The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Berkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 22 May 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 95 103 92
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -11
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 28 14 31
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 1.10% 0.55% 1.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.54% 0.79% 1.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 5 13
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£350 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £252 £265 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £428 £398 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.25 £39.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-16.35% -0.62%
Test Strategy
South East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Berkshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Berkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1815 1782 1670
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 71.54% 70.41% 68.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 935 867 682
Average daily rate £400 £380 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.26% -2.56%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £225 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 56 37 41
Average hourly rate £21.55 £17.50 £17.33
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+23.14% +1.01%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.93 £11.25 £14.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.15 £35.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Berkshire

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the Berkshire region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

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 Berkshire region over the 3 months to 22 May 2015. 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
Reading +13 8 £260 -13.33%
Newbury +2 4 £406 -4.41%
Slough +1 1 £388 +4.72%
Maidenhead - 1 £350 -
Test Strategy
South East

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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 35 (55.56%) Telecoms
2 24 (38.10%) Validation
3 19 (30.16%) CheckPoint
3 19 (30.16%) QA
4 18 (28.57%) Cisco
5 17 (26.98%) Test Management
6 15 (23.81%) CCNP
6 15 (23.81%) Cisco Certification
6 15 (23.81%) Juniper
7 13 (20.63%) User Acceptance Testing
7 13 (20.63%) JNCIS
8 12 (19.05%) Migration
9 11 (17.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 11 (17.46%) ISEB
10 9 (14.29%) Finance
10 9 (14.29%) Integration Testing
10 9 (14.29%) Release Management
11 8 (12.70%) ISTQB
11 8 (12.70%) SharePoint
12 7 (11.11%) VoIP
12 7 (11.11%) MPLS
12 7 (11.11%) Test Scripting
12 7 (11.11%) Diameter Protocol
13 6 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
13 6 (9.52%) F5
13 6 (9.52%) Microsoft
13 6 (9.52%) CRM
13 6 (9.52%) Oracle
13 6 (9.52%) Firewall
13 6 (9.52%) Regression Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 22 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Berkshire 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 8 (12.70%) SharePoint
2 3 (4.76%) Lync
3 2 (3.17%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 4 (6.35%) MS Office
2 2 (3.17%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.59%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.17%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.59%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.59%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (1.59%) Oracle EBS R12
Cloud Services
1 3 (4.76%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (1.59%) Google Apps
2 1 (1.59%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 7 (11.11%) VoIP
1 7 (11.11%) MPLS
1 7 (11.11%) Diameter Protocol
2 6 (9.52%) Firewall
3 5 (7.94%) IPv6
3 5 (7.94%) SMS
3 5 (7.94%) LTE
4 4 (6.35%) 3G
5 3 (4.76%) Megaco
5 3 (4.76%) MGCP
5 3 (4.76%) RTP
5 3 (4.76%) 4G
5 3 (4.76%) VoLTE
6 2 (3.17%) Cisco ASA
6 2 (3.17%) Network Security
6 2 (3.17%) Cisco Nexus
6 2 (3.17%) MVNO
6 2 (3.17%) Unified Communications
6 2 (3.17%) SS7
6 2 (3.17%) BGP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.59%) DataStage
1 1 (1.59%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (1.59%) DB2
1 1 (1.59%) Data Mining
1 1 (1.59%) IBM InfoSphere
Development Applications
1 4 (6.35%) Selenium
2 3 (4.76%) TestDirector
3 2 (3.17%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (3.17%) LoadRunner
3 2 (3.17%) JIRA
4 1 (1.59%) Bugzilla
4 1 (1.59%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 35 (55.56%) Telecoms
2 9 (14.29%) Finance
3 4 (6.35%) Billing
4 2 (3.17%) Marketing
5 1 (1.59%) Banking
5 1 (1.59%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 20 (31.75%) Test Manager
2 16 (25.40%) Test Engineer
3 15 (23.81%) IP Engineer
4 12 (19.05%) Test Leader
5 10 (15.87%) Analyst
6 6 (9.52%) Test Analyst
7 5 (7.94%) Network Engineer
8 4 (6.35%) Release Manager
9 3 (4.76%) Design Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) Test and Integration Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) Integration Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) IP Network Engineer
9 3 (4.76%) Lead Test Analyst
9 3 (4.76%) Project Manager
9 3 (4.76%) Business Analyst
10 2 (3.17%) Implementation Engineer
10 2 (3.17%) Test Environment Manager
10 2 (3.17%) Lead Tester
10 2 (3.17%) Tester
10 2 (3.17%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (1.59%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 6 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (3.17%) Smart Meter
2 2 (3.17%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.59%) User Experience
3 1 (1.59%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 4 (6.35%) Linux
2 3 (4.76%) UNIX
3 2 (3.17%) Windows
4 1 (1.59%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (38.10%) Validation
2 17 (26.98%) Test Management
3 13 (20.63%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (19.05%) Migration
5 9 (14.29%) Integration Testing
5 9 (14.29%) Release Management
6 7 (11.11%) Test Scripting
7 6 (9.52%) CRM
7 6 (9.52%) Regression Testing
8 5 (7.94%) Supplier Management
8 5 (7.94%) Agile Software Development
8 5 (7.94%) Test Planning
8 5 (7.94%) System Testing
9 4 (6.35%) Performance Testing
9 4 (6.35%) Test Automation
9 4 (6.35%) Business Intelligence
9 4 (6.35%) E-Commerce
9 4 (6.35%) PRINCE2
9 4 (6.35%) Benchmarking
9 4 (6.35%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.94%) SQL
2 3 (4.76%) Shell Script
3 1 (1.59%) Python
3 1 (1.59%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (23.81%) CCNP
1 15 (23.81%) Cisco Certification
2 13 (20.63%) JNCIS
3 11 (17.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 11 (17.46%) ISEB
4 8 (12.70%) ISTQB
5 4 (6.35%) SC Cleared
5 4 (6.35%) Security Cleared
6 2 (3.17%) CCA
6 2 (3.17%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 2 (3.17%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (30.16%) QA
System Software
1 3 (4.76%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (7.94%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (3.17%) FortiGate
3 1 (1.59%) Netcool
Vendors
1 19 (30.16%) CheckPoint
2 18 (28.57%) Cisco
3 15 (23.81%) Juniper
4 6 (9.52%) F5
4 6 (9.52%) Microsoft
4 6 (9.52%) Oracle
5 5 (7.94%) HP
6 4 (6.35%) Red Hat
7 2 (3.17%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 2 (3.17%) ServiceNow
7 2 (3.17%) Salesforce.com
7 2 (3.17%) Fortinet
7 2 (3.17%) Capita
8 1 (1.59%) Google
8 1 (1.59%) MicroStrategy
8 1 (1.59%) Infovista
8 1 (1.59%) Cognos
8 1 (1.59%) PeopleSoft
8 1 (1.59%) SAP
8 1 (1.59%) Adobe