Period
to 23 January 2022

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 January 2022 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 Jan 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 139 113 162
Rank change year-on-year -26 +49 +36
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 48 15 38
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the City of London 1.22% 0.72% 0.77%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.34% 0.80% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 35 11 32
10th Percentile £391 £413 £407
25th Percentile £450 £456 £436
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £575 £520
Median % change year-on-year -4.35% +10.58% +9.47%
75th Percentile £625 £675 £575
90th Percentile £694 £696 £648
Central London median daily rate £550 £575 £525
% change year-on-year -4.35% +9.52% +8.25%

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 3,583 1,877 4,411
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 90.87% 90.33% 89.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,786 1,406 3,445
10th Percentile £375 £313 £320
25th Percentile £475 £413 £413
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £550 £525 £513
Median % change year-on-year +4.76% +2.44% -
75th Percentile £652 £602 £605
90th Percentile £750 £688 £676
Central London median daily rate £550 £515 £510
% change year-on-year +6.80% +0.98% -0.49%
Number of hourly rates quoted 36 22 48
10th Percentile £19.13 £13.58 £12.02
25th Percentile £33.19 £18.25 £14.19
Median hourly rate £43.50 £26.50 £19.75
Median % change year-on-year +64.15% +34.18% +3.95%
75th Percentile £61.75 £35.63 £25.76
90th Percentile £64.25 £46.00 £52.25
Central London median hourly rate £43.50 £26.75 £20.50
% change year-on-year +62.62% +30.49% +6.49%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Strategy in the City of London.

Daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the City of London

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Strategy in the City of London over the 6 months to 23 January 2022.

Daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the City of London

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Strategy in the City of London.

Hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the City of London

For the 6 months to 23 January 2022, 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 21 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (27.08%) JIRA
3 12 (25.00%) SQL
3 12 (25.00%) Test Automation
4 11 (22.92%) Performance Testing
4 11 (22.92%) Java
4 11 (22.92%) Finance
5 10 (20.83%) Oracle
5 10 (20.83%) QA
6 9 (18.75%) Non-Functional Testing
6 9 (18.75%) JMeter
6 9 (18.75%) Scrum
7 8 (16.67%) Front Office
7 8 (16.67%) LoadRunner
7 8 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
8 7 (14.58%) Fintech
8 7 (14.58%) Data Protection
8 7 (14.58%) Banking
8 7 (14.58%) CI/CD
9 6 (12.50%) Software Testing
9 6 (12.50%) JavaScript
9 6 (12.50%) Python
9 6 (12.50%) REST
9 6 (12.50%) Git (software)
9 6 (12.50%) Erlang
9 6 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
9 6 (12.50%) Security Testing
9 6 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
9 6 (12.50%) Kanban
10 5 (10.42%) Test Management

