Period
to 20 November 2017

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 November 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 Strategy
UK
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 239 220 171
Rank change year-on-year -19 -49 +50
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 1069 1244 1633
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.05% 1.20% 1.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.24% 1.43% 1.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 678 736 1024
UK median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
10th Percentile £279 £274 £275
90th Percentile £588 £581 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year +5.26% +1.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 9 9
UK median hourly rate £45.00 £44.50 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.12% +18.67% +7.91%
10th Percentile £30.35 £40.25 £23.58
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.50 £44.70
UK excluding London median hourly rate £46.25 £44.25 £37.50
% change year-on-year +4.52% +18.00% +1.35%

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 86424 87276 93513
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 84.51% 83.91% 81.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 57570 57725 60596
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +3.03% +3.13%
10th Percentile £281 £263 £263
90th Percentile £630 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.90% +2.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2044 2323 2749
UK median hourly rate £23.63 £24.00 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +6.67% +18.42%
10th Percentile £11.44 £11.26 £11.50
90th Percentile £49.75 £48.75 £47.71
UK excluding London median hourly rate £24.00 £24.50 £23.75
% change year-on-year -2.04% +3.16% +18.75%

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 November 2017.

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 November 2017.

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 November 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 -28 996 £425 +6.25% 113
UK excluding London -25 594 £400 +5.26% 90
London -26 457 £450 +3.75% 35
South East -26 190 £415 -0.60% 21
North of England +21 138 £381 +4.81% 25
Midlands -22 106 £350 -6.67% 13
West Midlands -32 70 £325 -13.33% 6
North West +18 62 £369 -7.81% 14
Yorkshire +37 61 £394 -1.56% 9
South West +1 52 £388 +1.64% 2
East of England -36 48 £449 +8.73% 16
Scotland -12 42 £363 +3.57% 10
East Midlands +11 34 £363 -3.33% 7
North East +3 15 £320 +2.40% 2
Wales +7 14 £350 -3.45% 3
Northern Ireland -47 4 £263 -38.24%
Isle of Man - 1 £325 -

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, 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.

