The first table below looks at the demand 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 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category.

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
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 249 268 215
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -53
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 430 364 474
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.79% 0.71% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 0.98% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 231 193 308
Average daily rate
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£373 £405 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.02% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £271 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £542
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £388
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 4 2
Average hourly rate £33.78 £38.25 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.69% +35.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.53 £35.00 £20.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £49.55 £35.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.78 £35.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-3.49% +84.21%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40487 37295 40755
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.10% 72.93% 70.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 25009 22626 23492
Average daily rate £400 £401 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.12% +0.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1153 1056 1466
Average hourly rate £23.00 £30.00 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-23.33% -3.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.51 £12.50 £13.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £45.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-19.35% -

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 1 August 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 1 August 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 1 August 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 +35 396 £375 -11.76% 100
London +24 179 £420 -6.66% 42
South East +7 76 £325 -23.52% 19
City of London +31 53 £394 -19.23% 16
East of England +6 33 £393 +8.27% 3
South West -17 31 £360 -7.69% 7
Hampshire +7 28 £313 -23.54% 3
Yorkshire +13 24 £275 -21.42% 13
Scotland -14 23 £300 -20.52% 5
Bristol -5 18 £425 - 3
Berkshire -11 18 £350 -20.45% 4
West Midlands -19 17 £315 -13.40% 4
West Yorkshire +7 16 £275 -21.42% 10
East Midlands -4 16 £400 +45.19% 2
Buckinghamshire +10 15 £325 -17.19% 3
Leeds +6 12 £250 -28.57% 5
North West -15 11 £350 -11.39% 8
Edinburgh -16 11 £463 +28.11% 2
Glasgow -2 9 £300 -21.05%
Nottinghamshire +23 8 £425 -
Southampton - 8 £313 -
Manchester -1 7 £350 -10.25% 4
Newcastle upon Tyne -9 7 £375 -
Tyne and Wear -11 7 £375 -
North East -14 7 £375 - 1
Ipswich -8 6 £250 -
Suffolk -13 6 £250 -
Northamptonshire - 6 £400 -
Northampton - 6 £400 -
Nottingham +19 5 £425 -

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 1 August 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.

1 315 (31.47%) Test Scripting
2 314 (31.37%) User Acceptance Testing
3 240 (23.98%) Finance
4 217 (21.68%) Test Management
5 183 (18.28%) SQL
6 182 (18.18%) ISEB
7 179 (17.88%) QA
8 170 (16.98%) ISTQB
9 153 (15.28%) HP Quality Center
10 148 (14.79%) Security Cleared
11 146 (14.59%) Oracle
12 137 (13.69%) Test Automation
13 133 (13.29%) HP
14 132 (13.19%) Software Testing
15 124 (12.39%) SC Cleared
16 122 (12.19%) Agile Software Development
17 108 (10.79%) Windows
18 104 (10.39%) Performance Testing
19 100 (9.99%) Banking
