Period
to 22 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 22 November 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
England > South East
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 197 166 149
Rank change year-on-year -31 -17 +35
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 187 235 282
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.11% 1.41% 1.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.34% 1.70% 1.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 122 135 173
South East median daily rate £418 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.21% +10.00% +10.29%
10th Percentile £291 £266 £265
90th Percentile £500 £538 £500
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 4 2
South East median hourly rate £47.50 £44.25 £42.63
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.34% +3.81% +0.29%
10th Percentile £42.75 £41.25 £32.36
90th Percentile £49.16 £48.80 £54.79
England median hourly rate £45.00 £44.00 £39.25
% change year-on-year +2.27% +12.10% +5.37%

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 the South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 13929 13803 15455
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 82.71% 82.56% 80.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 8358 8333 9223
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £393
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.91% +4.67%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £256
90th Percentile £575 £563 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.47% +5.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 463 548 603
South East median hourly rate £23.00 £27.00 £26.60
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.81% +1.50% +52.00%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.82 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.25 £48.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.43 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.76% +8.58% +18.42%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the South East over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 6 months to 22 November 2017. 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
Thames Valley -30 79 £425 - 10
Hampshire +1 44 £313 -26.47% 4
Surrey +1 40 £425 +10.39% 5
Berkshire -1 37 £400 -4.48% 5
Buckinghamshire -49 24 £475 - 2
Oxfordshire +19 18 £438 +8.70% 3
Kent -5 10 £375 -11.76%
West Sussex -38 7 £350 +8.53%
East Sussex -1 4 £525 +23.53%
Middlesex +1 1 £440 +22.22%
Sussex - 1 £225 -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 22 November 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 South East region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 92 (49.20%) Test Automation
2 83 (44.39%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (24.60%) Scenario Testing
4 41 (21.93%) ISTQB
5 39 (20.86%) Test Scripting
6 38 (20.32%) Test Management
6 38 (20.32%) JIRA
7 35 (18.72%) ISEB
8 32 (17.11%) Finance
9 31 (16.58%) HP
9 31 (16.58%) Regression Testing
9 31 (16.58%) BDD
10 30 (16.04%) Waterfall
11 28 (14.97%) User Acceptance Testing
12 27 (14.44%) QA
12 27 (14.44%) Security Cleared
13 26 (13.90%) SC Cleared
14 25 (13.37%) Continuous Integration
14 25 (13.37%) SDLC
14 25 (13.37%) Windows
15 24 (12.83%) SQL
15 24 (12.83%) Selenium
15 24 (12.83%) Degree
15 24 (12.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
16 22 (11.76%) Software Testing
16 22 (11.76%) Java
17 21 (11.23%) HP UFT
18 20 (10.70%) SAP
18 20 (10.70%) Performance Testing
18 20 (10.70%) TDD

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 20 (10.70%) Confluence
2 6 (3.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 4 (2.14%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.07%) Apache Pig
