The first table below looks at the demand 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 11 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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
11 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 240 280 241
Rank change year-on-year
+40 -39
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 441 332 437
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.84% 0.66% 0.76%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.13% 0.91% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 170 273
Average daily rate
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£375 £380 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.31% -10.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £275 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £506 £550 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £351 £365 £401
% change year-on-year
-3.83% -8.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 4
Average hourly rate £41.00 £40.00 £32.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +24.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.53 £35.00 £22.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.10 £42.10 £36.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £39.25 £37.50 £32.25
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +16.27%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
39028 36522 40170
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.08% 72.85% 70.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 24228 22021 22957
Average daily rate £400 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.43% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1171 1067 1398
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £46.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £27.00 £31.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.90% +3.33%

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 11 July 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 11 July 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 11 July 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 +36 402 £375 -5.06% 95
London +22 156 £425 -5.55% 31
South East +8 90 £325 -13.33% 20
City of London +30 50 £394 +5.00% 12
Hampshire +18 40 £313 -30.55% 7
South West -8 36 £353 -19.88% 11
Scotland +10 29 £375 +2.73% 3
East of England +5 28 £393 +12.14% 6
North West -3 19 £404 +3.52% 9
Berkshire -17 18 £350 -4.10% 3
Yorkshire +8 17 £295 -10.60% 10
Bristol -5 17 £425 - 7
West Midlands -18 16 £340 -17.57% 3
North East 0 15 £375 - 1
East Midlands -4 15 £375 +36.11% 4
Tyne and Wear -3 14 £375 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -4 14 £375 - 1
Buckinghamshire -6 13 £325 -18.75% 3
Edinburgh -11 12 £463 +22.51% 3
Glasgow +9 11 £300 -17.80%
Somerset -7 11 £353 -
West Yorkshire +4 10 £370 +8.82% 10
Manchester +2 10 £338 -3.57% 5
Southampton +6 9 £313 -30.55% 2
Lancashire - 8 £494 - 2
Leeds +6 7 £295 -15.71% 8
Northampton - 7 £400 -
Northamptonshire - 7 £400 -
Nottinghamshire - 6 £251 - 2
Oxfordshire +7 5 £400 +6.66%

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 11 July 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.

1 307 (31.07%) Test Scripting
2 302 (30.57%) User Acceptance Testing
3 228 (23.08%) Finance
4 217 (21.96%) Test Management
5 179 (18.12%) QA
6 178 (18.02%) ISEB
7 167 (16.90%) SQL
7 167 (16.90%) ISTQB
8 158 (15.99%) Test Automation
9 155 (15.69%) Security Cleared
10 150 (15.18%) HP Quality Center
11 137 (13.87%) Oracle
12 131 (13.26%) SC Cleared
13 130 (13.16%) HP
13 130 (13.16%) Software Testing
14 123 (12.45%) Agile Software Development
15 110 (11.13%) .NET
