The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT jobs advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 4 September 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
4 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 208 158 190
Rank change year-on-year
-50 +32
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 37 74 22
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 0.62% 1.23% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 1.49% 0.54%
Number of salaries quoted 27 50 21
Average salary £42,500 £38,500 £35,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+10.38% +10.00%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,500 £29,000 £30,000
10% offered a salary of more than £55,559 £56,150 £47,500
UK excluding London average salary £50,000 £46,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+8.69% +8.23%
Test Strategy
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in permanent jobs advertised in the South West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
5106 4962 4112
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the South West 85.44% 82.23% 82.11%
Number of salaries quoted 4311 4034 3524
Average salary £42,500 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+6.25% +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £29,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,000 £60,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £42,500 £41,500
% change year-on-year
+5.88% +2.40%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of permanent IT 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
Salary Trend in the South West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the South West region.

Test Strategy Salary Trend in the South West

Test Strategy
Salary Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the South West region over the 3 months to 4 September 2015.

Test Strategy Salary Histogram in the South West

Test Strategy
Job Locations in the South West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the South West region over the 3 months to 4 September 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Gloucestershire +1 15 £38,750 -3.12%
Bristol -33 13 £42,500 +11.11% 2
Wiltshire -11 5 £32,500 -27.77%
Cornwall -5 3 £55,500 -
Somerset -2 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Test Strategy.

1 26 (38.81%) Finance
2 23 (34.33%) ISTQB
3 22 (32.84%) Test Scripting
4 20 (29.85%) Test Management
4 20 (29.85%) User Acceptance Testing
4 20 (29.85%) ISEB
4 20 (29.85%) Coaching
5 18 (26.87%) Analytical Skills
5 18 (26.87%) Regression Testing
6 17 (25.37%) Stakeholder Management
7 16 (23.88%) QA
7 16 (23.88%) Agile Software Development
7 16 (23.88%) Test Planning
8 15 (22.39%) Degree
9 13 (19.40%) Performance Testing
9 13 (19.40%) Non-Functional Testing
10 12 (17.91%) Test Automation
11 11 (16.42%) Security Cleared
12 10 (14.93%) DV Cleared
12 10 (14.93%) Project Management
13 9 (13.43%) SQL
13 9 (13.43%) Disaster Recovery
13 9 (13.43%) Software Testing
13 9 (13.43%) Validation
14 8 (11.94%) Automated Testing
14 8 (11.94%) Manual Testing
14 8 (11.94%) Team Foundation Server
14 8 (11.94%) Scrum
14 8 (11.94%) .NET
14 8 (11.94%) Web Services

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

For the 6 months to 4 September 2015, IT 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Test Strategy. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (4.48%) IIS
Applications
1 2 (2.99%) MS Office
2 1 (1.49%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.99%) Internet
2 1 (1.49%) Unified Communications
2 1 (1.49%) LAN
2 1 (1.49%) VoIP
2 1 (1.49%) WAN
2 1 (1.49%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.46%) Big Data
2 4 (5.97%) SQL Server
3 3 (4.48%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (11.94%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (8.96%) JIRA
3 4 (5.97%) Selenium
3 4 (5.97%) JUnit
3 4 (5.97%) JMeter
4 3 (4.48%) Visual Studio
4 3 (4.48%) TestDirector
4 3 (4.48%) Rational DOORS
5 1 (1.49%) TestPartner
General
1 26 (38.81%) Finance
2 5 (7.46%) Retail
3 3 (4.48%) Law
4 2 (2.99%) Financial Institution
5 1 (1.49%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.49%) Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (41.79%) Test Manager
2 16 (23.88%) Analyst
3 13 (19.40%) Test Analyst
4 8 (11.94%) Test Engineer
5 6 (8.96%) Test Leader
6 5 (7.46%) Senior Analyst
6 5 (7.46%) Consultant
7 4 (5.97%) Tester
7 4 (5.97%) Senior Manager
7 4 (5.97%) Senior Test Analyst
7 4 (5.97%) Senior Tester
7 4 (5.97%) QA Manager
7 4 (5.97%) Senior Test Manager
7 4 (5.97%) QA Test Manager
8 3 (4.48%) Senior Test Engineer
8 3 (4.48%) Security Consultant
8 3 (4.48%) Business Analyst
9 2 (2.99%) Principle Engineer
9 2 (2.99%) Test Specialist
9 2 (2.99%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (11.94%) .NET
1 8 (11.94%) Web Services
1 8 (11.94%) XML
2 3 (4.48%) .NET Framework
3 1 (1.49%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 18 (26.87%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (8.96%) Computer Science
3 3 (4.48%) Data Centre
3 3 (4.48%) GIS
4 2 (2.99%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.49%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.49%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.49%) NHS
5 1 (1.49%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.96%) Windows
1 6 (8.96%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (32.84%) Test Scripting
2 20 (29.85%) User Acceptance Testing
2 20 (29.85%) Test Management
2 20 (29.85%) Coaching
3 18 (26.87%) Regression Testing
4 17 (25.37%) Stakeholder Management
5 16 (23.88%) Agile Software Development
5 16 (23.88%) Test Planning
6 13 (19.40%) Non-Functional Testing
6 13 (19.40%) Performance Testing
7 12 (17.91%) Test Automation
8 10 (14.93%) Project Management
9 9 (13.43%) Disaster Recovery
9 9 (13.43%) Validation
9 9 (13.43%) Software Testing
10 8 (11.94%) Automated Testing
10 8 (11.94%) Manual Testing
10 8 (11.94%) Scrum
11 6 (8.96%) ITIL
11 6 (8.96%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 9 (13.43%) SQL
2 6 (8.96%) C
3 2 (2.99%) C#
4 1 (1.49%) Java
Qualifications
1 23 (34.33%) ISTQB
2 20 (29.85%) ISEB
3 15 (22.39%) Degree
4 11 (16.42%) Security Cleared
5 10 (14.93%) DV Cleared
6 7 (10.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 5 (7.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (4.48%) CISSP
9 1 (1.49%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (1.49%) SC Cleared
9 1 (1.49%) IIBA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (23.88%) QA
2 3 (4.48%) PCI DSS
2 3 (4.48%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 5 (7.46%) Microsoft
2 3 (4.48%) HP
2 3 (4.48%) Splunk
2 3 (4.48%) ArcSight
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