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 29 August 2014 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 119 91 97
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +6
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 24 17 35
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.74% 0.77% 1.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.05% 1.09% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 8 24
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£350 £380 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.89% +1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £364 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £485 £403 £457
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-10.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £77.50
% change year-on-year
-28.28% -43.22%
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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
2288 1563 2184
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 70.90% 70.63% 69.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1510 1025 1300
Average daily rate £395 £370 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.75% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 89 70 150
Average hourly rate £34.68 £18.40 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+88.45% -40.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.53 £8.30 £15.13
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.30 £44.85 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

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 29 August 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 29 August 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 -7 13 £360 - 2
Wiltshire -12 5 £220 -45.00%
Somerset -14 2 £325 -13.33% 1
Gloucestershire - 1 £380 - 1
Cornwall - - - -
Devon - - - -
Dorset - - - -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 29 August 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 35 (47.30%) User Acceptance Testing
2 33 (44.59%) Test Scripting
3 28 (37.84%) Security Cleared
4 25 (33.78%) SC Cleared
5 22 (29.73%) Test Management
6 17 (22.97%) SAP
6 17 (22.97%) Microsoft
7 15 (20.27%) Project Management
8 14 (18.92%) ISEB
8 14 (18.92%) UML
8 14 (18.92%) PRINCE2
8 14 (18.92%) ISTQB
9 13 (17.57%) Software Testing
10 12 (16.22%) Finance
10 12 (16.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
11 11 (14.86%) GIS
11 11 (14.86%) ITIL
11 11 (14.86%) Microsoft Azure
12 10 (13.51%) Team Foundation Server
12 10 (13.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 10 (13.51%) Service Delivery
13 8 (10.81%) Test Automation
13 8 (10.81%) SolarWinds
13 8 (10.81%) Portfolio Management
13 8 (10.81%) Capacity Management
13 8 (10.81%) Web Services
13 8 (10.81%) Data Modelling
13 8 (10.81%) Scrum
13 8 (10.81%) Asset Management
13 8 (10.81%) Operations Management

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

For the 6 months to 29 August 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.

Applications
1 2 (2.70%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (2.70%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.35%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 11 (14.86%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.76%) WAN
2 4 (5.41%) LAN
3 1 (1.35%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.35%) Oracle Database
1 1 (1.35%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (1.35%) Oracle Database 11g
1 1 (1.35%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (1.35%) MySQL
1 1 (1.35%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (13.51%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (5.41%) QuickTest Pro
2 4 (5.41%) Selenium
3 3 (4.05%) SpecFlow
3 3 (4.05%) Visual Studio
4 2 (2.70%) JMeter
4 2 (2.70%) TestDirector
4 2 (2.70%) JIRA
5 1 (1.35%) TestNG
5 1 (1.35%) SoapUI
5 1 (1.35%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.35%) FitNesse
5 1 (1.35%) JUnit
General
1 12 (16.22%) Finance
2 6 (8.11%) Telecoms
3 2 (2.70%) Banking
4 1 (1.35%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 31 (41.89%) Analyst
2 22 (29.73%) Test Manager
3 20 (27.03%) Business Analyst
4 10 (13.51%) Test Analyst
5 9 (12.16%) Tester
5 9 (12.16%) Test Leader
6 5 (6.76%) Senior Test Analyst
6 5 (6.76%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (5.41%) Team Leader
7 4 (5.41%) Test Team Leader
8 3 (4.05%) Telecoms Business Analyst
8 3 (4.05%) SAP Test Manager
8 3 (4.05%) SAP Manager
9 2 (2.70%) Project Manager
9 2 (2.70%) Consultant
9 2 (2.70%) Senior Tester
9 2 (2.70%) Project Analyst
9 2 (2.70%) Business Project Manager
9 2 (2.70%) Technical Business Analyst
9 2 (2.70%) Business Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.81%) Web Services
2 3 (4.05%) Gherkin
3 2 (2.70%) .NET
4 1 (1.35%) SAP PI
4 1 (1.35%) Hibernate
Miscellaneous
1 11 (14.86%) GIS
2 8 (10.81%) CMDB
3 3 (4.05%) NHS
4 2 (2.70%) Mainframe
4 2 (2.70%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.35%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.35%) Open Source
5 1 (1.35%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.35%) Apple iOS
1 1 (1.35%) Android
1 1 (1.35%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (1.35%) UNIX
1 1 (1.35%) Windows
1 1 (1.35%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (47.30%) User Acceptance Testing
2 33 (44.59%) Test Scripting
3 22 (29.73%) Test Management
4 15 (20.27%) Project Management
5 14 (18.92%) UML
5 14 (18.92%) PRINCE2
6 13 (17.57%) Software Testing
7 11 (14.86%) ITIL
8 10 (13.51%) Service Delivery
9 8 (10.81%) Test Automation
9 8 (10.81%) Portfolio Management
9 8 (10.81%) Capacity Management
9 8 (10.81%) Data Modelling
9 8 (10.81%) Scrum
9 8 (10.81%) Asset Management
9 8 (10.81%) Operations Management
9 8 (10.81%) Use Case
10 7 (9.46%) Agile Software Development
10 7 (9.46%) Waterfall
11 6 (8.11%) Business Continuity
Programming Languages
1 5 (6.76%) C
2 4 (5.41%) Java
2 4 (5.41%) SQL
3 2 (2.70%) C#
3 2 (2.70%) VBA
4 1 (1.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 28 (37.84%) Security Cleared
2 25 (33.78%) SC Cleared
3 14 (18.92%) ISEB
3 14 (18.92%) ISTQB
4 12 (16.22%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 10 (13.51%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 4 (5.41%) ITIL Certification
6 4 (5.41%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 3 (4.05%) Degree
8 2 (2.70%) DV Cleared
9 1 (1.35%) CIMA
9 1 (1.35%) ACCA
9 1 (1.35%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.41%) QA
2 2 (2.70%) Basel II
3 1 (1.35%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (10.81%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 2 (2.70%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (8.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (22.97%) SAP
1 17 (22.97%) Microsoft
2 8 (10.81%) SolarWinds
3 5 (6.76%) Oracle
4 4 (5.41%) Avaya
4 4 (5.41%) HP
4 4 (5.41%) Nortel
4 4 (5.41%) Cisco
5 2 (2.70%) JD Edwards
5 2 (2.70%) Siebel
5 2 (2.70%) VMware
6 1 (1.35%) Telerik
6 1 (1.35%) JBoss