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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 238 235 270
Rank change year-on-year
-3 +35
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 404 371 277
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.87% 0.84% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.15% 1.13% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 240 203 160
Average daily rate
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£400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £295 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £540 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-1.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 5
Average hourly rate £37.25 £52.50 £43.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.04% +22.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £38.50 £37.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.50 £66.50 £47.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £35.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year
+6.42% -18.60%
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
35083 32902 29513
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 75.54% 74.81% 72.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 22853 20351 17832
Average daily rate £425 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.93% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 935 1039 1211
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.25 £30.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.25% -10.65%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.32
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -12.19%

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 30 January 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
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 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 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 +17 192 £425 +2.40% 49
South East +1 90 £350 -0.84% 17
North West +2 29 £263 -33.33% 7
East of England +6 24 £363 -3.33% 15
South West -19 23 £450 +17.64% 15
West Midlands +11 19 £400 - 3
Yorkshire -27 17 £275 -26.66% 15
East Midlands +10 10 £325 -7.14% 1
North East - 2 £230 - 2
Midlands - - - -
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 30 January 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.

1 237 (29.59%) User Acceptance Testing
2 205 (25.59%) Agile Software Development
3 194 (24.22%) Test Management
4 192 (23.97%) Finance
5 185 (23.10%) QA
6 171 (21.35%) Test Scripting
7 162 (20.22%) SQL
8 139 (17.35%) HP Quality Center
9 122 (15.23%) Banking
10 118 (14.73%) Oracle
11 117 (14.61%) ISEB
12 103 (12.86%) Integration Testing
13 101 (12.61%) Microsoft
14 95 (11.86%) Test Automation
15 93 (11.61%) HP
15 93 (11.61%) ISTQB
16 88 (10.99%) Java
16 88 (10.99%) Regression Testing
17 85 (10.61%) Migration
18 84 (10.49%) Project Management
19 82 (10.24%) Software Testing
20 79 (9.86%) Test Planning
21 72 (8.99%) UNIX
22 71 (8.86%) Validation
23 68 (8.49%) Degree
24 67 (8.36%) Security Cleared
25 66 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
26 65 (8.11%) MS Excel
27 64 (7.99%) Selenium
28 63 (7.87%) Automated Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 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 14 (1.75%) WebLogic
1 14 (1.75%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.12%) SAS
3 8 (1.00%) Oracle Workflow
4 6 (0.75%) Tomcat
5 5 (0.62%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.62%) Documentum
6 4 (0.50%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.50%) IIS
7 3 (0.37%) Confluence
7 3 (0.37%) Lync
7 3 (0.37%) MS Exchange
7 3 (0.37%) Captiva
8 2 (0.25%) WebLogic Portal
9 1 (0.12%) CMS
9 1 (0.12%) JBoss
9 1 (0.12%) Drupal
Applications
1 65 (8.11%) MS Excel
2 31 (3.87%) MS Office
3 21 (2.62%) MS Project
4 19 (2.37%) MS Visio
5 18 (2.25%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.12%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.12%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 13 (1.62%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.50%) Oracle Retail
3 9 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.87%) Oracle Payables
4 7 (0.87%) Agresso
4 7 (0.87%) Oracle Financials
5 5 (0.62%) SAP HR
5 5 (0.62%) Summit
6 4 (0.50%) SAP ERP
6 4 (0.50%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.50%) SAP BPC
7 3 (0.37%) IntelliMatch
7 3 (0.37%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.37%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 3 (0.37%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.37%) Cognos TM1
8 2 (0.25%) Dynamics AX
8 2 (0.25%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.25%) TRIRIGA
