Period
to 15 August 2018

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 15 August 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
UK
6 months to
15 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 320 305 260
Rank change year-on-year -15 -45 -10
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 1,758 1,988 2,668
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.04% 1.12% 1.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.14% 1.23% 1.48%
Number of salaries quoted 1,340 1,524 2,150
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% -
10th Percentile £32,950 £31,500 £31,250
90th Percentile £73,750 £77,500 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £42,500 £44,000
% change year-on-year +11.76% -3.41% -2.22%

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 154,533 162,008 180,181
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.12% 91.53% 90.80%
Number of salaries quoted 123,110 128,969 150,343
UK median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26% -
10th Percentile £29,000 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +1.19%

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
Salary Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Strategy.

Salary trend for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Salary Histogram

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy over the 6 months to 15 August 2018.

Salary histogram for Test Strategy in the UK

Test Strategy
Top 16 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 15 August 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England -14 1,635 £50,000 +5.26% 209
UK excluding London -11 1,106 £47,500 +11.76% 155
London -16 620 £57,500 -4.17% 71
South East +3 385 £50,000 +11.11% 35
North of England +6 263 £45,000 +7.14% 39
North West +48 127 £45,000 +7.14% 23
Midlands -8 124 £47,500 +18.75% 27
Yorkshire -12 124 £45,000 +5.88% 16
South West -57 123 £46,000 +15.00% 19
East of England -8 117 £50,000 +17.65% 17
West Midlands +26 96 £47,500 +11.76% 26
Scotland -8 66 £36,713 -26.57% 14
East Midlands -16 28 £47,500 +28.38% 1
Wales +2 24 £37,500 -2.60% 4
North East -24 12 £42,250 +20.71%
Northern Ireland +6 9 £52,500 +57.89%

