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 30 July 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
30 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 527 536 546
Rank change year-on-year
+9 +10
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 61 27 43
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.053% 0.074%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.057% 0.080%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 23 29
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£388 £322 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.34% -6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £291 £300 £302
10% offered a daily rate of more than £514 £440 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £318 £330
% change year-on-year
+2.29% -3.72%
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
50456 47310 53463
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.34% 92.54% 92.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 30591 27725 29826
Average daily rate £400 £400 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £230 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 1991 2124 2715
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.80 £40.00 £40.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%

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 30 July 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 17 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 30 July 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
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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 -3 50 £388 +11.99% 10
South East +5 28 £325 +0.93% 3
Hampshire +8 22 £325 +0.93% 2
London +22 16 £425 +13.33% 3
Scotland - 12 £325 -
City of London +17 6 £514 +36.93% 1
Swindon 0 2 £379 - 1
Wiltshire -7 2 £379 - 1
South West -19 2 £379 - 2
Portsmouth - 1 £375 -
Bathgate - - - -
Brentwood - - - -
Livingston - - - -
Essex - - - -
Kent - - - -
West Lothian - - - -
East of England - - - -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 July 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 48 (51.06%) HP
2 46 (48.94%) Security Cleared
3 45 (47.87%) SC Cleared
4 44 (46.81%) ISTQB
5 42 (44.68%) Test Scripting
6 39 (41.49%) .NET
7 35 (37.23%) Oracle
7 35 (37.23%) UNIX
8 31 (32.98%) ASP.NET
8 31 (32.98%) JSP
8 31 (32.98%) JavaScript
8 31 (32.98%) Microsoft
9 30 (31.91%) HTML
10 29 (30.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 27 (28.72%) Test Automation
11 27 (28.72%) QuickTest Pro
12 22 (23.40%) VB
12 22 (23.40%) DV Cleared
13 21 (22.34%) C#
13 21 (22.34%) CRM
14 19 (20.21%) Linux
15 18 (19.15%) QA
16 17 (18.09%) Software Testing
16 17 (18.09%) SQL
17 16 (17.02%) Agile Software Development
18 15 (15.96%) MS Excel
19 14 (14.89%) Cisco
20 13 (13.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
20 13 (13.83%) Cisco Certification
20 13 (13.83%) Microsoft Certification

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 July 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.

