Period
to 20 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Test Planning skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Planning 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 Planning
UK
6 months to
20 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 544 572 514
Rank change year-on-year +28 -58 +25
Contract jobs citing Test Planning 340 280 395
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.34% 0.29% 0.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.40% 0.35% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 222 177 220
UK median daily rate £388 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% - -6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £262 £254
90th Percentile £536 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +14.29% -6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 19
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -12.50% +26.76%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year - -12.50% +26.76%

Test Planning 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 84,024 81,140 89,182
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.51% 83.79% 82.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,267 53,737 57,879
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,958 2,261 2,720
UK median hourly rate £23.50 £24.50 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.08% +3.16% +18.75%
10th Percentile £11.32 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.04% -2.00% +24.22%

Test Planning
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Planning in the UK

Test Planning
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Planning in the UK

Test Planning
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Planning over the 6 months to 20 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Planning in the UK

Test Planning
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Planning in the UK

Test Planning
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Planning within the UK 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
England +36 313 £388 +3.33% 74
UK excluding London +28 207 £400 +14.29% 51
London +10 126 £388 -8.28% 28
South East 0 78 £413 +17.86% 10
Midlands +22 49 £380 -10.38% 8
West Midlands +34 34 £375 -8.54% 4
North of England +36 25 £350 +27.27% 14
South West -9 20 £325 -6.47% 2
Yorkshire +17 15 £338 -10.00% 6
East Midlands +6 15 £438 +2.34% 4
Scotland -18 15 £350 +21.74% 4
East of England -13 12 £338 +3.85% 12
North West +11 10 £350 +94.44% 8
Wales +19 7 £373 +4.20% 1
Northern Ireland -22 1 - -

For the 6 months to 20 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Planning also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads with a requirement for Test Planning.

1 135 (39.71%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (32.06%) User Acceptance Testing
3 103 (30.29%) Test Automation
4 92 (27.06%) JIRA
5 89 (26.18%) Test Scripting
6 81 (23.82%) Finance
7 72 (21.18%) Test Strategy
8 65 (19.12%) QA
9 62 (18.24%) SQL
10 59 (17.35%) Scrum
11 49 (14.41%) Banking
11 49 (14.41%) Scenario Testing
12 47 (13.82%) ISEB
13 46 (13.53%) Java
13 46 (13.53%) Selenium
13 46 (13.53%) Functional Testing
13 46 (13.53%) Waterfall
14 45 (13.24%) Test Management
14 45 (13.24%) Security Cleared
15 44 (12.94%) BDD
15 44 (12.94%) Defect Management
16 43 (12.65%) ISTQB
16 43 (12.65%) Software Testing
17 39 (11.47%) Confluence
18 38 (11.18%) HP
19 37 (10.88%) Migration
20 36 (10.59%) SC Cleared
21 35 (10.29%) Microsoft
22 34 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
22 34 (10.00%) Integration Testing

