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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 222 243 277
Rank change year-on-year
+21 +34
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 559 469 320
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.00% 0.89% 0.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.29% 1.16% 0.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 350 247 170
Average daily rate
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£425 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £260 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £534 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £358 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.89% -4.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 9 6
Average hourly rate - £41.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +9.33%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £42.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +21.42%

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
43274 40267 36736
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.50% 76.08% 74.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 27921 25102 22050
Average daily rate £413 £400 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -2.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £274
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £572 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1158 1185 1094
Average hourly rate £29.00 £26.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+9.43% -11.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.40 £13.00 £12.93
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -6.55%

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 3 July 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
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 3 July 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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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 +6 524 £420 +12.00% 109
London +42 232 £450 +7.14% 44
South East +15 123 £375 +7.14% 19
North West +15 63 £450 -7.21% 14
City of London -5 53 £488 +21.87% 16
Hampshire -1 44 £350 +8.94% 3
Berkshire +23 28 £375 +7.14% 5
Scotland -2 25 £425 +13.33% 5
Buckinghamshire +14 22 £450 +15.38% 3
East of England -4 22 £360 -8.28% 6
West Midlands 0 20 £400 +26.98% 3
Yorkshire -17 20 £338 +14.40% 6
West Yorkshire -12 18 £350 +15.70% 5
Merseyside - 18 £508 - 4
Lancashire +6 17 £375 -25.00% 2
Manchester -6 17 £356 +14.00% 4
Leeds -15 17 £350 +53.84% 4
Liverpool - 17 £513 - 2
Edinburgh +4 16 £425 -5.55% 3
South West -37 16 £375 +6.38% 7
East Midlands -6 15 £275 -26.66% 7
Milton Keynes +6 12 £394 +0.96% 1
Blackpool +5 12 £375 -29.90% 1
North East -24 12 £358 -4.66% 2
Tyne and Wear -25 10 £340 -9.33% 2
Reading +12 9 £260 -17.13% 2
Nottingham -2 9 £275 +9.78% 2
West Sussex -4 9 £400 - 2
Nottinghamshire -5 9 £275 +9.78% 5
Hertfordshire -6 9 £360 +38.46% 2

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 3 July 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.

1 299 (29.14%) Finance
2 286 (27.88%) Agile Software Development
3 249 (24.27%) QA
4 245 (23.88%) User Acceptance Testing
5 230 (22.42%) Test Scripting
6 202 (19.69%) Test Management
7 188 (18.32%) SQL
8 161 (15.69%) Test Automation
9 157 (15.30%) ISEB
10 151 (14.72%) Banking
11 148 (14.42%) Java
12 143 (13.94%) Oracle
13 140 (13.65%) Migration
14 115 (11.21%) Microsoft
14 115 (11.21%) ISTQB
15 109 (10.62%) HP Quality Center
15 109 (10.62%) Security Cleared
16 108 (10.53%) Integration Testing
17 105 (10.23%) Scrum
18 103 (10.04%) System Integration Testing
19 96 (9.36%) Stakeholder Management
