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 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 211 201 179
Rank change year-on-year -10 -22  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 537 692 747
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.16% 1.29% 1.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.37% 1.54% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 345 427 461
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £294 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £563 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 3 5
Median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £29.50 £22.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £43.02 £35.90
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  

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 39081 44816 45249
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 84.49% 83.35% 80.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 25486 29721 28985
Median daily rate £450 £438 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.85% +6.06%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £313 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1041 1082 1268
Median hourly rate £32.50 £27.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +18.18% -  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £12.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £49.00 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 24 June 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 3 months to 24 June 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 24 June 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 -11 503 £425 - 110
London -25 217 £450 - 44
South East +15 99 £395 -7.05% 20
North West +5 40 £425 - 14
Yorkshire +35 34 £425 +3.03% 7
West Midlands +8 34 £313 -16.66% 7
City of London -11 34 £425 -7.60% 17
South West -4 29 £400 -5.88% 5
East Midlands +6 25 £421 +5.31% 3
Scotland +39 24 £369 +16.39% 7
Surrey +16 24 £375 -6.83% 6
Berkshire +22 19 £350 -25.53% 6
Cheshire +13 19 £400 -5.88% 6
East of England -24 18 £450 +5.88% 9
South Yorkshire +19 17 £425 - 1
Hampshire +5 17 £413 -4.34% 3
West Yorkshire +23 15 £425 +3.03% 2
Sheffield +23 15 £425 -
Leeds +24 13 £475 +5.55% 2
Birmingham +20 13 £300 -36.84% 4
Oxfordshire +1 13 £425 +17.64% 1
Hertfordshire -3 11 £450 - 1
Edinburgh +17 10 £375 +18.36% 4
Woking +9 10 £370 -19.56% 1
Bristol -5 10 £425 - 1
Oxford +6 9 £425 +32.81%
Manchester +5 9 £370 -10.30% 6
Lancashire - 9 £468 - 1
West Sussex +11 8 £368 -0.33%
Wiltshire +5 8 £325 -16.12% 2

For the 6 months to 24 June 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.

1 456 (39.62%) Agile Software Development
2 442 (38.40%) Test Automation
3 291 (25.28%) Finance
4 282 (24.50%) Test Scripting
5 260 (22.59%) User Acceptance Testing
6 228 (19.81%) QA
7 199 (17.29%) Selenium
8 178 (15.46%) JIRA
9 165 (14.34%) Java
10 152 (13.21%) SQL
11 151 (13.12%) Security Cleared
12 150 (13.03%) Regression Testing
13 146 (12.68%) Test Management
14 137 (11.90%) Banking
15 132 (11.47%) Scrum
16 131 (11.38%) ISTQB
17 130 (11.29%) BDD
18 125 (10.86%) Integration Testing
19 124 (10.77%) Performance Testing
20 122 (10.60%) Continuous Integration
21 119 (10.34%) ISEB
22 118 (10.25%) Microsoft
23 115 (9.99%) Cucumber
24 114 (9.90%) Software Testing
