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 22 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
22 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 241 270 222
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -48
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 404 314 431
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.84% 0.68% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.13% 0.92% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 222 169 275
Average daily rate
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£375 £410 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.53% -3.52%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £279 £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 6 4 1
Average hourly rate £38.50 £38.25 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.65% +101.31%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £35.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
+2.85% +84.21%
Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
35674 33981 37500
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.45% 73.32% 70.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 22568 21050 21971
Average daily rate £405 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.81% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £273
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 1046 994 1335
Average hourly rate £24.00 £31.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.58% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £47.50 £45.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -
Test Strategy
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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 22 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 22 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 22 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 +36 176 £420 -6.66% 41
South East +7 82 £325 -14.75% 25
South West -15 34 £360 -18.18% 14
East of England 0 33 £363 +3.57% 5
Yorkshire +5 19 £275 -16.66% 7
East Midlands -6 15 £375 +36.11% 2
North East -7 13 £375 - 1
West Midlands -17 13 £315 -24.32% 7
North West -14 9 £350 -11.39% 10
Midlands - - - - 1
Test Strategy
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Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 22 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.

1 298 (32.01%) Test Scripting
2 289 (31.04%) User Acceptance Testing
3 214 (22.99%) Finance
4 196 (21.05%) Test Management
5 175 (18.80%) ISEB
6 173 (18.58%) QA
7 163 (17.51%) SQL
8 157 (16.86%) ISTQB
9 143 (15.36%) Security Cleared
9 143 (15.36%) Test Automation
10 128 (13.75%) HP Quality Center
10 128 (13.75%) Oracle
11 125 (13.43%) SC Cleared
12 122 (13.10%) Software Testing
13 121 (13.00%) Agile Software Development
14 119 (12.78%) HP
15 104 (11.17%) Windows
16 99 (10.63%) Performance Testing
17 98 (10.53%) .NET
18 93 (9.99%) Microsoft
19 88 (9.45%) Banking
20 86 (9.24%) Project Management
21 85 (9.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
22 83 (8.92%) UNIX
23 82 (8.81%) Stakeholder Management
23 82 (8.81%) Integration Testing
24 81 (8.70%) Java
25 73 (7.84%) Selenium
26 72 (7.73%) Web Services
27 69 (7.41%) Scrum

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 22 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 25 (2.69%) SharePoint
2 14 (1.50%) WebLogic
2 14 (1.50%) MS Exchange
3 13 (1.40%) SAS
4 9 (0.97%) WebSphere
5 8 (0.86%) BizTalk Server
5 8 (0.86%) IIS
6 7 (0.75%) Tomcat
6 7 (0.75%) IBM Notes
7 3 (0.32%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Workflow
7 3 (0.32%) Node.js
7 3 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2010
7 3 (0.32%) Lync
7 3 (0.32%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.21%) TPMS
8 2 (0.21%) Adobe CQ
8 2 (0.21%) CMS
9 1 (0.11%) ArcGIS
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 45 (4.83%) MS Excel
2 33 (3.54%) MS Office
3 22 (2.36%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.83%) MS Project
5 9 (0.97%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (0.86%) MS PowerPoint
7 2 (0.21%) Final Cut Pro
7 2 (0.21%) Stata
Business Applications
1 31 (3.33%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.29%) Maximo
3 9 (0.97%) Agresso
4 8 (0.86%) Dynamics GP
5 6 (0.64%) Remedy ITSM
6 5 (0.54%) BASE24
6 5 (0.54%) SAP ERP
7 4 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.32%) SAP FI
