Period
to 22 November 2017

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 6 months to 22 November 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
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 246 221 176
Rank change year-on-year -25 -45 +47
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 997 1187 1457
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.05% 1.21% 1.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.24% 1.44% 1.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 630 711 936
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
10th Percentile £297 £275 £275
90th Percentile £588 £583 £575
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 17 9 8
England median hourly rate £45.00 £44.00 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.27% +12.10% +5.37%
10th Percentile £33.20 £40.13 £28.81
90th Percentile £52.50 £49.00 £46.30
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £44.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year +1.69% +18.00% +7.91%

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 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 80305 82432 84439
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 84.63% 84.16% 81.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 54036 54950 55644
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
10th Percentile £288 £265 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
% change year-on-year +5.88% +2.91% +3.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1882 2137 2504
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.43 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.76% +8.58% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.43 £11.50 £11.26
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £47.50
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

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 6 months to 22 November 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 6 months to 22 November 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 6 months to 22 November 2017. 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 -23 459 £450 +1.12% 40
South East -31 187 £418 +1.21% 19
North of England +36 140 £388 +6.16% 24
Midlands -16 107 £350 -6.67% 7
West Midlands -33 70 £325 -13.33% 3
Yorkshire +46 63 £394 -1.56% 7
North West +9 62 £376 -5.94% 14
South West -4 51 £388 +1.64% 4
East of England -33 48 £437 +9.19% 16
East Midlands +6 35 £369 -1.67% 4
North East +9 15 £320 +2.40% 3
Test Strategy
UK

For the 6 months to 22 November 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.

1 410 (41.12%) Test Automation
2 394 (39.52%) Agile Software Development
3 237 (23.77%) Finance
4 212 (21.26%) User Acceptance Testing
5 204 (20.46%) Test Scripting
6 189 (18.96%) Java
7 187 (18.76%) QA
8 170 (17.05%) Selenium
9 150 (15.05%) BDD
10 142 (14.24%) JIRA
11 139 (13.94%) Banking
12 136 (13.64%) Test Management
13 135 (13.54%) Scenario Testing
14 121 (12.14%) Stakeholder Management
15 117 (11.74%) Scrum
16 115 (11.53%) SQL
17 113 (11.33%) Integration Testing
18 112 (11.23%) Security Cleared
18 112 (11.23%) Cucumber
19 111 (11.13%) TDD
20 104 (10.43%) Regression Testing
21 102 (10.23%) Defect Management
22 99 (9.93%) ISTQB
23 98 (9.83%) System Integration Testing
24 95 (9.53%) Continuous Integration
25 92 (9.23%) HP
26 88 (8.83%) SC Cleared
26 88 (8.83%) C#
27 87 (8.73%) Migration
