Period
to 13 April 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 13 April 2021 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
UK
6 months to
13 Apr 2021
Same period 2020 Same period 2019
Rank 372 344 316
Rank change year-on-year -28 -28 -4
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 624 983 1,541
As % of all permanent jobs advertised in the UK 0.75% 0.86% 1.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.81% 0.94% 1.12%
Number of salaries quoted 509 789 1,184
10th Percentile £36,250 £32,500 £31,500
25th Percentile £43,750 £40,000 £40,000
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £58,497 £55,000 £50,000
Median % change year-on-year +6.36% +10.00% -
75th Percentile £75,000 £70,000 £62,500
90th Percentile £94,000 £78,750 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £45,000
% 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 76,792 104,892 137,408
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 92.47% 92.14% 92.30%
Number of salaries quoted 59,116 84,257 109,289
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £30,000
25th Percentile £41,250 £40,000 £37,500
Median annual salary (50th Percentile) £55,000 £55,000 £52,500
Median % change year-on-year - +4.76% +5.00%
75th Percentile £75,000 £72,500 £70,000
90th Percentile £90,000 £90,000 £85,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £48,500 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year +2.11% +5.56% -

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 13 April 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 13 April 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 -34 561 £60,000 +9.09% 112
UK excluding London -33 352 £50,000 +5.26% 85
London +22 239 £69,000 +6.15% 33
South East -13 129 £55,000 +3.77% 26
Work from Home -17 115 £55,000 +4.76% 16
North of England -19 91 £47,500 +5.56% 17
Yorkshire -28 50 £47,500 +11.76% 8
Midlands +27 45 £47,500 -5.00% 10
East of England +61 32 £57,500 +4.55% 10
North West +12 30 £43,750 +2.94% 9
West Midlands +15 29 £45,000 -19.64% 8
South West -10 25 £56,500 +25.56% 16
Wales +23 14 £45,000 - 1
East Midlands +16 14 £50,000 +17.65% 2
Scotland +1 14 £40,000 +14.29% 2
North East +5 11 £46,877 -37.50%
Northern Ireland +4 5 £44,500 +61.82% 3

For the 6 months to 13 April 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.

1 382 (61.22%) Test Automation
2 338 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
3 299 (47.92%) QA
4 206 (33.01%) Selenium
5 175 (28.04%) Software Testing
6 136 (21.79%) Java
7 128 (20.51%) C#
8 120 (19.23%) BDD
8 120 (19.23%) DevOps
9 112 (17.95%) TDD
10 110 (17.63%) Scrum
11 108 (17.31%) SQL
12 103 (16.51%) Cucumber
13 102 (16.35%) JIRA
14 98 (15.71%) JavaScript
15 94 (15.06%) Azure
16 93 (14.90%) Mentoring
17 89 (14.26%) Finance
18 82 (13.14%) Test Scripting
19 80 (12.82%) Stakeholder Management
19 80 (12.82%) .NET
20 79 (12.66%) API Testing
21 77 (12.34%) SDLC
22 76 (12.18%) Postman
23 68 (10.90%) Kanban
24 65 (10.42%) AWS
24 65 (10.42%) Microservices
24 65 (10.42%) SDET
25 62 (9.94%) Python
26 61 (9.78%) Software Engineering

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 15 (2.40%) Confluence
2 10 (1.60%) SharePoint
3 7 (1.12%) CMS
4 6 (0.96%) SharePoint 2010
5 5 (0.80%) Elasticsearch
6 4 (0.64%) SAS
7 3 (0.48%) Adobe Experience Manager
7 3 (0.48%) WebLogic
8 1 (0.16%) Apache
8 1 (0.16%) Drupal
8 1 (0.16%) Headless CMS
8 1 (0.16%) JBoss
8 1 (0.16%) Joomla!
