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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 120 89 100
Rank change year-on-year
-31 +11
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 24 35 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.75% 1.24% 1.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.01% 1.68% 1.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 18 23 17
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£450 £390 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% +11.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £368 £230 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £511 £450 £462
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £360 £350
% change year-on-year
+10.41% +2.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 - £43.00
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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
2367 2085 1785
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 74.41% 73.99% 70.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1542 1272 1122
Average daily rate £400 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £250 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 90 78
Average hourly rate £36.45 £22.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+62.00% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £12.31 £13.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £40.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -12.69%

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 27 February 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 27 February 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 -7 9 £475 +3.26% 4
Dorset -1 7 £450 -
Wiltshire -5 6 £364 +44.05%
Somerset -10 1 £340 -20.00%
Gloucestershire - - - -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 20 (50.00%) Finance
2 18 (45.00%) Test Management
3 15 (37.50%) Test Scripting
4 13 (32.50%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
6 9 (22.50%) Banking
7 8 (20.00%) QA
8 7 (17.50%) ISEB
9 6 (15.00%) SQL
9 6 (15.00%) SAP
9 6 (15.00%) Project Management
10 5 (12.50%) Migration
10 5 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
10 5 (12.50%) XML
10 5 (12.50%) Microsoft
10 5 (12.50%) ISTQB
11 4 (10.00%) Automated Testing
11 4 (10.00%) Selenium
11 4 (10.00%) Integration Testing
11 4 (10.00%) Business Objects
11 4 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
12 3 (7.50%) Change Management
12 3 (7.50%) MS Project
12 3 (7.50%) VB
12 3 (7.50%) VBA
12 3 (7.50%) Web Services
12 3 (7.50%) HP
12 3 (7.50%) ERP
12 3 (7.50%) SAS
12 3 (7.50%) NHS

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

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 3 (7.50%) SAS
2 2 (5.00%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (7.50%) MS Project
2 1 (2.50%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Agresso
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.00%) Network Security
2 1 (2.50%) LTE
2 1 (2.50%) 3GPP
2 1 (2.50%) UMTS
2 1 (2.50%) GGSN
2 1 (2.50%) SGSN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.50%) SAS Enterprise Guide
1 3 (7.50%) Oracle Database
2 2 (5.00%) Big Data
2 2 (5.00%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.50%) Star Schema
3 1 (2.50%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (10.00%) Selenium
2 3 (7.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (5.00%) SpecFlow
4 1 (2.50%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.50%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (2.50%) JIRA
4 1 (2.50%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.50%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.50%) SoapUI
General
1 20 (50.00%) Finance
2 9 (22.50%) Banking
3 1 (2.50%) Retail
3 1 (2.50%) Billing
3 1 (2.50%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.50%) General Ledger
3 1 (2.50%) Retail Banking
3 1 (2.50%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 21 (52.50%) Test Manager
2 9 (22.50%) Test Analyst
2 9 (22.50%) Analyst
3 4 (10.00%) Senior Test Analyst
3 4 (10.00%) SAP Manager
3 4 (10.00%) SAP Test Manager
3 4 (10.00%) Senior Analyst
4 3 (7.50%) Business Objects Developer
4 3 (7.50%) Programme Manager
4 3 (7.50%) Developer
4 3 (7.50%) Business Developer
5 2 (5.00%) Deployment Manager
5 2 (5.00%) Test Leader
6 1 (2.50%) NHS Programme Manager
6 1 (2.50%) Automation Tester
6 1 (2.50%) Testing Manager
6 1 (2.50%) Selenium Tester
6 1 (2.50%) Senior Manager
6 1 (2.50%) Programmer
6 1 (2.50%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (12.50%) XML
2 3 (7.50%) Web Services
3 1 (2.50%) .NET
3 1 (2.50%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.50%) NHS
2 2 (5.00%) Mobile Banking
3 1 (2.50%) User Experience
3 1 (2.50%) NPfIT
3 1 (2.50%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (45.00%) Test Management
2 15 (37.50%) Test Scripting
3 13 (32.50%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (15.00%) Project Management
5 5 (12.50%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (12.50%) Migration
6 4 (10.00%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (10.00%) Integration Testing
6 4 (10.00%) Automated Testing
7 3 (7.50%) Change Management
7 3 (7.50%) ERP
7 3 (7.50%) System Testing
7 3 (7.50%) BDD
7 3 (7.50%) Test Planning
8 2 (5.00%) Mentoring
8 2 (5.00%) Coaching
8 2 (5.00%) Data Migration
8 2 (5.00%) Portfolio Management
8 2 (5.00%) Performance Improvement
8 2 (5.00%) Vulnerability Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (15.00%) SQL
2 3 (7.50%) VB
2 3 (7.50%) VBA
3 1 (2.50%) C#
3 1 (2.50%) Java
Qualifications
1 7 (17.50%) ISEB
2 5 (12.50%) ISTQB
3 2 (5.00%) Degree
4 1 (2.50%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.50%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.50%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (2.50%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (20.00%) QA
2 2 (5.00%) PCI DSS
2 2 (5.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 10 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (15.00%) SAP
2 5 (12.50%) Microsoft
3 4 (10.00%) Business Objects
4 3 (7.50%) Oracle
4 3 (7.50%) HP
5 2 (5.00%) Citrix
5 2 (5.00%) McAfee
5 2 (5.00%) Splunk
5 2 (5.00%) ArcSight
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