25 113 (9.82%) Defect Management
26 111 (9.64%) Scenario Testing
27 110 (9.56%) Oracle
28 109 (9.47%) SC Cleared
29 108 (9.38%) Non-Functional Testing
30 104 (9.04%) TDD

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 54 (4.69%) Confluence
2 18 (1.56%) Tomcat
3 10 (0.87%) NServiceBus
3 10 (0.87%) WebSphere
4 9 (0.78%) WebLogic
5 8 (0.70%) ArcGIS
5 8 (0.70%) SharePoint
6 7 (0.61%) Apache Spark
6 7 (0.61%) CMS
7 6 (0.52%) Elasticsearch
8 3 (0.26%) Apache
8 3 (0.26%) Apache Solr
8 3 (0.26%) BizTalk Server
8 3 (0.26%) CICS
8 3 (0.26%) IIS
8 3 (0.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
8 3 (0.26%) SAS
9 2 (0.17%) Oracle Workflow
9 2 (0.17%) SAP Portal
9 2 (0.17%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 41 (3.56%) Microsoft Office
2 32 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
3 18 (1.56%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 8 (0.70%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.43%) Microsoft Project
6 1 (0.087%) Simulink
6 1 (0.087%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 15 (1.30%) Dynamics CRM
2 11 (0.96%) Dynamics AX
2 11 (0.96%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 10 (0.87%) Oracle EBS
4 8 (0.70%) LabWindows
5 7 (0.61%) Oracle Applications
5 7 (0.61%) SAP ERP
6 6 (0.52%) SAP FI
7 5 (0.43%) Dynamics NAV
8 3 (0.26%) Dynamics GP
8 3 (0.26%) Dynamics SL
8 3 (0.26%) Oracle Assets
8 3 (0.26%) Oracle ERP
8 3 (0.26%) Oracle Payables
8 3 (0.26%) Oracle Payroll
8 3 (0.26%) Oracle Receivables
8 3 (0.26%) Workday HCM
9 2 (0.17%) SAP Payroll
9 2 (0.17%) TRIRIGA
9 2 (0.17%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 32 (2.78%) SaaS
2 26 (2.26%) Microsoft Azure
3 15 (1.30%) Amazon AWS
4 9 (0.78%) OpenDNS
5 7 (0.61%) Basecamp
5 7 (0.61%) GitHub
5 7 (0.61%) Office 365
6 5 (0.43%) PaaS
7 4 (0.35%) AdWords
7 4 (0.35%) Amazon S3
7 4 (0.35%) Google Analytics
8 3 (0.26%) Taleo
9 2 (0.17%) Azure Active Directory
9 2 (0.17%) IaaS
9 2 (0.17%) Sauce Labs
9 2 (0.17%) SuccessFactors
10 1 (0.087%) Adobe Analytics
10 1 (0.087%) BrowserStack
10 1 (0.087%) Google Play
10 1 (0.087%) TestFlight
Communications & Networking
1 17 (1.48%) PuTTY
1 17 (1.48%) WinSCP
2 16 (1.39%) Internet
3 11 (0.96%) HTTP
4 9 (0.78%) DNS
4 9 (0.78%) TCP/IP
5 8 (0.70%) LAN
5 8 (0.70%) Link 16
5 8 (0.70%) RS-422
5 8 (0.70%) WAN
6 6 (0.52%) Ethernet
6 6 (0.52%) IPsec
6 6 (0.52%) LDAP
6 6 (0.52%) Wireless
7 5 (0.43%) SMS
8 4 (0.35%) Network Security
8 4 (0.35%) ZigBee
9 3 (0.26%) NAS
9 3 (0.26%) SAN
9 3 (0.26%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 67 (5.82%) SQL Server
2 49 (4.26%) Data Warehouse
3 42 (3.65%) Oracle Database
4 26 (2.26%) Oracle Reports
5 25 (2.17%) Oracle Database 11g
6 22 (1.91%) Oracle Database 10g
7 19 (1.65%) Relational Database
8 18 (1.56%) Big Data
9 16 (1.39%) SQL Server 2005
9 16 (1.39%) SQL Server 2008
9 16 (1.39%) SQL Server 2012
10 14 (1.22%) Hadoop
11 9 (0.78%) Maltego
12 8 (0.70%) BusinessObjects
12 8 (0.70%) MySQL
12 8 (0.70%) Oracle BI EE
12 8 (0.70%) PostgreSQL
13 6 (0.52%) SQL Server Reporting Services
14 5 (0.43%) DB2
14 5 (0.43%) Oracle Database 12c
Development Applications
1 199 (17.29%) Selenium
2 178 (15.46%) JIRA
3 115 (9.99%) Cucumber
4 88 (7.65%) Jenkins
5 85 (7.38%) WebDriver
6 62 (5.39%) LoadRunner
7 61 (5.30%) SoapUI
8 60 (5.21%) HP UFT
9 59 (5.13%) Team Foundation Server
