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 30 April 2016 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.

3 months to
30 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 260 251 212
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -39
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 530 492 556
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.95% 0.88% 1.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.16% 1.12% 1.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 283 333
Average daily rate £425 £423 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.59% +12.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £310 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 4
Average hourly rate £44.40 £33.50 £42.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.53% -20.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.50 £33.10 £30.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £170.00 £37.50 £90.05
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.40 £33.50 £43.50
% change year-on-year
+32.53% -22.98%

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
45575 43990 42356
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 81.54% 78.77% 77.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 30098 27401 26461
Average daily rate £438 £413 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1047 1276 1199
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.36 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.82 £47.83 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.75 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+17.07% -2.38%

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 30 April 2016.

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 30 April 2016.

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 30 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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 -12 474 £425 - 86
London -32 194 £450 - 35
South East -11 89 £370 -1.33% 12
West Midlands +23 58 £400 -13.51% 5
Shropshire -8 44 £470 +1.62% 2
Scotland +6 41 £425 +35.45% 8
Telford -5 41 £470 -1.05% 2
East of England +26 34 £450 +5.88% 5
North West -9 30 £425 +13.33% 4
City of London +19 25 £475 - 8
Edinburgh +5 24 £550 +75.29% 3
Hampshire -3 23 £465 +27.39% 2
North East -26 22 £305 -9.62% 4
Tyne and Wear -30 21 £305 -9.62% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -31 21 £305 -9.62% 3
Buckinghamshire +22 19 £409 +10.84% 3
West Yorkshire -1 17 £463 +42.30% 12
Manchester -6 17 £375 -21.05% 2
Yorkshire -6 17 £463 +42.30% 14
Kent - 17 £210 -
South West +9 15 £463 +7.55% 6
Berkshire -2 14 £470 +34.28%
Glasgow +11 13 £306 - 4
Leeds -4 13 £500 +53.84% 10
Hertfordshire +11 12 £450 +12.50%
East Midlands +4 12 £400 +10.34% 1
West Sussex -7 12 £350 -
Milton Keynes +11 11 £418 +21.45% 2
Cheshire +3 11 £470 +34.28%
Hook +5 10 £465 +33.70%

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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.

1 362 (35.21%) Agile Software Development
2 258 (25.10%) User Acceptance Testing
3 247 (24.03%) Finance
4 243 (23.64%) Test Scripting
5 223 (21.69%) SQL
6 180 (17.51%) Oracle
7 178 (17.32%) Test Management
8 160 (15.56%) QA
9 144 (14.01%) Java
10 142 (13.81%) Banking
10 142 (13.81%) Security Cleared
11 140 (13.62%) JIRA
12 139 (13.52%) Scrum
13 133 (12.94%) ISTQB
14 132 (12.84%) Waterfall
15 129 (12.55%) Unix
16 125 (12.16%) Defect Management
17 122 (11.87%) Selenium
18 118 (11.48%) Test Automation
19 116 (11.28%) HP Quality Center
20 107 (10.41%) Stakeholder Management
20 107 (10.41%) Software Testing
21 103 (10.02%) Migration
21 103 (10.02%) ISEB
22 99 (9.63%) SDLC
23 96 (9.34%) Functional Testing
24 95 (9.24%) Regression Testing
25 94 (9.14%) Integration Testing
26 92 (8.95%) System Integration Testing
27 90 (8.75%) HP

