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 March 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 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 241 210 252
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +42
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 412 470 310
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.85% 0.99% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 1.32% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 237 279 182
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£420 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £271 £256
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £489 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+13.57% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 5
Average hourly rate £38.50 £70.00 £43.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.00% +62.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.75 £70.00 £37.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.55 £70.00 £49.27
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 - £43.00
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
37161 35673 30835
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 76.42% 75.44% 73.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 23489 22217 18883
Average daily rate £425 £408 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.29% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1070 1065 1029
Average hourly rate £29.00 £26.88 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.90% -14.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.43 £12.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £51.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

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 March 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 March 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 March 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 -5 191 £425 +2.04% 47
South East -36 89 £380 +12.17% 14
North West -5 33 £385 +33.91% 7
West Midlands +2 31 £463 +2.77% 7
South West -21 23 £475 +26.66% 3
Yorkshire -50 15 £313 -1.41% 9
East Midlands -1 10 £310 +12.72% 2
North East - 10 £347 - 2
East of England -17 8 £850 +142.85% 2
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 27 March 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.

1 231 (26.77%) Finance
1 231 (26.77%) User Acceptance Testing
2 209 (24.22%) QA
3 203 (23.52%) Agile Software Development
4 199 (23.06%) Test Management
5 184 (21.32%) SQL
5 184 (21.32%) Test Scripting
6 134 (15.53%) Oracle
7 131 (15.18%) ISEB
8 130 (15.06%) Banking
9 124 (14.37%) HP Quality Center
10 123 (14.25%) Java
11 112 (12.98%) Microsoft
12 106 (12.28%) Test Automation
13 104 (12.05%) Integration Testing
14 98 (11.36%) HP
15 95 (11.01%) Migration
16 92 (10.66%) ISTQB
17 90 (10.43%) Project Management
18 83 (9.62%) UNIX
19 79 (9.15%) Security Cleared
20 77 (8.92%) Stakeholder Management
21 76 (8.81%) Regression Testing
22 73 (8.46%) Software Testing
23 71 (8.23%) Scrum
24 70 (8.11%) Test Planning
25 69 (8.00%) MS Excel
26 67 (7.76%) Validation
27 65 (7.53%) Business Intelligence
27 65 (7.53%) JIRA

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 27 March 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 26 (3.01%) SharePoint
2 22 (2.55%) WebLogic
3 17 (1.97%) Confluence
4 13 (1.51%) SAS
5 11 (1.27%) Documentum
6 5 (0.58%) IIS
6 5 (0.58%) Lync
7 4 (0.46%) Apache
7 4 (0.46%) Tomcat
7 4 (0.46%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.46%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.35%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.35%) Captiva
9 2 (0.23%) WebLogic Portal
9 2 (0.23%) FileNet
9 2 (0.23%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.23%) Oracle Coherence
10 1 (0.12%) Drupal
10 1 (0.12%) CICS
10 1 (0.12%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 69 (8.00%) MS Excel
2 35 (4.06%) MS Office
3 18 (2.09%) MS Project
3 18 (2.09%) MS PowerPoint
4 14 (1.62%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 15 (1.74%) Oracle Financials
2 13 (1.51%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (1.51%) Oracle Payables
3 9 (1.04%) Oracle EBS R12
4 8 (0.93%) Oracle Retail
4 8 (0.93%) Agresso
5 7 (0.81%) Oracle CRM
5 7 (0.81%) Dynamics CRM
6 6 (0.70%) SAP HR
7 5 (0.58%) Summit
7 5 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
7 5 (0.58%) Oracle General Ledger
8 4 (0.46%) SAP BPC
8 4 (0.46%) SAP ERP
9 3 (0.35%) Dynamics AX
9 3 (0.35%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.35%) Oracle Applications
