The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised across the UK. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 27 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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
27 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 253 231 273
Rank change year-on-year
-22 +42
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 498 610 425
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.93% 1.05% 0.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.13% 1.30% 0.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 320 368 229
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £284 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 5
Median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £31.56
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.62% +1.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.20 £32.00 £31.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.80 £32.00 £44.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £31.56
% change year-on-year
+40.62% +1.41%

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
44125 46854 44293
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.77% 80.31% 78.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 29124 30464 27427
Median daily rate £438 £425 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.94% +4.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £595 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1091 1262 1199
Median hourly rate £28.50 £31.44 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.35% +31.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £52.17 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £33.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +26.92%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend

The demand trend of contract jobs citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 August 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
Top 30 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the UK over the 3 months to 27 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -25 472 £400 - 99
London -46 159 £450 - 32
South East -8 100 £413 +10.00% 24
West Midlands -9 64 £370 -7.50% 10
North East -5 47 £310 -33.68%
Tyne and Wear -2 45 £311 -35.82%
Newcastle upon Tyne -8 44 £313 -25.14%
Hampshire -5 31 £435 +5.45% 7
East of England +33 29 £375 +25.00% 6
South West +7 26 £350 -5.40% 6
Shropshire -16 26 £375 -16.66%
Berkshire +11 24 £450 +20.00% 8
Telford -14 24 £375 -16.66%
Scotland -17 16 £350 -13.84% 2
North West -34 16 £425 +21.42% 6
Buckinghamshire +7 15 £425 +13.33% 2
City of London -1 15 £475 +1.33% 9
Yorkshire -8 15 £497 +16.94% 8
Coventry -4 14 £373 +0.67% 3
Dorset +7 13 £350 -12.50% 2
Portsmouth -5 12 £464 +54.66%
West Yorkshire -6 12 £550 +29.41% 6
Leeds -9 11 £550 +29.41% 3
West Sussex -10 11 £270 -22.85% 1
Manchester -23 11 £438 +25.00% 4
Reading +22 10 £575 +55.93% 4
Milton Keynes +11 10 £450 +16.12% 2
Essex +11 10 £290 -27.50% 2
East Midlands 0 10 £375 +36.36% 7
Hertfordshire +11 9 £700 +108.95%

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 27 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 359 (35.58%) Agile Software Development
2 251 (24.88%) User Acceptance Testing
3 234 (23.19%) Finance
4 228 (22.60%) Test Scripting
5 196 (19.43%) Test Management
6 168 (16.65%) QA
7 157 (15.56%) SQL
8 153 (15.16%) Test Automation
9 147 (14.57%) Java
10 135 (13.38%) ISEB
10 135 (13.38%) Security Cleared
11 124 (12.29%) Defect Management
11 124 (12.29%) ISTQB
12 118 (11.69%) Selenium
13 111 (11.00%) Banking
13 111 (11.00%) Scrum
13 111 (11.00%) Migration
14 110 (10.90%) Regression Testing
14 110 (10.90%) Automated Testing
15 105 (10.41%) Waterfall
16 104 (10.31%) HP Quality Center
16 104 (10.31%) Functional Testing
17 103 (10.21%) Stakeholder Management
18 100 (9.91%) Software Testing
19 96 (9.51%) HP
19 96 (9.51%) SC Cleared
19 96 (9.51%) Performance Testing
