Period
to 25 July 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 25 July 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
25 Jul 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 193 224 237
Rank change year-on-year +31 +13 +17
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 972 440 1,122
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 1.37% 1.17% 1.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.56% 1.36% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 650 288 719
10th Percentile £350 £313 £325
25th Percentile £413 £399 £375
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £495 £455 £440
Median % change year-on-year +8.91% +3.30% +5.71%
75th Percentile £575 £538 £525
90th Percentile £638 £600 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% +6.92%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 6 10
10th Percentile £23.75 £27.63 £30.84
25th Percentile £36.25 £35.50 £34.44
Median hourly rate £50.72 £42.50 £42.25
Median % change year-on-year +19.34% +0.59% +5.63%
75th Percentile £60.00 £45.00 £54.13
90th Percentile £60.40 " £60.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.50 £45.00 £42.50
% change year-on-year +1.11% +5.88% +6.25%

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 62,448 32,398 80,143
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 88.24% 86.35% 87.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 42,892 21,630 53,595
10th Percentile £313 £300 £300
25th Percentile £406 £400 £381
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £500 £475 £475
Median % change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%
75th Percentile £600 £576 £575
90th Percentile £688 £675 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £450 £450 £438
% change year-on-year - +2.86% +2.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1,699 930 2,178
10th Percentile £12.00 £12.36 £11.50
25th Percentile £15.00 £16.00 £14.50
Median hourly rate £24.00 £23.05 £22.50
Median % change year-on-year +4.11% +2.46% +12.50%
75th Percentile £47.50 £46.00 £45.00
90th Percentile £60.87 £55.00 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £20.97 £21.50 £22.93
% change year-on-year -2.48% -6.24% +20.68%

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 25 July 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 25 July 2021.

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 25 July 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 +35 815 £495 +8.79% 174
UK excluding London +5 432 £450 - 126
London +25 372 £531 +6.25% 58
Work from Home -40 301 £495 +8.79% 26
Midlands +20 142 £450 +11.80% 16
West Midlands +21 133 £455 +13.04% 13
South East -11 106 £450 -5.26% 26
North of England +8 82 £450 +12.50% 38
North West -5 43 £435 -0.57% 20
South West +9 40 £488 -2.42% 19
Scotland -43 34 £450 - 5
Yorkshire 0 28 £450 +14.65% 16
East of England -30 24 £466 -1.64% 15
North East -6 11 £500 +21.95% 2
East Midlands -15 9 £373 -8.31% 3
Northern Ireland -3 3 £378 +7.86% 3
Wales -13 1 £413 -8.33% 4

For the 6 months to 25 July 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.

1 435 (44.75%) Agile Software Development
2 284 (29.22%) Test Automation
3 283 (29.12%) SQL
4 246 (25.31%) Social Skills
5 229 (23.56%) Java
6 201 (20.68%) JIRA
7 180 (18.52%) Finance
8 179 (18.42%) DevOps
9 175 (18.00%) QA
9 175 (18.00%) Oracle
