Period
to 23 January 2021

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies 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 23 January 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
UK
6 months to
23 Jan 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 353 323 316
Rank change year-on-year -30 -7 +7
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 507 1,195 1,633
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.79% 0.95% 1.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.86% 1.03% 1.17%
Number of salaries quoted 456 935 1,281
Median annual salary £57,500 £52,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +9.52% +5.00% -
10th Percentile £35,625 £33,200 £32,500
90th Percentile £90,000 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
% change year-on-year +5.26% - +5.56%

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 with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 58,983 115,832 140,046
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.36% 92.10% 92.25%
Number of salaries quoted 47,558 92,842 111,829
Median annual salary £55,000 £52,500 £52,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +4.76% - +5.00%
10th Percentile £32,500 £30,000 £29,750
90th Percentile £90,000 £87,500 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £49,000 £46,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +6.52% +2.22% -

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
Salary Trend

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

Salary trend for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Salary Histogram

Salary distribution for jobs citing Test Strategy over the 6 months to 23 January 2021.

Salary histogram for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Top 17 Job Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the UK over the 6 months to 23 January 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
England -22 466 £60,000 +9.09% 89
UK excluding London -15 310 £50,000 +5.26% 62
London +12 174 £65,000 - 34
South East +44 127 £60,000 +9.09% 14
North of England +6 87 £45,500 -3.96% 26
Work from Home -18 71 £52,500 -19.23% 12
Midlands +11 38 £52,500 +11.70% 3
Yorkshire -4 37 £42,500 -2.30% 10
North West +43 28 £60,000 +26.32% 13
South West -2 25 £52,500 +12.90% 1
West Midlands +14 24 £52,500 +6.36% 2
North East +20 22 £60,000 -7.69% 3
East of England +75 17 £65,000 +18.18% 10
Scotland +42 14 £47,500 +28.38% 5
East Midlands +54 13 £51,250 +28.13% 1
Wales +20 5 £45,000 -
Northern Ireland +8 1 - - 3

For the 6 months to 23 January 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 with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 326 (64.30%) Test Automation
2 286 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
3 246 (48.52%) QA
4 168 (33.14%) Selenium
5 141 (27.81%) Scrum
6 122 (24.06%) Java
7 118 (23.27%) DevOps
8 111 (21.89%) JIRA
9 101 (19.92%) AWS
10 95 (18.74%) C#
11 92 (18.15%) Microservices
12 85 (16.77%) Mentoring
13 82 (16.17%) Cucumber
14 80 (15.78%) Kanban
15 77 (15.19%) JavaScript
16 73 (14.40%) Test Scripting
17 72 (14.20%) RESTful
18 68 (13.41%) NoSQL
19 66 (13.02%) JSON
20 65 (12.82%) Python
21 62 (12.23%) MongoDB
22 60 (11.83%) Jenkins
22 60 (11.83%) Finance
22 60 (11.83%) SQL
22 60 (11.83%) API Testing
23 59 (11.64%) BDD
24 58 (11.44%) Azure
24 58 (11.44%) TDD
25 56 (11.05%) Web Testing
26 51 (10.06%) Software Testing

