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 25 September 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
25 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 271 227 298
Rank change year-on-year
-44 +71
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 468 623 411
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.88% 1.07% 0.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 1.33% 0.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 286 371 231
Median daily rate £389 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.81% +8.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £280 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £328
% change year-on-year
- +14.50%
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 £35.20
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
43985 46966 44712
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 83.15% 81.01% 77.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 29139 30711 27950
Median daily rate £440 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.52% +3.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £593 £580 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1137 1301 1222
Median hourly rate £31.00 £32.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-3.12% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £48.50 £53.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.64 £26.25
% change year-on-year
-3.38% +28.15%

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 25 September 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 25 September 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 -31 446 £389 -2.81% 64
London -34 162 £450 - 23
South East +13 91 £413 +10.00% 8
West Midlands +5 71 £364 -9.06% 3
Shropshire -14 30 £330 -26.66%
Hampshire +2 29 £435 +5.45% 4
Telford -17 28 £330 -26.66%
North East -32 26 £310 -33.68%
East of England +22 25 £325 +14.03% 12
North West -27 25 £406 +16.07% 6
Tyne and Wear -30 25 £310 -36.08%
Newcastle upon Tyne -31 24 £310 -36.08%
Buckinghamshire +31 20 £375 -
Berkshire +12 20 £450 +20.00% 3
South West +6 20 £350 -4.76% 3
Coventry +5 19 £373 +24.16%
Milton Keynes +23 15 £375 +3.44%
City of London -15 15 £475 +11.76% 7
Manchester -27 15 £403 +15.00% 3
Scotland -22 14 £375 -6.25% 1
West Yorkshire -4 13 £550 +39.68% 3
Yorkshire -6 13 £550 +30.02% 4
Portsmouth - 13 £464 -
Leeds -6 12 £550 +33.65% 2
Essex +12 11 £255 -36.25% 2
Reading +23 9 £588 +56.66%
Edinburgh -17 9 £400 -8.36% 1
Dorset +6 8 £350 -12.50%
Canary Wharf +2 8 - -
Bristol +1 8 £325 +7.08% 1

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 September 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.

1 358 (37.53%) Agile Software Development
2 233 (24.42%) User Acceptance Testing
3 214 (22.43%) Test Scripting
3 214 (22.43%) Finance
4 191 (20.02%) Test Management
5 169 (17.71%) QA
6 152 (15.93%) Test Automation
6 152 (15.93%) SQL
7 145 (15.20%) Java
8 115 (12.05%) Selenium
9 114 (11.95%) ISEB
10 112 (11.74%) Security Cleared
11 110 (11.53%) Defect Management
12 109 (11.43%) Scrum
13 106 (11.11%) Waterfall
14 104 (10.90%) ISTQB
14 104 (10.90%) Regression Testing
15 103 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
16 102 (10.69%) Automated Testing
17 101 (10.59%) Migration
18 100 (10.48%) Functional Testing
19 99 (10.38%) HP Quality Center
19 99 (10.38%) Banking
20 95 (9.96%) Microsoft
20 95 (9.96%) Performance Testing
21 90 (9.43%) System Integration Testing
22 89 (9.33%) Integration Testing
23 87 (9.12%) .NET
23 87 (9.12%) Oracle
23 87 (9.12%) Software Testing