20 94 (9.16%) HP
21 91 (8.87%) Waterfall
22 90 (8.77%) Project Management
23 86 (8.38%) Test Planning
24 85 (8.28%) Business Intelligence
25 81 (7.89%) Performance Testing
26 79 (7.70%) Automated Testing
27 78 (7.60%) Software Testing
27 78 (7.60%) Selenium

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 28 (2.73%) Confluence
2 27 (2.63%) WebLogic
3 25 (2.44%) SharePoint
4 16 (1.56%) Documentum
4 16 (1.56%) SAS
5 8 (0.78%) WebSphere
6 7 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (0.58%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 5 (0.49%) Lync
8 5 (0.49%) Apache
9 4 (0.39%) FileNet
10 3 (0.29%) WebSphere Application Server
10 3 (0.29%) Tomcat
10 3 (0.29%) MS Exchange
10 3 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 3 (0.29%) Oracle Service Bus
11 2 (0.19%) Oracle Coherence
11 2 (0.19%) Captiva
11 2 (0.19%) IIS
11 2 (0.19%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 73 (7.12%) MS Excel
2 41 (4.00%) MS Office
3 17 (1.66%) MS Project
4 16 (1.56%) MS PowerPoint
5 15 (1.46%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.097%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.097%) InDesign
6 1 (0.097%) HipChat
6 1 (0.097%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 19 (1.85%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (1.17%) Oracle EBS
3 11 (1.07%) Oracle Financials
4 10 (0.97%) Oracle EBS R12
5 8 (0.78%) Oracle Payables
6 7 (0.68%) Oracle CRM
7 6 (0.58%) Oracle ERP
7 6 (0.58%) Remedy ITSM
8 5 (0.49%) Oracle General Ledger
9 4 (0.39%) Agresso
9 4 (0.39%) SAP HR
10 3 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
11 2 (0.19%) WebTrends
11 2 (0.19%) Endur
11 2 (0.19%) Oracle 11i
11 2 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
11 2 (0.19%) Oracle Retail
11 2 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
11 2 (0.19%) Oracle Cash Management
11 2 (0.19%) Oracle Assets
Cloud Services
1 10 (0.97%) SaaS
2 5 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (0.19%) Google Analytics
3 2 (0.19%) PaaS
4 1 (0.097%) Adobe Analytics
4 1 (0.097%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.097%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.34%) HTTP
2 15 (1.46%) VoIP
3 11 (1.07%) Internet
3 11 (1.07%) Firewall
4 8 (0.78%) TCP/IP
4 8 (0.78%) Diameter Protocol
5 7 (0.68%) LTE
5 7 (0.68%) 3G
6 6 (0.58%) Unified Communications
6 6 (0.58%) 4G
7 5 (0.49%) Network Security
7 5 (0.49%) IPv6
7 5 (0.49%) SMS
8 4 (0.39%) Ethernet
8 4 (0.39%) X.509
8 4 (0.39%) IPsec
8 4 (0.39%) Wireshark
8 4 (0.39%) MVNO
8 4 (0.39%) VoLTE
8 4 (0.39%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (6.24%) Data Warehouse
2 42 (4.09%) SQL Server
3 28 (2.73%) Relational Database
4 19 (1.85%) Data Mining
5 16 (1.56%) Hadoop
6 15 (1.46%) Oracle Database
7 13 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 11 (1.07%) Oracle Reports
9 10 (0.97%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (0.97%) HBase
10 9 (0.88%) Big Data
10 9 (0.88%) RDBMS
11 8 (0.78%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 7 (0.68%) QlikView
12 7 (0.68%) SQL Server 2012
13 6 (0.58%) Star Schema
13 6 (0.58%) MS Access
13 6 (0.58%) OLAP
13 6 (0.58%) OLAP Cube
14 4 (0.39%) DB2
Development Applications
1 78 (7.60%) Selenium
2 71 (6.92%) JIRA
3 60 (5.85%) HP UFT
4 38 (3.70%) Cucumber
5 33 (3.22%) WebDriver
6 29 (2.83%) Jenkins
7 28 (2.73%) Team Foundation Server
8 26 (2.53%) LoadRunner
8 26 (2.53%) SoapUI
9 24 (2.34%) JMeter
10 22 (2.14%) Visual Studio
11 19 (1.85%) Git (software)
11 19 (1.85%) SpecFlow
12 15 (1.46%) CA Gen
12 15 (1.46%) NUnit
13 13 (1.27%) JUnit
13 13 (1.27%) FitNesse
14 10 (0.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 9 (0.88%) WATIR
