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 May 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
25 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 257 250 227
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -23
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 498 480 533
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.93% 0.89% 1.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.13% 1.12% 1.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 303 290 304
Median daily rate £430 £423 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.77% +12.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £300 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £573 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 6
Median hourly rate £42.20 £33.25 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.91% -18.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.25 £33.05 £31.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £132.32 £33.45 £76.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.20 £33.25 £39.75
% change year-on-year
+26.91% -16.35%

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
43989 42942 40972
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.91% 79.23% 77.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 29145 27166 25895
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 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1025 1234 1230
Median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% +4.34%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.75 £12.35 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.71 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.75 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+10.65% +1.66%

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 May 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
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 May 2016.

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 May 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 -18 447 £425 - 86
London -14 199 £470 +4.44% 24
South East -21 80 £378 +5.42% 25
West Midlands +17 44 £363 -19.44% 2
Scotland +6 36 £475 +26.66% 2
City of London +39 34 £475 -0.62% 7
East of England +25 31 £450 +18.03% 7
Shropshire -17 28 £400 -13.51%
Telford -16 26 £400 -
South West +4 23 £444 +3.19% 8
Hampshire -1 22 £465 +32.85% 3
North West -31 21 £400 -5.32% 3
North East -41 21 £315 -9.75% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -46 20 £310 -11.18% 2
Tyne and Wear -46 20 £310 -11.18% 4
Edinburgh +4 18 £600 +73.91%
Buckinghamshire +18 16 £418 +7.74% 1
Yorkshire -6 16 £450 +38.46% 8
West Yorkshire -7 15 £450 +38.46% 7
Berkshire -18 13 £470 +34.28% 4
Kent - 13 £210 -
Bristol +9 12 £450 +18.42% 1
Glasgow +15 11 £360 -4.00%
Hook +7 11 £465 +37.77%
Leeds -8 11 £450 +38.46% 5
Hertfordshire +15 10 £450 +18.42% 2
East Midlands +6 10 £425 +54.54% 5
Manchester -7 10 £413 -2.94% 1
West Sussex -24 10 £350 -13.58% 1
Wales +10 9 £370 -1.33%

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 May 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.

1 337 (33.14%) Agile Software Development
2 259 (25.47%) User Acceptance Testing
3 249 (24.48%) Finance
4 220 (21.63%) Test Scripting
5 217 (21.34%) SQL
6 183 (17.99%) Test Management
7 168 (16.52%) Oracle
8 161 (15.83%) QA
9 146 (14.36%) Banking
