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 18 September 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 270 249 208
Rank change year-on-year
-21 -41
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 381 375 493
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.73% 0.79% 0.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.98% 1.06% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 232 319
Average daily rate
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£375 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £290 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £574 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-10.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 3
Average hourly rate £31.56 £53.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.46% +41.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.52 £37.00 £37.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.37 £82.60 £69.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £53.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-40.46% -7.42%
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
38886 35393 38358
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.51% 74.47% 72.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 24707 22275 22626
Average daily rate £413 £402 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.61% +0.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1095 1010 1412
Average hourly rate £23.50 £28.50 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-17.54% -9.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 18 September 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
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 18 September 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 -22 176 £425 -10.52% 20
South East +15 83 £325 -23.52% 15
Yorkshire +18 23 £275 -22.80% 8
East of England -21 22 £338 +18.42% 10
South West -37 19 £350 -9.67% 7
West Midlands -13 18 £351 +11.47% 2
North West -19 14 £385 +0.65% 8
East Midlands +2 12 £488 +82.07% 1
North East -31 9 £375 -
Midlands - 1 - - 1
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 18 September 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.

1 241 (29.21%) Test Scripting
2 240 (29.09%) User Acceptance Testing
3 225 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
4 199 (24.12%) Finance
5 178 (21.58%) Test Management
6 161 (19.52%) QA
7 150 (18.18%) SQL
8 136 (16.48%) ISEB
8 136 (16.48%) ISTQB
9 130 (15.76%) Oracle
10 118 (14.30%) HP Quality Center
11 117 (14.18%) HP
12 115 (13.94%) Security Cleared
13 108 (13.09%) Test Automation
14 106 (12.85%) Software Testing
15 98 (11.88%) Microsoft
16 93 (11.27%) SC Cleared
16 93 (11.27%) Banking
17 88 (10.67%) .NET
18 82 (9.94%) UNIX
18 82 (9.94%) Windows
19 81 (9.82%) Performance Testing
20 79 (9.58%) Java
20 79 (9.58%) Regression Testing
20 79 (9.58%) Project Management
21 75 (9.09%) Scrum
21 75 (9.09%) Integration Testing
21 75 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
22 70 (8.48%) Test Planning
23 67 (8.12%) Stakeholder Management

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 18 September 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 18 (2.18%) WebLogic
2 16 (1.94%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.58%) SAS
4 10 (1.21%) Tomcat
4 10 (1.21%) Oracle Workflow
5 7 (0.85%) WebSphere
5 7 (0.85%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (0.85%) IIS
6 3 (0.36%) CMS
7 2 (0.24%) IBM Notes
7 2 (0.24%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.24%) Confluence
7 2 (0.24%) Adobe CQ
8 1 (0.12%) Oracle Coherence
8 1 (0.12%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 46 (5.58%) MS Excel
2 33 (4.00%) MS Office
3 26 (3.15%) MS Visio
4 22 (2.67%) MS Project
5 10 (1.21%) MS PowerPoint
6 9 (1.09%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.36%) Final Cut Pro
8 1 (0.12%) Stata
Business Applications
1 30 (3.64%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.97%) Agresso
3 7 (0.85%) Oracle Retail
4 6 (0.73%) Remedy ITSM
5 5 (0.61%) SAP ERP
5 5 (0.61%) BASE24
6 4 (0.48%) Maximo
6 4 (0.48%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.48%) Dynamics AX
