Period
to 23 February 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 23 February 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
23 Feb 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 421 425 323
Rank change year-on-year +4 -102 +22
Contract jobs citing Test Management 555 500 789
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.55% 0.52% 0.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.65% 0.62% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 355 329 523
UK median daily rate £425 £403 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.59% +0.63% -2.32%
10th Percentile £300 £263 £268
90th Percentile £575 £551 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £418 £400 £378
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.96% +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 7 10
UK median hourly rate £44.00 £42.50 £55.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.53% -22.73% +37.50%
10th Percentile £38.20 £32.23 £27.10
90th Percentile £52.00 £45.87 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.00 £42.50 £55.00
% change year-on-year +3.53% -22.73% +37.50%

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 85,976 80,448 89,551
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.76% 83.81% 82.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,376 53,341 58,281
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £288 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.13% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,073 2,220 2,628
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% - +24.22%
10th Percentile £11.50 £11.25 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.67 £50.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.02 £25.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year -3.92% -3.85% +22.35%

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 23 February 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 23 February 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Management in the UK

Test Management
Top 16 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 23 February 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 -6 496 £425 +2.41% 107
UK excluding London +27 362 £418 +4.44% 79
London -19 189 £450 - 33
South East -31 101 £425 +6.25% 19
North of England +53 82 £425 +6.25% 28
Midlands +16 55 £375 - 5
East of England +5 41 £475 +11.76% 8
Wales +24 34 £368 +11.36% 3
Yorkshire +14 33 £338 -12.90% 17
North West +9 33 £425 +9.68% 10
West Midlands +7 29 £360 -7.10% 4
South West +7 29 £413 -2.14% 14
East Midlands +14 26 £375 +13.64% 1
Scotland -6 22 £320 -17.95% 1
North East +56 18 £475 +2.70% 1
Northern Ireland - 1 - - 1

For the 6 months to 23 February 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.

1 244 (43.96%) Agile Software Development
2 203 (36.58%) Test Automation
3 160 (28.83%) JIRA
4 132 (23.78%) Test Strategy
5 131 (23.60%) User Acceptance Testing
6 119 (21.44%) SQL
7 117 (21.08%) HP
8 111 (20.00%) QA
8 111 (20.00%) Defect Management
9 101 (18.20%) Finance
10 98 (17.66%) Selenium
10 98 (17.66%) HP ALM
11 94 (16.94%) Test Scripting
12 92 (16.58%) Security Cleared
