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 24 July 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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 244 263 219
Rank change year-on-year
+19 -44
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 452 368 473
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 0.83% 0.72% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.11% 0.99% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 243 194 302
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% -4.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £246 £271 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £537
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 2
Average hourly rate £38.50 £41.50 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.22% +46.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.53 £35.00 £20.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.75 £48.80 £35.65
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-7.09% +103.94%
Processes & Methodologies Category
UK
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
40540 37166 40747
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the UK 74.11% 72.91% 70.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 25134 22527 23434
Average daily rate £400 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.62% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £270 £268
10% offered a daily rate of more than £555 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1157 1072 1446
Average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £30.56
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% -1.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.50 £13.42
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £46.90
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 24 July 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
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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
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +34 416 £375 -9.90% 108
London +30 180 £420 -6.66% 30
South East -1 82 £325 -17.46% 29
City of London +22 52 £413 -15.38% 13
Hampshire +11 37 £313 -27.32% 2
South West -13 37 £353 -16.07% 13
East of England +2 34 £363 +3.57% 5
Scotland -7 26 £300 -20.52% 6
Yorkshire +11 20 £275 -16.66% 12
Bristol -3 19 £413 - 7
Berkshire -11 16 £356 -9.81% 5
East Midlands 0 15 £400 +45.19% 2
West Midlands -20 15 £333 -19.39% 6
West Yorkshire +4 13 £275 -16.66% 11
Buckinghamshire +3 13 £288 -26.98% 5
North East -10 13 £375 - 1
Newcastle upon Tyne -3 12 £377 -
Tyne and Wear -6 12 £377 -
Glasgow -2 11 £300 -21.05% 1
Edinburgh -15 11 £463 +23.33% 4
Leeds +13 9 £250 -28.57% 6
Southampton +2 9 £313 -30.55% 1
North West -11 9 £350 -12.50% 10
Somerset -11 7 £353 -
Nottinghamshire - 7 £425 -
Manchester -2 6 £325 -16.66% 6
Ipswich -8 6 £250 -
Suffolk -19 6 £250 -
Northamptonshire - 6 £400 -
Northampton - 6 £400 -

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 24 July 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.

1 311 (31.10%) Test Scripting
2 310 (31.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 241 (24.10%) Finance
4 210 (21.00%) Test Management
5 181 (18.10%) SQL
6 180 (18.00%) QA
7 179 (17.90%) ISEB
8 167 (16.70%) ISTQB
9 154 (15.40%) HP Quality Center
10 149 (14.90%) Security Cleared
11 147 (14.70%) Test Automation
12 146 (14.60%) Oracle
13 134 (13.40%) HP
14 131 (13.10%) Software Testing
15 126 (12.60%) Agile Software Development
16 125 (12.50%) SC Cleared
17 108 (10.80%) Windows
18 106 (10.60%) Performance Testing
19 99 (9.90%) Banking
20 98 (9.80%) .NET
21 97 (9.70%) Microsoft
22 92 (9.20%) Project Management
