Period
to 19 November 2017

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 19 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 Planning
UK
6 months to
19 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 539 562 496
Rank change year-on-year +23 -66 +8
Contract jobs citing Test Planning 355 348 454
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.33% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.41% 0.40% 0.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 217 221 281
UK median daily rate £375 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.25% +6.67% -2.60%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £525 £588 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £375
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 18
UK median hourly rate £35.00 £24.43 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.27% -38.93% +9.59%
10th Percentile £32.50 £20.50 £29.25
90th Percentile £37.50 £44.65 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £24.43 £40.00
% change year-on-year +43.27% -38.93% +9.59%

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 85705 87976 93705
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.52% 83.91% 81.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 57093 58207 60721
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2022 2335 2744
UK median hourly rate £23.32 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -2.83% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.32 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.37 £23.75
% change year-on-year -1.50% +2.59% +18.75%

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 19 November 2017.

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 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 Planning within the UK over the 6 months to 19 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
England +19 323 £375 -6.25% 18
UK excluding London +46 238 £375 - 12
London -47 109 £425 -1.16% 8
South East +21 87 £400 - 4
Midlands +44 50 £375 -9.64% 2
West Midlands +40 42 £375 -7.52% 1
South West +21 38 £350 +6.06%
North of England +51 23 £344 -1.08% 3
Scotland -5 21 £393 +36.52% 1
East of England -26 13 £338 -2.17% 1
Yorkshire +23 11 £338 -12.90% 1
North West +16 11 £350 +53.01% 2
East Midlands +14 8 £438 -20.45% 1
Wales +15 5 £373 +13.74% 1
North East +69 1 £400 -
Northern Ireland -42 1 - -

For the 6 months to 19 November 2017, 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.

1 134 (37.75%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (35.21%) Test Automation
3 117 (32.96%) Test Scripting
4 114 (32.11%) User Acceptance Testing
5 89 (25.07%) ISEB
5 89 (25.07%) ISTQB
6 88 (24.79%) JIRA
7 79 (22.25%) Scrum
8 77 (21.69%) Finance
9 76 (21.41%) Test Strategy
10 69 (19.44%) Banking
11 67 (18.87%) QA
12 64 (18.03%) SQL
13 61 (17.18%) HP
14 56 (15.77%) Software Testing
15 54 (15.21%) Test Management
16 49 (13.80%) Security Cleared
16 49 (13.80%) Functional Testing
16 49 (13.80%) Waterfall
17 45 (12.68%) Selenium
18 43 (12.11%) Defect Management
19 42 (11.83%) HP Quality Center
19 42 (11.83%) Regression Testing
20 41 (11.55%) Scenario Testing
21 39 (10.99%) BDD
22 38 (10.70%) Non-Functional Testing
22 38 (10.70%) Java
23 34 (9.58%) Migration
23 34 (9.58%) Stakeholder Management
23 34 (9.58%) SoapUI