8 2 (0.25%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.37%) SaaS
1 3 (0.37%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.12%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 21 (2.62%) TCP/IP
2 19 (2.37%) Firewall
3 17 (2.12%) Internet
4 15 (1.87%) Wireshark
5 11 (1.37%) MPLS
6 10 (1.25%) HTTP
7 9 (1.12%) HTTPS
7 9 (1.12%) LAN
8 8 (1.00%) SSL
9 7 (0.87%) Cisco ASA
9 7 (0.87%) Cisco Nexus
9 7 (0.87%) BGP
9 7 (0.87%) ATM
10 5 (0.62%) WAN
10 5 (0.62%) VLAN
11 4 (0.50%) Ethernet
11 4 (0.50%) FTP
11 4 (0.50%) Network Security
12 3 (0.37%) LTE
12 3 (0.37%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (4.87%) Data Warehouse
2 30 (3.75%) SQL Server
3 26 (3.25%) Oracle Reports
4 15 (1.87%) Relational Database
5 14 (1.75%) Oracle Database
6 13 (1.62%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 12 (1.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 9 (1.12%) Snowflake Schema
8 9 (1.12%) Star Schema
8 9 (1.12%) QlikView
9 8 (1.00%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 6 (0.75%) Data Mining
10 6 (0.75%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (0.62%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
11 5 (0.62%) Big Data
11 5 (0.62%) SAP BW
11 5 (0.62%) DB2
12 4 (0.50%) RDBMS
12 4 (0.50%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 64 (7.99%) Selenium
2 60 (7.49%) QuickTest Pro
3 48 (5.99%) JIRA
4 36 (4.49%) LoadRunner
5 32 (4.00%) SoapUI
6 28 (3.50%) Cucumber
7 25 (3.12%) WebDriver
8 23 (2.87%) JUnit
9 22 (2.75%) Team Foundation Server
10 19 (2.37%) TestDirector
10 19 (2.37%) JMeter
11 17 (2.12%) Jenkins
12 11 (1.37%) TestNG
13 10 (1.25%) Maven
13 10 (1.25%) Visual Studio
13 10 (1.25%) Appium
14 9 (1.12%) SpecFlow
14 9 (1.12%) ClearCase
15 8 (1.00%) Rational DOORS
15 8 (1.00%) DbUnit
General
1 192 (23.97%) Finance
2 122 (15.23%) Banking
3 54 (6.74%) Investment Banking
4 50 (6.24%) Retail
5 49 (6.12%) Telecoms
6 24 (3.00%) Front Office
7 11 (1.37%) Retail Banking
8 10 (1.25%) Legal
9 9 (1.12%) Billing
9 9 (1.12%) Marketing
10 8 (1.00%) Back Office
11 6 (0.75%) Manufacturing
11 6 (0.75%) Automotive
12 5 (0.62%) Games
13 4 (0.50%) Spanish Language
13 4 (0.50%) Italian Language
13 4 (0.50%) General Ledger
13 4 (0.50%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.50%) Advertising
14 3 (0.37%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 285 (35.58%) Test Manager
2 173 (21.60%) Analyst
3 112 (13.98%) Test Analyst
4 69 (8.61%) Test Leader
5 68 (8.49%) Developer
6 62 (7.74%) Tester
7 44 (5.49%) Test Engineer
8 43 (5.37%) Business Analyst
9 32 (4.00%) Programme Manager
10 29 (3.62%) Consultant
11 28 (3.50%) Programme Test Manager
12 23 (2.87%) Senior Analyst
13 20 (2.50%) Scala Developer
14 17 (2.12%) Project Manager
14 17 (2.12%) SAP Manager
14 17 (2.12%) SAP Test Manager
15 16 (2.00%) Senior Test Analyst
15 16 (2.00%) Test Consultant
15 16 (2.00%) Architect
16 14 (1.75%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 58 (7.24%) .NET
2 45 (5.62%) Web Services
3 39 (4.87%) HTML
4 24 (3.00%) XML
4 24 (3.00%) J2EE
5 21 (2.62%) RESTful
6 19 (2.37%) HTML5
7 18 (2.25%) SOAP
8 14 (1.75%) ASP.NET
9 12 (1.50%) Middleware
10 11 (1.37%) Gherkin
10 11 (1.37%) JSON
11 9 (1.12%) jQuery
12 8 (1.00%) JSP
13 7 (0.87%) REST
13 7 (0.87%) CSS
14 6 (0.75%) SAX
15 5 (0.62%) AngularJS
16 4 (0.50%) Spring
16 4 (0.50%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 57 (7.12%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (2.87%) Management Information System
3 12 (1.50%) Derivative
3 12 (1.50%) Computer Science
3 12 (1.50%) Fixed Income
4 10 (1.25%) Data Structures
5 9 (1.12%) Visualisation
5 9 (1.12%) NHS
5 9 (1.12%) Client/Server
6 8 (1.00%) User Experience
7 7 (0.87%) Open Source
7 7 (0.87%) Smart Meter
7 7 (0.87%) Equities
8 6 (0.75%) Credit Derivative
8 6 (0.75%) Statistics
8 6 (0.75%) PMI
8 6 (0.75%) Enterprise Software
9 5 (0.62%) Mobile App
9 5 (0.62%) Credit Risk
10 4 (0.50%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 72 (8.99%) UNIX
2 59 (7.37%) Windows
3 39 (4.87%) Linux
4 14 (1.75%) Windows Server 2003
5 13 (1.62%) Windows XP
6 12 (1.50%) Windows 7
7 11 (1.37%) Windows Server 2008
8 10 (1.25%) AIX
8 10 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 8 (1.00%) Windows 2000
9 8 (1.00%) Apple iOS
10 7 (0.87%) Android
10 7 (0.87%) Solaris
11 6 (0.75%) Windows NT
12 2 (0.25%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.25%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.12%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.12%) SUSE
13 1 (0.12%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 237 (29.59%) User Acceptance Testing
2 205 (25.59%) Agile Software Development
3 194 (24.22%) Test Management