22 92 (9.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
23 87 (8.70%) UNIX
24 84 (8.40%) Stakeholder Management
25 83 (8.30%) Java
25 83 (8.30%) Integration Testing
26 74 (7.40%) Selenium
27 72 (7.20%) SAP
27 72 (7.20%) Automated Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills by Category

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 23 (2.30%) SharePoint
2 15 (1.50%) WebLogic
3 13 (1.30%) SAS
4 12 (1.20%) MS Exchange
5 8 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
5 8 (0.80%) Tomcat
5 8 (0.80%) WebSphere
6 7 (0.70%) IBM Notes
6 7 (0.70%) IIS
7 3 (0.30%) Node.js
7 3 (0.30%) Oracle Workflow
8 2 (0.20%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
8 2 (0.20%) CMS
8 2 (0.20%) Adobe CQ
8 2 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2010
8 2 (0.20%) Lync
8 2 (0.20%) Exchange Server 2007
8 2 (0.20%) TPMS
9 1 (0.10%) Oracle Coherence
9 1 (0.10%) Confluence
Applications
1 47 (4.70%) MS Excel
2 35 (3.50%) MS Office
3 22 (2.20%) MS Visio
4 17 (1.70%) MS Project
5 9 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
5 9 (0.90%) MS PowerPoint
6 2 (0.20%) Stata
6 2 (0.20%) Final Cut Pro
Business Applications
1 33 (3.30%) Oracle EBS
2 12 (1.20%) Maximo
3 9 (0.90%) Agresso
4 8 (0.80%) Dynamics GP
4 8 (0.80%) Markit EDM
5 7 (0.70%) Remedy ITSM
6 6 (0.60%) SAP ERP
7 5 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
7 5 (0.50%) BASE24
8 4 (0.40%) SAP FI
9 3 (0.30%) IntelliMatch
9 3 (0.30%) Oracle Retail
9 3 (0.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
9 3 (0.30%) SAP CRM
9 3 (0.30%) SAP FI/CO
9 3 (0.30%) SAP CO
9 3 (0.30%) SAP PM
10 2 (0.20%) SAP HR
10 2 (0.20%) SAP MM
10 2 (0.20%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 14 (1.40%) Microsoft Azure
2 9 (0.90%) Cloud Computing
3 1 (0.10%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 46 (4.60%) TCP/IP
2 34 (3.40%) HTTPS
3 28 (2.80%) LAN
4 25 (2.50%) WAN
5 24 (2.40%) HTTP
6 23 (2.30%) SSL
6 23 (2.30%) DNS
7 18 (1.80%) Internet
7 18 (1.80%) Wireshark
8 13 (1.30%) Firewall
9 9 (0.90%) LTE
9 9 (0.90%) VLAN
9 9 (0.90%) Ethernet
10 8 (0.80%) MPLS
10 8 (0.80%) LDAP
11 6 (0.60%) Unified Communications
11 6 (0.60%) GGSN
11 6 (0.60%) SGSN
12 5 (0.50%) SIGTRAN
12 5 (0.50%) IPsec
Database & Business Intelligence
1 54 (5.40%) SQL Server
2 48 (4.80%) Data Warehouse
3 31 (3.10%) Oracle Database
4 27 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
5 17 (1.70%) Relational Database
6 16 (1.60%) Big Data
7 15 (1.50%) SQL Server 2008
8 12 (1.20%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 12 (1.20%) Oracle Database 11g
9 10 (1.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (1.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
10 7 (0.70%) Hadoop
11 6 (0.60%) Star Schema
11 6 (0.60%) MySQL
11 6 (0.60%) Base SAS
12 5 (0.50%) SAS Enterprise Guide
12 5 (0.50%) SAS Data Integration Studio
12 5 (0.50%) SAP BI
13 3 (0.30%) SQL Server 2012
13 3 (0.30%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 74 (7.40%) Selenium
2 62 (6.20%) LoadRunner
3 60 (6.00%) QuickTest Pro
4 45 (4.50%) Cucumber
5 44 (4.40%) JIRA
6 37 (3.70%) SoapUI
7 32 (3.20%) Team Foundation Server
8 30 (3.00%) JUnit
9 28 (2.80%) JMeter
10 26 (2.60%) Visual Studio
11 25 (2.50%) SpecFlow
12 24 (2.40%) Jenkins
12 24 (2.40%) FitNesse
13 14 (1.40%) Maven
13 14 (1.40%) WebDriver
14 13 (1.30%) TestDirector
15 9 (0.90%) Facilita Forecast
16 7 (0.70%) Oracle APEX
16 7 (0.70%) TestNG
16 7 (0.70%) Toad
General
1 241 (24.10%) Finance
2 99 (9.90%) Banking
3 39 (3.90%) Investment Banking
4 38 (3.80%) Retail
5 33 (3.30%) Telecoms
6 22 (2.20%) Back Office
7 16 (1.60%) Billing
8 15 (1.50%) Front Office
9 14 (1.40%) General Ledger
10 11 (1.10%) Publishing
