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 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Specialist
Rank 543 556 549
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -7
Contract jobs requiring a Test Specialist 63 23 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.11% 0.044% 0.073%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.12% 0.047% 0.078%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 18 31
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£408 £330 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.57% -0.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £291 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £504 £446 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £322 £320
% change year-on-year
+16.45% +0.62%
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
52093 48868 53723
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 92.10% 92.73% 92.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 31576 29013 30174
Average daily rate £400 £400 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £233 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £558
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £340
% change year-on-year
- +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2015 2118 2639
Average hourly rate £17.00 £17.50 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.85% -7.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £11.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.00 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -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 29 August 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 21 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 August 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 +14 51 £413 +13.79% 2
South East 0 25 £375 +16.45%
London +28 20 £445 +11.25%
Hampshire -1 19 £375 +16.45%
Scotland - 12 £397 -
City of London +19 5 £514 +27.57%
Buckinghamshire -2 2 £283 -19.28%
Swindon -7 1 £307 -
Wiltshire -15 1 £307 -
South West -35 1 £307 - 1
East of England - 1 - -
Portsmouth - 1 £375 -
Essex - - - -
Manchester - - - -
Milton Keynes - - - -
Bathgate - - - -
Brentwood - - - -
Livingston - - - -
North West - - - -
Kent - - - -
West Lothian - - - -

Test Specialist
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 50 (49.02%) HP
2 47 (46.08%) ISTQB
3 46 (45.10%) Security Cleared
4 44 (43.14%) SC Cleared
5 42 (41.18%) Test Scripting
5 42 (41.18%) .NET
5 42 (41.18%) UNIX
6 36 (35.29%) Oracle
7 35 (34.31%) JavaScript
7 35 (34.31%) ASP.NET
7 35 (34.31%) JSP
7 35 (34.31%) Microsoft
8 34 (33.33%) HTML
9 33 (32.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 26 (25.49%) Test Automation
10 26 (25.49%) QuickTest Pro
11 24 (23.53%) Linux
11 24 (23.53%) DV Cleared
12 22 (21.57%) VB
13 21 (20.59%) C#
14 20 (19.61%) CRM
14 20 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
15 19 (18.63%) Software Testing
16 18 (17.65%) Ruby
16 18 (17.65%) MS Excel
17 17 (16.67%) QA
18 15 (14.71%) Git (software)
18 15 (14.71%) RSpec
18 15 (14.71%) Cisco
18 15 (14.71%) Java

Test Specialist
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 18 (17.65%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.94%) MS Office
3 1 (0.98%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 15 (14.71%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (1.96%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (1.96%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (1.96%) Dynamics GP
3 1 (0.98%) Magento
3 1 (0.98%) Oracle CRM
Communications & Networking
1 13 (12.75%) SAN
2 9 (8.82%) TCP/IP
3 7 (6.86%) HTTPS
4 4 (3.92%) FCoE
4 4 (3.92%) Fibre Channel
5 3 (2.94%) iSCSI
5 3 (2.94%) Wireshark
5 3 (2.94%) SSL
5 3 (2.94%) DNS
5 3 (2.94%) HTTP
6 1 (0.98%) Firewall
6 1 (0.98%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.76%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (3.92%) Big Data
3 3 (2.94%) MongoDB
3 3 (2.94%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.98%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.98%) QlikView
