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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 574 550 553
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +3
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 46 61 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.081% 0.11% 0.051%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.087% 0.12% 0.055%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 28 22
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£360 £388 £322
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.09% +20.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £291 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £514 £437
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £325 £318
% change year-on-year
+7.69% +2.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 - -

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
52581 50525 47327
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.47% 92.45% 92.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 33383 30630 27733
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £225 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1941 1999 2141
Average hourly rate £17.00 £16.56 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.65% -5.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £37.80 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
- -2.94%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -31 44 £363 -6.45% 2
South East -13 25 £370 +13.84%
Hampshire -10 19 £360 +10.76%
London -8 10 £475 +11.76%
Gosport +18 7 £350 -
Worthing - 4 £463 -
West Sussex - 4 £463 -
North West - 4 £413 -
Cumbria - 3 £475 -
Andover - 3 - -
City of London -13 2 £525 +2.23%
Winchester - 2 - -
East of England - 2 £375 - 1
Wiltshire -1 1 £318 -15.98%
Glasgow -2 1 £285 -31.32% 1
Surrey -3 1 £360 -
Swindon -5 1 £318 -15.98%
South West -9 1 £318 -15.98%
Scotland -21 1 £285 -12.30% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -24 1 £319 -14.93%
North East -27 1 £319 -14.93%
Tyne and Wear -28 1 £319 -14.93%
Manchester - 1 £350 -
Bradford - 1 £325 -
Leeds - 1 £325 - 1
North Yorkshire - 1 £325 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £325 -
West Yorkshire - 1 £325 - 1
Southampton - 1 £388 -
Farnborough - 1 £295 -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 36 (36.73%) ISTQB
2 35 (35.71%) Security Cleared
3 34 (34.69%) Test Scripting
3 34 (34.69%) JavaScript
4 33 (33.67%) UNIX
4 33 (33.67%) Agile Software Development
5 32 (32.65%) HTML
6 30 (30.61%) HP
7 27 (27.55%) .NET
7 27 (27.55%) SC Cleared
8 26 (26.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 26 (26.53%) Linux
8 26 (26.53%) Microsoft
9 25 (25.51%) ISEB
9 25 (25.51%) Selenium
10 22 (22.45%) Test Automation
10 22 (22.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 22 (22.45%) ASP.NET
10 22 (22.45%) JSP
11 20 (20.41%) Java
11 20 (20.41%) Security Testing
12 19 (19.39%) Cisco Certification
13 18 (18.37%) Microsoft Certification
13 18 (18.37%) Cisco
13 18 (18.37%) MS Excel
13 18 (18.37%) MCITP
14 17 (17.35%) PowerShell
15 16 (16.33%) Knowledge Management
16 15 (15.31%) HP UFT
17 14 (14.29%) SQL

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 3 (3.06%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.04%) Documentum
2 2 (2.04%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 1 (1.02%) Oracle Coherence
3 1 (1.02%) Umbraco
3 1 (1.02%) Confluence
3 1 (1.02%) WebSphere Application Server
3 1 (1.02%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.02%) JBoss
3 1 (1.02%) SharePoint
Applications
1 18 (18.37%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.02%) MS Visio
2 1 (1.02%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (6.12%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (3.06%) Primavera
3 2 (2.04%) SAP PLM
4 1 (1.02%) Teamcenter
4 1 (1.02%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (1.02%) Dynamics GP
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.04%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (9.18%) SAN
2 5 (5.10%) Internet
3 4 (4.08%) iSCSI
3 4 (4.08%) FCoE
3 4 (4.08%) Fibre Channel
4 2 (2.04%) HTTP
4 2 (2.04%) TCP/IP
5 1 (1.02%) DVB
5 1 (1.02%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.12%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.06%) IBM InfoSphere
