Period
to 27 May 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 27 May 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
UK
6 months to
27 May 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 304 277 267
Rank change year-on-year -27 -10 -18
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 1,823 2,078 2,573
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 1.06% 1.22% 1.28%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.17% 1.35% 1.43%
Number of salaries quoted 1,418 1,596 2,044
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £50,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% -5.00% +5.26%
10th Percentile £32,500 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £75,000 £73,750 £76,250
UK excluding London median annual salary £46,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +8.24% - -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 156,453 154,494 180,532
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK 90.82% 90.55% 89.98%
Number of salaries quoted 125,648 126,607 150,063
UK median annual salary £50,000 £47,500 £47,500
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.26% - +3.26%
10th Percentile £29,750 £28,000 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £78,750 £77,500
UK excluding London median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £42,500
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +3.66%

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 27 May 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 27 May 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 -28 1,725 £50,000 +5.26% 225
UK excluding London -38 1,175 £46,000 +8.24% 176
London -30 622 £57,500 -4.17% 73
South East +6 428 £47,500 +5.56% 46
North of England -11 273 £45,000 +5.88% 44
East of England -8 150 £50,000 +11.11% 8
South West -52 144 £46,000 +8.24% 26
North West +8 132 £50,000 +25.00% 22
Yorkshire -24 115 £42,500 - 20
Midlands -6 113 £50,000 +25.00% 28
West Midlands +1 77 £47,500 +18.75% 16
Scotland -38 51 £40,000 -16.23% 14
East Midlands -29 36 £50,000 +25.00% 12
North East -18 26 £42,000 +20.00% 2
Wales -3 20 £37,500 -1.32% 7
Northern Ireland +1 3 £45,000 +34.33% 3

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 1,183 (64.89%) Agile Software Development
2 1,159 (63.58%) Test Automation
3 726 (39.82%) QA
4 559 (30.66%) Selenium
5 459 (25.18%) SQL
6 444 (24.36%) Finance
7 372 (20.41%) SDLC
8 352 (19.31%) Java
9 333 (18.27%) Test Scripting
10 295 (16.18%) Test Management
11 293 (16.07%) User Acceptance Testing
11 293 (16.07%) C#
12 292 (16.02%) BDD
13 287 (15.74%) JIRA
14 283 (15.52%) Waterfall
15 276 (15.14%) Software Testing
16 255 (13.99%) TDD
17 251 (13.77%) JavaScript
18 250 (13.71%) Continuous Integration
19 246 (13.49%) Regression Testing
20 245 (13.44%) Scrum
21 244 (13.38%) ISTQB
22 239 (13.11%) ISEB
23 237 (13.00%) Cucumber
24 220 (12.07%) Functional Testing
25 209 (11.46%) .NET
26 206 (11.30%) Microsoft
27 194 (10.64%) Degree
28 190 (10.42%) Manual Testing
29 168 (9.22%) Banking

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 69 (3.78%) Confluence
2 37 (2.03%) Apache
3 26 (1.43%) Drupal
