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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 241 213 264
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +51
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 480 535 318
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.89% 1.02% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.16% 1.36% 0.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 290 306 176
Average daily rate
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£423 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £240 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £573 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 6 4
Average hourly rate £33.25 £41.00 £40.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.90% +0.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.05 £31.00 £34.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.45 £76.75 £42.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.25 £39.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-16.35% -0.62%

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
41485 39369 34836
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.59% 74.79% 73.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 26264 24909 20841
Average daily rate £413 £400 £413
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £555 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1203 1184 1052
Average hourly rate £29.00 £28.75 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -10.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £47.50 £48.56
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 22 May 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 22 May 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 -29 449 £425 +13.33% 97
London +23 209 £450 +6.50% 49
South East -22 92 £358 +6.09% 13
City of London +4 41 £478 +7.65% 8
North West -14 41 £423 -12.43% 14
Berkshire +8 28 £350 +7.69% 1
Hampshire -20 26 £350 +2.94% 4
Yorkshire -24 24 £325 +8.33% 4
West Yorkshire -18 20 £325 +5.26% 4
West Midlands -18 20 £450 +12.50% 4
East Midlands -4 17 £275 +4.66% 2
Scotland -11 17 £375 +7.14% 9
Newcastle upon Tyne -5 16 £349 -6.92% 1
Tyne and Wear -8 16 £349 -6.92% 1
North East -9 16 £349 -6.92% 1
East of England -15 14 £381 +8.92% 7
Leeds -20 14 £325 +38.29% 3
Lancashire +7 13 £350 -30.00% 1
South West -33 13 £430 +21.98% 1
Shropshire +6 11 £463 +18.58%
Blackpool +3 11 £350 -34.57%
Manchester -17 11 £425 +28.30% 4
Nottingham -1 10 £275 +9.78% 1
Merseyside -3 10 £496 +120.55% 6
Nottinghamshire -4 10 £275 +9.78% 1
Buckinghamshire -13 10 £388 +14.81% 1
Telford +3 9 - -
Liverpool -1 9 £500 +122.22% 4
Oxfordshire -16 9 £400 +10.34% 1
Reading +13 8 £260 -13.33%

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 22 May 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.

1 272 (29.06%) Finance
2 244 (26.07%) Agile Software Development
3 231 (24.68%) QA
4 217 (23.18%) User Acceptance Testing
5 209 (22.33%) Test Scripting
6 201 (21.47%) Test Management
7 175 (18.70%) SQL
8 137 (14.64%) ISEB
9 134 (14.32%) Banking
10 133 (14.21%) Oracle
10 133 (14.21%) Test Automation
11 121 (12.93%) Integration Testing
12 115 (12.29%) Java
12 115 (12.29%) Migration
13 113 (12.07%) Microsoft
13 113 (12.07%) HP Quality Center
14 108 (11.54%) HP
15 105 (11.22%) ISTQB
16 100 (10.68%) Security Cleared
17 84 (8.97%) Test Planning
17 84 (8.97%) Scrum
18 81 (8.65%) Stakeholder Management
18 81 (8.65%) UNIX
19 77 (8.23%) Project Management
19 77 (8.23%) Business Intelligence
20 71 (7.59%) SAP
20 71 (7.59%) Automated Testing
21 70 (7.48%) JIRA
22 69 (7.37%) Degree
23 66 (7.05%) Waterfall

