The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 19 January 2017 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
19 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
UK
Rank 287 230 244
Rank change year-on-year
-57 +14
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 347 505 452
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.78% 0.99% 0.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.94% 1.21% 1.13%
Number of daily rates quoted 222 296 273
Median daily rate £425 £434 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.01% +8.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £591
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £360
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +17.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 9 5
Median hourly rate £42.50 £55.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.72% +83.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.95 £40.80 £21.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.87 £85.00 £59.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £55.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-22.72% +83.33%

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
36765 41589 39944
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.20% 81.75% 78.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 24383 26919 25819
Median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £293 £282
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £576
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 929 1211 1063
Median hourly rate £33.28 £37.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.25% +50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.10 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.34 £55.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +53.84%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 19 January 2017.

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
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the UK over the 3 months to 19 January 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -41 319 £425 -1.16% 74
London -19 144 £450 - 30
South East -2 52 £395 +5.33% 16
East of England +13 27 £450 -1.63% 9
East Midlands +12 23 £409 -0.90% 2
City of London -7 23 £428 -14.50% 9
West Midlands -45 22 £450 - 2
Northamptonshire -4 19 £425 -15.00%
Scotland +16 17 £375 -16.66% 3
Hertfordshire +7 17 £438 -2.77% 4
Northampton +3 16 £425 -
North West -7 16 £453 -4.73% 4
West Sussex +13 15 £288 -
South West +18 14 £335 -25.55% 5
Hampshire +9 14 £444 +36.53% 3
Shropshire -11 12 £450 -4.25%
Worthing -2 10 - -
Yorkshire -13 10 £425 +8.97% 4
Surrey +19 9 £405 -2.40% 4
Telford -7 9 £450 -4.25%
Edinburgh +10 8 £313 -30.55% 2
North East -17 7 £301 -29.23% 1
Tyne and Wear -20 7 £301 -24.81% 1
Cheshire +28 6 £470 +18.23% 2
Swindon +12 6 £400 +28.00%
Wiltshire +3 6 £400 - 1
West Yorkshire -11 6 £365 -14.61% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -28 6 £301 -24.81% 1
Woking - 6 £413 - 1
Livingston - 6 £425 -

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 19 January 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 297 (38.67%) Agile Software Development
2 169 (22.01%) Finance
3 165 (21.48%) Test Scripting
4 147 (19.14%) SQL
5 145 (18.88%) User Acceptance Testing
6 139 (18.10%) Selenium
7 136 (17.71%) QA
8 133 (17.32%) Test Automation
9 130 (16.93%) Java
10 111 (14.45%) Test Management
11 108 (14.06%) Oracle