4 20 (1.10%) WebLogic
5 17 (0.93%) SharePoint
6 14 (0.77%) WebSphere
7 11 (0.60%) MS Exchange
7 11 (0.60%) Mule
8 10 (0.55%) Apache Spark
9 9 (0.49%) CMS
9 9 (0.49%) Tomcat
10 7 (0.38%) IIS
10 7 (0.38%) SAS
10 7 (0.38%) SharePoint Server
11 5 (0.27%) Elasticsearch
12 3 (0.16%) Apache Solr
12 3 (0.16%) JBoss
12 3 (0.16%) Oracle SOA Suite
13 2 (0.11%) MQSeries
13 2 (0.11%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 40 (2.19%) Microsoft Office
2 36 (1.97%) Microsoft Excel
3 16 (0.88%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 13 (0.71%) MS Visio
5 3 (0.16%) Spreadsheet
6 2 (0.11%) Microsoft Project
7 1 (0.055%) Blender
7 1 (0.055%) InVision
Business Applications
1 18 (0.99%) Dynamics CRM
2 12 (0.66%) Oracle EBS
3 5 (0.27%) LabWindows
3 5 (0.27%) SAP CRM
3 5 (0.27%) SAP IS-U
4 3 (0.16%) Magento
4 3 (0.16%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
4 3 (0.16%) SAP Retail
5 2 (0.11%) Dynamics AX
5 2 (0.11%) Oracle Applications
5 2 (0.11%) SAP MM
5 2 (0.11%) Temenos T24
6 1 (0.055%) Adobe Campaign
6 1 (0.055%) Dynamics NAV
6 1 (0.055%) NetSuite
6 1 (0.055%) Primavera
6 1 (0.055%) ResourceLink
6 1 (0.055%) SAP CO
6 1 (0.055%) SAP FI
6 1 (0.055%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 83 (4.55%) Amazon AWS
2 63 (3.46%) Microsoft Azure
3 26 (1.43%) Cloudflare
3 26 (1.43%) SaaS
4 16 (0.88%) BrowserStack
5 15 (0.82%) GitHub
5 15 (0.82%) Google Cloud Platform
6 14 (0.77%) Google Analytics
7 11 (0.60%) Dynamics 365
7 11 (0.60%) IaaS
8 8 (0.44%) Salesforce Service Cloud
9 5 (0.27%) Adobe Analytics
9 5 (0.27%) Amazon EC2
9 5 (0.27%) PaaS
10 4 (0.22%) BlazeMeter
10 4 (0.22%) Cloud Computing
11 3 (0.16%) Flurry Analytics
11 3 (0.16%) Slack
12 2 (0.11%) Amazon S3
12 2 (0.11%) Azure Data Factory
Communications & Networking
1 29 (1.59%) HTTP
2 19 (1.04%) Internet
3 15 (0.82%) SSL
4 14 (0.77%) SSH
5 13 (0.71%) Wi-Fi
6 12 (0.66%) Ethernet
6 12 (0.66%) IPsec
6 12 (0.66%) IPv4
6 12 (0.66%) IPv6
6 12 (0.66%) SNMP
6 12 (0.66%) VLAN
7 9 (0.49%) LAN
7 9 (0.49%) Network Security
7 9 (0.49%) WAN
8 7 (0.38%) Wireless
9 6 (0.33%) FTP
9 6 (0.33%) HTTPS
9 6 (0.33%) LTE
9 6 (0.33%) VoIP
9 6 (0.33%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 156 (8.56%) SQL Server
2 69 (3.78%) Data Warehouse
3 56 (3.07%) Relational Database
4 50 (2.74%) MySQL
5 46 (2.52%) Big Data
6 31 (1.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 28 (1.54%) SQL Server 2012
8 23 (1.26%) DB2
9 22 (1.21%) RDBMS
10 14 (0.77%) Data Mining
11 13 (0.71%) Amazon Redshift
11 13 (0.71%) Oracle Reports
12 10 (0.55%) PostgreSQL
13 9 (0.49%) Power BI
14 8 (0.44%) Blockchain
14 8 (0.44%) Hadoop
14 8 (0.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
15 7 (0.38%) SQL Server Analysis Services
16 6 (0.33%) BusinessObjects
16 6 (0.33%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 559 (30.66%) Selenium
2 287 (15.74%) JIRA
3 237 (13.00%) Cucumber
4 167 (9.16%) WebDriver
5 139 (7.62%) Jenkins
6 109 (5.98%) SoapUI
7 91 (4.99%) Team Foundation Server
8 86 (4.72%) Git (software)
9 70 (3.84%) SpecFlow
10 69 (3.78%) JUnit
11 68 (3.73%) HP UFT
12 58 (3.18%) JMeter
13 55 (3.02%) NUnit
14 54 (2.96%) Visual Studio
