Period
to 11 December 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 11 December 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
UK
6 months to
11 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 308 322 260
Rank change year-on-year +14 -62 -8
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 1,685 1,824 2,495
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 1.02% 1.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.15% 1.10% 1.48%
Number of salaries quoted 1,257 1,489 2,057
UK median annual salary £51,000 £50,000 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +2.00% +5.26% -5.00%
10th Percentile £33,450 £32,500 £31,650
90th Percentile £77,500 £75,000 £75,000
UK excluding London median annual salary £47,500 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year +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 146,225 165,096 168,704
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 91.56% 91.88% 91.26%
Number of salaries quoted 115,831 131,154 139,968
UK median annual salary £52,500 £50,000 £48,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.00% +4.17% +1.05%
10th Percentile £29,650 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £85,000 £80,000 £78,750
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £43,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +3.45% +2.35% -

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 11 December 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 11 December 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 +17 1,552 £52,500 +5.00% 257
UK excluding London +9 1,038 £47,500 +5.56% 194
London +39 610 £61,500 +2.50% 80
South East +25 339 £50,000 +11.11% 38
North of England +1 226 £45,000 - 48
Midlands +12 146 £47,000 +14.63% 39
North West +11 134 £45,000 - 27
South West +26 131 £50,000 +11.11% 30
West Midlands +28 111 £45,500 +1.11% 34
East of England +2 103 £51,000 +2.00% 22
Yorkshire -7 90 £47,500 +5.56% 18
Scotland +29 83 £40,250 -26.82% 10
East Midlands -20 35 £60,000 +71.43% 5
Wales -3 18 £50,000 +13.64% 7
Northern Ireland -11 9 £65,000 +96.97%
North East -19 2 £31,250 -16.67% 3

For the 6 months to 11 December 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 1,076 (63.86%) Test Automation
2 1,030 (61.13%) Agile Software Development
3 654 (38.81%) QA
4 555 (32.94%) Selenium
5 380 (22.55%) Finance
6 356 (21.13%) SQL
7 352 (20.89%) Java
8 318 (18.87%) Scrum
9 284 (16.85%) Software Testing
10 270 (16.02%) Test Scripting
11 254 (15.07%) ISTQB
12 250 (14.84%) C#
13 239 (14.18%) Test Management
14 229 (13.59%) SDLC
15 224 (13.29%) JavaScript
16 223 (13.23%) .NET
16 223 (13.23%) JIRA
17 221 (13.12%) Waterfall
17 221 (13.12%) Regression Testing
18 206 (12.23%) Cucumber
19 202 (11.99%) BDD
20 200 (11.87%) Microsoft
21 198 (11.75%) Degree
22 196 (11.63%) User Acceptance Testing
23 193 (11.45%) Non-Functional Testing
23 193 (11.45%) ISEB
24 191 (11.34%) WebDriver
25 190 (11.28%) Functional Testing
26 186 (11.04%) Scenario Testing
27 183 (10.86%) Continuous Integration

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 87 (5.16%) Confluence
2 41 (2.43%) SharePoint
