The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy 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 Strategy
Rank 247 235 258
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +23
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 444 400 317
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.88% 0.85% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.18% 1.14% 0.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 285 240 171
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90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £282 £301
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 1
Average hourly rate £30.00 £37.00 £33.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.91% +10.44%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £37.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-18.91% +10.44%
Test Strategy
UK

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
37611 35073 32579
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.56% 74.26% 72.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 25023 22021 19511
Average daily rate £425 £401 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.11% +0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £270 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1045 1075 1369
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.43% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £46.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in England

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in England

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the England region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in England

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in England

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the England region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the England region 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
London +68 245 £450 +5.88% 33
South East -14 83 £350 -0.84% 9
East of England -12 31 £350 +7.69% 11
North West -4 27 £245 -34.66% 4
South West -38 20 £350 -7.28% 7
Yorkshire -39 13 £388 +3.33% 12
East Midlands 0 12 £325 -2.62% 5
West Midlands -20 11 £400 +33.11% 6
North East - 5 £325 - 2
Midlands - - - -
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 247 (29.90%) User Acceptance Testing
2 245 (29.66%) Agile Software Development
3 189 (22.88%) Test Management
4 186 (22.52%) Test Scripting
5 184 (22.28%) Finance
5 184 (22.28%) QA
6 174 (21.07%) SQL
7 135 (16.34%) HP Quality Center
8 126 (15.25%) Oracle
9 121 (14.65%) Banking
10 116 (14.04%) ISEB
11 104 (12.59%) HP
12 103 (12.47%) Test Automation
13 99 (11.99%) Java
14 98 (11.86%) Integration Testing
15 96 (11.62%) ISTQB
16 94 (11.38%) Microsoft
17 93 (11.26%) Project Management
18 92 (11.14%) Software Testing
19 84 (10.17%) Test Planning
20 82 (9.93%) Regression Testing
21 81 (9.81%) Scrum
22 77 (9.32%) UNIX
23 76 (9.20%) Performance Testing
24 74 (8.96%) Migration
24 74 (8.96%) Selenium
25 73 (8.84%) Automated Testing
26 72 (8.72%) .NET
27 70 (8.47%) Stakeholder Management
28 68 (8.23%) Security Cleared

