The table below looks at the statistics for Test Management skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Management over the 3 months to 5 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Management
Rank 294 244 263
Rank change year-on-year
-50 +19
Contract jobs citing Test Management 342 390 302
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.66% 0.78% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.87% 1.04% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 204 227 186
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£400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £286 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £504 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £390
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -3.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 2
Average hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £42.50 £31.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.00 £42.50 £53.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £42.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year
-5.88% -

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised across the UK.

Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
39429 37564 32100
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.02% 75.01% 72.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 24726 22718 19169
Average daily rate £420 £401 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.86% +0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £568 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1056 1102 1125
Average hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.25 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -11.29%

Test Management
Jobs Demand Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Management within the UK as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Management Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Management
Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Management within the UK.

Test Management Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Management
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Management within the UK over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

Test Management Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Management
Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Management within the UK.

Test Management Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Management
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Management within the UK over the 3 months to 5 March 2015.

Test Management Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Management
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Management within the UK over the 3 months to 5 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
England -41 306 £390 -4.87% 73
South East +13 107 £350 -13.04% 18
London -61 104 £425 -4.00% 21
South West +1 33 £440 +46.66% 5
Scotland -8 26 £400 +9.58% 2
Buckinghamshire +21 24 £313 -16.66% 2
Berkshire -6 24 £249 -34.96% 6
City of London -15 23 £475 +1.33% 6
Surrey +24 22 £375 +7.14% 2
West Yorkshire -10 19 £389 +0.32% 7
Yorkshire -19 19 £389 +0.32% 10
Edinburgh +2 18 £425 +13.33%
North West -16 17 £394 -1.56% 2
Leeds -12 15 £263 -31.64% 5
Milton Keynes - 15 £295 -
Manchester +3 14 £400 +45.45% 2
Hampshire -20 14 £333 -38.99% 3
Bristol 0 13 £425 -15.00% 1
West Sussex -13 12 £454 +46.37% 1
Wiltshire +6 10 £418 +51.81% 3
East of England +4 10 £250 -37.50% 4
Swindon +4 8 £418 +39.16% 2
West Midlands 0 8 £375 - 3
Slough +4 6 £275 -47.61%
Reading +2 6 £113 -75.00% 4
Glasgow -3 5 £400 +9.58% 2
Oxfordshire -20 4 £350 -3.44%
Hertfordshire +7 3 £220 - 2
East Anglia -1 3 - -
Stirling -7 3 £400 +2.56%

Test Management
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Test Management 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 Management.

1 264 (35.29%) Finance
2 230 (30.75%) User Acceptance Testing
3 227 (30.35%) Test Strategy
4 212 (28.34%) HP Quality Center
5 180 (24.06%) ISEB
6 175 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
7 153 (20.45%) Test Scripting
8 152 (20.32%) Banking
9 146 (19.52%) QA
10 125 (16.71%) Software Testing
11 123 (16.44%) ISTQB
12 118 (15.78%) SQL
13 100 (13.37%) HP
14 97 (12.97%) Stakeholder Management
15 86 (11.50%) Project Management
15 86 (11.50%) JIRA
16 82 (10.96%) SAP
17 75 (10.03%) Integration Testing
18 73 (9.76%) Security Cleared
19 72 (9.63%) Performance Testing
20 70 (9.36%) Test Planning
21 66 (8.82%) System Testing
22 65 (8.69%) Telecoms
23 64 (8.56%) Oracle
23 64 (8.56%) Microsoft
24 62 (8.29%) Test Automation
25 57 (7.62%) Scrum
26 56 (7.49%) Regression Testing
27 51 (6.82%) Migration
27 51 (6.82%) QuickTest Pro

