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 19 December 2014 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 562 559 531
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -28
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 33 23 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.060% 0.045% 0.052%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.065% 0.048% 0.056%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 18 15
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£405 £393 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.18% -1.87%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £316 £308 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £525 £426
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £365 £420
% change year-on-year
-4.10% -13.09%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £30.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 - -

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
50642 47729 46134
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 91.79% 92.49% 92.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 32228 28770 26034
Average daily rate £400 £400 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £225 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2098 2641
Average hourly rate £16.00 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.00 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -5.55%

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 19 December 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 16 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 19 December 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 -24 27 £410 +3.14% 7
South East -11 11 - - 1
London +9 8 £450 -5.26% 3
East of England - 4 £325 -
City of London +6 2 £435 -17.14% 2
South West -21 2 £400 +8.10% 2
Bristol - 1 - - 2
Essex - 1 £260 -
Lancashire - - - -
Glasgow - - - -
Reading - - - -
Skelmersdale - - - -
Berkshire - - - -
West Midlands - - - -
North West - - - -
Scotland - - - -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 39 (48.15%) Security Cleared
2 36 (44.44%) SC Cleared
2 36 (44.44%) Test Scripting
3 33 (40.74%) UNIX
4 32 (39.51%) HP
5 28 (34.57%) ISTQB
6 27 (33.33%) Microsoft
7 26 (32.10%) .NET
7 26 (32.10%) HTML
8 25 (30.86%) JavaScript
8 25 (30.86%) ASP.NET
8 25 (30.86%) JSP
8 25 (30.86%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 24 (29.63%) Oracle
10 17 (20.99%) Linux
10 17 (20.99%) SAN
10 17 (20.99%) Knowledge Management
11 16 (19.75%) MS Excel
12 15 (18.52%) Agile Software Development
12 15 (18.52%) DV Cleared
13 14 (17.28%) Project Management
14 13 (16.05%) Oracle EBS
14 13 (16.05%) QuickTest Pro
14 13 (16.05%) Test Automation
15 12 (14.81%) Ruby
15 12 (14.81%) CRM
15 12 (14.81%) Java
16 11 (13.58%) Citrix
17 10 (12.35%) Cisco Certification
17 10 (12.35%) Microsoft Certification

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.23%) WebSphere
Applications
1 16 (19.75%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.47%) MS Office
3 1 (1.23%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 13 (16.05%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (4.94%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (1.23%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (1.23%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.23%) PaaS
1 1 (1.23%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (20.99%) SAN
2 4 (4.94%) FCoE
2 4 (4.94%) Fibre Channel
3 3 (3.70%) iSCSI
3 3 (3.70%) TCP/IP
4 2 (2.47%) DVB
4 2 (2.47%) Broadband
4 2 (2.47%) Multicast
5 1 (1.23%) FTP
5 1 (1.23%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (11.11%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 13 (16.05%) QuickTest Pro
2 10 (12.35%) RSpec
3 9 (11.11%) Git (software)
3 9 (11.11%) Jenkins
4 7 (8.64%) Selenium
5 5 (6.17%) WebDriver
6 4 (4.94%) Cucumber
7 3 (3.70%) Subversion
7 3 (3.70%) Maven
7 3 (3.70%) JUnit
7 3 (3.70%) LoadRunner
8 2 (2.47%) JIRA
8 2 (2.47%) FitNesse
8 2 (2.47%) Calabash
9 1 (1.23%) Hudson
9 1 (1.23%) Concordion
9 1 (1.23%) SpecFlow
9 1 (1.23%) Robotium
9 1 (1.23%) Grunt
9 1 (1.23%) Appium
General
1 3 (3.70%) Finance
2 2 (2.47%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.23%) Banking
3 1 (1.23%) Investment Banking
3 1 (1.23%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (32.10%) .NET
1 26 (32.10%) HTML
2 25 (30.86%) ASP.NET
2 25 (30.86%) JSP
3 3 (3.70%) JRuby
3 3 (3.70%) XML
4 1 (1.23%) Gherkin
4 1 (1.23%) JPA
4 1 (1.23%) RESTful
4 1 (1.23%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.47%) Handset
2 2 (2.47%) MPEG
2 2 (2.47%) Over-the-Top Content
2 2 (2.47%) Mobile App
2 2 (2.47%) Video on Demand
3 1 (1.23%) Open Source
3 1 (1.23%) Algorithms
3 1 (1.23%) Device Driver
Operating Systems
1 33 (40.74%) UNIX
2 17 (20.99%) Linux
3 8 (9.88%) Windows
4 4 (4.94%) AIX
5 3 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (2.47%) Windows Server 2012
7 1 (1.23%) Apple iOS
7 1 (1.23%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (1.23%) Android
7 1 (1.23%) Windows 2000
7 1 (1.23%) Windows XP
7 1 (1.23%) SUSE
7 1 (1.23%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (44.44%) Test Scripting
2 17 (20.99%) Knowledge Management
3 15 (18.52%) Agile Software Development
4 14 (17.28%) Project Management
5 13 (16.05%) Test Automation
6 12 (14.81%) CRM
7 10 (12.35%) Security Testing
8 8 (9.88%) Software Testing
8 8 (9.88%) BDD
9 6 (7.41%) Performance Testing
9 6 (7.41%) Automation Testing
10 5 (6.17%) Continuous Integration
10 5 (6.17%) Data Migration
10 5 (6.17%) Migration
10 5 (6.17%) Automated Testing
10 5 (6.17%) Regression Testing
11 4 (4.94%) Business Intelligence
12 3 (3.70%) Functional Testing
12 3 (3.70%) TDD
13 2 (2.47%) CMMI
Programming Languages
1 25 (30.86%) JavaScript
2 12 (14.81%) Ruby
2 12 (14.81%) Java
3 10 (12.35%) PowerShell
4 8 (9.88%) Perl
4 8 (9.88%) Shell Script
5 6 (7.41%) C
5 6 (7.41%) C#
6 5 (6.17%) C++
6 5 (6.17%) SQL
6 5 (6.17%) VB
7 3 (3.70%) Bash Shell
7 3 (3.70%) Scala
7 3 (3.70%) Jython
8 2 (2.47%) Python
9 1 (1.23%) VBA
Qualifications
1 39 (48.15%) Security Cleared
2 36 (44.44%) SC Cleared
3 28 (34.57%) ISTQB
4 25 (30.86%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 15 (18.52%) DV Cleared
6 10 (12.35%) Cisco Certification
6 10 (12.35%) Microsoft Certification
6 10 (12.35%) MCITP
7 8 (9.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 7 (8.64%) ISEB
9 1 (1.23%) MOS
9 1 (1.23%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (7.41%) QA
System Software
1 4 (4.94%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (7.41%) Puppet
2 5 (6.17%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (6.17%) Vagrant
2 5 (6.17%) Opscode Chef
3 4 (4.94%) ZABBIX
4 2 (2.47%) yum
5 1 (1.23%) Ansible
5 1 (1.23%) Nagios
5 1 (1.23%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 32 (39.51%) HP
2 27 (33.33%) Microsoft
3 24 (29.63%) Oracle
4 11 (13.58%) Citrix
5 10 (12.35%) Cisco
6 6 (7.41%) Siebel
7 5 (6.17%) Cognos
8 4 (4.94%) Veritas
8 4 (4.94%) VMware
9 2 (2.47%) Ericsson
9 2 (2.47%) IBM
10 1 (1.23%) Symbian
10 1 (1.23%) Red Hat
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