Period
to 20 April 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for Test Strategy skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Strategy over the 6 months to 20 April 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 Strategy
UK
6 months to
20 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 275 220 191
Rank change year-on-year -55 -29 +9
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 989 1,116 1,441
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.98% 1.20% 1.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.14% 1.43% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 617 707 873
UK median daily rate £425 £415 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.41% -2.35% +6.25%
10th Percentile £304 £283 £280
90th Percentile £620 £575 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £411 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.81% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 22 23
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £44.44 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.61% +8.38% +27.25%
10th Percentile £19.12 £37.62 £27.40
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.50 £152.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £44.44 £41.00
% change year-on-year -15.61% +8.38% +17.99%

Test Strategy 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 86,597 78,235 89,282
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.60% 84.37% 83.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 57,197 51,483 58,291
UK median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £298 £270 £263
90th Percentile £638 £620 £606
UK excluding London median daily rate £420 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +5.00% +1.27% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,222 2,132 2,454
UK median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £24.24
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +3.14% +18.24%
10th Percentile £11.19 £11.40 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.25 £51.25 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.24 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -15.04% - +14.14%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy over the 6 months to 20 April 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Top 18 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the UK over the 6 months to 20 April 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 -54 886 £430 +1.18% 215
UK excluding London -25 598 £411 +2.81% 149
London -62 369 £475 +5.56% 77
South East -39 198 £400 - 38
North of England -5 115 £400 +6.67% 39
Midlands -22 88 £400 -1.23% 21
East of England -1 65 £450 - 21
Yorkshire +2 61 £400 +3.23% 14
West Midlands +9 54 £400 - 14
North West -14 48 £400 -11.11% 21
South West -14 48 £350 -17.65% 19
Scotland -35 44 £388 +10.71% 5
East Midlands -26 33 £425 +2.10% 7
Wales -6 30 £410 +26.15% 5
North East +17 8 £475 +48.44% 4
Channel Islands - 5 - -
Northern Ireland - 5 £263 - 1
Isle of Man - 1 £325 -

For the 6 months to 20 April 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy 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 Strategy.

1 409 (41.35%) Agile Software Development
2 383 (38.73%) Test Automation
3 226 (22.85%) Finance
4 200 (20.22%) Java
5 198 (20.02%) User Acceptance Testing
6 197 (19.92%) QA
7 179 (18.10%) Selenium
8 177 (17.90%) Test Scripting
9 159 (16.08%) SQL
