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 24 June 2016 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
24 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 257 242 244
Rank change year-on-year
-15 +2
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 493 529 490
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.92% 0.94% 0.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.19% 1.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 316 326 263
Median daily rate £425 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £566 £575 £516
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £354
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +6.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 8
Median hourly rate £40.95 £33.25 £41.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.15% -20.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.19 £33.05 £33.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.71 £33.45 £64.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.95 £33.25 £43.00
% change year-on-year
+23.15% -22.67%

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
44199 44580 42439
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.21% 79.49% 78.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 29376 28650 26727
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £285 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £568
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1039 1208 1228
Median hourly rate £28.00 £29.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.44% +5.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £12.40 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £50.00 £47.05
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -

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 24 June 2016.

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 24 June 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -31 455 £425 - 82
London -26 188 £450 - 29
South East -30 74 £400 +6.66% 21
West Midlands -3 42 £368 -8.12% 8
North East -31 38 £320 -10.48%
Tyne and Wear -39 36 £318 -7.97%
Newcastle upon Tyne -43 36 £318 -6.61%
City of London +20 33 £475 - 4
East of England +24 31 £438 +21.52% 6
South West +21 29 £425 +1.19% 5
Scotland -20 24 £343 -19.41% 1
Hampshire -8 22 £413 +21.32% 6
North West -34 21 £425 +6.25% 6
Shropshire -24 19 £400 -
Yorkshire -4 18 £425 +25.92% 7
Telford -25 17 £400 -
Berkshire -22 16 £450 +20.00% 3
West Yorkshire -5 14 £425 +21.42% 7
Hertfordshire +16 13 £450 +25.00% 3
East Midlands +2 13 £400 +45.45%
Bristol +11 12 £425 +32.81% 1
West Sussex -8 12 £350 -13.58%
Wales +26 11 £300 -20.00%
Manchester -9 11 £425 +21.42% 2
Cardiff - 11 £300 -
South Wales - 11 £300 -
Glasgow +5 10 £400 -8.04% 1
Leeds -10 10 £450 +28.57% 5
Dorset - 10 £525 -
Buckinghamshire +5 9 £425 +1.49% 3

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 June 2016, 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.

1 350 (34.38%) Agile Software Development
2 255 (25.05%) User Acceptance Testing
3 254 (24.95%) Finance
4 226 (22.20%) Test Scripting
5 213 (20.92%) SQL
6 182 (17.88%) Test Management
7 157 (15.42%) QA
8 152 (14.93%) Oracle
9 143 (14.05%) Java
10 142 (13.95%) Security Cleared
11 133 (13.06%) Defect Management
12 128 (12.57%) ISTQB
13 127 (12.48%) ISEB
14 125 (12.28%) Banking
15 124 (12.18%) Scrum
16 119 (11.69%) Waterfall
17 118 (11.59%) JIRA
18 116 (11.39%) Test Automation
19 115 (11.30%) Unix
20 111 (10.90%) HP Quality Center
21 110 (10.81%) Software Testing
22 104 (10.22%) Integration Testing
23 102 (10.02%) Migration
24 100 (9.82%) System Integration Testing
25 98 (9.63%) Regression Testing
26 97 (9.53%) Performance Testing
26 97 (9.53%) Selenium
27 96 (9.43%) Stakeholder Management
28 89 (8.74%) Functional Testing
29 88 (8.64%) SC Cleared