15 9 (0.88%) Maven
General
1 299 (29.14%) Finance
2 151 (14.72%) Banking
3 55 (5.36%) Telecoms
4 52 (5.07%) Investment Banking
5 50 (4.87%) Retail
6 15 (1.46%) Retail Banking
7 13 (1.27%) General Ledger
8 10 (0.97%) Legal
9 7 (0.68%) Manufacturing
9 7 (0.68%) Spanish Language
10 6 (0.58%) Front Office
11 5 (0.49%) Back Office
11 5 (0.49%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.49%) Automotive
12 4 (0.39%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.29%) Law
13 3 (0.29%) Local Government
13 3 (0.29%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.29%) French Language
14 2 (0.19%) German Language
Job Titles
1 377 (36.74%) Test Manager
2 208 (20.27%) Analyst
3 135 (13.16%) Test Leader
4 129 (12.57%) Test Analyst
5 83 (8.09%) Developer
6 70 (6.82%) Tester
7 63 (6.14%) Business Analyst
8 41 (4.00%) Test Engineer
9 40 (3.90%) Programme Manager
10 39 (3.80%) Consultant
11 34 (3.31%) Programme Test Manager
12 33 (3.22%) Senior Manager
13 28 (2.73%) Architect
13 28 (2.73%) Senior Test Manager
14 24 (2.34%) Project Manager
14 24 (2.34%) Senior Analyst
15 18 (1.75%) Senior Test Analyst
16 16 (1.56%) Team Leader
17 14 (1.36%) QA Manager
17 14 (1.36%) Hadoop Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (7.02%) .NET
2 42 (4.09%) XML
3 36 (3.51%) J2EE
4 27 (2.63%) Web Services
5 25 (2.44%) SOAP
6 22 (2.14%) JSON
7 21 (2.05%) Middleware
8 20 (1.95%) HTML
9 14 (1.36%) RESTful
10 12 (1.17%) REST
11 11 (1.07%) XSD
12 10 (0.97%) CSS
13 9 (0.88%) HTML5
14 8 (0.78%) XSLT
15 6 (0.58%) .NET Framework
16 5 (0.49%) XML Messaging
16 5 (0.49%) Gherkin
16 5 (0.49%) WPF
17 4 (0.39%) Silverlight
17 4 (0.39%) AngularJS
Miscellaneous
1 60 (5.85%) Analytical Skills
2 21 (2.05%) Data Centre
2 21 (2.05%) NHS
2 21 (2.05%) Management Information System
3 17 (1.66%) Computer Science
4 16 (1.56%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 14 (1.36%) User Experience
6 13 (1.27%) Equities
7 11 (1.07%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (0.97%) Smart Meter
9 9 (0.88%) Derivative
10 8 (0.78%) Reference Data
11 7 (0.68%) Data Conversion
11 7 (0.68%) Fixed Income
12 6 (0.58%) Statistics
12 6 (0.58%) SWIFT
12 6 (0.58%) Performance Metrics
13 5 (0.49%) Data Integration
13 5 (0.49%) IPTV
13 5 (0.49%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 74 (7.21%) UNIX
2 60 (5.85%) Windows
3 44 (4.29%) Linux
4 10 (0.97%) VME
4 10 (0.97%) Windows 7
5 9 (0.88%) Apple iOS
5 9 (0.88%) Android
6 6 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (0.58%) Windows Server 2003
7 3 (0.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 2 (0.19%) Windows 2000
8 2 (0.19%) Windows XP
8 2 (0.19%) AIX
8 2 (0.19%) Solaris
9 1 (0.097%) VMS
9 1 (0.097%) Windows NT
9 1 (0.097%) Windows 8
9 1 (0.097%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 286 (27.88%) Agile Software Development
2 245 (23.88%) User Acceptance Testing
3 230 (22.42%) Test Scripting
4 202 (19.69%) Test Management
5 161 (15.69%) Test Automation
6 140 (13.65%) Migration
7 108 (10.53%) Integration Testing
8 105 (10.23%) Scrum
9 103 (10.04%) System Integration Testing
10 96 (9.36%) Stakeholder Management
11 91 (8.87%) Waterfall
12 90 (8.77%) Project Management
13 86 (8.38%) Test Planning
14 85 (8.28%) Business Intelligence
15 81 (7.89%) Performance Testing
16 79 (7.70%) Automated Testing
17 78 (7.60%) Software Testing
18 75 (7.31%) Data Migration
19 72 (7.02%) Regression Testing
20 68 (6.63%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 188 (18.32%) SQL
2 148 (14.42%) Java
3 60 (5.85%) C#
4 37 (3.61%) PL/SQL
5 28 (2.73%) Perl
6 24 (2.34%) Shell Script
7 20 (1.95%) Python
8 19 (1.85%) C
9 16 (1.56%) JavaScript
9 16 (1.56%) Ruby
10 11 (1.07%) VBA
11 10 (0.97%) T-SQL