10 157 (16.15%) Process Improvement
11 156 (16.05%) Software Engineering
12 146 (15.02%) Security Cleared
13 144 (14.81%) Scrum
14 140 (14.40%) Problem-Solving
15 139 (14.30%) Azure
16 136 (13.99%) PL/SQL
17 135 (13.89%) User Acceptance Testing
18 132 (13.58%) Jenkins
18 132 (13.58%) Configuration Management
19 126 (12.96%) Public Sector
20 124 (12.76%) Git (software)
21 120 (12.35%) Unix
21 120 (12.35%) SC Cleared
22 119 (12.24%) Business Intelligence
23 117 (12.04%) OO
23 117 (12.04%) AWS
23 117 (12.04%) Confluence
24 116 (11.93%) Test Management
25 112 (11.52%) Data Modelling

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
1 117 (12.04%) Confluence
2 88 (9.05%) WebLogic
3 25 (2.57%) SAS
4 23 (2.37%) Apache
5 21 (2.16%) SharePoint
6 20 (2.06%) Elasticsearch
7 15 (1.54%) Apache Airflow
8 13 (1.34%) Adobe Experience Manager
8 13 (1.34%) Tomcat
9 8 (0.82%) SAP Portal
10 4 (0.41%) WebLogic Portal
11 3 (0.31%) Apache Spark
11 3 (0.31%) SharePoint 2010
12 2 (0.21%) Apache Qpid
12 2 (0.21%) CMS
12 2 (0.21%) Drupal
12 2 (0.21%) Oracle SOA Suite
12 2 (0.21%) Oracle Workflow
12 2 (0.21%) Skype for Business
12 2 (0.21%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 27 (2.78%) Microsoft Excel
2 19 (1.95%) Microsoft Office
2 19 (1.95%) Microsoft Project
3 11 (1.13%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 10 (1.03%) MS Visio
5 5 (0.51%) InVision
5 5 (0.51%) Sketch
6 3 (0.31%) InfoPath
7 2 (0.21%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.21%) Mingle
8 1 (0.10%) Adobe Creative Suite
Business Applications
1 7 (0.72%) Oracle EBS
2 5 (0.51%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (0.51%) Oracle FAH
2 5 (0.51%) Oracle Financials
2 5 (0.51%) Oracle General Ledger
2 5 (0.51%) SAP PSCD
3 4 (0.41%) iTrent
3 4 (0.41%) SAP S/4HANA
4 3 (0.31%) Dynamics NAV
4 3 (0.31%) Oracle Subledger Accounting
4 3 (0.31%) SAP ERP
4 3 (0.31%) SAP HCM
5 2 (0.21%) Loan IQ
5 2 (0.21%) NetSuite
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle EBS R12
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle ERP
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle iProcurement
5 2 (0.21%) Oracle Payables
5 2 (0.21%) Sage CRM
Cloud Services
1 139 (14.30%) Azure
2 117 (12.04%) AWS
3 36 (3.70%) PaaS
4 32 (3.29%) SaaS
5 26 (2.67%) GCP
6 21 (2.16%) Power Platform
7 19 (1.95%) Serverless
8 18 (1.85%) GitHub
9 17 (1.75%) Amazon S3
10 15 (1.54%) Amazon SQS
10 15 (1.54%) AWS Step Functions
10 15 (1.54%) Slack
11 14 (1.44%) Microsoft 365
12 13 (1.34%) npm
13 10 (1.03%) BlazeMeter
13 10 (1.03%) BrowserStack
13 10 (1.03%) SuccessFactors
13 10 (1.03%) Trello
14 8 (0.82%) IaaS
15 7 (0.72%) Dynamics 365
Communications & Networking
1 13 (1.34%) FTP
2 12 (1.23%) HTTP
2 12 (1.23%) Internet
3 9 (0.93%) Unified Communications
3 9 (0.93%) WAN
4 7 (0.72%) LAN
5 6 (0.62%) DNS
5 6 (0.62%) IPv4
5 6 (0.62%) IPv6
5 6 (0.62%) Multicast
5 6 (0.62%) PPP
5 6 (0.62%) UPnP
5 6 (0.62%) Wi-Fi
6 5 (0.51%) DECT
7 4 (0.41%) Broadband
7 4 (0.41%) Converged Networks
7 4 (0.41%) SAN
8 3 (0.31%) Firewall
8 3 (0.31%) Skype
8 3 (0.31%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 48 (4.94%) SQL Server
2 37 (3.81%) Data Warehouse
3 31 (3.19%) Hadoop
4 28 (2.88%) Big Data
4 28 (2.88%) BusinessObjects
4 28 (2.88%) PostgreSQL
5 25 (2.57%) Amazon DynamoDB
6 21 (2.16%) Pentaho
7 19 (1.95%) Apache Hive
8 16 (1.65%) Amazon Redshift
