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 29 May 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
29 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Specialist
Rank 546 556 536
Rank change year-on-year
+10 -20
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 50 39 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.094% 0.074% 0.038%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.10% 0.080% 0.041%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 17 13
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£430 £325 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+32.30% -12.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £268 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £498 £430
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £325 £344
% change year-on-year
+15.38% -5.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 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
49251 48960 43769
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.35% 92.49% 92.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 30638 30338 25166
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 £240
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 1929 1993 2147
Average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.27
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.94% -6.92%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £10.50 £11.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.80 £40.00 £41.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.16 £16.50 £17.50
% change year-on-year
-2.06% -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 29 May 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 29 May 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 46 £435 +24.10% 4
South East -2 21 £400 +23.07%
London +8 16 £488 +11.42% 3
Hampshire -6 14 £394 +21.15%
City of London +14 6 £525 +2.23% 1
Southampton - 5 £450 -
East of England +7 4 £425 -19.04% 1
Worthing - 3 - -
West Sussex - 3 - -
South West +13 2 £460 +24.32%
Scotland 0 2 £350 +65.28%
Edinburgh -1 2 £350 +65.28%
Andover - 2 - -
Winchester - 2 - -
Woking - 2 £451 -
Warwick - 2 £430 -
West Midlands - 2 £430 -
Cambridgeshire - 2 £475 - 1
Surrey - 2 £451 -
Warwickshire - 2 £430 -
Gosport +23 1 £325 -
Swindon +7 1 £300 -33.33%
Wiltshire +3 1 £300 -33.33%
Essex -3 1 - -
Gloucestershire - 1 £620 -
Hertfordshire - 1 £375 -
Kent - 1 £413 -
North Yorkshire - 1 £325 -
South Yorkshire - 1 £325 -
Yorkshire - 1 £325 -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 45 (43.27%) Test Scripting
2 40 (38.46%) Security Cleared
3 38 (36.54%) UNIX
3 38 (36.54%) ISTQB
4 37 (35.58%) HTML
5 36 (34.62%) JavaScript
5 36 (34.62%) Linux
6 34 (32.69%) HP
7 33 (31.73%) Agile Software Development
8 32 (30.77%) .NET
9 31 (29.81%) Microsoft
9 31 (29.81%) SC Cleared
9 31 (29.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 30 (28.85%) ISEB
11 29 (27.88%) Knowledge Management
11 29 (27.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 28 (26.92%) JSP
12 28 (26.92%) ASP.NET
13 24 (23.08%) MS Excel
14 22 (21.15%) Java
15 21 (20.19%) Cisco Certification
15 21 (20.19%) Microsoft Certification
15 21 (20.19%) Cisco
15 21 (20.19%) MCITP
15 21 (20.19%) Security Testing
16 19 (18.27%) PowerShell
16 19 (18.27%) SAN
17 18 (17.31%) Windows
17 18 (17.31%) Selenium
18 17 (16.35%) Test Automation

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 May 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 (1.92%) Adobe Experience Manager
1 2 (1.92%) SharePoint
1 2 (1.92%) Documentum
1 2 (1.92%) WebSphere
2 1 (0.96%) WebLogic
2 1 (0.96%) Umbraco
2 1 (0.96%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 24 (23.08%) MS Excel
2 5 (4.81%) MS Project
3 4 (3.85%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (0.96%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.96%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 8 (7.69%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.96%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (0.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.96%) Dynamics GP
Communications & Networking
1 19 (18.27%) SAN
2 10 (9.62%) iSCSI
2 10 (9.62%) FCoE
2 10 (9.62%) Fibre Channel