10 49 (4.26%) Git (software)
11 45 (3.91%) JUnit
12 44 (3.82%) JMeter
13 39 (3.39%) SpecFlow
14 34 (2.95%) TeamCity
15 27 (2.35%) Visual Studio
16 22 (1.91%) JBehave
16 22 (1.91%) Mockito
16 22 (1.91%) TestNG
17 19 (1.65%) Eclipse
18 18 (1.56%) Oracle APEX
General
1 291 (25.28%) Finance
2 137 (11.90%) Banking
3 45 (3.91%) Retail
4 37 (3.21%) Telecoms
5 36 (3.13%) Marketing
6 30 (2.61%) Financial Institution
7 28 (2.43%) Investment Banking
8 22 (1.91%) Front Office
8 22 (1.91%) Games
9 19 (1.65%) Manufacturing
10 17 (1.48%) Legal
10 17 (1.48%) Military
11 15 (1.30%) Advertising
12 14 (1.22%) Back Office
13 12 (1.04%) Retail Banking
14 11 (0.96%) Electronics
14 11 (0.96%) Publishing
15 10 (0.87%) Avionics
16 8 (0.70%) Automotive
17 7 (0.61%) Billing
Job Titles
1 312 (27.11%) Test Manager
2 300 (26.06%) Analyst
3 202 (17.55%) Test Analyst
4 148 (12.86%) Tester
5 100 (8.69%) Test Leader
6 76 (6.60%) Business Analyst
7 63 (5.47%) Developer
8 54 (4.69%) Automation Tester
8 54 (4.69%) Test Engineer
9 45 (3.91%) Senior Analyst
10 43 (3.74%) Automation Test Analyst
11 40 (3.48%) Programme Test Manager
11 40 (3.48%) Test Programme Manager
12 39 (3.39%) Programme Manager
13 38 (3.30%) Senior Test Analyst
14 33 (2.87%) Consultant
14 33 (2.87%) QA Engineer
15 24 (2.09%) Performance Tester
15 24 (2.09%) Software Engineer
16 23 (2.00%) Agile Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (6.26%) Web Services
2 69 (5.99%) .NET
3 39 (3.39%) SOAP
4 38 (3.30%) XML
5 33 (2.87%) REST
6 26 (2.26%) Gherkin
6 26 (2.26%) JSON
7 25 (2.17%) HTML
8 23 (2.00%) Middleware
9 20 (1.74%) Spring
10 18 (1.56%) CSS
10 18 (1.56%) FIX Protocol
11 15 (1.30%) AngularJS
11 15 (1.30%) RESTful
12 14 (1.22%) Hibernate
13 13 (1.13%) J2EE
14 12 (1.04%) COM
15 11 (0.96%) Oracle Fusion
15 11 (0.96%) WPF
16 10 (0.87%) DCOM
Miscellaneous
1 72 (6.26%) Analytical Skills
2 49 (4.26%) Management Information System
3 34 (2.95%) Computer Science
4 31 (2.69%) Equities
5 30 (2.61%) User Experience
6 20 (1.74%) Algorithms
6 20 (1.74%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 18 (1.56%) Data Centre
8 17 (1.48%) Derivative
8 17 (1.48%) Reference Data
9 16 (1.39%) Greenfield Project
9 16 (1.39%) Hedge funds
10 14 (1.22%) Mobile App
11 13 (1.13%) Cyberthreat
11 13 (1.13%) NHS
12 12 (1.04%) Fixed Income
13 9 (0.78%) CESG
13 9 (0.78%) Fintech
14 8 (0.70%) Client/Server
14 8 (0.70%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 93 (8.08%) Windows
2 67 (5.82%) Linux
3 59 (5.13%) Unix
4 38 (3.30%) Windows Server
5 27 (2.35%) Windows Server 2012
6 22 (1.91%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 10 (0.87%) Windows 7
8 9 (0.78%) Solaris
8 9 (0.78%) Windows Server 2008
9 8 (0.70%) Android
10 7 (0.61%) AIX
10 7 (0.61%) Apple iOS
11 6 (0.52%) Windows 10
12 5 (0.43%) HPUX
12 5 (0.43%) Windows 8
12 5 (0.43%) Windows Vista
13 4 (0.35%) Mac OS X
13 4 (0.35%) Windows Server 2003
14 3 (0.26%) Embedded Linux
14 3 (0.26%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 456 (39.62%) Agile Software Development
2 442 (38.40%) Test Automation
3 282 (24.50%) Test Scripting
4 260 (22.59%) User Acceptance Testing
5 150 (13.03%) Regression Testing
6 146 (12.68%) Test Management
7 132 (11.47%) Scrum
8 130 (11.29%) BDD
9 125 (10.86%) Integration Testing
10 124 (10.77%) Performance Testing
11 122 (10.60%) Continuous Integration
