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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 232 220 257
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +37
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 461 442 325
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.88% 0.88% 0.72%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.16% 1.18% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 259 235 173
Average daily rate
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £269
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.41% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 7
Average hourly rate £38.50 £70.00 £43.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.00% +62.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.40 £70.00 £38.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.40 £70.00 £48.91
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 - £43.00

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
39834 37606 32717
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 75.91% 74.82% 72.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 25112 22628 19457
Average daily rate £420 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £570 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1043 1134 1178
Average hourly rate £27.50 £27.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -8.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.31 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.50 £50.00 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -12.69%

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 27 February 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
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 27 February 2015.

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 27 February 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 -21 426 £415 +3.75% 93
London +9 201 £443 +6.62% 37
South East -31 93 £370 +4.81% 18
City of London +14 48 £477 +13.99% 7
Berkshire +13 35 £350 -12.50% 7
North West -4 30 £350 +24.44% 3
West Midlands +11 29 £463 +2.77% 7
South West -31 24 £450 +15.38% 3
Scotland +2 21 £400 +8.84% 7
Shropshire - 20 £431 - 1
Hampshire -30 19 £390 +16.41% 5
Manchester -8 17 £356 +29.54% 1
East of England +2 16 £400 +6.66% 11
East Midlands +9 15 £310 -22.50% 1
Yorkshire -34 15 £275 -21.42% 11
Telford - 14 £400 - 1
Buckinghamshire -1 13 £425 -5.55%
Glasgow +6 12 £400 +11.11% 3
West Sussex -14 10 £393 +6.44%
South Yorkshire +5 9 £275 -29.03% 1
Surrey +2 9 £318 +7.62% 6
Northamptonshire -6 9 £325 -
Bristol -7 9 £475 +3.26% 3
Edinburgh -2 8 £400 +6.66% 4
Dorset -1 7 £450 -
Bournemouth - 7 £450 -
Suffolk +6 6 £338 - 1
Northampton -3 6 £325 -
Wiltshire -5 6 £364 +44.05%
Wales -7 6 £375 +42.85% 3

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 February 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.

1 254 (27.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 245 (26.69%) Agile Software Development
3 243 (26.47%) Finance
4 223 (24.29%) Test Management
5 207 (22.55%) QA
6 196 (21.35%) Test Scripting
7 181 (19.72%) SQL
8 168 (18.30%) HP Quality Center
9 146 (15.90%) ISEB
10 143 (15.58%) Oracle
10 143 (15.58%) Banking
11 118 (12.85%) HP
12 113 (12.31%) Java
13 112 (12.20%) ISTQB
14 110 (11.98%) Microsoft
14 110 (11.98%) Integration Testing
14 110 (11.98%) Test Automation
15 105 (11.44%) Migration
16 100 (10.89%) Regression Testing
17 92 (10.02%) Scrum
18 90 (9.80%) Project Management
19 87 (9.48%) Software Testing
19 87 (9.48%) Security Cleared
20 82 (8.93%) Test Planning
21 77 (8.39%) UNIX
21 77 (8.39%) Degree
