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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 28 April 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.

3 months to
28 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 186 190 146
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -44
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 86 78 107
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.89% 0.78% 1.15%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.01% 1.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 43 51
Average daily rate £350 £362 £345
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.19% +4.79%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £290 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £470 £434 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £170.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £44.40 £38.50 £43.50
% change year-on-year
+15.32% -11.49%
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
7674 7761 6992
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 79.44% 77.77% 74.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 4742 4367 3891
Average daily rate £400 £395 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £270 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 247 282 274
Average hourly rate £37.00 £32.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+13.84% +18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.11 £12.52
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £46.75 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+22.95% -3.17%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the South East

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the South East region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 28 April 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the South East region over the 3 months to 28 April 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Hampshire +2 20 £465 +29.85% 1
Buckinghamshire +23 18 £409 +10.84% 2
Kent - 17 £210 -
Berkshire -7 14 £470 +34.28% 1
West Sussex -8 12 £350 -
Oxfordshire +4 2 £375 - 1
East Sussex -5 1 £285 -12.30%
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 58 (33.92%) Test Scripting
2 55 (32.16%) Finance
3 54 (31.58%) User Acceptance Testing
4 43 (25.15%) ISTQB
5 40 (23.39%) Agile Software Development
5 40 (23.39%) Test Management
6 38 (22.22%) ISEB
6 38 (22.22%) Oracle
7 33 (19.30%) SQL
7 33 (19.30%) Regression Testing
8 31 (18.13%) Integration Testing
9 28 (16.37%) Software Testing
9 28 (16.37%) Selenium
10 25 (14.62%) Java
10 25 (14.62%) SoapUI
10 25 (14.62%) System Integration Testing
11 24 (14.04%) XML
12 23 (13.45%) Data Modelling
12 23 (13.45%) SOA
12 23 (13.45%) Test Automation
13 22 (12.87%) Security Cleared
13 22 (12.87%) SOAP
13 22 (12.87%) HP UFT
14 21 (12.28%) Telecoms
14 21 (12.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 20 (11.70%) SDLC
15 20 (11.70%) System Testing
16 19 (11.11%) Defect Management
17 18 (10.53%) JIRA
18 17 (9.94%) QA

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

For the 6 months to 28 April 2016, IT contractor jobs across the South East 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 8 (4.68%) SharePoint
1 8 (4.68%) WebLogic
2 4 (2.34%) Confluence
2 4 (2.34%) Oracle Service Bus
3 2 (1.17%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 2 (1.17%) Apache Pig
3 2 (1.17%) Apache Spark
3 2 (1.17%) CMS
3 2 (1.17%) concrete5
3 2 (1.17%) Documentum
3 2 (1.17%) Drupal
3 2 (1.17%) ExpressionEngine
3 2 (1.17%) Joomla!