For the 6 months to 15 August 2018, 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 1,145 (65.13%) Agile Software Development
2 1,064 (60.52%) Test Automation
3 675 (38.40%) QA
4 503 (28.61%) Selenium
5 437 (24.86%) Finance
6 382 (21.73%) SQL
7 354 (20.14%) Java
8 311 (17.69%) Scrum
9 310 (17.63%) SDLC
10 298 (16.95%) Software Testing
11 264 (15.02%) JIRA
12 262 (14.90%) Test Scripting
13 251 (14.28%) Waterfall
14 248 (14.11%) User Acceptance Testing
15 247 (14.05%) Test Management
16 244 (13.88%) Continuous Integration
17 240 (13.65%) BDD
18 236 (13.42%) C#
19 231 (13.14%) Degree
20 230 (13.08%) JavaScript
21 229 (13.03%) Functional Testing
22 222 (12.63%) TDD
23 209 (11.89%) ISTQB
24 206 (11.72%) Regression Testing
25 198 (11.26%) .NET
25 198 (11.26%) Non-Functional Testing
26 193 (10.98%) Cucumber
27 192 (10.92%) Microsoft
28 174 (9.90%) ISEB
29 172 (9.78%) 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 81 (4.61%) Confluence
2 31 (1.76%) Apache
3 27 (1.54%) WebLogic
4 16 (0.91%) WebSphere
5 14 (0.80%) Apache Spark
5 14 (0.80%) Drupal
5 14 (0.80%) JBoss
5 14 (0.80%) SharePoint
6 11 (0.63%) CMS
6 11 (0.63%) MS Exchange
7 10 (0.57%) Mule
8 9 (0.51%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 7 (0.40%) SharePoint Server
9 7 (0.40%) Tomcat
10 6 (0.34%) Elasticsearch
10 6 (0.34%) IIS
11 4 (0.23%) BizTalk Server
11 4 (0.23%) SAS
12 2 (0.11%) Mule ESB
12 2 (0.11%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 28 (1.59%) Microsoft Excel
2 25 (1.42%) Microsoft Office
3 17 (0.97%) MS Visio
4 6 (0.34%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 3 (0.17%) Chatbot
6 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.057%) Blender
7 1 (0.057%) InVision
7 1 (0.057%) Mingle
7 1 (0.057%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 13 (0.74%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (0.34%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.28%) SAP CRM
3 5 (0.28%) SAP IS-U
4 4 (0.23%) Infor SunSystems
4 4 (0.23%) Oracle Retail
5 3 (0.17%) Dynamics NAV
5 3 (0.17%) Epicor Tropos
5 3 (0.17%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
5 3 (0.17%) ResourceLink
5 3 (0.17%) SAP BPC
5 3 (0.17%) SAP HCM
5 3 (0.17%) SAP HR
6 2 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
6 2 (0.11%) LabWindows
6 2 (0.11%) Markit EDM
6 2 (0.11%) SAP CO
6 2 (0.11%) SAP FI
6 2 (0.11%) SAP FI/CO
6 2 (0.11%) SAP FSCM
Cloud Services
1 101 (5.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 78 (4.44%) Amazon AWS
3 29 (1.65%) GitHub
4 23 (1.31%) SaaS
5 19 (1.08%) IaaS
6 17 (0.97%) Cloud Computing
7 15 (0.85%) Salesforce Service Cloud
8 14 (0.80%) BrowserStack
8 14 (0.80%) Cloudflare
8 14 (0.80%) Google Analytics
9 12 (0.68%) Google Cloud Platform
10 11 (0.63%) PaaS
11 9 (0.51%) BlazeMeter
12 7 (0.40%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 7 (0.40%) Dynamics 365
13 4 (0.23%) Azure Data Factory
13 4 (0.23%) Office 365
13 4 (0.23%) SuccessFactors
14 3 (0.17%) Flurry Analytics
14 3 (0.17%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 29 (1.65%) HTTP
2 19 (1.08%) SSL
3 16 (0.91%) Internet
4 14 (0.80%) HTTPS
4 14 (0.80%) SSH
5 13 (0.74%) Ethernet
5 13 (0.74%) VLAN
5 13 (0.74%) Wi-Fi
6 12 (0.68%) IPsec
6 12 (0.68%) IPv4
6 12 (0.68%) IPv6
6 12 (0.68%) Network Security
6 12 (0.68%) SNMP
7 10 (0.57%) LAN
7 10 (0.57%) WAN
8 9 (0.51%) TCP/IP
8 9 (0.51%) Wireshark
9 5 (0.28%) FTP
10 4 (0.23%) Firewall
10 4 (0.23%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 117 (6.66%) SQL Server
2 54 (3.07%) Data Warehouse
3 50 (2.84%) Big Data
4 46 (2.62%) Relational Database
5 27 (1.54%) Oracle Reports
6 26 (1.48%) MySQL
7 17 (0.97%) SQL Server 2012
8 16 (0.91%) SQL Server Integration Services
9 13 (0.74%) DB2
10 10 (0.57%) PostgreSQL
10 10 (0.57%) RDBMS
10 10 (0.57%) SQL Server Reporting Services
11 9 (0.51%) Data Mining
11 9 (0.51%) NoSQL
11 9 (0.51%) Oracle Database
11 9 (0.51%) Power BI
12 8 (0.46%) Blockchain
12 8 (0.46%) Hadoop
13 6 (0.34%) MongoDB
13 6 (0.34%) SQL Server 2014
Development Applications
1 503 (28.61%) Selenium
2 264 (15.02%) JIRA
3 193 (10.98%) Cucumber
4 156 (8.87%) Jenkins
5 144 (8.19%) WebDriver
6 110 (6.26%) Git (software)
7 88 (5.01%) SoapUI
8 84 (4.78%) Team Foundation Server
9 82 (4.66%) JMeter
10 67 (3.81%) SpecFlow
11 64 (3.64%) JUnit
12 57 (3.24%) LoadRunner
13 56 (3.19%) HP UFT
14 55 (3.13%) TeamCity
15 52 (2.96%) Visual Studio
16 46 (2.62%) Visual Studio Team System
17 42 (2.39%) TestNG
18 38 (2.16%) Gatling
19 37 (2.10%) Maven
20 32 (1.82%) NUnit
General
1 437 (24.86%) Finance
2 172 (9.78%) Banking
3 115 (6.54%) Retail
4 82 (4.66%) Marketing
5 57 (3.24%) Retail Banking
6 43 (2.45%) Investment Banking
7 41 (2.33%) Corporate Banking
8 34 (1.93%) Law
9 24 (1.37%) Games
10 21 (1.19%) Advertising
11 19 (1.08%) Back Office
12 18 (1.02%) Financial Institution
13 14 (0.80%) Electronics
14 13 (0.74%) Manufacturing
15 11 (0.63%) Legal
16 10 (0.57%) Automotive
17 9 (0.51%) Aerospace
17 9 (0.51%) Telecoms
18 8 (0.46%) Publishing
18 8 (0.46%) Retail Finance
Job Titles
1 391 (22.24%) Analyst
2 271 (15.42%) Test Analyst
3 253 (14.39%) Test Manager
4 208 (11.83%) Test Engineer
5 199 (11.32%) Tester
6 151 (8.59%) Developer
7 123 (7.00%) Test Leader
8 118 (6.71%) QA Engineer
9 92 (5.23%) Automation Tester
10 80 (4.55%) Test Automation Engineer
11 72 (4.10%) Senior Analyst
12 70 (3.98%) QA Analyst
13 67 (3.81%) Consultant
14 62 (3.53%) Business Analyst
15 58 (3.30%) QA Leader
16 52 (2.96%) QA Manager
17 48 (2.73%) Programme Manager
17 48 (2.73%) QA Automation Engineer
17 48 (2.73%) QA Tester
17 48 (2.73%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 198 (11.26%) .NET
2 142 (8.08%) HTML
3 98 (5.57%) Web Services
4 91 (5.18%) CSS
5 74 (4.21%) SOAP
6 72 (4.10%) XML
7 64 (3.64%) HTML5
8 58 (3.30%) Gherkin
9 57 (3.24%) AngularJS
10 55 (3.13%) RESTful
11 52 (2.96%) jQuery
12 46 (2.62%) JSON
13 41 (2.33%) REST
14 36 (2.05%) ASP.NET
14 36 (2.05%) React
15 28 (1.59%) Hibernate
16 27 (1.54%) Node.js
17 25 (1.42%) Sass
17 25 (1.42%) Spring
18 24 (1.37%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 148 (8.42%) Analytical Skills
2 94 (5.35%) Computer Science
3 73 (4.15%) User Experience
4 59 (3.36%) Mobile App
5 52 (2.96%) Self-Motivation
6 46 (2.62%) Management Information System
7 45 (2.56%) Fintech
8 29 (1.65%) Algorithms
9 20 (1.14%) Data Structures
9 20 (1.14%) Virtual Team
10 17 (0.97%) Enterprise Software
10 17 (0.97%) Reinsurance
11 15 (0.85%) Cyberthreat
12 13 (0.74%) Cloud Native
13 11 (0.63%) Blog
14 10 (0.57%) Derivative
14 10 (0.57%) Greenfield Project
14 10 (0.57%) Hedge funds
15 9 (0.51%) Robotics
16 8 (0.46%) DataPower
Operating Systems
1 150 (8.53%) Windows
2 137 (7.79%) Linux
3 71 (4.04%) Android
4 60 (3.41%) Apple iOS
5 41 (2.33%) Unix
6 12 (0.68%) Embedded Linux
7 8 (0.46%) Mac OS X
7 8 (0.46%) Windows Server
8 7 (0.40%) Windows Phone
9 4 (0.23%) Windows 7
10 3 (0.17%) AIX
11 2 (0.11%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.11%) Windows 10
11 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2008
11 2 (0.11%) Windows Server 2012
12 1 (0.057%) CentOS
12 1 (0.057%) Solaris
12 1 (0.057%) Ubuntu
