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 10 February 2016 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
10 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 229 258 247
Rank change year-on-year
+29 -11
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 537 438 408
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.04% 0.85% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.28% 1.09% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 308 256 221
Average daily rate £443 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.62% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £274 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+11.84% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 1
Average hourly rate £60.00 £38.50 £70.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+55.84% -45.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £38.50 -
% change year-on-year
+55.84% -

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
41792 40196 38042
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.24% 77.62% 76.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 27320 25624 23044
Average daily rate £425 £420 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.19% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1199 1072 1163
Average hourly rate £40.00 £26.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+50.94% -3.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.25 £52.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016.

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 10 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 +34 488 £450 +12.50% 88
London +5 180 £475 +7.95% 40
South East +19 92 £356 -0.69% 13
West Midlands +31 73 £455 +13.75% 8
Shropshire +3 57 £470 +17.50% 4
Telford +5 49 £470 +17.50% 4
North West +1 47 £475 +80.95% 5
Scotland +9 38 £450 +12.50% 1
Edinburgh +3 30 £450 +16.88% 1
Yorkshire -7 30 £485 +76.36% 9
Manchester -1 28 £370 +64.44% 3
West Yorkshire +9 26 £485 +21.25% 6
Leeds +11 25 £485 +21.25% 5
Buckinghamshire +26 22 £400 -5.88%
Hampshire +12 22 £338 -8.78% 1
East of England 0 20 £450 +20.00% 4
South West -1 19 £438 -2.77% 5
Milton Keynes +18 17 £406 +1.56%
City of London +9 17 £500 +2.56% 6
Berkshire -11 15 £373 +6.42% 3
North East -6 14 £375 +63.04% 2
East Midlands -11 13 £500 +53.84% 2
Tyne and Wear -16 13 £350 +52.17% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -20 12 £325 +41.30% 1
Lancashire +10 10 £525 +50.00% 1
Blackpool - 10 £525 -
Kent - 9 £210 -
Essex +5 7 £650 -23.52%
West Sussex +3 7 £300 -23.56% 2
Reading 0 7 £375 - 1

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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.

1 378 (33.93%) Agile Software Development
2 264 (23.70%) User Acceptance Testing
3 262 (23.52%) Finance
4 260 (23.34%) Test Scripting
5 221 (19.84%) SQL
6 192 (17.24%) QA
7 187 (16.79%) Oracle
8 180 (16.16%) Test Management
9 165 (14.81%) Banking
10 146 (13.11%) Java
11 143 (12.84%) Security Cleared
12 142 (12.75%) Test Automation
13 134 (12.03%) Scrum
14 133 (11.94%) ISTQB
15 130 (11.67%) Waterfall
16 129 (11.58%) ISEB
17 125 (11.22%) Functional Testing
17 125 (11.22%) JIRA
18 121 (10.86%) Selenium
18 121 (10.86%) Defect Management
19 119 (10.68%) Software Testing
20 118 (10.59%) Non-Functional Testing
21 116 (10.41%) Migration
21 116 (10.41%) System Integration Testing
22 114 (10.23%) Stakeholder Management
22 114 (10.23%) Unix
23 103 (9.25%) Integration Testing
24 102 (9.16%) SDLC
25 97 (8.71%) HP UFT
26 94 (8.44%) HP

