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 2 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 262 240 212
Rank change year-on-year
-22 -28
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 423 432 529
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.75% 0.81% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.01% 1.10% 1.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 232 243 338
Average daily rate
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£371 £425 £423
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.64% +0.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-12.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 4 2
Average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £57.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-28.28% -23.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.52 £35.00 £41.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.00 £78.90 £73.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £77.50
% change year-on-year
-28.28% -43.22%

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
42045 39415 41397
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.46% 73.73% 71.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 26091 24205 23959
Average daily rate £410 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1165 1093 1499
Average hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.79% -6.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.45 £50.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% -3.22%

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 2 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
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 2 September 2014.

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 2 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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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 -8 395 £375 -11.76% 85
London +4 179 £420 -11.57% 28
South East +8 82 £313 -26.47% 14
City of London +29 56 £425 -15.00% 9
Hampshire +4 29 £325 -4.05% 2
East of England -13 27 £359 +19.58% 12
Yorkshire +11 24 £275 -22.80% 7
South West -28 23 £350 -7.89% 6
West Midlands -15 21 £330 +8.28% 3
Berkshire +6 20 £350 -20.45% 3
Scotland -10 20 £300 -21.05% 5
West Yorkshire +7 18 £313 -12.28% 3
Buckinghamshire +14 15 £245 -31.94% 2
North West -13 15 £350 -10.25% 9
East Midlands -1 13 £425 +54.26% 2
Bristol -10 12 £360 - 4
Leeds +9 11 £250 -29.82% 1
Glasgow -17 10 £300 -21.05%
Warwickshire -5 9 £300 +3.53%
Nottinghamshire +21 8 £550 +69.23% 1
Edinburgh -17 8 £475 +31.03% 2
Bradford 0 7 £350 -6.66%
Manchester -4 7 £375 +25.00% 7
North East -15 7 £368 - 3
Tyne and Wear -19 7 £368 - 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -19 7 £368 - 3
Southampton - 7 £313 - 1
Nottingham +17 6 £513 +57.69% 1
Essex -2 6 £400 - 1
High Wycombe - 6 £243 - 1

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 2 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.

1 283 (30.59%) User Acceptance Testing
1 283 (30.59%) Test Scripting
2 232 (25.08%) Finance
3 203 (21.95%) Test Management
4 171 (18.49%) SQL
5 170 (18.38%) QA
6 161 (17.41%) ISEB
6 161 (17.41%) ISTQB
7 141 (15.24%) Oracle
7 141 (15.24%) HP Quality Center
8 131 (14.16%) HP
9 129 (13.95%) Security Cleared
10 123 (13.30%) Software Testing
11 111 (12.00%) Test Automation
11 111 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
12 104 (11.24%) SC Cleared
13 102 (11.03%) Microsoft
14 100 (10.81%) Performance Testing
15 99 (10.70%) Banking
16 94 (10.16%) Regression Testing
16 94 (10.16%) Windows
