The first table below looks at the demand 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 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the England region.

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
28 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 236 269 227
Rank change year-on-year
+33 -42
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 409 327 444
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.83% 0.70% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 0.96% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 219 175 285
Average daily rate
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£375 £425 £423
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +0.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £297 £271
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 2
Average hourly rate £36.00 £41.50 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.25% +46.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.53 £35.00 £20.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.50 £48.80 £35.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.78 £38.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-12.83% +103.94%
Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
36743 34175 37676
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.41% 73.35% 71.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 23166 21189 22136
Average daily rate £408 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.21% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1090 995 1360
Average hourly rate £23.63 £32.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.15% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.44 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.20 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
Test Strategy
UK

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 28 July 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 28 July 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 28 July 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 +33 178 £410 -13.68% 29
South East -14 82 £325 -23.52% 28
South West -12 37 £356 -8.65% 14
East of England -9 32 £375 +7.14% 3
Yorkshire +9 22 £275 -16.66% 10
East Midlands -3 15 £400 +45.19% 2
West Midlands -16 15 £315 -13.40% 5
North West -12 10 £350 -12.50% 8
North East -11 7 £375 - 2
Midlands - - - - 1
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 28 July 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.

1 295 (31.62%) Test Scripting
2 286 (30.65%) User Acceptance Testing
3 217 (23.26%) Finance
4 197 (21.11%) Test Management
5 175 (18.76%) ISEB
6 174 (18.65%) QA
7 166 (17.79%) SQL
8 160 (17.15%) ISTQB
9 141 (15.11%) Security Cleared
10 139 (14.90%) Test Automation
11 130 (13.93%) Oracle
12 128 (13.72%) HP Quality Center
13 125 (13.40%) Software Testing
14 123 (13.18%) SC Cleared
15 122 (13.08%) Agile Software Development
16 119 (12.75%) HP
17 105 (11.25%) Windows
18 99 (10.61%) .NET
18 99 (10.61%) Performance Testing
19 97 (10.40%) Microsoft
20 88 (9.43%) Banking
21 86 (9.22%) Project Management
21 86 (9.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
22 84 (9.00%) Stakeholder Management
23 83 (8.90%) UNIX
24 82 (8.79%) Java
25 80 (8.57%) Integration Testing
26 74 (7.93%) Selenium
27 72 (7.72%) Web Services
28 70 (7.50%) Scrum

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 28 July 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 23 (2.47%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.61%) WebLogic
3 12 (1.29%) MS Exchange
3 12 (1.29%) SAS
4 8 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
4 8 (0.86%) Tomcat
4 8 (0.86%) WebSphere
5 7 (0.75%) IIS
5 7 (0.75%) IBM Notes
6 4 (0.43%) Oracle Workflow
7 3 (0.32%) Node.js
8 2 (0.21%) Adobe CQ
8 2 (0.21%) Lync
8 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.21%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.21%) TPMS
8 2 (0.21%) CMS
8 2 (0.21%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
9 1 (0.11%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.11%) Confluence
Applications
1 44 (4.72%) MS Excel
2 32 (3.43%) MS Office
3 22 (2.36%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.93%) MS Project
5 9 (0.96%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (0.86%) MS PowerPoint
7 2 (0.21%) Final Cut Pro
7 2 (0.21%) Stata
Business Applications
1 31 (3.32%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.29%) Maximo
