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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 38 39 22
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -17
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 5 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 1.52% 0.35% 1.85%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.00% 0.46% 2.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 4
Average daily rate
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£325 £425 £420
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-23.52% +1.19%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £37.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-18.91% +10.44%
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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
250 217 136
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Southampton 75.99% 75.35% 62.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 142 156 64
Average daily rate £363 £325 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.53% -10.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £220 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £650 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 17 15
Average hourly rate £20.00 £25.00 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +66.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.20 £12.50 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.60 £39.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 19 December 2014, 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 11 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (84.62%) Cucumber
1 11 (84.62%) SoapUI
2 10 (76.92%) SpecFlow
2 10 (76.92%) Test Automation
2 10 (76.92%) Scrum
2 10 (76.92%) Ruby
2 10 (76.92%) Java
2 10 (76.92%) SQL
3 9 (69.23%) .NET
4 8 (61.54%) SOAP
5 6 (46.15%) Web Services
5 6 (46.15%) Software Engineering
6 5 (38.46%) ESRI
6 5 (38.46%) Integration Testing
6 5 (38.46%) Data Transformation
6 5 (38.46%) Algorithms
7 4 (30.77%) BDD
8 2 (15.38%) HP
8 2 (15.38%) Test Management
8 2 (15.38%) Mentoring
8 2 (15.38%) Coaching
9 1 (7.69%) Zephyr
9 1 (7.69%) Puppet
9 1 (7.69%) Jenkins
9 1 (7.69%) Manual Testing
9 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
9 1 (7.69%) Confluence
9 1 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
9 1 (7.69%) JUnit

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Southampton by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, 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 1 (7.69%) Confluence
Development Applications
1 11 (84.62%) Cucumber
1 11 (84.62%) SoapUI
2 10 (76.92%) SpecFlow
3 1 (7.69%) Zephyr
3 1 (7.69%) Jenkins
3 1 (7.69%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (7.69%) JUnit
3 1 (7.69%) JMeter
3 1 (7.69%) Maven
3 1 (7.69%) JIRA
3 1 (7.69%) Selenium
3 1 (7.69%) FitNesse
Job Titles
1 6 (46.15%) Analyst
2 5 (38.46%) Test Analyst
3 3 (23.08%) Test Leader
3 3 (23.08%) Tester
3 3 (23.08%) Software Engineer
3 3 (23.08%) Test Engineer
4 2 (15.38%) Senior Test Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) Senior Tester
4 2 (15.38%) Senior Analyst
4 2 (15.38%) Automation Tester
4 2 (15.38%) Senior Automation Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Automation Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Agile Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Agile Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Business Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Test Manager
5 1 (7.69%) Lead Software Engineer
5 1 (7.69%) Software Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Software Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Automation Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (69.23%) .NET
2 8 (61.54%) SOAP
3 6 (46.15%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (38.46%) Algorithms
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (84.62%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (76.92%) Test Automation
2 10 (76.92%) Scrum
3 6 (46.15%) Software Engineering
4 5 (38.46%) Integration Testing
4 5 (38.46%) Data Transformation
5 4 (30.77%) BDD
6 2 (15.38%) Test Management
6 2 (15.38%) Mentoring
6 2 (15.38%) Coaching
7 1 (7.69%) Manual Testing
7 1 (7.69%) Validation
7 1 (7.69%) Content Management
7 1 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (76.92%) Ruby
1 10 (76.92%) Java
1 10 (76.92%) SQL
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) Puppet
1 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (38.46%) ESRI
2 2 (15.38%) HP