Period
to 29 November 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Test Planning skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Planning over the 6 months to 29 November 2020 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 Planning
UK > England
6 months to
29 Nov 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 421 608 616
Rank change year-on-year +187 +8 -45
Contract jobs citing Test Planning 86 166 264
As % of all contract jobs advertised in England 0.28% 0.22% 0.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.33% 0.26% 0.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 116 171
Median daily rate £463 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.63% -5.88% +13.33%
10th Percentile £278 £300 £300
90th Percentile £600 £525 £550
UK median daily rate £450 £375 £425
% change year-on-year +20.00% -11.76% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 2
Median hourly rate £27.67 £42.00 £39.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -34.13% +6.33% +12.86%
10th Percentile £25.80 £38.15 £25.45
90th Percentile £29.53 £43.85 £53.15
UK median hourly rate £27.67 £42.00 £39.50
% change year-on-year -34.13% +6.33% +12.86%

Test Planning 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 England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 26,401 64,450 82,871
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 86.19% 86.39% 87.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 16,899 42,572 55,529
Median daily rate £475 £475 £475
10th Percentile £300 £300 £300
90th Percentile £671 £650 £650
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £463
% change year-on-year - +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,014 2,013 2,136
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.00 £22.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.83% +9.09% -4.35%
10th Percentile £12.50 £11.96 £11.25
90th Percentile £57.50 £53.75 £50.63
Median hourly rate £35.00 £23.75 £22.00
% change year-on-year +47.37% +7.95% -3.72%

Test Planning
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Test Planning as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Test Planning in England

Test Planning
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Planning in England.

Daily rate trend for Test Planning in England

Test Planning
Daily Rate Histogram in England

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Planning in England over the 6 months to 29 November 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Planning in England

Test Planning
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Planning in England.

Hourly rate trend for Test Planning in England

Test Planning
Contract Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Planning within the England region over the 6 months to 29 November 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London +151 37 £425 +1.49% 5
South East +168 30 £500 +25.00% 2
Midlands +80 7 £518 +48.00% 7
North of England +109 5 £450 +20.81% 1
West Midlands +66 5 £518 +48.00% 5
East of England +71 3 £400 - 1
Yorkshire +51 3 £550 +57.14%
North West +80 2 £363 -18.31%
East Midlands +38 1 £323 -32.11% 2
Test Planning
UK

For the 6 months to 29 November 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Test Planning 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 England region with a requirement for Test Planning.

1 41 (47.67%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (40.70%) QA
3 33 (38.37%) Test Strategy
4 30 (34.88%) Security Cleared
5 28 (32.56%) JIRA
6 26 (30.23%) SC Cleared
6 26 (30.23%) Java
7 25 (29.07%) Selenium
8 24 (27.91%) SDLC
9 21 (24.42%) User Acceptance Testing
9 21 (24.42%) Waterfall
10 20 (23.26%) Open Source
10 20 (23.26%) Analytical Skills
10 20 (23.26%) Scenario Testing
11 18 (20.93%) Defect Management
11 18 (20.93%) Performance Testing
11 18 (20.93%) JMeter
11 18 (20.93%) HP
12 17 (19.77%) Test Scripting
12 17 (19.77%) ISTQB
12 17 (19.77%) Test Automation
12 17 (19.77%) HP ALM
13 16 (18.60%) Cybersecurity
13 16 (18.60%) Risk Assessment
14 15 (17.44%) Unix
14 15 (17.44%) OWASP
14 15 (17.44%) Confluence
14 15 (17.44%) Security Testing
14 15 (17.44%) Acceptance Criteria
15 14 (16.28%) NIST

