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 16 September 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
16 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 262 246 213
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -33
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 415 429 538
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.72% 0.81% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.97% 1.10% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 233 250 342
Average daily rate
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£370 £425 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.94% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £568 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £343 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-8.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 5 3
Average hourly rate £31.56 £35.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.84% -6.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.52 £33.80 £37.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.37 £75.20 £69.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £35.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-9.84% -38.86%

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
42637 39139 42428
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.17% 74.09% 72.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 26610 24104 24590
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 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1188 1108 1539
Average hourly rate £24.00 £27.80 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.66% -10.32%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.56 £12.20 £12.63
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.50 £49.65 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 16 September 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 16 September 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 0 381 £374 -12.05% 76
London +2 176 £420 -11.57% 24
South East +5 82 £320 -24.70% 12
City of London +13 51 £425 -15.00% 9
Hampshire +16 30 £325 -4.05% 1
East of England -25 25 £350 +22.80% 8
Yorkshire +11 22 £275 -21.42% 10
Scotland -11 20 £313 -20.12% 3
South West -23 19 £350 -7.89% 7
West Yorkshire +10 18 £300 -14.28% 6
West Midlands -17 18 £351 +11.47% 2
Berkshire +3 17 £338 -21.96% 5
Buckinghamshire +10 16 £248 -31.25% 2
North West -15 15 £385 +0.65% 9
Leeds +6 11 £263 -26.31% 3
East Midlands -3 10 £425 +63.14% 3
Warwickshire -4 10 £300 +7.14%
Glasgow -13 10 £300 -21.05% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -22 10 £368 -
North East -22 10 £368 -
Tyne and Wear -23 10 £368 -
Nottinghamshire +17 8 £550 +69.23%
Edinburgh -8 8 £400 +2.89% 1
Bristol -11 8 £355 - 5
Southampton - 8 £319 - 1
Bradford +4 7 £350 +32.07%
Manchester -12 7 £413 +47.98% 7
High Wycombe - 7 £245 - 1
Nottingham +24 6 £513 +57.69%
Essex -6 6 £425 +49.12% 1

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 16 September 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.

1 271 (29.52%) Test Scripting
2 269 (29.30%) User Acceptance Testing
3 243 (26.47%) Agile Software Development
4 224 (24.40%) Finance
5 200 (21.79%) Test Management
6 172 (18.74%) QA
7 164 (17.86%) SQL
8 153 (16.67%) ISTQB
9 150 (16.34%) ISEB
10 144 (15.69%) Oracle
11 143 (15.58%) HP Quality Center
12 132 (14.38%) HP
13 129 (14.05%) Security Cleared
14 120 (13.07%) Software Testing
15 108 (11.76%) Test Automation
16 102 (11.11%) Banking
17 101 (11.00%) Microsoft
18 98 (10.68%) SC Cleared
18 98 (10.68%) Performance Testing
19 96 (10.46%) Regression Testing
