Period
to 23 October 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 October 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 262 268 245
Rank change year-on-year +6 -23 -39
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 460 444 488
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 0.99% 0.98% 1.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.14% 1.11% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 321 308 299
London median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -5.56%
10th Percentile £339 £300 £280
90th Percentile £650 £638 £628
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
London median hourly rate £16.50 £36.25 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -54.48% - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £45.25
% change year-on-year -15.79% +4.97% +23.13%

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 40,458 40,068 38,608
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in London 87.48% 88.05% 87.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 29,218 29,022 27,755
London median daily rate £500 £500 £464
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.76% +3.11%
10th Percentile £325 £313 £300
90th Percentile £675 £663 £643
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 469 367 405
London median hourly rate £21.25 £23.00 £21.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -7.61% +6.98% +7.50%
10th Percentile £13.00 £13.14 £11.44
90th Percentile £52.75 £50.50 £52.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.93 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.75% +10.78% +3.97%

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 October 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 October 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 -32 79 £475 +11.24% 25
West London +6 24 £500 +25.00% 8
South London -25 14 £444 +6.23% 2
North London 0 5 £600 +100.00% 2
East London -23 3 £485 -11.82% 10
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

1 231 (50.22%) Agile Software Development
2 223 (48.48%) Test Automation
3 153 (33.26%) QA
4 121 (26.30%) Selenium
5 118 (25.65%) Finance
6 104 (22.61%) User Acceptance Testing
7 100 (21.74%) JIRA
8 92 (20.00%) Banking
9 87 (18.91%) Java
10 80 (17.39%) Test Management
11 77 (16.74%) C#
12 74 (16.09%) Scrum
13 68 (14.78%) BDD
14 65 (14.13%) SQL
15 63 (13.70%) Cucumber
16 61 (13.26%) SDLC
16 61 (13.26%) Continuous Integration
17 60 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
18 59 (12.83%) Jenkins
18 59 (12.83%) Performance Testing
19 55 (11.96%) Test Scripting
20 54 (11.74%) Functional Testing
21 52 (11.30%) Non-Functional Testing
21 52 (11.30%) Problem-Solving
21 52 (11.30%) Stakeholder Management
22 50 (10.87%) Oracle
23 47 (10.22%) ISTQB
24 46 (10.00%) Degree
25 45 (9.78%) Microsoft Azure
25 45 (9.78%) Waterfall

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 31 (6.74%) Confluence
2 7 (1.52%) CMS
3 5 (1.09%) CoreMedia CMS
4 4 (0.87%) MS Exchange
4 4 (0.87%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.43%) Apache
5 2 (0.43%) Apache Qpid
5 2 (0.43%) Apache Spark
5 2 (0.43%) Appian
5 2 (0.43%) Elasticsearch
5 2 (0.43%) Exchange Server 2013
5 2 (0.43%) Skype for Business
5 2 (0.43%) WebSphere
6 1 (0.22%) Alfresco
6 1 (0.22%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.22%) Drupal
6 1 (0.22%) Jetty
6 1 (0.22%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.22%) WebLogic
Applications
1 11 (2.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (1.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 7 (1.52%) Microsoft Office
4 5 (1.09%) MS Visio
5 2 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
5 2 (0.43%) Photoshop
5 2 (0.43%) Spreadsheet
6 1 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Suite
6 1 (0.22%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 5 (1.09%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.65%) Magento
2 3 (0.65%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.43%) Markit EDM
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle Payables
