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 27 April 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 539 569 526
Rank change year-on-year
+30 -43
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 58 30 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.055% 0.034%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.060% 0.036%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 15 7
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£435 £325 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.84% -12.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £330 £299 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £470 £411
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £326
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -0.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 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
51405 50272 44109
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.27% 92.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 31215 30675 25226
Average daily rate £400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £560 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2022 1987 2178
Average hourly rate £17.45 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-0.28% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £42.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-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 27 April 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 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 27 April 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 +25 53 £435 +24.10% 6
South East -2 25 £380 +16.92% 2
London -4 19 £445 +1.60% 3
Hampshire -2 15 £450 +38.46% 2
West Sussex - 7 £330 -
Worthing - 7 £330 -
Southampton - 6 £450 -
City of London +10 4 £495 - 2
East of England +15 3 £475 -9.52% 1
Winchester - 3 - - 2
Scotland +3 2 £350 +36.31% 1
South West -6 2 £300 -7.69%
Edinburgh -6 2 £350 +85.67% 1
Portsmouth - 2 - -
Woking - 2 £451 -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £475 - 1
West Midlands - 2 £430 -
Warwick - 2 £430 -
Surrey - 2 £451 -
Warwickshire - 2 £430 -
Gosport +10 1 - -
Essex +4 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 - -
Buckinghamshire - 1 - -
Swindon - 1 £300 -
Basildon - 1 - -
Cambridge - 1 £475 - 1
Cheltenham - 1 - -
Sheffield - 1 - -
Milton Keynes - 1 - -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 42 (43.30%) Security Cleared
2 40 (41.24%) Test Scripting
3 39 (40.21%) UNIX
4 38 (39.18%) HTML
5 36 (37.11%) JavaScript
5 36 (37.11%) SC Cleared
6 34 (35.05%) ISTQB
7 33 (34.02%) HP
8 32 (32.99%) Linux
9 31 (31.96%) .NET
10 30 (30.93%) Microsoft
11 29 (29.90%) Knowledge Management
11 29 (29.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 28 (28.87%) ASP.NET
12 28 (28.87%) JSP
13 27 (27.84%) Agile Software Development
14 26 (26.80%) ISEB
14 26 (26.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 24 (24.74%) MS Excel
16 21 (21.65%) Cisco
16 21 (21.65%) Cisco Certification
16 21 (21.65%) Microsoft Certification
16 21 (21.65%) MCITP
16 21 (21.65%) Security Testing
17 19 (19.59%) PowerShell
17 19 (19.59%) Java
18 18 (18.56%) Test Automation
19 17 (17.53%) Oracle
20 16 (16.49%) SAN
20 16 (16.49%) Project Management

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 2 (2.06%) SharePoint
1 2 (2.06%) WebSphere
1 2 (2.06%) Adobe Experience Manager
2 1 (1.03%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.03%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 24 (24.74%) MS Excel
2 5 (5.15%) MS Project
3 4 (4.12%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 8 (8.25%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (4.12%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.03%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 16 (16.49%) SAN
2 7 (7.22%) iSCSI
2 7 (7.22%) FCoE
2 7 (7.22%) Fibre Channel
3 6 (6.19%) Internet
4 2 (2.06%) Broadband
4 2 (2.06%) HTTP
