Period
to 20 July 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 July 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 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 250 214 203
Rank change year-on-year -36 -11 -14
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 1,162 1,164 1,450
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.12% 1.22% 1.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.30% 1.44% 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 731 737 882
UK median daily rate £425 £410 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.66% -3.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £287 £278
90th Percentile £619 £588 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £394 £400
% change year-on-year +1.46% -1.44% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 32 10
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £42.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.79% +13.10% +26.32%
10th Percentile £16.66 £35.50 £23.75
90th Percentile £52.00 £52.50 £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.25 £47.50 £42.00
% change year-on-year -11.05% +13.10% +25.37%

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 89,317 80,919 92,803
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 85.73% 84.94% 84.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,921 52,955 61,108
UK median daily rate £450 £449 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.33% +5.53% +6.25%
10th Percentile £300 £275 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,460 2,122 2,286
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.00% +4.17% +12.54%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.50 £11.50
90th Percentile £50.03 £52.49 £48.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -16.00% - +16.01%

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 July 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 July 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Top 17 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 July 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 -30 1,044 £425 +0.89% 218
UK excluding London -5 749 £400 +1.46% 160
London -72 380 £475 +5.56% 72
South East -7 260 £400 - 43
Midlands -13 129 £364 -0.40% 27
North of England -25 117 £400 +6.67% 28
West Midlands -2 91 £388 +19.23% 23
East of England +31 80 £450 - 23
South West +7 73 £380 -10.59% 24
Yorkshire -14 63 £390 -7.69% 10
North West -22 50 £406 +1.56% 17
Scotland -52 39 £366 +4.64% 11
East Midlands -21 36 £357 -14.93% 4
Wales +12 35 £325 -7.14% 3
Northern Ireland - 12 £325 - 1
North East -10 6 £463 +44.53% 1
Channel Islands - 4 - -

For the 6 months to 20 July 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.

1 513 (44.15%) Agile Software Development
2 477 (41.05%) Test Automation
3 244 (21.00%) QA
4 243 (20.91%) Finance
5 240 (20.65%) Selenium
6 222 (19.10%) Java
7 219 (18.85%) SQL
8 212 (18.24%) User Acceptance Testing
9 205 (17.64%) Test Scripting
10 180 (15.49%) Scrum
11 167 (14.37%) JIRA
12 145 (12.48%) ISTQB
13 144 (12.39%) Performance Testing
13 144 (12.39%) Problem-Solving
14 141 (12.13%) Waterfall
15 139 (11.96%) BDD
15 139 (11.96%) ISEB
16 138 (11.88%) Test Management
17 137 (11.79%) Scenario Testing
18 136 (11.70%) Stakeholder Management
18 136 (11.70%) Banking