27 87 (8.73%) Analytical Skills

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 56 (5.62%) Confluence
2 25 (2.51%) Tomcat
3 13 (1.30%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.20%) SAS
5 10 (1.00%) WebLogic
6 9 (0.90%) Apache Pig
6 9 (0.90%) Apache Spark
7 7 (0.70%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 5 (0.50%) Elasticsearch
9 3 (0.30%) Apache
9 3 (0.30%) CICS
9 3 (0.30%) Oracle Service Bus
10 2 (0.20%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 2 (0.20%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.20%) ArcGIS
10 2 (0.20%) BizTalk Server
10 2 (0.20%) CMS
10 2 (0.20%) NServiceBus
10 2 (0.20%) SharePoint 2010
10 2 (0.20%) WebSphere
Applications
1 33 (3.31%) Microsoft Office
2 20 (2.01%) Microsoft Excel
3 13 (1.30%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 7 (0.70%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.10%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.10%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.10%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.20%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.80%) Oracle EBS
3 7 (0.70%) LabWindows
4 4 (0.40%) SAP CO
4 4 (0.40%) SAP FI
4 4 (0.40%) SAP FI/CO
5 3 (0.30%) Maximo
5 3 (0.30%) Oracle ASCP
5 3 (0.30%) Oracle HRMS
5 3 (0.30%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.30%) SAP HCM
5 3 (0.30%) Temenos T24
5 3 (0.30%) TRIRIGA
6 2 (0.20%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.20%) Findur
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Applications
6 2 (0.20%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.20%) SAP CRM
6 2 (0.20%) SAP Hybris
7 1 (0.10%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 39 (3.91%) Microsoft Azure
2 33 (3.31%) SaaS
3 26 (2.61%) Amazon AWS
4 17 (1.71%) GitHub
5 16 (1.60%) Office 365
6 14 (1.40%) OpenDNS
7 7 (0.70%) OpenShift
8 4 (0.40%) PaaS
9 3 (0.30%) Dynamics 365
10 2 (0.20%) AdWords
10 2 (0.20%) Amazon S3
10 2 (0.20%) Google Analytics
10 2 (0.20%) IaaS
10 2 (0.20%) iPaaS
10 2 (0.20%) Slack
10 2 (0.20%) SuccessFactors
11 1 (0.10%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.10%) Amazon EMR
11 1 (0.10%) Basecamp
11 1 (0.10%) Yammer
Communications & Networking
1 21 (2.11%) HTTP
2 16 (1.60%) DNS
3 15 (1.50%) PuTTY
3 15 (1.50%) WinSCP
4 14 (1.40%) WAN
5 12 (1.20%) LAN
6 9 (0.90%) Internet
7 7 (0.70%) RS-422
7 7 (0.70%) SMS
8 3 (0.30%) Firewall
8 3 (0.30%) TCP/IP
8 3 (0.30%) VoIP
8 3 (0.30%) Wireless
9 2 (0.20%) DSL
9 2 (0.20%) Intranet
9 2 (0.20%) IPsec
9 2 (0.20%) Link 16
9 2 (0.20%) SDH
9 2 (0.20%) SpaceWire
9 2 (0.20%) VPN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (4.51%) Big Data
2 36 (3.61%) SQL Server
3 27 (2.71%) Data Warehouse
4 22 (2.21%) Hadoop
5 19 (1.91%) Oracle Database
6 17 (1.71%) SQL Server 2016
7 15 (1.50%) Oracle Database 11g
8 14 (1.40%) Maltego
9 13 (1.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 11 (1.10%) Oracle Database 10g
10 11 (1.10%) SQL Server 2012
11 10 (1.00%) Oracle Reports
12 8 (0.80%) Apache Hive
12 8 (0.80%) DB2
12 8 (0.80%) DTS
12 8 (0.80%) HBase
12 8 (0.80%) SQL Server 2008
13 7 (0.70%) SQL Server 2000
14 6 (0.60%) NoSQL
14 6 (0.60%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 170 (17.05%) Selenium
2 142 (14.24%) JIRA
3 112 (11.23%) Cucumber
4 81 (8.12%) WebDriver
5 74 (7.42%) Jenkins
6 52 (5.22%) HP UFT
7 51 (5.12%) Git (software)
7 51 (5.12%) SoapUI
8 40 (4.01%) SpecFlow
