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 July 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 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 271 227 256
Rank change year-on-year
-44 +29
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 493 593 445
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.91% 1.04% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 1.30% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 362 239
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 6
Median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+40.62% -16.88%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.20 £32.00 £31.53
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.80 £32.00 £43.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
+40.62% -11.11%

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
44695 45488 42364
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 82.73% 79.85% 78.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 29540 29430 26290
Median daily rate £438 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% +3.12%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £283 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £563
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1044 1183 1185
Median hourly rate £28.50 £28.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +14.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.50 £52.17 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.50 £26.98
% change year-on-year
-1.63% +13.06%

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 July 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 July 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 -37 457 £403 +0.62% 96
London -35 180 £475 +2.70% 32
South East -34 88 £411 +9.66% 19
West Midlands -5 49 £353 -11.75% 8
North East -14 45 £310 -22.50% 1
Tyne and Wear -10 43 £310 -4.61% 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -13 42 £310 +3.33% 1
East of England +31 29 £400 +19.40% 10
Hampshire -15 29 £435 +16.00% 3
South West +5 26 £413 +10.73% 8
City of London +17 25 £475 -5.00% 3
Berkshire -6 22 £413 +10.00% 5
Scotland -16 22 £368 -13.52% 8
Shropshire -22 20 £400 -11.11% 1
Telford -23 18 £400 -11.11% 1
North West -59 14 £400 +2.96% 8
Dorset +7 13 £525 - 1
Buckinghamshire +6 13 £400 -11.11% 1
Yorkshire -15 13 £486 +38.85% 8
Hertfordshire +21 12 £700 +101.43% 3
Wales +20 12 £300 -22.07%
Cardiff +20 12 £300 -22.07%
South Wales +18 12 £300 -22.07%
East Midlands -7 10 £400 +45.45% 2
Portsmouth -7 10 £464 +54.66%
West Yorkshire -10 9 £563 +52.02% 7
West Sussex -10 9 £283 -24.66%
Edinburgh -23 9 £320 -24.70% 4
Essex +12 8 £313 -13.79% 1
Reading +6 8 £575 +121.15% 4

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

1 349 (34.22%) Agile Software Development
2 263 (25.78%) User Acceptance Testing
3 245 (24.02%) Finance
4 235 (23.04%) Test Scripting
5 191 (18.73%) Test Management
6 169 (16.57%) SQL
7 159 (15.59%) QA
8 147 (14.41%) Security Cleared
9 143 (14.02%) Java
10 134 (13.14%) Test Automation
11 128 (12.55%) Defect Management
12 127 (12.45%) ISEB
13 122 (11.96%) ISTQB
14 118 (11.57%) Banking
14 118 (11.57%) Waterfall
15 113 (11.08%) Migration
16 111 (10.88%) Scrum
17 109 (10.69%) Oracle
18 108 (10.59%) Selenium