19 133 (11.45%) Oracle
20 126 (10.84%) DevOps
21 123 (10.59%) Regression Testing
22 119 (10.24%) SDLC
23 118 (10.15%) Defect Management
24 117 (10.07%) TDD
24 117 (10.07%) Windows
24 117 (10.07%) Security Cleared
25 115 (9.90%) Microsoft

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 65 (5.59%) Confluence
2 40 (3.44%) WebLogic
3 24 (2.07%) WebSphere
4 14 (1.20%) SharePoint
5 11 (0.95%) MS Exchange
6 10 (0.86%) Tomcat
7 9 (0.77%) Apache
8 7 (0.60%) CMS
9 6 (0.52%) Apache Spark
10 5 (0.43%) SAS
11 4 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.26%) NetWeaver
12 3 (0.26%) OpenStack
12 3 (0.26%) SAP Portal
13 2 (0.17%) JBoss
14 1 (0.086%) Alfresco
14 1 (0.086%) IIS
14 1 (0.086%) Jetty
14 1 (0.086%) Oracle SOA Suite
14 1 (0.086%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 50 (4.30%) Microsoft Excel
2 36 (3.10%) Microsoft Office
3 19 (1.64%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 18 (1.55%) Microsoft Project
5 13 (1.12%) MS Visio
6 2 (0.17%) Chatbot
6 2 (0.17%) Photoshop
6 2 (0.17%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.17%) Windchill
7 1 (0.086%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 10 (0.86%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.69%) Oracle ERP
3 5 (0.43%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 3 (0.26%) iTrent
4 3 (0.26%) SAP PSCD
4 3 (0.26%) Workday HCM
5 2 (0.17%) Adobe Campaign
5 2 (0.17%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.17%) FastStats
5 2 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 2 (0.17%) SAP BPC
5 2 (0.17%) SAP CO
5 2 (0.17%) SAP ERP
5 2 (0.17%) SAP FI
5 2 (0.17%) SAP FI/CO
5 2 (0.17%) Sonata
5 2 (0.17%) Unica
6 1 (0.086%) Remedy ITSM
6 1 (0.086%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 73 (6.28%) Microsoft Azure
2 41 (3.53%) Amazon AWS
3 28 (2.41%) Office 365
4 18 (1.55%) GitHub
5 12 (1.03%) BlazeMeter
6 11 (0.95%) BrowserStack
7 10 (0.86%) Dynamics 365
7 10 (0.86%) Sauce Labs
8 9 (0.77%) Slack
9 8 (0.69%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 7 (0.60%) FinancialForce
10 7 (0.60%) SaaS
11 6 (0.52%) Cloud Computing
12 4 (0.34%) Amazon EMR
12 4 (0.34%) IaaS
12 4 (0.34%) OpenDNS
12 4 (0.34%) SuccessFactors
13 3 (0.26%) PaaS
13 3 (0.26%) Veeva
14 2 (0.17%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 23 (1.98%) Internet
2 21 (1.81%) Firewall
3 19 (1.64%) PuTTY
3 19 (1.64%) WinSCP
4 13 (1.12%) WAN
5 11 (0.95%) LAN
5 11 (0.95%) TCP/IP
6 8 (0.69%) SMS
7 7 (0.60%) Wireless
8 6 (0.52%) 3G
8 6 (0.52%) HTTP
8 6 (0.52%) VoIP
9 5 (0.43%) DNS
9 5 (0.43%) VoLTE
10 4 (0.34%) Cisco ICM
10 4 (0.34%) Wi-Fi
11 3 (0.26%) 2G
11 3 (0.26%) Intranet
11 3 (0.26%) LTE
11 3 (0.26%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (4.22%) SQL Server
2 34 (2.93%) Data Warehouse
3 29 (2.50%) Oracle Database
4 25 (2.15%) Big Data
4 25 (2.15%) SQL Server 2016
5 24 (2.07%) SQL Server 2012
6 20 (1.72%) Oracle Database 11g
7 18 (1.55%) Oracle Database 10g
8 17 (1.46%) BusinessObjects
9 16 (1.38%) Oracle Reports
9 16 (1.38%) Relational Database
10 15 (1.29%) MySQL
11 13 (1.12%) Hadoop
12 11 (0.95%) MongoDB
13 9 (0.77%) Pentaho
14 8 (0.69%) PostgreSQL
14 8 (0.69%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 7 (0.60%) RDBMS
16 6 (0.52%) Oracle OWB
17 5 (0.43%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 240 (20.65%) Selenium
