The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 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 Reading 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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 68 63 75
Rank change year-on-year
-5 +12
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 5 7 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.47% 0.91% 0.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.64% 1.27% 0.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 3
Average daily rate £325 £450 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-27.77% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £378
% change year-on-year
- -7.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £68.00 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+70.00% +8.10%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Reading
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
786 550 691
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 73.18% 71.24% 63.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 406 236 267
Average daily rate £400 £375 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -1.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 14 21
Average hourly rate £16.00 £16.00 £16.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.80 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £180.00 £32.00 £31.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Test Strategy
Berkshire

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Reading

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the Reading region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram 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 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 4 (26.67%) Windows
1 4 (26.67%) Validation
1 4 (26.67%) Performance Testing
1 4 (26.67%) Test Scripting
1 4 (26.67%) SC Cleared
1 4 (26.67%) Security Cleared
2 3 (20.00%) System Testing
2 3 (20.00%) Load Testing
2 3 (20.00%) Rational Performance Tester
2 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (20.00%) BMC
2 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (20.00%) ITIL
2 3 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (20.00%) C#
2 3 (20.00%) C++
2 3 (20.00%) MS Excel
2 3 (20.00%) Siebel
2 3 (20.00%) Windows XP
2 3 (20.00%) Active Directory
3 2 (13.33%) HP
3 2 (13.33%) ISEB
3 2 (13.33%) MS Exchange
3 2 (13.33%) Windows 2000
3 2 (13.33%) SOAP
3 2 (13.33%) Remedy
3 2 (13.33%) Service Management
3 2 (13.33%) ITSM
3 2 (13.33%) Games
3 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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.

Application Platforms
1 2 (13.33%) MS Exchange
1 2 (13.33%) Exchange Server 2010
2 1 (6.67%) WebSphere
2 1 (6.67%) IIS
2 1 (6.67%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (20.00%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (13.33%) Remedy ITSM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) DNS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (6.67%) DB2
2 1 (6.67%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 3 (20.00%) Rational Performance Tester
2 1 (6.67%) JIRA
2 1 (6.67%) FogBugz
2 1 (6.67%) Rational DOORS
2 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
2 1 (6.67%) SilkTest
2 1 (6.67%) Bugzilla
2 1 (6.67%) LoadRunner
2 1 (6.67%) ClearQuest
2 1 (6.67%) ClearCase
General
1 2 (13.33%) Games
2 1 (6.67%) Military
2 1 (6.67%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 4 (26.67%) Consultant
2 3 (20.00%) Test Leader
3 2 (13.33%) Software Engineer
3 2 (13.33%) Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Test Manager
3 2 (13.33%) Test Analyst
3 2 (13.33%) Service Manager
4 1 (6.67%) Senior Performance Test Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Performance Tester
4 1 (6.67%) Performance Test Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Performance Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) Senior Performance Consultant
4 1 (6.67%) Service Transition Manager
4 1 (6.67%) Senior Performance Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Performance Test Leader
4 1 (6.67%) Test Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (6.67%) Software Test Engineer
4 1 (6.67%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (13.33%) SOAP
2 1 (6.67%) Middleware
2 1 (6.67%) Web Services
2 1 (6.67%) XML
2 1 (6.67%) HTML
2 1 (6.67%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Xbox
1 1 (6.67%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 4 (26.67%) Windows
2 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (20.00%) Windows Server 2003
2 3 (20.00%) Windows XP
3 2 (13.33%) Windows 2000
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Vista
4 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (6.67%) UNIX
4 1 (6.67%) AIX
4 1 (6.67%) Linux
4 1 (6.67%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (26.67%) Validation
1 4 (26.67%) Performance Testing
1 4 (26.67%) Test Scripting
2 3 (20.00%) System Testing
2 3 (20.00%) Load Testing
2 3 (20.00%) ITIL
3 2 (13.33%) Service Management
3 2 (13.33%) ITSM
3 2 (13.33%) ITIL V3
3 2 (13.33%) Portfolio Management
3 2 (13.33%) Test Automation
3 2 (13.33%) Process Architecture
3 2 (13.33%) Performance Improvement
3 2 (13.33%) Stress Testing
3 2 (13.33%) Use Case
3 2 (13.33%) Performance Management
3 2 (13.33%) IT Governance
4 1 (6.67%) Requirements Management
4 1 (6.67%) Technical Architecture
4 1 (6.67%) BPMN
Programming Languages
1 3 (20.00%) C#
1 3 (20.00%) C++
2 1 (6.67%) Java
2 1 (6.67%) SQL
2 1 (6.67%) T-SQL
2 1 (6.67%) VB
2 1 (6.67%) Python
Qualifications
1 4 (26.67%) SC Cleared
1 4 (26.67%) Security Cleared
2 2 (13.33%) ISEB
2 2 (13.33%) DV Cleared
2 2 (13.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (13.33%) COBIT
2 1 (6.67%) QA
System Software
1 3 (20.00%) Active Directory
2 2 (13.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (6.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (20.00%) BMC
1 3 (20.00%) Siebel
2 2 (13.33%) HP
2 2 (13.33%) Remedy
2 2 (13.33%) ServiceNow
2 2 (13.33%) FrontRange
2 2 (13.33%) VMware
3 1 (6.67%) LANDesk
3 1 (6.67%) Oracle
3 1 (6.67%) Microsoft
3 1 (6.67%) Citrix