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 27 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
27 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 256 245 204
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -41
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 392 373 503
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.78% 0.76% 0.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.04% 1.04% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 212 208 320
Average daily rate
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£375 £425 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +2.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £290 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £570 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £343 £375 £383
% change year-on-year
-8.66% -1.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 3
Average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.28% +17.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.52 £35.00 £22.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £78.90 £69.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £48.25
% change year-on-year
-28.28% -8.80%
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
37564 35968 38529
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.68% 73.76% 71.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 23690 22532 22798
Average daily rate £413 £405 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1063 991 1384
Average hourly rate £22.50 £30.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.00% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.75 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.00 £45.00
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 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 27 August 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 27 August 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 27 August 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 -11 178 £425 -12.82% 35
South East +2 81 £325 -23.52% 18
East of England -13 27 £359 -1.03% 13
Yorkshire +19 25 £275 -21.42% 5
South West -24 24 £350 -7.89% 7
West Midlands 0 21 £330 +8.28% 4
North West -12 15 £350 -10.25% 8
East Midlands -2 13 £425 +54.26% 2
North East -21 4 £368 - 3
Midlands +3 1 - - 1
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 August 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.

1 274 (31.24%) Test Scripting
2 261 (29.76%) User Acceptance Testing
3 215 (24.52%) Finance
4 189 (21.55%) Test Management
5 167 (19.04%) ISEB
6 166 (18.93%) SQL
7 164 (18.70%) QA
8 154 (17.56%) ISTQB
9 132 (15.05%) Oracle
10 126 (14.37%) Security Cleared
10 126 (14.37%) HP Quality Center
11 125 (14.25%) HP
12 123 (14.03%) Software Testing
13 119 (13.57%) Agile Software Development
14 116 (13.23%) Test Automation
15 106 (12.09%) SC Cleared
16 102 (11.63%) Microsoft
17 97 (11.06%) .NET
18 94 (10.72%) Windows
18 94 (10.72%) Banking
18 94 (10.72%) Performance Testing
19 85 (9.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
19 85 (9.69%) UNIX
19 85 (9.69%) Project Management
20 82 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
21 78 (8.89%) Regression Testing
22 77 (8.78%) Java
23 74 (8.44%) Web Services
23 74 (8.44%) Integration Testing
24 73 (8.32%) Scrum

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 August 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 19 (2.17%) SharePoint
2 18 (2.05%) WebLogic
3 12 (1.37%) SAS
4 10 (1.14%) Tomcat
5 9 (1.03%) Oracle Workflow
6 8 (0.91%) WebSphere
6 8 (0.91%) IIS
7 7 (0.80%) MS Exchange
8 6 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.46%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.34%) CMS
11 2 (0.23%) Confluence
11 2 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2010
11 2 (0.23%) Node.js
11 2 (0.23%) Adobe CQ
12 1 (0.11%) Oracle Coherence
12 1 (0.11%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 46 (5.25%) MS Excel
2 32 (3.65%) MS Office
3 24 (2.74%) MS Visio
4 21 (2.39%) MS Project
5 9 (1.03%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (0.91%) MS PowerPoint
7 3 (0.34%) Final Cut Pro
8 2 (0.23%) Stata
Business Applications
