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 3 months to 25 March 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.

3 months to
25 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
UK
Rank 190 179 183
Rank change year-on-year -11 +4  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 614 726 654
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.36% 1.36% 1.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.63% 1.65% 1.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 393 422 385
Median daily rate £400 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £280 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £410 £380
% change year-on-year -2.43% +7.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 8 8
Median hourly rate £45.87 £61.75 £34.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.71% +78.98%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.00 £34.50 £22.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £174.50 £44.95
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -25.71% +60.38%  

Test Strategy is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
UK
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 37646 44098 42190
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 83.11% 82.88% 79.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 24821 28901 26121
Median daily rate £450 £425 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.06%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 953 1111 1212
Median hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £27.85
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.66% +34.67%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £55.00 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 25 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 25 March 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 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 3 months to 25 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -12 563 £410 -2.38% 131
London +17 235 £450 +5.88% 54
South East +17 131 £400 +6.66% 20
South West +23 44 £438 +9.37% 10
East Midlands +11 37 £400 - 5
East of England +8 37 £413 -8.33% 6
Hampshire +10 33 £400 -5.88% 5
Buckinghamshire -9 26 £494 +18.97% 2
City of London 0 24 £475 +15.85% 14
West Midlands -50 24 £375 -16.66% 11
Milton Keynes 0 23 £494 +18.26% 1
Scotland -1 23 £308 -38.50% 4
Surrey +23 22 £430 -7.02% 6
North West -7 20 £400 -5.88% 9
Hertfordshire +15 18 £438 -2.77% 1
Yorkshire +13 18 £370 -15.42% 11
Edinburgh 0 17 £310 -48.33% 1
Wales +15 16 £325 -7.14% 3
Kent +3 16 £203 -3.57%
West Yorkshire +7 15 £370 -17.77% 9
South Wales +19 13 £325 -7.14% 2
Northamptonshire -2 13 £405 -10.00%
Cardiff +21 12 £325 -7.14% 1
Berkshire +12 12 £350 -14.04% 3
Bristol +8 12 £425 +15.64% 3
Northampton +7 12 £415 -24.54%
Leeds +5 12 £365 -18.88% 7
West Sussex +1 10 £413 +37.50% 1
Derbyshire - 10 £500 - 1
Worthing +19 9 - -

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills

For the 6 months to 25 March 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.

1 464 (41.24%) Agile Software Development
2 284 (25.24%) Finance
3 278 (24.71%) Test Scripting
4 246 (21.87%) Selenium
5 241 (21.42%) QA
6 223 (19.82%) User Acceptance Testing
7 214 (19.02%) Test Automation
8 182 (16.18%) Java
9 171 (15.20%) SQL
10 154 (13.69%) Automated Testing
11 149 (13.24%) JIRA
12 145 (12.89%) Test Management
13 144 (12.80%) Security Cleared
14 142 (12.62%) Regression Testing
14 142 (12.62%) Oracle
15 135 (12.00%) Microsoft
16 132 (11.73%) Cucumber
17 130 (11.56%) TDD
18 126 (11.20%) BDD
19 123 (10.93%) Scrum
20 121 (10.76%) Continuous Integration
21 120 (10.67%) Integration Testing
22 117 (10.40%) WebDriver
23 115 (10.22%) Automation Testing
24 110 (9.78%) Banking
25 109 (9.69%) Performance Testing
25 109 (9.69%) Defect Management