8 16 (1.65%) Power BI
9 15 (1.54%) Amazon RDS
9 15 (1.54%) MySQL
10 14 (1.44%) HBase
11 12 (1.23%) Oracle Database
12 8 (0.82%) MongoDB
12 8 (0.82%) NoSQL
13 7 (0.72%) SAP HANA
14 6 (0.62%) Oracle Reports
14 6 (0.62%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 201 (20.68%) JIRA
2 132 (13.58%) Jenkins
3 124 (12.76%) Git (software)
4 109 (11.21%) Selenium
5 91 (9.36%) Cucumber
6 67 (6.89%) Maven
7 55 (5.66%) GitLab
8 45 (4.63%) Postman
9 43 (4.42%) Bitbucket
10 37 (3.81%) JMeter
11 28 (2.88%) SonarQube
12 27 (2.78%) JUnit
13 26 (2.67%) CA Gen
13 26 (2.67%) Cypress.io
13 26 (2.67%) SpecFlow
14 23 (2.37%) Protractor
15 21 (2.16%) Artifactory
16 20 (2.06%) SoapUI
16 20 (2.06%) Subversion
17 19 (1.95%) LoadRunner
General
1 246 (25.31%) Social Skills
2 180 (18.52%) Finance
3 126 (12.96%) Public Sector
4 104 (10.70%) Analytical Skills
5 91 (9.36%) Banking
6 50 (5.14%) Investment Banking
7 47 (4.84%) Influencing Skills
8 38 (3.91%) Front Office
9 33 (3.40%) Presentation Skills
9 33 (3.40%) Telecoms
10 23 (2.37%) Retail
11 19 (1.95%) Documentation Skills
12 17 (1.75%) Manufacturing
12 17 (1.75%) Marketing
13 13 (1.34%) Legal
14 11 (1.13%) Back Office
15 9 (0.93%) Organisational Skills
15 9 (0.93%) Publishing
16 8 (0.82%) Financial Institution
16 8 (0.82%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 218 (22.43%) Developer
2 195 (20.06%) Test Manager
3 121 (12.45%) Analyst
4 77 (7.92%) Test Leader
5 76 (7.82%) Tester
6 70 (7.20%) Java Developer
6 70 (7.20%) Test Analyst
7 61 (6.28%) Software Engineer
8 58 (5.97%) Test Engineer
9 46 (4.73%) Architect
10 39 (4.01%) Business Analyst
11 25 (2.57%) C# Developer
11 25 (2.57%) SQL Developer
12 24 (2.47%) Full Stack Developer
13 22 (2.26%) Technical Architect
13 22 (2.26%) Test Automation Engineer
14 21 (2.16%) Scala Developer
14 21 (2.16%) Senior Analyst
15 19 (1.95%) C# Developer - Investment Banking
15 19 (1.95%) Oracle Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 81 (8.33%) J2EE
2 71 (7.30%) .NET
3 69 (7.10%) Spring
4 62 (6.38%) JSON
5 59 (6.07%) Spring Boot
6 55 (5.66%) HTML
7 54 (5.56%) RESTful
8 52 (5.35%) React
9 40 (4.12%) HTML5
10 37 (3.81%) Gherkin
11 34 (3.50%) Swagger
12 33 (3.40%) AngularJS
13 32 (3.29%) REST
14 30 (3.09%) .NET Core
14 30 (3.09%) XML
15 28 (2.88%) CSS
15 28 (2.88%) RabbitMQ
16 26 (2.67%) Apache Camel
17 21 (2.16%) Kafka
18 20 (2.06%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 49 (5.04%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 29 (2.98%) Self-Motivation
3 27 (2.78%) User Experience
4 17 (1.75%) Mobile App
5 16 (1.65%) Cloud Native
6 15 (1.54%) Derivative
7 14 (1.44%) Data Centre
8 11 (1.13%) Virtual Team
9 10 (1.03%) Management Information System
9 10 (1.03%) NHS
9 10 (1.03%) Public Cloud
10 9 (0.93%) Algorithms
10 9 (0.93%) Legacy Systems
10 9 (0.93%) Market Risk
11 8 (0.82%) Data Structures
11 8 (0.82%) Embedded Systems
11 8 (0.82%) N-Tier
12 6 (0.62%) Client/Server
13 5 (0.51%) Data Protection Act
13 5 (0.51%) W3C
Operating Systems
1 120 (12.35%) Unix
2 90 (9.26%) Linux
3 34 (3.50%) Windows
4 10 (1.03%) Android
4 10 (1.03%) Apple iOS
5 7 (0.72%) OpenWrt
6 5 (0.51%) Windows 10
6 5 (0.51%) Windows Server
7 4 (0.41%) AIX
7 4 (0.41%) Windows Server 2012
8 3 (0.31%) VMS
9 2 (0.21%) HPUX
9 2 (0.21%) SUSE
10 1 (0.10%) Mac OS X
10 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2016