10 145 (14.66%) Test Management
11 142 (14.36%) Scrum
12 132 (13.35%) Waterfall
13 128 (12.94%) Defect Management
14 126 (12.74%) BDD
15 122 (12.34%) Regression Testing
15 122 (12.34%) Scenario Testing
16 118 (11.93%) TDD
16 118 (11.93%) Banking
17 117 (11.83%) JIRA
18 108 (10.92%) Performance Testing
19 106 (10.72%) Stakeholder Management
20 105 (10.62%) ISTQB
21 102 (10.31%) SDLC
22 101 (10.21%) Problem-Solving
23 96 (9.71%) ISEB
24 94 (9.50%) Software Testing
24 94 (9.50%) System Integration Testing
25 92 (9.30%) HP
26 91 (9.20%) DevOps
27 87 (8.80%) C#

Test Strategy
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 33 (3.34%) Confluence
2 22 (2.22%) WebSphere
3 15 (1.52%) WebLogic
4 13 (1.31%) SharePoint
5 12 (1.21%) Tomcat
6 11 (1.11%) MS Exchange
7 10 (1.01%) Apache Spark
8 9 (0.91%) SAS
9 7 (0.71%) Apache
10 3 (0.30%) BizTalk Server
11 2 (0.20%) Apache Pig
11 2 (0.20%) CMS
11 2 (0.20%) Elasticsearch
12 1 (0.10%) Adobe Experience Manager
12 1 (0.10%) Apache Solr
12 1 (0.10%) Drupal
12 1 (0.10%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 1 (0.10%) Sitecore CMS
12 1 (0.10%) Skype for Business
12 1 (0.10%) WordPress
Applications
1 51 (5.16%) Microsoft Excel
2 41 (4.15%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (1.72%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 16 (1.62%) Microsoft Project
5 11 (1.11%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.20%) Windchill
7 1 (0.10%) Chatbot
Business Applications
1 7 (0.71%) Dynamics CRM
1 7 (0.71%) SAP CO
1 7 (0.71%) SAP FI
1 7 (0.71%) SAP FI/CO
2 6 (0.61%) Oracle EBS
3 4 (0.40%) Bloomberg AIM
3 4 (0.40%) Markit EDM
3 4 (0.40%) Oracle ERP
3 4 (0.40%) thinkFolio
3 4 (0.40%) Workday HCM
4 3 (0.30%) iTrent
4 3 (0.30%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.20%) Eagle PACE
5 2 (0.20%) Magento
5 2 (0.20%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.20%) SAP CRM for Utilities
5 2 (0.20%) SAP IS-U
5 2 (0.20%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.20%) SAP WM
5 2 (0.20%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 48 (4.85%) Microsoft Azure
2 28 (2.83%) Amazon AWS
3 21 (2.12%) SaaS
4 20 (2.02%) Office 365
5 12 (1.21%) GitHub
6 8 (0.81%) Dynamics 365
7 7 (0.71%) FinancialForce
8 6 (0.61%) BrowserStack
9 5 (0.51%) Sauce Labs
10 4 (0.40%) Amazon S3
10 4 (0.40%) OpenDNS
10 4 (0.40%) SuccessFactors
10 4 (0.40%) Veeva
11 2 (0.20%) Amazon EMR
11 2 (0.20%) Amazon Kinesis
11 2 (0.20%) AWS Lambda
11 2 (0.20%) BlazeMeter
11 2 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.20%) Serverless
11 2 (0.20%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 19 (1.92%) Internet
2 18 (1.82%) Firewall
2 18 (1.82%) PuTTY
2 18 (1.82%) WinSCP
3 12 (1.21%) WAN
4 11 (1.11%) LAN
5 10 (1.01%) HTTP
6 8 (0.81%) Wireless
7 7 (0.71%) SMS
7 7 (0.71%) TCP/IP
8 5 (0.51%) DNS
9 4 (0.40%) Wi-Fi
10 3 (0.30%) 2G
10 3 (0.30%) 3G
10 3 (0.30%) 4G
10 3 (0.30%) Intranet
10 3 (0.30%) Skype
10 3 (0.30%) VoIP
11 2 (0.20%) VPN
11 2 (0.20%) WLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 36 (3.64%) SQL Server
2 28 (2.83%) Oracle Database
3 26 (2.63%) Big Data
4 25 (2.53%) Data Warehouse
5 19 (1.92%) SQL Server 2016
6 18 (1.82%) BusinessObjects
6 18 (1.82%) Oracle Database 11g
6 18 (1.82%) SQL Server 2012
7 17 (1.72%) Hadoop
7 17 (1.72%) Oracle Database 10g
8 14 (1.42%) Oracle Reports
9 13 (1.31%) MySQL
10 10 (1.01%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 8 (0.81%) MongoDB
