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 25 February 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
25 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
UK
Rank 271 240 260
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +20
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 387 519 456
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.86% 1.00% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.04% 1.21% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 257 287 255
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £569 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £395
% change year-on-year
- +1.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 7 5
Median hourly rate £45.87 £60.00 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.55% +55.84%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.55 £49.00 £32.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.76 £176.00 £51.40
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 £60.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year
-23.55% +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
37058 43034 41664
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.78% 82.76% 79.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 24637 28159 26322
Median daily rate £450 £425 £422
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +0.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £297 £277
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+1.87% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 929 1182 1118
Median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £26.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +45.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £56.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £40.00 £27.79
% change year-on-year
-10.00% +43.93%

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 25 February 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
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 25 February 2017.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the UK over the 3 months to 25 February 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 -21 348 £410 -3.52% 79
London +3 160 £440 -3.03% 27
South East 0 67 £400 +7.38% 22
East Midlands +23 30 £415 +3.75% 1
City of London +24 29 £440 -9.74% 8
East of England +8 26 £450 - 8
South West +12 24 £405 -10.00% 6
Hampshire 0 19 £400 +8.47% 5
West Midlands -56 16 £410 -8.88% 7
North West +1 14 £461 +15.31% 2
Northamptonshire 0 14 £425 -5.55% 1
Scotland -5 14 £296 -32.34% 4
Kent +10 13 £203 -3.57% 1
Hertfordshire +4 13 £645 +43.33% 3
Wales +22 12 £331 -14.51%
Northampton +5 12 £425 -22.72%
West Sussex -7 11 £319 +6.25% 3
Wiltshire +13 10 £420 -6.66% 3
Berkshire +7 10 £384 +2.26% 4
Cardiff +23 9 £300 -22.58%
South Wales +22 9 £300 -22.58%
Derbyshire - 9 £500 -
Yorkshire +13 8 £365 -14.11% 3
Worthing -4 8 - - 1
Edinburgh -4 7 £296 -34.22% 3
Derby - 7 £500 -
Birmingham +6 6 £438 +34.61% 4
Devon +3 6 £455 -6.66%
Coventry -5 6 £400 -
Rickmansworth - 6 £619 -

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 February 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.

1 300 (39.27%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (23.82%) Finance
3 180 (23.56%) Test Scripting
4 147 (19.24%) User Acceptance Testing
5 143 (18.72%) Selenium
6 142 (18.59%) QA
7 141 (18.46%) SQL
8 126 (16.49%) Test Automation
9 124 (16.23%) Java
10 117 (15.31%) Test Management
11 106 (13.87%) Regression Testing
12 102 (13.35%) Oracle
13 101 (13.22%) Automated Testing
