The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy 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 Strategy over the 3 months to 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 231 235 273
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +38
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 496 418 333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.91% 0.82% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.22% 1.11% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 305 252 174
Average daily rate
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£400 £390 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £275 £293
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 3
Average hourly rate £30.00 £37.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.91% -7.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.50 £21.78 £34.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £61.50 £39.00 £42.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £37.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-18.91% -7.50%

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
40533 37796 34894
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.73% 73.83% 71.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 26554 23240 20514
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1096 1172 1415
Average hourly rate £24.00 £26.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in the UK

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in the UK

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in the UK

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Histogram

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 2014.

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK

Test Strategy
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 Strategy within the UK over the 3 months to 24 December 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
England -9 455 £400 +2.56% 77
London +75 247 £450 +7.14% 23
South East -23 88 £350 - 8
City of London +24 64 £475 +2.70% 10
East of England -4 31 £350 +7.69% 9
North West -4 29 £248 -34.00% 4
Berkshire -1 27 £350 +38.61% 1
Scotland +7 25 £400 -15.78% 4
South West -33 24 £350 -9.67% 2
Manchester -2 18 £225 -26.22% 4
Hampshire -37 18 £330 -2.22% 1
Buckinghamshire -2 17 £400 - 1
Surrey -1 13 £310 -21.26% 5
East Midlands +5 12 £325 -7.14% 5
Glasgow +5 12 £410 -18.00% 1
South Wales -6 12 £275 +4.76% 1
Wales -13 12 £275 +4.76% 1
Yorkshire -45 12 £400 +6.66% 17
Hertfordshire +18 11 £375 - 2
Edinburgh -10 11 £370 -12.94%
Shropshire 0 10 £400 +14.28%
West Midlands -9 10 £400 +14.28% 6
Telford -1 8 £400 +14.28%
West Yorkshire -47 8 £338 -10.00% 11
Cardiff -6 7 £263 - 1
Northamptonshire -11 7 £325 -
Bristol -14 7 £373 +14.61% 1
Suffolk +1 6 £338 -22.90% 1
Southampton -2 6 £278 -22.10%
Essex -5 6 £325 +19.26% 3

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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.

1 265 (29.54%) Agile Software Development
2 261 (29.10%) User Acceptance Testing
3 215 (23.97%) Test Management
4 214 (23.86%) Finance
5 209 (23.30%) QA
6 201 (22.41%) Test Scripting
7 173 (19.29%) SQL
8 161 (17.95%) HP Quality Center
9 138 (15.38%) ISEB
10 137 (15.27%) Banking
11 126 (14.05%) Oracle
12 123 (13.71%) HP
13 117 (13.04%) ISTQB
14 104 (11.59%) Test Automation
15 103 (11.48%) Test Planning
16 102 (11.37%) Integration Testing
17 98 (10.93%) Software Testing
17 98 (10.93%) Microsoft
18 96 (10.70%) Java
19 94 (10.48%) Project Management
20 93 (10.37%) Scrum
21 84 (9.36%) Analytical Skills
22 80 (8.92%) Performance Testing
22 80 (8.92%) Migration
22 80 (8.92%) Regression Testing
23 79 (8.81%) UNIX
24 77 (8.58%) Selenium
25 75 (8.36%) Degree
25 75 (8.36%) Automated Testing
25 75 (8.36%) Stakeholder Management

