The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Kent region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 19 September 2014 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 37 38 27
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -11
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 5 1 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Kent 1.72% 0.34% 1.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.26% 0.47% 2.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 4
Average daily rate
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£290 £500 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-42.00% +100.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-10.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £53.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-40.46% -7.42%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Kent region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Kent
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
221 211 190
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Kent 75.95% 71.04% 68.59%
Number of daily rates quoted 156 126 110
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £215 £259 £164
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £514 £438
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 11 13
Average hourly rate £20.67 £20.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.35% -38.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £10.80 £13.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.53 £43.00 £125.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Kent

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Kent

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Kent

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Kent

Test Strategy
Top 18 Related IT Skills in Kent

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Kent 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 4 (80.00%) QA
2 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
2 3 (60.00%) GxP
2 3 (60.00%) Validation
3 2 (40.00%) German Language
4 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (20.00%) Northgate
4 1 (20.00%) Management Information System
4 1 (20.00%) ISEB
4 1 (20.00%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (20.00%) Manual Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
4 1 (20.00%) SaaS
4 1 (20.00%) Test Planning
4 1 (20.00%) User Experience
4 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Integration Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Test Management

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Kent by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Kent 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.

Cloud Services
1 1 (20.00%) SaaS
General
1 2 (40.00%) German Language
2 1 (20.00%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Tester
1 3 (60.00%) QA Tester
2 1 (20.00%) Test Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Test Leader
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Management Information System
1 1 (20.00%) User Experience
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Test Scripting
1 3 (60.00%) Validation
2 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (20.00%) Manual Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Test Automation
2 1 (20.00%) Test Planning
2 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Integration Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Test Management
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (80.00%) QA
2 3 (60.00%) GxP
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Northgate