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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 219 271 247
Rank change year-on-year
+52 -24
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 623 420 421
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 1.05% 0.75% 0.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.34% 0.99% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 371 227 235
Average daily rate
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£400 £375 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -11.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £550 £559
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £343 £375
% change year-on-year
+9.48% -8.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 5 4
Average hourly rate £32.00 £31.56 £44.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.41% -28.28%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £31.56 £44.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -28.28%

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
46337 42400 39480
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 77.99% 76.18% 74.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 30192 26229 24243
Average daily rate £425 £410 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1248 1151 1100
Average hourly rate £31.44 £23.50 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.78% -18.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.13 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -17.35%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 +39 561 £400 +6.66% 88
London +34 226 £450 +5.88% 34
South East +9 123 £375 +15.38% 15
North West +24 69 £350 - 14
City of London -8 50 £456 +7.35% 8
Scotland +19 49 £400 +23.07% 6
West Midlands +17 41 £400 +21.21% 8
Hampshire 0 40 £413 +26.92% 4
Manchester +11 34 £350 -6.66% 9
Edinburgh +9 32 £406 -14.47% 4
North East -1 28 £450 +22.44% 1
South West -1 27 £368 +5.00% 2
Yorkshire -30 25 £425 +54.54% 5
Buckinghamshire -2 24 £375 +51.51% 2
Tyne and Wear -4 24 £418 +13.60%
Newcastle upon Tyne -9 24 £418 +13.60%
Berkshire 0 22 £375 +7.14% 2
West Sussex 0 22 £350 - 1
West Yorkshire -27 21 £424 +35.68% 4
Shropshire +3 20 £450 +36.36%
Telford +3 19 £450 +36.36%
Leeds -20 18 £425 +70.00% 3
Milton Keynes +6 16 £425 - 1
East of England -5 16 £325 -9.40% 4
Glasgow +5 15 £400 +33.33% 1
Lancashire +2 15 £400 +24.77%
Worthing +2 13 £363 -
Blackpool - 10 £450 -
Bristol -10 9 £291 -19.16% 1
East Midlands -12 9 £275 -35.29% 5

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 31 August 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.

1 337 (30.64%) Finance
2 323 (29.36%) Agile Software Development
3 270 (24.55%) QA
4 263 (23.91%) User Acceptance Testing
5 248 (22.55%) Test Scripting
6 223 (20.27%) Test Management
7 199 (18.09%) SQL
8 169 (15.36%) ISEB
8 169 (15.36%) Banking
9 168 (15.27%) Test Automation
10 164 (14.91%) Java
11 138 (12.55%) Oracle
12 128 (11.64%) Migration
13 122 (11.09%) ISTQB
14 120 (10.91%) Project Management
15 118 (10.73%) System Integration Testing
16 112 (10.18%) Integration Testing
17 109 (9.91%) Performance Testing
18 108 (9.82%) Security Cleared
18 108 (9.82%) Stakeholder Management
19 107 (9.73%) Scrum
20 105 (9.55%) Microsoft
21 102 (9.27%) Software Testing
22 101 (9.18%) Test Planning
23 98 (8.91%) Waterfall
24 97 (8.82%) Selenium
25 96 (8.73%) Automated Testing
26 91 (8.27%) HP
27 82 (7.45%) HP Quality Center
27 82 (7.45%) Data Migration

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 33 (3.00%) WebLogic
2 24 (2.18%) Confluence