4 2 (1.07%) Oracle Service Bus
5 1 (0.53%) Apache
5 1 (0.53%) IIS
5 1 (0.53%) SAS
5 1 (0.53%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (4.28%) Microsoft Office
2 5 (2.67%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.67%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.60%) Maximo
2 2 (1.07%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.53%) Oracle Applications
3 1 (0.53%) Oracle FAH
3 1 (0.53%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.53%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 18 (9.63%) SaaS
2 11 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
3 7 (3.74%) OpenShift
4 2 (1.07%) Amazon AWS
4 2 (1.07%) Slack
5 1 (0.53%) Amazon EMR
5 1 (0.53%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.53%) IaaS
5 1 (0.53%) Office 365
5 1 (0.53%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 10 (5.35%) PuTTY
1 10 (5.35%) WinSCP
2 5 (2.67%) HTTP
3 4 (2.14%) Internet
4 2 (1.07%) Ethernet
4 2 (1.07%) IPsec
4 2 (1.07%) TCP/IP
4 2 (1.07%) WAN
5 1 (0.53%) Asterisk PBX
5 1 (0.53%) CTI
5 1 (0.53%) DNS
5 1 (0.53%) Firewall
5 1 (0.53%) HTTPS
5 1 (0.53%) Intranet
5 1 (0.53%) RTP
5 1 (0.53%) Softphone
5 1 (0.53%) SSH
5 1 (0.53%) VPLS
5 1 (0.53%) VPN
5 1 (0.53%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (8.56%) SQL Server
2 14 (7.49%) Big Data
3 10 (5.35%) Oracle Database
3 10 (5.35%) Oracle Database 11g
4 9 (4.81%) Hadoop
4 9 (4.81%) Oracle Database 10g
4 9 (4.81%) SQL Server 2012
4 9 (4.81%) SQL Server 2016
5 5 (2.67%) Oracle Reports
6 3 (1.60%) Data Warehouse
6 3 (1.60%) Redis
7 2 (1.07%) Apache Hive
8 1 (0.53%) BODI
8 1 (0.53%) DB2
8 1 (0.53%) IDOL
8 1 (0.53%) SAP HANA
8 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 1 (0.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 38 (20.32%) JIRA
2 24 (12.83%) Selenium
3 21 (11.23%) HP UFT
4 20 (10.70%) SpecFlow
5 17 (9.09%) SoapUI
6 16 (8.56%) Jenkins
7 15 (8.02%) Team Foundation Server
8 13 (6.95%) Eclipse
8 13 (6.95%) Git (software)
8 13 (6.95%) LoadRunner
9 11 (5.88%) Oracle APEX
10 10 (5.35%) Ant
10 10 (5.35%) TestNG
11 8 (4.28%) WebDriver
12 7 (3.74%) Cucumber
13 5 (2.67%) XMLSpy
14 4 (2.14%) NUnit
15 3 (1.60%) IntelliJ
15 3 (1.60%) JMeter
15 3 (1.60%) Visual Studio
General
1 32 (17.11%) Finance
2 12 (6.42%) Banking
2 12 (6.42%) Telecoms
3 6 (3.21%) Retail
4 4 (2.14%) Retail Banking
5 3 (1.60%) Corporate Banking
5 3 (1.60%) Publishing
6 2 (1.07%) Advertising
7 1 (0.53%) Aerospace
7 1 (0.53%) Automotive
7 1 (0.53%) Back Office
7 1 (0.53%) Electronics
7 1 (0.53%) Front Office
7 1 (0.53%) Law
7 1 (0.53%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 52 (27.81%) Test Manager
2 35 (18.72%) Analyst
3 28 (14.97%) Test Analyst
4 25 (13.37%) Tester
5 17 (9.09%) Test Engineer
6 15 (8.02%) Architect
7 12 (6.42%) Test Leader
8 8 (4.28%) Developer
9 7 (3.74%) Developer in Test
9 7 (3.74%) Solutions Architect
10 6 (3.21%) Consultant
10 6 (3.21%) Designer
10 6 (3.21%) Functional Tester
11 5 (2.67%) QA Tester
11 5 (2.67%) SAP Manager
11 5 (2.67%) SAP Test Manager
11 5 (2.67%) Senior Tester
11 5 (2.67%) SOA Designer
11 5 (2.67%) Software Test Engineer
11 5 (2.67%) Test Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (8.56%) Web Services
2 15 (8.02%) .NET
3 11 (5.88%) Middleware
3 11 (5.88%) SOAP
4 10 (5.35%) REST
5 7 (3.74%) Gherkin
6 6 (3.21%) XML
7 5 (2.67%) WSDL
7 5 (2.67%) XSD
8 4 (2.14%) RESTful
9 3 (1.60%) J2EE
9 3 (1.60%) JSON
10 2 (1.07%) Cascading
10 2 (1.07%) CSS
10 2 (1.07%) HTML
10 2 (1.07%) Kafka
11 1 (0.53%) ASP.NET MVC 5
11 1 (0.53%) jQuery
11 1 (0.53%) RFC 2833
11 1 (0.53%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 12 (6.42%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (2.67%) Computer Science
3 4 (2.14%) STB
4 3 (1.60%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.07%) AS400
