Period
to 23 October 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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 187 180 190
Rank change year-on-year -7 +10 -28
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 68 72 57
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.97% 1.04% 0.86%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.16% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 56 59 30
City of London median daily rate £475 £425 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% -10.53% -
10th Percentile £371 £283 £306
90th Percentile £694 £588 £685
Central London median daily rate £475 £427 £475
% change year-on-year +11.24% -10.11% +1.33%
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 6,081 6,183 5,826
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 86.53% 89.22% 87.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,836 4,882 4,670
City of London median daily rate £510 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.00% +5.26% +2.70%
10th Percentile £325 £325 £313
90th Percentile £675 £675 £660
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 97 55 53
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.70 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -6.50% -
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.31 £11.25
90th Percentile £29.85 £31.20 £54.03
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.85 £19.00
% change year-on-year -0.80% -0.79% -4.32%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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 36 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (44.12%) Finance
2 30 (44.12%) Test Automation
3 25 (36.76%) QA
4 22 (32.35%) User Acceptance Testing
5 17 (25.00%) Selenium
6 12 (17.65%) ISTQB
6 12 (17.65%) System Integration Testing
7 11 (16.18%) Test Management
7 11 (16.18%) Banking
7 11 (16.18%) Scrum
8 10 (14.71%) Java
8 10 (14.71%) Microsoft
8 10 (14.71%) Waterfall
9 9 (13.24%) Cucumber
9 9 (13.24%) Test Scripting
9 9 (13.24%) JIRA
9 9 (13.24%) ETL
10 8 (11.76%) Migration
10 8 (11.76%) C#
10 8 (11.76%) Oracle
10 8 (11.76%) Data Warehouse
10 8 (11.76%) Integration Testing
10 8 (11.76%) SDLC
10 8 (11.76%) Scenario Testing
11 7 (10.29%) Problem-Solving
11 7 (10.29%) HP Quality Center
11 7 (10.29%) Microsoft Azure
11 7 (10.29%) Non-Functional Testing
11 7 (10.29%) Software Testing

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 2 (2.94%) Confluence
2 1 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 5 (7.35%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (4.41%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (4.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (4.41%) MS Visio
3 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (1.47%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.47%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (1.47%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 7 (10.29%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (8.82%) Office 365
3 5 (7.35%) Amazon AWS
4 1 (1.47%) Amazon CloudWatch
4 1 (1.47%) AWS CloudFormation
4 1 (1.47%) BlazeMeter
4 1 (1.47%) GitHub
4 1 (1.47%) IaaS
4 1 (1.47%) PaaS
4 1 (1.47%) SaaS
4 1 (1.47%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.47%) AMQP
1 1 (1.47%) BGP
1 1 (1.47%) IPFIX
1 1 (1.47%) Junos
1 1 (1.47%) LAN
1 1 (1.47%) MPLS
1 1 (1.47%) MQTT
1 1 (1.47%) MRTG
1 1 (1.47%) OSPF
1 1 (1.47%) SAN
1 1 (1.47%) SMS
1 1 (1.47%) SNMP
1 1 (1.47%) TACACS
1 1 (1.47%) VPN
1 1 (1.47%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (11.76%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (4.41%) Relational Database
2 3 (4.41%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 2 (2.94%) Data Mart
3 2 (2.94%) DTS
3 2 (2.94%) MySQL
3 2 (2.94%) RDBMS
3 2 (2.94%) SQL Server 2000
3 2 (2.94%) SQL Server 2008
3 2 (2.94%) SQL Server 2016
4 1 (1.47%) DB2
4 1 (1.47%) Oracle ODI
4 1 (1.47%) Oracle OWB
4 1 (1.47%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.47%) Redis
4 1 (1.47%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (1.47%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 17 (25.00%) Selenium
2 9 (13.24%) Cucumber
2 9 (13.24%) JIRA
3 4 (5.88%) Jenkins
3 4 (5.88%) SpecFlow
4 3 (4.41%) JMeter
4 3 (4.41%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (4.41%) WebDriver
5 2 (2.94%) ERwin
5 2 (2.94%) Protractor
5 2 (2.94%) Spock
5 2 (2.94%) TestDirector
6 1 (1.47%) Gatling
6 1 (1.47%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.47%) HP UFT
6 1 (1.47%) LoadRunner
6 1 (1.47%) Robot Framework
6 1 (1.47%) SilkPerformer
6 1 (1.47%) TeamCity
6 1 (1.47%) Visual Studio
General
1 30 (44.12%) Finance
2 11 (16.18%) Banking
3 6 (8.82%) Retail
4 4 (5.88%) Investment Banking
5 3 (4.41%) Marketing
6 2 (2.94%) Back Office
6 2 (2.94%) Law
6 2 (2.94%) Pharmaceutical
6 2 (2.94%) Retail Banking
7 1 (1.47%) Electronics
7 1 (1.47%) Front Office
7 1 (1.47%) General Ledger
7 1 (1.47%) Legal
7 1 (1.47%) Manufacturing
