Period
to 28 September 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for Test Strategy skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Test Strategy over the 6 months to 28 September 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
England > South East
6 months to
28 Sep 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 280 183 293
Rank change year-on-year -97 +110 -59
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 176 102 249
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the South East 1.00% 1.29% 0.97%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.07% 1.40% 1.06%
Number of salaries quoted 140 68 180
10th Percentile £31,250 £31,900 £27,250
25th Percentile £37,688 £37,500 £34,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £50,000 £45,000
Median % change year-on-year +5.00% +11.11% -10.00%
75th Percentile £60,000 £71,250 £61,563
90th Percentile £72,500 £78,750 £69,944
England median annual salary £60,000 £60,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year - +20.00% -2.91%

Test Strategy is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in the South East with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South East
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 16,475 7,310 23,464
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the South East 93.57% 92.32% 91.44%
Number of salaries quoted 11,223 6,070 19,074
10th Percentile £32,500 £32,475 £28,000
25th Percentile £40,000 £40,000 £36,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £52,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year - +5.00% +5.26%
75th Percentile £67,500 £65,000 £63,750
90th Percentile £78,750 £75,000 £75,000
England median annual salary £57,500 £57,000 £52,500
% change year-on-year +0.88% +8.57% +1.94%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the South East.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Salary Trend in the South East

3-month moving average salary quoted in jobs citing Test Strategy in the South East.

Salary trend for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Salary Histogram in the South East

Salary distribution for jobs citing Test Strategy in the South East over the 6 months to 28 September 2021.

Salary histogram for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the South East region over the 6 months to 28 September 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Thames Valley -82 55 £52,500 +31.25% 7
Hampshire -80 42 £42,500 +2.41% 12
West Sussex -16 37 £60,000 -11.11% 3
Surrey -56 32 £56,250 -27.42% 4
Berkshire -57 30 £55,000 +44.74% 2
Buckinghamshire -52 19 £47,500 +35.71% 4
East Sussex -33 10 £42,500 +6.25%
Oxfordshire -31 6 £52,500 +16.67% 1
Kent -39 2 £67,500 -28.95%
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 28 September 2021, IT 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 permanent job ads across the South East region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 101 (57.39%) Test Automation
2 99 (56.25%) QA
3 89 (50.57%) Agile Software Development
4 66 (37.50%) Software Testing
5 57 (32.39%) Social Skills
6 52 (29.55%) Selenium
7 44 (25.00%) Azure
7 44 (25.00%) Regression Testing
8 34 (19.32%) TypeScript
9 33 (18.75%) SDLC
9 33 (18.75%) JIRA
9 33 (18.75%) Scrum
10 32 (18.18%) DevOps
10 32 (18.18%) Scenario Testing
11 30 (17.05%) C#
11 30 (17.05%) JavaScript
11 30 (17.05%) Performance Testing
12 28 (15.91%) ISTQB
13 27 (15.34%) Test Scripting
13 27 (15.34%) Web Services
13 27 (15.34%) JMeter
14 26 (14.77%) Degree
14 26 (14.77%) TDD
14 26 (14.77%) Problem-Solving
15 24 (13.64%) Java
15 24 (13.64%) ISEB
15 24 (13.64%) Manual Testing
15 24 (13.64%) BDD
15 24 (13.64%) Non-Functional Testing
15 24 (13.64%) Mentoring