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 16 (1.68%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.57%) Confluence
3 12 (1.26%) CMS
4 11 (1.15%) WebLogic
5 9 (0.94%) Elasticsearch
6 7 (0.73%) BizTalk Server
6 7 (0.73%) SAS
7 6 (0.63%) WebSphere
8 2 (0.21%) Apache Spark
8 2 (0.21%) JBoss
8 2 (0.21%) Skype for Business
8 2 (0.21%) Tomcat
9 1 (0.10%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.10%) Apache
9 1 (0.10%) Apache Pig
9 1 (0.10%) Documentum
9 1 (0.10%) IIS
9 1 (0.10%) SharePoint 2010
9 1 (0.10%) SharePoint 2013
9 1 (0.10%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 60 (6.29%) MS Excel
2 35 (3.67%) MS Office
3 27 (2.83%) MS PowerPoint
4 18 (1.89%) MS Visio
5 9 (0.94%) MS Project
6 2 (0.21%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 23 (2.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.94%) Dynamics AX
3 8 (0.84%) Oracle EBS
4 5 (0.52%) Oracle Applications
4 5 (0.52%) SAP ERP
4 5 (0.52%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.31%) LabWindows
5 3 (0.31%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.31%) SAP CRM
5 3 (0.31%) SAP PSCD
5 3 (0.31%) Temenos T24
6 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.21%) Payment Gateway
6 2 (0.21%) Remedy AR System
6 2 (0.21%) SAP FS
6 2 (0.21%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 2 (0.21%) Unit4 Business World
7 1 (0.10%) Eagle PACE
7 1 (0.10%) Hyperion Planning
7 1 (0.10%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 19 (1.99%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (1.89%) Microsoft Azure
3 12 (1.26%) SaaS
4 9 (0.94%) Google Cloud Platform
5 8 (0.84%) GitHub
6 6 (0.63%) PaaS
6 6 (0.63%) SuccessFactors
7 4 (0.42%) Google Play
7 4 (0.42%) Office 365
8 3 (0.31%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.21%) Cloud Computing
9 2 (0.21%) Force.com
10 1 (0.10%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 23 (2.41%) Internet
2 9 (0.94%) HTTP
2 9 (0.94%) Unified Communications
2 9 (0.94%) VPN
3 8 (0.84%) DSL
4 5 (0.52%) DNS
4 5 (0.52%) TCP/IP
5 3 (0.31%) 3G
5 3 (0.31%) Firewall
5 3 (0.31%) RS-422
5 3 (0.31%) Skype
6 2 (0.21%) 4G
6 2 (0.21%) LAN
6 2 (0.21%) LTE
6 2 (0.21%) MVNO
6 2 (0.21%) PBX
6 2 (0.21%) SMS
6 2 (0.21%) VoIP
6 2 (0.21%) WAN
6 2 (0.21%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 33 (3.46%) SQL Server
2 18 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
3 17 (1.78%) Oracle Reports
4 14 (1.47%) MySQL
5 13 (1.36%) Data Mining
6 11 (1.15%) Relational Database
7 9 (0.94%) Apache Cassandra
7 9 (0.94%) Oracle Database
8 8 (0.84%) Big Data
8 8 (0.84%) Hadoop
9 7 (0.73%) MongoDB
10 6 (0.63%) Amazon DynamoDB
10 6 (0.63%) Neo4j
10 6 (0.63%) Pentaho
10 6 (0.63%) Redis
11 5 (0.52%) IDMS
11 5 (0.52%) Oracle Database 10g
11 5 (0.52%) Oracle Database 11g
11 5 (0.52%) Oracle Discoverer
11 5 (0.52%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 115 (12.05%) Selenium
2 84 (8.81%) JIRA
3 48 (5.03%) Team Foundation Server
4 45 (4.72%) Cucumber
4 45 (4.72%) HP UFT
5 39 (4.09%) LoadRunner
6 38 (3.98%) SoapUI
7 35 (3.67%) Visual Studio
8 28 (2.94%) SpecFlow
9 24 (2.52%) Jenkins
9 24 (2.52%) JMeter
9 24 (2.52%) WebDriver
10 20 (2.10%) Git (software)
11 19 (1.99%) JUnit
12 14 (1.47%) Subversion
13 10 (1.05%) TestComplete
13 10 (1.05%) Zephyr
14 9 (0.94%) Appium
15 8 (0.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
15 8 (0.84%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 214 (22.43%) Finance
2 99 (10.38%) Banking
3 65 (6.81%) Retail
4 23 (2.41%) Legal
5 22 (2.31%) Investment Banking
6 21 (2.20%) Telecoms
