Period
to 16 February 2019

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 16 February 2019 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
16 Feb 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 205 290 228
Rank change year-on-year +85 -62 -40
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 1,328 916 1,108
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.35% 0.90% 1.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.55% 1.05% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 784 571 687
UK median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -3.03%
10th Percentile £313 £297 £270
90th Percentile £600 £620 £575
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £418 £400
% change year-on-year +1.80% +4.38% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 12 16
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £43.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -12.79% +4.88%
10th Percentile £29.94 £22.13 £36.80
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £48.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £41.00 £42.70 £43.00
% change year-on-year -3.97% -0.71% +4.88%

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 85,664 87,077 81,728
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 87.06% 85.95% 85.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 56,562 58,054 54,007
UK median daily rate £475 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
10th Percentile £300 £281 £263
90th Percentile £650 £638 £613
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,237 2,127 2,355
UK median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £24.41
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -1.68% +3.32%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.41 £11.19
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.25 £49.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.65 £24.56 £23.00
% change year-on-year -7.78% +6.78% -8.00%

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 16 February 2019.

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 16 February 2019.

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 16 February 2019. 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 +91 1,248 £450 +4.65% 258
UK excluding London +66 839 £425 +1.80% 215
London +53 475 £480 +6.55% 71
South East +51 234 £450 +5.88% 48
Midlands +74 200 £408 -4.12% 40
West Midlands +68 155 £415 -2.35% 32
South West +20 115 £425 +3.03% 25
North of England +2 111 £400 - 58
East of England +75 110 £430 -14.00% 16
Yorkshire +4 48 £358 -13.33% 25
East Midlands +17 43 £363 -14.71% 8
North West -11 40 £405 +11.72% 31
Scotland -16 35 £413 +12.24% 15
North East +3 24 £396 +0.57% 2
Wales -9 24 £383 -6.71% 9
Northern Ireland +22 4 £394 +50.00% 3
Channel Islands -1 4 - - 1
Isle of Man 0 1 £600 +84.62%

For the 6 months to 16 February 2019, 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.

1 676 (50.90%) Agile Software Development
2 609 (45.86%) Test Automation
3 365 (27.48%) QA
4 313 (23.57%) Java
5 293 (22.06%) Selenium
6 290 (21.84%) SQL
7 232 (17.47%) Scrum
7 232 (17.47%) JIRA
8 230 (17.32%) User Acceptance Testing
9 227 (17.09%) Finance
10 220 (16.57%) Test Scripting
11 186 (14.01%) Cucumber
12 185 (13.93%) Non-Functional Testing
13 184 (13.86%) SDLC
14 179 (13.48%) Functional Testing
15 178 (13.40%) Regression Testing
16 177 (13.33%) DevOps
17 174 (13.10%) BDD
18 164 (12.35%) Oracle
19 161 (12.12%) Test Management
20 158 (11.90%) Microsoft
21 157 (11.82%) ISTQB
22 149 (11.22%) Continuous Integration
22 149 (11.22%) Jenkins
23 148 (11.14%) Performance Testing
24 147 (11.07%) Process Improvement
25 145 (10.92%) C#
26 141 (10.62%) Software Testing
26 141 (10.62%) TDD
27 140 (10.54%) Defect Management

