Period
to 20 January 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 20 January 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
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 279 252 221
Rank change year-on-year -27 -31 -9
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 404 423 528
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.88% 1.01% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.01% 1.18% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 271 269 347
London median daily rate £451 £425 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.00% -5.56% -
10th Percentile £306 £293 £305
90th Percentile £650 £675 £638
England median daily rate £425 £400 £423
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.33% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
London median hourly rate £37.50 - -
England median hourly rate £42.70 £43.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year -0.71% +4.88% +29.93%

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 39,938 35,984 37,455
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 86.61% 86.02% 84.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,177 25,888 26,698
London median daily rate £500 £475 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.26% +5.56% -
10th Percentile £313 £310 £298
90th Percentile £675 £650 £638
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 405 425 458
London median hourly rate £22.00 £24.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +20.00% +9.59%
10th Percentile £13.39 £12.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.50 £50.30
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%

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 20 January 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 20 January 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 +7 79 £436 -5.73% 19
South London -31 21 £421 +11.22% 3
East London -20 8 £575 +76.92% 2
West London -44 7 £388 +3.33% 7
North London -4 3 £300 -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, 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 London region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 190 (47.03%) Agile Software Development
2 176 (43.56%) Test Automation
3 120 (29.70%) Java
4 106 (26.24%) Finance
5 94 (23.27%) User Acceptance Testing
6 88 (21.78%) QA
7 82 (20.30%) Selenium
8 77 (19.06%) BDD
9 67 (16.58%) Banking
10 66 (16.34%) JIRA
11 65 (16.09%) Test Scripting
11 65 (16.09%) SQL
12 63 (15.59%) Cucumber
13 62 (15.35%) System Integration Testing
14 60 (14.85%) Scrum
15 57 (14.11%) TDD
15 57 (14.11%) Scenario Testing
16 55 (13.61%) Integration Testing
17 52 (12.87%) Test Management
18 51 (12.62%) Regression Testing
18 51 (12.62%) C#
19 46 (11.39%) Security Cleared
20 44 (10.89%) Continuous Integration
21 42 (10.40%) WebDriver
22 41 (10.15%) Computer Science
23 40 (9.90%) Defect Management
24 39 (9.65%) Migration
25 38 (9.41%) Jenkins
26 37 (9.16%) JavaScript
27 35 (8.66%) Degree

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 27 (6.68%) Confluence
2 11 (2.72%) SharePoint
3 8 (1.98%) Apache Spark
4 6 (1.49%) Tomcat
4 6 (1.49%) WebLogic
5 5 (1.24%) Apache Pig
6 3 (0.74%) BizTalk Server
6 3 (0.74%) SAS
7 2 (0.50%) Apache
7 2 (0.50%) MS Exchange
7 2 (0.50%) SharePoint 2010
8 1 (0.25%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 1 (0.25%) CMS
8 1 (0.25%) Drupal
8 1 (0.25%) Elasticsearch
8 1 (0.25%) IIS
8 1 (0.25%) Oracle Service Bus
8 1 (0.25%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 1 (0.25%) WebSphere
8 1 (0.25%) WordPress
Applications
1 18 (4.46%) Microsoft Office
2 15 (3.71%) Microsoft Excel
3 5 (1.24%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 2 (0.50%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.50%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 8 (1.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.74%) Bloomberg AIM
2 3 (0.74%) Markit EDM