16 105 (10.63%) Windows
17 104 (10.53%) Banking
17 104 (10.53%) Performance Testing
18 94 (9.51%) Integration Testing
19 92 (9.31%) Microsoft
20 89 (9.01%) Project Management
21 84 (8.50%) Stakeholder Management
22 82 (8.30%) UNIX
23 80 (8.10%) Java
24 75 (7.59%) Selenium
25 73 (7.39%) LoadRunner
26 70 (7.09%) SAP
26 70 (7.09%) Migration

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 11 July 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 26 (2.63%) SharePoint
2 14 (1.42%) MS Exchange
3 13 (1.32%) SAS
4 11 (1.11%) WebLogic
5 9 (0.91%) WebSphere
6 8 (0.81%) IIS
6 8 (0.81%) BizTalk Server
7 7 (0.71%) IBM Notes
8 5 (0.51%) Tomcat
9 4 (0.40%) Node.js
10 3 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2007
10 3 (0.30%) Lync
10 3 (0.30%) Exchange Server 2010
10 3 (0.30%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 2 (0.20%) TPMS
11 2 (0.20%) Confluence
11 2 (0.20%) CMS
11 2 (0.20%) Adobe CQ
12 1 (0.10%) Oracle Coherence
12 1 (0.10%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 48 (4.86%) MS Excel
2 38 (3.85%) MS Office
3 22 (2.23%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.72%) MS Project
5 11 (1.11%) MS PowerPoint
6 9 (0.91%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.20%) Final Cut Pro
7 2 (0.20%) Stata
Business Applications
1 32 (3.24%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.21%) Maximo
3 10 (1.01%) Agresso
4 8 (0.81%) Dynamics GP
4 8 (0.81%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.71%) Markit EDM
6 6 (0.61%) SAP ERP
7 5 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.40%) BASE24
9 3 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.30%) Oracle 11i
9 3 (0.30%) SAP CRM
9 3 (0.30%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.30%) SAP PM
9 3 (0.30%) SAP FI
9 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
10 2 (0.20%) IntelliMatch
10 2 (0.20%) Summit
10 2 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.42%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (0.91%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.10%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 41 (4.15%) TCP/IP
2 33 (3.34%) HTTPS
3 25 (2.53%) LAN
3 25 (2.53%) WAN
4 24 (2.43%) HTTP
5 23 (2.33%) DNS
6 22 (2.23%) SSL
7 17 (1.72%) Wireshark
8 15 (1.52%) Internet
9 12 (1.21%) Firewall
10 10 (1.01%) LTE
11 9 (0.91%) Ethernet
12 8 (0.81%) MPLS
13 7 (0.71%) LDAP
13 7 (0.71%) GGSN
13 7 (0.71%) SGSN
14 6 (0.61%) Unified Communications
14 6 (0.61%) VLAN
14 6 (0.61%) 3GPP
15 5 (0.51%) UMTS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (5.06%) SQL Server
2 47 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
3 31 (3.14%) Oracle Database
4 27 (2.73%) Oracle Reports
5 18 (1.82%) Relational Database
6 16 (1.62%) Big Data
6 16 (1.62%) SQL Server 2008
7 12 (1.21%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 11 (1.11%) Oracle Database 11g
9 9 (0.91%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 9 (0.91%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 8 (0.81%) Hadoop
10 8 (0.81%) MySQL
11 7 (0.71%) Star Schema
12 5 (0.51%) SAP BI
12 5 (0.51%) SAS Data Integration Studio
12 5 (0.51%) Base SAS
12 5 (0.51%) SAS Enterprise Guide
13 3 (0.30%) Oracle Database 10g
13 3 (0.30%) DB2
Development Applications
1 75 (7.59%) Selenium
2 73 (7.39%) LoadRunner
3 61 (6.17%) QuickTest Pro
4 47 (4.76%) JIRA
5 44 (4.45%) Cucumber
6 36 (3.64%) SoapUI
7 29 (2.94%) JUnit
8 28 (2.83%) JMeter
9 27 (2.73%) Team Foundation Server
10 26 (2.63%) FitNesse
11 24 (2.43%) Jenkins
12 22 (2.23%) Visual Studio
13 21 (2.13%) SpecFlow
14 16 (1.62%) Maven
15 15 (1.52%) WebDriver
16 11 (1.11%) TestDirector
17 9 (0.91%) Facilita Forecast
18 7 (0.71%) JBehave