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 16 (1.94%) WebLogic
2 14 (1.69%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.45%) Oracle Workflow
4 10 (1.21%) Tomcat
5 9 (1.09%) SAS
6 5 (0.61%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (0.61%) IIS
6 5 (0.61%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.48%) Confluence
8 3 (0.36%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.24%) Adobe CQ
9 2 (0.24%) CMS
9 2 (0.24%) Documentum
9 2 (0.24%) WebLogic Portal
10 1 (0.12%) ArcGIS
10 1 (0.12%) JBoss
10 1 (0.12%) Lync
10 1 (0.12%) Drupal
10 1 (0.12%) Captiva
Applications
1 62 (7.51%) MS Excel
2 30 (3.63%) MS Office
3 22 (2.66%) MS Project
3 22 (2.66%) MS Visio
4 18 (2.18%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.36%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (1.82%) Oracle Retail
1 15 (1.82%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.97%) Agresso
3 6 (0.73%) IntelliMatch
3 6 (0.73%) Oracle Payables
3 6 (0.73%) Dynamics CRM
3 6 (0.73%) Summit
3 6 (0.73%) Oracle Financials
4 4 (0.48%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.36%) BASE24
5 3 (0.36%) Cognos TM1
5 3 (0.36%) Cognos Business Intelligence
5 3 (0.36%) SAP BPC
5 3 (0.36%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.24%) Cerner Millennium
6 2 (0.24%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.24%) Remedy ITSM
6 2 (0.24%) SAP Retail
7 1 (0.12%) SAP HR
7 1 (0.12%) SAP SD
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.12%) SaaS
2 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.66%) Firewall
1 22 (2.66%) TCP/IP
2 18 (2.18%) Internet
3 17 (2.06%) Wireshark
4 11 (1.33%) LAN
4 11 (1.33%) MPLS
5 10 (1.21%) HTTPS
6 9 (1.09%) SSL
6 9 (1.09%) HTTP
7 7 (0.85%) BGP
7 7 (0.85%) ATM
7 7 (0.85%) VLAN
7 7 (0.85%) Cisco Nexus
7 7 (0.85%) Cisco ASA
8 6 (0.73%) IPsec
8 6 (0.73%) VPN
9 5 (0.61%) Network Security
9 5 (0.61%) LTE
10 4 (0.48%) FTP
10 4 (0.48%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (4.84%) Data Warehouse
2 33 (4.00%) SQL Server
3 26 (3.15%) Oracle Reports
4 18 (2.18%) Oracle Database
5 11 (1.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 11 (1.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 11 (1.33%) Relational Database
6 9 (1.09%) Big Data
7 8 (0.97%) Base SAS
7 8 (0.97%) QlikView
7 8 (0.97%) Snowflake Schema
7 8 (0.97%) Star Schema
8 7 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 6 (0.73%) SAS Enterprise Guide
9 6 (0.73%) SQL Server 2012
9 6 (0.73%) OLAP Cube
9 6 (0.73%) OLAP
9 6 (0.73%) MySQL
10 5 (0.61%) SQL Navigator
10 5 (0.61%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 74 (8.96%) Selenium
2 57 (6.90%) QuickTest Pro
3 43 (5.21%) JIRA
4 42 (5.08%) SoapUI
5 38 (4.60%) LoadRunner
6 35 (4.24%) Cucumber
7 29 (3.51%) WebDriver
7 29 (3.51%) Team Foundation Server
8 26 (3.15%) JMeter
8 26 (3.15%) JUnit
9 23 (2.78%) TestDirector
10 22 (2.66%) SpecFlow
11 15 (1.82%) Visual Studio
12 13 (1.57%) Jenkins
13 11 (1.33%) Maven
13 11 (1.33%) TestNG
14 9 (1.09%) Toad
14 9 (1.09%) ClearCase
15 8 (0.97%) Rational DOORS
15 8 (0.97%) DbUnit
General
1 184 (22.28%) Finance
2 121 (14.65%) Banking
3 56 (6.78%) Investment Banking
4 51 (6.17%) Retail
5 38 (4.60%) Telecoms
6 29 (3.51%) Front Office
7 12 (1.45%) Billing
8 11 (1.33%) Marketing
9 9 (1.09%) Retail Banking
10 8 (0.97%) Legal
10 8 (0.97%) Back Office
11 7 (0.85%) Automotive
12 6 (0.73%) Manufacturing
12 6 (0.73%) Financial Institution
13 5 (0.61%) Games
14 4 (0.48%) Spanish Language
14 4 (0.48%) Italian Language
14 4 (0.48%) General Ledger
14 4 (0.48%) Advertising
15 2 (0.24%) Norwegian Language
Job Titles
1 263 (31.84%) Test Manager
2 205 (24.82%) Analyst
3 133 (16.10%) Test Analyst
4 78 (9.44%) Test Leader
5 76 (9.20%) Tester
6 62 (7.51%) Developer
7 46 (5.57%) Business Analyst
7 46 (5.57%) Test Engineer
8 28 (3.39%) Consultant
9 27 (3.27%) Programme Manager
10 24 (2.91%) Senior Analyst
10 24 (2.91%) Programme Test Manager
11 21 (2.54%) Scala Developer
11 21 (2.54%) SAP Test Manager
11 21 (2.54%) SAP Manager
11 21 (2.54%) Architect
12 20 (2.42%) Project Manager
13 19 (2.30%) QA Analyst
14 18 (2.18%) Senior Test Analyst
15 14 (1.69%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (8.72%) .NET
2 61 (7.38%) Web Services
3 45 (5.45%) HTML
4 28 (3.39%) XML
5 27 (3.27%) RESTful
6 24 (2.91%) SOAP
6 24 (2.91%) HTML5
7 23 (2.78%) J2EE
8 17 (2.06%) Gherkin
9 15 (1.82%) ASP.NET
10 12 (1.45%) Middleware
11 10 (1.21%) JSON
11 10 (1.21%) JSP
12 9 (1.09%) jQuery
13 8 (0.97%) CSS
14 6 (0.73%) REST
14 6 (0.73%) Spring
15 5 (0.61%) SAX
15 5 (0.61%) .NET Framework
16 4 (0.48%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 68 (8.23%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (2.78%) Derivative
3 16 (1.94%) Data Structures
4 14 (1.69%) Fixed Income
4 14 (1.69%) Management Information System
5 13 (1.57%) Equities
5 13 (1.57%) Open Source
6 12 (1.45%) Client/Server
7 11 (1.33%) User Experience
8 10 (1.21%) Computer Science
8 10 (1.21%) Credit Derivative
9 9 (1.09%) Credit Risk
10 8 (0.97%) Visualisation
11 7 (0.85%) Mathematics
11 7 (0.85%) Mobile App
11 7 (0.85%) Smart Meter
12 6 (0.73%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (0.73%) Algorithms
