Period
to 22 September 2018

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 22 September 2018 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
22 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 227 243 217
Rank change year-on-year +16 -26 -35
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 1,229 1,092 1,348
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.21% 1.11% 1.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.40% 1.29% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 749 692 815
UK median daily rate £425 £421 £418
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.89% +0.90% +4.38%
10th Percentile £301 £294 £278
90th Percentile £613 £588 £585
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £400
% change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 31 6
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £44.20
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.79% +7.47% +36.00%
10th Percentile £19.25 £32.50 £30.00
90th Percentile £46.90 £52.50 £47.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £44.20
% change year-on-year -15.79% +7.47% +36.00%

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 87,843 84,482 91,456
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.18% 85.59% 85.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 58,002 55,697 60,469
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +5.88% +5.59%
10th Percentile £300 £278 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,428 2,091 2,390
UK median hourly rate £20.50 £24.00 £22.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.58% +5.10% +3.80%
10th Percentile £11.17 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.83
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.00 £23.75 £23.50
% change year-on-year -15.79% +1.06% +6.82%

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 22 September 2018.

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 22 September 2018.

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 22 September 2018. 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 +4 1,122 £438 +2.94% 215
UK excluding London +24 781 £400 +3.23% 164
London -27 421 £475 +5.56% 65
South East +24 253 £413 +3.13% 43
Midlands +11 150 £364 +11.86% 25
West Midlands +12 114 £388 +23.51% 18
North of England -45 114 £400 +2.89% 47
East of England +39 94 £450 - 15
South West +20 84 £400 +3.23% 20
Yorkshire -29 53 £375 -3.23% 19
North West -42 50 £405 +1.25% 27
Scotland -15 45 £345 -10.97% 10
East Midlands 0 33 £363 - 7
Wales -13 25 £325 -7.14% 4
Northern Ireland - 14 £373 -
North East -10 12 £400 +34.45% 1
Channel Islands - 1 - -

For the 6 months to 22 September 2018, 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.

1 573 (46.62%) Agile Software Development
2 564 (45.89%) Test Automation
3 285 (23.19%) QA
4 280 (22.78%) Selenium
5 256 (20.83%) Java
6 247 (20.10%) Finance
7 231 (18.80%) SQL
8 217 (17.66%) JIRA
9 203 (16.52%) User Acceptance Testing
10 183 (14.89%) Scrum
11 176 (14.32%) Test Scripting
12 170 (13.83%) Test Management
13 159 (12.94%) Oracle
14 157 (12.77%) Continuous Integration
15 150 (12.21%) BDD
16 147 (11.96%) C#
17 146 (11.88%) Cucumber
18 145 (11.80%) Waterfall
18 145 (11.80%) DevOps
19 143 (11.64%) Jenkins
19 143 (11.64%) Performance Testing
20 142 (11.55%) ISTQB
21 137 (11.15%) Problem-Solving
22 136 (11.07%) Regression Testing
23 134 (10.90%) Stakeholder Management
24 129 (10.50%) Windows
25 127 (10.33%) Functional Testing
26 126 (10.25%) SDLC
27 124 (10.09%) ISEB
28 121 (9.85%) Analytical Skills

