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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 216 255 254
Rank change year-on-year
+39 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 561 393 370
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.04% 0.78% 0.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.33% 1.02% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 340 214 208
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £250 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £568 £570
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £343 £375
% change year-on-year
+9.48% -8.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 4
Average hourly rate £32.00 £31.56 £44.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.41% -28.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £31.56 £44.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -28.28%
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
42136 38521 36276
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 78.14% 76.50% 75.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 27975 24282 22738
Average daily rate £425 £413 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1131 1078 1017
Average hourly rate £31.44 £23.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+36.69% -23.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.82 £12.50 £12.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.37 £46.30 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -17.35%

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 31 August 2015.

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
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 31 August 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
London +34 226 £450 +5.88% 38
South East +9 123 £375 +15.38% 16
North West +24 69 £350 - 15
West Midlands +17 41 £400 +21.21% 9
North East -1 28 £450 +22.44% 1
South West -1 27 £368 +5.00% 2
Yorkshire -30 25 £425 +54.54% 5
East of England -5 16 £325 -9.40% 6
East Midlands -12 9 £275 -35.29% 5
Midlands +4 2 - -
South Coast - 1 - -
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, 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.

1 303 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 299 (29.60%) Finance
3 257 (25.45%) QA
4 239 (23.66%) User Acceptance Testing
5 235 (23.27%) Test Scripting
6 207 (20.50%) Test Management
7 186 (18.42%) SQL
8 163 (16.14%) Java
9 161 (15.94%) Test Automation
10 160 (15.84%) ISEB
11 137 (13.56%) Oracle
11 137 (13.56%) Banking
12 116 (11.49%) Migration
13 112 (11.09%) ISTQB
14 111 (10.99%) System Integration Testing
15 105 (10.40%) Scrum
15 105 (10.40%) Project Management
16 104 (10.30%) Security Cleared
17 103 (10.20%) Integration Testing
18 99 (9.80%) Test Planning
19 97 (9.60%) Software Testing
19 97 (9.60%) Stakeholder Management
20 94 (9.31%) Microsoft
21 93 (9.21%) Automated Testing
21 93 (9.21%) Waterfall
22 92 (9.11%) Performance Testing
22 92 (9.11%) Selenium
23 89 (8.81%) HP
24 78 (7.72%) HP Quality Center
25 76 (7.52%) Data Modelling

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 2015, 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 33 (3.27%) WebLogic
2 24 (2.38%) Confluence
3 21 (2.08%) SharePoint
4 20 (1.98%) Documentum
5 17 (1.68%) SAS
6 9 (0.89%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 7 (0.69%) WebSphere
8 6 (0.59%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.59%) Tomcat
9 5 (0.50%) JBoss
10 4 (0.40%) Apache
11 3 (0.30%) MS Exchange
11 3 (0.30%) Oracle Service Bus
11 3 (0.30%) Captiva
11 3 (0.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
12 2 (0.20%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.20%) Oracle Coherence
12 2 (0.20%) FileNet
13 1 (0.099%) LiveLink
Applications
1 70 (6.93%) MS Excel
2 34 (3.37%) MS Office
3 22 (2.18%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.68%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.89%) MS Project
6 1 (0.099%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.099%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.099%) HipChat
6 1 (0.099%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.099%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 24 (2.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.50%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.50%) Oracle Financials
2 5 (0.50%) Primavera
3 4 (0.40%) Agresso
3 4 (0.40%) SAP HR
3 4 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.40%) Oracle General Ledger
4 3 (0.30%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.30%) SAP PSCD