12 107 (13.93%) Automated Testing
13 102 (13.28%) Regression Testing
14 96 (12.50%) Scrum
15 94 (12.24%) JIRA
16 92 (11.98%) BDD
17 89 (11.59%) Stakeholder Management
18 87 (11.33%) Microsoft
19 79 (10.29%) Migration
19 79 (10.29%) System Integration Testing
20 77 (10.03%) Continuous Integration
21 76 (9.90%) Functional Testing
21 76 (9.90%) Defect Management
22 75 (9.77%) Integration Testing
23 73 (9.51%) Non-Functional Testing
24 72 (9.38%) Banking
25 71 (9.24%) HP
26 70 (9.11%) Waterfall
27 67 (8.72%) Cucumber
28 66 (8.59%) Process Improvement

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 28 (3.65%) Confluence
2 18 (2.34%) WebLogic
3 13 (1.69%) Tomcat
4 10 (1.30%) CMS
5 8 (1.04%) SharePoint
6 5 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
6 5 (0.65%) WebSphere
7 4 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
7 4 (0.52%) Moodle
7 4 (0.52%) Oracle Application Server
7 4 (0.52%) SAP Portal
8 3 (0.39%) JBoss
8 3 (0.39%) SAS
9 2 (0.26%) Apache
9 2 (0.26%) Documentum
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 2 (0.26%) Skype for Business
10 1 (0.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.13%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 66 (8.59%) MS Excel
2 27 (3.52%) MS Office
2 27 (3.52%) MS PowerPoint
3 18 (2.34%) MS Visio
4 11 (1.43%) MS Project
5 1 (0.13%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 16 (2.08%) Oracle EBS
2 13 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (1.17%) Oracle EBS R12
4 7 (0.91%) Dynamics AX
4 7 (0.91%) Oracle Applications
4 7 (0.91%) SAP FI
5 5 (0.65%) SAP ERP
5 5 (0.65%) SAP PSCD
6 4 (0.52%) LabWindows
6 4 (0.52%) SAP CO
6 4 (0.52%) SAP FI/CO
6 4 (0.52%) SAP WM
6 4 (0.52%) Unit4 Business World
7 3 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
7 3 (0.39%) SAP HR
8 2 (0.26%) Loan IQ
8 2 (0.26%) Remedy AR System
8 2 (0.26%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.26%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 2 (0.26%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
2 12 (1.56%) SaaS
3 8 (1.04%) Microsoft Azure
3 8 (1.04%) PaaS
4 7 (0.91%) Office 365
5 6 (0.78%) IaaS
6 3 (0.39%) Azure Active Directory
7 2 (0.26%) Amazon S3
7 2 (0.26%) Basecamp
7 2 (0.26%) Boomi
7 2 (0.26%) GitHub
7 2 (0.26%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.13%) Taleo
8 1 (0.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 12 (1.56%) Internet
2 8 (1.04%) DSL
3 7 (0.91%) TCP/IP
4 6 (0.78%) Ethernet
5 5 (0.65%) BGP
5 5 (0.65%) MPLS
5 5 (0.65%) OSPF
5 5 (0.65%) Unified Communications
6 4 (0.52%) HSRP
6 4 (0.52%) Network Security
6 4 (0.52%) PPP
6 4 (0.52%) RS-422
7 3 (0.39%) Skype
7 3 (0.39%) VPN
8 2 (0.26%) DNS
8 2 (0.26%) PBX
9 1 (0.13%) HTTP
9 1 (0.13%) IPv4
9 1 (0.13%) IPv6
9 1 (0.13%) SDH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (4.43%) SQL Server
2 23 (2.99%) Data Warehouse
2 23 (2.99%) Oracle Reports
3 18 (2.34%) Oracle Database
4 11 (1.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 10 (1.30%) BusinessObjects
6 9 (1.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 8 (1.04%) Oracle Database 11g
8 7 (0.91%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
8 7 (0.91%) Oracle Database 10g
8 7 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 6 (0.78%) Oracle Database 12c
9 6 (0.78%) Relational Database
10 5 (0.65%) IDMS
11 4 (0.52%) Big Data
11 4 (0.52%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
11 4 (0.52%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
