The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in England 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 25 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
UK / England
3 months to
25 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 209 198 171
Rank change year-on-year -11 -27  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 504 634 698
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.19% 1.30% 1.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.40% 1.56% 1.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 322 396 441
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £575 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 3 2
Median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £29.50 £33.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.02 £37.00
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 England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 36004 40667 41211
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 84.73% 83.47% 80.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 23651 27315 26961
Median daily rate £450 £450 £415
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +8.43%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 936 954 1137
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% +5.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.53 £12.58 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £49.46 £50.00
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 England

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in England 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 England

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Strategy in England.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in England

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in England over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in England

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy in England.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in England

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in England

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in England over the 3 months to 25 June 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Strategy in England

Test Strategy
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 Strategy within the England region over the 3 months to 25 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -28 217 £450 - 45
South East +27 99 £395 -5.67% 20
North West +13 41 £413 -2.94% 14
Yorkshire +37 34 £425 +3.03% 7
West Midlands +5 34 £313 -16.66% 7
South West -5 29 £400 -5.88% 5
East Midlands +2 25 £421 +5.31% 3
East of England -27 18 £450 +5.88% 9
North East +29 5 £275 -12.00% 1
Test Strategy
UK

For the 6 months to 25 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 England region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 427 (40.02%) Agile Software Development
2 404 (37.86%) Test Automation
3 279 (26.15%) Finance
4 259 (24.27%) Test Scripting
5 227 (21.27%) User Acceptance Testing
6 206 (19.31%) QA
7 182 (17.06%) Selenium
8 170 (15.93%) JIRA
9 148 (13.87%) Security Cleared
10 147 (13.78%) Java
11 138 (12.93%) SQL
12 136 (12.75%) Regression Testing
13 135 (12.65%) Test Management
14 128 (12.00%) Banking
15 125 (11.72%) BDD
16 123 (11.53%) Scrum
17 116 (10.87%) ISEB
17 116 (10.87%) ISTQB
18 115 (10.78%) Microsoft
19 113 (10.59%) Integration Testing
19 113 (10.59%) Continuous Integration
20 112 (10.50%) Performance Testing
21 108 (10.12%) SC Cleared
22 105 (9.84%) Oracle
22 105 (9.84%) Software Testing
23 103 (9.65%) Defect Management
24 100 (9.37%) Cucumber
24 100 (9.37%) Non-Functional Testing
25 98 (9.18%) Scenario Testing
26 96 (9.00%) TDD