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 84 (6.83%) Confluence
2 50 (4.07%) WebLogic
3 32 (2.60%) SharePoint
4 15 (1.22%) Tomcat
5 12 (0.98%) CMS
6 11 (0.90%) nginx
7 7 (0.57%) Apache
7 7 (0.57%) Elasticsearch
8 6 (0.49%) Apache Spark
8 6 (0.49%) MS Exchange
8 6 (0.49%) SAP Portal
8 6 (0.49%) WebSphere
9 4 (0.33%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 3 (0.24%) CoreMedia CMS
10 3 (0.24%) NetWeaver
10 3 (0.24%) OpenStack
10 3 (0.24%) SAS
11 2 (0.16%) Appian
11 2 (0.16%) JBoss
11 2 (0.16%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 37 (3.01%) Microsoft Excel
2 32 (2.60%) Microsoft Office
3 15 (1.22%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (1.06%) Microsoft Project
5 11 (0.90%) Spreadsheet
6 10 (0.81%) MS Visio
7 2 (0.16%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.16%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.081%) Adobe Creative Suite
8 1 (0.081%) Mingle
8 1 (0.081%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 26 (2.12%) Dynamics CRM
2 9 (0.73%) Oracle ERP
3 6 (0.49%) Oracle EBS
3 6 (0.49%) SAP PSCD
4 5 (0.41%) SAP ERP
4 5 (0.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.33%) Remedy ITSM
5 4 (0.33%) SAP S/4HANA
6 3 (0.24%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.24%) Magento
6 3 (0.24%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.24%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
7 2 (0.16%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.16%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.16%) Sonata
7 2 (0.16%) Workday HCM
8 1 (0.081%) Adobe Campaign
8 1 (0.081%) FastStats
8 1 (0.081%) Lorenzo
8 1 (0.081%) Shopify
Cloud Services
1 96 (7.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 61 (4.96%) Amazon AWS
3 38 (3.09%) GitHub
4 34 (2.77%) Office 365
5 19 (1.55%) BlazeMeter
6 18 (1.46%) Dynamics 365
7 16 (1.30%) BrowserStack
8 13 (1.06%) SaaS
9 12 (0.98%) Amazon CloudWatch
10 11 (0.90%) Google Analytics
11 10 (0.81%) Cloud Computing
12 9 (0.73%) Slack
13 8 (0.65%) Sauce Labs
14 7 (0.57%) IaaS
15 6 (0.49%) PaaS
16 4 (0.33%) Amazon EMR
17 2 (0.16%) OneDrive
17 2 (0.16%) OpenDNS
17 2 (0.16%) OpenShift
17 2 (0.16%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 28 (2.28%) Firewall
2 19 (1.55%) Internet
3 18 (1.46%) TCP/IP
4 16 (1.30%) HTTP
5 12 (0.98%) SSL
5 12 (0.98%) WAN
6 11 (0.90%) LAN
7 10 (0.81%) VPN
8 8 (0.65%) DNS
8 8 (0.65%) PuTTY
8 8 (0.65%) WinSCP
9 6 (0.49%) Wireless
10 5 (0.41%) VoIP
11 4 (0.33%) 3G
11 4 (0.33%) Cisco ICM
11 4 (0.33%) LTE
12 3 (0.24%) Junos
12 3 (0.24%) MRTG
12 3 (0.24%) VLAN
12 3 (0.24%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 42 (3.42%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.01%) Data Warehouse
3 30 (2.44%) MySQL
4 23 (1.87%) BusinessObjects
5 22 (1.79%) Big Data
5 22 (1.79%) Relational Database
6 19 (1.55%) MongoDB
7 16 (1.30%) Oracle Database
8 15 (1.22%) Oracle Reports
9 13 (1.06%) Hadoop
9 13 (1.06%) SQL Server 2012
9 13 (1.06%) SQL Server 2016
10 12 (0.98%) NoSQL
10 12 (0.98%) Oracle Database 11g
11 11 (0.90%) RDBMS
12 8 (0.65%) Oracle Database 10g
12 8 (0.65%) Pentaho
13 7 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
14 5 (0.41%) Oracle OWB
14 5 (0.41%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 280 (22.78%) Selenium
2 217 (17.66%) JIRA
3 146 (11.88%) Cucumber
4 143 (11.64%) Jenkins
5 95 (7.73%) JMeter
6 83 (6.75%) SoapUI