9 37 (3.71%) LoadRunner
10 29 (2.91%) JUnit
11 28 (2.81%) Ant
11 28 (2.81%) JMeter
12 24 (2.41%) Team Foundation Server
13 23 (2.31%) Maven
14 22 (2.21%) Eclipse
15 20 (2.01%) TestNG
16 19 (1.91%) Jasmine
17 16 (1.60%) NUnit
17 16 (1.60%) Protractor
General
1 237 (23.77%) Finance
2 139 (13.94%) Banking
3 49 (4.91%) Investment Banking
4 41 (4.11%) Retail
5 32 (3.21%) Front Office
6 24 (2.41%) Games
6 24 (2.41%) Telecoms
7 19 (1.91%) Publishing
8 18 (1.81%) Back Office
9 17 (1.71%) Retail Banking
10 16 (1.60%) Financial Institution
11 12 (1.20%) Marketing
12 9 (0.90%) Legal
13 8 (0.80%) Automotive
14 6 (0.60%) Advertising
14 6 (0.60%) German Language
15 5 (0.50%) Pharmaceutical
16 4 (0.40%) Corporate Banking
16 4 (0.40%) Manufacturing
16 4 (0.40%) Military
Job Titles
1 245 (24.57%) Test Manager
2 234 (23.47%) Analyst
3 142 (14.24%) Test Analyst
4 107 (10.73%) Tester
5 89 (8.93%) Test Leader
6 78 (7.82%) Developer
7 70 (7.02%) Test Engineer
8 57 (5.72%) Business Analyst
9 48 (4.81%) Automation Tester
10 38 (3.81%) Architect
11 36 (3.61%) Automation Test Analyst
12 34 (3.41%) Programme Manager
12 34 (3.41%) Programme Test Manager
12 34 (3.41%) Test Programme Manager
13 32 (3.21%) QA Engineer
14 29 (2.91%) Java Developer
15 25 (2.51%) Consultant
15 25 (2.51%) Project Manager
16 23 (2.31%) Test Automation Engineer
17 21 (2.11%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (5.02%) .NET
2 42 (4.21%) Gherkin
3 40 (4.01%) REST
4 39 (3.91%) Web Services
5 26 (2.61%) SOAP
6 25 (2.51%) HTML
7 19 (1.91%) Middleware
8 17 (1.71%) CSS
8 17 (1.71%) Spring
9 16 (1.60%) XML
10 15 (1.50%) Elastic Stack
10 15 (1.50%) Kafka
11 13 (1.30%) RESTful
12 10 (1.00%) Hibernate
12 10 (1.00%) HTML5
13 9 (0.90%) .NET Framework
13 9 (0.90%) AngularJS
13 9 (0.90%) JSON
14 8 (0.80%) ASP.NET
15 7 (0.70%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 87 (8.73%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (4.91%) Computer Science
3 27 (2.71%) Management Information System
4 22 (2.21%) Equities
5 18 (1.81%) Mobile App
6 17 (1.71%) Cyberthreat
6 17 (1.71%) Data Centre
6 17 (1.71%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 16 (1.60%) User Experience
8 14 (1.40%) Derivative
8 14 (1.40%) Fixed Income
9 11 (1.10%) Algorithms
9 11 (1.10%) iSeries
10 7 (0.70%) Credit Risk
10 7 (0.70%) Fintech
10 7 (0.70%) Reference Data
11 6 (0.60%) EPoS
11 6 (0.60%) Greenfield Project
11 6 (0.60%) Mobile Banking
11 6 (0.60%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 66 (6.62%) Windows
2 42 (4.21%) Linux
3 36 (3.61%) Unix
4 21 (2.11%) Windows Server
5 18 (1.81%) Windows Server 2012
6 15 (1.50%) Android
6 15 (1.50%) Apple iOS
6 15 (1.50%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 13 (1.30%) Windows 10
8 7 (0.70%) Windows 7
9 6 (0.60%) Solaris
10 5 (0.50%) AIX
11 3 (0.30%) HPUX
11 3 (0.30%) Mac OS X
11 3 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.10%) Debian
12 1 (0.10%) Fedora
12 1 (0.10%) VxWorks
12 1 (0.10%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.10%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 410 (41.12%) Test Automation
2 394 (39.52%) Agile Software Development
3 212 (21.26%) User Acceptance Testing
4 204 (20.46%) Test Scripting
5 150 (15.05%) BDD
6 136 (13.64%) Test Management
7 135 (13.54%) Scenario Testing
8 121 (12.14%) Stakeholder Management
9 117 (11.74%) Scrum
10 113 (11.33%) Integration Testing
11 111 (11.13%) TDD
