The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the South East region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 27 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
27 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 166 158 176
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +18
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 100 119 83
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.16% 1.21% 0.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.42% 1.53% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 67 59 43
Median daily rate £413 £375 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.00% +15.38%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £309 £300 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £498 £423
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
- +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 3
Median hourly rate £46.00 - £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £31.56
% change year-on-year
+40.62% +1.41%
Test Strategy
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the South East region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
7036 7773 7115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 81.79% 79.29% 76.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 4294 4755 3991
Median daily rate £424 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.87% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £520 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 262 258 263
Median hourly rate £39.50 £35.00 £20.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.85% +72.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.00 £12.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £50.00 £53.25
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £33.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +26.92%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South East region citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in the South East

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the South East region over the 3 months to 27 August 2016.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the South East

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the South East region over the 3 months to 27 August 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hampshire -5 31 £435 +5.45% 7
Berkshire +11 24 £450 +20.00% 8
Buckinghamshire +7 15 £425 +13.33% 2
West Sussex -10 11 £270 -22.85% 1
Surrey +4 8 £375 +3.44% 3
Middlesex -1 3 £405 +8.00%
Oxfordshire -3 2 £403 +34.16%
Kent +3 1 £425 +70.00%
Home Counties - 1 £700 -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 27 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South East region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 59 (32.24%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (26.78%) Test Scripting
3 41 (22.40%) Finance
3 41 (22.40%) User Acceptance Testing
4 40 (21.86%) Java
5 38 (20.77%) Selenium
6 36 (19.67%) ISEB
6 36 (19.67%) ISTQB
7 35 (19.13%) Software Testing
8 31 (16.94%) C#
8 31 (16.94%) Scrum
9 30 (16.39%) System Integration Testing
10 29 (15.85%) .NET
11 28 (15.30%) Oracle
11 28 (15.30%) Test Management
12 27 (14.75%) Regression Testing
13 25 (13.66%) XML
14 24 (13.11%) HP UFT
15 22 (12.02%) Test Automation
16 21 (11.48%) Team Foundation Server
17 20 (10.93%) Microsoft
17 20 (10.93%) Telecoms
17 20 (10.93%) Migration
18 19 (10.38%) Windows
18 19 (10.38%) SpecFlow
19 18 (9.84%) BDD
19 18 (9.84%) Security Cleared
20 17 (9.29%) QA
20 17 (9.29%) System Testing
21 16 (8.74%) SC Cleared

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in the South East by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (2.19%) BizTalk Server