Test Planning
Co-occurring IT Skills in England 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 15 (17.44%) Confluence
2 7 (8.14%) Elasticsearch
3 5 (5.81%) Apache Spark
4 2 (2.33%) IBM HTTP Server
4 2 (2.33%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (3.49%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.16%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.16%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 2 (2.33%) Loan IQ
2 1 (1.16%) PeopleSoft Financials
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.81%) AWS
2 2 (2.33%) Azure
2 2 (2.33%) IaaS
2 2 (2.33%) SaaS
3 1 (1.16%) Azure Data Factory
3 1 (1.16%) BrowserStack
3 1 (1.16%) GCP
3 1 (1.16%) Office 365
3 1 (1.16%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.65%) TCP/IP
2 3 (3.49%) HTTP
2 3 (3.49%) Network Security
2 3 (3.49%) SSL
3 2 (2.33%) Firewall
3 2 (2.33%) Internet
3 2 (2.33%) LAN
3 2 (2.33%) WAN
4 1 (1.16%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (12.79%) Data Mining
2 5 (5.81%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.33%) MongoDB
3 2 (2.33%) Oracle OWB
3 2 (2.33%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.16%) Amazon RDS
4 1 (1.16%) Big Data
4 1 (1.16%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.16%) DB2
Development Applications
1 28 (32.56%) JIRA
2 25 (29.07%) Selenium
3 18 (20.93%) JMeter
4 14 (16.28%) NeoLoad
5 13 (15.12%) eggPlant
5 13 (15.12%) LoadUI
6 9 (10.47%) Cucumber
6 9 (10.47%) Jenkins
7 7 (8.14%) Git (software)
8 5 (5.81%) SoapUI
8 5 (5.81%) TeamCity
9 4 (4.65%) Postman
10 3 (3.49%) HP UFT
10 3 (3.49%) LoadRunner
11 2 (2.33%) Gatling
11 2 (2.33%) REST Assured
11 2 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
11 2 (2.33%) TestDirector
11 2 (2.33%) Visual Studio
12 1 (1.16%) Burp Suite
General
1 10 (11.63%) Banking
1 10 (11.63%) Finance
2 6 (6.98%) Investment Banking
2 6 (6.98%) Public Sector
3 2 (2.33%) International Banking
3 2 (2.33%) Retail
3 2 (2.33%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.16%) Back Office
4 1 (1.16%) General Ledger
4 1 (1.16%) Law
4 1 (1.16%) Marketing
4 1 (1.16%) Police
Job Titles
1 24 (27.91%) Test Engineer
2 21 (24.42%) Analyst
3 13 (15.12%) Security Engineer
4 12 (13.95%) Test Manager
5 10 (11.63%) Architect
5 10 (11.63%) Tester
6 8 (9.30%) Business Analyst
6 8 (9.30%) Test Analyst
7 7 (8.14%) Performance Test Engineer
8 6 (6.98%) Performance Engineer
8 6 (6.98%) Solutions Architect
8 6 (6.98%) Technical Analyst
8 6 (6.98%) Test Leader
9 4 (4.65%) Security Analyst
10 3 (3.49%) Consultant
10 3 (3.49%) Performance Tester
10 3 (3.49%) Technical Business Analyst
10 3 (3.49%) Technical Security Analyst
10 3 (3.49%) Test Architect
11 2 (2.33%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (12.79%) .NET
1 11 (12.79%) Elastic Stack
2 5 (5.81%) JSON
2 5 (5.81%) Kafka
3 4 (4.65%) SOAP
4 3 (3.49%) Web Services
5 2 (2.33%) REST
5 2 (2.33%) XML
6 1 (1.16%) OLE
6 1 (1.16%) RESTful
6 1 (1.16%) Spring
6 1 (1.16%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 20 (23.26%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.81%) Management Information System