17 92 (9.95%) Project Management
18 90 (9.73%) .NET
19 83 (8.97%) UNIX
19 83 (8.97%) Stakeholder Management
20 81 (8.76%) Test Planning
21 80 (8.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
22 78 (8.43%) Java
23 72 (7.78%) Migration
24 71 (7.68%) Integration Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 2 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 (1.95%) WebLogic
1 18 (1.95%) SharePoint
2 12 (1.30%) SAS
3 10 (1.08%) Tomcat
4 9 (0.97%) Oracle Workflow
5 8 (0.86%) WebSphere
5 8 (0.86%) IIS
6 7 (0.76%) MS Exchange
7 6 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.43%) IBM Notes
9 3 (0.32%) CMS
10 2 (0.22%) Confluence
10 2 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2010
10 2 (0.22%) Node.js
10 2 (0.22%) Adobe CQ
11 1 (0.11%) Oracle Coherence
11 1 (0.11%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 48 (5.19%) MS Excel
2 34 (3.68%) MS Office
3 25 (2.70%) MS Visio
4 23 (2.49%) MS Project
5 9 (0.97%) MS PowerPoint
5 9 (0.97%) Spreadsheet
6 3 (0.32%) Final Cut Pro
7 2 (0.22%) Stata
Business Applications
1 31 (3.35%) Oracle EBS
2 8 (0.86%) Dynamics GP
2 8 (0.86%) Markit EDM
3 7 (0.76%) Remedy ITSM
3 7 (0.76%) Agresso
4 6 (0.65%) SAP ERP
4 6 (0.65%) Oracle Retail
4 6 (0.65%) Maximo
5 5 (0.54%) Dynamics CRM
5 5 (0.54%) Dynamics AX
5 5 (0.54%) BASE24
6 4 (0.43%) SAP FI
7 3 (0.32%) SAP FI/CO
7 3 (0.32%) SAP CO
7 3 (0.32%) SAP PM
7 3 (0.32%) SAP Oil and Gas
7 3 (0.32%) IntelliMatch
8 2 (0.22%) Summit
8 2 (0.22%) Temenos T24
8 2 (0.22%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 12 (1.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (0.32%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.11%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (0.11%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 44 (4.76%) TCP/IP
2 30 (3.24%) HTTPS
3 23 (2.49%) HTTP
3 23 (2.49%) Internet
4 20 (2.16%) Wireshark
5 19 (2.05%) SSL
6 17 (1.84%) DNS
7 14 (1.51%) LAN
8 11 (1.19%) WAN
9 10 (1.08%) Firewall
9 10 (1.08%) LTE
10 7 (0.76%) VLAN
11 6 (0.65%) GGSN
11 6 (0.65%) SGSN
11 6 (0.65%) LDAP
11 6 (0.65%) 3GPP
12 5 (0.54%) VPN
12 5 (0.54%) MPLS
12 5 (0.54%) SIGTRAN
12 5 (0.54%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (4.86%) SQL Server
2 41 (4.43%) Data Warehouse
3 28 (3.03%) Oracle Database
4 27 (2.92%) Oracle Reports
5 14 (1.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 14 (1.51%) Oracle Database 11g
6 13 (1.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 13 (1.41%) Big Data
7 12 (1.30%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 11 (1.19%) SQL Server 2008
9 10 (1.08%) Relational Database
10 8 (0.86%) Base SAS
11 6 (0.65%) SQL Navigator
12 5 (0.54%) Star Schema
12 5 (0.54%) MySQL
12 5 (0.54%) OLAP
12 5 (0.54%) SQL Server 2012
13 4 (0.43%) Hadoop
13 4 (0.43%) SAS Enterprise Guide
13 4 (0.43%) DB2
Development Applications
1 58 (6.27%) LoadRunner
1 58 (6.27%) Selenium
2 57 (6.16%) QuickTest Pro
3 36 (3.89%) JIRA
4 34 (3.68%) Cucumber
5 29 (3.14%) SoapUI
5 29 (3.14%) Team Foundation Server
6 25 (2.70%) JMeter
7 22 (2.38%) SpecFlow
8 18 (1.95%) JUnit
8 18 (1.95%) Visual Studio
9 16 (1.73%) Jenkins
10 15 (1.62%) TestDirector
10 15 (1.62%) WebDriver
11 14 (1.51%) FitNesse
12 12 (1.30%) Facilita Forecast
13 9 (0.97%) Git (software)
14 8 (0.86%) Toad
14 8 (0.86%) Maven
15 6 (0.65%) Oracle APEX
General
1 232 (25.08%) Finance
2 99 (10.70%) Banking
3 43 (4.65%) Retail
3 43 (4.65%) Investment Banking
4 30 (3.24%) Telecoms
5 22 (2.38%) Front Office
6 18 (1.95%) Back Office
7 16 (1.73%) Billing
8 11 (1.19%) Manufacturing
8 11 (1.19%) Marketing
9 9 (0.97%) Financial Institution
9 9 (0.97%) General Ledger