20 90 (9.80%) Project Management
20 90 (9.80%) .NET
21 89 (9.69%) Windows
22 86 (9.37%) Analytical Skills
23 84 (9.15%) UNIX
24 83 (9.04%) Test Planning
25 79 (8.61%) Java
26 78 (8.50%) Migration
27 77 (8.39%) Scrum
28 76 (8.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 16 September 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 18 (1.96%) WebLogic
2 16 (1.74%) SharePoint
3 13 (1.42%) SAS
4 10 (1.09%) Tomcat
4 10 (1.09%) Oracle Workflow
5 7 (0.76%) WebSphere
5 7 (0.76%) BizTalk Server
5 7 (0.76%) IIS
6 5 (0.54%) MS Exchange
7 4 (0.44%) IBM Notes
8 3 (0.33%) CMS
9 2 (0.22%) Confluence
9 2 (0.22%) Adobe CQ
10 1 (0.11%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.11%) Oracle Coherence
10 1 (0.11%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 48 (5.23%) MS Excel
2 35 (3.81%) MS Office
3 25 (2.72%) MS Visio
4 23 (2.51%) MS Project
5 10 (1.09%) MS PowerPoint
6 9 (0.98%) Spreadsheet
7 3 (0.33%) Final Cut Pro
8 1 (0.11%) Stata
Business Applications
1 30 (3.27%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.87%) Agresso
2 8 (0.87%) Markit EDM
2 8 (0.87%) Oracle Retail
3 7 (0.76%) Remedy ITSM
4 6 (0.65%) Dynamics GP
4 6 (0.65%) SAP ERP
5 5 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.54%) BASE24
6 4 (0.44%) Maximo
7 3 (0.33%) SAP CRM
7 3 (0.33%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.33%) IntelliMatch
8 2 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
8 2 (0.22%) Temenos T24
8 2 (0.22%) Cognos Business Intelligence
8 2 (0.22%) SAP FI
8 2 (0.22%) Summit
8 2 (0.22%) Cognos TM1
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.42%) Microsoft Azure
2 4 (0.44%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 42 (4.58%) TCP/IP
2 30 (3.27%) HTTPS
3 23 (2.51%) Internet
3 23 (2.51%) HTTP
3 23 (2.51%) Wireshark
4 19 (2.07%) SSL
5 17 (1.85%) DNS
6 10 (1.09%) Firewall
6 10 (1.09%) LAN
6 10 (1.09%) LTE
7 7 (0.76%) WAN
8 6 (0.65%) LDAP
8 6 (0.65%) 3GPP
8 6 (0.65%) GGSN
8 6 (0.65%) SGSN
9 5 (0.54%) SIGTRAN
9 5 (0.54%) IPsec
9 5 (0.54%) VLAN
9 5 (0.54%) VPN
9 5 (0.54%) MPLS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 40 (4.36%) SQL Server
2 39 (4.25%) Data Warehouse
3 32 (3.49%) Oracle Reports
4 26 (2.83%) Oracle Database
5 11 (1.20%) Big Data
5 11 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 10 (1.09%) Oracle Database 11g
6 10 (1.09%) Relational Database
7 9 (0.98%) Base SAS
7 9 (0.98%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 8 (0.87%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (0.76%) SQL Server 2008
10 6 (0.65%) SQL Navigator
11 5 (0.54%) MySQL
11 5 (0.54%) OLAP
11 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
11 5 (0.54%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 4 (0.44%) Hadoop
12 4 (0.44%) SAP BW
13 3 (0.33%) Star Schema
Development Applications
1 62 (6.75%) LoadRunner
2 57 (6.21%) QuickTest Pro
3 55 (5.99%) Selenium
4 36 (3.92%) JIRA
5 31 (3.38%) SoapUI
6 29 (3.16%) Cucumber
7 27 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
8 25 (2.72%) JMeter
9 22 (2.40%) SpecFlow
10 20 (2.18%) JUnit
11 18 (1.96%) Visual Studio
12 16 (1.74%) TestDirector
13 15 (1.63%) Jenkins
13 15 (1.63%) Facilita Forecast
14 14 (1.53%) WebDriver
14 14 (1.53%) FitNesse
15 9 (0.98%) Rational DOORS
15 9 (0.98%) Git (software)
16 8 (0.87%) Toad
16 8 (0.87%) ClearCase
General
1 224 (24.40%) Finance
2 102 (11.11%) Banking
3 47 (5.12%) Investment Banking
4 44 (4.79%) Retail
5 30 (3.27%) Telecoms
6 24 (2.61%) Front Office
7 17 (1.85%) Back Office
8 14 (1.53%) Billing
9 11 (1.20%) Manufacturing
9 11 (1.20%) Marketing
10 10 (1.09%) Automotive
11 9 (0.98%) Financial Institution
