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 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 259 246 209
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -37
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 426 423 525
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.75% 0.80% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.02% 1.10% 1.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 235 334
Average daily rate
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£375 £425 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.76% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £559 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-10.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 2
Average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £57.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.28% -23.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.52 £35.00 £41.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £78.90 £73.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £77.50
% change year-on-year
-28.28% -43.22%

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
41951 38607 41075
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.17% 73.26% 70.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 26010 23715 23830
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £273 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1162 1053 1463
Average hourly rate £23.50 £28.00 £31.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.07% -11.11%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.84 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

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 29 August 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
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 29 August 2014.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the UK over the 3 months to 29 August 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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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 -6 399 £375 -11.76% 85
London +11 182 £425 -10.52% 32
South East -4 82 £325 -23.52% 13
City of London +10 57 £425 -15.00% 11
Hampshire +2 31 £325 -4.05% 2
East of England -16 27 £359 +19.58% 10
Yorkshire +13 25 £275 -21.42% 6
South West -28 24 £350 -7.89% 4
West Midlands -9 21 £330 +8.28% 3
Berkshire +7 20 £350 -20.45% 2
West Yorkshire +9 19 £313 -10.71% 3
Scotland -14 19 £325 -14.47% 5
North West -18 15 £350 -10.25% 10
Buckinghamshire +9 13 £250 -30.55% 2
East Midlands -3 13 £425 +54.26% 3
Bristol -7 13 £360 - 2
Leeds +4 12 £250 -28.57% 1
Glasgow -10 10 £300 -21.05%
Warwickshire -5 9 £300 +3.53%
Nottinghamshire +23 8 £550 +69.23% 2
Edinburgh -12 8 £475 +31.03% 4
Bradford 0 7 £350 -6.66%
Manchester -13 7 £375 +25.00% 8
Southampton - 7 £313 - 1
Nottingham +19 6 £513 +57.69% 2
Essex -1 6 £400 - 1
North East -19 6 £368 - 3
Tyne and Wear -19 6 £368 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -20 6 £368 - 3
Ipswich -3 5 £240 -

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

1 281 (30.31%) Test Scripting
2 280 (30.20%) User Acceptance Testing
3 236 (25.46%) Finance
4 202 (21.79%) Test Management
5 172 (18.55%) SQL
6 169 (18.23%) QA
7 165 (17.80%) ISEB
8 163 (17.58%) ISTQB
9 144 (15.53%) HP Quality Center
10 142 (15.32%) Oracle
11 133 (14.35%) HP
12 131 (14.13%) Security Cleared
13 124 (13.38%) Software Testing
14 117 (12.62%) Agile Software Development
15 113 (12.19%) Test Automation
16 106 (11.43%) SC Cleared
17 102 (11.00%) Microsoft
18 100 (10.79%) Banking
18 100 (10.79%) Performance Testing
19 95 (10.25%) Windows
20 94 (10.14%) Regression Testing
21 92 (9.92%) Project Management
22 91 (9.82%) .NET
23 85 (9.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
24 84 (9.06%) UNIX
25 82 (8.85%) Stakeholder Management
26 77 (8.31%) Java
27 72 (7.77%) Migration
27 72 (7.77%) Integration Testing
28 70 (7.55%) Scrum

