Period
to 9 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Test Management skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Management over the 6 months to 9 December 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 Management
UK
6 months to
9 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 395 423 435
Rank change year-on-year +28 +12 -128
Contract jobs citing Test Management 637 549 540
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.61% 0.54% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.70% 0.62% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 407 353 329
UK median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% -
10th Percentile £288 £263 £255
90th Percentile £555 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £404 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +1.00% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 6 11
UK median hourly rate £61.25 £40.50 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +51.23% -4.71% +32.81%
10th Percentile £38.13 £37.00 £35.25
90th Percentile £65.38 £51.25 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £61.25 £40.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year +51.23% -4.71% +32.81%

Test Management 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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 90,484 87,997 88,310
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.71% 85.90% 85.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,942 58,693 58,175
UK median daily rate £463 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +2.41%
10th Percentile £300 £276 £263
90th Percentile £638 £638 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,319 2,069 2,501
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.33% +6.67% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.18 £11.25 £11.00
90th Percentile £50.25 £49.25 £48.31
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.55 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -14.38% +6.67% -

Test Management
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing Test Management as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for Test Management in the UK

Test Management
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Management in the UK

Test Management
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Management over the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Management in the UK

Test Management
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Management in the UK

Test Management
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Management over the 6 months to 9 December 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Management in the UK

Test Management
Top 17 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Management within the UK over the 6 months to 9 December 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
England +17 566 £425 +1.80% 103
UK excluding London +18 423 £404 +1.00% 89
London +26 207 £475 +5.56% 21
South East -32 118 £450 +9.09% 17
North of England -10 64 £350 -15.66% 17
South West -8 61 £413 +5.63% 24
East of England +9 58 £428 -0.58% 11
Midlands +7 56 £413 +10.00% 13
West Midlands -3 34 £425 +21.43% 8
Wales -11 33 £360 +2.86% 3
Yorkshire +2 32 £345 +2.22% 7
Scotland +2 30 £406 +16.07% 4
North West -13 26 £370 -1.47% 10
East Midlands +8 20 £150 -60.00% 5
North East -18 6 £350 -26.42%
Channel Islands - 2 - -
Northern Ireland +27 1 £550 +109.52%

For the 6 months to 9 December 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Management 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 with a requirement for Test Management.

1 326 (51.18%) Agile Software Development
2 309 (48.51%) Test Automation
3 213 (33.44%) JIRA
4 176 (27.63%) Test Strategy
5 171 (26.84%) QA
6 135 (21.19%) Finance
7 129 (20.25%) Waterfall
8 125 (19.62%) Microsoft
9 122 (19.15%) User Acceptance Testing
9 122 (19.15%) ISTQB
10 114 (17.90%) Selenium
11 112 (17.58%) SQL
12 108 (16.95%) Test Scripting
13 97 (15.23%) Oracle
14 96 (15.07%) SDLC
15 95 (14.91%) Defect Management
16 92 (14.44%) Non-Functional Testing
17 90 (14.13%) Stakeholder Management
18 86 (13.50%) Regression Testing
19 82 (12.87%) HP
20 81 (12.72%) Java
21 78 (12.24%) Project Management
21 78 (12.24%) Integration Testing
22 76 (11.93%) Security Cleared
22 76 (11.93%) Functional Testing
23 71 (11.15%) HP Quality Center
23 71 (11.15%) ISEB
24 69 (10.83%) Windows
25 68 (10.68%) Cucumber
26 67 (10.52%) Microsoft Azure