11 4 (0.52%) Hadoop
11 4 (0.52%) Oracle Discoverer
11 4 (0.52%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 139 (18.10%) Selenium
2 94 (12.24%) JIRA
3 67 (8.72%) Cucumber
4 50 (6.51%) Jenkins
5 49 (6.38%) WebDriver
6 48 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
7 45 (5.86%) Git (software)
8 37 (4.82%) SpecFlow
9 33 (4.30%) SoapUI
10 32 (4.17%) HP UFT
10 32 (4.17%) JUnit
11 30 (3.91%) Visual Studio
12 22 (2.86%) Maven
12 22 (2.86%) NUnit
13 21 (2.73%) Subversion
14 14 (1.82%) MSTest
15 11 (1.43%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 11 (1.43%) CA Gen
15 11 (1.43%) JBehave
15 11 (1.43%) LoadRunner
General
1 169 (22.01%) Finance
2 72 (9.38%) Banking
3 65 (8.46%) Retail
4 15 (1.95%) Legal
5 13 (1.69%) Retail Banking
6 10 (1.30%) Front Office
6 10 (1.30%) Games
6 10 (1.30%) Military
7 9 (1.17%) Manufacturing
7 9 (1.17%) Multimedia
8 8 (1.04%) Investment Banking
9 7 (0.91%) Back Office
10 5 (0.65%) Automotive
10 5 (0.65%) Billing
10 5 (0.65%) Telecoms
11 4 (0.52%) Local Government
11 4 (0.52%) Marketing
12 2 (0.26%) Advertising
12 2 (0.26%) Law
12 2 (0.26%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 206 (26.82%) Test Manager
2 151 (19.66%) Analyst
3 113 (14.71%) Test Analyst
4 104 (13.54%) Test Leader
4 104 (13.54%) Tester
5 69 (8.98%) Developer
6 49 (6.38%) Test Engineer
7 46 (5.99%) Automation Tester
8 35 (4.56%) Programme Manager
9 33 (4.30%) Programme Test Manager
9 33 (4.30%) Test Programme Manager
10 29 (3.78%) Business Analyst
11 24 (3.13%) Test Automation Engineer
12 21 (2.73%) Automation Test Analyst
12 21 (2.73%) Senior Manager
13 20 (2.60%) Architect
14 19 (2.47%) Agile Test Manager
14 19 (2.47%) Automation Test Lead
14 19 (2.47%) Project Manager
15 17 (2.21%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 59 (7.68%) .NET
2 41 (5.34%) XML
3 30 (3.91%) Gherkin
4 29 (3.78%) J2EE
5 28 (3.65%) RESTful
6 27 (3.52%) REST
7 24 (3.13%) SOAP
8 21 (2.73%) Web Services
9 20 (2.60%) Spring
10 14 (1.82%) HTML
11 12 (1.56%) AngularJS
12 11 (1.43%) CSS
12 11 (1.43%) Middleware
13 10 (1.30%) Hibernate
14 9 (1.17%) .NET Framework
14 9 (1.17%) Chai
15 8 (1.04%) FpML
16 6 (0.78%) ASP.NET
17 5 (0.65%) ASP.NET MVC
17 5 (0.65%) Web Dynpro
Miscellaneous
1 42 (5.47%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (2.73%) Virtual Team
3 19 (2.47%) Management Information System
4 17 (2.21%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 15 (1.95%) Reference Data
6 14 (1.82%) Data Centre
6 14 (1.82%) EPoS
6 14 (1.82%) Fixed Income
7 11 (1.43%) Mobile App
8 8 (1.04%) Data Structures
8 8 (1.04%) Derivative
8 8 (1.04%) Equities
9 7 (0.91%) ASIC
9 7 (0.91%) Smart Meter
10 6 (0.78%) Data Integration
10 6 (0.78%) DTCC
11 5 (0.65%) Computer Science
11 5 (0.65%) Data Conversion
11 5 (0.65%) Mainframe
11 5 (0.65%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 55 (7.16%) Unix
2 47 (6.12%) Windows
3 29 (3.78%) Linux
4 15 (1.95%) Windows Server
5 9 (1.17%) Android
6 8 (1.04%) VME
7 7 (0.91%) AIX
7 7 (0.91%) Apple iOS
8 6 (0.78%) Windows 10
9 5 (0.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.65%) Solaris
10 4 (0.52%) Embedded Linux
11 3 (0.39%) Windows Server 2012
12 2 (0.26%) Windows 7
12 2 (0.26%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (0.13%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.13%) Windows Server 2003
13 1 (0.13%) Windows Vista
13 1 (0.13%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 297 (38.67%) Agile Software Development
