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 April 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 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 234 208 251
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +43
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 486 548 349
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.87% 1.01% 0.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.14% 1.35% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 279 328 190
Average daily rate
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£415 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £240 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £552
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 4
Average hourly rate £38.50 £42.25 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.87% +5.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.20 £30.50 £34.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.40 £90.05 £45.73
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £43.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-11.49% +8.75%

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
42497 40723 35069
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 76.35% 74.75% 73.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 26510 25396 20908
Average daily rate £415 £400 £408
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -1.84%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £563 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £362
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1226 1148 1061
Average hourly rate £29.00 £30.00 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.10 £12.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £52.50 £54.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.20 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-2.58% -3.12%

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 April 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 April 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 April 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 -26 448 £420 +12.00% 87
London +15 225 £450 +7.65% 40
South East -46 78 £362 +6.72% 18
City of London +7 49 £475 +6.98% 12
North West -31 33 £400 +4.57% 3
West Midlands -13 28 £463 +15.62% 2
Hampshire -21 24 £358 +5.31% 3
Yorkshire -53 23 £325 +2.52% 14
Berkshire +8 22 £350 -9.09% 6
Scotland +1 20 £315 -6.66% 4
West Yorkshire -39 18 £325 +2.52% 12
Shropshire +5 17 £463 +18.58%
Newcastle upon Tyne +16 15 £340 +41.66%
Tyne and Wear +15 15 £340 +41.66%
North East +6 15 £340 +41.66%
Manchester -19 15 £475 +44.48% 1
South West -36 15 £430 +22.41% 2
East Midlands +2 14 £363 +37.96% 3
East of England -10 12 £425 +21.42% 5
Telford 0 11 £475 +21.79%
Leeds -30 11 £325 +38.29% 9
Wiltshire +6 9 £430 +59.25%
Edinburgh -6 9 £315 +96.87% 2
Buckinghamshire -18 9 £369 +9.25% 1
Lancashire -1 8 £325 -35.00% 2
Southampton -7 8 £380 +21.60%
Surrey -1 7 £390 +32.20% 5
Blackpool -5 7 £350 -34.57% 2
Oxfordshire -12 7 £375 +15.38%
Wales - 7 £375 - 1

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 April 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.

1 267 (29.21%) Finance
2 231 (25.27%) Agile Software Development
3 211 (23.09%) QA
3 211 (23.09%) User Acceptance Testing
4 199 (21.77%) Test Management
5 194 (21.23%) Test Scripting
6 189 (20.68%) SQL
