The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 556 529 571
Rank change year-on-year
-27 +42
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 31 15 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.055% 0.031% 0.028%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.060% 0.034% 0.030%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 6 15
Average daily rate £325 £358 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.09% -4.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £296 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £469 £414 £413
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £326 £350
% change year-on-year
-0.38% -6.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - - -
Job Titles Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
51949 44129 56219
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.27% 92.47% 92.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 31578 25274 30920
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
% change year-on-year
+0.14% -0.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2083 2186 2628
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.87 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.04% -8.38%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.37
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £17.45 £19.21
% change year-on-year
-2.57% -9.16%

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 18 April 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 25 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 18 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 -73 28 £338 -0.66% 2
London -16 11 £438 +5.67% 2
Hampshire +10 8 £325 +4.00%
South East -13 8 £325 +4.00%
South West -15 7 £308 -9.55%
Scotland -4 3 £257 -31.53%
City of London -12 2 - - 2
East of England - 1 £525 -
Essex - 1 £525 -
Gloucestershire - - - -
South Wales - - - -
Hertfordshire - - - -
Renfrewshire - - - -
Wiltshire - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Poole - - - -
Salisbury - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Buckinghamshire - - - -
Dorset - - - -
Basildon - - - -
Brentwood - - - -
Cheltenham - - - -
Erskine - - - -
Wales - - - -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 23 (48.94%) Test Automation
2 18 (38.30%) Security Cleared
3 17 (36.17%) SC Cleared
4 15 (31.91%) .NET
5 14 (29.79%) ISTQB
5 14 (29.79%) Test Scripting
6 13 (27.66%) Automated Testing
6 13 (27.66%) HP
7 12 (25.53%) SQL
7 12 (25.53%) Software Testing
7 12 (25.53%) Selenium
8 10 (21.28%) Finance
8 10 (21.28%) Banking
8 10 (21.28%) Oracle
8 10 (21.28%) UNIX
9 9 (19.15%) Linux
9 9 (19.15%) Java
9 9 (19.15%) QA
9 9 (19.15%) Test Management
9 9 (19.15%) WebDriver
10 8 (17.02%) JavaScript
10 8 (17.02%) HTML
10 8 (17.02%) SAP
10 8 (17.02%) ASP.NET
10 8 (17.02%) JSP
10 8 (17.02%) ISEB
10 8 (17.02%) Microsoft
11 7 (14.89%) Performance Testing
11 7 (14.89%) Scrum
12 6 (12.77%) Investment Banking

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.13%) WebSphere
1 1 (2.13%) WebLogic
Applications
1 4 (8.51%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.13%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (6.38%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (4.26%) Oracle CRM
2 2 (4.26%) Magento
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.38%) HTTP
1 3 (6.38%) TCP/IP
1 3 (6.38%) HTTPS
2 2 (4.26%) Internet
2 2 (4.26%) DNS
2 2 (4.26%) Firewall
3 1 (2.13%) Wireshark
3 1 (2.13%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.38%) Oracle Reports
1 3 (6.38%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.26%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.13%) Big Data
3 1 (2.13%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (2.13%) SQLite
3 1 (2.13%) QlikView
3 1 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.13%) Data Mining
3 1 (2.13%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 12 (25.53%) Selenium
2 9 (19.15%) WebDriver
3 5 (10.64%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (8.51%) Jenkins
5 3 (6.38%) SoapUI
5 3 (6.38%) JIRA
5 3 (6.38%) LoadRunner
6 2 (4.26%) JUnit
6 2 (4.26%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (2.13%) Cucumber
7 1 (2.13%) RSpec
7 1 (2.13%) Capybara
7 1 (2.13%) Ranorex
7 1 (2.13%) eggPlant
7 1 (2.13%) Facilita Forecast
7 1 (2.13%) Bugzilla
7 1 (2.13%) JMeter
7 1 (2.13%) CruiseControl
7 1 (2.13%) Subversion
7 1 (2.13%) Maven
General
1 10 (21.28%) Finance
1 10 (21.28%) Banking
2 6 (12.77%) Investment Banking
3 3 (6.38%) Law
3 3 (6.38%) Legal
4 2 (4.26%) Marketing
4 2 (4.26%) Retail
5 1 (2.13%) Front Office
5 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.13%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (31.91%) .NET
2 8 (17.02%) HTML
2 8 (17.02%) ASP.NET
2 8 (17.02%) JSP
3 4 (8.51%) Web Services
4 3 (6.38%) MSMQ
5 1 (2.13%) Twisted
5 1 (2.13%) REST
5 1 (2.13%) Apache CXF
5 1 (2.13%) Drools
5 1 (2.13%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.13%) Java EE
5 1 (2.13%) WPF
5 1 (2.13%) Middleware
5 1 (2.13%) J2EE
5 1 (2.13%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.38%) Hedge funds
1 3 (6.38%) Mathematics
2 2 (4.26%) Client/Server
2 2 (4.26%) Replication
2 2 (4.26%) Open Source
3 1 (2.13%) Video on Demand
3 1 (2.13%) SWIFT
3 1 (2.13%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (2.13%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.13%) GIS
3 1 (2.13%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 10 (21.28%) UNIX
2 9 (19.15%) Linux
3 5 (10.64%) Windows
4 3 (6.38%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (6.38%) Windows XP
4 3 (6.38%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (6.38%) Windows 2000
5 2 (4.26%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 23 (48.94%) Test Automation
2 14 (29.79%) Test Scripting
3 13 (27.66%) Automated Testing
4 12 (25.53%) Software Testing
5 9 (19.15%) Test Management
6 7 (14.89%) Performance Testing
6 7 (14.89%) Scrum
7 6 (12.77%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (12.77%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (10.64%) Test Strategy
8 5 (10.64%) User Stories
8 5 (10.64%) TDD
9 4 (8.51%) CRM
9 4 (8.51%) Validation
9 4 (8.51%) Automation Testing
10 3 (6.38%) BDD
10 3 (6.38%) Risk Analytics
10 3 (6.38%) Analytics
10 3 (6.38%) Knowledge Management
10 3 (6.38%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (25.53%) SQL
2 9 (19.15%) Java
3 8 (17.02%) JavaScript
4 5 (10.64%) C#
5 4 (8.51%) PowerShell
6 3 (6.38%) VBScript
6 3 (6.38%) VB
7 2 (4.26%) C
7 2 (4.26%) Perl
7 2 (4.26%) PHP
7 2 (4.26%) PL/SQL
7 2 (4.26%) Python
8 1 (2.13%) Groovy
8 1 (2.13%) Tcl
8 1 (2.13%) C++
8 1 (2.13%) VBA
Qualifications
1 18 (38.30%) Security Cleared
2 17 (36.17%) SC Cleared
3 14 (29.79%) ISTQB
4 8 (17.02%) ISEB
5 4 (8.51%) Cisco Certification
5 4 (8.51%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (8.51%) MCITP
6 2 (4.26%) DV Cleared
7 1 (2.13%) CTC Cleared
7 1 (2.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (19.15%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.13%) vSphere
1 1 (2.13%) Nmap
1 1 (2.13%) NDS
Systems Management
1 6 (12.77%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (4.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 1 (2.13%) Nessus
Vendors
1 13 (27.66%) HP
2 10 (21.28%) Oracle
3 8 (17.02%) SAP
3 8 (17.02%) Microsoft
4 5 (10.64%) Cisco
5 4 (8.51%) Citrix
6 3 (6.38%) Sybase
7 2 (4.26%) JD Edwards
8 1 (2.13%) Business Objects
8 1 (2.13%) JBoss