Period
to 22 January 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 22 January 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
22 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 283 232 187
Rank change year-on-year -51 -45 +23
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 917 1,065 1,491
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.92% 1.12% 1.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.09% 1.33% 1.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 577 652 901
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% -3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £297 £273 £275
90th Percentile £614 £587 £588
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £387 £390
% change year-on-year +6.01% -0.83% +9.86%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 13 17
UK median hourly rate £37.50 £43.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -12.79% +4.88% +29.93%
10th Percentile £28.25 £38.10 £32.45
90th Percentile £53.00 £49.20 £62.55
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.70 £43.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year -0.71% +4.88% +19.71%

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 84,205 79,866 88,986
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.54% 83.78% 82.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,381 52,904 57,748
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
10th Percentile £285 £263 £263
90th Percentile £638 £613 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +2.50% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,967 2,230 2,728
UK median hourly rate £23.38 £24.50 £24.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.59% +2.08% +20.00%
10th Percentile £11.35 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year -2.04% -2.00% +25.00%

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 22 January 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 22 January 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 22 January 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 -52 841 £425 +6.25% 245
UK excluding London -32 511 £410 +6.01% 193
London -36 397 £450 +5.88% 75
South East -45 157 £415 -2.35% 54
North of England +19 113 £388 +3.33% 46
Midlands -41 91 £425 +13.33% 25
West Midlands -35 56 £425 +13.33% 11
Yorkshire +26 52 £391 -2.19% 19
North West -3 49 £363 -9.38% 23
South West -1 42 £425 +16.84% 17
Scotland -5 40 £406 +4.84% 10
East of England -51 37 £463 +8.82% 27
East Midlands -3 33 £425 +6.25% 14
Wales +7 24 £400 +20.30% 12
North East +20 12 £350 +6.46% 4
Northern Ireland -21 5 £263 -38.24% 2
Channel Islands - 2 - -
Isle of Man - 1 £325 -

For the 6 months to 22 January 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy 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 Strategy.

1 378 (41.22%) Agile Software Development
2 376 (41.00%) Test Automation
3 211 (23.01%) Java
4 207 (22.57%) Finance
5 186 (20.28%) User Acceptance Testing
6 179 (19.52%) QA
7 172 (18.76%) Test Scripting
8 169 (18.43%) Selenium
9 140 (15.27%) BDD
10 133 (14.50%) Test Management
11 130 (14.18%) Scenario Testing
12 126 (13.74%) TDD
13 124 (13.52%) SQL
14 116 (12.65%) Scrum
14 116 (12.65%) JIRA
15 112 (12.21%) Defect Management
16 108 (11.78%) Integration Testing
17 106 (11.56%) Cucumber
17 106 (11.56%) Stakeholder Management
