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 30 January 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
30 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 249 234 279
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +45
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 432 398 297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.85% 0.83% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.11% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 252 212 165
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 £275 £288 £281
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £529 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-1.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 2 5
Average hourly rate £37.25 £52.50 £43.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-29.04% +22.09%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £38.50 £37.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.50 £66.50 £47.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £35.00 £43.00
% change year-on-year
+6.42% -18.60%

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
38459 35783 32221
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.37% 74.30% 72.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 24687 21730 19119
Average daily rate £423 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1007 1095 1275
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.25 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.25% -9.16%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.15 £47.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.32
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -12.19%

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 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 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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statistics and historical trends)
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 -3 404 £400 +2.56% 125
London +17 192 £425 +2.40% 49
South East +1 90 £350 -0.84% 18
City of London +12 44 £475 +18.75% 16
Berkshire +13 34 £350 -22.22% 2
North West +2 29 £263 -33.33% 7
East of England +6 24 £363 -3.33% 15
South West -19 23 £450 +17.64% 15
Scotland -1 22 £400 -20.00% 7
West Midlands +11 19 £400 - 3
Yorkshire -27 17 £275 -26.66% 14
Hampshire -43 16 £350 - 4
Shropshire - 15 £400 - 2
Manchester +3 14 £225 -18.18% 2
Buckinghamshire +1 13 £369 -13.23% 2
Telford - 13 £400 - 2
Edinburgh +2 12 £385 -14.44% 5
Surrey -3 11 £310 -11.42% 7
West Sussex -8 11 £393 +25.60%
East Midlands +10 10 £325 -7.14% 1
South Yorkshire +7 10 £275 -29.03% 1
Glasgow -2 10 £405 -19.00% 1
Hertfordshire - 10 £350 - 6
Bristol -4 9 £475 +19.49% 12
Bournemouth +5 7 £450 -
Dorset -4 7 £450 - 1
West Yorkshire -32 7 £400 +6.66% 11
St Albans - 7 £350 - 1
Northamptonshire -1 6 £325 - 1
Suffolk -2 6 £338 -22.90% 1

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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.

1 251 (28.62%) User Acceptance Testing
2 236 (26.91%) Agile Software Development
3 222 (25.31%) Test Management
4 219 (24.97%) Finance
5 204 (23.26%) QA
6 189 (21.55%) Test Scripting
7 164 (18.70%) SQL
8 158 (18.02%) HP Quality Center
9 141 (16.08%) Banking
10 140 (15.96%) ISEB
11 122 (13.91%) Oracle
12 114 (13.00%) ISTQB
13 111 (12.66%) HP
14 105 (11.97%) Integration Testing
15 103 (11.74%) Microsoft
16 102 (11.63%) Test Automation
17 95 (10.83%) Software Testing
18 94 (10.72%) Test Planning
19 92 (10.49%) Migration
20 90 (10.26%) Regression Testing
21 88 (10.03%) Project Management
21 88 (10.03%) Java
22 81 (9.24%) Scrum
23 79 (9.01%) Validation
24 75 (8.55%) Degree
24 75 (8.55%) UNIX
24 75 (8.55%) Security Cleared
25 73 (8.32%) Selenium
26 72 (8.21%) Analytical Skills
27 70 (7.98%) Stakeholder Management

