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 18 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
18 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 164 179 144
Rank change year-on-year
+15 -35
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 83 64 107
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.89% 0.74% 1.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.22% 1.04% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 48 34 45
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£325 £425 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.52% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £239 £290 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £399 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-10.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 1
Average hourly rate £31.50 £33.00 £77.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.54% -57.41%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £53.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-40.46% -7.42%
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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
6818 6171 7091
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 73.46% 71.56% 71.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 3853 3428 3388
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £245 £260 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 266 250 313
Average hourly rate £21.50 £29.00 £28.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-25.86% +3.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.43 £11.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 18 September 2014.

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 18 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
Hampshire +4 29 £328 -3.32% 4
Berkshire -1 17 £338 -23.29% 4
Buckinghamshire +8 16 £248 -31.25% 2
Kent +1 5 £290 -42.00%
Oxfordshire - 5 £315 -
Surrey -9 4 £350 -33.33% 4
West Sussex -4 2 - - 1
East Sussex -12 1 £425 -
Sussex - - - -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 66 (37.93%) Test Scripting
2 41 (23.56%) .NET
3 39 (22.41%) HP
4 37 (21.26%) ISTQB
5 35 (20.11%) Agile Software Development
6 34 (19.54%) QA
7 33 (18.97%) Test Automation
8 32 (18.39%) Security Cleared
8 32 (18.39%) SQL
9 28 (16.09%) Microsoft
9 28 (16.09%) Finance
10 27 (15.52%) Test Management
11 26 (14.94%) HP Quality Center
11 26 (14.94%) Software Testing
11 26 (14.94%) Oracle
12 25 (14.37%) UNIX
13 24 (13.79%) SC Cleared
14 23 (13.22%) User Acceptance Testing
15 21 (12.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 21 (12.07%) ISEB
15 21 (12.07%) Windows
16 20 (11.49%) Web Services
16 20 (11.49%) Knowledge Management
17 19 (10.92%) Scrum
17 19 (10.92%) MS Excel
18 18 (10.34%) Validation
18 18 (10.34%) SoapUI
19 17 (9.77%) Analytical Skills
19 17 (9.77%) Regression Testing
19 17 (9.77%) SOAP