7 78 (6.35%) Git (software)
8 73 (5.94%) LoadRunner
9 68 (5.53%) Team Foundation Server
10 65 (5.29%) WebDriver
11 61 (4.96%) SpecFlow
12 60 (4.88%) Visual Studio
13 59 (4.80%) HP UFT
14 57 (4.64%) TeamCity
15 54 (4.39%) Visual Studio Team System
16 44 (3.58%) JUnit
17 38 (3.09%) Bitbucket
18 34 (2.77%) Zephyr
19 27 (2.20%) Protractor
20 26 (2.12%) Gatling
General
1 247 (20.10%) Finance
2 120 (9.76%) Banking
3 57 (4.64%) Retail
4 36 (2.93%) Investment Banking
5 31 (2.52%) Front Office
6 26 (2.12%) Marketing
7 17 (1.38%) Legal
8 16 (1.30%) Back Office
9 14 (1.14%) Telecoms
10 12 (0.98%) Law
11 11 (0.90%) Advertising
11 11 (0.90%) Manufacturing
12 8 (0.65%) Automotive
12 8 (0.65%) Pharmaceutical
12 8 (0.65%) Retail Banking
13 7 (0.57%) Games
14 5 (0.41%) Financial Institution
14 5 (0.41%) Publishing
15 3 (0.24%) Electronics
15 3 (0.24%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 262 (21.32%) Test Manager
2 253 (20.59%) Analyst
3 194 (15.79%) Test Analyst
4 187 (15.22%) Tester
5 112 (9.11%) Developer
6 111 (9.03%) Test Leader
7 79 (6.43%) Test Engineer
8 67 (5.45%) Automation Tester
9 53 (4.31%) Automation Test Analyst
10 43 (3.50%) Performance Tester
11 36 (2.93%) Test Automation Engineer
12 35 (2.85%) Architect
12 35 (2.85%) Project Manager
13 32 (2.60%) Senior Analyst
14 30 (2.44%) QA Tester
15 28 (2.28%) Business Analyst
16 27 (2.20%) Java Developer
17 26 (2.12%) Consultant
18 23 (1.87%) Senior Manager
18 23 (1.87%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 82 (6.67%) .NET
2 53 (4.31%) Web Services
3 45 (3.66%) Gherkin
4 44 (3.58%) J2EE
5 42 (3.42%) XML
6 37 (3.01%) SOAP
7 36 (2.93%) RESTful
8 35 (2.85%) REST
9 31 (2.52%) JSON
10 28 (2.28%) Node.js
11 26 (2.12%) CSS
12 25 (2.03%) Spring
13 21 (1.71%) AngularJS
13 21 (1.71%) Spring Boot
14 17 (1.38%) ASP.NET
15 16 (1.30%) HTML
15 16 (1.30%) jQuery
16 14 (1.14%) Middleware
17 13 (1.06%) React
18 12 (0.98%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 121 (9.85%) Analytical Skills
2 48 (3.91%) Mobile App
3 34 (2.77%) Computer Science
4 25 (2.03%) Data Centre
5 21 (1.71%) User Experience
6 20 (1.63%) Client/Server
6 20 (1.63%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
6 20 (1.63%) Greenfield Project
6 20 (1.63%) Management Information System
7 14 (1.14%) Mainframe
7 14 (1.14%) Self-Motivation
8 12 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
8 12 (0.98%) Fintech
8 12 (0.98%) NHS
8 12 (0.98%) N-Tier
9 11 (0.90%) Hybrid Cloud
9 11 (0.90%) Virtual Team
10 10 (0.81%) DataPower
10 10 (0.81%) Smart Meter
11 8 (0.65%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 129 (10.50%) Windows
2 93 (7.57%) Unix
3 79 (6.43%) Linux
4 31 (2.52%) Windows Server
5 20 (1.63%) Windows Server 2012
6 19 (1.55%) Windows 10
7 14 (1.14%) Ubuntu
8 13 (1.06%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 13 (1.06%) Windows Server 2008
9 11 (0.90%) Android
10 10 (0.81%) Apple iOS
11 8 (0.65%) VME
11 8 (0.65%) Windows Server 2003
12 7 (0.57%) AIX
12 7 (0.57%) Solaris
13 6 (0.49%) CentOS
14 5 (0.41%) Mac OS X
15 4 (0.33%) Windows 7
16 3 (0.24%) Debian
17 2 (0.16%) Mac OS
Processes & Methodologies
1 573 (46.62%) Agile Software Development
2 564 (45.89%) Test Automation
3 203 (16.52%) User Acceptance Testing
4 183 (14.89%) Scrum
5 176 (14.32%) Test Scripting
6 170 (13.83%) Test Management
7 157 (12.77%) Continuous Integration
8 150 (12.21%) BDD
9 145 (11.80%) DevOps
