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 April 2015 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 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 232 206 258
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +52
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 448 515 314
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.89% 1.04% 0.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.16% 1.38% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 265 315 187
Average daily rate
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£420 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.00% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £240 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £500 £556
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 3
Average hourly rate £38.50 £33.50 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.92% -16.25%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £43.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-11.49% +8.75%
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
38699 37323 31833
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 76.60% 75.25% 74.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 24528 23655 19464
Average daily rate £423 £405 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.32% -1.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £362
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1126 1089 990
Average hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.33 £13.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.40 £54.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.20 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-2.58% -3.12%

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 April 2015.

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 April 2015.

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 April 2015. 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 +15 225 £450 +7.65% 41
South East -46 78 £362 +6.72% 18
North West -31 33 £400 +4.57% 3
West Midlands -13 28 £463 +15.62% 2
Yorkshire -53 23 £325 +2.52% 15
North East +6 15 £340 +41.66% 1
South West -36 15 £430 +22.41% 3
East Midlands +2 14 £363 +37.96% 2
East of England -10 12 £425 +21.42% 5
Midlands 0 2 - -
South Coast - 1 - -
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, 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.

1 240 (28.24%) Finance
2 208 (24.47%) Agile Software Development
3 203 (23.88%) QA
4 198 (23.29%) User Acceptance Testing
5 182 (21.41%) Test Management
6 180 (21.18%) SQL
7 177 (20.82%) Test Scripting
8 134 (15.76%) Oracle
9 120 (14.12%) Test Automation
10 116 (13.65%) ISEB
10 116 (13.65%) Banking
11 111 (13.06%) Java
12 110 (12.94%) Microsoft
13 105 (12.35%) HP Quality Center
14 102 (12.00%) Migration
15 100 (11.76%) HP
16 95 (11.18%) Integration Testing
17 90 (10.59%) ISTQB
18 83 (9.76%) Security Cleared
19 77 (9.06%) UNIX
20 76 (8.94%) Project Management
20 76 (8.94%) Stakeholder Management
21 75 (8.82%) Business Intelligence
22 72 (8.47%) MS Excel
23 71 (8.35%) Scrum
24 63 (7.41%) Degree
24 63 (7.41%) JIRA
24 63 (7.41%) Test Planning
25 62 (7.29%) Automated Testing
26 61 (7.18%) Validation