2 165 (21.48%) Test Scripting
3 145 (18.88%) User Acceptance Testing
4 133 (17.32%) Test Automation
5 111 (14.45%) Test Management
6 107 (13.93%) Automated Testing
7 102 (13.28%) Regression Testing
8 96 (12.50%) Scrum
9 92 (11.98%) BDD
10 89 (11.59%) Stakeholder Management
11 79 (10.29%) Migration
11 79 (10.29%) System Integration Testing
12 77 (10.03%) Continuous Integration
13 76 (9.90%) Defect Management
13 76 (9.90%) Functional Testing
14 75 (9.77%) Integration Testing
15 73 (9.51%) Non-Functional Testing
16 70 (9.11%) Waterfall
17 66 (8.59%) Process Improvement
17 66 (8.59%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 147 (19.14%) SQL
2 130 (16.93%) Java
3 65 (8.46%) C#
4 39 (5.08%) C
5 35 (4.56%) JavaScript
6 29 (3.78%) PL/SQL
7 27 (3.52%) Shell Script
8 20 (2.60%) PowerShell
9 17 (2.21%) Perl
10 16 (2.08%) Python
11 14 (1.82%) Ruby
11 14 (1.82%) T-SQL
12 13 (1.69%) C++
13 12 (1.56%) COBOL
14 8 (1.04%) F#
15 6 (0.78%) Groovy
15 6 (0.78%) PHP
16 5 (0.65%) ABAP
17 4 (0.52%) VBScript
18 3 (0.39%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 59 (7.68%) ISTQB
2 58 (7.55%) ISEB
3 55 (7.16%) Security Cleared
4 43 (5.60%) Degree
5 32 (4.17%) SC Cleared
6 24 (3.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 14 (1.82%) DV Cleared
8 8 (1.04%) BPSS Clearance
9 6 (0.78%) ISEB Practitioner
10 5 (0.65%) PMI Certification
10 5 (0.65%) PMP
11 3 (0.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 3 (0.39%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.26%) CISM
12 2 (0.26%) CISSP
12 2 (0.26%) CTC Cleared
12 2 (0.26%) DBS Check
12 2 (0.26%) IIBA
13 1 (0.13%) MBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 136 (17.71%) QA
2 16 (2.08%) SDET
3 13 (1.69%) MiFID
4 10 (1.30%) EMIR
5 6 (0.78%) Data Quality
6 5 (0.65%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.65%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.26%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.26%) ISO 14001
7 2 (0.26%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.26%) SLA
7 2 (0.26%) WCAG
8 1 (0.13%) Basel II
8 1 (0.13%) GMP
8 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.13%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.13%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 16 (2.08%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.04%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.91%) Virtual Machines
4 6 (0.78%) Docker
5 5 (0.65%) vSphere
6 1 (0.13%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 1 (0.13%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 66 (8.59%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (1.17%) Tivoli
3 8 (1.04%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (1.04%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 5 (0.65%) Puppet
5 4 (0.52%) Control-M
5 4 (0.52%) SCCM
6 3 (0.39%) Ganglia
6 3 (0.39%) HP SiteScope
6 3 (0.39%) nmon
7 2 (0.26%) Ansible
7 2 (0.26%) OpenView
8 1 (0.13%) BladeLogic
8 1 (0.13%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 108 (14.06%) Oracle
2 87 (11.33%) Microsoft
3 71 (9.24%) HP
4 46 (5.99%) SAP
5 29 (3.78%) webMethods
6 25 (3.26%) Pega
7 17 (2.21%) Informatica
8 15 (1.95%) IBM
9 13 (1.69%) VMware
10 10 (1.30%) BEA
10 10 (1.30%) Guidewire
11 8 (1.04%) Atlassian
12 7 (0.91%) ICL
13 6 (0.78%) Adobe
13 6 (0.78%) Dell
13 6 (0.78%) Hyperion
14 5 (0.65%) Red Hat
15 4 (0.52%) CheckPoint
15 4 (0.52%) Citrix
15 4 (0.52%) Murex
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