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 3 months to 24 June 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
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 81 103 80
Rank change year-on-year +22 -23  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 19 20 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Berkshire 1.05% 0.85% 1.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.29% 1.06% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 15 20
Median daily rate £350 £470 £381
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -25.53% +23.27%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £350 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £575 £478
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  

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 Berkshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Berkshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1469 1884 1938
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Berkshire 81.12% 79.93% 78.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 702 1037 955
Median daily rate £425 £400 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +1.26%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 57 72 76
Median hourly rate £18.00 £19.61 £21.55
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.21% -9.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.00 £13.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £32.00 £39.60
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Berkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Berkshire 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 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 3 months to 24 June 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 3 months to 24 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Reading +17 7 £350 -33.33% 3
Bracknell +9 3 £350 -39.13%
Newbury - 1 - - 1
Test Strategy
South East

For the 6 months to 24 June 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 12 (38.71%) Defect Management
2 9 (29.03%) SDLC
2 9 (29.03%) Test Scripting
3 7 (22.58%) Scenario Testing
4 6 (19.35%) Test Automation
4 6 (19.35%) System Integration Testing
4 6 (19.35%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (16.13%) Finance
5 5 (16.13%) Validation
5 5 (16.13%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (16.13%) Test Management
6 4 (12.90%) Performance Testing
6 4 (12.90%) QA
6 4 (12.90%) Apigee
6 4 (12.90%) SoapUI
6 4 (12.90%) Functional Testing
6 4 (12.90%) Telecoms
6 4 (12.90%) Stakeholder Management
6 4 (12.90%) SQL
6 4 (12.90%) Oracle
6 4 (12.90%) SOAP
6 4 (12.90%) SOA
6 4 (12.90%) Project Management
7 3 (9.68%) LoadRunner
7 3 (9.68%) Microsoft
7 3 (9.68%) HP
7 3 (9.68%) Unix
7 3 (9.68%) Windows
7 3 (9.68%) C
7 3 (9.68%) C#

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 1 (3.23%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 1 (3.23%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 3 (9.68%) SaaS
1 3 (9.68%) Taleo
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.45%) 3G
1 2 (6.45%) 4G
1 2 (6.45%) LTE
1 2 (6.45%) MVNO
1 2 (6.45%) SMS
1 2 (6.45%) Value-Added Service
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (3.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (12.90%) SoapUI
2 3 (9.68%) JMeter
2 3 (9.68%) LoadRunner
2 3 (9.68%) SilkTest
3 2 (6.45%) Selenium
4 1 (3.23%) Cucumber
4 1 (3.23%) Jasmine
4 1 (3.23%) Protractor
4 1 (3.23%) XMLSpy
General
1 5 (16.13%) Finance
2 4 (12.90%) Telecoms
3 3 (9.68%) Retail
4 2 (6.45%) Banking
5 1 (3.23%) Billing
Job Titles
1 13 (41.94%) Test Manager
2 5 (16.13%) Analyst
2 5 (16.13%) Designer
2 5 (16.13%) Test Analyst
3 4 (12.90%) Test Leader
4 2 (6.45%) Finance Manager
4 2 (6.45%) Performance Tester
4 2 (6.45%) Programme Manager
4 2 (6.45%) Programme Test Manager
4 2 (6.45%) SAP Manager
4 2 (6.45%) SAP Test Manager
4 2 (6.45%) Technical Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Technical Test Analyst
4 2 (6.45%) Test Engineer
4 2 (6.45%) Test Programme Manager
4 2 (6.45%) Tester
4 2 (6.45%) Tivoli Analyst
5 1 (3.23%) Architect
5 1 (3.23%) Release Manager
5 1 (3.23%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.90%) SOAP
2 3 (9.68%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (3.23%) Behat
3 1 (3.23%) WSDL
3 1 (3.23%) XML
3 1 (3.23%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (6.45%) Algorithms
Operating Systems
1 3 (9.68%) Unix
1 3 (9.68%) Windows
2 1 (3.23%) Windows Server
2 1 (3.23%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (38.71%) Defect Management
2 9 (29.03%) SDLC
2 9 (29.03%) Test Scripting
3 7 (22.58%) Scenario Testing
4 6 (19.35%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (19.35%) System Integration Testing
4 6 (19.35%) Test Automation
5 5 (16.13%) Test Management
5 5 (16.13%) Validation
6 4 (12.90%) Functional Testing
6 4 (12.90%) Performance Testing
6 4 (12.90%) Project Management
6 4 (12.90%) SOA
6 4 (12.90%) Stakeholder Management
7 3 (9.68%) BDD
7 3 (9.68%) Risk Management
7 3 (9.68%) TDD
7 3 (9.68%) Test Planning
8 2 (6.45%) Business Transformation
8 2 (6.45%) DevOps
Programming Languages
1 4 (12.90%) SQL
2 3 (9.68%) C
2 3 (9.68%) C#
2 3 (9.68%) Java
3 1 (3.23%) JavaScript
3 1 (3.23%) PHP
Qualifications
1 3 (9.68%) Degree
1 3 (9.68%) ISTQB
2 2 (6.45%) SC Cleared
2 2 (6.45%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.23%) DV Cleared
3 1 (3.23%) ISEB
3 1 (3.23%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.90%) QA
System Software
1 2 (6.45%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
2 1 (3.23%) Active Directory
2 1 (3.23%) Hyper-V
2 1 (3.23%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 5 (16.13%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (6.45%) IBM BigFix
2 2 (6.45%) Tivoli
3 1 (3.23%) SCCM
3 1 (3.23%) SCOM
Vendors
1 4 (12.90%) Apigee
1 4 (12.90%) Oracle
2 3 (9.68%) HP
2 3 (9.68%) Microsoft
3 2 (6.45%) IBM
3 2 (6.45%) Nokia Networks
3 2 (6.45%) Samsung
3 2 (6.45%) SAP
4 1 (3.23%) Varonis
4 1 (3.23%) VMware