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 18 (3.55%) Confluence
2 8 (1.58%) SharePoint
3 6 (1.18%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (0.79%) Elasticsearch
5 3 (0.59%) CMS
6 2 (0.39%) Adobe Experience Manager
6 2 (0.39%) WebLogic
7 1 (0.20%) Drupal
7 1 (0.20%) JBoss
7 1 (0.20%) Joomla!
7 1 (0.20%) Red Hat Fuse
7 1 (0.20%) SAS
7 1 (0.20%) WordPress
Applications
1 3 (0.59%) Adobe Creative Suite
1 3 (0.59%) Figma
1 3 (0.59%) Sketch
2 2 (0.39%) Microsoft Project
3 1 (0.20%) Adobe Illustrator
3 1 (0.20%) Fireworks
3 1 (0.20%) Microsoft Office
3 1 (0.20%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 1 (0.20%) MS Visio
3 1 (0.20%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (0.99%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.79%) Dynamics NAV
2 4 (0.79%) NetSuite
2 4 (0.79%) Temenos T24
3 1 (0.20%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.20%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (0.20%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 101 (19.92%) AWS
2 58 (11.44%) Azure
3 30 (5.92%) SaaS
4 10 (1.97%) PaaS
5 9 (1.78%) GitHub
6 8 (1.58%) BlazeMeter
7 6 (1.18%) Google Analytics
7 6 (1.18%) Office 365
7 6 (1.18%) Power Platform
8 5 (0.99%) Serverless
9 4 (0.79%) Dynamics 365
9 4 (0.79%) IaaS
10 3 (0.59%) BrowserStack
10 3 (0.59%) OpenShift
11 2 (0.39%) Adobe Analytics
11 2 (0.39%) AWS Lambda
12 1 (0.20%) AWS CodePipeline
12 1 (0.20%) Cloud Computing
12 1 (0.20%) Trello
12 1 (0.20%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 10 (1.97%) Skype
2 7 (1.38%) Wireshark
3 6 (1.18%) Wireless
4 4 (0.79%) Software-Defined Radio
4 4 (0.79%) Wi-Fi
5 3 (0.59%) 3GPP
5 3 (0.59%) LTE
5 3 (0.59%) SMS
6 2 (0.39%) Bluetooth
6 2 (0.39%) Broadband
6 2 (0.39%) DHCP
6 2 (0.39%) DNS
6 2 (0.39%) HTTP
6 2 (0.39%) Internet
6 2 (0.39%) Intranet
6 2 (0.39%) IPv6
6 2 (0.39%) SIGTRAN
6 2 (0.39%) SS7
6 2 (0.39%) VLAN
6 2 (0.39%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 68 (13.41%) NoSQL
2 62 (12.23%) MongoDB
3 40 (7.89%) SQL Server
4 16 (3.16%) Big Data
5 9 (1.78%) Hadoop
6 8 (1.58%) SQL Server 2012
7 7 (1.38%) MySQL
8 6 (1.18%) Power BI
8 6 (1.18%) SQL Server 2008
9 5 (0.99%) SQL Server Integration Services
10 4 (0.79%) Blockchain
10 4 (0.79%) Data Warehouse
10 4 (0.79%) Neo4j
10 4 (0.79%) PostgreSQL
11 3 (0.59%) Apache Cassandra
11 3 (0.59%) BusinessObjects
11 3 (0.59%) Oracle Database
11 3 (0.59%) Oracle Database 12c
11 3 (0.59%) Relational Database
11 3 (0.59%) SAP Data Services
Development Applications
1 168 (33.14%) Selenium
2 111 (21.89%) JIRA
3 82 (16.17%) Cucumber
4 60 (11.83%) Jenkins
5 41 (8.09%) Appium
6 39 (7.69%) Postman
7 38 (7.50%) WebDriver
8 37 (7.30%) JMeter
9 30 (5.92%) SpecFlow
10 29 (5.72%) Cypress.io
11 28 (5.52%) Git (software)
12 16 (3.16%) SoapUI
13 14 (2.76%) TeamCity
14 13 (2.56%) Protractor
14 13 (2.56%) Visual Studio
15 12 (2.37%) JUnit
15 12 (2.37%) REST Assured
16 10 (1.97%) Atlassian Bamboo
17 9 (1.78%) Team Foundation Server
18 7 (1.38%) Gatling
General
1 60 (11.83%) Finance
2 28 (5.52%) Public Sector
3 25 (4.93%) Banking
4 22 (4.34%) Marketing
5 14 (2.76%) Law
6 13 (2.56%) Retail
7 12 (2.37%) Aerospace
8 10 (1.97%) Electronics
9 9 (1.78%) Front Office
9 9 (1.78%) Investment Banking
10 8 (1.58%) Financial Institution
11 5 (0.99%) Advertising
12 4 (0.79%) Military
12 4 (0.79%) Telecoms
13 3 (0.59%) Automotive
13 3 (0.59%) Billing
13 3 (0.59%) Games
14 2 (0.39%) Local Government
14 2 (0.39%) Manufacturing
15 1 (0.20%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 113 (22.29%) Developer
2 64 (12.62%) Analyst
3 62 (12.23%) QA Engineer
4 54 (10.65%) Test Engineer
5 50 (9.86%) Scala Developer
6 49 (9.66%) Test Analyst
7 46 (9.07%) Tester
8 31 (6.11%) Test Manager
9 26 (5.13%) Test Leader
10 25 (4.93%) Automation Tester
10 25 (4.93%) Developer in Test
11 24 (4.73%) Digital Developer
11 24 (4.73%) Senior Developer
12 22 (4.34%) Automation Test Lead
13 21 (4.14%) QA Leader
13 21 (4.14%) Software Developer
14 20 (3.94%) Test Automation Engineer
15 19 (3.75%) Automation Test Analyst
16 17 (3.35%) QA Analyst
17 15 (2.96%) Lead Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 72 (14.20%) RESTful