17 106 (11.56%) Banking
18 105 (11.45%) Regression Testing
19 101 (11.01%) System Integration Testing
20 94 (10.25%) Migration
21 92 (10.03%) ISTQB
22 88 (9.60%) Security Cleared
23 87 (9.49%) Continuous Integration
23 87 (9.49%) SDLC
24 82 (8.94%) C#
25 81 (8.83%) Waterfall
26 79 (8.62%) Manual Testing

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 41 (4.47%) Confluence
2 15 (1.64%) Tomcat
3 14 (1.53%) SharePoint
3 14 (1.53%) WebLogic
4 12 (1.31%) SAS
5 10 (1.09%) Apache Spark
6 8 (0.87%) Apache Pig
7 7 (0.76%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 6 (0.65%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.65%) Elasticsearch
9 5 (0.55%) Apache
10 4 (0.44%) WebSphere
11 3 (0.33%) Apache Solr
11 3 (0.33%) JCAPS
11 3 (0.33%) Oracle Service Bus
12 2 (0.22%) CMS
12 2 (0.22%) IIS
12 2 (0.22%) MS Exchange
12 2 (0.22%) SharePoint 2010
13 1 (0.11%) NetWeaver
Applications
1 35 (3.82%) Microsoft Office
2 24 (2.62%) Microsoft Excel
3 11 (1.20%) Microsoft Project
4 8 (0.87%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.33%) MS Visio
6 1 (0.11%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.11%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 12 (1.31%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.65%) SAP CO
2 6 (0.65%) SAP FI
2 6 (0.65%) SAP FI/CO
3 5 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.55%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (0.44%) Temenos T24
5 3 (0.33%) Bloomberg AIM
5 3 (0.33%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.33%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.33%) Maximo
5 3 (0.33%) Oracle General Ledger
5 3 (0.33%) Oracle HRMS
5 3 (0.33%) SAP HCM
5 3 (0.33%) thinkFolio
6 2 (0.22%) Magento
6 2 (0.22%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.22%) Oracle Receivables
6 2 (0.22%) SAP CRM for Utilities
6 2 (0.22%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 31 (3.38%) Microsoft Azure
2 27 (2.94%) SaaS
3 22 (2.40%) Amazon AWS
4 18 (1.96%) GitHub
5 12 (1.31%) Office 365
6 8 (0.87%) OpenShift
7 7 (0.76%) Dynamics 365
8 6 (0.65%) OpenDNS
8 6 (0.65%) PaaS
9 4 (0.44%) Amazon S3
9 4 (0.44%) IaaS
10 3 (0.33%) BrowserStack
11 2 (0.22%) iPaaS
11 2 (0.22%) SuccessFactors
11 2 (0.22%) Tricentis Tosca
12 1 (0.11%) AdWords
12 1 (0.11%) Basecamp
12 1 (0.11%) Cloudflare
12 1 (0.11%) Slack
12 1 (0.11%) Veeva
Communications & Networking
1 14 (1.53%) PuTTY
1 14 (1.53%) WinSCP
2 13 (1.42%) HTTP
3 12 (1.31%) Internet
4 7 (0.76%) DNS
4 7 (0.76%) WAN
5 6 (0.65%) LAN
6 5 (0.55%) SMS
6 5 (0.55%) Wireless
7 3 (0.33%) Firewall
8 2 (0.22%) 2G
8 2 (0.22%) 3G
8 2 (0.22%) 4G
8 2 (0.22%) 5G
8 2 (0.22%) IPsec
8 2 (0.22%) Radio Access Network
8 2 (0.22%) RS-422
8 2 (0.22%) VoLTE
9 1 (0.11%) Softphone
9 1 (0.11%) WebEx
Database & Business Intelligence
1 39 (4.25%) Big Data
2 30 (3.27%) SQL Server
3 26 (2.84%) Hadoop
4 23 (2.51%) Data Warehouse
5 19 (2.07%) Oracle Database
6 14 (1.53%) Oracle Database 11g
7 13 (1.42%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 10 (1.09%) Oracle Database 10g
8 10 (1.09%) SQL Server 2012
8 10 (1.09%) SQL Server 2016
9 9 (0.98%) HBase
9 9 (0.98%) MongoDB
9 9 (0.98%) NoSQL
9 9 (0.98%) Oracle Reports
10 8 (0.87%) Apache Hive
10 8 (0.87%) BusinessObjects
10 8 (0.87%) MySQL
11 6 (0.65%) Maltego
11 6 (0.65%) Relational Database
12 5 (0.55%) Impala