2 5 (5.81%) Public Cloud
2 5 (5.81%) Virtual Team
3 4 (4.65%) Self-Motivation
4 3 (3.49%) Data Centre
4 3 (3.49%) Mainframe
5 2 (2.33%) Credit Risk
5 2 (2.33%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 2 (2.33%) Market Risk
5 2 (2.33%) Smart City
6 1 (1.16%) Algorithms
6 1 (1.16%) Cyberthreat
6 1 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (1.16%) Equities
6 1 (1.16%) Fedwire
6 1 (1.16%) IBM Mainframe
6 1 (1.16%) Reinsurance
6 1 (1.16%) Smart Meter
6 1 (1.16%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 15 (17.44%) Unix
2 14 (16.28%) Windows
3 13 (15.12%) Linux
4 2 (2.33%) zOS
5 1 (1.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (47.67%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (38.37%) Test Strategy
3 24 (27.91%) SDLC
4 21 (24.42%) User Acceptance Testing
4 21 (24.42%) Waterfall
5 20 (23.26%) Open Source
5 20 (23.26%) Scenario Testing
6 18 (20.93%) Defect Management
6 18 (20.93%) Performance Testing
7 17 (19.77%) Test Automation
7 17 (19.77%) Test Scripting
8 16 (18.60%) Cybersecurity
8 16 (18.60%) Risk Assessment
9 15 (17.44%) Acceptance Criteria
9 15 (17.44%) OWASP
9 15 (17.44%) Security Testing
10 14 (16.28%) Information Security
10 14 (16.28%) Penetration Testing
10 14 (16.28%) Security Architecture
10 14 (16.28%) Threat Management
Programming Languages
1 26 (30.23%) Java
2 13 (15.12%) C#
3 12 (13.95%) C++
3 12 (13.95%) Python
3 12 (13.95%) SQL
4 11 (12.79%) C
4 11 (12.79%) PHP
4 11 (12.79%) VB.NET
5 5 (5.81%) JavaScript
5 5 (5.81%) Kotlin
6 1 (1.16%) COBOL
6 1 (1.16%) Groovy
6 1 (1.16%) Natural
6 1 (1.16%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.16%) Scala
6 1 (1.16%) VB
6 1 (1.16%) VBA
Qualifications
1 30 (34.88%) Security Cleared
2 26 (30.23%) SC Cleared
3 17 (19.77%) ISTQB
4 10 (11.63%) ISEB
5 7 (8.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (5.81%) TOGAF Certification
7 4 (4.65%) DV Cleared
8 3 (3.49%) Degree
8 3 (3.49%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (2.33%) BC Cleared
9 2 (2.33%) BPSS Clearance
9 2 (2.33%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (40.70%) QA
2 14 (16.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 14 (16.28%) NIST
3 1 (1.16%) Basel III
3 1 (1.16%) COREP
3 1 (1.16%) CRD IV
3 1 (1.16%) ISO 20022
3 1 (1.16%) SEPA
3 1 (1.16%) SLA
3 1 (1.16%) TARGET2
3 1 (1.16%) WCAG
System Software
1 5 (5.81%) Docker
Systems Management
1 17 (19.77%) HP ALM
2 14 (16.28%) HP Fortify
3 11 (12.79%) SCOM
3 11 (12.79%) ZABBIX
4 4 (4.65%) Kubernetes
5 3 (3.49%) HP Quality Center
5 3 (3.49%) WebInspect
6 2 (2.33%) Giant Swarm
7 1 (1.16%) Nessus
Vendors
1 18 (20.93%) HP
2 14 (16.28%) Black Duck
2 14 (16.28%) Micro Focus
2 14 (16.28%) Qualys
2 14 (16.28%) Sonatype
2 14 (16.28%) Splunk
3 12 (13.95%) Dynatrace
4 11 (12.79%) AppDynamics
4 11 (12.79%) ArcSight
4 11 (12.79%) New Relic
4 11 (12.79%) SolarWinds
5 8 (9.30%) Oracle
6 7 (8.14%) Microsoft
6 7 (8.14%) ServiceNow
7 3 (3.49%) Atlassian
7 3 (3.49%) CheckPoint
7 3 (3.49%) IBM
7 3 (3.49%) Tripwire
8 2 (2.33%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (2.33%) webMethods