14 93 (12.17%) JIRA
15 87 (11.39%) BDD
16 84 (10.99%) Scrum
17 83 (10.86%) Microsoft
17 83 (10.86%) Continuous Integration
18 82 (10.73%) Non-Functional Testing
18 82 (10.73%) Migration
19 79 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
20 78 (10.21%) Banking
20 78 (10.21%) Functional Testing
20 78 (10.21%) System Integration Testing
21 77 (10.08%) Integration Testing
22 74 (9.69%) Cucumber
23 73 (9.55%) Waterfall
23 73 (9.55%) Security Cleared
24 71 (9.29%) Performance Testing
25 68 (8.90%) Automation Testing

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 33 (4.32%) Confluence
2 16 (2.09%) Tomcat
3 14 (1.83%) WebLogic
4 10 (1.31%) CMS
5 7 (0.92%) SharePoint
5 7 (0.92%) WebSphere
6 5 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.52%) Moodle
7 4 (0.52%) Oracle Application Server
7 4 (0.52%) SAP Portal
7 4 (0.52%) SAS
8 3 (0.39%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.39%) Elasticsearch
9 2 (0.26%) Apache Solr
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle Self-Service HR
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 1 (0.13%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 1 (0.13%) NServiceBus
10 1 (0.13%) OpenStack
10 1 (0.13%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 59 (7.72%) MS Excel
2 26 (3.40%) MS Office
3 20 (2.62%) MS PowerPoint
4 13 (1.70%) MS Visio
5 10 (1.31%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 17 (2.23%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (1.44%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (1.18%) Oracle EBS R12
4 8 (1.05%) Dynamics CRM
4 8 (1.05%) SAP ERP
5 7 (0.92%) SAP FI
6 5 (0.65%) Oracle Applications
7 4 (0.52%) SAP CO
7 4 (0.52%) SAP FI/CO
7 4 (0.52%) SAP PSCD
7 4 (0.52%) SAP WM
7 4 (0.52%) Unit4 Business World
8 3 (0.39%) LabWindows
8 3 (0.39%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.39%) Oracle Payroll
8 3 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 2 (0.26%) Loan IQ
9 2 (0.26%) Oracle iRecruitment
9 2 (0.26%) SAP HR
9 2 (0.26%) SAP Payroll
Cloud Services
1 16 (2.09%) SaaS
2 9 (1.18%) Amazon AWS
3 6 (0.79%) Basecamp
3 6 (0.79%) IaaS
3 6 (0.79%) Office 365
3 6 (0.79%) PaaS
4 4 (0.52%) GitHub
5 3 (0.39%) Microsoft Azure
6 2 (0.26%) Amazon S3
6 2 (0.26%) Boomi
7 1 (0.13%) Amazon EC2
7 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.13%) AWS CloudTrail
7 1 (0.13%) Google Play
7 1 (0.13%) OneDrive
7 1 (0.13%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.13%) Taleo
7 1 (0.13%) TestFlight
7 1 (0.13%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 11 (1.44%) Internet
2 8 (1.05%) DSL
3 7 (0.92%) Network Security
3 7 (0.92%) TCP/IP
4 6 (0.79%) Ethernet
5 4 (0.52%) BGP
5 4 (0.52%) MPLS
5 4 (0.52%) OSPF
6 3 (0.39%) HSRP
6 3 (0.39%) LDAP
6 3 (0.39%) PPP
6 3 (0.39%) RS-422
7 2 (0.26%) LAN
7 2 (0.26%) Skype
7 2 (0.26%) Unified Communications
7 2 (0.26%) VoIP
7 2 (0.26%) WAN
7 2 (0.26%) Wireshark
8 1 (0.13%) Gigabit Ethernet
8 1 (0.13%) VPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (4.32%) SQL Server
2 31 (4.06%) Data Warehouse
3 29 (3.80%) Oracle Database
4 20 (2.62%) Oracle Reports
5 13 (1.70%) Oracle Database 11g
6 11 (1.44%) BusinessObjects
7 9 (1.18%) Big Data
7 9 (1.18%) Oracle Database 12c
7 9 (1.18%) Relational Database
8 8 (1.05%) Hadoop
8 8 (1.05%) SAP BW
8 8 (1.05%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 7 (0.92%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
9 7 (0.92%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 6 (0.79%) Oracle Database 10g
11 5 (0.65%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
