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 28 March 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
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 200 181 188
Rank change year-on-year -19 +7  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 549 656 605
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in England 1.32% 1.33% 1.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.58% 1.60% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 353 386 357
Median daily rate £413 £425 £410
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +3.65%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £405 £378
% change year-on-year -1.23% +7.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 8 7
Median hourly rate £47.94 £61.75 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -22.37% +71.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £34.50 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £174.50 £47.10
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.94 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -22.37% +60.38%  

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 34656 40979 39244
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in England 83.30% 82.95% 79.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 23008 27240 24713
Median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +2.94%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £280
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 862 1004 1153
Median hourly rate £36.00 £36.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.36% +32.72%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £52.50 £48.82
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

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 28 March 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 28 March 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 28 March 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 +12 234 £450 +5.88% 53
South East +6 132 £400 +6.66% 25
South West +17 45 £438 +9.37% 10
East Midlands +7 36 £400 - 8
East of England -4 25 £450 - 6
West Midlands -47 25 £350 -22.22% 9
Yorkshire +16 19 £375 -14.28% 12
North West -8 16 £381 -10.29% 10
North East -19 9 £320 +4.91% 3
Midlands +3 1 - -
Test Strategy
UK

For the 6 months to 28 March 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.

1 437 (42.06%) Agile Software Development
2 265 (25.51%) Finance
3 255 (24.54%) Test Scripting
4 227 (21.85%) Selenium
5 220 (21.17%) QA
6 204 (19.63%) User Acceptance Testing
7 199 (19.15%) Test Automation
8 161 (15.50%) Java
9 154 (14.82%) SQL
10 148 (14.24%) Security Cleared
11 146 (14.05%) JIRA
12 143 (13.76%) Automated Testing
13 140 (13.47%) Test Management
14 133 (12.80%) Microsoft
15 128 (12.32%) Oracle
16 126 (12.13%) Regression Testing
17 123 (11.84%) BDD
18 122 (11.74%) TDD
19 121 (11.65%) Cucumber
20 115 (11.07%) Scrum
21 111 (10.68%) Continuous Integration
22 107 (10.30%) Integration Testing
22 107 (10.30%) WebDriver
23 106 (10.20%) Automation Testing
24 103 (9.91%) Jenkins
25 102 (9.82%) Defect Management
26 101 (9.72%) Banking
27 100 (9.62%) Migration
28 99 (9.53%) MS Excel
28 99 (9.53%) Performance Testing

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 49 (4.72%) Confluence
2 17 (1.64%) Tomcat
3 14 (1.35%) WebLogic
4 13 (1.25%) CMS
5 7 (0.67%) WebSphere
6 5 (0.48%) Elasticsearch
6 5 (0.48%) Moodle
6 5 (0.48%) SAP Portal
6 5 (0.48%) SharePoint
7 4 (0.38%) BizTalk Server
7 4 (0.38%) EPiServer
7 4 (0.38%) IIS
7 4 (0.38%) NServiceBus
8 3 (0.29%) Apache Spark
8 3 (0.29%) ArcGIS
8 3 (0.29%) Oracle Workflow
8 3 (0.29%) SAS
9 2 (0.19%) Apache
9 2 (0.19%) JBoss
9 2 (0.19%) Oracle Application Server
Applications
1 99 (9.53%) MS Excel
2 40 (3.85%) MS Office
3 25 (2.41%) MS PowerPoint