4 3 (0.30%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 3 (0.30%) MultiFonds
4 3 (0.30%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.20%) WebTrends
5 2 (0.20%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.20%) Endur
5 2 (0.20%) SAP Retail
5 2 (0.20%) Summit
5 2 (0.20%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.19%) SaaS
2 5 (0.50%) IaaS
3 2 (0.20%) Taleo
3 2 (0.20%) Google Analytics
4 1 (0.099%) Cloud Computing
4 1 (0.099%) Adobe Analytics
4 1 (0.099%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.18%) HTTP
2 14 (1.39%) Internet
2 14 (1.39%) VoIP
3 8 (0.79%) LTE
4 7 (0.69%) Diameter Protocol
4 7 (0.69%) 3G
5 6 (0.59%) SMS
5 6 (0.59%) Skype
5 6 (0.59%) 4G
6 5 (0.50%) MVNO
6 5 (0.50%) VoLTE
6 5 (0.50%) X.509
6 5 (0.50%) IPsec
7 4 (0.40%) DSL
7 4 (0.40%) FTP
7 4 (0.40%) IPv6
8 3 (0.30%) WAN
8 3 (0.30%) Wireshark
8 3 (0.30%) Firewall
8 3 (0.30%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (5.25%) Data Warehouse
2 39 (3.86%) BusinessObjects
3 36 (3.56%) SQL Server
4 27 (2.67%) Relational Database
5 18 (1.78%) Oracle Database
6 17 (1.68%) Data Mining
7 13 (1.29%) Hadoop
8 10 (0.99%) Big Data
9 9 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 8 (0.79%) SAP BW
11 7 (0.69%) MS Access
11 7 (0.69%) HBase
12 6 (0.59%) SQL Server Reporting Services
12 6 (0.59%) Oracle Database 11g
12 6 (0.59%) Oracle Reports
12 6 (0.59%) RDBMS
13 5 (0.50%) PowerCenter
13 5 (0.50%) OLAP
13 5 (0.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 5 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 92 (9.11%) Selenium
2 60 (5.94%) JIRA
3 53 (5.25%) HP UFT
4 42 (4.16%) Cucumber
5 37 (3.66%) SoapUI
5 37 (3.66%) WebDriver
6 31 (3.07%) LoadRunner
7 29 (2.87%) Team Foundation Server
8 26 (2.57%) JMeter
9 25 (2.48%) SpecFlow
9 25 (2.48%) Jenkins
10 24 (2.38%) Visual Studio
11 17 (1.68%) Git (software)
12 15 (1.49%) FitNesse
12 15 (1.49%) NUnit
13 14 (1.39%) CA Gen
14 13 (1.29%) Capybara
15 12 (1.19%) Facilita Forecast
15 12 (1.19%) Maven
16 10 (0.99%) WATIR
General
1 299 (29.60%) Finance
2 137 (13.56%) Banking
3 47 (4.65%) Investment Banking
4 45 (4.46%) Telecoms
5 34 (3.37%) Retail
6 18 (1.78%) Manufacturing
7 12 (1.19%) Billing
7 12 (1.19%) General Ledger
8 11 (1.09%) Legal
9 9 (0.89%) Pharmaceutical
9 9 (0.89%) Front Office
9 9 (0.89%) Retail Banking
10 6 (0.59%) Marketing
10 6 (0.59%) Spanish Language
10 6 (0.59%) Automotive
11 5 (0.50%) Financial Institution
12 3 (0.30%) Back Office
12 3 (0.30%) French Language
13 2 (0.20%) German Language
13 2 (0.20%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 378 (37.43%) Test Manager
2 209 (20.69%) Analyst
3 136 (13.47%) Test Leader
4 119 (11.78%) Test Analyst
5 79 (7.82%) Developer
6 77 (7.62%) Tester
7 75 (7.43%) Business Analyst
8 37 (3.66%) Programme Manager
8 37 (3.66%) Test Engineer
9 34 (3.37%) Architect
10 33 (3.27%) Consultant
11 31 (3.07%) Programme Test Manager
12 26 (2.57%) Project Manager
13 21 (2.08%) Senior Analyst
14 18 (1.78%) SAP Manager
15 17 (1.68%) Senior Test Analyst
15 17 (1.68%) Senior Manager
16 15 (1.49%) Documentum Developer
16 15 (1.49%) Senior Test Manager
16 15 (1.49%) SAP Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 75 (7.43%) .NET
2 52 (5.15%) XML
3 39 (3.86%) J2EE
4 38 (3.76%) Web Services
5 33 (3.27%) SOAP
6 27 (2.67%) HTML
7 22 (2.18%) Middleware
8 20 (1.98%) RESTful
9 15 (1.49%) JSON
10 14 (1.39%) XSD
11 13 (1.29%) HTML5
12 12 (1.19%) CSS
13 8 (0.79%) REST
14 7 (0.69%) Oracle Fusion
15 6 (0.59%) Web Dynpro
16 5 (0.50%) XML Messaging
16 5 (0.50%) WPF
16 5 (0.50%) XSLT
16 5 (0.50%) Gherkin
16 5 (0.50%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 59 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
2 17 (1.68%) Management Information System
3 16 (1.58%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 14 (1.39%) Data Centre
5 13 (1.29%) Performance Metrics
5 13 (1.29%) NHS
6 12 (1.19%) Equities
6 12 (1.19%) Derivative
6 12 (1.19%) User Experience
6 12 (1.19%) Computer Science
7 11 (1.09%) Client/Server
8 10 (0.99%) Smart Meter
8 10 (0.99%) Data Structures
8 10 (0.99%) Enterprise Software
9 9 (0.89%) Mathematics
9 9 (0.89%) Fixed Income
10 8 (0.79%) FMCG
11 6 (0.59%) Statistics
12 5 (0.50%) Data Conversion
12 5 (0.50%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 68 (6.73%) UNIX
2 48 (4.75%) Windows
3 31 (3.07%) Linux
4 10 (0.99%) Android
4 10 (0.99%) Apple iOS
5 9 (0.89%) VME
6 8 (0.79%) Windows 7
7 4 (0.40%) Solaris
8 3 (0.30%) Windows Server 2003