12 114 (9.90%) Software Testing
13 113 (9.82%) Defect Management
14 111 (9.64%) Scenario Testing
15 108 (9.38%) Non-Functional Testing
16 104 (9.04%) TDD
17 95 (8.25%) Functional Testing
18 92 (7.99%) Stakeholder Management
19 88 (7.65%) System Integration Testing
20 87 (7.56%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 165 (14.34%) Java
2 152 (13.21%) SQL
3 82 (7.12%) C#
4 47 (4.08%) C
5 46 (4.00%) JavaScript
6 33 (2.87%) Python
7 30 (2.61%) C++
8 24 (2.09%) VB
9 23 (2.00%) Scala
10 19 (1.65%) F#
10 19 (1.65%) Groovy
11 17 (1.48%) Ruby
12 9 (0.78%) VBScript
13 8 (0.70%) PL/SQL
13 8 (0.70%) PowerShell
14 7 (0.61%) Shell Script
15 6 (0.52%) T-SQL
16 5 (0.43%) Bash Shell
16 5 (0.43%) Embedded C++
17 3 (0.26%) JCL
Qualifications
1 151 (13.12%) Security Cleared
2 131 (11.38%) ISTQB
3 119 (10.34%) ISEB
4 109 (9.47%) SC Cleared
5 99 (8.60%) Degree
6 54 (4.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 25 (2.17%) DV Cleared
8 22 (1.91%) Computer Science Degree
9 17 (1.48%) ISEB Practitioner
10 12 (1.04%) CISSP
11 11 (0.96%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 9 (0.78%) CESG Certified Professional
13 8 (0.70%) Microsoft Certification
14 6 (0.52%) BPSS Clearance
14 6 (0.52%) CISM
14 6 (0.52%) HNC
14 6 (0.52%) Numerate Degree
15 5 (0.43%) Master's Degree
16 4 (0.35%) PhD
16 4 (0.35%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 228 (19.81%) QA
2 35 (3.04%) MiFID
3 17 (1.48%) Data Quality
4 15 (1.30%) WCAG
5 13 (1.13%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 12 (1.04%) Disclosure Scotland
7 9 (0.78%) EMIR
7 9 (0.78%) IFRS
7 9 (0.78%) SLA
8 8 (0.70%) MIL-STD-1553
9 6 (0.52%) RMADS
10 5 (0.43%) FATCA
10 5 (0.43%) ISO 9000
10 5 (0.43%) JSP 440
10 5 (0.43%) PMO
11 4 (0.35%) IFRS 9
11 4 (0.35%) PCI DSS
11 4 (0.35%) TickIT
12 3 (0.26%) Dodd-Frank
12 3 (0.26%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 21 (1.82%) Active Directory
2 16 (1.39%) vSphere
3 14 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
4 10 (0.87%) VMware Infrastructure
5 6 (0.52%) Docker
6 4 (0.35%) Microsoft App-V
6 4 (0.35%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 3 (0.26%) HDFS
7 3 (0.26%) Hyper-V
7 3 (0.26%) NFS
7 3 (0.26%) Terminal Services
7 3 (0.26%) Virtual Desktop
8 2 (0.17%) Cygwin
8 2 (0.17%) KVM
8 2 (0.17%) Time Sharing Option
8 2 (0.17%) VMware Workstation
9 1 (0.087%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 73 (6.34%) HP Quality Center
2 16 (1.39%) vRealize
3 13 (1.13%) Tivoli
4 9 (0.78%) Tivoli Monitoring
5 8 (0.70%) HP SiteScope
6 5 (0.43%) OpenView
6 5 (0.43%) Opscode Chef
6 5 (0.43%) Puppet
6 5 (0.43%) SCCM
7 4 (0.35%) Ansible
7 4 (0.35%) Ganglia
7 4 (0.35%) nmon
8 3 (0.26%) BladeLogic
8 3 (0.26%) Control-M
8 3 (0.26%) Grafana
8 3 (0.26%) IBM BigFix
8 3 (0.26%) Kibana
8 3 (0.26%) ZABBIX
9 2 (0.17%) Forefront Identity Manager
9 2 (0.17%) SCOrch
Vendors
1 118 (10.25%) Microsoft
2 110 (9.56%) Oracle
3 90 (7.82%) HP
4 68 (5.91%) SAP
5 31 (2.69%) IBM
6 30 (2.61%) Salesforce.com
7 27 (2.35%) VMware
8 26 (2.26%) Red Hat
9 20 (1.74%) Informatica
10 14 (1.22%) Workday
11 12 (1.04%) Atlassian
12 10 (0.87%) Splunk
12 10 (0.87%) webMethods
13 8 (0.70%) ArcSight
13 8 (0.70%) Serena
13 8 (0.70%) Telerik
14 7 (0.61%) BMC
14 7 (0.61%) Google
15 6 (0.52%) AppDynamics
15 6 (0.52%) Fixnetix
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