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 13 February 2016 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
13 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 126 117 100
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -17
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 18 25 29
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.62% 0.79% 1.10%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.76% 1.04% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 19 16
Average daily rate £450 £450 £383
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £372 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £508 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £395 £370
% change year-on-year
+7.59% +6.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £38.50 -
% change year-on-year
+55.84% -
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
2365 2409 1978
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 81.05% 75.97% 74.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 1639 1586 1239
Average daily rate £385 £410 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.09% +9.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £300 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 104 98
Average hourly rate £42.00 £36.00 £27.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.63 £13.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.00 £46.50 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.79 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+43.93% +1.05%

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 13 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the South West region over the 3 months to 13 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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
Somerset +9 6 - -
Gloucestershire +6 4 £500 +31.57% 1
Wiltshire -5 3 £450 +23.71% 2
Bristol -6 2 £297 -37.47%
Devon - 2 £488 -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 15 (46.88%) Security Cleared
2 11 (34.38%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (34.38%) Software Testing
3 10 (31.25%) Finance
3 10 (31.25%) SC Cleared
3 10 (31.25%) Test Scripting
4 8 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (21.88%) QA
6 6 (18.75%) Stakeholder Management
6 6 (18.75%) SQL
6 6 (18.75%) Defect Management
7 5 (15.63%) Migration
7 5 (15.63%) Banking
7 5 (15.63%) Test Management
7 5 (15.63%) Test Automation
8 4 (12.50%) DV Cleared
8 4 (12.50%) Scrum
8 4 (12.50%) Telecoms
8 4 (12.50%) Oracle
8 4 (12.50%) Oracle Database
9 3 (9.38%) Microsoft
9 3 (9.38%) Middleware
9 3 (9.38%) Programme Management
9 3 (9.38%) Data Management
9 3 (9.38%) Open Source
9 3 (9.38%) HP Quality Center
9 3 (9.38%) V-Model
9 3 (9.38%) Waterfall
10 2 (6.25%) New Media
10 2 (6.25%) Information Architecture

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

For the 6 months to 13 February 2016, 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 2 (6.25%) SAS
1 2 (6.25%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (3.13%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (3.13%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.13%) Office 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (12.50%) Oracle Database
2 2 (6.25%) Big Data
2 2 (6.25%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle Database 11g
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (6.25%) SAS Enterprise Guide
2 2 (6.25%) SQL Server
3 1 (3.13%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (3.13%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 2 (6.25%) HP UFT
1 2 (6.25%) Oracle Forms
1 2 (6.25%) Selenium
2 1 (3.13%) Capybara
2 1 (3.13%) Cucumber
2 1 (3.13%) Jasmine
2 1 (3.13%) SpecFlow
2 1 (3.13%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (3.13%) WinRunner
General
1 10 (31.25%) Finance
2 5 (15.63%) Banking
3 4 (12.50%) Telecoms
4 2 (6.25%) Retail
4 2 (6.25%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 11 (34.38%) Analyst
2 9 (28.13%) Test Analyst
3 8 (25.00%) Test Manager
4 5 (15.63%) Test Leader
4 5 (15.63%) Tester
5 3 (9.38%) Developer
5 3 (9.38%) Lead Tester
6 2 (6.25%) Agile Test Manager
6 2 (6.25%) Business Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Oracle Developer
6 2 (6.25%) Programme Manager
6 2 (6.25%) Programme Test Manager
6 2 (6.25%) SAS Business Analyst
6 2 (6.25%) Test Programme Manager
7 1 (3.13%) Big Data Manager
7 1 (3.13%) Defect Manager
7 1 (3.13%) ERP Analyst
7 1 (3.13%) Portfolio Test Manager
7 1 (3.13%) QA Test Manager
7 1 (3.13%) Software Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (9.38%) Middleware
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle Fusion
2 2 (6.25%) XML
3 1 (3.13%) .NET
3 1 (3.13%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (6.25%) New Media
1 2 (6.25%) Video Conferencing
2 1 (3.13%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.13%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (3.13%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (34.38%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (34.38%) Software Testing
2 10 (31.25%) Test Scripting
3 8 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (18.75%) Defect Management
4 6 (18.75%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (15.63%) Migration
5 5 (15.63%) Test Automation
5 5 (15.63%) Test Management
6 4 (12.50%) Scrum
7 3 (9.38%) Data Management
7 3 (9.38%) Open Source
7 3 (9.38%) Programme Management
7 3 (9.38%) V-Model
7 3 (9.38%) Waterfall
8 2 (6.25%) Business Analysis
8 2 (6.25%) Database Tuning
8 2 (6.25%) Performance Testing
8 2 (6.25%) TDD
8 2 (6.25%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (18.75%) SQL
2 2 (6.25%) C#
2 2 (6.25%) COBOL
2 2 (6.25%) Java
2 2 (6.25%) PL/SQL
2 2 (6.25%) VB
2 2 (6.25%) VBA
3 1 (3.13%) C
3 1 (3.13%) F#
3 1 (3.13%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.13%) Ruby
3 1 (3.13%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 15 (46.88%) Security Cleared
2 10 (31.25%) SC Cleared
3 4 (12.50%) DV Cleared
4 2 (6.25%) ISEB
4 2 (6.25%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (21.88%) QA
2 1 (3.13%) Data Quality
2 1 (3.13%) ISO 14001
2 1 (3.13%) ISO 9001
2 1 (3.13%) ISO22301
System Software
1 1 (3.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 3 (9.38%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (6.25%) Data Guard
2 2 (6.25%) Oracle RMAN
Vendors
1 4 (12.50%) Oracle
2 3 (9.38%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.25%) HP
3 2 (6.25%) Teradata
4 1 (3.13%) IBM
4 1 (3.13%) Informatica