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
1 103 (7.76%) Confluence
2 60 (4.52%) WebLogic
3 38 (2.86%) SharePoint
4 27 (2.03%) CMS
5 15 (1.13%) Documentum
6 11 (0.83%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 10 (0.75%) CoreMedia CMS
8 9 (0.68%) SAS
9 7 (0.53%) Elasticsearch
9 7 (0.53%) MS Exchange
9 7 (0.53%) Tomcat
10 4 (0.30%) nginx
10 4 (0.30%) SAP Portal
11 3 (0.23%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 3 (0.23%) Apache Qpid
11 3 (0.23%) Exchange Server 2013
12 2 (0.15%) BizTalk Server
12 2 (0.15%) Drupal
12 2 (0.15%) Skype for Business
12 2 (0.15%) WebSphere
Applications
1 43 (3.24%) Microsoft Office
2 39 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
3 22 (1.66%) Microsoft Project
4 17 (1.28%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 10 (0.75%) Spreadsheet
6 6 (0.45%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.075%) Mingle
7 1 (0.075%) Photoshop
7 1 (0.075%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 30 (2.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 10 (0.75%) SAP S/4HANA
3 6 (0.45%) Remedy ITSM
4 5 (0.38%) SAP PSCD
5 3 (0.23%) Markit EDM
5 3 (0.23%) Oracle Financials
6 2 (0.15%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.15%) Infor M3
6 2 (0.15%) Lawson
6 2 (0.15%) Magento
6 2 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
6 2 (0.15%) SAP ERP
6 2 (0.15%) SAP HCM
6 2 (0.15%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.15%) SAP Payroll
6 2 (0.15%) Workday HCM
7 1 (0.075%) GoldMine
7 1 (0.075%) Oracle EBS R12
7 1 (0.075%) SAP FI-CA
7 1 (0.075%) SAP MRS
Cloud Services
1 87 (6.55%) Microsoft Azure
2 65 (4.89%) Amazon AWS
3 41 (3.09%) Office 365
4 24 (1.81%) GitHub
5 23 (1.73%) Dynamics 365
6 20 (1.51%) SaaS
7 15 (1.13%) BrowserStack
8 12 (0.90%) BlazeMeter
9 11 (0.83%) Sauce Labs
10 8 (0.60%) AWS CloudFormation
10 8 (0.60%) IaaS
10 8 (0.60%) PaaS
11 6 (0.45%) Apigee
11 6 (0.45%) Boomi
11 6 (0.45%) Cloud Computing
11 6 (0.45%) OpenShift
12 5 (0.38%) Google Analytics
12 5 (0.38%) SuccessFactors
13 4 (0.30%) DigitalOcean
13 4 (0.30%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 34 (2.56%) Firewall
2 23 (1.73%) Internet
3 13 (0.98%) Wireless
4 12 (0.90%) LAN
4 12 (0.90%) VPN
5 9 (0.68%) DNS
6 8 (0.60%) DSL
6 8 (0.60%) SSL
6 8 (0.60%) WAN
7 7 (0.53%) Broadband
7 7 (0.53%) MPLS
7 7 (0.53%) Wi-Fi
8 6 (0.45%) HTTP
8 6 (0.45%) SNMP
9 4 (0.30%) Cisco ISE
9 4 (0.30%) DWDM
9 4 (0.30%) SAN
9 4 (0.30%) TCP/IP
10 3 (0.23%) Multicast
10 3 (0.23%) TACACS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 65 (4.89%) SQL Server
2 42 (3.16%) MySQL
3 33 (2.48%) Data Warehouse
4 23 (1.73%) MongoDB
5 21 (1.58%) BusinessObjects
6 17 (1.28%) Oracle Database
6 17 (1.28%) Pentaho
6 17 (1.28%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 16 (1.20%) Big Data
7 16 (1.20%) Oracle Reports
8 14 (1.05%) Relational Database
9 13 (0.98%) GIS
9 13 (0.98%) Impala
9 13 (0.98%) NoSQL
10 11 (0.83%) Oracle Database 11g
10 11 (0.83%) Oracle OWB
10 11 (0.83%) PostgreSQL
11 10 (0.75%) SQL Server 2016
12 6 (0.45%) Base SAS
12 6 (0.45%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 293 (22.06%) Selenium
2 232 (17.47%) JIRA
3 186 (14.01%) Cucumber
4 149 (11.22%) Jenkins
5 113 (8.51%) Git (software)