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 January 2015, 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 14 (1.60%) WebLogic
1 14 (1.60%) SharePoint
2 9 (1.03%) SAS
3 8 (0.91%) Oracle Workflow
4 6 (0.68%) Tomcat
5 5 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
5 5 (0.57%) Documentum
6 4 (0.46%) IIS
6 4 (0.46%) WebSphere
7 3 (0.34%) MS Exchange
7 3 (0.34%) Captiva
7 3 (0.34%) Confluence
7 3 (0.34%) Lync
8 2 (0.23%) WebLogic Portal
8 2 (0.23%) ArcGIS
8 2 (0.23%) ArcSDE
9 1 (0.11%) CMS
9 1 (0.11%) JBoss
9 1 (0.11%) Drupal
Applications
1 67 (7.64%) MS Excel
2 32 (3.65%) MS Office
3 23 (2.62%) MS Project
4 19 (2.17%) MS Visio
5 18 (2.05%) MS PowerPoint
6 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.11%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 15 (1.71%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.37%) Oracle Retail
3 9 (1.03%) Dynamics CRM
4 7 (0.80%) Agresso
4 7 (0.80%) Oracle Financials
4 7 (0.80%) Oracle Payables
5 5 (0.57%) Summit
5 5 (0.57%) SAP HR
5 5 (0.57%) Oracle EBS R12
6 4 (0.46%) SAP BPC
6 4 (0.46%) SAP ERP
7 3 (0.34%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.34%) Cognos Business Intelligence
7 3 (0.34%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.34%) Cognos TM1
7 3 (0.34%) IntelliMatch
8 2 (0.23%) TRIRIGA
8 2 (0.23%) Markit EDM
8 2 (0.23%) Cerner Millennium
8 2 (0.23%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.34%) SaaS
3 1 (0.11%) Taleo
3 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.74%) Firewall
2 23 (2.62%) TCP/IP
3 20 (2.28%) Internet
4 17 (1.94%) Wireshark
5 11 (1.25%) MPLS
5 11 (1.25%) HTTPS
6 10 (1.14%) SSL
6 10 (1.14%) LAN
6 10 (1.14%) HTTP
7 9 (1.03%) WAN
8 8 (0.91%) ATM
9 7 (0.80%) BGP
9 7 (0.80%) Cisco ASA
9 7 (0.80%) Cisco Nexus
10 5 (0.57%) VLAN
10 5 (0.57%) DNS
10 5 (0.57%) Ethernet
11 4 (0.46%) Network Security
11 4 (0.46%) FTP
12 3 (0.34%) LLU
Database & Business Intelligence
1 43 (4.90%) Data Warehouse
2 31 (3.53%) SQL Server
3 28 (3.19%) Oracle Reports
4 15 (1.71%) Relational Database
5 14 (1.60%) Oracle Database
5 14 (1.60%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 12 (1.37%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 9 (1.03%) QlikView
7 9 (1.03%) Snowflake Schema
7 9 (1.03%) Star Schema
8 8 (0.91%) SAS Enterprise Guide
9 7 (0.80%) Data Mining
10 6 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.57%) SAP BW
11 5 (0.57%) DB2
11 5 (0.57%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 5 (0.57%) Big Data
11 5 (0.57%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
12 4 (0.46%) OLAP Cube
12 4 (0.46%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 73 (8.32%) Selenium
2 68 (7.75%) QuickTest Pro
3 49 (5.59%) JIRA
4 42 (4.79%) LoadRunner
5 39 (4.45%) SoapUI
6 36 (4.10%) Cucumber
7 26 (2.96%) WebDriver
7 26 (2.96%) JUnit
8 22 (2.51%) Team Foundation Server
9 20 (2.28%) JMeter
10 19 (2.17%) TestDirector
11 17 (1.94%) Maven
11 17 (1.94%) Jenkins
12 12 (1.37%) TestNG
13 10 (1.14%) Appium
13 10 (1.14%) Visual Studio
14 9 (1.03%) ClearCase
14 9 (1.03%) SpecFlow
15 8 (0.91%) Rational DOORS
15 8 (0.91%) DbUnit
General
1 219 (24.97%) Finance
2 141 (16.08%) Banking
3 54 (6.16%) Investment Banking
4 53 (6.04%) Retail
5 51 (5.82%) Telecoms
6 24 (2.74%) Front Office
7 13 (1.48%) Retail Banking
8 10 (1.14%) Legal
9 9 (1.03%) Marketing
9 9 (1.03%) Billing
10 8 (0.91%) Back Office
11 6 (0.68%) Manufacturing
11 6 (0.68%) Automotive
12 5 (0.57%) Spanish Language
12 5 (0.57%) Games
13 4 (0.46%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.46%) Advertising
13 4 (0.46%) Italian Language
13 4 (0.46%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.34%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 321 (36.60%) Test Manager
2 196 (22.35%) Analyst
3 132 (15.05%) Test Analyst
4 72 (8.21%) Test Leader
5 69 (7.87%) Developer
6 65 (7.41%) Tester
7 46 (5.25%) Business Analyst
8 45 (5.13%) Test Engineer
9 34 (3.88%) Programme Manager
10 30 (3.42%) Programme Test Manager
10 30 (3.42%) Consultant
11 23 (2.62%) Senior Analyst
12 20 (2.28%) Scala Developer
13 19 (2.17%) SAP Test Manager
13 19 (2.17%) SAP Manager
14 18 (2.05%) Project Manager
15 17 (1.94%) QA Manager
16 16 (1.82%) Senior Test Analyst
16 16 (1.82%) Test Consultant
16 16 (1.82%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (6.84%) .NET
2 45 (5.13%) Web Services
3 41 (4.68%) HTML
4 31 (3.53%) XML
5 24 (2.74%) J2EE
5 24 (2.74%) SOAP
6 21 (2.39%) RESTful
7 19 (2.17%) HTML5
8 17 (1.94%) JSON
9 16 (1.82%) ASP.NET
10 13 (1.48%) REST
11 12 (1.37%) Middleware
12 11 (1.25%) Gherkin
13 10 (1.14%) JSP
14 9 (1.03%) jQuery
15 7 (0.80%) CSS
16 6 (0.68%) SAX
17 5 (0.57%) SAP XI
17 5 (0.57%) AngularJS
18 4 (0.46%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 72 (8.21%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (2.62%) Management Information System
3 19 (2.17%) Computer Science
4 13 (1.48%) Open Source
5 12 (1.37%) Derivative
5 12 (1.37%) Fixed Income
6 11 (1.25%) PMI
7 10 (1.14%) Data Structures
8 9 (1.03%) NHS
8 9 (1.03%) Client/Server
8 9 (1.03%) User Experience