9 145 (11.80%) Waterfall
10 143 (11.64%) Performance Testing
11 137 (11.15%) Problem-Solving
12 136 (11.07%) Regression Testing
13 134 (10.90%) Stakeholder Management
14 127 (10.33%) Functional Testing
15 126 (10.25%) SDLC
16 120 (9.76%) Non-Functional Testing
17 117 (9.52%) Scenario Testing
18 115 (9.36%) Software Testing
19 112 (9.11%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 256 (20.83%) Java
2 231 (18.80%) SQL
3 147 (11.96%) C#
4 94 (7.65%) Python
5 70 (5.70%) JavaScript
6 53 (4.31%) PL/SQL
7 51 (4.15%) Shell Script
8 42 (3.42%) Perl
9 32 (2.60%) C++
10 27 (2.20%) C
10 27 (2.20%) PowerShell
11 25 (2.03%) Groovy
12 23 (1.87%) Ruby
13 18 (1.46%) VBScript
14 16 (1.30%) F#
15 12 (0.98%) Bash Shell
16 11 (0.90%) Haskell
17 10 (0.81%) T-SQL
17 10 (0.81%) VB
18 9 (0.73%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 142 (11.55%) ISTQB
2 124 (10.09%) ISEB
3 113 (9.19%) Security Cleared
4 88 (7.16%) Degree
4 88 (7.16%) SC Cleared
5 55 (4.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 26 (2.12%) ISEB Practitioner
7 14 (1.14%) BPSS Clearance
8 11 (0.90%) Computer Science Degree
8 11 (0.90%) Numerate Degree
9 9 (0.73%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 6 (0.49%) Microsoft Certification
11 5 (0.41%) CISA
11 5 (0.41%) DV Cleared
11 5 (0.41%) MCP
12 4 (0.33%) DBS Check
12 4 (0.33%) MCSE
13 3 (0.24%) CISM
13 3 (0.24%) CRISC
13 3 (0.24%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 285 (23.19%) QA
2 15 (1.22%) Data Quality
3 14 (1.14%) GDPR
3 14 (1.14%) PMO
4 6 (0.49%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 5 (0.41%) PCI DSS
6 4 (0.33%) ISO 9001
6 4 (0.33%) WCAG
7 3 (0.24%) MiFID
7 3 (0.24%) SLA
8 2 (0.16%) HL7
8 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 20000
8 2 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
8 2 (0.16%) PSD2
8 2 (0.16%) Sarbanes-Oxley
9 1 (0.081%) Actionable Recommendations
9 1 (0.081%) COBIT
9 1 (0.081%) Disclosure Scotland
9 1 (0.081%) GxP
9 1 (0.081%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 68 (5.53%) Docker
2 19 (1.55%) Active Directory
3 15 (1.22%) Virtual Machines
4 8 (0.65%) VMware Infrastructure
4 8 (0.65%) vSphere
5 4 (0.33%) Hyper-V
5 4 (0.33%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.24%) KVM
6 3 (0.24%) XenApp
7 2 (0.16%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.081%) Apache Flume
8 1 (0.081%) IAG
8 1 (0.081%) Terminal Server
8 1 (0.081%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 60 (4.88%) HP Quality Center
2 43 (3.50%) HP ALM
3 27 (2.20%) Ansible
4 25 (2.03%) Puppet
5 19 (1.55%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (1.14%) Grafana
6 14 (1.14%) Kibana
7 11 (0.90%) Kubernetes
8 10 (0.81%) SCCM
9 9 (0.73%) Terraform
10 6 (0.49%) BMC PATROL
10 6 (0.49%) Netcool
10 6 (0.49%) Perfmon
11 5 (0.41%) SCOM
12 4 (0.33%) BladeLogic
13 3 (0.24%) Cacti
13 3 (0.24%) Nagios
13 3 (0.24%) OpenView
13 3 (0.24%) TeMIP
13 3 (0.24%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 159 (12.94%) Oracle
2 110 (8.95%) Microsoft
3 84 (6.83%) HP
4 55 (4.48%) SAP
4 55 (4.48%) webMethods
5 35 (2.85%) BEA
6 25 (2.03%) IBM
7 23 (1.87%) Informatica
8 22 (1.79%) Workday
9 20 (1.63%) AppDynamics
9 20 (1.63%) Pega
10 19 (1.55%) Splunk
11 18 (1.46%) Atlassian
11 18 (1.46%) VMware
12 17 (1.38%) Dynatrace
13 16 (1.30%) Salesforce.com
14 13 (1.06%) Cisco
14 13 (1.06%) Software AG
15 12 (0.98%) BMC
15 12 (0.98%) Red Hat