3 6 (5.77%) Internet
4 2 (1.92%) HTTP
4 2 (1.92%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.96%) DVB
5 1 (0.96%) Broadband
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (8.65%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (2.88%) Oracle Database
2 3 (2.88%) IBM InfoSphere
3 2 (1.92%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 18 (17.31%) Selenium
2 12 (11.54%) QuickTest Pro
3 9 (8.65%) Cucumber
4 6 (5.77%) WebDriver
4 6 (5.77%) JMeter
5 5 (4.81%) Git (software)
6 4 (3.85%) SoapUI
6 4 (3.85%) Jenkins
7 3 (2.88%) Maven
7 3 (2.88%) Subversion
7 3 (2.88%) Eclipse
7 3 (2.88%) Ant
7 3 (2.88%) JUnit
7 3 (2.88%) Selenium IDE
7 3 (2.88%) Hudson
7 3 (2.88%) AccuRev
8 2 (1.92%) JIRA
8 2 (1.92%) JBehave
8 2 (1.92%) Mercurial
8 2 (1.92%) Appium
General
1 5 (4.81%) Finance
2 4 (3.85%) Banking
3 2 (1.92%) Marketing
3 2 (1.92%) Investment Banking
3 2 (1.92%) Telecoms
4 1 (0.96%) Legal
4 1 (0.96%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.96%) Financial Institution
4 1 (0.96%) Front Office
4 1 (0.96%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (0.96%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (35.58%) HTML
2 32 (30.77%) .NET
3 28 (26.92%) JSP
3 28 (26.92%) ASP.NET
4 9 (8.65%) XML
5 5 (4.81%) CSS
5 5 (4.81%) Web Services
6 4 (3.85%) SOAP
7 3 (2.88%) Java SE
8 2 (1.92%) jQuery
8 2 (1.92%) HTML5
8 2 (1.92%) CSS3
9 1 (0.96%) Middleware
9 1 (0.96%) XSLT
9 1 (0.96%) Gherkin
9 1 (0.96%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 7 (6.73%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (4.81%) Device Driver
3 3 (2.88%) Client/Server
4 2 (1.92%) MPEG
5 1 (0.96%) STB
5 1 (0.96%) Algorithms
5 1 (0.96%) Mobile App
5 1 (0.96%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.96%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 38 (36.54%) UNIX
2 36 (34.62%) Linux
3 18 (17.31%) Windows
4 11 (10.58%) AIX
5 4 (3.85%) Solaris
6 2 (1.92%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (1.92%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (1.92%) Windows Server 2003
7 1 (0.96%) HPUX
7 1 (0.96%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (43.27%) Test Scripting
2 33 (31.73%) Agile Software Development
3 29 (27.88%) Knowledge Management
4 21 (20.19%) Security Testing
5 17 (16.35%) Test Automation
6 15 (14.42%) Software Testing
6 15 (14.42%) Project Management
7 13 (12.50%) Performance Testing
8 10 (9.62%) Scrum
9 9 (8.65%) BDD
10 7 (6.73%) Migration
10 7 (6.73%) Regression Testing
10 7 (6.73%) Automated Testing
10 7 (6.73%) CRM
10 7 (6.73%) Data Migration
11 5 (4.81%) Configuration Management
11 5 (4.81%) Software Engineering
11 5 (4.81%) Continuous Integration
12 4 (3.85%) Automation Testing
12 4 (3.85%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 36 (34.62%) JavaScript
2 22 (21.15%) Java
3 19 (18.27%) PowerShell
4 13 (12.50%) Perl
5 11 (10.58%) SQL
6 7 (6.73%) C#
7 6 (5.77%) C++
7 6 (5.77%) C
8 3 (2.88%) PL/SQL
8 3 (2.88%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.92%) VB
9 2 (1.92%) VBA
9 2 (1.92%) Shell Script
10 1 (0.96%) Ruby
10 1 (0.96%) PHP
Qualifications
1 40 (38.46%) Security Cleared
2 38 (36.54%) ISTQB
3 31 (29.81%) SC Cleared
3 31 (29.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 30 (28.85%) ISEB
5 29 (27.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 21 (20.19%) Cisco Certification
6 21 (20.19%) Microsoft Certification
6 21 (20.19%) MCITP
7 11 (10.58%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.92%) Degree
9 1 (0.96%) ITIL Certification
9 1 (0.96%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.77%) QA
2 1 (0.96%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 10 (9.62%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (4.81%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 34 (32.69%) HP
2 31 (29.81%) Microsoft
3 21 (20.19%) Cisco
4 16 (15.38%) Oracle
5 10 (9.62%) Veritas
5 10 (9.62%) VMware
6 8 (7.69%) Citrix
6 8 (7.69%) IBM
7 3 (2.88%) Remedy
8 2 (1.92%) Adobe
8 2 (1.92%) CA
8 2 (1.92%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.96%) Lotus
9 1 (0.96%) webMethods
9 1 (0.96%) Murex
9 1 (0.96%) Calypso
9 1 (0.96%) Cognos
9 1 (0.96%) SAP
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