Period
to 23 July 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 July 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 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 188 176 173
Rank change year-on-year -12 -3 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 60 68 70
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 0.85% 1.06% 1.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.98% 1.20% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 49 46 42
City of London median daily rate £475 £425 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.76% -2.86% -7.89%
10th Percentile £373 £300 £300
90th Percentile £680 £588 £624
Central London median daily rate £475 £426 £450
% change year-on-year +11.50% -5.33% -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 6,099 5,670 5,984
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 86.88% 87.99% 87.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 4,822 4,377 4,823
City of London median daily rate £513 £500 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% +5.26% +5.56%
10th Percentile £338 £315 £313
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
Central London median daily rate £500 £500 £475
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 55 54
City of London median hourly rate £18.70 £20.50 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.78% +2.50% -4.76%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.31 £11.33
90th Percentile £31.50 £29.77 £45.97
Central London median hourly rate £18.70 £18.70 £20.00
% change year-on-year +0.03% -6.53% -1.10%

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 July 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 July 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 32 (53.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 30 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (46.67%) Test Automation
4 21 (35.00%) QA
5 20 (33.33%) Finance
6 17 (28.33%) Test Scripting
7 13 (21.67%) Selenium
8 12 (20.00%) SQL
8 12 (20.00%) Scrum
8 12 (20.00%) JIRA
9 11 (18.33%) System Integration Testing
10 10 (16.67%) Scenario Testing
10 10 (16.67%) Regression Testing
10 10 (16.67%) C#
10 10 (16.67%) ISTQB
11 8 (13.33%) Banking
11 8 (13.33%) Retail
11 8 (13.33%) Data Warehouse
11 8 (13.33%) ISEB
11 8 (13.33%) Microsoft
11 8 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
11 8 (13.33%) BDD
11 8 (13.33%) Waterfall
12 7 (11.67%) Cucumber
12 7 (11.67%) Jenkins
12 7 (11.67%) ETL
12 7 (11.67%) Migration
13 6 (10.00%) Software Testing
13 6 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
13 6 (10.00%) HP

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 1 (1.67%) SAS
Applications
1 3 (5.00%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.67%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 2 (3.33%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.67%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 5 (8.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 3 (5.00%) Amazon AWS
2 3 (5.00%) Sauce Labs
3 1 (1.67%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.67%) HTTP
1 1 (1.67%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (13.33%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (6.67%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 3 (5.00%) Relational Database
4 2 (3.33%) Data Mart
4 2 (3.33%) Power BI
4 2 (3.33%) PowerPivot
4 2 (3.33%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.67%) Amazon Redshift
5 1 (1.67%) DB2
5 1 (1.67%) Oracle ODI
5 1 (1.67%) Oracle OWB
5 1 (1.67%) SAS Data Integration Studio
5 1 (1.67%) SQL Server
5 1 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 13 (21.67%) Selenium
2 12 (20.00%) JIRA
3 7 (11.67%) Cucumber
3 7 (11.67%) Jenkins
4 4 (6.67%) Protractor
4 4 (6.67%) SpecFlow
4 4 (6.67%) WebDriver
5 3 (5.00%) TeamCity
6 2 (3.33%) Eclipse
6 2 (3.33%) Gradle
6 2 (3.33%) Jasmine
6 2 (3.33%) Maven
6 2 (3.33%) Mocha
6 2 (3.33%) Octopus Deploy
7 1 (1.67%) Appium
