The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 126 89 92
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +3
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 16 45 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.51% 1.56% 0.98%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 2.07% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 33 14
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£375 £353 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.38% -16.07%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £292 £333
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £514
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £358 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.89% -4.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £42.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +21.42%
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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2358 2178 1435
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 75.75% 75.49% 70.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 1584 1453 902
Average daily rate £388 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £484
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 117 62
Average hourly rate £38.00 £33.84 £21.38
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.29% +58.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.96 £16.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -6.55%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the South West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the South West region over the 3 months to 3 July 2015.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 3 months to 3 July 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
Bristol -12 5 £315 -25.88%
Gloucestershire - 4 £455 - 3
Wiltshire 0 3 £430 +81.05% 3
Dorset +1 1 - -
Devon -6 1 £300 -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 16 (41.03%) Finance
2 12 (30.77%) Test Management
3 10 (25.64%) Banking
4 7 (17.95%) Test Scripting
4 7 (17.95%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (17.95%) Migration
5 6 (15.38%) Project Management
5 6 (15.38%) Performance Management
5 6 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
6 5 (12.82%) Security Cleared
6 5 (12.82%) QA
6 5 (12.82%) ISEB
7 4 (10.26%) SAS
7 4 (10.26%) McAfee
7 4 (10.26%) Oracle
7 4 (10.26%) SQL
7 4 (10.26%) ITIL
7 4 (10.26%) Linux
7 4 (10.26%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (10.26%) Service Management
7 4 (10.26%) Change Management
7 4 (10.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
7 4 (10.26%) PCI DSS
7 4 (10.26%) SC Cleared
7 4 (10.26%) Data Migration
7 4 (10.26%) Performance Improvement
7 4 (10.26%) Vulnerability Management
7 4 (10.26%) Security Architecture
7 4 (10.26%) Splunk
7 4 (10.26%) Portfolio Management

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

For the 6 months to 3 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 4 (10.26%) SAS
2 2 (5.13%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (7.69%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) SAP HR
1 1 (2.56%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.13%) VoIP
1 2 (5.13%) HTTP
1 2 (5.13%) X.509
1 2 (5.13%) IPsec
1 2 (5.13%) Network Security
2 1 (2.56%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.69%) SAS Enterprise Guide
1 3 (7.69%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.56%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.56%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 2 (5.13%) HP UFT
1 2 (5.13%) Selenium
General
1 16 (41.03%) Finance
2 10 (25.64%) Banking
3 2 (5.13%) Law
4 1 (2.56%) Retail
4 1 (2.56%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.56%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (56.41%) Test Manager
2 8 (20.51%) Test Leader
3 4 (10.26%) Deployment Manager
4 3 (7.69%) Integration Manager
5 2 (5.13%) Business Objects Developer
5 2 (5.13%) Senior Test Manager
5 2 (5.13%) Business Developer
5 2 (5.13%) Senior Manager
5 2 (5.13%) Business Analyst
5 2 (5.13%) Software Engineer
5 2 (5.13%) Developer
5 2 (5.13%) Analyst
6 1 (2.56%) Programme Manager
6 1 (2.56%) Programmer
6 1 (2.56%) Senior Business Analyst
6 1 (2.56%) Senior Analyst
6 1 (2.56%) Environment Manager
6 1 (2.56%) Applications Manager
6 1 (2.56%) Security Manager
6 1 (2.56%) Programme Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.69%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.26%) Data Centre
2 3 (7.69%) NHS
3 1 (2.56%) Reference Data
3 1 (2.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (10.26%) Linux
2 2 (5.13%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (30.77%) Test Management
2 7 (17.95%) Test Scripting
2 7 (17.95%) User Acceptance Testing
2 7 (17.95%) Migration
3 6 (15.38%) Project Management
3 6 (15.38%) Performance Management
4 4 (10.26%) Data Migration
4 4 (10.26%) Security Architecture
4 4 (10.26%) Portfolio Management
4 4 (10.26%) Performance Improvement
4 4 (10.26%) Vulnerability Management
4 4 (10.26%) Mentoring
4 4 (10.26%) Coaching
4 4 (10.26%) Service Management
4 4 (10.26%) Change Management
4 4 (10.26%) ITIL
4 4 (10.26%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (7.69%) Test Planning
5 3 (7.69%) System Testing
6 2 (5.13%) Release Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (10.26%) SQL
2 3 (7.69%) VB
2 3 (7.69%) VBA
2 3 (7.69%) C
3 2 (5.13%) C#
3 2 (5.13%) C++
3 2 (5.13%) Java
3 2 (5.13%) Perl
3 2 (5.13%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 5 (12.82%) ISEB
1 5 (12.82%) Security Cleared
2 4 (10.26%) SC Cleared
3 2 (5.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (5.13%) ISTQB
4 1 (2.56%) Degree
4 1 (2.56%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (2.56%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (12.82%) QA
2 4 (10.26%) PCI DSS
2 4 (10.26%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 6 (15.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (10.26%) Oracle
1 4 (10.26%) McAfee
1 4 (10.26%) Splunk
1 4 (10.26%) ArcSight
2 3 (7.69%) HP
2 3 (7.69%) Business Objects
3 2 (5.13%) Citrix
4 1 (2.56%) Hyperion
4 1 (2.56%) SAP
4 1 (2.56%) Sun