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 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Specialist
Rank 595 560 568
Rank change year-on-year
-35 +8
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 31 52 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.060% 0.10% 0.040%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.064% 0.11% 0.043%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 19 15
Average daily rate £419 £330 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.89% -8.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £369 £295 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £426 £428
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £358
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -9.09%
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
48618 48918 46871
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 94.51% 94.46% 94.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 31219 30411 27715
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1735 1925 2068
Average hourly rate £17.50 £16.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.95% -3.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £16.50 £16.50
% change year-on-year
+6.06% -

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 12 February 2016.

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 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 Specialist within the UK over the 3 months to 12 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -23 28 £430 +30.15% 4
London +7 12 £444 +10.93% 1
South East -5 5 £394 +19.31% 2
City of London - 5 £394 - 1
East of England +4 4 £550 +104.84%
Hampshire -12 3 £394 +31.25% 1
Yorkshire -19 3 £385 -
Scotland - 3 £394 -
West Yorkshire - 3 £385 -
West Midlands -11 2 - -
Suffolk - 2 £550 -
Warwickshire - 2 - -
Warwick - 2 - -
Glasgow - 2 £375 -
Ipswich - 2 £550 -
Leeds - 2 £385 -
Southampton +16 1 £388 - 1
South West +3 1 £365 +2.81% 1
West Sussex +2 1 £385 +16.66%
Essex 0 1 - -
Swindon -3 1 £365 +2.81% 1
Wiltshire -5 1 £365 +2.81% 1
Docklands, London - 1 £475 -
Merseyside - 1 - -
North West - 1 - -
Canary Wharf - 1 £475 -
Buckinghamshire - 1 £450 - 1
Cambridgeshire - 1 £425 -
Southend-on-Sea - 1 - -
Basingstoke - 1 £400 -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 36 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (40.74%) Security Cleared
3 27 (33.33%) Test Scripting
4 25 (30.86%) ISTQB
5 24 (29.63%) Test Automation
6 22 (27.16%) HP
7 19 (23.46%) HTML
7 19 (23.46%) DV Cleared
8 18 (22.22%) SC Cleared
9 17 (20.99%) JavaScript
9 17 (20.99%) Oracle
10 16 (19.75%) ISEB
11 15 (18.52%) Java
11 15 (18.52%) Performance Testing
12 14 (17.28%) Cucumber
12 14 (17.28%) .NET
12 14 (17.28%) Microsoft
13 13 (16.05%) Functional Testing
13 13 (16.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 13 (16.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 12 (14.81%) ASP.NET
14 12 (14.81%) Unix
14 12 (14.81%) Regression Testing
14 12 (14.81%) Finance
15 11 (13.58%) Selenium
15 11 (13.58%) Linux
15 11 (13.58%) HP UFT
15 11 (13.58%) BDD
15 11 (13.58%) JBehave
16 10 (12.35%) LoadRunner

