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 29 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 91 104 97
Rank change year-on-year
+13 -7
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 34 24 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 1.31% 0.91% 0.75%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.89% 1.24% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 7 7
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£350 £450 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% +18.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £246 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £560 £408
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-1.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £35.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year
+6.42% -15.66%
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
1795 1933 1481
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Berkshire 69.28% 73.47% 69.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 937 978 631
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £263 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 63 68
Average hourly rate £20.13 £16.00 £20.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.78% -21.95%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.65 £11.90 £11.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.65 £126.10 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

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
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 29 January 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 +4 4 £338 +33.66% 1
Slough - 3 £350 -
Maidenhead - 1 - -
Bracknell - - - -
Test Strategy
South East

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Berkshire

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 29 (53.70%) Telecoms
2 26 (48.15%) Validation
3 21 (38.89%) Test Management
4 19 (35.19%) Cisco
4 19 (35.19%) CheckPoint
5 15 (27.78%) User Acceptance Testing
6 12 (22.22%) Migration
7 11 (20.37%) Firewall
7 11 (20.37%) MPLS
7 11 (20.37%) Agile Software Development
7 11 (20.37%) F5
8 10 (18.52%) Finance
8 10 (18.52%) Cisco Certification
8 10 (18.52%) CCNP
8 10 (18.52%) Juniper
8 10 (18.52%) TestDirector
8 10 (18.52%) PRINCE2
9 9 (16.67%) Linux
9 9 (16.67%) Red Hat
9 9 (16.67%) Test Scripting
9 9 (16.67%) Integration Testing
9 9 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
10 8 (14.81%) Release Management
10 8 (14.81%) JNCIS
10 8 (14.81%) Supplier Management
10 8 (14.81%) QA
10 8 (14.81%) Oracle
10 8 (14.81%) Risk Management
10 8 (14.81%) Project Management
11 7 (12.96%) BGP

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Berkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 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 7 (12.96%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.85%) Lync
Business Applications
1 2 (3.70%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.85%) Agresso
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.85%) Oracle EBS R12
Communications & Networking
1 11 (20.37%) Firewall
1 11 (20.37%) MPLS
2 7 (12.96%) BGP
2 7 (12.96%) Cisco ASA
2 7 (12.96%) Cisco Nexus
3 3 (5.56%) 3G
3 3 (5.56%) Network Security
4 2 (3.70%) LTE
5 1 (1.85%) SMS
5 1 (1.85%) LDAP
5 1 (1.85%) ISUP
5 1 (1.85%) INAP
5 1 (1.85%) VoLTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.85%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 10 (18.52%) TestDirector
2 3 (5.56%) Selenium
3 2 (3.70%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (3.70%) LoadRunner
4 1 (1.85%) Bugzilla
4 1 (1.85%) JIRA
4 1 (1.85%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 29 (53.70%) Telecoms
2 10 (18.52%) Finance
3 6 (11.11%) Billing
3 6 (11.11%) Marketing
4 2 (3.70%) Retail
Job Titles
1 26 (48.15%) Test Manager
2 13 (24.07%) Test Engineer
3 10 (18.52%) IP Engineer
4 7 (12.96%) Analyst
4 7 (12.96%) Environment Manager
5 6 (11.11%) Programme Test Manager
5 6 (11.11%) Programme Manager
6 5 (9.26%) Test Analyst
7 4 (7.41%) Release Manager
8 3 (5.56%) Network Engineer
8 3 (5.56%) Project Manager
8 3 (5.56%) Test Environment Manager
9 2 (3.70%) IP Network Engineer
9 2 (3.70%) Coordinator
9 2 (3.70%) Business Analyst
9 2 (3.70%) Test Coordinator
10 1 (1.85%) Senior Manager
10 1 (1.85%) Security Manager
10 1 (1.85%) Senior Network Engineer
10 1 (1.85%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.56%) .NET
2 2 (3.70%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 7 (12.96%) Smart Meter
2 4 (7.41%) Management Information System
2 4 (7.41%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.85%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (1.85%) PKI
Operating Systems
1 9 (16.67%) Linux
1 9 (16.67%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 6 (11.11%) UNIX
3 1 (1.85%) Windows
3 1 (1.85%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (48.15%) Validation
2 21 (38.89%) Test Management
3 15 (27.78%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (22.22%) Migration
5 11 (20.37%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (18.52%) PRINCE2
7 9 (16.67%) Test Scripting
7 9 (16.67%) Integration Testing
8 8 (14.81%) Release Management
8 8 (14.81%) Supplier Management
8 8 (14.81%) Risk Management
8 8 (14.81%) Project Management
9 7 (12.96%) CRM
9 7 (12.96%) V-Model
10 6 (11.11%) Web Testing
10 6 (11.11%) Logistics
10 6 (11.11%) Service Delivery
10 6 (11.11%) Change Management
11 5 (9.26%) Regression Testing
12 4 (7.41%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (12.96%) SQL
1 7 (12.96%) Shell Script
2 3 (5.56%) RPG
Qualifications
1 10 (18.52%) Cisco Certification
1 10 (18.52%) CCNP
2 8 (14.81%) JNCIS
3 7 (12.96%) PRINCE2 Certification
3 7 (12.96%) ISEB
4 6 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (5.56%) ISTQB
6 2 (3.70%) Degree
7 1 (1.85%) CCA
7 1 (1.85%) CISSP
7 1 (1.85%) CISA
7 1 (1.85%) CISM
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (14.81%) QA
2 1 (1.85%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (1.85%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (1.85%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 7 (12.96%) FortiGate
2 5 (9.26%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 19 (35.19%) Cisco
1 19 (35.19%) CheckPoint
2 11 (20.37%) F5
3 10 (18.52%) Juniper
4 9 (16.67%) Red Hat
5 8 (14.81%) Oracle
6 3 (5.56%) PeopleSoft
7 2 (3.70%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
7 2 (3.70%) Fortinet
7 2 (3.70%) TIBCO
7 2 (3.70%) Salesforce.com
8 1 (1.85%) SAP