4 14 (1.35%) MS Project
5 13 (1.25%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 18 (1.73%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (1.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 13 (1.25%) Oracle EBS
4 10 (0.96%) SAP FI
5 9 (0.87%) Oracle Applications
6 8 (0.77%) Dynamics AX
6 8 (0.77%) Oracle EBS R12
6 8 (0.77%) SAP ERP
7 5 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
7 5 (0.48%) Oracle ERP
7 5 (0.48%) Oracle Payables
7 5 (0.48%) SAP CO
7 5 (0.48%) SAP FI/CO
7 5 (0.48%) SAP PSCD
7 5 (0.48%) Unit4 Business World
8 4 (0.38%) LabWindows
8 4 (0.38%) SAP WM
9 3 (0.29%) Dynamics GP
9 3 (0.29%) Dynamics SL
9 3 (0.29%) Oracle Payroll
Cloud Services
1 21 (2.02%) Amazon AWS
2 19 (1.83%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (1.73%) SaaS
4 10 (0.96%) Amazon S3
5 6 (0.58%) Basecamp
6 5 (0.48%) GitHub
6 5 (0.48%) IaaS
6 5 (0.48%) Office 365
6 5 (0.48%) PaaS
7 2 (0.19%) Boomi
7 2 (0.19%) Taleo
8 1 (0.096%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.096%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.096%) AWS CloudTrail
8 1 (0.096%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.096%) Google Play
8 1 (0.096%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.096%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.096%) TestFlight
8 1 (0.096%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.83%) Internet
2 13 (1.25%) PuTTY
2 13 (1.25%) WinSCP
2 13 (1.25%) Wireless
3 12 (1.15%) IPsec
4 9 (0.87%) Network Security
5 8 (0.77%) TCP/IP
6 6 (0.58%) Ethernet
6 6 (0.58%) LDAP
7 5 (0.48%) LAN
7 5 (0.48%) WAN
8 4 (0.38%) BGP
8 4 (0.38%) MPLS
8 4 (0.38%) OSPF
8 4 (0.38%) RS-422
8 4 (0.38%) ZigBee
9 3 (0.29%) HSRP
9 3 (0.29%) MVNO
9 3 (0.29%) PPP
10 2 (0.19%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (6.06%) SQL Server
2 43 (4.14%) Data Warehouse
3 36 (3.46%) Oracle Database
4 31 (2.98%) Oracle Reports
5 19 (1.83%) Big Data
5 19 (1.83%) Oracle Database 11g
6 17 (1.64%) Oracle Database 10g
7 16 (1.54%) Relational Database
8 15 (1.44%) Hadoop
9 12 (1.15%) SQL Server 2005
9 12 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
9 12 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
9 12 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 10 (0.96%) BusinessObjects
10 10 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 8 (0.77%) SAP BW
12 7 (0.67%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
13 6 (0.58%) GIS
13 6 (0.58%) PowerCenter
14 5 (0.48%) MS Access
Development Applications
1 227 (21.85%) Selenium
2 146 (14.05%) JIRA
3 121 (11.65%) Cucumber
4 107 (10.30%) WebDriver
5 103 (9.91%) Jenkins
6 73 (7.03%) JUnit
7 67 (6.45%) Team Foundation Server
8 61 (5.87%) HP UFT
9 60 (5.77%) SoapUI
10 57 (5.49%) Git (software)
11 49 (4.72%) SpecFlow
12 35 (3.37%) TeamCity
13 33 (3.18%) JMeter
14 31 (2.98%) LoadRunner
15 29 (2.79%) RSpec
16 24 (2.31%) Maven
17 22 (2.12%) JBehave
17 22 (2.12%) NUnit
18 19 (1.83%) Protractor
18 19 (1.83%) Visual Studio
General
1 265 (25.51%) Finance
2 101 (9.72%) Banking
3 37 (3.56%) Retail
4 34 (3.27%) Games
5 32 (3.08%) Marketing
6 27 (2.60%) Telecoms
7 23 (2.21%) Manufacturing
8 18 (1.73%) Military
9 17 (1.64%) Advertising
9 17 (1.64%) Electronics
10 11 (1.06%) Back Office
10 11 (1.06%) Investment Banking
10 11 (1.06%) Legal
11 10 (0.96%) Financial Institution
12 9 (0.87%) Front Office
12 9 (0.87%) General Ledger
13 8 (0.77%) Retail Banking
14 7 (0.67%) Billing
14 7 (0.67%) Publishing
15 6 (0.58%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 276 (26.56%) Test Manager
2 220 (21.17%) Analyst
3 151 (14.53%) Test Analyst
4 147 (14.15%) Tester
5 88 (8.47%) Test Leader
6 81 (7.80%) Test Engineer
7 71 (6.83%) Developer
8 55 (5.29%) Automation Tester
9 45 (4.33%) Business Analyst
10 43 (4.14%) Programme Manager
