Period
to 20 May 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 May 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 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 572 551 521
Rank change year-on-year -21 -30 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Planning 320 288 384
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.32% 0.32% 0.36%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.37% 0.37% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 226 193 260
UK median daily rate £400 £365 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +9.59% -4.26% +0.99%
10th Percentile £281 £261 £250
90th Percentile £538 £538 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £351 £370
% change year-on-year +13.96% -5.14% -1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 11 4
UK median hourly rate £170.00 £35.00 £60.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +385.71% -41.67% +95.12%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £170.00 £35.00 £60.00
% change year-on-year +385.71% -41.67% +95.12%

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 86,330 76,829 88,678
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.71% 84.61% 84.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,972 50,371 58,252
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £423 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +5.75% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,261 2,090 2,318
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.00% - +19.05%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.47 £11.63
90th Percentile £50.00 £52.50 £50.61
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.50 £25.00 £26.83
% change year-on-year -18.00% -6.82% +22.96%

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 May 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 May 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 -52 286 £400 +9.59% 78
UK excluding London -52 173 £400 +13.96% 64
London +12 144 £400 -1.54% 20
South East -2 66 £460 +28.22% 11
North of England -3 28 £375 +36.36% 16
Scotland -13 28 £310 -21.52% 4
Midlands -36 23 £350 -12.50% 10
East of England +1 19 £425 +30.77% 17
North West -6 17 £350 +104.68% 7
West Midlands -27 13 £350 +16.18% 7
Yorkshire -7 11 £375 -24.24% 5
East Midlands -12 10 £463 +8.82% 3
South West -42 5 £425 +21.43% 4
Wales - 3 £425 - 2
Northern Ireland - 1 £420 -

For the 6 months to 20 May 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Planning 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 Planning.

1 134 (41.88%) Agile Software Development
2 102 (31.88%) User Acceptance Testing
3 76 (23.75%) JIRA
4 73 (22.81%) Finance
5 72 (22.50%) Test Automation
6 70 (21.88%) Test Strategy
7 68 (21.25%) SQL
8 66 (20.63%) Defect Management
9 64 (20.00%) Waterfall
10 56 (17.50%) Test Scripting
11 51 (15.94%) Security Cleared
12 50 (15.63%) Test Management
12 50 (15.63%) QA
13 48 (15.00%) Microsoft
14 47 (14.69%) Scrum
15 45 (14.06%) SDLC
16 42 (13.13%) Functional Testing
17 41 (12.81%) DevOps
18 39 (12.19%) SC Cleared
18 39 (12.19%) Windows
19 38 (11.88%) Java
19 38 (11.88%) ISTQB
20 34 (10.63%) BDD
20 34 (10.63%) Stakeholder Management
21 33 (10.31%) Linux
21 33 (10.31%) Selenium
22 32 (10.00%) System Integration Testing
22 32 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
23 31 (9.69%) Data Centre
23 31 (9.69%) Non-Functional 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 22 (6.88%) MS Exchange
2 20 (6.25%) Confluence
3 7 (2.19%) Apache Spark
3 7 (2.19%) Cloud Foundry
4 5 (1.56%) SharePoint
5 3 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
5 3 (0.94%) OpenStack
6 2 (0.63%) CMS
6 2 (0.63%) IBM Domino
6 2 (0.63%) JBoss
6 2 (0.63%) WildFly
7 1 (0.31%) Apache
7 1 (0.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 15 (4.69%) Microsoft Office