1 4 (2.19%) WebLogic
2 3 (1.64%) Confluence
3 2 (1.09%) Apache Pig
3 2 (1.09%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.09%) CMS
3 2 (1.09%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.55%) Elasticsearch
4 1 (0.55%) JBoss
4 1 (0.55%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.55%) WebSphere Application Server
Applications
1 10 (5.46%) MS Excel
2 3 (1.64%) MS Office
2 3 (1.64%) MS PowerPoint
3 2 (1.09%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 8 (4.37%) Dynamics CRM
2 5 (2.73%) Temenos T24
3 3 (1.64%) Oracle Applications
3 3 (1.64%) SAP CRM
3 3 (1.64%) SAP PSCD
4 2 (1.09%) Payment Gateway
4 2 (1.09%) SAP ERP
4 2 (1.09%) SAP FS
5 1 (0.55%) Eagle PACE
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle EBS
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle Financials
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle iStore
5 1 (0.55%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.55%) PeopleSoft HRMS
5 1 (0.55%) Remedy AR System
5 1 (0.55%) SAP HR
5 1 (0.55%) Temenos Globus
Cloud Services
1 9 (4.92%) SaaS
2 6 (3.28%) Amazon AWS
2 6 (3.28%) PaaS
3 2 (1.09%) Cloud Computing
3 2 (1.09%) Force.com
4 1 (0.55%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (2.73%) Internet
2 4 (2.19%) TCP/IP
2 4 (2.19%) Unified Communications
3 3 (1.64%) 3G
3 3 (1.64%) 4G
3 3 (1.64%) HTTP
3 3 (1.64%) LTE
3 3 (1.64%) MVNO
3 3 (1.64%) SMS
3 3 (1.64%) SSL
3 3 (1.64%) Value-Added Service
3 3 (1.64%) VPN
4 2 (1.09%) VoIP
5 1 (0.55%) Ethernet
5 1 (0.55%) MPLS
5 1 (0.55%) SDH
5 1 (0.55%) VLAN
5 1 (0.55%) ZigBee
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (4.37%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (2.73%) SQL Server
3 4 (2.19%) Oracle OWB
4 3 (1.64%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (1.64%) Hadoop
4 3 (1.64%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.64%) Star Schema
5 2 (1.09%) Apache Hive
5 2 (1.09%) Big Data
5 2 (1.09%) MySQL
5 2 (1.09%) OLTP
5 2 (1.09%) Sqoop
6 1 (0.55%) DB2
6 1 (0.55%) Oracle Database 11g
6 1 (0.55%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.55%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 38 (20.77%) Selenium
2 24 (13.11%) HP UFT
3 21 (11.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 19 (10.38%) SpecFlow
5 14 (7.65%) SoapUI
6 13 (7.10%) JIRA
7 9 (4.92%) Cucumber
8 8 (4.37%) Jenkins
9 6 (3.28%) JUnit
9 6 (3.28%) Visual Studio
10 5 (2.73%) LoadRunner
10 5 (2.73%) MSTest
10 5 (2.73%) Oracle APEX
10 5 (2.73%) WebDriver
11 4 (2.19%) JMeter
12 3 (1.64%) PigUnit
12 3 (1.64%) PyUnit
12 3 (1.64%) RSpec
12 3 (1.64%) TestComplete
13 2 (1.09%) eggPlant
General
1 41 (22.40%) Finance
2 20 (10.93%) Telecoms
3 12 (6.56%) Retail
4 7 (3.83%) Banking
5 3 (1.64%) Automotive
5 3 (1.64%) Back Office
6 2 (1.09%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.55%) Front Office
7 1 (0.55%) Investment Banking
7 1 (0.55%) Legal
7 1 (0.55%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 39 (21.31%) Analyst
2 37 (20.22%) Test Manager
3 33 (18.03%) Test Analyst
4 26 (14.21%) Tester
5 25 (13.66%) Test Leader
6 22 (12.02%) Automation Tester
7 18 (9.84%) Architect
7 18 (9.84%) Designer
8 16 (8.74%) Solutions Designer
9 14 (7.65%) Test Engineer
10 11 (6.01%) SOA Architect
10 11 (6.01%) SOA Designer
10 11 (6.01%) SOA Solution Designer
10 11 (6.01%) Telecoms Designer
11 9 (4.92%) Developer
11 9 (4.92%) Solutions Architect
11 9 (4.92%) Telecoms Architect
12 8 (4.37%) Consultant
13 6 (3.28%) Senior Analyst
13 6 (3.28%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 29 (15.85%) .NET
2 25 (13.66%) XML
3 14 (7.65%) SOAP
3 14 (7.65%) WSDL
3 14 (7.65%) XSD
4 9 (4.92%) Web Services
5 6 (3.28%) .NET Framework
6 4 (2.19%) HTML
7 3 (1.64%) Gherkin
7 3 (1.64%) Web Dynpro