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 30 April 2016, 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 51 (4.96%) Confluence
2 47 (4.57%) WebLogic
3 26 (2.53%) SharePoint
4 16 (1.56%) Elasticsearch
5 11 (1.07%) SAS
6 10 (0.97%) Tomcat
7 8 (0.78%) Documentum
8 6 (0.58%) JBoss
9 5 (0.49%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 4 (0.39%) Captiva
10 4 (0.39%) CMS
10 4 (0.39%) Oracle Service Bus
11 3 (0.29%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.29%) nginx
11 3 (0.29%) Node.js
11 3 (0.29%) Skype for Business
12 2 (0.19%) Apache Pig
12 2 (0.19%) OpenStack
12 2 (0.19%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.19%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 41 (3.99%) MS Excel
2 24 (2.33%) MS PowerPoint
3 21 (2.04%) MS Project
4 17 (1.65%) MS Office
4 17 (1.65%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.29%) Mingle
5 3 (0.29%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.19%) 3ds Max
6 2 (0.19%) Acrobat
6 2 (0.19%) Adobe Illustrator
6 2 (0.19%) GIMP
6 2 (0.19%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (1.17%) Oracle EBS
2 11 (1.07%) Oracle ERP
3 8 (0.78%) Dynamics CRM
4 5 (0.49%) Temenos T24
5 4 (0.39%) Oracle Applications
5 4 (0.39%) Oracle EBS R12
5 4 (0.39%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.29%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.19%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.19%) Magento
7 2 (0.19%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.19%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (0.19%) SAP PSCD
7 2 (0.19%) Summit
7 2 (0.19%) VisionPLUS
8 1 (0.097%) LabWindows
8 1 (0.097%) SimCorp Dimension
8 1 (0.097%) Temenos Globus
Cloud Services
1 7 (0.68%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (0.68%) Cloud Computing
1 7 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
1 7 (0.68%) SaaS
2 6 (0.58%) GitHub
3 5 (0.49%) Microsoft Azure
4 3 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
5 2 (0.19%) IaaS
5 2 (0.19%) MailChimp
5 2 (0.19%) Office 365
6 1 (0.097%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 26 (2.53%) Internet
2 12 (1.17%) WAN
3 10 (0.97%) LAN
4 7 (0.68%) SAN
4 7 (0.68%) VPN
5 6 (0.58%) HTTP
5 6 (0.58%) VoIP
6 5 (0.49%) Firewall
7 4 (0.39%) NAS
7 4 (0.39%) SSL
8 3 (0.29%) Ethernet
8 3 (0.29%) Extranet
8 3 (0.29%) Intranet
8 3 (0.29%) Skype
8 3 (0.29%) SNMP
8 3 (0.29%) VLAN
9 2 (0.19%) 3G
9 2 (0.19%) DSL
9 2 (0.19%) TCP/IP
9 2 (0.19%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 44 (4.28%) BusinessObjects
2 41 (3.99%) SQL Server
3 40 (3.89%) Hadoop
4 37 (3.60%) Pentaho
5 34 (3.31%) Data Warehouse
6 27 (2.63%) Big Data
7 21 (2.04%) Oracle Reports
7 21 (2.04%) Relational Database
8 15 (1.46%) Oracle Database
9 12 (1.17%) Data Mining
9 12 (1.17%) MySQL
10 8 (0.78%) MS Access
11 7 (0.68%) MongoDB
11 7 (0.68%) Oracle Database 11g
12 6 (0.58%) SAS Enterprise Guide
13 5 (0.49%) NoSQL
14 4 (0.39%) Amazon DynamoDB
14 4 (0.39%) Apache Cassandra
14 4 (0.39%) Neo4j
14 4 (0.39%) Redis
Development Applications
1 140 (13.62%) JIRA
2 122 (11.87%) Selenium
3 86 (8.37%) HP UFT
4 58 (5.64%) Cucumber
5 55 (5.35%) LoadRunner
6 48 (4.67%) SoapUI
7 35 (3.40%) WebDriver
8 25 (2.43%) Team Foundation Server
9 24 (2.33%) Jenkins
10 21 (2.04%) Visual Studio
11 19 (1.85%) JMeter
12 16 (1.56%) Git (software)
13 14 (1.36%) JUnit
14 12 (1.17%) ClearCase
14 12 (1.17%) Maven
15 11 (1.07%) Appium
16 10 (0.97%) SpecFlow
16 10 (0.97%) TestPartner
17 9 (0.88%) Subversion
18 8 (0.78%) Ant
General
1 247 (24.03%) Finance
2 142 (13.81%) Banking
