Period
to 21 January 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 21 January 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
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 191 182 158
Rank change year-on-year -9 -24 +3
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 57 50 80
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.82% 0.81% 1.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.93% 0.92% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 31 61
City of London median daily rate £453 £475 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.69% +11.76% -10.53%
10th Percentile £308 £325 £300
90th Percentile £634 £675 £675
Central London median daily rate £436 £463 £425
% change year-on-year -5.73% +8.82% -10.53%
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 6,140 5,428 6,059
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 87.84% 87.89% 85.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,912 4,321 4,821
City of London median daily rate £505 £475 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.32% - +5.56%
10th Percentile £331 £313 £290
90th Percentile £688 £669 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +5.26% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 59 49 54
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £20.75 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -9.88% -5.68% +15.79%
10th Percentile £11.74 £13.70 £12.50
90th Percentile £31.10 £55.00 £53.45
Central London median hourly rate £20.25 £19.00 £21.75
% change year-on-year +6.58% -12.64% +20.83%

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 21 January 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 21 January 2018, 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 across the City of London region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 34 (59.65%) Test Automation
2 26 (45.61%) Finance
2 26 (45.61%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (36.84%) User Acceptance Testing
4 17 (29.82%) Selenium
5 16 (28.07%) QA
6 14 (24.56%) SQL
7 13 (22.81%) Regression Testing
7 13 (22.81%) Scrum
7 13 (22.81%) WebDriver
8 12 (21.05%) Test Scripting
8 12 (21.05%) Validation
9 11 (19.30%) Java
9 11 (19.30%) Integration Testing
10 10 (17.54%) JIRA
10 10 (17.54%) System Integration Testing
10 10 (17.54%) Degree
11 9 (15.79%) Banking
11 9 (15.79%) Microsoft Excel
11 9 (15.79%) Defect Management
11 9 (15.79%) System Testing
11 9 (15.79%) BDD
12 8 (14.04%) SDLC
12 8 (14.04%) ISTQB
12 8 (14.04%) Migration
13 7 (12.28%) Risk Management
13 7 (12.28%) Software Testing
13 7 (12.28%) Project Management
13 7 (12.28%) ISEB
13 7 (12.28%) Python

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 6 (10.53%) SharePoint
2 3 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (1.75%) Apache Pig
3 1 (1.75%) Confluence
3 1 (1.75%) IIS
3 1 (1.75%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (1.75%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (15.79%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (10.53%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (1.75%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.75%) IntelliMatch
2 1 (1.75%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 4 (7.02%) SaaS
2 2 (3.51%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (3.51%) Office 365
3 1 (1.75%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (1.75%) GitHub
3 1 (1.75%) IaaS
3 1 (1.75%) PaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.02%) BusinessObjects
1 4 (7.02%) Crystal Reports
2 3 (5.26%) Big Data
2 3 (5.26%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (3.51%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.75%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.75%) DB2
4 1 (1.75%) HBase
4 1 (1.75%) Impala
4 1 (1.75%) NoSQL
4 1 (1.75%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 17 (29.82%) Selenium
2 13 (22.81%) WebDriver
3 10 (17.54%) JIRA
4 7 (12.28%) Cucumber
5 6 (10.53%) HP UFT
6 5 (8.77%) Team Foundation Server
7 4 (7.02%) SpecFlow
8 3 (5.26%) NUnit
8 3 (5.26%) Selenium IDE
9 2 (3.51%) Ant
9 2 (3.51%) Git (software)
9 2 (3.51%) Gradle
9 2 (3.51%) LoadRunner
