Period
to 15 November 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 15 November 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
15 Nov 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 214 251 228
Rank change year-on-year +37 -23 -43
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 1,367 1,084 1,266
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.31% 1.05% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.52% 1.23% 1.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 827 691 747
UK median daily rate £435 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +6.25% -
10th Percentile £301 £281 £270
90th Percentile £600 £588 £578
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £399 £378
% change year-on-year +1.44% +5.76% +0.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 19 9
UK median hourly rate £40.00 £45.00 £44.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -11.11% +1.12% +18.67%
10th Percentile £19.63 £30.40 £40.25
90th Percentile £47.50 £52.50 £51.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £44.25
% change year-on-year -15.79% +7.34% +18.00%

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 89,966 88,328 90,655
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 86.36% 85.73% 85.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 59,547 58,692 59,765
UK median daily rate £460 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.22% +5.88% +3.03%
10th Percentile £300 £276 £263
90th Percentile £638 £625 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2,344 2,127 2,494
UK median hourly rate £22.00 £23.14 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.93% +2.84% +2.27%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £11.25
90th Percentile £50.50 £49.75 £48.38
UK excluding London median hourly rate £21.25 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year -11.46% +6.67% -

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 15 November 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 15 November 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 15 November 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 +32 1,261 £450 +5.88% 250
UK excluding London +55 882 £405 +1.44% 184
London +8 464 £475 +5.56% 74
South East +33 276 £450 +8.76% 43
Midlands +47 177 £400 +14.29% 42
West Midlands +31 141 £405 +26.56% 35
South West +34 115 £425 +9.68% 28
East of England +56 114 £450 +0.17% 21
North of England -46 110 £390 +4.00% 42
Yorkshire -15 50 £353 -11.88% 20
North West -43 43 £405 +11.72% 21
Scotland -10 42 £325 -11.86% 4
East Midlands +8 34 £361 -0.34% 7
Wales +4 32 £380 +8.57% 3
North East -4 18 £391 +22.19% 1
Northern Ireland +45 12 £325 +23.81% 1
Channel Islands - 3 - -

For the 6 months to 15 November 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.

1 678 (49.60%) Agile Software Development
2 641 (46.89%) Test Automation
3 364 (26.63%) QA
4 317 (23.19%) Java
5 312 (22.82%) Selenium
6 277 (20.26%) SQL
7 253 (18.51%) Finance
8 230 (16.83%) JIRA
9 228 (16.68%) User Acceptance Testing
10 222 (16.24%) Scrum
11 198 (14.48%) Oracle
12 190 (13.90%) Test Scripting
13 183 (13.39%) Cucumber
14 176 (12.87%) Continuous Integration
15 173 (12.66%) DevOps
16 172 (12.58%) Test Management
17 169 (12.36%) ISTQB
18 168 (12.29%) Jenkins
19 167 (12.22%) BDD
20 162 (11.85%) SDLC