3 30 (1.78%) WebLogic
4 23 (1.36%) Apache
5 21 (1.25%) CMS
6 14 (0.83%) JBoss
7 13 (0.77%) Apache Spark
8 12 (0.71%) BizTalk Server
9 9 (0.53%) Oracle SOA Suite
10 8 (0.47%) Elasticsearch
11 7 (0.42%) Cloud Foundry
11 7 (0.42%) SharePoint Server
11 7 (0.42%) Tomcat
12 6 (0.36%) SAS
13 5 (0.30%) Apache Pig
13 5 (0.30%) Apache Solr
14 4 (0.24%) Adobe Experience Manager
14 4 (0.24%) IIS
15 3 (0.18%) Mule ESB
15 3 (0.18%) WebSphere
Applications
1 33 (1.96%) Microsoft Office
2 25 (1.48%) Microsoft Excel
3 14 (0.83%) MS Visio
4 9 (0.53%) Microsoft PowerPoint
5 5 (0.30%) Microsoft Project
6 3 (0.18%) Chatbot
7 2 (0.12%) Photoshop
8 1 (0.059%) InVision
8 1 (0.059%) Mingle
8 1 (0.059%) SOLIDWORKS
Business Applications
1 14 (0.83%) Dynamics CRM
2 7 (0.42%) Oracle Retail
3 6 (0.36%) Dynamics AX
4 5 (0.30%) SAP BPC
5 4 (0.24%) Infor SunSystems
5 4 (0.24%) SAP CO
5 4 (0.24%) SAP FI
5 4 (0.24%) SAP FI/CO
5 4 (0.24%) SAP FS
5 4 (0.24%) SAP FSCM
5 4 (0.24%) Sonata
6 3 (0.18%) BusinessWorks
6 3 (0.18%) Distributed Ledger
6 3 (0.18%) Markit EDM
6 3 (0.18%) SAP HCM
6 3 (0.18%) SAP HR
6 3 (0.18%) SAP IS-U
7 2 (0.12%) SAP CRM
7 2 (0.12%) SAP Hybris
7 2 (0.12%) thinkFolio
Cloud Services
1 118 (7.00%) Microsoft Azure
2 80 (4.75%) Amazon AWS
3 47 (2.79%) GitHub
4 42 (2.49%) SaaS
5 25 (1.48%) PaaS
6 20 (1.19%) Cloud Computing
7 19 (1.13%) IaaS
8 14 (0.83%) Office 365
9 12 (0.71%) Sauce Labs
10 11 (0.65%) BlazeMeter
10 11 (0.65%) G Suite
11 10 (0.59%) Google Cloud Platform
11 10 (0.59%) Salesforce Service Cloud
12 9 (0.53%) Amazon CloudWatch
12 9 (0.53%) BrowserStack
13 8 (0.47%) Google Analytics
13 8 (0.47%) OpenShift
14 7 (0.42%) SuccessFactors
15 5 (0.30%) AWS CloudFormation
15 5 (0.30%) CloudBees
Communications & Networking
1 38 (2.26%) HTTP
2 17 (1.01%) SSL
3 15 (0.89%) HTTPS
3 15 (0.89%) Internet
4 9 (0.53%) TCP/IP
5 8 (0.47%) Ethernet
6 6 (0.36%) Network Security
6 6 (0.36%) VLAN
6 6 (0.36%) Wireshark
7 4 (0.24%) Wireless
8 3 (0.18%) IPsec
8 3 (0.18%) IPv4
8 3 (0.18%) IPv6
8 3 (0.18%) Modbus
8 3 (0.18%) SNMP
8 3 (0.18%) SSH
8 3 (0.18%) VoIP
8 3 (0.18%) Wi-Fi
9 2 (0.12%) LAN
9 2 (0.12%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 115 (6.82%) SQL Server
2 51 (3.03%) Big Data
3 43 (2.55%) Data Warehouse
4 27 (1.60%) Relational Database
5 21 (1.25%) Oracle Reports
6 17 (1.01%) MySQL
7 16 (0.95%) MongoDB
8 13 (0.77%) Blockchain
8 13 (0.77%) NoSQL
9 11 (0.65%) Oracle Database
10 10 (0.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
11 9 (0.53%) Hadoop
11 9 (0.53%) HBase
12 8 (0.47%) RDBMS
12 8 (0.47%) Redis
13 7 (0.42%) Data Mining
14 6 (0.36%) BusinessObjects
14 6 (0.36%) PostgreSQL
15 5 (0.30%) Oracle Database 11g
15 5 (0.30%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 555 (32.94%) Selenium
2 223 (13.23%) JIRA
3 206 (12.23%) Cucumber
4 191 (11.34%) WebDriver
5 155 (9.20%) Git (software)
6 143 (8.49%) Jenkins
7 80 (4.75%) Visual Studio
8 75 (4.45%) JMeter
9 70 (4.15%) SoapUI
10 66 (3.92%) SpecFlow
11 58 (3.44%) HP UFT
12 52 (3.09%) Team Foundation Server
13 50 (2.97%) LoadRunner
13 50 (2.97%) TeamCity
14 48 (2.85%) JUnit
15 41 (2.43%) Visual Studio Team System
16 39 (2.31%) Maven
