Period
to 24 April 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in 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 6 months to 24 April 2018 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
England > London
6 months to
24 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 311 236 220
Rank change year-on-year -75 -16 -31
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 373 433 511
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.81% 1.09% 1.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.93% 1.26% 1.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 257 281 352
London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £307 £306 £326
90th Percentile £725 £625 £624
England median daily rate £430 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +1.18% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
London median hourly rate £16.50 - -
England median hourly rate £41.25 £44.44 £44.40
% change year-on-year -7.17% +0.08% +31.67%

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 London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 40,227 34,302 37,769
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 87.25% 86.27% 85.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,048 24,656 27,170
London median daily rate £500 £475 £455
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +4.34% +1.17%
10th Percentile £319 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £650 £645
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 555 377 427
London median hourly rate £24.09 £25.00 £21.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.64% +19.05% +12.90%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.65 £11.25
90th Percentile £52.69 £54.00 £51.09
England median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £23.34
% change year-on-year -10.00% +7.11% +11.51%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in London

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in London

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in London

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in London

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in London over the 6 months to 24 April 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in London

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in London

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in London

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in London

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 London region over the 6 months to 24 April 2018. 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
Central London -42 73 £450 +2.27% 29
South London -37 18 £433 -33.46% 4
West London -60 11 £394 +17.54% 12
East London -2 7 £450 - 2
North London +1 4 £430 +49.57%
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 24 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy 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 London region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 160 (42.90%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (41.02%) Test Automation
3 108 (28.95%) QA
4 106 (28.42%) Finance
5 89 (23.86%) Java
5 89 (23.86%) User Acceptance Testing
6 76 (20.38%) SQL
7 71 (19.03%) Test Scripting
8 69 (18.50%) BDD
9 66 (17.69%) Selenium
10 60 (16.09%) Scrum
10 60 (16.09%) TDD
11 56 (15.01%) JIRA
12 55 (14.75%) Banking
13 52 (13.94%) Regression Testing
14 48 (12.87%) Problem-Solving
15 46 (12.33%) Scenario Testing
15 46 (12.33%) Computer Science
16 45 (12.06%) Defect Management
17 44 (11.80%) Cucumber
18 41 (10.99%) Test Management
18 41 (10.99%) System Integration Testing
19 40 (10.72%) C#
20 39 (10.46%) OO
21 37 (9.92%) SDLC
22 36 (9.65%) Microsoft
22 36 (9.65%) Migration
23 35 (9.38%) Front Office
23 35 (9.38%) Performance Testing
23 35 (9.38%) Test Planning