10 143 (14.06%) Java
11 140 (13.77%) Security Cleared
12 133 (13.08%) Scrum
13 129 (12.68%) Defect Management
14 128 (12.59%) ISTQB
15 127 (12.49%) JIRA
16 123 (12.09%) Unix
17 118 (11.60%) Test Automation
18 113 (11.11%) ISEB
19 110 (10.82%) Waterfall
20 109 (10.72%) HP Quality Center
21 104 (10.23%) Software Testing
22 103 (10.13%) Stakeholder Management
22 103 (10.13%) Selenium
23 102 (10.03%) Integration Testing
24 101 (9.93%) System Integration Testing
24 101 (9.93%) Migration
25 98 (9.64%) Performance Testing
26 96 (9.44%) Functional Testing
27 91 (8.95%) Regression Testing
28 87 (8.55%) Non-Functional 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 47 (4.62%) Confluence
2 41 (4.03%) WebLogic
3 23 (2.26%) SharePoint
4 17 (1.67%) Elasticsearch
5 12 (1.18%) SAS
6 5 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 4 (0.39%) Apache Spark
7 4 (0.39%) CMS
7 4 (0.39%) Node.js
7 4 (0.39%) Oracle Service Bus
8 3 (0.29%) Documentum
8 3 (0.29%) JBoss
8 3 (0.29%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.20%) Apache
9 2 (0.20%) Captiva
9 2 (0.20%) Drupal
9 2 (0.20%) ExpressionEngine
9 2 (0.20%) Tomcat
9 2 (0.20%) Tuxedo
9 2 (0.20%) Umbraco
Applications
1 40 (3.93%) MS Excel
2 25 (2.46%) MS PowerPoint
3 18 (1.77%) MS Project
3 18 (1.77%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.67%) MS Office
5 2 (0.20%) 3ds Max
5 2 (0.20%) Acrobat
5 2 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
5 2 (0.20%) GIMP
5 2 (0.20%) Mingle
5 2 (0.20%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (1.18%) Oracle EBS
2 9 (0.88%) Oracle ERP
3 8 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.49%) Temenos T24
5 4 (0.39%) Dynamics AX
5 4 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.29%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.29%) SAP ERP
6 3 (0.29%) SAP PSCD
7 2 (0.20%) Magento
7 2 (0.20%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.20%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.20%) SAP CRM
7 2 (0.20%) SAP FI
7 2 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.20%) VisionPLUS
8 1 (0.098%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.79%) Google Cloud Platform
2 7 (0.69%) Amazon AWS
2 7 (0.69%) Cloud Computing
2 7 (0.69%) GitHub
3 6 (0.59%) Microsoft Azure
4 4 (0.39%) Google Play
4 4 (0.39%) SaaS
4 4 (0.39%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.20%) IaaS
5 2 (0.20%) MailChimp
6 1 (0.098%) Google Analytics
6 1 (0.098%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 29 (2.85%) Internet
2 12 (1.18%) WAN
3 11 (1.08%) HTTP
4 10 (0.98%) LAN
5 8 (0.79%) VPN
6 7 (0.69%) SAN
6 7 (0.69%) VoIP
7 5 (0.49%) Firewall
7 5 (0.49%) SSL
8 4 (0.39%) NAS
8 4 (0.39%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.29%) Ethernet
9 3 (0.29%) Extranet
9 3 (0.29%) Intranet
9 3 (0.29%) Skype
9 3 (0.29%) SNMP
9 3 (0.29%) SSH
9 3 (0.29%) VLAN
10 2 (0.20%) 3G
10 2 (0.20%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (4.13%) BusinessObjects
2 40 (3.93%) Hadoop
3 39 (3.83%) Pentaho
4 37 (3.64%) SQL Server
5 33 (3.24%) Data Warehouse
6 26 (2.56%) Big Data
7 23 (2.26%) Oracle Reports
8 18 (1.77%) Relational Database
9 15 (1.47%) Oracle Database
10 14 (1.38%) MySQL
11 10 (0.98%) Data Mining
12 7 (0.69%) MS Access
12 7 (0.69%) Oracle Database 11g
13 6 (0.59%) SAS Enterprise Guide
14 5 (0.49%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 5 (0.49%) Apache Cassandra
