The first table below looks at the demand for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bedfordshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 1 August 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Bedfordshire region.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 49 29 42
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +13
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 3 1 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 0.59% 0.42% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.73% 0.67% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 1
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£481 £500 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.75% +25.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £388
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.78 £35.00 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-3.49% +84.21%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Bedfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
412 150 225
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bedfordshire 80.94% 62.76% 74.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 278 73 144
Average daily rate £425 £365 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.43% -2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £297 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £550 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 5 10
Average hourly rate £26.00 £16.25 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% -61.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £14.50 £13.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £22.50 £190.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £31.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-19.35% -
Test Strategy
East of England

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the Bedfordshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Bedfordshire

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Bedfordshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the Bedfordshire region over the 3 months to 1 August 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Luton -17 2 £481 -3.75%
Dunstable - 1 - -
Bedford - - - -
Test Strategy
East of England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Strategy.

1 12 (70.59%) Test Management
2 11 (64.71%) User Acceptance Testing
2 11 (64.71%) Migration
3 10 (58.82%) Windows
4 9 (52.94%) Citrix
4 9 (52.94%) Windows 7
5 7 (41.18%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (35.29%) Email Migration
7 5 (29.41%) Test Scripting
7 5 (29.41%) ISEB
7 5 (29.41%) ISEB Practitioner
7 5 (29.41%) Lotus
7 5 (29.41%) IBM Notes
7 5 (29.41%) MS Exchange
8 4 (23.53%) Finance
9 3 (17.65%) Fat Client
9 3 (17.65%) Project Management
9 3 (17.65%) SQL
9 3 (17.65%) Thin Client
10 2 (11.76%) E-Commerce
10 2 (11.76%) Java
10 2 (11.76%) Oracle
10 2 (11.76%) SQL Server
10 2 (11.76%) Programme Management
10 2 (11.76%) Use Case
10 2 (11.76%) QA
10 2 (11.76%) Selenium
10 2 (11.76%) Retail
10 2 (11.76%) LoadRunner
10 2 (11.76%) Automated Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bedfordshire region citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Strategy. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (29.41%) IBM Notes
1 5 (29.41%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Spreadsheet
Communications & Networking
1 1 (5.88%) Fibre Channel
1 1 (5.88%) NAS
1 1 (5.88%) DHCP
1 1 (5.88%) DNS
1 1 (5.88%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.88%) Oracle Database
2 1 (5.88%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (11.76%) Selenium
1 2 (11.76%) LoadRunner
2 1 (5.88%) Cucumber
2 1 (5.88%) SpecFlow
2 1 (5.88%) RSpec
2 1 (5.88%) MSTest
2 1 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.88%) FitNesse
2 1 (5.88%) NUnit
2 1 (5.88%) JUnit
General
1 4 (23.53%) Finance
2 2 (11.76%) Retail
3 1 (5.88%) Banking
3 1 (5.88%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 9 (52.94%) Test Leader
2 3 (17.65%) Test Manager
3 1 (5.88%) Senior Digital Project Manager
3 1 (5.88%) Test Architect
3 1 (5.88%) Digital Project Manager
3 1 (5.88%) Test Team Leader
3 1 (5.88%) Senior Project Manager
3 1 (5.88%) Test Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Software Test Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Team Leader
3 1 (5.88%) Architect
3 1 (5.88%) Project Manager
3 1 (5.88%) Programme Manager
3 1 (5.88%) Software Engineer
3 1 (5.88%) Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Test Analyst
3 1 (5.88%) Senior Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.88%) .NET Framework
1 1 (5.88%) .NET
1 1 (5.88%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 3 (17.65%) Fat Client
1 3 (17.65%) Thin Client
2 1 (5.88%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 10 (58.82%) Windows
2 9 (52.94%) Windows 7
3 1 (5.88%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (5.88%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (5.88%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (70.59%) Test Management
2 11 (64.71%) User Acceptance Testing
2 11 (64.71%) Migration
3 7 (41.18%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (35.29%) Email Migration
5 5 (29.41%) Test Scripting
6 3 (17.65%) Project Management
7 2 (11.76%) E-Commerce
7 2 (11.76%) Programme Management
7 2 (11.76%) Use Case
7 2 (11.76%) Automated Testing
7 2 (11.76%) Waterfall
7 2 (11.76%) Non-Functional Testing
8 1 (5.88%) Dependency Management
8 1 (5.88%) Performance Testing
8 1 (5.88%) Unit Testing
8 1 (5.88%) BDD
8 1 (5.88%) Agile Testing
8 1 (5.88%) Test Automation
8 1 (5.88%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (17.65%) SQL
2 2 (11.76%) Java
3 1 (5.88%) PL/SQL
3 1 (5.88%) C#
3 1 (5.88%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 5 (29.41%) ISEB
1 5 (29.41%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (5.88%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 1 (5.88%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.76%) QA
2 1 (5.88%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
1 1 (5.88%) Hyper-V
Vendors
1 9 (52.94%) Citrix
2 5 (29.41%) Lotus
3 2 (11.76%) Oracle
4 1 (5.88%) VMware
4 1 (5.88%) HP
4 1 (5.88%) Mercator