Period
to 22 September 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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 529 525 484
Rank change year-on-year -4 -41 -3
Contract jobs citing Test Planning 345 409 475
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.38% 0.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.41% 0.45% 0.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 207 272 285
UK median daily rate £368 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.00% - -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £231
90th Percentile £538 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £351 £350 £375
% change year-on-year +0.14% -6.67% +4.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 6 20
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £25.75 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +45.63% -35.63% +14.29%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £25.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year +45.63% -35.63% +14.29%

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 83263 90012 92965
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.39% 83.73% 81.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 54983 59596 60125
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +4.29% +1.88%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £625 £600 £595
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +2.74%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2021 2278 2614
UK median hourly rate £24.36 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.50% +6.67% +12.50%
10th Percentile £11.52 £11.47 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.00 £48.38 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £22.83
% change year-on-year -4.00% +9.51% +8.71%

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 -11 319 £363 -4.92% 23
UK excluding London +45 225 £351 +0.14% 20
London -48 114 £450 +12.50% 6
South East +23 81 £368 -8.13% 3
Midlands +43 44 £350 -1.75% 4
South West +21 39 £350 -12.50% 4
West Midlands +54 37 £350 - 1
North of England +65 19 £343 -5.52% 5
East of England -16 19 £325 -5.80% 1
Scotland +11 18 £410 +38.98% 2
North West +24 12 £323 +0.78% 3
East Midlands -6 7 £425 - 3
Yorkshire +33 6 £495 +29.41% 2
Wales +1 4 £350 +7.69% 1
Northern Ireland -51 1 - -
North East - 1 £400 -

For the 6 months to 22 September 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.

1 115 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 114 (33.04%) Test Scripting
3 109 (31.59%) Agile Software Development
4 102 (29.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 87 (25.22%) ISTQB
6 86 (24.93%) ISEB
7 82 (23.77%) Test Strategy
8 77 (22.32%) JIRA
8 77 (22.32%) Finance
9 63 (18.26%) QA
10 62 (17.97%) Scrum
10 62 (17.97%) HP
11 60 (17.39%) Banking
12 54 (15.65%) Software Testing
13 53 (15.36%) SQL
14 52 (15.07%) Functional Testing
15 47 (13.62%) Test Management
16 46 (13.33%) Security Cleared
16 46 (13.33%) Waterfall
16 46 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
16 46 (13.33%) Defect Management
17 43 (12.46%) Scenario Testing
18 42 (12.17%) Retail
18 42 (12.17%) Regression Testing
19 41 (11.88%) Selenium
20 40 (11.59%) Non-Functional Testing
21 37 (10.72%) Stakeholder Management
22 34 (9.86%) SDLC
23 33 (9.57%) Performance Testing
24 32 (9.28%) System 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 18 (5.22%) Confluence
2 5 (1.45%) Mule
3 4 (1.16%) Apache Spark
3 4 (1.16%) WebLogic
4 3 (0.87%) MS Exchange
4 3 (0.87%) SharePoint
5 2 (0.58%) Apache
5 2 (0.58%) Cloud Foundry
6 1 (0.29%) BizTalk Server
6 1 (0.29%) CMS
6 1 (0.29%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 13 (3.77%) Microsoft Excel
2 7 (2.03%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.29%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.29%) Open Workbench