Test Strategy
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 54 (5.06%) Confluence
2 18 (1.69%) Tomcat
3 10 (0.94%) NServiceBus
4 9 (0.84%) WebLogic
4 9 (0.84%) WebSphere
5 8 (0.75%) ArcGIS
6 7 (0.66%) Apache Spark
6 7 (0.66%) SharePoint
7 6 (0.56%) CMS
7 6 (0.56%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.28%) Apache
8 3 (0.28%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.28%) CICS
8 3 (0.28%) IIS
8 3 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.28%) SAS
9 2 (0.19%) BizTalk Server
9 2 (0.19%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.19%) SAP Portal
9 2 (0.19%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 39 (3.66%) Microsoft Office
2 31 (2.91%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.75%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.094%) Simulink
6 1 (0.094%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (1.41%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (1.03%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 10 (0.94%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (0.75%) LabWindows
5 7 (0.66%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (0.66%) SAP ERP
6 6 (0.56%) SAP FI
7 5 (0.47%) Dynamics NAV
8 4 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
9 3 (0.28%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.28%) Dynamics SL
9 3 (0.28%) Oracle Assets
9 3 (0.28%) Oracle ERP
9 3 (0.28%) Oracle Payables
9 3 (0.28%) Oracle Payroll
9 3 (0.28%) Oracle Receivables
9 3 (0.28%) Workday HCM
10 2 (0.19%) Markit EDM
10 2 (0.19%) Oracle ASCP
10 2 (0.19%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 32 (3.00%) SaaS
2 25 (2.34%) Microsoft Azure
3 14 (1.31%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.84%) OpenDNS
5 7 (0.66%) Office 365
6 6 (0.56%) Basecamp
7 5 (0.47%) GitHub
7 5 (0.47%) PaaS
8 4 (0.37%) AdWords
8 4 (0.37%) Amazon S3
8 4 (0.37%) Google Analytics
9 3 (0.28%) Taleo
10 2 (0.19%) Azure Active Directory
10 2 (0.19%) IaaS
10 2 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.094%) FinancialForce.com
11 1 (0.094%) Google Play
11 1 (0.094%) OneDrive
11 1 (0.094%) TestFlight
11 1 (0.094%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.59%) PuTTY
1 17 (1.59%) WinSCP
2 16 (1.50%) Internet
3 11 (1.03%) HTTP
4 9 (0.84%) DNS
4 9 (0.84%) TCP/IP
5 8 (0.75%) LAN
5 8 (0.75%) Link 16
5 8 (0.75%) RS-422
5 8 (0.75%) WAN
6 6 (0.56%) Ethernet
6 6 (0.56%) IPsec
6 6 (0.56%) LDAP
6 6 (0.56%) Wireless
7 5 (0.47%) SMS
8 4 (0.37%) Network Security
8 4 (0.37%) ZigBee
9 3 (0.28%) MVNO
9 3 (0.28%) Wireshark
10 2 (0.19%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (5.90%) SQL Server
2 49 (4.59%) Data Warehouse
3 37 (3.47%) Oracle Database
4 26 (2.44%) Oracle Reports
5 22 (2.06%) Oracle Database 10g
6 20 (1.87%) Oracle Database 11g
7 19 (1.78%) Relational Database
8 18 (1.69%) Big Data
9 16 (1.50%) SQL Server 2005
9 16 (1.50%) SQL Server 2008
9 16 (1.50%) SQL Server 2012
10 14 (1.31%) Hadoop
11 9 (0.84%) Maltego
12 8 (0.75%) BusinessObjects
12 8 (0.75%) Oracle BI EE
13 6 (0.56%) MySQL
13 6 (0.56%) PostgreSQL
13 6 (0.56%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 5 (0.47%) DB2
14 5 (0.47%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 182 (17.06%) Selenium
2 170 (15.93%) JIRA
3 100 (9.37%) Cucumber
4 82 (7.69%) Jenkins
5 75 (7.03%) WebDriver
6 59 (5.53%) HP UFT
7 57 (5.34%) SoapUI
8 56 (5.25%) Team Foundation Server
9 55 (5.15%) LoadRunner
10 46 (4.31%) Git (software)