10 1 (0.10%) Windows Server 2019
Processes & Methodologies
1 435 (44.75%) Agile Software Development
2 284 (29.22%) Test Automation
3 179 (18.42%) DevOps
4 157 (16.15%) Process Improvement
5 156 (16.05%) Software Engineering
6 144 (14.81%) Scrum
7 140 (14.40%) Problem-Solving
8 135 (13.89%) User Acceptance Testing
9 132 (13.58%) Configuration Management
10 119 (12.24%) Business Intelligence
11 117 (12.04%) OO
12 116 (11.93%) Test Management
13 112 (11.52%) Data Modelling
14 109 (11.21%) Waterfall
15 108 (11.11%) TDD
16 107 (11.01%) Test Scripting
17 100 (10.29%) Non-Functional Testing
18 96 (9.88%) Stakeholder Management
19 95 (9.77%) Software Testing
20 92 (9.47%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 283 (29.12%) SQL
2 229 (23.56%) Java
3 136 (13.99%) PL/SQL
4 109 (11.21%) Shell Script
5 101 (10.39%) C#
6 90 (9.26%) JavaScript
7 87 (8.95%) Python
8 56 (5.76%) Java 8
9 47 (4.84%) C
9 47 (4.84%) Perl
10 40 (4.12%) Scala
11 34 (3.50%) C++
12 27 (2.78%) TypeScript
13 23 (2.37%) COBOL
14 19 (1.95%) VBA
15 16 (1.65%) PowerShell
16 14 (1.44%) ABAP
16 14 (1.44%) R
17 13 (1.34%) ES6
17 13 (1.34%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 146 (15.02%) Security Cleared
2 120 (12.35%) SC Cleared
3 78 (8.02%) Degree
4 76 (7.82%) ISTQB
5 47 (4.84%) ISEB
6 20 (2.06%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 17 (1.75%) Computer Science Degree
8 14 (1.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 9 (0.93%) DV Cleared
10 8 (0.82%) Master's Degree
10 8 (0.82%) Numerate Degree
11 6 (0.62%) BPSS Clearance
12 5 (0.51%) ISEB Practitioner
13 3 (0.31%) ITIL Certification
14 2 (0.21%) CIMA
14 2 (0.21%) PMI Certification
14 2 (0.21%) PMP
15 1 (0.10%) CCAB
15 1 (0.10%) CISA
15 1 (0.10%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 175 (18.00%) QA
2 35 (3.60%) Accessibility
3 5 (0.51%) Data Quality
3 5 (0.51%) JTAG
3 5 (0.51%) SLA
4 4 (0.41%) IFRS
5 3 (0.31%) MiFID
5 3 (0.31%) NCSC
5 3 (0.31%) PMO
5 3 (0.31%) TARGET2
6 2 (0.21%) GAAP
6 2 (0.21%) GDPR
6 2 (0.21%) GxP
6 2 (0.21%) HL7
6 2 (0.21%) ISO 20022
6 2 (0.21%) PCI DSS
6 2 (0.21%) SEPA
6 2 (0.21%) SNOMED CT
7 1 (0.10%) ECSS
7 1 (0.10%) NIST
System Software
1 53 (5.45%) Docker
2 11 (1.13%) HDFS
3 10 (1.03%) VMware Infrastructure
4 9 (0.93%) Active Directory
5 7 (0.72%) Virtual Machines
6 5 (0.51%) NFS
7 4 (0.41%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
7 4 (0.41%) vSphere
8 3 (0.31%) Firmware
8 3 (0.31%) Varnish
9 2 (0.21%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 62 (6.38%) Ansible
2 18 (1.85%) Terraform
3 15 (1.54%) Grafana
3 15 (1.54%) Kubernetes
3 15 (1.54%) Prometheus
4 13 (1.34%) HP ALM
5 12 (1.23%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (0.51%) Puppet
7 4 (0.41%) Tivoli
7 4 (0.41%) vCenter Server
8 3 (0.31%) Oracle RMAN
8 3 (0.31%) SCCM
9 2 (0.21%) Microsoft Intune
9 2 (0.21%) MIIS
10 1 (0.10%) AirWatch
10 1 (0.10%) Ionix
10 1 (0.10%) Opscode Chef
10 1 (0.10%) RSA Archer
Vendors
1 175 (18.00%) Oracle
2 82 (8.44%) Microsoft
3 78 (8.02%) webMethods
4 77 (7.92%) BEA
5 61 (6.28%) SAP
6 49 (5.04%) Informatica
7 30 (3.09%) Pega
8 26 (2.67%) Adobe
8 26 (2.67%) Talend
8 26 (2.67%) WSO2
9 25 (2.57%) ServiceNow
10 19 (1.95%) HP
10 19 (1.95%) Splunk
11 18 (1.85%) CheckPoint
12 15 (1.54%) IBM
12 15 (1.54%) Veracode
13 11 (1.13%) Cisco
13 11 (1.13%) VMware
14 10 (1.03%) Google
15 9 (0.93%) Cloudera