2 3 (0.74%) Oracle HRMS
2 3 (0.74%) SAP HCM
2 3 (0.74%) thinkFolio
3 2 (0.50%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.50%) Magento
3 2 (0.50%) Temenos T24
4 1 (0.25%) Eagle PACE
4 1 (0.25%) IntelliMatch
4 1 (0.25%) iTrent
4 1 (0.25%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.25%) Oracle General Ledger
4 1 (0.25%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.25%) Sentinel
4 1 (0.25%) SimCorp Dimension
4 1 (0.25%) Social Studio
4 1 (0.25%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 17 (4.21%) Amazon AWS
2 16 (3.96%) SaaS
3 15 (3.71%) GitHub
4 10 (2.48%) Microsoft Azure
5 9 (2.23%) Office 365
6 4 (0.99%) Amazon S3
6 4 (0.99%) Dynamics 365
7 3 (0.74%) BrowserStack
7 3 (0.74%) PaaS
8 2 (0.50%) iPaaS
9 1 (0.25%) Basecamp
9 1 (0.25%) BlazeMeter
9 1 (0.25%) Cloud Computing
9 1 (0.25%) Cloudflare
9 1 (0.25%) Google Analytics
9 1 (0.25%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (1.49%) HTTP
2 3 (0.74%) Internet
3 2 (0.50%) Firewall
3 2 (0.50%) SMS
4 1 (0.25%) TCP/IP
4 1 (0.25%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (6.68%) Big Data
2 17 (4.21%) Hadoop
3 13 (3.22%) Data Warehouse
4 10 (2.48%) SQL Server
5 9 (2.23%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 7 (1.73%) Apache Hive
6 7 (1.73%) HBase
6 7 (1.73%) Oracle Database
7 6 (1.49%) DTS
7 6 (1.49%) SQL Server 2000
7 6 (1.49%) SQL Server 2008
7 6 (1.49%) SQL Server 2016
8 5 (1.24%) Impala
8 5 (1.24%) NoSQL
9 4 (0.99%) BusinessObjects
9 4 (0.99%) Crystal Reports
10 3 (0.74%) DB2
10 3 (0.74%) Oracle Database 11g
10 3 (0.74%) Relational Database
10 3 (0.74%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 82 (20.30%) Selenium
2 66 (16.34%) JIRA
3 63 (15.59%) Cucumber
4 42 (10.40%) WebDriver
5 38 (9.41%) Jenkins
6 25 (6.19%) Git (software)
7 24 (5.94%) Maven
8 21 (5.20%) HP UFT
8 21 (5.20%) SoapUI
9 19 (4.70%) Jasmine
10 15 (3.71%) Protractor
11 14 (3.47%) JMeter
11 14 (3.47%) JUnit
11 14 (3.47%) SpecFlow
12 13 (3.22%) Team Foundation Server
13 12 (2.97%) Ant
13 12 (2.97%) Gradle
14 11 (2.72%) GitLab
15 10 (2.48%) Zephyr
16 9 (2.23%) TeamCity
General
1 106 (26.24%) Finance
2 67 (16.58%) Banking
3 34 (8.42%) Front Office
4 28 (6.93%) Investment Banking
5 13 (3.22%) Games
5 13 (3.22%) Publishing
5 13 (3.22%) Retail
6 11 (2.72%) Marketing
7 10 (2.48%) Back Office
8 6 (1.49%) Telecoms
9 4 (0.99%) Retail Banking
10 3 (0.74%) Legal
11 2 (0.50%) Financial Institution
12 1 (0.25%) Advertising
12 1 (0.25%) Corporate Banking
12 1 (0.25%) Electronics
12 1 (0.25%) Law
12 1 (0.25%) Manufacturing
12 1 (0.25%) Military
12 1 (0.25%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 84 (20.79%) Analyst
2 77 (19.06%) Test Manager
3 68 (16.83%) Developer
4 49 (12.13%) Test Analyst
5 42 (10.40%) Test Leader
5 42 (10.40%) Tester
6 35 (8.66%) Java Developer
7 28 (6.93%) Quantitative Developer
8 26 (6.44%) Java Quantitative Developer
8 26 (6.44%) Test Engineer
9 20 (4.95%) Automation Test Analyst
10 19 (4.70%) Automation Tester
11 17 (4.21%) Business Analyst
12 16 (3.96%) Project Manager
13 15 (3.71%) C# Developer
13 15 (3.71%) QA Engineer
14 13 (3.22%) Programme Manager
14 13 (3.22%) Programme Test Manager
14 13 (3.22%) Test Automation Engineer
14 13 (3.22%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (7.43%) Gherkin
2 22 (5.45%) REST
3 20 (4.95%) .NET
4 16 (3.96%) Web Services
5 15 (3.71%) Spring
6 12 (2.97%) SOAP
7 11 (2.72%) XML
8 9 (2.23%) Kafka
9 7 (1.73%) HTML
10 6 (1.49%) Hibernate
10 6 (1.49%) Middleware
10 6 (1.49%) RESTful
11 5 (1.24%) .NET Framework
12 4 (0.99%) AngularJS
12 4 (0.99%) React
13 3 (0.74%) Akka
13 3 (0.74%) HTML5
13 3 (0.74%) J2EE
13 3 (0.74%) Node.js
13 3 (0.74%) Spark Streaming
Miscellaneous
1 41 (10.15%) Computer Science
2 34 (8.42%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (2.72%) Equities
3 11 (2.72%) iSeries
4 10 (2.48%) Fixed Income
4 10 (2.48%) Greenfield Project
4 10 (2.48%) Management Information System
