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 February 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 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 523 543 523
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -20
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 53 23 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.10% 0.046% 0.031%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.11% 0.050% 0.034%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 17 10
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£355 £363 £352
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.06% +2.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £311 £320 £321
10% offered a daily rate of more than £492 £448 £379
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
-5.71% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 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
48490 46430 41591
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.40% 92.38% 92.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 29830 27397 23746
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £225 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £345
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +1.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1842 1977 2253
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £11.50 £10.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.74 £17.00 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-1.55% -2.85%

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 February 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 14 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 February 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 +12 52 £350 -3.78% 6
South East - 29 £330 - 2
Hampshire - 21 £300 - 1
London -9 16 £400 +8.47% 2
Southampton - 4 - -
South West -30 1 £400 +14.28% 2
West Midlands - 1 - -
Essex - 1 £277 -
East of England - 1 £277 -
Scotland - - - -
Birmingham - - - -
Bristol - - - - 1
Glasgow - - - -
City of London - - - - 2

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 38 (48.72%) Security Cleared
2 35 (44.87%) Test Scripting
2 35 (44.87%) SC Cleared
3 32 (41.03%) UNIX
4 31 (39.74%) Microsoft
5 30 (38.46%) HP
5 30 (38.46%) HTML
5 30 (38.46%) .NET
5 30 (38.46%) ISTQB
6 29 (37.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 28 (35.90%) Knowledge Management
7 28 (35.90%) ASP.NET
7 28 (35.90%) JSP
7 28 (35.90%) JavaScript
7 28 (35.90%) Linux
8 23 (29.49%) MS Excel
9 20 (25.64%) ISEB
9 20 (25.64%) Project Management
10 19 (24.36%) Cisco
10 19 (24.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 18 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
11 18 (23.08%) Microsoft Certification
11 18 (23.08%) MCITP
11 18 (23.08%) Security Testing
12 17 (21.79%) PowerShell
12 17 (21.79%) Oracle
13 16 (20.51%) SAN
14 14 (17.95%) Agile Software Development
15 13 (16.67%) Windows
16 12 (15.38%) Perl

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 (2.56%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.28%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.28%) WebLogic
Applications
1 23 (29.49%) MS Excel
2 5 (6.41%) MS Project
3 4 (5.13%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 7 (8.97%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (5.13%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.28%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.28%) PaaS
1 1 (1.28%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (20.51%) SAN
2 7 (8.97%) iSCSI
2 7 (8.97%) FCoE
2 7 (8.97%) Fibre Channel
3 3 (3.85%) Internet
3 3 (3.85%) DVB
4 2 (2.56%) Broadband
4 2 (2.56%) Multicast
5 1 (1.28%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (14.10%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.85%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (5.13%) Jenkins
3 3 (3.85%) Cucumber
3 3 (3.85%) Selenium
4 2 (2.56%) LoadRunner
4 2 (2.56%) Xcode
4 2 (2.56%) Subversion
4 2 (2.56%) Maven
4 2 (2.56%) WebDriver
4 2 (2.56%) Calabash
4 2 (2.56%) Grunt
4 2 (2.56%) Karma Test Runner
4 2 (2.56%) Bower
5 1 (1.28%) Toad
5 1 (1.28%) Hudson
5 1 (1.28%) SpecFlow
5 1 (1.28%) FitNesse
5 1 (1.28%) Git (software)
5 1 (1.28%) Mercurial
5 1 (1.28%) RSpec
General
1 2 (2.56%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.28%) Finance
2 1 (1.28%) Banking
2 1 (1.28%) Investment Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (38.46%) HTML
1 30 (38.46%) .NET
2 28 (35.90%) ASP.NET
2 28 (35.90%) JSP
3 4 (5.13%) XML
4 3 (3.85%) JRuby
4 3 (3.85%) Web Services
5 1 (1.28%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 4 (5.13%) MPEG
2 3 (3.85%) Device Driver
2 3 (3.85%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.56%) Video on Demand
3 2 (2.56%) Over-the-Top Content
3 2 (2.56%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.28%) Algorithms
4 1 (1.28%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.28%) STB
4 1 (1.28%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 32 (41.03%) UNIX
2 28 (35.90%) Linux
3 13 (16.67%) Windows
4 8 (10.26%) AIX
5 3 (3.85%) Windows Server 2003
5 3 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (3.85%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (2.56%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.28%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.28%) SUSE
7 1 (1.28%) HPUX
7 1 (1.28%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (44.87%) Test Scripting
2 28 (35.90%) Knowledge Management
3 20 (25.64%) Project Management
4 18 (23.08%) Security Testing
5 14 (17.95%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (12.82%) Test Automation
6 10 (12.82%) Software Testing
7 8 (10.26%) CRM
8 7 (8.97%) Migration
8 7 (8.97%) Data Migration
9 4 (5.13%) Functional Testing
9 4 (5.13%) Performance Testing
9 4 (5.13%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (5.13%) CMMI
10 3 (3.85%) Regression Testing
10 3 (3.85%) Configuration Management
10 3 (3.85%) Software Engineering
10 3 (3.85%) Test Management
10 3 (3.85%) Automation Testing
11 2 (2.56%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 28 (35.90%) JavaScript
2 17 (21.79%) PowerShell
3 12 (15.38%) Perl
4 9 (11.54%) SQL
5 8 (10.26%) Java
6 5 (6.41%) C
6 5 (6.41%) C#
7 4 (5.13%) C++
7 4 (5.13%) VB
8 3 (3.85%) PL/SQL
8 3 (3.85%) Jython
8 3 (3.85%) Bash Shell
9 2 (2.56%) Ruby
9 2 (2.56%) VBA
9 2 (2.56%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.28%) PHP
Qualifications
1 38 (48.72%) Security Cleared
2 35 (44.87%) SC Cleared
3 30 (38.46%) ISTQB
4 29 (37.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 20 (25.64%) ISEB
6 19 (24.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 18 (23.08%) MCITP
7 18 (23.08%) Cisco Certification
7 18 (23.08%) Microsoft Certification
8 9 (11.54%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.28%) Degree
9 1 (1.28%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (1.28%) VCP4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.28%) Sarbanes-Oxley
1 1 (1.28%) QA
System Software
1 7 (8.97%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.56%) Puppet
3 1 (1.28%) Vagrant
3 1 (1.28%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (1.28%) Ansible
3 1 (1.28%) yum
3 1 (1.28%) Nagios
3 1 (1.28%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 31 (39.74%) Microsoft
2 30 (38.46%) HP
3 19 (24.36%) Cisco
4 17 (21.79%) Oracle
5 8 (10.26%) Citrix
6 7 (8.97%) Veritas
6 7 (8.97%) VMware
7 5 (6.41%) Cognos
8 4 (5.13%) IBM
9 2 (2.56%) CA
9 2 (2.56%) Ericsson
10 1 (1.28%) Red Hat
10 1 (1.28%) webMethods
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Experis Ltd
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Experis Ltd
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