26 108 (9.60%) System Integration Testing
27 104 (9.24%) Jenkins
27 104 (9.24%) Migration

Test Strategy
Top Related 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 50 (4.44%) Confluence
2 17 (1.51%) Tomcat
3 14 (1.24%) WebLogic
4 13 (1.16%) CMS
5 7 (0.62%) JBoss
6 6 (0.53%) WebSphere
7 5 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
7 5 (0.44%) Moodle
7 5 (0.44%) SAP Portal
7 5 (0.44%) SharePoint
8 4 (0.36%) BizTalk Server
8 4 (0.36%) EPiServer
8 4 (0.36%) IIS
8 4 (0.36%) Oracle Application Server
9 3 (0.27%) Apache Spark
9 3 (0.27%) NServiceBus
9 3 (0.27%) Oracle Workflow
9 3 (0.27%) SAS
10 2 (0.18%) Apache Solr
10 2 (0.18%) Oracle Self-Service HR
Applications
1 99 (8.80%) MS Excel
2 44 (3.91%) MS Office
3 27 (2.40%) MS PowerPoint
4 15 (1.33%) MS Visio
5 14 (1.24%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 18 (1.60%) Dynamics CRM
2 16 (1.42%) Oracle EBS
2 16 (1.42%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 14 (1.24%) Dynamics AX
4 10 (0.89%) Oracle EBS R12
4 10 (0.89%) SAP FI
5 8 (0.71%) Oracle Applications
5 8 (0.71%) SAP ERP
6 5 (0.44%) Dynamics NAV
6 5 (0.44%) LabWindows
6 5 (0.44%) Oracle ERP
6 5 (0.44%) Oracle Payables
6 5 (0.44%) SAP CO
6 5 (0.44%) SAP FI/CO
6 5 (0.44%) SAP PSCD
6 5 (0.44%) Unit4 Business World
7 4 (0.36%) SAP WM
8 3 (0.27%) Oracle Assets
8 3 (0.27%) Oracle Payroll
8 3 (0.27%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 23 (2.04%) Amazon AWS
2 21 (1.87%) Microsoft Azure
3 18 (1.60%) SaaS
4 10 (0.89%) Amazon S3
5 7 (0.62%) Basecamp
5 7 (0.62%) IaaS
5 7 (0.62%) PaaS
6 5 (0.44%) GitHub
6 5 (0.44%) Office 365
7 2 (0.18%) Boomi
7 2 (0.18%) Taleo
8 1 (0.089%) Amazon EC2
8 1 (0.089%) AWS CloudFormation
8 1 (0.089%) Azure Active Directory
8 1 (0.089%) Cloud Computing
8 1 (0.089%) Google Play
8 1 (0.089%) OneDrive
8 1 (0.089%) SuccessFactors
8 1 (0.089%) TestFlight
8 1 (0.089%) Virtual Private Cloud
Communications & Networking
1 20 (1.78%) Internet
2 13 (1.16%) Wireless
3 12 (1.07%) IPsec
4 11 (0.98%) PuTTY
4 11 (0.98%) WinSCP
5 9 (0.80%) Network Security
6 8 (0.71%) TCP/IP
7 6 (0.53%) Ethernet
7 6 (0.53%) LDAP
8 5 (0.44%) LAN
8 5 (0.44%) RS-422
8 5 (0.44%) WAN
9 4 (0.36%) BGP
9 4 (0.36%) MPLS
9 4 (0.36%) OSPF
9 4 (0.36%) SAN
9 4 (0.36%) ZigBee
10 3 (0.27%) HSRP
10 3 (0.27%) HTTP
10 3 (0.27%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 63 (5.60%) SQL Server
2 47 (4.18%) Oracle Database
3 41 (3.64%) Data Warehouse
4 34 (3.02%) Oracle Reports
5 22 (1.96%) Oracle Database 11g
6 20 (1.78%) Big Data
7 15 (1.33%) Hadoop
7 15 (1.33%) Oracle Database 10g
7 15 (1.33%) Relational Database
8 12 (1.07%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 10 (0.89%) BusinessObjects
9 10 (0.89%) SQL Server 2005
9 10 (0.89%) SQL Server 2008
9 10 (0.89%) SQL Server 2012
9 10 (0.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 9 (0.80%) Oracle Database 12c
11 8 (0.71%) GIS
11 8 (0.71%) SAP BW
12 7 (0.62%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
13 6 (0.53%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 246 (21.87%) Selenium
2 149 (13.24%) JIRA
3 132 (11.73%) Cucumber
4 117 (10.40%) WebDriver
5 104 (9.24%) Jenkins
6 81 (7.20%) JUnit
7 68 (6.04%) Team Foundation Server
8 67 (5.96%) SoapUI
9 59 (5.24%) Git (software)
9 59 (5.24%) HP UFT
10 48 (4.27%) SpecFlow
11 38 (3.38%) JMeter
11 38 (3.38%) LoadRunner
12 33 (2.93%) TeamCity
13 30 (2.67%) RSpec
14 28 (2.49%) Maven
15 24 (2.13%) Visual Studio
16 23 (2.04%) JBehave
16 23 (2.04%) Mockito
16 23 (2.04%) NUnit
General
1 284 (25.24%) Finance
2 110 (9.78%) Banking
3 46 (4.09%) Retail
4 36 (3.20%) Games
5 35 (3.11%) Marketing
6 30 (2.67%) Telecoms
7 26 (2.31%) Manufacturing
8 17 (1.51%) Advertising
8 17 (1.51%) Electronics
8 17 (1.51%) Military
9 12 (1.07%) Investment Banking
9 12 (1.07%) Retail Banking