12 7 (0.71%) Amazon Redshift
12 7 (0.71%) Relational Database
13 6 (0.61%) Apache Hive
13 6 (0.61%) SAP BW
14 5 (0.51%) HBase
14 5 (0.51%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 179 (18.10%) Selenium
2 117 (11.83%) JIRA
3 86 (8.70%) Cucumber
4 74 (7.48%) Jenkins
5 65 (6.57%) SoapUI
6 61 (6.17%) Team Foundation Server
7 56 (5.66%) WebDriver
8 54 (5.46%) HP UFT
9 50 (5.06%) Git (software)
10 48 (4.85%) JMeter
11 47 (4.75%) SpecFlow
12 45 (4.55%) LoadRunner
13 32 (3.24%) Visual Studio
14 29 (2.93%) Protractor
15 24 (2.43%) TestNG
16 23 (2.33%) Ant
17 22 (2.22%) TeamCity
18 21 (2.12%) Eclipse
19 19 (1.92%) Maven
19 19 (1.92%) Oracle APEX
General
1 226 (22.85%) Finance
2 118 (11.93%) Banking
3 44 (4.45%) Retail
4 38 (3.84%) Investment Banking
5 37 (3.74%) Front Office
6 18 (1.82%) Marketing
7 13 (1.31%) Telecoms
8 11 (1.11%) Games
8 11 (1.11%) Pharmaceutical
9 9 (0.91%) Law
9 9 (0.91%) Retail Banking
10 6 (0.61%) Legal
10 6 (0.61%) Publishing
11 5 (0.51%) Back Office
11 5 (0.51%) Manufacturing
12 4 (0.40%) Advertising
12 4 (0.40%) Automotive
13 3 (0.30%) Corporate Banking
14 2 (0.20%) General Ledger
14 2 (0.20%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 226 (22.85%) Test Manager
2 216 (21.84%) Analyst
3 139 (14.05%) Test Analyst
4 108 (10.92%) Test Leader
5 104 (10.52%) Tester
6 80 (8.09%) Developer
7 51 (5.16%) Test Engineer
8 44 (4.45%) Automation Test Analyst
9 43 (4.35%) Business Analyst
10 40 (4.04%) Java Developer
11 35 (3.54%) Automation Tester
11 35 (3.54%) QA Engineer
12 31 (3.13%) Consultant
13 29 (2.93%) Architect
14 25 (2.53%) Java Quantitative Developer
14 25 (2.53%) Programme Manager
14 25 (2.53%) Programme Test Manager
14 25 (2.53%) QA Leader
14 25 (2.53%) Quantitative Developer
14 25 (2.53%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 54 (5.46%) .NET
2 51 (5.16%) Web Services
3 46 (4.65%) REST
4 37 (3.74%) Gherkin
5 33 (3.34%) SOAP
6 26 (2.63%) XML
7 23 (2.33%) Spring
8 21 (2.12%) AngularJS
9 18 (1.82%) JSON
10 16 (1.62%) RESTful
11 15 (1.52%) HTML
12 14 (1.42%) J2EE
13 13 (1.31%) CSS
14 12 (1.21%) ASP.NET
15 11 (1.11%) Middleware
16 9 (0.91%) Kafka
16 9 (0.91%) Spring Boot
17 8 (0.81%) .NET Framework
17 8 (0.81%) jQuery
18 7 (0.71%) JMS
Miscellaneous
1 58 (5.86%) Analytical Skills
2 56 (5.66%) Computer Science
3 18 (1.82%) User Experience
4 16 (1.62%) Data Centre
4 16 (1.62%) Management Information System
4 16 (1.62%) Mobile App
5 15 (1.52%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 13 (1.31%) Greenfield Project
7 12 (1.21%) Mainframe
8 11 (1.11%) Fixed Income
9 9 (0.91%) Cyberthreat
9 9 (0.91%) Fintech
10 8 (0.81%) Client/Server
10 8 (0.81%) Hedge funds
10 8 (0.81%) Self-Motivation
11 7 (0.71%) Blog
11 7 (0.71%) Derivative
11 7 (0.71%) Reinsurance
11 7 (0.71%) SWIFT
11 7 (0.71%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 68 (6.88%) Windows
2 44 (4.45%) Unix
3 38 (3.84%) Linux
4 28 (2.83%) Windows Server
5 27 (2.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (1.82%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 15 (1.52%) Android
7 15 (1.52%) Apple iOS
8 9 (0.91%) Windows 10
9 5 (0.51%) Windows 7
10 4 (0.40%) VMS
11 3 (0.30%) Windows Server 2008
12 1 (0.10%) Debian
12 1 (0.10%) Fedora
12 1 (0.10%) Mac OS X
12 1 (0.10%) Ubuntu
12 1 (0.10%) Windows 8
12 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2003
12 1 (0.10%) Windows Vista
12 1 (0.10%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 409 (41.35%) Agile Software Development
