15 (10.49%) Business Intelligence
8 14 (9.79%) Automation Testing
9 13 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
9 13 (9.09%) TDD
10 11 (7.69%) Performance Testing
10 11 (7.69%) Web Testing
11 10 (6.99%) Data Migration
11 10 (6.99%) Automated Testing
11 10 (6.99%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 28 (19.58%) SQL
2 25 (17.48%) Java
3 11 (7.69%) C#
4 8 (5.59%) T-SQL
5 7 (4.90%) Ruby
6 6 (4.20%) Python
7 5 (3.50%) C
8 3 (2.10%) PHP
8 3 (2.10%) PL/SQL
8 3 (2.10%) VBScript
9 2 (1.40%) C++
9 2 (1.40%) JavaScript
9 2 (1.40%) Groovy
10 1 (0.70%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.70%) VB
Qualifications
1 17 (11.89%) SC Cleared
1 17 (11.89%) Security Cleared
2 14 (9.79%) ISEB
3 13 (9.09%) ISTQB
4 3 (2.10%) Degree
5 1 (0.70%) DV Cleared
5 1 (0.70%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (0.70%) CCIE
5 1 (0.70%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (8.39%) QA
2 3 (2.10%) COREP
2 3 (2.10%) FINREP
3 2 (1.40%) CRD IV
3 2 (1.40%) Basel III
4 1 (0.70%) Data Quality
4 1 (0.70%) SLA
4 1 (0.70%) Basel II
System Software
1 3 (2.10%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.70%) Nmap
2 1 (0.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (0.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 14 (9.79%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.40%) Puppet
2 2 (1.40%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.70%) OpenView Configuration Management
3 1 (0.70%) Nessus
Vendors
1 13 (9.09%) HP
2 9 (6.29%) Oracle
3 8 (5.59%) SAP
3 8 (5.59%) Tableau
4 7 (4.90%) Ab Initio
5 4 (2.80%) Microsoft
6 3 (2.10%) VMware
7 2 (1.40%) Cognos
7 2 (1.40%) Business Objects
7 2 (1.40%) IBM
8 1 (0.70%) Sybase
8 1 (0.70%) Siebel
8 1 (0.70%) Cisco
8 1 (0.70%) Teradata
8 1 (0.70%) Telerik
8 1 (0.70%) Zend
8 1 (0.70%) Riverbed
8 1 (0.70%) TSYS
8 1 (0.70%) F5
8 1 (0.70%) Talend