5 2 (1.07%) Semantic Web
5 2 (1.07%) Smartcard
6 1 (0.53%) CMDB
6 1 (0.53%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.53%) Equities
6 1 (0.53%) FMCG
6 1 (0.53%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.53%) Internet of Things
6 1 (0.53%) Mainframe
6 1 (0.53%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.53%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.53%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 25 (13.37%) Windows
2 19 (10.16%) Linux
3 12 (6.42%) Windows Server
4 11 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
5 10 (5.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 4 (2.14%) Unix
7 3 (1.60%) Android
7 3 (1.60%) Apple iOS
7 3 (1.60%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.53%) Debian
8 1 (0.53%) Fedora
8 1 (0.53%) Ubuntu
8 1 (0.53%) VxWorks
8 1 (0.53%) Windows 10
8 1 (0.53%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 92 (49.20%) Test Automation
2 83 (44.39%) Agile Software Development
3 46 (24.60%) Scenario Testing
4 39 (20.86%) Test Scripting
5 38 (20.32%) Test Management
6 31 (16.58%) BDD
6 31 (16.58%) Regression Testing
7 30 (16.04%) Waterfall
8 28 (14.97%) User Acceptance Testing
9 25 (13.37%) Continuous Integration
9 25 (13.37%) SDLC
10 22 (11.76%) Software Testing
11 20 (10.70%) Defect Management
11 20 (10.70%) Performance Testing
11 20 (10.70%) System Integration Testing
11 20 (10.70%) TDD
12 19 (10.16%) Functional Testing
12 19 (10.16%) Matrix Organization
12 19 (10.16%) Scrum
13 18 (9.63%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 24 (12.83%) SQL
2 22 (11.76%) Java
3 13 (6.95%) C#
4 11 (5.88%) F#
5 10 (5.35%) JavaScript
6 8 (4.28%) Ruby
7 6 (3.21%) T-SQL
8 3 (1.60%) Apple Swift
8 3 (1.60%) C++
8 3 (1.60%) Python
8 3 (1.60%) VBScript
9 2 (1.07%) C
9 2 (1.07%) HiveQL
9 2 (1.07%) TypeScript
10 1 (0.53%) Embedded C++
10 1 (0.53%) VB
Qualifications
1 41 (21.93%) ISTQB
2 35 (18.72%) ISEB
3 27 (14.44%) Security Cleared
4 26 (13.90%) SC Cleared
5 24 (12.83%) Degree
5 24 (12.83%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (3.74%) ISEB Practitioner
7 5 (2.67%) Master's Degree
8 2 (1.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.53%) CISM
9 1 (0.53%) CISSP
9 1 (0.53%) DV Cleared
9 1 (0.53%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 27 (14.44%) QA
2 2 (1.07%) GDPR
2 2 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 19770
2 2 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 20000
2 2 (1.07%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
3 1 (0.53%) COBIT
3 1 (0.53%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.53%) DO-178B
3 1 (0.53%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.53%) MiFID
3 1 (0.53%) PA-DSS
3 1 (0.53%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.53%) SLA
System Software
1 9 (4.81%) vSphere
2 3 (1.60%) Docker
2 3 (1.60%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 2 (1.07%) Apache Flume
3 2 (1.07%) VMware ESXi
4 1 (0.53%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.53%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.53%) Microsoft App-V
4 1 (0.53%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 19 (10.16%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (1.60%) IBM BigFix
2 3 (1.60%) Tivoli
3 2 (1.07%) Oozie
4 1 (0.53%) Ansible
4 1 (0.53%) SCCM
4 1 (0.53%) SCOM
4 1 (0.53%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 31 (16.58%) HP
2 20 (10.70%) SAP
3 19 (10.16%) Oracle
4 18 (9.63%) Microsoft
5 17 (9.09%) Salesforce.com
6 12 (6.42%) Kronos
6 12 (6.42%) Workday
7 11 (5.88%) Red Hat
7 11 (5.88%) VMware
8 9 (4.81%) Software AG
8 9 (4.81%) webMethods
9 4 (2.14%) IBM
10 3 (1.60%) Cognos
10 3 (1.60%) comScore
11 2 (1.07%) MapR
12 1 (0.53%) Google
12 1 (0.53%) MuleSoft
12 1 (0.53%) ServiceNow
12 1 (0.53%) Varonis
12 1 (0.53%) Zoho