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 23 October 2014 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
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 257 251 225
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -26
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 457 408 473
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.78% 0.79% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 1.07% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 274 263 290
Average daily rate
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£400 £415 £415
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.61% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £278 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £370 £355
% change year-on-year
-5.40% +4.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 4 2
Average hourly rate £32.50 £36.00 £57.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.72% -37.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.74 £21.18 £41.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.10 £74.70 £73.45
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £36.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-9.72% -37.11%

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
43026 38252 39233
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.66% 74.11% 71.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 27635 23752 22856
Average daily rate £413 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1195 1133 1448
Average hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -10.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year
-10.71% +4.08%

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 23 October 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
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 23 October 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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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 -15 412 £400 -5.32% 90
London +15 220 £450 - 35
South East +4 82 £345 -8.00% 12
City of London +25 62 £450 -8.86% 11
Wales -7 23 £283 -13.40% 1
Hampshire -8 22 £330 +5.60% 1
Berkshire +15 20 £308 +11.81% 3
North West -15 20 £385 +4.05% 7
East of England -23 19 £350 +3.70% 2
West Midlands -12 18 £343 +8.91% 2
Buckinghamshire +10 16 £388 - 1
Scotland +1 16 £400 -0.62% 1
South Wales 0 16 £275 -12.00%
South West -45 16 £350 -9.67% 12
Yorkshire -18 15 £275 -26.66% 14
Manchester -10 13 £398 +43.89% 6
West Yorkshire -14 12 £300 -20.00% 9
East Midlands +1 11 £488 +53.54% 3
Warwickshire -5 10 £300 -
North East -30 10 £335 - 2
Newcastle upon Tyne -30 10 £335 - 2
Tyne and Wear -34 10 £335 - 2
Newport - 10 £375 -
Leeds -11 8 £300 -20.00% 6
Essex -11 8 £325 +14.03%
Glasgow -4 7 £410 -
Surrey -11 7 £338 -20.58% 4
West Wales - 7 £290 - 1
Oxfordshire - 7 £315 -
Swansea - 7 £290 - 1

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 275 (30.45%) User Acceptance Testing
2 261 (28.90%) Agile Software Development
3 245 (27.13%) Test Scripting
4 228 (25.25%) Test Management
5 209 (23.15%) Finance
6 193 (21.37%) QA
7 171 (18.94%) HP Quality Center
8 155 (17.17%) ISEB
9 148 (16.39%) SQL
10 146 (16.17%) HP
11 141 (15.61%) ISTQB
12 131 (14.51%) Oracle
13 124 (13.73%) Banking
14 120 (13.29%) Software Testing
15 115 (12.74%) Test Automation
16 96 (10.63%) Regression Testing
17 95 (10.52%) Project Management
18 94 (10.41%) Security Cleared
19 92 (10.19%) Java
20 91 (10.08%) Performance Testing
21 90 (9.97%) Test Planning
22 87 (9.63%) Integration Testing
22 87 (9.63%) Microsoft
22 87 (9.63%) Scrum
23 83 (9.19%) Analytical Skills
24 81 (8.97%) UNIX