15 51 (2.80%) LoadRunner
16 42 (2.30%) TeamCity
17 37 (2.03%) Maven
18 30 (1.65%) Visual Studio Team System
19 28 (1.54%) TestNG
20 27 (1.48%) Appium
General
1 444 (24.36%) Finance
2 168 (9.22%) Banking
3 115 (6.31%) Retail
4 53 (2.91%) Marketing
5 43 (2.36%) Investment Banking
6 38 (2.08%) Corporate Banking
7 37 (2.03%) Retail Banking
8 29 (1.59%) Advertising
9 28 (1.54%) Back Office
10 27 (1.48%) Law
11 25 (1.37%) Games
12 22 (1.21%) Electronics
13 20 (1.10%) Financial Institution
14 17 (0.93%) Automotive
15 13 (0.71%) Legal
15 13 (0.71%) Manufacturing
16 9 (0.49%) Billing
17 8 (0.44%) Telecoms
18 6 (0.33%) Front Office
18 6 (0.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 405 (22.22%) Analyst
2 293 (16.07%) Test Analyst
3 265 (14.54%) Test Manager
4 228 (12.51%) Tester
5 214 (11.74%) Test Engineer
6 167 (9.16%) Developer
7 129 (7.08%) QA Engineer
8 127 (6.97%) Test Leader
9 98 (5.38%) QA Analyst
10 89 (4.88%) Automation Tester
11 82 (4.50%) Senior Analyst
12 78 (4.28%) QA Leader
13 76 (4.17%) Test Automation Engineer
14 71 (3.89%) Business Analyst
15 70 (3.84%) Consultant
15 70 (3.84%) QA Test Analyst
16 63 (3.46%) Automation Test Analyst
17 61 (3.35%) Software Test Engineer
18 59 (3.24%) Senior Test Analyst
19 54 (2.96%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 209 (11.46%) .NET
2 149 (8.17%) HTML
3 109 (5.98%) CSS
4 107 (5.87%) Web Services
5 92 (5.05%) SOAP
6 86 (4.72%) XML
7 74 (4.06%) RESTful
8 64 (3.51%) HTML5
9 61 (3.35%) jQuery
9 61 (3.35%) JSON
10 57 (3.13%) AngularJS
11 54 (2.96%) ASP.NET
12 49 (2.69%) REST
13 48 (2.63%) .NET Framework
14 46 (2.52%) Gherkin
15 37 (2.03%) Ajax
16 29 (1.59%) React
16 29 (1.59%) Twitter Bootstrap
17 28 (1.54%) Entity Framework
17 28 (1.54%) Sass
Miscellaneous
1 146 (8.01%) Analytical Skills
2 89 (4.88%) Computer Science
3 66 (3.62%) Mobile App
4 61 (3.35%) Self-Motivation
5 57 (3.13%) User Experience
6 53 (2.91%) Management Information System
7 40 (2.19%) Fintech
8 35 (1.92%) Algorithms
9 24 (1.32%) Virtual Team
10 18 (0.99%) Data Structures
11 17 (0.93%) Enterprise Software
12 16 (0.88%) Cloud Native
13 14 (0.77%) Blog
14 13 (0.71%) Greenfield Project
15 12 (0.66%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
15 12 (0.66%) Hedge funds
16 11 (0.60%) Client/Server
16 11 (0.60%) Cyberthreat
16 11 (0.60%) Derivative
16 11 (0.60%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 150 (8.23%) Windows
2 146 (8.01%) Linux
3 56 (3.07%) Android
4 49 (2.69%) Unix
5 47 (2.58%) Apple iOS
6 8 (0.44%) Embedded Linux
6 8 (0.44%) Windows Server
7 6 (0.33%) Mac OS X
8 4 (0.22%) AIX
9 3 (0.16%) Windows Phone
10 1 (0.055%) CentOS
10 1 (0.055%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 1 (0.055%) Solaris
10 1 (0.055%) Ubuntu
10 1 (0.055%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 1,183 (64.89%) Agile Software Development
2 1,159 (63.58%) Test Automation
3 372 (20.41%) SDLC
4 333 (18.27%) Test Scripting
5 295 (16.18%) Test Management
6 293 (16.07%) User Acceptance Testing
7 292 (16.02%) BDD
8 283 (15.52%) Waterfall
9 276 (15.14%) Software Testing
10 255 (13.99%) TDD
11 250 (13.71%) Continuous Integration