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in 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 14 (3.75%) Confluence
2 11 (2.95%) MS Exchange
3 10 (2.68%) Apache Spark
4 9 (2.41%) SharePoint
5 6 (1.61%) Apache
6 5 (1.34%) Tomcat
7 3 (0.80%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.54%) Apache Pig
8 2 (0.54%) Elasticsearch
8 2 (0.54%) SAS
8 2 (0.54%) WebLogic
9 1 (0.27%) Adobe Experience Manager
9 1 (0.27%) Apache Solr
9 1 (0.27%) CMS
9 1 (0.27%) Drupal
9 1 (0.27%) IIS
9 1 (0.27%) Sitecore CMS
9 1 (0.27%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.27%) WordPress
Applications
1 17 (4.56%) Microsoft Office
2 16 (4.29%) Microsoft Excel
3 3 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.54%) Microsoft Project
5 1 (0.27%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (1.07%) Bloomberg AIM
1 4 (1.07%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.07%) Markit EDM
1 4 (1.07%) thinkFolio
2 2 (0.54%) Eagle PACE
2 2 (0.54%) Magento
2 2 (0.54%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.27%) FastStats
3 1 (0.27%) NetSuite
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle HRMS
3 1 (0.27%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.27%) SAP HCM
3 1 (0.27%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.27%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.27%) SimCorp Dimension
3 1 (0.27%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 25 (6.70%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (5.63%) Microsoft Azure
3 17 (4.56%) Office 365
4 8 (2.14%) SaaS
5 6 (1.61%) GitHub
6 4 (1.07%) Amazon S3
6 4 (1.07%) BrowserStack
6 4 (1.07%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (0.80%) Sauce Labs
8 2 (0.54%) Amazon EMR
8 2 (0.54%) Amazon Kinesis
8 2 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (0.54%) BlazeMeter
8 2 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.54%) Serverless
8 2 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
9 1 (0.27%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 1 (0.27%) Force.com
9 1 (0.27%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.27%) Kiuwan
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.95%) Firewall
2 5 (1.34%) HTTP
2 5 (1.34%) Internet
3 3 (0.80%) SMS
4 2 (0.54%) Intranet
4 2 (0.54%) LAN
4 2 (0.54%) Skype
4 2 (0.54%) Unified Communications
4 2 (0.54%) WAN
4 2 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
4 2 (0.54%) Wireless
5 1 (0.27%) TCP/IP
5 1 (0.27%) WebEx
5 1 (0.27%) Wireshark
5 1 (0.27%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 22 (5.90%) Big Data
2 17 (4.56%) Hadoop
3 15 (4.02%) Data Warehouse
4 7 (1.88%) Amazon Redshift
4 7 (1.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 6 (1.61%) Apache Hive
6 5 (1.34%) HBase
7 4 (1.07%) Blockchain
7 4 (1.07%) BusinessObjects
7 4 (1.07%) Crystal Reports
7 4 (1.07%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.07%) SQL Server
8 3 (0.80%) Apache Cassandra
8 3 (0.80%) Impala
8 3 (0.80%) Oracle Database
8 3 (0.80%) Oracle Reports
8 3 (0.80%) Relational Database
9 2 (0.54%) Flink
9 2 (0.54%) PowerPivot
9 2 (0.54%) Sqoop
Development Applications
1 66 (17.69%) Selenium
2 56 (15.01%) JIRA
3 44 (11.80%) Cucumber
4 28 (7.51%) Jenkins
4 28 (7.51%) WebDriver
5 20 (5.36%) Team Foundation Server
6 18 (4.83%) JMeter
6 18 (4.83%) Maven
7 17 (4.56%) SoapUI
8 16 (4.29%) HP UFT
9 15 (4.02%) Git (software)
10 14 (3.75%) Protractor
11 11 (2.95%) SpecFlow
11 11 (2.95%) Visual Studio
11 11 (2.95%) Zephyr
12 10 (2.68%) Jasmine
12 10 (2.68%) TeamCity
13 7 (1.88%) Gatling
14 6 (1.61%) Gradle
15 5 (1.34%) Hudson
General
1 106 (28.42%) Finance
2 55 (14.75%) Banking
3 35 (9.38%) Front Office
4 18 (4.83%) Investment Banking
5 14 (3.75%) Retail
6 13 (3.49%) Marketing
7 5 (1.34%) Games
8 4 (1.07%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (1.07%) Publishing
8 4 (1.07%) Retail Banking
9 3 (0.80%) Legal
10 2 (0.54%) Back Office
10 2 (0.54%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.27%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.27%) German Language
11 1 (0.27%) Law
11 1 (0.27%) Military
11 1 (0.27%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 85 (22.79%) Analyst
2 76 (20.38%) Test Manager
3 52 (13.94%) Test Analyst
4 43 (11.53%) Tester
5 40 (10.72%) Developer
6 29 (7.77%) Java Developer
7 28 (7.51%) Test Leader
8 25 (6.70%) Java Quantitative Developer
8 25 (6.70%) Quantitative Developer
9 22 (5.90%) Automation Test Analyst
10 21 (5.63%) QA Engineer
11 17 (4.56%) Business Analyst
11 17 (4.56%) Front Office Developer
11 17 (4.56%) Test Engineer
12 16 (4.29%) Electronic Trading Developer
12 16 (4.29%) Electronic Trading Java Developer