10 11 (0.98%) Back Office
10 11 (0.98%) Front Office
10 11 (0.98%) Legal
11 10 (0.89%) Financial Institution
12 9 (0.80%) General Ledger
13 7 (0.62%) Billing
13 7 (0.62%) Publishing
14 6 (0.53%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 290 (25.78%) Test Manager
2 241 (21.42%) Analyst
3 172 (15.29%) Test Analyst
4 160 (14.22%) Tester
5 98 (8.71%) Test Leader
6 93 (8.27%) Test Engineer
7 80 (7.11%) Developer
8 57 (5.07%) Automation Tester
9 47 (4.18%) QA Engineer
10 46 (4.09%) Business Analyst
11 44 (3.91%) Programme Manager
12 42 (3.73%) Programme Test Manager
12 42 (3.73%) Test Programme Manager
13 35 (3.11%) Automation Test Analyst
14 33 (2.93%) QA Test Engineer
15 28 (2.49%) Quality Engineer
15 28 (2.49%) Systems Engineer
15 28 (2.49%) Test Automation Engineer
16 24 (2.13%) Project Manager
16 24 (2.13%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 76 (6.76%) .NET
2 67 (5.96%) Web Services
3 51 (4.53%) XML
4 49 (4.36%) SOAP
5 37 (3.29%) JSON
6 36 (3.20%) Gherkin
7 32 (2.84%) REST
7 32 (2.84%) Spring
8 31 (2.76%) RESTful
9 22 (1.96%) J2EE
10 19 (1.69%) AngularJS
10 19 (1.69%) Hibernate
11 18 (1.60%) HTML
12 14 (1.24%) Middleware
13 12 (1.07%) CSS
14 8 (0.71%) Kendo UI
14 8 (0.71%) Node.js
15 7 (0.62%) Ajax
15 7 (0.62%) ASP.NET
15 7 (0.62%) Java EE
Miscellaneous
1 60 (5.33%) Analytical Skills
2 46 (4.09%) Management Information System
3 24 (2.13%) Equities
4 23 (2.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 19 (1.69%) Derivative
6 18 (1.60%) Data Centre
7 17 (1.51%) Algorithms
7 17 (1.51%) CESG
7 17 (1.51%) Computer Science
7 17 (1.51%) Reference Data
8 16 (1.42%) User Experience
8 16 (1.42%) Virtual Team
9 15 (1.33%) Hedge funds
10 14 (1.24%) Data Structures
10 14 (1.24%) Fixed Income
10 14 (1.24%) Mobile App
11 12 (1.07%) NHS
12 9 (0.80%) Smart Meter
13 6 (0.53%) Client/Server
13 6 (0.53%) Fintech
Operating Systems
1 84 (7.47%) Windows
2 78 (6.93%) Unix
3 61 (5.42%) Linux
4 39 (3.47%) Windows Server
5 20 (1.78%) Windows Server 2012
6 16 (1.42%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 9 (0.80%) Windows Server 2008
8 7 (0.62%) Android
8 7 (0.62%) Windows 7
9 6 (0.53%) Apple iOS
10 5 (0.44%) Windows 10
10 5 (0.44%) Windows Vista
11 3 (0.27%) AIX
11 3 (0.27%) Embedded Linux
11 3 (0.27%) Windows 8
11 3 (0.27%) Windows Server 2003
12 2 (0.18%) Mac OS X
12 2 (0.18%) Solaris
12 2 (0.18%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 464 (41.24%) Agile Software Development
2 278 (24.71%) Test Scripting
3 223 (19.82%) User Acceptance Testing
4 214 (19.02%) Test Automation
5 154 (13.69%) Automated Testing
6 145 (12.89%) Test Management
7 142 (12.62%) Regression Testing
8 130 (11.56%) TDD
9 126 (11.20%) BDD
10 123 (10.93%) Scrum
11 121 (10.76%) Continuous Integration
12 120 (10.67%) Integration Testing
13 115 (10.22%) Automation Testing
14 109 (9.69%) Defect Management
14 109 (9.69%) Performance Testing
15 108 (9.60%) System Integration Testing
16 104 (9.24%) Migration
17 100 (8.89%) Functional Testing
18 99 (8.80%) Non-Functional Testing
19 96 (8.53%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 182 (16.18%) Java
2 171 (15.20%) SQL
3 86 (7.64%) C#
4 63 (5.60%) JavaScript
5 51 (4.53%) C
6 38 (3.38%) Python
7 36 (3.20%) Scala
8 25 (2.22%) C++
8 25 (2.22%) Ruby
9 22 (1.96%) Shell Script
10 20 (1.78%) PowerShell
10 20 (1.78%) T-SQL
11 19 (1.69%) Groovy
11 19 (1.69%) PL/SQL
12 16 (1.42%) F#
13 15 (1.33%) Perl
13 15 (1.33%) VB
14 7 (0.62%) VBA
14 7 (0.62%) VBScript
15 6 (0.53%) PHP
Qualifications
1 144 (12.80%) Security Cleared
2 100 (8.89%) ISEB
2 100 (8.89%) ISTQB
3 84 (7.47%) SC Cleared
4 67 (5.96%) Degree
5 40 (3.56%) DV Cleared
6 39 (3.47%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 18 (1.60%) CISSP
8 16 (1.42%) CESG Certified Professional
9 14 (1.24%) BPSS Clearance
9 14 (1.24%) ISEB Practitioner