3 2 (1.17%) Oracle SOA Suite
3 2 (1.17%) Sitecore CMS
3 2 (1.17%) Tomcat
3 2 (1.17%) Umbraco
3 2 (1.17%) WordPress
4 1 (0.58%) Apache Solr
4 1 (0.58%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (1.75%) MS Excel
1 3 (1.75%) MS Project
2 2 (1.17%) 3ds Max
2 2 (1.17%) Acrobat
2 2 (1.17%) Adobe Illustrator
2 2 (1.17%) GIMP
2 2 (1.17%) MS Office
2 2 (1.17%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (1.17%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.17%) Photoshop
2 2 (1.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 5 (2.92%) Dynamics CRM
1 5 (2.92%) Temenos T24
2 4 (2.34%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (1.75%) Oracle ERP
4 2 (1.17%) Magento
4 2 (1.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 2 (1.17%) SAP PSCD
5 1 (0.58%) BusinessWorks
5 1 (0.58%) Dynamics AX
5 1 (0.58%) Oracle Retail
5 1 (0.58%) SAP SRM
5 1 (0.58%) Temenos Globus
5 1 (0.58%) Traffica
5 1 (0.58%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 4 (2.34%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (1.17%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (1.17%) MailChimp
2 2 (1.17%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.34%) WAN
2 2 (1.17%) 3G
2 2 (1.17%) Internet
2 2 (1.17%) LAN
2 2 (1.17%) SSL
2 2 (1.17%) VLAN
2 2 (1.17%) VoIP
2 2 (1.17%) VPN
3 1 (0.58%) 4G
3 1 (0.58%) GGSN
3 1 (0.58%) LTE
3 1 (0.58%) MGW
3 1 (0.58%) MPLS
3 1 (0.58%) MVNO
3 1 (0.58%) Network Security
3 1 (0.58%) Radio Access Network
3 1 (0.58%) RNC
3 1 (0.58%) SDH
3 1 (0.58%) SGSN
3 1 (0.58%) Value-Added Service
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.09%) Oracle Database
2 6 (3.51%) Data Warehouse
2 6 (3.51%) SQL Server
3 5 (2.92%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (2.34%) DB2
5 3 (1.75%) Hadoop
5 3 (1.75%) MySQL
5 3 (1.75%) Relational Database
5 3 (1.75%) Star Schema
6 2 (1.17%) Apache Hive
6 2 (1.17%) Big Data
6 2 (1.17%) OLTP
6 2 (1.17%) Oracle OWB
6 2 (1.17%) SQL Server 2012
6 2 (1.17%) Sqoop
7 1 (0.58%) BusinessObjects
7 1 (0.58%) Essbase
7 1 (0.58%) PostgreSQL
7 1 (0.58%) PowerCenter
7 1 (0.58%) SAP BW
Development Applications
1 28 (16.37%) Selenium
2 25 (14.62%) SoapUI
3 22 (12.87%) HP UFT
4 18 (10.53%) JIRA
5 10 (5.85%) Cucumber
6 8 (4.68%) JUnit
6 8 (4.68%) TestComplete
7 6 (3.51%) WebDriver
8 5 (2.92%) Jenkins
8 5 (2.92%) LoadRunner
8 5 (2.92%) Team Foundation Server
9 4 (2.34%) Visual Studio
9 4 (2.34%) WATIR
10 3 (1.75%) eggPlant
10 3 (1.75%) JMeter
10 3 (1.75%) PyUnit
10 3 (1.75%) RSpec
11 2 (1.17%) CA Gen
11 2 (1.17%) Gatling
11 2 (1.17%) Grunt
General
1 55 (32.16%) Finance
2 21 (12.28%) Telecoms
3 14 (8.19%) Banking
4 13 (7.60%) Retail
5 4 (2.34%) Retail Banking
6 3 (1.75%) Automotive
6 3 (1.75%) Billing
6 3 (1.75%) Electronics
7 2 (1.17%) Corporate Banking
7 2 (1.17%) Manufacturing
7 2 (1.17%) Marketing
8 1 (0.58%) Spanish Language
Job Titles
1 50 (29.24%) Analyst
2 49 (28.65%) Test Analyst
3 40 (23.39%) Test Manager
4 19 (11.11%) Designer
5 18 (10.53%) Solutions Designer
5 18 (10.53%) Tester
6 15 (8.77%) Architect
6 15 (8.77%) SOA Designer
6 15 (8.77%) SOA Solution Designer
7 11 (6.43%) Automation Tester
7 11 (6.43%) Telecoms Designer
8 10 (5.85%) AS400 Test Analyst
8 10 (5.85%) Developer
8 10 (5.85%) Solutions Architect
8 10 (5.85%) Test Leader
9 9 (5.26%) SOA Architect
9 9 (5.26%) Telecoms Architect
10 7 (4.09%) Consultant
10 7 (4.09%) Test Engineer
11 6 (3.51%) Manual Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (14.04%) XML
2 22 (12.87%) SOAP
3 16 (9.36%) WSDL
3 16 (9.36%) XSD
4 13 (7.60%) Web Services
5 6 (3.51%) .NET