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 5 (2.84%) Confluence
2 2 (1.14%) SAS
3 1 (0.57%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 10 (5.68%) Microsoft Excel
2 6 (3.41%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 5 (2.84%) Microsoft Office
3 5 (2.84%) Microsoft Project
4 1 (0.57%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 6 (3.41%) SAP S/4HANA
2 1 (0.57%) Sparx Enterprise Architect
Cloud Services
1 44 (25.00%) Azure
2 21 (11.93%) BlazeMeter
3 15 (8.52%) SaaS
4 14 (7.95%) AWS
5 4 (2.27%) Tricentis Tosca
6 2 (1.14%) SuccessFactors
7 1 (0.57%) Amazon S3
7 1 (0.57%) Cloud Computing
7 1 (0.57%) CloudTest
7 1 (0.57%) IaaS
7 1 (0.57%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 17 (9.66%) Skype
2 12 (6.82%) TCP/IP
3 11 (6.25%) Firewall
4 7 (3.98%) Network Security
5 6 (3.41%) HTTP
5 6 (3.41%) SSL
6 2 (1.14%) Internet
6 2 (1.14%) Wireshark
7 1 (0.57%) DNS
7 1 (0.57%) Ethernet
7 1 (0.57%) GSM
7 1 (0.57%) HTTPS
7 1 (0.57%) MPLS
7 1 (0.57%) Wi-Fi
7 1 (0.57%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 18 (10.23%) SQL Server
2 13 (7.39%) Oracle Database
3 8 (4.55%) Relational Database
4 7 (3.98%) RDBMS
5 4 (2.27%) Oracle BI EE
6 3 (1.70%) Big Data
6 3 (1.70%) MongoDB
7 2 (1.14%) NoSQL
8 1 (0.57%) QualityStage
Development Applications
1 52 (29.55%) Selenium
2 33 (18.75%) JIRA
3 27 (15.34%) JMeter
4 20 (11.36%) Postman
5 16 (9.09%) Cucumber
6 14 (7.95%) WebDriver
7 13 (7.39%) Git (software)
8 12 (6.82%) SoapUI
9 11 (6.25%) Cypress.io
9 11 (6.25%) SpecFlow
10 10 (5.68%) Jenkins
11 8 (4.55%) JUnit
11 8 (4.55%) NUnit
11 8 (4.55%) Visual Studio
12 6 (3.41%) Katalon Studio
13 5 (2.84%) Protractor
14 4 (2.27%) HP UFT
14 4 (2.27%) LoadRunner
14 4 (2.27%) RSpec
15 3 (1.70%) TeamCity
General
1 57 (32.39%) Social Skills
2 21 (11.93%) Organisational Skills
3 20 (11.36%) Finance
4 17 (9.66%) Analytical Skills
5 8 (4.55%) Retail
6 7 (3.98%) Banking
6 7 (3.98%) Presentation Skills
7 5 (2.84%) Inclusion and Diversity
7 5 (2.84%) Law
8 4 (2.27%) Games
8 4 (2.27%) Pharmaceutical
8 4 (2.27%) Public Sector
9 3 (1.70%) Influencing Skills
9 3 (1.70%) Manufacturing
10 2 (1.14%) Documentation Skills
10 2 (1.14%) Telecoms
11 1 (0.57%) Billing
11 1 (0.57%) Financial Institution
11 1 (0.57%) Legal
11 1 (0.57%) Military
Job Titles
1 37 (21.02%) QA Leader
2 36 (20.45%) QA Engineer
3 27 (15.34%) Senior QA Engineer
4 25 (14.20%) Analyst
4 25 (14.20%) Test Leader
5 24 (13.64%) Tester
6 23 (13.07%) Test Analyst
7 22 (12.50%) Performance Engineer
8 21 (11.93%) Senior Performance Engineer
9 18 (10.23%) Test Engineer
10 16 (9.09%) Automation Test Lead
10 16 (9.09%) Test Manager
11 13 (7.39%) Developer
12 11 (6.25%) Automation Team Leader
12 11 (6.25%) Software Tester
12 11 (6.25%) Team Leader
12 11 (6.25%) Test Team Leader
13 9 (5.11%) Quality Engineer
14 8 (4.55%) QA Analyst
14 8 (4.55%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 27 (15.34%) Web Services
2 22 (12.50%) .NET
3 17 (9.66%) SOAP
4 14 (7.95%) React
5 12 (6.82%) REST
6 11 (6.25%) JSON
6 11 (6.25%) RESTful
7 10 (5.68%) .NET Core
8 7 (3.98%) AngularJS
9 6 (3.41%) Material-UI
10 4 (2.27%) ASP.NET
10 4 (2.27%) Gherkin
10 4 (2.27%) Node.js
10 4 (2.27%) WebdriverIO
10 4 (2.27%) WebSockets
10 4 (2.27%) XML
11 3 (1.70%) Jest
12 2 (1.14%) .NET Framework
12 2 (1.14%) Vue.js