18 7 (0.71%) Toad
18 7 (0.71%) Oracle APEX
General
1 228 (23.08%) Finance
2 104 (10.53%) Banking
3 43 (4.35%) Investment Banking
4 36 (3.64%) Telecoms
5 34 (3.44%) Retail
6 24 (2.43%) Back Office
7 18 (1.82%) Billing
8 14 (1.42%) General Ledger
9 13 (1.32%) Publishing
10 12 (1.21%) Front Office
11 10 (1.01%) Games
11 10 (1.01%) Marketing
12 9 (0.91%) Retail Banking
13 8 (0.81%) Manufacturing
14 7 (0.71%) Electronics
14 7 (0.71%) Local Government
15 6 (0.61%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.51%) Legal
17 4 (0.40%) Automotive
18 3 (0.30%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 324 (32.79%) Test Manager
2 259 (26.21%) Analyst
3 178 (18.02%) Test Analyst
4 140 (14.17%) Test Leader
5 108 (10.93%) Tester
6 68 (6.88%) Business Analyst
7 41 (4.15%) Test Engineer
8 26 (2.63%) Senior Analyst
8 26 (2.63%) Consultant
9 24 (2.43%) Project Manager
9 24 (2.43%) Senior Test Analyst
10 23 (2.33%) SAP Manager
11 22 (2.23%) Architect
11 22 (2.23%) Programme Manager
12 21 (2.13%) SAP Test Manager
13 19 (1.92%) Programme Test Manager
13 19 (1.92%) Developer
14 18 (1.82%) Test Consultant
15 17 (1.72%) Senior Manager
16 16 (1.62%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 110 (11.13%) .NET
2 68 (6.88%) Web Services
3 49 (4.96%) HTML
4 37 (3.74%) XML
5 36 (3.64%) ASP.NET
6 31 (3.14%) JSP
7 22 (2.23%) SOAP
8 15 (1.52%) Middleware
9 11 (1.11%) Gherkin
10 9 (0.91%) J2EE
11 7 (0.71%) CSS
11 7 (0.71%) REST
12 6 (0.61%) HTML5
13 4 (0.40%) RESTful
13 4 (0.40%) JSF
13 4 (0.40%) XSLT
14 3 (0.30%) .NET Framework
14 3 (0.30%) MDX
14 3 (0.30%) Mustache
14 3 (0.30%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 25 (2.53%) Computer Science
2 23 (2.33%) NHS
3 21 (2.13%) Open Source
4 16 (1.62%) Credit Risk
4 16 (1.62%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 16 (1.62%) Management Information System
4 16 (1.62%) Derivative
5 13 (1.32%) GIS
6 11 (1.11%) Statistics
7 10 (1.01%) Mobile App
7 10 (1.01%) Mathematics
8 8 (0.81%) CMDB
8 8 (0.81%) Blackberry
8 8 (0.81%) Client/Server
9 7 (0.71%) Equities
10 6 (0.61%) PACS
10 6 (0.61%) Data Integration
11 5 (0.51%) Fat Client
11 5 (0.51%) Enterprise Software
11 5 (0.51%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 105 (10.63%) Windows
2 82 (8.30%) UNIX
3 53 (5.36%) Linux
4 44 (4.45%) Windows Server 2003
5 40 (4.05%) Windows Server 2008
6 32 (3.24%) Windows XP
6 32 (3.24%) Windows 2000
7 26 (2.63%) Windows 7
8 13 (1.32%) Apple iOS
8 13 (1.32%) Android
9 9 (0.91%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.61%) AIX
11 5 (0.51%) Solaris
12 4 (0.40%) Windows NT
12 4 (0.40%) VMS
13 3 (0.30%) Windows 8
14 1 (0.10%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 307 (31.07%) Test Scripting
2 302 (30.57%) User Acceptance Testing
3 217 (21.96%) Test Management
4 158 (15.99%) Test Automation
5 130 (13.16%) Software Testing
6 123 (12.45%) Agile Software Development
7 104 (10.53%) Performance Testing
8 94 (9.51%) Integration Testing
9 89 (9.01%) Project Management
10 84 (8.50%) Stakeholder Management
11 70 (7.09%) Scrum
11 70 (7.09%) Migration
12 68 (6.88%) Automated Testing
13 59 (5.97%) Validation
14 58 (5.87%) Regression Testing
15 57 (5.77%) TDD
16 54 (5.47%) Business Intelligence
17 47 (4.76%) PRINCE2
17 47 (4.76%) Waterfall
18 44 (4.45%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 167 (16.90%) SQL
2 80 (8.10%) Java
3 41 (4.15%) JavaScript
4 39 (3.95%) C#
5 21 (2.13%) C
6 20 (2.02%) Ruby
7 19 (1.92%) VBA
8 15 (1.52%) Python
9 14 (1.42%) Shell Script
10 12 (1.21%) VB
11 11 (1.11%) VBScript
12 10 (1.01%) PHP
12 10 (1.01%) PowerShell
13 8 (0.81%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.81%) T-SQL
13 8 (0.81%) Perl