9 2 (3.51%) Maven
10 1 (1.75%) Appium
10 1 (1.75%) JBehave
10 1 (1.75%) Jenkins
10 1 (1.75%) TeamCity
10 1 (1.75%) TestNG
10 1 (1.75%) Zephyr
General
1 26 (45.61%) Finance
2 9 (15.79%) Banking
3 5 (8.77%) Investment Banking
4 2 (3.51%) Back Office
4 2 (3.51%) Legal
5 1 (1.75%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.75%) French Language
5 1 (1.75%) Front Office
5 1 (1.75%) Military
5 1 (1.75%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (36.84%) Analyst
2 16 (28.07%) Test Analyst
3 13 (22.81%) Test Manager
4 9 (15.79%) Automation Test Analyst
5 8 (14.04%) Developer
6 5 (8.77%) Developer in Test
6 5 (8.77%) Project Manager
6 5 (8.77%) SQL Analyst
7 4 (7.02%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (7.02%) Senior Test Analyst
8 3 (5.26%) Excel Analyst
8 3 (5.26%) Java Developer
8 3 (5.26%) Programmer
8 3 (5.26%) QA Leader
8 3 (5.26%) Software Developer
8 3 (5.26%) SQL Programmer
8 3 (5.26%) Test Engineer
9 2 (3.51%) Java Developer in Test
9 2 (3.51%) Test Automation Developer
9 2 (3.51%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (10.53%) Gherkin
2 3 (5.26%) .NET
3 1 (1.75%) FpML
3 1 (1.75%) Kafka
3 1 (1.75%) Middleware
3 1 (1.75%) SOAP
3 1 (1.75%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.28%) Computer Science
2 6 (10.53%) Fixed Income
3 5 (8.77%) Hedge funds
4 4 (7.02%) Fintech
4 4 (7.02%) Management Information System
4 4 (7.02%) PMI
5 3 (5.26%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 2 (3.51%) Analytical Skills
7 1 (1.75%) Credit Risk
7 1 (1.75%) Derivative
7 1 (1.75%) Equities
7 1 (1.75%) Greenfield Project
7 1 (1.75%) Mobile App
7 1 (1.75%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (1.75%) OTC Derivatives
7 1 (1.75%) PDA
7 1 (1.75%) Reference Data
7 1 (1.75%) Reinsurance
7 1 (1.75%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (7.02%) Windows
2 2 (3.51%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.75%) Android
3 1 (1.75%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.75%) Unix
3 1 (1.75%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (1.75%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (59.65%) Test Automation
2 26 (45.61%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (36.84%) User Acceptance Testing
4 13 (22.81%) Regression Testing
4 13 (22.81%) Scrum
5 12 (21.05%) Test Scripting
5 12 (21.05%) Validation
6 11 (19.30%) Integration Testing
7 10 (17.54%) System Integration Testing
8 9 (15.79%) BDD
8 9 (15.79%) Defect Management
8 9 (15.79%) System Testing
9 8 (14.04%) Migration
9 8 (14.04%) SDLC
10 7 (12.28%) Data Validation
10 7 (12.28%) Project Management
10 7 (12.28%) Risk Management
10 7 (12.28%) Software Testing
11 6 (10.53%) Data Migration
11 6 (10.53%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (24.56%) SQL
2 11 (19.30%) Java
3 7 (12.28%) Python
4 4 (7.02%) C#
5 3 (5.26%) Ruby
6 2 (3.51%) PowerShell
7 1 (1.75%) C++
7 1 (1.75%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.75%) PHP
Qualifications
1 10 (17.54%) Degree
2 8 (14.04%) ISTQB
3 7 (12.28%) ISEB
4 6 (10.53%) Security Cleared
5 4 (7.02%) DV Cleared
5 4 (7.02%) PMI Certification
6 3 (5.26%) CFA
6 3 (5.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (5.26%) MBA
7 2 (3.51%) PRINCE2 Certification
7 2 (3.51%) SC Cleared
8 1 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (1.75%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (28.07%) QA
2 2 (3.51%) MiFID
3 1 (1.75%) IFRS
3 1 (1.75%) PMO
System Software
1 2 (3.51%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.75%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (1.75%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 7 (12.28%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.75%) SCCM
Vendors
1 6 (10.53%) HP
2 3 (5.26%) Bloomberg
2 3 (5.26%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.51%) Murex
3 2 (3.51%) Oracle
4 1 (1.75%) CheckPoint
4 1 (1.75%) Cognos
4 1 (1.75%) Fidessa
4 1 (1.75%) Google
4 1 (1.75%) IBM
4 1 (1.75%) ION Trading
4 1 (1.75%) Perforce
4 1 (1.75%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.75%) SAP
4 1 (1.75%) Serena
4 1 (1.75%) ServiceNow
4 1 (1.75%) VMware
4 1 (1.75%) Workday
4 1 (1.75%) Xerox