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 8 December 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
8 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 302 243 254
Rank change year-on-year
-59 +11
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 364 540 484
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.73% 0.98% 0.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 1.20% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 322 299
Median daily rate £413 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.85% +1.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
- +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 6 5
Median hourly rate £44.50 £48.00 £32.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.29% +47.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.38 £41.00 £21.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.00 £60.00 £59.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £48.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-7.29% +47.69%

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
41059 44815 43569
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.50% 81.16% 77.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 27372 29040 28392
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.88% +1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1078 1342 1199
Median hourly rate £30.00 £31.44 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.58% +25.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +40.00%

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 8 December 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
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 8 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the UK over the 3 months to 8 December 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 -48 347 £413 +1.85% 82
London -40 159 £450 +5.88% 33
South East +15 54 £375 +7.14% 10
West Midlands -8 39 £418 -1.76% 5
North West -17 26 £400 -13.51% 6
Shropshire 0 22 £450 -8.86% 2
Telford -9 18 £450 -8.86% 2
East of England -5 17 £388 -3.12% 15
City of London -24 17 £438 +16.66% 9
East Midlands -4 16 £425 +25.92% 3
Hampshire +14 15 £375 +1.69% 2
West Sussex +18 14 £265 +6.00% 2
Scotland -4 14 £425 -5.55% 2
Northamptonshire -7 13 £425 +41.66%
Northampton 0 12 £425 -
South West +14 11 £340 -15.00% 4
Tyne and Wear -48 11 £318 -29.27%
North East -51 11 £318 -29.27%
Manchester -19 10 £438 +18.24% 3
Newcastle upon Tyne -49 10 £318 -31.18%
Canary Wharf +10 9 - -
Lancashire -4 9 £363 -32.24%
Yorkshire -23 9 £475 +8.57% 6
Surrey +16 8 £398 -8.88% 2
Hertfordshire 0 8 £413 -8.33% 2
Blackpool -13 8 £363 -32.24%
Bristol +10 6 £350 +2.94%
Edinburgh +8 6 £550 +22.22% 1
Berkshire +7 6 £385 -9.41% 1
Cheshire +13 5 £413 -19.51% 2

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 8 December 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.

1 330 (38.19%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (21.06%) User Acceptance Testing
3 181 (20.95%) Test Scripting
4 178 (20.60%) Finance
5 157 (18.17%) SQL
6 150 (17.36%) Test Automation
7 140 (16.20%) Test Management
8 137 (15.86%) QA
9 133 (15.39%) Java
10 122 (14.12%) Selenium
11 108 (12.50%) Automated Testing
12 107 (12.38%) Regression Testing
13 106 (12.27%) Oracle
14 104 (12.04%) Migration
15 103 (11.92%) Stakeholder Management
16 98 (11.34%) Microsoft
17 96 (11.11%) Scrum
18 94 (10.88%) .NET
19 91 (10.53%) Functional Testing
20 85 (9.84%) Waterfall
20 85 (9.84%) HP
