The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for Test Strategy skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 24 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
East of England / Bedfordshire
Rank 37 30 47
Rank change year-on-year -7 +17  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 1 6 1
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bedfordshire 0.36% 1.96% 0.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.40% 2.21% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 1
Median daily rate £450 £500 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -10.00% +11.11%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £405 £385
% change year-on-year -1.23% +5.19%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -25.71% +60.38%  

Test Strategy is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Bedfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 250 271 351
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bedfordshire 90.25% 88.56% 84.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 179 183 269
Median daily rate £450 £450 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -5.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £325 £320
10% offered a daily rate of more than £570 £600 £625
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 17 13
Median hourly rate £16.00 £47.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -66.31% +18.75%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £15.40 £18.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.68 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Bedfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bedfordshire citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Bedfordshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Bedfordshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bedfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Bedfordshire

Test Strategy
Top 16 Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire

For the 6 months to 24 March 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Bedfordshire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 1 (50.00%) PRINCE2
1 1 (50.00%) ISEB
1 1 (50.00%) Migration
1 1 (50.00%) Information Security
1 1 (50.00%) Retail
1 1 (50.00%) TestPartner
1 1 (50.00%) Knowledge Management
1 1 (50.00%) Local Government
1 1 (50.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (50.00%) Release Management
1 1 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
1 1 (50.00%) Test Management
1 1 (50.00%) Test Scripting
1 1 (50.00%) Data Migration
1 1 (50.00%) PCI DSS
1 1 (50.00%) Defect Management

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Bedfordshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Development Applications
1 1 (50.00%) TestPartner
General
1 1 (50.00%) Local Government
1 1 (50.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 1 (50.00%) Architect
1 1 (50.00%) Solutions Architect
1 1 (50.00%) Test Leader
Processes & Methodologies
1 1 (50.00%) Data Migration
1 1 (50.00%) Defect Management
1 1 (50.00%) Information Security
1 1 (50.00%) Knowledge Management
1 1 (50.00%) Migration
1 1 (50.00%) PRINCE2
1 1 (50.00%) Release Management
1 1 (50.00%) Test Management
1 1 (50.00%) Test Scripting
1 1 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Qualifications
1 1 (50.00%) ISEB
1 1 (50.00%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (50.00%) PCI DSS