1 438 (40.97%) Test Automation
2 423 (39.57%) Agile Software Development
3 253 (23.67%) Finance
4 227 (21.23%) User Acceptance Testing
5 225 (21.05%) Test Scripting
6 209 (19.55%) Java
7 204 (19.08%) QA
8 182 (17.03%) Selenium
9 160 (14.97%) BDD
10 149 (13.94%) JIRA
11 144 (13.47%) Banking
12 142 (13.28%) Test Management
13 139 (13.00%) Scenario Testing
14 131 (12.25%) Stakeholder Management
15 130 (12.16%) Scrum
16 128 (11.97%) SQL
17 121 (11.32%) TDD
18 120 (11.23%) Integration Testing
18 120 (11.23%) Cucumber
19 114 (10.66%) ISTQB
19 114 (10.66%) Regression Testing
20 113 (10.57%) Continuous Integration
20 113 (10.57%) Security Cleared
21 108 (10.10%) Defect Management
22 103 (9.64%) HP
23 102 (9.54%) System Integration Testing
24 99 (9.26%) Performance Testing
25 98 (9.17%) Migration
26 93 (8.70%) C#
27 91 (8.51%) Software 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 57 (5.33%) Confluence
2 25 (2.34%) Tomcat
3 13 (1.22%) SharePoint
4 12 (1.12%) SAS
5 10 (0.94%) WebLogic
6 9 (0.84%) Apache Pig
6 9 (0.84%) Apache Spark
7 7 (0.65%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 6 (0.56%) BizTalk Server
8 6 (0.56%) WebSphere
9 5 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
10 4 (0.37%) JCAPS
11 3 (0.28%) Apache
11 3 (0.28%) CICS
11 3 (0.28%) CMS
11 3 (0.28%) Oracle Service Bus
12 2 (0.19%) ArcGIS
12 2 (0.19%) MS Exchange
12 2 (0.19%) NServiceBus
12 2 (0.19%) SharePoint 2010
Applications
1 32 (2.99%) Microsoft Office
2 22 (2.06%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (1.31%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.75%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.47%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.094%) Adobe Illustrator
6 1 (0.094%) Photoshop
6 1 (0.094%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (1.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.75%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.56%) LabWindows
4 4 (0.37%) Dynamics AX
5 3 (0.28%) Maximo
5 3 (0.28%) Oracle ASCP
5 3 (0.28%) Oracle HRMS
5 3 (0.28%) SAP CO
5 3 (0.28%) SAP ERP
5 3 (0.28%) SAP FI
5 3 (0.28%) SAP FI/CO
5 3 (0.28%) SAP HCM
5 3 (0.28%) Temenos T24
5 3 (0.28%) TRIRIGA
6 2 (0.19%) Findur
6 2 (0.19%) Oracle EBS R12
6 2 (0.19%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.19%) Oracle General Ledger
6 2 (0.19%) Oracle Payables
6 2 (0.19%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 46 (4.30%) Microsoft Azure
2 34 (3.18%) SaaS
3 29 (2.71%) Amazon AWS
4 20 (1.87%) GitHub
5 16 (1.50%) Office 365
6 14 (1.31%) OpenDNS
7 7 (0.65%) OpenShift
8 6 (0.56%) PaaS
9 4 (0.37%) IaaS
10 3 (0.28%) AdWords
10 3 (0.28%) Dynamics 365
10 3 (0.28%) Sauce Labs
11 2 (0.19%) Amazon S3
11 2 (0.19%) BlazeMeter
11 2 (0.19%) Google Analytics
11 2 (0.19%) iPaaS
11 2 (0.19%) Slack
11 2 (0.19%) SuccessFactors
12 1 (0.094%) Amazon EMR
12 1 (0.094%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 22 (2.06%) HTTP
2 18 (1.68%) PuTTY
2 18 (1.68%) WinSCP
3 16 (1.50%) DNS
4 13 (1.22%) WAN
5 12 (1.12%) LAN
6 9 (0.84%) Internet
7 8 (0.75%) SMS
8 6 (0.56%) RS-422
9 3 (0.28%) Firewall
9 3 (0.28%) TCP/IP
9 3 (0.28%) VoIP
10 2 (0.19%) DSL
10 2 (0.19%) Ethernet
10 2 (0.19%) Intranet
10 2 (0.19%) Link 16
10 2 (0.19%) SDH
10 2 (0.19%) SpaceWire
10 2 (0.19%) VPN
10 2 (0.19%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 49 (4.58%) SQL Server
2 45 (4.21%) Big Data
3 28 (2.62%) Data Warehouse
4 23 (2.15%) Oracle Database
5 22 (2.06%) Hadoop
5 22 (2.06%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 18 (1.68%) Oracle Database 11g
7 17 (1.59%) SQL Server 2016
8 14 (1.31%) Maltego