6 109 (8.21%) SoapUI
7 91 (6.85%) JMeter
8 80 (6.02%) WebDriver
9 62 (4.67%) JUnit
9 62 (4.67%) LoadRunner
10 58 (4.37%) Team Foundation Server
11 54 (4.07%) Maven
12 53 (3.99%) Bitbucket
13 52 (3.92%) SpecFlow
14 51 (3.84%) Visual Studio Team System
15 49 (3.69%) HP UFT
16 43 (3.24%) Visual Studio
17 33 (2.48%) TeamCity
18 31 (2.33%) Appium
19 21 (1.58%) Protractor
General
1 227 (17.09%) Finance
2 97 (7.30%) Banking
3 57 (4.29%) Retail
4 31 (2.33%) Marketing
5 25 (1.88%) Games
6 22 (1.66%) Investment Banking
7 19 (1.43%) Front Office
8 17 (1.28%) Legal
9 15 (1.13%) Back Office
10 14 (1.05%) Law
11 13 (0.98%) Retail Banking
12 11 (0.83%) Telecoms
13 10 (0.75%) Online Betting
14 5 (0.38%) Advertising
14 5 (0.38%) Manufacturing
15 4 (0.30%) Financial Institution
16 2 (0.15%) Aerospace
16 2 (0.15%) Automotive
16 2 (0.15%) Pharmaceutical
16 2 (0.15%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 255 (19.20%) Test Manager
2 225 (16.94%) Analyst
3 209 (15.74%) Tester
4 183 (13.78%) Test Analyst
5 172 (12.95%) Test Leader
6 145 (10.92%) Developer
7 84 (6.33%) Test Engineer
8 79 (5.95%) Automation Tester
9 54 (4.07%) QA Tester
10 52 (3.92%) Consultant
11 42 (3.16%) Java Developer
12 41 (3.09%) Automation Test Lead
13 39 (2.94%) QA Leader
14 36 (2.71%) Test Automation Engineer
15 35 (2.64%) Developer in Test
15 35 (2.64%) QA Engineer
16 34 (2.56%) Architect
17 28 (2.11%) Senior Tester
18 27 (2.03%) QA Manager
19 25 (1.88%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (6.17%) REST
2 80 (6.02%) .NET
3 78 (5.87%) JSON
4 68 (5.12%) XML
5 67 (5.05%) Web Services
6 62 (4.67%) Spring
7 51 (3.84%) J2EE
8 48 (3.61%) Spring Boot
9 45 (3.39%) Apache Camel
10 44 (3.31%) SOAP
11 41 (3.09%) Gherkin
12 37 (2.79%) Node.js
13 32 (2.41%) RESTful
14 31 (2.33%) CSS
15 23 (1.73%) Swagger
16 22 (1.66%) React
17 21 (1.58%) AngularJS
17 21 (1.58%) HTML
18 16 (1.20%) ASP.NET
19 14 (1.05%) WireMock
Miscellaneous
1 121 (9.11%) Analytical Skills
2 42 (3.16%) Mobile App
3 35 (2.64%) Data Centre
4 31 (2.33%) Self-Motivation
5 29 (2.18%) User Experience
6 27 (2.03%) Hybrid Cloud
7 25 (1.88%) Client/Server
8 22 (1.66%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
9 20 (1.51%) Greenfield Project
9 20 (1.51%) Virtual Team
10 19 (1.43%) Management Information System
11 15 (1.13%) Enterprise Software
12 14 (1.05%) NHS
13 13 (0.98%) Fintech
14 11 (0.83%) PKI
15 10 (0.75%) Online Games
16 8 (0.60%) Linux Command Line
16 8 (0.60%) Mainframe
17 7 (0.53%) iPad
18 6 (0.45%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 117 (8.81%) Windows
2 99 (7.45%) Unix
3 83 (6.25%) Linux
4 33 (2.48%) Windows Server
5 25 (1.88%) Windows 10
6 24 (1.81%) Windows Server 2012
7 20 (1.51%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 14 (1.05%) Android
8 14 (1.05%) Apple iOS
9 12 (0.90%) Windows Server 2008
10 7 (0.53%) Windows Server 2003
11 5 (0.38%) Ubuntu
11 5 (0.38%) Windows 7
12 4 (0.30%) Solaris
13 1 (0.075%) AIX
13 1 (0.075%) CentOS
13 1 (0.075%) Debian
13 1 (0.075%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 676 (50.90%) Agile Software Development
2 609 (45.86%) Test Automation
3 232 (17.47%) Scrum
4 230 (17.32%) User Acceptance Testing
5 220 (16.57%) Test Scripting
6 185 (13.93%) Non-Functional Testing
7 184 (13.86%) SDLC