Development Applications
1 169 (18.43%) Selenium
2 116 (12.65%) JIRA
3 106 (11.56%) Cucumber
4 78 (8.51%) WebDriver
5 66 (7.20%) Jenkins
6 65 (7.09%) SoapUI
7 54 (5.89%) HP UFT
8 48 (5.23%) Git (software)
9 37 (4.03%) SpecFlow
9 37 (4.03%) Team Foundation Server
10 36 (3.93%) JMeter
11 32 (3.49%) JUnit
12 28 (3.05%) Maven
13 27 (2.94%) Ant
14 24 (2.62%) LoadRunner
15 23 (2.51%) TestNG
16 20 (2.18%) Eclipse
16 20 (2.18%) Protractor
17 19 (2.07%) Jasmine
18 17 (1.85%) NUnit
General
1 207 (22.57%) Finance
2 106 (11.56%) Banking
3 42 (4.58%) Retail
4 36 (3.93%) Front Office
4 36 (3.93%) Investment Banking
5 23 (2.51%) Telecoms
6 21 (2.29%) Games
7 18 (1.96%) Marketing
8 15 (1.64%) Publishing
9 12 (1.31%) Retail Banking
10 11 (1.20%) Law
11 7 (0.76%) Back Office
12 6 (0.65%) Financial Institution
12 6 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
13 5 (0.55%) Manufacturing
14 4 (0.44%) Automotive
14 4 (0.44%) Corporate Banking
14 4 (0.44%) Legal
15 3 (0.33%) Advertising
15 3 (0.33%) Aerospace
Job Titles
1 214 (23.34%) Test Manager
2 186 (20.28%) Analyst
3 128 (13.96%) Test Analyst
4 111 (12.10%) Tester
5 99 (10.80%) Test Leader
6 90 (9.81%) Developer
7 70 (7.63%) Test Engineer
8 45 (4.91%) Automation Tester
9 39 (4.25%) Java Developer
10 35 (3.82%) Automation Test Analyst
11 30 (3.27%) QA Engineer
12 29 (3.16%) Programme Test Manager
12 29 (3.16%) Test Programme Manager
13 28 (3.05%) Programme Manager
13 28 (3.05%) Quantitative Developer
14 27 (2.94%) Architect
15 26 (2.84%) Java Quantitative Developer
15 26 (2.84%) Project Manager
15 26 (2.84%) Test Automation Engineer
16 24 (2.62%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 50 (5.45%) REST
2 46 (5.02%) .NET
3 45 (4.91%) Web Services
4 42 (4.58%) Gherkin
5 39 (4.25%) SOAP
6 29 (3.16%) XML
7 26 (2.84%) Spring
8 18 (1.96%) Middleware
9 16 (1.74%) HTML
9 16 (1.74%) RESTful
10 14 (1.53%) AngularJS
11 12 (1.31%) CSS
11 12 (1.31%) Hibernate
12 11 (1.20%) J2EE
13 10 (1.09%) Kafka
14 9 (0.98%) XSLT
15 8 (0.87%) JSON
16 7 (0.76%) .NET Framework
16 7 (0.76%) ASP.NET
16 7 (0.76%) React
Miscellaneous
1 69 (7.52%) Analytical Skills
2 51 (5.56%) Computer Science
3 15 (1.64%) User Experience
4 13 (1.42%) Management Information System
5 12 (1.31%) Equities
5 12 (1.31%) Greenfield Project
6 11 (1.20%) iSeries
7 10 (1.09%) Data Centre
7 10 (1.09%) Fixed Income
7 10 (1.09%) Mobile App
8 9 (0.98%) Credit Risk
8 9 (0.98%) Derivative
9 8 (0.87%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
10 7 (0.76%) Client/Server
10 7 (0.76%) Fintech
10 7 (0.76%) Hedge funds
10 7 (0.76%) Virtual Team
11 5 (0.55%) Data Structures
11 5 (0.55%) OTC Derivatives
11 5 (0.55%) Reinsurance
Operating Systems
1 49 (5.34%) Windows
2 24 (2.62%) Linux
2 24 (2.62%) Unix
3 20 (2.18%) Windows Server
4 17 (1.85%) Windows Server 2012
5 14 (1.53%) Windows 10
6 13 (1.42%) Android
6 13 (1.42%) Apple iOS
7 11 (1.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (0.44%) Windows 7
8 4 (0.44%) Windows Server 2008
9 3 (0.33%) Mac OS X
9 3 (0.33%) VMS
10 2 (0.22%) Solaris
11 1 (0.11%) AIX
11 1 (0.11%) Debian
11 1 (0.11%) Fedora
11 1 (0.11%) HPUX
11 1 (0.11%) Ubuntu
11 1 (0.11%) VxWorks
Processes & Methodologies
1 378 (41.22%) Agile Software Development
2 376 (41.00%) Test Automation
3 186 (20.28%) User Acceptance Testing
4 172 (18.76%) Test Scripting
5 140 (15.27%) BDD
