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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 225 259 253
Rank change year-on-year
+34 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 488 406 381
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 1.03% 0.86% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.27% 1.11% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 287 242 211
Average daily rate £450 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £273 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+11.84% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 1
Average hourly rate £60.00 £38.50 £70.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.84% -45.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £38.50 -
% change year-on-year
+55.84% -
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
38418 36663 34938
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 81.41% 77.86% 77.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 25454 23704 21566
Average daily rate £430 £425 £401
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.17% +5.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £285 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1094 997 1101
Average hourly rate £37.50 £26.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+41.50% -3.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.72 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 10 February 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
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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +5 180 £475 +7.95% 40
South East +19 92 £356 -0.69% 13
West Midlands +31 73 £455 +13.75% 8
North West +1 47 £475 +80.95% 5
Yorkshire -7 30 £485 +76.36% 9
East of England 0 20 £450 +20.00% 4
South West -1 19 £438 -2.77% 5
North East -6 14 £375 +63.04% 2
East Midlands -11 13 £500 +53.84% 2
Midlands +4 4 - -
South Coast - 1 £550 -
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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.

1 347 (34.36%) Agile Software Development
2 245 (24.26%) User Acceptance Testing
3 234 (23.17%) Test Scripting
4 214 (21.19%) Finance
5 201 (19.90%) SQL
6 181 (17.92%) Oracle
7 173 (17.13%) QA
8 160 (15.84%) Test Management
9 138 (13.66%) Java
10 137 (13.56%) Security Cleared
11 134 (13.27%) Test Automation
12 130 (12.87%) Banking
13 127 (12.57%) Waterfall
14 126 (12.48%) Scrum
15 121 (11.98%) JIRA
16 117 (11.58%) ISTQB
17 115 (11.39%) Selenium
18 114 (11.29%) Unix
19 113 (11.19%) Defect Management
20 112 (11.09%) ISEB
21 109 (10.79%) Functional Testing
22 108 (10.69%) System Integration Testing
22 108 (10.69%) Software Testing
23 107 (10.59%) Non-Functional Testing
24 104 (10.30%) Stakeholder Management
25 102 (10.10%) Migration
26 94 (9.31%) Integration Testing
27 91 (9.01%) SC Cleared
28 88 (8.71%) SDLC
28 88 (8.71%) HP UFT

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 59 (5.84%) Confluence
2 46 (4.55%) WebLogic
3 28 (2.77%) SAS
4 24 (2.38%) SharePoint
5 13 (1.29%) Elasticsearch
6 12 (1.19%) Documentum
6 12 (1.19%) Tomcat
7 9 (0.89%) JBoss
8 5 (0.50%) Captiva
9 4 (0.40%) Oracle Service Bus
10 3 (0.30%) nginx
10 3 (0.30%) Node.js
10 3 (0.30%) OpenStack
10 3 (0.30%) Skype for Business
10 3 (0.30%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 2 (0.20%) Joomla!
11 2 (0.20%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (0.20%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.20%) WordPress
Applications
1 41 (4.06%) MS Excel
2 24 (2.38%) MS Office
3 21 (2.08%) MS PowerPoint
4 19 (1.88%) MS Project
5 15 (1.49%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.50%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.30%) Mingle
8 2 (0.20%) 3ds Max
8 2 (0.20%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.20%) GIMP
8 2 (0.20%) Open Workbench
8 2 (0.20%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 13 (1.29%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.99%) Oracle ERP
3 7 (0.69%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.59%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.50%) Oracle EBS R12
5 5 (0.50%) Primavera
5 5 (0.50%) SAP FI
6 4 (0.40%) SAP IS-U
6 4 (0.40%) SAP PSCD
6 4 (0.40%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.30%) LabWindows
7 3 (0.30%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.30%) Oracle BPM
7 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.30%) Teamcenter