7 3 (1.64%) XSLT
8 2 (1.09%) Ajax
8 2 (1.09%) Apache Tez
8 2 (1.09%) Flash
8 2 (1.09%) Mason
8 2 (1.09%) Middleware
8 2 (1.09%) RESTful
8 2 (1.09%) Visualforce
9 1 (0.55%) Node.js
9 1 (0.55%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 16 (8.74%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (2.73%) Mobile App
3 4 (2.19%) AS400
4 3 (1.64%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.64%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.09%) Embedded Systems
5 2 (1.09%) Mathematics
5 2 (1.09%) Mobile Banking
5 2 (1.09%) Smart Meter
5 2 (1.09%) User Experience
5 2 (1.09%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.55%) Client/Server
6 1 (0.55%) Credit Risk
6 1 (0.55%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.55%) iSeries
6 1 (0.55%) NHS
6 1 (0.55%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 19 (10.38%) Windows
2 15 (8.20%) Linux
3 10 (5.46%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 10 (5.46%) Unix
4 6 (3.28%) Windows Server
5 5 (2.73%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (2.19%) AIX
6 4 (2.19%) Windows Server 2003
6 4 (2.19%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.64%) Android
7 3 (1.64%) Apple iOS
8 2 (1.09%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (32.24%) Agile Software Development
2 49 (26.78%) Test Scripting
3 41 (22.40%) User Acceptance Testing
4 35 (19.13%) Software Testing
5 31 (16.94%) Scrum
6 30 (16.39%) System Integration Testing
7 28 (15.30%) Test Management
8 27 (14.75%) Regression Testing
9 22 (12.02%) Test Automation
10 20 (10.93%) Migration
11 18 (9.84%) BDD
12 17 (9.29%) System Testing
13 16 (8.74%) SOA
13 16 (8.74%) Waterfall
14 15 (8.20%) Automated Testing
14 15 (8.20%) Defect Tracking
14 15 (8.20%) Integration Testing
15 14 (7.65%) Defect Management
15 14 (7.65%) SDLC
15 14 (7.65%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 40 (21.86%) Java
2 31 (16.94%) C#
3 16 (8.74%) SQL
4 12 (6.56%) F#
5 11 (6.01%) C++
6 8 (4.37%) VBScript
7 6 (3.28%) C
8 5 (2.73%) PHP
9 4 (2.19%) Bash Shell
9 4 (2.19%) Python
9 4 (2.19%) Shell Script
10 3 (1.64%) ABAP
10 3 (1.64%) Ada
10 3 (1.64%) Perl
10 3 (1.64%) PL/SQL
10 3 (1.64%) Ruby
10 3 (1.64%) Tcl
11 2 (1.09%) Apex Code
11 2 (1.09%) VB
12 1 (0.55%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 36 (19.67%) ISEB
1 36 (19.67%) ISTQB
2 18 (9.84%) Security Cleared
3 16 (8.74%) SC Cleared
4 13 (7.10%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 9 (4.92%) Degree
6 4 (2.19%) DBS Check
6 4 (2.19%) ISEB Practitioner
6 4 (2.19%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (1.64%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (0.55%) DV Cleared
8 1 (0.55%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (9.29%) QA
2 1 (0.55%) SDET
System Software
1 10 (5.46%) vSphere
2 7 (3.83%) VMware Infrastructure
3 3 (1.64%) Veritas Cluster Server
4 2 (1.09%) Docker
4 2 (1.09%) HDFS
5 1 (0.55%) Active Directory
5 1 (0.55%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 16 (8.74%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.09%) Amdocs OSS
2 2 (1.09%) Oozie
2 2 (1.09%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.09%) Tivoli
3 1 (0.55%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (0.55%) Puppet
Vendors
1 28 (15.30%) Oracle
2 20 (10.93%) Microsoft
3 14 (7.65%) SAP
4 11 (6.01%) HP
4 11 (6.01%) VMware
5 10 (5.46%) Red Hat
6 5 (2.73%) IBM
6 5 (2.73%) Temenos
7 4 (2.19%) NetSuite
7 4 (2.19%) webMethods
8 3 (1.64%) Adobe
8 3 (1.64%) Cisco
8 3 (1.64%) Intel
8 3 (1.64%) Salesforce.com
8 3 (1.64%) Veritas
9 2 (1.09%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.09%) Citrix
9 2 (1.09%) Cramer
9 2 (1.09%) Informatica
9 2 (1.09%) T-Plan
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