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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 25 June 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 264 235 246
Rank change year-on-year
-29 +11
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 448 500 447
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.92% 0.98% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.23% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 292 317 249
Median daily rate £425 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £246
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £590 £523
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £355
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 6
Median hourly rate £40.95 - £41.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.19 - £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.71 - £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.95 £33.50 £43.00
% change year-on-year
+22.23% -22.09%
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
40110 40514 38511
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 82.41% 79.68% 78.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 26974 26588 24639
Median daily rate £450 £415 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.43% +3.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £578 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 915 1082 1144
Median hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £27.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £12.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.46 £50.00 £46.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% +1.69%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in England

The demand trend of contract jobs across the England region citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 25 June 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the England region over the 3 months to 25 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -16 186 £450 - 29
South East -34 72 £400 +6.66% 21
West Midlands -1 42 £368 -8.12% 8
North East -27 38 £320 -10.48%
East of England +26 31 £438 +21.52% 6
South West +20 27 £425 +1.19% 5
North West -43 21 £425 +6.25% 6
Yorkshire 0 18 £425 +21.42% 7
East Midlands +5 13 £400 +45.45%
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 25 June 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the England region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 330 (35.99%) Agile Software Development
2 226 (24.65%) User Acceptance Testing
3 206 (22.46%) Finance
4 201 (21.92%) Test Scripting
5 196 (21.37%) SQL
6 171 (18.65%) Test Management
7 146 (15.92%) Oracle
8 142 (15.49%) QA
9 135 (14.72%) Security Cleared
10 134 (14.61%) Java
11 122 (13.30%) Defect Management
12 119 (12.98%) Waterfall
12 119 (12.98%) Scrum
13 115 (12.54%) ISTQB
13 115 (12.54%) Unix
14 114 (12.43%) ISEB
15 111 (12.10%) JIRA
16 110 (12.00%) Test Automation
17 100 (10.91%) Integration Testing
18 95 (10.36%) Regression Testing
19 94 (10.25%) HP Quality Center
19 94 (10.25%) System Integration Testing
20 90 (9.81%) Selenium
20 90 (9.81%) Software Testing
20 90 (9.81%) Banking
21 88 (9.60%) Stakeholder Management
22 87 (9.49%) SC Cleared
23 85 (9.27%) Performance Testing
24 77 (8.40%) Automated Testing
24 77 (8.40%) SDLC

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 38 (4.14%) Confluence
2 31 (3.38%) WebLogic
3 16 (1.74%) Elasticsearch
3 16 (1.74%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.09%) SAS
5 3 (0.33%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (0.33%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.33%) CMS
6 2 (0.22%) Apache Pig
6 2 (0.22%) Oracle Service Bus
6 2 (0.22%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.22%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.22%) Tuxedo
6 2 (0.22%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.11%) Apache
7 1 (0.11%) Apache Solr
7 1 (0.11%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.11%) Documentum
7 1 (0.11%) IIS
7 1 (0.11%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 42 (4.58%) MS Excel
2 19 (2.07%) MS Office
2 19 (2.07%) MS PowerPoint
3 17 (1.85%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.53%) MS Project
5 2 (0.22%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 12 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
1 12 (1.31%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.98%) Oracle ERP