14 6 (0.61%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.51%) C++
16 4 (0.40%) RPG
16 4 (0.40%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 178 (18.02%) ISEB
2 167 (16.90%) ISTQB
3 155 (15.69%) Security Cleared
4 131 (13.26%) SC Cleared
5 66 (6.68%) Degree
6 27 (2.73%) ISEB Practitioner
7 24 (2.43%) DV Cleared
8 21 (2.13%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 14 (1.42%) MOS
10 6 (0.61%) BC Cleared
10 6 (0.61%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 6 (0.61%) ITIL Certification
10 6 (0.61%) CISSP
11 5 (0.51%) Cisco Certification
12 4 (0.40%) CISA
12 4 (0.40%) CISM
12 4 (0.40%) APMP
12 4 (0.40%) CRISC
13 3 (0.30%) CCNA
14 2 (0.20%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 179 (18.12%) QA
2 7 (0.71%) SLA
3 6 (0.61%) Basel III
4 5 (0.51%) EMIR
5 4 (0.40%) Solvency II
5 4 (0.40%) Basel II
6 3 (0.30%) COBIT
6 3 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
6 3 (0.30%) GxP
7 2 (0.20%) COREP
8 1 (0.10%) FINREP
8 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.10%) CRD IV
System Software
1 20 (2.02%) Nmap
2 14 (1.42%) Active Directory
3 13 (1.32%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.91%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 7 (0.71%) HDFS
6 6 (0.61%) Terminal Server
7 4 (0.40%) XenApp
7 4 (0.40%) VMware ESX
8 3 (0.30%) vSphere
8 3 (0.30%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.30%) RACF
9 1 (0.10%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 150 (15.18%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (2.02%) Nessus
3 13 (1.32%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.61%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.51%) Puppet
5 5 (0.51%) SCCM
6 4 (0.40%) OpenView
7 3 (0.30%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 3 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
8 2 (0.20%) Vagrant
9 1 (0.10%) Cisco CUCM
9 1 (0.10%) OpenView Configuration Management
9 1 (0.10%) Control-M
Vendors
1 137 (13.87%) Oracle
2 130 (13.16%) HP
3 92 (9.31%) Microsoft
4 70 (7.09%) SAP
5 21 (2.13%) VMware
6 18 (1.82%) Citrix
7 16 (1.62%) Informatica
7 16 (1.62%) Cisco
7 16 (1.62%) IBM
8 9 (0.91%) BMC
9 8 (0.81%) Avaya
9 8 (0.81%) Salesforce.com
9 8 (0.81%) Nortel
9 8 (0.81%) Remedy
9 8 (0.81%) SolarWinds
10 7 (0.71%) Lotus
11 6 (0.61%) ESRI
12 5 (0.51%) JD Edwards
12 5 (0.51%) CheckPoint
12 5 (0.51%) Cognos
City, London
QUANTICA
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £550.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Networking People
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Networking People
Posted: Yesterday
Buckinghamshire
Intapeople
Rate: £200 to £220 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £32000 - £45000 per annum + Bens + Bonus to 20%
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £330.00 - £370.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West London
TEKsystems
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Elevate Direct
Rate: Unspecified - negotiable dependent on experience
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: market value
Posted: 3 days ago
Southampton, Hampshire
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Burnley, Lancashire
Arrows Group
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Burnley
Kainos
Posted: 7 days ago
Edinburgh
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £500 - £800 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
Milton Keynes
Pertemps ERP
Rate: £400 - 450 per day all inclusive
Posted: 11 days ago
Bristol
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
Manchester
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 21 days ago