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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 536 535 523
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -12
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 47 18 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.092% 0.037% 0.036%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.100% 0.040% 0.039%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 15 14
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£330 £375 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.00% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £314 £343
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £442 £420
UK excluding London average daily rate £328 £370 £400
% change year-on-year
-11.48% -7.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 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
47189 44564 41455
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.53% 92.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 29609 26528 23470
Average daily rate £400 £400 £378
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £228 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1818 1936 2419
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £18.40
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -4.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.25 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £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

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 30 January 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 17 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 30 January 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 +7 43 £330 -12.00% 7
South East - 25 £330 -
Hampshire - 18 £300 -
London -7 8 £530 +41.33% 6
East of England - 5 £301 -
South West -21 2 £400 +6.66%
Southampton - 2 - -
Essex - 2 £269 -
West Midlands - 1 - -
Bristol - 1 - -
Glasgow - - - -
Skelmersdale - - - -
Lancashire - - - -
City of London - - - - 5
North West - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Scotland - - - -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 (46.84%) Security Cleared
2 32 (40.51%) SC Cleared
2 32 (40.51%) Test Scripting
3 31 (39.24%) UNIX
4 28 (35.44%) HTML
4 28 (35.44%) Microsoft
5 27 (34.18%) HP
5 27 (34.18%) .NET
5 27 (34.18%) ISTQB
5 27 (34.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 26 (32.91%) ASP.NET
6 26 (32.91%) JSP
6 26 (32.91%) JavaScript
6 26 (32.91%) Linux
7 24 (30.38%) Knowledge Management
8 23 (29.11%) SAN
9 20 (25.32%) MS Excel
10 19 (24.05%) Project Management
11 18 (22.78%) Oracle
11 18 (22.78%) Agile Software Development
12 16 (20.25%) Windows
13 15 (18.99%) Perl
13 15 (18.99%) Java
14 14 (17.72%) ISEB
15 13 (16.46%) Cisco
15 13 (16.46%) Software Testing
16 12 (15.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 12 (15.19%) Security Testing
16 12 (15.19%) MCITP
16 12 (15.19%) PowerShell

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 1 (1.27%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.27%) WebLogic
1 1 (1.27%) WebSphere
Applications
1 20 (25.32%) MS Excel
2 5 (6.33%) MS Project
3 4 (5.06%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (1.27%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 10 (12.66%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (5.06%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.27%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.27%) PaaS
1 1 (1.27%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 23 (29.11%) SAN
2 10 (12.66%) FCoE
2 10 (12.66%) Fibre Channel
3 9 (11.39%) iSCSI
4 2 (2.53%) Multicast
4 2 (2.53%) DVB
4 2 (2.53%) Broadband
5 1 (1.27%) FTP
5 1 (1.27%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (15.19%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 8 (10.13%) Jenkins
2 6 (7.59%) Selenium
3 5 (6.33%) QuickTest Pro
3 5 (6.33%) RSpec
4 4 (5.06%) Cucumber
4 4 (5.06%) WebDriver
4 4 (5.06%) Git (software)
5 3 (3.80%) Subversion
5 3 (3.80%) Maven
5 3 (3.80%) Calabash
6 2 (2.53%) Grunt
6 2 (2.53%) Karma Test Runner
6 2 (2.53%) Bower
6 2 (2.53%) FitNesse
6 2 (2.53%) Xcode
6 2 (2.53%) LoadRunner
6 2 (2.53%) JUnit
7 1 (1.27%) Toad
7 1 (1.27%) Eclipse
7 1 (1.27%) Ant
General
1 2 (2.53%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.27%) Banking
2 1 (1.27%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (35.44%) HTML
2 27 (34.18%) .NET
3 26 (32.91%) ASP.NET
3 26 (32.91%) JSP
4 4 (5.06%) XML
5 3 (3.80%) JRuby
6 1 (1.27%) Web Services
6 1 (1.27%) RESTful
6 1 (1.27%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.33%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (5.06%) Device Driver
3 2 (2.53%) Over-the-Top Content
3 2 (2.53%) Video on Demand
3 2 (2.53%) MPEG
4 1 (1.27%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.27%) Handset
4 1 (1.27%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.27%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 31 (39.24%) UNIX
2 26 (32.91%) Linux
3 16 (20.25%) Windows
4 11 (13.92%) AIX
5 3 (3.80%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (3.80%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (3.80%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.53%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.27%) HPUX
7 1 (1.27%) Solaris
7 1 (1.27%) SUSE
7 1 (1.27%) Android
7 1 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (40.51%) Test Scripting
2 24 (30.38%) Knowledge Management
3 19 (24.05%) Project Management
4 18 (22.78%) Agile Software Development
5 13 (16.46%) Software Testing
6 12 (15.19%) Security Testing
7 11 (13.92%) Test Automation
8 8 (10.13%) CRM
9 7 (8.86%) Migration
9 7 (8.86%) Data Migration
10 6 (7.59%) Performance Testing
11 5 (6.33%) Automation Testing
12 4 (5.06%) BDD
12 4 (5.06%) Functional Testing
12 4 (5.06%) Continuous Integration
12 4 (5.06%) Software Engineering
12 4 (5.06%) Business Intelligence
12 4 (5.06%) CMMI
12 4 (5.06%) Regression Testing
13 3 (3.80%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 26 (32.91%) JavaScript
2 15 (18.99%) Perl
2 15 (18.99%) Java
3 12 (15.19%) PowerShell
4 9 (11.39%) C
5 8 (10.13%) C++
6 6 (7.59%) Ruby
6 6 (7.59%) SQL
7 5 (6.33%) C#
7 5 (6.33%) Shell Script
8 4 (5.06%) VB
9 3 (3.80%) Jython
9 3 (3.80%) Bash Shell
10 2 (2.53%) Scala
11 1 (1.27%) Python
11 1 (1.27%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 37 (46.84%) Security Cleared
2 32 (40.51%) SC Cleared
3 27 (34.18%) ISTQB
3 27 (34.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 14 (17.72%) ISEB
5 12 (15.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 12 (15.19%) MCITP
5 12 (15.19%) Cisco Certification
5 12 (15.19%) Microsoft Certification
6 11 (13.92%) DV Cleared
7 1 (1.27%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.27%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (3.80%) QA
System Software
1 10 (12.66%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (7.59%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (6.33%) Puppet
3 4 (5.06%) Vagrant
3 4 (5.06%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (3.80%) ZABBIX
5 2 (2.53%) yum
6 1 (1.27%) Nagios
6 1 (1.27%) Ansible
Vendors
1 28 (35.44%) Microsoft
2 27 (34.18%) HP
3 18 (22.78%) Oracle
4 13 (16.46%) Cisco
5 11 (13.92%) Citrix
6 10 (12.66%) Veritas
6 10 (12.66%) VMware
7 5 (6.33%) Cognos
8 4 (5.06%) IBM
9 2 (2.53%) Ericsson
10 1 (1.27%) Red Hat
10 1 (1.27%) webMethods
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