4 1 (0.98%) Data Mining
4 1 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 26 (25.49%) QuickTest Pro
2 15 (14.71%) Git (software)
2 15 (14.71%) RSpec
3 13 (12.75%) Jenkins
4 7 (6.86%) Selenium
5 6 (5.88%) LoadRunner
5 6 (5.88%) WebDriver
6 4 (3.92%) JUnit
6 4 (3.92%) Cucumber
7 2 (1.96%) JIRA
7 2 (1.96%) Mercurial
7 2 (1.96%) Hudson
8 1 (0.98%) Calabash
8 1 (0.98%) Capybara
8 1 (0.98%) Concordion
8 1 (0.98%) Robotium
8 1 (0.98%) SoapUI
8 1 (0.98%) FitNesse
8 1 (0.98%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (0.98%) Maven
General
1 10 (9.80%) Finance
2 8 (7.84%) Banking
3 7 (6.86%) Investment Banking
4 1 (0.98%) Retail Banking
4 1 (0.98%) Marketing
4 1 (0.98%) Retail
4 1 (0.98%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 42 (41.18%) .NET
2 35 (34.31%) ASP.NET
2 35 (34.31%) JSP
3 34 (33.33%) HTML
4 5 (4.90%) MSMQ
5 1 (0.98%) Gherkin
5 1 (0.98%) REST
5 1 (0.98%) RESTful
5 1 (0.98%) Drools
5 1 (0.98%) JPA
5 1 (0.98%) Java EE
5 1 (0.98%) SOAP
5 1 (0.98%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.90%) Hedge funds
1 5 (4.90%) Mathematics
2 3 (2.94%) Open Source
3 2 (1.96%) Handset
3 2 (1.96%) Mobile App
4 1 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (0.98%) SWIFT
4 1 (0.98%) Video on Demand
4 1 (0.98%) Device Driver
4 1 (0.98%) Replication
4 1 (0.98%) GIS
4 1 (0.98%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 42 (41.18%) UNIX
2 24 (23.53%) Linux
3 11 (10.78%) Windows
4 7 (6.86%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (6.86%) Windows XP
4 7 (6.86%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (6.86%) Windows 2000
5 4 (3.92%) AIX
6 1 (0.98%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.98%) Android
6 1 (0.98%) OS/2
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (41.18%) Test Scripting
2 26 (25.49%) Test Automation
3 20 (19.61%) CRM
3 20 (19.61%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (18.63%) Software Testing
5 15 (14.71%) Knowledge Management
6 14 (13.73%) BDD
7 10 (9.80%) Automated Testing
7 10 (9.80%) TDD
7 10 (9.80%) Continuous Integration
8 9 (8.82%) Performance Testing
8 9 (8.82%) Validation
8 9 (8.82%) Project Management
9 8 (7.84%) Security Testing
10 7 (6.86%) Automation Testing
11 6 (5.88%) Software Engineering
11 6 (5.88%) Regression Testing
12 5 (4.90%) Risk Analytics
12 5 (4.90%) Analytics
12 5 (4.90%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 35 (34.31%) JavaScript
2 22 (21.57%) VB
3 21 (20.59%) C#
4 18 (17.65%) Ruby
5 15 (14.71%) Java
5 15 (14.71%) SQL
6 13 (12.75%) Shell Script
7 12 (11.76%) PowerShell
8 7 (6.86%) Perl
9 5 (4.90%) C
9 5 (4.90%) C++
9 5 (4.90%) VBScript
10 3 (2.94%) Scala
10 3 (2.94%) Python
11 2 (1.96%) VBA
11 2 (1.96%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.98%) Tcl
12 1 (0.98%) PHP
12 1 (0.98%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 47 (46.08%) ISTQB
2 46 (45.10%) Security Cleared
3 44 (43.14%) SC Cleared
4 33 (32.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 24 (23.53%) DV Cleared
6 14 (13.73%) MCITP
6 14 (13.73%) Cisco Certification
6 14 (13.73%) Microsoft Certification
7 12 (11.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 4 (3.92%) ISEB
9 2 (1.96%) MOS
9 2 (1.96%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (16.67%) QA
System Software
1 4 (3.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (2.94%) Nmap
3 1 (0.98%) NDS
Systems Management
1 10 (9.80%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (8.82%) Vagrant
2 9 (8.82%) Opscode Chef
2 9 (8.82%) Puppet
3 8 (7.84%) ZABBIX
4 6 (5.88%) YUM
5 4 (3.92%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 3 (2.94%) Nessus
7 2 (1.96%) Nagios
Vendors
1 50 (49.02%) HP
2 36 (35.29%) Oracle
3 35 (34.31%) Microsoft
4 15 (14.71%) Cisco
5 7 (6.86%) Siebel
6 6 (5.88%) Citrix
7 5 (4.90%) Sybase
8 4 (3.92%) Veritas
8 4 (3.92%) VMware
9 2 (1.96%) IBM
10 1 (0.98%) JD Edwards
10 1 (0.98%) Symbian
10 1 (0.98%) JBoss
10 1 (0.98%) SAP
10 1 (0.98%) Business Objects
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