22 75 (8.17%) MS Excel
22 75 (8.17%) QuickTest Pro
23 74 (8.06%) Stakeholder Management
24 73 (7.95%) Validation

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 20 (2.18%) SharePoint
2 19 (2.07%) WebLogic
3 17 (1.85%) Confluence
4 13 (1.42%) SAS
5 6 (0.65%) Tomcat
6 5 (0.54%) Documentum
6 5 (0.54%) IIS
6 5 (0.54%) Lync
7 4 (0.44%) WebSphere
8 3 (0.33%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.33%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.33%) MS Exchange
8 3 (0.33%) Captiva
9 2 (0.22%) Apache
9 2 (0.22%) WebLogic Portal
9 2 (0.22%) ArcGIS
9 2 (0.22%) ArcSDE
10 1 (0.11%) Drupal
10 1 (0.11%) CICS
10 1 (0.11%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 75 (8.17%) MS Excel
2 37 (4.03%) MS Office
3 24 (2.61%) MS Project
4 20 (2.18%) MS PowerPoint
5 16 (1.74%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.11%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 19 (2.07%) Oracle EBS
2 14 (1.53%) Oracle Financials
3 13 (1.42%) Oracle EBS R12
4 10 (1.09%) Oracle Retail
4 10 (1.09%) Oracle Payables
5 8 (0.87%) Agresso
6 7 (0.76%) Oracle CRM
6 7 (0.76%) Dynamics CRM
7 5 (0.54%) Summit
7 5 (0.54%) Remedy ITSM
7 5 (0.54%) SAP HR
8 4 (0.44%) IntelliMatch
8 4 (0.44%) SAP BPC
9 3 (0.33%) Oracle General Ledger
9 3 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.33%) Cognos TM1
9 3 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
9 3 (0.33%) Cognos Business Intelligence
9 3 (0.33%) SAP ERP
10 2 (0.22%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.87%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.22%) SaaS
3 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.11%) Microsoft Azure
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.11%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 24 (2.61%) Firewall
2 17 (1.85%) Internet
3 16 (1.74%) TCP/IP
4 11 (1.20%) MPLS
5 10 (1.09%) LAN
5 10 (1.09%) Wireshark
6 9 (0.98%) WAN
6 9 (0.98%) HTTP
7 8 (0.87%) ATM
8 7 (0.76%) BGP
8 7 (0.76%) SSL
8 7 (0.76%) Cisco ASA
8 7 (0.76%) Cisco Nexus
9 6 (0.65%) Network Security
9 6 (0.65%) HTTPS
10 5 (0.54%) DNS
10 5 (0.54%) Ethernet
10 5 (0.54%) VLAN
11 4 (0.44%) FTP
12 3 (0.33%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 51 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
2 37 (4.03%) SQL Server
3 25 (2.72%) Oracle Reports
4 17 (1.85%) Relational Database
5 15 (1.63%) Data Mining
6 13 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 12 (1.31%) Oracle Database
8 11 (1.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (1.09%) QlikView
9 10 (1.09%) Snowflake Schema
9 10 (1.09%) Star Schema
10 9 (0.98%) Hadoop
11 8 (0.87%) Big Data
12 7 (0.76%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 7 (0.76%) DB2
13 5 (0.54%) MySQL
13 5 (0.54%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 5 (0.54%) HBase
13 5 (0.54%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
13 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 75 (8.17%) QuickTest Pro
2 71 (7.73%) JIRA
3 69 (7.52%) Selenium
4 42 (4.58%) SoapUI
5 39 (4.25%) LoadRunner
6 38 (4.14%) Cucumber
7 28 (3.05%) JUnit
8 26 (2.83%) JMeter
9 24 (2.61%) Jenkins
10 22 (2.40%) Team Foundation Server
10 22 (2.40%) WebDriver
11 21 (2.29%) Maven
12 20 (2.18%) TestDirector
13 13 (1.42%) Visual Studio
14 12 (1.31%) TestNG
15 11 (1.20%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 11 (1.20%) Appium
16 9 (0.98%) SpecFlow
16 9 (0.98%) Subversion
17 7 (0.76%) RSpec
General
1 243 (26.47%) Finance
2 143 (15.58%) Banking
3 54 (5.88%) Telecoms
4 53 (5.77%) Investment Banking
5 48 (5.23%) Retail
6 20 (2.18%) Front Office
7 14 (1.53%) Retail Banking