21 159 (11.63%) Waterfall
21 159 (11.63%) Regression Testing
22 153 (11.19%) C#
22 153 (11.19%) Non-Functional Testing
23 148 (10.83%) Windows
24 147 (10.75%) Functional Testing
25 142 (10.39%) Performance Testing
25 142 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
26 141 (10.31%) Problem-Solving
27 140 (10.24%) Stakeholder 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 92 (6.73%) Confluence
2 79 (5.78%) WebLogic
3 42 (3.07%) SharePoint
4 20 (1.46%) CMS
5 14 (1.02%) Tomcat
6 13 (0.95%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 12 (0.88%) nginx
8 8 (0.59%) Documentum
8 8 (0.59%) SAP Portal
9 7 (0.51%) CoreMedia CMS
9 7 (0.51%) MS Exchange
10 6 (0.44%) Elasticsearch
11 4 (0.29%) WebSphere
12 3 (0.22%) Exchange Server 2013
12 3 (0.22%) OpenStack
13 2 (0.15%) Apache
13 2 (0.15%) Apache Qpid
13 2 (0.15%) Apache Spark
13 2 (0.15%) JBoss
13 2 (0.15%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 40 (2.93%) Microsoft Excel
2 28 (2.05%) Microsoft Office
3 26 (1.90%) Microsoft Project
4 19 (1.39%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 13 (0.95%) Spreadsheet
6 10 (0.73%) MS Visio
7 1 (0.073%) Mingle
7 1 (0.073%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 36 (2.63%) Dynamics CRM
2 8 (0.59%) Oracle ERP
2 8 (0.59%) SAP PSCD
3 7 (0.51%) Remedy ITSM
3 7 (0.51%) SAP S/4HANA
4 5 (0.37%) SAP ERP
4 5 (0.37%) SAP Oil and Gas
5 4 (0.29%) Oracle Financials
6 3 (0.22%) Dynamics AX
6 3 (0.22%) Magento
6 3 (0.22%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 3 (0.22%) SAP Payroll
7 2 (0.15%) Infor M3
7 2 (0.15%) Lawson
7 2 (0.15%) Markit EDM
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle Payables
7 2 (0.15%) Oracle Retail
7 2 (0.15%) SAP HCM
7 2 (0.15%) SAP HR
7 2 (0.15%) SAP IBP
Cloud Services
1 103 (7.53%) Microsoft Azure
2 74 (5.41%) Amazon AWS
3 38 (2.78%) Office 365
4 36 (2.63%) GitHub
5 19 (1.39%) SaaS
6 18 (1.32%) BlazeMeter
6 18 (1.32%) BrowserStack
6 18 (1.32%) Dynamics 365
7 12 (0.88%) Google Analytics
8 11 (0.80%) IaaS
9 10 (0.73%) Amazon CloudWatch
9 10 (0.73%) PaaS
9 10 (0.73%) Sauce Labs
10 8 (0.59%) AWS CloudFormation
10 8 (0.59%) Cloud Computing
11 7 (0.51%) Slack
12 5 (0.37%) Apigee
13 4 (0.29%) Boomi
13 4 (0.29%) OneDrive
14 3 (0.22%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 30 (2.19%) Firewall
2 19 (1.39%) Internet
3 16 (1.17%) TCP/IP
4 15 (1.10%) HTTP
4 15 (1.10%) SSL
5 13 (0.95%) LAN
5 13 (0.95%) VPN
6 10 (0.73%) DSL
7 8 (0.59%) DNS
8 7 (0.51%) WAN
8 7 (0.51%) Wireless
9 5 (0.37%) VoIP
10 4 (0.29%) Broadband
10 4 (0.29%) Cisco ICM
10 4 (0.29%) LTE
10 4 (0.29%) MPLS
10 4 (0.29%) SAN
11 3 (0.22%) Junos
11 3 (0.22%) MRTG
11 3 (0.22%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 64 (4.68%) SQL Server
2 40 (2.93%) MySQL
3 35 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
4 30 (2.19%) MongoDB
5 26 (1.90%) BusinessObjects
6 25 (1.83%) Oracle Reports
7 18 (1.32%) Big Data
7 18 (1.32%) Relational Database
8 17 (1.24%) Oracle Database
9 16 (1.17%) NoSQL
10 15 (1.10%) SQL Server 2016
11 13 (0.95%) Oracle Database 11g
12 12 (0.88%) Oracle OWB
13 10 (0.73%) Pentaho
13 10 (0.73%) PostgreSQL
13 10 (0.73%) SQL Server Integration Services
14 6 (0.44%) Hadoop
14 6 (0.44%) RDBMS
14 6 (0.44%) SQL Server 2008
14 6 (0.44%) ZAP BI
Development Applications
1 312 (22.82%) Selenium
2 230 (16.83%) JIRA
3 183 (13.39%) Cucumber