4 171 (21.35%) Test Scripting
5 103 (12.86%) Integration Testing
6 95 (11.86%) Test Automation
7 88 (10.99%) Regression Testing
8 85 (10.61%) Migration
9 84 (10.49%) Project Management
10 82 (10.24%) Software Testing
11 79 (9.86%) Test Planning
12 71 (8.86%) Validation
13 66 (8.24%) Stakeholder Management
14 63 (7.87%) Automated Testing
14 63 (7.87%) Scrum
14 63 (7.87%) Performance Testing
15 58 (7.24%) Risk Management
15 58 (7.24%) System Testing
16 56 (6.99%) Data Migration
17 52 (6.49%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 162 (20.22%) SQL
2 88 (10.99%) Java
3 34 (4.24%) JavaScript
4 29 (3.62%) Shell Script
5 27 (3.37%) C#
5 27 (3.37%) PL/SQL
6 22 (2.75%) Ruby
6 22 (2.75%) Scala
7 20 (2.50%) Python
8 17 (2.12%) C
9 16 (2.00%) Perl
10 12 (1.50%) T-SQL
10 12 (1.50%) VB
11 10 (1.25%) VBA
12 7 (0.87%) C++
13 6 (0.75%) PHP
14 4 (0.50%) VBScript
14 4 (0.50%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.37%) Groovy
15 3 (0.37%) RPG
Qualifications
1 117 (14.61%) ISEB
2 93 (11.61%) ISTQB
3 68 (8.49%) Degree
4 67 (8.36%) Security Cleared
5 44 (5.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 43 (5.37%) SC Cleared
7 19 (2.37%) ISEB Practitioner
8 16 (2.00%) DV Cleared
9 13 (1.62%) CCNP
9 13 (1.62%) Cisco Certification
10 10 (1.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 10 (1.25%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 8 (1.00%) JNCIS
11 8 (1.00%) CISSP
12 7 (0.87%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.50%) MOS
14 3 (0.37%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 3 (0.37%) OSCP
14 3 (0.37%) MCSE
14 3 (0.37%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 185 (23.10%) QA
2 6 (0.75%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.62%) Basel III
3 5 (0.62%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.37%) EMIR
5 2 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 14443
6 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 7816
6 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.12%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.12%) COREP
6 1 (0.12%) FATCA
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 14 (1.75%) Nmap
2 11 (1.37%) Active Directory
3 8 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.87%) VMware ESX
5 6 (0.75%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.37%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.37%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 139 (17.35%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.75%) Nessus
3 8 (1.00%) Puppet
4 7 (0.87%) FortiGate
5 6 (0.75%) CORE IMPACT
6 4 (0.50%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.50%) Ansible
7 3 (0.37%) SCCM
7 3 (0.37%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 3 (0.37%) WebInspect
8 2 (0.25%) Control-M
8 2 (0.25%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.12%) SCOM
9 1 (0.12%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Identity Management
9 1 (0.12%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 118 (14.73%) Oracle
2 101 (12.61%) Microsoft
3 93 (11.61%) HP
4 48 (5.99%) SAP
5 24 (3.00%) Cisco
6 20 (2.50%) CheckPoint
7 17 (2.12%) Business Objects
7 17 (2.12%) webMethods
8 16 (2.00%) Salesforce.com
9 13 (1.62%) VMware
10 11 (1.37%) Pega
10 11 (1.37%) F5
11 10 (1.25%) Murex
11 10 (1.25%) Juniper
11 10 (1.25%) Informatica
11 10 (1.25%) Red Hat
12 9 (1.12%) IBM
13 8 (1.00%) BEA
13 8 (1.00%) Tableau
14 7 (0.87%) Splunk
Telford, Shropshire
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £350 - £600 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £500 - £600 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: 4 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Sanderson
Rate: flexible
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
South Yorkshire
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Posted: 5 days ago
Cumbria
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £35 - £42 per hour
Posted: 8 days ago
Cumbria
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £50 - £70 per hour
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
West Midlands
Jumar Solutions
Posted: 11 days ago
Telford
Jumar Solutions
Posted: 11 days ago
Halifax
Real Staffing
Rate: £420 - £470 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Bristol
Real Staffing
Rate: £500 - £570 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £850 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Halifax
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Halifax
Orgtel
Rate: £450 - £470 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
London
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
Bedfordshire
DP Connect
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 18 days ago