7 14 (1.47%) Games
8 13 (1.36%) Retail Banking
9 11 (1.15%) Back Office
9 11 (1.15%) Front Office
10 6 (0.63%) Manufacturing
10 6 (0.63%) Marketing
10 6 (0.63%) Pharmaceutical
11 5 (0.52%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.52%) Multimedia
12 4 (0.42%) Automotive
12 4 (0.42%) Billing
12 4 (0.42%) Law
13 3 (0.31%) Local Government
13 3 (0.31%) Military
Job Titles
1 305 (31.97%) Test Manager
2 181 (18.97%) Analyst
3 133 (13.94%) Test Leader
4 131 (13.73%) Test Analyst
5 92 (9.64%) Tester
6 89 (9.33%) Developer
7 57 (5.97%) Programme Manager
8 43 (4.51%) Programme Test Manager
8 43 (4.51%) Test Programme Manager
9 39 (4.09%) Business Analyst
10 38 (3.98%) Test Engineer
11 36 (3.77%) Automation Tester
12 24 (2.52%) Architect
12 24 (2.52%) Senior Analyst
12 24 (2.52%) UAT Manager
12 24 (2.52%) UAT Test Manager
13 20 (2.10%) Agile Test Manager
13 20 (2.10%) SAP Manager
14 18 (1.89%) Project Manager
14 18 (1.89%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 87 (9.12%) .NET
2 46 (4.82%) Web Services
3 40 (4.19%) XML
4 30 (3.14%) SOAP
5 24 (2.52%) HTML
6 20 (2.10%) J2EE
7 19 (1.99%) Middleware
8 18 (1.89%) REST
9 16 (1.68%) CSS
10 14 (1.47%) Gherkin
11 13 (1.36%) .NET Framework
12 11 (1.15%) ASP.NET
13 9 (0.94%) RESTful
14 8 (0.84%) Apache Cordova
15 7 (0.73%) AngularJS
15 7 (0.73%) ASP.NET MVC
15 7 (0.73%) ASP.NET MVC 4
15 7 (0.73%) PhoneGap
15 7 (0.73%) WSDL
15 7 (0.73%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 68 (7.13%) Analytical Skills
2 24 (2.52%) Virtual Team
3 18 (1.89%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 15 (1.57%) Management Information System
5 14 (1.47%) Equities
5 14 (1.47%) Mobile App
6 13 (1.36%) Fixed Income
7 12 (1.26%) EPoS
8 11 (1.15%) Reference Data
9 10 (1.05%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
9 10 (1.05%) Performance Metrics
10 9 (0.94%) Smart Meter
11 8 (0.84%) Client/Server
11 8 (0.84%) Data Structures
11 8 (0.84%) Derivative
11 8 (0.84%) User Experience
12 7 (0.73%) ASIC
12 7 (0.73%) DTCC
12 7 (0.73%) iPad
13 6 (0.63%) Data Conversion
Operating Systems
1 72 (7.55%) Windows
2 65 (6.81%) Linux
3 47 (4.93%) Unix
4 15 (1.57%) AIX
4 15 (1.57%) Android
5 12 (1.26%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 11 (1.15%) VME
7 10 (1.05%) Windows Server
8 8 (0.84%) Apple iOS
9 6 (0.63%) Solaris
9 6 (0.63%) Windows 10
9 6 (0.63%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.52%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (0.42%) Embedded Linux
11 4 (0.42%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.21%) Fedora
13 1 (0.10%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 358 (37.53%) Agile Software Development
2 233 (24.42%) User Acceptance Testing
3 214 (22.43%) Test Scripting
4 191 (20.02%) Test Management
5 152 (15.93%) Test Automation
6 110 (11.53%) Defect Management
7 109 (11.43%) Scrum
8 106 (11.11%) Waterfall
9 104 (10.90%) Regression Testing
10 103 (10.80%) Stakeholder Management
11 102 (10.69%) Automated Testing
12 101 (10.59%) Migration
13 100 (10.48%) Functional Testing
14 95 (9.96%) Performance Testing
15 90 (9.43%) System Integration Testing
16 89 (9.33%) Integration Testing
17 87 (9.12%) Software Testing
18 80 (8.39%) Non-Functional Testing
19 71 (7.44%) Project Management
19 71 (7.44%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 152 (15.93%) SQL
2 145 (15.20%) Java
3 76 (7.97%) C#
4 52 (5.45%) C
5 33 (3.46%) C++
6 23 (2.41%) PL/SQL
7 18 (1.89%) F#
8 16 (1.68%) JavaScript
9 15 (1.57%) Perl
9 15 (1.57%) Ruby
10 14 (1.47%) COBOL
10 14 (1.47%) VBScript
11 12 (1.26%) Shell Script