8 10 (1.09%) Legal
9 8 (0.87%) Marketing
10 7 (0.76%) General Ledger
10 7 (0.76%) Billing
11 6 (0.65%) Back Office
11 6 (0.65%) Spanish Language
12 5 (0.54%) Games
13 4 (0.44%) Multimedia
13 4 (0.44%) Automotive
13 4 (0.44%) Manufacturing
13 4 (0.44%) Italian Language
14 3 (0.33%) Advertising
14 3 (0.33%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 324 (35.29%) Test Manager
2 209 (22.77%) Analyst
3 152 (16.56%) Test Analyst
4 81 (8.82%) Developer
4 81 (8.82%) Test Leader
5 65 (7.08%) Tester
6 46 (5.01%) Consultant
7 42 (4.58%) Business Analyst
8 35 (3.81%) Test Engineer
9 32 (3.49%) Programme Manager
10 28 (3.05%) Programme Test Manager
11 26 (2.83%) Senior Analyst
12 20 (2.18%) Senior Test Analyst
12 20 (2.18%) Test Consultant
13 19 (2.07%) Project Manager
14 18 (1.96%) SAP Manager
14 18 (1.96%) SAP Test Manager
15 15 (1.63%) Scala Developer
15 15 (1.63%) Architect
15 15 (1.63%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (6.21%) .NET
2 43 (4.68%) Web Services
3 33 (3.59%) HTML
4 31 (3.38%) XML
4 31 (3.38%) J2EE
5 23 (2.51%) JSON
6 21 (2.29%) SOAP
7 17 (1.85%) Middleware
8 16 (1.74%) HTML5
8 16 (1.74%) RESTful
9 13 (1.42%) REST
10 11 (1.20%) ASP.NET
11 10 (1.09%) Gherkin
12 8 (0.87%) jQuery
13 7 (0.76%) SAX
14 6 (0.65%) AngularJS
14 6 (0.65%) CSS
15 5 (0.54%) JSP
15 5 (0.54%) .NET Framework
16 4 (0.44%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 72 (7.84%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (2.51%) Management Information System
3 22 (2.40%) Computer Science
4 21 (2.29%) Open Source
5 13 (1.42%) NHS
6 10 (1.09%) Fixed Income
6 10 (1.09%) Visualisation
7 9 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
7 9 (0.98%) User Experience
7 9 (0.98%) PMI
8 8 (0.87%) Derivative
8 8 (0.87%) Data Structures
8 8 (0.87%) Smart Meter
8 8 (0.87%) Reference Data
9 7 (0.76%) Mobile App
9 7 (0.76%) Statistics
9 7 (0.76%) IVR
10 6 (0.65%) Client/Server
10 6 (0.65%) Equities
11 5 (0.54%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 77 (8.39%) UNIX
2 64 (6.97%) Windows
3 51 (5.56%) Linux
4 11 (1.20%) Windows Server 2003
4 11 (1.20%) Windows 7
5 10 (1.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 10 (1.09%) Windows XP
5 10 (1.09%) AIX
6 8 (0.87%) Apple iOS
6 8 (0.87%) Windows Server 2008
7 7 (0.76%) Android
8 6 (0.65%) Windows NT
9 5 (0.54%) Windows 2000
9 5 (0.54%) Solaris
10 2 (0.22%) Windows Server 2012
11 1 (0.11%) Windows 2000 Server
11 1 (0.11%) SUSE
Processes & Methodologies
1 254 (27.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 245 (26.69%) Agile Software Development
3 223 (24.29%) Test Management
4 196 (21.35%) Test Scripting
5 110 (11.98%) Integration Testing
5 110 (11.98%) Test Automation
6 105 (11.44%) Migration
7 100 (10.89%) Regression Testing
8 92 (10.02%) Scrum
9 90 (9.80%) Project Management
10 87 (9.48%) Software Testing
11 82 (8.93%) Test Planning
12 74 (8.06%) Stakeholder Management
13 73 (7.95%) Validation
14 70 (7.63%) Performance Testing
15 67 (7.30%) System Testing
16 65 (7.08%) Waterfall
16 65 (7.08%) Automated Testing
17 63 (6.86%) Business Intelligence
18 55 (5.99%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 181 (19.72%) SQL
2 113 (12.31%) Java
3 34 (3.70%) PL/SQL
4 33 (3.59%) Shell Script
5 32 (3.49%) JavaScript
6 25 (2.72%) C#
7 24 (2.61%) Ruby
8 22 (2.40%) Python
9 18 (1.96%) C
9 18 (1.96%) Perl
10 16 (1.74%) Scala
11 13 (1.42%) T-SQL
11 13 (1.42%) VB
11 13 (1.42%) VBA
12 7 (0.76%) C++
13 5 (0.54%) VBScript
14 4 (0.44%) PHP
14 4 (0.44%) Bash Shell
15 2 (0.22%) Groovy
15 2 (0.22%) Lua
Qualifications
1 146 (15.90%) ISEB
2 112 (12.20%) ISTQB
3 87 (9.48%) Security Cleared