11 5 (0.65%) Oracle BI EE
11 5 (0.65%) PowerCenter
12 4 (0.52%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
12 4 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 143 (18.72%) Selenium
2 93 (12.17%) JIRA
3 74 (9.69%) Cucumber
4 62 (8.12%) WebDriver
5 50 (6.54%) Jenkins
6 48 (6.28%) Git (software)
7 42 (5.50%) Team Foundation Server
8 41 (5.37%) JUnit
9 38 (4.97%) HP UFT
10 34 (4.45%) SoapUI
11 26 (3.40%) SpecFlow
12 23 (3.01%) Maven
13 21 (2.75%) JBehave
14 20 (2.62%) Visual Studio
15 19 (2.49%) Mockito
15 19 (2.49%) NUnit
16 18 (2.36%) LoadRunner
16 18 (2.36%) Subversion
17 15 (1.96%) JMeter
18 14 (1.83%) TeamCity
General
1 182 (23.82%) Finance
2 78 (10.21%) Banking
3 52 (6.81%) Retail
4 14 (1.83%) Military
5 12 (1.57%) Retail Banking
6 11 (1.44%) Manufacturing
7 10 (1.31%) Investment Banking
7 10 (1.31%) Legal
8 9 (1.18%) Telecoms
9 8 (1.05%) Marketing
10 7 (0.92%) Front Office
11 5 (0.65%) Advertising
11 5 (0.65%) Automotive
11 5 (0.65%) Back Office
11 5 (0.65%) Multimedia
12 4 (0.52%) Billing
12 4 (0.52%) Games
13 3 (0.39%) Electronics
13 3 (0.39%) Local Government
14 2 (0.26%) French Language
Job Titles
1 214 (28.01%) Test Manager
2 159 (20.81%) Analyst
3 117 (15.31%) Test Analyst
4 111 (14.53%) Tester
5 86 (11.26%) Test Leader
6 62 (8.12%) Developer
7 44 (5.76%) Programme Manager
8 42 (5.50%) Programme Test Manager
8 42 (5.50%) Test Programme Manager
9 41 (5.37%) Test Engineer
10 39 (5.10%) Automation Tester
11 32 (4.19%) Business Analyst
12 23 (3.01%) Agile Test Manager
13 22 (2.88%) Automation Test Analyst
14 21 (2.75%) Project Manager
14 21 (2.75%) Senior Manager
15 19 (2.49%) Senior Analyst
16 18 (2.36%) Test Automation Engineer
17 16 (2.09%) Architect
17 16 (2.09%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 43 (5.63%) .NET
2 35 (4.58%) Gherkin
3 34 (4.45%) XML
4 31 (4.06%) RESTful
5 27 (3.53%) J2EE
5 27 (3.53%) Spring
6 25 (3.27%) REST
6 25 (3.27%) SOAP
7 24 (3.14%) Web Services
8 17 (2.23%) Hibernate
9 15 (1.96%) Middleware
10 13 (1.70%) AngularJS
11 10 (1.31%) FpML
12 8 (1.05%) CSS
13 7 (0.92%) HTML
14 6 (0.79%) Chai
15 5 (0.65%) ASP.NET
15 5 (0.65%) Java EE
16 4 (0.52%) NHibernate
16 4 (0.52%) WCF
Miscellaneous
1 39 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (3.01%) Management Information System
3 18 (2.36%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 16 (2.09%) Reference Data
5 14 (1.83%) Data Centre
5 14 (1.83%) Virtual Team
6 13 (1.70%) Data Structures
6 13 (1.70%) Fixed Income
7 11 (1.44%) Algorithms
8 10 (1.31%) Equities
9 8 (1.05%) Derivative
10 7 (0.92%) ASIC
10 7 (0.92%) Computer Science
10 7 (0.92%) Mobile App
10 7 (0.92%) Smart Meter
11 6 (0.79%) DTCC
11 6 (0.79%) EPoS
12 5 (0.65%) iPad
12 5 (0.65%) NHS
13 4 (0.52%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 61 (7.98%) Unix
2 40 (5.24%) Windows
3 25 (3.27%) Linux
4 21 (2.75%) Windows Server
5 7 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (0.79%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (0.65%) AIX
8 4 (0.52%) Embedded Linux
8 4 (0.52%) Solaris
8 4 (0.52%) Windows 7
9 3 (0.39%) Android
9 3 (0.39%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 3 (0.39%) VME
9 3 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
10 2 (0.26%) Windows 10
10 2 (0.26%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.26%) Windows Vista
10 2 (0.26%) Windows XP
11 1 (0.13%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 300 (39.27%) Agile Software Development
2 180 (23.56%) Test Scripting
3 147 (19.24%) User Acceptance Testing
4 126 (16.49%) Test Automation
5 117 (15.31%) Test Management
