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 23 April 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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 203 256 212
Rank change year-on-year
+53 -44
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 559 355 512
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.99% 0.73% 0.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.35% 1.01% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 331 192 315
Average daily rate £375 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £564 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
- -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 16
Average hourly rate £42.25 £40.00 £37.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+5.62% +8.10%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.50 £34.40 £26.97
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £90.05 £45.73 £54.53
UK excluding London average hourly rate £43.50 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+8.75% +8.10%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
41264 35135 42029
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 73.38% 72.48% 69.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 25706 20929 23993
Average daily rate £400 £408 £410
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.84% -0.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £575 £588
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1171 1050 1421
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £26.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +19.62%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £32.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-4.68% +23.07%

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 23 April 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 23 April 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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
England +50 527 £375 -6.25% 98
London +21 190 £419 +2.19% 36
South East +11 115 £338 -15.62% 21
Yorkshire +9 51 £317 +5.66% 4
City of London 0 51 £444 -1.33% 15
South West +13 50 £351 +0.35% 11
West Yorkshire +15 48 £317 +5.66% 3
North West +6 44 £383 +29.66% 7
Hampshire +24 40 £335 -16.25% 1
Leeds +4 37 £235 -21.66% 1
East of England -17 35 £350 -36.36% 9
West Midlands -4 28 £400 +33.33% 2
Manchester +11 25 £329 +6.04% 3
Buckinghamshire +1 23 £338 -15.62%
Scotland +9 22 £338 - 9
Berkshire -9 21 £385 -3.75% 8
Somerset -3 18 £378 +37.27% 3
Lancashire - 15 £500 - 2
Bedfordshire -5 13 £375 +7.14%
Blackpool - 13 £535 -
Milton Keynes -8 12 £425 +7.93%
Wiltshire -11 12 £270 -24.47% 1
West Sussex +6 10 £369 - 1
Swindon -3 10 £263 -26.57% 1
Glasgow +5 9 £349 +3.33% 8
Bristol -18 9 £431 +7.81% 5
Cambridgeshire -17 8 £335 -25.50% 5
East Midlands -6 7 £275 -47.61% 6
Luton -7 7 £375 +7.14%
Surrey -16 7 £295 -43.26% 6

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 23 April 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.

1 273 (28.09%) Test Scripting
2 266 (27.37%) User Acceptance Testing
3 240 (24.69%) Finance
4 184 (18.93%) Test Management
5 162 (16.67%) Test Automation
6 161 (16.56%) QA
7 156 (16.05%) SQL
8 146 (15.02%) ISEB
9 144 (14.81%) Security Cleared
10 142 (14.61%) Agile Software Development
11 137 (14.09%) ISTQB
12 132 (13.58%) HP Quality Center
13 130 (13.37%) SC Cleared
14 120 (12.35%) Software Testing
15 115 (11.83%) Oracle
16 106 (10.91%) Banking
17 96 (9.88%) Performance Testing
18 95 (9.77%) Windows
19 92 (9.47%) .NET
20 91 (9.36%) HP
20 91 (9.36%) Selenium
21 89 (9.16%) Java