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 41 (4.03%) Confluence
2 31 (3.05%) WebLogic
3 16 (1.57%) Elasticsearch
3 16 (1.57%) SharePoint
4 10 (0.98%) SAS
5 3 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 3 (0.29%) Apache Spark
5 3 (0.29%) CMS
6 2 (0.20%) Apache Pig
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Service Bus
6 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
6 2 (0.20%) Skype for Business
6 2 (0.20%) Tuxedo
6 2 (0.20%) WebSphere
7 1 (0.098%) Apache
7 1 (0.098%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.098%) Documentum
7 1 (0.098%) IIS
7 1 (0.098%) MS Exchange
7 1 (0.098%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 44 (4.32%) MS Excel
2 22 (2.16%) MS Office
3 20 (1.96%) MS PowerPoint
4 18 (1.77%) MS Visio
5 14 (1.38%) MS Project
6 2 (0.20%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 12 (1.18%) Dynamics CRM
1 12 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.88%) Oracle ERP
3 7 (0.69%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.49%) Temenos T24
5 4 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.39%) SAP ERP
5 4 (0.39%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.39%) SAP PSCD
6 3 (0.29%) Oracle Applications
6 3 (0.29%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.29%) SAP CRM
6 3 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.20%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.20%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.20%) VisionPLUS
8 1 (0.098%) PeopleSoft HRMS
Cloud Services
1 9 (0.88%) Google Cloud Platform
1 9 (0.88%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.79%) GitHub
3 7 (0.69%) Amazon AWS
4 6 (0.59%) SuccessFactors
5 4 (0.39%) Google Play
5 4 (0.39%) SaaS
6 3 (0.29%) Cloud Computing
7 2 (0.20%) PaaS
8 1 (0.098%) Google Analytics
8 1 (0.098%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.26%) Internet
2 12 (1.18%) WAN
3 10 (0.98%) LAN
4 9 (0.88%) HTTP
5 8 (0.79%) VPN
6 7 (0.69%) SAN
6 7 (0.69%) VoIP
7 5 (0.49%) 3G
7 5 (0.49%) Firewall
8 4 (0.39%) NAS
8 4 (0.39%) VLAN
9 3 (0.29%) 4G
9 3 (0.29%) Ethernet
9 3 (0.29%) LTE
9 3 (0.29%) MVNO
9 3 (0.29%) SMS
9 3 (0.29%) SSH
9 3 (0.29%) SSL
9 3 (0.29%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.29%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (3.83%) BusinessObjects
1 39 (3.83%) Hadoop
2 38 (3.73%) Pentaho
2 38 (3.73%) SQL Server
3 23 (2.26%) Big Data
4 22 (2.16%) Oracle Reports
5 21 (2.06%) Data Warehouse
6 16 (1.57%) MySQL
7 13 (1.28%) Relational Database
8 12 (1.18%) Data Mining
9 11 (1.08%) Oracle Database
10 7 (0.69%) MongoDB
11 6 (0.59%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 6 (0.59%) Apache Cassandra
11 6 (0.59%) Neo4j
11 6 (0.59%) Redis
12 5 (0.49%) SAS Enterprise Guide
13 4 (0.39%) DB2
13 4 (0.39%) MS Access
13 4 (0.39%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 118 (11.59%) JIRA
2 97 (9.53%) Selenium
3 70 (6.88%) HP UFT
4 50 (4.91%) LoadRunner
5 45 (4.42%) SoapUI
6 40 (3.93%) Cucumber
7 29 (2.85%) Team Foundation Server
8 28 (2.75%) WebDriver
9 22 (2.16%) Visual Studio
10 18 (1.77%) JMeter
11 15 (1.47%) Jenkins
12 13 (1.28%) JUnit
13 11 (1.08%) Git (software)
14 10 (0.98%) Appium
14 10 (0.98%) SpecFlow
14 10 (0.98%) TestPartner
15 8 (0.79%) ClearCase
16 7 (0.69%) ClearQuest
16 7 (0.69%) Facilita Forecast
17 6 (0.59%) Ranorex
General
1 254 (24.95%) Finance
2 125 (12.28%) Banking
3 79 (7.76%) Retail
4 41 (4.03%) Telecoms
5 30 (2.95%) Retail Banking
6 24 (2.36%) Investment Banking
7 13 (1.28%) Games
8 12 (1.18%) Legal
8 12 (1.18%) Marketing
9 8 (0.79%) Back Office
9 8 (0.79%) Front Office
9 8 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
10 7 (0.69%) Financial Institution
11 6 (0.59%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.49%) Automotive
12 5 (0.49%) Law
13 4 (0.39%) Electronics
13 4 (0.39%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.29%) Military
15 2 (0.20%) Billing
Job Titles
1 329 (32.32%) Test Manager
2 204 (20.04%) Analyst
3 157 (15.42%) Test Analyst
4 125 (12.28%) Developer
5 105 (10.31%) Test Leader
6 82 (8.06%) Tester
7 62 (6.09%) Programme Manager
8 51 (5.01%) Programme Test Manager
8 51 (5.01%) Test Programme Manager
9 34 (3.34%) Business Analyst
9 34 (3.34%) Consultant
10 31 (3.05%) Automation Tester
10 31 (3.05%) Test Engineer
11 27 (2.65%) UAT Manager
12 26 (2.55%) Pentaho Developer
13 25 (2.46%) UAT Test Manager
14 22 (2.16%) Architect
15 21 (2.06%) Designer
15 21 (2.06%) Software Engineer
16 20 (1.96%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (4.81%) SOAP
2 38 (3.73%) .NET
3 37 (3.63%) XML
4 34 (3.34%) J2EE
4 34 (3.34%) Web Services
5 20 (1.96%) CSS
6 16 (1.57%) HTML
6 16 (1.57%) WSDL
6 16 (1.57%) XSD
7 15 (1.47%) jQuery
8 13 (1.28%) Middleware
9 12 (1.18%) Gherkin
10 11 (1.08%) ELK Stack
11 10 (0.98%) REST
12 8 (0.79%) AngularJS
13 5 (0.49%) Spring
14 4 (0.39%) ASP.NET
14 4 (0.39%) JSON
14 4 (0.39%) Web Dynpro