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 29 (8.17%) Confluence
2 5 (1.41%) MS Exchange
3 4 (1.13%) Apache Spark
3 4 (1.13%) SharePoint
3 4 (1.13%) WebLogic
4 2 (0.56%) Apache
4 2 (0.56%) Cloud Foundry
5 1 (0.28%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.28%) CMS
5 1 (0.28%) Mule
5 1 (0.28%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 14 (3.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 8 (2.25%) Microsoft Office
3 3 (0.85%) Microsoft Project
4 2 (0.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 1 (0.28%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 4 (1.13%) Markit EDM
2 3 (0.85%) TRIRIGA
3 2 (0.56%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.56%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.56%) SAP CO
3 2 (0.56%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.56%) SAP FI
3 2 (0.56%) SAP FI/CO
3 2 (0.56%) Summit
4 1 (0.28%) Endur
4 1 (0.28%) thinkFolio
4 1 (0.28%) VisionPLUS
Cloud Services
1 18 (5.07%) Amazon AWS
2 17 (4.79%) Microsoft Azure
3 6 (1.69%) PaaS
4 4 (1.13%) GitHub
5 3 (0.85%) Google Cloud Platform
5 3 (0.85%) Office 365
5 3 (0.85%) SaaS
6 1 (0.28%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 14 (3.94%) Wireless
2 12 (3.38%) Firewall
3 11 (3.10%) LTE
4 10 (2.82%) 4G
5 9 (2.54%) Wi-Fi
6 8 (2.25%) HTTP
7 6 (1.69%) Network Security
7 6 (1.69%) SMS
8 5 (1.41%) IPv6
8 5 (1.41%) LAN
9 4 (1.13%) DHCP
9 4 (1.13%) DNS
9 4 (1.13%) DVB
9 4 (1.13%) FCoE
9 4 (1.13%) Fibre Channel
9 4 (1.13%) Internet
9 4 (1.13%) iSCSI
9 4 (1.13%) VoIP
10 3 (0.85%) HTTPS
10 3 (0.85%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (1.69%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (1.41%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (1.13%) SQL Server
4 3 (0.85%) Hadoop
4 3 (0.85%) Relational Database
4 3 (0.85%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 2 (0.56%) Big Data
5 2 (0.56%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (0.56%) HBase
5 2 (0.56%) MS Access
5 2 (0.56%) MySQL
6 1 (0.28%) DB2
6 1 (0.28%) EDRMS
Development Applications
1 88 (24.79%) JIRA
2 45 (12.68%) Selenium
3 34 (9.58%) SoapUI
4 24 (6.76%) Jenkins
5 23 (6.48%) WebDriver
6 20 (5.63%) Cucumber
7 19 (5.35%) Team Foundation Server
8 18 (5.07%) JUnit
9 17 (4.79%) JMeter
10 15 (4.23%) LoadRunner
11 11 (3.10%) Maven
11 11 (3.10%) SpecFlow
11 11 (3.10%) Talend Open Studio
12 10 (2.82%) HP UFT
13 7 (1.97%) NeoLoad
13 7 (1.97%) Zephyr
14 6 (1.69%) Git (software)
14 6 (1.69%) TestNG
15 5 (1.41%) LoadUI
15 5 (1.41%) Visual Studio
General
1 77 (21.69%) Finance
2 69 (19.44%) Banking
3 28 (7.89%) Retail Banking
4 20 (5.63%) Telecoms
5 14 (3.94%) Retail
6 11 (3.10%) Spanish Language
7 9 (2.54%) Investment Banking
8 8 (2.25%) Legal
9 7 (1.97%) Automotive
10 5 (1.41%) Back Office
10 5 (1.41%) Marketing
11 4 (1.13%) Advertising
12 3 (0.85%) Front Office
12 3 (0.85%) Publishing
13 2 (0.56%) Billing
13 2 (0.56%) Manufacturing
14 1 (0.28%) Electronics
14 1 (0.28%) German Language
14 1 (0.28%) Pharmaceutical
14 1 (0.28%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 107 (30.14%) Analyst
2 87 (24.51%) Test Analyst
3 65 (18.31%) Test Manager
4 51 (14.37%) Tester
5 44 (12.39%) Test Leader
6 26 (7.32%) Test Engineer
7 18 (5.07%) Senior Analyst
8 16 (4.51%) Scrum Master
9 15 (4.23%) Senior Test Analyst
10 14 (3.94%) Automation Tester
10 14 (3.94%) QA Tester
11 10 (2.82%) Consultant
12 9 (2.54%) Business Analyst
12 9 (2.54%) QA Engineer
12 9 (2.54%) Test Automation Engineer
12 9 (2.54%) Test Consultant
13 8 (2.25%) Coordinator
13 8 (2.25%) Defect Manager
13 8 (2.25%) Junior Software Tester
13 8 (2.25%) Test Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (7.61%) Web Services
2 23 (6.48%) SOAP
3 17 (4.79%) XML
4 14 (3.94%) Gherkin
5 12 (3.38%) .NET
6 8 (2.25%) REST
7 6 (1.69%) HTML
8 4 (1.13%) JSON
9 3 (0.85%) .NET Framework
9 3 (0.85%) CSS
9 3 (0.85%) Kafka
9 3 (0.85%) Middleware
9 3 (0.85%) RESTful
9 3 (0.85%) XML Messaging
10 2 (0.56%) RabbitMQ
10 2 (0.56%) Swagger
10 2 (0.56%) YAML
11 1 (0.28%) Apache Drill
11 1 (0.28%) JPA