6 133 (14.50%) Test Management
7 130 (14.18%) Scenario Testing
8 126 (13.74%) TDD
9 116 (12.65%) Scrum
10 112 (12.21%) Defect Management
11 108 (11.78%) Integration Testing
12 106 (11.56%) Stakeholder Management
13 105 (11.45%) Regression Testing
14 101 (11.01%) System Integration Testing
15 94 (10.25%) Migration
16 87 (9.49%) Continuous Integration
16 87 (9.49%) SDLC
17 81 (8.83%) Waterfall
18 79 (8.62%) Manual Testing
19 76 (8.29%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 211 (23.01%) Java
2 124 (13.52%) SQL
3 82 (8.94%) C#
4 60 (6.54%) JavaScript
5 45 (4.91%) Python
6 34 (3.71%) C++
7 26 (2.84%) Ruby
8 21 (2.29%) Scala
9 18 (1.96%) C
10 14 (1.53%) Shell Script
11 13 (1.42%) PHP
11 13 (1.42%) T-SQL
12 11 (1.20%) F#
12 11 (1.20%) RPG
12 11 (1.20%) RPG IV
13 10 (1.09%) PowerShell
13 10 (1.09%) VBScript
14 9 (0.98%) PL/SQL
15 7 (0.76%) VBA
16 5 (0.55%) VB
Qualifications
1 92 (10.03%) ISTQB
2 88 (9.60%) Security Cleared
3 72 (7.85%) Degree
4 70 (7.63%) ISEB
5 64 (6.98%) SC Cleared
6 40 (4.36%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 24 (2.62%) PhD
8 15 (1.64%) ISEB Practitioner
9 10 (1.09%) Computer Science Degree
10 9 (0.98%) Master's Degree
10 9 (0.98%) Numerate Degree
11 7 (0.76%) DV Cleared
11 7 (0.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 7 (0.76%) PMI Certification
11 7 (0.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (0.65%) Microsoft Certification
13 5 (0.55%) BPSS Clearance
14 4 (0.44%) CCNA
14 4 (0.44%) MCSE
14 4 (0.44%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 179 (19.52%) QA
2 21 (2.29%) PMO
3 14 (1.53%) MiFID
4 10 (1.09%) WCAG
5 7 (0.76%) GDPR
6 5 (0.55%) IFRS
7 3 (0.33%) EMIR
7 3 (0.33%) HL7
8 2 (0.22%) Data Quality
8 2 (0.22%) FATCA
8 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 19770
8 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 2 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.22%) SLA
8 2 (0.22%) Solvency II
9 1 (0.11%) CRD IV
9 1 (0.11%) Def Stans
9 1 (0.11%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.11%) IFRS 9
System Software
1 24 (2.62%) Docker
2 12 (1.31%) VMware Infrastructure
3 10 (1.09%) Active Directory
3 10 (1.09%) vSphere
4 5 (0.55%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (0.55%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.22%) HDFS
5 2 (0.22%) XenApp
6 1 (0.11%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 48 (5.23%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (0.76%) SCCM
3 6 (0.65%) Kibana
4 5 (0.55%) Ansible
4 5 (0.55%) Puppet
5 4 (0.44%) Opscode Chef
6 3 (0.33%) Kubernetes
6 3 (0.33%) Oracle Identity Manager
7 2 (0.22%) CA Service Virtualization
7 2 (0.22%) Grafana
7 2 (0.22%) Hadoop YARN
7 2 (0.22%) HP SiteScope
7 2 (0.22%) NSN NetAct
8 1 (0.11%) Control-M
8 1 (0.11%) MOM
8 1 (0.11%) Oozie
8 1 (0.11%) OpenView
8 1 (0.11%) Terraform
8 1 (0.11%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 74 (8.07%) HP
2 62 (6.76%) Oracle
3 50 (5.45%) Microsoft
4 47 (5.13%) SAP
5 26 (2.84%) Salesforce.com
5 26 (2.84%) VMware
6 16 (1.74%) Workday
7 14 (1.53%) webMethods
8 12 (1.31%) Red Hat
9 10 (1.09%) Kronos
9 10 (1.09%) Software AG
10 8 (0.87%) Atlassian
11 7 (0.76%) CheckPoint
11 7 (0.76%) IBM
11 7 (0.76%) ServiceNow
12 6 (0.65%) Bloomberg
12 6 (0.65%) Charles River
12 6 (0.65%) Pega
13 5 (0.55%) Perforce
13 5 (0.55%) Serena