20 99 (9.89%) .NET
21 98 (9.79%) Microsoft
22 93 (9.29%) Project Management
22 93 (9.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
23 90 (8.99%) Stakeholder Management
24 88 (8.79%) UNIX
25 84 (8.39%) Java
26 83 (8.29%) Integration Testing
27 72 (7.19%) SAP
27 72 (7.19%) Web Services
27 72 (7.19%) Automated Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 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 22 (2.20%) SharePoint
2 17 (1.70%) WebLogic
3 13 (1.30%) SAS
4 11 (1.10%) MS Exchange
5 9 (0.90%) Tomcat
6 7 (0.70%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (0.70%) IBM Notes
6 7 (0.70%) IIS
6 7 (0.70%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.50%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.30%) Node.js
9 2 (0.20%) CMS
9 2 (0.20%) Adobe CQ
9 2 (0.20%) Lync
9 2 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2010
10 1 (0.100%) Oracle Coherence
10 1 (0.100%) Exchange Server 2007
10 1 (0.100%) TPMS
10 1 (0.100%) Confluence
10 1 (0.100%) ArcGIS
Applications
1 46 (4.60%) MS Excel
2 34 (3.40%) MS Office
3 22 (2.20%) MS Visio
4 20 (2.00%) MS Project
5 9 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
6 8 (0.80%) MS PowerPoint
7 2 (0.20%) Stata
7 2 (0.20%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 33 (3.30%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.20%) Maximo
3 9 (0.90%) Agresso
4 8 (0.80%) Dynamics GP
4 8 (0.80%) Markit EDM
5 7 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.60%) SAP ERP
7 5 (0.50%) Oracle Retail
7 5 (0.50%) BASE24
7 5 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
8 4 (0.40%) SAP FI
9 3 (0.30%) IntelliMatch
9 3 (0.30%) SAP PM
9 3 (0.30%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.30%) SAP CRM
9 3 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.30%) Dynamics CRM
9 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 2 (0.20%) Dynamics NAV
10 2 (0.20%) SAP Retail
Cloud Services
1 13 (1.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 8 (0.80%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.100%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (4.60%) TCP/IP
2 34 (3.40%) HTTPS
3 27 (2.70%) LAN
4 24 (2.40%) WAN
4 24 (2.40%) HTTP
5 23 (2.30%) DNS
5 23 (2.30%) SSL
6 20 (2.00%) Internet
7 18 (1.80%) Wireshark
8 14 (1.40%) Firewall
9 10 (1.00%) LTE
10 9 (0.90%) MPLS
11 8 (0.80%) VLAN
11 8 (0.80%) LDAP
11 8 (0.80%) Ethernet
12 7 (0.70%) GGSN
12 7 (0.70%) SGSN
13 6 (0.60%) SIGTRAN
14 5 (0.50%) VPN
14 5 (0.50%) 3GPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 50 (5.00%) SQL Server
2 47 (4.70%) Data Warehouse
3 31 (3.10%) Oracle Database
4 28 (2.80%) Oracle Reports
5 17 (1.70%) Relational Database
6 16 (1.60%) Big Data
7 13 (1.30%) Oracle Database 11g
7 13 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
8 11 (1.10%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 10 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (1.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.70%) Base SAS
10 7 (0.70%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.50%) SAS Enterprise Guide
11 5 (0.50%) SAP BI
11 5 (0.50%) Star Schema
12 4 (0.40%) Oracle OWB
12 4 (0.40%) MySQL
12 4 (0.40%) SQL Navigator
12 4 (0.40%) SAS Data Integration Studio
Development Applications
1 71 (7.09%) Selenium
2 62 (6.19%) LoadRunner
3 61 (6.09%) QuickTest Pro
4 45 (4.50%) JIRA
5 43 (4.30%) Cucumber
6 32 (3.20%) SoapUI
7 30 (3.00%) Team Foundation Server
8 25 (2.50%) JUnit
9 24 (2.40%) JMeter
9 24 (2.40%) Jenkins
9 24 (2.40%) SpecFlow
10 23 (2.30%) Visual Studio
11 21 (2.10%) FitNesse
12 14 (1.40%) TestDirector
13 13 (1.30%) Maven
14 11 (1.10%) WebDriver
15 9 (0.90%) Facilita Forecast
16 7 (0.70%) Oracle APEX
16 7 (0.70%) Git (software)
17 6 (0.60%) Toad
General
1 240 (23.98%) Finance
