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 30 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
30 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 128 108 94
Rank change year-on-year
-20 -14
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 19 37 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.59% 1.21% 0.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.78% 1.63% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 24 8
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£347 £356 £390
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-2.59% -8.65%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £273 £280 £364
10% offered a daily rate of more than £496 £450 £443
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £33.78 £38.75
% change year-on-year
-5.26% -12.83%
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
2421 2271 1541
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 75.61% 74.26% 72.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1620 1520 999
Average daily rate £393 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 112 105 70
Average hourly rate £39.25 £33.84 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.98% +93.37%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.00 £15.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.50 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+13.20% -14.51%

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 30 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 30 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 -15 7 £291 -29.45% 1
Wiltshire +4 3 £480 +118.18% 1
Gloucestershire -3 3 £410 +7.89% 2
Dorset - 2 - -
Devon +1 1 £300 -
Somerset -1 1 £347 -1.56% 1
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 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 13 (38.24%) Finance
2 9 (26.47%) Test Management
3 7 (20.59%) User Acceptance Testing
3 7 (20.59%) Migration
3 7 (20.59%) Banking
4 6 (17.65%) Project Management
4 6 (17.65%) Security Cleared
4 6 (17.65%) Performance Management
5 5 (14.71%) Test Scripting
5 5 (14.71%) SC Cleared
5 5 (14.71%) Mentoring
5 5 (14.71%) Coaching
5 5 (14.71%) SQL
5 5 (14.71%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (11.76%) Service Management
6 4 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (11.76%) ITIL
6 4 (11.76%) Linux
6 4 (11.76%) McAfee
6 4 (11.76%) ISEB
6 4 (11.76%) Data Centre
6 4 (11.76%) Splunk
6 4 (11.76%) Portfolio Management
6 4 (11.76%) ArcSight
6 4 (11.76%) Performance Improvement
6 4 (11.76%) Vulnerability Management
6 4 (11.76%) Security Architecture
6 4 (11.76%) PCI DSS
6 4 (11.76%) Data Migration
6 4 (11.76%) ISO/IEC 27001

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

For the 6 months to 30 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 2 (5.88%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.94%) SAS
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) SAP HR
1 1 (2.94%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) VoIP
1 2 (5.88%) HTTP
1 2 (5.88%) X.509
1 2 (5.88%) IPsec
1 2 (5.88%) Network Security
2 1 (2.94%) MVNO
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 2 (5.88%) Selenium
2 1 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (2.94%) SpecFlow
2 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio
2 1 (2.94%) HP UFT
General
1 13 (38.24%) Finance
2 7 (20.59%) Banking
3 2 (5.88%) Law
4 1 (2.94%) Publishing
4 1 (2.94%) Retail
4 1 (2.94%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (47.06%) Test Manager
2 9 (26.47%) Test Leader
3 5 (14.71%) Analyst
4 4 (11.76%) Integration Manager
4 4 (11.76%) Deployment Manager
5 3 (8.82%) Test Analyst
5 3 (8.82%) Business Analyst
6 2 (5.88%) Software Engineer
6 2 (5.88%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (2.94%) Project Manager
7 1 (2.94%) Programme Manager
7 1 (2.94%) Senior Manager
7 1 (2.94%) Senior Business Analyst
7 1 (2.94%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (2.94%) Senior Test Manager
7 1 (2.94%) Environment Manager
7 1 (2.94%) Banking Business Analyst
7 1 (2.94%) Business Test Analyst
7 1 (2.94%) Programme Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) 802.1X
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.76%) Data Centre
2 3 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.82%) NHS
3 1 (2.94%) Reference Data
3 1 (2.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (11.76%) Linux
2 2 (5.88%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (26.47%) Test Management
2 7 (20.59%) User Acceptance Testing
2 7 (20.59%) Migration
3 6 (17.65%) Project Management
3 6 (17.65%) Performance Management
4 5 (14.71%) Mentoring
4 5 (14.71%) Coaching
4 5 (14.71%) Stakeholder Management
4 5 (14.71%) Test Scripting
5 4 (11.76%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (11.76%) Service Management
5 4 (11.76%) ITIL
5 4 (11.76%) Performance Improvement
5 4 (11.76%) Vulnerability Management
5 4 (11.76%) Data Migration
5 4 (11.76%) Security Architecture
5 4 (11.76%) Portfolio Management
6 3 (8.82%) Waterfall
6 3 (8.82%) Test Planning
6 3 (8.82%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (14.71%) SQL
2 3 (8.82%) C
2 3 (8.82%) C#
3 2 (5.88%) C++
3 2 (5.88%) Java
3 2 (5.88%) Perl
3 2 (5.88%) Tcl
Qualifications
1 6 (17.65%) Security Cleared
2 5 (14.71%) SC Cleared
3 4 (11.76%) ISEB
4 3 (8.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (5.88%) ISTQB
6 1 (2.94%) Degree
6 1 (2.94%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (11.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
1 4 (11.76%) PCI DSS
2 2 (5.88%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (8.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (11.76%) McAfee
1 4 (11.76%) Splunk
1 4 (11.76%) ArcSight
2 2 (5.88%) Citrix
2 2 (5.88%) Oracle
3 1 (2.94%) SAP
3 1 (2.94%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.94%) Sun
3 1 (2.94%) HP
3 1 (2.94%) Hyperion
3 1 (2.94%) Teradata
3 1 (2.94%) Northgate