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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 564 555 566
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +11
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 48 31 38
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.083% 0.059% 0.066%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.092% 0.063% 0.071%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 25 27
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£400 £350 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +6.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £317 £255 £266
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £436 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £322 £310
% change year-on-year
+16.45% +3.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 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
52430 48925 53586
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.02% 92.73% 92.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 32042 29264 29965
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £231 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £360 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2056 2117 2633
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -6.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
+3.12% -8.57%

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 19 September 2014.

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 20 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 19 September 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
England +4 39 £400 +6.66% 3
South East +13 17 £425 +21.42% 2
London +17 16 £425 +8.97% 1
Hampshire -2 12 £425 +31.98% 1
Scotland -6 8 £397 +19.39%
City of London +24 4 £479 +22.88%
South West -44 2 £316 -
Buckinghamshire -6 1 £283 -19.28% 1
Swindon -7 1 £307 -
Wiltshire -10 1 £307 -
East of England - 1 - -
North West - - - -
Essex - - - -
Kent - - - -
West Lothian - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - - 1
Bathgate - - - -
Brentwood - - - -
Livingston - - - -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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 49 (49.49%) HP
2 47 (47.47%) ISTQB
3 45 (45.45%) Security Cleared
4 43 (43.43%) SC Cleared
5 41 (41.41%) Test Scripting
5 41 (41.41%) UNIX
6 39 (39.39%) .NET
7 35 (35.35%) JavaScript
7 35 (35.35%) ASP.NET
7 35 (35.35%) JSP
7 35 (35.35%) Microsoft
8 34 (34.34%) HTML
9 33 (33.33%) Oracle
9 33 (33.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 26 (26.26%) QuickTest Pro
11 24 (24.24%) DV Cleared
12 23 (23.23%) Test Automation
12 23 (23.23%) Linux
13 22 (22.22%) VB
14 20 (20.20%) Agile Software Development
15 19 (19.19%) C#
16 18 (18.18%) MS Excel
16 18 (18.18%) CRM
16 18 (18.18%) Software Testing
16 18 (18.18%) Ruby
17 15 (15.15%) Knowledge Management
17 15 (15.15%) QA
17 15 (15.15%) Oracle EBS
17 15 (15.15%) Git (software)
18 14 (14.14%) RSpec

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, 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.