19 107 (10.49%) HP Quality Center
20 104 (10.20%) Regression Testing
21 103 (10.10%) Integration Testing
21 103 (10.10%) Functional Testing
22 102 (10.00%) Software Testing
23 101 (9.90%) Performance Testing
24 99 (9.71%) Stakeholder Management
25 98 (9.61%) SC Cleared
26 97 (9.51%) System Integration Testing
26 97 (9.51%) JIRA
27 94 (9.22%) Automated 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 26 (2.55%) Confluence
2 19 (1.86%) WebLogic
3 15 (1.47%) SharePoint
4 14 (1.37%) Elasticsearch
5 8 (0.78%) SAS
6 6 (0.59%) CMS
7 5 (0.49%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.29%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 3 (0.29%) Apache Spark
9 2 (0.20%) Apache Pig
9 2 (0.20%) Oracle Service Bus
9 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2013
9 2 (0.20%) Skype for Business
9 2 (0.20%) WebSphere
10 1 (0.098%) Apache
10 1 (0.098%) Apache Solr
10 1 (0.098%) IIS
10 1 (0.098%) MS Exchange
10 1 (0.098%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 51 (5.00%) MS Excel
2 29 (2.84%) MS Office
3 23 (2.25%) MS PowerPoint
4 17 (1.67%) MS Visio
5 12 (1.18%) MS Project
6 3 (0.29%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 13 (1.27%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.98%) Dynamics AX
3 7 (0.69%) Oracle EBS
3 7 (0.69%) Oracle ERP
4 5 (0.49%) Temenos T24
5 4 (0.39%) SAP ERP
5 4 (0.39%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.39%) SAP PSCD
6 3 (0.29%) LabWindows
6 3 (0.29%) Oracle BPM
6 3 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
6 3 (0.29%) SAP CRM
6 3 (0.29%) SAP Oil and Gas
6 3 (0.29%) Unit4 Business World
7 2 (0.20%) BusinessWorks
7 2 (0.20%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
7 2 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
7 2 (0.20%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.20%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 16 (1.57%) Microsoft Azure
2 15 (1.47%) Amazon AWS
3 11 (1.08%) Google Cloud Platform
4 8 (0.78%) GitHub
4 8 (0.78%) SaaS
5 6 (0.59%) SuccessFactors
6 5 (0.49%) Cloud Computing
7 4 (0.39%) Google Play
8 3 (0.29%) PaaS
9 2 (0.20%) Force.com
10 1 (0.098%) Google Analytics
10 1 (0.098%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 28 (2.75%) Internet
2 11 (1.08%) VPN
3 10 (0.98%) HTTP
4 7 (0.69%) LAN
4 7 (0.69%) VoIP
4 7 (0.69%) WAN
5 6 (0.59%) SAN
5 6 (0.59%) Unified Communications
6 5 (0.49%) 3G
7 4 (0.39%) DNS
7 4 (0.39%) Firewall
8 3 (0.29%) 4G
8 3 (0.29%) Ethernet
8 3 (0.29%) MVNO
8 3 (0.29%) NAS
8 3 (0.29%) RS-422
8 3 (0.29%) SMS
8 3 (0.29%) SSH
8 3 (0.29%) SSL
8 3 (0.29%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (3.33%) SQL Server
2 24 (2.35%) Data Warehouse
3 23 (2.25%) Hadoop
4 22 (2.16%) Pentaho
5 21 (2.06%) BusinessObjects
6 17 (1.67%) Big Data
6 17 (1.67%) MySQL
7 15 (1.47%) Oracle Reports
8 14 (1.37%) Relational Database
9 13 (1.27%) Data Mining
10 12 (1.18%) Oracle Database
11 9 (0.88%) MongoDB
12 8 (0.78%) Amazon DynamoDB
12 8 (0.78%) Apache Cassandra
12 8 (0.78%) Neo4j
12 8 (0.78%) Redis
13 5 (0.49%) MS Access
13 5 (0.49%) Oracle Database 11g
13 5 (0.49%) SAS Enterprise Guide
14 4 (0.39%) GIS
Development Applications
1 108 (10.59%) Selenium
2 97 (9.51%) JIRA
3 66 (6.47%) HP UFT
4 50 (4.90%) LoadRunner
5 42 (4.12%) Cucumber