3 2 (0.43%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (0.43%) SAP IBP
3 2 (0.43%) Sonata
4 1 (0.22%) Adobe Campaign
4 1 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
4 1 (0.22%) FastStats
4 1 (0.22%) FLEXCUBE
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle HRMS
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 1 (0.22%) Summit
4 1 (0.22%) Unica
Cloud Services
1 45 (9.78%) Microsoft Azure
2 38 (8.26%) Amazon AWS
3 22 (4.78%) GitHub
4 19 (4.13%) BlazeMeter
5 17 (3.70%) Office 365
6 12 (2.61%) Amazon CloudWatch
6 12 (2.61%) SaaS
7 9 (1.96%) Slack
8 7 (1.52%) AWS CloudFormation
8 7 (1.52%) IaaS
8 7 (1.52%) PaaS
9 4 (0.87%) Apigee
10 2 (0.43%) OneDrive
10 2 (0.43%) SAP Leonardo
10 2 (0.43%) Tricentis Tosca
11 1 (0.22%) Adobe Creative Cloud
11 1 (0.22%) BrowserStack
11 1 (0.22%) Google Cloud Platform
11 1 (0.22%) MailChimp
11 1 (0.22%) Salesforce Service Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 3 (0.65%) Firewall
1 3 (0.65%) Internet
1 3 (0.65%) SAN
2 2 (0.43%) Intranet
2 2 (0.43%) LAN
2 2 (0.43%) Skype
2 2 (0.43%) SSL
2 2 (0.43%) WAN
3 1 (0.22%) BGP
3 1 (0.22%) IPFIX
3 1 (0.22%) Junos
3 1 (0.22%) MPLS
3 1 (0.22%) MQTT
3 1 (0.22%) MRTG
3 1 (0.22%) OSPF
3 1 (0.22%) SMS
3 1 (0.22%) SNMP
3 1 (0.22%) Unified Communications
3 1 (0.22%) VPN
3 1 (0.22%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (5.43%) Data Warehouse
2 18 (3.91%) SQL Server
3 12 (2.61%) Big Data
4 10 (2.17%) MySQL
4 10 (2.17%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 9 (1.96%) Relational Database
6 6 (1.30%) DTS
6 6 (1.30%) PostgreSQL
6 6 (1.30%) SQL Server 2000
6 6 (1.30%) SQL Server 2008
6 6 (1.30%) SQL Server 2016
7 5 (1.09%) MongoDB
8 4 (0.87%) Apache Cassandra
8 4 (0.87%) Hadoop
8 4 (0.87%) NoSQL
8 4 (0.87%) RDBMS
9 2 (0.43%) Data Mart
9 2 (0.43%) SQL Server Reporting Services
10 1 (0.22%) BusinessObjects XI
10 1 (0.22%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 121 (26.30%) Selenium
2 100 (21.74%) JIRA
3 63 (13.70%) Cucumber
4 59 (12.83%) Jenkins
5 41 (8.91%) JMeter
6 39 (8.48%) TeamCity
7 33 (7.17%) Visual Studio
8 26 (5.65%) LoadRunner
9 25 (5.43%) SoapUI
10 24 (5.22%) SpecFlow
11 23 (5.00%) Zephyr
12 20 (4.35%) WebDriver
13 17 (3.70%) The Grinder
14 15 (3.26%) HP UFT
15 14 (3.04%) Protractor
15 14 (3.04%) Team Foundation Server
16 13 (2.83%) Git (software)
17 12 (2.61%) JUnit
18 8 (1.74%) Appium
18 8 (1.74%) TestDirector
General
1 118 (25.65%) Finance
2 92 (20.00%) Banking
3 36 (7.83%) Investment Banking
4 34 (7.39%) Retail
5 26 (5.65%) Front Office
6 17 (3.70%) Marketing
7 12 (2.61%) Back Office
8 11 (2.39%) Legal
9 6 (1.30%) Games
9 6 (1.30%) Retail Banking
10 5 (1.09%) Financial Institution
10 5 (1.09%) Online Betting
10 5 (1.09%) Pharmaceutical
11 4 (0.87%) Advertising
12 3 (0.65%) Law
12 3 (0.65%) Manufacturing
12 3 (0.65%) Private Banking
12 3 (0.65%) Publishing
13 2 (0.43%) Electronics
13 2 (0.43%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 108 (23.48%) Test Manager
2 75 (16.30%) Analyst
3 66 (14.35%) Tester
4 55 (11.96%) Test Analyst
4 55 (11.96%) Test Leader
5 40 (8.70%) Developer
6 29 (6.30%) Test Engineer
7 22 (4.78%) Performance Tester
8 18 (3.91%) Automation Test Lead
9 16 (3.48%) Test Automation Engineer
10 15 (3.26%) Consultant
10 15 (3.26%) Programme Manager
10 15 (3.26%) Programme Test Manager
10 15 (3.26%) QA Manager
10 15 (3.26%) Test Programme Manager
11 13 (2.83%) Front Office Developer
11 13 (2.83%) QA Leader
12 12 (2.61%) Architect
12 12 (2.61%) QA Engineer
12 12 (2.61%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (7.39%) .NET
2 21 (4.57%) REST
3 20 (4.35%) Web Services
4 19 (4.13%) Node.js
5 18 (3.91%) XML
6 15 (3.26%) SOAP
7 14 (3.04%) Gherkin
7 14 (3.04%) HTML
7 14 (3.04%) JSON
8 12 (2.61%) CSS
8 12 (2.61%) RESTful
9 10 (2.17%) Middleware
10 9 (1.96%) Boost C++ Libraries
10 9 (1.96%) STL
11 8 (1.74%) Oracle Fusion
12 7 (1.52%) AngularJS
12 7 (1.52%) WebdriverIO
13 6 (1.30%) ASP.NET
14 5 (1.09%) React
15 4 (0.87%) ASP.NET Web API
Miscellaneous
1 60 (13.04%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (6.30%) Mobile App
3 23 (5.00%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 15 (3.26%) Greenfield Project
