Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 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 6 months to 21 November 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.

Test Strategy
South East > Berkshire
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 133 128 115
Rank change year-on-year -5 -13 +17
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 37 43 59
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.90% 1.01% 1.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.08% 1.24% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 30 43
Berkshire median daily rate £400 £419 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.48% +11.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £256 £334 £309
90th Percentile £494 £625 £498
South East median daily rate £415 £418 £375
% change year-on-year -0.60% +11.33% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Berkshire median hourly rate - - -
South East median hourly rate £47.50 £44.25 £42.63
% change year-on-year +7.34% +3.81% +0.29%

Test Strategy is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Berkshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Berkshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 3440 3473 3895
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 83.60% 81.37% 78.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1791 1866 2150
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +5.96%
10th Percentile £263 £250 £227
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 108 130 176
Berkshire median hourly rate £14.50 £17.75 £30.45
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.31% -41.71% +77.45%
10th Percentile £11.25 £11.25 £13.25
90th Percentile £38.45 £48.83 £44.38
South East median hourly rate £22.75 £27.13 £26.50
% change year-on-year -16.13% +2.36% +51.43%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Berkshire.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Berkshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Berkshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Berkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Berkshire over the 6 months to 21 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Berkshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Berkshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Berkshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Berkshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the Berkshire region over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading +11 19 £444 -15.48% 2
Bracknell +5 2 £463 +32.14% 1
Wokingham +6 1 £220 -45.85%
Slough +3 1 £450 +10.77% 1
Newbury -2 1 - -
Maidenhead -10 1 £400 -11.11%
Test Strategy
South East

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 Berkshire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 13 (35.14%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (27.03%) Defect Management
3 9 (24.32%) Windows
4 8 (21.62%) Telecoms
5 7 (18.92%) SOAP
5 7 (18.92%) Stakeholder Management
5 7 (18.92%) Test Scripting
5 7 (18.92%) SDLC
6 6 (16.22%) Scenario Testing
6 6 (16.22%) Analytical Skills
6 6 (16.22%) REST
6 6 (16.22%) HP Quality Center
6 6 (16.22%) SQL
7 5 (13.51%) Oracle
7 5 (13.51%) SQL Server
7 5 (13.51%) XML
7 5 (13.51%) SOA
7 5 (13.51%) Microsoft
7 5 (13.51%) HP
7 5 (13.51%) Project Management
7 5 (13.51%) Waterfall
7 5 (13.51%) BDD
7 5 (13.51%) Data Migration
7 5 (13.51%) QA
7 5 (13.51%) Test Management
7 5 (13.51%) Finance
7 5 (13.51%) Migration
7 5 (13.51%) TDD
8 4 (10.81%) JIRA
8 4 (10.81%) Test Automation

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Berkshire 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:

Application Platforms
1 4 (10.81%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 4 (10.81%) WebLogic
2 2 (5.41%) Oracle Service Bus
3 1 (2.70%) Apache
3 1 (2.70%) IIS
3 1 (2.70%) Tomcat
Applications
1 2 (5.41%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (8.11%) Maximo
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (2.70%) Office 365
1 1 (2.70%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.81%) HTTP
2 1 (2.70%) IPsec
2 1 (2.70%) WAN
2 1 (2.70%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (13.51%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.70%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.70%) IDOL
2 1 (2.70%) SAP HANA
2 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (2.70%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 4 (10.81%) JIRA
1 4 (10.81%) SoapUI
1 4 (10.81%) XMLSpy
2 2 (5.41%) HP UFT
3 1 (2.70%) MSI
3 1 (2.70%) Selenium
General
1 8 (21.62%) Telecoms
2 5 (13.51%) Finance
3 2 (5.41%) Banking
4 1 (2.70%) Electronics
4 1 (2.70%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 11 (29.73%) Test Manager
2 5 (13.51%) Analyst
2 5 (13.51%) Architect
3 4 (10.81%) Designer
3 4 (10.81%) SOA Designer
3 4 (10.81%) SOA Solution Designer
3 4 (10.81%) Solutions Architect
3 4 (10.81%) Solutions Designer
3 4 (10.81%) Test Analyst
3 4 (10.81%) Test Engineer
3 4 (10.81%) Tester
4 3 (8.11%) Applications Tester
4 3 (8.11%) Tivoli Analyst
5 2 (5.41%) Programme Manager
5 2 (5.41%) Programme Test Manager
5 2 (5.41%) SOA Architect
5 2 (5.41%) Test Leader
5 2 (5.41%) Test Programme Manager
6 1 (2.70%) Applications Packager
6 1 (2.70%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (18.92%) SOAP
2 6 (16.22%) REST
3 5 (13.51%) XML
4 4 (10.81%) WSDL
4 4 (10.81%) XSD
5 1 (2.70%) .NET
5 1 (2.70%) CSS
5 1 (2.70%) HTML
5 1 (2.70%) J2EE
5 1 (2.70%) jQuery
5 1 (2.70%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (16.22%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (8.11%) STB
3 1 (2.70%) CMDB
3 1 (2.70%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (2.70%) Internet of Things
3 1 (2.70%) Mainframe
3 1 (2.70%) Smart Meter
3 1 (2.70%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 9 (24.32%) Windows
2 4 (10.81%) Unix
3 2 (5.41%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.70%) Linux
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 10
4 1 (2.70%) Windows 7
4 1 (2.70%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (35.14%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (27.03%) Defect Management
3 7 (18.92%) SDLC
3 7 (18.92%) Stakeholder Management
3 7 (18.92%) Test Scripting
4 6 (16.22%) Scenario Testing
5 5 (13.51%) BDD
5 5 (13.51%) Data Migration
5 5 (13.51%) Migration
5 5 (13.51%) Project Management
5 5 (13.51%) SOA
5 5 (13.51%) TDD
5 5 (13.51%) Test Management
5 5 (13.51%) Waterfall
6 4 (10.81%) Change Management
6 4 (10.81%) Data Modelling
6 4 (10.81%) Test Automation
7 3 (8.11%) Integration Testing
7 3 (8.11%) Performance Testing
7 3 (8.11%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (16.22%) SQL
2 2 (5.41%) Java
2 2 (5.41%) VBScript
3 1 (2.70%) C#
3 1 (2.70%) C++
3 1 (2.70%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (5.41%) Degree
1 2 (5.41%) SC Cleared
1 2 (5.41%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.70%) DV Cleared
2 1 (2.70%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (13.51%) QA
System Software
1 3 (8.11%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 1 (2.70%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.70%) Hyper-V
2 1 (2.70%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (2.70%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 6 (16.22%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (8.11%) IBM BigFix
2 3 (8.11%) Tivoli
3 1 (2.70%) SCCM
3 1 (2.70%) SCOM
Vendors
1 5 (13.51%) HP
1 5 (13.51%) Microsoft
1 5 (13.51%) Oracle
2 4 (10.81%) SAP
3 3 (8.11%) Cognos
3 3 (8.11%) IBM
4 2 (5.41%) comScore
5 1 (2.70%) MuleSoft
5 1 (2.70%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (2.70%) ServiceNow
5 1 (2.70%) Trillium
5 1 (2.70%) Varonis
5 1 (2.70%) VMware