13 86 (15.50%) HP Quality Center
14 82 (14.77%) ISTQB
14 82 (14.77%) Waterfall
15 80 (14.41%) SC Cleared
16 78 (14.05%) Microsoft
17 77 (13.87%) Stakeholder Management
18 76 (13.69%) Scrum
19 73 (13.15%) Java
20 71 (12.79%) BDD
21 67 (12.07%) Regression Testing
21 67 (12.07%) Project Management
22 66 (11.89%) SDLC
23 63 (11.35%) Functional Testing
24 62 (11.17%) Migration
25 60 (10.81%) ISEB
25 60 (10.81%) Software Testing

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 46 (8.29%) Confluence
2 22 (3.96%) SharePoint
3 19 (3.42%) MS Exchange
4 9 (1.62%) Cloud Foundry
5 8 (1.44%) IIS
6 4 (0.72%) Exchange Server 2013
7 3 (0.54%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 3 (0.54%) Apache
7 3 (0.54%) JBoss
7 3 (0.54%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 2 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
8 2 (0.36%) CMS
8 2 (0.36%) ColdFusion
8 2 (0.36%) SAS
8 2 (0.36%) WebSphere
9 1 (0.18%) NetWeaver
9 1 (0.18%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 28 (5.05%) Microsoft Project
2 12 (2.16%) Microsoft Excel
3 6 (1.08%) Microsoft Office
3 6 (1.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 6 (1.08%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 10 (1.80%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.08%) NetSuite
3 4 (0.72%) Oracle Retail
3 4 (0.72%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 4 (0.72%) SAP CO
3 4 (0.72%) SAP FI
3 4 (0.72%) SAP FI/CO
4 3 (0.54%) Maximo
5 2 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.36%) SAP CRM for Utilities
5 2 (0.36%) SAP IS-U
5 2 (0.36%) SAP Payroll
6 1 (0.18%) Magento
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle General Ledger
6 1 (0.18%) Oracle SCM
6 1 (0.18%) Unit4 Business World
6 1 (0.18%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 24 (4.32%) Microsoft Azure
2 18 (3.24%) Slack
3 17 (3.06%) Amazon AWS
3 17 (3.06%) GitHub
4 16 (2.88%) SaaS
5 13 (2.34%) Office 365
6 7 (1.26%) BlazeMeter
7 6 (1.08%) BrowserStack
8 5 (0.90%) Sauce Labs
9 4 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
10 3 (0.54%) PaaS
11 2 (0.36%) Google Cloud Platform
11 2 (0.36%) SuccessFactors
12 1 (0.18%) Amazon EC2
12 1 (0.18%) Dynamics 365
12 1 (0.18%) iPaaS
Communications & Networking
1 19 (3.42%) VLAN
2 15 (2.70%) DNS
3 13 (2.34%) TCP/IP
4 12 (2.16%) Firewall
5 11 (1.98%) DHCP
6 10 (1.80%) MVNO
7 9 (1.62%) 3G
7 9 (1.62%) ICMP
7 9 (1.62%) LTE
8 8 (1.44%) HTTP
9 7 (1.26%) VSAN
10 4 (0.72%) Internet
10 4 (0.72%) Remote Desktop
10 4 (0.72%) SSL
11 3 (0.54%) Wi-Fi
12 2 (0.36%) NetScaler
12 2 (0.36%) Skype
12 2 (0.36%) Wireless
13 1 (0.18%) 4G
13 1 (0.18%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 29 (5.23%) SQL Server
2 19 (3.42%) Relational Database
3 18 (3.24%) Data Warehouse
4 15 (2.70%) NoSQL
5 8 (1.44%) Big Data
6 7 (1.26%) SQL Server 2012
7 6 (1.08%) Hadoop
7 6 (1.08%) RDBMS
8 4 (0.72%) Blockchain
8 4 (0.72%) DB2
8 4 (0.72%) Geospatial Data
8 4 (0.72%) GIS
8 4 (0.72%) Oracle Reports
9 3 (0.54%) Apache Hive
9 3 (0.54%) Oracle Database
9 3 (0.54%) PostgreSQL
10 2 (0.36%) MySQL
11 1 (0.18%) Data Mining
11 1 (0.18%) Essbase
11 1 (0.18%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 160 (28.83%) JIRA