11 10 (1.00%) Games
11 10 (1.00%) Marketing
12 9 (0.90%) Manufacturing
13 8 (0.80%) Financial Institution
13 8 (0.80%) Retail Banking
14 7 (0.70%) Local Government
14 7 (0.70%) Electronics
15 5 (0.50%) Automotive
16 4 (0.40%) Legal
17 3 (0.30%) French Language
Job Titles
1 320 (32.00%) Test Manager
2 274 (27.40%) Analyst
3 188 (18.80%) Test Analyst
4 140 (14.00%) Test Leader
5 111 (11.10%) Tester
6 69 (6.90%) Business Analyst
7 44 (4.40%) Test Engineer
8 29 (2.90%) Consultant
9 26 (2.60%) SAP Manager
10 25 (2.50%) Senior Analyst
11 24 (2.40%) Project Manager
11 24 (2.40%) SAP Test Manager
12 23 (2.30%) Senior Test Analyst
13 21 (2.10%) Developer
13 21 (2.10%) Architect
14 19 (1.90%) Test Consultant
15 18 (1.80%) Programme Manager
16 17 (1.70%) QA Tester
17 16 (1.60%) Senior Manager
17 16 (1.60%) Performance Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 98 (9.80%) .NET
2 71 (7.10%) Web Services
3 45 (4.50%) HTML
4 36 (3.60%) XML
5 33 (3.30%) ASP.NET
6 29 (2.90%) JSP
7 22 (2.20%) SOAP
8 14 (1.40%) Gherkin
9 13 (1.30%) Middleware
10 12 (1.20%) J2EE
11 7 (0.70%) REST
11 7 (0.70%) CSS
12 6 (0.60%) RESTful
12 6 (0.60%) HTML5
13 5 (0.50%) XSLT
14 4 (0.40%) JSF
15 3 (0.30%) MDX
15 3 (0.30%) Mustache
15 3 (0.30%) Sass
15 3 (0.30%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 26 (2.60%) Computer Science
2 25 (2.50%) Open Source
3 23 (2.30%) NHS
4 18 (1.80%) Derivative
4 18 (1.80%) Credit Risk
5 15 (1.50%) Management Information System
5 15 (1.50%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 13 (1.30%) GIS
7 12 (1.20%) Mathematics
8 11 (1.10%) Mobile App
8 11 (1.10%) Statistics
9 9 (0.90%) Equities
9 9 (0.90%) Client/Server
10 8 (0.80%) CMDB
11 7 (0.70%) Blackberry
12 6 (0.60%) Mainframe
12 6 (0.60%) PACS
12 6 (0.60%) Fixed Income
12 6 (0.60%) Credit Derivative
12 6 (0.60%) Data Integration
Operating Systems
1 108 (10.80%) Windows
2 87 (8.70%) UNIX
3 55 (5.50%) Linux
4 42 (4.20%) Windows Server 2003
5 38 (3.80%) Windows Server 2008
6 30 (3.00%) Windows 2000
6 30 (3.00%) Windows XP
7 25 (2.50%) Windows 7
8 15 (1.50%) Android
8 15 (1.50%) Apple iOS
9 13 (1.30%) Windows Server 2012
10 10 (1.00%) Solaris
11 6 (0.60%) AIX
12 4 (0.40%) VMS
12 4 (0.40%) Windows NT
13 3 (0.30%) Oracle Linux
14 2 (0.20%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 311 (31.10%) Test Scripting
2 310 (31.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 210 (21.00%) Test Management
4 147 (14.70%) Test Automation
5 131 (13.10%) Software Testing
6 126 (12.60%) Agile Software Development
7 106 (10.60%) Performance Testing
8 92 (9.20%) Project Management
9 84 (8.40%) Stakeholder Management
10 83 (8.30%) Integration Testing
11 72 (7.20%) Automated Testing
12 71 (7.10%) Scrum
13 67 (6.70%) Migration
14 62 (6.20%) TDD
14 62 (6.20%) Validation
15 58 (5.80%) Regression Testing
16 54 (5.40%) Business Intelligence
17 48 (4.80%) Waterfall
18 47 (4.70%) PRINCE2
19 45 (4.50%) Use Case
Programming Languages
1 181 (18.10%) SQL
2 83 (8.30%) Java
3 41 (4.10%) C#
4 40 (4.00%) JavaScript
5 22 (2.20%) C
6 21 (2.10%) Ruby
7 20 (2.00%) VBA
8 13 (1.30%) Python
8 13 (1.30%) Shell Script
9 12 (1.20%) VB
10 11 (1.10%) VBScript
11 10 (1.00%) PowerShell
12 9 (0.90%) Perl
12 9 (0.90%) PHP
13 7 (0.70%) T-SQL
14 6 (0.60%) PL/SQL
14 6 (0.60%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.50%) C++
16 4 (0.40%) RPG
16 4 (0.40%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 179 (17.90%) ISEB
2 167 (16.70%) ISTQB
3 149 (14.90%) Security Cleared
4 125 (12.50%) SC Cleared
5 92 (9.20%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 67 (6.70%) Degree
7 29 (2.90%) ISEB Practitioner
8 24 (2.40%) DV Cleared
