The first table below looks at the demand 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 28 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the South West region.

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 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 104 92 96
Rank change year-on-year
-12 +4
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 37 18 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.21% 0.84% 1.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.67% 1.19% 1.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 24 8 22
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.65% -2.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £364 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £443 £448
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.78 £38.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-12.83% +103.94%
Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2219 1510 2112
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 72.61% 70.86% 69.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 1485 979 1290
Average daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £256 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 69 127
Average hourly rate £33.84 £17.50 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+93.37% -50.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.58 £11.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £42.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
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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 28 July 2014.

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 28 July 2014. 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 -1 19 £413 - 8
Somerset -12 7 £353 -
Wiltshire -7 5 £220 -45.00% 3
Devon - 1 £300 -
Gloucestershire - 1 £380 - 1
Dorset - - - -
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Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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 45 (51.72%) User Acceptance Testing
2 36 (41.38%) Security Cleared
3 34 (39.08%) Test Scripting
4 33 (37.93%) SC Cleared
5 23 (26.44%) Test Management
6 21 (24.14%) Project Management
6 21 (24.14%) UML
7 20 (22.99%) PRINCE2
8 18 (20.69%) SAP
8 18 (20.69%) Microsoft
8 18 (20.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 15 (17.24%) ISTQB
10 14 (16.09%) Software Testing
10 14 (16.09%) ISEB
11 13 (14.94%) Use Case
11 13 (14.94%) GIS
11 13 (14.94%) Finance
12 12 (13.79%) Data Modelling
13 11 (12.64%) Microsoft Azure
13 11 (12.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
13 11 (12.64%) ITIL
14 10 (11.49%) Service Delivery
14 10 (11.49%) Team Foundation Server
15 9 (10.34%) Scrum
15 9 (10.34%) WAN
16 8 (9.20%) LAN
16 8 (9.20%) Web Services
16 8 (9.20%) Avaya
16 8 (9.20%) Cisco
16 8 (9.20%) Nortel

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

For the 6 months to 28 July 2014, 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 (2.30%) TPMS
Applications
1 2 (2.30%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.30%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 11 (12.64%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 9 (10.34%) WAN
2 8 (9.20%) LAN
3 1 (1.15%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.30%) MySQL
1 2 (2.30%) SQL Server
1 2 (2.30%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 2 (2.30%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.15%) Oracle Database 11g
Development Applications
1 10 (11.49%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (4.60%) Selenium
2 4 (4.60%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (3.45%) Visual Studio
3 3 (3.45%) SpecFlow
4 2 (2.30%) TestDirector
4 2 (2.30%) JMeter
4 2 (2.30%) JIRA
4 2 (2.30%) FitNesse
5 1 (1.15%) TestNG
5 1 (1.15%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.15%) SoapUI
5 1 (1.15%) JUnit
General
1 13 (14.94%) Finance
2 8 (9.20%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.45%) Banking
4 1 (1.15%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 37 (42.53%) Analyst
2 26 (29.89%) Business Analyst
3 24 (27.59%) Test Manager
4 12 (13.79%) Test Leader
5 10 (11.49%) Test Analyst
5 10 (11.49%) Tester
6 5 (5.75%) Senior Analyst
6 5 (5.75%) Senior Test Analyst
7 4 (4.60%) Team Leader
7 4 (4.60%) Test Team Leader
8 3 (3.45%) Project Manager
9 2 (2.30%) QA Manager
9 2 (2.30%) Consultant
9 2 (2.30%) Project Analyst
9 2 (2.30%) Business Project Manager
9 2 (2.30%) Technical Business Analyst
9 2 (2.30%) Business Manager
9 2 (2.30%) Senior Tester
9 2 (2.30%) SAP Manager
9 2 (2.30%) SAP Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (9.20%) Web Services
2 3 (3.45%) .NET
2 3 (3.45%) Gherkin
3 1 (1.15%) HTML
3 1 (1.15%) CSS
3 1 (1.15%) Hibernate
3 1 (1.15%) SAP PI
3 1 (1.15%) HTML5
Miscellaneous
1 13 (14.94%) GIS
2 8 (9.20%) CMDB
3 3 (3.45%) NHS
4 2 (2.30%) Mainframe
4 2 (2.30%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.15%) iPhone
5 1 (1.15%) Open Source
5 1 (1.15%) iPad
5 1 (1.15%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (2.30%) UNIX
2 1 (1.15%) Windows
2 1 (1.15%) Linux
2 1 (1.15%) Android
2 1 (1.15%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (1.15%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (51.72%) User Acceptance Testing
2 34 (39.08%) Test Scripting
3 23 (26.44%) Test Management
4 21 (24.14%) UML
4 21 (24.14%) Project Management
5 20 (22.99%) PRINCE2
6 14 (16.09%) Software Testing
7 13 (14.94%) Use Case
8 12 (13.79%) Data Modelling
9 11 (12.64%) ITIL
10 10 (11.49%) Service Delivery
11 9 (10.34%) Scrum
12 8 (9.20%) Agile Software Development
12 8 (9.20%) Asset Management
12 8 (9.20%) Operations Management
12 8 (9.20%) Test Automation
12 8 (9.20%) Portfolio Management
12 8 (9.20%) Capacity Management
13 7 (8.05%) Waterfall
14 6 (6.90%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (5.75%) C
1 5 (5.75%) SQL
2 4 (4.60%) Java
3 2 (2.30%) C#
3 2 (2.30%) T-SQL
3 2 (2.30%) VBA
4 1 (1.15%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 36 (41.38%) Security Cleared
2 33 (37.93%) SC Cleared
3 18 (20.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 15 (17.24%) ISTQB
5 14 (16.09%) ISEB
6 11 (12.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (4.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 4 (4.60%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (3.45%) Degree
9 2 (2.30%) DV Cleared
10 1 (1.15%) ACCA
10 1 (1.15%) CIMA
10 1 (1.15%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (5.75%) QA
2 2 (2.30%) Basel II
3 1 (1.15%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (9.20%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 2 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (6.90%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (20.69%) SAP
1 18 (20.69%) Microsoft
2 8 (9.20%) Cisco
2 8 (9.20%) SolarWinds
2 8 (9.20%) Nortel
2 8 (9.20%) Avaya
3 6 (6.90%) Oracle
4 4 (4.60%) HP
5 2 (2.30%) Siebel
5 2 (2.30%) JD Edwards
5 2 (2.30%) VMware
6 1 (1.15%) Telerik
6 1 (1.15%) JBoss
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