8 2 (0.20%) Magento
8 2 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.20%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 2 (0.20%) Summit
9 1 (0.099%) Aligne
Cloud Services
1 10 (0.99%) SaaS
2 7 (0.69%) IaaS
3 5 (0.50%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (0.40%) Office 365
5 3 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.30%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (0.20%) MailChimp
6 2 (0.20%) SuccessFactors
6 2 (0.20%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.38%) Internet
2 17 (1.68%) SNMP
3 9 (0.89%) DSL
4 6 (0.59%) WAN
5 5 (0.50%) HTTP
6 4 (0.40%) 3G
6 4 (0.40%) LAN
6 4 (0.40%) SSL
7 3 (0.30%) BGP
7 3 (0.30%) EIGRP
7 3 (0.30%) Ethernet
7 3 (0.30%) Extranet
7 3 (0.30%) Intranet
7 3 (0.30%) NFC
7 3 (0.30%) OSPF
7 3 (0.30%) RIP
7 3 (0.30%) TACACS
7 3 (0.30%) VoIP
7 3 (0.30%) VRRP
7 3 (0.30%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (5.45%) BusinessObjects
2 49 (4.85%) SQL Server
3 37 (3.66%) Data Warehouse
4 31 (3.07%) Hadoop
5 29 (2.87%) Pentaho
6 26 (2.57%) Oracle Reports
7 21 (2.08%) Big Data
7 21 (2.08%) Relational Database
8 14 (1.39%) Oracle Database
9 13 (1.29%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 10 (0.99%) Data Mining
11 7 (0.69%) MS Access
11 7 (0.69%) MySQL
11 7 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
12 6 (0.59%) MongoDB
13 5 (0.50%) SQL Server 2012
14 4 (0.40%) NoSQL
14 4 (0.40%) PostgreSQL
14 4 (0.40%) PowerCenter
15 3 (0.30%) DB2
Development Applications
1 121 (11.98%) JIRA
2 115 (11.39%) Selenium
3 88 (8.71%) HP UFT
4 64 (6.34%) Cucumber
5 44 (4.36%) LoadRunner
6 41 (4.06%) SoapUI
7 39 (3.86%) Team Foundation Server
8 34 (3.37%) Jenkins
9 33 (3.27%) WebDriver
10 30 (2.97%) JMeter
10 30 (2.97%) SpecFlow
11 23 (2.28%) Git (software)
12 16 (1.58%) ClearQuest
13 15 (1.49%) CA Gen
13 15 (1.49%) Eclipse
13 15 (1.49%) Maven
14 12 (1.19%) Ant
14 12 (1.19%) Oracle APEX
15 11 (1.09%) ClearCase
15 11 (1.09%) Subversion
General
1 214 (21.19%) Finance
2 130 (12.87%) Banking
3 67 (6.63%) Retail
4 31 (3.07%) Investment Banking
5 28 (2.77%) Telecoms
6 18 (1.78%) Front Office
7 12 (1.19%) Manufacturing
8 10 (0.99%) Pharmaceutical
9 9 (0.89%) Marketing
9 9 (0.89%) Retail Banking
10 8 (0.79%) Legal
11 7 (0.69%) Games
12 6 (0.59%) Billing
13 5 (0.50%) Private Banking
14 4 (0.40%) Electronics
14 4 (0.40%) Publishing
15 3 (0.30%) Back Office
16 2 (0.20%) Automotive
16 2 (0.20%) Wholesale Banking
17 1 (0.099%) Military
Job Titles
1 307 (30.40%) Test Manager
2 228 (22.57%) Analyst
3 176 (17.43%) Test Analyst
4 131 (12.97%) Developer
5 108 (10.69%) Test Leader
6 85 (8.42%) Tester
7 53 (5.25%) Programme Manager
8 51 (5.05%) Programme Test Manager
8 51 (5.05%) Test Programme Manager
9 50 (4.95%) Consultant
10 38 (3.76%) Business Analyst
11 29 (2.87%) Automation Tester
12 28 (2.77%) Architect
13 26 (2.57%) Project Manager
14 24 (2.38%) Senior Analyst
15 23 (2.28%) Test Engineer
16 20 (1.98%) Senior Manager
17 19 (1.88%) Test Consultant
18 18 (1.78%) Selenium Test Analyst
18 18 (1.78%) Senior Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (6.04%) .NET
2 51 (5.05%) J2EE
3 41 (4.06%) XML
4 39 (3.86%) Web Services
5 31 (3.07%) SOAP
6 15 (1.49%) RESTful
7 14 (1.39%) HTML
7 14 (1.39%) Middleware
8 13 (1.29%) CSS
9 12 (1.19%) Gherkin
9 12 (1.19%) jQuery
9 12 (1.19%) REST
10 11 (1.09%) JSON
11 9 (0.89%) WSDL
12 8 (0.79%) AngularJS
13 7 (0.69%) ELK Stack
13 7 (0.69%) React
14 6 (0.59%) WDK
15 5 (0.50%) Oracle Fusion
15 5 (0.50%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 59 (5.84%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (2.57%) Management Information System
3 23 (2.28%) Data Integration
4 19 (1.88%) Data Centre
5 14 (1.39%) Derivative
5 14 (1.39%) PKI
6 13 (1.29%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 13 (1.29%) User Experience
7 12 (1.19%) Fixed Income
7 12 (1.19%) Mobile App
8 10 (0.99%) NHS
8 10 (0.99%) Smart Meter
9 9 (0.89%) Credit Risk
10 7 (0.69%) Computer Science
10 7 (0.69%) Equities
10 7 (0.69%) Linked Data
10 7 (0.69%) Mathematics
10 7 (0.69%) Semantic Web
11 6 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
12 5 (0.50%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 114 (11.29%) Unix
2 71 (7.03%) Windows
3 51 (5.05%) Linux
4 16 (1.58%) Mac OS X
5 10 (0.99%) Windows 7
5 10 (0.99%) Windows Server
6 9 (0.89%) Android
7 8 (0.79%) Apple iOS
7 8 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
8 7 (0.69%) Solaris
9 5 (0.50%) CentOS