14 4 (0.39%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 55 (5.40%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.36%) Data Integration
2 24 (2.36%) Management Information System
3 17 (1.67%) Mobile App
4 15 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 14 (1.38%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 13 (1.28%) Derivative
6 13 (1.28%) User Experience
7 12 (1.18%) Virtual Team
8 11 (1.08%) Data Centre
8 11 (1.08%) Equities
9 9 (0.88%) Smart Meter
10 8 (0.79%) AS400
10 8 (0.79%) Performance Metrics
10 8 (0.79%) Video Conferencing
11 7 (0.69%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.59%) Data Structures
12 6 (0.59%) Enterprise Software
12 6 (0.59%) IPTV
12 6 (0.59%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 115 (11.30%) Unix
2 70 (6.88%) Windows
3 68 (6.68%) Linux
4 13 (1.28%) Android
5 10 (0.98%) Windows Server
6 8 (0.79%) Apple iOS
7 7 (0.69%) VME
7 7 (0.69%) Windows 10
7 7 (0.69%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (0.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 4 (0.39%) AIX
10 3 (0.29%) Embedded Linux
11 2 (0.20%) Fedora
12 1 (0.098%) Solaris
12 1 (0.098%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.098%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 350 (34.38%) Agile Software Development
2 255 (25.05%) User Acceptance Testing
3 226 (22.20%) Test Scripting
4 182 (17.88%) Test Management
5 133 (13.06%) Defect Management
6 124 (12.18%) Scrum
7 119 (11.69%) Waterfall
8 116 (11.39%) Test Automation
9 110 (10.81%) Software Testing
10 104 (10.22%) Integration Testing
11 102 (10.02%) Migration
12 100 (9.82%) System Integration Testing
13 98 (9.63%) Regression Testing
14 97 (9.53%) Performance Testing
15 96 (9.43%) Stakeholder Management
16 89 (8.74%) Functional Testing
17 87 (8.55%) SDLC
18 84 (8.25%) Non-Functional Testing
19 79 (7.76%) Automated Testing
20 78 (7.66%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 213 (20.92%) SQL
2 143 (14.05%) Java
3 64 (6.29%) C#
4 55 (5.40%) C
5 35 (3.44%) Shell Script
6 30 (2.95%) Perl
7 27 (2.65%) PL/SQL
8 25 (2.46%) JavaScript
9 23 (2.26%) C++
10 17 (1.67%) Ruby
11 12 (1.18%) Python
12 11 (1.08%) F#
12 11 (1.08%) Tcl
13 10 (0.98%) VB
13 10 (0.98%) VBScript
14 9 (0.88%) Bash Shell
15 6 (0.59%) PHP
16 4 (0.39%) ABAP
16 4 (0.39%) COBOL
16 4 (0.39%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 142 (13.95%) Security Cleared
2 128 (12.57%) ISTQB
3 127 (12.48%) ISEB
4 88 (8.64%) SC Cleared
5 62 (6.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 55 (5.40%) Degree
7 31 (3.05%) DV Cleared
8 19 (1.87%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 16 (1.57%) PMI Certification
9 16 (1.57%) PMP
10 14 (1.38%) BPSS Clearance
10 14 (1.38%) ISEB Practitioner
11 4 (0.39%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.29%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.20%) MCP
13 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.20%) OCP
13 2 (0.20%) Oracle Certification
13 2 (0.20%) SAP Certification
14 1 (0.098%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 157 (15.42%) QA
2 11 (1.08%) COBIT
3 9 (0.88%) SLA
4 8 (0.79%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 7 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.39%) JSP 440
7 4 (0.39%) WCAG
8 3 (0.29%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.29%) GxP
8 3 (0.29%) MiFID
8 3 (0.29%) SDET
9 2 (0.20%) Dodd-Frank
9 2 (0.20%) EMIR
9 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
10 1 (0.098%) ISO 14001
10 1 (0.098%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 12 (1.18%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.59%) Hyper-V
3 5 (0.49%) Docker
4 4 (0.39%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 4 (0.39%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (0.29%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.20%) HDFS
6 2 (0.20%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 111 (10.90%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.08%) BMC PATROL
3 10 (0.98%) Kibana
3 10 (0.98%) logstash
3 10 (0.98%) OPNET
3 10 (0.98%) SCOM
4 6 (0.59%) HP SiteScope
5 4 (0.39%) Puppet
6 3 (0.29%) Opsview
7 2 (0.20%) Amdocs OSS
7 2 (0.20%) BMC Marimba
7 2 (0.20%) Cisco IPCC
7 2 (0.20%) Oozie
7 2 (0.20%) SCCM
7 2 (0.20%) WSUS
8 1 (0.098%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.098%) CA Wily
8 1 (0.098%) Grafana
8 1 (0.098%) Nagios
8 1 (0.098%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 152 (14.93%) Oracle
2 86 (8.45%) HP
3 72 (7.07%) Microsoft
4 71 (6.97%) Informatica
5 57 (5.60%) SAP
6 48 (4.72%) Pega
7 26 (2.55%) webMethods
8 24 (2.36%) Cloudera
9 19 (1.87%) IBM
10 13 (1.28%) BMC
10 13 (1.28%) ServiceNow
11 12 (1.18%) Google
12 9 (0.88%) Digital Fuel
12 9 (0.88%) Red Hat
12 9 (0.88%) VMware
13 7 (0.69%) Adobe
13 7 (0.69%) FrontRange
13 7 (0.69%) Sybase
13 7 (0.69%) WSO2
14 6 (0.59%) EMC
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