13 1 (0.57%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 22 (12.50%) Enterprise Software
2 21 (11.93%) Client/Server
3 15 (8.52%) User Experience
4 14 (7.95%) Self-Motivation
5 12 (6.82%) Mobile App
6 7 (3.98%) LIMS
7 6 (3.41%) Digital Media
8 4 (2.27%) Analytical Mindset
8 4 (2.27%) Linux Command Line
9 2 (1.14%) Data Centre
9 2 (1.14%) Greenfield Project
9 2 (1.14%) Life Science
10 1 (0.57%) Algorithms
10 1 (0.57%) Cybercrime
10 1 (0.57%) Data Protection Act
10 1 (0.57%) Graphic Design
10 1 (0.57%) Mainframe
10 1 (0.57%) Management Information System
10 1 (0.57%) Raspberry Pi
10 1 (0.57%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 11 (6.25%) Linux
1 11 (6.25%) Windows
2 8 (4.55%) Unix
3 6 (3.41%) Solaris
4 1 (0.57%) Android
4 1 (0.57%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.57%) CentOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 101 (57.39%) Test Automation
2 89 (50.57%) Agile Software Development
3 66 (37.50%) Software Testing
4 44 (25.00%) Regression Testing
5 33 (18.75%) Scrum
5 33 (18.75%) SDLC
6 32 (18.18%) DevOps
6 32 (18.18%) Scenario Testing
7 30 (17.05%) Performance Testing
8 27 (15.34%) Test Scripting
9 26 (14.77%) Problem-Solving
9 26 (14.77%) TDD
10 24 (13.64%) BDD
10 24 (13.64%) Manual Testing
10 24 (13.64%) Mentoring
10 24 (13.64%) Non-Functional Testing
11 23 (13.07%) Scaled Agile Framework
12 22 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
13 21 (11.93%) API Testing
14 20 (11.36%) Defect Management
Programming Languages
1 34 (19.32%) TypeScript
2 30 (17.05%) C#
2 30 (17.05%) JavaScript
3 24 (13.64%) Java
4 16 (9.09%) SQL
5 6 (3.41%) Scala
6 3 (1.70%) C
6 3 (1.70%) Python
7 2 (1.14%) C++
7 2 (1.14%) PHP
8 1 (0.57%) Groovy
8 1 (0.57%) Java 8
8 1 (0.57%) Kotlin
8 1 (0.57%) Perl
8 1 (0.57%) R
8 1 (0.57%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 28 (15.91%) ISTQB
2 26 (14.77%) Degree
3 24 (13.64%) ISEB
4 19 (10.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (3.98%) CEH
5 7 (3.98%) CISA
5 7 (3.98%) Security Cleared
6 6 (3.41%) GIAC
6 6 (3.41%) OSCE
6 6 (3.41%) OSCP
7 5 (2.84%) Computer Science Degree
7 5 (2.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 5 (2.84%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 5 (2.84%) SC Cleared
8 4 (2.27%) Master's Degree
8 4 (2.27%) MBA
9 2 (1.14%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.57%) CISM
10 1 (0.57%) CISSP
10 1 (0.57%) NVQ Level 4
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 99 (56.25%) QA
2 8 (4.55%) Accessibility
3 7 (3.98%) GDPR
3 7 (3.98%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (3.41%) NIST
5 4 (2.27%) WCAG
6 1 (0.57%) Data Quality
System Software
1 11 (6.25%) Docker
2 1 (0.57%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 22 (12.50%) Grafana
2 9 (5.11%) HP ALM
3 7 (3.98%) Kubernetes
4 6 (3.41%) HP Fortify
4 6 (3.41%) WebInspect
5 1 (0.57%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (0.57%) MIIS
Vendors
1 15 (8.52%) Oracle
2 13 (7.39%) Microsoft
3 9 (5.11%) HP
3 9 (5.11%) SAP
4 8 (4.55%) Micro Focus
5 6 (3.41%) ArcSight
5 6 (3.41%) Black Duck
5 6 (3.41%) Qualys
5 6 (3.41%) Sonatype
5 6 (3.41%) Splunk
5 6 (3.41%) Tripwire
6 5 (2.84%) Cognizant
7 4 (2.27%) Atlassian
7 4 (2.27%) Informatica
7 4 (2.27%) JDA
7 4 (2.27%) Mercator
7 4 (2.27%) TOWER Software
8 2 (1.14%) Agilent
8 2 (1.14%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.57%) Red Hat