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 25 (2.67%) Confluence
2 23 (2.46%) SharePoint
3 21 (2.24%) WebLogic
4 13 (1.39%) SAS
5 10 (1.07%) Documentum
6 8 (0.85%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.53%) Lync
7 5 (0.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 5 (0.53%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.43%) FileNet
8 4 (0.43%) Tomcat
8 4 (0.43%) Apache
9 3 (0.32%) WebSphere Application Server
9 3 (0.32%) MS Exchange
10 2 (0.21%) ArcSDE
10 2 (0.21%) Oracle Coherence
10 2 (0.21%) WebLogic Portal
10 2 (0.21%) ArcGIS
10 2 (0.21%) IIS
10 2 (0.21%) Captiva
Applications
1 61 (6.52%) MS Excel
2 34 (3.63%) MS Office
3 19 (2.03%) MS Project
4 11 (1.18%) MS PowerPoint
5 7 (0.75%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.11%) InDesign
Business Applications
1 17 (1.82%) Dynamics CRM
2 13 (1.39%) Oracle EBS
3 12 (1.28%) Oracle Financials
4 10 (1.07%) Oracle EBS R12
4 10 (1.07%) Oracle Payables
5 7 (0.75%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.75%) Oracle CRM
6 5 (0.53%) Oracle General Ledger
6 5 (0.53%) Agresso
6 5 (0.53%) SAP HR
7 4 (0.43%) Oracle ERP
7 4 (0.43%) SAP BPC
8 3 (0.32%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.32%) Oracle Retail
8 3 (0.32%) Oracle Applications
9 2 (0.21%) Dynamics AX
9 2 (0.21%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.21%) WebTrends
9 2 (0.21%) Oracle 11i
9 2 (0.21%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 5 (0.53%) Cloud Computing
2 3 (0.32%) SaaS
3 2 (0.21%) Google Analytics
4 1 (0.11%) Adobe Analytics
4 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
4 1 (0.11%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 13 (1.39%) TCP/IP
2 12 (1.28%) HTTP
3 11 (1.18%) VoIP
3 11 (1.18%) Firewall
4 8 (0.85%) Internet
4 8 (0.85%) Diameter Protocol
5 7 (0.75%) Network Security
5 7 (0.75%) MPLS
6 6 (0.64%) Wireshark
6 6 (0.64%) LAN
6 6 (0.64%) Unified Communications
7 5 (0.53%) LTE
7 5 (0.53%) IPv6
7 5 (0.53%) SMS
7 5 (0.53%) Ethernet
7 5 (0.53%) 3G
7 5 (0.53%) VLAN
8 4 (0.43%) FTP
8 4 (0.43%) HTTPS
8 4 (0.43%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 59 (6.30%) Data Warehouse
2 41 (4.38%) SQL Server
3 21 (2.24%) Relational Database
4 18 (1.92%) Data Mining
5 16 (1.71%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 16 (1.71%) Hadoop
6 14 (1.50%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 13 (1.39%) Oracle Database
8 12 (1.28%) Oracle Reports
9 10 (1.07%) HBase
9 10 (1.07%) SQL Server 2012
10 9 (0.96%) QlikView
11 8 (0.85%) RDBMS
11 8 (0.85%) Star Schema
11 8 (0.85%) SQL Server Analysis Services
11 8 (0.85%) Big Data
12 7 (0.75%) OLAP Cube
12 7 (0.75%) OLAP
13 6 (0.64%) Snowflake Schema
14 5 (0.53%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
Development Applications
1 70 (7.48%) JIRA
2 56 (5.98%) Selenium
3 46 (4.91%) QuickTest Pro
4 33 (3.53%) Cucumber
5 28 (2.99%) Jenkins
6 27 (2.88%) Team Foundation Server
7 23 (2.46%) LoadRunner
8 20 (2.14%) WebDriver
8 20 (2.14%) SoapUI
9 19 (2.03%) Visual Studio
10 18 (1.92%) JMeter
11 15 (1.60%) Git (software)
11 15 (1.60%) JUnit
12 12 (1.28%) CA Gen
13 11 (1.18%) SpecFlow
14 10 (1.07%) Maven
14 10 (1.07%) TestDirector
15 9 (0.96%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 9 (0.96%) NUnit
16 8 (0.85%) eggPlant
General
1 272 (29.06%) Finance
2 134 (14.32%) Banking
3 56 (5.98%) Telecoms
4 49 (5.24%) Retail
5 48 (5.13%) Investment Banking
6 18 (1.92%) Retail Banking
7 15 (1.60%) Legal
8 13 (1.39%) General Ledger
9 7 (0.75%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.64%) Front Office
11 5 (0.53%) Back Office
12 4 (0.43%) Billing