3 89 (8.66%) Retail
4 42 (4.09%) Telecoms
5 33 (3.21%) Retail Banking
6 26 (2.53%) Investment Banking
7 14 (1.36%) Games
8 12 (1.17%) Marketing
9 10 (0.97%) Front Office
9 10 (0.97%) Legal
10 7 (0.68%) Pharmaceutical
11 6 (0.58%) Electronics
11 6 (0.58%) Manufacturing
12 5 (0.49%) Automotive
12 5 (0.49%) Back Office
12 5 (0.49%) Financial Institution
12 5 (0.49%) Private Banking
13 4 (0.39%) General Ledger
14 3 (0.29%) Billing
14 3 (0.29%) Law
Job Titles
1 323 (31.42%) Test Manager
2 224 (21.79%) Analyst
3 159 (15.47%) Test Analyst
4 121 (11.77%) Developer
5 90 (8.75%) Test Leader
6 82 (7.98%) Tester
7 53 (5.16%) Programme Manager
8 52 (5.06%) Programme Test Manager
8 52 (5.06%) Test Programme Manager
9 50 (4.86%) Business Analyst
10 37 (3.60%) Consultant
11 34 (3.31%) Automation Tester
12 30 (2.92%) Architect
12 30 (2.92%) Test Engineer
13 28 (2.72%) Project Manager
14 26 (2.53%) Pentaho Developer
15 22 (2.14%) Senior Manager
16 20 (1.95%) Designer
17 19 (1.85%) SAP Manager
17 19 (1.85%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 44 (4.28%) SOAP
2 40 (3.89%) .NET
2 40 (3.89%) J2EE
3 36 (3.50%) XML
4 31 (3.02%) Web Services
5 21 (2.04%) CSS
6 19 (1.85%) jQuery
7 16 (1.56%) WSDL
7 16 (1.56%) XSD
8 14 (1.36%) Middleware
8 14 (1.36%) REST
9 13 (1.26%) HTML
10 12 (1.17%) ELK Stack
11 11 (1.07%) Gherkin
12 6 (0.58%) AngularJS
12 6 (0.58%) JSON
12 6 (0.58%) Spring
13 4 (0.39%) Oracle Fusion
13 4 (0.39%) RESTful
13 4 (0.39%) WDK
Miscellaneous
1 57 (5.54%) Analytical Skills
2 32 (3.11%) Management Information System
3 28 (2.72%) Data Integration
4 18 (1.75%) Mobile App
5 16 (1.56%) Derivative
6 14 (1.36%) Data Centre
6 14 (1.36%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 11 (1.07%) User Experience
8 10 (0.97%) AS400
9 9 (0.88%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
10 8 (0.78%) Enterprise Software
10 8 (0.78%) Smart Meter
10 8 (0.78%) Video Conferencing
11 7 (0.68%) Computer Science
11 7 (0.68%) Data Structures
11 7 (0.68%) Performance Metrics
12 6 (0.58%) Client/Server
12 6 (0.58%) Equities
12 6 (0.58%) IPTV
13 5 (0.49%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 129 (12.55%) Unix
2 65 (6.32%) Windows
3 60 (5.84%) Linux
4 16 (1.56%) Android
5 10 (0.97%) Apple iOS
6 8 (0.78%) Windows Server
7 7 (0.68%) VME
7 7 (0.68%) Windows 10
7 7 (0.68%) Windows Server 2012
8 6 (0.58%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 5 (0.49%) CentOS
9 5 (0.49%) Mac OS X
9 5 (0.49%) Solaris
10 2 (0.19%) Fedora
10 2 (0.19%) Windows 7
11 1 (0.097%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 362 (35.21%) Agile Software Development
2 258 (25.10%) User Acceptance Testing
3 243 (23.64%) Test Scripting
4 178 (17.32%) Test Management
5 139 (13.52%) Scrum
6 132 (12.84%) Waterfall
7 125 (12.16%) Defect Management
8 118 (11.48%) Test Automation
9 107 (10.41%) Software Testing
9 107 (10.41%) Stakeholder Management
10 103 (10.02%) Migration
11 99 (9.63%) SDLC
12 96 (9.34%) Functional Testing
13 95 (9.24%) Regression Testing
14 94 (9.14%) Integration Testing
15 92 (8.95%) System Integration Testing
16 89 (8.66%) Non-Functional Testing
17 88 (8.56%) Performance Testing
18 76 (7.39%) Project Management
19 74 (7.20%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 223 (21.69%) SQL
2 144 (14.01%) Java
3 58 (5.64%) C#
4 55 (5.35%) Shell Script
5 38 (3.70%) C
5 38 (3.70%) PL/SQL
6 34 (3.31%) Perl
7 31 (3.02%) JavaScript
8 25 (2.43%) Ruby
9 16 (1.56%) Python
10 12 (1.17%) VB
11 11 (1.07%) C++
12 10 (0.97%) Bash Shell
13 8 (0.78%) VBScript
14 7 (0.68%) PowerShell
15 6 (0.58%) F#