7 1 (1.47%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (27.94%) Test Manager
2 13 (19.12%) Analyst
3 12 (17.65%) Tester
4 9 (13.24%) Test Analyst
5 8 (11.76%) Test Leader
6 5 (7.35%) QA Tester
7 4 (5.88%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (5.88%) Senior Test Analyst
8 3 (4.41%) Architect
8 3 (4.41%) Head of Testing
8 3 (4.41%) Migration Manager
9 2 (2.94%) Automation Tester
9 2 (2.94%) Head of Test
9 2 (2.94%) Implementation Analyst
9 2 (2.94%) Integration Analyst
9 2 (2.94%) Office 365 Manager
9 2 (2.94%) QA Engineer
9 2 (2.94%) QA Leader
9 2 (2.94%) Salesforce Tester
9 2 (2.94%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (7.35%) .NET
2 4 (5.88%) REST
2 4 (5.88%) XML
3 2 (2.94%) Web Services
3 2 (2.94%) XSD
4 1 (1.47%) ASP.NET
4 1 (1.47%) ASP.NET Web API
4 1 (1.47%) CSS
4 1 (1.47%) Elastic Stack
4 1 (1.47%) HTML
4 1 (1.47%) JSON
4 1 (1.47%) Kafka
4 1 (1.47%) Middleware
4 1 (1.47%) Nightwatchjs
4 1 (1.47%) Oracle ADF
4 1 (1.47%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (1.47%) SOAP
4 1 (1.47%) Spring
4 1 (1.47%) WSDL
4 1 (1.47%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.35%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (4.41%) Derivative
2 3 (4.41%) Fintech
2 3 (4.41%) Greenfield Project
2 3 (4.41%) Self-Motivation
3 2 (2.94%) Life Science
3 2 (2.94%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.47%) Credit Risk
4 1 (1.47%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.47%) DataPower
4 1 (1.47%) Digital Wallet
4 1 (1.47%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.47%) Equities
4 1 (1.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.47%) Hedge funds
4 1 (1.47%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (1.47%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.47%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.47%) Reinsurance
4 1 (1.47%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 4 (5.88%) Windows
1 4 (5.88%) Windows 10
2 2 (2.94%) Linux
3 1 (1.47%) Android
3 1 (1.47%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.47%) CentOS
3 1 (1.47%) Debian
3 1 (1.47%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 1 (1.47%) Ubuntu
3 1 (1.47%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (44.12%) Test Automation
3 22 (32.35%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (17.65%) System Integration Testing
5 11 (16.18%) Scrum
5 11 (16.18%) Test Management
6 10 (14.71%) Waterfall
7 9 (13.24%) ETL
7 9 (13.24%) Test Scripting
8 8 (11.76%) Integration Testing
8 8 (11.76%) Migration
8 8 (11.76%) Scenario Testing
8 8 (11.76%) SDLC
9 7 (10.29%) ITIL
9 7 (10.29%) Non-Functional Testing
9 7 (10.29%) Problem-Solving
9 7 (10.29%) Software Testing
10 6 (8.82%) BDD
10 6 (8.82%) Regression Testing
10 6 (8.82%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (14.71%) Java
2 8 (11.76%) C#
3 7 (10.29%) SQL
4 4 (5.88%) JavaScript
5 3 (4.41%) Python
6 2 (2.94%) Groovy
6 2 (2.94%) Ruby
7 1 (1.47%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.47%) Bourne shell
7 1 (1.47%) C
7 1 (1.47%) C++
7 1 (1.47%) Perl
7 1 (1.47%) PHP
7 1 (1.47%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.47%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.47%) T-SQL
7 1 (1.47%) VBA
7 1 (1.47%) XPath
Qualifications
1 12 (17.65%) ISTQB
2 7 (10.29%) ISEB
3 5 (7.35%) Degree
4 3 (4.41%) Security Cleared
5 2 (2.94%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 2 (2.94%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.47%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (1.47%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (36.76%) QA
2 2 (2.94%) PSD2
3 1 (1.47%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.47%) GDPR
3 1 (1.47%) HL7
System Software
1 2 (2.94%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (1.47%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.47%) Docker
2 1 (1.47%) KVM
2 1 (1.47%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (10.29%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (5.88%) HP ALM
3 2 (2.94%) Opscode Chef
4 1 (1.47%) Ansible
4 1 (1.47%) Cacti
4 1 (1.47%) collectd
4 1 (1.47%) Grafana
4 1 (1.47%) Graphite
4 1 (1.47%) Icinga
4 1 (1.47%) Kibana
4 1 (1.47%) logstash
4 1 (1.47%) Nagios
4 1 (1.47%) Netcool
4 1 (1.47%) Observium
4 1 (1.47%) OpenNMS
4 1 (1.47%) Prometheus
4 1 (1.47%) Puppet
4 1 (1.47%) Salt
4 1 (1.47%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
4 1 (1.47%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 10 (14.71%) Microsoft
2 8 (11.76%) Oracle
3 7 (10.29%) HP
4 3 (4.41%) Splunk
5 2 (2.94%) FactSet
5 2 (2.94%) Guidewire
5 2 (2.94%) Salesforce.com
6 1 (1.47%) Bloomberg
6 1 (1.47%) Calypso
6 1 (1.47%) Cisco
6 1 (1.47%) Ericsson
6 1 (1.47%) IBM
6 1 (1.47%) Juniper
6 1 (1.47%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.47%) Reuters
6 1 (1.47%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
6 1 (1.47%) SAP
6 1 (1.47%) Talend
6 1 (1.47%) Teradata
6 1 (1.47%) VMware