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, 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 25 (2.94%) SharePoint
2 23 (2.71%) WebLogic
3 19 (2.24%) Confluence
4 13 (1.53%) SAS
5 12 (1.41%) Documentum
6 6 (0.71%) MS Exchange
6 6 (0.71%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.59%) Lync
7 5 (0.59%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 4 (0.47%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.47%) Apache
9 3 (0.35%) Tomcat
9 3 (0.35%) IIS
9 3 (0.35%) WebLogic Portal
9 3 (0.35%) Captiva
10 2 (0.24%) FileNet
10 2 (0.24%) Oracle Coherence
11 1 (0.12%) Drupal
11 1 (0.12%) CICS
11 1 (0.12%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 72 (8.47%) MS Excel
2 34 (4.00%) MS Office
3 16 (1.88%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (1.53%) MS Project
5 12 (1.41%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.12%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.12%) InDesign
6 1 (0.12%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (1.65%) Oracle Financials
2 13 (1.53%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (1.41%) Oracle EBS
3 12 (1.41%) Oracle Payables
4 9 (1.06%) Oracle EBS R12
5 7 (0.82%) Oracle CRM
5 7 (0.82%) Agresso
6 6 (0.71%) Remedy ITSM
7 5 (0.59%) SAP HR
7 5 (0.59%) Oracle General Ledger
7 5 (0.59%) Oracle Retail
8 4 (0.47%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.35%) Oracle Applications
9 3 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
9 3 (0.35%) SAP ERP
10 2 (0.24%) Oracle 11i
10 2 (0.24%) WebTrends
10 2 (0.24%) Markit EDM
10 2 (0.24%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.24%) SaaS
2 2 (0.24%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.12%) Adobe Analytics
3 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.88%) Firewall
2 12 (1.41%) TCP/IP
3 11 (1.29%) VoIP
4 10 (1.18%) HTTP
4 10 (1.18%) Internet
5 8 (0.94%) MPLS
6 7 (0.82%) Network Security
7 6 (0.71%) ATM
7 6 (0.71%) LAN
7 6 (0.71%) Unified Communications
8 5 (0.59%) FTP
8 5 (0.59%) VLAN
9 4 (0.47%) Cisco ASA
9 4 (0.47%) BGP
9 4 (0.47%) Ethernet
9 4 (0.47%) Cisco Nexus
10 3 (0.35%) Skype
10 3 (0.35%) SMS
10 3 (0.35%) WAN
10 3 (0.35%) IPv6
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (6.71%) Data Warehouse
2 35 (4.12%) SQL Server
3 18 (2.12%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 15 (1.76%) Relational Database
6 13 (1.53%) Data Mining
7 12 (1.41%) Oracle Reports
7 12 (1.41%) Oracle Database
8 11 (1.29%) Star Schema
9 10 (1.18%) Snowflake Schema
9 10 (1.18%) SQL Server 2012
9 10 (1.18%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 10 (1.18%) Hadoop
10 9 (1.06%) QlikView
11 8 (0.94%) Big Data
11 8 (0.94%) OLAP
11 8 (0.94%) OLAP Cube
12 6 (0.71%) HBase
13 5 (0.59%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
14 4 (0.47%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 63 (7.41%) JIRA
2 51 (6.00%) Selenium
3 44 (5.18%) QuickTest Pro
4 32 (3.76%) Cucumber
5 24 (2.82%) SoapUI
6 23 (2.71%) Jenkins
7 20 (2.35%) LoadRunner
7 20 (2.35%) Team Foundation Server
8 18 (2.12%) WebDriver
9 15 (1.76%) JUnit
10 14 (1.65%) JMeter
11 13 (1.53%) TestDirector
12 12 (1.41%) SpecFlow
13 11 (1.29%) Appium
13 11 (1.29%) Visual Studio
14 10 (1.18%) Maven
14 10 (1.18%) Atlassian Bamboo
14 10 (1.18%) CA Gen
15 8 (0.94%) Git (software)
16 7 (0.82%) Calabash
General
1 240 (28.24%) Finance
2 116 (13.65%) Banking
3 49 (5.76%) Telecoms
3 49 (5.76%) Investment Banking
4 48 (5.65%) Retail
5 16 (1.88%) Retail Banking
6 15 (1.76%) Legal
7 13 (1.53%) General Ledger
8 8 (0.94%) Manufacturing
9 5 (0.59%) Back Office
10 4 (0.47%) Front Office
10 4 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
10 4 (0.47%) Multimedia
10 4 (0.47%) Marketing
10 4 (0.47%) Spanish Language
11 3 (0.35%) Billing
11 3 (0.35%) Law
12 2 (0.24%) Automotive
12 2 (0.24%) Italian Language
12 2 (0.24%) Norwegian Language
Job Titles
1 294 (34.59%) Test Manager
2 190 (22.35%) Analyst
3 132 (15.53%) Test Analyst
4 90 (10.59%) Test Leader
5 77 (9.06%) Developer
6 71 (8.35%) Tester
7 46 (5.41%) Consultant
8 45 (5.29%) Business Analyst
9 34 (4.00%) Test Engineer
10 29 (3.41%) Programme Manager
11 24 (2.82%) Programme Test Manager
12 22 (2.59%) Project Manager
13 21 (2.47%) Senior Analyst
14 20 (2.35%) SAP Manager
15 19 (2.24%) Senior Manager
16 18 (2.12%) Test Consultant
16 18 (2.12%) SAP Test Manager
17 17 (2.00%) Senior Test Manager
18 15 (1.76%) Senior Test Analyst
19 13 (1.53%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 61 (7.18%) .NET
2 32 (3.76%) J2EE
3 28 (3.29%) XML
4 24 (2.82%) Web Services
5 23 (2.71%) HTML
6 17 (2.00%) JSON
7 15 (1.76%) Middleware
8 14 (1.65%) SOAP
9 12 (1.41%) CSS
10 8 (0.94%) ASP.NET
10 8 (0.94%) XSLT
11 7 (0.82%) SAX
11 7 (0.82%) XSD
11 7 (0.82%) .NET Framework