21 84 (9.72%) Process Improvement
21 84 (9.72%) Security Cleared
22 83 (9.61%) System Integration Testing
23 81 (9.38%) BDD
23 81 (9.38%) HP Quality Center
23 81 (9.38%) JIRA
24 80 (9.26%) ISTQB
24 80 (9.26%) ISEB
25 79 (9.14%) C#

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 (2.20%) Confluence
2 16 (1.85%) SharePoint
3 15 (1.74%) WebLogic
4 13 (1.50%) CMS
5 10 (1.16%) BizTalk Server
6 8 (0.93%) Elasticsearch
6 8 (0.93%) Tomcat
7 6 (0.69%) SAS
7 6 (0.69%) WebSphere
8 4 (0.46%) Oracle Application Server
9 3 (0.35%) JBoss
10 2 (0.23%) Documentum
10 2 (0.23%) SAP Portal
10 2 (0.23%) Skype for Business
11 1 (0.12%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 1 (0.12%) Apache
11 1 (0.12%) ArcGIS
11 1 (0.12%) NServiceBus
11 1 (0.12%) OpenStack
11 1 (0.12%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 71 (8.22%) MS Excel
2 34 (3.94%) MS Office
3 30 (3.47%) MS PowerPoint
4 20 (2.31%) MS Visio
5 12 (1.39%) MS Project
6 2 (0.23%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 18 (2.08%) Oracle EBS
2 17 (1.97%) Dynamics CRM
3 9 (1.04%) Dynamics AX
3 9 (1.04%) Oracle EBS R12
4 8 (0.93%) SAP FI
5 7 (0.81%) Oracle Applications
6 6 (0.69%) SAP ERP
7 5 (0.58%) SAP CO
7 5 (0.58%) SAP FI/CO
8 4 (0.46%) LabWindows
8 4 (0.46%) SAP PSCD
8 4 (0.46%) SAP WM
9 3 (0.35%) Markit EDM
9 3 (0.35%) SAP CRM
10 2 (0.23%) Hyperion Planning
10 2 (0.23%) Loan IQ
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle Cash Management
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle ERP
10 2 (0.23%) Oracle Payables
10 2 (0.23%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 20 (2.31%) Amazon AWS
2 18 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (1.97%) SaaS
4 11 (1.27%) PaaS
5 6 (0.69%) IaaS
6 4 (0.46%) Google Cloud Platform
6 4 (0.46%) Office 365
7 3 (0.35%) Azure Active Directory
8 2 (0.23%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.23%) Boomi
8 2 (0.23%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.23%) Force.com
8 2 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
9 1 (0.12%) Amazon EC2
9 1 (0.12%) AWS CloudFormation
9 1 (0.12%) AWS CloudTrail
9 1 (0.12%) GitHub
9 1 (0.12%) Taleo
9 1 (0.12%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 21 (2.43%) Internet
2 9 (1.04%) Unified Communications
3 8 (0.93%) DSL
4 6 (0.69%) VPN
5 5 (0.58%) DNS
5 5 (0.58%) TCP/IP
6 4 (0.46%) Ethernet
6 4 (0.46%) Network Security
6 4 (0.46%) RS-422
7 3 (0.35%) BGP
7 3 (0.35%) HSRP
7 3 (0.35%) MPLS
7 3 (0.35%) OSPF
7 3 (0.35%) PPP
7 3 (0.35%) Skype
8 2 (0.23%) HTTP
8 2 (0.23%) PBX
9 1 (0.12%) GSM
9 1 (0.12%) Intranet
9 1 (0.12%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 38 (4.40%) SQL Server
2 24 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
3 23 (2.66%) Oracle Reports
4 14 (1.62%) Oracle Database
5 12 (1.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
6 11 (1.27%) MySQL
7 9 (1.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 8 (0.93%) Oracle Database 11g
8 8 (0.93%) SQL Server Analysis Services
9 7 (0.81%) Apache Cassandra
10 6 (0.69%) Big Data
10 6 (0.69%) BusinessObjects
10 6 (0.69%) Oracle Database 10g
10 6 (0.69%) Oracle Discoverer
11 5 (0.58%) Hadoop
11 5 (0.58%) IDMS
11 5 (0.58%) MongoDB
11 5 (0.58%) Relational Database
12 4 (0.46%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
12 4 (0.46%) Redis
Development Applications
1 122 (14.12%) Selenium
2 81 (9.38%) JIRA
3 57 (6.60%) Team Foundation Server
4 50 (5.79%) Cucumber
5 46 (5.32%) HP UFT
6 38 (4.40%) SpecFlow
7 35 (4.05%) Visual Studio
8 32 (3.70%) Git (software)