11 1 (0.28%) Spring Cloud
Miscellaneous
1 22 (6.20%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (3.66%) Computer Science
3 10 (2.82%) Management Information System
4 8 (2.25%) STB
5 7 (1.97%) Data Centre
5 7 (1.97%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (1.41%) Client/Server
6 5 (1.41%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 5 (1.41%) Mobile App
7 4 (1.13%) Digital TV
7 4 (1.13%) IPTV
7 4 (1.13%) Video on Demand
8 3 (0.85%) PKI
8 3 (0.85%) Security Operations Centre
8 3 (0.85%) Smart Meter
9 2 (0.56%) Credit Risk
9 2 (0.56%) Derivative
9 2 (0.56%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.56%) User Experience
9 2 (0.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 19 (5.35%) Windows
2 12 (3.38%) Unix
3 11 (3.10%) Linux
4 3 (0.85%) Windows 8
5 2 (0.56%) Windows 7
5 2 (0.56%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (0.56%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (0.28%) Android
6 1 (0.28%) Apple iOS
6 1 (0.28%) CentOS
6 1 (0.28%) Ubuntu
6 1 (0.28%) Windows 10
6 1 (0.28%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (37.75%) Agile Software Development
2 125 (35.21%) Test Automation
3 117 (32.96%) Test Scripting
4 114 (32.11%) User Acceptance Testing
5 79 (22.25%) Scrum
6 76 (21.41%) Test Strategy
7 56 (15.77%) Software Testing
8 54 (15.21%) Test Management
9 49 (13.80%) Functional Testing
9 49 (13.80%) Waterfall
10 43 (12.11%) Defect Management
11 42 (11.83%) Regression Testing
12 41 (11.55%) Scenario Testing
13 39 (10.99%) BDD
14 38 (10.70%) Non-Functional Testing
15 34 (9.58%) Integration Testing
15 34 (9.58%) Migration
15 34 (9.58%) Performance Testing
15 34 (9.58%) Stakeholder Management
16 31 (8.73%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 64 (18.03%) SQL
2 38 (10.70%) Java
3 17 (4.79%) C#
4 11 (3.10%) JavaScript
5 7 (1.97%) C
5 7 (1.97%) Python
6 6 (1.69%) Ruby
6 6 (1.69%) T-SQL
7 4 (1.13%) VB.NET
7 4 (1.13%) VBScript
8 3 (0.85%) ABAP
8 3 (0.85%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.28%) COBOL
9 1 (0.28%) Perl
9 1 (0.28%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 89 (25.07%) ISEB
1 89 (25.07%) ISTQB
2 49 (13.80%) Security Cleared
3 34 (9.58%) Degree
4 28 (7.89%) SC Cleared
5 24 (6.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 12 (3.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 11 (3.10%) DV Cleared
8 8 (2.25%) BPSS Clearance
9 5 (1.41%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (1.13%) PMP
11 3 (0.85%) CISM
11 3 (0.85%) CISMP
11 3 (0.85%) CISSP
11 3 (0.85%) PMI Certification
11 3 (0.85%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 2 (0.56%) CCNA
12 2 (0.56%) Cisco Certification
13 1 (0.28%) HNC
13 1 (0.28%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 67 (18.87%) QA
2 4 (1.13%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.85%) GAMP
3 3 (0.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.56%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (0.56%) COSO
4 2 (0.56%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.56%) GxP
4 2 (0.56%) PMO
5 1 (0.28%) HL7
5 1 (0.28%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (1.69%) Hyper-V
2 3 (0.85%) Active Directory
3 2 (0.56%) HDFS
3 2 (0.56%) Microsoft App-V
3 2 (0.56%) Terminal Server
3 2 (0.56%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.56%) XenApp
3 2 (0.56%) XenDesktop
3 2 (0.56%) XenServer
4 1 (0.28%) Docker
4 1 (0.28%) Firmware
4 1 (0.28%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 42 (11.83%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (0.85%) Perfmon
2 3 (0.85%) SCCM
3 2 (0.56%) EdgeSight
4 1 (0.28%) Ansible
4 1 (0.28%) Kibana
Vendors
1 61 (17.18%) HP
2 28 (7.89%) Microsoft
3 13 (3.66%) Oracle
4 11 (3.10%) Salesforce.com
4 11 (3.10%) Talend
5 10 (2.82%) SAP
6 8 (2.25%) Motorola
7 7 (1.97%) Citrix
7 7 (1.97%) IBM
8 6 (1.69%) Atlassian
9 5 (1.41%) ServiceNow
10 4 (1.13%) Cisco
10 4 (1.13%) Google
10 4 (1.13%) Mitel
10 4 (1.13%) Tableau
10 4 (1.13%) VMware
11 3 (0.85%) Murex
11 3 (0.85%) New Relic
11 3 (0.85%) Qualys
11 3 (0.85%) Remedy