2 13 (4.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.63%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.31%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (1.25%) Bloomberg AIM
1 4 (1.25%) Markit EDM
1 4 (1.25%) SAP CO
1 4 (1.25%) SAP FI
1 4 (1.25%) SAP FI/CO
1 4 (1.25%) thinkFolio
2 2 (0.63%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.63%) Eagle PACE
2 2 (0.63%) Oracle CRM
2 2 (0.63%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.31%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.31%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (0.31%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (0.31%) Payment Gateway
3 1 (0.31%) ProductWriter
3 1 (0.31%) Salesforce.com CRM
3 1 (0.31%) SAP BPC
3 1 (0.31%) SimCorp Dimension
Cloud Services
1 27 (8.44%) Microsoft Azure
2 24 (7.50%) Amazon AWS
3 19 (5.94%) Office 365
4 8 (2.50%) PaaS
5 4 (1.25%) BrowserStack
5 4 (1.25%) GitHub
6 2 (0.63%) SaaS
6 2 (0.63%) Sauce Labs
6 2 (0.63%) Tricentis Tosca
7 1 (0.31%) AWS CloudFormation
7 1 (0.31%) IaaS
7 1 (0.31%) Oracle CX
Communications & Networking
1 22 (6.88%) Firewall
2 8 (2.50%) DHCP
2 8 (2.50%) DNS
2 8 (2.50%) HTTP
3 5 (1.56%) FCoE
3 5 (1.56%) Fibre Channel
3 5 (1.56%) IPsec
3 5 (1.56%) iSCSI
3 5 (1.56%) SMS
3 5 (1.56%) SMTP
3 5 (1.56%) VoIP
4 4 (1.25%) Ethernet
4 4 (1.25%) Network Security
4 4 (1.25%) VPN
5 3 (0.94%) NetScaler
5 3 (0.94%) SNMP
5 3 (0.94%) WebEx
6 2 (0.63%) Internet
6 2 (0.63%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.31%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 13 (4.06%) Oracle Database
1 13 (4.06%) SQL Server
2 10 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
3 7 (2.19%) Hadoop
3 7 (2.19%) HBase
4 6 (1.88%) Big Data
4 6 (1.88%) Power BI
5 4 (1.25%) BusinessObjects
5 4 (1.25%) MySQL
5 4 (1.25%) Oracle Database 11g
5 4 (1.25%) Oracle Discoverer
5 4 (1.25%) Oracle OWB
6 3 (0.94%) Blockchain
6 3 (0.94%) Crystal Reports
7 2 (0.63%) Data Mining
7 2 (0.63%) DB2
7 2 (0.63%) PowerPivot
7 2 (0.63%) SAP BW
7 2 (0.63%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 1 (0.31%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 76 (23.75%) JIRA
2 33 (10.31%) Selenium
3 23 (7.19%) Zephyr
4 20 (6.25%) Git (software)
5 17 (5.31%) Cucumber
6 15 (4.69%) Jenkins
7 12 (3.75%) Visual Studio Team System
8 10 (3.13%) NUnit
8 10 (3.13%) SoapUI
9 9 (2.81%) HP UFT
10 8 (2.50%) WebDriver
11 7 (2.19%) SpecFlow
12 6 (1.88%) GitLab
12 6 (1.88%) MSTest
13 5 (1.56%) JMeter
13 5 (1.56%) Team Foundation Server
13 5 (1.56%) Visual Studio
14 4 (1.25%) TeamCity
15 3 (0.94%) Mockito
15 3 (0.94%) NMock
General
1 73 (22.81%) Finance
2 23 (7.19%) Banking
3 17 (5.31%) Retail
4 8 (2.50%) Investment Banking
5 6 (1.88%) Back Office
6 4 (1.25%) Front Office
6 4 (1.25%) Legal
7 3 (0.94%) Advertising
7 3 (0.94%) Pharmaceutical
7 3 (0.94%) Retail Banking
8 2 (0.63%) Automotive
8 2 (0.63%) Financial Institution
8 2 (0.63%) Law
9 1 (0.31%) Games
9 1 (0.31%) Marketing
9 1 (0.31%) Private Banking
9 1 (0.31%) Publishing
9 1 (0.31%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 112 (35.00%) Analyst
2 61 (19.06%) Test Analyst
3 52 (16.25%) Test Manager
4 34 (10.63%) Business Analyst
5 31 (9.69%) Test Leader
5 31 (9.69%) Tester
6 24 (7.50%) Senior Analyst
7 17 (5.31%) Developer
8 15 (4.69%) Project Manager
8 15 (4.69%) Senior Test Analyst
9 13 (4.06%) Test Engineer
10 12 (3.75%) QA Engineer
11 8 (2.50%) Functional Tester
11 8 (2.50%) Manual Test Analyst
12 7 (2.19%) Automation Tester
12 7 (2.19%) Manual Tester
13 6 (1.88%) Automation Test Analyst
13 6 (1.88%) Quality Engineer
13 6 (1.88%) Security Analyst
13 6 (1.88%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (6.56%) XML
2 16 (5.00%) SOAP
2 16 (5.00%) Web Services
3 14 (4.38%) .NET
4 13 (4.06%) JSON
5 12 (3.75%) REST
6 8 (2.50%) Gherkin
7 7 (2.19%) Kafka
7 7 (2.19%) RabbitMQ
7 7 (2.19%) RESTful
7 7 (2.19%) XML Messaging
8 3 (0.94%) AngularJS
9 2 (0.63%) Apache Camel
9 2 (0.63%) Apache CXF
9 2 (0.63%) EDI
