Period
to 26 April 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for Test Strategy skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Strategy over the 6 months to 26 April 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Test Strategy
Central London > City of London
6 months to
26 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 194 181 159
Rank change year-on-year -13 -22 -8
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 57 53 64
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.81% 0.87% 0.98%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.93% 1.00% 1.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 28 48
City of London median daily rate £490 £430 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.95% +1.18% -10.53%
10th Percentile £350 £325 £309
90th Percentile £675 £558 £645
Central London median daily rate £460 £430 £450
% change year-on-year +6.98% -4.44% -5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
City of London median hourly rate - - -
Central London median hourly rate - - -

Test Strategy is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the City of London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 6,152 5,308 5,737
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 87.94% 87.07% 87.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,864 4,137 4,559
City of London median daily rate £510 £495 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +4.21% +5.56%
10th Percentile £339 £313 £300
90th Percentile £695 £663 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £475
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 44 65
City of London median hourly rate £19.38 £21.16 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.41% -3.84% +10.00%
10th Percentile £11.81 £13.50 £12.35
90th Percentile £39.55 £47.43 £54.50
Central London median hourly rate £20.00 £18.97 £21.70
% change year-on-year +5.43% -12.57% +15.12%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the City of London.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the City of London

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Strategy in the City of London.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the City of London

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the City of London over the 6 months to 26 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the City of London

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the City of London.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the City of London

For the 6 months to 26 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the City of London region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 33 (57.89%) Test Automation
2 28 (49.12%) User Acceptance Testing
3 27 (47.37%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (42.11%) Finance
5 21 (36.84%) SQL
6 18 (31.58%) QA
6 18 (31.58%) Test Scripting
7 16 (28.07%) Regression Testing
8 14 (24.56%) JIRA
9 12 (21.05%) Scrum
9 12 (21.05%) Validation
9 12 (21.05%) Defect Management
10 11 (19.30%) Microsoft Excel
10 11 (19.30%) Selenium
11 10 (17.54%) Migration
11 10 (17.54%) Risk Management
11 10 (17.54%) Integration Testing
11 10 (17.54%) BDD
12 8 (14.04%) Hedge funds
12 8 (14.04%) System Testing
12 8 (14.04%) System Integration Testing
12 8 (14.04%) SDLC
12 8 (14.04%) Scenario Testing
12 8 (14.04%) C#
12 8 (14.04%) Degree
12 8 (14.04%) Banking
13 7 (12.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
13 7 (12.28%) ISTQB
13 7 (12.28%) Software Testing
13 7 (12.28%) ISEB