6 4 (0.48%) Dynamics GP
7 3 (0.36%) IntelliMatch
7 3 (0.36%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.36%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.24%) Cognos TM1
8 2 (0.24%) SAP Retail
8 2 (0.24%) Summit
8 2 (0.24%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.24%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 2 (0.24%) Temenos T24
9 1 (0.12%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.58%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.36%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.12%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (4.97%) TCP/IP
2 29 (3.52%) HTTPS
3 23 (2.79%) Internet
3 23 (2.79%) Wireshark
4 22 (2.67%) HTTP
5 19 (2.30%) SSL
6 16 (1.94%) DNS
7 10 (1.21%) LAN
8 9 (1.09%) Firewall
8 9 (1.09%) LTE
9 7 (0.85%) WAN
10 6 (0.73%) LDAP
11 5 (0.61%) 3GPP
11 5 (0.61%) VPN
11 5 (0.61%) IPsec
11 5 (0.61%) VLAN
11 5 (0.61%) SIGTRAN
11 5 (0.61%) GGSN
11 5 (0.61%) SGSN
11 5 (0.61%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (4.36%) SQL Server
1 36 (4.36%) Data Warehouse
2 29 (3.52%) Oracle Reports
3 23 (2.79%) Oracle Database
4 11 (1.33%) Big Data
5 10 (1.21%) Relational Database
5 10 (1.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 10 (1.21%) Oracle Database 11g
6 9 (1.09%) Base SAS
6 9 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 8 (0.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 7 (0.85%) SQL Server 2008
9 6 (0.73%) SQL Navigator
10 5 (0.61%) MySQL
10 5 (0.61%) OLAP
10 5 (0.61%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.61%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 4 (0.48%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.48%) SAP BW
12 3 (0.36%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 58 (7.03%) LoadRunner
2 54 (6.55%) Selenium
3 49 (5.94%) QuickTest Pro
4 35 (4.24%) JIRA
5 31 (3.76%) SoapUI
6 29 (3.52%) Cucumber
7 27 (3.27%) Team Foundation Server
8 24 (2.91%) JMeter
9 22 (2.67%) SpecFlow
10 20 (2.42%) JUnit
11 18 (2.18%) Visual Studio
12 15 (1.82%) Jenkins
13 14 (1.70%) WebDriver
13 14 (1.70%) FitNesse
14 13 (1.58%) TestDirector
15 12 (1.45%) Facilita Forecast
16 9 (1.09%) Rational DOORS
16 9 (1.09%) Git (software)
17 8 (0.97%) Toad
17 8 (0.97%) ClearCase
General
1 199 (24.12%) Finance
2 93 (11.27%) Banking
3 45 (5.45%) Investment Banking
4 41 (4.97%) Retail
5 28 (3.39%) Telecoms
6 24 (2.91%) Front Office
7 13 (1.58%) Billing
8 11 (1.33%) Marketing
8 11 (1.33%) Back Office
9 10 (1.21%) Automotive
9 10 (1.21%) Manufacturing
10 9 (1.09%) General Ledger
11 8 (0.97%) Electronics
12 7 (0.85%) Games
13 6 (0.73%) Publishing
13 6 (0.73%) Local Government
13 6 (0.73%) Financial Institution
14 4 (0.48%) Legal
14 4 (0.48%) Retail Banking
15 3 (0.36%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 244 (29.58%) Test Manager
2 226 (27.39%) Analyst
3 144 (17.45%) Test Analyst
4 94 (11.39%) Test Leader
5 89 (10.79%) Tester
6 58 (7.03%) Business Analyst
7 55 (6.67%) Test Engineer
8 39 (4.73%) Developer
9 25 (3.03%) Project Manager
10 21 (2.55%) Senior Analyst
11 19 (2.30%) Programme Manager
12 18 (2.18%) Senior Test Analyst
13 17 (2.06%) Consultant
13 17 (2.06%) Performance Engineer
13 17 (2.06%) QA Analyst
13 17 (2.06%) SAP Manager
13 17 (2.06%) Programme Test Manager
14 16 (1.94%) SAP Test Manager
14 16 (1.94%) QA Tester
15 15 (1.82%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 88 (10.67%) .NET
2 62 (7.52%) Web Services
3 52 (6.30%) HTML
4 30 (3.64%) ASP.NET
5 29 (3.52%) XML
6 26 (3.15%) JSP
7 24 (2.91%) SOAP
8 19 (2.30%) RESTful
9 15 (1.82%) HTML5
10 14 (1.70%) Gherkin
11 12 (1.45%) J2EE
12 11 (1.33%) Middleware
13 8 (0.97%) CSS
14 7 (0.85%) jQuery
14 7 (0.85%) REST
15 6 (0.73%) JSON
16 5 (0.61%) J2SE
16 5 (0.61%) SAP PI
17 4 (0.48%) XSLT
17 4 (0.48%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 75 (9.09%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.91%) Derivative
3 20 (2.42%) User Experience
3 20 (2.42%) Open Source
4 17 (2.06%) Computer Science
5 15 (1.82%) Equities
5 15 (1.82%) Credit Risk
6 14 (1.70%) Client/Server
7 13 (1.58%) NHS
8 12 (1.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 12 (1.45%) Credit Derivative
9 10 (1.21%) GIS