8 32 (3.70%) Jenkins
9 31 (3.59%) WebDriver
10 28 (3.24%) SoapUI
11 23 (2.66%) LoadRunner
12 22 (2.55%) JUnit
13 18 (2.08%) JMeter
13 18 (2.08%) Subversion
14 14 (1.62%) Maven
14 14 (1.62%) NUnit
15 13 (1.50%) MSTest
16 8 (0.93%) Atlassian Bamboo
16 8 (0.93%) TestComplete
General
1 178 (20.60%) Finance
2 73 (8.45%) Banking
3 72 (8.33%) Retail
4 19 (2.20%) Legal
5 14 (1.62%) Games
5 14 (1.62%) Retail Banking
6 12 (1.39%) Back Office
7 9 (1.04%) Investment Banking
7 9 (1.04%) Multimedia
8 8 (0.93%) Front Office
8 8 (0.93%) Telecoms
9 7 (0.81%) Military
10 6 (0.69%) Billing
10 6 (0.69%) Manufacturing
11 5 (0.58%) Automotive
11 5 (0.58%) Local Government
11 5 (0.58%) Marketing
12 3 (0.35%) Law
12 3 (0.35%) Publishing
13 2 (0.23%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 245 (28.36%) Test Manager
2 167 (19.33%) Analyst
3 120 (13.89%) Test Analyst
4 119 (13.77%) Test Leader
5 102 (11.81%) Tester
6 81 (9.38%) Developer
7 53 (6.13%) Test Engineer
8 48 (5.56%) Programme Manager
9 41 (4.75%) Automation Tester
10 39 (4.51%) Programme Test Manager
10 39 (4.51%) Test Programme Manager
11 31 (3.59%) Business Analyst
12 29 (3.36%) Architect
13 25 (2.89%) Test Automation Engineer
14 19 (2.20%) Consultant
14 19 (2.20%) Performance Analyst
14 19 (2.20%) Performance Test Analyst
14 19 (2.20%) SAP Manager
14 19 (2.20%) Senior Analyst
15 18 (2.08%) Agile Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 94 (10.88%) .NET
2 38 (4.40%) XML
3 31 (3.59%) Web Services
4 30 (3.47%) J2EE
5 25 (2.89%) Gherkin
6 18 (2.08%) REST
6 18 (2.08%) RESTful
6 18 (2.08%) SOAP
7 15 (1.74%) HTML
7 15 (1.74%) Middleware
8 13 (1.50%) .NET Framework
8 13 (1.50%) Spring
9 11 (1.27%) ASP.NET
9 11 (1.27%) CSS
10 10 (1.16%) AngularJS
10 10 (1.16%) Chai
11 8 (0.93%) FpML
12 6 (0.69%) Apache Cordova
12 6 (0.69%) ASP.NET MVC
12 6 (0.69%) ASP.NET MVC 4
Miscellaneous
1 50 (5.79%) Analytical Skills
2 23 (2.66%) Virtual Team
3 16 (1.85%) Management Information System
4 15 (1.74%) EPoS
4 15 (1.74%) Fixed Income
4 15 (1.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 12 (1.39%) Reference Data
6 11 (1.27%) Data Structures
7 10 (1.16%) Data Conversion
7 10 (1.16%) Mobile App
8 9 (1.04%) Smart Meter
9 8 (0.93%) Data Centre
9 8 (0.93%) Derivative
9 8 (0.93%) Equities
10 7 (0.81%) ASIC
10 7 (0.81%) User Experience
11 6 (0.69%) Computer Science
11 6 (0.69%) Data Integration
11 6 (0.69%) DTCC
11 6 (0.69%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 60 (6.94%) Windows
2 52 (6.02%) Unix
3 44 (5.09%) Linux
4 17 (1.97%) AIX
5 14 (1.62%) Windows Server
6 13 (1.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (1.04%) Android
8 8 (0.93%) VME
9 7 (0.81%) Apple iOS
9 7 (0.81%) Solaris
9 7 (0.81%) Windows Server 2012
10 6 (0.69%) Windows Server 2008
11 4 (0.46%) Embedded Linux
11 4 (0.46%) Windows 10
11 4 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.23%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 330 (38.19%) Agile Software Development
2 182 (21.06%) User Acceptance Testing
3 181 (20.95%) Test Scripting
4 150 (17.36%) Test Automation
5 140 (16.20%) Test Management
6 108 (12.50%) Automated Testing
7 107 (12.38%) Regression Testing
8 104 (12.04%) Migration
9 103 (11.92%) Stakeholder Management
10 96 (11.11%) Scrum
11 91 (10.53%) Functional Testing
12 85 (9.84%) Waterfall
13 84 (9.72%) Process Improvement
14 83 (9.61%) System Integration Testing
15 81 (9.38%) BDD
16 79 (9.14%) Integration Testing
16 79 (9.14%) Performance Testing
17 76 (8.80%) Non-Functional Testing