3 21 (1.91%) SharePoint
4 20 (1.82%) Documentum
5 18 (1.64%) SAS
6 9 (0.82%) WebSphere
6 9 (0.82%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 6 (0.55%) BizTalk Server
7 6 (0.55%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.45%) JBoss
9 4 (0.36%) Apache
9 4 (0.36%) FileNet
10 3 (0.27%) MS Exchange
10 3 (0.27%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 3 (0.27%) Captiva
10 3 (0.27%) Oracle Service Bus
11 2 (0.18%) Oracle Coherence
11 2 (0.18%) Elasticsearch
11 2 (0.18%) WebSphere Application Server
11 2 (0.18%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 75 (6.82%) MS Excel
2 37 (3.36%) MS Office
3 22 (2.00%) MS Visio
4 18 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
5 12 (1.09%) MS Project
6 1 (0.091%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.091%) Open Workbench
6 1 (0.091%) HipChat
6 1 (0.091%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.091%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 25 (2.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
2 5 (0.45%) Oracle Financials
2 5 (0.45%) Primavera
3 4 (0.36%) Agresso
3 4 (0.36%) SAP HR
3 4 (0.36%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.36%) Oracle General Ledger
4 3 (0.27%) SAP PSCD
4 3 (0.27%) Oracle Payables
4 3 (0.27%) Cognos Business Intelligence
4 3 (0.27%) MultiFonds
4 3 (0.27%) Oracle EBS
5 2 (0.18%) WebTrends
5 2 (0.18%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.18%) Endur
5 2 (0.18%) SAP Retail
5 2 (0.18%) Summit
5 2 (0.18%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.18%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.18%) SaaS
2 5 (0.45%) IaaS
3 3 (0.27%) PaaS
4 2 (0.18%) Taleo
4 2 (0.18%) Google Analytics
5 1 (0.091%) Cloud Computing
5 1 (0.091%) Adobe Analytics
5 1 (0.091%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.00%) HTTP
2 14 (1.27%) Internet
2 14 (1.27%) VoIP
3 12 (1.09%) Firewall
4 8 (0.73%) LTE
5 7 (0.64%) Diameter Protocol
5 7 (0.64%) 3G
6 6 (0.55%) SMS
6 6 (0.55%) Skype
6 6 (0.55%) 4G
7 5 (0.45%) MVNO
7 5 (0.45%) VoLTE
7 5 (0.45%) IPsec
7 5 (0.45%) X.509
8 4 (0.36%) DSL
8 4 (0.36%) FTP
8 4 (0.36%) IPv6
9 3 (0.27%) WAN
9 3 (0.27%) Wireshark
9 3 (0.27%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 57 (5.18%) Data Warehouse
2 40 (3.64%) SQL Server
3 39 (3.55%) BusinessObjects
4 29 (2.64%) Relational Database
5 19 (1.73%) Oracle Database
6 17 (1.55%) Data Mining
7 13 (1.18%) Hadoop
8 10 (0.91%) Big Data
8 10 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 8 (0.73%) SAP BW
10 7 (0.64%) RDBMS
10 7 (0.64%) MS Access
10 7 (0.64%) HBase
11 6 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
11 6 (0.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 6 (0.55%) Oracle Reports
12 5 (0.45%) OLAP
12 5 (0.45%) PowerCenter
12 5 (0.45%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 5 (0.45%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 97 (8.82%) Selenium
2 60 (5.45%) JIRA
3 56 (5.09%) HP UFT
4 43 (3.91%) Cucumber
5 41 (3.73%) SoapUI
6 37 (3.36%) WebDriver
7 36 (3.27%) Team Foundation Server
8 33 (3.00%) LoadRunner
9 30 (2.73%) Visual Studio
10 27 (2.45%) Jenkins
11 26 (2.36%) JMeter
12 25 (2.27%) SpecFlow
13 18 (1.64%) Git (software)
14 15 (1.36%) FitNesse
14 15 (1.36%) NUnit
15 14 (1.27%) CA Gen
16 13 (1.18%) Capybara
17 12 (1.09%) Facilita Forecast
17 12 (1.09%) Maven
18 10 (0.91%) WATIR
General
1 337 (30.64%) Finance
2 169 (15.36%) Banking
3 53 (4.82%) Investment Banking
4 46 (4.18%) Telecoms
5 42 (3.82%) Retail
6 18 (1.64%) Manufacturing
7 16 (1.45%) Retail Banking
8 13 (1.18%) Billing
8 13 (1.18%) Legal
