Period
to 23 July 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 23 July 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
23 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 312 235 218
Rank change year-on-year -77 -17 -21
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 373 463 534
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.81% 1.11% 1.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.93% 1.27% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 267 312 341
London median daily rate £475 £450 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% - -
10th Percentile £312 £300 £313
90th Percentile £690 £625 £613
England median daily rate £425 £417 £425
% change year-on-year +2.04% -2.00% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
London median hourly rate £16.50 £35.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -52.86% - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £44.00
% change year-on-year -15.79% +7.95% +17.33%

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 40,244 36,423 39,324
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 87.33% 87.03% 86.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,218 26,015 28,468
London median daily rate £500 £488 £463
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +5.41% +2.78%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 544 387 348
London median hourly rate £25.00 £23.50 £21.42
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.38% +9.71% +9.85%
10th Percentile £14.00 £12.88 £11.25
90th Percentile £54.89 £50.50 £51.38
England median hourly rate £22.50 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -8.16% +3.16% +10.47%

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 23 July 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 23 July 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 -50 72 £475 +11.50% 28
West London -47 14 £400 +18.96% 7
South London -32 12 £408 -37.31% 3
East London -21 6 £400 -38.46% 6
North London +9 5 £525 +55.56% 1
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 23 July 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.

1 178 (47.72%) Agile Software Development
2 154 (41.29%) Test Automation
3 118 (31.64%) QA
4 101 (27.08%) User Acceptance Testing
5 91 (24.40%) Finance
6 72 (19.30%) Selenium
7 70 (18.77%) Banking
8 69 (18.50%) Java
9 67 (17.96%) Test Scripting
10 64 (17.16%) BDD
11 63 (16.89%) Scrum
12 60 (16.09%) JIRA
13 56 (15.01%) SQL
14 53 (14.21%) Problem-Solving
15 52 (13.94%) Performance Testing
16 47 (12.60%) Test Management
17 45 (12.06%) TDD
18 44 (11.80%) System Integration Testing
19 43 (11.53%) C#
20 42 (11.26%) SDLC
21 41 (10.99%) Scenario Testing
22 40 (10.72%) Stakeholder Management
22 40 (10.72%) ISTQB
22 40 (10.72%) Waterfall
23 38 (10.19%) Degree
24 37 (9.92%) Regression Testing
25 36 (9.65%) Windows
25 36 (9.65%) Functional Testing
26 35 (9.38%) Cucumber
27 34 (9.12%) Microsoft

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 18 (4.83%) Confluence
2 11 (2.95%) MS Exchange
3 6 (1.61%) Apache
4 5 (1.34%) Apache Spark
5 4 (1.07%) SharePoint
6 3 (0.80%) Tomcat
7 2 (0.54%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.27%) Alfresco
8 1 (0.27%) CMS
8 1 (0.27%) CoreMedia CMS
8 1 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.27%) Jetty
8 1 (0.27%) SAS
8 1 (0.27%) WebLogic
Applications
1 8 (2.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (1.88%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.80%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.54%) Photoshop
5 1 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 3 (0.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.54%) Adobe Campaign
2 2 (0.54%) FastStats
2 2 (0.54%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.54%) Sonata
2 2 (0.54%) Unica
3 1 (0.27%) Bloomberg AIM
3 1 (0.27%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.27%) Eagle PACE