8 14 (1.31%) Oracle Database 10g
8 14 (1.31%) Oracle Reports
8 14 (1.31%) SQL Server 2012
9 11 (1.03%) SQL Server 2008
10 9 (0.84%) MySQL
11 8 (0.75%) Apache Hive
11 8 (0.75%) DB2
11 8 (0.75%) DTS
11 8 (0.75%) HBase
11 8 (0.75%) NoSQL
12 7 (0.65%) SQL Server 2000
Development Applications
1 182 (17.03%) Selenium
2 149 (13.94%) JIRA
3 120 (11.23%) Cucumber
4 83 (7.76%) Jenkins
4 83 (7.76%) WebDriver
5 68 (6.36%) SoapUI
6 56 (5.24%) Git (software)
6 56 (5.24%) HP UFT
7 48 (4.49%) LoadRunner
8 43 (4.02%) SpecFlow
9 34 (3.18%) JUnit
10 32 (2.99%) JMeter
11 31 (2.90%) Ant
12 29 (2.71%) Team Foundation Server
13 28 (2.62%) TestNG
14 25 (2.34%) Eclipse
15 23 (2.15%) Maven
16 19 (1.78%) Jasmine
16 19 (1.78%) Protractor
17 18 (1.68%) Appium
General
1 253 (23.67%) Finance
2 144 (13.47%) Banking
3 50 (4.68%) Investment Banking
4 44 (4.12%) Retail
5 31 (2.90%) Front Office
6 25 (2.34%) Games
7 24 (2.25%) Telecoms
8 19 (1.78%) Retail Banking
9 18 (1.68%) Back Office
9 18 (1.68%) Financial Institution
9 18 (1.68%) Publishing
10 12 (1.12%) Marketing
11 9 (0.84%) Automotive
11 9 (0.84%) Legal
12 6 (0.56%) Advertising
12 6 (0.56%) German Language
13 5 (0.47%) Multimedia
13 5 (0.47%) Pharmaceutical
14 4 (0.37%) Billing
14 4 (0.37%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 258 (24.13%) Analyst
2 256 (23.95%) Test Manager
3 162 (15.15%) Test Analyst
4 124 (11.60%) Tester
5 95 (8.89%) Test Leader
6 78 (7.30%) Developer
7 75 (7.02%) Test Engineer
8 59 (5.52%) Business Analyst
9 53 (4.96%) Automation Tester
10 38 (3.55%) Automation Test Analyst
11 37 (3.46%) Architect
12 36 (3.37%) Programme Manager
12 36 (3.37%) Programme Test Manager
12 36 (3.37%) QA Engineer
12 36 (3.37%) Test Programme Manager
13 28 (2.62%) Consultant
13 28 (2.62%) Java Developer
14 26 (2.43%) Project Manager
15 25 (2.34%) Test Automation Engineer
16 24 (2.25%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 57 (5.33%) .NET
2 51 (4.77%) Web Services
3 49 (4.58%) REST
4 42 (3.93%) Gherkin
5 39 (3.65%) SOAP
6 27 (2.53%) HTML
7 26 (2.43%) XML
8 20 (1.87%) Middleware
8 20 (1.87%) Spring
9 19 (1.78%) CSS
10 18 (1.68%) RESTful
11 15 (1.40%) Elastic Stack
11 15 (1.40%) Kafka
12 13 (1.22%) AngularJS
12 13 (1.22%) JSON
13 12 (1.12%) J2EE
14 11 (1.03%) .NET Framework
15 10 (0.94%) ASP.NET
15 10 (0.94%) Hibernate
15 10 (0.94%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 89 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (4.58%) Computer Science
3 29 (2.71%) Management Information System
4 23 (2.15%) Equities
5 19 (1.78%) User Experience
6 18 (1.68%) Mobile App
7 17 (1.59%) Cyberthreat
7 17 (1.59%) Data Centre
7 17 (1.59%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 14 (1.31%) Derivative
8 14 (1.31%) Fixed Income
9 12 (1.12%) iSeries
10 11 (1.03%) Algorithms
11 9 (0.84%) Credit Risk
12 7 (0.65%) EPoS
12 7 (0.65%) Fintech
12 7 (0.65%) Greenfield Project
12 7 (0.65%) NHS
12 7 (0.65%) Reference Data
13 6 (0.56%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 71 (6.64%) Windows
2 49 (4.58%) Linux
3 38 (3.55%) Unix
4 24 (2.25%) Windows Server
5 21 (1.96%) Windows Server 2012
6 18 (1.68%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 15 (1.40%) Android
7 15 (1.40%) Apple iOS
8 13 (1.22%) Windows 10
9 7 (0.65%) Windows 7
10 6 (0.56%) Solaris
11 5 (0.47%) AIX
12 3 (0.28%) HPUX
12 3 (0.28%) Mac OS X
12 3 (0.28%) Windows Server 2008
13 1 (0.094%) Debian
13 1 (0.094%) Fedora
13 1 (0.094%) VxWorks
13 1 (0.094%) Windows 8
13 1 (0.094%) zOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 438 (40.97%) Test Automation
2 423 (39.57%) Agile Software Development
3 227 (21.23%) User Acceptance Testing