8 1 (0.16%) Red Hat Fuse
8 1 (0.16%) Sitecore CMS
8 1 (0.16%) WordPress
Applications
1 5 (0.80%) Microsoft Excel
2 3 (0.48%) Adobe Creative Suite
2 3 (0.48%) Figma
2 3 (0.48%) Microsoft Office
2 3 (0.48%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (0.48%) Microsoft Project
2 3 (0.48%) Sketch
3 2 (0.32%) Chatbot
4 1 (0.16%) Adobe Illustrator
4 1 (0.16%) Fireworks
4 1 (0.16%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.16%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 9 (1.44%) Dynamics AX
2 4 (0.64%) NetSuite
2 4 (0.64%) Temenos T24
3 3 (0.48%) Dynamics NAV
4 2 (0.32%) Dynamics CRM
4 2 (0.32%) Salesforce.com CRM
5 1 (0.16%) Oracle ERP
5 1 (0.16%) PolarLake
5 1 (0.16%) SAP Hybris
5 1 (0.16%) Shopify
5 1 (0.16%) Visualfiles
Cloud Services
1 94 (15.06%) Azure
2 65 (10.42%) AWS
3 38 (6.09%) SaaS
4 18 (2.88%) BrowserStack
5 13 (2.08%) PaaS
6 11 (1.76%) Serverless
7 9 (1.44%) GCP
8 8 (1.28%) Google Analytics
8 8 (1.28%) Microsoft 365
9 7 (1.12%) IaaS
10 6 (0.96%) npm
10 6 (0.96%) Power Platform
11 5 (0.80%) Adobe Analytics
11 5 (0.80%) GitHub
12 4 (0.64%) Dynamics 365
13 2 (0.32%) Firebase
13 2 (0.32%) Matillion
13 2 (0.32%) Trello
14 1 (0.16%) OpenShift
14 1 (0.16%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 9 (1.44%) Software-Defined Radio
2 8 (1.28%) Wireshark
3 6 (0.96%) Internet
4 3 (0.48%) Diameter Protocol
4 3 (0.48%) Firewall
4 3 (0.48%) HTTP
4 3 (0.48%) INAP
4 3 (0.48%) Intelligent Network
4 3 (0.48%) LAN
4 3 (0.48%) SIGTRAN
4 3 (0.48%) SS7
4 3 (0.48%) Unified Communications
4 3 (0.48%) Wi-Fi
4 3 (0.48%) Wireless
5 2 (0.32%) ATM
5 2 (0.32%) Broadband
5 2 (0.32%) GSM
5 2 (0.32%) IPsec
5 2 (0.32%) SMS
5 2 (0.32%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 45 (7.21%) NoSQL
2 36 (5.77%) MongoDB
3 32 (5.13%) SQL Server
4 24 (3.85%) Big Data
5 10 (1.60%) Relational Database
5 10 (1.60%) SQL Server 2012
6 9 (1.44%) Blockchain
7 8 (1.28%) Hadoop
8 7 (1.12%) Oracle ODI
9 6 (0.96%) Data Warehouse
9 6 (0.96%) PostgreSQL
9 6 (0.96%) Power BI
9 6 (0.96%) SQL Server 2008
10 5 (0.80%) BigQuery
10 5 (0.80%) Oracle Database
10 5 (0.80%) Tableau
11 4 (0.64%) Neo4j
12 3 (0.48%) BusinessObjects
12 3 (0.48%) Oracle BI EE
12 3 (0.48%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 206 (33.01%) Selenium
2 103 (16.51%) Cucumber
3 102 (16.35%) JIRA
4 76 (12.18%) Postman
5 52 (8.33%) Jenkins
5 52 (8.33%) WebDriver
6 50 (8.01%) Cypress.io
7 48 (7.69%) Git (software)
8 44 (7.05%) SpecFlow
9 32 (5.13%) JMeter
10 30 (4.81%) Visual Studio
11 25 (4.01%) Appium
12 19 (3.04%) SoapUI
12 19 (3.04%) TestCafe
13 16 (2.56%) Maven
14 15 (2.40%) REST Assured
15 14 (2.24%) CircleCI
15 14 (2.24%) NUnit
16 12 (1.92%) TeamCity