Business Applications
1 4 (1.16%) Dynamics CRM
1 4 (1.16%) Markit EDM
1 4 (1.16%) TRIRIGA
2 3 (0.87%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.58%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.29%) Endur
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.29%) Sonata
4 1 (0.29%) Tercero
4 1 (0.29%) thinkFolio
4 1 (0.29%) VisionPLUS
4 1 (0.29%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 5 (1.45%) Amazon AWS
2 4 (1.16%) PaaS
3 3 (0.87%) SaaS
4 2 (0.58%) Microsoft Azure
4 2 (0.58%) Office 365
4 2 (0.58%) Taleo
5 1 (0.29%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.29%) Google Cloud Platform
5 1 (0.29%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 20 (5.80%) Wireless
2 14 (4.06%) LTE
3 12 (3.48%) 4G
4 11 (3.19%) Firewall
4 11 (3.19%) Internet
5 9 (2.61%) Wi-Fi
6 7 (2.03%) HTTP
7 6 (1.74%) LAN
7 6 (1.74%) Network Security
8 5 (1.45%) DVB
8 5 (1.45%) IPv6
9 4 (1.16%) Bluetooth
9 4 (1.16%) DHCP
9 4 (1.16%) DNS
9 4 (1.16%) VoIP
10 3 (0.87%) HTTPS
10 3 (0.87%) IPsec
10 3 (0.87%) SMS
10 3 (0.87%) VoLTE
10 3 (0.87%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (2.90%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (1.74%) Relational Database
2 6 (1.74%) SQL Server
3 4 (1.16%) Oracle Database
3 4 (1.16%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (1.16%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 3 (0.87%) Big Data
4 3 (0.87%) Hadoop
5 2 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
5 2 (0.58%) DB2
5 2 (0.58%) HBase
5 2 (0.58%) SQL Server Analysis Services
6 1 (0.29%) EDRMS
6 1 (0.29%) MS Access
6 1 (0.29%) MySQL
6 1 (0.29%) Oracle ODI
6 1 (0.29%) PowerCenter
6 1 (0.29%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 77 (22.32%) JIRA
2 41 (11.88%) Selenium
3 25 (7.25%) SoapUI
4 17 (4.93%) Team Foundation Server
5 15 (4.35%) JMeter
5 15 (4.35%) LoadRunner
6 13 (3.77%) HP UFT
7 12 (3.48%) Cucumber
7 12 (3.48%) Jenkins
8 10 (2.90%) WebDriver
9 8 (2.32%) SpecFlow
10 7 (2.03%) NeoLoad
11 6 (1.74%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 5 (1.45%) SonarQube
13 4 (1.16%) Bugzilla
13 4 (1.16%) GitLab
13 4 (1.16%) LoadUI
13 4 (1.16%) Visual Studio
13 4 (1.16%) Zephyr
14 3 (0.87%) Oracle Forms
General
1 77 (22.32%) Finance
2 60 (17.39%) Banking
3 42 (12.17%) Retail
4 22 (6.38%) Telecoms
5 21 (6.09%) Retail Banking
6 11 (3.19%) Spanish Language
7 10 (2.90%) Investment Banking
8 9 (2.61%) Marketing
9 8 (2.32%) Legal
10 7 (2.03%) Automotive
11 6 (1.74%) Back Office
12 3 (0.87%) Advertising
12 3 (0.87%) Manufacturing
13 2 (0.58%) Billing
13 2 (0.58%) Games
14 1 (0.29%) Aerospace
14 1 (0.29%) German Language
14 1 (0.29%) Local Government
14 1 (0.29%) Polish Language
14 1 (0.29%) Swedish Language
Job Titles
1 114 (33.04%) Analyst
2 91 (26.38%) Test Analyst
3 66 (19.13%) Test Manager
4 53 (15.36%) Tester
5 38 (11.01%) Test Leader
6 28 (8.12%) Test Engineer
7 21 (6.09%) Senior Analyst
8 17 (4.93%) Senior Test Analyst
9 13 (3.77%) Business Analyst
10 12 (3.48%) Scrum Master
11 10 (2.90%) Automation Tester
11 10 (2.90%) Manual Tester
12 9 (2.61%) Architect
12 9 (2.61%) Consultant
13 8 (2.32%) Defect Manager
13 8 (2.32%) Junior
13 8 (2.32%) Junior Software Tester
13 8 (2.32%) Junior Tester
13 8 (2.32%) Software Tester
14 7 (2.03%) Performance Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (5.51%) SOAP
2 12 (3.48%) .NET
2 12 (3.48%) Gherkin
2 12 (3.48%) Web Services
2 12 (3.48%) XML
3 6 (1.74%) Swagger
4 5 (1.45%) Hibernate
4 5 (1.45%) JPA
4 5 (1.45%) REST
4 5 (1.45%) Spring
4 5 (1.45%) Spring Cloud
5 4 (1.16%) HTML
6 3 (0.87%) Kafka
6 3 (0.87%) Oracle Fusion
6 3 (0.87%) RESTful
7 2 (0.58%) CSS
7 2 (0.58%) JSON
7 2 (0.58%) Middleware
7 2 (0.58%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.29%) EDIFACT
Miscellaneous
1 22 (6.38%) Analytical Skills