Test Management
Co-occurring IT Skills 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 51 (8.01%) Confluence
2 14 (2.20%) WebLogic
3 11 (1.73%) CMS
4 7 (1.10%) SharePoint
5 5 (0.78%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 5 (0.78%) MS Exchange
5 5 (0.78%) Oracle Service Bus
6 2 (0.31%) Apache
6 2 (0.31%) Apache Solr
6 2 (0.31%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.31%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.31%) CICS
6 2 (0.31%) Elasticsearch
6 2 (0.31%) JBoss
6 2 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 1 (0.16%) Alfresco
7 1 (0.16%) SAS
Applications
1 24 (3.77%) Microsoft Project
2 17 (2.67%) Microsoft Office
3 13 (2.04%) Microsoft Excel
4 9 (1.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 7 (1.10%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (0.78%) HFM
2 3 (0.47%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (0.47%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (0.47%) NetSuite
2 3 (0.47%) Oracle ERP
2 3 (0.47%) Oracle Financials
2 3 (0.47%) SAP SD
3 2 (0.31%) Elite 3E
3 2 (0.31%) Markit EDM
3 2 (0.31%) SAP ERP
3 2 (0.31%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.31%) SAP FI-CA
3 2 (0.31%) SAP HCM
3 2 (0.31%) SAP MM
3 2 (0.31%) SAP PSCD
3 2 (0.31%) Sonata
4 1 (0.16%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.16%) PeopleSoft CRM
4 1 (0.16%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.16%) SAP SCM
Cloud Services
1 67 (10.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 31 (4.87%) Amazon AWS
3 16 (2.51%) Office 365
4 13 (2.04%) SaaS
5 10 (1.57%) BrowserStack
5 10 (1.57%) GitHub
6 9 (1.41%) Taleo
7 8 (1.26%) Slack
8 7 (1.10%) Dynamics 365
9 3 (0.47%) Sauce Labs
9 3 (0.47%) Virtual Private Cloud
10 2 (0.31%) BlazeMeter
10 2 (0.31%) OpenShift
10 2 (0.31%) PaaS
11 1 (0.16%) Amazon CloudWatch
11 1 (0.16%) Cloud Computing
11 1 (0.16%) IaaS
11 1 (0.16%) Salesforce Service Cloud
11 1 (0.16%) Trello
11 1 (0.16%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 7 (1.10%) Firewall
1 7 (1.10%) Internet
2 6 (0.94%) WAN
3 5 (0.78%) LAN
3 5 (0.78%) MVNO
3 5 (0.78%) Wireless
4 3 (0.47%) HTTP
5 2 (0.31%) 4G
5 2 (0.31%) DWDM
5 2 (0.31%) LTE
5 2 (0.31%) MPLS
5 2 (0.31%) Skype
5 2 (0.31%) SMS
5 2 (0.31%) SNMP
5 2 (0.31%) SSL
5 2 (0.31%) TCP/IP
6 1 (0.16%) Cisco ISE
6 1 (0.16%) FTP
6 1 (0.16%) Radio Access Network
6 1 (0.16%) Software-Defined Networking
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (5.65%) SQL Server
2 24 (3.77%) MySQL
3 16 (2.51%) Data Warehouse
4 11 (1.73%) NoSQL
5 9 (1.41%) Oracle OWB
6 8 (1.26%) Relational Database
6 8 (1.26%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 6 (0.94%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 5 (0.78%) Big Data
8 5 (0.78%) DB2
9 4 (0.63%) Hadoop
10 3 (0.47%) MongoDB
11 2 (0.31%) BusinessObjects
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle Database
11 2 (0.31%) Oracle Reports
11 2 (0.31%) PostgreSQL
11 2 (0.31%) RDBMS
12 1 (0.16%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
12 1 (0.16%) IBM InfoSphere
12 1 (0.16%) Oracle ODI
Development Applications
