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 3 months to 24 June 2017 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
London / City of London
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 132 121 139
Rank change year-on-year -11 +18  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 34 44 71
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the City of London 1.04% 1.30% 1.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.18% 1.51% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 26 61
Median daily rate £425 £460 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.60% -3.15%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £306 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  

Test Strategy is in the process and methodology skills category. The next 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 and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
City of London
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2879 2907 4718
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the City of London 88.15% 85.93% 81.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 2210 2380 3714
Median daily rate £500 £475 £473
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +0.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £335 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £625 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 24 55
Median hourly rate £20.00 £19.00 £24.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% -22.44%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £12.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.00 £31.50 £56.20
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the City of London

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the City of London citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 24 June 2017.

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 24 June 2017, 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 35 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (51.72%) Finance
3 28 (48.28%) Test Automation
4 17 (29.31%) QA
5 16 (27.59%) Selenium
6 15 (25.86%) Scrum
6 15 (25.86%) Banking
7 14 (24.14%) SQL
8 12 (20.69%) Test Scripting
8 12 (20.69%) WebDriver
9 11 (18.97%) Regression Testing
9 11 (18.97%) E-Commerce
10 10 (17.24%) Investment Banking
11 9 (15.52%) Software Engineering
11 9 (15.52%) MiFID
11 9 (15.52%) User Acceptance Testing
12 7 (12.07%) Defect Management
12 7 (12.07%) BDD
12 7 (12.07%) TDD
12 7 (12.07%) Java
13 6 (10.34%) C#
13 6 (10.34%) ETL
13 6 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
13 6 (10.34%) Equities
13 6 (10.34%) JIRA
13 6 (10.34%) Software Testing
13 6 (10.34%) Scenario Testing
14 5 (8.62%) Greenfield Project
14 5 (8.62%) Business Analysis
14 5 (8.62%) ISTQB