9 5 (0.50%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.20%) VME
10 2 (0.20%) Windows 8
11 1 (0.099%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 347 (34.36%) Agile Software Development
2 245 (24.26%) User Acceptance Testing
3 234 (23.17%) Test Scripting
4 160 (15.84%) Test Management
5 134 (13.27%) Test Automation
6 127 (12.57%) Waterfall
7 126 (12.48%) Scrum
8 113 (11.19%) Defect Management
9 109 (10.79%) Functional Testing
10 108 (10.69%) Software Testing
10 108 (10.69%) System Integration Testing
11 107 (10.59%) Non-Functional Testing
12 104 (10.30%) Stakeholder Management
13 102 (10.10%) Migration
14 94 (9.31%) Integration Testing
15 88 (8.71%) SDLC
16 82 (8.12%) Project Management
16 82 (8.12%) Test Planning
17 80 (7.92%) Performance Testing
18 74 (7.33%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 201 (19.90%) SQL
2 138 (13.66%) Java
3 64 (6.34%) Shell Script
4 55 (5.45%) C#
5 49 (4.85%) PL/SQL
6 38 (3.76%) Perl
7 23 (2.28%) Ruby
8 20 (1.98%) C
9 18 (1.78%) C++
9 18 (1.78%) JavaScript
9 18 (1.78%) VB
10 14 (1.39%) Python
10 14 (1.39%) Scala
11 13 (1.29%) VBScript
12 11 (1.09%) F#
13 9 (0.89%) VBA
14 8 (0.79%) PHP
15 7 (0.69%) CoffeeScript
16 6 (0.59%) Groovy
17 5 (0.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 137 (13.56%) Security Cleared
2 117 (11.58%) ISTQB
3 112 (11.09%) ISEB
4 91 (9.01%) SC Cleared
5 64 (6.34%) Degree
6 49 (4.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 24 (2.38%) ISEB Practitioner
8 21 (2.08%) DV Cleared
9 18 (1.78%) BPSS Clearance
10 17 (1.68%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 13 (1.29%) PMI Certification
12 12 (1.19%) PMP
13 6 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 4 (0.40%) CCNP
14 4 (0.40%) Cisco Certification
15 3 (0.30%) BC Cleared
15 3 (0.30%) CCNA
16 2 (0.20%) MCDST
16 2 (0.20%) MCSE
16 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 173 (17.13%) QA
2 13 (1.29%) Disclosure Scotland
2 13 (1.29%) SLA
3 9 (0.89%) MiFID
4 7 (0.69%) Data Quality
5 6 (0.59%) Dodd-Frank
5 6 (0.59%) EMIR
6 5 (0.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.40%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 3 (0.30%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.30%) SDET
9 2 (0.20%) COBIT
9 2 (0.20%) ISO27002
9 2 (0.20%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.099%) FATCA
10 1 (0.099%) GxP
10 1 (0.099%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.099%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.099%) ISO22301
System Software
1 12 (1.19%) Active Directory
2 5 (0.50%) Docker
2 5 (0.50%) Hyper-V
2 5 (0.50%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.20%) KVM
3 2 (0.20%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (0.20%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 1 (0.099%) Apache Flume
4 1 (0.099%) BitLocker
Systems Management
1 62 (6.14%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.69%) BMC PATROL
2 7 (0.69%) HP SiteScope
2 7 (0.69%) Kibana
2 7 (0.69%) logstash
2 7 (0.69%) OPNET
2 7 (0.69%) SCOM
3 5 (0.50%) Opsview
4 4 (0.40%) SCCM
5 3 (0.30%) Iperf
5 3 (0.30%) Nagios
5 3 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.20%) AppDNA
6 2 (0.20%) Data Guard
6 2 (0.20%) nmon
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
6 2 (0.20%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.099%) CA Wily
7 1 (0.099%) Puppet
Vendors
1 181 (17.92%) Oracle
2 86 (8.51%) HP
3 77 (7.62%) Informatica
4 62 (6.14%) Microsoft
5 50 (4.95%) SAP
6 48 (4.75%) Pega
7 29 (2.87%) webMethods
8 24 (2.38%) BEA
9 17 (1.68%) IBM
10 13 (1.29%) Cloudera
11 12 (1.19%) Remedy
11 12 (1.19%) VMware
12 7 (0.69%) Atlassian
12 7 (0.69%) BMC
12 7 (0.69%) Digital Fuel
13 6 (0.59%) Adobe
13 6 (0.59%) PeopleSoft
14 5 (0.50%) Cisco
14 5 (0.50%) Citrix
14 5 (0.50%) EMC
Telford, Shropshire
Stealth IT
Rate: Unspecified £Market
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Stealth IT
Rate: Unspecified £Market
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Stealth IT
Rate: Unspecified £Market
Posted: 2 days ago
East London
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £290 - £300 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £550 to £650 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Berkshire
CACI Network Services
Rate: Highly Attractive
Posted: 8 days ago
Oxfordshire
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
City of London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 23 days ago