Test Management
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs within the UK citing Test Management 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 Management. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 24 (3.21%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.20%) CMS
3 8 (1.07%) WebSphere
3 8 (1.07%) WebSphere Application Server
4 7 (0.94%) WebSphere Process Server
5 6 (0.80%) WebLogic
6 4 (0.53%) OpenStack
6 4 (0.53%) Drupal
7 3 (0.40%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.40%) JBoss
7 3 (0.40%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.40%) SugarCRM
7 3 (0.40%) Sitecore CMS
7 3 (0.40%) Lync
8 2 (0.27%) Confluence
8 2 (0.27%) WebLogic Portal
9 1 (0.13%) SAS
9 1 (0.13%) Oracle Workflow
9 1 (0.13%) Mule
Applications
1 38 (5.08%) MS Excel
2 30 (4.01%) MS Office
3 18 (2.41%) MS Project
4 16 (2.14%) MS Visio
5 13 (1.74%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 18 (2.41%) SAP FI
2 17 (2.27%) SAP ERP
3 15 (2.01%) SAP PSCD
4 14 (1.87%) SAP FI-CA
5 8 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
6 6 (0.80%) Agresso
6 6 (0.80%) SAP HR
7 5 (0.67%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 4 (0.53%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.40%) Oracle Financials
9 3 (0.40%) Oracle EBS
9 3 (0.40%) Maximo
9 3 (0.40%) SAP BCA
9 3 (0.40%) TRIRIGA
10 2 (0.27%) Oracle Retail
10 2 (0.27%) IntelliMatch
10 2 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
10 2 (0.27%) VisionPLUS
10 2 (0.27%) SAP CO
10 2 (0.27%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.53%) IaaS
2 1 (0.13%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.13%) SaaS
2 1 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
2 1 (0.13%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 17 (2.27%) HTTP
2 8 (1.07%) SSL
3 6 (0.80%) Internet
4 5 (0.67%) Firewall
5 4 (0.53%) Network Security
6 3 (0.40%) DNS
6 3 (0.40%) Intrusion Detection
6 3 (0.40%) LTE
7 2 (0.27%) VoLTE
7 2 (0.27%) 4G
7 2 (0.27%) Wireshark
7 2 (0.27%) 3G
7 2 (0.27%) TCP/IP
7 2 (0.27%) DHCP
8 1 (0.13%) Extranet
8 1 (0.13%) GSM
8 1 (0.13%) LAN
8 1 (0.13%) 3GPP
8 1 (0.13%) UMTS
8 1 (0.13%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 24 (3.21%) Data Warehouse
2 21 (2.81%) Relational Database
3 19 (2.54%) SQL Server
4 13 (1.74%) Oracle Database
5 12 (1.60%) SAP BW
6 8 (1.07%) Oracle BI EE
7 7 (0.94%) Oracle ODI
8 6 (0.80%) Data Mining
9 5 (0.67%) DataStage
9 5 (0.67%) DB2
9 5 (0.67%) Big Data
10 4 (0.53%) SQL Server 2008
10 4 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
11 3 (0.40%) Oracle Reports
11 3 (0.40%) SQL Server Integration Services
12 2 (0.27%) MongoDB
12 2 (0.27%) Oracle BI Publisher
12 2 (0.27%) Oracle Database 11g
12 2 (0.27%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 2 (0.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 86 (11.50%) JIRA
2 51 (6.82%) QuickTest Pro
3 43 (5.75%) Selenium
4 37 (4.95%) Team Foundation Server
5 36 (4.81%) LoadRunner
6 34 (4.55%) Jenkins
7 27 (3.61%) Cucumber
8 22 (2.94%) Subversion
8 22 (2.94%) WebDriver
9 20 (2.67%) TestDirector
10 19 (2.54%) Bugzilla
11 14 (1.87%) TortoiseSVN
12 12 (1.60%) JMeter
13 11 (1.47%) JUnit
13 11 (1.47%) Maven
14 9 (1.20%) Ant
14 9 (1.20%) Visual Studio
14 9 (1.20%) TestNG
