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 22 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 West / Bristol
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 62 56 70
Rank change year-on-year -6 +14  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 11 13 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 1.30% 1.53% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.59% 1.86% 0.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 10 3
Median daily rate £425 £438 £320
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.85% +36.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £381 £384 £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £497 £364
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £373
% change year-on-year - +7.38%  
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 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 691 699 750
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Bristol 81.58% 82.24% 82.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 468 514 573
Median daily rate £388 £375 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.33% -3.84%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £276 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 24 19
Median hourly rate £40.00 £39.50 £37.04
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.26% +6.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.25 £13.25 £18.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £48.50 £44.00 £41.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

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 Daily Rate Histogram in Bristol

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Bristol over the 3 months to 22 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Bristol

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Bristol

For the 6 months to 22 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 Bristol region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 11 (50.00%) Finance
1 11 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 7 (31.82%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (31.82%) SAP
2 7 (31.82%) Test Scripting
2 7 (31.82%) Test Automation
3 6 (27.27%) QA
3 6 (27.27%) ERP
3 6 (27.27%) HP
3 6 (27.27%) Telecoms
4 5 (22.73%) Billing
4 5 (22.73%) Software Testing
5 4 (18.18%) .NET
5 4 (18.18%) Oracle
5 4 (18.18%) ISTQB
5 4 (18.18%) Performance Testing
5 4 (18.18%) Test Management
5 4 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
5 4 (18.18%) BDD
5 4 (18.18%) IFRS
6 3 (13.64%) Virtual Team
6 3 (13.64%) Exploratory Testing
6 3 (13.64%) SoapUI
6 3 (13.64%) Cucumber
6 3 (13.64%) User Stories
6 3 (13.64%) Oracle Database
6 3 (13.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (13.64%) API Testing
6 3 (13.64%) Integration Testing
6 3 (13.64%) Selenium

Test Strategy
Co-occurring 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:

Business Applications
1 2 (9.09%) SAP ERP
2 1 (4.55%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (4.55%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (4.55%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.09%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.55%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.09%) PuTTY
1 2 (9.09%) WinSCP
2 1 (4.55%) BGP
2 1 (4.55%) HSRP
2 1 (4.55%) MPLS
2 1 (4.55%) OSPF
2 1 (4.55%) PPP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (13.64%) Oracle Database
2 2 (9.09%) Oracle Database 10g
2 2 (9.09%) Oracle Database 11g
2 2 (9.09%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (9.09%) SQL Server
2 2 (9.09%) SQL Server 2005
2 2 (9.09%) SQL Server 2008
2 2 (9.09%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (13.64%) Cucumber
1 3 (13.64%) Selenium
1 3 (13.64%) SoapUI
2 2 (9.09%) Ant
2 2 (9.09%) Eclipse
2 2 (9.09%) HP UFT
2 2 (9.09%) Jenkins
2 2 (9.09%) LoadRunner
2 2 (9.09%) Oracle APEX
2 2 (9.09%) SpecFlow
2 2 (9.09%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (9.09%) TeamCity
2 2 (9.09%) TestNG
2 2 (9.09%) Toad
3 1 (4.55%) JIRA
3 1 (4.55%) JMeter
3 1 (4.55%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 11 (50.00%) Finance
2 6 (27.27%) Telecoms
3 5 (22.73%) Billing
4 2 (9.09%) Marketing
5 1 (4.55%) Electronics
5 1 (4.55%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (36.36%) Test Manager
2 5 (22.73%) Analyst
3 4 (18.18%) Finance Manager
3 4 (18.18%) Test Analyst
4 3 (13.64%) Test Leader
5 2 (9.09%) Architect
5 2 (9.09%) Automation Tester
5 2 (9.09%) Business Test Analyst
5 2 (9.09%) Test Architect
5 2 (9.09%) Test Automation Architect
5 2 (9.09%) Tester
6 1 (4.55%) Business Manager
6 1 (4.55%) Consultant
6 1 (4.55%) Contracts Manager
6 1 (4.55%) Developer
6 1 (4.55%) Financial Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) Functional Analyst
6 1 (4.55%) Programme Manager
6 1 (4.55%) SAP Manager
6 1 (4.55%) UAT Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (18.18%) .NET
2 2 (9.09%) .NET Framework
2 2 (9.09%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (13.64%) Virtual Team
2 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.55%) Mainframe
2 1 (4.55%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.09%) Linux
1 2 (9.09%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 2 (9.09%) Windows
1 2 (9.09%) Windows Server
1 2 (9.09%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 7 (31.82%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (31.82%) Test Automation
2 7 (31.82%) Test Scripting
3 6 (27.27%) ERP
4 5 (22.73%) Software Testing
5 4 (18.18%) BDD
5 4 (18.18%) Performance Testing
5 4 (18.18%) Test Management
6 3 (13.64%) API Testing
6 3 (13.64%) Exploratory Testing
6 3 (13.64%) Integration Testing
6 3 (13.64%) Stakeholder Management
6 3 (13.64%) User Stories
7 2 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (9.09%) Defect Tracking
7 2 (9.09%) DevOps
7 2 (9.09%) Regression Testing
7 2 (9.09%) Scrum
7 2 (9.09%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.64%) Java
2 2 (9.09%) F#
2 2 (9.09%) JavaScript
2 2 (9.09%) Ruby
2 2 (9.09%) SQL
Qualifications
1 4 (18.18%) ISTQB
2 3 (13.64%) ISEB
2 3 (13.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (9.09%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.55%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (27.27%) QA
2 4 (18.18%) IFRS
3 1 (4.55%) Data Quality
System Software
1 2 (9.09%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (9.09%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (18.18%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (9.09%) vRealize
Vendors
1 7 (31.82%) SAP
2 6 (27.27%) HP
3 4 (18.18%) Oracle
4 3 (13.64%) Amdocs
4 3 (13.64%) BT
5 2 (9.09%) Microsoft
5 2 (9.09%) Red Hat
5 2 (9.09%) VMware
6 1 (4.55%) ATG
6 1 (4.55%) hybris
6 1 (4.55%) Talend
6 1 (4.55%) Workday