2 100 (9.99%) Banking
3 41 (4.10%) Retail
4 40 (4.00%) Investment Banking
5 33 (3.30%) Telecoms
6 23 (2.30%) Back Office
7 18 (1.80%) Billing
8 16 (1.60%) Front Office
9 13 (1.30%) General Ledger
10 11 (1.10%) Publishing
10 11 (1.10%) Marketing
11 9 (0.90%) Manufacturing
11 9 (0.90%) Retail Banking
12 8 (0.80%) Local Government
12 8 (0.80%) Games
12 8 (0.80%) Financial Institution
13 7 (0.70%) Electronics
14 5 (0.50%) Automotive
15 4 (0.40%) Legal
16 3 (0.30%) French Language
Job Titles
1 326 (32.57%) Test Manager
2 272 (27.17%) Analyst
3 186 (18.58%) Test Analyst
4 141 (14.09%) Test Leader
5 109 (10.89%) Tester
6 69 (6.89%) Business Analyst
7 43 (4.30%) Test Engineer
8 28 (2.80%) Consultant
9 26 (2.60%) SAP Manager
10 25 (2.50%) Project Manager
11 24 (2.40%) Senior Analyst
11 24 (2.40%) SAP Test Manager
12 23 (2.30%) Developer
13 22 (2.20%) Architect
13 22 (2.20%) Senior Test Analyst
14 18 (1.80%) Test Consultant
15 17 (1.70%) Senior Manager
15 17 (1.70%) QA Tester
16 16 (1.60%) Performance Engineer
16 16 (1.60%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 99 (9.89%) .NET
2 72 (7.19%) Web Services
3 44 (4.40%) HTML
4 33 (3.30%) ASP.NET
4 33 (3.30%) XML
5 29 (2.90%) JSP
6 22 (2.20%) SOAP
7 14 (1.40%) Gherkin
8 13 (1.30%) J2EE
9 12 (1.20%) Middleware
10 7 (0.70%) RESTful
10 7 (0.70%) REST
11 6 (0.60%) CSS
11 6 (0.60%) HTML5
12 5 (0.50%) XSLT
13 4 (0.40%) .NET Framework
13 4 (0.40%) JSF
13 4 (0.40%) J2SE
14 3 (0.30%) Sass
14 3 (0.30%) Mustache
Miscellaneous
1 27 (2.70%) Open Source
2 25 (2.50%) Computer Science
3 22 (2.20%) NHS
4 20 (2.00%) Derivative
5 19 (1.90%) Credit Risk
6 16 (1.60%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 15 (1.50%) Management Information System
8 13 (1.30%) GIS
9 12 (1.20%) Mathematics
10 11 (1.10%) Mobile App
10 11 (1.10%) Equities
11 10 (1.00%) Statistics
11 10 (1.00%) Client/Server
12 8 (0.80%) Fixed Income
12 8 (0.80%) CMDB
13 7 (0.70%) Credit Derivative
14 6 (0.60%) PACS
14 6 (0.60%) Blackberry
14 6 (0.60%) DTV
14 6 (0.60%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 108 (10.79%) Windows
2 88 (8.79%) UNIX
3 55 (5.49%) Linux
4 41 (4.10%) Windows Server 2003
5 37 (3.70%) Windows Server 2008
6 30 (3.00%) Windows 2000
6 30 (3.00%) Windows XP
7 26 (2.60%) Windows 7
8 15 (1.50%) Android
8 15 (1.50%) Apple iOS
9 12 (1.20%) Windows Server 2012
10 11 (1.10%) Solaris
11 6 (0.60%) AIX
12 4 (0.40%) Windows NT
12 4 (0.40%) VMS
12 4 (0.40%) Oracle Linux
13 1 (0.100%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 315 (31.47%) Test Scripting
2 314 (31.37%) User Acceptance Testing
3 217 (21.68%) Test Management
4 137 (13.69%) Test Automation
5 132 (13.19%) Software Testing
6 122 (12.19%) Agile Software Development
7 104 (10.39%) Performance Testing
8 93 (9.29%) Project Management
9 90 (8.99%) Stakeholder Management
10 83 (8.29%) Integration Testing
11 72 (7.19%) Automated Testing
12 69 (6.89%) Scrum
13 68 (6.79%) Migration
14 64 (6.39%) Validation
15 62 (6.19%) TDD
16 55 (5.49%) Regression Testing
17 53 (5.29%) Business Intelligence
18 50 (5.00%) Waterfall
19 48 (4.80%) PRINCE2
20 43 (4.30%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 183 (18.28%) SQL
2 84 (8.39%) Java
3 40 (4.00%) JavaScript
4 39 (3.90%) C#
5 21 (2.10%) Ruby
5 21 (2.10%) C
6 20 (2.00%) VBA
7 14 (1.40%) Shell Script
8 12 (1.20%) VB
9 11 (1.10%) VBScript
10 10 (1.00%) Python
10 10 (1.00%) Perl
10 10 (1.00%) PHP
10 10 (1.00%) PowerShell
11 6 (0.60%) PL/SQL
11 6 (0.60%) T-SQL
11 6 (0.60%) Bash Shell
12 5 (0.50%) Scala
13 4 (0.40%) RPG
13 4 (0.40%) C++
Qualifications
1 182 (18.18%) ISEB
2 170 (16.98%) ISTQB
3 148 (14.79%) Security Cleared
4 124 (12.39%) SC Cleared
5 93 (9.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 68 (6.79%) Degree
7 31 (3.10%) ISEB Practitioner
