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 23 October 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
23 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 128 83 117
Rank change year-on-year
-45 +34
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 16 25 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.47% 1.18% 0.70%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.65% 1.67% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 17 13
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£350 £388 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% +6.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £366 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £404 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £370 £355
% change year-on-year
-5.40% +4.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £36.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-9.72% -37.11%
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
2479 1501 2044
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 73.43% 70.77% 68.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1678 997 1187
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 92 148
Average hourly rate £28.50 £27.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.63% -11.29%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.45 £12.75 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year
-10.71% +4.08%

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 23 October 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 23 October 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
Somerset -22 6 £375 -3.22% 7
Bristol - 5 £350 - 1
Wiltshire - 3 £275 -
Cornwall - - - -
Devon - - - -
Dorset - - - -
Gloucestershire - - - - 3
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 October 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 25 (49.02%) Test Scripting
2 22 (43.14%) Test Management
3 19 (37.25%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (23.53%) SAP
5 11 (21.57%) ISEB
5 11 (21.57%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (19.61%) Microsoft
7 9 (17.65%) Finance
8 8 (15.69%) Software Testing
9 7 (13.73%) ISTQB
9 7 (13.73%) Security Cleared
10 6 (11.76%) Project Management
10 6 (11.76%) Business Continuity
10 6 (11.76%) ERP
10 6 (11.76%) PRINCE2
10 6 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
10 6 (11.76%) SC Cleared
10 6 (11.76%) Test Planning
11 5 (9.80%) HP Quality Center
11 5 (9.80%) BDD
11 5 (9.80%) Integration Testing
11 5 (9.80%) Selenium
11 5 (9.80%) UML
11 5 (9.80%) Web Services
11 5 (9.80%) Scrum
12 4 (7.84%) GIS
12 4 (7.84%) Service Delivery
12 4 (7.84%) Java
12 4 (7.84%) ITIL
12 4 (7.84%) PRINCE2 Certification

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

For the 6 months to 23 October 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.

Business Applications
1 2 (3.92%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.96%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.96%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.88%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.96%) 3GPP
1 1 (1.96%) UMTS
1 1 (1.96%) WAN
1 1 (1.96%) Internet
1 1 (1.96%) GGSN
1 1 (1.96%) SGSN
1 1 (1.96%) LTE
Development Applications
1 6 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (9.80%) Selenium
3 4 (7.84%) SpecFlow
4 3 (5.88%) Visual Studio
5 2 (3.92%) TestDirector
5 2 (3.92%) JIRA
5 2 (3.92%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.96%) Cucumber
6 1 (1.96%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.96%) JUnit
6 1 (1.96%) JMeter
6 1 (1.96%) TestNG
General
1 9 (17.65%) Finance
2 3 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.96%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.96%) Advertising
3 1 (1.96%) Billing
Job Titles
1 23 (45.10%) Test Manager
2 16 (31.37%) Analyst
3 9 (17.65%) Test Analyst
4 7 (13.73%) Business Analyst
4 7 (13.73%) Tester
5 4 (7.84%) Senior Test Analyst
5 4 (7.84%) SAP Manager
5 4 (7.84%) SAP Test Manager
5 4 (7.84%) Test Leader
5 4 (7.84%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (3.92%) Automation Tester
6 2 (3.92%) Telecoms Business Analyst
6 2 (3.92%) Consultant
7 1 (1.96%) Senior Manager
7 1 (1.96%) QA Manager
7 1 (1.96%) IT Consultant
7 1 (1.96%) Programme Manager
7 1 (1.96%) Project Manager
7 1 (1.96%) Team Leader
7 1 (1.96%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (9.80%) Web Services
2 3 (5.88%) .NET
2 3 (5.88%) Gherkin
3 1 (1.96%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (7.84%) GIS
2 3 (5.88%) CMDB
2 3 (5.88%) NHS
3 2 (3.92%) Mainframe
3 2 (3.92%) Client/Server
3 2 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.96%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.96%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.96%) UNIX
1 1 (1.96%) Windows
1 1 (1.96%) Android
1 1 (1.96%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (1.96%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (49.02%) Test Scripting
2 22 (43.14%) Test Management
3 19 (37.25%) User Acceptance Testing
4 11 (21.57%) Agile Software Development
5 8 (15.69%) Software Testing
6 6 (11.76%) Business Continuity
6 6 (11.76%) PRINCE2
6 6 (11.76%) ERP
6 6 (11.76%) Project Management
6 6 (11.76%) Test Planning
7 5 (9.80%) BDD
7 5 (9.80%) Integration Testing
7 5 (9.80%) UML
7 5 (9.80%) Scrum
8 4 (7.84%) ITIL
8 4 (7.84%) Automated Testing
8 4 (7.84%) Service Delivery
8 4 (7.84%) Test Automation
9 3 (5.88%) V-Model
9 3 (5.88%) Portfolio Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (7.84%) Java
2 3 (5.88%) SQL
3 2 (3.92%) C
3 2 (3.92%) C#
Qualifications
1 11 (21.57%) ISEB
2 7 (13.73%) ISTQB
2 7 (13.73%) Security Cleared
3 6 (11.76%) SC Cleared
4 4 (7.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (7.84%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 3 (5.88%) Degree
6 1 (1.96%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.96%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (7.84%) QA
2 1 (1.96%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (5.88%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 2 (3.92%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 5 (9.80%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (23.53%) SAP
2 10 (19.61%) Microsoft
3 3 (5.88%) Oracle
3 3 (5.88%) SolarWinds
4 2 (3.92%) Siebel
4 2 (3.92%) JD Edwards
4 2 (3.92%) VMware
5 1 (1.96%) Telerik
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