15 7 (0.94%) NeoLoad
16 6 (0.80%) SoapUI
General
1 264 (35.29%) Finance
2 152 (20.32%) Banking
3 65 (8.69%) Telecoms
4 51 (6.82%) Investment Banking
5 38 (5.08%) Retail
6 15 (2.01%) Billing
7 14 (1.87%) General Ledger
7 14 (1.87%) Retail Banking
8 13 (1.74%) Legal
9 12 (1.60%) Marketing
9 12 (1.60%) Law
10 11 (1.47%) Manufacturing
11 8 (1.07%) Back Office
12 7 (0.94%) Front Office
13 6 (0.80%) Electronics
14 4 (0.53%) Spanish Language
14 4 (0.53%) Pharmaceutical
15 3 (0.40%) Advertising
15 3 (0.40%) Dutch Language
16 2 (0.27%) German Language
Job Titles
1 376 (50.27%) Test Manager
2 139 (18.58%) Analyst
3 116 (15.51%) Test Analyst
4 77 (10.29%) Test Leader
5 61 (8.16%) Tester
6 31 (4.14%) Consultant
7 29 (3.88%) Programme Manager
8 25 (3.34%) Programme Test Manager
9 23 (3.07%) Project Manager
9 23 (3.07%) SAP Manager
9 23 (3.07%) SAP Test Manager
10 20 (2.67%) Head of Testing
11 19 (2.54%) Test Engineer
12 18 (2.41%) SAP Consultant
13 17 (2.27%) Business Analyst
14 16 (2.14%) Senior Test Manager
14 16 (2.14%) Senior Manager
15 11 (1.47%) Release Manager
15 11 (1.47%) Test Consultant
16 10 (1.34%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (6.68%) XML
2 44 (5.88%) .NET
3 22 (2.94%) SOAP
4 18 (2.41%) Web Services
5 16 (2.14%) .NET Framework
6 15 (2.01%) REST
7 10 (1.34%) Middleware
8 9 (1.20%) JMS
9 8 (1.07%) SAP XI
10 7 (0.94%) WSDL
10 7 (0.94%) Ajax
11 6 (0.80%) ODBC
12 5 (0.67%) FpML
12 5 (0.67%) JSON
12 5 (0.67%) Oracle Fusion
13 4 (0.53%) XML Messaging
14 3 (0.40%) J2EE
14 3 (0.40%) HTML
15 2 (0.27%) Gherkin
15 2 (0.27%) JPA
Miscellaneous
1 30 (4.01%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (3.07%) Management Information System
2 23 (3.07%) Open Source
3 22 (2.94%) Derivative
4 14 (1.87%) User Experience
5 13 (1.74%) Equities
6 12 (1.60%) Mobile App
7 11 (1.47%) Client/Server
7 11 (1.47%) Credit Risk
8 9 (1.20%) Fixed Income
8 9 (1.20%) Reference Data
9 8 (1.07%) Computer Science
10 7 (0.94%) AS400
10 7 (0.94%) Mainframe
11 6 (0.80%) Enterprise Software
11 6 (0.80%) NHS
12 5 (0.67%) DTV
12 5 (0.67%) Interest Rate Derivative
13 4 (0.53%) SWIFT
13 4 (0.53%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 40 (5.35%) UNIX
2 27 (3.61%) Windows
3 13 (1.74%) Linux
3 13 (1.74%) Android
4 11 (1.47%) Apple iOS
5 3 (0.40%) Windows Mobile
5 3 (0.40%) Windows 7
6 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.27%) Windows Phone 8
6 2 (0.27%) Windows Phone
6 2 (0.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 2 (0.27%) Solaris
7 1 (0.13%) AIX
7 1 (0.13%) HPUX
7 1 (0.13%) Windows NT
7 1 (0.13%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 230 (30.75%) User Acceptance Testing
2 227 (30.35%) Test Strategy
3 175 (23.40%) Agile Software Development
4 153 (20.45%) Test Scripting
5 125 (16.71%) Software Testing
6 97 (12.97%) Stakeholder Management
7 86 (11.50%) Project Management
8 75 (10.03%) Integration Testing
9 72 (9.63%) Performance Testing
10 70 (9.36%) Test Planning
11 66 (8.82%) System Testing
12 62 (8.29%) Test Automation
13 57 (7.62%) Scrum
14 56 (7.49%) Regression Testing
15 51 (6.82%) Migration
16 50 (6.68%) Waterfall
17 42 (5.61%) Automated Testing
18 41 (5.48%) ITIL
18 41 (5.48%) Functional Testing
19 40 (5.35%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 118 (15.78%) SQL