3 9 (0.96%) Agresso
4 8 (0.86%) Dynamics GP
5 6 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
6 5 (0.54%) SAP ERP
6 5 (0.54%) BASE24
7 4 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 3 (0.32%) Oracle Retail
8 3 (0.32%) IntelliMatch
8 3 (0.32%) SAP CRM
8 3 (0.32%) SAP FI
9 2 (0.21%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.21%) Summit
9 2 (0.21%) SAP CO
9 2 (0.21%) SAP PM
9 2 (0.21%) Temenos T24
9 2 (0.21%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 7 (0.75%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (4.93%) TCP/IP
2 33 (3.54%) HTTPS
3 28 (3.00%) LAN
4 25 (2.68%) WAN
5 23 (2.47%) SSL
5 23 (2.47%) HTTP
6 22 (2.36%) DNS
7 18 (1.93%) Internet
7 18 (1.93%) Wireshark
8 14 (1.50%) Firewall
9 9 (0.96%) VLAN
9 9 (0.96%) LTE
9 9 (0.96%) MPLS
9 9 (0.96%) Ethernet
10 8 (0.86%) LDAP
11 6 (0.64%) SIGTRAN
11 6 (0.64%) GGSN
11 6 (0.64%) SGSN
12 5 (0.54%) IPsec
12 5 (0.54%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 52 (5.57%) SQL Server
2 46 (4.93%) Data Warehouse
3 28 (3.00%) Oracle Database
4 25 (2.68%) Oracle Reports
5 16 (1.71%) Relational Database
5 16 (1.71%) Big Data
6 15 (1.61%) SQL Server 2008
7 12 (1.29%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 12 (1.29%) Oracle Database 11g
8 10 (1.07%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 10 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (0.75%) Hadoop
10 6 (0.64%) Base SAS
11 5 (0.54%) Star Schema
11 5 (0.54%) SAP BI
11 5 (0.54%) MySQL
12 4 (0.43%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 4 (0.43%) SAS Data Integration Studio
13 3 (0.32%) SQL Server 2012
13 3 (0.32%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 74 (7.93%) Selenium
2 59 (6.32%) LoadRunner
3 53 (5.68%) QuickTest Pro
4 44 (4.72%) JIRA
4 44 (4.72%) Cucumber
5 38 (4.07%) SoapUI
6 32 (3.43%) Team Foundation Server
7 29 (3.11%) JUnit
8 28 (3.00%) JMeter
9 25 (2.68%) Visual Studio
9 25 (2.68%) SpecFlow
10 23 (2.47%) Jenkins
10 23 (2.47%) FitNesse
11 14 (1.50%) WebDriver
12 13 (1.39%) Maven
13 10 (1.07%) TestDirector
14 7 (0.75%) TestNG
14 7 (0.75%) Oracle APEX
15 6 (0.64%) Git (software)
15 6 (0.64%) Toad
General
1 217 (23.26%) Finance
2 88 (9.43%) Banking
3 37 (3.97%) Investment Banking
4 35 (3.75%) Retail
5 33 (3.54%) Telecoms
6 17 (1.82%) Back Office
7 16 (1.71%) Billing
8 14 (1.50%) Front Office
8 14 (1.50%) General Ledger
9 11 (1.18%) Publishing
10 10 (1.07%) Marketing
11 8 (0.86%) Games
12 7 (0.75%) Manufacturing
12 7 (0.75%) Electronics
13 6 (0.64%) Local Government
14 5 (0.54%) Retail Banking
14 5 (0.54%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.54%) Automotive
15 4 (0.43%) Legal
16 3 (0.32%) Military
Job Titles
1 286 (30.65%) Test Manager
2 260 (27.87%) Analyst
3 177 (18.97%) Test Analyst
4 132 (14.15%) Test Leader
5 107 (11.47%) Tester
6 67 (7.18%) Business Analyst
7 40 (4.29%) Test Engineer
8 27 (2.89%) Consultant
9 24 (2.57%) Senior Analyst
10 22 (2.36%) Senior Test Analyst
10 22 (2.36%) Architect
10 22 (2.36%) Project Manager
11 21 (2.25%) Developer
11 21 (2.25%) SAP Manager
12 19 (2.04%) SAP Test Manager
12 19 (2.04%) Test Consultant
13 17 (1.82%) QA Tester
13 17 (1.82%) Programme Manager
14 16 (1.71%) QA Analyst
15 15 (1.61%) Performance Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (10.61%) .NET
2 72 (7.72%) Web Services
3 43 (4.61%) HTML
4 35 (3.75%) XML
5 32 (3.43%) ASP.NET
6 28 (3.00%) JSP
7 23 (2.47%) SOAP
8 14 (1.50%) Gherkin
9 12 (1.29%) J2EE
9 12 (1.29%) Middleware
10 7 (0.75%) CSS
10 7 (0.75%) REST
11 6 (0.64%) HTML5
11 6 (0.64%) RESTful
12 5 (0.54%) XSLT
13 4 (0.43%) JSF
13 4 (0.43%) .NET Framework
14 3 (0.32%) JSON
14 3 (0.32%) MDX
14 3 (0.32%) J2SE
Miscellaneous
1 25 (2.68%) Computer Science
1 25 (2.68%) Open Source
2 23 (2.47%) NHS
3 18 (1.93%) Credit Risk
4 16 (1.71%) Derivative
5 15 (1.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 14 (1.50%) Management Information System
7 13 (1.39%) GIS
8 12 (1.29%) Mathematics
9 11 (1.18%) Statistics
9 11 (1.18%) Mobile App
10 10 (1.07%) Client/Server
11 9 (0.96%) Equities
12 8 (0.86%) CMDB
13 7 (0.75%) Blackberry
14 6 (0.64%) Fixed Income
14 6 (0.64%) PACS
14 6 (0.64%) Credit Derivative
14 6 (0.64%) Data Integration
15 5 (0.54%) Fat Client
Operating Systems
1 105 (11.25%) Windows
2 83 (8.90%) UNIX
3 54 (5.79%) Linux
4 40 (4.29%) Windows Server 2003
5 37 (3.97%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (3.11%) Windows 2000