12 4 (0.43%) Marketing
12 4 (0.43%) Pharmaceutical
13 3 (0.32%) Spanish Language
13 3 (0.32%) Law
13 3 (0.32%) Multimedia
13 3 (0.32%) Advertising
14 2 (0.21%) Publishing
14 2 (0.21%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 344 (36.75%) Test Manager
2 200 (21.37%) Analyst
3 138 (14.74%) Test Analyst
4 120 (12.82%) Test Leader
5 79 (8.44%) Developer
6 71 (7.59%) Tester
7 48 (5.13%) Business Analyst
8 43 (4.59%) Consultant
9 38 (4.06%) Test Engineer
10 35 (3.74%) Programme Manager
11 30 (3.21%) Programme Test Manager
12 25 (2.67%) Senior Manager
13 24 (2.56%) Project Manager
14 21 (2.24%) SAP Manager
14 21 (2.24%) Senior Analyst
14 21 (2.24%) Senior Test Manager
15 19 (2.03%) SAP Test Manager
16 15 (1.60%) IP Engineer
16 15 (1.60%) Test Consultant
16 15 (1.60%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 60 (6.41%) .NET
2 31 (3.31%) J2EE
3 29 (3.10%) XML
4 24 (2.56%) Web Services
5 22 (2.35%) HTML
6 21 (2.24%) JSON
7 18 (1.92%) Middleware
8 12 (1.28%) SOAP
9 11 (1.18%) CSS
10 10 (1.07%) ASP.NET
11 9 (0.96%) REST
11 9 (0.96%) XSLT
12 8 (0.85%) HTML5
13 7 (0.75%) XSD
14 6 (0.64%) RESTful
14 6 (0.64%) AngularJS
15 5 (0.53%) Gherkin
15 5 (0.53%) .NET Framework
16 4 (0.43%) SAP Basis
16 4 (0.43%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 55 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (3.10%) Open Source
3 27 (2.88%) Management Information System
4 20 (2.14%) NHS
5 15 (1.60%) Computer Science
6 13 (1.39%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 10 (1.07%) Equities
7 10 (1.07%) User Experience
8 9 (0.96%) Enterprise Software
9 8 (0.85%) Smart Meter
10 7 (0.75%) Reference Data
10 7 (0.75%) Derivative
11 6 (0.64%) Statistics
11 6 (0.64%) FMCG
11 6 (0.64%) Data Conversion
11 6 (0.64%) Visualisation
12 5 (0.53%) PKI
12 5 (0.53%) Fixed Income
13 4 (0.43%) Mainframe
13 4 (0.43%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 81 (8.65%) UNIX
2 61 (6.52%) Windows
3 50 (5.34%) Linux
4 10 (1.07%) AIX
5 9 (0.96%) Windows 7
5 9 (0.96%) VME
5 9 (0.96%) Windows Server 2003
6 7 (0.75%) Apple iOS
6 7 (0.75%) Android
6 7 (0.75%) Solaris
7 6 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
7 6 (0.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 5 (0.53%) Windows NT
9 3 (0.32%) Windows 2000
9 3 (0.32%) Windows XP
10 1 (0.11%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 244 (26.07%) Agile Software Development
2 217 (23.18%) User Acceptance Testing
3 209 (22.33%) Test Scripting
4 201 (21.47%) Test Management
5 133 (14.21%) Test Automation
6 121 (12.93%) Integration Testing
7 115 (12.29%) Migration
8 84 (8.97%) Test Planning
8 84 (8.97%) Scrum
9 81 (8.65%) Stakeholder Management
10 77 (8.23%) Project Management
10 77 (8.23%) Business Intelligence
11 71 (7.59%) Automated Testing
12 66 (7.05%) Waterfall
13 65 (6.94%) Software Testing
13 65 (6.94%) Regression Testing
14 64 (6.84%) Validation
15 61 (6.52%) Performance Testing
16 60 (6.41%) System Testing
17 58 (6.20%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 175 (18.70%) SQL
2 115 (12.29%) Java
3 37 (3.95%) PL/SQL
3 37 (3.95%) C#
4 32 (3.42%) Shell Script
5 21 (2.24%) Python
6 20 (2.14%) Perl
7 18 (1.92%) JavaScript
8 15 (1.60%) Ruby
9 14 (1.50%) C
10 13 (1.39%) VBA
10 13 (1.39%) T-SQL
11 12 (1.28%) VB
12 8 (0.85%) COBOL
13 6 (0.64%) VBScript
13 6 (0.64%) Scala
14 5 (0.53%) PHP
15 4 (0.43%) Groovy
15 4 (0.43%) Bash Shell
16 3 (0.32%) XPath
Qualifications
1 137 (14.64%) ISEB
2 105 (11.22%) ISTQB
3 100 (10.68%) Security Cleared
4 69 (7.37%) Degree
5 64 (6.84%) SC Cleared
6 45 (4.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 21 (2.24%) DV Cleared
8 17 (1.82%) Cisco Certification