25 78 (8.64%) Windows
25 78 (8.64%) .NET
26 76 (8.42%) Migration
26 76 (8.42%) Selenium

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 13 (1.44%) WebLogic
1 13 (1.44%) SAS
2 12 (1.33%) Oracle Workflow
3 11 (1.22%) SharePoint
4 10 (1.11%) Tomcat
5 5 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
6 4 (0.44%) IIS
6 4 (0.44%) WebSphere
6 4 (0.44%) Confluence
7 2 (0.22%) Adobe CQ
7 2 (0.22%) CMS
8 1 (0.11%) Oracle Coherence
8 1 (0.11%) Lync
8 1 (0.11%) JBoss
8 1 (0.11%) IBM Notes
8 1 (0.11%) ArcGIS
8 1 (0.11%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 54 (5.98%) MS Excel
2 39 (4.32%) MS Office
3 30 (3.32%) MS Project
3 30 (3.32%) MS Visio
4 14 (1.55%) MS PowerPoint
5 3 (0.33%) Final Cut Pro
6 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 31 (3.43%) Oracle EBS
2 10 (1.11%) Oracle Retail
3 8 (0.89%) Markit EDM
4 7 (0.78%) Summit
5 6 (0.66%) Agresso
5 6 (0.66%) IntelliMatch
6 5 (0.55%) Dynamics CRM
6 5 (0.55%) BASE24
7 4 (0.44%) Dynamics AX
7 4 (0.44%) Oracle EBS R12
8 3 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
8 3 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 3 (0.33%) Cognos TM1
9 2 (0.22%) SAP Retail
9 2 (0.22%) SAP FI
9 2 (0.22%) Oracle Financials
9 2 (0.22%) SAP CRM
9 2 (0.22%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.22%) Remedy ITSM
9 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.33%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 38 (4.21%) TCP/IP
2 29 (3.21%) HTTPS
3 24 (2.66%) Wireshark
4 22 (2.44%) HTTP
5 20 (2.21%) SSL
5 20 (2.21%) Internet
6 18 (1.99%) Firewall
7 17 (1.88%) DNS
8 11 (1.22%) WAN
8 11 (1.22%) LAN
9 10 (1.11%) LTE
10 7 (0.78%) LDAP
10 7 (0.78%) MPLS
11 6 (0.66%) 3GPP
11 6 (0.66%) GGSN
11 6 (0.66%) SGSN
12 5 (0.55%) SIGTRAN
13 4 (0.44%) UMTS
13 4 (0.44%) ATM
13 4 (0.44%) 3G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (3.77%) Data Warehouse
2 30 (3.32%) Oracle Reports
3 25 (2.77%) SQL Server
4 18 (1.99%) Oracle Database
5 11 (1.22%) Relational Database
6 10 (1.11%) Base SAS
7 9 (1.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 9 (1.00%) Big Data
8 8 (0.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 6 (0.66%) MySQL
9 6 (0.66%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 5 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
10 5 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
10 5 (0.55%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 5 (0.55%) DB2
10 5 (0.55%) SQL Navigator
11 4 (0.44%) OLAP
11 4 (0.44%) Data Mining
11 4 (0.44%) SAP BW
11 4 (0.44%) Hadoop
Development Applications
1 76 (8.42%) Selenium
2 72 (7.97%) QuickTest Pro
3 52 (5.76%) LoadRunner
4 41 (4.54%) JIRA
5 39 (4.32%) SoapUI
6 37 (4.10%) Cucumber
7 27 (2.99%) JMeter
7 27 (2.99%) JUnit
8 23 (2.55%) Team Foundation Server
8 23 (2.55%) WebDriver
9 22 (2.44%) TestDirector
10 19 (2.10%) SpecFlow
11 16 (1.77%) Jenkins
11 16 (1.77%) Visual Studio
11 16 (1.77%) Maven
12 15 (1.66%) FitNesse
13 10 (1.11%) Facilita Forecast
13 10 (1.11%) Rational DOORS
14 9 (1.00%) ClearCase
15 8 (0.89%) Toad
General
1 209 (23.15%) Finance
2 124 (13.73%) Banking
3 57 (6.31%) Investment Banking
4 47 (5.20%) Retail
5 37 (4.10%) Telecoms
6 34 (3.77%) Front Office
7 19 (2.10%) Back Office
8 16 (1.77%) Billing
9 14 (1.55%) Marketing
10 11 (1.22%) Financial Institution
10 11 (1.22%) Manufacturing
11 8 (0.89%) Automotive
11 8 (0.89%) General Ledger
12 6 (0.66%) Games
12 6 (0.66%) Electronics
13 5 (0.55%) Advertising
13 5 (0.55%) Local Government
14 4 (0.44%) Retail Banking
14 4 (0.44%) Publishing
15 3 (0.33%) Legal
Job Titles
1 313 (34.66%) Test Manager
2 233 (25.80%) Analyst
3 157 (17.39%) Test Analyst
4 94 (10.41%) Test Leader
