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 January 2015 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
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 159 153 134
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -19
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 90 84 85
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 0.98% 1.00% 1.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.31% 1.38% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 44 35 35
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£350 £353 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.84% -11.75%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £268 £329
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £520 £496
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-1.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 4
Average hourly rate £33.00 - £41.50
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.60 - £36.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.40 - £43.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £35.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year
+6.42% -15.66%
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
6866 6076 5403
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 74.87% 72.14% 70.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 3791 3186 2665
Average daily rate £400 £388 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £520 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 224 256 335
Average hourly rate £25.00 £21.25 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+17.64% -21.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.90 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £54.50 £44.14
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

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 January 2015.

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 January 2015. 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
Berkshire +13 34 £350 -22.22% 3
Hampshire -42 16 £350 - 3
Buckinghamshire -3 13 £369 -13.23% 1
Surrey +2 11 £310 -11.42% 3
West Sussex -7 11 £393 +25.60%
Oxfordshire -15 2 £500 +42.85%
East Sussex -13 1 £320 -17.41% 2
Middlesex - - - -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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 54 (31.76%) Test Management
2 47 (27.65%) User Acceptance Testing
3 38 (22.35%) Finance
4 37 (21.76%) Validation
4 37 (21.76%) Test Scripting
5 36 (21.18%) Telecoms
6 34 (20.00%) Microsoft
7 33 (19.41%) SQL
7 33 (19.41%) QA
8 28 (16.47%) Agile Software Development
9 26 (15.29%) Migration
10 25 (14.71%) Test Automation
10 25 (14.71%) HP Quality Center
11 24 (14.12%) Oracle
12 22 (12.94%) ISEB
12 22 (12.94%) Software Testing
12 22 (12.94%) Integration Testing
13 21 (12.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 20 (11.76%) System Testing
14 20 (11.76%) ISTQB
14 20 (11.76%) HP
15 19 (11.18%) CheckPoint
15 19 (11.18%) Cisco
15 19 (11.18%) MS Excel
16 18 (10.59%) UNIX
16 18 (10.59%) Linux
16 18 (10.59%) Regression Testing
17 17 (10.00%) Security Cleared
18 16 (9.41%) Windows
18 16 (9.41%) .NET