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 10 February 2016, 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 59 (5.30%) Confluence
2 46 (4.13%) WebLogic
3 29 (2.60%) SAS
4 25 (2.24%) SharePoint
5 13 (1.17%) Elasticsearch
6 12 (1.08%) Documentum
6 12 (1.08%) Tomcat
7 9 (0.81%) JBoss
8 5 (0.45%) Captiva
9 4 (0.36%) Oracle Service Bus
10 3 (0.27%) CMS
10 3 (0.27%) nginx
10 3 (0.27%) Node.js
10 3 (0.27%) OpenStack
10 3 (0.27%) Skype for Business
10 3 (0.27%) WebSphere
11 2 (0.18%) Apache
11 2 (0.18%) Sitecore CMS
11 2 (0.18%) Umbraco
11 2 (0.18%) WordPress
Applications
1 46 (4.13%) MS Excel
2 29 (2.60%) MS Office
3 23 (2.06%) MS PowerPoint
4 19 (1.71%) MS Project
5 15 (1.35%) MS Visio
6 5 (0.45%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.27%) Mingle
8 2 (0.18%) 3ds Max
8 2 (0.18%) Acrobat
8 2 (0.18%) Adobe Illustrator
8 2 (0.18%) GIMP
8 2 (0.18%) Open Workbench
8 2 (0.18%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (1.26%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (0.90%) Oracle ERP
3 7 (0.63%) Dynamics CRM
4 6 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.45%) Oracle EBS R12
5 5 (0.45%) Primavera
5 5 (0.45%) SAP FI
6 4 (0.36%) SAP IS-U
6 4 (0.36%) SAP PSCD
6 4 (0.36%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.27%) LabWindows
7 3 (0.27%) Oracle Applications
7 3 (0.27%) Oracle BPM
7 3 (0.27%) Remedy ITSM
7 3 (0.27%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.27%) Teamcenter
8 2 (0.18%) Magento
8 2 (0.18%) Oracle Financials
8 2 (0.18%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
8 2 (0.18%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 10 (0.90%) SaaS
2 7 (0.63%) IaaS
3 5 (0.45%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
4 4 (0.36%) Office 365
5 3 (0.27%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.27%) Microsoft Azure
5 3 (0.27%) Taleo
6 2 (0.18%) MailChimp
6 2 (0.18%) PaaS
6 2 (0.18%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.090%) AdSense
7 1 (0.090%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.15%) Internet
2 17 (1.53%) SNMP
3 9 (0.81%) DSL
4 8 (0.72%) WAN
5 6 (0.54%) LAN
6 5 (0.45%) HTTP
7 4 (0.36%) 3G
7 4 (0.36%) SAN
7 4 (0.36%) SSL
8 3 (0.27%) 4G
8 3 (0.27%) BGP
8 3 (0.27%) EIGRP
8 3 (0.27%) Extranet
8 3 (0.27%) HSRP
8 3 (0.27%) NFC
8 3 (0.27%) OSPF
8 3 (0.27%) RS-422
8 3 (0.27%) TACACS
8 3 (0.27%) VRRP
8 3 (0.27%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 55 (4.94%) BusinessObjects
2 49 (4.40%) SQL Server
3 43 (3.86%) Data Warehouse
4 31 (2.78%) Hadoop
5 30 (2.69%) Oracle Reports
6 29 (2.60%) Pentaho
7 21 (1.89%) Big Data
7 21 (1.89%) Relational Database
8 16 (1.44%) Oracle Database
9 13 (1.17%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 12 (1.08%) Data Mining
11 8 (0.72%) MySQL
12 7 (0.63%) MS Access
12 7 (0.63%) Oracle Database 11g
13 6 (0.54%) Data Mart
13 6 (0.54%) MongoDB
14 5 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
15 4 (0.36%) NoSQL
15 4 (0.36%) PostgreSQL
15 4 (0.36%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 125 (11.22%) JIRA
2 121 (10.86%) Selenium
3 97 (8.71%) HP UFT
4 69 (6.19%) Cucumber
5 53 (4.76%) LoadRunner
6 45 (4.04%) Team Foundation Server
7 41 (3.68%) SoapUI
8 35 (3.14%) WebDriver
9 34 (3.05%) Jenkins
10 31 (2.78%) JMeter
11 30 (2.69%) SpecFlow
12 24 (2.15%) Git (software)
13 16 (1.44%) ClearQuest
14 15 (1.35%) CA Gen
14 15 (1.35%) Eclipse
14 15 (1.35%) Maven
15 14 (1.26%) Visual Studio
16 12 (1.08%) Ant
16 12 (1.08%) Oracle APEX
16 12 (1.08%) Subversion
General
1 262 (23.52%) Finance
2 165 (14.81%) Banking
3 82 (7.36%) Retail