7 139 (15.21%) Oracle
8 135 (14.77%) Banking
9 129 (14.11%) ISEB
10 127 (13.89%) Test Automation
11 119 (13.02%) HP Quality Center
12 114 (12.47%) Microsoft
13 113 (12.36%) Java
14 110 (12.04%) HP
15 107 (11.71%) Migration
16 104 (11.38%) ISTQB
17 103 (11.27%) Integration Testing
18 87 (9.52%) Security Cleared
19 82 (8.97%) UNIX
19 82 (8.97%) Project Management
20 80 (8.75%) Scrum
21 79 (8.64%) Stakeholder Management
22 76 (8.32%) Business Intelligence
23 74 (8.10%) MS Excel
24 70 (7.66%) Degree
24 70 (7.66%) Test Planning
25 68 (7.44%) JIRA
26 66 (7.22%) Validation
26 66 (7.22%) Regression Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 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 (2.74%) SharePoint
2 23 (2.52%) WebLogic
3 21 (2.30%) Confluence
4 13 (1.42%) SAS
5 12 (1.31%) Documentum
6 8 (0.88%) WebSphere
7 6 (0.66%) MS Exchange
8 5 (0.55%) Tomcat
8 5 (0.55%) Lync
8 5 (0.55%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 4 (0.44%) Apache
9 4 (0.44%) FileNet
9 4 (0.44%) BizTalk Server
10 3 (0.33%) WebLogic Portal
10 3 (0.33%) WebSphere Application Server
10 3 (0.33%) IIS
10 3 (0.33%) Captiva
11 2 (0.22%) ArcGIS
11 2 (0.22%) ArcSDE
11 2 (0.22%) Oracle Coherence
Applications
1 74 (8.10%) MS Excel
2 34 (3.72%) MS Office
3 16 (1.75%) MS PowerPoint
3 16 (1.75%) MS Project
4 12 (1.31%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
5 1 (0.11%) InDesign
5 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 14 (1.53%) Oracle EBS
1 14 (1.53%) Oracle Financials
2 13 (1.42%) Dynamics CRM
3 12 (1.31%) Oracle Payables
4 10 (1.09%) Oracle EBS R12
5 7 (0.77%) Remedy ITSM
5 7 (0.77%) Oracle CRM
5 7 (0.77%) Agresso
6 5 (0.55%) SAP HR
6 5 (0.55%) Oracle General Ledger
6 5 (0.55%) Oracle Retail
7 4 (0.44%) SAP BPC
8 3 (0.33%) Markit EDM
8 3 (0.33%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.33%) Oracle Applications
8 3 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
8 3 (0.33%) SAP ERP
9 2 (0.22%) Oracle 11i
9 2 (0.22%) WebTrends
9 2 (0.22%) Adobe Campaign
Cloud Services
1 8 (0.88%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (0.22%) SaaS
2 2 (0.22%) Google Analytics
3 1 (0.11%) Taleo
3 1 (0.11%) Adobe Analytics
3 1 (0.11%) Google Apps
Communications & Networking
1 16 (1.75%) Firewall
2 14 (1.53%) TCP/IP
3 11 (1.20%) VoIP
4 10 (1.09%) Internet
4 10 (1.09%) HTTP
5 8 (0.88%) MPLS
6 7 (0.77%) Network Security
7 6 (0.66%) ATM
7 6 (0.66%) LAN
7 6 (0.66%) Unified Communications
8 5 (0.55%) Ethernet
8 5 (0.55%) FTP
8 5 (0.55%) HTTPS
8 5 (0.55%) SSL
8 5 (0.55%) VLAN
8 5 (0.55%) Wireshark
9 4 (0.44%) Cisco ASA
9 4 (0.44%) BGP
9 4 (0.44%) WAN
9 4 (0.44%) Cisco Nexus
Database & Business Intelligence
1 62 (6.78%) Data Warehouse
2 41 (4.49%) SQL Server
3 18 (1.97%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 16 (1.75%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 15 (1.64%) Relational Database
6 14 (1.53%) Data Mining
6 14 (1.53%) Oracle Reports
7 13 (1.42%) Oracle Database
8 12 (1.31%) QlikView
9 11 (1.20%) Star Schema
10 10 (1.09%) Snowflake Schema
10 10 (1.09%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 10 (1.09%) Hadoop
10 10 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
11 8 (0.88%) OLAP
11 8 (0.88%) Big Data
11 8 (0.88%) OLAP Cube
12 6 (0.66%) HBase
13 5 (0.55%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