1 213 (33.44%) JIRA
2 114 (17.90%) Selenium
3 68 (10.68%) Cucumber
4 56 (8.79%) SoapUI
5 51 (8.01%) Git (software)
6 45 (7.06%) Zephyr
7 39 (6.12%) Jenkins
8 36 (5.65%) JMeter
9 35 (5.49%) Team Foundation Server
10 30 (4.71%) Visual Studio Team System
11 27 (4.24%) HP UFT
12 24 (3.77%) Subversion
13 21 (3.30%) TestRail
14 20 (3.14%) Visual Studio
15 16 (2.51%) JUnit
16 14 (2.20%) WebDriver
17 12 (1.88%) Appium
18 11 (1.73%) LoadRunner
18 11 (1.73%) Maven
19 10 (1.57%) TestNG
General
1 135 (21.19%) Finance
2 48 (7.54%) Banking
3 26 (4.08%) Retail
4 23 (3.61%) Telecoms
5 18 (2.83%) Marketing
6 9 (1.41%) Back Office
6 9 (1.41%) Investment Banking
6 9 (1.41%) Legal
7 8 (1.26%) Billing
7 8 (1.26%) Retail Banking
8 5 (0.78%) Manufacturing
9 4 (0.63%) Front Office
9 4 (0.63%) Games
9 4 (0.63%) Publishing
10 3 (0.47%) Electronics
10 3 (0.47%) International Banking
10 3 (0.47%) Local Government
10 3 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
11 2 (0.31%) Financial Institution
11 2 (0.31%) Law
Job Titles
1 223 (35.01%) Test Manager
2 151 (23.70%) Analyst
3 130 (20.41%) Test Analyst
4 77 (12.09%) Tester
5 61 (9.58%) Test Leader
6 53 (8.32%) Test Engineer
7 25 (3.92%) Automation Tester
8 23 (3.61%) Project Manager
8 23 (3.61%) Test Automation Engineer
9 17 (2.67%) Automation Test Analyst
9 17 (2.67%) Programme Manager
9 17 (2.67%) Programme Test Manager
9 17 (2.67%) Test Programme Manager
10 16 (2.51%) Test Automation Manager
11 14 (2.20%) QA Engineer
11 14 (2.20%) QA Manager
12 13 (2.04%) Developer
12 13 (2.04%) QA Tester
12 13 (2.04%) Software Test Engineer
13 11 (1.73%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 34 (5.34%) SOAP
2 28 (4.40%) Web Services
3 27 (4.24%) XML
4 23 (3.61%) Oracle Fusion
5 19 (2.98%) .NET
6 16 (2.51%) Gherkin
7 15 (2.35%) RESTful
8 13 (2.04%) Middleware
8 13 (2.04%) Node.js
9 11 (1.73%) REST
10 8 (1.26%) .NET Framework
11 5 (0.78%) CSS
11 5 (0.78%) Elastic Stack
11 5 (0.78%) HTML
11 5 (0.78%) React
12 4 (0.63%) Nightwatchjs
12 4 (0.63%) Swagger
12 4 (0.63%) WebdriverIO
12 4 (0.63%) XML Messaging
13 3 (0.47%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 56 (8.79%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (3.45%) Mobile App
3 19 (2.98%) Data Centre
4 14 (2.20%) Self-Motivation
5 12 (1.88%) Virtual Team
6 11 (1.73%) Greenfield Project
7 10 (1.57%) Mainframe
7 10 (1.57%) PKI
8 6 (0.94%) Client/Server
8 6 (0.94%) Fintech
8 6 (0.94%) Management Information System
9 4 (0.63%) Mobile Games
9 4 (0.63%) SCADA
10 3 (0.47%) Derivative
10 3 (0.47%) FMCG
10 3 (0.47%) IBM Mainframe
11 2 (0.31%) CCTV
11 2 (0.31%) Online Banking
11 2 (0.31%) PMI
11 2 (0.31%) SWIFT
Operating Systems
1 69 (10.83%) Windows
2 34 (5.34%) Linux
3 22 (3.45%) Android
3 22 (3.45%) Apple iOS
3 22 (3.45%) Unix
4 12 (1.88%) Windows 10
5 9 (1.41%) Windows Server
6 4 (0.63%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 3 (0.47%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.47%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.31%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.16%) OpenVMS
9 1 (0.16%) VME
