Period
to 20 April 2021

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 2021 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 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 199 256 218
Rank change year-on-year +57 -38 +68
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 696 597 1,269
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.30% 1.04% 1.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.50% 1.22% 1.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 460 414 776
10th Percentile £332 £313 £320
25th Percentile £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £466 £450 £450
Median % change year-on-year +3.44% - +5.88%
75th Percentile £550 £538 £525
90th Percentile £639 £588 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £440 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +3.53% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 4 10
10th Percentile £30.33 £26.88 £31.51
25th Percentile £36.25 £35.31 £35.44
Median hourly rate £45.00 £56.25 £41.00
Median % change year-on-year -20.00% +37.20% +9.33%
75th Percentile £46.25 £73.75 £47.50
90th Percentile £52.61 " £48.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £56.25 £42.00
% change year-on-year -20.00% +33.93% +12.00%

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 46,528 48,924 83,745
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.88% 85.19% 87.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 31,905 32,513 56,467
10th Percentile £306 £281 £300
25th Percentile £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £488 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +2.63% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £576 £575 £575
90th Percentile £675 £656 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £436 £445 £435
% change year-on-year -2.02% +2.30% +3.57%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,436 1,553 2,004
10th Percentile £12.25 £12.37 £11.57
25th Percentile £15.81 £15.85 £14.50
Median hourly rate £26.50 £21.50 £22.75
Median % change year-on-year +23.24% -5.49% +8.33%
75th Percentile £47.50 £46.00 £43.88
90th Percentile £59.38 £55.00 £50.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.00 £20.11 £22.40
% change year-on-year +14.37% -10.22% +12.00%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Strategy.

Daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Strategy over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Strategy.

Hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Histogram

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Test Strategy over the 6 months to 20 April 2021.

Hourly rate histogram for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Top 16 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 2021. 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 +57 592 £473 +5.00% 115
UK excluding London +40 343 £440 +3.53% 88
London +58 258 £525 +5.00% 28
Work from Home -82 200 £450 -14.29% 13
Midlands +40 103 £405 -3.57% 13
South East +40 96 £495 +10.00% 22
West Midlands +22 93 £405 -4.71% 11
North of England +51 70 £388 -6.06% 20
North West +26 28 £400 -4.76% 8
East of England +24 25 £425 -10.53% 11
Scotland -24 25 £463 +19.35% 2
South West +37 23 £500 +11.11% 18
North East +31 22 £475 +15.85%
Yorkshire +33 20 £335 -14.65% 12
East Midlands +18 10 £438 +9.38% 2
Northern Ireland +7 1 - - 2

For the 6 months to 20 April 2021, 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.