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs within the UK 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 15 (1.67%) WebLogic
2 14 (1.56%) SharePoint
3 12 (1.34%) Oracle Workflow
4 9 (1.00%) Tomcat
5 8 (0.89%) SAS
6 5 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (0.56%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.45%) Confluence
7 4 (0.45%) IIS
8 3 (0.33%) MS Exchange
9 2 (0.22%) Documentum
9 2 (0.22%) WebLogic Portal
9 2 (0.22%) CMS
9 2 (0.22%) Adobe CQ
10 1 (0.11%) Lync
10 1 (0.11%) Drupal
10 1 (0.11%) Captiva
10 1 (0.11%) JBoss
Applications
1 65 (7.25%) MS Excel
2 32 (3.57%) MS Office
3 24 (2.68%) MS Project
4 21 (2.34%) MS Visio
5 17 (1.90%) MS PowerPoint
6 3 (0.33%) Final Cut Pro
7 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 16 (1.78%) Oracle EBS
2 15 (1.67%) Oracle Retail
3 7 (0.78%) Agresso
4 6 (0.67%) Oracle Financials
4 6 (0.67%) Summit
4 6 (0.67%) IntelliMatch
4 6 (0.67%) Oracle Payables
5 5 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
6 4 (0.45%) SAP ERP
7 3 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.33%) Cognos TM1
7 3 (0.33%) SAP HR
7 3 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 3 (0.33%) Oracle EBS R12
7 3 (0.33%) SAP BPC
7 3 (0.33%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.22%) TRIRIGA
8 2 (0.22%) BASE24
8 2 (0.22%) SAP Retail
8 2 (0.22%) Cerner Millennium
Cloud Services
1 4 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.22%) SaaS
3 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 26 (2.90%) Firewall
2 23 (2.56%) TCP/IP
3 22 (2.45%) Internet
4 18 (2.01%) Wireshark
5 12 (1.34%) LAN
6 11 (1.23%) HTTPS
7 10 (1.11%) SSL
7 10 (1.11%) MPLS
8 9 (1.00%) HTTP
9 8 (0.89%) WAN
9 8 (0.89%) ATM
10 7 (0.78%) BGP
10 7 (0.78%) VLAN
10 7 (0.78%) Cisco ASA
10 7 (0.78%) Cisco Nexus
11 6 (0.67%) IPsec
11 6 (0.67%) VPN
12 5 (0.56%) DNS
12 5 (0.56%) Network Security
13 4 (0.45%) FTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (4.91%) Data Warehouse
2 34 (3.79%) SQL Server
3 27 (3.01%) Oracle Reports
4 18 (2.01%) Oracle Database
5 13 (1.45%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 12 (1.34%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 12 (1.34%) Relational Database
7 9 (1.00%) Big Data
8 8 (0.89%) QlikView
8 8 (0.89%) Snowflake Schema
8 8 (0.89%) Star Schema
9 7 (0.78%) SQL Server 2012
9 7 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (0.78%) Base SAS
10 6 (0.67%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 6 (0.67%) MySQL
10 6 (0.67%) OLAP
10 6 (0.67%) OLAP Cube
11 5 (0.56%) DB2
11 5 (0.56%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 77 (8.58%) Selenium
2 66 (7.36%) QuickTest Pro
3 49 (5.46%) JIRA
4 48 (5.35%) SoapUI
5 43 (4.79%) Cucumber
6 40 (4.46%) LoadRunner
7 28 (3.12%) JUnit
7 28 (3.12%) WebDriver
8 27 (3.01%) Team Foundation Server
9 23 (2.56%) TestDirector
9 23 (2.56%) JMeter
10 19 (2.12%) Maven
11 18 (2.01%) SpecFlow
12 14 (1.56%) Jenkins
13 13 (1.45%) TestNG
14 12 (1.34%) Visual Studio
15 9 (1.00%) ClearCase
15 9 (1.00%) Toad
16 8 (0.89%) DbUnit
16 8 (0.89%) Rational DOORS
General
1 214 (23.86%) Finance
2 137 (15.27%) Banking
3 56 (6.24%) Investment Banking
4 55 (6.13%) Retail
5 39 (4.35%) Telecoms
6 30 (3.34%) Front Office
7 11 (1.23%) Billing
7 11 (1.23%) Retail Banking
7 11 (1.23%) Marketing
8 9 (1.00%) Financial Institution
8 9 (1.00%) Legal
9 8 (0.89%) Back Office
10 7 (0.78%) Manufacturing
10 7 (0.78%) Automotive
11 5 (0.56%) Games
12 4 (0.45%) General Ledger
12 4 (0.45%) Italian Language
12 4 (0.45%) Spanish Language
13 3 (0.33%) Advertising
14 2 (0.22%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 308 (34.34%) Test Manager
2 221 (24.64%) Analyst
3 147 (16.39%) Test Analyst
4 79 (8.81%) Test Leader
5 77 (8.58%) Tester
6 61 (6.80%) Developer
7 48 (5.35%) Business Analyst
8 46 (5.13%) Test Engineer
9 31 (3.46%) Consultant
10 29 (3.23%) Programme Manager
11 26 (2.90%) Programme Test Manager
12 24 (2.68%) SAP Test Manager
12 24 (2.68%) SAP Manager
13 21 (2.34%) Scala Developer
13 21 (2.34%) Architect
13 21 (2.34%) Senior Analyst
14 20 (2.23%) Project Manager
15 19 (2.12%) QA Analyst
16 16 (1.78%) QA Manager
17 15 (1.67%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 71 (7.92%) .NET
2 59 (6.58%) Web Services
3 44 (4.91%) HTML
4 35 (3.90%) XML
5 29 (3.23%) SOAP
6 26 (2.90%) RESTful
7 23 (2.56%) HTML5
7 23 (2.56%) J2EE
8 17 (1.90%) JSON
9 16 (1.78%) ASP.NET
10 14 (1.56%) Gherkin
11 13 (1.45%) REST
12 12 (1.34%) Middleware
13 11 (1.23%) JSP
14 9 (1.00%) jQuery
15 7 (0.78%) CSS
16 6 (0.67%) Spring
17 5 (0.56%) SAX
18 4 (0.45%) J2SE