14 4 (0.44%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 68 (7.44%) JIRA
2 55 (6.02%) Selenium
3 49 (5.36%) QuickTest Pro
4 34 (3.72%) Cucumber
5 26 (2.84%) SoapUI
6 25 (2.74%) LoadRunner
7 24 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
7 24 (2.63%) Jenkins
8 18 (1.97%) WebDriver
9 17 (1.86%) JUnit
10 15 (1.64%) Visual Studio
11 14 (1.53%) JMeter
12 13 (1.42%) TestDirector
12 13 (1.42%) SpecFlow
13 11 (1.20%) Appium
14 10 (1.09%) Git (software)
14 10 (1.09%) CA Gen
14 10 (1.09%) Maven
14 10 (1.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 8 (0.88%) eggPlant
General
1 267 (29.21%) Finance
2 135 (14.77%) Banking
3 52 (5.69%) Investment Banking
4 51 (5.58%) Telecoms
5 49 (5.36%) Retail
6 17 (1.86%) Retail Banking
7 15 (1.64%) Legal
8 13 (1.42%) General Ledger
9 8 (0.88%) Manufacturing
10 5 (0.55%) Back Office
10 5 (0.55%) Spanish Language
11 4 (0.44%) Marketing
11 4 (0.44%) Front Office
11 4 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.44%) Law
11 4 (0.44%) Multimedia
12 3 (0.33%) Billing
13 2 (0.22%) Automotive
13 2 (0.22%) Local Government
13 2 (0.22%) Italian Language
Job Titles
1 321 (35.12%) Test Manager
2 208 (22.76%) Analyst
3 149 (16.30%) Test Analyst
4 94 (10.28%) Test Leader
5 79 (8.64%) Developer
6 74 (8.10%) Tester
7 49 (5.36%) Consultant
8 45 (4.92%) Business Analyst
9 36 (3.94%) Test Engineer
10 32 (3.50%) Programme Manager
11 27 (2.95%) Programme Test Manager
12 24 (2.63%) Senior Analyst
13 23 (2.52%) Project Manager
14 22 (2.41%) Senior Manager
15 21 (2.30%) SAP Manager
16 19 (2.08%) SAP Test Manager
16 19 (2.08%) Test Consultant
16 19 (2.08%) Senior Test Manager
17 18 (1.97%) Senior Test Analyst
18 14 (1.53%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 65 (7.11%) .NET
2 32 (3.50%) J2EE
3 31 (3.39%) XML
4 25 (2.74%) HTML
5 24 (2.63%) Web Services
6 19 (2.08%) JSON
7 15 (1.64%) SOAP
7 15 (1.64%) Middleware
8 12 (1.31%) CSS
9 11 (1.20%) ASP.NET
10 9 (0.98%) XSLT
11 8 (0.88%) REST
12 7 (0.77%) Gherkin
12 7 (0.77%) AngularJS
12 7 (0.77%) HTML5
12 7 (0.77%) XSD
12 7 (0.77%) SAX
12 7 (0.77%) .NET Framework
13 4 (0.44%) SAP Basis
13 4 (0.44%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 55 (6.02%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (3.06%) Management Information System
3 19 (2.08%) Open Source
4 16 (1.75%) Computer Science
5 15 (1.64%) NHS
6 11 (1.20%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 10 (1.09%) Derivative
7 10 (1.09%) Smart Meter
7 10 (1.09%) User Experience
8 9 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
8 9 (0.98%) Equities
9 8 (0.88%) Statistics
9 8 (0.88%) Visualisation
10 6 (0.66%) Reference Data
10 6 (0.66%) Mobile App
11 5 (0.55%) FMCG
11 5 (0.55%) IVR
11 5 (0.55%) PKI
11 5 (0.55%) Fixed Income
12 4 (0.44%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 82 (8.97%) UNIX
2 64 (7.00%) Windows
3 52 (5.69%) Linux
4 10 (1.09%) AIX
4 10 (1.09%) Windows Server 2003
5 9 (0.98%) Android
5 9 (0.98%) Windows 7
5 9 (0.98%) Apple iOS
6 8 (0.88%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 7 (0.77%) Windows Server 2008
8 6 (0.66%) Solaris
9 5 (0.55%) Windows NT
10 4 (0.44%) Windows XP
10 4 (0.44%) Windows 2000
11 3 (0.33%) VME
12 1 (0.11%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (25.27%) Agile Software Development
2 211 (23.09%) User Acceptance Testing
3 199 (21.77%) Test Management
4 194 (21.23%) Test Scripting
5 127 (13.89%) Test Automation
