Period
to 15 July 2018

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 15 July 2018 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
15 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 129 122 131
Rank change year-on-year -7 +9 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 33 34 49
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 0.83% 0.90% 0.99%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.97% 1.10% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 17 37
Berkshire median daily rate £363 £350 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.57% -17.65% +16.44%
10th Percentile £263 £300 £350
90th Percentile £433 £440 £588
South East median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Berkshire median hourly rate - - -
South East median hourly rate £45.00 £47.50 £170.00
% change year-on-year -5.26% -72.06% +385.71%

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 3,415 3,090 4,030
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 85.63% 81.94% 81.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,725 1,457 2,140
Berkshire median daily rate £425 £425 £408
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +4.29% +7.24%
10th Percentile £269 £250 £255
90th Percentile £588 £575 £550
South East median daily rate £438 £415 £400
% change year-on-year +5.42% +3.75% +5.26%
Number of hourly rates quoted 82 135 129
Berkshire median hourly rate £21.50 £15.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +43.33% -14.29% -21.35%
10th Percentile £8.00 £11.72 £10.50
90th Percentile £49.88 £39.90 £47.60
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £19.95 £24.06
% change year-on-year +25.33% -17.08% +11.65%

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 15 July 2018.

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 15 July 2018. 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 -9 12 £325 -7.14% 1
Newbury -11 4 £394 -
Maidenhead - 2 - -
Bracknell -8 1 £485 +38.57% 1
Slough -10 1 - - 1
Test Strategy
South East

For the 6 months to 15 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Berkshire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 17 (51.52%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (33.33%) HP
3 10 (30.30%) JIRA
3 10 (30.30%) Test Automation
4 8 (24.24%) ISEB
4 8 (24.24%) Java
4 8 (24.24%) SQL
4 8 (24.24%) HP Quality Center
4 8 (24.24%) Defect Management
4 8 (24.24%) SDLC
5 7 (21.21%) Jenkins
5 7 (21.21%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (21.21%) QA
5 7 (21.21%) VBScript
6 6 (18.18%) Python
6 6 (18.18%) HP UFT
6 6 (18.18%) Selenium
6 6 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (15.15%) BDD
7 5 (15.15%) Integration Testing
7 5 (15.15%) Test Scripting
7 5 (15.15%) Validation
7 5 (15.15%) Migration
7 5 (15.15%) 3G
7 5 (15.15%) Regression Testing
7 5 (15.15%) SOAP
8 4 (12.12%) Unix
8 4 (12.12%) Oracle
8 4 (12.12%) LoadRunner
8 4 (12.12%) Telecoms