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 3 (5.17%) Confluence
2 2 (3.45%) Elasticsearch
2 2 (3.45%) SAS
3 1 (1.72%) Apache
3 1 (1.72%) Apache Airflow
3 1 (1.72%) Apache Spark
Applications
1 2 (3.45%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (3.45%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.72%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle EBS
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle Payroll
1 1 (1.72%) Summit
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.72%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.72%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.72%) NAS
1 1 (1.72%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.62%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (5.17%) Relational Database
3 2 (3.45%) Amazon Redshift
3 2 (3.45%) Hadoop
3 2 (3.45%) SAS Data Integration Studio
3 2 (3.45%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.72%) Apache Hive
4 1 (1.72%) Big Data
4 1 (1.72%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.72%) Oracle BI EE
4 1 (1.72%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.72%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (1.72%) Oracle ODI
4 1 (1.72%) Oracle OWB
4 1 (1.72%) QlikView
Development Applications
1 16 (27.59%) Selenium
2 12 (20.69%) WebDriver
3 6 (10.34%) JIRA
4 4 (6.90%) SpecFlow
4 4 (6.90%) Visual Studio
5 3 (5.17%) Git (software)
6 2 (3.45%) Cucumber
6 2 (3.45%) HP UFT
6 2 (3.45%) Jenkins
6 2 (3.45%) TestRail
7 1 (1.72%) Appium
7 1 (1.72%) Geb
7 1 (1.72%) Grunt
7 1 (1.72%) gulp
7 1 (1.72%) Jasmine
7 1 (1.72%) Maven
7 1 (1.72%) Mocha
7 1 (1.72%) Spock
7 1 (1.72%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.72%) TestLink
General
1 30 (51.72%) Finance
2 15 (25.86%) Banking
3 10 (17.24%) Investment Banking
4 3 (5.17%) Front Office
4 3 (5.17%) Retail
5 2 (3.45%) Retail Banking
6 1 (1.72%) Back Office
6 1 (1.72%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 27 (46.55%) Analyst
2 16 (27.59%) Test Analyst
3 12 (20.69%) Test Manager
4 11 (18.97%) Automation Test Analyst
5 10 (17.24%) Business Analyst
6 9 (15.52%) Selenium Test Analyst
7 7 (12.07%) Senior Analyst
7 7 (12.07%) Senior Test Analyst
8 5 (8.62%) Programme Test Manager
8 5 (8.62%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
8 5 (8.62%) Test Programme Manager
8 5 (8.62%) Tester
9 4 (6.90%) Programme Manager
10 3 (5.17%) Agile Test Manager
10 3 (5.17%) Automation Tester
10 3 (5.17%) Test Leader
11 2 (3.45%) Developer
11 2 (3.45%) MiFID Business Analyst
11 2 (3.45%) QA Manager
11 2 (3.45%) XML Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.90%) .NET
1 4 (6.90%) Node.js
1 4 (6.90%) XML
2 3 (5.17%) JSON
3 2 (3.45%) Apache Avro
3 2 (3.45%) CSS
3 2 (3.45%) FpML
3 2 (3.45%) HTML
3 2 (3.45%) Kafka
3 2 (3.45%) Protocol Buffers
4 1 (1.72%) AngularJS
4 1 (1.72%) Chai
4 1 (1.72%) CSS3
4 1 (1.72%) Ember.js
4 1 (1.72%) Handlebars
4 1 (1.72%) JSP
4 1 (1.72%) Marionette.js
4 1 (1.72%) React
4 1 (1.72%) Servlets
4 1 (1.72%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.34%) Equities
2 5 (8.62%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (8.62%) Greenfield Project
3 3 (5.17%) Fintech
4 2 (3.45%) Derivative
4 2 (3.45%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 2 (3.45%) Grid Computing
4 2 (3.45%) Public Cloud
5 1 (1.72%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.72%) Cyberthreat
5 1 (1.72%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.72%) EPoS
5 1 (1.72%) Fixed Income
5 1 (1.72%) Hedge funds
5 1 (1.72%) iPad
5 1 (1.72%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.72%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.72%) Reference Data
5 1 (1.72%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (5.17%) Windows
2 2 (3.45%) Linux
3 1 (1.72%) Android
3 1 (1.72%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.72%) Unix
3 1 (1.72%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.72%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (48.28%) Test Automation
3 15 (25.86%) Scrum
4 12 (20.69%) Test Scripting
5 11 (18.97%) E-Commerce
5 11 (18.97%) Regression Testing
6 9 (15.52%) Software Engineering
6 9 (15.52%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (12.07%) BDD
7 7 (12.07%) Defect Management
7 7 (12.07%) TDD
8 6 (10.34%) ETL
8 6 (10.34%) Scenario Testing
8 6 (10.34%) Software Testing
8 6 (10.34%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (8.62%) Business Analysis
9 5 (8.62%) Manual Testing
9 5 (8.62%) Risk Management
10 4 (6.90%) Migration
10 4 (6.90%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 14 (24.14%) SQL
2 7 (12.07%) Java
3 6 (10.34%) C#
4 3 (5.17%) JavaScript
5 2 (3.45%) Python
5 2 (3.45%) Ruby
6 1 (1.72%) C++
6 1 (1.72%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 5 (8.62%) Degree
1 5 (8.62%) ISTQB
1 5 (8.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (1.72%) CFA
2 1 (1.72%) Computer Science Degree
2 1 (1.72%) ISEB
2 1 (1.72%) SC Cleared
2 1 (1.72%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (29.31%) QA
2 9 (15.52%) MiFID
3 1 (1.72%) Dodd-Frank
3 1 (1.72%) EMIR
3 1 (1.72%) IFRS
3 1 (1.72%) IFRS 9
3 1 (1.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.72%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (1.72%) NFS
Systems Management
1 5 (8.62%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (6.90%) Oracle
2 3 (5.17%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.45%) TOWER Software
4 1 (1.72%) ArcSight
4 1 (1.72%) Fidessa
4 1 (1.72%) Hyperion
4 1 (1.72%) NetApp
4 1 (1.72%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.72%) SAP
4 1 (1.72%) Splunk
4 1 (1.72%) Teradata
4 1 (1.72%) WorldPay
City, London
LA International
Rate: Market rate
Posted: 17 hours ago
City, London
Intec Select
Rate: From £400 to £450 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
City, London
Understanding Recruitment
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 3 days ago