10 8 (0.86%) Local Government
10 8 (0.86%) Publishing
10 8 (0.86%) Automotive
11 7 (0.76%) Electronics
11 7 (0.76%) Retail Banking
12 5 (0.54%) Games
13 4 (0.43%) Legal
14 3 (0.32%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 294 (31.78%) Test Manager
2 249 (26.92%) Analyst
3 161 (17.41%) Test Analyst
4 119 (12.86%) Test Leader
5 102 (11.03%) Tester
6 69 (7.46%) Business Analyst
7 52 (5.62%) Test Engineer
8 34 (3.68%) Developer
9 25 (2.70%) Project Manager
10 24 (2.59%) Consultant
10 24 (2.59%) SAP Manager
11 23 (2.49%) Senior Analyst
11 23 (2.49%) SAP Test Manager
12 20 (2.16%) Senior Test Analyst
13 18 (1.95%) Performance Engineer
14 17 (1.84%) QA Analyst
15 16 (1.73%) QA Tester
15 16 (1.73%) Programme Manager
16 14 (1.51%) Architect
16 14 (1.51%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 90 (9.73%) .NET
2 68 (7.35%) Web Services
3 48 (5.19%) HTML
4 31 (3.35%) ASP.NET
5 30 (3.24%) XML
6 27 (2.92%) JSP
7 24 (2.59%) SOAP
8 14 (1.51%) RESTful
9 12 (1.30%) Gherkin
9 12 (1.30%) J2EE
9 12 (1.30%) Middleware
10 10 (1.08%) HTML5
11 8 (0.86%) CSS
12 7 (0.76%) REST
13 5 (0.54%) XSLT
13 5 (0.54%) J2SE
13 5 (0.54%) JSON
14 4 (0.43%) jQuery
14 4 (0.43%) .NET Framework
15 3 (0.32%) Ajax
Miscellaneous
1 26 (2.81%) Open Source
2 25 (2.70%) Derivative
3 23 (2.49%) Computer Science
4 18 (1.95%) NHS
5 17 (1.84%) Credit Risk
6 14 (1.51%) Equities
7 13 (1.41%) Client/Server
8 12 (1.30%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 12 (1.30%) Management Information System
8 12 (1.30%) Mathematics
9 11 (1.19%) Credit Derivative
9 11 (1.19%) GIS
10 10 (1.08%) Fixed Income
10 10 (1.08%) Statistics
11 8 (0.86%) CMDB
11 8 (0.86%) Mobile App
12 7 (0.76%) DTV
13 5 (0.54%) Mainframe
13 5 (0.54%) EMV
13 5 (0.54%) APACS
Operating Systems
1 94 (10.16%) Windows
2 83 (8.97%) UNIX
3 50 (5.41%) Linux
4 38 (4.11%) Windows Server 2003
5 33 (3.57%) Windows Server 2008
6 28 (3.03%) Windows 2000
6 28 (3.03%) Windows XP
7 22 (2.38%) Windows 7
8 12 (1.30%) Apple iOS
8 12 (1.30%) Android
8 12 (1.30%) Solaris
9 10 (1.08%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.65%) AIX
11 5 (0.54%) Oracle Linux
12 4 (0.43%) Windows NT
13 1 (0.11%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 283 (30.59%) User Acceptance Testing
1 283 (30.59%) Test Scripting
2 203 (21.95%) Test Management
3 123 (13.30%) Software Testing
4 111 (12.00%) Test Automation
4 111 (12.00%) Agile Software Development
5 100 (10.81%) Performance Testing
6 94 (10.16%) Regression Testing
7 92 (9.95%) Project Management
8 83 (8.97%) Stakeholder Management
9 81 (8.76%) Test Planning
10 72 (7.78%) Migration
11 71 (7.68%) Integration Testing
12 67 (7.24%) Scrum
13 66 (7.14%) Automated Testing
14 65 (7.03%) Validation
15 53 (5.73%) TDD
16 51 (5.51%) ETL
16 51 (5.51%) Business Intelligence
17 49 (5.30%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 171 (18.49%) SQL
2 78 (8.43%) Java
3 43 (4.65%) JavaScript
4 28 (3.03%) C#
5 24 (2.59%) Ruby
6 21 (2.27%) C
6 21 (2.27%) VBA
7 12 (1.30%) Shell Script
7 12 (1.30%) Scala
8 11 (1.19%) Python
8 11 (1.19%) Perl
9 10 (1.08%) PHP
9 10 (1.08%) VBScript
9 10 (1.08%) PowerShell
10 9 (0.97%) VB
11 8 (0.86%) PL/SQL
12 6 (0.65%) RPG
12 6 (0.65%) T-SQL
12 6 (0.65%) Bash Shell
13 3 (0.32%) SAS Macro
Qualifications
1 161 (17.41%) ISEB
1 161 (17.41%) ISTQB
2 129 (13.95%) Security Cleared
3 104 (11.24%) SC Cleared
4 80 (8.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 68 (7.35%) Degree
6 27 (2.92%) ISEB Practitioner
7 24 (2.59%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 21 (2.27%) DV Cleared
9 14 (1.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 14 (1.51%) MOS