7 1 (1.67%) Hudson
7 1 (1.67%) JMeter
7 1 (1.67%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 20 (33.33%) Finance
2 8 (13.33%) Banking
2 8 (13.33%) Retail
3 3 (5.00%) Retail Banking
4 2 (3.33%) Front Office
4 2 (3.33%) Legal
4 2 (3.33%) Marketing
4 2 (3.33%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.67%) Electronics
5 1 (1.67%) General Ledger
5 1 (1.67%) Investment Banking
5 1 (1.67%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.67%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (26.67%) Analyst
2 12 (20.00%) Tester
3 11 (18.33%) Test Manager
4 8 (13.33%) Test Analyst
4 8 (13.33%) Test Leader
5 4 (6.67%) QA Engineer
5 4 (6.67%) QA Tester
6 3 (5.00%) Business Analyst
6 3 (5.00%) Head of Testing
6 3 (5.00%) Integration Analyst
6 3 (5.00%) QA Leader
6 3 (5.00%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (5.00%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (3.33%) Automation Tester
7 2 (3.33%) Coordinator
7 2 (3.33%) Head of Test
7 2 (3.33%) Implementation Analyst
7 2 (3.33%) QA Analyst
7 2 (3.33%) Selenium Tester
7 2 (3.33%) Test Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.00%) Nightwatchjs
1 3 (5.00%) REST
1 3 (5.00%) XML
2 2 (3.33%) .NET
2 2 (3.33%) SOAP
2 2 (3.33%) XSD
3 1 (1.67%) FIX Protocol
3 1 (1.67%) FpML
3 1 (1.67%) JSON
3 1 (1.67%) JSON Schema
3 1 (1.67%) Middleware
3 1 (1.67%) OAuth
3 1 (1.67%) OAuth2
3 1 (1.67%) React
3 1 (1.67%) Spring
3 1 (1.67%) Swagger
3 1 (1.67%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (5.00%) Fintech
2 3 (5.00%) Hedge funds
2 3 (5.00%) Reinsurance
3 2 (3.33%) Computer Science
3 2 (3.33%) Credit Risk
3 2 (3.33%) Derivative
3 2 (3.33%) Fixed Income
3 2 (3.33%) Greenfield Project
3 2 (3.33%) Life Science
4 1 (1.67%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.67%) Digital Wallet
4 1 (1.67%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.67%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.67%) PMI
4 1 (1.67%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.67%) Reference Data
4 1 (1.67%) Self-Motivation
4 1 (1.67%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.67%) Android
1 1 (1.67%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (53.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 30 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 28 (46.67%) Test Automation
4 17 (28.33%) Test Scripting
5 12 (20.00%) Scrum
6 11 (18.33%) System Integration Testing
7 10 (16.67%) Regression Testing
7 10 (16.67%) Scenario Testing
8 8 (13.33%) BDD
8 8 (13.33%) Waterfall
9 7 (11.67%) ETL
9 7 (11.67%) Migration
10 6 (10.00%) Business Intelligence
10 6 (10.00%) Defect Management
10 6 (10.00%) DevOps
10 6 (10.00%) Problem-Solving
10 6 (10.00%) SDLC
10 6 (10.00%) Software Testing
10 6 (10.00%) User Stories
11 5 (8.33%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (20.00%) SQL
2 10 (16.67%) C#
3 5 (8.33%) JavaScript
4 4 (6.67%) Java
5 2 (3.33%) Python
6 1 (1.67%) C
6 1 (1.67%) C++
6 1 (1.67%) PL/SQL
6 1 (1.67%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.67%) T-SQL
6 1 (1.67%) VBA
Qualifications
1 10 (16.67%) ISTQB
2 8 (13.33%) ISEB
3 5 (8.33%) Degree
4 3 (5.00%) Security Cleared
5 2 (3.33%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 2 (3.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (3.33%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.67%) CFA
6 1 (1.67%) DV Cleared
6 1 (1.67%) Master's Degree
6 1 (1.67%) MBA
6 1 (1.67%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (35.00%) QA
2 3 (5.00%) PSD2
3 1 (1.67%) HL7
System Software
1 1 (1.67%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (3.33%) HP ALM
3 1 (1.67%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 8 (13.33%) Microsoft
2 6 (10.00%) HP
3 5 (8.33%) Oracle
4 4 (6.67%) Guidewire
4 4 (6.67%) Splunk
5 3 (5.00%) Bloomberg
6 2 (3.33%) FactSet
6 2 (3.33%) SAP
7 1 (1.67%) Ab Initio
7 1 (1.67%) Acunetix
7 1 (1.67%) Calypso
7 1 (1.67%) Reuters
7 1 (1.67%) Salesforce.com
7 1 (1.67%) Teradata