10 43 (4.14%) QA Engineer
11 41 (3.95%) Programme Test Manager
11 41 (3.95%) Test Programme Manager
12 34 (3.27%) Automation Test Analyst
13 31 (2.98%) QA Test Engineer
14 28 (2.69%) Systems Engineer
15 27 (2.60%) Quality Engineer
16 23 (2.21%) Project Manager
16 23 (2.21%) Senior Manager
16 23 (2.21%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 73 (7.03%) .NET
2 67 (6.45%) Web Services
3 44 (4.23%) XML
4 43 (4.14%) SOAP
5 37 (3.56%) JSON
6 34 (3.27%) Gherkin
7 33 (3.18%) REST
8 31 (2.98%) RESTful
9 29 (2.79%) Spring
10 20 (1.92%) Hibernate
11 19 (1.83%) AngularJS
12 17 (1.64%) HTML
13 15 (1.44%) J2EE
13 15 (1.44%) Middleware
14 12 (1.15%) CSS
15 8 (0.77%) Kendo UI
15 8 (0.77%) Node.js
16 7 (0.67%) Ajax
16 7 (0.67%) Java EE
17 6 (0.58%) FIX Protocol
Miscellaneous
1 55 (5.29%) Analytical Skills
2 44 (4.23%) Management Information System
3 23 (2.21%) Equities
4 22 (2.12%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 19 (1.83%) Derivative
6 18 (1.73%) User Experience
7 17 (1.64%) Algorithms
7 17 (1.64%) CESG
7 17 (1.64%) Data Centre
7 17 (1.64%) Reference Data
8 16 (1.54%) Computer Science
9 15 (1.44%) Hedge funds
9 15 (1.44%) Virtual Team
10 14 (1.35%) Data Structures
11 13 (1.25%) Fixed Income
11 13 (1.25%) Mobile App
12 8 (0.77%) Smart Meter
13 6 (0.58%) Client/Server
13 6 (0.58%) NHS
14 4 (0.38%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 84 (8.08%) Windows
2 76 (7.31%) Unix
3 58 (5.58%) Linux
4 39 (3.75%) Windows Server
5 22 (2.12%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (1.73%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.87%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (0.67%) Android
9 6 (0.58%) Apple iOS
9 6 (0.58%) Windows 7
10 5 (0.48%) Windows 10
10 5 (0.48%) Windows Vista
11 3 (0.29%) AIX
11 3 (0.29%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.19%) Embedded Linux
12 2 (0.19%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.19%) Solaris
12 2 (0.19%) Windows 8
12 2 (0.19%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 437 (42.06%) Agile Software Development
2 255 (24.54%) Test Scripting
3 204 (19.63%) User Acceptance Testing
4 199 (19.15%) Test Automation
5 143 (13.76%) Automated Testing
6 140 (13.47%) Test Management
7 126 (12.13%) Regression Testing
8 123 (11.84%) BDD
9 122 (11.74%) TDD
10 115 (11.07%) Scrum
11 111 (10.68%) Continuous Integration
12 107 (10.30%) Integration Testing
13 106 (10.20%) Automation Testing
14 102 (9.82%) Defect Management
15 100 (9.62%) Migration
16 99 (9.53%) Performance Testing
17 97 (9.34%) System Integration Testing
18 90 (8.66%) Stakeholder Management
19 89 (8.57%) Functional Testing
19 89 (8.57%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 161 (15.50%) Java
2 154 (14.82%) SQL
3 83 (7.99%) C#
4 60 (5.77%) JavaScript
5 50 (4.81%) C
6 35 (3.37%) Scala
7 34 (3.27%) Python
8 24 (2.31%) Ruby
9 22 (2.12%) C++
10 21 (2.02%) Shell Script
11 19 (1.83%) PL/SQL
11 19 (1.83%) T-SQL
12 18 (1.73%) F#
12 18 (1.73%) Groovy
13 17 (1.64%) PowerShell
14 16 (1.54%) VB
15 13 (1.25%) Perl
16 7 (0.67%) VBScript
17 6 (0.58%) VBA
18 5 (0.48%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 148 (14.24%) Security Cleared
2 94 (9.05%) ISEB
3 90 (8.66%) SC Cleared
4 89 (8.57%) ISTQB
5 68 (6.54%) Degree
6 41 (3.95%) DV Cleared
7 40 (3.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 18 (1.73%) CISSP
9 16 (1.54%) CESG Certified Professional
10 15 (1.44%) ISEB Practitioner
11 13 (1.25%) BPSS Clearance
12 12 (1.15%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 6 (0.58%) CISM
13 6 (0.58%) PMP
14 5 (0.48%) HNC
15 4 (0.38%) CLAS
16 3 (0.29%) PMI Certification
16 3 (0.29%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
17 2 (0.19%) CTC Cleared
17 2 (0.19%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 220 (21.17%) QA