9 10 (1.21%) Management Information System
9 10 (1.21%) Fixed Income
9 10 (1.21%) Mathematics
10 8 (0.97%) Mobile App
10 8 (0.97%) CMDB
11 7 (0.85%) Statistics
11 7 (0.85%) DTV
12 6 (0.73%) APACS
Operating Systems
1 82 (9.94%) UNIX
1 82 (9.94%) Windows
2 50 (6.06%) Linux
3 32 (3.88%) Windows Server 2003
4 28 (3.39%) Windows Server 2008
5 25 (3.03%) Windows XP
5 25 (3.03%) Windows 2000
6 17 (2.06%) Windows 7
7 12 (1.45%) Apple iOS
7 12 (1.45%) Solaris
7 12 (1.45%) Android
8 9 (1.09%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (0.73%) AIX
10 5 (0.61%) Oracle Linux
11 4 (0.48%) Windows NT
12 1 (0.12%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 241 (29.21%) Test Scripting
2 240 (29.09%) User Acceptance Testing
3 225 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
4 178 (21.58%) Test Management
5 108 (13.09%) Test Automation
6 106 (12.85%) Software Testing
7 81 (9.82%) Performance Testing
8 79 (9.58%) Project Management
8 79 (9.58%) Regression Testing
9 75 (9.09%) Scrum
9 75 (9.09%) Integration Testing
10 70 (8.48%) Test Planning
11 67 (8.12%) Stakeholder Management
12 63 (7.64%) Validation
13 62 (7.52%) Migration
14 60 (7.27%) Automated Testing
15 53 (6.42%) TDD
16 47 (5.70%) Business Intelligence
17 46 (5.58%) ETL
18 44 (5.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 150 (18.18%) SQL
2 79 (9.58%) Java
3 46 (5.58%) JavaScript
4 27 (3.27%) C#
5 23 (2.79%) C
6 22 (2.67%) Ruby
7 20 (2.42%) VBA
8 18 (2.18%) Scala
9 12 (1.45%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.21%) Python
10 10 (1.21%) Perl
10 10 (1.21%) PHP
11 9 (1.09%) VB
12 7 (0.85%) PowerShell
12 7 (0.85%) PL/SQL
12 7 (0.85%) RPG
12 7 (0.85%) VBScript
13 6 (0.73%) C++
13 6 (0.73%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.48%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 136 (16.48%) ISEB
1 136 (16.48%) ISTQB
2 115 (13.94%) Security Cleared
3 93 (11.27%) SC Cleared
4 66 (8.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 65 (7.88%) Degree
6 21 (2.55%) ISEB Practitioner
7 20 (2.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 19 (2.30%) DV Cleared
9 15 (1.82%) MOS
10 11 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 8 (0.97%) CISSP
12 7 (0.85%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.85%) BC Cleared
13 6 (0.73%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 6 (0.73%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (0.61%) CCNA
15 4 (0.48%) CISA
15 4 (0.48%) CISM
15 4 (0.48%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (19.52%) QA
2 10 (1.21%) Basel III
3 8 (0.97%) SLA
4 5 (0.61%) EMIR
5 3 (0.36%) Dodd-Frank
5 3 (0.36%) GxP
6 2 (0.24%) COBIT
6 2 (0.24%) Solvency II
6 2 (0.24%) COREP
6 2 (0.24%) Basel II
6 2 (0.24%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 14443
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 7816
7 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
7 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 1 (0.12%) FATCA
System Software
1 20 (2.42%) Nmap
2 14 (1.70%) VMware Infrastructure
3 12 (1.45%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (0.73%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.36%) RACF
6 3 (0.36%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.36%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 118 (14.30%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (2.42%) Nessus
3 12 (1.45%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.73%) CORE IMPACT
4 6 (0.73%) Puppet
5 4 (0.48%) OpenView
5 4 (0.48%) Vagrant
6 3 (0.36%) SCCM
6 3 (0.36%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 2 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.24%) Ansible
8 1 (0.12%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.12%) Control-M
Vendors
1 130 (15.76%) Oracle
2 117 (14.18%) HP
3 98 (11.88%) Microsoft
4 55 (6.67%) SAP
5 15 (1.82%) VMware
6 14 (1.70%) IBM
7 11 (1.33%) Salesforce.com
8 10 (1.21%) Informatica
9 9 (1.09%) Cisco
10 8 (0.97%) SolarWinds
11 7 (0.85%) Citrix
11 7 (0.85%) ESRI
12 6 (0.73%) CheckPoint
12 6 (0.73%) BMC
12 6 (0.73%) Siebel
12 6 (0.73%) Splunk
12 6 (0.73%) Remedy
13 5 (0.61%) Atlassian
13 5 (0.61%) Adobe
13 5 (0.61%) Sun
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