8 24 (2.40%) DV Cleared
9 22 (2.20%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 21 (2.10%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 14 (1.40%) MOS
12 7 (0.70%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 7 (0.70%) ITIL Certification
12 7 (0.70%) CISSP
13 6 (0.60%) Cisco Certification
13 6 (0.60%) BC Cleared
14 4 (0.40%) CCNA
14 4 (0.40%) CISA
14 4 (0.40%) CISM
14 4 (0.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 179 (17.88%) QA
2 10 (1.00%) SLA
3 9 (0.90%) Basel III
4 5 (0.50%) EMIR
5 4 (0.40%) Basel II
5 4 (0.40%) Solvency II
6 3 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
6 3 (0.30%) GxP
7 2 (0.20%) COBIT
7 2 (0.20%) COREP
8 1 (0.100%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.100%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.100%) FINREP
8 1 (0.100%) CRD IV
System Software
1 21 (2.10%) Nmap
2 18 (1.80%) Active Directory
3 17 (1.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (0.60%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.30%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.30%) HDFS
6 3 (0.30%) RACF
6 3 (0.30%) VMware ESX
7 2 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
8 1 (0.100%) XenApp
8 1 (0.100%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 153 (15.28%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (2.10%) Nessus
3 13 (1.30%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.60%) CORE IMPACT
5 4 (0.40%) OpenView
5 4 (0.40%) SCCM
6 3 (0.30%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 3 (0.30%) Puppet
6 3 (0.30%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.100%) HP SiteScope
7 1 (0.100%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.100%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.100%) Control-M
Vendors
1 146 (14.59%) Oracle
2 133 (13.29%) HP
3 98 (9.79%) Microsoft
4 72 (7.19%) SAP
5 20 (2.00%) Cisco
5 20 (2.00%) VMware
6 17 (1.70%) Citrix
6 17 (1.70%) IBM
7 15 (1.50%) Informatica
8 8 (0.80%) Nortel
8 8 (0.80%) Avaya
8 8 (0.80%) CheckPoint
8 8 (0.80%) BMC
8 8 (0.80%) SolarWinds
9 7 (0.70%) ESRI
9 7 (0.70%) Lotus
9 7 (0.70%) Salesforce.com
9 7 (0.70%) Remedy
10 6 (0.60%) JD Edwards
11 5 (0.50%) Splunk
London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 6 hours ago
West Midlands
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Volt
Rate: £350.00 - £420.00 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
Worthing, West Sussex
Experis Ltd
Rate: Market Rates
Posted: Yesterday
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Hydrogen Group
Rate: £330.00 - £370.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Sanderson
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
London
FIRST POINT IT RESOURCING
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £40000.00 - £45000.00 per annum + benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
MBA Ltd
Rate: negotiable
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Eaglecliff
Rate: From £450 to £515 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Gosport, Hampshire
LA International
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Opus Resourcing Ltd
Rate: £32000 - £45000 per annum + Bens + Bonus to 20%
Posted: 3 days ago
London
ARC IT Recruitment Ltd
Posted: 3 days ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: Up to £375 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Spring Technology
Posted: 3 days ago
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Bristol
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum + competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
University of Leeds
Rate: From £38,511 to £45,854 per annum
Posted: 10 days ago
South East England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 11 days ago