18 75 (8.68%) Defect Management
19 67 (7.75%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 157 (18.17%) SQL
2 133 (15.39%) Java
3 79 (9.14%) C#
4 40 (4.63%) C
5 28 (3.24%) JavaScript
6 27 (3.13%) PL/SQL
7 25 (2.89%) C++
7 25 (2.89%) Shell Script
8 18 (2.08%) PowerShell
9 17 (1.97%) F#
10 15 (1.74%) Ruby
11 14 (1.62%) Perl
11 14 (1.62%) Python
12 12 (1.39%) COBOL
13 11 (1.27%) VBScript
14 9 (1.04%) T-SQL
15 6 (0.69%) PHP
16 4 (0.46%) ABAP
17 3 (0.35%) Embedded C
17 3 (0.35%) Embedded C++
Qualifications
1 84 (9.72%) Security Cleared
2 80 (9.26%) ISEB
2 80 (9.26%) ISTQB
3 62 (7.18%) SC Cleared
4 56 (6.48%) Degree
5 31 (3.59%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 16 (1.85%) DV Cleared
7 10 (1.16%) BPSS Clearance
8 5 (0.58%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 5 (0.58%) PMI Certification
8 5 (0.58%) PMP
9 4 (0.46%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (0.46%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 3 (0.35%) ITIL Certification
11 2 (0.23%) CCA
11 2 (0.23%) CISM
11 2 (0.23%) CISSP
11 2 (0.23%) DBS Check
11 2 (0.23%) IIBA
12 1 (0.12%) CRISC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 137 (15.86%) QA
2 12 (1.39%) MiFID
2 12 (1.39%) SDET
3 10 (1.16%) EMIR
4 7 (0.81%) Disclosure Scotland
5 4 (0.46%) Data Quality
5 4 (0.46%) SLA
6 3 (0.35%) ISO 9000
7 2 (0.23%) Dodd-Frank
7 2 (0.23%) ISO 14001
7 2 (0.23%) ISO 9001
7 2 (0.23%) WCAG
8 1 (0.12%) Basel II
8 1 (0.12%) GMP
8 1 (0.12%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.12%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.12%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 19 (2.20%) VMware Infrastructure
2 16 (1.85%) Active Directory
3 13 (1.50%) vSphere
4 11 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.69%) Docker
6 4 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 81 (9.38%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (1.27%) Opscode Chef
3 9 (1.04%) Tivoli
4 8 (0.93%) Puppet
5 6 (0.69%) Control-M
5 6 (0.69%) HP SiteScope
5 6 (0.69%) Tivoli Monitoring
6 5 (0.58%) Ansible
7 3 (0.35%) SCCM
8 2 (0.23%) Cisco IPCC
8 2 (0.23%) Ganglia
8 2 (0.23%) nmon
8 2 (0.23%) OpenView
9 1 (0.12%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 106 (12.27%) Oracle
2 98 (11.34%) Microsoft
3 85 (9.84%) HP
4 51 (5.90%) SAP
5 27 (3.13%) Pega
6 26 (3.01%) VMware
7 22 (2.55%) webMethods
8 17 (1.97%) Informatica
9 16 (1.85%) IBM
10 14 (1.62%) Red Hat
11 10 (1.16%) Guidewire
12 9 (1.04%) Sybase
13 8 (0.93%) Dell
14 7 (0.81%) BEA
14 7 (0.81%) Citrix
14 7 (0.81%) ICL
15 6 (0.69%) Hyperion
15 6 (0.69%) Salesforce.com
15 6 (0.69%) WSO2
15 6 (0.69%) Xamarin
London
Reed Technology
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
Woking, Surrey
IntaPeople
Rate: £390 - £420 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Lorien Resourcing
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
onezeero.
Rate: £400 - £500 per day + pension + bonus
Posted: 12 hours ago
City, London
Square One Resources
Rate: From £400 to £500 per day
Posted: 9 hours ago
Essex
Gibbs S3
Rate: £0 - £500+ per day
Posted: 14 hours ago
London
Salt
Posted: 2 days ago
Crawley, West Sussex
WestPoint Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £300 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Salt
Posted: 3 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
Opilio Recruitment
Rate: From £42,000 to £47,000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
London
TEKsystems
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago