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 22 September 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 124 84 99
Rank change year-on-year
-40 +15
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 18 24 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.54% 1.06% 1.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.74% 1.50% 1.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 15 22
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£350 £388 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.67% +6.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £375 £221
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £406 £459
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-12.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £53.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-40.46% -7.42%
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
2432 1605 2169
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 72.90% 71.08% 69.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 1612 1080 1288
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 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £368 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +1.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 79 152
Average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -13.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.90 £11.00 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £43.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

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 22 September 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 22 September 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 -10 8 £355 - 5
Wiltshire -4 5 £220 -45.00%
Somerset -21 2 £325 -16.12%
Gloucestershire - 1 £380 - 1
Cornwall - - - -
Devon - - - -
Dorset - - - - 1
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 31 (49.21%) Test Scripting
2 27 (42.86%) User Acceptance Testing
3 22 (34.92%) Test Management
4 21 (33.33%) Security Cleared
5 20 (31.75%) SC Cleared
6 18 (28.57%) Test Planning
7 17 (26.98%) Microsoft
8 16 (25.40%) SAP
9 14 (22.22%) ISEB
9 14 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
10 12 (19.05%) Project Management
11 11 (17.46%) ITIL
11 11 (17.46%) PRINCE2
11 11 (17.46%) UML
11 11 (17.46%) ISTQB
11 11 (17.46%) Microsoft Azure
12 10 (15.87%) Team Foundation Server
12 10 (15.87%) Software Testing
12 10 (15.87%) GIS
12 10 (15.87%) Service Delivery
12 10 (15.87%) Finance
13 9 (14.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
14 8 (12.70%) Web Services
14 8 (12.70%) Asset Management
14 8 (12.70%) Operations Management
14 8 (12.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
14 8 (12.70%) CMDB
14 8 (12.70%) SolarWinds
14 8 (12.70%) Portfolio Management
14 8 (12.70%) Capacity Management

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

For the 6 months to 22 September 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 (3.17%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.59%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.59%) Agresso
Cloud Services
1 11 (17.46%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.59%) WAN
1 1 (1.59%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.59%) MySQL
1 1 (1.59%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.59%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (1.59%) Oracle Database 11g
1 1 (1.59%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (1.59%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (15.87%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (6.35%) Selenium
3 3 (4.76%) Visual Studio
3 3 (4.76%) SpecFlow
4 2 (3.17%) TestDirector
4 2 (3.17%) JMeter
4 2 (3.17%) JIRA
5 1 (1.59%) QuickTest Pro
5 1 (1.59%) FitNesse
5 1 (1.59%) TestNG
5 1 (1.59%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.59%) SoapUI
5 1 (1.59%) JUnit
General
1 10 (15.87%) Finance
2 4 (6.35%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.59%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 26 (41.27%) Analyst
2 18 (28.57%) Test Manager
3 17 (26.98%) Business Analyst
4 9 (14.29%) Test Analyst
5 8 (12.70%) Tester
6 5 (7.94%) Senior Test Analyst
6 5 (7.94%) Senior Analyst
6 5 (7.94%) Test Leader
7 4 (6.35%) Team Leader
7 4 (6.35%) Test Team Leader
8 3 (4.76%) SAP Manager
8 3 (4.76%) SAP Test Manager
8 3 (4.76%) Telecoms Business Analyst
9 2 (3.17%) Project Manager
9 2 (3.17%) Consultant
9 2 (3.17%) Business Project Manager
9 2 (3.17%) Technical Business Analyst
9 2 (3.17%) Business Manager
10 1 (1.59%) QA Analyst
10 1 (1.59%) Lead Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (12.70%) Web Services
2 3 (4.76%) Gherkin
3 2 (3.17%) .NET
4 1 (1.59%) Hibernate
4 1 (1.59%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 10 (15.87%) GIS
2 8 (12.70%) CMDB
3 3 (4.76%) NHS
4 2 (3.17%) Mainframe
4 2 (3.17%) Client/Server
4 2 (3.17%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.59%) PMI
5 1 (1.59%) Open Source
5 1 (1.59%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (1.59%) UNIX
1 1 (1.59%) Windows
1 1 (1.59%) Linux
1 1 (1.59%) Android
1 1 (1.59%) Windows Server 2008
1 1 (1.59%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 31 (49.21%) Test Scripting
2 27 (42.86%) User Acceptance Testing
3 22 (34.92%) Test Management
4 18 (28.57%) Test Planning
5 14 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
6 12 (19.05%) Project Management
7 11 (17.46%) ITIL
7 11 (17.46%) PRINCE2
7 11 (17.46%) UML
8 10 (15.87%) Service Delivery
8 10 (15.87%) Software Testing
9 8 (12.70%) Asset Management
9 8 (12.70%) Portfolio Management
9 8 (12.70%) Capacity Management
9 8 (12.70%) Operations Management
10 6 (9.52%) Use Case
10 6 (9.52%) Business Continuity
10 6 (9.52%) Data Modelling
11 5 (7.94%) Regression Testing
11 5 (7.94%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 5 (7.94%) C
2 4 (6.35%) Java
2 4 (6.35%) SQL
3 2 (3.17%) C#
4 1 (1.59%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 20 (31.75%) SC Cleared
3 14 (22.22%) ISEB
4 11 (17.46%) ISTQB
5 9 (14.29%) PRINCE2 Certification
6 7 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (6.35%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
7 4 (6.35%) ITIL Certification
8 3 (4.76%) Degree
9 2 (3.17%) DV Cleared
10 1 (1.59%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.35%) QA
2 1 (1.59%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (12.70%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 2 (3.17%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (6.35%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (26.98%) Microsoft
2 16 (25.40%) SAP
3 8 (12.70%) SolarWinds
4 5 (7.94%) Oracle
5 2 (3.17%) Siebel
5 2 (3.17%) JD Edwards
5 2 (3.17%) VMware
6 1 (1.59%) Telerik
6 1 (1.59%) HP
6 1 (1.59%) JBoss