17 38 (2.26%) Protractor
18 36 (2.14%) TestNG
19 31 (1.84%) Appium
General
1 380 (22.55%) Finance
2 137 (8.13%) Banking
3 112 (6.65%) Retail
4 101 (5.99%) Marketing
5 44 (2.61%) Retail Banking
6 32 (1.90%) Law
7 27 (1.60%) Investment Banking
7 27 (1.60%) Manufacturing
8 23 (1.36%) Electronics
8 23 (1.36%) Games
9 18 (1.07%) Financial Institution
10 15 (0.89%) Military
10 15 (0.89%) Telecoms
11 14 (0.83%) Retail Finance
12 12 (0.71%) Back Office
12 12 (0.71%) Publishing
13 11 (0.65%) Advertising
13 11 (0.65%) Aerospace
13 11 (0.65%) Front Office
14 10 (0.59%) Corporate Banking
Job Titles
1 380 (22.55%) Analyst
2 284 (16.85%) Test Manager
3 268 (15.91%) Test Analyst
4 236 (14.01%) Test Engineer
5 198 (11.75%) Tester
6 155 (9.20%) Test Leader
7 142 (8.43%) Developer
8 108 (6.41%) Automation Tester
9 101 (5.99%) QA Engineer
10 92 (5.46%) Test Automation Engineer
11 73 (4.33%) Consultant
11 73 (4.33%) QA Tester
12 72 (4.27%) QA Leader
13 62 (3.68%) Business Analyst
14 59 (3.50%) QA Analyst
15 58 (3.44%) QA Manager
16 56 (3.32%) Senior Analyst
17 52 (3.09%) Senior Tester
18 51 (3.03%) Software Test Engineer
19 50 (2.97%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 223 (13.23%) .NET
2 135 (8.01%) HTML
3 116 (6.88%) Web Services
4 89 (5.28%) XML
5 82 (4.87%) CSS
5 82 (4.87%) Gherkin
5 82 (4.87%) SOAP
6 67 (3.98%) REST
7 61 (3.62%) AngularJS
7 61 (3.62%) JSON
8 48 (2.85%) RESTful
9 46 (2.73%) Node.js
10 38 (2.26%) Spring
11 36 (2.14%) HTML5
12 35 (2.08%) React
13 27 (1.60%) ASP.NET
14 26 (1.54%) jQuery
15 25 (1.48%) WebdriverIO
16 24 (1.42%) Hibernate
16 24 (1.42%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 141 (8.37%) Analytical Skills
2 65 (3.86%) Fintech
3 57 (3.38%) Self-Motivation
4 50 (2.97%) User Experience
5 41 (2.43%) Mobile App
6 30 (1.78%) Management Information System
7 21 (1.25%) Enterprise Software
8 20 (1.19%) Reinsurance
9 18 (1.07%) Client/Server
10 14 (0.83%) Robotics
10 14 (0.83%) Tandem
11 11 (0.65%) Data Structures
11 11 (0.65%) Greenfield Project
11 11 (0.65%) iPhone
12 9 (0.53%) Algorithms
13 8 (0.47%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
13 8 (0.47%) Public Cloud
13 8 (0.47%) Virtual Team
14 7 (0.42%) NHS
15 6 (0.36%) Cloud Native
Operating Systems
1 149 (8.84%) Windows
2 107 (6.35%) Linux
3 71 (4.21%) Android
4 60 (3.56%) Apple iOS
5 41 (2.43%) Unix
6 11 (0.65%) Windows Phone
7 8 (0.47%) Windows Server
8 7 (0.42%) Embedded Linux
8 7 (0.42%) Windows 7
9 4 (0.24%) Windows 10
9 4 (0.24%) Windows Server 2012
10 3 (0.18%) Windows 8
11 2 (0.12%) Mac OS X
11 2 (0.12%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
11 2 (0.12%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,076 (63.86%) Test Automation
2 1,030 (61.13%) Agile Software Development
3 318 (18.87%) Scrum
4 284 (16.85%) Software Testing
5 270 (16.02%) Test Scripting
6 239 (14.18%) Test Management
7 229 (13.59%) SDLC
8 221 (13.12%) Regression Testing
8 221 (13.12%) Waterfall
9 202 (11.99%) BDD
10 196 (11.63%) User Acceptance Testing
11 193 (11.45%) Non-Functional Testing
12 190 (11.28%) Functional Testing
13 186 (11.04%) Scenario Testing