8 3 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.30%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 2 (0.20%) AIX
9 2 (0.20%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.099%) Windows 8
10 1 (0.099%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 303 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
2 239 (23.66%) User Acceptance Testing
3 235 (23.27%) Test Scripting
4 207 (20.50%) Test Management
5 161 (15.94%) Test Automation
6 116 (11.49%) Migration
7 111 (10.99%) System Integration Testing
8 105 (10.40%) Scrum
8 105 (10.40%) Project Management
9 103 (10.20%) Integration Testing
10 99 (9.80%) Test Planning
11 97 (9.60%) Software Testing
11 97 (9.60%) Stakeholder Management
12 93 (9.21%) Automated Testing
12 93 (9.21%) Waterfall
13 92 (9.11%) Performance Testing
14 76 (7.52%) Data Modelling
15 75 (7.43%) Business Intelligence
16 71 (7.03%) Data Migration
17 63 (6.24%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 186 (18.42%) SQL
2 163 (16.14%) Java
3 75 (7.43%) C#
4 34 (3.37%) PL/SQL
5 26 (2.57%) Shell Script
6 25 (2.48%) Perl
7 20 (1.98%) C++
8 18 (1.78%) JavaScript
8 18 (1.78%) C
8 18 (1.78%) Python
9 17 (1.68%) VB
10 11 (1.09%) ABAP
11 9 (0.89%) COBOL
12 8 (0.79%) VBScript
13 6 (0.59%) VBA
13 6 (0.59%) Ruby
13 6 (0.59%) Scala
14 5 (0.50%) Tcl
15 4 (0.40%) T-SQL
15 4 (0.40%) PHP
Qualifications
1 160 (15.84%) ISEB
2 112 (11.09%) ISTQB
3 104 (10.30%) Security Cleared
4 70 (6.93%) SC Cleared
5 63 (6.24%) Degree
6 61 (6.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 24 (2.38%) ISEB Practitioner
8 18 (1.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 14 (1.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 13 (1.29%) DV Cleared
11 6 (0.59%) PMP
11 6 (0.59%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.50%) JNCIS
12 5 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (0.50%) CCNP
13 3 (0.30%) CCA
14 1 (0.099%) Microsoft Certification
14 1 (0.099%) IIBA
14 1 (0.099%) CSQA
14 1 (0.099%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 257 (25.45%) QA
2 12 (1.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 11 (1.09%) SLA
4 9 (0.89%) GxP
5 7 (0.69%) MiFID
6 6 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.59%) Data Quality
7 5 (0.50%) EMIR
8 2 (0.20%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.099%) P3O
9 1 (0.099%) HL7
9 1 (0.099%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 11 (1.09%) Docker
2 9 (0.89%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.30%) VMware ESX
5 1 (0.099%) NET24-XPNET
Systems Management
1 78 (7.72%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (0.40%) SCCM
2 4 (0.40%) Opscode Chef
3 3 (0.30%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 2 (0.20%) Vagrant
4 2 (0.20%) Forefront Identity Manager
4 2 (0.20%) BladeLogic
4 2 (0.20%) McAfee ePO
5 1 (0.099%) FortiGate
5 1 (0.099%) Tivoli Storage Manager
5 1 (0.099%) Netcool
5 1 (0.099%) Nessus
5 1 (0.099%) Nmap
5 1 (0.099%) nmon
Vendors
1 137 (13.56%) Oracle
2 94 (9.31%) Microsoft
3 89 (8.81%) HP
4 73 (7.23%) SAP
5 34 (3.37%) Informatica
6 27 (2.67%) webMethods
7 21 (2.08%) BEA
8 20 (1.98%) Pega
9 19 (1.88%) Adobe
10 18 (1.78%) IBM
11 11 (1.09%) PeopleSoft
12 9 (0.89%) ServiceNow
13 8 (0.79%) Cisco
14 7 (0.69%) Cognos
14 7 (0.69%) Remedy
14 7 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
14 7 (0.69%) VMware
15 6 (0.59%) CheckPoint
16 5 (0.50%) Juniper
16 5 (0.50%) Red Hat
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Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
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Blue Fire Professional Services
Rate: Rate dependant on experience
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Rate: Rate dependant on experience
Posted: 4 days ago
London
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Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
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Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £700.00 per day
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Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
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Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £650.00 - £675.00 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Stockport
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Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
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Rate: From £250 to £300 per day
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Rate: £700.00 per day
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