3 7 (0.76%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.55%) Temenos T24
5 4 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.44%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.44%) SAP PSCD
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.33%) SAP CRM
6 3 (0.33%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.33%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.22%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.22%) VisionPLUS
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Financials
8 1 (0.11%) PeopleSoft HRMS
8 1 (0.11%) SAP SRM
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.98%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.87%) Google Cloud Platform
3 7 (0.76%) Amazon AWS
3 7 (0.76%) GitHub
4 6 (0.65%) SuccessFactors
5 4 (0.44%) SaaS
6 3 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
6 3 (0.33%) Google Play
7 2 (0.22%) PaaS
8 1 (0.11%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.11%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.51%) Internet
2 9 (0.98%) HTTP
2 9 (0.98%) WAN
3 8 (0.87%) VPN
4 7 (0.76%) LAN
4 7 (0.76%) VoIP
5 5 (0.55%) 3G
5 5 (0.55%) Firewall
6 4 (0.44%) NAS
6 4 (0.44%) SAN
6 4 (0.44%) VLAN
7 3 (0.33%) 4G
7 3 (0.33%) Ethernet
7 3 (0.33%) LTE
7 3 (0.33%) MVNO
7 3 (0.33%) SMS
7 3 (0.33%) SSH
7 3 (0.33%) SSL
7 3 (0.33%) TCP/IP
7 3 (0.33%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (4.25%) BusinessObjects
2 38 (4.14%) Hadoop
2 38 (4.14%) SQL Server
3 37 (4.03%) Pentaho
4 22 (2.40%) Big Data
5 21 (2.29%) Data Warehouse
6 18 (1.96%) Oracle Reports
7 15 (1.64%) MySQL
8 13 (1.42%) Relational Database
9 8 (0.87%) Data Mining
9 8 (0.87%) Oracle Database
10 7 (0.76%) MongoDB
11 6 (0.65%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 6 (0.65%) Apache Cassandra
11 6 (0.65%) Neo4j
11 6 (0.65%) Redis
12 5 (0.55%) SAS Enterprise Guide
13 4 (0.44%) DB2
13 4 (0.44%) MS Access
13 4 (0.44%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 111 (12.10%) JIRA
2 90 (9.81%) Selenium
3 64 (6.98%) HP UFT
4 45 (4.91%) SoapUI
5 39 (4.25%) Cucumber
6 33 (3.60%) LoadRunner
7 28 (3.05%) Team Foundation Server
7 28 (3.05%) WebDriver
8 17 (1.85%) Visual Studio
9 14 (1.53%) Jenkins
10 11 (1.20%) Git (software)
10 11 (1.20%) JMeter
10 11 (1.20%) JUnit
11 10 (1.09%) Appium
11 10 (1.09%) SpecFlow
12 8 (0.87%) ClearCase
13 7 (0.76%) ClearQuest
13 7 (0.76%) Facilita Forecast
14 6 (0.65%) Ranorex
14 6 (0.65%) TeamCity
General
1 206 (22.46%) Finance
2 90 (9.81%) Banking
3 53 (5.78%) Retail
4 39 (4.25%) Telecoms
5 24 (2.62%) Investment Banking
6 13 (1.42%) Games
7 12 (1.31%) Marketing
8 10 (1.09%) Legal
9 8 (0.87%) Back Office
9 8 (0.87%) Front Office
9 8 (0.87%) Pharmaceutical
10 7 (0.76%) Retail Banking
11 6 (0.65%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.65%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.55%) Automotive
13 4 (0.44%) Electronics
13 4 (0.44%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.33%) Military
15 2 (0.22%) Billing
15 2 (0.22%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 292 (31.84%) Test Manager
2 161 (17.56%) Analyst
3 125 (13.63%) Test Analyst
4 123 (13.41%) Developer
5 96 (10.47%) Test Leader
6 78 (8.51%) Tester
7 46 (5.02%) Programme Manager
8 35 (3.82%) Programme Test Manager
8 35 (3.82%) Test Programme Manager
9 31 (3.38%) Test Engineer
10 30 (3.27%) Automation Tester
11 28 (3.05%) Consultant
12 27 (2.94%) Business Analyst
13 25 (2.73%) Pentaho Developer
14 24 (2.62%) UAT Manager
15 22 (2.40%) Architect
15 22 (2.40%) UAT Test Manager
16 21 (2.29%) Designer
16 21 (2.29%) Software Engineer
17 19 (2.07%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (5.34%) SOAP
2 37 (4.03%) .NET
3 35 (3.82%) XML
4 34 (3.71%) J2EE
4 34 (3.71%) Web Services
5 19 (2.07%) CSS
6 16 (1.74%) WSDL
6 16 (1.74%) XSD
7 15 (1.64%) jQuery
8 14 (1.53%) HTML
9 13 (1.42%) Middleware
10 11 (1.20%) ELK Stack
10 11 (1.20%) Gherkin
11 10 (1.09%) REST
12 8 (0.87%) AngularJS
13 5 (0.55%) Spring
14 4 (0.44%) ASP.NET
14 4 (0.44%) KnockoutJS
14 4 (0.44%) Web Dynpro
14 4 (0.44%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 49 (5.34%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.62%) Data Integration
3 22 (2.40%) Management Information System
4 17 (1.85%) Mobile App
5 15 (1.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 14 (1.53%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 13 (1.42%) Derivative
7 13 (1.42%) User Experience