14 5 (0.49%) MongoDB
14 5 (0.49%) Neo4j
14 5 (0.49%) Redis
15 4 (0.39%) NoSQL
Development Applications
1 127 (12.49%) JIRA
2 103 (10.13%) Selenium
3 85 (8.36%) HP UFT
4 53 (5.21%) LoadRunner
5 49 (4.82%) SoapUI
6 47 (4.62%) Cucumber
7 32 (3.15%) WebDriver
8 26 (2.56%) Team Foundation Server
9 22 (2.16%) Visual Studio
10 17 (1.67%) Jenkins
11 16 (1.57%) Git (software)
12 15 (1.47%) JMeter
12 15 (1.47%) JUnit
13 10 (0.98%) TestPartner
14 9 (0.88%) Appium
14 9 (0.88%) ClearCase
15 8 (0.79%) ClearQuest
15 8 (0.79%) SpecFlow
15 8 (0.79%) TeamCity
15 8 (0.79%) TestComplete
General
1 249 (24.48%) Finance
2 146 (14.36%) Banking
3 84 (8.26%) Retail
4 42 (4.13%) Telecoms
5 33 (3.24%) Retail Banking
6 28 (2.75%) Investment Banking
7 13 (1.28%) Games
8 12 (1.18%) Marketing
9 11 (1.08%) Front Office
10 10 (0.98%) Legal
11 8 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
12 6 (0.59%) Back Office
12 6 (0.59%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.59%) Manufacturing
13 5 (0.49%) Automotive
13 5 (0.49%) Electronics
14 4 (0.39%) General Ledger
14 4 (0.39%) Law
15 3 (0.29%) Billing
15 3 (0.29%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 325 (31.96%) Test Manager
2 208 (20.45%) Analyst
3 148 (14.55%) Test Analyst
4 125 (12.29%) Developer
5 105 (10.32%) Test Leader
6 77 (7.57%) Tester
7 59 (5.80%) Programme Manager
8 56 (5.51%) Programme Test Manager
8 56 (5.51%) Test Programme Manager
9 46 (4.52%) Business Analyst
10 37 (3.64%) Consultant
11 32 (3.15%) Automation Tester
12 26 (2.56%) Architect
12 26 (2.56%) Pentaho Developer
13 25 (2.46%) Test Engineer
13 25 (2.46%) UAT Manager
14 23 (2.26%) Designer
14 23 (2.26%) UAT Test Manager
15 21 (2.06%) Project Manager
15 21 (2.06%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (4.82%) SOAP
2 42 (4.13%) XML
3 36 (3.54%) .NET
3 36 (3.54%) Web Services
4 34 (3.34%) J2EE
5 22 (2.16%) CSS
6 19 (1.87%) jQuery
7 18 (1.77%) WSDL
7 18 (1.77%) XSD
8 16 (1.57%) HTML
9 14 (1.38%) Middleware
10 12 (1.18%) ELK Stack
10 12 (1.18%) Gherkin
10 12 (1.18%) REST
11 9 (0.88%) AngularJS
12 7 (0.69%) JSON
13 6 (0.59%) Spring
14 5 (0.49%) RESTful
15 4 (0.39%) D3.js
15 4 (0.39%) KnockoutJS
Miscellaneous
1 52 (5.11%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (2.85%) Management Information System
3 27 (2.65%) Data Integration
4 19 (1.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 17 (1.67%) Derivative
6 16 (1.57%) Mobile App
7 14 (1.38%) Data Centre
8 13 (1.28%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 12 (1.18%) Equities
9 12 (1.18%) User Experience
10 10 (0.98%) Smart Meter
11 8 (0.79%) AS400
11 8 (0.79%) Data Structures
11 8 (0.79%) Performance Metrics
11 8 (0.79%) Video Conferencing
12 7 (0.69%) Client/Server
12 7 (0.69%) Enterprise Software
13 6 (0.59%) Computer Science
13 6 (0.59%) IPTV
14 5 (0.49%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 123 (12.09%) Unix
2 71 (6.98%) Linux
3 70 (6.88%) Windows
4 15 (1.47%) Android
5 10 (0.98%) Apple iOS
6 8 (0.79%) Windows Server
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 5 (0.49%) Mac OS X
10 4 (0.39%) Solaris
11 2 (0.20%) CentOS
11 2 (0.20%) Embedded Linux
11 2 (0.20%) Fedora
12 1 (0.098%) AIX
12 1 (0.098%) Windows 7
12 1 (0.098%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 337 (33.14%) Agile Software Development
2 259 (25.47%) User Acceptance Testing