8 3 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 3 (0.32%) SAP CRM
8 3 (0.32%) IntelliMatch
9 2 (0.21%) Temenos T24
9 2 (0.21%) Cerner Millennium
9 2 (0.21%) Oracle Retail
9 2 (0.21%) SAP CO
9 2 (0.21%) Summit
9 2 (0.21%) SAP PM
9 2 (0.21%) SAP FI/CO
9 2 (0.21%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.50%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.86%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 44 (4.73%) TCP/IP
2 33 (3.54%) HTTPS
3 28 (3.01%) LAN
4 25 (2.69%) WAN
5 23 (2.47%) HTTP
5 23 (2.47%) SSL
6 22 (2.36%) DNS
7 18 (1.93%) Wireshark
7 18 (1.93%) Internet
8 13 (1.40%) Firewall
9 9 (0.97%) Ethernet
9 9 (0.97%) VLAN
10 8 (0.86%) LTE
10 8 (0.86%) MPLS
10 8 (0.86%) LDAP
11 6 (0.64%) Unified Communications
12 5 (0.54%) VPN
12 5 (0.54%) DAB
12 5 (0.54%) IPsec
12 5 (0.54%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 53 (5.69%) SQL Server
2 44 (4.73%) Data Warehouse
3 27 (2.90%) Oracle Database
4 24 (2.58%) Oracle Reports
5 16 (1.72%) SQL Server 2008
5 16 (1.72%) Relational Database
5 16 (1.72%) Big Data
6 12 (1.29%) Oracle Database 11g
7 11 (1.18%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 9 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 9 (0.97%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (0.75%) Hadoop
10 6 (0.64%) Base SAS
11 5 (0.54%) MySQL
11 5 (0.54%) Star Schema
11 5 (0.54%) SAP BI
11 5 (0.54%) SAS Data Integration Studio
11 5 (0.54%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 3 (0.32%) DB2
12 3 (0.32%) SQL Navigator
Development Applications
1 73 (7.84%) Selenium
2 58 (6.23%) LoadRunner
3 52 (5.59%) QuickTest Pro
4 44 (4.73%) Cucumber
5 42 (4.51%) JIRA
6 38 (4.08%) SoapUI
7 30 (3.22%) Team Foundation Server
8 29 (3.11%) JUnit
9 28 (3.01%) JMeter
10 25 (2.69%) Visual Studio
10 25 (2.69%) SpecFlow
11 23 (2.47%) FitNesse
11 23 (2.47%) Jenkins
12 14 (1.50%) WebDriver
13 13 (1.40%) Maven
14 10 (1.07%) TestDirector
15 7 (0.75%) Toad
15 7 (0.75%) TestNG
15 7 (0.75%) Oracle APEX
16 6 (0.64%) Facilita Forecast
General
1 214 (22.99%) Finance
2 88 (9.45%) Banking
3 37 (3.97%) Investment Banking
4 33 (3.54%) Telecoms
5 32 (3.44%) Retail
6 16 (1.72%) Back Office
6 16 (1.72%) Billing
7 14 (1.50%) Front Office
7 14 (1.50%) General Ledger
8 11 (1.18%) Publishing
9 10 (1.07%) Games
9 10 (1.07%) Marketing
10 7 (0.75%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.75%) Electronics
11 5 (0.54%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.54%) Local Government
11 5 (0.54%) Automotive
12 4 (0.43%) Legal
12 4 (0.43%) Retail Banking
13 3 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 286 (30.72%) Test Manager
2 260 (27.93%) Analyst
3 178 (19.12%) Test Analyst
4 130 (13.96%) Test Leader
5 105 (11.28%) Tester
6 67 (7.20%) Business Analyst
7 41 (4.40%) Test Engineer
8 26 (2.79%) Consultant
9 25 (2.69%) Senior Analyst
10 23 (2.47%) Senior Test Analyst
11 22 (2.36%) Developer
11 22 (2.36%) Project Manager
12 21 (2.26%) Architect
13 20 (2.15%) SAP Manager
14 19 (2.04%) Programme Manager
14 19 (2.04%) Test Consultant
15 18 (1.93%) SAP Test Manager
16 17 (1.83%) QA Tester
17 16 (1.72%) Programme Test Manager
18 15 (1.61%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (10.53%) .NET
2 72 (7.73%) Web Services
3 43 (4.62%) HTML
4 36 (3.87%) XML
5 33 (3.54%) ASP.NET
6 28 (3.01%) JSP
7 23 (2.47%) SOAP
8 14 (1.50%) Gherkin
9 13 (1.40%) Middleware
10 11 (1.18%) J2EE
11 7 (0.75%) CSS
11 7 (0.75%) REST
12 6 (0.64%) HTML5
12 6 (0.64%) RESTful
13 5 (0.54%) XSLT
14 4 (0.43%) JSF
15 3 (0.32%) MDX
15 3 (0.32%) .NET Framework
15 3 (0.32%) JSON
15 3 (0.32%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 26 (2.79%) Computer Science
2 23 (2.47%) NHS
2 23 (2.47%) Open Source
3 17 (1.83%) Credit Risk
4 15 (1.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 15 (1.61%) Derivative
4 15 (1.61%) Management Information System
5 13 (1.40%) GIS
6 11 (1.18%) Statistics
6 11 (1.18%) Mobile App
6 11 (1.18%) Mathematics
7 8 (0.86%) CMDB
7 8 (0.86%) Equities
7 8 (0.86%) Blackberry
7 8 (0.86%) Client/Server
8 6 (0.64%) Data Integration
8 6 (0.64%) PACS
8 6 (0.64%) Fixed Income
9 5 (0.54%) Smartcard
9 5 (0.54%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 104 (11.17%) Windows
2 83 (8.92%) UNIX
3 53 (5.69%) Linux
4 41 (4.40%) Windows Server 2003
5 37 (3.97%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (3.11%) Windows 2000
6 29 (3.11%) Windows XP
7 25 (2.69%) Windows 7
8 15 (1.61%) Android