8 12 (1.31%) Virtual Team
9 11 (1.20%) Equities
10 8 (0.87%) AS400
10 8 (0.87%) Smart Meter
11 7 (0.76%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.65%) Computer Science
12 6 (0.65%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.65%) Performance Metrics
12 6 (0.65%) SWIFT
13 5 (0.55%) Data Centre
13 5 (0.55%) iPad
14 4 (0.44%) IBM XIV
Operating Systems
1 115 (12.54%) Unix
2 65 (7.09%) Linux
2 65 (7.09%) Windows
3 12 (1.31%) Android
4 8 (0.87%) Apple iOS
4 8 (0.87%) Windows Server
5 7 (0.76%) VME
5 7 (0.76%) Windows 10
6 6 (0.65%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (0.44%) AIX
7 4 (0.44%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 3 (0.33%) Embedded Linux
9 2 (0.22%) Fedora
10 1 (0.11%) Solaris
10 1 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (35.99%) Agile Software Development
2 226 (24.65%) User Acceptance Testing
3 201 (21.92%) Test Scripting
4 171 (18.65%) Test Management
5 122 (13.30%) Defect Management
6 119 (12.98%) Scrum
6 119 (12.98%) Waterfall
7 110 (12.00%) Test Automation
8 100 (10.91%) Integration Testing
9 95 (10.36%) Regression Testing
10 94 (10.25%) System Integration Testing
11 90 (9.81%) Software Testing
12 88 (9.60%) Stakeholder Management
13 85 (9.27%) Performance Testing
14 77 (8.40%) Automated Testing
14 77 (8.40%) Functional Testing
14 77 (8.40%) SDLC
15 75 (8.18%) System Testing
16 73 (7.96%) Migration
17 68 (7.42%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 196 (21.37%) SQL
2 134 (14.61%) Java
3 61 (6.65%) C#
4 53 (5.78%) C
5 35 (3.82%) Shell Script
6 29 (3.16%) Perl
7 27 (2.94%) PL/SQL
8 24 (2.62%) JavaScript
9 23 (2.51%) C++
10 17 (1.85%) Ruby
11 12 (1.31%) Python
12 11 (1.20%) F#
12 11 (1.20%) Tcl
13 10 (1.09%) VB
14 9 (0.98%) Bash Shell
15 7 (0.76%) VBScript
16 6 (0.65%) PHP
17 4 (0.44%) ABAP
17 4 (0.44%) COBOL
17 4 (0.44%) Scala
Qualifications
1 135 (14.72%) Security Cleared
2 115 (12.54%) ISTQB
3 114 (12.43%) ISEB
4 87 (9.49%) SC Cleared
5 55 (6.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 50 (5.45%) Degree
7 31 (3.38%) DV Cleared
8 19 (2.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 16 (1.74%) PMI Certification
9 16 (1.74%) PMP
10 14 (1.53%) BPSS Clearance
10 14 (1.53%) ISEB Practitioner
11 4 (0.44%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.33%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.22%) MCP
13 2 (0.22%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.22%) OCP
13 2 (0.22%) Oracle Certification
13 2 (0.22%) SAP Certification
14 1 (0.11%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (15.49%) QA
2 9 (0.98%) SLA
3 8 (0.87%) COBIT
3 8 (0.87%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 5 (0.55%) Disclosure Scotland
4 5 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.44%) JSP 440
5 4 (0.44%) WCAG
6 3 (0.33%) Data Quality
6 3 (0.33%) GxP
6 3 (0.33%) MiFID
6 3 (0.33%) SDET
7 2 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.22%) EMIR
7 2 (0.22%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.11%) ISO 14001
8 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 11 (1.20%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.65%) Hyper-V
3 5 (0.55%) Docker
4 4 (0.44%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 4 (0.44%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.33%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.22%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 94 (10.25%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.20%) BMC PATROL
3 10 (1.09%) Kibana
3 10 (1.09%) logstash
3 10 (1.09%) OPNET
3 10 (1.09%) SCOM
4 6 (0.65%) HP SiteScope
5 4 (0.44%) Puppet
6 3 (0.33%) Opsview
7 2 (0.22%) Amdocs OSS
7 2 (0.22%) Cisco IPCC
7 2 (0.22%) Oozie
8 1 (0.11%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.11%) Cisco UCCE
8 1 (0.11%) Grafana
8 1 (0.11%) Graphite
8 1 (0.11%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.11%) Nagios
8 1 (0.11%) NSN NetAct
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 146 (15.92%) Oracle
2 75 (8.18%) HP
3 70 (7.63%) Informatica
4 62 (6.76%) Microsoft
5 51 (5.56%) SAP
6 47 (5.13%) Pega
7 26 (2.84%) webMethods
8 24 (2.62%) Cloudera
9 16 (1.74%) IBM
10 11 (1.20%) BMC
10 11 (1.20%) Google
11 9 (0.98%) Digital Fuel
11 9 (0.98%) VMware
12 8 (0.87%) ServiceNow
13 7 (0.76%) Adobe
13 7 (0.76%) Red Hat
13 7 (0.76%) Sybase
13 7 (0.76%) WSO2
14 6 (0.65%) EMC
15 5 (0.55%) Citrix
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