The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Reading region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 72 78 94
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +16
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 3 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.34% 0.55% 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.50% 0.78% 0.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 2
Average daily rate
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£290 £315 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.93% -5.97%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £370 £355
% change year-on-year
-5.40% +4.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.03 £36.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-11.03% -37.11%
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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 Reading region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
600 768 899
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 67.19% 70.78% 66.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 370 413 258
Average daily rate £425 £350 £353
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.42% -0.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £210 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 21 17
Average hourly rate £27.83 £17.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+59.02% -12.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.00 £38.50 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.38 £29.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +7.80%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Reading

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Reading

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Reading

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in Reading

Test Strategy
Top 15 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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 2 (40.00%) Retail
1 2 (40.00%) QA
2 1 (20.00%) Release Management
2 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (20.00%) Test Management
2 1 (20.00%) Time Management
2 1 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Metrics
2 1 (20.00%) Finance
2 1 (20.00%) Migration
2 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (20.00%) SQL
2 1 (20.00%) ERP
2 1 (20.00%) Agresso
2 1 (20.00%) Benchmarking

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Reading 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.

Business Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Agresso
General
1 2 (40.00%) Retail
2 1 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (40.00%) Coordinator
1 2 (40.00%) Test Manager
1 2 (40.00%) Test Coordinator
2 1 (20.00%) Infrastructure Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Infrastructure Test Manager
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Performance Metrics
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (20.00%) ERP
1 1 (20.00%) Benchmarking
1 1 (20.00%) Migration
1 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
1 1 (20.00%) Release Management
1 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
1 1 (20.00%) Test Management
1 1 (20.00%) Time Management
1 1 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) SQL
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (40.00%) QA