6 29 (3.11%) Windows XP
7 25 (2.68%) Windows 7
8 15 (1.61%) Apple iOS
8 15 (1.61%) Android
9 13 (1.39%) Windows Server 2012
10 10 (1.07%) Solaris
11 6 (0.64%) AIX
12 4 (0.43%) VMS
12 4 (0.43%) Windows NT
13 3 (0.32%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.21%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 295 (31.62%) Test Scripting
2 286 (30.65%) User Acceptance Testing
3 197 (21.11%) Test Management
4 139 (14.90%) Test Automation
5 125 (13.40%) Software Testing
6 122 (13.08%) Agile Software Development
7 99 (10.61%) Performance Testing
8 86 (9.22%) Project Management
9 84 (9.00%) Stakeholder Management
10 80 (8.57%) Integration Testing
11 70 (7.50%) Scrum
12 66 (7.07%) Automated Testing
13 62 (6.65%) Validation
14 60 (6.43%) TDD
15 53 (5.68%) Migration
16 51 (5.47%) Business Intelligence
17 47 (5.04%) PRINCE2
18 46 (4.93%) Regression Testing
19 45 (4.82%) Use Case
19 45 (4.82%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 166 (17.79%) SQL
2 82 (8.79%) Java
3 40 (4.29%) C#
4 38 (4.07%) JavaScript
5 21 (2.25%) C
5 21 (2.25%) Ruby
6 20 (2.14%) VBA
7 13 (1.39%) Shell Script
8 12 (1.29%) VB
9 11 (1.18%) VBScript
9 11 (1.18%) Python
10 10 (1.07%) PowerShell
11 9 (0.96%) Perl
11 9 (0.96%) PHP
12 7 (0.75%) T-SQL
13 6 (0.64%) Bash Shell
14 5 (0.54%) PL/SQL
15 4 (0.43%) RPG
15 4 (0.43%) C++
15 4 (0.43%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 175 (18.76%) ISEB
2 160 (17.15%) ISTQB
3 141 (15.11%) Security Cleared
4 123 (13.18%) SC Cleared
5 86 (9.22%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 66 (7.07%) Degree
7 29 (3.11%) ISEB Practitioner
8 24 (2.57%) DV Cleared
9 21 (2.25%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 20 (2.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 14 (1.50%) MOS
12 7 (0.75%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.75%) CISSP
13 6 (0.64%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 5 (0.54%) BC Cleared
15 4 (0.43%) APMP
15 4 (0.43%) CRISC
15 4 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 4 (0.43%) CCNA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 174 (18.65%) QA
2 10 (1.07%) SLA
3 7 (0.75%) Basel III
4 4 (0.43%) Solvency II
4 4 (0.43%) Basel II
5 3 (0.32%) EMIR
5 3 (0.32%) Dodd-Frank
5 3 (0.32%) GxP
6 2 (0.21%) COREP
6 2 (0.21%) COBIT
7 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
System Software
1 21 (2.25%) Nmap
2 18 (1.93%) Active Directory
3 17 (1.82%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.96%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (0.64%) Terminal Server
6 4 (0.43%) VMware ESX
6 4 (0.43%) HDFS
7 3 (0.32%) RACF
7 3 (0.32%) Hyper-V
8 2 (0.21%) XenApp
8 2 (0.21%) vSphere
8 2 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 128 (13.72%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (2.25%) Nessus
3 12 (1.29%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.64%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.54%) SCCM
6 4 (0.43%) OpenView
7 3 (0.32%) Puppet
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 3 (0.32%) Vagrant
8 1 (0.11%) Cisco CUCM
8 1 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.11%) Control-M
Vendors
1 130 (13.93%) Oracle
2 119 (12.75%) HP
3 97 (10.40%) Microsoft
4 66 (7.07%) SAP
5 21 (2.25%) VMware
6 20 (2.14%) Cisco
7 18 (1.93%) Citrix
8 17 (1.82%) IBM
9 16 (1.71%) Informatica
10 8 (0.86%) Avaya
10 8 (0.86%) Nortel
10 8 (0.86%) SolarWinds
10 8 (0.86%) Salesforce.com
11 7 (0.75%) CheckPoint
11 7 (0.75%) ESRI
11 7 (0.75%) BMC
11 7 (0.75%) Lotus
12 6 (0.64%) JD Edwards
12 6 (0.64%) Remedy
13 5 (0.54%) Splunk
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: market rates
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £1 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Guildford, Surrey
LA International
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
University of Leeds
Rate: From £38,511 to £45,854 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South East England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Warwickshire
Talent International
Rate: £320.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bristol
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
North East England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £550.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Burnley
Kainos
Posted: 23 days ago
Milton Keynes
Pertemps ERP
Rate: £400 - 450 per day all inclusive
Posted: 27 days ago