22 83 (8.54%) Integration Testing
23 80 (8.23%) Project Management
23 80 (8.23%) Stakeholder Management
24 79 (8.13%) Microsoft
25 75 (7.72%) UNIX
26 74 (7.61%) Scrum
26 74 (7.61%) TDD
27 70 (7.20%) SAP

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 26 (2.67%) SharePoint
2 16 (1.65%) WebSphere
3 14 (1.44%) IIS
4 13 (1.34%) MS Exchange
5 12 (1.23%) SAS
6 10 (1.03%) Confluence
7 8 (0.82%) Tomcat
7 8 (0.82%) WebLogic
8 7 (0.72%) BizTalk Server
8 7 (0.72%) Apache
9 6 (0.62%) IBM Notes
10 4 (0.41%) Lync
10 4 (0.41%) Node.js
11 3 (0.31%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
11 3 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2010
11 3 (0.31%) Exchange Server 2007
12 2 (0.21%) TPMS
13 1 (0.10%) Oracle Coherence
13 1 (0.10%) CMS
Applications
1 36 (3.70%) MS Excel
2 20 (2.06%) MS Office
3 17 (1.75%) MS Visio
4 16 (1.65%) MS Project
5 10 (1.03%) MS PowerPoint
6 9 (0.93%) Spreadsheet
7 2 (0.21%) Stata
Business Applications
1 24 (2.47%) Oracle EBS
2 15 (1.54%) Agresso
3 12 (1.23%) Maximo
4 11 (1.13%) Dynamics GP
5 7 (0.72%) SAP ERP
6 6 (0.62%) Remedy ITSM
7 5 (0.51%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.51%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.51%) Oracle Retail
8 4 (0.41%) Oracle 11i
9 3 (0.31%) SAP FI
9 3 (0.31%) SAP PM
9 3 (0.31%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.31%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.31%) SAP BPC
10 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
10 2 (0.21%) Cerner Millennium
10 2 (0.21%) SAP CRM
10 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
10 2 (0.21%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 20 (2.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 14 (1.44%) Cloud Computing
3 3 (0.31%) SaaS
4 1 (0.10%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 31 (3.19%) TCP/IP
2 25 (2.57%) WAN
3 24 (2.47%) LAN
4 23 (2.37%) HTTPS
5 18 (1.85%) DNS
6 17 (1.75%) Internet
6 17 (1.75%) SSL
6 17 (1.75%) HTTP
7 14 (1.44%) Wireshark
8 13 (1.34%) Firewall
8 13 (1.34%) Unified Communications
9 9 (0.93%) VoIP
10 8 (0.82%) LTE
10 8 (0.82%) PBX
11 7 (0.72%) Ethernet
12 6 (0.62%) VLAN
12 6 (0.62%) LDAP
12 6 (0.62%) ISUP
12 6 (0.62%) INAP
13 4 (0.41%) GGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 58 (5.97%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.81%) Data Warehouse
3 30 (3.09%) Oracle Database
4 23 (2.37%) Oracle Reports
5 20 (2.06%) Relational Database
6 14 (1.44%) SQL Server 2008
6 14 (1.44%) Big Data
7 12 (1.23%) MySQL
8 11 (1.13%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 9 (0.93%) Oracle Database 11g
10 8 (0.82%) SAS Enterprise Guide
10 8 (0.82%) Star Schema
11 7 (0.72%) DB2
11 7 (0.72%) Hadoop
11 7 (0.72%) MongoDB
12 6 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
12 6 (0.62%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 5 (0.51%) SAP BI
13 5 (0.51%) RDBMS
14 4 (0.41%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 91 (9.36%) Selenium
2 64 (6.58%) LoadRunner
3 57 (5.86%) JIRA
4 48 (4.94%) QuickTest Pro
5 42 (4.32%) Cucumber
6 35 (3.60%) JUnit
7 34 (3.50%) SoapUI
8 31 (3.19%) JMeter
9 28 (2.88%) Maven
9 28 (2.88%) Jenkins
10 23 (2.37%) FitNesse
11 21 (2.16%) Team Foundation Server
12 20 (2.06%) Visual Studio
12 20 (2.06%) WebDriver
13 16 (1.65%) Git (software)
14 11 (1.13%) Subversion
15 10 (1.03%) TestDirector
16 9 (0.93%) JBehave
16 9 (0.93%) SpecFlow
16 9 (0.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
General
1 240 (24.69%) Finance
2 106 (10.91%) Banking
3 45 (4.63%) Retail
4 43 (4.42%) Telecoms
5 40 (4.12%) Investment Banking
6 29 (2.98%) Games
7 17 (1.75%) Back Office
8 16 (1.65%) Billing
9 15 (1.54%) Front Office
10 13 (1.34%) Retail Banking
11 12 (1.23%) General Ledger
12 11 (1.13%) Publishing
13 9 (0.93%) Marketing
14 8 (0.82%) Manufacturing
15 6 (0.62%) Automotive
15 6 (0.62%) Financial Institution
16 5 (0.51%) Pharmaceutical
17 4 (0.41%) Local Government
18 3 (0.31%) Military
18 3 (0.31%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 318 (32.72%) Test Manager
2 235 (24.18%) Analyst
3 151 (15.53%) Test Analyst
4 112 (11.52%) Test Leader
5 98 (10.08%) Tester
6 71 (7.30%) Business Analyst
7 40 (4.12%) Test Engineer
8 37 (3.81%) Consultant
9 34 (3.50%) Architect
10 28 (2.88%) SAP Manager
11 27 (2.78%) Programme Manager
11 27 (2.78%) Senior Analyst
12 25 (2.57%) SAP Test Manager
13 24 (2.47%) QA Manager
13 24 (2.47%) Programme Test Manager
14 23 (2.37%) Senior Test Analyst
15 22 (2.26%) Test Consultant
15 22 (2.26%) Developer
16 21 (2.16%) Project Manager
17 16 (1.65%) Performance Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 92 (9.47%) .NET
2 64 (6.58%) Web Services
3 44 (4.53%) HTML
4 39 (4.01%) XML
5 29 (2.98%) ASP.NET
6 25 (2.57%) JSP
7 23 (2.37%) SOAP
8 21 (2.16%) Middleware
9 12 (1.23%) J2EE
10 8 (0.82%) Gherkin
10 8 (0.82%) CSS
11 6 (0.62%) REST
11 6 (0.62%) Apache CXF
11 6 (0.62%) Apache Camel
11 6 (0.62%) ActiveMQ
12 5 (0.51%) Hibernate
13 4 (0.41%) WPF
13 4 (0.41%) RESTful
13 4 (0.41%) Spring
13 4 (0.41%) JSF
Miscellaneous
1 22 (2.26%) Computer Science
2 19 (1.95%) Open Source
3 18 (1.85%) NHS
4 16 (1.65%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 16 (1.65%) Management Information System
5 15 (1.54%) Credit Risk
6 14 (1.44%) Enterprise Software
7 13 (1.34%) GIS
8 11 (1.13%) Derivative
9 10 (1.03%) Equities
9 10 (1.03%) Statistics
10 9 (0.93%) Mobile App
11 7 (0.72%) AS400
12 6 (0.62%) Mathematics
12 6 (0.62%) PACS
12 6 (0.62%) Mainframe
12 6 (0.62%) Blackberry
13 5 (0.51%) Smartcard
13 5 (0.51%) Client/Server
13 5 (0.51%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 95 (9.77%) Windows
2 75 (7.72%) UNIX
3 58 (5.97%) Linux
4 36 (3.70%) Windows Server 2003
5 33 (3.40%) Windows Server 2008
6 29 (2.98%) Windows XP
7 27 (2.78%) Windows 2000
8 20 (2.06%) Windows 7
9 6 (0.62%) Android
9 6 (0.62%) Apple iOS
9 6 (0.62%) Windows Server 2012
9 6 (0.62%) Solaris
10 5 (0.51%) VMS
11 4 (0.41%) AIX
12 3 (0.31%) Windows 8
12 3 (0.31%) Oracle Linux
13 2 (0.21%) Windows NT
14 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 273 (28.09%) Test Scripting
2 266 (27.37%) User Acceptance Testing
3 184 (18.93%) Test Management
4 162 (16.67%) Test Automation
5 142 (14.61%) Agile Software Development
6 120 (12.35%) Software Testing
7 96 (9.88%) Performance Testing
8 83 (8.54%) Integration Testing
9 80 (8.23%) Project Management
9 80 (8.23%) Stakeholder Management
10 74 (7.61%) Scrum
10 74 (7.61%) TDD
11 69 (7.10%) Automated Testing
12 60 (6.17%) Migration
12 60 (6.17%) System Testing
13 58 (5.97%) PRINCE2
14 56 (5.76%) Validation
15 53 (5.45%) Regression Testing
16 47 (4.84%) Waterfall
17 46 (4.73%) Data Modelling
Programming Languages
1 156 (16.05%) SQL
2 89 (9.16%) Java
3 55 (5.66%) C#
4 40 (4.12%) JavaScript
5 33 (3.40%) Python
6 29 (2.98%) C
7 22 (2.26%) C++
8 18 (1.85%) Perl
9 15 (1.54%) Shell Script
9 15 (1.54%) Ruby
10 10 (1.03%) PL/SQL
11 9 (0.93%) PHP
12 8 (0.82%) Groovy
12 8 (0.82%) T-SQL
13 7 (0.72%) VB
13 7 (0.72%) PowerShell
14 6 (0.62%) VBA
15 5 (0.51%) Tcl
16 4 (0.41%) SAS Macro
16 4 (0.41%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 146 (15.02%) ISEB
2 144 (14.81%) Security Cleared
3 137 (14.09%) ISTQB
4 130 (13.37%) SC Cleared
5 59 (6.07%) Degree
6 27 (2.78%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 22 (2.26%) ISEB Practitioner
7 22 (2.26%) DV Cleared
8 9 (0.93%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 7 (0.72%) APMP
10 5 (0.51%) ITIL Certification
10 5 (0.51%) ACCA
10 5 (0.51%) BC Cleared
11 4 (0.41%) CIMA
12 3 (0.31%) PMP
12 3 (0.31%) PMI Certification
12 3 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (0.31%) MOS
13 2 (0.21%) CTC Cleared
13 2 (0.21%) CCVP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 161 (16.56%) QA
2 4 (0.41%) Basel III
3 3 (0.31%) GxP
3 3 (0.31%) EMIR
3 3 (0.31%) Dodd-Frank
3 3 (0.31%) Solvency II
4 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
4 2 (0.21%) CRD IV
4 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.21%) COBIT
4 2 (0.21%) SLA
4 2 (0.21%) Basel II
5 1 (0.10%) ISO 9000
5 1 (0.10%) FINREP
System Software
1 14 (1.44%) Nmap
2 12 (1.23%) Active Directory
3 11 (1.13%) VMware Infrastructure
4 6 (0.62%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 4 (0.41%) XenApp
5 4 (0.41%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.31%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.31%) VMware ESX
6 3 (0.31%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.31%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 132 (13.58%) HP Quality Center
2 14 (1.44%) Nessus
3 8 (0.82%) Cisco CUCM
3 8 (0.82%) SCCM
3 8 (0.82%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 5 (0.51%) Puppet
5 4 (0.41%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.31%) OpenView
6 3 (0.31%) AppDNA
6 3 (0.31%) CORE IMPACT
7 1 (0.10%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.10%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 115 (11.83%) Oracle
2 91 (9.36%) HP
3 79 (8.13%) Microsoft
4 70 (7.20%) SAP
5 23 (2.37%) Cisco
6 22 (2.26%) Citrix
7 20 (2.06%) VMware
8 16 (1.65%) IBM
9 13 (1.34%) Informatica
10 9 (0.93%) Red Hat
10 9 (0.93%) Business Objects
10 9 (0.93%) JBoss
11 8 (0.82%) Nortel
11 8 (0.82%) Avaya
12 7 (0.72%) BMC
13 6 (0.62%) Murex
13 6 (0.62%) Salesforce.com
13 6 (0.62%) Remedy
13 6 (0.62%) Lotus
14 5 (0.51%) Cognos
South East London
Keystream Resources Limited
Rate: From £350 to £350 per day
Posted: 18 hours ago
Oxfordshire
Experis IT
Posted: 20 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Sanderson
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Posted: 23 hours ago
Warwick
Annapurna
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
Networking People
Rate: £250 - £251 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Taunton, Somerset
Reed Technology
Rate: £300 - £405 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £430.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Networking People
Posted: 6 days ago
City, London
Networking People
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow
Claremont Consulting Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Leyland, Lancashire
CDI Anders Elite Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
A&O IT Group Ltd
Rate: From £290 to £310 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per annum
Posted: 7 days ago
City of London
Annapurna
Rate: £350 - £425 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Lancashire
DP Connect
Rate: £415 - £550 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Dorset
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £300.00 - £400 per day
Posted: 14 days ago
Taunton, UK
IBS Consulting
Rate: Competitive rate
Posted: 19 days ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 21 days ago