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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 163 143 156
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +13
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 94 98 81
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 1.01% 1.07% 0.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.32% 1.47% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 44 42
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£358 £338 £381
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.09% -11.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £278
10% offered a daily rate of more than £458 £420 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £36.00 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -15.29%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.25 £39.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-16.35% -0.62%
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
7134 6680 5835
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South East 76.32% 72.77% 71.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 4086 3703 3089
Average daily rate £398 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £268 £250 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 251 264 243
Average hourly rate £30.00 £27.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £55.00 £49.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 May 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 May 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 +23 28 £350 - 2
Hampshire -15 27 £340 +3.03% 5
Buckinghamshire -9 11 £429 +27.03% 1
Oxfordshire -8 10 £300 -17.24% 2
West Sussex -15 8 £405 +24.61% 1
Surrey +14 7 £400 +33.33% 3
East Sussex - 2 £350 - 1
Middlesex - 1 - -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 (28.88%) Test Management
2 47 (25.13%) QA
2 47 (25.13%) User Acceptance Testing
3 45 (24.06%) Microsoft
4 42 (22.46%) Telecoms
5 34 (18.18%) Test Scripting
6 31 (16.58%) Test Automation
6 31 (16.58%) Finance
6 31 (16.58%) Agile Software Development
7 29 (15.51%) Validation
8 28 (14.97%) Security Cleared
9 27 (14.44%) Migration
10 26 (13.90%) System Integration Testing
11 24 (12.83%) HP
11 24 (12.83%) SQL
12 22 (11.76%) System Testing
13 21 (11.23%) Integration Testing
13 21 (11.23%) SC Cleared
14 20 (10.70%) HP Quality Center
14 20 (10.70%) ISTQB
14 20 (10.70%) Oracle
14 20 (10.70%) Cisco
14 20 (10.70%) ISEB
15 19 (10.16%) CheckPoint
16 18 (9.63%) MS Office
16 18 (9.63%) Software Testing
16 18 (9.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 17 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
17 17 (9.09%) MS Excel
18 16 (8.56%) Release Management

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

For the 6 months to 28 May 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 (5.88%) SharePoint
2 6 (3.21%) Confluence
3 4 (2.14%) Documentum
3 4 (2.14%) BizTalk Server
4 3 (1.60%) Lync
4 3 (1.60%) WebLogic
Applications
1 18 (9.63%) MS Office
2 17 (9.09%) MS Excel
3 4 (2.14%) MS Project
4 2 (1.07%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (1.07%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (1.07%) Oracle EBS
1 2 (1.07%) Oracle ERP
1 2 (1.07%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.53%) Adobe Campaign
2 1 (0.53%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (0.53%) SAP PSCD
2 1 (0.53%) Primavera
2 1 (0.53%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.53%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.53%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.53%) Cognos Business Intelligence
2 1 (0.53%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 3 (1.60%) Cloud Computing
2 1 (0.53%) Google Apps
2 1 (0.53%) Adobe Analytics
2 1 (0.53%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (4.81%) VoIP
1 9 (4.81%) Firewall
2 7 (3.74%) Diameter Protocol
2 7 (3.74%) MPLS
3 5 (2.67%) LTE
3 5 (2.67%) IPv6
3 5 (2.67%) SMS
3 5 (2.67%) TCP/IP
4 4 (2.14%) Ethernet
4 4 (2.14%) 3G
5 3 (1.60%) 4G
5 3 (1.60%) VoLTE
5 3 (1.60%) MGCP
5 3 (1.60%) RTP
5 3 (1.60%) Megaco
6 2 (1.07%) Wireshark
6 2 (1.07%) VLAN
6 2 (1.07%) SS7
6 2 (1.07%) BGP
6 2 (1.07%) Cisco ASA
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (1.60%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (1.07%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (0.53%) IBM InfoSphere
3 1 (0.53%) EDRMS
3 1 (0.53%) DataStage
3 1 (0.53%) BusinessObjects
3 1 (0.53%) Data Mining
3 1 (0.53%) SQL Server
3 1 (0.53%) DB2
Development Applications
1 16 (8.56%) JIRA
2 12 (6.42%) QuickTest Pro
3 11 (5.88%) JMeter
4 10 (5.35%) Selenium
4 10 (5.35%) Jenkins
5 7 (3.74%) Cucumber
5 7 (3.74%) WebDriver
5 7 (3.74%) Maven
6 6 (3.21%) JUnit
