The table below looks at the statistics for the Test Specialist 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 Specialist in their job title over the 3 months to 28 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 582 553 565
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +12
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 43 63 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.073% 0.11% 0.044%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.079% 0.12% 0.047%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 28 18
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£373 £408 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.58% +23.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £303 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £504 £446
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £322
% change year-on-year
- +16.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 0
Average hourly rate - £35.00 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £35.00 -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised across the UK. 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
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
54347 51343 48877
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.79% 92.32% 92.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 34673 31061 29030
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2003 1976 2120
Average hourly rate £17.33 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.94% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

Test Specialist
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Test Specialist Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Trend

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

Test Specialist Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Specialist
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 28 August 2015.

Test Specialist Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Specialist
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Test Specialist Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Specialist
Top 28 Contract Locations

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 UK over the 3 months to 28 August 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
England -22 41 £375 -9.09% 1
South East -26 18 £375 -
London +9 11 £370 -16.85%
Hampshire -16 11 £370 -1.33%
Gosport +11 6 £350 -26.31%
North West - 6 £450 - 1
Surrey -1 4 £400 -
Woking - 4 £400 -
South West -8 3 £342 +11.23%
Worthing - 3 £463 -
Cumbria - 3 £475 -
West Sussex - 3 £463 -
East of England +4 2 £450 -
Wiltshire 0 2 £342 +11.23%
Swindon -5 2 £342 +11.23%
Liverpool - 2 £450 -
Merseyside - 2 £450 -
Glasgow -4 1 £285 -31.32%
Scotland -16 1 £285 -28.21%
North East -27 1 £319 -7.53%
Tyne and Wear -27 1 £319 -7.53%
Newcastle upon Tyne -29 1 £319 -7.53%
Gloucestershire - 1 - -
Manchester - 1 £350 -
Canary Wharf - 1 - -
Andover - 1 - -
Cambridgeshire - 1 £450 -
Essex - 1 - -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 37 (39.36%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (34.04%) Test Scripting
3 31 (32.98%) ISTQB
4 30 (31.91%) Security Cleared
4 30 (31.91%) JavaScript
5 29 (30.85%) HTML
6 28 (29.79%) Selenium
7 25 (26.60%) UNIX
8 23 (24.47%) HP
9 22 (23.40%) Java
9 22 (23.40%) SC Cleared
9 22 (23.40%) Test Automation
10 21 (22.34%) .NET
11 20 (21.28%) ISEB
11 20 (21.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 19 (20.21%) Microsoft
13 18 (19.15%) Linux
14 16 (17.02%) ASP.NET
14 16 (17.02%) JSP
14 16 (17.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 14 (14.89%) Performance Testing
15 14 (14.89%) HP UFT
16 13 (13.83%) Oracle
16 13 (13.83%) Security Testing
17 12 (12.77%) DV Cleared
17 12 (12.77%) XML
17 12 (12.77%) Cisco Certification
17 12 (12.77%) MS Excel
17 12 (12.77%) Finance
18 11 (11.70%) Scrum