4 34 (3.05%) Investment Banking
5 29 (2.60%) Telecoms
6 22 (1.97%) Retail Banking
7 18 (1.62%) Front Office
8 12 (1.08%) Manufacturing
9 10 (0.90%) Legal
9 10 (0.90%) Pharmaceutical
10 9 (0.81%) Marketing
11 7 (0.63%) Games
12 6 (0.54%) Billing
13 5 (0.45%) Private Banking
14 4 (0.36%) Electronics
14 4 (0.36%) Publishing
15 3 (0.27%) Back Office
16 2 (0.18%) Advertising
16 2 (0.18%) Automotive
16 2 (0.18%) Wholesale Banking
Job Titles
1 344 (30.88%) Test Manager
2 266 (23.88%) Analyst
3 201 (18.04%) Test Analyst
4 132 (11.85%) Developer
5 116 (10.41%) Test Leader
6 91 (8.17%) Tester
7 61 (5.48%) Programme Manager
8 59 (5.30%) Programme Test Manager
8 59 (5.30%) Test Programme Manager
9 55 (4.94%) Consultant
10 48 (4.31%) Business Analyst
11 33 (2.96%) Senior Analyst
12 31 (2.78%) Architect
13 30 (2.69%) Automation Tester
13 30 (2.69%) Project Manager
14 26 (2.33%) Senior Manager
14 26 (2.33%) Senior Test Analyst
15 24 (2.15%) Test Engineer
16 23 (2.06%) Senior Test Manager
16 23 (2.06%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (5.83%) .NET
2 51 (4.58%) J2EE
3 42 (3.77%) XML
4 40 (3.59%) Web Services
5 31 (2.78%) SOAP
6 15 (1.35%) HTML
6 15 (1.35%) RESTful
7 14 (1.26%) Middleware
8 13 (1.17%) CSS
9 12 (1.08%) Gherkin
9 12 (1.08%) jQuery
9 12 (1.08%) REST
10 11 (0.99%) JSON
11 9 (0.81%) WSDL
12 8 (0.72%) AngularJS
13 7 (0.63%) ELK Stack
13 7 (0.63%) React
14 6 (0.54%) Oracle Fusion
14 6 (0.54%) WDK
15 5 (0.45%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 74 (6.64%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (2.33%) Management Information System
3 25 (2.24%) Data Centre
4 23 (2.06%) Data Integration
5 14 (1.26%) Derivative
5 14 (1.26%) PKI
6 13 (1.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 13 (1.17%) User Experience
7 12 (1.08%) Fixed Income
7 12 (1.08%) Mobile App
8 11 (0.99%) Computer Science
9 10 (0.90%) Credit Risk
9 10 (0.90%) NHS
9 10 (0.90%) Smart Meter
10 8 (0.72%) Enterprise Software
11 7 (0.63%) Equities
11 7 (0.63%) Linked Data
11 7 (0.63%) Mathematics
11 7 (0.63%) Semantic Web
12 5 (0.45%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 114 (10.23%) Unix
2 78 (7.00%) Windows
3 53 (4.76%) Linux
4 16 (1.44%) Mac OS X
5 13 (1.17%) Windows 7
6 11 (0.99%) Windows Server
7 9 (0.81%) Android
8 8 (0.72%) Apple iOS
8 8 (0.72%) Windows Server 2012
9 7 (0.63%) Solaris
10 5 (0.45%) CentOS
10 5 (0.45%) Windows 10
11 3 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
12 2 (0.18%) VME
12 2 (0.18%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.090%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 378 (33.93%) Agile Software Development
2 264 (23.70%) User Acceptance Testing
3 260 (23.34%) Test Scripting
4 180 (16.16%) Test Management
5 142 (12.75%) Test Automation
6 134 (12.03%) Scrum
7 130 (11.67%) Waterfall
8 125 (11.22%) Functional Testing
9 121 (10.86%) Defect Management
10 119 (10.68%) Software Testing
11 118 (10.59%) Non-Functional Testing
12 116 (10.41%) Migration
12 116 (10.41%) System Integration Testing
13 114 (10.23%) Stakeholder Management
14 103 (9.25%) Integration Testing
15 102 (9.16%) SDLC
16 91 (8.17%) Performance Testing
16 91 (8.17%) Project Management
17 89 (7.99%) Test Planning
18 80 (7.18%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 221 (19.84%) SQL
2 146 (13.11%) Java
3 64 (5.75%) Shell Script
4 61 (5.48%) C#
5 49 (4.40%) PL/SQL
6 39 (3.50%) Perl
7 23 (2.06%) Ruby
8 22 (1.97%) C
9 18 (1.62%) C++
9 18 (1.62%) JavaScript
9 18 (1.62%) VB
10 16 (1.44%) VBScript
11 14 (1.26%) Python
11 14 (1.26%) Scala
12 11 (0.99%) F#