1 317 (45.55%) Agile Software Development
2 211 (30.32%) SQL
3 207 (29.74%) Test Automation
4 166 (23.85%) Java
5 145 (20.83%) Process Improvement
6 144 (20.69%) Oracle
7 138 (19.83%) JIRA
8 136 (19.54%) DevOps
9 130 (18.68%) QA
9 130 (18.68%) Scrum
10 128 (18.39%) Configuration Management
11 121 (17.39%) Data Modelling
12 119 (17.10%) PL/SQL
13 115 (16.52%) Security Cleared
14 113 (16.24%) Problem-Solving
15 107 (15.37%) Unix
16 105 (15.09%) Business Intelligence
16 105 (15.09%) Software Engineering
17 104 (14.94%) Finance
18 103 (14.80%) Public Sector
19 97 (13.94%) SC Cleared
20 93 (13.36%) Shell Script
20 93 (13.36%) Waterfall
21 92 (13.22%) OO
22 88 (12.64%) webMethods
23 87 (12.50%) Test Scripting
24 86 (12.36%) Problem Management
24 86 (12.36%) Analytical Skills
25 85 (12.21%) TDD
26 83 (11.93%) User Acceptance 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 81 (11.64%) WebLogic
2 76 (10.92%) Confluence
3 23 (3.30%) Apache
4 15 (2.16%) Elasticsearch
5 14 (2.01%) Apache Airflow
6 13 (1.87%) SharePoint
7 10 (1.44%) SAP Portal
8 9 (1.29%) SAS
8 9 (1.29%) Tomcat
9 6 (0.86%) Adobe Experience Manager
10 5 (0.72%) Apache Qpid
10 5 (0.72%) SharePoint 2010
11 3 (0.43%) nginx
12 2 (0.29%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.29%) Skype for Business
13 1 (0.14%) AquaLogic
13 1 (0.14%) EPiServer
13 1 (0.14%) JBoss
13 1 (0.14%) Oracle Service Bus
Applications
1 17 (2.44%) Microsoft Excel
1 17 (2.44%) Microsoft Project
2 12 (1.72%) Microsoft Office
3 10 (1.44%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 10 (1.44%) MS Visio
4 5 (0.72%) InfoPath
4 5 (0.72%) InVision
4 5 (0.72%) Sketch
Business Applications
1 10 (1.44%) SAP PSCD
2 3 (0.43%) SAP ERP
2 3 (0.43%) SAP S/4HANA
3 2 (0.29%) BASE24
3 2 (0.29%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.29%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (0.29%) Oracle ERP
3 2 (0.29%) Sage CRM
4 1 (0.14%) Bloomberg AIM
4 1 (0.14%) Maximo
4 1 (0.14%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Applications
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle BPM
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.14%) Oracle Retail
4 1 (0.14%) Salesforce.com CRM
4 1 (0.14%) SAP EHS
4 1 (0.14%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.14%) Summit
4 1 (0.14%) Traffica
Cloud Services
1 79 (11.35%) Azure
2 57 (8.19%) AWS
3 23 (3.30%) PaaS
3 23 (3.30%) Power Platform
4 18 (2.59%) GCP
5 16 (2.30%) Amazon S3
6 15 (2.16%) Slack
7 14 (2.01%) Amazon SQS
7 14 (2.01%) AWS Step Functions
7 14 (2.01%) GitHub
8 12 (1.72%) Serverless
9 9 (1.29%) SaaS
10 8 (1.15%) Microsoft 365
10 8 (1.15%) npm
10 8 (1.15%) PowerApps
11 7 (1.01%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (1.01%) Google Analytics
12 6 (0.86%) SuccessFactors
13 5 (0.72%) Adobe Analytics
13 5 (0.72%) IaaS
Communications & Networking
1 14 (2.01%) Wi-Fi
2 13 (1.87%) Internet
3 10 (1.44%) HTTP
4 9 (1.29%) FTP
5 8 (1.15%) DECT
5 8 (1.15%) IPv4
5 8 (1.15%) IPv6
5 8 (1.15%) Multicast
5 8 (1.15%) PPP
5 8 (1.15%) TCP/IP
5 8 (1.15%) UPnP
6 5 (0.72%) WAN
6 5 (0.72%) Wireless
7 4 (0.57%) Broadband
7 4 (0.57%) LAN
7 4 (0.57%) Skype
7 4 (0.57%) SSL
8 3 (0.43%) 4G
8 3 (0.43%) Unified Communications
8 3 (0.43%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (3.88%) SQL Server
