The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Southampton region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 4 May 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
4 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 45 33 27
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 9 4 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 2.16% 1.11% 2.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.60% 1.52% 3.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 3 4
Average daily rate
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£395 £275 £394
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+43.63% -30.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £275 £332
10% offered a daily rate of more than £407 £335 £485
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.50 £43.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-22.98% +8.75%
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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 Southampton region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Southampton
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
346 264 177
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 83.17% 73.54% 66.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 256 205 114
Average daily rate £393 £325 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.76% -13.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 7 16
Average hourly rate £12.50 £26.00 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-51.92% -35.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Southampton

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the Southampton region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Southampton

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Strategy across the Southampton region.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the Southampton region.

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Southampton

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Southampton 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 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (64.29%) Java
2 9 (64.29%) Ruby
2 9 (64.29%) Cucumber
3 8 (57.14%) Test Automation
3 8 (57.14%) SoapUI
4 7 (50.00%) Continuous Delivery
5 6 (42.86%) JIRA
6 5 (35.71%) HP
6 5 (35.71%) Maven
6 5 (35.71%) Puppet
7 4 (28.57%) Vagrant
7 4 (28.57%) SpecFlow
7 4 (28.57%) Jenkins
7 4 (28.57%) RSpec
7 4 (28.57%) Confluence
7 4 (28.57%) MS Excel
7 4 (28.57%) Microsoft
7 4 (28.57%) JMeter
7 4 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (28.57%) Scrum
7 4 (28.57%) QuickTest Pro
7 4 (28.57%) Configuration Management
7 4 (28.57%) SQL
7 4 (28.57%) .NET
7 4 (28.57%) JUnit
7 4 (28.57%) MS Office
7 4 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (28.57%) Test Management
7 4 (28.57%) HP Quality Center

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Southampton by Category

For the 6 months to 4 May 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Southampton 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 4 (28.57%) Confluence
Applications
1 4 (28.57%) MS Excel
1 4 (28.57%) MS Office
Development Applications
1 9 (64.29%) Cucumber
2 8 (57.14%) SoapUI
3 6 (42.86%) JIRA
4 5 (35.71%) Maven
5 4 (28.57%) SpecFlow
5 4 (28.57%) Jenkins
5 4 (28.57%) RSpec
5 4 (28.57%) JMeter
5 4 (28.57%) QuickTest Pro
5 4 (28.57%) JUnit
Job Titles
1 9 (64.29%) Test Leader
2 4 (28.57%) Tester
3 3 (21.43%) Senior Tester
4 2 (14.29%) Senior Automation Tester
4 2 (14.29%) Automation Tester
4 2 (14.29%) Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Test Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Senior Analyst
4 2 (14.29%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Automation Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Agile Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Integration Tester
5 1 (7.14%) Software Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Senior Software Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (7.14%) Lead Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (28.57%) .NET
2 2 (14.29%) SOAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (57.14%) Test Automation
3 7 (50.00%) Continuous Delivery
4 4 (28.57%) Stakeholder Management
4 4 (28.57%) Scrum
4 4 (28.57%) Configuration Management
4 4 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (28.57%) Test Management
4 4 (28.57%) BDD
5 2 (14.29%) Mentoring
5 2 (14.29%) Coaching
6 1 (7.14%) Software Engineering
6 1 (7.14%) Manual Testing
6 1 (7.14%) Test Planning
6 1 (7.14%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 9 (64.29%) Java
1 9 (64.29%) Ruby
2 4 (28.57%) SQL
Systems Management
1 5 (35.71%) Puppet
2 4 (28.57%) Vagrant
2 4 (28.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (35.71%) HP
2 4 (28.57%) Microsoft