8 17 (1.82%) CCNP
9 16 (1.71%) ISEB Practitioner
10 13 (1.39%) JNCIS
11 9 (0.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 8 (0.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 5 (0.53%) PMI Certification
14 3 (0.32%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
14 3 (0.32%) GNVQ
14 3 (0.32%) CTC Cleared
14 3 (0.32%) HNC
14 3 (0.32%) HND
14 3 (0.32%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 231 (24.68%) QA
2 5 (0.53%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 4 (0.43%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 4 (0.43%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.43%) EMIR
4 3 (0.32%) Dodd-Frank
4 3 (0.32%) GxP
5 2 (0.21%) MiFID
5 2 (0.21%) SLA
5 2 (0.21%) FATCA
6 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
6 1 (0.11%) HL7
6 1 (0.11%) COBIT
6 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 13 (1.39%) Active Directory
2 10 (1.07%) Docker
3 6 (0.64%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.53%) VMware ESX
5 4 (0.43%) VMware Workstation
6 3 (0.32%) Terminal Server
7 2 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 113 (12.07%) HP Quality Center
2 10 (1.07%) Nmap
2 10 (1.07%) Nessus
3 8 (0.85%) Puppet
4 6 (0.64%) Vagrant
5 5 (0.53%) CORE IMPACT
6 4 (0.43%) SCCM
7 3 (0.32%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
7 3 (0.32%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
8 2 (0.21%) WebInspect
8 2 (0.21%) McAfee ePO
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle Identity Management
8 2 (0.21%) Oracle Identity Manager
8 2 (0.21%) nmon
8 2 (0.21%) FortiGate
9 1 (0.11%) Ansible
9 1 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
9 1 (0.11%) SCOM
9 1 (0.11%) Netcool
9 1 (0.11%) Control-M
Vendors
1 133 (14.21%) Oracle
2 113 (12.07%) Microsoft
3 108 (11.54%) HP
4 71 (7.59%) SAP
5 29 (3.10%) Business Objects
6 27 (2.88%) Informatica
7 26 (2.78%) webMethods
8 25 (2.67%) Cisco
8 25 (2.67%) Pega
9 19 (2.03%) CheckPoint
9 19 (2.03%) IBM
10 18 (1.92%) BEA
11 15 (1.60%) Juniper
12 14 (1.50%) Remedy
13 13 (1.39%) Adobe
14 12 (1.28%) VMware
15 11 (1.18%) Splunk
16 8 (0.85%) Tableau
17 7 (0.75%) F5
17 7 (0.75%) Citrix
Weymouth
Nigel Frank International Limited - Newcastle
Posted: 16 hours ago
London
Stealth IT Recruitment
Posted: 21 hours ago
London
Harrington Boyd
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Jumar Solutions
Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 23 hours ago
Liverpool
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: Market related
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
HFG
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
HFG
Rate: £375 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
City, London
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: £450 - £550 per annum + Bonus + Benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Manchester
Stealth IT
Rate: £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Ping IT Recruitment ltd
Rate: Up to £700 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Merseyside
Stott & May
Rate: £650 - £700 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Malvern, Worcestershire
Experis Ltd
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Stealth IT Recruitment
Posted: 2 days ago
North West
LA International
Posted: 3 days ago
Middlesex
Lorien Resourcing
Rate: Market Rates + Negotiable
Posted: 3 days ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
Yodel
Posted: 3 days ago
North London
Oscar Associates (UK) Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 4 days ago
England
TRG
Rate: 250-300 Per Day
Posted: 9 days ago