13 9 (0.81%) VBA
14 8 (0.72%) PHP
15 7 (0.63%) CoffeeScript
16 6 (0.54%) Groovy
17 5 (0.45%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 143 (12.84%) Security Cleared
2 133 (11.94%) ISTQB
3 129 (11.58%) ISEB
4 92 (8.26%) SC Cleared
5 70 (6.28%) Degree
6 51 (4.58%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 26 (2.33%) ISEB Practitioner
8 22 (1.97%) DV Cleared
9 21 (1.89%) BPSS Clearance
10 18 (1.62%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 13 (1.17%) PMI Certification
12 12 (1.08%) PMP
13 7 (0.63%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 5 (0.45%) BC Cleared
15 4 (0.36%) CCNP
15 4 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
16 3 (0.27%) CCNA
17 2 (0.18%) MCDST
17 2 (0.18%) MCSE
17 2 (0.18%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 192 (17.24%) QA
2 17 (1.53%) Disclosure Scotland
3 13 (1.17%) SLA
4 9 (0.81%) MiFID
5 7 (0.63%) Data Quality
6 6 (0.54%) Dodd-Frank
6 6 (0.54%) EMIR
6 6 (0.54%) Sarbanes-Oxley
7 5 (0.45%) COBIT
7 5 (0.45%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (0.27%) PCI DSS
8 3 (0.27%) SDET
9 2 (0.18%) FATCA
9 2 (0.18%) ISO 9001
9 2 (0.18%) ISO27002
9 2 (0.18%) Solvency II
10 1 (0.090%) Basel III
10 1 (0.090%) GxP
10 1 (0.090%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.090%) ISO22301
System Software
1 12 (1.08%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.63%) VMware Infrastructure
3 5 (0.45%) Docker
3 5 (0.45%) Hyper-V
4 2 (0.18%) KVM
4 2 (0.18%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (0.18%) vCloud
4 2 (0.18%) Veritas Cluster Server
5 1 (0.090%) Apache Flume
5 1 (0.090%) BitLocker
5 1 (0.090%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 85 (7.63%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (0.81%) SCOM
3 8 (0.72%) SCCM
4 7 (0.63%) BMC PATROL
4 7 (0.63%) HP SiteScope
4 7 (0.63%) Kibana
4 7 (0.63%) logstash
4 7 (0.63%) OPNET
5 5 (0.45%) Opsview
6 3 (0.27%) Iperf
6 3 (0.27%) Nagios
6 3 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.18%) AppDNA
7 2 (0.18%) BMC Marimba
7 2 (0.18%) Data Guard
7 2 (0.18%) nmon
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle RMAN
7 2 (0.18%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.18%) WSUS
8 1 (0.090%) CA Wily
Vendors
1 187 (16.79%) Oracle
2 94 (8.44%) HP
3 78 (7.00%) Informatica
4 72 (6.46%) Microsoft
5 55 (4.94%) SAP
6 49 (4.40%) Pega
7 29 (2.60%) webMethods
8 24 (2.15%) BEA
9 19 (1.71%) IBM
10 15 (1.35%) Remedy
11 14 (1.26%) VMware
12 13 (1.17%) Cloudera
13 11 (0.99%) ServiceNow
14 10 (0.90%) BMC
15 7 (0.63%) Atlassian
15 7 (0.63%) Digital Fuel
16 6 (0.54%) Adobe
16 6 (0.54%) Cisco
16 6 (0.54%) Citrix
16 6 (0.54%) Red Hat
Telford, Shropshire
Stealth IT
Rate: Unspecified £Market
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Stealth IT
Rate: Unspecified £Market
Posted: 2 days ago
Telford, Shropshire
Stealth IT
Rate: Unspecified £Market
Posted: 2 days ago
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400 - £500.00 per day + Negotiable - Please Quote
Posted: 4 days ago
East London
Polar Recruitment
Rate: £290 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: From £550 to £650 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Berkshire
CACI Network Services
Rate: Highly Attractive
Posted: 7 days ago
Oxfordshire
Hays Specialist Recruitment
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Edinburgh
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £250 - £500 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
City of London
Lawrence Harvey
Rate: £400.00 - £450.00 per day
Posted: 23 days ago