8 15 (1.61%) Apple iOS
9 12 (1.29%) Windows Server 2012
10 9 (0.97%) Solaris
11 6 (0.64%) AIX
12 4 (0.43%) VMS
12 4 (0.43%) Windows NT
13 3 (0.32%) Windows 8
14 2 (0.21%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 298 (32.01%) Test Scripting
2 289 (31.04%) User Acceptance Testing
3 196 (21.05%) Test Management
4 143 (15.36%) Test Automation
5 122 (13.10%) Software Testing
6 121 (13.00%) Agile Software Development
7 99 (10.63%) Performance Testing
8 86 (9.24%) Project Management
9 82 (8.81%) Stakeholder Management
9 82 (8.81%) Integration Testing
10 69 (7.41%) Scrum
11 64 (6.87%) Automated Testing
12 61 (6.55%) Validation
13 59 (6.34%) TDD
14 56 (6.02%) Migration
15 51 (5.48%) Business Intelligence
16 48 (5.16%) Use Case
17 46 (4.94%) PRINCE2
17 46 (4.94%) Regression Testing
18 45 (4.83%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 163 (17.51%) SQL
2 81 (8.70%) Java
3 42 (4.51%) C#
4 39 (4.19%) JavaScript
5 22 (2.36%) C
6 21 (2.26%) Ruby
7 20 (2.15%) VBA
8 13 (1.40%) Shell Script
9 12 (1.29%) VB
9 12 (1.29%) Python
10 11 (1.18%) VBScript
11 10 (1.07%) PowerShell
12 9 (0.97%) PHP
13 8 (0.86%) Perl
14 7 (0.75%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.64%) Bash Shell
16 5 (0.54%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.54%) C++
17 4 (0.43%) Scala
17 4 (0.43%) RPG
Qualifications
1 175 (18.80%) ISEB
2 157 (16.86%) ISTQB
3 143 (15.36%) Security Cleared
4 125 (13.43%) SC Cleared
5 85 (9.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 67 (7.20%) Degree
7 29 (3.11%) ISEB Practitioner
8 24 (2.58%) DV Cleared
9 21 (2.26%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 21 (2.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 14 (1.50%) MOS
11 7 (0.75%) CISSP
12 6 (0.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 6 (0.64%) ITIL Certification
13 5 (0.54%) Cisco Certification
13 5 (0.54%) BC Cleared
14 4 (0.43%) APMP
14 4 (0.43%) CRISC
14 4 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 4 (0.43%) CISA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 173 (18.58%) QA
2 8 (0.86%) SLA
3 6 (0.64%) Basel III
4 4 (0.43%) Solvency II
4 4 (0.43%) Basel II
5 3 (0.32%) GxP
5 3 (0.32%) EMIR
5 3 (0.32%) Dodd-Frank
6 2 (0.21%) COREP
6 2 (0.21%) COBIT
7 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
7 1 (0.11%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 21 (2.26%) Nmap
2 18 (1.93%) Active Directory
3 17 (1.83%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (0.64%) Terminal Server
6 5 (0.54%) VMware ESX
6 5 (0.54%) HDFS
7 4 (0.43%) XenApp
8 3 (0.32%) RACF
8 3 (0.32%) vSphere
8 3 (0.32%) Hyper-V
9 2 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 128 (13.75%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (2.26%) 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%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 3 (0.32%) Puppet
8 1 (0.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.11%) Control-M
8 1 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.11%) Cisco CUCM
Vendors
1 128 (13.75%) Oracle
2 119 (12.78%) HP
3 93 (9.99%) Microsoft
4 65 (6.98%) SAP
5 22 (2.36%) VMware
6 19 (2.04%) Citrix
6 19 (2.04%) Cisco
7 17 (1.83%) IBM
8 16 (1.72%) Informatica
9 8 (0.86%) SolarWinds
9 8 (0.86%) Salesforce.com
9 8 (0.86%) Nortel
9 8 (0.86%) Avaya
10 7 (0.75%) Lotus
10 7 (0.75%) BMC
10 7 (0.75%) ESRI
11 6 (0.64%) CheckPoint
11 6 (0.64%) JD Edwards
11 6 (0.64%) Remedy
12 5 (0.54%) Siebel
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
South East England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 15 hours ago
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £550.00 per annum
Posted: 16 hours ago
Warwickshire
Talent International
Rate: £320.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Bristol
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £market rates per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: Unspecified - negotiable dependent on experience
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £32000 - £45000 per annum + Bens + Bonus to 20%
Posted: 4 days ago
North East England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Montash
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £550.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Burnley
Kainos
Posted: 17 days ago
Milton Keynes
Pertemps ERP
Rate: £400 - 450 per day all inclusive
Posted: 21 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 27 days ago