The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Scotland region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 30 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 111 97 87
Rank change year-on-year
-14 -10
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 18 20 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 0.65% 0.80% 1.04%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.86% 1.15% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 10 16
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£304 £391 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-22.36% +6.46%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £341 £205
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £455 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £333 £375 £368
% change year-on-year
-11.33% +2.04%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £32.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.03 £53.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-39.57% -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 Scotland region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Scotland
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2081 1736 1756
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Scotland 75.37% 69.03% 67.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1149 864 870
Average daily rate £375 £375 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +10.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £248 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £500 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 50 79
Average hourly rate £32.50 £30.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.25 £9.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £135.00 £36.00 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +3.44%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Scotland

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Scotland

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the Scotland region over the 3 months to 30 September 2014.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in Scotland

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in Scotland

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Scotland

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the Scotland region over the 3 months to 30 September 2014. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Glasgow -10 10 £325 -14.47%
Edinburgh -3 6 £316 -18.64% 3
Stirling - - - -
Midlothian - - - -
West Lothian - - - -
North Lanarkshire - - - -
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Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Scotland

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 22 (44.90%) HP Quality Center
2 18 (36.73%) Finance
3 15 (30.61%) User Acceptance Testing
3 15 (30.61%) Test Scripting
4 14 (28.57%) HP
5 11 (22.45%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (20.41%) QuickTest Pro
6 10 (20.41%) Oracle
6 10 (20.41%) ISTQB
7 9 (18.37%) Test Management
7 9 (18.37%) SQL
7 9 (18.37%) Migration
7 9 (18.37%) Software Testing
8 8 (16.33%) Markit EDM
8 8 (16.33%) Test Planning
9 7 (14.29%) Performance Testing
9 7 (14.29%) Banking
9 7 (14.29%) Investment Management
9 7 (14.29%) ETL
10 6 (12.24%) Automated Testing
10 6 (12.24%) Asset Management
10 6 (12.24%) Data Management
10 6 (12.24%) Regression Testing
10 6 (12.24%) Security Cleared
10 6 (12.24%) QA
10 6 (12.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 6 (12.24%) Functional Testing
11 5 (10.20%) Back Office
12 4 (8.16%) Software Engineering
12 4 (8.16%) ISEB

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Scotland by Category

For the 6 months to 30 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Scotland 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 1 (2.04%) MS Office
1 1 (2.04%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (16.33%) Markit EDM
2 1 (2.04%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (2.04%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.04%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.04%) HTTP
1 1 (2.04%) TCP/IP
1 1 (2.04%) DNS
1 1 (2.04%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.12%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.08%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.04%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (2.04%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.04%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.04%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 10 (20.41%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (6.12%) LoadRunner
2 3 (6.12%) Facilita Forecast
3 2 (4.08%) TestDirector
4 1 (2.04%) Selenium
4 1 (2.04%) Cucumber
General
1 18 (36.73%) Finance
2 7 (14.29%) Banking
3 5 (10.20%) Back Office
4 2 (4.08%) Financial Institution
4 2 (4.08%) Retail Banking
4 2 (4.08%) Retail
5 1 (2.04%) Investment Banking
5 1 (2.04%) French Language
Job Titles
1 24 (48.98%) Test Manager
2 13 (26.53%) Analyst
3 10 (20.41%) Test Analyst
4 8 (16.33%) Test Leader
5 3 (6.12%) Performance Test Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) Test Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) Performance Engineer
5 3 (6.12%) Business Analyst
6 2 (4.08%) Tester
6 2 (4.08%) Functional Analyst
6 2 (4.08%) Functional Test Analyst
6 2 (4.08%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (4.08%) Senior Test Manager
6 2 (4.08%) Senior Manager
6 2 (4.08%) Automation Analyst
7 1 (2.04%) Head of Testing
7 1 (2.04%) Performance Test Leader
7 1 (2.04%) Data Analyst
7 1 (2.04%) Financial Business Analyst
7 1 (2.04%) Financial Services Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.04%) HTML
1 1 (2.04%) .NET
1 1 (2.04%) ASP.NET
1 1 (2.04%) JSP
1 1 (2.04%) XML
1 1 (2.04%) XML Schema
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.12%) Data Structures
2 2 (4.08%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (4.08%) Equity Derivative
3 1 (2.04%) SWIFT
3 1 (2.04%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.04%) User Experience
3 1 (2.04%) Derivative
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.08%) Windows
2 1 (2.04%) Windows 2000
2 1 (2.04%) Windows XP
2 1 (2.04%) Windows Server 2003
2 1 (2.04%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (2.04%) Windows 7
2 1 (2.04%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (30.61%) User Acceptance Testing
1 15 (30.61%) Test Scripting
2 11 (22.45%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (18.37%) Software Testing
3 9 (18.37%) Migration
3 9 (18.37%) Test Management
4 8 (16.33%) Test Planning
5 7 (14.29%) Investment Management
5 7 (14.29%) Performance Testing
5 7 (14.29%) ETL
6 6 (12.24%) Regression Testing
6 6 (12.24%) Asset Management
6 6 (12.24%) Data Management
6 6 (12.24%) Automated Testing
6 6 (12.24%) Functional Testing
7 4 (8.16%) Load Testing
7 4 (8.16%) Software Engineering
8 3 (6.12%) Problem Management
8 3 (6.12%) Configuration Management
8 3 (6.12%) Business Transformation
Programming Languages
1 9 (18.37%) SQL
2 1 (2.04%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 10 (20.41%) ISTQB
2 6 (12.24%) Security Cleared
2 6 (12.24%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (8.16%) ISEB
4 2 (4.08%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (4.08%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.04%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.04%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (12.24%) QA
2 2 (4.08%) EMIR
Systems Management
1 22 (44.90%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.04%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
Vendors
1 14 (28.57%) HP
2 10 (20.41%) Oracle
3 2 (4.08%) Dell
4 1 (2.04%) Teradata
4 1 (2.04%) Sybase
4 1 (2.04%) Microsoft