2 3 (3.06%) Oracle Database
2 3 (3.06%) SQL Server
3 2 (2.04%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.04%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 25 (25.51%) Selenium
2 15 (15.31%) HP UFT
3 10 (10.20%) WebDriver
3 10 (10.20%) Cucumber
4 6 (6.12%) JMeter
4 6 (6.12%) JIRA
5 5 (5.10%) Git (software)
5 5 (5.10%) SoapUI
6 4 (4.08%) Jenkins
6 4 (4.08%) JUnit
7 3 (3.06%) Eclipse
7 3 (3.06%) Subversion
7 3 (3.06%) Maven
7 3 (3.06%) AccuRev
7 3 (3.06%) Ant
7 3 (3.06%) Selenium IDE
7 3 (3.06%) Hudson
8 2 (2.04%) JBehave
8 2 (2.04%) Jasmine
8 2 (2.04%) Appium
General
1 8 (8.16%) Finance
2 7 (7.14%) Banking
3 3 (3.06%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.04%) Marketing
4 2 (2.04%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.02%) Retail
5 1 (1.02%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.02%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.02%) Front Office
5 1 (1.02%) Legal
5 1 (1.02%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.02%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 32 (32.65%) HTML
2 27 (27.55%) .NET
3 22 (22.45%) ASP.NET
3 22 (22.45%) JSP
4 10 (10.20%) XML
5 6 (6.12%) SOAP
5 6 (6.12%) CSS
6 5 (5.10%) Web Services
7 3 (3.06%) Java SE
8 2 (2.04%) jQuery
8 2 (2.04%) HTML5
8 2 (2.04%) CSS3
9 1 (1.02%) Gherkin
9 1 (1.02%) Oracle Fusion
9 1 (1.02%) FIX Protocol
9 1 (1.02%) WPF
9 1 (1.02%) XSLT
9 1 (1.02%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.12%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.06%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.04%) MPEG
3 2 (2.04%) Device Driver
4 1 (1.02%) Fixed Income
4 1 (1.02%) STB
4 1 (1.02%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.02%) Credit Risk
4 1 (1.02%) Video on Demand
4 1 (1.02%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.02%) Over-the-Top Content
4 1 (1.02%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.02%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 33 (33.67%) UNIX
2 26 (26.53%) Linux
3 9 (9.18%) Windows
4 5 (5.10%) AIX
5 3 (3.06%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (34.69%) Test Scripting
2 33 (33.67%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (22.45%) Test Automation
4 20 (20.41%) Security Testing
5 16 (16.33%) Knowledge Management
6 13 (13.27%) Performance Testing
7 11 (11.22%) Automated Testing
7 11 (11.22%) Project Management
8 10 (10.20%) Scrum
9 9 (9.18%) BDD
10 8 (8.16%) Automation Testing
10 8 (8.16%) Regression Testing
11 7 (7.14%) Software Testing
11 7 (7.14%) Continuous Integration
12 6 (6.12%) TDD
12 6 (6.12%) Configuration Management
13 5 (5.10%) OO
13 5 (5.10%) Test Management
14 4 (4.08%) Non-Functional Testing
14 4 (4.08%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 34 (34.69%) JavaScript
2 20 (20.41%) Java
3 17 (17.35%) PowerShell
4 14 (14.29%) SQL
5 8 (8.16%) C#
6 6 (6.12%) Perl
7 4 (4.08%) C++
8 3 (3.06%) C
8 3 (3.06%) Bash Shell
8 3 (3.06%) Python
9 2 (2.04%) Ruby
9 2 (2.04%) PL/SQL
9 2 (2.04%) VBA
9 2 (2.04%) Scala
10 1 (1.02%) PHP
10 1 (1.02%) VB
Qualifications
1 36 (36.73%) ISTQB
2 35 (35.71%) Security Cleared
3 27 (27.55%) SC Cleared
4 26 (26.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 25 (25.51%) ISEB
6 22 (22.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 19 (19.39%) Cisco Certification
8 18 (18.37%) Microsoft Certification
8 18 (18.37%) MCITP
9 12 (12.24%) DV Cleared
10 2 (2.04%) Degree
10 2 (2.04%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (11.22%) QA
2 1 (1.02%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 4 (4.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (3.06%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 30 (30.61%) HP
2 26 (26.53%) Microsoft
3 18 (18.37%) Cisco
4 13 (13.27%) Oracle
5 8 (8.16%) IBM
6 5 (5.10%) SAP
6 5 (5.10%) Citrix
7 4 (4.08%) Veritas
7 4 (4.08%) VMware
8 3 (3.06%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (3.06%) Remedy
9 2 (2.04%) CA
9 2 (2.04%) Adobe
10 1 (1.02%) Murex
10 1 (1.02%) Calypso
10 1 (1.02%) Cognos
10 1 (1.02%) Lotus
10 1 (1.02%) Infragistics
10 1 (1.02%) webMethods
10 1 (1.02%) Verint
Glasgow
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £270 - £300 per day
Posted: 20 days ago