4 2 (2.06%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.03%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (9.28%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.09%) IBM InfoSphere
2 3 (3.09%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 14 (14.43%) Selenium
2 9 (9.28%) QuickTest Pro
3 8 (8.25%) Cucumber
4 6 (6.19%) JMeter
5 5 (5.15%) Git (software)
5 5 (5.15%) Jenkins
6 4 (4.12%) WebDriver
6 4 (4.12%) Subversion
6 4 (4.12%) Maven
7 3 (3.09%) Hudson
7 3 (3.09%) AccuRev
7 3 (3.09%) Ant
7 3 (3.09%) JUnit
7 3 (3.09%) Eclipse
8 2 (2.06%) Xcode
8 2 (2.06%) Mercurial
8 2 (2.06%) JBehave
8 2 (2.06%) SoapUI
8 2 (2.06%) JIRA
8 2 (2.06%) Bower
General
1 4 (4.12%) Banking
2 3 (3.09%) Telecoms
2 3 (3.09%) Finance
3 2 (2.06%) Investment Banking
3 2 (2.06%) Marketing
4 1 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.03%) Financial Institution
4 1 (1.03%) Front Office
4 1 (1.03%) Legal
4 1 (1.03%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 38 (39.18%) HTML
2 31 (31.96%) .NET
3 28 (28.87%) ASP.NET
3 28 (28.87%) JSP
4 8 (8.25%) XML
5 5 (5.15%) CSS
6 4 (4.12%) Web Services
7 3 (3.09%) Java SE
7 3 (3.09%) JRuby
8 2 (2.06%) HTML5
8 2 (2.06%) CSS3
8 2 (2.06%) jQuery
8 2 (2.06%) SOAP
9 1 (1.03%) XSLT
9 1 (1.03%) Middleware
9 1 (1.03%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (1.03%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (3.09%) Device Driver
1 3 (3.09%) Client/Server
1 3 (3.09%) Open Source
1 3 (3.09%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.06%) MPEG
3 1 (1.03%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.03%) STB
3 1 (1.03%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.03%) Credit Risk
3 1 (1.03%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 39 (40.21%) UNIX
2 32 (32.99%) Linux
3 15 (15.46%) Windows
4 8 (8.25%) AIX
5 4 (4.12%) Solaris
6 3 (3.09%) Windows Server 2012
6 3 (3.09%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (3.09%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (2.06%) Apple iOS
8 1 (1.03%) HPUX
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (41.24%) Test Scripting
2 29 (29.90%) Knowledge Management
3 27 (27.84%) Agile Software Development
4 21 (21.65%) Security Testing
5 18 (18.56%) Test Automation
6 16 (16.49%) Project Management
7 11 (11.34%) Software Testing
8 10 (10.31%) Performance Testing
9 8 (8.25%) Scrum
9 8 (8.25%) BDD
10 7 (7.22%) Migration
10 7 (7.22%) Data Migration
10 7 (7.22%) Regression Testing
11 6 (6.19%) CRM
11 6 (6.19%) Automated Testing
12 5 (5.15%) Configuration Management
13 4 (4.12%) ETL
13 4 (4.12%) Business Intelligence
13 4 (4.12%) CMMI
13 4 (4.12%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 36 (37.11%) JavaScript
2 19 (19.59%) PowerShell
2 19 (19.59%) Java
3 11 (11.34%) Perl
4 10 (10.31%) SQL
5 5 (5.15%) C#
6 4 (4.12%) C++
6 4 (4.12%) C
6 4 (4.12%) Bash Shell
7 3 (3.09%) PL/SQL
7 3 (3.09%) Jython
8 2 (2.06%) VB
8 2 (2.06%) VBA
8 2 (2.06%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.03%) Ruby
9 1 (1.03%) PHP
Qualifications
1 42 (43.30%) Security Cleared
2 36 (37.11%) SC Cleared
3 34 (35.05%) ISTQB
4 29 (29.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 26 (26.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 26 (26.80%) ISEB
6 21 (21.65%) Cisco Certification
6 21 (21.65%) Microsoft Certification
6 21 (21.65%) MCITP
7 9 (9.28%) DV Cleared
8 2 (2.06%) Degree
9 1 (1.03%) CCNA
9 1 (1.03%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.15%) QA
2 1 (1.03%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 7 (7.22%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (5.15%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 33 (34.02%) HP
2 30 (30.93%) Microsoft
3 21 (21.65%) Cisco
4 17 (17.53%) Oracle
5 8 (8.25%) IBM
5 8 (8.25%) Citrix
6 7 (7.22%) Veritas
6 7 (7.22%) VMware
7 5 (5.15%) Cognos
8 3 (3.09%) Remedy
9 2 (2.06%) CA
9 2 (2.06%) Adobe
10 1 (1.03%) Murex
10 1 (1.03%) Calypso
10 1 (1.03%) SAP
10 1 (1.03%) webMethods
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