Applications
1 15 (15.96%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.13%) MS Office
3 1 (1.06%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.06%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (12.77%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (2.13%) Magento
2 2 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (2.13%) Dynamics GP
2 2 (2.13%) Oracle CRM
2 2 (2.13%) Oracle Applications
Communications & Networking
1 9 (9.57%) TCP/IP
2 7 (7.45%) HTTPS
3 5 (5.32%) SAN
4 3 (3.19%) SSL
4 3 (3.19%) DNS
4 3 (3.19%) HTTP
4 3 (3.19%) Wireshark
5 2 (2.13%) Firewall
5 2 (2.13%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (11.70%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (4.26%) Big Data
3 3 (3.19%) MongoDB
3 3 (3.19%) NoSQL
4 2 (2.13%) Oracle Database
5 1 (1.06%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.06%) Data Mining
5 1 (1.06%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.06%) QlikView
5 1 (1.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 27 (28.72%) QuickTest Pro
2 12 (12.77%) Git (software)
3 11 (11.70%) RSpec
4 9 (9.57%) Jenkins
5 6 (6.38%) Selenium
5 6 (6.38%) LoadRunner
6 5 (5.32%) WebDriver
7 3 (3.19%) JUnit
7 3 (3.19%) JIRA
8 2 (2.13%) Cucumber
8 2 (2.13%) Hudson
8 2 (2.13%) SoapUI
8 2 (2.13%) Mercurial
9 1 (1.06%) TestDirector
9 1 (1.06%) JMeter
9 1 (1.06%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (1.06%) Facilita Forecast
9 1 (1.06%) Capybara
General
1 11 (11.70%) Finance
2 7 (7.45%) Banking
3 6 (6.38%) Investment Banking
4 2 (2.13%) Marketing
5 1 (1.06%) Games
5 1 (1.06%) Retail
5 1 (1.06%) Retail Banking
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 39 (41.49%) .NET
2 31 (32.98%) ASP.NET
2 31 (32.98%) JSP
3 30 (31.91%) HTML
4 5 (5.32%) MSMQ
5 1 (1.06%) SOAP
5 1 (1.06%) Web Services
5 1 (1.06%) Java EE
5 1 (1.06%) WPF
5 1 (1.06%) Apache CXF
5 1 (1.06%) JPA
5 1 (1.06%) Drools
5 1 (1.06%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.32%) Mathematics
1 5 (5.32%) Hedge funds
2 4 (4.26%) Open Source
3 2 (2.13%) Client/Server
4 1 (1.06%) Handset
4 1 (1.06%) Replication
4 1 (1.06%) GIS
4 1 (1.06%) Statistics
4 1 (1.06%) Video on Demand
4 1 (1.06%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.06%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 35 (37.23%) UNIX
2 19 (20.21%) Linux
3 8 (8.51%) Windows
4 7 (7.45%) Windows 2000
4 7 (7.45%) Windows XP
4 7 (7.45%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (7.45%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (2.13%) Apple iOS
6 1 (1.06%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (44.68%) Test Scripting
2 27 (28.72%) Test Automation
3 21 (22.34%) CRM
4 17 (18.09%) Software Testing
5 16 (17.02%) Agile Software Development
6 13 (13.83%) Knowledge Management
7 12 (12.77%) Automated Testing
8 11 (11.70%) BDD
9 9 (9.57%) Validation
10 8 (8.51%) Performance Testing
10 8 (8.51%) Project Management
10 8 (8.51%) TDD
11 7 (7.45%) Security Testing
11 7 (7.45%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (7.45%) Automation Testing
12 5 (5.32%) Software Engineering
12 5 (5.32%) Risk Analytics
12 5 (5.32%) Analytics
13 4 (4.26%) User Stories
13 4 (4.26%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 31 (32.98%) JavaScript
2 22 (23.40%) VB
3 21 (22.34%) C#
4 17 (18.09%) SQL
5 13 (13.83%) Ruby
6 11 (11.70%) PowerShell
7 10 (10.64%) Shell Script
8 8 (8.51%) Java
9 5 (5.32%) VBScript
10 3 (3.19%) VBA
11 2 (2.13%) Bash Shell
11 2 (2.13%) Perl
11 2 (2.13%) PHP
11 2 (2.13%) PL/SQL
11 2 (2.13%) Python
12 1 (1.06%) Tcl
12 1 (1.06%) C
12 1 (1.06%) C++
12 1 (1.06%) Scala
Qualifications
1 46 (48.94%) Security Cleared
2 45 (47.87%) SC Cleared
3 44 (46.81%) ISTQB
4 29 (30.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 22 (23.40%) DV Cleared
6 13 (13.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (13.83%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (13.83%) Microsoft Certification
6 13 (13.83%) MCITP
7 5 (5.32%) ISEB
8 2 (2.13%) MOS
9 1 (1.06%) Degree
9 1 (1.06%) CTC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (19.15%) QA
System Software
1 3 (3.19%) Nmap
2 1 (1.06%) NDS
2 1 (1.06%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 12 (12.77%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (6.38%) Vagrant
2 6 (6.38%) Opscode Chef
2 6 (6.38%) Puppet
2 6 (6.38%) ZABBIX
3 5 (5.32%) YUM
4 4 (4.26%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
5 3 (3.19%) Nessus
6 2 (2.13%) Nagios
Vendors
1 48 (51.06%) HP
2 35 (37.23%) Oracle
3 31 (32.98%) Microsoft
4 14 (14.89%) Cisco
5 7 (7.45%) Siebel
6 5 (5.32%) Sybase
7 4 (4.26%) Citrix
8 2 (2.13%) JD Edwards
8 2 (2.13%) SAP
8 2 (2.13%) IBM
9 1 (1.06%) Symbian
9 1 (1.06%) JBoss
9 1 (1.06%) Business Objects
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £380.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £525.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
City, London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £440 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Hampshire
LA International
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Hydrogen Group
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Aldershot
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £400 - £450 per annum
Posted: 22 days ago
East Sussex
Interquest - Sand Resources
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 27 days ago