12 104 (10.43%) Regression Testing
13 102 (10.23%) Defect Management
14 98 (9.83%) System Integration Testing
15 95 (9.53%) Continuous Integration
16 87 (8.73%) Migration
17 85 (8.53%) Software Testing
18 82 (8.22%) Performance Testing
19 80 (8.02%) SDLC
20 77 (7.72%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 189 (18.96%) Java
2 115 (11.53%) SQL
3 88 (8.83%) C#
4 52 (5.22%) JavaScript
5 43 (4.31%) Python
6 36 (3.61%) C++
7 34 (3.41%) Ruby
8 24 (2.41%) C
8 24 (2.41%) Scala
9 13 (1.30%) F#
10 12 (1.20%) T-SQL
11 11 (1.10%) RPG
11 11 (1.10%) RPG IV
12 10 (1.00%) PowerShell
12 10 (1.00%) VBScript
13 9 (0.90%) Shell Script
14 7 (0.70%) PHP
15 5 (0.50%) PL/SQL
15 5 (0.50%) VB
16 4 (0.40%) Go
Qualifications
1 112 (11.23%) Security Cleared
2 99 (9.93%) ISTQB
3 88 (8.83%) SC Cleared
4 85 (8.53%) Degree
5 81 (8.12%) ISEB
6 40 (4.01%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 15 (1.50%) PhD
8 14 (1.40%) ISEB Practitioner
9 13 (1.30%) Computer Science Degree
9 13 (1.30%) DV Cleared
10 7 (0.70%) Master's Degree
10 7 (0.70%) Numerate Degree
11 6 (0.60%) Microsoft Certification
11 6 (0.60%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 5 (0.50%) BPSS Clearance
12 5 (0.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 4 (0.40%) CCNA
13 4 (0.40%) PMI Certification
13 4 (0.40%) PMP
13 4 (0.40%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 187 (18.76%) QA
2 32 (3.21%) MiFID
3 21 (2.11%) PMO
4 14 (1.40%) WCAG
5 12 (1.20%) EMIR
6 11 (1.10%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.70%) GDPR
7 7 (0.70%) IFRS
8 5 (0.50%) Disclosure Scotland
8 5 (0.50%) FATCA
9 4 (0.40%) Data Quality
9 4 (0.40%) Dodd-Frank
10 2 (0.20%) ECSS
10 2 (0.20%) GAAP
10 2 (0.20%) IFRS 9
10 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 19770
10 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
10 2 (0.20%) MIL-STD-1553
10 2 (0.20%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (1.71%) Docker
2 13 (1.30%) Active Directory
3 11 (1.10%) vSphere
4 6 (0.60%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (0.50%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.30%) HDFS
6 3 (0.30%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
6 3 (0.30%) VMware Infrastructure
7 2 (0.20%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.20%) Cygwin
7 2 (0.20%) Time Sharing Option
7 2 (0.20%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.20%) XenApp
8 1 (0.10%) Firmware
8 1 (0.10%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 56 (5.62%) HP Quality Center
2 8 (0.80%) SCCM
3 7 (0.70%) Kibana
4 6 (0.60%) HP SiteScope
5 4 (0.40%) Ansible
5 4 (0.40%) IBM BigFix
6 3 (0.30%) Puppet
6 3 (0.30%) Tivoli
7 2 (0.20%) Hadoop YARN
7 2 (0.20%) Oozie
7 2 (0.20%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.20%) Perfmon
7 2 (0.20%) Terraform
8 1 (0.10%) CA Service Virtualization
8 1 (0.10%) Microsoft Intune
8 1 (0.10%) OfficeScan
8 1 (0.10%) SCOM
8 1 (0.10%) vCenter Server
8 1 (0.10%) vRealize
8 1 (0.10%) yum
Vendors
1 92 (9.23%) HP
2 78 (7.82%) Oracle
3 68 (6.82%) Microsoft
4 56 (5.62%) SAP
5 32 (3.21%) Salesforce.com
6 19 (1.91%) VMware
7 18 (1.81%) Workday
8 17 (1.71%) IBM
9 16 (1.60%) Red Hat
10 12 (1.20%) Kronos
10 12 (1.20%) webMethods
11 11 (1.10%) CheckPoint
12 10 (1.00%) ArcSight
12 10 (1.00%) Atlassian
12 10 (1.00%) Serena
12 10 (1.00%) Software AG
12 10 (1.00%) Splunk
13 6 (0.60%) Informatica
14 5 (0.50%) Cognos
14 5 (0.50%) Perforce