2 66 (13.02%) JSON
3 48 (9.47%) .NET
4 35 (6.90%) REST
5 33 (6.51%) Node.js
6 32 (6.31%) Gherkin
7 30 (5.92%) CSS
8 28 (5.52%) SOAP
9 25 (4.93%) Spring
9 25 (4.93%) Web Services
10 21 (4.14%) AngularJS
11 19 (3.75%) HTML
12 14 (2.76%) React
13 13 (2.56%) .NET Core
14 12 (2.37%) Kafka
14 12 (2.37%) Natural Language Processing
15 11 (2.17%) ASP.NET
15 11 (2.17%) XML
16 10 (1.97%) .NET Framework
17 8 (1.58%) LESS
Miscellaneous
1 25 (4.93%) Analytical Skills
2 22 (4.34%) Mobile App
3 19 (3.75%) Enterprise Software
4 15 (2.96%) Fixed Income
5 12 (2.37%) Greenfield Project
6 11 (2.17%) Equities
6 11 (2.17%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
7 9 (1.78%) Market Risk
7 9 (1.78%) User Experience
8 8 (1.58%) Client/Server
8 8 (1.58%) Management Information System
9 7 (1.38%) Virtual Team
10 5 (0.99%) Embedded Systems
10 5 (0.99%) Renewable Energy
11 4 (0.79%) Self-Motivation
11 4 (0.79%) SWIFT
12 3 (0.59%) Cloud Native
12 3 (0.59%) Hedge funds
12 3 (0.59%) Life Science
12 3 (0.59%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 33 (6.51%) Linux
2 18 (3.55%) Android
3 17 (3.35%) Apple iOS
3 17 (3.35%) Windows
4 9 (1.78%) Unix
5 2 (0.39%) Windows Server
6 1 (0.20%) Mac OS X
6 1 (0.20%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 326 (64.30%) Test Automation
2 286 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
3 141 (27.81%) Scrum
4 118 (23.27%) DevOps
5 92 (18.15%) Microservices
6 85 (16.77%) Mentoring
7 80 (15.78%) Kanban
8 73 (14.40%) Test Scripting
9 60 (11.83%) API Testing
10 59 (11.64%) BDD
11 58 (11.44%) TDD
12 56 (11.05%) Web Testing
13 51 (10.06%) Software Testing
14 49 (9.66%) Non-Functional Testing
15 48 (9.47%) Service Design
16 47 (9.27%) Performance Testing
16 47 (9.27%) Test Management
16 47 (9.27%) User Acceptance Testing
17 46 (9.07%) Regression Testing
17 46 (9.07%) Scenario Testing
Programming Languages
1 122 (24.06%) Java
2 95 (18.74%) C#
3 77 (15.19%) JavaScript
4 65 (12.82%) Python
5 60 (11.83%) SQL
6 51 (10.06%) Scala
7 29 (5.72%) TypeScript
8 17 (3.35%) PHP
9 16 (3.16%) C++
10 14 (2.76%) C
10 14 (2.76%) PowerShell
11 9 (1.78%) VBScript
12 7 (1.38%) Go
12 7 (1.38%) Ruby
13 5 (0.99%) Java 8
13 5 (0.99%) VB
14 4 (0.79%) T-SQL
15 3 (0.59%) Bash Shell
15 3 (0.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 34 (6.71%) ISTQB
2 33 (6.51%) Degree
3 26 (5.13%) Security Cleared
4 24 (4.73%) SC Cleared
5 22 (4.34%) ISEB
6 16 (3.16%) CFA
7 9 (1.78%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 9 (1.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 7 (1.38%) CISM
8 7 (1.38%) CISSP
8 7 (1.38%) Computer Science Degree
9 5 (0.99%) Chartered Engineer
9 5 (0.99%) HNC
9 5 (0.99%) Master's Degree
9 5 (0.99%) SSCP
10 3 (0.59%) DV Cleared
10 3 (0.59%) HND
11 1 (0.20%) Cisco Certification
11 1 (0.20%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.20%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 246 (48.52%) QA
2 8 (1.58%) Cyber Essentials
3 7 (1.38%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 6 (1.18%) GDPR
4 6 (1.18%) NIST
4 6 (1.18%) PCI DSS
5 5 (0.99%) NCSC
6 3 (0.59%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
7 2 (0.39%) GxP
7 2 (0.39%) ISO/IEC 15288
8 1 (0.20%) COBIT
8 1 (0.20%) Data Quality
8 1 (0.20%) ISO 9001
8 1 (0.20%) ISO/IEC 20000
System Software
1 24 (4.73%) Docker
2 7 (1.38%) Firmware
3 5 (0.99%) VMware Infrastructure
4 2 (0.39%) Apache Flume
4 2 (0.39%) VMware ESXi
5 1 (0.20%) Varnish
Systems Management
1 12 (2.37%) Kubernetes
2 8 (1.58%) Grafana
3 6 (1.18%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (0.59%) Nmap
5 2 (0.39%) Ansible
5 2 (0.39%) Opscode Chef
5 2 (0.39%) Perfmon
5 2 (0.39%) vCenter Server
Vendors
1 28 (5.52%) Microsoft
2 17 (3.35%) Oracle
3 8 (1.58%) SAP
4 7 (1.38%) Google
5 6 (1.18%) Salesforce.com
6 5 (0.99%) Adobe
6 5 (0.99%) Atlassian
6 5 (0.99%) MKS
6 5 (0.99%) VMware
7 4 (0.79%) EMC
7 4 (0.79%) JD Edwards
7 4 (0.79%) Temenos
8 3 (0.59%) CheckPoint
8 3 (0.59%) Dynatrace
8 3 (0.59%) Hotjar
8 3 (0.59%) Informatica
8 3 (0.59%) Optimizely
9 2 (0.39%) Axosoft
9 2 (0.39%) Guidewire
9 2 (0.39%) ServiceNow