10 12 (1.07%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 6 (0.53%) CISM
11 6 (0.53%) HNC
11 6 (0.53%) PMP
12 4 (0.36%) CLAS
13 3 (0.27%) PMI Certification
13 3 (0.27%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
14 2 (0.18%) CTC Cleared
14 2 (0.18%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 241 (21.42%) QA
2 29 (2.58%) WCAG
3 20 (1.78%) Data Quality
4 15 (1.33%) Disclosure Scotland
4 15 (1.33%) SDET
5 13 (1.16%) RMADS
6 12 (1.07%) MiFID
7 6 (0.53%) ISO 9000
7 6 (0.53%) SLA
8 5 (0.44%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 5 (0.44%) JSP 440
9 4 (0.36%) EMIR
9 4 (0.36%) IFRS
9 4 (0.36%) PCI DSS
10 3 (0.27%) Def Stans
10 3 (0.27%) HMG Security Policy Framework
10 3 (0.27%) PMO
11 2 (0.18%) Dodd-Frank
11 2 (0.18%) IFRS 9
11 2 (0.18%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 28 (2.49%) Active Directory
2 13 (1.16%) vSphere
3 12 (1.07%) VMware Infrastructure
4 11 (0.98%) Virtual Machines
5 6 (0.53%) Docker
6 3 (0.27%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.27%) NFS
6 3 (0.27%) Terminal Services
7 2 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.18%) VMware Workstation
8 1 (0.089%) HDFS
8 1 (0.089%) Hyper-V
8 1 (0.089%) KVM
8 1 (0.089%) Sendmail
8 1 (0.089%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 69 (6.13%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.42%) Tivoli
3 15 (1.33%) Tivoli Monitoring
4 10 (0.89%) vRealize
5 6 (0.53%) Ganglia
5 6 (0.53%) nmon
6 5 (0.44%) Puppet
7 4 (0.36%) Control-M
7 4 (0.36%) HP SiteScope
7 4 (0.36%) Opscode Chef
8 3 (0.27%) OpenView
8 3 (0.27%) SCCM
9 2 (0.18%) Ansible
9 2 (0.18%) BladeLogic
9 2 (0.18%) Grafana
9 2 (0.18%) ZABBIX
10 1 (0.089%) Graphite
10 1 (0.089%) HP Fortify
10 1 (0.089%) Perfmon
10 1 (0.089%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 142 (12.62%) Oracle
2 135 (12.00%) Microsoft
3 84 (7.47%) HP
4 80 (7.11%) SAP
5 27 (2.40%) IBM
6 25 (2.22%) VMware
7 22 (1.96%) webMethods
8 21 (1.87%) Informatica
9 19 (1.69%) Red Hat
10 16 (1.42%) Pega
11 15 (1.33%) Atlassian
12 14 (1.24%) Salesforce.com
13 8 (0.71%) BEA
13 8 (0.71%) Guidewire
13 8 (0.71%) Telerik
14 7 (0.62%) AppDynamics
14 7 (0.62%) JD Edwards
15 6 (0.53%) Citrix
15 6 (0.53%) Fixnetix
16 5 (0.44%) BMC
Chester, Cheshire
Oscar
Rate: £700 - £800 per day
Posted: Yesterday
Solihull, West Midlands (County)
Big Red Recruitment
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
West London
The Bridge Ltd
Rate: From £350 to £400 per day
Posted: Yesterday
London
Oliver Bernard
Rate: £375 - £425 per day
Posted: 2 days ago
Leeds, West Yorkshire
Fruition IT Resources Limited
Rate: £450 - £500 per day + Excellent benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
Rullion
Posted: 2 days ago
West Midlands
Montash
Rate: £200 - £275 per day + Negotiable
Posted: 5 days ago
West Yorkshire
ReThink Recruitment
Rate: £0.00 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
South East
IntaPeople
Rate: £450 - £500 per hour
Posted: 5 days ago
York
Piksel
Rate: Highly Competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
London
McGregor Boyall
Rate: £500 - £550 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Sopra Steria Recruitment
Rate: £Negotiable/Flexible
Posted: Yesterday
London
Experis Ltd
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Edinburgh, Midlothian
Harvey Nash plc
Rate: Day rate only
Posted: 3 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £450 per day
Posted: 5 days ago
Sutton, Surrey
Reed Business Information Ltd
Rate: Comptetive Day Rate - 3 month contract with likely extensions
Posted: 10 days ago
Hampshire
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
Essex
People Source Consulting
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 16 days ago
London
People Source Consulting
Rate: £350 - £400 per day
Posted: 26 days ago