Test Planning
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 39 (11.47%) Confluence
2 9 (2.65%) MS Exchange
3 7 (2.06%) SharePoint
4 4 (1.18%) WebLogic
5 3 (0.88%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.59%) Apache Spark
6 2 (0.59%) JBoss
6 2 (0.59%) Oracle SOA Suite
6 2 (0.59%) WildFly
7 1 (0.29%) Apache
7 1 (0.29%) Cloud Foundry
7 1 (0.29%) CMS
Applications
1 16 (4.71%) Microsoft Excel
2 11 (3.24%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.88%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.29%) MS Visio
5 1 (0.29%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 5 (1.47%) Markit EDM
1 5 (1.47%) SAP CO
1 5 (1.47%) SAP FI
1 5 (1.47%) SAP FI/CO
2 3 (0.88%) Bloomberg AIM
2 3 (0.88%) thinkFolio
3 2 (0.59%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.59%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.59%) Summit
3 2 (0.59%) TRIRIGA
4 1 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.29%) Eagle PACE
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.29%) Payment Gateway
4 1 (0.29%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.29%) SimCorp Dimension
4 1 (0.29%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 26 (7.65%) Microsoft Azure
2 20 (5.88%) Amazon AWS
3 5 (1.47%) GitHub
3 5 (1.47%) Office 365
3 5 (1.47%) PaaS
4 4 (1.18%) BrowserStack
5 3 (0.88%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.88%) SaaS
6 2 (0.59%) Tricentis Tosca
7 1 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
7 1 (0.29%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 11 (3.24%) Firewall
2 9 (2.65%) FCoE
2 9 (2.65%) Fibre Channel
2 9 (2.65%) iSCSI
3 7 (2.06%) SMS
4 6 (1.76%) DHCP
4 6 (1.76%) DNS
4 6 (1.76%) HTTP
4 6 (1.76%) Network Security
5 5 (1.47%) SMTP
5 5 (1.47%) Wi-Fi
6 4 (1.18%) Internet
6 4 (1.18%) NetScaler
6 4 (1.18%) Wireless
7 3 (0.88%) IPsec
7 3 (0.88%) IPv6
8 2 (0.59%) LAN
8 2 (0.59%) MGW
8 2 (0.59%) VoIP
8 2 (0.59%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (2.06%) SQL Server
2 5 (1.47%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (1.18%) Big Data
4 3 (0.88%) BusinessObjects
4 3 (0.88%) Crystal Reports
4 3 (0.88%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.59%) Data Warehouse
5 2 (0.59%) MS Access
5 2 (0.59%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.29%) Essbase
6 1 (0.29%) Hadoop
6 1 (0.29%) HBase
6 1 (0.29%) MySQL
6 1 (0.29%) OLAP
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle OLAP
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 92 (27.06%) JIRA
2 46 (13.53%) Selenium
3 30 (8.82%) Jenkins
4 28 (8.24%) SoapUI
5 26 (7.65%) WebDriver
6 25 (7.35%) Cucumber
7 21 (6.18%) Zephyr
8 19 (5.59%) JUnit
9 17 (5.00%) Team Foundation Server
10 15 (4.41%) HP UFT
11 13 (3.82%) JMeter
11 13 (3.82%) SpecFlow
12 12 (3.53%) Maven
13 11 (3.24%) Git (software)
14 9 (2.65%) LoadRunner
14 9 (2.65%) NUnit
14 9 (2.65%) Visual Studio
14 9 (2.65%) Visual Studio Team System
15 8 (2.35%) GitLab
16 7 (2.06%) Jasmine
General
1 81 (23.82%) Finance
2 49 (14.41%) Banking
3 12 (3.53%) Retail
4 11 (3.24%) Investment Banking
5 9 (2.65%) Retail Banking
6 6 (1.76%) Telecoms
7 5 (1.47%) Advertising
7 5 (1.47%) Automotive
7 5 (1.47%) Back Office
7 5 (1.47%) Front Office
7 5 (1.47%) Legal
8 4 (1.18%) Publishing
9 2 (0.59%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.29%) Electronics
10 1 (0.29%) Law
10 1 (0.29%) Marketing
10 1 (0.29%) Pharmaceutical
10 1 (0.29%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 112 (32.94%) Analyst
2 82 (24.12%) Test Analyst
3 46 (13.53%) Test Manager
4 44 (12.94%) Tester
5 36 (10.59%) Test Leader
6 20 (5.88%) Business Analyst
7 19 (5.59%) Senior Analyst
8 14 (4.12%) Senior Test Analyst
8 14 (4.12%) Test Engineer
9 13 (3.82%) Automation Tester
9 13 (3.82%) QA Engineer
9 13 (3.82%) QA Tester
10 10 (2.94%) Consultant
10 10 (2.94%) Project Manager
11 9 (2.65%) Test Consultant
12 8 (2.35%) Hyper-V Engineer
12 8 (2.35%) Implementation Engineer
12 8 (2.35%) Manual Tester
12 8 (2.35%) Microsoft Engineer
12 8 (2.35%) Technical Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 31 (9.12%) Web Services
2 24 (7.06%) SOAP
3 20 (5.88%) Gherkin
4 16 (4.71%) .NET
4 16 (4.71%) REST
5 15 (4.41%) XML
6 7 (2.06%) JSON
7 6 (1.76%) HTML
8 4 (1.18%) CSS