2 98 (17.66%) Selenium
3 54 (9.73%) JMeter
4 45 (8.11%) SoapUI
5 42 (7.57%) Jenkins
6 41 (7.39%) Cucumber
7 40 (7.21%) Git (software)
7 40 (7.21%) Zephyr
8 28 (5.05%) HP UFT
9 27 (4.86%) TestRail
9 27 (4.86%) WebDriver
10 25 (4.50%) Team Foundation Server
11 22 (3.96%) SpecFlow
12 16 (2.88%) LoadRunner
13 14 (2.52%) Subversion
14 13 (2.34%) Appium
14 13 (2.34%) Burp Suite
15 12 (2.16%) GitLab
15 12 (2.16%) Visual Studio
16 11 (1.98%) TeamCity
General
1 101 (18.20%) Finance
2 55 (9.91%) Banking
3 33 (5.95%) Telecoms
4 18 (3.24%) Billing
5 17 (3.06%) Investment Banking
6 16 (2.88%) Retail
7 14 (2.52%) Retail Banking
8 11 (1.98%) Law
9 9 (1.62%) Publishing
9 9 (1.62%) Romanian Language
10 7 (1.26%) Front Office
10 7 (1.26%) Manufacturing
11 6 (1.08%) Back Office
12 4 (0.72%) Financial Institution
12 4 (0.72%) General Ledger
13 2 (0.36%) Automotive
13 2 (0.36%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.18%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.18%) Electronics
14 1 (0.18%) Military
Job Titles
1 179 (32.25%) Test Manager
2 112 (20.18%) Analyst
3 85 (15.32%) Test Analyst
4 68 (12.25%) Test Engineer
5 65 (11.71%) Tester
6 45 (8.11%) Test Leader
7 21 (3.78%) Automation Tester
7 21 (3.78%) Senior Test Engineer
8 20 (3.60%) Consultant
8 20 (3.60%) Senior Analyst
8 20 (3.60%) Senior Test Analyst
9 19 (3.42%) Developer
10 18 (3.24%) Project Manager
11 16 (2.88%) Business Analyst
12 15 (2.70%) Programme Manager
12 15 (2.70%) Programme Test Manager
12 15 (2.70%) QA Analyst
12 15 (2.70%) Test Automation Engineer
12 15 (2.70%) Test Programme Manager
13 14 (2.52%) JIRA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 37 (6.67%) SOAP
2 32 (5.77%) Web Services
3 29 (5.23%) REST
4 21 (3.78%) .NET
5 20 (3.60%) Gherkin
6 18 (3.24%) XML
7 14 (2.52%) AngularJS
8 13 (2.34%) J2EE
8 13 (2.34%) RESTful
9 9 (1.62%) Kafka
9 9 (1.62%) OAuth
9 9 (1.62%) OAuth2
9 9 (1.62%) RabbitMQ
9 9 (1.62%) Spring
9 9 (1.62%) Spring Boot
9 9 (1.62%) Spring Cloud
10 8 (1.44%) HTML
11 6 (1.08%) JSON
12 5 (0.90%) CSS
12 5 (0.90%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 40 (7.21%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (4.68%) Management Information System
3 17 (3.06%) Data Centre
3 17 (3.06%) User Experience
3 17 (3.06%) Virtual Team
4 8 (1.44%) Greenfield Project
4 8 (1.44%) Linux Command Line
4 8 (1.44%) Mobile App
5 7 (1.26%) Equities
5 7 (1.26%) Mainframe
6 6 (1.08%) Analytical Mindset
6 6 (1.08%) Derivative
6 6 (1.08%) Fixed Income
7 5 (0.90%) Fintech
7 5 (0.90%) Smart Meter
8 4 (0.72%) Client/Server
8 4 (0.72%) Computer Science
8 4 (0.72%) Fat Client
8 4 (0.72%) OTC Derivatives
8 4 (0.72%) Thin Client
Operating Systems
1 54 (9.73%) Windows
2 29 (5.23%) Unix
3 15 (2.70%) Linux
3 15 (2.70%) Windows Server
4 13 (2.34%) Apple iOS
5 12 (2.16%) Android
6 9 (1.62%) Windows Server 2012
7 5 (0.90%) Windows 10
7 5 (0.90%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.72%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 2 (0.36%) Windows 8
10 2 (0.36%) Windows Server 2008
11 1 (0.18%) AIX
11 1 (0.18%) CentOS
11 1 (0.18%) Solaris
11 1 (0.18%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Server 2003