9 2 (0.63%) FIX Protocol
9 2 (0.63%) JMS
9 2 (0.63%) Middleware
9 2 (0.63%) Oracle Fusion
10 1 (0.31%) OAuth2
Miscellaneous
1 31 (9.69%) Data Centre
2 20 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 16 (5.00%) Management Information System
4 15 (4.69%) Self-Motivation
5 8 (2.50%) Derivative
6 7 (2.19%) Computer Science
6 7 (2.19%) Greenfield Project
7 6 (1.88%) Reinsurance
8 5 (1.56%) Fixed Income
8 5 (1.56%) PKI
8 5 (1.56%) User Experience
8 5 (1.56%) Virtual Team
9 4 (1.25%) Mainframe
9 4 (1.25%) Reference Data
10 3 (0.94%) Embedded Systems
10 3 (0.94%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 3 (0.94%) MPEG
10 3 (0.94%) STB
11 2 (0.63%) CMDB
11 2 (0.63%) Cyberthreat
Operating Systems
1 39 (12.19%) Windows
2 33 (10.31%) Linux
3 29 (9.06%) Unix
4 4 (1.25%) Android
4 4 (1.25%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (1.25%) Windows 7
4 4 (1.25%) Windows 8
5 3 (0.94%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
6 2 (0.63%) Apple iOS
6 2 (0.63%) CentOS
7 1 (0.31%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 134 (41.88%) Agile Software Development
2 102 (31.88%) User Acceptance Testing
3 72 (22.50%) Test Automation
4 70 (21.88%) Test Strategy
5 66 (20.63%) Defect Management
6 64 (20.00%) Waterfall
7 56 (17.50%) Test Scripting
8 50 (15.63%) Test Management
9 47 (14.69%) Scrum
10 45 (14.06%) SDLC
11 42 (13.13%) Functional Testing
12 41 (12.81%) DevOps
13 34 (10.63%) BDD
13 34 (10.63%) Stakeholder Management
14 32 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
14 32 (10.00%) System Integration Testing
15 31 (9.69%) Non-Functional Testing
16 30 (9.38%) Business Analysis
16 30 (9.38%) Project Management
17 29 (9.06%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 68 (21.25%) SQL
2 38 (11.88%) Java
3 21 (6.56%) C#
3 21 (6.56%) Python
4 12 (3.75%) JavaScript
5 10 (3.13%) Ruby
6 8 (2.50%) Bash Shell
6 8 (2.50%) PowerShell
7 7 (2.19%) C
8 6 (1.88%) VB.NET
8 6 (1.88%) VBScript
9 3 (0.94%) Groovy
9 3 (0.94%) VBA
10 2 (0.63%) Java 8
10 2 (0.63%) PHP
10 2 (0.63%) T-SQL
11 1 (0.31%) C++
11 1 (0.31%) HiveQL
11 1 (0.31%) Perl
11 1 (0.31%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 51 (15.94%) Security Cleared
2 39 (12.19%) SC Cleared
3 38 (11.88%) ISTQB
4 29 (9.06%) ISEB
5 11 (3.44%) DV Cleared
6 8 (2.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (2.19%) Degree
7 7 (2.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 7 (2.19%) PMP
8 6 (1.88%) PMI Certification
9 5 (1.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 4 (1.25%) Cisco Certification
10 4 (1.25%) ITIL Certification
11 3 (0.94%) CCNA
12 2 (0.63%) CCDP
12 2 (0.63%) CCIE
12 2 (0.63%) CCNP
12 2 (0.63%) Computer Science Degree
13 1 (0.31%) AWS Certification
13 1 (0.31%) CCIE Wireless
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 50 (15.63%) QA
2 8 (2.50%) PMO
3 3 (0.94%) SLA
4 2 (0.63%) GDPR
5 1 (0.31%) Disclosure Scotland
5 1 (0.31%) EMIR
5 1 (0.31%) PSD2
System Software
1 17 (5.31%) Active Directory
2 9 (2.81%) VMware Infrastructure
3 8 (2.50%) Hyper-V
3 8 (2.50%) Virtual Machines
4 7 (2.19%) HDFS
5 5 (1.56%) vSphere
6 3 (0.94%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.94%) Terminal Server
6 3 (0.94%) XenApp
6 3 (0.94%) XenDesktop
6 3 (0.94%) XenServer
7 2 (0.63%) Docker
8 1 (0.31%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 25 (7.81%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (7.50%) HP ALM
3 11 (3.44%) SCCM
4 4 (1.25%) Opscode Chef
5 3 (0.94%) EdgeSight
6 2 (0.63%) Puppet
Vendors
1 48 (15.00%) Microsoft
2 27 (8.44%) HP
2 27 (8.44%) Oracle
3 16 (5.00%) Citrix
4 13 (4.06%) ServiceNow
5 10 (3.13%) VMware
6 8 (2.50%) SAP
7 7 (2.19%) Cisco
8 6 (1.88%) IBM
9 5 (1.56%) Atlassian
10 4 (1.25%) Bloomberg
10 4 (1.25%) Charles River
11 3 (0.94%) Ivanti
11 3 (0.94%) Murex
11 3 (0.94%) Salesforce.com
12 2 (0.63%) CA
12 2 (0.63%) Lotus
12 2 (0.63%) Pegasus
12 2 (0.63%) Splunk
12 2 (0.63%) Tableau