5 9 (2.23%) Derivative
6 7 (1.73%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 7 (1.73%) Hedge funds
7 6 (1.49%) User Experience
8 5 (1.24%) Data Centre
8 5 (1.24%) Mobile App
8 5 (1.24%) OTC Derivatives
8 5 (1.24%) PMI
8 5 (1.24%) Reinsurance
9 4 (0.99%) Algorithms
9 4 (0.99%) Credit Risk
9 4 (0.99%) Data Structures
9 4 (0.99%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 18 (4.46%) Windows
2 15 (3.71%) Unix
3 7 (1.73%) Android
3 7 (1.73%) Apple iOS
4 5 (1.24%) Linux
4 5 (1.24%) Windows 10
4 5 (1.24%) Windows Server
5 3 (0.74%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (0.74%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.50%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 190 (47.03%) Agile Software Development
2 176 (43.56%) Test Automation
3 94 (23.27%) User Acceptance Testing
4 77 (19.06%) BDD
5 65 (16.09%) Test Scripting
6 62 (15.35%) System Integration Testing
7 60 (14.85%) Scrum
8 57 (14.11%) Scenario Testing
8 57 (14.11%) TDD
9 55 (13.61%) Integration Testing
10 52 (12.87%) Test Management
11 51 (12.62%) Regression Testing
12 44 (10.89%) Continuous Integration
13 40 (9.90%) Defect Management
14 39 (9.65%) Migration
15 33 (8.17%) Test Planning
16 32 (7.92%) Mathematics
16 32 (7.92%) OO
16 32 (7.92%) Stakeholder Management
17 31 (7.67%) OOP
Programming Languages
1 120 (29.70%) Java
2 65 (16.09%) SQL
3 51 (12.62%) C#
4 37 (9.16%) JavaScript
5 30 (7.43%) Python
6 18 (4.46%) C++
7 11 (2.72%) RPG
7 11 (2.72%) RPG IV
7 11 (2.72%) Scala
8 10 (2.48%) Ruby
9 9 (2.23%) PHP
10 8 (1.98%) PowerShell
11 7 (1.73%) Shell Script
12 6 (1.49%) C
13 4 (0.99%) Go
14 3 (0.74%) PL/SQL
14 3 (0.74%) VBA
15 2 (0.50%) Groovy
15 2 (0.50%) T-SQL
15 2 (0.50%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 46 (11.39%) Security Cleared
2 35 (8.66%) Degree
3 33 (8.17%) ISTQB
4 30 (7.43%) SC Cleared
5 24 (5.94%) PhD
6 22 (5.45%) ISEB
7 10 (2.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 9 (2.23%) Numerate Degree
9 7 (1.73%) DV Cleared
10 6 (1.49%) PMI Certification
11 5 (1.24%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 4 (0.99%) Computer Science Degree
13 3 (0.74%) BPSS Clearance
13 3 (0.74%) CFA
13 3 (0.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 3 (0.74%) Master's Degree
13 3 (0.74%) MBA
14 2 (0.50%) Cisco Certification
14 2 (0.50%) CTC Cleared
14 2 (0.50%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 88 (21.78%) QA
2 13 (3.22%) MiFID
3 11 (2.72%) PMO
4 5 (1.24%) WCAG
5 4 (0.99%) IFRS
6 3 (0.74%) EMIR
6 3 (0.74%) GDPR
7 2 (0.50%) Solvency II
8 1 (0.25%) Basel III
8 1 (0.25%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.25%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.25%) Def Stans
8 1 (0.25%) Dodd-Frank
8 1 (0.25%) IFRS 9
8 1 (0.25%) ISO 20022
8 1 (0.25%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.25%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 1 (0.25%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.25%) SLA
System Software
1 17 (4.21%) Docker
2 6 (1.49%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.99%) Microsoft App-V
4 2 (0.50%) VMware ESXi
4 2 (0.50%) XenApp
5 1 (0.25%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 17 (4.21%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (1.49%) SCCM
3 3 (0.74%) Kubernetes
3 3 (0.74%) Oracle Identity Manager
4 1 (0.25%) Ansible
4 1 (0.25%) CA Service Virtualization
4 1 (0.25%) Control-M
4 1 (0.25%) HP SiteScope
4 1 (0.25%) Kibana
4 1 (0.25%) Puppet
4 1 (0.25%) Terraform
Vendors
1 34 (8.42%) Oracle
2 23 (5.69%) Microsoft
3 21 (5.20%) HP
4 10 (2.48%) Salesforce.com
5 9 (2.23%) SAP
6 6 (1.49%) Bloomberg
6 6 (1.49%) Charles River
6 6 (1.49%) ServiceNow
7 5 (1.24%) Perforce
8 4 (0.99%) Citrix
8 4 (0.99%) Progress
8 4 (0.99%) Workday
9 3 (0.74%) AppDynamics
9 3 (0.74%) Atlassian
9 3 (0.74%) Dynatrace
9 3 (0.74%) Hortonworks
9 3 (0.74%) IBM
9 3 (0.74%) Northgate
9 3 (0.74%) VMware
10 2 (0.50%) Google