12 246 (13.49%) Regression Testing
13 245 (13.44%) Scrum
14 220 (12.07%) Functional Testing
15 190 (10.42%) Manual Testing
16 163 (8.94%) Non-Functional Testing
17 160 (8.78%) Stakeholder Management
18 156 (8.56%) Test Planning
19 142 (7.79%) Software Engineering
20 141 (7.73%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 459 (25.18%) SQL
2 352 (19.31%) Java
3 293 (16.07%) C#
4 251 (13.77%) JavaScript
5 123 (6.75%) Python
6 107 (5.87%) Ruby
7 101 (5.54%) C++
8 82 (4.50%) C
9 48 (2.63%) PHP
10 34 (1.87%) Shell Script
11 31 (1.70%) Scala
12 29 (1.59%) Bash Shell
13 19 (1.04%) Kotlin
14 18 (0.99%) T-SQL
15 15 (0.82%) PL/SQL
16 14 (0.77%) VB
17 13 (0.71%) Groovy
18 10 (0.55%) Embedded C
18 10 (0.55%) Embedded C++
19 9 (0.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 244 (13.38%) ISTQB
2 239 (13.11%) ISEB
3 194 (10.64%) Degree
4 92 (5.05%) Security Cleared
5 70 (3.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 57 (3.13%) SC Cleared
7 36 (1.97%) Computer Science Degree
8 32 (1.76%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 30 (1.65%) DV Cleared
9 30 (1.65%) ISEB Practitioner
10 19 (1.04%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
11 18 (0.99%) Microsoft Certification
12 11 (0.60%) PMI Certification
13 8 (0.44%) CEH
13 8 (0.44%) MCSA
13 8 (0.44%) MCSE
14 7 (0.38%) Master's Degree
15 6 (0.33%) ITIL Certification
15 6 (0.33%) Numerate Degree
16 5 (0.27%) HNC
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 726 (39.82%) QA
2 14 (0.77%) Data Quality
3 9 (0.49%) GCP
3 9 (0.49%) MiFID
3 9 (0.49%) PMO
4 8 (0.44%) ISO 9001
5 7 (0.38%) PSD2
6 5 (0.27%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 3 (0.16%) ISO/IEC 15504 (SPICE)
7 3 (0.16%) SLA
7 3 (0.16%) WCAG
8 2 (0.11%) EMIR
8 2 (0.11%) GDPR
8 2 (0.11%) HL7
8 2 (0.11%) PCI DSS
9 1 (0.055%) COBIT
9 1 (0.055%) Dodd-Frank
9 1 (0.055%) GAAP
9 1 (0.055%) ISO 15765
9 1 (0.055%) ISO 22301
System Software
1 17 (0.93%) Docker
2 7 (0.38%) Virtual Machines
3 5 (0.27%) Firmware
3 5 (0.27%) Hyper-V
4 4 (0.22%) VMware ESXi
5 3 (0.16%) VMware Infrastructure
6 2 (0.11%) Active Directory
7 1 (0.055%) Apache ZooKeeper
7 1 (0.055%) Microsoft App-V
7 1 (0.055%) VirtualBox
7 1 (0.055%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 82 (4.50%) HP Quality Center
2 24 (1.32%) HP ALM
3 8 (0.44%) Puppet
4 5 (0.27%) Kubernetes
5 3 (0.16%) Ansible
5 3 (0.16%) Kibana
6 2 (0.11%) CA Service Virtualization
6 2 (0.11%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.11%) SCCM
7 1 (0.055%) HockeyApp
7 1 (0.055%) HP Fortify
7 1 (0.055%) OpenView
7 1 (0.055%) Perfmon
7 1 (0.055%) Rundeck
7 1 (0.055%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
7 1 (0.055%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 206 (11.30%) Microsoft
2 100 (5.49%) Oracle
3 64 (3.51%) HP
4 62 (3.40%) SAP
5 34 (1.87%) Capita
5 34 (1.87%) Google
6 18 (0.99%) IBM
7 16 (0.88%) Adobe
7 16 (0.88%) Cognizant
8 15 (0.82%) Atlassian
8 15 (0.82%) Salesforce.com
9 14 (0.77%) Micro Focus
9 14 (0.77%) Tableau
10 13 (0.71%) MicroStrategy
11 12 (0.66%) EMC
11 12 (0.66%) TIBCO
12 11 (0.60%) Cisco
12 11 (0.60%) Xamarin
13 10 (0.55%) Cadence
13 10 (0.55%) Citrix