11 9 (0.98%) General Ledger
12 8 (0.87%) Local Government
12 8 (0.87%) Electronics
13 7 (0.76%) Retail Banking
14 6 (0.65%) Publishing
14 6 (0.65%) Games
15 4 (0.44%) Legal
16 3 (0.33%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 288 (31.37%) Test Manager
2 245 (26.69%) Analyst
3 154 (16.78%) Test Analyst
4 110 (11.98%) Test Leader
5 96 (10.46%) Tester
6 66 (7.19%) Business Analyst
7 58 (6.32%) Test Engineer
8 38 (4.14%) Developer
9 25 (2.72%) Project Manager
10 24 (2.61%) SAP Manager
11 23 (2.51%) SAP Test Manager
12 21 (2.29%) Consultant
12 21 (2.29%) Senior Analyst
13 20 (2.18%) Performance Engineer
14 19 (2.07%) Programme Manager
15 18 (1.96%) Senior Test Analyst
16 17 (1.85%) QA Analyst
16 17 (1.85%) Programme Test Manager
17 16 (1.74%) Performance Test Engineer
17 16 (1.74%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (9.80%) .NET
2 63 (6.86%) Web Services
3 52 (5.66%) HTML
4 31 (3.38%) ASP.NET
5 30 (3.27%) XML
6 27 (2.94%) JSP
7 24 (2.61%) SOAP
8 18 (1.96%) RESTful
9 14 (1.53%) HTML5
9 14 (1.53%) Gherkin
10 12 (1.31%) J2EE
10 12 (1.31%) Middleware
11 8 (0.87%) CSS
12 7 (0.76%) jQuery
12 7 (0.76%) REST
13 6 (0.65%) JSON
14 5 (0.54%) J2SE
14 5 (0.54%) SAP PI
15 4 (0.44%) XSLT
15 4 (0.44%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 86 (9.37%) Analytical Skills
2 27 (2.94%) Derivative
3 23 (2.51%) Open Source
4 21 (2.29%) User Experience
4 21 (2.29%) Computer Science
5 17 (1.85%) Credit Risk
6 16 (1.74%) Equities
6 16 (1.74%) NHS
7 14 (1.53%) Client/Server
8 13 (1.42%) Credit Derivative
9 12 (1.31%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 12 (1.31%) Management Information System
10 11 (1.20%) GIS
11 10 (1.09%) Fixed Income
11 10 (1.09%) Mathematics
12 8 (0.87%) CMDB
12 8 (0.87%) Statistics
12 8 (0.87%) Mobile App
13 7 (0.76%) DTV
14 5 (0.54%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 89 (9.69%) Windows
2 84 (9.15%) UNIX
3 50 (5.45%) Linux
4 35 (3.81%) Windows Server 2003
5 30 (3.27%) Windows Server 2008
6 27 (2.94%) Windows 2000
6 27 (2.94%) Windows XP
7 20 (2.18%) Windows 7
8 12 (1.31%) Apple iOS
8 12 (1.31%) Android
8 12 (1.31%) Solaris
9 9 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.65%) AIX
11 5 (0.54%) Oracle Linux
12 4 (0.44%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.11%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 271 (29.52%) Test Scripting
2 269 (29.30%) User Acceptance Testing
3 243 (26.47%) Agile Software Development
4 200 (21.79%) Test Management
5 120 (13.07%) Software Testing
6 108 (11.76%) Test Automation
7 98 (10.68%) Performance Testing
8 96 (10.46%) Regression Testing
9 90 (9.80%) Project Management
10 83 (9.04%) Test Planning
11 78 (8.50%) Migration
12 77 (8.39%) Scrum
13 76 (8.28%) Integration Testing
14 75 (8.17%) Stakeholder Management
15 68 (7.41%) Validation
16 66 (7.19%) Automated Testing
17 53 (5.77%) ETL
18 52 (5.66%) TDD
19 49 (5.34%) Business Intelligence
20 46 (5.01%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 164 (17.86%) SQL
2 79 (8.61%) Java
3 45 (4.90%) JavaScript
4 27 (2.94%) C#
5 23 (2.51%) C
6 22 (2.40%) Ruby
7 20 (2.18%) VBA
8 17 (1.85%) Scala
9 12 (1.31%) Shell Script
10 10 (1.09%) Perl
10 10 (1.09%) PHP
10 10 (1.09%) VB
10 10 (1.09%) PowerShell
11 9 (0.98%) Python
12 8 (0.87%) VBScript
13 7 (0.76%) PL/SQL
13 7 (0.76%) RPG
14 6 (0.65%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.54%) C++
16 4 (0.44%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 153 (16.67%) ISTQB
2 150 (16.34%) ISEB
3 129 (14.05%) Security Cleared
4 98 (10.68%) SC Cleared
5 76 (8.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 69 (7.52%) Degree