2 383 (38.73%) Test Automation
3 198 (20.02%) User Acceptance Testing
4 177 (17.90%) Test Scripting
5 145 (14.66%) Test Management
6 142 (14.36%) Scrum
7 132 (13.35%) Waterfall
8 128 (12.94%) Defect Management
9 126 (12.74%) BDD
10 122 (12.34%) Regression Testing
10 122 (12.34%) Scenario Testing
11 118 (11.93%) TDD
12 108 (10.92%) Performance Testing
13 106 (10.72%) Stakeholder Management
14 102 (10.31%) SDLC
15 101 (10.21%) Problem-Solving
16 94 (9.50%) Software Testing
16 94 (9.50%) System Integration Testing
17 91 (9.20%) DevOps
18 82 (8.29%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 200 (20.22%) Java
2 159 (16.08%) SQL
3 87 (8.80%) C#
4 63 (6.37%) Python
5 60 (6.07%) JavaScript
6 23 (2.33%) Ruby
7 19 (1.92%) C++
7 19 (1.92%) F#
7 19 (1.92%) PL/SQL
8 17 (1.72%) C
8 17 (1.72%) T-SQL
9 14 (1.42%) Groovy
9 14 (1.42%) Shell Script
10 13 (1.31%) VBScript
11 11 (1.11%) Perl
11 11 (1.11%) PowerShell
12 9 (0.91%) PHP
13 8 (0.81%) Scala
14 7 (0.71%) Bash Shell
14 7 (0.71%) VB
Qualifications
1 105 (10.62%) ISTQB
2 96 (9.71%) ISEB
3 77 (7.79%) Security Cleared
4 72 (7.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 69 (6.98%) Degree
6 59 (5.97%) SC Cleared
7 23 (2.33%) ISEB Practitioner
8 22 (2.22%) PhD
9 18 (1.82%) Numerate Degree
10 10 (1.01%) PMI Certification
11 8 (0.81%) Computer Science Degree
12 7 (0.71%) BPSS Clearance
12 7 (0.71%) DV Cleared
13 5 (0.51%) CFA
13 5 (0.51%) MBA
13 5 (0.51%) PMP
14 4 (0.40%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
14 4 (0.40%) Master's Degree
14 4 (0.40%) Microsoft Certification
14 4 (0.40%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 197 (19.92%) QA
2 15 (1.52%) PMO
3 10 (1.01%) SLA
4 6 (0.61%) GDPR
5 4 (0.40%) WCAG
6 3 (0.30%) IFRS
6 3 (0.30%) MiFID
7 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 2 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 2 (0.20%) PCI DSS
7 2 (0.20%) SEPA
8 1 (0.10%) Basel III
8 1 (0.10%) CRD IV
8 1 (0.10%) FATCA
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 20022
8 1 (0.10%) ISO 8583
8 1 (0.10%) PA-DSS
8 1 (0.10%) PSD2
8 1 (0.10%) Sarbanes-Oxley
8 1 (0.10%) Solvency II
System Software
1 22 (2.22%) Active Directory
2 19 (1.92%) Docker
3 17 (1.72%) vSphere
4 10 (1.01%) VMware Infrastructure
5 5 (0.51%) Terminal Server
6 4 (0.40%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.30%) VMware ESXi
8 2 (0.20%) Apache Flume
9 1 (0.10%) Virtual Desktop
9 1 (0.10%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 69 (6.98%) HP Quality Center
2 59 (5.97%) HP ALM
3 25 (2.53%) Ansible
4 16 (1.62%) SCCM
5 10 (1.01%) Terraform
6 9 (0.91%) Consul
7 6 (0.61%) Puppet
8 5 (0.51%) Kubernetes
8 5 (0.51%) Opscode Chef
8 5 (0.51%) Perfmon
9 4 (0.40%) Oracle Identity Manager
9 4 (0.40%) SCOM
10 2 (0.20%) CA Service Virtualization
10 2 (0.20%) Nessus
10 2 (0.20%) NSN NetAct
10 2 (0.20%) Oozie
11 1 (0.10%) Control-M
11 1 (0.10%) MOM
11 1 (0.10%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 92 (9.30%) HP
2 86 (8.70%) Microsoft
3 81 (8.19%) Oracle
4 34 (3.44%) Salesforce.com
5 33 (3.34%) SAP
6 30 (3.03%) webMethods
7 29 (2.93%) VMware
8 19 (1.92%) Red Hat
9 17 (1.72%) Software AG
9 17 (1.72%) Workday
10 14 (1.42%) IBM
11 13 (1.31%) Citrix
11 13 (1.31%) Informatica
12 12 (1.21%) Pega
13 11 (1.11%) Bloomberg
14 10 (1.01%) BEA
15 9 (0.91%) Kronos
16 5 (0.51%) Charles River
16 5 (0.51%) CheckPoint
16 5 (0.51%) Hortonworks