9 12 (1.09%) General Ledger
10 9 (0.82%) Pharmaceutical
10 9 (0.82%) Front Office
11 6 (0.55%) Automotive
11 6 (0.55%) Marketing
11 6 (0.55%) Spanish Language
12 5 (0.45%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.27%) Back Office
13 3 (0.27%) Advertising
13 3 (0.27%) French Language
14 2 (0.18%) German Language
Job Titles
1 430 (39.09%) Test Manager
2 226 (20.55%) Analyst
3 140 (12.73%) Test Leader
4 135 (12.27%) Test Analyst
5 81 (7.36%) Tester
6 80 (7.27%) Developer
7 77 (7.00%) Business Analyst
8 41 (3.73%) Programme Manager
8 41 (3.73%) Test Engineer
9 35 (3.18%) Project Manager
10 34 (3.09%) Architect
10 34 (3.09%) Programme Test Manager
11 33 (3.00%) Consultant
12 31 (2.82%) Senior Manager
13 26 (2.36%) Senior Test Manager
14 24 (2.18%) Senior Analyst
15 20 (1.82%) Senior Test Analyst
16 19 (1.73%) SAP Manager
17 16 (1.45%) SAP Test Manager
18 15 (1.36%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 78 (7.09%) .NET
2 54 (4.91%) XML
3 40 (3.64%) Web Services
4 39 (3.55%) J2EE
5 35 (3.18%) SOAP
6 27 (2.45%) HTML
7 22 (2.00%) Middleware
8 20 (1.82%) RESTful
9 15 (1.36%) JSON
10 14 (1.27%) XSD
11 13 (1.18%) HTML5
12 12 (1.09%) CSS
13 10 (0.91%) REST
14 7 (0.64%) Oracle Fusion
15 6 (0.55%) WPF
15 6 (0.55%) XSLT
15 6 (0.55%) Web Dynpro
15 6 (0.55%) XML Messaging
16 5 (0.45%) EDIFACT
16 5 (0.45%) EDI
Miscellaneous
1 66 (6.00%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (1.82%) NHS
3 17 (1.55%) Management Information System
4 16 (1.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 16 (1.45%) Data Centre
5 14 (1.27%) Computer Science
6 13 (1.18%) Performance Metrics
7 12 (1.09%) User Experience
7 12 (1.09%) Client/Server
7 12 (1.09%) Derivative
7 12 (1.09%) Equities
8 10 (0.91%) Data Structures
8 10 (0.91%) Enterprise Software
8 10 (0.91%) Smart Meter
9 9 (0.82%) Fixed Income
9 9 (0.82%) Mathematics
10 8 (0.73%) Data Integration
10 8 (0.73%) FMCG
11 6 (0.55%) Data Conversion
11 6 (0.55%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 71 (6.45%) UNIX
2 56 (5.09%) Windows
3 34 (3.09%) Linux
4 10 (0.91%) VME
4 10 (0.91%) Android
4 10 (0.91%) Windows 7
4 10 (0.91%) Apple iOS
5 4 (0.36%) Solaris
6 3 (0.27%) Windows Server 2003
6 3 (0.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 3 (0.27%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 2 (0.18%) AIX
7 2 (0.18%) Windows Server 2012
8 1 (0.091%) Windows 8
8 1 (0.091%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 323 (29.36%) Agile Software Development
2 263 (23.91%) User Acceptance Testing
3 248 (22.55%) Test Scripting
4 223 (20.27%) Test Management
5 168 (15.27%) Test Automation
6 128 (11.64%) Migration
7 120 (10.91%) Project Management
8 118 (10.73%) System Integration Testing
9 112 (10.18%) Integration Testing
10 109 (9.91%) Performance Testing
11 108 (9.82%) Stakeholder Management
12 107 (9.73%) Scrum
13 102 (9.27%) Software Testing
14 101 (9.18%) Test Planning
15 98 (8.91%) Waterfall
16 96 (8.73%) Automated Testing
17 82 (7.45%) Data Migration
18 78 (7.09%) Business Intelligence
19 76 (6.91%) Data Modelling
20 73 (6.64%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 199 (18.09%) SQL
2 164 (14.91%) Java
3 77 (7.00%) C#
4 35 (3.18%) PL/SQL
5 26 (2.36%) Shell Script
6 25 (2.27%) Perl
7 21 (1.91%) C
8 20 (1.82%) C++
9 18 (1.64%) JavaScript
9 18 (1.64%) Python
10 17 (1.55%) VB
11 11 (1.00%) ABAP
12 10 (0.91%) COBOL
13 8 (0.73%) VBScript
14 7 (0.64%) VBA
14 7 (0.64%) Scala
15 6 (0.55%) Ruby
16 5 (0.45%) T-SQL
16 5 (0.45%) Tcl
17 4 (0.36%) PHP
Qualifications
1 169 (15.36%) ISEB
2 122 (11.09%) ISTQB
3 108 (9.82%) Security Cleared