7 29 (3.16%) ISEB Practitioner
8 24 (2.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 20 (2.18%) DV Cleared
10 15 (1.63%) MOS
11 14 (1.53%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 8 (0.87%) CISSP
12 8 (0.87%) BC Cleared
13 7 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
14 6 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
14 6 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
15 5 (0.54%) PMI Certification
15 5 (0.54%) CCNA
16 4 (0.44%) CISA
16 4 (0.44%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 172 (18.74%) QA
2 12 (1.31%) Basel III
3 8 (0.87%) SLA
4 7 (0.76%) EMIR
5 4 (0.44%) Dodd-Frank
6 3 (0.33%) ISO 9000
6 3 (0.33%) ISO 9001
6 3 (0.33%) GxP
7 2 (0.22%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.22%) COREP
7 2 (0.22%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.22%) Basel II
7 2 (0.22%) COBIT
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.11%) FATCA
8 1 (0.11%) FINREP
8 1 (0.11%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 7816
8 1 (0.11%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 20 (2.18%) Nmap
2 14 (1.53%) VMware Infrastructure
3 13 (1.42%) Active Directory
4 8 (0.87%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (0.65%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.33%) RACF
6 3 (0.33%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.33%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 143 (15.58%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (2.18%) Nessus
3 13 (1.42%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.65%) CORE IMPACT
4 6 (0.65%) Puppet
5 4 (0.44%) OpenView
5 4 (0.44%) Vagrant
6 3 (0.33%) SCCM
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 2 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.22%) Ansible
8 1 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.11%) Control-M
Vendors
1 144 (15.69%) Oracle
2 132 (14.38%) HP
3 101 (11.00%) Microsoft
4 64 (6.97%) SAP
5 15 (1.63%) VMware
6 14 (1.53%) IBM
7 11 (1.20%) Salesforce.com
8 10 (1.09%) Informatica
9 9 (0.98%) Cisco
10 8 (0.87%) Citrix
10 8 (0.87%) SolarWinds
11 7 (0.76%) BMC
11 7 (0.76%) Remedy
11 7 (0.76%) ESRI
12 6 (0.65%) Splunk
12 6 (0.65%) CheckPoint
13 5 (0.54%) JD Edwards
13 5 (0.54%) Atlassian
13 5 (0.54%) Adobe
13 5 (0.54%) Sun
Swansea, West Glamorgan
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £280.00 - £300.00 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £30 - £35 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
City of London
Jumar Solutions
Rate: Excellent
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Genomics England
Rate: Competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Global Technology Solutions Ltd
Rate: £360 - £370 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £250 - £350 per day
Posted: 12 days ago
High Wycombe
The People Network
Rate: £350 - £375 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
London
NFP Group Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Berkshire
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 300-400 Per Day
Posted: 15 days ago
Belfast
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £350 - 400 per day
Posted: 18 days ago
Perth & Kinross
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £430.00 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £200 - £300 per annum + benefits
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Orgtel
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
City of London
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Slough
Orgtel
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 26 days ago