The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 28 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
28 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 142 155 153
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -2
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 55 64 73
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.95% 0.88% 0.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.26% 1.16% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 53 56
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £337 £371
10% offered a daily rate of more than £700 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £343 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-8.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £77.50
% change year-on-year
-28.28% -43.22%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the City of London region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
4379 5511 5868
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 75.28% 76.03% 75.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 3246 4118 4371
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £315 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £600 £625
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 69 87
Average hourly rate £22.50 £22.50 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.35 £14.65 £15.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.45 £54.25 £50.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the City of London region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Strategy across the City of London region.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the City of London region over the 3 months to 28 August 2014.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the City of London region.

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Test Strategy also 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 that cited Test Strategy.

1 33 (32.67%) Finance
2 32 (31.68%) User Acceptance Testing
3 27 (26.73%) Banking
4 26 (25.74%) QA
4 26 (25.74%) ISEB
5 23 (22.77%) Test Management
6 22 (21.78%) Degree
6 22 (21.78%) ISTQB
7 21 (20.79%) Test Scripting
8 19 (18.81%) Test Automation
9 16 (15.84%) Project Management
10 14 (13.86%) Stakeholder Management
10 14 (13.86%) SQL
10 14 (13.86%) Agile Software Development
11 13 (12.87%) Java
12 12 (11.88%) Investment Banking
13 11 (10.89%) TDD
13 11 (10.89%) Performance Testing
13 11 (10.89%) Computer Science
13 11 (10.89%) MS Project
13 11 (10.89%) MS Visio
13 11 (10.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 10 (9.90%) Microsoft
14 10 (9.90%) Oracle
14 10 (9.90%) Web Services
14 10 (9.90%) Security Cleared
15 9 (8.91%) Integration Testing
15 9 (8.91%) HP Quality Center
15 9 (8.91%) Business Analysis
15 9 (8.91%) Scrum