8 179 (13.48%) Functional Testing
9 178 (13.40%) Regression Testing
10 177 (13.33%) DevOps
11 174 (13.10%) BDD
12 161 (12.12%) Test Management
13 149 (11.22%) Continuous Integration
14 148 (11.14%) Performance Testing
15 147 (11.07%) Process Improvement
16 141 (10.62%) Software Testing
16 141 (10.62%) TDD
17 140 (10.54%) Defect Management
18 133 (10.02%) Acceptance Criteria
19 132 (9.94%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 313 (23.57%) Java
2 290 (21.84%) SQL
3 145 (10.92%) C#
4 96 (7.23%) Python
5 87 (6.55%) JavaScript
6 48 (3.61%) PL/SQL
7 38 (2.86%) Shell Script
8 24 (1.81%) PowerShell
9 23 (1.73%) C++
10 22 (1.66%) Ruby
11 21 (1.58%) T-SQL
12 17 (1.28%) C
13 16 (1.20%) VB
14 13 (0.98%) Java 8
14 13 (0.98%) Perl
15 12 (0.90%) Groovy
15 12 (0.90%) VBA
16 11 (0.83%) ABAP
16 11 (0.83%) Scala
16 11 (0.83%) VB6
Qualifications
1 157 (11.82%) ISTQB
2 136 (10.24%) Security Cleared
3 114 (8.58%) ISEB
4 112 (8.43%) SC Cleared
5 80 (6.02%) Degree
6 49 (3.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 27 (2.03%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 19 (1.43%) DV Cleared
9 16 (1.20%) BPSS Clearance
10 15 (1.13%) ISEB Practitioner
11 13 (0.98%) Computer Science Degree
12 12 (0.90%) HNC
12 12 (0.90%) HND
13 10 (0.75%) Microsoft Certification
14 5 (0.38%) MCSA
14 5 (0.38%) MCSE
15 4 (0.30%) MCP
16 3 (0.23%) ITIL Certification
16 3 (0.23%) Master's Degree
16 3 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 365 (27.48%) QA
2 33 (2.48%) Data Quality
3 10 (0.75%) PMO
3 10 (0.75%) WCAG
4 9 (0.68%) SLA
5 4 (0.30%) GDPR
6 2 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
6 2 (0.15%) HL7
6 2 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 2 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
6 2 (0.15%) SEPA
7 1 (0.075%) 21 CFR Part 11
7 1 (0.075%) ARP4754
7 1 (0.075%) DO-178B
7 1 (0.075%) GAMP
7 1 (0.075%) GMP
7 1 (0.075%) GxP
7 1 (0.075%) ISO 9001
7 1 (0.075%) ISO/IEC 20000
7 1 (0.075%) MiFID
System Software
1 133 (10.02%) Docker
2 21 (1.58%) Active Directory
3 5 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (0.38%) VMware Infrastructure
4 3 (0.23%) Apache ZooKeeper
4 3 (0.23%) Firmware
4 3 (0.23%) Virtual Desktop
5 2 (0.15%) Hyper-V
5 2 (0.15%) Microsoft App-V
6 1 (0.075%) HDFS
6 1 (0.075%) KVM
6 1 (0.075%) XenApp
Systems Management
1 36 (2.71%) Ansible
2 32 (2.41%) HP Quality Center
3 26 (1.96%) HP ALM
4 25 (1.88%) Kubernetes
4 25 (1.88%) Terraform
5 13 (0.98%) Opscode Chef
6 12 (0.90%) Puppet
7 9 (0.68%) Netcool
8 7 (0.53%) BladeLogic
8 7 (0.53%) Kibana
8 7 (0.53%) SCCM
9 5 (0.38%) Grafana
10 4 (0.30%) Nessus
11 3 (0.23%) CA Service Virtualization
11 3 (0.23%) Nagios
11 3 (0.23%) NetBackup
11 3 (0.23%) SnapMirror
11 3 (0.23%) SnapVault
12 2 (0.15%) McAfee ePO
12 2 (0.15%) SCOM
Vendors
1 164 (12.35%) Oracle
2 158 (11.90%) Microsoft
3 57 (4.29%) HP
4 54 (4.07%) SAP
5 39 (2.94%) Workday
6 34 (2.56%) WSO2
7 31 (2.33%) Atlassian
7 31 (2.33%) IBM
7 31 (2.33%) webMethods
8 29 (2.18%) BEA
9 25 (1.88%) Red Hat
10 23 (1.73%) Pega
11 16 (1.20%) Citrix
12 14 (1.05%) CheckPoint
12 14 (1.05%) Remedy
12 14 (1.05%) VMware
13 13 (0.98%) Informatica
13 13 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
14 10 (0.75%) Adobe
14 10 (0.75%) SolarWinds