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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 2 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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
2 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 130 136 131
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -5
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 9 13 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.33% 0.40% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.41% 0.50% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 7 11
Median daily rate £333 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £286 £298 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £608 £413 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £385 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
-3.75% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £41.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+6.09% +26.15%
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
2174 2577 2572
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 78.83% 80.21% 76.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 1465 1795 1754
Median daily rate £400 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £280 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 142 114 129
Median hourly rate £37.50 £41.00 £28.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.53% +43.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £27.50 £16.05
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £34.95 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-14.16% +39.80%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South West region citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 2 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the South West region over the 3 months to 2 December 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol +7 5 £325 -4.41%
Gloucestershire +7 2 £370 - 3
Devon +5 2 £300 -16.08%
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 2 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 14 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (30.56%) Waterfall
2 11 (30.56%) Finance
3 10 (27.78%) QA
4 9 (25.00%) Test Scripting
5 8 (22.22%) JIRA
5 8 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
6 7 (19.44%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (19.44%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (16.67%) Banking
7 6 (16.67%) Migration
7 6 (16.67%) Functional Testing
8 5 (13.89%) Non-Functional Testing
8 5 (13.89%) Defect Management
8 5 (13.89%) CRM
9 4 (11.11%) Programme Management
9 4 (11.11%) Performance Testing
9 4 (11.11%) Test Management
9 4 (11.11%) Matrix Management
9 4 (11.11%) TDD
9 4 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
9 4 (11.11%) Unified Communications
9 4 (11.11%) iPad
10 3 (8.33%) Test Automation
10 3 (8.33%) Test Planning
10 3 (8.33%) Line Management
10 3 (8.33%) Process Improvement
10 3 (8.33%) Automated Testing
10 3 (8.33%) Integration Testing
10 3 (8.33%) Regression Testing

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.78%) SAS
Business Applications
1 4 (11.11%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.78%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.78%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (11.11%) Unified Communications
2 1 (2.78%) BGP
2 1 (2.78%) HSRP
2 1 (2.78%) MPLS
2 1 (2.78%) OSPF
2 1 (2.78%) PPP
2 1 (2.78%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.78%) BusinessObjects
1 1 (2.78%) BusinessObjects Web Intelligence
1 1 (2.78%) BusinessObjects XI
1 1 (2.78%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (2.78%) Relational Database
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 8 (22.22%) JIRA
2 2 (5.56%) NUnit
3 1 (2.78%) Subversion
3 1 (2.78%) TestComplete
3 1 (2.78%) VSS/SourceSafe
General
1 11 (30.56%) Finance
2 6 (16.67%) Banking
3 2 (5.56%) Retail
4 1 (2.78%) Back Office
4 1 (2.78%) Law
4 1 (2.78%) Legal
4 1 (2.78%) Multimedia
4 1 (2.78%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (41.67%) Test Leader
2 10 (27.78%) Test Manager
3 6 (16.67%) Programme Manager
4 5 (13.89%) CRM Manager
4 5 (13.89%) CRM Programme Manager
5 3 (8.33%) Analyst
5 3 (8.33%) Delivery Manager
5 3 (8.33%) Programme Delivery Manager
5 3 (8.33%) Tester
6 2 (5.56%) Banking Project Manager
6 2 (5.56%) Business Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) C# Developer
6 2 (5.56%) C++ Developer
6 2 (5.56%) Developer
6 2 (5.56%) HR Manager
6 2 (5.56%) Implementation Manager
6 2 (5.56%) Project Manager
6 2 (5.56%) Software Developer
6 2 (5.56%) Software Tester
6 2 (5.56%) SQL Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.78%) .NET
1 1 (2.78%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.11%) iPad
2 1 (2.78%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.78%) Data Conversion
2 1 (2.78%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.78%) Embedded Linux
1 1 (2.78%) Linux
1 1 (2.78%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (30.56%) Waterfall
3 9 (25.00%) Test Scripting
4 7 (19.44%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (19.44%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (16.67%) Functional Testing
5 6 (16.67%) Migration
6 5 (13.89%) CRM
6 5 (13.89%) Defect Management
6 5 (13.89%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (11.11%) Matrix Management
7 4 (11.11%) Performance Testing
7 4 (11.11%) Programme Management
7 4 (11.11%) TDD
7 4 (11.11%) Test Management
8 3 (8.33%) Automated Testing
8 3 (8.33%) Integration Testing
8 3 (8.33%) Line Management
8 3 (8.33%) Test Automation
8 3 (8.33%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 3 (8.33%) C++
1 3 (8.33%) SQL
2 2 (5.56%) C#
3 1 (2.78%) C
3 1 (2.78%) COBOL
3 1 (2.78%) Java
3 1 (2.78%) PL/SQL
3 1 (2.78%) Shell Script
3 1 (2.78%) VB.NET
Qualifications
1 2 (5.56%) ISEB
2 1 (2.78%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.78%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (27.78%) QA
2 2 (5.56%) ISO 14001
2 2 (5.56%) ISO 9001
3 1 (2.78%) Basel II
3 1 (2.78%) ISO 9000
3 1 (2.78%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Systems Management
1 8 (22.22%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (5.56%) Guidewire
1 2 (5.56%) HP
2 1 (2.78%) Oracle
2 1 (2.78%) Reuters
2 1 (2.78%) SAP
2 1 (2.78%) Teradata