The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Basingstoke with a requirement for Test Strategy skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 29 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Test Strategy
Hampshire / Basingstoke
3 months to
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 30 33 -
Rank change year-on-year +3 -  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 4 6 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Basingstoke 1.54% 2.14% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.03% 2.80% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 0
Median daily rate £314 £350 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.28% -  
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £405 £380
% change year-on-year -4.32% +6.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.44 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -28.04% +60.38%  

Test Strategy is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Basingstoke with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Basingstoke
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 197 214 156
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Basingstoke 76.06% 76.16% 78.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 92 122 75
Median daily rate £370 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.50% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £275 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £500 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 14 7 8
Median hourly rate £16.50 £17.45 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -5.44% -50.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £13.75 £11.57
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £31.50 £82.50 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Basingstoke

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Basingstoke citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Basingstoke

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Basingstoke

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Strategy in Basingstoke.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Basingstoke

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Basingstoke

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Basingstoke.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Basingstoke

For the 6 months to 29 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Basingstoke region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 4 (100.00%) Web Services
1 4 (100.00%) VMware
1 4 (100.00%) Middleware
1 4 (100.00%) SC Cleared
1 4 (100.00%) Security Cleared
1 4 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 4 (100.00%) Smoke Testing
2 2 (50.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 2 (50.00%) Continuous Integration
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server
2 2 (50.00%) Virtual Environments
2 2 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 2 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (50.00%) Apache Solr
2 2 (50.00%) SilkTest
2 2 (50.00%) WebSphere
2 2 (50.00%) Selenium
2 2 (50.00%) Open Source
2 2 (50.00%) Cucumber
2 2 (50.00%) SoapUI
2 2 (50.00%) REST
2 2 (50.00%) Functional Testing
2 2 (50.00%) Non-Functional Testing
2 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 2 (50.00%) Jenkins
2 2 (50.00%) Docker
2 2 (50.00%) DevOps
2 2 (50.00%) VMware Workstation
2 2 (50.00%) Regression Testing

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Basingstoke 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 2 (50.00%) Apache Solr
1 2 (50.00%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (25.00%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (50.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (50.00%) Atlassian Bamboo
1 2 (50.00%) Cucumber
1 2 (50.00%) HP UFT
1 2 (50.00%) Jenkins
1 2 (50.00%) Selenium
1 2 (50.00%) SilkTest
1 2 (50.00%) SoapUI
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Analyst
1 2 (50.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Automation Test Lead
2 1 (25.00%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Senior Tester
2 1 (25.00%) Technical Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Technical Test Analyst
2 1 (25.00%) Test Leader
2 1 (25.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (100.00%) Middleware
1 4 (100.00%) Web Services
2 2 (50.00%) REST
2 2 (50.00%) SOAP
Operating Systems
1 2 (50.00%) Windows
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2008
1 2 (50.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (100.00%) Smoke Testing
1 4 (100.00%) Test Scripting
2 2 (50.00%) Continuous Integration
2 2 (50.00%) DevOps
2 2 (50.00%) Functional Testing
2 2 (50.00%) Migration
2 2 (50.00%) Non-Functional Testing
2 2 (50.00%) Open Source
2 2 (50.00%) Regression Testing
2 2 (50.00%) SOA
2 2 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (50.00%) Validation
2 2 (50.00%) Virtual Environments
Qualifications
1 4 (100.00%) SC Cleared
1 4 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (50.00%) ISEB
System Software
1 2 (50.00%) Docker
1 2 (50.00%) VMware Infrastructure
1 2 (50.00%) VMware Workstation
Vendors
1 4 (100.00%) VMware
2 2 (50.00%) IBM
2 2 (50.00%) Oracle