4 168 (12.29%) Jenkins
5 105 (7.68%) JMeter
6 103 (7.53%) Git (software)
6 103 (7.53%) SoapUI
7 72 (5.27%) JUnit
8 71 (5.19%) WebDriver
9 66 (4.83%) Team Foundation Server
10 60 (4.39%) HP UFT
10 60 (4.39%) LoadRunner
10 60 (4.39%) Visual Studio Team System
11 59 (4.32%) TeamCity
12 55 (4.02%) Visual Studio
13 50 (3.66%) SpecFlow
14 49 (3.58%) Bitbucket
15 42 (3.07%) Maven
16 33 (2.41%) Zephyr
17 27 (1.98%) Gatling
General
1 253 (18.51%) Finance
2 119 (8.71%) Banking
3 67 (4.90%) Retail
4 38 (2.78%) Investment Banking
5 30 (2.19%) Marketing
6 28 (2.05%) Front Office
7 22 (1.61%) Back Office
8 21 (1.54%) Legal
9 19 (1.39%) Games
10 15 (1.10%) Telecoms
11 14 (1.02%) Law
12 13 (0.95%) Advertising
13 11 (0.80%) Retail Banking
14 8 (0.59%) Manufacturing
15 7 (0.51%) Online Betting
16 6 (0.44%) Pharmaceutical
17 5 (0.37%) Publishing
18 4 (0.29%) Automotive
18 4 (0.29%) Financial Institution
19 3 (0.22%) Military
Job Titles
1 288 (21.07%) Test Manager
2 259 (18.95%) Analyst
3 212 (15.51%) Test Analyst
4 208 (15.22%) Tester
5 137 (10.02%) Developer
6 129 (9.44%) Test Leader
7 87 (6.36%) Test Engineer
8 74 (5.41%) Automation Tester
9 48 (3.51%) Automation Test Analyst
10 45 (3.29%) Architect
11 43 (3.15%) QA Tester
12 41 (3.00%) Consultant
12 41 (3.00%) Test Automation Engineer
13 37 (2.71%) Performance Tester
13 37 (2.71%) QA Leader
14 33 (2.41%) Java Developer
15 31 (2.27%) Automation Test Lead
16 26 (1.90%) QA Engineer
17 25 (1.83%) QA Manager
17 25 (1.83%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 85 (6.22%) .NET
2 71 (5.19%) XML
3 62 (4.54%) Web Services
4 57 (4.17%) J2EE
4 57 (4.17%) REST
5 50 (3.66%) JSON
6 49 (3.58%) SOAP
7 47 (3.44%) Gherkin
8 43 (3.15%) Node.js
9 42 (3.07%) RESTful
10 41 (3.00%) Spring
11 36 (2.63%) CSS
12 31 (2.27%) Spring Boot
13 28 (2.05%) AngularJS
14 24 (1.76%) Apache Camel
15 21 (1.54%) Middleware
16 20 (1.46%) HTML
17 18 (1.32%) ASP.NET
18 16 (1.17%) React
19 15 (1.10%) Swagger
Miscellaneous
1 142 (10.39%) Analytical Skills
2 50 (3.66%) Mobile App
3 37 (2.71%) Data Centre
4 29 (2.12%) User Experience
5 27 (1.98%) Computer Science
6 24 (1.76%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 22 (1.61%) Greenfield Project
8 21 (1.54%) Client/Server
9 18 (1.32%) Enterprise Software
10 17 (1.24%) Hybrid Cloud
10 17 (1.24%) Virtual Team
11 16 (1.17%) Mainframe
11 16 (1.17%) Self-Motivation
12 15 (1.10%) NHS
13 14 (1.02%) Management Information System
14 13 (0.95%) Fintech
15 12 (0.88%) N-Tier
16 11 (0.80%) DataPower
17 9 (0.66%) Private Cloud
18 8 (0.59%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 148 (10.83%) Windows
2 113 (8.27%) Unix
3 95 (6.95%) Linux
4 40 (2.93%) Windows Server
5 24 (1.76%) Windows 10
6 20 (1.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 17 (1.24%) Windows Server 2012
8 16 (1.17%) Windows Server 2008
9 15 (1.10%) Ubuntu
10 11 (0.80%) Android
10 11 (0.80%) Solaris
11 10 (0.73%) Apple iOS
12 9 (0.66%) Windows Server 2003
13 8 (0.59%) VME
14 7 (0.51%) AIX
14 7 (0.51%) Windows 7
15 6 (0.44%) CentOS
16 4 (0.29%) Mac OS X
17 3 (0.22%) Debian
Processes & Methodologies
1 678 (49.60%) Agile Software Development
2 641 (46.89%) Test Automation
3 228 (16.68%) User Acceptance Testing
4 222 (16.24%) Scrum
5 190 (13.90%) Test Scripting
6 176 (12.87%) Continuous Integration
7 173 (12.66%) DevOps
8 172 (12.58%) Test Management