6 6 (3.21%) RSpec
6 6 (3.21%) SoapUI
7 5 (2.67%) NUnit
8 4 (2.14%) LabVIEW
8 4 (2.14%) Subversion
8 4 (2.14%) LoadRunner
8 4 (2.14%) Trac
9 3 (1.60%) CA Gen
9 3 (1.60%) TestDirector
10 2 (1.07%) RequisitePro
10 2 (1.07%) Rational DOORS
General
1 42 (22.46%) Telecoms
2 31 (16.58%) Finance
3 4 (2.14%) Banking
3 4 (2.14%) Billing
4 3 (1.60%) Marketing
4 3 (1.60%) Retail
5 1 (0.53%) German Language
5 1 (0.53%) Multimedia
5 1 (0.53%) Automotive
5 1 (0.53%) Advertising
5 1 (0.53%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 69 (36.90%) Test Manager
2 31 (16.58%) Test Leader
3 30 (16.04%) Analyst
4 22 (11.76%) Test Engineer
5 19 (10.16%) Test Analyst
6 15 (8.02%) IP Engineer
7 11 (5.88%) Tester
8 10 (5.35%) Business Analyst
9 6 (3.21%) Programme Manager
9 6 (3.21%) Programme Test Manager
10 5 (2.67%) Release Manager
10 5 (2.67%) Test Team Leader
10 5 (2.67%) Team Leader
10 5 (2.67%) Network Engineer
11 4 (2.14%) Senior Manager
11 4 (2.14%) Administrator
11 4 (2.14%) QA Manager
11 4 (2.14%) Design Engineer
11 4 (2.14%) Integration Engineer
11 4 (2.14%) Documentum Administrator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (4.28%) .NET
2 4 (2.14%) XSLT
3 3 (1.60%) J2EE
4 2 (1.07%) ASP.NET
4 2 (1.07%) Web Services
4 2 (1.07%) XML
4 2 (1.07%) HTML
4 2 (1.07%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (0.53%) Middleware
5 1 (0.53%) JSP
5 1 (0.53%) Web Dynpro
Miscellaneous
1 11 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (4.28%) Data Centre
3 6 (3.21%) NHS
4 3 (1.60%) Computer Science
4 3 (1.60%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.07%) Smart Meter
5 2 (1.07%) User Experience
6 1 (0.53%) Mobile Payment
6 1 (0.53%) Smartcard
6 1 (0.53%) EPoS
6 1 (0.53%) EFT
6 1 (0.53%) EFTPOS
6 1 (0.53%) PMI
6 1 (0.53%) APACS
Operating Systems
1 13 (6.95%) UNIX
1 13 (6.95%) Windows
2 10 (5.35%) Linux
3 5 (2.67%) Windows 7
3 5 (2.67%) Windows Server 2003
4 4 (2.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 4 (2.14%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (0.53%) Windows XP
5 1 (0.53%) Windows NT
5 1 (0.53%) VMS
5 1 (0.53%) Windows 2000
5 1 (0.53%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (28.88%) Test Management
2 47 (25.13%) User Acceptance Testing
3 34 (18.18%) Test Scripting
4 31 (16.58%) Test Automation
4 31 (16.58%) Agile Software Development
5 29 (15.51%) Validation
6 27 (14.44%) Migration
7 26 (13.90%) System Integration Testing
8 22 (11.76%) System Testing
9 21 (11.23%) Integration Testing
10 18 (9.63%) Software Testing
11 17 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
12 16 (8.56%) Release Management
13 15 (8.02%) Regression Testing
13 15 (8.02%) Configuration Management
13 15 (8.02%) Test Planning
13 15 (8.02%) Waterfall
14 13 (6.95%) SDLC
14 13 (6.95%) Automated Testing
15 12 (6.42%) Data Migration
Programming Languages
1 24 (12.83%) SQL
2 15 (8.02%) Java
3 10 (5.35%) Shell Script
4 7 (3.74%) C#
4 7 (3.74%) Ruby
5 6 (3.21%) Python
6 4 (2.14%) Perl
6 4 (2.14%) PL/SQL
6 4 (2.14%) VB
7 3 (1.60%) VBScript
8 2 (1.07%) C
8 2 (1.07%) PHP
9 1 (0.53%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.53%) JavaScript
9 1 (0.53%) ABAP
Qualifications
1 28 (14.97%) Security Cleared
2 21 (11.23%) SC Cleared
3 20 (10.70%) ISTQB
3 20 (10.70%) ISEB
4 18 (9.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 15 (8.02%) CCNP
5 15 (8.02%) Cisco Certification
6 13 (6.95%) Degree
6 13 (6.95%) JNCIS
7 3 (1.60%) DV Cleared
8 2 (1.07%) HNC
8 2 (1.07%) HND
8 2 (1.07%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (1.07%) CCA
8 2 (1.07%) GNVQ
8 2 (1.07%) Six Sigma Yellow Belt
9 1 (0.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.53%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.53%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 47 (25.13%) QA
2 1 (0.53%) ISO 8583
System Software
1 6 (3.21%) Active Directory
2 4 (2.14%) VMware ESX
2 4 (2.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.53%) VMware ESXi
3 1 (0.53%) Terminal Server
Systems Management
1 20 (10.70%) HP Quality Center
2 7 (3.74%) Puppet
3 6 (3.21%) Vagrant
4 3 (1.60%) Symantec Endpoint Protection
4 3 (1.60%) Nessus
4 3 (1.60%) Nmap
5 2 (1.07%) McAfee ePO
5 2 (1.07%) SCCM
5 2 (1.07%) FortiGate
6 1 (0.53%) CORE IMPACT
6 1 (0.53%) Netcool
Vendors
1 45 (24.06%) Microsoft
2 24 (12.83%) HP
3 20 (10.70%) Oracle
3 20 (10.70%) Cisco
4 19 (10.16%) CheckPoint
5 15 (8.02%) Juniper
6 6 (3.21%) F5
7 5 (2.67%) ServiceNow
7 5 (2.67%) Business Objects
7 5 (2.67%) SAP
8 4 (2.14%) VMware
8 4 (2.14%) Red Hat
9 3 (1.60%) Pega
9 3 (1.60%) Trend Micro
9 3 (1.60%) webMethods
9 3 (1.60%) Symantec
9 3 (1.60%) Salesforce.com
9 3 (1.60%) BEA
9 3 (1.60%) Informatica
9 3 (1.60%) Adobe
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