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 3 (3.19%) Documentum
1 3 (3.19%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.13%) Confluence
2 2 (2.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (1.06%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (1.06%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.06%) JBoss
3 1 (1.06%) Oracle Coherence
3 1 (1.06%) Umbraco
Applications
1 12 (12.77%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.06%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.06%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (6.38%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (3.19%) Primavera
3 2 (2.13%) SAP PLM
3 2 (2.13%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (2.13%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (2.13%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (1.06%) Teamcenter
4 1 (1.06%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (1.06%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.13%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 8 (8.51%) SAN
2 3 (3.19%) Internet
2 3 (3.19%) iSCSI
2 3 (3.19%) FCoE
2 3 (3.19%) Fibre Channel
3 2 (2.13%) Broadband
3 2 (2.13%) HTTP
3 2 (2.13%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.06%) 4G
4 1 (1.06%) 3G
4 1 (1.06%) DSL
4 1 (1.06%) Firewall
4 1 (1.06%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.06%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.38%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (4.26%) SQL Server
3 3 (3.19%) IBM InfoSphere
4 2 (2.13%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.13%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.06%) Hadoop
5 1 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.06%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 28 (29.79%) Selenium
2 14 (14.89%) HP UFT
3 11 (11.70%) Cucumber
4 10 (10.64%) WebDriver
5 7 (7.45%) JMeter
5 7 (7.45%) JIRA
5 7 (7.45%) Git (software)
6 6 (6.38%) SoapUI
7 5 (5.32%) Jenkins
7 5 (5.32%) JUnit
8 4 (4.26%) Selenium IDE
8 4 (4.26%) JBehave
8 4 (4.26%) Appium
9 3 (3.19%) Hudson
9 3 (3.19%) SpecFlow
9 3 (3.19%) Eclipse
9 3 (3.19%) Subversion
9 3 (3.19%) Maven
9 3 (3.19%) AccuRev
9 3 (3.19%) Mercurial
General
1 12 (12.77%) Finance
2 6 (6.38%) Banking
3 2 (2.13%) Pharmaceutical
3 2 (2.13%) Investment Banking
3 2 (2.13%) Marketing
3 2 (2.13%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.06%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.06%) Front Office
4 1 (1.06%) Retail
4 1 (1.06%) Billing
4 1 (1.06%) Legal
4 1 (1.06%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.06%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (30.85%) HTML
2 21 (22.34%) .NET
3 16 (17.02%) ASP.NET
3 16 (17.02%) JSP
4 12 (12.77%) XML
5 7 (7.45%) SOAP
5 7 (7.45%) CSS
6 4 (4.26%) HTML5
7 3 (3.19%) CSS3
7 3 (3.19%) Java SE
7 3 (3.19%) jQuery
7 3 (3.19%) Web Services
8 1 (1.06%) XSLT
8 1 (1.06%) Middleware
8 1 (1.06%) Oracle Fusion
8 1 (1.06%) FIX Protocol
8 1 (1.06%) WPF
8 1 (1.06%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.13%) Device Driver
3 1 (1.06%) Fixed Income
3 1 (1.06%) Credit Risk
3 1 (1.06%) Video on Demand
3 1 (1.06%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.06%) Over-the-Top Content
3 1 (1.06%) Client/Server
3 1 (1.06%) N-Tier
3 1 (1.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 1 (1.06%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 25 (26.60%) UNIX
2 18 (19.15%) Linux
3 8 (8.51%) Windows
4 4 (4.26%) AIX
5 3 (3.19%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 37 (39.36%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (34.04%) Test Scripting
3 22 (23.40%) Test Automation
4 14 (14.89%) Performance Testing
5 13 (13.83%) Security Testing
6 11 (11.70%) BDD
6 11 (11.70%) Scrum
6 11 (11.70%) Automated Testing
7 10 (10.64%) Knowledge Management
8 9 (9.57%) Project Management
8 9 (9.57%) Regression Testing
9 8 (8.51%) Automation Testing
10 7 (7.45%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (6.38%) Software Testing
11 6 (6.38%) TDD
12 5 (5.32%) OO
12 5 (5.32%) ERP
13 4 (4.26%) ETL
13 4 (4.26%) Configuration Management
13 4 (4.26%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (31.91%) JavaScript
2 22 (23.40%) Java
3 11 (11.70%) SQL
3 11 (11.70%) PowerShell
4 7 (7.45%) C#
5 3 (3.19%) C++
5 3 (3.19%) Perl
5 3 (3.19%) Scala
5 3 (3.19%) Bash Shell
5 3 (3.19%) Python
6 2 (2.13%) Ruby
6 2 (2.13%) C
7 1 (1.06%) VB
7 1 (1.06%) VBA
Qualifications
1 31 (32.98%) ISTQB
2 30 (31.91%) Security Cleared
3 22 (23.40%) SC Cleared
4 20 (21.28%) ISEB
4 20 (21.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 16 (17.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 12 (12.77%) Cisco Certification
6 12 (12.77%) DV Cleared
7 11 (11.70%) Microsoft Certification
7 11 (11.70%) MCITP
8 2 (2.13%) Degree
8 2 (2.13%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (11.70%) QA
2 1 (1.06%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 3 (3.19%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.06%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (3.19%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 23 (24.47%) HP
2 19 (20.21%) Microsoft
3 13 (13.83%) Oracle
4 11 (11.70%) Cisco
5 8 (8.51%) IBM
6 6 (6.38%) Citrix
6 6 (6.38%) Remedy
7 5 (5.32%) SAP
8 3 (3.19%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (3.19%) Veritas
8 3 (3.19%) VMware
9 2 (2.13%) Adobe
10 1 (1.06%) Murex
10 1 (1.06%) Calypso
10 1 (1.06%) Cognos
10 1 (1.06%) Lotus
10 1 (1.06%) webMethods
10 1 (1.06%) Infragistics
10 1 (1.06%) Verint