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 2 (6.06%) OpenStack
2 1 (3.03%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (3.03%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (3.03%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (3.03%) Remedy ITSM
Cloud Services
1 3 (9.09%) BrowserStack
1 3 (9.09%) Sauce Labs
2 2 (6.06%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (6.06%) Cloud Computing
2 2 (6.06%) IaaS
2 2 (6.06%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (6.06%) PaaS
3 1 (3.03%) Amazon EMR
3 1 (3.03%) BlazeMeter
3 1 (3.03%) Office 365
3 1 (3.03%) Oracle CX
3 1 (3.03%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (15.15%) 3G
2 4 (12.12%) VoLTE
3 3 (9.09%) 2G
3 3 (9.09%) 4G
4 2 (6.06%) HTTP
4 2 (6.06%) LTE
4 2 (6.06%) Radio Access Network
4 2 (6.06%) Wireless
5 1 (3.03%) 3GPP
5 1 (3.03%) Broadband
5 1 (3.03%) GPRS
5 1 (3.03%) GSM
5 1 (3.03%) INAP
5 1 (3.03%) Internet
5 1 (3.03%) M3UA
5 1 (3.03%) SCCP
5 1 (3.03%) SMPP
5 1 (3.03%) TCAP
5 1 (3.03%) UMTS
5 1 (3.03%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.06%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.03%) Big Data
2 1 (3.03%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.03%) DB2
2 1 (3.03%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
2 1 (3.03%) Hadoop
2 1 (3.03%) MySQL
2 1 (3.03%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (30.30%) JIRA
2 7 (21.21%) Jenkins
3 6 (18.18%) HP UFT
3 6 (18.18%) Selenium
4 4 (12.12%) Cucumber
4 4 (12.12%) LoadRunner
4 4 (12.12%) SoapUI
4 4 (12.12%) Zephyr
5 2 (6.06%) Protractor
5 2 (6.06%) Visual Studio Team System
6 1 (3.03%) Ant
6 1 (3.03%) AnthillPro
6 1 (3.03%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 1 (3.03%) Git (software)
6 1 (3.03%) Hudson
6 1 (3.03%) Introscope
6 1 (3.03%) JMeter
6 1 (3.03%) JProfiler
6 1 (3.03%) Maven
6 1 (3.03%) TeamCity
General
1 4 (12.12%) Telecoms
2 1 (3.03%) Finance
2 1 (3.03%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 9 (27.27%) Analyst
1 9 (27.27%) Test Analyst
2 8 (24.24%) Test Manager
3 4 (12.12%) Architect
3 4 (12.12%) Automation Test Analyst
3 4 (12.12%) Performance Tester
3 4 (12.12%) Tester
4 3 (9.09%) QA Leader
4 3 (9.09%) Test Leader
5 2 (6.06%) Infrastructure Manager
5 2 (6.06%) Infrastructure Test Manager
5 2 (6.06%) Lead Architect
5 2 (6.06%) OSS Architect
5 2 (6.06%) OSS Solutions Architect
5 2 (6.06%) Project Leader
5 2 (6.06%) Solutions Architect
5 2 (6.06%) Test Project Leader
6 1 (3.03%) Data Architect
6 1 (3.03%) Manual Test Analyst
6 1 (3.03%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (15.15%) SOAP
2 2 (6.06%) AngularJS
3 1 (3.03%) Gherkin
3 1 (3.03%) HTML
3 1 (3.03%) HTML5
3 1 (3.03%) Middleware
3 1 (3.03%) REST
3 1 (3.03%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (18.18%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.06%) Computer Science
2 2 (6.06%) Data Centre
2 2 (6.06%) Management Information System
3 1 (3.03%) CMDB
3 1 (3.03%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (3.03%) Robotics
3 1 (3.03%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (3.03%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.12%) Unix
2 2 (6.06%) Windows
3 1 (3.03%) Linux
3 1 (3.03%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (51.52%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (30.30%) Test Automation
3 8 (24.24%) Defect Management
3 8 (24.24%) SDLC
4 7 (21.21%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (15.15%) BDD
5 5 (15.15%) Integration Testing
5 5 (15.15%) Migration
5 5 (15.15%) Regression Testing
5 5 (15.15%) Test Scripting
5 5 (15.15%) Validation
6 4 (12.12%) Case Management
6 4 (12.12%) Performance Testing
6 4 (12.12%) Problem-Solving
6 4 (12.12%) Risk Assessment
6 4 (12.12%) Scrum
6 4 (12.12%) Software Testing
6 4 (12.12%) Traceability Matrix
6 4 (12.12%) Waterfall
7 3 (9.09%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (24.24%) Java
1 8 (24.24%) SQL
2 7 (21.21%) VBScript
3 6 (18.18%) Python
4 3 (9.09%) C#
5 1 (3.03%) C++
5 1 (3.03%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (24.24%) ISEB
2 4 (12.12%) ISTQB
2 4 (12.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (6.06%) PhD
4 1 (3.03%) BPSS Clearance
4 1 (3.03%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.03%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (21.21%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.03%) Docker
1 1 (3.03%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (24.24%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (12.12%) HP ALM
3 2 (6.06%) Netcool
3 2 (6.06%) NSN NetAct
3 2 (6.06%) OpenView
3 2 (6.06%) TeMIP
Vendors
1 11 (33.33%) HP
2 4 (12.12%) Oracle
3 2 (6.06%) AppDynamics
3 2 (6.06%) Ericsson
4 1 (3.03%) BMC
4 1 (3.03%) Cloudera
4 1 (3.03%) comScore
4 1 (3.03%) Dynatrace
4 1 (3.03%) MapR
4 1 (3.03%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.03%) Nokia
4 1 (3.03%) Remedy
4 1 (3.03%) VMware