16 12 (1.92%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 89 (14.26%) Finance
2 28 (4.49%) Marketing
3 26 (4.17%) Banking
4 22 (3.53%) Retail
5 19 (3.04%) Public Sector
6 16 (2.56%) Electronics
6 16 (2.56%) Law
7 12 (1.92%) Telecoms
8 10 (1.60%) Financial Institution
9 9 (1.44%) Aerospace
10 7 (1.12%) Military
11 5 (0.80%) Front Office
11 5 (0.80%) Games
12 4 (0.64%) Advertising
12 4 (0.64%) Investment Banking
13 3 (0.48%) Billing
13 3 (0.48%) Manufacturing
13 3 (0.48%) Publishing
14 2 (0.32%) French Language
14 2 (0.32%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 82 (13.14%) Developer
2 79 (12.66%) Analyst
3 74 (11.86%) QA Engineer
4 64 (10.26%) Test Manager
5 58 (9.29%) Test Engineer
6 49 (7.85%) Test Analyst
7 41 (6.57%) Test Leader
8 39 (6.25%) QA Leader
8 39 (6.25%) Tester
9 32 (5.13%) Architect
10 29 (4.65%) Developer in Test
11 27 (4.33%) Software Developer
12 21 (3.37%) Lead Developer
13 20 (3.21%) Automation Test Lead
13 20 (3.21%) Senior QA Engineer
13 20 (3.21%) Software Engineer
14 19 (3.04%) Automation Engineer
14 19 (3.04%) Automation Tester
14 19 (3.04%) Scala Developer
15 18 (2.88%) Head of QA
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 80 (12.82%) .NET
2 48 (7.69%) RESTful
3 43 (6.89%) Gherkin
4 38 (6.09%) REST
5 33 (5.29%) CSS
5 33 (5.29%) Node.js
6 29 (4.65%) JSON
7 24 (3.85%) AngularJS
8 23 (3.69%) SOAP
9 22 (3.53%) React
10 21 (3.37%) HTML
11 19 (3.04%) Web Services
12 16 (2.56%) Natural Language Processing
13 14 (2.24%) LESS
14 12 (1.92%) .NET Core
15 10 (1.60%) KnockoutJS
16 9 (1.44%) GraphQL
16 9 (1.44%) Jest
16 9 (1.44%) Kafka
16 9 (1.44%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 43 (6.89%) Analytical Skills
2 28 (4.49%) Mobile App
3 19 (3.04%) Management Information System
3 19 (3.04%) User Experience
4 17 (2.72%) Self-Motivation
5 9 (1.44%) Hedge funds
5 9 (1.44%) Virtual Team
6 8 (1.28%) Enterprise Software
7 7 (1.12%) Fixed Income
7 7 (1.12%) NHS
8 6 (0.96%) Equities
8 6 (0.96%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 6 (0.96%) LIMS
9 5 (0.80%) Cloud Native
9 5 (0.80%) Market Risk
9 5 (0.80%) Reference Data
10 4 (0.64%) Public Cloud
10 4 (0.64%) SWIFT
11 3 (0.48%) Blog
11 3 (0.48%) Embedded Systems
Operating Systems
1 22 (3.53%) Windows
2 19 (3.04%) Linux
3 18 (2.88%) Android
3 18 (2.88%) Apple iOS
4 8 (1.28%) Unix
5 1 (0.16%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 382 (61.22%) Test Automation
2 338 (54.17%) Agile Software Development
3 175 (28.04%) Software Testing
4 120 (19.23%) BDD
4 120 (19.23%) DevOps
5 112 (17.95%) TDD
6 110 (17.63%) Scrum
7 93 (14.90%) Mentoring
8 82 (13.14%) Test Scripting
9 80 (12.82%) Stakeholder Management