15 6 (0.58%) PHP
15 6 (0.58%) Scala
15 6 (0.58%) Tcl
16 4 (0.39%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 142 (13.81%) Security Cleared
2 133 (12.94%) ISTQB
3 103 (10.02%) ISEB
4 84 (8.17%) SC Cleared
5 60 (5.84%) Degree
6 59 (5.74%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 27 (2.63%) DV Cleared
8 22 (2.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 19 (1.85%) BPSS Clearance
10 12 (1.17%) ISEB Practitioner
11 11 (1.07%) PMI Certification
12 10 (0.97%) PMP
13 9 (0.88%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 4 (0.39%) BC Cleared
15 2 (0.19%) MCP
15 2 (0.19%) Microsoft Certification
15 2 (0.19%) OCP
15 2 (0.19%) Oracle Certification
15 2 (0.19%) SAP Certification
16 1 (0.097%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 160 (15.56%) QA
2 13 (1.26%) Disclosure Scotland
2 13 (1.26%) SLA
3 11 (1.07%) COBIT
4 9 (0.88%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 8 (0.78%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.39%) Data Quality
6 4 (0.39%) Dodd-Frank
6 4 (0.39%) EMIR
6 4 (0.39%) MiFID
6 4 (0.39%) WCAG
7 3 (0.29%) PCI DSS
8 2 (0.19%) GxP
8 2 (0.19%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.19%) ISO27002
8 2 (0.19%) SDET
9 1 (0.097%) Basel III
9 1 (0.097%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.097%) JSP 440
System Software
1 9 (0.88%) Active Directory
2 6 (0.58%) Hyper-V
3 4 (0.39%) Docker
3 4 (0.39%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 2 (0.19%) HDFS
4 2 (0.19%) KVM
4 2 (0.19%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.19%) vSphere
5 1 (0.097%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 116 (11.28%) HP Quality Center
2 13 (1.26%) BMC PATROL
3 12 (1.17%) Kibana
3 12 (1.17%) logstash
3 12 (1.17%) OPNET
3 12 (1.17%) SCOM
4 7 (0.68%) Opsview
5 6 (0.58%) HP SiteScope
6 4 (0.39%) Nagios
7 3 (0.29%) Puppet
8 2 (0.19%) Amdocs OSS
8 2 (0.19%) BMC Marimba
8 2 (0.19%) Data Guard
8 2 (0.19%) Oozie
8 2 (0.19%) Oracle RMAN
8 2 (0.19%) SCCM
8 2 (0.19%) WSUS
9 1 (0.097%) Cacti
9 1 (0.097%) Cisco UCCE
9 1 (0.097%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 180 (17.51%) Oracle
2 90 (8.75%) HP
3 72 (7.00%) Informatica
4 59 (5.74%) Microsoft
5 58 (5.64%) SAP
6 48 (4.67%) Pega
7 29 (2.82%) webMethods
8 24 (2.33%) Cloudera
9 18 (1.75%) IBM
10 15 (1.46%) BMC
11 14 (1.36%) BEA
12 13 (1.26%) ServiceNow
13 11 (1.07%) Digital Fuel
14 10 (0.97%) Remedy
15 9 (0.88%) Atlassian
15 9 (0.88%) Google
15 9 (0.88%) Red Hat
16 8 (0.78%) EMC
17 7 (0.68%) Adobe
17 7 (0.68%) FrontRange
Winchester, Hampshire
IBM Client Innovation Centre (Hursley)
Rate: From £28,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 23 hours ago
Telford, Shropshire
J & C Associates Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: Yesterday
Cheltenham
Capita Defence & Security Resourcing
Rate: £425 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £560 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
2i Resourcing
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200 - £265 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
IBM Client Innovation Centre (Thames Valley)
Rate: From £33,899 to £48,614 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
South Yorkshire
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £360 per day + competitive
Posted: 9 days ago
Bradford
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 22 days ago
London
iKonnect Global Solutions
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 26 days ago
Luton
Arrows Group Ltd
Rate: £300 - £400 per annum
Posted: 26 days ago