11 44 (4.12%) JMeter
12 39 (3.66%) SpecFlow
13 36 (3.37%) JUnit
14 34 (3.19%) TeamCity
15 23 (2.16%) Visual Studio
16 21 (1.97%) JBehave
17 20 (1.87%) TestNG
18 19 (1.78%) Eclipse
19 18 (1.69%) Oracle APEX
19 18 (1.69%) TestRail
General
1 279 (26.15%) Finance
2 128 (12.00%) Banking
3 41 (3.84%) Retail
4 34 (3.19%) Marketing
5 33 (3.09%) Telecoms
6 30 (2.81%) Financial Institution
7 27 (2.53%) Investment Banking
8 22 (2.06%) Front Office
9 20 (1.87%) Games
10 17 (1.59%) Legal
10 17 (1.59%) Military
11 16 (1.50%) Manufacturing
12 15 (1.41%) Advertising
13 14 (1.31%) Back Office
14 11 (1.03%) Electronics
14 11 (1.03%) Publishing
15 10 (0.94%) Avionics
16 8 (0.75%) Retail Banking
17 7 (0.66%) Automotive
17 7 (0.66%) German Language
Job Titles
1 290 (27.18%) Test Manager
2 283 (26.52%) Analyst
3 185 (17.34%) Test Analyst
4 140 (13.12%) Tester
5 87 (8.15%) Test Leader
6 74 (6.94%) Business Analyst
7 55 (5.15%) Developer
8 52 (4.87%) Automation Tester
9 49 (4.59%) Test Engineer
10 42 (3.94%) Automation Test Analyst
11 40 (3.75%) Senior Analyst
12 38 (3.56%) Programme Test Manager
12 38 (3.56%) Test Programme Manager
13 37 (3.47%) Programme Manager
14 33 (3.09%) Consultant
14 33 (3.09%) Senior Test Analyst
15 28 (2.62%) QA Engineer
16 22 (2.06%) Agile Test Manager
16 22 (2.06%) QA Tester
17 21 (1.97%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 67 (6.28%) .NET
2 66 (6.19%) Web Services
3 36 (3.37%) SOAP
4 32 (3.00%) REST
4 32 (3.00%) XML
5 24 (2.25%) Gherkin
5 24 (2.25%) HTML
6 23 (2.16%) JSON
6 23 (2.16%) Middleware
7 18 (1.69%) CSS
7 18 (1.69%) FIX Protocol
8 17 (1.59%) Spring
9 15 (1.41%) AngularJS
10 14 (1.31%) Hibernate
11 13 (1.22%) RESTful
12 12 (1.12%) COM
13 11 (1.03%) Oracle Fusion
13 11 (1.03%) WPF
14 10 (0.94%) DCOM
15 9 (0.84%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 68 (6.37%) Analytical Skills
2 47 (4.40%) Management Information System
3 33 (3.09%) Computer Science
4 31 (2.91%) Equities
5 30 (2.81%) User Experience
6 20 (1.87%) Algorithms
6 20 (1.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 18 (1.69%) Data Centre
8 17 (1.59%) Derivative
8 17 (1.59%) Reference Data
9 16 (1.50%) Greenfield Project
9 16 (1.50%) Hedge funds
10 14 (1.31%) Mobile App
11 13 (1.22%) Cyberthreat
12 12 (1.12%) Fixed Income
13 9 (0.84%) CESG
14 8 (0.75%) Client/Server
14 8 (0.75%) Fintech
14 8 (0.75%) Mainframe
15 7 (0.66%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 90 (8.43%) Windows
2 65 (6.09%) Linux
3 57 (5.34%) Unix
4 36 (3.37%) Windows Server
5 27 (2.53%) Windows Server 2012
6 22 (2.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.84%) Solaris
7 9 (0.84%) Windows 7
7 9 (0.84%) Windows Server 2008
8 8 (0.75%) Android
9 7 (0.66%) AIX
9 7 (0.66%) Apple iOS
10 6 (0.56%) Windows 10
11 5 (0.47%) HPUX
11 5 (0.47%) Windows Vista
12 4 (0.37%) Mac OS X
12 4 (0.37%) Windows 8
12 4 (0.37%) Windows Server 2003
13 3 (0.28%) Embedded Linux
13 3 (0.28%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 427 (40.02%) Agile Software Development
2 404 (37.86%) Test Automation
3 259 (24.27%) Test Scripting
4 227 (21.27%) User Acceptance Testing
5 136 (12.75%) Regression Testing
6 135 (12.65%) Test Management
7 125 (11.72%) BDD
8 123 (11.53%) Scrum
9 113 (10.59%) Continuous Integration
9 113 (10.59%) Integration Testing
10 112 (10.50%) Performance Testing
11 105 (9.84%) Software Testing
12 103 (9.65%) Defect Management
13 100 (9.37%) Non-Functional Testing