6 106 (13.87%) Regression Testing
7 101 (13.22%) Automated Testing
8 87 (11.39%) BDD
9 84 (10.99%) Scrum
10 83 (10.86%) Continuous Integration
11 82 (10.73%) Migration
11 82 (10.73%) Non-Functional Testing
12 79 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
13 78 (10.21%) Functional Testing
13 78 (10.21%) System Integration Testing
14 77 (10.08%) Integration Testing
15 73 (9.55%) Waterfall
16 71 (9.29%) Performance Testing
17 68 (8.90%) Automation Testing
18 65 (8.51%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 141 (18.46%) SQL
2 124 (16.23%) Java
3 53 (6.94%) C#
4 36 (4.71%) JavaScript
5 32 (4.19%) C
6 26 (3.40%) Shell Script
7 23 (3.01%) PL/SQL
8 19 (2.49%) Python
9 18 (2.36%) PowerShell
10 16 (2.09%) Perl
11 12 (1.57%) Ruby
11 12 (1.57%) T-SQL
12 10 (1.31%) C++
13 9 (1.18%) Groovy
14 6 (0.79%) COBOL
15 5 (0.65%) F#
16 4 (0.52%) ABAP
17 3 (0.39%) Embedded C
17 3 (0.39%) Embedded C++
18 2 (0.26%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 73 (9.55%) Security Cleared
2 58 (7.59%) ISTQB
3 53 (6.94%) ISEB
4 42 (5.50%) SC Cleared
5 34 (4.45%) Degree
6 16 (2.09%) DV Cleared
6 16 (2.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 9 (1.18%) BPSS Clearance
8 6 (0.79%) ISEB Practitioner
8 6 (0.79%) PMP
9 4 (0.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 4 (0.52%) PMI Certification
9 4 (0.52%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 2 (0.26%) CTC Cleared
10 2 (0.26%) DBS Check
10 2 (0.26%) MBA
11 1 (0.13%) CISM
11 1 (0.13%) CISSP
11 1 (0.13%) HNC
11 1 (0.13%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 142 (18.59%) QA
2 15 (1.96%) MiFID
2 15 (1.96%) SDET
3 12 (1.57%) Data Quality
4 9 (1.18%) Disclosure Scotland
4 9 (1.18%) EMIR
5 8 (1.05%) ISO 9000
6 3 (0.39%) SLA
7 2 (0.26%) Basel II
7 2 (0.26%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.13%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.13%) GMP
8 1 (0.13%) IFRS
8 1 (0.13%) IFRS 9
8 1 (0.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.13%) PMO
System Software
1 17 (2.23%) Active Directory
2 8 (1.05%) VMware Infrastructure
3 7 (0.92%) Docker
4 4 (0.52%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.39%) vSphere
6 2 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
6 2 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
6 2 (0.26%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.13%) HDFS
7 1 (0.13%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 58 (7.59%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (2.09%) Tivoli
3 15 (1.96%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 6 (0.79%) Ganglia
4 6 (0.79%) nmon
5 4 (0.52%) HP SiteScope
5 4 (0.52%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.39%) Control-M
6 3 (0.39%) OpenView
7 2 (0.26%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.26%) Puppet
7 2 (0.26%) SCCM
8 1 (0.13%) Ambari
8 1 (0.13%) Grafana
8 1 (0.13%) HAProxy
8 1 (0.13%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.13%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.13%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 102 (13.35%) Oracle
2 83 (10.86%) Microsoft
3 60 (7.85%) HP
4 50 (6.54%) SAP
5 25 (3.27%) webMethods
6 23 (3.01%) IBM
7 21 (2.75%) Pega
8 18 (2.36%) Informatica
9 13 (1.70%) Atlassian
9 13 (1.70%) VMware
10 10 (1.31%) Guidewire
10 10 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
11 9 (1.18%) BEA
12 6 (0.79%) AppDynamics
12 6 (0.79%) Dell
12 6 (0.79%) Hyperion
13 5 (0.65%) Adobe
13 5 (0.65%) Red Hat
14 4 (0.52%) BMC
14 4 (0.52%) CheckPoint
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