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the City of London 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 4 (7.02%) SharePoint
2 3 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.75%) IIS
3 1 (1.75%) SAS
3 1 (1.75%) WebSphere
Applications
1 11 (19.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (10.53%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.75%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.75%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.02%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (5.26%) Sauce Labs
3 2 (3.51%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.75%) BrowserStack
4 1 (1.75%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.75%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (12.28%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 6 (10.53%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (7.02%) BusinessObjects
3 4 (7.02%) Crystal Reports
4 2 (3.51%) Power BI
4 2 (3.51%) PowerPivot
5 1 (1.75%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (1.75%) DB2
5 1 (1.75%) SAS Data Integration Studio
5 1 (1.75%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 14 (24.56%) JIRA
2 11 (19.30%) Selenium
3 5 (8.77%) Jenkins
3 5 (8.77%) SpecFlow
3 5 (8.77%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (7.02%) Cucumber
4 4 (7.02%) HP UFT
4 4 (7.02%) WebDriver
5 3 (5.26%) Protractor
6 2 (3.51%) Eclipse
6 2 (3.51%) Gradle
6 2 (3.51%) Jasmine
6 2 (3.51%) Maven
6 2 (3.51%) Mocha
6 2 (3.51%) NUnit
6 2 (3.51%) Octopus Deploy
6 2 (3.51%) TeamCity
7 1 (1.75%) Hudson
7 1 (1.75%) SoapUI
7 1 (1.75%) XMLSpy
General
1 24 (42.11%) Finance
2 8 (14.04%) Banking
3 4 (7.02%) Retail
4 2 (3.51%) Front Office
4 2 (3.51%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.75%) Back Office
5 1 (1.75%) Legal
5 1 (1.75%) Marketing
5 1 (1.75%) Military
5 1 (1.75%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (35.09%) Analyst
2 15 (26.32%) Test Manager
3 12 (21.05%) Test Analyst
4 7 (12.28%) SQL Analyst
4 7 (12.28%) Tester
5 5 (8.77%) Excel Analyst
5 5 (8.77%) Programmer
5 5 (8.77%) SQL Programmer
6 4 (7.02%) Automation Test Analyst
6 4 (7.02%) QA Engineer
6 4 (7.02%) Test Leader
7 3 (5.26%) Business Analyst
7 3 (5.26%) Python Programmer
7 3 (5.26%) QA Leader
7 3 (5.26%) QA Tester
7 3 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
7 3 (5.26%) Senior Test Analyst
8 2 (3.51%) Project Manager
8 2 (3.51%) Strategy Manager
8 2 (3.51%) Test Strategy Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (7.02%) Gherkin
2 3 (5.26%) FpML
2 3 (5.26%) Nightwatchjs
2 3 (5.26%) REST
2 3 (5.26%) SOAP
3 2 (3.51%) .NET
3 2 (3.51%) XML
4 1 (1.75%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (1.75%) JSON
4 1 (1.75%) JSON Schema
4 1 (1.75%) Middleware
4 1 (1.75%) OAuth
4 1 (1.75%) OAuth2
4 1 (1.75%) React
4 1 (1.75%) Swagger
4 1 (1.75%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 8 (14.04%) Hedge funds
2 7 (12.28%) Computer Science
3 6 (10.53%) Fixed Income
4 5 (8.77%) Fintech
4 5 (8.77%) PMI
5 4 (7.02%) Analytical Skills
5 4 (7.02%) Management Information System
6 3 (5.26%) Credit Risk
6 3 (5.26%) Reinsurance
7 1 (1.75%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 1 (1.75%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.75%) Reference Data
7 1 (1.75%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.75%) Windows
1 1 (1.75%) Windows Server
1 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (57.89%) Test Automation
2 28 (49.12%) User Acceptance Testing
3 27 (47.37%) Agile Software Development
4 18 (31.58%) Test Scripting
5 16 (28.07%) Regression Testing
6 12 (21.05%) Defect Management
6 12 (21.05%) Scrum
6 12 (21.05%) Validation
7 10 (17.54%) BDD
7 10 (17.54%) Integration Testing
7 10 (17.54%) Migration
7 10 (17.54%) Risk Management
8 8 (14.04%) Scenario Testing
8 8 (14.04%) SDLC
8 8 (14.04%) System Integration Testing
8 8 (14.04%) System Testing
9 7 (12.28%) Continuous Improvement
9 7 (12.28%) Data Migration
9 7 (12.28%) Data Validation
9 7 (12.28%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (36.84%) SQL
2 8 (14.04%) C#
3 5 (8.77%) Python
4 3 (5.26%) JavaScript
4 3 (5.26%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 8 (14.04%) Degree
2 7 (12.28%) ISEB
2 7 (12.28%) ISTQB
3 5 (8.77%) CFA
3 5 (8.77%) MBA
3 5 (8.77%) PMI Certification
4 3 (5.26%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.51%) Master's Degree
5 2 (3.51%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
6 1 (1.75%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (1.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (31.58%) QA
2 1 (1.75%) PMO
2 1 (1.75%) PSD2
System Software
1 1 (1.75%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (12.28%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (3.51%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 6 (10.53%) Bloomberg
1 6 (10.53%) Microsoft
2 4 (7.02%) HP
3 2 (3.51%) Guidewire
3 2 (3.51%) Splunk
4 1 (1.75%) Ab Initio
4 1 (1.75%) Acunetix
4 1 (1.75%) Cognos
4 1 (1.75%) IBM
4 1 (1.75%) Murex
4 1 (1.75%) Oracle
4 1 (1.75%) SAP
4 1 (1.75%) VMware
4 1 (1.75%) Workday
4 1 (1.75%) Xerox