3 220 (21.63%) Test Scripting
4 183 (17.99%) Test Management
5 133 (13.08%) Scrum
6 129 (12.68%) Defect Management
7 118 (11.60%) Test Automation
8 110 (10.82%) Waterfall
9 104 (10.23%) Software Testing
10 103 (10.13%) Stakeholder Management
11 102 (10.03%) Integration Testing
12 101 (9.93%) Migration
12 101 (9.93%) System Integration Testing
13 98 (9.64%) Performance Testing
14 96 (9.44%) Functional Testing
15 91 (8.95%) Regression Testing
16 87 (8.55%) Non-Functional Testing
17 85 (8.36%) SDLC
18 75 (7.37%) System Testing
19 74 (7.28%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 217 (21.34%) SQL
2 143 (14.06%) Java
3 61 (6.00%) C#
4 53 (5.21%) C
5 47 (4.62%) Shell Script
6 36 (3.54%) Perl
7 35 (3.44%) PL/SQL
8 31 (3.05%) JavaScript
9 26 (2.56%) Ruby
10 20 (1.97%) C++
11 19 (1.87%) Python
12 12 (1.18%) VB
13 11 (1.08%) Bash Shell
14 10 (0.98%) Tcl
15 8 (0.79%) F#
15 8 (0.79%) PHP
15 8 (0.79%) VBScript
16 5 (0.49%) PowerShell
17 4 (0.39%) COBOL
17 4 (0.39%) Scala
Qualifications
1 140 (13.77%) Security Cleared
2 128 (12.59%) ISTQB
3 113 (11.11%) ISEB
4 86 (8.46%) SC Cleared
5 59 (5.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 52 (5.11%) Degree
7 30 (2.95%) DV Cleared
8 22 (2.16%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 15 (1.47%) PMI Certification
9 15 (1.47%) PMP
10 13 (1.28%) ISEB Practitioner
11 11 (1.08%) BPSS Clearance
12 6 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
13 2 (0.20%) 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%) APMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (15.83%) QA
2 11 (1.08%) COBIT
2 11 (1.08%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 11 (1.08%) SLA
3 5 (0.49%) Disclosure Scotland
3 5 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 5 (0.49%) MiFID
4 4 (0.39%) Dodd-Frank
4 4 (0.39%) EMIR
4 4 (0.39%) JSP 440
4 4 (0.39%) WCAG
5 3 (0.29%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.20%) GxP
6 2 (0.20%) ISO 9001
6 2 (0.20%) SDET
7 1 (0.098%) Basel III
7 1 (0.098%) ISO 14001
7 1 (0.098%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 10 (0.98%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.59%) Hyper-V
3 4 (0.39%) Docker
3 4 (0.39%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 2 (0.20%) HDFS
4 2 (0.20%) KVM
4 2 (0.20%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.20%) vSphere
5 1 (0.098%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 109 (10.72%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.28%) BMC PATROL
3 12 (1.18%) Kibana
3 12 (1.18%) logstash
3 12 (1.18%) OPNET
3 12 (1.18%) SCOM
4 7 (0.69%) HP SiteScope
5 4 (0.39%) Opsview
6 3 (0.29%) Puppet
7 2 (0.20%) Amdocs OSS
7 2 (0.20%) BMC Marimba
7 2 (0.20%) Data Guard
7 2 (0.20%) Oozie
7 2 (0.20%) Oracle RMAN
7 2 (0.20%) SCCM
7 2 (0.20%) WSUS
8 1 (0.098%) Cacti
8 1 (0.098%) Cisco UCCE
8 1 (0.098%) Nagios
8 1 (0.098%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 168 (16.52%) Oracle
2 82 (8.06%) HP
3 73 (7.18%) Informatica
4 61 (6.00%) Microsoft
5 60 (5.90%) SAP
6 48 (4.72%) Pega
7 31 (3.05%) webMethods
8 24 (2.36%) Cloudera
9 18 (1.77%) IBM
10 15 (1.47%) BMC
11 13 (1.28%) ServiceNow
12 11 (1.08%) Digital Fuel
12 11 (1.08%) Google
13 10 (0.98%) Red Hat
14 9 (0.88%) Atlassian
14 9 (0.88%) BEA
15 8 (0.79%) Adobe
15 8 (0.79%) EMC
15 8 (0.79%) VMware
16 7 (0.69%) FrontRange
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