11 7 (0.82%) HTML5
11 7 (0.82%) REST
11 7 (0.82%) AngularJS
12 6 (0.71%) Gherkin
13 4 (0.47%) RESTful
13 4 (0.47%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 48 (5.65%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.29%) Management Information System
3 17 (2.00%) Open Source
4 14 (1.65%) Computer Science
5 13 (1.53%) NHS
6 11 (1.29%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 10 (1.18%) Derivative
7 10 (1.18%) Smart Meter
8 9 (1.06%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (1.06%) Equities
9 8 (0.94%) Statistics
9 8 (0.94%) Visualisation
10 7 (0.82%) User Experience
11 5 (0.59%) Mobile App
11 5 (0.59%) FMCG
11 5 (0.59%) Fixed Income
12 4 (0.47%) Mainframe
12 4 (0.47%) PKI
13 3 (0.35%) IVR
13 3 (0.35%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 77 (9.06%) UNIX
2 55 (6.47%) Windows
3 45 (5.29%) Linux
4 10 (1.18%) AIX
5 9 (1.06%) Android
5 9 (1.06%) Windows 7
5 9 (1.06%) Apple iOS
6 8 (0.94%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 8 (0.94%) Windows Server 2003
7 6 (0.71%) Solaris
8 5 (0.59%) Windows NT
8 5 (0.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.35%) VME
10 2 (0.24%) Windows XP
10 2 (0.24%) Windows 2000
11 1 (0.12%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 208 (24.47%) Agile Software Development
2 198 (23.29%) User Acceptance Testing
3 182 (21.41%) Test Management
4 177 (20.82%) Test Scripting
5 120 (14.12%) Test Automation
6 102 (12.00%) Migration
7 95 (11.18%) Integration Testing
8 76 (8.94%) Stakeholder Management
8 76 (8.94%) Project Management
9 75 (8.82%) Business Intelligence
10 71 (8.35%) Scrum
11 63 (7.41%) Test Planning
12 62 (7.29%) Automated Testing
13 61 (7.18%) Validation
14 59 (6.94%) Regression Testing
15 58 (6.82%) Software Testing
15 58 (6.82%) Waterfall
16 51 (6.00%) Data Migration
17 47 (5.53%) System Testing
17 47 (5.53%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 180 (21.18%) SQL
2 111 (13.06%) Java
3 34 (4.00%) PL/SQL
4 31 (3.65%) Shell Script
5 30 (3.53%) C#
6 23 (2.71%) Perl
6 23 (2.71%) Ruby
7 21 (2.47%) Python
8 16 (1.88%) JavaScript
9 14 (1.65%) C
10 13 (1.53%) T-SQL
10 13 (1.53%) VBA
11 12 (1.41%) VB
12 6 (0.71%) VBScript
12 6 (0.71%) PHP
13 5 (0.59%) Scala
14 4 (0.47%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.47%) Groovy
15 3 (0.35%) COBOL
16 2 (0.24%) C++
Qualifications
1 116 (13.65%) ISEB
2 90 (10.59%) ISTQB
3 83 (9.76%) Security Cleared
4 63 (7.41%) Degree
5 51 (6.00%) SC Cleared
6 35 (4.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 19 (2.24%) DV Cleared
8 14 (1.65%) ISEB Practitioner
9 13 (1.53%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (1.53%) CCNP
10 10 (1.18%) JNCIS
11 7 (0.82%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.59%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.47%) CISSP
13 4 (0.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 3 (0.35%) OSCP
14 3 (0.35%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
14 3 (0.35%) GNVQ
14 3 (0.35%) CTC Cleared
14 3 (0.35%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 203 (23.88%) QA
2 5 (0.59%) PCI DSS
2 5 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.35%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.24%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.24%) FATCA
5 2 (0.24%) EMIR
5 2 (0.24%) GxP
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.12%) HL7
System Software
1 15 (1.76%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.94%) VMware ESX
4 6 (0.71%) Docker
5 5 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.47%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.35%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 105 (12.35%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (1.06%) Nessus
2 9 (1.06%) Nmap
2 9 (1.06%) Puppet
3 6 (0.71%) Vagrant
3 6 (0.71%) CORE IMPACT
4 4 (0.47%) FortiGate
5 3 (0.35%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
5 3 (0.35%) Oracle Identity Manager
5 3 (0.35%) Oracle Identity Management
5 3 (0.35%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
5 3 (0.35%) WebInspect
5 3 (0.35%) SCCM
6 2 (0.24%) McAfee ePO
6 2 (0.24%) Control-M
6 2 (0.24%) Ansible
6 2 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.24%) nmon
7 1 (0.12%) Tivoli Storage Manager
7 1 (0.12%) SCOM
Vendors
1 134 (15.76%) Oracle
2 110 (12.94%) Microsoft
3 100 (11.76%) HP
4 56 (6.59%) SAP
5 27 (3.18%) Pega
6 26 (3.06%) webMethods
7 25 (2.94%) Business Objects
8 24 (2.82%) Cisco
9 20 (2.35%) Informatica
10 18 (2.12%) CheckPoint
10 18 (2.12%) IBM
11 17 (2.00%) BEA
12 15 (1.76%) VMware
13 13 (1.53%) Remedy
14 12 (1.41%) Juniper
15 11 (1.29%) Adobe
15 11 (1.29%) Tableau
15 11 (1.29%) Splunk
16 10 (1.18%) Citrix
17 9 (1.06%) Salesforce.com
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