9 3 (0.88%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.88%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (0.88%) XML Messaging
10 2 (0.59%) Apache Camel
10 2 (0.59%) Apache CXF
10 2 (0.59%) FIX Protocol
10 2 (0.59%) JMS
10 2 (0.59%) Kafka
10 2 (0.59%) Middleware
10 2 (0.59%) YAML
11 1 (0.29%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 22 (6.47%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (4.12%) Management Information System
3 12 (3.53%) Data Centre
4 10 (2.94%) Computer Science
5 7 (2.06%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 6 (1.76%) User Experience
7 5 (1.47%) Client/Server
7 5 (1.47%) Derivative
7 5 (1.47%) Mobile App
7 5 (1.47%) STB
8 4 (1.18%) Mainframe
8 4 (1.18%) MPEG
9 3 (0.88%) Embedded Systems
9 3 (0.88%) Greenfield Project
9 3 (0.88%) PKI
9 3 (0.88%) Reinsurance
9 3 (0.88%) Security Operations Centre
9 3 (0.88%) Virtual Team
10 2 (0.59%) IBM Mainframe
10 2 (0.59%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 24 (7.06%) Windows
2 17 (5.00%) Linux
3 11 (3.24%) Unix
4 5 (1.47%) Windows 7
4 5 (1.47%) Windows 8
5 4 (1.18%) Windows Server 2008
5 4 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.59%) Android
6 2 (0.59%) Apple iOS
7 1 (0.29%) CentOS
7 1 (0.29%) Ubuntu
7 1 (0.29%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 135 (39.71%) Agile Software Development
2 109 (32.06%) User Acceptance Testing
3 103 (30.29%) Test Automation
4 89 (26.18%) Test Scripting
5 72 (21.18%) Test Strategy
6 59 (17.35%) Scrum
7 49 (14.41%) Scenario Testing
8 46 (13.53%) Functional Testing
8 46 (13.53%) Waterfall
9 45 (13.24%) Test Management
10 44 (12.94%) BDD
10 44 (12.94%) Defect Management
11 43 (12.65%) Software Testing
12 37 (10.88%) Migration
13 34 (10.00%) Integration Testing
13 34 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
14 31 (9.12%) System Testing
15 30 (8.82%) Non-Functional Testing
16 28 (8.24%) Continuous Integration
16 28 (8.24%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 62 (18.24%) SQL
2 46 (13.53%) Java
3 22 (6.47%) C#
4 18 (5.29%) JavaScript
5 15 (4.41%) Python
6 11 (3.24%) Ruby
7 8 (2.35%) Bash Shell
8 7 (2.06%) C
9 6 (1.76%) PowerShell
9 6 (1.76%) VB.NET
10 5 (1.47%) VBScript
11 3 (0.88%) ABAP
11 3 (0.88%) T-SQL
11 3 (0.88%) VBA
12 1 (0.29%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 47 (13.82%) ISEB
2 45 (13.24%) Security Cleared
3 43 (12.65%) ISTQB
4 36 (10.59%) SC Cleared
5 20 (5.88%) Degree
6 11 (3.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (1.47%) DV Cleared
8 4 (1.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 3 (0.88%) CCNA
9 3 (0.88%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (0.88%) CISM
9 3 (0.88%) CISMP
9 3 (0.88%) CISSP
9 3 (0.88%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.29%) CCDP
10 1 (0.29%) CCIE
10 1 (0.29%) CWAP
10 1 (0.29%) CWNA
10 1 (0.29%) CWNE
10 1 (0.29%) CWSP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 65 (19.12%) QA
2 4 (1.18%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (0.88%) GAMP
3 3 (0.88%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 3 (0.88%) PMO
4 2 (0.59%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (0.59%) COSO
4 2 (0.59%) GxP
5 1 (0.29%) HL7
5 1 (0.29%) SLA
System Software
1 13 (3.82%) Hyper-V
2 6 (1.76%) Active Directory
3 5 (1.47%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.18%) Microsoft App-V
4 4 (1.18%) Terminal Server
4 4 (1.18%) XenApp
4 4 (1.18%) XenDesktop
4 4 (1.18%) XenServer
5 3 (0.88%) Docker
5 3 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
6 1 (0.29%) Firmware
6 1 (0.29%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 29 (8.53%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.18%) EdgeSight
2 4 (1.18%) SCCM
3 1 (0.29%) Ansible
3 1 (0.29%) Kibana
3 1 (0.29%) Opscode Chef
3 1 (0.29%) Puppet
Vendors
1 38 (11.18%) HP
2 35 (10.29%) Microsoft
3 18 (5.29%) Oracle
4 13 (3.82%) SAP
5 12 (3.53%) IBM
5 12 (3.53%) Salesforce.com
6 11 (3.24%) Talend
7 10 (2.94%) Citrix
7 10 (2.94%) ServiceNow
8 6 (1.76%) VMware
9 5 (1.47%) Atlassian
9 5 (1.47%) Ivanti
10 4 (1.18%) Bloomberg
10 4 (1.18%) Remedy
11 3 (0.88%) Charles River
11 3 (0.88%) Mitel
11 3 (0.88%) Qualys
11 3 (0.88%) Tableau
12 2 (0.59%) Google
12 2 (0.59%) Rackspace