10 79 (12.66%) API Testing
11 77 (12.34%) SDLC
12 68 (10.90%) Kanban
13 65 (10.42%) Microservices
13 65 (10.42%) SDET
14 61 (9.78%) Software Engineering
15 59 (9.46%) User Acceptance Testing
16 57 (9.13%) Test Management
17 54 (8.65%) Non-Functional Testing
18 51 (8.17%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 136 (21.79%) Java
2 128 (20.51%) C#
3 108 (17.31%) SQL
4 98 (15.71%) JavaScript
5 62 (9.94%) Python
6 27 (4.33%) TypeScript
7 22 (3.53%) Scala
8 13 (2.08%) C++
9 12 (1.92%) C
10 10 (1.60%) PHP
10 10 (1.60%) VBScript
11 8 (1.28%) PowerShell
12 6 (0.96%) ES6
13 5 (0.80%) Go
14 3 (0.48%) Bash Shell
14 3 (0.48%) Perl
14 3 (0.48%) Ruby
14 3 (0.48%) T-SQL
14 3 (0.48%) XPath
15 2 (0.32%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 58 (9.29%) ISTQB
2 54 (8.65%) Degree
3 26 (4.17%) Security Cleared
4 21 (3.37%) ISEB
5 17 (2.72%) SC Cleared
6 14 (2.24%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 8 (1.28%) CISM
7 8 (1.28%) CISSP
7 8 (1.28%) HNC
7 8 (1.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 7 (1.12%) SSCP
9 5 (0.80%) Chartered Engineer
9 5 (0.80%) Computer Science Degree
10 4 (0.64%) CFA
10 4 (0.64%) PMI Certification
10 4 (0.64%) PMP
11 3 (0.48%) DV Cleared
11 3 (0.48%) HND
12 2 (0.32%) CCIE
12 2 (0.32%) CCNP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 299 (47.92%) QA
2 10 (1.60%) Cyber Essentials
3 9 (1.44%) GDPR
4 8 (1.28%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 7 (1.12%) NCSC
5 7 (1.12%) NIST
5 7 (1.12%) PCI DSS
6 5 (0.80%) Data Quality
7 3 (0.48%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
8 2 (0.32%) ISO/IEC 15288
8 2 (0.32%) WCAG
9 1 (0.16%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.16%) GxP
System Software
1 38 (6.09%) Docker
2 15 (2.40%) Firmware
3 7 (1.12%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
5 2 (0.32%) Apache Flume
6 1 (0.16%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 17 (2.72%) Kubernetes
2 9 (1.44%) HP Quality Center
3 4 (0.64%) Perfmon
3 4 (0.64%) vCenter Server
4 3 (0.48%) Nmap
4 3 (0.48%) Terraform
5 1 (0.16%) Grafana
5 1 (0.16%) HP ALM
5 1 (0.16%) Kibana
5 1 (0.16%) Nagios
5 1 (0.16%) Opscode Chef
5 1 (0.16%) SCCM
5 1 (0.16%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 39 (6.25%) Microsoft
2 29 (4.65%) Oracle
3 15 (2.40%) SAP
4 13 (2.08%) EMC
4 13 (2.08%) Google
4 13 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
5 12 (1.92%) Informatica
6 9 (1.44%) Adobe
7 7 (1.12%) Ab Initio
7 7 (1.12%) CheckPoint
7 7 (1.12%) VMware
8 6 (0.96%) Cisco
8 6 (0.96%) HP
9 5 (0.80%) Dynatrace
9 5 (0.80%) MKS
9 5 (0.80%) Twitter
10 4 (0.64%) JD Edwards
10 4 (0.64%) Temenos
11 3 (0.48%) Micro Focus
11 3 (0.48%) Optimizely