The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Bristol 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 27 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
27 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
South West / Bristol
Rank 55 66 62
Rank change year-on-year +11 -4  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 11 6 11
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 1.36% 0.66% 1.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.71% 0.81% 1.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 6 9
Median daily rate £431 £368 £490
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.34% -25.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £297 £417
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £468 £570
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £410 £378
% change year-on-year -2.43% +8.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.94 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -22.37% +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 Bristol with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Bristol
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 643 742 661
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bristol 79.48% 81.99% 78.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 435 533 477
Median daily rate £390 £375 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.00% -3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £282 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £493 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 21 27 10
Median hourly rate £37.50 £39.00 £41.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.84% -4.87%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.00 £31.00 £16.12
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £50.00 £44.94
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.25 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -5.84% +27.48%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Bristol 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 Bristol

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Bristol

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Bristol

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bristol

For the 6 months to 27 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 Bristol region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 9 (50.00%) Finance
2 7 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (38.89%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (33.33%) Test Management
4 5 (27.78%) Test Scripting
4 5 (27.78%) QA
5 4 (22.22%) SAP
5 4 (22.22%) Test Automation
6 3 (16.67%) BDD
6 3 (16.67%) Waterfall
6 3 (16.67%) .NET
6 3 (16.67%) ERP
6 3 (16.67%) HP
6 3 (16.67%) Billing
6 3 (16.67%) Amdocs
6 3 (16.67%) Telecoms
7 2 (11.11%) TDD
7 2 (11.11%) Validation
7 2 (11.11%) Migration
7 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (11.11%) Automated Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Ruby
7 2 (11.11%) Software Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Performance Testing
7 2 (11.11%) Stress Testing
7 2 (11.11%) ISEB
7 2 (11.11%) MPLS
7 2 (11.11%) OSPF
7 2 (11.11%) BGP
7 2 (11.11%) JavaScript

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Bristol 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:

Applications
1 1 (5.56%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.56%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (5.56%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.11%) BGP
1 2 (11.11%) HSRP
1 2 (11.11%) MPLS
1 2 (11.11%) OSPF
1 2 (11.11%) PPP
2 1 (5.56%) PuTTY
2 1 (5.56%) Unified Communications
2 1 (5.56%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.11%) Oracle Database
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2005
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2008
2 1 (5.56%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Cucumber
1 2 (11.11%) JIRA
2 1 (5.56%) Ant
2 1 (5.56%) Eclipse
2 1 (5.56%) HP UFT
2 1 (5.56%) Jenkins
2 1 (5.56%) LoadRunner
2 1 (5.56%) Oracle APEX
2 1 (5.56%) Selenium
2 1 (5.56%) SoapUI
2 1 (5.56%) SpecFlow
2 1 (5.56%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (5.56%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (5.56%) TeamCity
2 1 (5.56%) TestNG
2 1 (5.56%) Toad
General
1 9 (50.00%) Finance
2 3 (16.67%) Billing
2 3 (16.67%) Telecoms
3 1 (5.56%) Law
3 1 (5.56%) Legal
3 1 (5.56%) Marketing
3 1 (5.56%) Multimedia
Job Titles
1 8 (44.44%) Test Manager
2 5 (27.78%) Test Leader
3 3 (16.67%) Finance Manager
4 2 (11.11%) Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Test Architect
4 2 (11.11%) Test Automation Architect
5 1 (5.56%) Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Automation Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Business Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Contracts Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Developer
5 1 (5.56%) Migration Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Programme Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Programme Test Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Quality Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Telephony Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Test Analyst
5 1 (5.56%) Test Programme Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Unified Communications Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (16.67%) .NET
2 2 (11.11%) .NET Framework
3 1 (5.56%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Virtual Team
2 1 (5.56%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (5.56%) Mainframe
2 1 (5.56%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.56%) Linux
1 1 (5.56%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 1 (5.56%) Windows
1 1 (5.56%) Windows Server
1 1 (5.56%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (38.89%) Agile Software Development
1 7 (38.89%) User Acceptance Testing
2 6 (33.33%) Test Management
3 5 (27.78%) Test Scripting
4 4 (22.22%) Test Automation
5 3 (16.67%) BDD
5 3 (16.67%) ERP
5 3 (16.67%) Waterfall
6 2 (11.11%) Automated Testing
6 2 (11.11%) Integration Testing
6 2 (11.11%) Migration
6 2 (11.11%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 2 (11.11%) Performance Testing
6 2 (11.11%) Resilience Testing
6 2 (11.11%) Software Testing
6 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 2 (11.11%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (11.11%) Stress Testing
6 2 (11.11%) TDD
6 2 (11.11%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (11.11%) JavaScript
1 2 (11.11%) Ruby
2 1 (5.56%) F#
2 1 (5.56%) Java
2 1 (5.56%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (11.11%) ISEB
1 2 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (5.56%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (5.56%) ISTQB
2 1 (5.56%) SC Cleared
2 1 (5.56%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (27.78%) QA
2 2 (11.11%) IFRS
3 1 (5.56%) Data Quality
System Software
1 1 (5.56%) Virtual Machines
1 1 (5.56%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (5.56%) vRealize
Vendors
1 4 (22.22%) SAP
2 3 (16.67%) Amdocs
2 3 (16.67%) HP
3 2 (11.11%) Oracle
4 1 (5.56%) BT
4 1 (5.56%) Microsoft
4 1 (5.56%) Red Hat
4 1 (5.56%) Reuters
4 1 (5.56%) Talend
4 1 (5.56%) VMware