3 1 (0.27%) FLEXCUBE
3 1 (0.27%) Markit EDM
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle Assets
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle HRMS
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
3 1 (0.27%) SAP GRC
3 1 (0.27%) SAP HR
3 1 (0.27%) SAP SD
3 1 (0.27%) Summit
3 1 (0.27%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 33 (8.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 31 (8.31%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (4.56%) Office 365
4 11 (2.95%) BlazeMeter
4 11 (2.95%) GitHub
5 8 (2.14%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 7 (1.88%) Slack
7 3 (0.80%) SaaS
7 3 (0.80%) Sauce Labs
8 2 (0.54%) Amazon EMR
8 2 (0.54%) Amazon Kinesis
8 2 (0.54%) Amazon S3
8 2 (0.54%) AWS Lambda
8 2 (0.54%) Cloud Computing
8 2 (0.54%) Serverless
8 2 (0.54%) SuccessFactors
9 1 (0.27%) Adobe Creative Cloud
9 1 (0.27%) BrowserStack
9 1 (0.27%) Force.com
9 1 (0.27%) MailChimp
Communications & Networking
1 11 (2.95%) Firewall
2 5 (1.34%) Internet
3 4 (1.07%) SMS
4 3 (0.80%) Intranet
5 2 (0.54%) LAN
5 2 (0.54%) Skype
5 2 (0.54%) Unified Communications
5 2 (0.54%) WAN
5 2 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
5 2 (0.54%) Wireless
6 1 (0.27%) HTTP
6 1 (0.27%) Wireshark
6 1 (0.27%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (5.63%) Data Warehouse
2 20 (5.36%) Big Data
3 9 (2.41%) Hadoop
4 7 (1.88%) Relational Database
4 7 (1.88%) SQL Server
5 6 (1.61%) RDBMS
6 5 (1.34%) Amazon Redshift
6 5 (1.34%) MongoDB
7 4 (1.07%) PostgreSQL
7 4 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 3 (0.80%) Apache Cassandra
8 3 (0.80%) Apache Hive
8 3 (0.80%) Blockchain
8 3 (0.80%) MySQL
9 2 (0.54%) DB2
9 2 (0.54%) Flink
9 2 (0.54%) NoSQL
9 2 (0.54%) Oracle ODI
9 2 (0.54%) Power BI
9 2 (0.54%) PowerPivot
Development Applications
1 72 (19.30%) Selenium
2 60 (16.09%) JIRA
3 35 (9.38%) Cucumber
4 34 (9.12%) Jenkins
5 31 (8.31%) JMeter
6 23 (6.17%) Visual Studio
7 19 (5.09%) SoapUI
8 17 (4.56%) TeamCity
8 17 (4.56%) WebDriver
9 16 (4.29%) LoadRunner
9 16 (4.29%) Team Foundation Server
10 15 (4.02%) SpecFlow
10 15 (4.02%) Zephyr
11 10 (2.68%) HP UFT
11 10 (2.68%) The Grinder
12 9 (2.41%) Protractor
13 8 (2.14%) JUnit
13 8 (2.14%) Maven
14 7 (1.88%) Git (software)
15 5 (1.34%) NUnit
General
1 91 (24.40%) Finance
2 70 (18.77%) Banking
3 24 (6.43%) Investment Banking
4 22 (5.90%) Front Office
5 20 (5.36%) Retail
6 10 (2.68%) Marketing
7 7 (1.88%) Pharmaceutical
8 6 (1.61%) Legal
8 6 (1.61%) Retail Banking
9 3 (0.80%) Financial Institution
9 3 (0.80%) Games
9 3 (0.80%) Manufacturing
9 3 (0.80%) Private Banking
10 2 (0.54%) Back Office
10 2 (0.54%) Electronics
10 2 (0.54%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.27%) Advertising
11 1 (0.27%) Corporate Banking
11 1 (0.27%) Law
11 1 (0.27%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 80 (21.45%) Test Manager
2 72 (19.30%) Analyst
3 51 (13.67%) Tester
4 43 (11.53%) Test Analyst
5 31 (8.31%) Test Leader
6 26 (6.97%) Developer
7 19 (5.09%) Java Developer
8 18 (4.83%) Business Analyst
8 18 (4.83%) Test Engineer
9 16 (4.29%) Front Office Developer
10 15 (4.02%) QA Leader
11 14 (3.75%) Performance Tester
11 14 (3.75%) Senior Analyst
12 13 (3.49%) QA Engineer
13 12 (3.22%) Automation Test Analyst
14 11 (2.95%) Automation Tester
15 10 (2.68%) Test Automation Engineer
16 9 (2.41%) Senior Test Analyst
17 8 (2.14%) Consultant
17 8 (2.14%) QA Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (3.75%) REST
2 11 (2.95%) .NET
3 10 (2.68%) SOAP
4 9 (2.41%) RESTful
4 9 (2.41%) Web Services
5 8 (2.14%) Gherkin
5 8 (2.14%) XML
6 7 (1.88%) HTML
7 6 (1.61%) JSON
8 5 (1.34%) CSS
8 5 (1.34%) Kafka
8 5 (1.34%) Spring
9 4 (1.07%) Oracle Fusion
9 4 (1.07%) React
10 3 (0.80%) .NET Framework
10 3 (0.80%) HTML5
10 3 (0.80%) Nightwatchjs
10 3 (0.80%) OCX
10 3 (0.80%) Sass
11 2 (0.54%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 29 (7.77%) Computer Science