2 23 (3.30%) Pentaho
3 21 (3.02%) PostgreSQL
4 18 (2.59%) Big Data
5 16 (2.30%) Amazon DynamoDB
5 16 (2.30%) Data Warehouse
5 16 (2.30%) Hadoop
6 15 (2.16%) Amazon Redshift
6 15 (2.16%) Power BI
7 14 (2.01%) Amazon RDS
8 12 (1.72%) BusinessObjects
8 12 (1.72%) MongoDB
9 9 (1.29%) NoSQL
9 9 (1.29%) Oracle Database
10 7 (1.01%) Data Lake
11 5 (0.72%) BigQuery
11 5 (0.72%) Relational Database
11 5 (0.72%) SAP HANA
12 4 (0.57%) Redis
12 4 (0.57%) Tableau
Development Applications
1 138 (19.83%) JIRA
2 60 (8.62%) Selenium
3 56 (8.05%) Jenkins
4 55 (7.90%) Git (software)
5 50 (7.18%) Cucumber
6 47 (6.75%) CA Gen
7 37 (5.32%) GitLab
8 30 (4.31%) Bitbucket
9 28 (4.02%) JMeter
10 27 (3.88%) Maven
11 23 (3.30%) Postman
12 17 (2.44%) SoapUI
12 17 (2.44%) SonarQube
13 16 (2.30%) Sonatype Nexus
14 15 (2.16%) Artifactory
15 11 (1.58%) GDB
15 11 (1.58%) SpecFlow
16 10 (1.44%) Protractor
16 10 (1.44%) TeamCity
17 9 (1.29%) JUnit
General
1 104 (14.94%) Finance
2 103 (14.80%) Public Sector
3 80 (11.49%) Banking
4 54 (7.76%) Investment Banking
5 39 (5.60%) Front Office
6 38 (5.46%) Telecoms
7 16 (2.30%) Financial Institution
8 13 (1.87%) Legal
8 13 (1.87%) Retail
9 10 (1.44%) Back Office
10 9 (1.29%) Aerospace
11 8 (1.15%) Law
11 8 (1.15%) Manufacturing
12 7 (1.01%) Billing
12 7 (1.01%) Marketing
12 7 (1.01%) Prime Brokerage
12 7 (1.01%) Publishing
13 6 (0.86%) Automotive
14 5 (0.72%) Electronics
14 5 (0.72%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 163 (23.42%) Developer
2 113 (16.24%) Test Manager
3 78 (11.21%) Analyst
4 62 (8.91%) Tester
5 55 (7.90%) Test Leader
6 50 (7.18%) Software Engineer
7 45 (6.47%) Java Developer
8 41 (5.89%) Architect
9 40 (5.75%) Test Analyst
10 33 (4.74%) Test Engineer
11 26 (3.74%) Business Analyst
11 26 (3.74%) Scala Developer
12 20 (2.87%) QA Engineer
13 19 (2.73%) C++ Developer
14 18 (2.59%) SQL Developer
15 15 (2.16%) Automation Engineer
15 15 (2.16%) Technical Leader
16 14 (2.01%) Azure Test Lead
16 14 (2.01%) Oracle Developer
16 14 (2.01%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 83 (11.93%) J2EE
2 56 (8.05%) .NET
3 27 (3.88%) JSON
4 24 (3.45%) XML
5 23 (3.30%) HTML
5 23 (3.30%) REST
6 21 (3.02%) RESTful
6 21 (3.02%) Spring
7 20 (2.87%) Web Services
8 18 (2.59%) .NET Core
8 18 (2.59%) AngularJS
8 18 (2.59%) Swagger
9 17 (2.44%) Gherkin
9 17 (2.44%) SOAP
10 15 (2.16%) Spring Boot
11 14 (2.01%) ActiveMQ
11 14 (2.01%) Apache Beam
12 13 (1.87%) HTML5
12 13 (1.87%) Kafka
13 11 (1.58%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 86 (12.36%) Analytical Skills
2 45 (6.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
3 35 (5.03%) User Experience
4 18 (2.59%) Virtual Team
5 16 (2.30%) Cloud Native
6 14 (2.01%) Embedded Systems
7 13 (1.87%) Algorithms
7 13 (1.87%) Derivative
8 12 (1.72%) Data Structures
9 10 (1.44%) Management Information System
9 10 (1.44%) Self-Motivation
10 8 (1.15%) Mobile App
11 7 (1.01%) Greenfield Project
11 7 (1.01%) Grid Computing
11 7 (1.01%) Market Risk
12 6 (0.86%) Organisational Skills
13 5 (0.72%) Blog
13 5 (0.72%) Data Centre
13 5 (0.72%) Fixed Income
14 4 (0.57%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 107 (15.37%) Unix
2 56 (8.05%) Linux
3 22 (3.16%) Windows