4 225 (21.05%) Test Scripting
5 160 (14.97%) BDD
6 142 (13.28%) Test Management
7 139 (13.00%) Scenario Testing
8 131 (12.25%) Stakeholder Management
9 130 (12.16%) Scrum
10 121 (11.32%) TDD
11 120 (11.23%) Integration Testing
12 114 (10.66%) Regression Testing
13 113 (10.57%) Continuous Integration
14 108 (10.10%) Defect Management
15 102 (9.54%) System Integration Testing
16 99 (9.26%) Performance Testing
17 98 (9.17%) Migration
18 91 (8.51%) Software Testing
19 88 (8.23%) SDLC
20 85 (7.95%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 209 (19.55%) Java
2 128 (11.97%) SQL
3 93 (8.70%) C#
4 59 (5.52%) JavaScript
5 44 (4.12%) C++
6 42 (3.93%) Python
7 35 (3.27%) Ruby
8 26 (2.43%) Scala
9 23 (2.15%) C
10 16 (1.50%) F#
11 12 (1.12%) T-SQL
12 11 (1.03%) RPG
12 11 (1.03%) RPG IV
13 10 (0.94%) PowerShell
13 10 (0.94%) VBScript
14 9 (0.84%) Shell Script
15 8 (0.75%) PHP
16 5 (0.47%) PL/SQL
16 5 (0.47%) VB
17 4 (0.37%) Go
Qualifications
1 114 (10.66%) ISTQB
2 113 (10.57%) Security Cleared
3 90 (8.42%) Degree
4 88 (8.23%) SC Cleared
5 86 (8.04%) ISEB
6 53 (4.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 17 (1.59%) ISEB Practitioner
8 14 (1.31%) PhD
9 13 (1.22%) Computer Science Degree
9 13 (1.22%) DV Cleared
10 8 (0.75%) Microsoft Certification
11 7 (0.65%) Master's Degree
11 7 (0.65%) PRINCE2 Certification
12 6 (0.56%) Numerate Degree
13 5 (0.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
13 5 (0.47%) PMI Certification
14 4 (0.37%) CCNA
14 4 (0.37%) Cisco Certification
14 4 (0.37%) MCSE
14 4 (0.37%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 204 (19.08%) QA
2 34 (3.18%) MiFID
3 21 (1.96%) PMO
4 14 (1.31%) WCAG
5 13 (1.22%) EMIR
6 11 (1.03%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 7 (0.65%) Disclosure Scotland
7 7 (0.65%) FATCA
7 7 (0.65%) GDPR
7 7 (0.65%) IFRS
8 4 (0.37%) Data Quality
8 4 (0.37%) Dodd-Frank
8 4 (0.37%) HL7
9 3 (0.28%) SLA
10 2 (0.19%) ECSS
10 2 (0.19%) GAAP
10 2 (0.19%) IFRS 9
10 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 19770
10 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 20000
10 2 (0.19%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
System Software
1 20 (1.87%) Docker
2 14 (1.31%) VMware Infrastructure
2 14 (1.31%) vSphere
3 13 (1.22%) Active Directory
4 6 (0.56%) VMware ESXi
5 5 (0.47%) Microsoft App-V
5 5 (0.47%) Virtual Machines
6 3 (0.28%) HDFS
6 3 (0.28%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 2 (0.19%) Apache Flume
7 2 (0.19%) Cygwin
7 2 (0.19%) Time Sharing Option
7 2 (0.19%) XenApp
8 1 (0.094%) Firmware
8 1 (0.094%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 60 (5.61%) HP Quality Center
2 12 (1.12%) HP SiteScope
3 9 (0.84%) Kibana
4 8 (0.75%) SCCM
5 6 (0.56%) OpenView
5 6 (0.56%) Puppet
6 5 (0.47%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.37%) Ansible
7 4 (0.37%) IBM BigFix
7 4 (0.37%) vRealize
8 3 (0.28%) CA Service Virtualization
8 3 (0.28%) Tivoli
9 2 (0.19%) Grafana
9 2 (0.19%) Hadoop YARN
9 2 (0.19%) Oozie
9 2 (0.19%) Perfmon
9 2 (0.19%) Terraform
10 1 (0.094%) Microsoft Intune
10 1 (0.094%) OfficeScan
10 1 (0.094%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 103 (9.64%) HP
2 84 (7.86%) Oracle
3 74 (6.92%) Microsoft
4 58 (5.43%) SAP
5 34 (3.18%) Salesforce.com
6 31 (2.90%) VMware
7 22 (2.06%) IBM
8 19 (1.78%) Red Hat
9 18 (1.68%) Workday
10 12 (1.12%) Kronos
10 12 (1.12%) Splunk
10 12 (1.12%) webMethods
11 11 (1.03%) CheckPoint
12 10 (0.94%) ArcSight
12 10 (0.94%) Atlassian
12 10 (0.94%) Software AG
13 9 (0.84%) Serena
14 6 (0.56%) Informatica
15 5 (0.47%) Cognos
15 5 (0.47%) Perforce