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle 11i
10 2 (0.23%) Cerner Millennium
10 2 (0.23%) Markit EDM
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.58%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.23%) SaaS
3 1 (0.12%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.12%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 20 (2.32%) Firewall
2 14 (1.62%) TCP/IP
3 13 (1.51%) Internet
4 11 (1.27%) MPLS
5 10 (1.16%) HTTP
6 9 (1.04%) LAN
7 7 (0.81%) VoIP
7 7 (0.81%) BGP
7 7 (0.81%) Cisco ASA
7 7 (0.81%) Cisco Nexus
8 6 (0.70%) Unified Communications
8 6 (0.70%) Network Security
8 6 (0.70%) ATM
9 5 (0.58%) WAN
9 5 (0.58%) HTTPS
9 5 (0.58%) SSL
9 5 (0.58%) VLAN
10 4 (0.46%) Wireshark
10 4 (0.46%) Ethernet
11 3 (0.35%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (6.14%) Data Warehouse
2 32 (3.71%) SQL Server
3 17 (1.97%) Relational Database
4 16 (1.85%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 15 (1.74%) Oracle Reports
5 15 (1.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 13 (1.51%) Data Mining
6 13 (1.51%) Oracle Database
7 11 (1.27%) QlikView
7 11 (1.27%) Snowflake Schema
7 11 (1.27%) Star Schema
8 10 (1.16%) Hadoop
9 9 (1.04%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 9 (1.04%) SQL Server 2012
10 8 (0.93%) Big Data
11 7 (0.81%) OLAP
11 7 (0.81%) OLAP Cube
12 6 (0.70%) DB2
12 6 (0.70%) HBase
13 5 (0.58%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 65 (7.53%) JIRA
2 60 (6.95%) Selenium
3 59 (6.84%) QuickTest Pro
4 32 (3.71%) Cucumber
5 27 (3.13%) SoapUI
6 24 (2.78%) Jenkins
7 23 (2.67%) LoadRunner
8 22 (2.55%) Team Foundation Server
9 21 (2.43%) JMeter
10 19 (2.20%) WebDriver
11 18 (2.09%) JUnit
12 16 (1.85%) TestDirector
13 13 (1.51%) Maven
14 11 (1.27%) Visual Studio
14 11 (1.27%) Appium
15 10 (1.16%) SpecFlow
15 10 (1.16%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 9 (1.04%) CA Gen
17 8 (0.93%) TestNG
18 7 (0.81%) RSpec
General
1 231 (26.77%) Finance
2 130 (15.06%) Banking
3 55 (6.37%) Investment Banking
4 53 (6.14%) Retail
4 53 (6.14%) Telecoms
5 14 (1.62%) Front Office
5 14 (1.62%) Retail Banking
6 12 (1.39%) Legal
7 9 (1.04%) General Ledger
8 8 (0.93%) Marketing
9 7 (0.81%) Billing
9 7 (0.81%) Back Office
10 6 (0.70%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.58%) Spanish Language
12 4 (0.46%) Italian Language
12 4 (0.46%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.35%) Games
13 3 (0.35%) Advertising
13 3 (0.35%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.35%) Law
Job Titles
1 299 (34.65%) Test Manager
2 195 (22.60%) Analyst
3 140 (16.22%) Test Analyst
4 89 (10.31%) Test Leader
5 82 (9.50%) Developer
6 66 (7.65%) Tester
7 45 (5.21%) Business Analyst
7 45 (5.21%) Consultant
8 27 (3.13%) Programme Manager
9 26 (3.01%) Test Engineer
10 24 (2.78%) Senior Analyst
11 23 (2.67%) SAP Manager
12 22 (2.55%) Programme Test Manager
13 21 (2.43%) SAP Test Manager
13 21 (2.43%) Project Manager
14 19 (2.20%) Test Consultant
15 17 (1.97%) Architect
15 17 (1.97%) Senior Test Analyst
16 15 (1.74%) Senior Manager
17 14 (1.62%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (6.84%) .NET
2 38 (4.40%) Web Services
3 36 (4.17%) J2EE
4 25 (2.90%) XML
4 25 (2.90%) HTML
5 17 (1.97%) SOAP
5 17 (1.97%) Middleware
5 17 (1.97%) JSON
6 10 (1.16%) Gherkin
7 9 (1.04%) HTML5
7 9 (1.04%) ASP.NET
8 8 (0.93%) XSLT
8 8 (0.93%) RESTful
9 7 (0.81%) REST
9 7 (0.81%) .NET Framework
9 7 (0.81%) SAX
9 7 (0.81%) CSS
10 6 (0.70%) AngularJS
11 4 (0.46%) Spring
11 4 (0.46%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 54 (6.26%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (3.36%) Management Information System
3 14 (1.62%) Computer Science
3 14 (1.62%) NHS
3 14 (1.62%) Open Source
4 12 (1.39%) Smart Meter
5 11 (1.27%) Enterprise Software
6 10 (1.16%) Visualisation
6 10 (1.16%) Fixed Income
7 8 (0.93%) Derivative
7 8 (0.93%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 6 (0.70%) Equities
8 6 (0.70%) Statistics
8 6 (0.70%) Mobile App
9 5 (0.58%) FMCG
9 5 (0.58%) User Experience
9 5 (0.58%) PKI
9 5 (0.58%) Reference Data
9 5 (0.58%) IVR
9 5 (0.58%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 83 (9.62%) UNIX
2 64 (7.42%) Windows
3 49 (5.68%) Linux
4 11 (1.27%) AIX
4 11 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
4 11 (1.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 11 (1.27%) Windows 7
5 8 (0.93%) Windows Server 2008
5 8 (0.93%) Windows XP
6 7 (0.81%) Apple iOS
7 6 (0.70%) Windows NT
7 6 (0.70%) Solaris
7 6 (0.70%) Android
8 3 (0.35%) Windows 2000
9 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (0.23%) VME