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 (4.17%) Camunda
1 2 (4.17%) Confluence
1 2 (4.17%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (2.08%) CMS
2 1 (2.08%) Drupal
2 1 (2.08%) EPiServer
2 1 (2.08%) SAS
2 1 (2.08%) Sitecore CMS
2 1 (2.08%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (4.17%) Oracle FAH
1 2 (4.17%) Oracle General Ledger
1 2 (4.17%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
Cloud Services
1 5 (10.42%) Azure
2 4 (8.33%) AWS
3 3 (6.25%) OpenShift
3 3 (6.25%) Serverless
4 2 (4.17%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.33%) Internet
2 2 (4.17%) Multicast
3 1 (2.08%) Broadband
3 1 (2.08%) DECT
3 1 (2.08%) DHCP
3 1 (2.08%) DNS
3 1 (2.08%) IPv4
3 1 (2.08%) IPv6
3 1 (2.08%) LAN
3 1 (2.08%) MPLS
3 1 (2.08%) PPP
3 1 (2.08%) UPnP
3 1 (2.08%) VSAN
3 1 (2.08%) WAN
3 1 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.25%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (4.17%) Big Data
2 2 (4.17%) Cloudera CDH
2 2 (4.17%) MySQL
2 2 (4.17%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.08%) Apache Hive
3 1 (2.08%) Hadoop
3 1 (2.08%) HBase
3 1 (2.08%) MongoDB
3 1 (2.08%) Pentaho
3 1 (2.08%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.08%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (27.08%) JIRA
2 9 (18.75%) JMeter
3 8 (16.67%) LoadRunner
4 6 (12.50%) Git (software)
5 3 (6.25%) GitLab
5 3 (6.25%) Jenkins
5 3 (6.25%) Selenium
6 2 (4.17%) Cucumber
6 2 (4.17%) GDB
6 2 (4.17%) Maven
6 2 (4.17%) Postman
7 1 (2.08%) Ant
7 1 (2.08%) Appium
7 1 (2.08%) Bitbucket
7 1 (2.08%) Cypress.io
7 1 (2.08%) IntelliJ
7 1 (2.08%) Ranorex
7 1 (2.08%) Rational Performance Tester
7 1 (2.08%) SpecFlow
7 1 (2.08%) WebDriver
General
1 11 (22.92%) Finance
2 8 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (16.67%) Front Office
3 7 (14.58%) Banking
4 5 (10.42%) Investment Banking
4 5 (10.42%) Social Skills
5 3 (6.25%) Back Office
5 3 (6.25%) General Ledger
5 3 (6.25%) Legal
6 2 (4.17%) Financial Institution
7 1 (2.08%) Law
7 1 (2.08%) Marketing
7 1 (2.08%) Organisational Skills
7 1 (2.08%) Presentation Skills
7 1 (2.08%) Prime Brokerage
7 1 (2.08%) Public Sector
7 1 (2.08%) Synthetic Prime Brokerage
Job Titles
1 13 (27.08%) Tester
2 9 (18.75%) Analyst
3 7 (14.58%) Performance Tester
4 6 (12.50%) Payments Tester
4 6 (12.50%) Test Manager
5 5 (10.42%) Manual Tester
5 5 (10.42%) Test Analyst
6 4 (8.33%) QA Manual Tester
6 4 (8.33%) QA Tester
6 4 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
6 4 (8.33%) Senior Test Analyst
7 3 (6.25%) Programme Manager
8 2 (4.17%) Architect
8 2 (4.17%) Business Analyst
8 2 (4.17%) Data Architect
8 2 (4.17%) Data Warehouse Analyst
8 2 (4.17%) IT Manager
8 2 (4.17%) Software Engineer
8 2 (4.17%) Technical Analyst
8 2 (4.17%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (12.50%) REST
2 5 (10.42%) CSS
2 5 (10.42%) HTML
3 3 (6.25%) XML
4 1 (2.08%) .NET
4 1 (2.08%) .NET Core
4 1 (2.08%) AngularJS
4 1 (2.08%) FIX Protocol
4 1 (2.08%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.08%) Kafka
4 1 (2.08%) Node.js
4 1 (2.08%) React
4 1 (2.08%) RESTful
4 1 (2.08%) Sass
4 1 (2.08%) SOAP
4 1 (2.08%) Vue.js
4 1 (2.08%) Web Services
4 1 (2.08%) XML Messaging
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.42%) Analytical Mindset
1 5 (10.42%) Derivative
1 5 (10.42%) Fixed Income
2 4 (8.33%) Equities
2 4 (8.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 4 (8.33%) Mobile App
3 2 (4.17%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (4.17%) Hedge funds
4 1 (2.08%) Algorithms
4 1 (2.08%) Clustering
4 1 (2.08%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.08%) Data Structures
4 1 (2.08%) Fat Client
4 1 (2.08%) Interest Rate Derivative
4 1 (2.08%) Synthetic Equity
4 1 (2.08%) Thin Client
4 1 (2.08%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 4 (8.33%) Linux
2 2 (4.17%) OpenWrt
2 2 (4.17%) Unix
2 2 (4.17%) Windows
3 1 (2.08%) Windows 10
3 1 (2.08%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.08%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (43.75%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 11 (22.92%) Performance Testing
4 9 (18.75%) Non-Functional Testing
4 9 (18.75%) Scrum
5 7 (14.58%) CI/CD
5 7 (14.58%) Data Protection
5 7 (14.58%) Fintech
6 6 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
6 6 (12.50%) Kanban
6 6 (12.50%) Security Testing
6 6 (12.50%) Software Testing
6 6 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (10.42%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (10.42%) DevOps
7 5 (10.42%) Exploratory Testing
7 5 (10.42%) Test Management
8 4 (8.33%) API Testing
8 4 (8.33%) Load Testing
8 4 (8.33%) Microservices
Programming Languages
1 12 (25.00%) SQL
2 11 (22.92%) Java
3 6 (12.50%) Erlang
3 6 (12.50%) JavaScript
3 6 (12.50%) Python
4 5 (10.42%) C#
5 4 (8.33%) Shell Script
6 2 (4.17%) Bash
6 2 (4.17%) C
6 2 (4.17%) Perl
6 2 (4.17%) Scala
7 1 (2.08%) ES6
7 1 (2.08%) HiveQL
7 1 (2.08%) PL/SQL
7 1 (2.08%) PowerShell
7 1 (2.08%) R
7 1 (2.08%) VB
7 1 (2.08%) VBA
Qualifications
1 4 (8.33%) ISTQB
2 2 (4.17%) SC Cleared
2 2 (4.17%) Security Cleared
3 1 (2.08%) ACCA
3 1 (2.08%) CIMA
3 1 (2.08%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (20.83%) QA
2 5 (10.42%) Data Quality
3 2 (4.17%) GAAP
3 2 (4.17%) GDPR
3 2 (4.17%) IFRS
4 1 (2.08%) Accessibility
4 1 (2.08%) JTAG
System Software
1 3 (6.25%) Docker
2 1 (2.08%) HDFS
2 1 (2.08%) Virtual Desktop
2 1 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (2.08%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (6.25%) Kubernetes
2 1 (2.08%) Failover Clustering
2 1 (2.08%) Grafana
2 1 (2.08%) HP ALM
2 1 (2.08%) Kibana
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Clustering
2 1 (2.08%) Terraform
Vendors
1 10 (20.83%) Oracle
2 3 (6.25%) Red Hat
3 2 (4.17%) Charles River
3 2 (4.17%) Cisco
3 2 (4.17%) Cloudera
3 2 (4.17%) Murex
3 2 (4.17%) Pega
4 1 (2.08%) Atlassian
4 1 (2.08%) Bloomberg
4 1 (2.08%) Calypso
4 1 (2.08%) HP
4 1 (2.08%) IBM
4 1 (2.08%) Informatica
4 1 (2.08%) Juniper
4 1 (2.08%) MarketAxess
4 1 (2.08%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.08%) Sitecore
4 1 (2.08%) Splunk
4 1 (2.08%) Synopsys
4 1 (2.08%) Tradeweb