4 77 (8.39%) Degree
5 55 (5.99%) SC Cleared
6 52 (5.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 29 (3.16%) ISEB Practitioner
8 22 (2.40%) DV Cleared
9 13 (1.42%) Cisco Certification
9 13 (1.42%) CCNP
10 10 (1.09%) PMI Certification
10 10 (1.09%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 9 (0.98%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 8 (0.87%) JNCIS
13 7 (0.76%) CISSP
14 6 (0.65%) VCP4
15 3 (0.33%) OSCP
15 3 (0.33%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
15 3 (0.33%) MOS
15 3 (0.33%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 207 (22.55%) QA
2 7 (0.76%) PCI DSS
3 6 (0.65%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 5 (0.54%) ISO 9000
4 5 (0.54%) ISO 9001
5 4 (0.44%) EMIR
6 3 (0.33%) Dodd-Frank
6 3 (0.33%) FATCA
6 3 (0.33%) Basel III
7 2 (0.22%) SLA
7 2 (0.22%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.11%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.11%) COREP
8 1 (0.11%) COBIT
System Software
1 13 (1.42%) Active Directory
2 12 (1.31%) Nmap
3 7 (0.76%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.65%) VMware ESX
5 5 (0.54%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (0.54%) Docker
6 4 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.33%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 168 (18.30%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.31%) Puppet
2 12 (1.31%) Nessus
3 7 (0.76%) FortiGate
3 7 (0.76%) Vagrant
4 6 (0.65%) CORE IMPACT
5 4 (0.44%) SCCM
6 3 (0.33%) WebInspect
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Identity Management
6 3 (0.33%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 3 (0.33%) Ansible
7 2 (0.22%) Control-M
7 2 (0.22%) nmon
8 1 (0.11%) McAfee ePO
8 1 (0.11%) SCOM
Vendors
1 143 (15.58%) Oracle
2 118 (12.85%) HP
3 110 (11.98%) Microsoft
4 51 (5.56%) SAP
5 28 (3.05%) Cisco
6 24 (2.61%) Business Objects
7 22 (2.40%) webMethods
7 22 (2.40%) Pega
8 19 (2.07%) CheckPoint
9 17 (1.85%) Informatica
10 15 (1.63%) Salesforce.com
11 14 (1.53%) BEA
12 13 (1.42%) VMware
13 12 (1.31%) F5
13 12 (1.31%) IBM
14 10 (1.09%) Murex
14 10 (1.09%) Juniper
14 10 (1.09%) Red Hat
14 10 (1.09%) Splunk
15 9 (0.98%) Tableau
City, London
Salt
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 hours ago
London
Brainbridge
Posted: Yesterday
North West
BrightPool
Rate: Up to £500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Slough, Berkshire
Premier IT
Rate: £200 - £240 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
Bristol, Avon
Roc Search
Posted: Yesterday
Fleet, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Barclaycard
Rate: Competitive salary and excellent benefits
Posted: Yesterday
Docklands
iKonnect
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Berkshire
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Rate: Negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
Slough, Berkshire
Premier Media
Rate: £150 - £230 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Randstad Technologies
Rate: £0.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Execellence ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
Hampshire
LA International
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Berkshire
SLR Consultants
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Surrey
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Newcastle, County Down
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Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
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Chesterfield
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