12 10 (1.05%) PHP
12 10 (1.05%) Python
13 9 (0.94%) PowerShell
14 8 (0.84%) Tcl
14 8 (0.84%) VB
15 6 (0.63%) Bash Shell
16 4 (0.42%) Ada
Qualifications
1 114 (11.95%) ISEB
2 112 (11.74%) Security Cleared
3 104 (10.90%) ISTQB
4 84 (8.81%) SC Cleared
5 56 (5.87%) Degree
6 46 (4.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 26 (2.73%) DV Cleared
8 13 (1.36%) PMP
9 11 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
10 8 (0.84%) ISEB Practitioner
10 8 (0.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 4 (0.42%) DBS Check
11 4 (0.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
12 3 (0.31%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.21%) CCA
13 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.21%) OCP
13 2 (0.21%) Oracle Certification
13 2 (0.21%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 169 (17.71%) QA
2 12 (1.26%) MiFID
3 11 (1.15%) EMIR
4 8 (0.84%) Disclosure Scotland
4 8 (0.84%) SDET
5 7 (0.73%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 7 (0.73%) SLA
6 4 (0.42%) Dodd-Frank
6 4 (0.42%) JSP 440
7 3 (0.31%) GxP
7 3 (0.31%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.21%) COBIT
8 2 (0.21%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.21%) ISO 14001
8 2 (0.21%) ISO 9000
8 2 (0.21%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.21%) WCAG
9 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 17 (1.78%) Active Directory
2 14 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
3 11 (1.15%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (1.05%) vSphere
5 6 (0.63%) Docker
6 4 (0.42%) Veritas Cluster Server
7 1 (0.10%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 99 (10.38%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (0.94%) Opscode Chef
3 8 (0.84%) HP SiteScope
3 8 (0.84%) Puppet
4 5 (0.52%) Ansible
4 5 (0.52%) Control-M
5 3 (0.31%) SCCM
6 2 (0.21%) Cisco IPCC
6 2 (0.21%) Tivoli
7 1 (0.10%) CA Single Sign-On
7 1 (0.10%) Grafana
7 1 (0.10%) Graphite
7 1 (0.10%) HP Fortify
7 1 (0.10%) Oozie
Vendors
1 95 (9.96%) Microsoft
2 87 (9.12%) Oracle
3 84 (8.81%) HP
4 55 (5.77%) SAP
5 27 (2.83%) Pega
6 23 (2.41%) Informatica
6 23 (2.41%) VMware
7 16 (1.68%) IBM
8 14 (1.47%) Red Hat
9 13 (1.36%) Google
9 13 (1.36%) webMethods
10 11 (1.15%) Sybase
11 9 (0.94%) Citrix
11 9 (0.94%) ICL
11 9 (0.94%) WSO2
12 7 (0.73%) Guidewire
12 7 (0.73%) Xamarin
13 5 (0.52%) Dell
13 5 (0.52%) NetSuite
14 4 (0.42%) Adobe
London
IQ Public Sector
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Testing Circle Ltd
Rate: £325 - £400 per day + 6 - 12 MONTH ROLLING
Posted: 5 days ago
Bristol, Avon
Uniting Ambition
Rate: Market related
Posted: 3 days ago
London
Modis International
Rate: Market Rate
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Redrock Consulting Ltd
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Opilio Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
South East London
Hiring People
Rate: £450 - 500 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: £500 - £525 per annum
Posted: 3 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Interaction Recruitment PLC
Rate: £400 per year
Posted: 3 days ago
Winchester, Hampshire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Hursley
Rate: From £28,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 10 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: 26 days ago
Leicester, Leicestershire
IBM Client Innovation Centre - Leicester
Rate: From £36,500 to £52,600 per annum
Posted: 23 days ago
Hayes, Middlesex
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