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 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 73 66 67
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +1
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 7 2 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.71% 0.23% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.92% 0.33% 1.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 4
Average daily rate £375 - £253
90% offered a daily rate of more than £336 - £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 - £479
UK excluding London average daily rate £415 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+9.21% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £37.25 -
% change year-on-year
+61.07% -
Test Strategy
Berkshire

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
758 600 724
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 76.80% 69.93% 73.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 456 334 364
Average daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £545 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 8 20
Average hourly rate £45.00 £55.65 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-19.13% +247.81%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £17.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.00 £55.65 £180.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 5 February 2016.

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 5 February 2016, 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 5 (41.67%) Security Cleared
2 4 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 4 (33.33%) VMware
2 4 (33.33%) Data Centre
2 4 (33.33%) DV Cleared
2 4 (33.33%) C#
3 3 (25.00%) Visual Studio
3 3 (25.00%) CRM
3 3 (25.00%) SharePoint
3 3 (25.00%) ERP
3 3 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (25.00%) Windows
3 3 (25.00%) Scrum
3 3 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (25.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 3 (25.00%) SDLC
3 3 (25.00%) Defect Management
3 3 (25.00%) MSF
3 3 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (25.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 3 (25.00%) ISTQB
3 3 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (25.00%) Test Automation
3 3 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (16.67%) Test Management
4 2 (16.67%) Manual Testing
4 2 (16.67%) LoadRunner
5 1 (8.33%) Project Management
5 1 (8.33%) MS Excel
5 1 (8.33%) CCNP

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, 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 3 (25.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (8.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (8.33%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 3 (25.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (25.00%) Visual Studio
2 2 (16.67%) LoadRunner
3 1 (8.33%) JMeter
3 1 (8.33%) Selenium
3 1 (8.33%) SoapUI
Job Titles
1 4 (33.33%) Designer
2 2 (16.67%) Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Automation Test Lead
2 2 (16.67%) Performance Tester
2 2 (16.67%) Test Analyst
2 2 (16.67%) Test Leader
2 2 (16.67%) Tester
3 1 (8.33%) IP Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
3 1 (8.33%) LoadRunner Tester
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Penetration Tester
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Performance Tester
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Test Analyst
3 1 (8.33%) Senior Tester
3 1 (8.33%) Test Engineer
3 1 (8.33%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (8.33%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (33.33%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 3 (25.00%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (25.00%) CRM
1 3 (25.00%) Defect Management
1 3 (25.00%) ERP
1 3 (25.00%) MSF
1 3 (25.00%) Scrum
1 3 (25.00%) SDLC
1 3 (25.00%) Test Automation
1 3 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (16.67%) Manual Testing
2 2 (16.67%) Test Management
3 1 (8.33%) Business Intelligence
3 1 (8.33%) Contact Management
3 1 (8.33%) Performance Testing
3 1 (8.33%) Project Management
3 1 (8.33%) Validation
3 1 (8.33%) Wealth Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (33.33%) C#
2 1 (8.33%) C
2 1 (8.33%) Java
2 1 (8.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (41.67%) Security Cleared
2 4 (33.33%) DV Cleared
3 3 (25.00%) ISTQB
3 3 (25.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (8.33%) CCNP
4 1 (8.33%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (8.33%) JNCIP
4 1 (8.33%) JNCIS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (8.33%) QA
System Software
1 4 (33.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (33.33%) VMware
2 3 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 1 (8.33%) Cisco
3 1 (8.33%) HP
3 1 (8.33%) Juniper
3 1 (8.33%) SAP