5 42 (4.12%) SoapUI
6 36 (3.53%) Team Foundation Server
7 28 (2.75%) Visual Studio
8 24 (2.35%) WebDriver
9 22 (2.16%) JMeter
10 17 (1.67%) Jenkins
11 15 (1.47%) JUnit
12 13 (1.27%) SpecFlow
13 12 (1.18%) Git (software)
14 10 (0.98%) Appium
15 9 (0.88%) TestPartner
16 8 (0.78%) TestComplete
17 7 (0.69%) Facilita Forecast
18 6 (0.59%) Mockito
18 6 (0.59%) Ranorex
General
1 245 (24.02%) Finance
2 118 (11.57%) Banking
3 66 (6.47%) Retail
4 43 (4.22%) Telecoms
5 27 (2.65%) Investment Banking
6 24 (2.35%) Retail Banking
7 14 (1.37%) Games
7 14 (1.37%) Legal
8 12 (1.18%) Marketing
9 10 (0.98%) Back Office
10 8 (0.78%) Front Office
11 7 (0.69%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.59%) Law
12 6 (0.59%) Manufacturing
12 6 (0.59%) Pharmaceutical
13 4 (0.39%) Electronics
13 4 (0.39%) General Ledger
13 4 (0.39%) Publishing
14 3 (0.29%) Automotive
14 3 (0.29%) Billing
Job Titles
1 331 (32.45%) Test Manager
2 202 (19.80%) Analyst
3 151 (14.80%) Test Analyst
4 116 (11.37%) Test Leader
5 102 (10.00%) Developer
6 82 (8.04%) Tester
7 66 (6.47%) Programme Manager
8 52 (5.10%) Programme Test Manager
8 52 (5.10%) Test Programme Manager
9 39 (3.82%) Test Engineer
10 33 (3.24%) Business Analyst
11 31 (3.04%) Automation Tester
12 30 (2.94%) Architect
12 30 (2.94%) UAT Manager
13 29 (2.84%) UAT Test Manager
14 27 (2.65%) Consultant
15 22 (2.16%) Designer
15 22 (2.16%) SAP Manager
16 20 (1.96%) Senior Manager
16 20 (1.96%) Solutions Designer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 64 (6.27%) .NET
2 45 (4.41%) Web Services
3 43 (4.22%) SOAP
4 39 (3.82%) XML
5 25 (2.45%) J2EE
6 18 (1.76%) CSS
7 17 (1.67%) HTML
8 16 (1.57%) Middleware
8 16 (1.57%) WSDL
8 16 (1.57%) XSD
9 14 (1.37%) Gherkin
10 13 (1.27%) REST
11 12 (1.18%) jQuery
12 8 (0.78%) ASP.NET
13 7 (0.69%) ELK Stack
14 5 (0.49%) .NET Framework
14 5 (0.49%) AngularJS
14 5 (0.49%) Web Dynpro
15 4 (0.39%) RESTful
15 4 (0.39%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 59 (5.78%) Analytical Skills
2 20 (1.96%) Management Information System
3 19 (1.86%) Mobile App
4 16 (1.57%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 16 (1.57%) Virtual Team
5 15 (1.47%) Data Integration
5 15 (1.47%) Derivative
6 14 (1.37%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
7 13 (1.27%) User Experience
8 12 (1.18%) Equities
9 11 (1.08%) Performance Metrics
10 10 (0.98%) Client/Server
11 9 (0.88%) Data Structures
12 8 (0.78%) Data Centre
13 7 (0.69%) Video Conferencing
14 6 (0.59%) AS400
14 6 (0.59%) Computer Science
14 6 (0.59%) iPad
14 6 (0.59%) Smart Meter
14 6 (0.59%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 78 (7.65%) Unix
2 73 (7.16%) Windows
3 72 (7.06%) Linux
4 13 (1.27%) Android
5 12 (1.18%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 11 (1.08%) AIX
7 9 (0.88%) Windows Server
8 8 (0.78%) Apple iOS
9 6 (0.59%) Windows Server 2008
9 6 (0.59%) Windows Server 2012
10 5 (0.49%) VME
11 4 (0.39%) Windows Server 2003
12 3 (0.29%) Embedded Linux
12 3 (0.29%) Solaris
13 2 (0.20%) Fedora
13 2 (0.20%) Windows 10
14 1 (0.098%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 349 (34.22%) Agile Software Development
2 263 (25.78%) User Acceptance Testing
3 235 (23.04%) Test Scripting
4 191 (18.73%) Test Management