14 98 (9.18%) Scenario Testing
15 96 (9.00%) TDD
16 86 (8.06%) Functional Testing
17 85 (7.97%) Stakeholder Management
18 83 (7.78%) Migration
19 79 (7.40%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 147 (13.78%) Java
2 138 (12.93%) SQL
3 82 (7.69%) C#
4 47 (4.40%) C
5 46 (4.31%) JavaScript
6 33 (3.09%) Python
7 29 (2.72%) C++
8 23 (2.16%) VB
9 22 (2.06%) Scala
10 19 (1.78%) F#
10 19 (1.78%) Groovy
11 17 (1.59%) Ruby
12 8 (0.75%) PL/SQL
12 8 (0.75%) VBScript
13 7 (0.66%) PowerShell
13 7 (0.66%) Shell Script
14 6 (0.56%) T-SQL
15 5 (0.47%) Bash Shell
15 5 (0.47%) Embedded C++
16 3 (0.28%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 148 (13.87%) Security Cleared
2 116 (10.87%) ISEB
2 116 (10.87%) ISTQB
3 108 (10.12%) SC Cleared
4 92 (8.62%) Degree
5 53 (4.97%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 25 (2.34%) DV Cleared
7 22 (2.06%) Computer Science Degree
8 17 (1.59%) ISEB Practitioner
9 12 (1.12%) CISSP
10 11 (1.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 9 (0.84%) CESG Certified Professional
12 8 (0.75%) Microsoft Certification
13 6 (0.56%) CISM
13 6 (0.56%) HNC
13 6 (0.56%) Numerate Degree
14 5 (0.47%) BPSS Clearance
14 5 (0.47%) Master's Degree
15 4 (0.37%) PhD
15 4 (0.37%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 206 (19.31%) QA
2 34 (3.19%) MiFID
3 16 (1.50%) Data Quality
4 14 (1.31%) WCAG
5 13 (1.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 9 (0.84%) IFRS
7 8 (0.75%) EMIR
7 8 (0.75%) MIL-STD-1553
7 8 (0.75%) SLA
8 6 (0.56%) RMADS
9 5 (0.47%) ISO 9000
9 5 (0.47%) JSP 440
9 5 (0.47%) PMO
10 4 (0.37%) Disclosure Scotland
10 4 (0.37%) FATCA
10 4 (0.37%) IFRS 9
10 4 (0.37%) PCI DSS
10 4 (0.37%) TickIT
11 3 (0.28%) Dodd-Frank
11 3 (0.28%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 21 (1.97%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.50%) vSphere
3 14 (1.31%) Virtual Machines
4 9 (0.84%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.37%) Docker
5 4 (0.37%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 3 (0.28%) HDFS
6 3 (0.28%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.28%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.28%) Terminal Services
6 3 (0.28%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.19%) Cygwin
7 2 (0.19%) KVM
7 2 (0.19%) Time Sharing Option
7 2 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.094%) NFS
8 1 (0.094%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 69 (6.47%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.50%) vRealize
3 13 (1.22%) Tivoli
4 9 (0.84%) Tivoli Monitoring
5 4 (0.37%) Ansible
5 4 (0.37%) Ganglia
5 4 (0.37%) nmon
5 4 (0.37%) SCCM
6 3 (0.28%) BladeLogic
6 3 (0.28%) Control-M
6 3 (0.28%) Grafana
6 3 (0.28%) HP SiteScope
6 3 (0.28%) IBM BigFix
6 3 (0.28%) Kibana
6 3 (0.28%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.28%) Puppet
6 3 (0.28%) ZABBIX
7 2 (0.19%) Graphite
7 2 (0.19%) Perfmon
7 2 (0.19%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 115 (10.78%) Microsoft
2 105 (9.84%) Oracle
3 83 (7.78%) HP
4 66 (6.19%) SAP
5 29 (2.72%) IBM
5 29 (2.72%) Salesforce.com
6 26 (2.44%) Red Hat
6 26 (2.44%) VMware
7 20 (1.87%) Informatica
8 14 (1.31%) Workday
9 12 (1.12%) Atlassian
10 10 (0.94%) Splunk
10 10 (0.94%) webMethods
11 8 (0.75%) ArcSight
11 8 (0.75%) Serena
11 8 (0.75%) Telerik
12 7 (0.66%) BMC
12 7 (0.66%) Google
13 6 (0.56%) AppDynamics
13 6 (0.56%) Fixnetix
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