5 85 (9.41%) Tester
6 53 (5.87%) Business Analyst
7 51 (5.65%) Developer
7 51 (5.65%) Test Engineer
8 23 (2.55%) Senior Analyst
9 22 (2.44%) Scala Developer
10 20 (2.21%) Consultant
10 20 (2.21%) Architect
10 20 (2.21%) QA Analyst
11 19 (2.10%) QA Tester
11 19 (2.10%) Senior Test Analyst
12 18 (1.99%) Project Manager
12 18 (1.99%) Programme Manager
13 17 (1.88%) Programme Test Manager
14 15 (1.66%) SAP Test Manager
14 15 (1.66%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (8.64%) .NET
2 63 (6.98%) Web Services
3 57 (6.31%) HTML
4 32 (3.54%) XML
5 28 (3.10%) RESTful
6 26 (2.88%) ASP.NET
7 25 (2.77%) JSP
8 24 (2.66%) SOAP
8 24 (2.66%) HTML5
9 14 (1.55%) Gherkin
10 13 (1.44%) J2EE
11 12 (1.33%) JSON
11 12 (1.33%) REST
12 11 (1.22%) Middleware
13 8 (0.89%) jQuery
13 8 (0.89%) CSS
14 4 (0.44%) XSLT
14 4 (0.44%) J2SE
14 4 (0.44%) SAP PI
14 4 (0.44%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 83 (9.19%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.66%) Derivative
3 23 (2.55%) Open Source
4 18 (1.99%) Computer Science
5 17 (1.88%) Data Structures
6 15 (1.66%) User Experience
7 14 (1.55%) Management Information System
8 13 (1.44%) Client/Server
8 13 (1.44%) Fixed Income
8 13 (1.44%) Equities
9 11 (1.22%) Credit Risk
10 10 (1.11%) Credit Derivative
11 9 (1.00%) PMI
11 9 (1.00%) NHS
12 8 (0.89%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
12 8 (0.89%) Mathematics
12 8 (0.89%) Mobile App
12 8 (0.89%) Algorithms
13 6 (0.66%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.66%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 81 (8.97%) UNIX
2 78 (8.64%) Windows
3 45 (4.98%) Linux
4 31 (3.43%) Windows Server 2003
5 29 (3.21%) Windows XP
5 29 (3.21%) Windows Server 2008
6 24 (2.66%) Windows 2000
7 13 (1.44%) Windows 7
8 12 (1.33%) Apple iOS
9 11 (1.22%) Android
10 9 (1.00%) Solaris
10 9 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
11 4 (0.44%) Oracle Linux
11 4 (0.44%) AIX
12 3 (0.33%) Windows NT
12 3 (0.33%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
13 1 (0.11%) Windows 2000 Server
13 1 (0.11%) VMS
13 1 (0.11%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 275 (30.45%) User Acceptance Testing
2 261 (28.90%) Agile Software Development
3 245 (27.13%) Test Scripting
4 228 (25.25%) Test Management
5 120 (13.29%) Software Testing
6 115 (12.74%) Test Automation
7 96 (10.63%) Regression Testing
8 95 (10.52%) Project Management
9 91 (10.08%) Performance Testing
10 90 (9.97%) Test Planning
11 87 (9.63%) Integration Testing
11 87 (9.63%) Scrum
12 76 (8.42%) Migration
13 75 (8.31%) Stakeholder Management
14 68 (7.53%) Automated Testing
15 64 (7.09%) TDD
15 64 (7.09%) Validation
16 58 (6.42%) System Testing
17 54 (5.98%) Risk Management
18 53 (5.87%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 148 (16.39%) SQL
2 92 (10.19%) Java
3 55 (6.09%) JavaScript
4 28 (3.10%) C#
5 22 (2.44%) Scala
6 19 (2.10%) Ruby
7 18 (1.99%) VBA
8 16 (1.77%) C
9 15 (1.66%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.11%) Perl
11 9 (1.00%) PHP
11 9 (1.00%) PL/SQL
11 9 (1.00%) VB
12 8 (0.89%) C++
12 8 (0.89%) VBScript
12 8 (0.89%) Python
13 7 (0.78%) RPG
14 3 (0.33%) SAS Macro
14 3 (0.33%) PowerShell
15 2 (0.22%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 155 (17.17%) ISEB
2 141 (15.61%) ISTQB
3 94 (10.41%) Security Cleared
4 74 (8.19%) Degree
5 73 (8.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 68 (7.53%) SC Cleared
7 34 (3.77%) ISEB Practitioner
8 24 (2.66%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 18 (1.99%) DV Cleared
10 14 (1.55%) MOS
11 10 (1.11%) CISSP
12 9 (1.00%) PMI Certification