18 4 (0.45%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 84 (9.36%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (2.56%) Derivative
3 18 (2.01%) Management Information System
3 18 (2.01%) Open Source
4 17 (1.90%) Computer Science
5 15 (1.67%) Fixed Income
5 15 (1.67%) Data Structures
6 13 (1.45%) Equities
7 12 (1.34%) Client/Server
8 11 (1.23%) PMI
8 11 (1.23%) User Experience
9 10 (1.11%) Credit Derivative
10 9 (1.00%) Credit Risk
11 8 (0.89%) Visualisation
12 7 (0.78%) Smart Meter
12 7 (0.78%) Mobile App
12 7 (0.78%) PKI
13 6 (0.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 6 (0.67%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.67%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 79 (8.81%) UNIX
2 68 (7.58%) Windows
3 44 (4.91%) Linux
4 16 (1.78%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (1.67%) Windows XP
6 13 (1.45%) Solaris
6 13 (1.45%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (1.34%) Apple iOS
8 11 (1.23%) Android
9 10 (1.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 10 (1.11%) Windows 2000
9 10 (1.11%) AIX
10 9 (1.00%) Windows 7
11 7 (0.78%) Windows Server 2012
12 5 (0.56%) Windows NT
13 4 (0.45%) Oracle Linux
14 1 (0.11%) Windows 2000 Server
14 1 (0.11%) VMS
14 1 (0.11%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 265 (29.54%) Agile Software Development
2 261 (29.10%) User Acceptance Testing
3 215 (23.97%) Test Management
4 201 (22.41%) Test Scripting
5 104 (11.59%) Test Automation
6 103 (11.48%) Test Planning
7 102 (11.37%) Integration Testing
8 98 (10.93%) Software Testing
9 94 (10.48%) Project Management
10 93 (10.37%) Scrum
11 80 (8.92%) Migration
11 80 (8.92%) Regression Testing
11 80 (8.92%) Performance Testing
12 75 (8.36%) Stakeholder Management
12 75 (8.36%) Automated Testing
13 74 (8.25%) Validation
14 65 (7.25%) TDD
15 62 (6.91%) Risk Management
16 60 (6.69%) Manual Testing
17 57 (6.35%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 173 (19.29%) SQL
2 96 (10.70%) Java
3 41 (4.57%) JavaScript
4 31 (3.46%) C#
5 26 (2.90%) Shell Script
6 25 (2.79%) Ruby
7 23 (2.56%) Scala
7 23 (2.56%) PL/SQL
8 16 (1.78%) C
8 16 (1.78%) Perl
9 15 (1.67%) Python
10 12 (1.34%) VBA
11 9 (1.00%) VB
12 7 (0.78%) C++
13 6 (0.67%) T-SQL
14 5 (0.56%) RPG
14 5 (0.56%) PHP
15 4 (0.45%) VBScript
15 4 (0.45%) Bash Shell
16 3 (0.33%) SAS Macro
Qualifications
1 138 (15.38%) ISEB
2 117 (13.04%) ISTQB
3 75 (8.36%) Degree
4 74 (8.25%) Security Cleared
5 56 (6.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 52 (5.80%) SC Cleared
7 31 (3.46%) ISEB Practitioner
8 17 (1.90%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 16 (1.78%) DV Cleared
10 12 (1.34%) PMI Certification
11 10 (1.11%) Cisco Certification
12 9 (1.00%) CISSP
12 9 (1.00%) CCNP
13 8 (0.89%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 6 (0.67%) MOS
15 5 (0.56%) CCNA
16 4 (0.45%) MCSE
16 4 (0.45%) Microsoft Certification
16 4 (0.45%) CEH
16 4 (0.45%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 209 (23.30%) QA
2 9 (1.00%) Basel III
3 7 (0.78%) PCI DSS
4 5 (0.56%) ISO 9000
4 5 (0.56%) ISO 9001
4 5 (0.56%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.45%) SLA
6 3 (0.33%) GxP
6 3 (0.33%) EMIR
7 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 7816
8 1 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.11%) COREP
8 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.11%) FATCA
System Software
1 16 (1.78%) Nmap
2 15 (1.67%) Active Directory
3 12 (1.34%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.89%) VMware ESXi
4 8 (0.89%) VMware ESX
5 3 (0.33%) VMware Workstation
5 3 (0.33%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 161 (17.95%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.78%) Nessus
3 9 (1.00%) Puppet
4 7 (0.78%) FortiGate
5 6 (0.67%) CORE IMPACT
6 4 (0.45%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.45%) Ansible
7 3 (0.33%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.33%) WebInspect
7 3 (0.33%) SCCM
8 2 (0.22%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 1 (0.11%) Control-M
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Identity Management
9 1 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 126 (14.05%) Oracle
2 123 (13.71%) HP
3 98 (10.93%) Microsoft
4 52 (5.80%) SAP
5 25 (2.79%) Cisco
6 18 (2.01%) VMware
7 17 (1.90%) CheckPoint
8 14 (1.56%) Salesforce.com
9 11 (1.23%) webMethods
9 11 (1.23%) IBM
10 10 (1.11%) Business Objects
10 10 (1.11%) Red Hat
10 10 (1.11%) F5
10 10 (1.11%) Splunk
11 8 (0.89%) Citrix
11 8 (0.89%) Murex
12 7 (0.78%) Adobe
12 7 (0.78%) Informatica
12 7 (0.78%) Tableau
12 7 (0.78%) ESRI
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