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 (3.70%) Confluence
2 1 (1.23%) Apache
2 1 (1.23%) Documentum
2 1 (1.23%) WebLogic
Applications
1 10 (12.35%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.23%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 5 (6.17%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (3.70%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (3.70%) Oracle ERP
2 3 (3.70%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (1.23%) Summit
3 1 (1.23%) SunGard Martini
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.17%) HTTP
2 3 (3.70%) Broadband
3 2 (2.47%) 2G
3 2 (2.47%) 3G
3 2 (2.47%) 4G
3 2 (2.47%) FCoE
3 2 (2.47%) Fibre Channel
3 2 (2.47%) Firewall
3 2 (2.47%) iSCSI
3 2 (2.47%) SAN
3 2 (2.47%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.23%) DSL
4 1 (1.23%) SSH
4 1 (1.23%) SSL
4 1 (1.23%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (7.41%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (2.47%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.47%) DB2
2 2 (2.47%) Hadoop
2 2 (2.47%) OLTP
3 1 (1.23%) Big Data
3 1 (1.23%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (17.28%) Cucumber
2 11 (13.58%) HP UFT
2 11 (13.58%) JBehave
2 11 (13.58%) Selenium
3 10 (12.35%) JIRA
3 10 (12.35%) LoadRunner
4 9 (11.11%) JMeter
5 7 (8.64%) Appium
6 6 (7.41%) Git (software)
6 6 (7.41%) Jenkins
7 4 (4.94%) Calabash
7 4 (4.94%) JUnit
7 4 (4.94%) Zephyr
8 3 (3.70%) Liquibase
8 3 (3.70%) Mercurial
9 2 (2.47%) FitNesse
9 2 (2.47%) Selenium IDE
9 2 (2.47%) SoapUI
9 2 (2.47%) SonarQube
9 2 (2.47%) WebDriver
General
1 12 (14.81%) Finance
2 7 (8.64%) Banking
3 3 (3.70%) Telecoms
4 2 (2.47%) Billing
5 1 (1.23%) Front Office
5 1 (1.23%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.23%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (23.46%) HTML
2 14 (17.28%) .NET
3 12 (14.81%) ASP.NET
4 6 (7.41%) Web Services
4 6 (7.41%) XML
5 4 (4.94%) Ajax
5 4 (4.94%) HTML5
6 3 (3.70%) CSS
6 3 (3.70%) CSS3
6 3 (3.70%) jQuery
7 2 (2.47%) Middleware
7 2 (2.47%) REST
7 2 (2.47%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (4.94%) Mobile App
2 4 (4.94%) Mobile Payment
3 3 (3.70%) Equities
4 2 (2.47%) Blackberry
4 2 (2.47%) Hedge funds
4 2 (2.47%) Mobile Banking
4 2 (2.47%) N-Tier
5 1 (1.23%) Algorithms
5 1 (1.23%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.23%) Derivative
5 1 (1.23%) Device Driver
5 1 (1.23%) Equity Derivative
5 1 (1.23%) Fixed Income
5 1 (1.23%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.23%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.23%) PKI
5 1 (1.23%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 12 (14.81%) Unix
2 11 (13.58%) Linux
3 6 (7.41%) Windows
4 2 (2.47%) AIX
4 2 (2.47%) Android
4 2 (2.47%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (44.44%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 24 (29.63%) Test Automation
4 15 (18.52%) Performance Testing
5 13 (16.05%) Functional Testing
6 12 (14.81%) Regression Testing
7 11 (13.58%) BDD
8 10 (12.35%) Knowledge Management
8 10 (12.35%) Scrum
9 9 (11.11%) Non-Functional Testing
9 9 (11.11%) Project Management
10 8 (9.88%) TDD
11 7 (8.64%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (8.64%) Test Management
12 6 (7.41%) Automated Testing
12 6 (7.41%) CRM
12 6 (7.41%) Security Testing
12 6 (7.41%) Test Planning
13 5 (6.17%) Stakeholder Management
14 4 (4.94%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 17 (20.99%) JavaScript
2 15 (18.52%) Java
3 10 (12.35%) C#
4 8 (9.88%) SQL
4 8 (9.88%) VB
5 6 (7.41%) PowerShell
6 4 (4.94%) C++
6 4 (4.94%) Python
7 3 (3.70%) Perl
7 3 (3.70%) Scala
8 2 (2.47%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.47%) VBA
9 1 (1.23%) C
9 1 (1.23%) ECMAScript
9 1 (1.23%) Korn
9 1 (1.23%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.23%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 33 (40.74%) Security Cleared
2 25 (30.86%) ISTQB
3 19 (23.46%) DV Cleared
4 18 (22.22%) SC Cleared
5 16 (19.75%) ISEB
6 13 (16.05%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 13 (16.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 8 (9.88%) Cisco Certification
8 6 (7.41%) MCITP
8 6 (7.41%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (3.70%) CCNA
10 2 (2.47%) Degree
11 1 (1.23%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (8.64%) QA
2 1 (1.23%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (2.47%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.23%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 3 (3.70%) HP Quality Center
1 3 (3.70%) Puppet
Vendors
1 22 (27.16%) HP
2 17 (20.99%) Oracle
3 14 (17.28%) Microsoft
4 7 (8.64%) Cisco
5 5 (6.17%) Citrix
6 4 (4.94%) IBM
7 2 (2.47%) Atlassian
7 2 (2.47%) Veritas
7 2 (2.47%) VMware
8 1 (1.23%) Bloomberg
8 1 (1.23%) Calypso
8 1 (1.23%) F5
8 1 (1.23%) Pega
8 1 (1.23%) Remedy
8 1 (1.23%) SunGard
8 1 (1.23%) webMethods