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 19 (2.05%) SharePoint
2 18 (1.94%) WebLogic
3 12 (1.29%) SAS
4 10 (1.08%) Tomcat
5 9 (0.97%) Oracle Workflow
6 8 (0.86%) WebSphere
6 8 (0.86%) IIS
7 7 (0.76%) MS Exchange
8 6 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
9 4 (0.43%) IBM Notes
10 3 (0.32%) CMS
11 2 (0.22%) Confluence
11 2 (0.22%) Node.js
11 2 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
11 2 (0.22%) Adobe CQ
12 1 (0.11%) ArcGIS
12 1 (0.11%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 48 (5.18%) MS Excel
2 34 (3.67%) MS Office
3 25 (2.70%) MS Visio
4 23 (2.48%) MS Project
5 9 (0.97%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.97%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.32%) Final Cut Pro
7 2 (0.22%) Stata
Business Applications
1 32 (3.45%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.86%) Markit EDM
2 8 (0.86%) Dynamics GP
3 7 (0.76%) Agresso
3 7 (0.76%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.65%) SAP ERP
4 6 (0.65%) Oracle Retail
4 6 (0.65%) Maximo
5 5 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.54%) BASE24
6 4 (0.43%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.32%) SAP PM
7 3 (0.32%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.32%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.32%) IntelliMatch
8 2 (0.22%) Temenos T24
8 2 (0.22%) SAP CRM
8 2 (0.22%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.11%) SaaS
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 44 (4.75%) TCP/IP
2 30 (3.24%) HTTPS
3 23 (2.48%) HTTP
3 23 (2.48%) Internet
4 20 (2.16%) Wireshark
5 19 (2.05%) SSL
6 17 (1.83%) DNS
7 15 (1.62%) LAN
8 12 (1.29%) WAN
9 10 (1.08%) LTE
9 10 (1.08%) Firewall
10 7 (0.76%) VLAN
11 6 (0.65%) GGSN
11 6 (0.65%) SGSN
11 6 (0.65%) LDAP
11 6 (0.65%) 3GPP
12 5 (0.54%) VPN
12 5 (0.54%) MPLS
12 5 (0.54%) IPsec
12 5 (0.54%) SIGTRAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (4.85%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.42%) Data Warehouse
3 28 (3.02%) Oracle Reports
3 28 (3.02%) Oracle Database
4 14 (1.51%) Oracle Database 11g
4 14 (1.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 13 (1.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 13 (1.40%) Big Data
6 12 (1.29%) SQL Server Analysis Services
7 11 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
8 10 (1.08%) Relational Database
9 8 (0.86%) Base SAS
10 6 (0.65%) SQL Navigator
11 5 (0.54%) MySQL
11 5 (0.54%) OLAP
11 5 (0.54%) Star Schema
11 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
12 4 (0.43%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 4 (0.43%) Hadoop
12 4 (0.43%) DB2
Development Applications
1 58 (6.26%) QuickTest Pro
1 58 (6.26%) Selenium
2 57 (6.15%) LoadRunner
3 36 (3.88%) JIRA
4 34 (3.67%) Cucumber
5 29 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
5 29 (3.13%) SoapUI
6 25 (2.70%) JMeter
7 22 (2.37%) SpecFlow
8 18 (1.94%) JUnit
8 18 (1.94%) Visual Studio
9 16 (1.73%) Jenkins
10 15 (1.62%) TestDirector
10 15 (1.62%) WebDriver
11 14 (1.51%) FitNesse
12 11 (1.19%) Facilita Forecast
13 9 (0.97%) Git (software)
14 8 (0.86%) Maven
14 8 (0.86%) Toad
15 6 (0.65%) Oracle APEX
General
1 236 (25.46%) Finance
2 100 (10.79%) Banking
3 46 (4.96%) Retail
4 43 (4.64%) Investment Banking
5 30 (3.24%) Telecoms
6 22 (2.37%) Back Office
7 21 (2.27%) Front Office
8 16 (1.73%) Billing
9 11 (1.19%) Marketing
9 11 (1.19%) Manufacturing
10 9 (0.97%) Financial Institution
10 9 (0.97%) General Ledger
10 9 (0.97%) Publishing
11 8 (0.86%) Automotive
11 8 (0.86%) Local Government
12 7 (0.76%) Retail Banking
12 7 (0.76%) Electronics
13 5 (0.54%) Games
14 4 (0.43%) Legal
15 3 (0.32%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 291 (31.39%) Test Manager
2 250 (26.97%) Analyst
3 162 (17.48%) Test Analyst
4 124 (13.38%) Test Leader
5 102 (11.00%) Tester
6 69 (7.44%) Business Analyst
7 51 (5.50%) Test Engineer
8 33 (3.56%) Developer
9 25 (2.70%) Project Manager
10 24 (2.59%) Consultant
10 24 (2.59%) SAP Manager
11 23 (2.48%) SAP Test Manager
11 23 (2.48%) Senior Analyst
12 20 (2.16%) Senior Test Analyst
13 17 (1.83%) Performance Engineer
13 17 (1.83%) QA Analyst
14 16 (1.73%) QA Tester
14 16 (1.73%) Programme Manager
15 14 (1.51%) Programme Test Manager
15 14 (1.51%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 91 (9.82%) .NET
2 68 (7.34%) Web Services
3 48 (5.18%) HTML
4 32 (3.45%) ASP.NET
5 30 (3.24%) XML
6 28 (3.02%) JSP
7 24 (2.59%) SOAP
8 13 (1.40%) RESTful
9 12 (1.29%) Gherkin
9 12 (1.29%) J2EE
10 11 (1.19%) Middleware
11 9 (0.97%) HTML5
12 8 (0.86%) CSS
13 7 (0.76%) REST
14 5 (0.54%) XSLT
14 5 (0.54%) J2SE
14 5 (0.54%) JSON
15 4 (0.43%) jQuery
15 4 (0.43%) .NET Framework
16 3 (0.32%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 26 (2.80%) Open Source
2 25 (2.70%) Derivative