10 8 (0.86%) CISSP
11 7 (0.76%) ITIL Certification
11 7 (0.76%) BC Cleared
12 6 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 6 (0.65%) Cisco Certification
13 5 (0.54%) CCNA
14 4 (0.43%) CISA
14 4 (0.43%) CISM
14 4 (0.43%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 170 (18.38%) QA
2 10 (1.08%) Basel III
3 9 (0.97%) SLA
4 6 (0.65%) EMIR
5 4 (0.43%) Dodd-Frank
5 4 (0.43%) Basel II
6 3 (0.32%) GxP
6 3 (0.32%) Solvency II
7 2 (0.22%) COREP
7 2 (0.22%) COBIT
7 2 (0.22%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 14443
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 7816
8 1 (0.11%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.11%) FINREP
8 1 (0.11%) CRD IV
System Software
1 20 (2.16%) Nmap
2 15 (1.62%) Active Directory
3 14 (1.51%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.97%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (0.65%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.32%) RACF
6 3 (0.32%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.32%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 141 (15.24%) HP Quality Center
2 20 (2.16%) Nessus
3 13 (1.41%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.65%) CORE IMPACT
5 5 (0.54%) Puppet
6 4 (0.43%) OpenView
6 4 (0.43%) Vagrant
7 3 (0.32%) SCCM
7 3 (0.32%) Oracle Identity Manager
8 1 (0.11%) HP SiteScope
8 1 (0.11%) OpenView Configuration Management
8 1 (0.11%) Control-M
8 1 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
8 1 (0.11%) Ansible
Vendors
1 141 (15.24%) Oracle
2 131 (14.16%) HP
3 102 (11.03%) Microsoft
4 66 (7.14%) SAP
5 16 (1.73%) IBM
6 15 (1.62%) VMware
7 12 (1.30%) Cisco
8 11 (1.19%) Salesforce.com
9 10 (1.08%) Informatica
10 9 (0.97%) Citrix
11 8 (0.86%) SolarWinds
12 7 (0.76%) Remedy
12 7 (0.76%) ESRI
12 7 (0.76%) BMC
13 6 (0.65%) CheckPoint
13 6 (0.65%) Splunk
14 5 (0.54%) Atlassian
14 5 (0.54%) JD Edwards
14 5 (0.54%) Siebel
14 5 (0.54%) Adobe
Berkshire
Venn Group - UK
Rate: 300-400 Per Day
Posted: 22 hours ago
London
Aston Carter
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 22 hours ago
Newport, Gwent
LA International
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Newport, Gwent
LA International
Rate: £350 - £450 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Belfast
Templeton and Partners - SAP & UK Account
Rate: £350 - 400 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Perth & Kinross
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £400.00 - £430.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
E-synergy Solutions
Rate: £200 - £300 per annum + benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £200 - £250.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
Experis Ltd
Rate: £400.00 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Experis Ltd
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Talent International
Rate: £250 - £325 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Orgtel
Rate: £550 - £650 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
City of London
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Slough
Orgtel
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
City of London
esynergy Solutions - UK
Rate: £350 - £375 per annum
Posted: 11 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Scottish Government
Rate: Up to £65,000 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago
City of London
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £400.00 - £420.00 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Birmingham
Jumar Solutions
Rate: £340 - £365 per day
Posted: 24 days ago