4 70 (6.36%) SC Cleared
5 67 (6.09%) Degree
6 61 (5.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 25 (2.27%) ISEB Practitioner
8 20 (1.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 16 (1.45%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 13 (1.18%) DV Cleared
11 8 (0.73%) PMP
11 8 (0.73%) PMI Certification
12 5 (0.45%) JNCIS
12 5 (0.45%) Cisco Certification
12 5 (0.45%) CCNP
13 3 (0.27%) CCA
14 1 (0.091%) Microsoft Certification
14 1 (0.091%) IIBA
14 1 (0.091%) CSQA
14 1 (0.091%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 270 (24.55%) QA
2 12 (1.09%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 11 (1.00%) SLA
4 10 (0.91%) GxP
5 7 (0.64%) HL7
5 7 (0.64%) MiFID
6 6 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 6 (0.55%) Data Quality
7 5 (0.45%) EMIR
7 5 (0.45%) DICOM
8 2 (0.18%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.091%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.091%) ISO 8583
9 1 (0.091%) P3O
System Software
1 15 (1.36%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (1.00%) Docker
3 9 (0.82%) Active Directory
4 3 (0.27%) VMware ESX
5 2 (0.18%) vCloud
6 1 (0.091%) NET24-XPNET
Systems Management
1 82 (7.45%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.64%) SCCM
3 4 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
4 3 (0.27%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
4 3 (0.27%) SCOM
5 2 (0.18%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (0.18%) Vagrant
5 2 (0.18%) BladeLogic
5 2 (0.18%) Forefront Identity Manager
6 1 (0.091%) nmon
6 1 (0.091%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.091%) Tivoli Storage Manager
6 1 (0.091%) Netcool
6 1 (0.091%) Nessus
6 1 (0.091%) Nmap
Vendors
1 138 (12.55%) Oracle
2 105 (9.55%) Microsoft
3 91 (8.27%) HP
4 75 (6.82%) SAP
5 36 (3.27%) Informatica
6 27 (2.45%) webMethods
7 23 (2.09%) IBM
8 21 (1.91%) BEA
9 20 (1.82%) Pega
10 19 (1.73%) Adobe
11 17 (1.55%) VMware
12 16 (1.45%) ServiceNow
13 12 (1.09%) PeopleSoft
14 8 (0.73%) Cisco
14 8 (0.73%) Citrix
15 7 (0.64%) Cognos
15 7 (0.64%) Salesforce.com
15 7 (0.64%) Remedy
16 6 (0.55%) CheckPoint
17 5 (0.45%) Red Hat
Exeter, Devon
Reed Technology
Rate: £300 - £330 per day + +
Posted: 2 days ago
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Blue Fire Professional Services
Rate: Rate dependant on experience
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 4 days ago
West Midlands
Bluefire Professional Services
Rate: Rate dependant on experience
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: From £300 to £400 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £350.00 - £425.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harris Global
Rate: £250.00 - £320 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Posted: 11 days ago
Docklands
iKonnect
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £650.00 - £675.00 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 14 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
NIIT Technologies
Rate: From £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 17 days ago
Manchester
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £700.00 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Derby
First Recruitment Group
Rate: £300 - £380 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Edinburgh
Cathcart Associates
Rate: £400 - £430 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
City of London
Energize Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: £300 per annum
Posted: 27 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 27 days ago