11 10 (0.97%) VB
12 9 (0.88%) COBOL
13 7 (0.68%) ABAP
13 7 (0.68%) VBScript
14 6 (0.58%) C++
14 6 (0.58%) PHP
15 4 (0.39%) XPath
15 4 (0.39%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 157 (15.30%) ISEB
2 115 (11.21%) ISTQB
3 109 (10.62%) Security Cleared
4 71 (6.92%) SC Cleared
5 65 (6.34%) Degree
6 60 (5.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 21 (2.05%) ISEB Practitioner
8 20 (1.95%) DV Cleared
9 11 (1.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 11 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 10 (0.97%) Cisco Certification
10 10 (0.97%) CCNP
11 8 (0.78%) JNCIS
12 4 (0.39%) PMI Certification
13 3 (0.29%) PMP
13 3 (0.29%) HNC
13 3 (0.29%) HND
13 3 (0.29%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
13 3 (0.29%) CTC Cleared
13 3 (0.29%) GNVQ
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 249 (24.27%) QA
2 7 (0.68%) SLA
2 7 (0.68%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 6 (0.58%) EMIR
4 5 (0.49%) GxP
5 4 (0.39%) MiFID
5 4 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 4 (0.39%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.29%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.19%) FATCA
7 2 (0.19%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.097%) COBIT
8 1 (0.097%) HL7
8 1 (0.097%) P3O
8 1 (0.097%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.097%) Data Quality
System Software
1 13 (1.27%) Active Directory
1 13 (1.27%) VMware Infrastructure
2 10 (0.97%) Docker
3 4 (0.39%) VMware ESX
4 1 (0.097%) VMware Workstation
4 1 (0.097%) vCloud
Systems Management
1 109 (10.62%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (0.88%) SCCM
3 6 (0.58%) Puppet
3 6 (0.58%) Vagrant
4 3 (0.29%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 3 (0.29%) SCOM
4 3 (0.29%) McAfee ePO
4 3 (0.29%) Nessus
4 3 (0.29%) Nmap
5 2 (0.19%) Forefront Identity Manager
5 2 (0.19%) nmon
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle Identity Manager
5 2 (0.19%) Oracle Identity Management
6 1 (0.097%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.097%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 1 (0.097%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.097%) Netcool
6 1 (0.097%) Control-M
Vendors
1 143 (13.94%) Oracle
2 115 (11.21%) Microsoft
3 94 (9.16%) HP
4 61 (5.95%) SAP
5 33 (3.22%) Business Objects
6 28 (2.73%) Informatica
7 27 (2.63%) webMethods
7 27 (2.63%) Pega
8 22 (2.14%) BEA
9 19 (1.85%) IBM
10 15 (1.46%) Cisco
11 14 (1.36%) VMware
12 13 (1.27%) Remedy
13 12 (1.17%) Adobe
14 11 (1.07%) ServiceNow
15 10 (0.97%) PeopleSoft
15 10 (0.97%) CheckPoint
16 9 (0.88%) Salesforce.com
16 9 (0.88%) Juniper
17 8 (0.78%) Splunk
Jersey, Channel Isles
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £375 - £475 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
EMBS- People Transfer
Rate: up to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £550.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Stealth IT Recruitment
Posted: Yesterday
Reading, Berkshire
Skilliantech Limited
Rate: £30000 - £38000 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
North West
Venn Group
Rate: £275 - £325 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
City Test Limited
Rate: £600 per day This rate is negotiable for excellent skills match
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £425.00 - £475.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 2 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £450.00 - £490.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £340.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 3 days ago
West London
WEX Europe Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 4 days ago