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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 72 66 74
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +8
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 5 3 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 0.50% 0.35% 0.50%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 0.50% 0.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 2 1
Average daily rate
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£369 £344 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.27% -19.11%
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £343 £375
% change year-on-year
+9.48% -8.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £31.56 £44.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -28.28%
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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
730 596 749
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Reading 72.71% 69.06% 74.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 464 307 355
Average daily rate £415 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £290 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £558 £575 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 10 20
Average hourly rate £37.09 £19.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+95.21% -34.48%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.30 £15.00 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.67 £59.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 30 Related IT Skills in Reading

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 6 (46.15%) QA
1 6 (46.15%) Integration Testing
1 6 (46.15%) Test Planning
2 5 (38.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 5 (38.46%) System Integration Testing
2 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
2 5 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (38.46%) ISTQB
2 5 (38.46%) ISEB
3 4 (30.77%) MS Office
3 4 (30.77%) Telecoms
3 4 (30.77%) Finance
3 4 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (30.77%) HP
3 4 (30.77%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Validation
4 3 (23.08%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) 3G
5 2 (15.38%) Service Management
5 2 (15.38%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (15.38%) SMS
5 2 (15.38%) SQL
5 2 (15.38%) UNIX
5 2 (15.38%) LTE
5 2 (15.38%) Waterfall
5 2 (15.38%) Incident Management
5 2 (15.38%) Capita
5 2 (15.38%) Banking
5 2 (15.38%) Business Continuity
6 1 (7.69%) STB

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Reading by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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.

Applications
1 4 (30.77%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Cognos Business Intelligence
Communications & Networking
1 2 (15.38%) 3G
1 2 (15.38%) LTE
1 2 (15.38%) SMS
2 1 (7.69%) VoIP
2 1 (7.69%) Internet
2 1 (7.69%) LDAP
2 1 (7.69%) 4G
2 1 (7.69%) MVNO
2 1 (7.69%) Diameter Protocol
2 1 (7.69%) DVB
2 1 (7.69%) ISUP
2 1 (7.69%) INAP
Development Applications
1 1 (7.69%) LoadRunner
1 1 (7.69%) JIRA
1 1 (7.69%) Selenium
General
1 4 (30.77%) Telecoms
1 4 (30.77%) Finance
2 2 (15.38%) Banking
3 1 (7.69%) Billing
Job Titles
1 5 (38.46%) Test Leader
2 4 (30.77%) Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Test Manager
3 3 (23.08%) Business Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) Test Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Test Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Integration Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Test and Integration Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Integration Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Lead Tester
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) STB
1 1 (7.69%) IPTV
1 1 (7.69%) Embedded Systems
1 1 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) UNIX
2 1 (7.69%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Integration Testing
1 6 (46.15%) Test Planning
2 5 (38.46%) System Integration Testing
2 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
2 5 (38.46%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (30.77%) Stakeholder Management
3 4 (30.77%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Validation
4 3 (23.08%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 2 (15.38%) Waterfall
5 2 (15.38%) Service Management
5 2 (15.38%) Disaster Recovery
5 2 (15.38%) Business Continuity
5 2 (15.38%) Incident Management
6 1 (7.69%) Performance Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Scrum
6 1 (7.69%) Business Analysis
6 1 (7.69%) Software Testing
6 1 (7.69%) GAP Analysis
6 1 (7.69%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 2 (15.38%) SQL
2 1 (7.69%) Python
2 1 (7.69%) C
2 1 (7.69%) Java
Qualifications
1 5 (38.46%) ISEB
1 5 (38.46%) ISTQB
1 5 (38.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (7.69%) SC Cleared
2 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (46.15%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (30.77%) HP
2 2 (15.38%) Capita
3 1 (7.69%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
3 1 (7.69%) Oracle
3 1 (7.69%) SAP
3 1 (7.69%) Cognos