Applications
1 18 (18.18%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.03%) MS Office
3 1 (1.01%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 15 (15.15%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (2.02%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.02%) Dynamics GP
2 2 (2.02%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 13 (13.13%) SAN
2 9 (9.09%) TCP/IP
3 7 (7.07%) HTTPS
4 4 (4.04%) FCoE
4 4 (4.04%) Fibre Channel
5 3 (3.03%) Wireshark
5 3 (3.03%) SSL
5 3 (3.03%) DNS
5 3 (3.03%) HTTP
5 3 (3.03%) iSCSI
6 2 (2.02%) Multicast
6 2 (2.02%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (12.12%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.03%) Big Data
2 3 (3.03%) MongoDB
2 3 (3.03%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 26 (26.26%) QuickTest Pro
2 15 (15.15%) Git (software)
3 14 (14.14%) RSpec
4 13 (13.13%) Jenkins
5 8 (8.08%) Selenium
6 6 (6.06%) LoadRunner
7 5 (5.05%) WebDriver
8 4 (4.04%) JUnit
9 3 (3.03%) Cucumber
10 2 (2.02%) JIRA
10 2 (2.02%) Mercurial
10 2 (2.02%) Hudson
10 2 (2.02%) FitNesse
11 1 (1.01%) Subversion
11 1 (1.01%) Maven
11 1 (1.01%) TestDirector
11 1 (1.01%) Eclipse
11 1 (1.01%) Ant
11 1 (1.01%) Concordion
11 1 (1.01%) SpecFlow
General
1 8 (8.08%) Finance
2 5 (5.05%) Banking
3 4 (4.04%) Investment Banking
4 1 (1.01%) Retail
4 1 (1.01%) Games
4 1 (1.01%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (39.39%) .NET
2 35 (35.35%) ASP.NET
2 35 (35.35%) JSP
3 34 (34.34%) HTML
4 3 (3.03%) MSMQ
5 1 (1.01%) Java EE
5 1 (1.01%) SOAP
5 1 (1.01%) Web Services
5 1 (1.01%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.01%) REST
5 1 (1.01%) RESTful
5 1 (1.01%) Drools
5 1 (1.01%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 14 (14.14%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.03%) Mathematics
2 3 (3.03%) User Experience
2 3 (3.03%) Open Source
2 3 (3.03%) Hedge funds
3 2 (2.02%) Video on Demand
3 2 (2.02%) Over-the-Top Content
3 2 (2.02%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.02%) MPEG
3 2 (2.02%) Handset
4 1 (1.01%) Device Driver
4 1 (1.01%) GIS
4 1 (1.01%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.01%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 41 (41.41%) UNIX
2 23 (23.23%) Linux
3 11 (11.11%) Windows
4 7 (7.07%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (7.07%) Windows 2000
4 7 (7.07%) Windows XP
4 7 (7.07%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (4.04%) AIX
6 1 (1.01%) OS/2
6 1 (1.01%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (41.41%) Test Scripting
2 23 (23.23%) Test Automation
3 20 (20.20%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (18.18%) CRM
4 18 (18.18%) Software Testing
5 15 (15.15%) Knowledge Management
6 13 (13.13%) BDD
7 11 (11.11%) Functional Testing
8 10 (10.10%) Continuous Integration
8 10 (10.10%) Automated Testing
9 9 (9.09%) Performance Testing
9 9 (9.09%) Project Management
10 8 (8.08%) Security Testing
11 7 (7.07%) Validation
11 7 (7.07%) TDD
11 7 (7.07%) Automation Testing
12 6 (6.06%) Regression Testing
13 5 (5.05%) Load Testing
14 4 (4.04%) Test Strategy
14 4 (4.04%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 35 (35.35%) JavaScript
2 22 (22.22%) VB
3 19 (19.19%) C#
4 18 (18.18%) Ruby
5 13 (13.13%) Shell Script
5 13 (13.13%) Java
6 12 (12.12%) PowerShell
7 11 (11.11%) SQL
8 6 (6.06%) Perl
9 5 (5.05%) C
9 5 (5.05%) VBScript
9 5 (5.05%) C++
10 3 (3.03%) Python
10 3 (3.03%) Scala
11 2 (2.02%) Bash Shell
11 2 (2.02%) VBA
12 1 (1.01%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 47 (47.47%) ISTQB
2 45 (45.45%) Security Cleared
3 43 (43.43%) SC Cleared
4 33 (33.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 24 (24.24%) DV Cleared
6 14 (14.14%) MCITP
6 14 (14.14%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (14.14%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (12.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (3.03%) ISEB
9 2 (2.02%) MOS
10 1 (1.01%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (15.15%) QA
System Software
1 4 (4.04%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (3.03%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 13 (13.13%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (9.09%) Vagrant
2 9 (9.09%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (9.09%) Puppet
3 8 (8.08%) ZABBIX
4 6 (6.06%) YUM
5 4 (4.04%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 3 (3.03%) Nessus
7 2 (2.02%) Nagios
Vendors
1 49 (49.49%) HP
2 35 (35.35%) Microsoft
3 33 (33.33%) Oracle
4 14 (14.14%) Cisco
5 7 (7.07%) Siebel
6 6 (6.06%) Citrix
7 4 (4.04%) Veritas
7 4 (4.04%) VMware
8 3 (3.03%) Sybase
9 2 (2.02%) IBM
9 2 (2.02%) Ericsson
10 1 (1.01%) Symbian
10 1 (1.01%) JBoss
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