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

For the 6 months to 28 January 2015, 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 11 (6.47%) SharePoint
2 4 (2.35%) BizTalk Server
3 3 (1.76%) Confluence
4 2 (1.18%) MS Exchange
5 1 (0.59%) Lync
5 1 (0.59%) JBoss
5 1 (0.59%) SAS
5 1 (0.59%) CMS
Applications
1 19 (11.18%) MS Excel
2 11 (6.47%) MS Office
3 5 (2.94%) MS Visio
4 3 (1.76%) MS Project
4 3 (1.76%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 5 (2.94%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (1.76%) SAP HR
3 2 (1.18%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.59%) Agresso
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.59%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 13 (7.65%) Firewall
2 11 (6.47%) MPLS
3 8 (4.71%) TCP/IP
4 7 (4.12%) BGP
4 7 (4.12%) Cisco ASA
4 7 (4.12%) Cisco Nexus
5 4 (2.35%) Ethernet
5 4 (2.35%) HTTPS
6 3 (1.76%) Network Security
6 3 (1.76%) 3G
6 3 (1.76%) SSL
6 3 (1.76%) Wireshark
7 2 (1.18%) VLAN
7 2 (1.18%) LTE
8 1 (0.59%) VoLTE
8 1 (0.59%) ISUP
8 1 (0.59%) INAP
8 1 (0.59%) HTTP
8 1 (0.59%) DNS
8 1 (0.59%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (3.53%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (2.35%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (2.35%) SAP BW
3 2 (1.18%) Data Mining
3 2 (1.18%) Oracle Database
4 1 (0.59%) Base SAS
4 1 (0.59%) SAS Enterprise Guide
4 1 (0.59%) DB2
4 1 (0.59%) SQL Navigator
4 1 (0.59%) Snowflake Schema
4 1 (0.59%) Star Schema
4 1 (0.59%) QlikView
4 1 (0.59%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 15 (8.82%) JIRA
2 11 (6.47%) TestDirector
3 9 (5.29%) SoapUI
3 9 (5.29%) Cucumber
4 8 (4.71%) QuickTest Pro
5 7 (4.12%) Selenium
5 7 (4.12%) Jenkins
6 6 (3.53%) SpecFlow
6 6 (3.53%) LoadRunner
7 4 (2.35%) JMeter
7 4 (2.35%) LabVIEW
7 4 (2.35%) Subversion
7 4 (2.35%) Maven
7 4 (2.35%) Trac
8 3 (1.76%) Zephyr
8 3 (1.76%) JUnit
8 3 (1.76%) FitNesse
9 2 (1.18%) InstallShield
9 2 (1.18%) RSpec
10 1 (0.59%) WebDriver
General
1 38 (22.35%) Finance
2 36 (21.18%) Telecoms
3 9 (5.29%) Billing
4 8 (4.71%) Marketing
5 7 (4.12%) Retail
6 5 (2.94%) Banking
7 2 (1.18%) Automotive
7 2 (1.18%) Games
8 1 (0.59%) Military
8 1 (0.59%) Advertising
8 1 (0.59%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 70 (41.18%) Test Manager
2 39 (22.94%) Analyst
3 29 (17.06%) Test Analyst
4 18 (10.59%) Test Engineer
5 15 (8.82%) Tester
6 10 (5.88%) IP Engineer
7 8 (4.71%) Test Leader
7 8 (4.71%) Programme Test Manager
7 8 (4.71%) Programme Manager
8 7 (4.12%) Architect
8 7 (4.12%) Environment Manager
9 6 (3.53%) Business Analyst
10 5 (2.94%) Project Manager
10 5 (2.94%) Software Engineer
10 5 (2.94%) Technical Architect
10 5 (2.94%) Senior Test Analyst
10 5 (2.94%) Senior Analyst
10 5 (2.94%) Release Manager
11 4 (2.35%) SAP Technical Architect
11 4 (2.35%) QA Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (9.41%) .NET
2 5 (2.94%) HTML
2 5 (2.94%) ASP.NET
3 4 (2.35%) SAP XI
3 4 (2.35%) XSLT
3 4 (2.35%) JSP
3 4 (2.35%) SOAP
3 4 (2.35%) Middleware
3 4 (2.35%) SAP PI
4 3 (1.76%) XML
5 2 (1.18%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.18%) OLE
5 2 (1.18%) Oracle Fusion
6 1 (0.59%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 13 (7.65%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (4.71%) Management Information System
3 7 (4.12%) Smart Meter
4 4 (2.35%) Computer Science
5 3 (1.76%) User Experience
5 3 (1.76%) Visualisation
5 3 (1.76%) NHS
6 1 (0.59%) Algorithms
6 1 (0.59%) Smartcard
6 1 (0.59%) EPoS
6 1 (0.59%) EFT
6 1 (0.59%) EFTPOS
6 1 (0.59%) DTV
6 1 (0.59%) APACS
6 1 (0.59%) PKI
6 1 (0.59%) Data Protection Act
Operating Systems
1 18 (10.59%) UNIX
1 18 (10.59%) Linux
2 16 (9.41%) Windows
3 9 (5.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 8 (4.71%) Windows Server 2003
5 7 (4.12%) Windows 7
5 7 (4.12%) Windows Server 2008
6 6 (3.53%) Windows XP
7 4 (2.35%) Windows 2000
8 2 (1.18%) Windows NT
8 2 (1.18%) AIX
8 2 (1.18%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.59%) Windows 2000 Server
9 1 (0.59%) VMS
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (31.76%) Test Management
2 47 (27.65%) User Acceptance Testing
3 37 (21.76%) Validation
3 37 (21.76%) Test Scripting
4 28 (16.47%) Agile Software Development
5 26 (15.29%) Migration
6 25 (14.71%) Test Automation
7 22 (12.94%) Software Testing
7 22 (12.94%) Integration Testing
8 20 (11.76%) System Testing
9 18 (10.59%) Regression Testing
10 14 (8.24%) Performance Testing
10 14 (8.24%) Project Management
11 13 (7.65%) PRINCE2
11 13 (7.65%) Automated Testing
11 13 (7.65%) Data Migration
12 12 (7.06%) Scrum
13 11 (6.47%) Release Management
14 10 (5.88%) Test Planning
14 10 (5.88%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 33 (19.41%) SQL
2 12 (7.06%) Shell Script
3 11 (6.47%) Java
4 9 (5.29%) Python
5 6 (3.53%) Ruby
5 6 (3.53%) JavaScript
5 6 (3.53%) C
6 5 (2.94%) VBA
7 3 (1.76%) RPG
7 3 (1.76%) C#
8 2 (1.18%) C++
8 2 (1.18%) Perl
9 1 (0.59%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.59%) SAS Macro
9 1 (0.59%) PL/SQL
9 1 (0.59%) COBOL
9 1 (0.59%) VBScript
9 1 (0.59%) VB
Qualifications
1 22 (12.94%) ISEB
2 21 (12.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 20 (11.76%) ISTQB
4 17 (10.00%) Security Cleared
5 15 (8.82%) SC Cleared
6 13 (7.65%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (7.65%) CCNP
7 8 (4.71%) JNCIS
7 8 (4.71%) Degree
8 7 (4.12%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 4 (2.35%) MOS
9 4 (2.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 3 (1.76%) DV Cleared
10 3 (1.76%) CCNA
10 3 (1.76%) Microsoft Certification
10 3 (1.76%) MCSE
11 2 (1.18%) CISSP
12 1 (0.59%) OSCP
12 1 (0.59%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 1 (0.59%) CCA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 33 (19.41%) QA
2 1 (0.59%) PCI DSS
2 1 (0.59%) Sarbanes-Oxley
2 1 (0.59%) ISO 8583
2 1 (0.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 5 (2.94%) Nmap
2 2 (1.18%) VMware ESX
2 2 (1.18%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.59%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.59%) Terminal Server
3 1 (0.59%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 25 (14.71%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (4.12%) FortiGate
3 5 (2.94%) Nessus
4 4 (2.35%) Puppet
5 3 (1.76%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
6 2 (1.18%) SCCM
6 2 (1.18%) CORE IMPACT
6 2 (1.18%) Vagrant
7 1 (0.59%) McAfee ePO
7 1 (0.59%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
7 1 (0.59%) WebInspect
Vendors
1 34 (20.00%) Microsoft
2 24 (14.12%) Oracle
3 20 (11.76%) HP
4 19 (11.18%) CheckPoint
4 19 (11.18%) Cisco
5 11 (6.47%) F5
6 10 (5.88%) Juniper
7 9 (5.29%) Red Hat
7 9 (5.29%) SAP
8 4 (2.35%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (1.76%) Trend Micro
9 3 (1.76%) Symantec
9 3 (1.76%) PeopleSoft
10 2 (1.18%) Fortinet
10 2 (1.18%) Aprimo
10 2 (1.18%) VMware
10 2 (1.18%) Adobe
10 2 (1.18%) ESRI
10 2 (1.18%) TIBCO
10 2 (1.18%) Nokia Solutions and Networks
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