2 167 (14.37%) JIRA
3 105 (9.04%) Jenkins
4 104 (8.95%) Cucumber
5 89 (7.66%) SoapUI
6 77 (6.63%) Team Foundation Server
7 73 (6.28%) LoadRunner
8 71 (6.11%) JMeter
9 66 (5.68%) SpecFlow
9 66 (5.68%) WebDriver
10 57 (4.91%) Git (software)
11 56 (4.82%) HP UFT
12 55 (4.73%) Visual Studio
13 45 (3.87%) TeamCity
14 35 (3.01%) Protractor
15 28 (2.41%) Bitbucket
15 28 (2.41%) TestNG
16 27 (2.32%) Eclipse
16 27 (2.32%) Oracle APEX
17 24 (2.07%) Zephyr
General
1 243 (20.91%) Finance
2 136 (11.70%) Banking
3 47 (4.04%) Retail
4 42 (3.61%) Investment Banking
5 27 (2.32%) Front Office
6 18 (1.55%) Marketing
7 14 (1.20%) Telecoms
8 13 (1.12%) Pharmaceutical
9 12 (1.03%) Legal
10 11 (0.95%) Advertising
10 11 (0.95%) Back Office
10 11 (0.95%) Retail Banking
11 8 (0.69%) Automotive
11 8 (0.69%) Manufacturing
12 7 (0.60%) Games
13 3 (0.26%) Corporate Banking
13 3 (0.26%) Electronics
13 3 (0.26%) Financial Institution
13 3 (0.26%) Law
13 3 (0.26%) Private Banking
Job Titles
1 263 (22.63%) Analyst
2 230 (19.79%) Test Manager
3 175 (15.06%) Test Analyst
4 165 (14.20%) Tester
5 109 (9.38%) Test Leader
6 83 (7.14%) Developer
7 58 (4.99%) Test Engineer
8 57 (4.91%) Automation Test Analyst
8 57 (4.91%) Automation Tester
9 48 (4.13%) Business Analyst
10 38 (3.27%) Architect
11 35 (3.01%) Java Developer
12 32 (2.75%) Performance Tester
13 29 (2.50%) QA Leader
13 29 (2.50%) Senior Analyst
14 28 (2.41%) Project Manager
15 27 (2.32%) Consultant
16 25 (2.15%) QA Engineer
17 24 (2.07%) QA Tester
17 24 (2.07%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 70 (6.02%) .NET
2 54 (4.65%) Web Services
3 42 (3.61%) XML
4 40 (3.44%) SOAP
5 37 (3.18%) Gherkin
5 37 (3.18%) REST
6 28 (2.41%) J2EE
6 28 (2.41%) JSON
7 23 (1.98%) RESTful
8 16 (1.38%) HTML
9 15 (1.29%) Spring
10 13 (1.12%) CSS
11 12 (1.03%) AngularJS
12 11 (0.95%) ASP.NET
13 10 (0.86%) Middleware
13 10 (0.86%) Oracle Fusion
13 10 (0.86%) XSD
14 9 (0.77%) Elastic Stack
14 9 (0.77%) HTML5
14 9 (0.77%) WSDL
Miscellaneous
1 88 (7.57%) Analytical Skills
2 52 (4.48%) Computer Science
3 37 (3.18%) Mobile App
4 27 (2.32%) User Experience
5 26 (2.24%) Data Centre
6 21 (1.81%) Management Information System
7 15 (1.29%) Mainframe
8 12 (1.03%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 11 (0.95%) Enterprise Software
9 11 (0.95%) Fintech
9 11 (0.95%) NHS
9 11 (0.95%) Self-Motivation
9 11 (0.95%) Virtual Team
10 10 (0.86%) Smart Meter
11 9 (0.77%) Client/Server
11 9 (0.77%) Cyberthreat
11 9 (0.77%) Greenfield Project
11 9 (0.77%) SWIFT
12 8 (0.69%) Fixed Income
13 6 (0.52%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 117 (10.07%) Windows
2 87 (7.49%) Unix
3 68 (5.85%) Linux
4 36 (3.10%) Windows Server
5 24 (2.07%) Windows Server 2012
6 21 (1.81%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 18 (1.55%) Android
8 17 (1.46%) Apple iOS
9 12 (1.03%) Windows 10
10 8 (0.69%) Windows 7
11 7 (0.60%) AIX
11 7 (0.60%) Solaris
12 6 (0.52%) VME
13 5 (0.43%) CentOS
13 5 (0.43%) Mac OS X
13 5 (0.43%) Windows Server 2008
14 2 (0.17%) Debian
14 2 (0.17%) Mac OS
14 2 (0.17%) Ubuntu
15 1 (0.086%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 513 (44.15%) Agile Software Development
2 477 (41.05%) Test Automation
3 212 (18.24%) User Acceptance Testing
4 205 (17.64%) Test Scripting
5 180 (15.49%) Scrum
6 144 (12.39%) Performance Testing