9 1 (0.16%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 326 (51.18%) Agile Software Development
2 309 (48.51%) Test Automation
3 176 (27.63%) Test Strategy
4 129 (20.25%) Waterfall
5 122 (19.15%) User Acceptance Testing
6 108 (16.95%) Test Scripting
7 96 (15.07%) SDLC
8 95 (14.91%) Defect Management
9 92 (14.44%) Non-Functional Testing
10 90 (14.13%) Stakeholder Management
11 86 (13.50%) Regression Testing
12 78 (12.24%) Integration Testing
12 78 (12.24%) Project Management
13 76 (11.93%) Functional Testing
14 64 (10.05%) Software Testing
15 62 (9.73%) ERP
16 59 (9.26%) BDD
17 57 (8.95%) DevOps
17 57 (8.95%) Scrum
18 56 (8.79%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 112 (17.58%) SQL
2 81 (12.72%) Java
3 33 (5.18%) C#
4 31 (4.87%) JavaScript
5 10 (1.57%) Python
6 8 (1.26%) Bash Shell
6 8 (1.26%) PowerShell
7 7 (1.10%) Groovy
7 7 (1.10%) PL/SQL
7 7 (1.10%) T-SQL
8 4 (0.63%) Ruby
8 4 (0.63%) Shell Script
9 3 (0.47%) C
9 3 (0.47%) JCL
10 2 (0.31%) AspectJ
10 2 (0.31%) Perl
10 2 (0.31%) PHP
11 1 (0.16%) C++
11 1 (0.16%) COBOL
11 1 (0.16%) VBA
Qualifications
1 122 (19.15%) ISTQB
2 76 (11.93%) Security Cleared
3 71 (11.15%) ISEB
4 60 (9.42%) SC Cleared
5 57 (8.95%) Degree
6 35 (5.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 27 (4.24%) ISEB Practitioner
8 20 (3.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 10 (1.57%) Master's Degree
10 9 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
11 5 (0.78%) BPSS Clearance
11 5 (0.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 4 (0.63%) DBS Check
12 4 (0.63%) DV Cleared
12 4 (0.63%) HNC
12 4 (0.63%) HND
12 4 (0.63%) PMP
13 3 (0.47%) ITIL Certification
13 3 (0.47%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.31%) Cisco Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 171 (26.84%) QA
2 10 (1.57%) PMO
3 5 (0.78%) Disclosure Scotland
4 4 (0.63%) GDPR
5 3 (0.47%) MiFID
5 3 (0.47%) WCAG
6 2 (0.31%) Data Quality
6 2 (0.31%) PCI DSS
7 1 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
7 1 (0.16%) EMIR
7 1 (0.16%) SLA
System Software
1 31 (4.87%) Active Directory
2 25 (3.92%) Docker
3 22 (3.45%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.31%) LXC
5 1 (0.16%) IAG
5 1 (0.16%) Time Sharing Option
Systems Management
1 71 (11.15%) HP Quality Center
2 54 (8.48%) HP ALM
3 27 (4.24%) SCCM
4 9 (1.41%) Opscode Chef
4 9 (1.41%) Puppet
5 6 (0.94%) Netcool
6 5 (0.78%) Grafana
6 5 (0.78%) Graphite
7 4 (0.63%) Nessus
8 3 (0.47%) Ansible
9 2 (0.31%) Kubernetes
9 2 (0.31%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
10 1 (0.16%) CloudHub
10 1 (0.16%) Kibana
10 1 (0.16%) McAfee ePO
10 1 (0.16%) QRadar
10 1 (0.16%) SCOM
10 1 (0.16%) WSUS
Vendors
1 125 (19.62%) Microsoft
2 97 (15.23%) Oracle
3 82 (12.87%) HP
4 41 (6.44%) SAP
5 22 (3.45%) VMware
6 18 (2.83%) Micro Focus
7 14 (2.20%) IBM
7 14 (2.20%) webMethods
8 12 (1.88%) Salesforce.com
9 11 (1.73%) Atlassian
10 10 (1.57%) CheckPoint
10 10 (1.57%) Hyperion
11 7 (1.10%) MuleSoft
12 6 (0.94%) Citrix
12 6 (0.94%) Remedy
13 5 (0.78%) Adobe
13 5 (0.78%) Cisco
13 5 (0.78%) SolarWinds
14 3 (0.47%) PeopleSoft
14 3 (0.47%) Talend