3 23 (2.48%) Computer Science
4 18 (1.94%) NHS
5 17 (1.83%) Credit Risk
6 14 (1.51%) Equities
7 13 (1.40%) Client/Server
8 12 (1.29%) Mathematics
8 12 (1.29%) Management Information System
8 12 (1.29%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 11 (1.19%) GIS
9 11 (1.19%) Credit Derivative
10 10 (1.08%) Fixed Income
10 10 (1.08%) Statistics
11 8 (0.86%) Mobile App
11 8 (0.86%) CMDB
12 7 (0.76%) DTV
13 5 (0.54%) EMV
13 5 (0.54%) Mainframe
13 5 (0.54%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 95 (10.25%) Windows
2 84 (9.06%) UNIX
3 50 (5.39%) Linux
4 39 (4.21%) Windows Server 2003
5 34 (3.67%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (3.13%) Windows XP
6 29 (3.13%) Windows 2000
7 22 (2.37%) Windows 7
8 12 (1.29%) Android
8 12 (1.29%) Apple iOS
8 12 (1.29%) Solaris
9 10 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.65%) AIX
11 5 (0.54%) Oracle Linux
12 4 (0.43%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.11%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 281 (30.31%) Test Scripting
2 280 (30.20%) User Acceptance Testing
3 202 (21.79%) Test Management
4 124 (13.38%) Software Testing
5 117 (12.62%) Agile Software Development
6 113 (12.19%) Test Automation
7 100 (10.79%) Performance Testing
8 94 (10.14%) Regression Testing
9 92 (9.92%) Project Management
10 82 (8.85%) Stakeholder Management
11 72 (7.77%) Migration
11 72 (7.77%) Integration Testing
12 70 (7.55%) Scrum
13 65 (7.01%) Automated Testing
13 65 (7.01%) Validation
14 53 (5.72%) TDD
15 51 (5.50%) ETL
15 51 (5.50%) Business Intelligence
16 50 (5.39%) Waterfall
17 45 (4.85%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 172 (18.55%) SQL
2 77 (8.31%) Java
3 43 (4.64%) JavaScript
4 28 (3.02%) C#
5 24 (2.59%) Ruby
6 21 (2.27%) VBA
6 21 (2.27%) C
7 12 (1.29%) Shell Script
8 11 (1.19%) Python
8 11 (1.19%) Perl
8 11 (1.19%) Scala
9 10 (1.08%) PowerShell
9 10 (1.08%) PHP
9 10 (1.08%) VBScript
10 9 (0.97%) VB
11 8 (0.86%) PL/SQL
12 6 (0.65%) Bash Shell
12 6 (0.65%) RPG
12 6 (0.65%) T-SQL
13 3 (0.32%) C++
Qualifications
1 165 (17.80%) ISEB
2 163 (17.58%) ISTQB
3 131 (14.13%) Security Cleared
4 106 (11.43%) SC Cleared
5 85 (9.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 68 (7.34%) Degree
7 29 (3.13%) ISEB Practitioner
8 24 (2.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 22 (2.37%) DV Cleared
10 14 (1.51%) MOS
10 14 (1.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 8 (0.86%) CISSP
12 7 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.76%) BC Cleared
13 6 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 6 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
14 5 (0.54%) CCNA
15 4 (0.43%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
15 4 (0.43%) APMP
15 4 (0.43%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (18.23%) QA
2 10 (1.08%) Basel III
3 9 (0.97%) SLA
4 6 (0.65%) EMIR
5 4 (0.43%) Dodd-Frank
5 4 (0.43%) Basel II
6 3 (0.32%) GxP
6 3 (0.32%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.22%) COREP
7 2 (0.22%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.22%) COBIT
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 7816
8 1 (0.11%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.11%) FINREP
System Software
1 20 (2.16%) Nmap
2 15 (1.62%) Active Directory
3 14 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (0.65%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.32%) RACF
6 3 (0.32%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.32%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 144 (15.53%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (2.16%) Nessus
3 13 (1.40%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.65%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.54%) Puppet
6 4 (0.43%) Vagrant
6 4 (0.43%) OpenView
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 3 (0.32%) SCCM
8 1 (0.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.11%) Control-M
8 1 (0.11%) Ansible
8 1 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 142 (15.32%) Oracle
2 133 (14.35%) HP
3 102 (11.00%) Microsoft
4 66 (7.12%) SAP
5 16 (1.73%) IBM
6 15 (1.62%) VMware
7 13 (1.40%) Cisco
8 10 (1.08%) Informatica
9 9 (0.97%) Salesforce.com
9 9 (0.97%) Citrix
10 8 (0.86%) SolarWinds
11 7 (0.76%) BMC
11 7 (0.76%) ESRI
11 7 (0.76%) Remedy
12 6 (0.65%) Splunk
12 6 (0.65%) CheckPoint
13 5 (0.54%) Siebel
13 5 (0.54%) Adobe
13 5 (0.54%) Sun
13 5 (0.54%) JD Edwards
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Newport, Gwent
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City, London
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Rate: £375 - £450 per day
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London
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Rate: £400.00 - £420.00 per day
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