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

For the 6 months to 18 September 2014, 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 6 (3.45%) IIS
2 5 (2.87%) SharePoint
2 5 (2.87%) BizTalk Server
2 5 (2.87%) WebSphere
3 2 (1.15%) Confluence
4 1 (0.57%) ArcGIS
4 1 (0.57%) CMS
4 1 (0.57%) MS Exchange
4 1 (0.57%) SAS
4 1 (0.57%) IBM Notes
Applications
1 19 (10.92%) MS Excel
2 17 (9.77%) MS Office
3 3 (1.72%) MS Project
4 1 (0.57%) MS Visio
4 1 (0.57%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 13 (7.47%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (2.30%) Dynamics GP
3 3 (1.72%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 3 (1.72%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (0.57%) Remedy AR System
4 1 (0.57%) Agresso
4 1 (0.57%) assyst
4 1 (0.57%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.57%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 16 (9.20%) TCP/IP
2 14 (8.05%) HTTPS
3 9 (5.17%) DNS
4 8 (4.60%) HTTP
5 7 (4.02%) SSL
6 6 (3.45%) Wireshark
6 6 (3.45%) LTE
7 5 (2.87%) SIGTRAN
7 5 (2.87%) Internet
8 4 (2.30%) MPLS
9 3 (1.72%) 3G
9 3 (1.72%) Firewall
9 3 (1.72%) VoLTE
9 3 (1.72%) 4G
10 2 (1.15%) Radio Access Network
10 2 (1.15%) GGSN
10 2 (1.15%) SGSN
10 2 (1.15%) MGW
10 2 (1.15%) TACACS
10 2 (1.15%) INAP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (4.02%) SQL Server
1 7 (4.02%) Oracle Reports
2 5 (2.87%) Data Warehouse
3 4 (2.30%) SAP BW
4 3 (1.72%) Oracle Database 11g
4 3 (1.72%) SQL Navigator
4 3 (1.72%) Oracle Database
4 3 (1.72%) Relational Database
5 2 (1.15%) PowerCenter
5 2 (1.15%) DB2
6 1 (0.57%) Data Mining
6 1 (0.57%) Base SAS
6 1 (0.57%) SAS Enterprise Guide
6 1 (0.57%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 18 (10.34%) SoapUI
2 13 (7.47%) QuickTest Pro
2 13 (7.47%) Cucumber
3 11 (6.32%) SpecFlow
4 9 (5.17%) LoadRunner
4 9 (5.17%) TestDirector
5 8 (4.60%) JIRA
5 8 (4.60%) Jenkins
6 7 (4.02%) Selenium
7 5 (2.87%) Maven
8 4 (2.30%) Oracle APEX
8 4 (2.30%) JUnit
9 3 (1.72%) Toad
9 3 (1.72%) Ant
9 3 (1.72%) Behat
10 2 (1.15%) Rational Rhapsody
10 2 (1.15%) Zephyr
10 2 (1.15%) JMeter
10 2 (1.15%) Subversion
10 2 (1.15%) Rational DOORS
General
1 28 (16.09%) Finance
2 16 (9.20%) Telecoms
3 10 (5.75%) Billing
4 6 (3.45%) Retail
4 6 (3.45%) Marketing
5 4 (2.30%) Electronics
5 4 (2.30%) Automotive
6 3 (1.72%) Manufacturing
6 3 (1.72%) Banking
7 2 (1.15%) German Language
7 2 (1.15%) Military
8 1 (0.57%) Pharmaceutical
8 1 (0.57%) Games
8 1 (0.57%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 51 (29.31%) Analyst
2 46 (26.44%) Test Manager
3 39 (22.41%) Test Analyst
4 23 (13.22%) Tester
5 22 (12.64%) Test Leader
6 17 (9.77%) Test Engineer
7 9 (5.17%) Software Engineer
8 8 (4.60%) Business Analyst
8 8 (4.60%) QA Tester
9 7 (4.02%) Programme Manager
9 7 (4.02%) Programme Test Manager
10 6 (3.45%) Consultant
11 5 (2.87%) Architect
11 5 (2.87%) Test Consultant
11 5 (2.87%) QA Analyst
12 4 (2.30%) Performance Analyst
12 4 (2.30%) Performance Test Analyst
12 4 (2.30%) Integration Test Analyst
12 4 (2.30%) Automation Test Analyst
12 4 (2.30%) Automation Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 41 (23.56%) .NET
2 20 (11.49%) Web Services
3 17 (9.77%) SOAP
4 14 (8.05%) HTML
4 14 (8.05%) ASP.NET
4 14 (8.05%) JSP
5 9 (5.17%) Middleware
6 7 (4.02%) XML
7 4 (2.30%) SAP XI
7 4 (2.30%) SAP PI
8 3 (1.72%) Gherkin
9 1 (0.57%) JSF
9 1 (0.57%) .NET Framework
9 1 (0.57%) OLE
Miscellaneous
1 17 (9.77%) Analytical Skills
2 10 (5.75%) User Experience
3 7 (4.02%) DTV
4 6 (3.45%) NHS
5 4 (2.30%) Management Information System
6 3 (1.72%) Client/Server
6 3 (1.72%) Mobile Payment
7 2 (1.15%) EPoS
7 2 (1.15%) Social Media
7 2 (1.15%) Digital Media
8 1 (0.57%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.57%) Thin Client
8 1 (0.57%) Smartcard
8 1 (0.57%) EFT
8 1 (0.57%) EFTPOS
8 1 (0.57%) APACS
8 1 (0.57%) Computer Science
8 1 (0.57%) Credit Risk
8 1 (0.57%) Fat Client
8 1 (0.57%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 25 (14.37%) UNIX
2 21 (12.07%) Windows
3 16 (9.20%) Linux
4 15 (8.62%) Windows Server 2003
4 15 (8.62%) Windows Server 2008
5 14 (8.05%) Windows 2000
5 14 (8.05%) Windows XP
6 4 (2.30%) Windows 7
7 1 (0.57%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 66 (37.93%) Test Scripting
2 35 (20.11%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (18.97%) Test Automation
4 27 (15.52%) Test Management
5 26 (14.94%) Software Testing
6 23 (13.22%) User Acceptance Testing
7 20 (11.49%) Knowledge Management
8 19 (10.92%) Scrum
9 18 (10.34%) Validation
10 17 (9.77%) Regression Testing
11 14 (8.05%) Project Management
11 14 (8.05%) Performance Testing
12 13 (7.47%) Integration Testing
12 13 (7.47%) Quality Management
13 12 (6.90%) Migration
13 12 (6.90%) Document Management
14 11 (6.32%) Business Intelligence
15 10 (5.75%) Data Transformation
16 9 (5.17%) Software Engineering
17 8 (4.60%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 32 (18.39%) SQL
2 17 (9.77%) JavaScript
3 16 (9.20%) Java
4 13 (7.47%) VBA
5 11 (6.32%) Ruby
6 7 (4.02%) RPG
7 5 (2.87%) PHP
7 5 (2.87%) VBScript
8 4 (2.30%) VB
8 4 (2.30%) Shell Script
9 3 (1.72%) Python
9 3 (1.72%) PL/SQL
9 3 (1.72%) C++
10 2 (1.15%) C
10 2 (1.15%) Bash Shell
11 1 (0.57%) SAS Macro
11 1 (0.57%) C#
11 1 (0.57%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 37 (21.26%) ISTQB
2 32 (18.39%) Security Cleared
3 24 (13.79%) SC Cleared
4 21 (12.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 21 (12.07%) ISEB
5 12 (6.90%) MOS
6 10 (5.75%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 8 (4.60%) Degree
8 5 (2.87%) CCNA
8 5 (2.87%) ISEB Practitioner
8 5 (2.87%) Cisco Certification
9 3 (1.72%) Microsoft Certification
9 3 (1.72%) MCSE
9 3 (1.72%) CCNP
9 3 (1.72%) DV Cleared
10 1 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
10 1 (0.57%) CCA
10 1 (0.57%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 34 (19.54%) QA
2 3 (1.72%) GxP
3 1 (0.57%) ISO 8583
3 1 (0.57%) COBIT
System Software
1 6 (3.45%) Nmap
2 3 (1.72%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.57%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.57%) Active Directory
3 1 (0.57%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 26 (14.94%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (4.02%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
3 6 (3.45%) Nessus
4 4 (2.30%) Puppet
4 4 (2.30%) Vagrant
Vendors
1 39 (22.41%) HP
2 28 (16.09%) Microsoft
3 26 (14.94%) Oracle
4 8 (4.60%) SAP
5 7 (4.02%) ESRI
6 4 (2.30%) VMware
6 4 (2.30%) IBM
7 3 (1.72%) Cisco
7 3 (1.72%) BMC
7 3 (1.72%) Remedy
8 2 (1.15%) Citrix
8 2 (1.15%) TIBCO
8 2 (1.15%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
8 2 (1.15%) CheckPoint
9 1 (0.57%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.57%) Lotus
9 1 (0.57%) Northgate
9 1 (0.57%) FrontRange
9 1 (0.57%) Wonderware
9 1 (0.57%) Unica
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