5 6 (3.51%) Middleware
6 5 (2.92%) J2EE
7 4 (2.34%) Gherkin
8 2 (1.17%) AngularJS
8 2 (1.17%) CodeIgniter
8 2 (1.17%) D3.js
8 2 (1.17%) Ember.js
8 2 (1.17%) GreenSock GSAP
8 2 (1.17%) Highcharts JS
8 2 (1.17%) jQuery
8 2 (1.17%) Marmalade SDK
8 2 (1.17%) Twitter Bootstrap
8 2 (1.17%) Unity (Game Engine)
8 2 (1.17%) Web Dynpro
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.60%) Management Information System
2 11 (6.43%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (5.85%) AS400
4 6 (3.51%) Data Centre
5 5 (2.92%) Mobile App
5 5 (2.92%) Mobile Banking
6 4 (2.34%) Smart Meter
6 4 (2.34%) User Experience
7 3 (1.75%) Data Integration
8 1 (0.58%) Biometrics
8 1 (0.58%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.58%) NHS
8 1 (0.58%) N-Tier
8 1 (0.58%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 15 (8.77%) Windows
2 11 (6.43%) Unix
3 5 (2.92%) Windows 10
3 5 (2.92%) Windows Server
3 5 (2.92%) Windows Server 2012
4 2 (1.17%) Android
4 2 (1.17%) Apple iOS
4 2 (1.17%) CentOS
5 1 (0.58%) Linux
5 1 (0.58%) Solaris
5 1 (0.58%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (33.92%) Test Scripting
2 54 (31.58%) User Acceptance Testing
3 40 (23.39%) Agile Software Development
3 40 (23.39%) Test Management
4 33 (19.30%) Regression Testing
5 31 (18.13%) Integration Testing
6 28 (16.37%) Software Testing
7 25 (14.62%) System Integration Testing
8 23 (13.45%) Data Modelling
8 23 (13.45%) SOA
8 23 (13.45%) Test Automation
9 20 (11.70%) SDLC
9 20 (11.70%) System Testing
10 19 (11.11%) Defect Management
11 15 (8.77%) Functional Testing
11 15 (8.77%) Performance Testing
12 14 (8.19%) Migration
13 13 (7.60%) Stakeholder Management
14 12 (7.02%) Mentoring
14 12 (7.02%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 33 (19.30%) SQL
2 25 (14.62%) Java
3 9 (5.26%) C#
4 7 (4.09%) Ruby
5 6 (3.51%) PL/SQL
6 5 (2.92%) Bash Shell
6 5 (2.92%) Python
6 5 (2.92%) Shell Script
6 5 (2.92%) VB
7 4 (2.34%) JavaScript
7 4 (2.34%) Perl
8 3 (1.75%) C++
8 3 (1.75%) PHP
9 2 (1.17%) ABAP
9 2 (1.17%) ActionScript
9 2 (1.17%) Apple Swift
9 2 (1.17%) C
9 2 (1.17%) Objective-C
10 1 (0.58%) F#
10 1 (0.58%) Scala
Qualifications
1 43 (25.15%) ISTQB
2 38 (22.22%) ISEB
3 22 (12.87%) Security Cleared
4 21 (12.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 16 (9.36%) SC Cleared
6 12 (7.02%) Degree
7 9 (5.26%) ISEB Practitioner
8 7 (4.09%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 2 (1.17%) BPSS Clearance
10 1 (0.58%) CCNP
10 1 (0.58%) Cisco Certification
10 1 (0.58%) DBS Check
10 1 (0.58%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
10 1 (0.58%) JNCIP
10 1 (0.58%) JNCIS
10 1 (0.58%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (9.94%) QA
2 1 (0.58%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (2.34%) Active Directory
1 4 (2.34%) Hyper-V
2 2 (1.17%) HDFS
3 1 (0.58%) Docker
Systems Management
1 13 (7.60%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.17%) Amdocs OSS
2 2 (1.17%) Oozie
3 1 (0.58%) CA Wily
3 1 (0.58%) Cacti
3 1 (0.58%) Cisco UCCE
3 1 (0.58%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (0.58%) Nagios
3 1 (0.58%) nmon
3 1 (0.58%) NSN NetAct
Vendors
1 38 (22.22%) Oracle
2 15 (8.77%) HP
3 13 (7.60%) Microsoft
4 10 (5.85%) SAP
5 6 (3.51%) webMethods
6 5 (2.92%) Temenos
7 4 (2.34%) Adobe
7 4 (2.34%) BEA
7 4 (2.34%) Cisco
7 4 (2.34%) JD Edwards
7 4 (2.34%) Pega
7 4 (2.34%) Telerik
8 3 (1.75%) Informatica
8 3 (1.75%) PeopleSoft
8 3 (1.75%) Remedy
9 2 (1.17%) Amdocs
9 2 (1.17%) CheckPoint
9 2 (1.17%) Cramer
9 2 (1.17%) Sitecore
9 2 (1.17%) Teradata