8 9 (1.03%) Visualisation
9 7 (0.80%) Equities
9 7 (0.80%) Smart Meter
10 6 (0.68%) Mobile App
10 6 (0.68%) Enterprise Software
10 6 (0.68%) Reference Data
10 6 (0.68%) Credit Derivative
10 6 (0.68%) Statistics
11 5 (0.57%) Credit Risk
Operating Systems
1 75 (8.55%) UNIX
2 61 (6.96%) Windows
3 42 (4.79%) Linux
4 16 (1.82%) Windows Server 2003
5 15 (1.71%) Windows XP
6 13 (1.48%) Windows Server 2008
7 12 (1.37%) Windows 7
8 10 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 10 (1.14%) Windows 2000
8 10 (1.14%) AIX
9 8 (0.91%) Apple iOS
10 7 (0.80%) Solaris
10 7 (0.80%) Android
11 6 (0.68%) Windows NT
12 2 (0.23%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.23%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.11%) SUSE
13 1 (0.11%) VMS
13 1 (0.11%) Windows 2000 Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 251 (28.62%) User Acceptance Testing
2 236 (26.91%) Agile Software Development
3 222 (25.31%) Test Management
4 189 (21.55%) Test Scripting
5 105 (11.97%) Integration Testing
6 102 (11.63%) Test Automation
7 95 (10.83%) Software Testing
8 94 (10.72%) Test Planning
9 92 (10.49%) Migration
10 90 (10.26%) Regression Testing
11 88 (10.03%) Project Management
12 81 (9.24%) Scrum
13 79 (9.01%) Validation
14 70 (7.98%) Stakeholder Management
15 68 (7.75%) Performance Testing
16 65 (7.41%) Automated Testing
17 60 (6.84%) System Testing
18 58 (6.61%) Risk Management
19 57 (6.50%) Data Migration
20 55 (6.27%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 164 (18.70%) SQL
2 88 (10.03%) Java
3 36 (4.10%) JavaScript
4 29 (3.31%) Shell Script
5 27 (3.08%) C#
5 27 (3.08%) PL/SQL
6 22 (2.51%) Ruby
6 22 (2.51%) Scala
7 20 (2.28%) Python
8 17 (1.94%) C
9 16 (1.82%) Perl
10 12 (1.37%) T-SQL
10 12 (1.37%) VB
11 10 (1.14%) VBA
12 7 (0.80%) C++
13 6 (0.68%) PHP
14 4 (0.46%) Bash Shell
14 4 (0.46%) VBScript
15 3 (0.34%) RPG
15 3 (0.34%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 140 (15.96%) ISEB
2 114 (13.00%) ISTQB
3 75 (8.55%) Degree
3 75 (8.55%) Security Cleared
4 58 (6.61%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 49 (5.59%) SC Cleared
6 30 (3.42%) ISEB Practitioner
7 18 (2.05%) DV Cleared
8 15 (1.71%) CCNP
8 15 (1.71%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (1.48%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 12 (1.37%) PMI Certification
11 10 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 8 (0.91%) CISSP
12 8 (0.91%) JNCIS
13 5 (0.57%) CCNA
13 5 (0.57%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (0.57%) MCSE
14 4 (0.46%) MOS
15 3 (0.34%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 204 (23.26%) QA
2 6 (0.68%) PCI DSS
3 5 (0.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.57%) ISO 9000
3 5 (0.57%) ISO 9001
3 5 (0.57%) Basel III
4 3 (0.34%) EMIR
5 2 (0.23%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.11%) SLA
6 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 14443
6 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 7816
6 1 (0.11%) FATCA
6 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.11%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.11%) COREP
System Software
1 16 (1.82%) Nmap
2 11 (1.25%) Active Directory
3 8 (0.91%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (0.80%) VMware ESX
5 6 (0.68%) VMware ESXi
6 3 (0.34%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.34%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 158 (18.02%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.82%) Nessus
3 8 (0.91%) Puppet
4 7 (0.80%) FortiGate
5 6 (0.68%) CORE IMPACT
6 4 (0.46%) Ansible
6 4 (0.46%) Opscode Chef
7 3 (0.34%) WebInspect
7 3 (0.34%) SCCM
7 3 (0.34%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (0.23%) Vagrant
8 2 (0.23%) Control-M
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
9 1 (0.11%) SCOM
9 1 (0.11%) McAfee ePO
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 1 (0.11%) Oracle Identity Management
Vendors
1 122 (13.91%) Oracle
2 111 (12.66%) HP
3 103 (11.74%) Microsoft
4 51 (5.82%) SAP
5 28 (3.19%) Cisco
6 20 (2.28%) CheckPoint
7 17 (1.94%) webMethods
7 17 (1.94%) Salesforce.com
7 17 (1.94%) Business Objects
8 13 (1.48%) VMware
9 11 (1.25%) Informatica
9 11 (1.25%) Pega
9 11 (1.25%) F5
10 10 (1.14%) Murex
10 10 (1.14%) Juniper
10 10 (1.14%) Red Hat
11 9 (1.03%) IBM
12 8 (0.91%) Tableau
12 8 (0.91%) BEA
13 7 (0.80%) Citrix
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Posted: Yesterday
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Rate: £250.00 - £300.00 per day
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Cumbria
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Rate: £50 - £70 per hour
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Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
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West Midlands
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Telford
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Halifax
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Bristol
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