12 6 (0.73%) Statistics
12 6 (0.73%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 77 (9.32%) UNIX
2 65 (7.87%) Windows
3 43 (5.21%) Linux
4 14 (1.69%) Windows Server 2003
4 14 (1.69%) Windows XP
5 13 (1.57%) Solaris
5 13 (1.57%) Apple iOS
5 13 (1.57%) Windows Server 2008
6 12 (1.45%) Android
7 10 (1.21%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (1.21%) AIX
8 9 (1.09%) Windows 2000
8 9 (1.09%) Windows 7
9 8 (0.97%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.61%) Windows NT
11 4 (0.48%) Oracle Linux
12 1 (0.12%) VMS
12 1 (0.12%) SUSE
12 1 (0.12%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 247 (29.90%) User Acceptance Testing
2 245 (29.66%) Agile Software Development
3 189 (22.88%) Test Management
4 186 (22.52%) Test Scripting
5 103 (12.47%) Test Automation
6 98 (11.86%) Integration Testing
7 93 (11.26%) Project Management
8 92 (11.14%) Software Testing
9 84 (10.17%) Test Planning
10 82 (9.93%) Regression Testing
11 81 (9.81%) Scrum
12 76 (9.20%) Performance Testing
13 74 (8.96%) Migration
14 73 (8.84%) Automated Testing
15 70 (8.47%) Stakeholder Management
16 67 (8.11%) TDD
17 64 (7.75%) Validation
18 62 (7.51%) Risk Management
19 60 (7.26%) Manual Testing
20 52 (6.30%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 174 (21.07%) SQL
2 99 (11.99%) Java
3 40 (4.84%) JavaScript
4 34 (4.12%) C#
5 27 (3.27%) Ruby
6 26 (3.15%) Shell Script
7 23 (2.78%) Scala
7 23 (2.78%) PL/SQL
8 17 (2.06%) C
9 16 (1.94%) Perl
10 15 (1.82%) Python
11 12 (1.45%) VBA
12 10 (1.21%) VB
13 8 (0.97%) PHP
14 7 (0.85%) C++
15 5 (0.61%) T-SQL
15 5 (0.61%) VBScript
15 5 (0.61%) RPG
16 4 (0.48%) Bash Shell
17 3 (0.36%) SAS Macro
Qualifications
1 116 (14.04%) ISEB
2 96 (11.62%) ISTQB
3 68 (8.23%) Security Cleared
4 67 (8.11%) Degree
5 48 (5.81%) SC Cleared
6 46 (5.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 23 (2.78%) ISEB Practitioner
8 15 (1.82%) DV Cleared
9 12 (1.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 10 (1.21%) CISSP
11 9 (1.09%) Cisco Certification
12 8 (0.97%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 7 (0.85%) PMI Certification
13 7 (0.85%) CCNP
14 6 (0.73%) MOS
15 5 (0.61%) CCNA
15 5 (0.61%) CEH
16 3 (0.36%) ITIL Certification
16 3 (0.36%) Microsoft Certification
16 3 (0.36%) MCSE
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 184 (22.28%) QA
2 9 (1.09%) Basel III
3 7 (0.85%) PCI DSS
4 6 (0.73%) SLA
5 5 (0.61%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.36%) GxP
6 3 (0.36%) EMIR
7 2 (0.24%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.12%) COREP
8 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.12%) FATCA
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 7816
System Software
1 15 (1.82%) Active Directory
1 15 (1.82%) Nmap
2 12 (1.45%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.97%) VMware ESXi
3 8 (0.97%) VMware ESX
4 3 (0.36%) Terminal Server
5 2 (0.24%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 135 (16.34%) HP Quality Center
2 15 (1.82%) Nessus
3 8 (0.97%) Puppet
4 7 (0.85%) FortiGate
5 6 (0.73%) CORE IMPACT
6 4 (0.48%) Ansible
6 4 (0.48%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.36%) WebInspect
7 3 (0.36%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.36%) SCCM
8 2 (0.24%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.12%) Control-M
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 1 (0.12%) HP SiteScope
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 126 (15.25%) Oracle
2 104 (12.59%) HP
3 94 (11.38%) Microsoft
4 47 (5.69%) SAP
5 21 (2.54%) Cisco
6 17 (2.06%) CheckPoint
6 17 (2.06%) VMware
7 14 (1.69%) Salesforce.com
8 11 (1.33%) webMethods
9 10 (1.21%) F5
9 10 (1.21%) Splunk
9 10 (1.21%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.21%) Business Objects
9 10 (1.21%) IBM
10 8 (0.97%) Murex
10 8 (0.97%) Citrix
11 7 (0.85%) ESRI
11 7 (0.85%) Informatica
11 7 (0.85%) Adobe
11 7 (0.85%) Tableau
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Reed Professional Services
Rate: £435 - £535 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Buckinghamshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Engage PSG
Rate: £270 - £320 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £500.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Brighton, East Sussex
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 Per Day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £450 to £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Streamline Connections
Rate: £450 - £700 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £440 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Suffolk
Sanderson
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Docklands
iKonnect
Rate: £400 - £480 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £450.00 - £480.00 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
South West England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 13 days ago
South Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: Excellent Day Rate
Posted: 16 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
West London
WEX Europe Ltd
Rate: £425 per day
Posted: 19 days ago