2 24 (6.43%) Mobile App
3 16 (4.29%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (4.29%) Data Centre
4 10 (2.68%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 10 (2.68%) User Experience
5 8 (2.14%) Greenfield Project
5 8 (2.14%) SWIFT
6 7 (1.88%) Fixed Income
7 6 (1.61%) Fintech
8 5 (1.34%) Credit Risk
8 5 (1.34%) Derivative
8 5 (1.34%) Management Information System
8 5 (1.34%) Reinsurance
9 3 (0.80%) Client/Server
9 3 (0.80%) Hedge funds
9 3 (0.80%) iSeries
9 3 (0.80%) Mainframe
9 3 (0.80%) Market Risk
9 3 (0.80%) OTC Derivatives
Operating Systems
1 36 (9.65%) Windows
2 17 (4.56%) Unix
3 12 (3.22%) Android
4 11 (2.95%) Apple iOS
4 11 (2.95%) Linux
5 7 (1.88%) Windows 10
6 5 (1.34%) Windows Server
7 3 (0.80%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.80%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.54%) Mac OS
8 2 (0.54%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.27%) VME
9 1 (0.27%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 178 (47.72%) Agile Software Development
2 154 (41.29%) Test Automation
3 101 (27.08%) User Acceptance Testing
4 67 (17.96%) Test Scripting
5 64 (17.16%) BDD
6 63 (16.89%) Scrum
7 53 (14.21%) Problem-Solving
8 52 (13.94%) Performance Testing
9 47 (12.60%) Test Management
10 45 (12.06%) TDD
11 44 (11.80%) System Integration Testing
12 42 (11.26%) SDLC
13 41 (10.99%) Scenario Testing
14 40 (10.72%) Stakeholder Management
14 40 (10.72%) Waterfall
15 37 (9.92%) Regression Testing
16 36 (9.65%) Functional Testing
17 34 (9.12%) Non-Functional Testing
18 33 (8.85%) Migration
19 32 (8.58%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 69 (18.50%) Java
2 56 (15.01%) SQL
3 43 (11.53%) C#
4 28 (7.51%) Python
5 22 (5.90%) JavaScript
6 16 (4.29%) C++
7 5 (1.34%) PL/SQL
8 4 (1.07%) C
8 4 (1.07%) PowerShell
8 4 (1.07%) Ruby
9 3 (0.80%) Java 8
9 3 (0.80%) RPG
9 3 (0.80%) RPG IV
9 3 (0.80%) T-SQL
9 3 (0.80%) VBA
9 3 (0.80%) VBScript
10 2 (0.54%) Groovy
10 2 (0.54%) R
10 2 (0.54%) Shell Script
11 1 (0.27%) MATLAB
Qualifications
1 40 (10.72%) ISTQB
2 38 (10.19%) Degree
3 31 (8.31%) ISEB
4 29 (7.77%) Security Cleared
5 27 (7.24%) SC Cleared
6 17 (4.56%) Numerate Degree
7 6 (1.61%) PhD
8 4 (1.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (1.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 3 (0.80%) CISA
9 3 (0.80%) CISM
9 3 (0.80%) CISSP
9 3 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
9 3 (0.80%) DV Cleared
9 3 (0.80%) ISEB Practitioner
10 2 (0.54%) BPSS Clearance
10 2 (0.54%) PMI Certification
10 2 (0.54%) PMP
11 1 (0.27%) CRISC
11 1 (0.27%) Master's Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 118 (31.64%) QA
2 6 (1.61%) PMO
3 5 (1.34%) SLA
4 3 (0.80%) GDPR
4 3 (0.80%) PCI DSS
4 3 (0.80%) PSD2
4 3 (0.80%) WCAG
5 2 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 2 (0.54%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
5 2 (0.54%) MiFID
6 1 (0.27%) Actionable Recommendations
6 1 (0.27%) Data Quality
6 1 (0.27%) GxP
6 1 (0.27%) HL7
6 1 (0.27%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 16 (4.29%) Active Directory
2 6 (1.61%) Docker
3 3 (0.80%) Microsoft App-V
3 3 (0.80%) XenApp
4 2 (0.54%) Apache Flume
4 2 (0.54%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 19 (5.09%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (3.22%) SCCM
3 4 (1.07%) Kubernetes
4 3 (0.80%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.54%) Oozie
5 2 (0.54%) Opscode Chef
6 1 (0.27%) Ansible
6 1 (0.27%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 34 (9.12%) Microsoft
2 20 (5.36%) Oracle
3 14 (3.75%) HP
4 11 (2.95%) Citrix
4 11 (2.95%) SAP
5 7 (1.88%) AppDynamics
5 7 (1.88%) Bloomberg
5 7 (1.88%) Dynatrace
5 7 (1.88%) New Relic
5 7 (1.88%) Salesforce.com
6 6 (1.61%) Splunk
7 5 (1.34%) IBM
8 4 (1.07%) Adobe
8 4 (1.07%) Guidewire
8 4 (1.07%) Hortonworks
9 3 (0.80%) Atlassian
9 3 (0.80%) MuleSoft
9 3 (0.80%) Pega
9 3 (0.80%) Reuters
10 2 (0.54%) Planview