1 32 (3.65%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.91%) Dynamics GP
3 7 (0.80%) Agresso
4 6 (0.68%) Maximo
4 6 (0.68%) Remedy ITSM
5 5 (0.57%) Oracle Retail
5 5 (0.57%) SAP ERP
5 5 (0.57%) BASE24
6 4 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.46%) Dynamics AX
7 3 (0.34%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.34%) IntelliMatch
7 3 (0.34%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.23%) SAP FI/CO
8 2 (0.23%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.23%) Summit
8 2 (0.23%) SAP CO
8 2 (0.23%) SAP PM
8 2 (0.23%) Temenos T24
8 2 (0.23%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.37%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 45 (5.13%) TCP/IP
2 31 (3.53%) HTTPS
3 23 (2.62%) HTTP
3 23 (2.62%) Internet
4 21 (2.39%) Wireshark
5 20 (2.28%) SSL
6 17 (1.94%) DNS
7 15 (1.71%) LAN
8 12 (1.37%) WAN
9 10 (1.14%) Firewall
10 9 (1.03%) LTE
11 7 (0.80%) VLAN
12 6 (0.68%) LDAP
13 5 (0.57%) 3GPP
13 5 (0.57%) VPN
13 5 (0.57%) MPLS
13 5 (0.57%) IPsec
13 5 (0.57%) SIGTRAN
13 5 (0.57%) GGSN
13 5 (0.57%) SGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 46 (5.25%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.68%) Data Warehouse
3 26 (2.96%) Oracle Database
4 25 (2.85%) Oracle Reports
5 14 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (1.60%) Oracle Database 11g
6 13 (1.48%) Big Data
6 13 (1.48%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 12 (1.37%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 11 (1.25%) SQL Server 2008
9 10 (1.14%) Relational Database
10 8 (0.91%) Base SAS
11 6 (0.68%) SQL Navigator
12 5 (0.57%) Star Schema
12 5 (0.57%) MySQL
12 5 (0.57%) OLAP
12 5 (0.57%) SQL Server 2012
13 4 (0.46%) Hadoop
13 4 (0.46%) SAS Enterprise Guide
13 4 (0.46%) DB2
Development Applications
1 58 (6.61%) Selenium
2 53 (6.04%) LoadRunner
3 50 (5.70%) QuickTest Pro
4 38 (4.33%) Cucumber
5 37 (4.22%) JIRA
6 34 (3.88%) Team Foundation Server
7 29 (3.31%) SoapUI
8 24 (2.74%) JMeter
9 23 (2.62%) SpecFlow
10 19 (2.17%) Visual Studio
11 18 (2.05%) JUnit
12 16 (1.82%) Jenkins
13 15 (1.71%) WebDriver
13 15 (1.71%) FitNesse
14 13 (1.48%) TestDirector
15 9 (1.03%) Git (software)
16 8 (0.91%) Toad
16 8 (0.91%) Maven
17 7 (0.80%) Oracle APEX
18 6 (0.68%) Rational DOORS
General
1 215 (24.52%) Finance
2 94 (10.72%) Banking
3 42 (4.79%) Investment Banking
4 41 (4.68%) Retail
5 29 (3.31%) Telecoms
6 20 (2.28%) Front Office
6 20 (2.28%) Back Office
7 17 (1.94%) Billing
8 11 (1.25%) Marketing
9 10 (1.14%) General Ledger
10 9 (1.03%) Publishing
10 9 (1.03%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.91%) Automotive
12 7 (0.80%) Electronics
13 6 (0.68%) Financial Institution
13 6 (0.68%) Local Government
14 5 (0.57%) Games
15 4 (0.46%) Retail Banking
15 4 (0.46%) Legal
16 3 (0.34%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 257 (29.30%) Test Manager
2 246 (28.05%) Analyst
3 162 (18.47%) Test Analyst
4 116 (13.23%) Test Leader
5 100 (11.40%) Tester
6 65 (7.41%) Business Analyst
7 47 (5.36%) Test Engineer
8 33 (3.76%) Developer
9 25 (2.85%) Project Manager
10 22 (2.51%) Consultant
10 22 (2.51%) Senior Analyst
11 19 (2.17%) Senior Test Analyst
11 19 (2.17%) SAP Manager
12 18 (2.05%) SAP Test Manager
13 17 (1.94%) Programme Manager
13 17 (1.94%) QA Analyst
14 16 (1.82%) QA Tester
15 15 (1.71%) Architect
15 15 (1.71%) Programme Test Manager
16 13 (1.48%) Performance Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 97 (11.06%) .NET
2 74 (8.44%) Web Services
3 49 (5.59%) HTML
4 34 (3.88%) XML
5 33 (3.76%) ASP.NET
6 29 (3.31%) JSP
7 24 (2.74%) SOAP
8 16 (1.82%) Gherkin
9 13 (1.48%) RESTful
10 12 (1.37%) J2EE
11 10 (1.14%) Middleware
12 9 (1.03%) HTML5
13 8 (0.91%) CSS
14 7 (0.80%) REST
15 5 (0.57%) XSLT
15 5 (0.57%) J2SE
15 5 (0.57%) JSON
16 4 (0.46%) jQuery
16 4 (0.46%) .NET Framework
17 3 (0.34%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 26 (2.96%) Open Source
2 24 (2.74%) Computer Science
3 23 (2.62%) Derivative
4 18 (2.05%) NHS
5 17 (1.94%) Credit Risk
6 15 (1.71%) Management Information System
7 14 (1.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 14 (1.60%) Equities
8 13 (1.48%) Client/Server
9 12 (1.37%) Mathematics
10 11 (1.25%) GIS
10 11 (1.25%) Credit Derivative
11 10 (1.14%) Statistics