14 183 (10.86%) Continuous Integration
15 180 (10.68%) Stakeholder Management
16 179 (10.62%) TDD
17 175 (10.39%) Manual Testing
18 161 (9.55%) Problem-Solving
19 155 (9.20%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 356 (21.13%) SQL
2 352 (20.89%) Java
3 250 (14.84%) C#
4 224 (13.29%) JavaScript
5 114 (6.77%) Python
6 57 (3.38%) C++
7 47 (2.79%) Ruby
8 43 (2.55%) C
9 28 (1.66%) T-SQL
10 26 (1.54%) PHP
11 23 (1.36%) PowerShell
12 19 (1.13%) Scala
13 18 (1.07%) VBScript
14 16 (0.95%) PL/SQL
14 16 (0.95%) Shell Script
15 15 (0.89%) Bash Shell
16 14 (0.83%) Perl
16 14 (0.83%) TypeScript
17 11 (0.65%) Objective-C
18 10 (0.59%) ES6
Qualifications
1 254 (15.07%) ISTQB
2 198 (11.75%) Degree
3 193 (11.45%) ISEB
4 88 (5.22%) Security Cleared
5 85 (5.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 49 (2.91%) Computer Science Degree
6 49 (2.91%) SC Cleared
7 34 (2.02%) DV Cleared
8 24 (1.42%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 24 (1.42%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 10 (0.59%) MCSA
9 10 (0.59%) MCSE
9 10 (0.59%) Microsoft Certification
10 6 (0.36%) CEH
11 5 (0.30%) ISEB Practitioner
11 5 (0.30%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
11 5 (0.30%) TOGAF Certification
12 4 (0.24%) Master's Degree
12 4 (0.24%) MBA
13 3 (0.18%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 654 (38.81%) QA
2 8 (0.47%) GDPR
3 6 (0.36%) Data Quality
3 6 (0.36%) PCI DSS
4 4 (0.24%) ISO 9001
4 4 (0.24%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 4 (0.24%) JSP 440
4 4 (0.24%) MiFID
4 4 (0.24%) SLA
5 2 (0.12%) COBIT
5 2 (0.12%) IEC 61131
5 2 (0.12%) PMO
6 1 (0.059%) Cyber Essentials
6 1 (0.059%) Def Stans
6 1 (0.059%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
6 1 (0.059%) PSD2
6 1 (0.059%) WCAG
System Software
1 72 (4.27%) Docker
2 7 (0.42%) Active Directory
2 7 (0.42%) HDFS
2 7 (0.42%) VMware Infrastructure
3 6 (0.36%) Firmware
4 3 (0.18%) Hyper-V
4 3 (0.18%) Virtual Machines
5 2 (0.12%) BitLocker
5 2 (0.12%) Microsoft App-V
5 2 (0.12%) XenApp
5 2 (0.12%) XenDesktop
6 1 (0.059%) VMware ESXi
6 1 (0.059%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 74 (4.39%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (1.42%) Ansible
3 23 (1.36%) HP ALM
4 22 (1.31%) Kubernetes
5 19 (1.13%) Puppet
6 7 (0.42%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 5 (0.30%) Grafana
7 5 (0.30%) Hadoop YARN
7 5 (0.30%) Opscode Chef
7 5 (0.30%) Prometheus
7 5 (0.30%) Single Sign-On
8 4 (0.24%) Netcool
8 4 (0.24%) Oozie
8 4 (0.24%) Oracle RMAN
8 4 (0.24%) Rancher
9 3 (0.18%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
9 3 (0.18%) Kibana
9 3 (0.18%) SCCM
10 2 (0.12%) Control-M
10 2 (0.12%) Microsoft Clustering
Vendors
1 200 (11.87%) Microsoft
2 121 (7.18%) Oracle
3 96 (5.70%) SAP
4 58 (3.44%) HP
5 43 (2.55%) Google
6 30 (1.78%) Atlassian
6 30 (1.78%) Cognizant
7 28 (1.66%) IBM
8 25 (1.48%) ServiceNow
8 25 (1.48%) TIBCO
9 22 (1.31%) Salesforce.com
10 15 (0.89%) Cisco
11 14 (0.83%) Pega
12 12 (0.71%) Adobe
12 12 (0.71%) Sitecore
13 11 (0.65%) Automation Anywhere
13 11 (0.65%) UiPath
14 10 (0.59%) VMware
15 9 (0.53%) Remedy
15 9 (0.53%) Xamarin