2 28 (2.69%) WCAG
3 20 (1.92%) Data Quality
4 14 (1.35%) SDET
5 13 (1.25%) MiFID
5 13 (1.25%) RMADS
6 7 (0.67%) Disclosure Scotland
7 6 (0.58%) ISO 9000
8 5 (0.48%) IFRS
8 5 (0.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (0.48%) JSP 440
8 5 (0.48%) SLA
9 4 (0.38%) EMIR
9 4 (0.38%) PCI DSS
10 3 (0.29%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.29%) PMO
11 2 (0.19%) Def Stans
11 2 (0.19%) Dodd-Frank
11 2 (0.19%) IFRS 9
11 2 (0.19%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 28 (2.69%) Active Directory
2 15 (1.44%) vSphere
3 13 (1.25%) Virtual Machines
4 11 (1.06%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.58%) Docker
6 3 (0.29%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.19%) Microsoft App-V
7 2 (0.19%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.19%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.096%) HDFS
8 1 (0.096%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.096%) KVM
8 1 (0.096%) NFS
8 1 (0.096%) Sendmail
8 1 (0.096%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 64 (6.16%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.54%) Tivoli
3 15 (1.44%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 12 (1.15%) vRealize
5 6 (0.58%) Ganglia
5 6 (0.58%) nmon
6 4 (0.38%) Control-M
6 4 (0.38%) Opscode Chef
6 4 (0.38%) Puppet
7 2 (0.19%) Ansible
7 2 (0.19%) BladeLogic
7 2 (0.19%) Grafana
7 2 (0.19%) SCCM
7 2 (0.19%) ZABBIX
8 1 (0.096%) Forefront Identity Manager
8 1 (0.096%) Graphite
8 1 (0.096%) HP Fortify
8 1 (0.096%) OpenAM
8 1 (0.096%) Perfmon
8 1 (0.096%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 133 (12.80%) Microsoft
2 128 (12.32%) Oracle
3 79 (7.60%) SAP
4 77 (7.41%) HP
5 26 (2.50%) IBM
5 26 (2.50%) VMware
6 22 (2.12%) Red Hat
6 22 (2.12%) webMethods
7 21 (2.02%) Informatica
8 16 (1.54%) Pega
9 15 (1.44%) Atlassian
10 14 (1.35%) Salesforce.com
11 8 (0.77%) BEA
11 8 (0.77%) Telerik
12 7 (0.67%) AppDynamics
12 7 (0.67%) Guidewire
13 6 (0.58%) Citrix
13 6 (0.58%) Fixnetix
13 6 (0.58%) JD Edwards
14 5 (0.48%) Hyperion
Manchester, Lancashire
Eames Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per annum
Posted: Yesterday
West Midlands
Nigel Frank International Ltd
Rate: £275 - £350 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 19 hours ago
Redhill, Surrey
LEXSTRA
Rate: £375 - £450 per day
Posted: 15 hours ago
City, London
Ebury
Rate: £400.00 - £460.00 per day
Posted: 12 hours ago
London
Harris Global
Rate: Up to £350 per day Up to £350 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
London
Pioneer Search
Rate: £600 - £650 per day
Posted: 11 hours ago
City, London
TEKsystems
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 13 hours ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 20 hours ago
North West London
Meadows Consulting Limited
Rate: Up to £250 per day £250 a day initial 3 month contract
Posted: 21 hours ago
Halifax, West Yorkshire
Sanderson
Rate: £297 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Reed Technology
Posted: Yesterday
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £700 - £800 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
West London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 5 days ago
York
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 6 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: Comptetive Day Rate - 3 month contract with likely extensions
Posted: 13 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 6 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 8 days ago
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: £Negotiable/Flexible
Posted: 4 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 19 days ago
Essex
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 20 days ago