13 15 (4.02%) Senior Analyst
14 13 (3.49%) Automation Tester
15 11 (2.95%) QA Analyst
15 11 (2.95%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (5.09%) REST
2 15 (4.02%) Gherkin
2 15 (4.02%) Web Services
3 11 (2.95%) .NET
3 11 (2.95%) Spring
4 10 (2.68%) SOAP
5 9 (2.41%) Kafka
6 7 (1.88%) RESTful
7 6 (1.61%) Middleware
7 6 (1.61%) XML
8 4 (1.07%) Hibernate
8 4 (1.07%) JSON
8 4 (1.07%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (0.80%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.80%) Akka
9 3 (0.80%) FpML
9 3 (0.80%) HTML
9 3 (0.80%) J2EE
9 3 (0.80%) Nightwatchjs
9 3 (0.80%) Spark Streaming
Miscellaneous
1 46 (12.33%) Computer Science
2 21 (5.63%) Analytical Skills
3 14 (3.75%) Data Centre
4 12 (3.22%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 11 (2.95%) Fixed Income
6 10 (2.68%) Greenfield Project
7 9 (2.41%) Mobile App
8 8 (2.14%) Hedge funds
8 8 (2.14%) Management Information System
8 8 (2.14%) User Experience
9 7 (1.88%) Derivative
9 7 (1.88%) Reinsurance
9 7 (1.88%) SWIFT
10 6 (1.61%) Equities
10 6 (1.61%) Fintech
11 5 (1.34%) Credit Risk
11 5 (1.34%) OTC Derivatives
11 5 (1.34%) PMI
12 4 (1.07%) Algorithms
13 3 (0.80%) Data Structures
Operating Systems
1 26 (6.97%) Windows
2 13 (3.49%) Unix
3 10 (2.68%) Linux
4 9 (2.41%) Android
4 9 (2.41%) Apple iOS
5 4 (1.07%) Windows Server
5 4 (1.07%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.54%) Windows 10
7 1 (0.27%) Mac OS
7 1 (0.27%) VMS
7 1 (0.27%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 160 (42.90%) Agile Software Development
2 153 (41.02%) Test Automation
3 89 (23.86%) User Acceptance Testing
4 71 (19.03%) Test Scripting
5 69 (18.50%) BDD
6 60 (16.09%) Scrum
6 60 (16.09%) TDD
7 52 (13.94%) Regression Testing
8 48 (12.87%) Problem-Solving
9 46 (12.33%) Scenario Testing
10 45 (12.06%) Defect Management
11 41 (10.99%) System Integration Testing
11 41 (10.99%) Test Management
12 39 (10.46%) OO
13 37 (9.92%) SDLC
14 36 (9.65%) Migration
15 35 (9.38%) Performance Testing
15 35 (9.38%) Test Planning
16 34 (9.12%) OOP
17 33 (8.85%) Electronic Trading
Programming Languages
1 89 (23.86%) Java
2 76 (20.38%) SQL
3 40 (10.72%) C#
4 34 (9.12%) Python
5 32 (8.58%) JavaScript
6 9 (2.41%) Ruby
7 8 (2.14%) C++
7 8 (2.14%) PHP
8 6 (1.61%) Scala
9 4 (1.07%) PowerShell
10 3 (0.80%) C
10 3 (0.80%) Groovy
10 3 (0.80%) RPG
10 3 (0.80%) RPG IV
10 3 (0.80%) Shell Script
11 2 (0.54%) Java 8
11 2 (0.54%) PL/SQL
11 2 (0.54%) VBA
12 1 (0.27%) R
12 1 (0.27%) SOQL
Qualifications
1 33 (8.85%) Degree
2 32 (8.58%) ISTQB
3 27 (7.24%) Security Cleared
4 22 (5.90%) ISEB
4 22 (5.90%) PhD
4 22 (5.90%) SC Cleared
5 18 (4.83%) Numerate Degree
6 10 (2.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (1.88%) PMI Certification
8 5 (1.34%) CFA
8 5 (1.34%) MBA
9 4 (1.07%) Computer Science Degree
10 3 (0.80%) BPSS Clearance
10 3 (0.80%) DV Cleared
10 3 (0.80%) Master's Degree
11 2 (0.54%) CTC Cleared
11 2 (0.54%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 2 (0.54%) PMP
12 1 (0.27%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.27%) CISSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 108 (28.95%) QA
2 10 (2.68%) PMO
3 5 (1.34%) SLA
4 3 (0.80%) IFRS
4 3 (0.80%) MiFID
5 1 (0.27%) Actionable Recommendations
5 1 (0.27%) Basel III
5 1 (0.27%) CRD IV
5 1 (0.27%) GDPR
5 1 (0.27%) IFRS 9
5 1 (0.27%) ISO 20022
5 1 (0.27%) ISO 8583
5 1 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 1 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 1 (0.27%) PCI DSS
5 1 (0.27%) PSD2
5 1 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (0.27%) Solvency II
5 1 (0.27%) WCAG
System Software
1 15 (4.02%) Active Directory
1 15 (4.02%) Docker
2 2 (0.54%) Apache Flume
2 2 (0.54%) Terminal Server
3 1 (0.27%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.27%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 18 (4.83%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (2.95%) SCCM
3 7 (1.88%) Kubernetes
4 5 (1.34%) HP ALM
5 4 (1.07%) Oracle Identity Manager
6 2 (0.54%) Oozie
7 1 (0.27%) Ansible
7 1 (0.27%) CA Service Virtualization
7 1 (0.27%) Control-M
7 1 (0.27%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 36 (9.65%) Microsoft
2 22 (5.90%) Oracle
3 16 (4.29%) HP
4 12 (3.22%) Citrix
5 11 (2.95%) Bloomberg
6 8 (2.14%) SAP
7 7 (1.88%) Hortonworks
8 5 (1.34%) Charles River
9 4 (1.07%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.07%) Splunk
10 3 (0.80%) Adobe
10 3 (0.80%) IBM
10 3 (0.80%) ServiceNow
10 3 (0.80%) Workday
11 2 (0.54%) Atlassian
11 2 (0.54%) Guidewire
11 2 (0.54%) Murex
11 2 (0.54%) Perforce
11 2 (0.54%) Talend
11 2 (0.54%) VMware