2 49 (6.55%) Java
3 30 (4.01%) C#
4 17 (2.27%) C
5 15 (2.01%) Shell Script
6 12 (1.60%) Python
7 11 (1.47%) JavaScript
8 10 (1.34%) PL/SQL
9 8 (1.07%) Ruby
10 7 (0.94%) C++
10 7 (0.94%) Perl
10 7 (0.94%) PHP
10 7 (0.94%) VBA
11 6 (0.80%) VB.NET
12 5 (0.67%) VB
13 4 (0.53%) Bash Shell
14 2 (0.27%) Bourne shell
14 2 (0.27%) MATLAB
14 2 (0.27%) RPG
14 2 (0.27%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 180 (24.06%) ISEB
2 123 (16.44%) ISTQB
3 73 (9.76%) Security Cleared
4 50 (6.68%) SC Cleared
5 45 (6.02%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 31 (4.14%) Degree
7 26 (3.48%) ISEB Practitioner
8 12 (1.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 10 (1.34%) DV Cleared
9 10 (1.34%) VCP4
10 7 (0.94%) PMI Certification
10 7 (0.94%) CCA
10 7 (0.94%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 7 (0.94%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 4 (0.53%) PMP
12 2 (0.27%) CTC Cleared
13 1 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
13 1 (0.13%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 146 (19.52%) QA
2 10 (1.34%) EMIR
3 5 (0.67%) FATCA
4 4 (0.53%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.27%) Basel III
5 2 (0.27%) PCI DSS
5 2 (0.27%) COBIT
6 1 (0.13%) SLA
6 1 (0.13%) ISO 9001
6 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.13%) Basel II
6 1 (0.13%) MiFID
6 1 (0.13%) HL7
6 1 (0.13%) Solvency II
System Software
1 5 (0.67%) Active Directory
2 4 (0.53%) KVM
3 3 (0.40%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.27%) VMware Infrastructure
5 1 (0.13%) Snort
Systems Management
1 212 (28.34%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.13%) SCCM
2 1 (0.13%) Opscode Chef
2 1 (0.13%) Vagrant
2 1 (0.13%) Oracle Identity Manager
2 1 (0.13%) Puppet
2 1 (0.13%) HP SIM
Vendors
1 100 (13.37%) HP
2 82 (10.96%) SAP
3 64 (8.56%) Oracle
3 64 (8.56%) Microsoft
4 20 (2.67%) IBM
5 14 (1.87%) Murex
6 10 (1.34%) Calypso
7 7 (0.94%) Software AG
7 7 (0.94%) Business Objects
8 6 (0.80%) webMethods
9 5 (0.67%) PeopleSoft
10 4 (0.53%) SunGard
10 4 (0.53%) Red Hat
11 3 (0.40%) Apple
11 3 (0.40%) JD Edwards
11 3 (0.40%) Citrix
11 3 (0.40%) Cisco
11 3 (0.40%) Cognos
11 3 (0.40%) Siebel
11 3 (0.40%) Kofax
Middlesex
Randstad Strategic Accounts
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 17 hours ago
Derby, Derbyshire
Uniting Ambition
Rate: £400pd
Posted: Yesterday
Swindon, Wiltshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450 - £540 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Wiltshire
Roc Search
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £570 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £517 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Middlesex
Capita - ITIN
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £500.00 - £547.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
South West London
Parliamentary ICT
Rate: From £28,718 to £35,723 per annum
Posted: 9 days ago
London
Huxley Banking & Financial Services
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 10 days ago
Hampshire
Novate IT Ltd
Rate: £225 - £250 per annum
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Sovereign Business Resources
Rate: £50000 per annum + benefits
Posted: 26 days ago