9 22 (2.20%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 21 (2.10%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 14 (1.40%) MOS
12 7 (0.70%) CISSP
13 6 (0.60%) ITIL Certification
13 6 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 6 (0.60%) BC Cleared
14 5 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
15 4 (0.40%) CISA
15 4 (0.40%) CISM
15 4 (0.40%) CRISC
15 4 (0.40%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 180 (18.00%) QA
2 9 (0.90%) SLA
3 8 (0.80%) Basel III
4 5 (0.50%) EMIR
5 4 (0.40%) Basel II
5 4 (0.40%) Solvency II
6 3 (0.30%) Dodd-Frank
6 3 (0.30%) GxP
7 2 (0.20%) COREP
7 2 (0.20%) COBIT
8 1 (0.10%) PCI DSS
8 1 (0.10%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.10%) FINREP
8 1 (0.10%) Data Quality
System Software
1 21 (2.10%) Nmap
2 18 (1.80%) Active Directory
3 17 (1.70%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.90%) Microsoft Virtual Server
5 6 (0.60%) Terminal Server
6 4 (0.40%) VMware ESX
6 4 (0.40%) HDFS
7 3 (0.30%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.30%) RACF
8 2 (0.20%) XenApp
8 2 (0.20%) vSphere
8 2 (0.20%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 154 (15.40%) HP Quality Center
2 21 (2.10%) Nessus
3 13 (1.30%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
4 6 (0.60%) CORE IMPACT
5 4 (0.40%) OpenView
5 4 (0.40%) Puppet
5 4 (0.40%) SCCM
6 3 (0.30%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 3 (0.30%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
7 1 (0.10%) Cisco CUCM
7 1 (0.10%) HP SiteScope
7 1 (0.10%) OpenView Configuration Management
7 1 (0.10%) Control-M
Vendors
1 146 (14.60%) Oracle
2 134 (13.40%) HP
3 97 (9.70%) Microsoft
4 72 (7.20%) SAP
5 22 (2.20%) VMware
6 19 (1.90%) Cisco
7 18 (1.80%) Citrix
8 17 (1.70%) IBM
9 16 (1.60%) Informatica
10 8 (0.80%) Nortel
10 8 (0.80%) Avaya
10 8 (0.80%) BMC
10 8 (0.80%) Salesforce.com
10 8 (0.80%) SolarWinds
11 7 (0.70%) Remedy
11 7 (0.70%) Lotus
11 7 (0.70%) ESRI
12 6 (0.60%) JD Edwards
12 6 (0.60%) CheckPoint
13 5 (0.50%) Splunk
Surrey
Marcus Donald People
Rate: £250 to £300 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Bristol
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 4 hours ago
Telford, Shropshire
Experis Ltd
Rate: £1 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
City of London
Real Staffing
Rate: £300 - £350 per annum + competitive
Posted: 5 hours ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £350 - £600 per day
Posted: 7 hours ago
London
Hatstand Limited
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Guildford, Surrey
LA International
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Leeds, West Yorkshire
University of Leeds
Rate: From £38,511 to £45,854 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
City, London
Eames Consulting
Rate: From £300 to £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
South East England
Computer Futures
Rate: competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Warwickshire
Talent International
Rate: £320.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Bristol
Reed Technology - UK Posting Account
Rate: £300 - £330 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £market rates per day
Posted: 6 days ago
North East England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 8 days ago
City of London
Quantica Technology - London
Rate: £450 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
London
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £550.00 - £650.00 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
Burnley
Kainos
Posted: 20 days ago
Edinburgh
Ampersand Consulting
Rate: £500 - £800 per day
Posted: 21 days ago
Milton Keynes
Pertemps ERP
Rate: £400 - 450 per day all inclusive
Posted: 24 days ago