6 144 (12.39%) Problem-Solving
7 141 (12.13%) Waterfall
8 139 (11.96%) BDD
9 138 (11.88%) Test Management
10 137 (11.79%) Scenario Testing
11 136 (11.70%) Stakeholder Management
12 126 (10.84%) DevOps
13 123 (10.59%) Regression Testing
14 119 (10.24%) SDLC
15 118 (10.15%) Defect Management
16 117 (10.07%) TDD
17 110 (9.47%) System Integration Testing
18 109 (9.38%) Software Testing
19 107 (9.21%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 222 (19.10%) Java
2 219 (18.85%) SQL
3 113 (9.72%) C#
4 71 (6.11%) Python
5 54 (4.65%) JavaScript
6 45 (3.87%) PL/SQL
7 32 (2.75%) Shell Script
8 28 (2.41%) C++
9 25 (2.15%) F#
10 24 (2.07%) C
11 21 (1.81%) Perl
12 19 (1.64%) Ruby
13 18 (1.55%) Groovy
14 17 (1.46%) T-SQL
15 16 (1.38%) VBScript
16 14 (1.20%) PowerShell
17 10 (0.86%) Bash Shell
18 6 (0.52%) Java 8
18 6 (0.52%) PHP
18 6 (0.52%) VB
Qualifications
1 145 (12.48%) ISTQB
2 139 (11.96%) ISEB
3 117 (10.07%) Security Cleared
4 88 (7.57%) SC Cleared
5 84 (7.23%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 83 (7.14%) Degree
7 33 (2.84%) ISEB Practitioner
8 17 (1.46%) Numerate Degree
9 15 (1.29%) BPSS Clearance
10 12 (1.03%) Computer Science Degree
11 9 (0.77%) PhD
12 8 (0.69%) DV Cleared
12 8 (0.69%) PMI Certification
13 7 (0.60%) PMP
14 6 (0.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
15 4 (0.34%) DBS Check
16 3 (0.26%) CISA
16 3 (0.26%) CISM
16 3 (0.26%) Master's Degree
16 3 (0.26%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 244 (21.00%) QA
2 9 (0.77%) PMO
2 9 (0.77%) SLA
3 7 (0.60%) WCAG
4 6 (0.52%) Data Quality
4 6 (0.52%) GDPR
5 5 (0.43%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.34%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.26%) PSD2
8 2 (0.17%) HL7
8 2 (0.17%) ISO 9001
8 2 (0.17%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.17%) MiFID
8 2 (0.17%) SEPA
9 1 (0.086%) Actionable Recommendations
9 1 (0.086%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.086%) GxP
9 1 (0.086%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 31 (2.67%) Docker
2 27 (2.32%) Active Directory
3 18 (1.55%) vSphere
4 11 (0.95%) Virtual Machines
5 7 (0.60%) VMware Infrastructure
6 5 (0.43%) Terminal Server
7 4 (0.34%) Hyper-V
8 3 (0.26%) Microsoft App-V
8 3 (0.26%) XenApp
9 2 (0.17%) Apache Flume
9 2 (0.17%) KVM
9 2 (0.17%) VirtualBox
10 1 (0.086%) Virtual Desktop
10 1 (0.086%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 79 (6.80%) HP Quality Center
2 57 (4.91%) HP ALM
3 31 (2.67%) Ansible
4 17 (1.46%) SCCM
5 12 (1.03%) Terraform
6 9 (0.77%) Consul
6 9 (0.77%) Opscode Chef
7 7 (0.60%) Puppet
8 6 (0.52%) BMC PATROL
8 6 (0.52%) Perfmon
9 5 (0.43%) Netcool
9 5 (0.43%) SCOM
10 4 (0.34%) Kubernetes
11 3 (0.26%) NSN NetAct
11 3 (0.26%) OpenView
11 3 (0.26%) TeMIP
12 2 (0.17%) Cacti
12 2 (0.17%) Nagios
12 2 (0.17%) Nessus
12 2 (0.17%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 133 (11.45%) Oracle
2 115 (9.90%) Microsoft
3 103 (8.86%) HP
4 52 (4.48%) webMethods
5 43 (3.70%) SAP
6 27 (2.32%) VMware
7 26 (2.24%) IBM
7 26 (2.24%) Workday
8 24 (2.07%) BEA
9 23 (1.98%) Software AG
10 22 (1.89%) Salesforce.com
11 20 (1.72%) Red Hat
11 20 (1.72%) Splunk
12 17 (1.46%) AppDynamics
13 15 (1.29%) Atlassian
13 15 (1.29%) Informatica
14 14 (1.20%) Dynatrace
15 13 (1.12%) Cisco
15 13 (1.12%) Pega
16 11 (0.95%) Kronos