10 1 (0.12%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (26.77%) User Acceptance Testing
2 203 (23.52%) Agile Software Development
3 199 (23.06%) Test Management
4 184 (21.32%) Test Scripting
5 106 (12.28%) Test Automation
6 104 (12.05%) Integration Testing
7 95 (11.01%) Migration
8 90 (10.43%) Project Management
9 77 (8.92%) Stakeholder Management
10 76 (8.81%) Regression Testing
11 73 (8.46%) Software Testing
12 71 (8.23%) Scrum
13 70 (8.11%) Test Planning
14 67 (7.76%) Validation
15 65 (7.53%) Business Intelligence
16 62 (7.18%) Waterfall
17 61 (7.07%) Automated Testing
18 57 (6.60%) System Testing
19 56 (6.49%) Performance Testing
20 46 (5.33%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 184 (21.32%) SQL
2 123 (14.25%) Java
3 36 (4.17%) PL/SQL
4 35 (4.06%) Shell Script
5 30 (3.48%) C#
6 24 (2.78%) Ruby
7 23 (2.67%) Python
8 22 (2.55%) Perl
9 21 (2.43%) JavaScript
10 15 (1.74%) C
11 13 (1.51%) VBA
12 12 (1.39%) VB
12 12 (1.39%) T-SQL
13 9 (1.04%) Scala
14 6 (0.70%) VBScript
15 5 (0.58%) PHP
16 4 (0.46%) C++
16 4 (0.46%) Bash Shell
17 3 (0.35%) COBOL
18 2 (0.23%) XQuery
Qualifications
1 131 (15.18%) ISEB
2 92 (10.66%) ISTQB
3 79 (9.15%) Security Cleared
4 64 (7.42%) Degree
5 50 (5.79%) SC Cleared
6 41 (4.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 22 (2.55%) ISEB Practitioner
8 20 (2.32%) DV Cleared
9 12 (1.39%) Cisco Certification
9 12 (1.39%) CCNP
10 10 (1.16%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 9 (1.04%) JNCIS
12 7 (0.81%) PMI Certification
12 7 (0.81%) CISSP
13 5 (0.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 3 (0.35%) OSCP
14 3 (0.35%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
14 3 (0.35%) CTC Cleared
14 3 (0.35%) PMP
14 3 (0.35%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 209 (24.22%) QA
2 9 (1.04%) PCI DSS
3 8 (0.93%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 3 (0.35%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 2 (0.23%) FATCA
5 2 (0.23%) EMIR
6 1 (0.12%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.12%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.12%) Data Quality
System Software
1 16 (1.85%) Active Directory
2 9 (1.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.93%) VMware ESX
4 6 (0.70%) Docker
5 5 (0.58%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.46%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.35%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 124 (14.37%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.27%) Puppet
3 10 (1.16%) Nessus
3 10 (1.16%) Nmap
4 7 (0.81%) FortiGate
4 7 (0.81%) Vagrant
5 6 (0.70%) CORE IMPACT
6 3 (0.35%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 3 (0.35%) Oracle Identity Management
6 3 (0.35%) WebInspect
6 3 (0.35%) SCCM
6 3 (0.35%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
7 2 (0.23%) Ansible
7 2 (0.23%) Control-M
7 2 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.23%) nmon
7 2 (0.23%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.12%) SCOM
Vendors
1 134 (15.53%) Oracle
2 112 (12.98%) Microsoft
3 98 (11.36%) HP
4 54 (6.26%) SAP
5 25 (2.90%) Business Objects
5 25 (2.90%) Cisco
5 25 (2.90%) webMethods
5 25 (2.90%) Pega
6 20 (2.32%) CheckPoint
7 17 (1.97%) Informatica
7 17 (1.97%) IBM
8 16 (1.85%) BEA
9 15 (1.74%) VMware
10 13 (1.51%) Splunk
11 12 (1.39%) F5
11 12 (1.39%) Remedy
12 11 (1.27%) Juniper
12 11 (1.27%) Red Hat
12 11 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
13 10 (1.16%) Murex
West Midlands
ReThink Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
Birmingham
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Burns Sheehan
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
East Anglia
Cooper Lomaz Recruitment Ltd
Rate: Market related
Posted: 3 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North West
Oliver James Associates
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
North London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
IT Connections
Rate: 350 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Intelligent Recruitment
Rate: From £200 to £240 per day 6 month renewable contract
Posted: 5 days ago
Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £350 - £500 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Premier Media
Rate: £150 - £230 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Orgtel
Rate: £65 - £650 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Greater Manchester
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 11 days ago
High Wycombe
Austin Fraser Limited
Rate: NEG
Posted: 13 days ago
City of London
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 19 days ago