11 10 (1.14%) Fixed Income
12 8 (0.91%) CMDB
12 8 (0.91%) Mobile App
13 7 (0.80%) DTV
14 5 (0.57%) Mainframe
14 5 (0.57%) APACS
14 5 (0.57%) Clustering
Operating Systems
1 94 (10.72%) Windows
2 85 (9.69%) UNIX
3 51 (5.82%) Linux
4 39 (4.45%) Windows Server 2003
5 35 (3.99%) Windows Server 2008
6 30 (3.42%) Windows 2000
6 30 (3.42%) Windows XP
7 21 (2.39%) Windows 7
8 12 (1.37%) Apple iOS
8 12 (1.37%) Android
8 12 (1.37%) Solaris
9 10 (1.14%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.68%) AIX
11 5 (0.57%) Oracle Linux
12 4 (0.46%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.11%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 274 (31.24%) Test Scripting
2 261 (29.76%) User Acceptance Testing
3 189 (21.55%) Test Management
4 123 (14.03%) Software Testing
5 119 (13.57%) Agile Software Development
6 116 (13.23%) Test Automation
7 94 (10.72%) Performance Testing
8 85 (9.69%) Project Management
9 82 (9.35%) Stakeholder Management
10 78 (8.89%) Regression Testing
11 74 (8.44%) Integration Testing
12 73 (8.32%) Scrum
13 65 (7.41%) Validation
14 61 (6.96%) Automated Testing
15 57 (6.50%) TDD
16 56 (6.39%) Migration
17 52 (5.93%) Business Intelligence
18 50 (5.70%) Waterfall
19 45 (5.13%) Use Case
20 43 (4.90%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 166 (18.93%) SQL
2 77 (8.78%) Java
3 44 (5.02%) JavaScript
4 33 (3.76%) C#
5 24 (2.74%) Ruby
6 21 (2.39%) C
6 21 (2.39%) VBA
7 12 (1.37%) Shell Script
8 11 (1.25%) VBScript
8 11 (1.25%) VB
8 11 (1.25%) Python
8 11 (1.25%) Perl
8 11 (1.25%) PHP
8 11 (1.25%) Scala
9 10 (1.14%) PowerShell
10 7 (0.80%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.68%) RPG
11 6 (0.68%) T-SQL
11 6 (0.68%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.46%) C++
Qualifications
1 167 (19.04%) ISEB
2 154 (17.56%) ISTQB
3 126 (14.37%) Security Cleared
4 106 (12.09%) SC Cleared
5 85 (9.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 68 (7.75%) Degree
7 29 (3.31%) ISEB Practitioner
8 22 (2.51%) DV Cleared
9 21 (2.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 14 (1.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 14 (1.60%) MOS
11 8 (0.91%) CISSP
12 7 (0.80%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (0.68%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (0.68%) BC Cleared
13 6 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 5 (0.57%) CCNA
15 4 (0.46%) CISA
15 4 (0.46%) CISM
15 4 (0.46%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 164 (18.70%) QA
2 10 (1.14%) Basel III
3 9 (1.03%) SLA
4 4 (0.46%) Basel II
4 4 (0.46%) EMIR
4 4 (0.46%) Dodd-Frank
5 3 (0.34%) Solvency II
5 3 (0.34%) GxP
6 2 (0.23%) COBIT
6 2 (0.23%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.23%) COREP
7 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 14443
7 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 7816
7 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 21 (2.39%) Nmap
2 15 (1.71%) Active Directory
3 14 (1.60%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (1.03%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (0.68%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.34%) RACF
6 3 (0.34%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.34%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 126 (14.37%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (2.39%) Nessus
3 13 (1.48%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.68%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.57%) Puppet
6 4 (0.46%) OpenView
6 4 (0.46%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.34%) SCCM
7 3 (0.34%) Oracle Identity Manager
8 1 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.11%) Control-M
8 1 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.11%) Ansible
Vendors
1 132 (15.05%) Oracle
2 125 (14.25%) HP
3 102 (11.63%) Microsoft
4 62 (7.07%) SAP
5 17 (1.94%) IBM
6 15 (1.71%) VMware
7 13 (1.48%) Cisco
8 9 (1.03%) Citrix
8 9 (1.03%) Informatica
9 8 (0.91%) Salesforce.com
9 8 (0.91%) SolarWinds
10 7 (0.80%) ESRI
11 6 (0.68%) CheckPoint
11 6 (0.68%) Remedy
11 6 (0.68%) Splunk
11 6 (0.68%) BMC
12 5 (0.57%) Siebel
12 5 (0.57%) Adobe
12 5 (0.57%) Sun
12 5 (0.57%) JD Edwards
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