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,145 (65.13%) Agile Software Development
2 1,064 (60.52%) Test Automation
3 311 (17.69%) Scrum
4 310 (17.63%) SDLC
5 298 (16.95%) Software Testing
6 262 (14.90%) Test Scripting
7 251 (14.28%) Waterfall
8 248 (14.11%) User Acceptance Testing
9 247 (14.05%) Test Management
10 244 (13.88%) Continuous Integration
11 240 (13.65%) BDD
12 229 (13.03%) Functional Testing
13 222 (12.63%) TDD
14 206 (11.72%) Regression Testing
15 198 (11.26%) Non-Functional Testing
16 172 (9.78%) Stakeholder Management
17 164 (9.33%) Performance Testing
18 163 (9.27%) Scenario Testing
19 156 (8.87%) Problem-Solving
20 151 (8.59%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 382 (21.73%) SQL
2 354 (20.14%) Java
3 236 (13.42%) C#
4 230 (13.08%) JavaScript
5 136 (7.74%) Python
6 84 (4.78%) C++
7 76 (4.32%) C
8 64 (3.64%) Ruby
9 32 (1.82%) Bash Shell
9 32 (1.82%) Scala
9 32 (1.82%) Shell Script
10 25 (1.42%) PHP
11 22 (1.25%) Kotlin
11 22 (1.25%) PL/SQL
12 19 (1.08%) T-SQL
13 17 (0.97%) Perl
14 14 (0.80%) Embedded C
15 13 (0.74%) Objective-C
16 11 (0.63%) VB
17 10 (0.57%) Java 8
Qualifications
1 231 (13.14%) Degree
2 209 (11.89%) ISTQB
3 174 (9.90%) ISEB
4 85 (4.84%) Security Cleared
5 62 (3.53%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 46 (2.62%) SC Cleared
7 45 (2.56%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 38 (2.16%) Computer Science Degree
9 30 (1.71%) DV Cleared
10 14 (0.80%) Microsoft Certification
11 13 (0.74%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 12 (0.68%) ISEB Practitioner
13 9 (0.51%) Master's Degree
14 8 (0.46%) ITIL Certification
15 6 (0.34%) Numerate Degree
16 5 (0.28%) HND
16 5 (0.28%) NVQ Level 4
17 4 (0.23%) MCSA
17 4 (0.23%) MCSE
17 4 (0.23%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 675 (38.40%) QA
2 17 (0.97%) Data Quality
3 9 (0.51%) GCP
3 9 (0.51%) ISO 9001
4 6 (0.34%) PSD2
5 4 (0.23%) COBIT
5 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
5 4 (0.23%) ISO/IEC 27001
6 3 (0.17%) GDPR
6 3 (0.17%) PCI DSS
6 3 (0.17%) PMO
7 2 (0.11%) MiFID
7 2 (0.11%) WCAG
8 1 (0.057%) HL7
8 1 (0.057%) ISO 15765
8 1 (0.057%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 39 (2.22%) Docker
2 8 (0.46%) Firmware
3 7 (0.40%) VMware Infrastructure
4 5 (0.28%) Active Directory
5 4 (0.23%) Hyper-V
6 3 (0.17%) Microsoft App-V
6 3 (0.17%) Virtual Machines
7 2 (0.11%) BitLocker
7 2 (0.11%) vSphere
7 2 (0.11%) XenApp
7 2 (0.11%) XenDesktop
8 1 (0.057%) Apache ZooKeeper
8 1 (0.057%) VirtualBox
8 1 (0.057%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 83 (4.72%) HP Quality Center
2 25 (1.42%) HP ALM
3 16 (0.91%) Puppet
4 14 (0.80%) Ansible
5 7 (0.40%) Kubernetes
6 5 (0.28%) Grafana
6 5 (0.28%) Kibana
6 5 (0.28%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 5 (0.28%) Prometheus
6 5 (0.28%) SCCM
7 4 (0.23%) Opscode Chef
7 4 (0.23%) Rancher
8 3 (0.17%) Oozie
8 3 (0.17%) Oracle RMAN
9 2 (0.11%) Control-M
9 2 (0.11%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
9 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Clustering
10 1 (0.057%) Marathon
10 1 (0.057%) Perfmon
10 1 (0.057%) Rundeck
Vendors
1 192 (10.92%) Microsoft
2 135 (7.68%) Oracle
3 83 (4.72%) SAP
4 53 (3.01%) HP
5 36 (2.05%) Capita
6 35 (1.99%) IBM
7 33 (1.88%) TIBCO
8 32 (1.82%) Google
9 24 (1.37%) Cognizant
10 20 (1.14%) Adobe
10 20 (1.14%) Salesforce.com
10 20 (1.14%) ServiceNow
11 19 (1.08%) Atlassian
12 18 (1.02%) Maxymiser
13 17 (0.97%) Automation Anywhere
14 16 (0.91%) Cisco
15 15 (0.85%) Tableau
16 12 (0.68%) New Relic
16 12 (0.68%) Salesforce Marketing Cloud
17 11 (0.63%) EMC