2 14 (4.06%) Management Information System
3 9 (2.61%) Computer Science
3 9 (2.61%) STB
4 7 (2.03%) Client/Server
5 6 (1.74%) Enterprise Software
5 6 (1.74%) Greenfield Project
6 5 (1.45%) Data Centre
6 5 (1.45%) Digital TV
6 5 (1.45%) IPTV
6 5 (1.45%) Video on Demand
7 4 (1.16%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 4 (1.16%) Mobile App
8 3 (0.87%) Credit Risk
8 3 (0.87%) Embedded Systems
8 3 (0.87%) Internet of Things
8 3 (0.87%) Linux Command Line
8 3 (0.87%) PKI
8 3 (0.87%) Security Operations Centre
9 2 (0.58%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 20 (5.80%) Windows
2 18 (5.22%) Unix
3 15 (4.35%) Linux
4 2 (0.58%) Windows 8
5 1 (0.29%) CentOS
5 1 (0.29%) Ubuntu
5 1 (0.29%) Windows 10
5 1 (0.29%) Windows 7
5 1 (0.29%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.29%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 114 (33.04%) Test Scripting
3 109 (31.59%) Agile Software Development
4 102 (29.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 82 (23.77%) Test Strategy
6 62 (17.97%) Scrum
7 54 (15.65%) Software Testing
8 52 (15.07%) Functional Testing
9 47 (13.62%) Test Management
10 46 (13.33%) Defect Management
10 46 (13.33%) Waterfall
11 43 (12.46%) Scenario Testing
12 42 (12.17%) Regression Testing
13 40 (11.59%) Non-Functional Testing
14 37 (10.72%) Stakeholder Management
15 34 (9.86%) SDLC
16 33 (9.57%) Performance Testing
17 32 (9.28%) System Integration Testing
18 30 (8.70%) BDD
19 29 (8.41%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 53 (15.36%) SQL
2 30 (8.70%) Java
3 13 (3.77%) C#
4 12 (3.48%) Python
5 9 (2.61%) C
6 8 (2.32%) JavaScript
7 6 (1.74%) T-SQL
8 5 (1.45%) Perl
8 5 (1.45%) VBScript
9 4 (1.16%) VB.NET
10 3 (0.87%) PL/SQL
10 3 (0.87%) Ruby
10 3 (0.87%) Tcl
11 2 (0.58%) ABAP
11 2 (0.58%) Bash Shell
12 1 (0.29%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 87 (25.22%) ISTQB
2 86 (24.93%) ISEB
3 46 (13.33%) Security Cleared
4 31 (8.99%) Degree
5 24 (6.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 24 (6.96%) SC Cleared
6 13 (3.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 10 (2.90%) BPSS Clearance
8 9 (2.61%) DV Cleared
9 5 (1.45%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (1.16%) PMP
11 3 (0.87%) CISM
11 3 (0.87%) CISMP
11 3 (0.87%) CISSP
11 3 (0.87%) ISEB Practitioner
11 3 (0.87%) PMI Certification
11 3 (0.87%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 1 (0.29%) BC Cleared
12 1 (0.29%) Cisco Certification
12 1 (0.29%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 63 (18.26%) QA
2 5 (1.45%) Data Quality
3 3 (0.87%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 2 (0.58%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 2 (0.58%) COSO
4 2 (0.58%) Disclosure Scotland
4 2 (0.58%) GAMP
4 2 (0.58%) GxP
5 1 (0.29%) HL7
5 1 (0.29%) PMO
5 1 (0.29%) SLA
5 1 (0.29%) Solvency II
System Software
1 4 (1.16%) Firmware
2 2 (0.58%) Active Directory
2 2 (0.58%) HDFS
3 1 (0.29%) Docker
3 1 (0.29%) Hyper-V
3 1 (0.29%) Microsoft App-V
3 1 (0.29%) Terminal Server
3 1 (0.29%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.29%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.29%) XenApp
3 1 (0.29%) XenDesktop
3 1 (0.29%) XenServer
Systems Management
1 46 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.16%) Ganglia
2 4 (1.16%) nmon
3 3 (0.87%) Perfmon
4 2 (0.58%) SCCM
5 1 (0.29%) EdgeSight
5 1 (0.29%) Tivoli
5 1 (0.29%) Tivoli Monitoring
Vendors
1 62 (17.97%) HP
2 25 (7.25%) Microsoft
2 25 (7.25%) Oracle
3 9 (2.61%) Motorola
3 9 (2.61%) SAP
4 6 (1.74%) Cisco
5 5 (1.45%) Citrix
6 4 (1.16%) AppDynamics
6 4 (1.16%) Atlassian
6 4 (1.16%) Mitel
7 3 (0.87%) Google
7 3 (0.87%) Murex
7 3 (0.87%) New Relic
7 3 (0.87%) Qualys
7 3 (0.87%) Remedy
7 3 (0.87%) Tableau
7 3 (0.87%) VMware
8 2 (0.58%) Informatica
8 2 (0.58%) Juniper
8 2 (0.58%) Nokia