4 11 (1.58%) OpenWrt
5 8 (1.15%) Android
5 8 (1.15%) Apple iOS
6 3 (0.43%) Ubuntu
7 2 (0.29%) Mac OS
7 2 (0.29%) VMS
7 2 (0.29%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.29%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 317 (45.55%) Agile Software Development
2 207 (29.74%) Test Automation
3 145 (20.83%) Process Improvement
4 136 (19.54%) DevOps
5 130 (18.68%) Scrum
6 128 (18.39%) Configuration Management
7 121 (17.39%) Data Modelling
8 113 (16.24%) Problem-Solving
9 105 (15.09%) Business Intelligence
9 105 (15.09%) Software Engineering
10 93 (13.36%) Waterfall
11 92 (13.22%) OO
12 87 (12.50%) Test Scripting
13 86 (12.36%) Problem Management
14 85 (12.21%) TDD
15 83 (11.93%) User Acceptance Testing
16 82 (11.78%) Test Management
17 72 (10.34%) Non-Functional Testing
18 71 (10.20%) Migration
19 67 (9.63%) RUP
Programming Languages
1 211 (30.32%) SQL
2 166 (23.85%) Java
3 119 (17.10%) PL/SQL
4 93 (13.36%) Shell Script
5 77 (11.06%) Python
6 73 (10.49%) C#
7 52 (7.47%) C
8 48 (6.90%) Perl
9 37 (5.32%) COBOL
9 37 (5.32%) JavaScript
10 35 (5.03%) C++
11 34 (4.89%) Scala
12 21 (3.02%) Java 8
13 15 (2.16%) Bash Shell
14 13 (1.87%) PowerShell
15 11 (1.58%) ABAP
16 10 (1.44%) Ruby
16 10 (1.44%) T-SQL
16 10 (1.44%) TypeScript
17 9 (1.29%) ES6
Qualifications
1 115 (16.52%) Security Cleared
2 97 (13.94%) SC Cleared
3 63 (9.05%) Degree
4 56 (8.05%) ISTQB
5 34 (4.89%) ISEB
6 19 (2.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 15 (2.16%) Computer Science Degree
8 9 (1.29%) DV Cleared
9 8 (1.15%) BPSS Clearance
9 8 (1.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 7 (1.01%) ISEB Practitioner
10 7 (1.01%) Master's Degree
11 4 (0.57%) Numerate Degree
11 4 (0.57%) PhD
12 3 (0.43%) Cisco Certification
12 3 (0.43%) MCP
12 3 (0.43%) Microsoft Certification
13 2 (0.29%) OCP
13 2 (0.29%) Oracle Certification
13 2 (0.29%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 130 (18.68%) QA
2 8 (1.15%) JTAG
3 7 (1.01%) SLA
4 4 (0.57%) Data Quality
4 4 (0.57%) PMO
5 3 (0.43%) MiFID
6 2 (0.29%) ECSS
6 2 (0.29%) GDPR
6 2 (0.29%) SEPA
6 2 (0.29%) TARGET2
7 1 (0.14%) Disclosure Scotland
7 1 (0.14%) ISO 20022
7 1 (0.14%) WCAG
System Software
1 33 (4.74%) Docker
2 5 (0.72%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 5 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
3 3 (0.43%) HDFS
4 1 (0.14%) Active Directory
4 1 (0.14%) Firmware
4 1 (0.14%) NFS
4 1 (0.14%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 38 (5.46%) Ansible
2 22 (3.16%) Terraform
3 20 (2.87%) Grafana
4 19 (2.73%) HP ALM
5 14 (2.01%) Prometheus
6 13 (1.87%) Kubernetes
7 9 (1.29%) HP Quality Center
7 9 (1.29%) Puppet
8 6 (0.86%) Kibana
9 5 (0.72%) Tivoli
10 3 (0.43%) BMC PATROL
10 3 (0.43%) MIIS
10 3 (0.43%) Rancher
11 2 (0.29%) Opscode Chef
12 1 (0.14%) AirWatch
12 1 (0.14%) Giant Swarm
Vendors
1 144 (20.69%) Oracle
2 88 (12.64%) webMethods
3 78 (11.21%) BEA
4 52 (7.47%) Microsoft
5 43 (6.18%) SAP
6 38 (5.46%) Pega
7 22 (3.16%) Adobe
7 22 (3.16%) Splunk
8 20 (2.87%) Informatica
9 19 (2.73%) ServiceNow
10 17 (2.44%) HP
11 16 (2.30%) CheckPoint
12 15 (2.16%) IBM
12 15 (2.16%) Talend
13 14 (2.01%) Veracode
14 10 (1.44%) CA
14 10 (1.44%) Google
15 7 (1.01%) Cisco
15 7 (1.01%) Databricks
15 7 (1.01%) WSO2