11 1 (0.18%) Windows Vista
11 1 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 244 (43.96%) Agile Software Development
2 203 (36.58%) Test Automation
3 132 (23.78%) Test Strategy
4 131 (23.60%) User Acceptance Testing
5 111 (20.00%) Defect Management
6 94 (16.94%) Test Scripting
7 82 (14.77%) Waterfall
8 77 (13.87%) Stakeholder Management
9 76 (13.69%) Scrum
10 71 (12.79%) BDD
11 67 (12.07%) Project Management
11 67 (12.07%) Regression Testing
12 66 (11.89%) SDLC
13 63 (11.35%) Functional Testing
14 62 (11.17%) Migration
15 60 (10.81%) Software Testing
16 59 (10.63%) DevOps
17 54 (9.73%) Non-Functional Testing
18 53 (9.55%) Continuous Integration
19 52 (9.37%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 119 (21.44%) SQL
2 73 (13.15%) Java
3 43 (7.75%) C#
4 25 (4.50%) JavaScript
4 25 (4.50%) Python
5 16 (2.88%) Ruby
6 15 (2.70%) C
7 6 (1.08%) Perl
7 6 (1.08%) VBA
8 4 (0.72%) Bash Shell
8 4 (0.72%) VB.NET
9 3 (0.54%) PHP
9 3 (0.54%) T-SQL
10 2 (0.36%) PowerShell
11 1 (0.18%) Ada
11 1 (0.18%) F#
11 1 (0.18%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.18%) RPG
11 1 (0.18%) TypeScript
11 1 (0.18%) VB
Qualifications
1 92 (16.58%) Security Cleared
2 82 (14.77%) ISTQB
3 80 (14.41%) SC Cleared
4 60 (10.81%) ISEB
5 33 (5.95%) Degree
6 22 (3.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 10 (1.80%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (1.62%) ISEB Practitioner
9 7 (1.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 6 (1.08%) ITIL Certification
11 5 (0.90%) PMI Certification
12 3 (0.54%) PMP
13 2 (0.36%) CCNA
13 2 (0.36%) Cisco Certification
13 2 (0.36%) DV Cleared
13 2 (0.36%) MAPM
13 2 (0.36%) Sun Certification
14 1 (0.18%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 111 (20.00%) QA
2 12 (2.16%) WCAG
3 8 (1.44%) PMO
4 4 (0.72%) FATCA
4 4 (0.72%) MiFID
4 4 (0.72%) SLA
5 2 (0.36%) Data Quality
5 2 (0.36%) EMIR
5 2 (0.36%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 2 (0.36%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 1 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
6 1 (0.18%) GDPR
6 1 (0.18%) GxP
6 1 (0.18%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 25 (4.50%) Active Directory
2 11 (1.98%) Docker
3 8 (1.44%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (1.26%) VMware Workstation
4 7 (1.26%) vSphere
5 4 (0.72%) Hyper-V
6 1 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 98 (17.66%) HP ALM
2 86 (15.50%) HP Quality Center
3 13 (2.34%) Nessus
3 13 (2.34%) SCCM
4 7 (1.26%) Ansible
4 7 (1.26%) SCOM
5 6 (1.08%) Puppet
5 6 (1.08%) WhatsUp Gold
6 5 (0.90%) Opscode Chef
7 2 (0.36%) WSUS
8 1 (0.18%) ITRS Geneos
8 1 (0.18%) Kibana
8 1 (0.18%) Kubernetes
8 1 (0.18%) MOM
8 1 (0.18%) Norton AntiVirus
Vendors
1 117 (21.08%) HP
2 78 (14.05%) Microsoft
3 55 (9.91%) Oracle
4 35 (6.31%) Salesforce.com
5 25 (4.50%) SAP
6 14 (2.52%) VMware
7 13 (2.34%) Atlassian
7 13 (2.34%) Citrix
8 10 (1.80%) NetApp
9 9 (1.62%) Informatica
10 6 (1.08%) BMC
10 6 (1.08%) Cisco
10 6 (1.08%) Intapp
10 6 (1.08%) MuleSoft
10 6 (1.08%) Nintex
10 6 (1.08%) ServiceNow
11 4 (0.72%) IBM
12 3 (0.54%) Adobe
12 3 (0.54%) Cognos
12 3 (0.54%) Murex