6 107 (11.71%) Migration
7 103 (11.27%) Integration Testing
8 82 (8.97%) Project Management
9 80 (8.75%) Scrum
10 79 (8.64%) Stakeholder Management
11 76 (8.32%) Business Intelligence
12 70 (7.66%) Test Planning
13 66 (7.22%) Regression Testing
13 66 (7.22%) Validation
14 65 (7.11%) Automated Testing
14 65 (7.11%) Software Testing
15 60 (6.56%) Waterfall
16 53 (5.80%) Data Migration
17 52 (5.69%) System Testing
18 50 (5.47%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 189 (20.68%) SQL
2 113 (12.36%) Java
3 34 (3.72%) PL/SQL
4 32 (3.50%) C#
5 31 (3.39%) Shell Script
6 23 (2.52%) Ruby
6 23 (2.52%) Perl
7 21 (2.30%) Python
8 20 (2.19%) JavaScript
9 16 (1.75%) C
10 15 (1.64%) T-SQL
11 14 (1.53%) VBA
12 12 (1.31%) VB
13 6 (0.66%) VBScript
13 6 (0.66%) PHP
14 5 (0.55%) Scala
15 4 (0.44%) Bash Shell
15 4 (0.44%) Groovy
16 3 (0.33%) XPath
16 3 (0.33%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 129 (14.11%) ISEB
2 104 (11.38%) ISTQB
3 87 (9.52%) Security Cleared
4 70 (7.66%) Degree
5 55 (6.02%) SC Cleared
6 41 (4.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 21 (2.30%) DV Cleared
8 17 (1.86%) ISEB Practitioner
9 15 (1.64%) Cisco Certification
9 15 (1.64%) CCNP
10 10 (1.09%) JNCIS
11 7 (0.77%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (0.66%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.44%) CISSP
13 4 (0.44%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 3 (0.33%) OSCP
14 3 (0.33%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
14 3 (0.33%) GNVQ
14 3 (0.33%) CTC Cleared
14 3 (0.33%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 211 (23.09%) QA
2 5 (0.55%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 5 (0.55%) PCI DSS
3 4 (0.44%) Sarbanes-Oxley
4 3 (0.33%) Dodd-Frank
5 2 (0.22%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.22%) FATCA
5 2 (0.22%) EMIR
5 2 (0.22%) GxP
5 2 (0.22%) SLA
6 1 (0.11%) ISO 8583
6 1 (0.11%) COBIT
6 1 (0.11%) HL7
6 1 (0.11%) Solvency II
System Software
1 15 (1.64%) Active Directory
2 9 (0.98%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (0.88%) VMware ESX
4 6 (0.66%) Docker
5 5 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
6 4 (0.44%) VMware Workstation
7 3 (0.33%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 119 (13.02%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.20%) Nessus
2 11 (1.20%) Nmap
3 9 (0.98%) Puppet
4 6 (0.66%) Vagrant
4 6 (0.66%) CORE IMPACT
5 4 (0.44%) SCCM
5 4 (0.44%) FortiGate
6 3 (0.33%) Symantec Enterprise Vault
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Identity Management
6 3 (0.33%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 3 (0.33%) WebInspect
7 2 (0.22%) Control-M
7 2 (0.22%) McAfee ePO
7 2 (0.22%) Ansible
7 2 (0.22%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.22%) nmon
8 1 (0.11%) SCOM
8 1 (0.11%) Tivoli Storage Manager
Vendors
1 139 (15.21%) Oracle
2 114 (12.47%) Microsoft
3 110 (12.04%) HP
4 62 (6.78%) SAP
5 27 (2.95%) Pega
6 26 (2.84%) webMethods
7 25 (2.74%) Business Objects
7 25 (2.74%) Cisco
8 22 (2.41%) Informatica
9 18 (1.97%) BEA
9 18 (1.97%) CheckPoint
9 18 (1.97%) IBM
10 15 (1.64%) VMware
11 14 (1.53%) Remedy
12 12 (1.31%) Adobe
12 12 (1.31%) Juniper
13 11 (1.20%) Splunk
13 11 (1.20%) Tableau
14 10 (1.09%) Citrix
15 9 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
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