9 167 (12.22%) BDD
10 162 (11.85%) SDLC
11 159 (11.63%) Regression Testing
11 159 (11.63%) Waterfall
12 153 (11.19%) Non-Functional Testing
13 147 (10.75%) Functional Testing
14 142 (10.39%) Performance Testing
15 141 (10.31%) Problem-Solving
16 140 (10.24%) Stakeholder Management
17 138 (10.10%) Process Improvement
17 138 (10.10%) Software Testing
18 121 (8.85%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 317 (23.19%) Java
2 277 (20.26%) SQL
3 153 (11.19%) C#
4 105 (7.68%) Python
5 83 (6.07%) JavaScript
6 60 (4.39%) PL/SQL
7 58 (4.24%) Shell Script
8 44 (3.22%) Perl
9 33 (2.41%) C++
10 28 (2.05%) Ruby
11 26 (1.90%) Groovy
12 25 (1.83%) PowerShell
13 16 (1.17%) C
14 14 (1.02%) T-SQL
15 13 (0.95%) ABAP
16 12 (0.88%) Haskell
16 12 (0.88%) VBScript
17 11 (0.80%) Bash Shell
18 9 (0.66%) Scala
18 9 (0.66%) VB
Qualifications
1 169 (12.36%) ISTQB
2 137 (10.02%) Security Cleared
3 134 (9.80%) ISEB
4 110 (8.05%) SC Cleared
5 88 (6.44%) Degree
6 50 (3.66%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 26 (1.90%) ISEB Practitioner
8 18 (1.32%) BPSS Clearance
9 14 (1.02%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 11 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
10 11 (0.80%) DV Cleared
11 6 (0.44%) Microsoft Certification
12 5 (0.37%) DBS Check
12 5 (0.37%) MCP
12 5 (0.37%) Numerate Degree
12 5 (0.37%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
13 4 (0.29%) ITIL Certification
13 4 (0.29%) MCSE
14 3 (0.22%) CISA
14 3 (0.22%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 364 (26.63%) QA
2 23 (1.68%) Data Quality
3 16 (1.17%) PMO
4 10 (0.73%) GDPR
4 10 (0.73%) WCAG
5 6 (0.44%) SLA
6 5 (0.37%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (0.29%) ISO 9001
8 3 (0.22%) MiFID
8 3 (0.22%) PCI DSS
9 2 (0.15%) Disclosure Scotland
9 2 (0.15%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 2 (0.15%) PSD2
9 2 (0.15%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 1 (0.073%) COBIT
10 1 (0.073%) GxP
10 1 (0.073%) HL7
10 1 (0.073%) IFRS
10 1 (0.073%) ISO 20022
System Software
1 90 (6.58%) Docker
2 22 (1.61%) Active Directory
3 12 (0.88%) Virtual Machines
4 5 (0.37%) Microsoft App-V
4 5 (0.37%) VMware Infrastructure
5 4 (0.29%) XenApp
6 3 (0.22%) KVM
7 2 (0.15%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 2 (0.15%) Virtual Desktop
7 2 (0.15%) VirtualBox
7 2 (0.15%) vSphere
8 1 (0.073%) IAG
8 1 (0.073%) Virtual Servers
Systems Management
1 49 (3.58%) HP Quality Center
2 43 (3.15%) HP ALM
3 40 (2.93%) Ansible
4 26 (1.90%) Puppet
5 23 (1.68%) Opscode Chef
6 18 (1.32%) Terraform
7 15 (1.10%) Grafana
7 15 (1.10%) Kibana
8 14 (1.02%) Kubernetes
9 7 (0.51%) BladeLogic
9 7 (0.51%) SCCM
10 6 (0.44%) Netcool
11 4 (0.29%) Nagios
11 4 (0.29%) Nessus
12 3 (0.22%) Cacti
12 3 (0.22%) NSN NetAct
12 3 (0.22%) OpenNMS
12 3 (0.22%) OpenView
12 3 (0.22%) TeMIP
12 3 (0.22%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 198 (14.48%) Oracle
2 134 (9.80%) Microsoft
3 74 (5.41%) HP
4 72 (5.27%) SAP
5 64 (4.68%) webMethods
6 38 (2.78%) BEA
7 31 (2.27%) IBM
8 29 (2.12%) Workday
9 24 (1.76%) Pega
10 23 (1.68%) Informatica
11 22 (1.61%) Atlassian
11 22 (1.61%) Red Hat
12 18 (1.32%) CheckPoint
12 18 (1.32%) Salesforce.com
13 16 (1.17%) VMware
13 16 (1.17%) WSO2
14 14 (1.02%) AppDynamics
14 14 (1.02%) Google
14 14 (1.02%) Splunk
15 12 (0.88%) Dynatrace