5 134 (13.14%) Test Automation
6 128 (12.55%) Defect Management
7 118 (11.57%) Waterfall
8 113 (11.08%) Migration
9 111 (10.88%) Scrum
10 104 (10.20%) Regression Testing
11 103 (10.10%) Functional Testing
11 103 (10.10%) Integration Testing
12 102 (10.00%) Software Testing
13 101 (9.90%) Performance Testing
14 99 (9.71%) Stakeholder Management
15 97 (9.51%) System Integration Testing
16 94 (9.22%) Automated Testing
17 89 (8.73%) Non-Functional Testing
18 83 (8.14%) SDLC
19 77 (7.55%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 169 (16.57%) SQL
2 143 (14.02%) Java
3 64 (6.27%) C#
4 56 (5.49%) C
5 33 (3.24%) C++
6 23 (2.25%) JavaScript
7 21 (2.06%) Shell Script
8 19 (1.86%) Perl
9 16 (1.57%) F#
9 16 (1.57%) PL/SQL
9 16 (1.57%) Ruby
10 13 (1.27%) VBScript
11 11 (1.08%) Python
11 11 (1.08%) Tcl
11 11 (1.08%) VB
12 9 (0.88%) PowerShell
13 7 (0.69%) Bash Shell
14 6 (0.59%) PHP
15 5 (0.49%) ABAP
16 4 (0.39%) Scala
Qualifications
1 147 (14.41%) Security Cleared
2 127 (12.45%) ISEB
3 122 (11.96%) ISTQB
4 98 (9.61%) SC Cleared
5 61 (5.98%) Degree
6 52 (5.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 29 (2.84%) DV Cleared
8 16 (1.57%) PMP
9 14 (1.37%) BPSS Clearance
10 12 (1.18%) ISEB Practitioner
10 12 (1.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 5 (0.49%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 3 (0.29%) DBS Check
13 2 (0.20%) MCP
13 2 (0.20%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.20%) OCP
13 2 (0.20%) Oracle Certification
13 2 (0.20%) PMI Certification
13 2 (0.20%) SAP Certification
14 1 (0.098%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 159 (15.59%) QA
2 11 (1.08%) COBIT
3 10 (0.98%) SLA
4 8 (0.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 7 (0.69%) Disclosure Scotland
6 5 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.39%) JSP 440
7 4 (0.39%) MiFID
7 4 (0.39%) WCAG
8 3 (0.29%) Data Quality
8 3 (0.29%) Dodd-Frank
8 3 (0.29%) EMIR
8 3 (0.29%) GxP
8 3 (0.29%) SDET
9 1 (0.098%) ISO 9001
9 1 (0.098%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 14 (1.37%) VMware Infrastructure
2 12 (1.18%) Active Directory
3 10 (0.98%) vSphere
4 8 (0.78%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.59%) Veritas Cluster Server
6 5 (0.49%) Docker
7 2 (0.20%) HDFS
8 1 (0.098%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 107 (10.49%) HP Quality Center
2 9 (0.88%) HP SiteScope
3 7 (0.69%) BMC PATROL
3 7 (0.69%) Puppet
4 6 (0.59%) Kibana
4 6 (0.59%) logstash
4 6 (0.59%) OPNET
4 6 (0.59%) SCOM
5 4 (0.39%) Ansible
5 4 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.29%) Opsview
7 2 (0.20%) Amdocs OSS
7 2 (0.20%) Cisco IPCC
7 2 (0.20%) Control-M
7 2 (0.20%) Oozie
7 2 (0.20%) Tivoli
8 1 (0.098%) CA Single Sign-On
8 1 (0.098%) Cacti
8 1 (0.098%) Cisco UCCE
8 1 (0.098%) Nagios
Vendors
1 109 (10.69%) Oracle
2 84 (8.24%) HP
3 77 (7.55%) Microsoft
4 59 (5.78%) SAP
5 44 (4.31%) Informatica
6 37 (3.63%) Pega
7 21 (2.06%) IBM
7 21 (2.06%) VMware
8 16 (1.57%) Cloudera
9 15 (1.47%) Red Hat
9 15 (1.47%) webMethods
10 14 (1.37%) Google
11 11 (1.08%) ServiceNow
11 11 (1.08%) Sybase
12 9 (0.88%) Citrix
13 8 (0.78%) Adobe
13 8 (0.78%) WSO2
14 7 (0.69%) BMC
14 7 (0.69%) FrontRange
15 6 (0.59%) Veritas
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