20 95 (9.42%) Integration Testing
21 93 (9.22%) System Integration Testing
22 92 (9.12%) Microsoft

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 19 (1.88%) Confluence
2 14 (1.39%) SharePoint
2 14 (1.39%) WebLogic
3 11 (1.09%) Elasticsearch
4 9 (0.89%) CMS
5 8 (0.79%) SAS
6 5 (0.50%) BizTalk Server
7 3 (0.30%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 3 (0.30%) Apache Spark
7 3 (0.30%) Skype for Business
7 3 (0.30%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.20%) Apache
8 2 (0.20%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.20%) JBoss
8 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
8 2 (0.20%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.099%) Documentum
9 1 (0.099%) IIS
9 1 (0.099%) MS Exchange
9 1 (0.099%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 56 (5.55%) MS Excel
2 33 (3.27%) MS Office
3 24 (2.38%) MS PowerPoint
4 16 (1.59%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.89%) MS Project
6 2 (0.20%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 21 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
3 5 (0.50%) Oracle Applications
3 5 (0.50%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.50%) SAP ERP
3 5 (0.50%) SAP FI
3 5 (0.50%) Temenos T24
4 3 (0.30%) LabWindows
4 3 (0.30%) Markit EDM
4 3 (0.30%) SAP CRM
4 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.30%) SAP PSCD
5 2 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.20%) Payment Gateway
5 2 (0.20%) Remedy AR System
5 2 (0.20%) SAP FS
5 2 (0.20%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.099%) BusinessWorks
6 1 (0.099%) Oracle Financials
6 1 (0.099%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
2 20 (1.98%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (1.19%) SaaS
4 10 (0.99%) Google Cloud Platform
5 8 (0.79%) GitHub
6 6 (0.59%) PaaS
6 6 (0.59%) SuccessFactors
7 5 (0.50%) Cloud Computing
8 4 (0.40%) Google Play
9 3 (0.30%) Azure Active Directory
9 3 (0.30%) Office 365
10 2 (0.20%) Force.com
11 1 (0.099%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 25 (2.48%) Internet
2 11 (1.09%) VPN
3 10 (0.99%) HTTP
4 9 (0.89%) Unified Communications
5 6 (0.59%) VoIP
6 5 (0.50%) DNS
7 4 (0.40%) 3G
7 4 (0.40%) Firewall
7 4 (0.40%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.30%) 4G
8 3 (0.30%) LTE
8 3 (0.30%) MVNO
8 3 (0.30%) RS-422
8 3 (0.30%) Skype
8 3 (0.30%) SMS
8 3 (0.30%) SSH
8 3 (0.30%) SSL
8 3 (0.30%) Value-Added Service
9 2 (0.20%) SAN
9 2 (0.20%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (3.27%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.78%) Data Warehouse
3 17 (1.68%) MySQL
4 16 (1.59%) Data Mining
5 14 (1.39%) Oracle Reports
6 13 (1.29%) Hadoop
7 12 (1.19%) Big Data
7 12 (1.19%) Pentaho
8 11 (1.09%) Relational Database
9 9 (0.89%) Apache Cassandra
9 9 (0.89%) Oracle Database
10 8 (0.79%) MongoDB
11 7 (0.69%) Amazon DynamoDB
11 7 (0.69%) BusinessObjects
11 7 (0.69%) Neo4j
11 7 (0.69%) Redis
12 5 (0.50%) Oracle OWB
13 4 (0.40%) Oracle Database 11g
13 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Analysis Services
13 4 (0.40%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 118 (11.69%) Selenium
2 91 (9.02%) JIRA
3 52 (5.15%) HP UFT
4 51 (5.05%) Team Foundation Server
5 48 (4.76%) Cucumber
6 46 (4.56%) LoadRunner
6 46 (4.56%) SoapUI
7 35 (3.47%) Visual Studio
8 26 (2.58%) Jenkins
8 26 (2.58%) SpecFlow
9 23 (2.28%) WebDriver
10 22 (2.18%) JMeter
11 19 (1.88%) JUnit
12 18 (1.78%) Git (software)
13 12 (1.19%) Subversion
14 11 (1.09%) Zephyr
15 10 (0.99%) Appium
15 10 (0.99%) TestComplete
16 9 (0.89%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 9 (0.89%) Maven
General
1 234 (23.19%) Finance
2 111 (11.00%) Banking
3 68 (6.74%) Retail
4 32 (3.17%) Telecoms
5 23 (2.28%) Investment Banking
6 22 (2.18%) Retail Banking
7 17 (1.68%) Legal
8 15 (1.49%) Games
9 14 (1.39%) Back Office
10 12 (1.19%) Marketing
11 10 (0.99%) Front Office
12 7 (0.69%) Financial Institution
12 7 (0.69%) Manufacturing
13 6 (0.59%) Law
13 6 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.40%) Automotive
14 4 (0.40%) Electronics
14 4 (0.40%) General Ledger
14 4 (0.40%) Multimedia
14 4 (0.40%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 338 (33.50%) Test Manager
2 193 (19.13%) Analyst
3 147 (14.57%) Test Analyst
4 125 (12.39%) Test Leader
5 88 (8.72%) Developer
6 87 (8.62%) Tester
7 64 (6.34%) Programme Manager
8 50 (4.96%) Programme Test Manager
8 50 (4.96%) Test Programme Manager
9 39 (3.87%) Test Engineer
10 35 (3.47%) Automation Tester
11 31 (3.07%) Business Analyst
11 31 (3.07%) UAT Manager
11 31 (3.07%) UAT Test Manager
12 29 (2.87%) Architect
13 22 (2.18%) Consultant
13 22 (2.18%) SAP Manager
14 21 (2.08%) Designer
15 19 (1.88%) Performance Analyst
15 19 (1.88%) Performance Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 84 (8.33%) .NET
2 49 (4.86%) Web Services
3 46 (4.56%) XML
4 41 (4.06%) SOAP
5 22 (2.18%) HTML
6 18 (1.78%) J2EE
6 18 (1.78%) REST
7 16 (1.59%) CSS
8 15 (1.49%) Gherkin
9 14 (1.39%) WSDL
9 14 (1.39%) XSD
10 13 (1.29%) Middleware
11 11 (1.09%) .NET Framework
12 10 (0.99%) ASP.NET
13 8 (0.79%) RESTful
14 7 (0.69%) AngularJS
14 7 (0.69%) jQuery
15 6 (0.59%) Apache Cordova
16 5 (0.50%) ASP.NET MVC 4
16 5 (0.50%) PhoneGap
Miscellaneous
1 66 (6.54%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.38%) Virtual Team
3 16 (1.59%) Mobile App
4 15 (1.49%) Management Information System
5 12 (1.19%) Derivative
5 12 (1.19%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
6 11 (1.09%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 11 (1.09%) User Experience
7 10 (0.99%) EPoS
7 10 (0.99%) Performance Metrics
8 9 (0.89%) Client/Server
8 9 (0.89%) Data Integration
8 9 (0.89%) Equities
9 8 (0.79%) Data Structures
10 7 (0.69%) iPad
11 6 (0.59%) Credit Risk
11 6 (0.59%) Data Conversion
11 6 (0.59%) Smart Meter
12 5 (0.50%) Computer Science
12 5 (0.50%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 77 (7.63%) Windows
2 69 (6.84%) Linux
3 55 (5.45%) Unix
4 14 (1.39%) Android
5 13 (1.29%) AIX
6 12 (1.19%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (0.99%) VME
7 10 (0.99%) Windows Server
8 9 (0.89%) Apple iOS
9 6 (0.59%) Windows 10
9 6 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.50%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (0.40%) Solaris
11 4 (0.40%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.30%) Embedded Linux
13 2 (0.20%) Fedora
14 1 (0.099%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 359 (35.58%) Agile Software Development
2 251 (24.88%) User Acceptance Testing
3 228 (22.60%) Test Scripting
4 196 (19.43%) Test Management
5 153 (15.16%) Test Automation
6 124 (12.29%) Defect Management
7 111 (11.00%) Migration
7 111 (11.00%) Scrum
8 110 (10.90%) Automated Testing
8 110 (10.90%) Regression Testing
9 105 (10.41%) Waterfall
10 104 (10.31%) Functional Testing
11 103 (10.21%) Stakeholder Management
12 100 (9.91%) Software Testing
13 96 (9.51%) Performance Testing
14 95 (9.42%) Integration Testing
15 93 (9.22%) System Integration Testing
16 79 (7.83%) Non-Functional Testing
17 75 (7.43%) Project Management
18 74 (7.33%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 157 (15.56%) SQL
2 147 (14.57%) Java
3 79 (7.83%) C#
4 58 (5.75%) C
5 34 (3.37%) C++
6 20 (1.98%) JavaScript
7 19 (1.88%) F#
8 17 (1.68%) PL/SQL
8 17 (1.68%) Ruby
9 15 (1.49%) VBScript
10 13 (1.29%) Perl
11 11 (1.09%) PHP
11 11 (1.09%) Python
12 10 (0.99%) PowerShell
12 10 (0.99%) Shell Script
12 10 (0.99%) Tcl
12 10 (0.99%) VB
13 8 (0.79%) COBOL
14 7 (0.69%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.30%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 135 (13.38%) ISEB
1 135 (13.38%) Security Cleared
2 124 (12.29%) ISTQB
3 96 (9.51%) SC Cleared
4 62 (6.14%) Degree
5 54 (5.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 31 (3.07%) DV Cleared
7 14 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
8 12 (1.19%) ISEB Practitioner
8 12 (1.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 12 (1.19%) PMP
9 5 (0.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (0.40%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.20%) IIBA
11 2 (0.20%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
11 2 (0.20%) OCP
11 2 (0.20%) Oracle Certification
11 2 (0.20%) PMI Certification
11 2 (0.20%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 168 (16.65%) QA
2 8 (0.79%) Disclosure Scotland
3 7 (0.69%) Sarbanes-Oxley
3 7 (0.69%) SLA
4 6 (0.59%) SDET
5 5 (0.50%) COBIT
5 5 (0.50%) MiFID
6 4 (0.40%) EMIR
6 4 (0.40%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 4 (0.40%) JSP 440
6 4 (0.40%) WCAG
7 3 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
7 3 (0.30%) GxP
7 3 (0.30%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.20%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.20%) ISO 14001
9 1 (0.099%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 17 (1.68%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.59%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (0.99%) Virtual Machines
3 10 (0.99%) vSphere
4 6 (0.59%) Docker
5 5 (0.50%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 2 (0.20%) HDFS
7 1 (0.099%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 104 (10.31%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (0.89%) Puppet
3 8 (0.79%) HP SiteScope
4 7 (0.69%) Opscode Chef
5 5 (0.50%) Ansible
6 4 (0.40%) BMC PATROL
7 3 (0.30%) Control-M
7 3 (0.30%) Kibana
7 3 (0.30%) logstash
7 3 (0.30%) OPNET
7 3 (0.30%) SCCM
7 3 (0.30%) SCOM
8 2 (0.20%) Amdocs OSS
8 2 (0.20%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.20%) Oozie
8 2 (0.20%) Tivoli
9 1 (0.099%) CA Single Sign-On
9 1 (0.099%) Cisco UCCE
9 1 (0.099%) Graphite
9 1 (0.099%) Opsview
Vendors
1 96 (9.51%) HP
2 92 (9.12%) Microsoft
2 92 (9.12%) Oracle
3 58 (5.75%) SAP
4 26 (2.58%) Informatica
5 25 (2.48%) Pega
6 24 (2.38%) VMware
7 19 (1.88%) IBM
8 15 (1.49%) Red Hat
9 14 (1.39%) Google
10 13 (1.29%) webMethods
11 11 (1.09%) Sybase
12 9 (0.89%) Citrix
12 9 (0.89%) Cloudera
12 9 (0.89%) WSO2
13 8 (0.79%) ICL
14 6 (0.59%) Adobe
14 6 (0.59%) ServiceNow
15 5 (0.50%) Cisco
15 5 (0.50%) Temenos
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified Market rates
Posted: 3 days ago
Woking, Surrey
IntaPeople
Rate: £350 - £380 per day
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Venn Group
Posted: Yesterday
South East London
Hiring People
Rate: £450 - 500 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 5 days ago
Greater Manchester
Opus Recruitment Solutions Ltd
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 5 days ago
Maidenhead, Berkshire
Digitech Resourcing Ltd
Rate: From £400 to £550 per day for 6 Months rolling
Posted: Yesterday
Coventry, West Midlands (County)
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £400.00 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Bournemouth, Dorset
Circle Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £350 - £425 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £434.99 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Dorset
Initi8 Recruitment
Rate: £350 - £400 Per Day
Posted: 4 days ago
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Cambridge Assessment
Rate: Up to £77,000 per annum
Posted: 17 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Hursley
Rate: From £28,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Leicester
Rate: From £36,500 to £52,600 per annum
Posted: 23 days ago
Swindon, Wiltshire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Thames Valley
Rate: From £33,899 to £60,774 per annum or more for exceptional candidates
Posted: 25 days ago
Wokingham
Eligo Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 23 days ago
London
Next Ventures Limited
Rate: £0 - £500+ per day
Posted: 11 days ago
London
Hays Finance Technology
Rate: £600.00 per day
Posted: 2 days ago