13 7 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 6 (0.66%) Cisco Certification
15 5 (0.55%) CCNA
15 5 (0.55%) CISA
15 5 (0.55%) CISM
15 5 (0.55%) BC Cleared
16 4 (0.44%) CRISC
16 4 (0.44%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 193 (21.37%) QA
2 11 (1.22%) Basel III
3 8 (0.89%) SLA
4 6 (0.66%) EMIR
4 6 (0.66%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.55%) ISO 9000
5 5 (0.55%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.33%) GxP
7 3 (0.33%) COREP
8 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 2 (0.22%) Basel II
8 2 (0.22%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.11%) FATCA
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 14443
9 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 7816
9 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
9 1 (0.11%) COBIT
System Software
1 17 (1.88%) Nmap
2 11 (1.22%) Active Directory
3 9 (1.00%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
4 3 (0.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 3 (0.33%) Terminal Server
4 3 (0.33%) RACF
4 3 (0.33%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 171 (18.94%) HP Quality Center
2 17 (1.88%) Nessus
3 9 (1.00%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 7 (0.78%) Puppet
5 4 (0.44%) Vagrant
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 3 (0.33%) CORE IMPACT
6 3 (0.33%) SCCM
7 2 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.22%) Ansible
7 2 (0.22%) FortiGate
8 1 (0.11%) OpenView
8 1 (0.11%) Control-M
8 1 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 146 (16.17%) HP
2 131 (14.51%) Oracle
3 87 (9.63%) Microsoft
4 51 (5.65%) SAP
5 14 (1.55%) Salesforce.com
6 12 (1.33%) Cisco
7 11 (1.22%) IBM
8 10 (1.11%) VMware
9 8 (0.89%) Informatica
10 7 (0.78%) CheckPoint
10 7 (0.78%) Murex
11 6 (0.66%) Splunk
12 5 (0.55%) Bloomberg
12 5 (0.55%) ESRI
12 5 (0.55%) Adobe
12 5 (0.55%) Sun
12 5 (0.55%) Cognos
12 5 (0.55%) Siebel
12 5 (0.55%) Business Objects
12 5 (0.55%) TIBCO
Uxbridge, Middlesex
TD Group
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 8 hours ago
Bracknell, Berkshire
The Curve Group
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester, Lancashire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £180.00 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: Yesterday
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Synergize Consulting
Posted: 3 days ago
Perth & Kinross
DP Connect
Rate: £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Taunton, Somerset
Talent International
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £270 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Uxbridge
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £350.00 - £400.00 per annum
Posted: 8 days ago
London
NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 9 days ago
North West London
asos
Posted: 9 days ago
Lincolnshire
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 9 days ago
City, London
Truphone
Rate: From £500 to £600 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Bristol
Interquest - IQ ESM
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
City of London
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 14 days ago
Taunton
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
Taunton
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
Taunton
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £500 per day + competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
Somerset
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Rate: £450 - £3500 per day + dependant on experience
Posted: 17 days ago
High Wycombe
The People Network
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 23 days ago