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London region citing Test Strategy also 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 that cited Test Strategy. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (4.95%) SAS
2 4 (3.96%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.98%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.99%) SharePoint
Applications
1 11 (10.89%) MS Project
1 11 (10.89%) MS Visio
2 7 (6.93%) MS Excel
3 6 (5.94%) MS PowerPoint
4 5 (4.95%) MS Office
5 1 (0.99%) Stata
5 1 (0.99%) Spreadsheet
5 1 (0.99%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 5 (4.95%) BASE24
2 3 (2.97%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.99%) Cognos Business Intelligence
3 1 (0.99%) Cognos TM1
3 1 (0.99%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.98%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.99%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.99%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.97%) HTTP
2 2 (1.98%) LAN
2 2 (1.98%) WAN
2 2 (1.98%) Internet
3 1 (0.99%) Firewall
3 1 (0.99%) Wireshark
3 1 (0.99%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.99%) DNS
3 1 (0.99%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.99%) SSL
3 1 (0.99%) LDAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (8.91%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (5.94%) SQL Server
3 5 (4.95%) Base SAS
3 5 (4.95%) Big Data
4 4 (3.96%) Oracle Database
4 4 (3.96%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (3.96%) Oracle Database 11g
5 2 (1.98%) Star Schema
6 1 (0.99%) Oracle OWB
6 1 (0.99%) SQL Navigator
6 1 (0.99%) Pentaho
Development Applications
1 8 (7.92%) Selenium
2 7 (6.93%) LoadRunner
2 7 (6.93%) Cucumber
3 6 (5.94%) JIRA
4 5 (4.95%) JMeter
5 4 (3.96%) QuickTest Pro
6 3 (2.97%) Visual Studio
6 3 (2.97%) WebDriver
7 2 (1.98%) SoapUI
7 2 (1.98%) Jenkins
7 2 (1.98%) JUnit
8 1 (0.99%) ClearQuest
8 1 (0.99%) ClearCase
8 1 (0.99%) Toad
8 1 (0.99%) WinRunner
8 1 (0.99%) NUnit
8 1 (0.99%) Maven
8 1 (0.99%) WATIR
8 1 (0.99%) FitNesse
8 1 (0.99%) Fiddler
General
1 33 (32.67%) Finance
2 27 (26.73%) Banking
3 12 (11.88%) Investment Banking
4 5 (4.95%) Front Office
5 4 (3.96%) Back Office
5 4 (3.96%) Retail
6 3 (2.97%) Publishing
6 3 (2.97%) Financial Institution
7 2 (1.98%) Corporate Banking
7 2 (1.98%) Telecoms
7 2 (1.98%) Legal
8 1 (0.99%) Games
8 1 (0.99%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 35 (34.65%) Test Manager
2 20 (19.80%) Analyst
3 14 (13.86%) Test Leader
4 13 (12.87%) Test Analyst
4 13 (12.87%) Developer
5 10 (9.90%) Tester
6 8 (7.92%) Business Analyst
7 6 (5.94%) Java Developer
8 5 (4.95%) Project Manager
8 5 (4.95%) Scala Developer
9 4 (3.96%) Automation Analyst
9 4 (3.96%) Test Engineer
9 4 (3.96%) ETL Developer
10 3 (2.97%) Java Programmer
10 3 (2.97%) Business Intelligence Analyst
10 3 (2.97%) Programme Manager
10 3 (2.97%) Programmer
10 3 (2.97%) QA Manager
10 3 (2.97%) Project Analyst
10 3 (2.97%) Programme Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.90%) Web Services
2 7 (6.93%) RESTful
3 4 (3.96%) XML
3 4 (3.96%) HTML
3 4 (3.96%) .NET
4 3 (2.97%) REST
5 2 (1.98%) HTML5
5 2 (1.98%) JSON
6 1 (0.99%) jQuery
6 1 (0.99%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.99%) SOAP
6 1 (0.99%) XSLT
6 1 (0.99%) Spring
6 1 (0.99%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 11 (10.89%) Computer Science
2 6 (5.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 6 (5.94%) Mathematics
3 5 (4.95%) EMV
3 5 (4.95%) APACS
3 5 (4.95%) Tandem
3 5 (4.95%) Derivative
4 3 (2.97%) Statistics
4 3 (2.97%) Credit Risk
4 3 (2.97%) Market Risk
4 3 (2.97%) Fixed Income
4 3 (2.97%) Economics
5 2 (1.98%) Equities
5 2 (1.98%) Mobile App
6 1 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.99%) Ontologies
6 1 (0.99%) Online Games
6 1 (0.99%) Open Source
6 1 (0.99%) New Media
6 1 (0.99%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 5 (4.95%) Windows
2 4 (3.96%) Linux
3 3 (2.97%) UNIX
4 2 (1.98%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.98%) Android
5 1 (0.99%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.99%) Windows NT
5 1 (0.99%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (0.99%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (31.68%) User Acceptance Testing
2 23 (22.77%) Test Management
3 21 (20.79%) Test Scripting
4 19 (18.81%) Test Automation
5 16 (15.84%) Project Management
6 14 (13.86%) Stakeholder Management
6 14 (13.86%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (10.89%) TDD
7 11 (10.89%) Performance Testing
8 9 (8.91%) Integration Testing
8 9 (8.91%) Scrum
8 9 (8.91%) Business Analysis
9 8 (7.92%) Automated Testing
9 8 (7.92%) Regression Testing
9 8 (7.92%) ETL
10 7 (6.93%) Risk Management
10 7 (6.93%) SOA
10 7 (6.93%) Software Testing
10 7 (6.93%) System Testing
10 7 (6.93%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 14 (13.86%) SQL
2 13 (12.87%) Java
3 7 (6.93%) Scala
4 4 (3.96%) Ruby
4 4 (3.96%) C#
5 3 (2.97%) T-SQL
5 3 (2.97%) Python
6 2 (1.98%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.98%) PL/SQL
6 2 (1.98%) C
7 1 (0.99%) Groovy
7 1 (0.99%) PowerShell
7 1 (0.99%) Bash Shell
7 1 (0.99%) C++
7 1 (0.99%) Shell Script
7 1 (0.99%) MATLAB
7 1 (0.99%) VB
Qualifications
1 26 (25.74%) ISEB
2 22 (21.78%) ISTQB
2 22 (21.78%) Degree
3 11 (10.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 10 (9.90%) Security Cleared
5 8 (7.92%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.96%) ISEB Practitioner
7 2 (1.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (0.99%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (0.99%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (25.74%) QA
2 3 (2.97%) SLA
3 2 (1.98%) EMIR
3 2 (1.98%) Dodd-Frank
4 1 (0.99%) Basel III
4 1 (0.99%) Solvency II
System Software
1 1 (0.99%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.99%) Terminal Server
1 1 (0.99%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 9 (8.91%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.99%) CORE IMPACT
2 1 (0.99%) Puppet
2 1 (0.99%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (0.99%) Ansible
2 1 (0.99%) OpenView
2 1 (0.99%) Nessus
Vendors
1 10 (9.90%) Microsoft
1 10 (9.90%) Oracle
2 8 (7.92%) HP
3 3 (2.97%) IBM
4 2 (1.98%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (0.99%) Brady
5 1 (0.99%) SAP
5 1 (0.99%) Cognos
5 1 (0.99%) MicroStrategy
5 1 (0.99%) Apple
5 1 (0.99%) CheckPoint
5 1 (0.99%) Adobe
5 1 (0.99%) Murex
5 1 (0.99%) Calypso
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