5 14 (3.04%) Computer Science
6 10 (2.17%) Data Centre
6 10 (2.17%) Enterprise Software
7 8 (1.74%) Fintech
7 8 (1.74%) User Experience
8 7 (1.52%) Derivative
9 6 (1.30%) DataPower
9 6 (1.30%) Self-Motivation
10 5 (1.09%) Credit Risk
10 5 (1.09%) Management Information System
10 5 (1.09%) Online Games
11 4 (0.87%) EPoS
11 4 (0.87%) Fixed Income
11 4 (0.87%) Market Risk
11 4 (0.87%) Media Streaming
11 4 (0.87%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 35 (7.61%) Windows
2 15 (3.26%) Linux
2 15 (3.26%) Unix
3 12 (2.61%) Windows 10
4 9 (1.96%) Android
5 8 (1.74%) Apple iOS
6 7 (1.52%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 5 (1.09%) Windows Server 2008
8 3 (0.65%) Windows 7
8 3 (0.65%) Windows Server
9 2 (0.43%) Mac OS
9 2 (0.43%) Windows Server 2012
10 1 (0.22%) CentOS
10 1 (0.22%) Debian
10 1 (0.22%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.22%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 231 (50.22%) Agile Software Development
2 223 (48.48%) Test Automation
3 104 (22.61%) User Acceptance Testing
4 80 (17.39%) Test Management
5 74 (16.09%) Scrum
6 68 (14.78%) BDD
7 61 (13.26%) Continuous Integration
7 61 (13.26%) SDLC
8 59 (12.83%) Performance Testing
9 55 (11.96%) Test Scripting
10 54 (11.74%) Functional Testing
11 52 (11.30%) Non-Functional Testing
11 52 (11.30%) Problem-Solving
11 52 (11.30%) Stakeholder Management
12 45 (9.78%) Waterfall
13 43 (9.35%) Scenario Testing
13 43 (9.35%) System Integration Testing
14 41 (8.91%) Integration Testing
15 40 (8.70%) DevOps
16 36 (7.83%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 87 (18.91%) Java
2 77 (16.74%) C#
3 65 (14.13%) SQL
4 41 (8.91%) Python
5 38 (8.26%) JavaScript
6 28 (6.09%) C++
7 8 (1.74%) Groovy
7 8 (1.74%) Ruby
8 7 (1.52%) Bash Shell
9 6 (1.30%) PL/SQL
10 4 (0.87%) C
10 4 (0.87%) PowerShell
10 4 (0.87%) Shell Script
11 3 (0.65%) Perl
11 3 (0.65%) VBScript
12 2 (0.43%) AspectJ
12 2 (0.43%) PHP
12 2 (0.43%) T-SQL
12 2 (0.43%) TypeScript
12 2 (0.43%) VBA
Qualifications
1 47 (10.22%) ISTQB
2 46 (10.00%) Degree
3 37 (8.04%) Security Cleared
4 36 (7.83%) SC Cleared
5 30 (6.52%) ISEB
6 8 (1.74%) Numerate Degree
7 6 (1.30%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 5 (1.09%) ISEB Practitioner
9 4 (0.87%) CISA
9 4 (0.87%) Computer Science Degree
9 4 (0.87%) ITIL Certification
10 3 (0.65%) CRISC
11 2 (0.43%) CISM
11 2 (0.43%) CISSP
11 2 (0.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 1 (0.22%) BPSS Clearance
12 1 (0.22%) Master's Degree
12 1 (0.22%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 153 (33.26%) QA
2 8 (1.74%) PMO
3 7 (1.52%) GDPR
4 6 (1.30%) Data Quality
5 3 (0.65%) MiFID
6 2 (0.43%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.43%) PSD2
6 2 (0.43%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.43%) SLA
6 2 (0.43%) WCAG
7 1 (0.22%) GxP
7 1 (0.22%) HL7
7 1 (0.22%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 12 (2.61%) Docker
2 10 (2.17%) Active Directory
3 4 (0.87%) Microsoft App-V
4 3 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.65%) XenApp
5 2 (0.43%) Apache ZooKeeper
5 2 (0.43%) Virtual Desktop
6 1 (0.22%) IAG
6 1 (0.22%) KVM
Systems Management
1 24 (5.22%) HP Quality Center
2 11 (2.39%) HP ALM
3 9 (1.96%) Opscode Chef
4 4 (0.87%) SCCM
5 3 (0.65%) Ansible
5 3 (0.65%) BladeLogic
6 2 (0.43%) Kubernetes
6 2 (0.43%) Nagios
7 1 (0.22%) Cacti
7 1 (0.22%) CloudHub
7 1 (0.22%) Control-M
7 1 (0.22%) Graphite
7 1 (0.22%) Kibana
7 1 (0.22%) Netcool
7 1 (0.22%) OpenNMS
7 1 (0.22%) Pingdom
7 1 (0.22%) Salt
7 1 (0.22%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.22%) TeamSite
7 1 (0.22%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 50 (10.87%) Oracle
2 30 (6.52%) Microsoft
3 24 (5.22%) HP
4 15 (3.26%) SAP
5 10 (2.17%) AppDynamics
5 10 (2.17%) Dynatrace
5 10 (2.17%) New Relic
5 10 (2.17%) Salesforce.com
6 9 (1.96%) IBM
7 8 (1.74%) Atlassian
8 7 (1.52%) MuleSoft
9 6 (1.30%) Talend
9 6 (1.30%) Workday
10 4 (0.87%) Calypso
10 4 (0.87%) Cypress Semiconductor
10 4 (0.87%) Splunk
11 3 (0.65%) Adobe
11 3 (0.65%) BMC
11 3 (0.65%) Citrix
11 3 (0.65%) Reuters