The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Somerset region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 26 November 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
26 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 34 15 29
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +14
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 8 24 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 2.42% 11.48% 3.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.31% 15.58% 6.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 14 6
Average daily rate
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£338 £388 £341
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.90% +13.80%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £358 £337
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £400 £344
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £35.00 £35.25
% change year-on-year
-7.14% -0.70%
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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 Somerset region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Somerset
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
242 154 126
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 73.11% 73.68% 61.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 109 68
Average daily rate £330 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.71% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £271 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £400 £435
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+6.20% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 9 7
Average hourly rate £36.40 £31.90 £35.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.10% -9.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £19.30 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.25 £31.92 £42.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -6.77%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 8 (80.00%) Test Management
2 7 (70.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (60.00%) Microsoft
3 6 (60.00%) Integration Testing
4 5 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 5 (50.00%) Test Scripting
5 4 (40.00%) Software Testing
5 4 (40.00%) ISTQB
5 4 (40.00%) ISEB
5 4 (40.00%) SAP
6 3 (30.00%) Visual Studio
6 3 (30.00%) ERP
6 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (30.00%) Scrum
6 3 (30.00%) BDD
6 3 (30.00%) SpecFlow
6 3 (30.00%) Gherkin
6 3 (30.00%) User Stories
7 2 (20.00%) Test Automation
7 2 (20.00%) Automated Testing
7 2 (20.00%) System Testing
7 2 (20.00%) SC Cleared
7 2 (20.00%) Security Cleared
7 2 (20.00%) Selenium
7 2 (20.00%) C#
7 2 (20.00%) SQL
7 2 (20.00%) Web Services
7 2 (20.00%) Project Management
8 1 (10.00%) Service Management
8 1 (10.00%) Regression Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 26 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 (10.00%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 5 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (30.00%) Visual Studio
2 3 (30.00%) SpecFlow
3 2 (20.00%) Selenium
General
1 1 (10.00%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 6 (60.00%) Analyst
1 6 (60.00%) Test Analyst
2 5 (50.00%) Senior Analyst
2 5 (50.00%) Senior Test Analyst
3 4 (40.00%) Test Manager
4 2 (20.00%) SAP Manager
4 2 (20.00%) SAP Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (30.00%) Gherkin
2 2 (20.00%) Web Services
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (80.00%) Test Management
2 7 (70.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (60.00%) Integration Testing
4 5 (50.00%) Test Scripting
5 4 (40.00%) Software Testing
6 3 (30.00%) ERP
6 3 (30.00%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (30.00%) Scrum
6 3 (30.00%) BDD
6 3 (30.00%) User Stories
7 2 (20.00%) Test Automation
7 2 (20.00%) Automated Testing
7 2 (20.00%) System Testing
7 2 (20.00%) Project Management
8 1 (10.00%) Service Management
8 1 (10.00%) Regression Testing
8 1 (10.00%) ITIL
8 1 (10.00%) Risk Analysis
8 1 (10.00%) TDD
8 1 (10.00%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (20.00%) C#
1 2 (20.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (40.00%) ISTQB
1 4 (40.00%) ISEB
2 2 (20.00%) SC Cleared
2 2 (20.00%) Security Cleared
3 1 (10.00%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
3 1 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Vendors
1 6 (60.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (40.00%) SAP