Period
to 12 December 2018

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 6 months to 12 December 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 West > Bristol
6 months to
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 88 104 91
Rank change year-on-year +16 -13 -3
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 46 15 15
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 2.11% 0.76% 0.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.49% 0.93% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 10 13
Bristol median daily rate £299 £406 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -26.52% +25.00% +7.08%
10th Percentile £254 £258 £263
90th Percentile £518 £538 £595
South West median daily rate £433 £400 £365
% change year-on-year +8.13% +9.59% +4.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Bristol median hourly rate £42.50 - -
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 -
% change year-on-year +13.33% - -

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 Bristol with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Bristol
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1,844 1,609 1,439
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Bristol 84.74% 82.01% 85.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,281 1,070 1,019
Bristol median daily rate £420 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +8.39% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £276 £257 £255
90th Percentile £538 £538 £563
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
% change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 48 68
Bristol median hourly rate £38.50 £24.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +60.42% -4.00% +38.89%
10th Percentile £15.08 £11.93 £12.00
90th Percentile £66.81 £48.25 £46.80
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £33.00 £33.25
% change year-on-year +24.24% -0.75% -15.29%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Bristol

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

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 6 months to 12 December 2018.

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 12 December 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 Bristol region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 20 (43.48%) Test Automation
2 19 (41.30%) User Acceptance Testing
2 19 (41.30%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (34.78%) Microsoft
4 13 (28.26%) Finance
5 12 (26.09%) Scrum
5 12 (26.09%) SQL
6 11 (23.91%) Analytical Skills
7 10 (21.74%) Windows Server
7 10 (21.74%) Windows
7 10 (21.74%) Migration
8 9 (19.57%) Linux
8 9 (19.57%) Test Scripting
8 9 (19.57%) Defect Management
9 8 (17.39%) Microservices
9 8 (17.39%) Kubernetes
9 8 (17.39%) Data Centre
9 8 (17.39%) Microsoft Azure
9 8 (17.39%) Docker
9 8 (17.39%) DevOps
9 8 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
9 8 (17.39%) PowerShell
9 8 (17.39%) Load Balancing
9 8 (17.39%) ISTQB
9 8 (17.39%) ISEB
9 8 (17.39%) Firewall
10 7 (15.22%) VPN
10 7 (15.22%) DNS
10 7 (15.22%) .NET
10 7 (15.22%) Degree

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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (4.35%) CMS
1 2 (4.35%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 2 (4.35%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 8 (17.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (4.35%) Amazon EMR
3 1 (2.17%) Boomi
Communications & Networking
1 8 (17.39%) Firewall
2 7 (15.22%) DNS
2 7 (15.22%) VPN
3 1 (2.17%) LAN
3 1 (2.17%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.52%) SQL Server
2 2 (4.35%) Big Data
2 2 (4.35%) Hadoop
2 2 (4.35%) MongoDB
2 2 (4.35%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (4.35%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (2.17%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 7 (15.22%) Selenium
2 6 (13.04%) CruiseControl
2 6 (13.04%) Cucumber
2 6 (13.04%) Git (software)
2 6 (13.04%) Hudson
2 6 (13.04%) Jenkins
2 6 (13.04%) JUnit
2 6 (13.04%) NUnit
2 6 (13.04%) SpecFlow
2 6 (13.04%) TeamCity
2 6 (13.04%) Visual Studio Coded UI
3 3 (6.52%) JIRA
3 3 (6.52%) SoapUI
3 3 (6.52%) TestRail
4 1 (2.17%) HP UFT
4 1 (2.17%) JMeter
4 1 (2.17%) LoadRunner
General
1 13 (28.26%) Finance
2 6 (13.04%) Advertising
2 6 (13.04%) Back Office
3 3 (6.52%) Banking
4 2 (4.35%) Retail Banking
4 2 (4.35%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.17%) Retail
Job Titles
1 25 (54.35%) Analyst
1 25 (54.35%) Test Analyst
2 9 (19.57%) Test Leader
3 6 (13.04%) Automation Test Analyst
4 5 (10.87%) Test Manager
5 3 (6.52%) Azure Engineer
5 3 (6.52%) Senior Manager
5 3 (6.52%) Senior Test Manager
6 2 (4.35%) Cloud Engineer
6 2 (4.35%) Manual Test Analyst
6 2 (4.35%) Mobile Test Analyst
6 2 (4.35%) Test Engineer
7 1 (2.17%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (2.17%) Head of Testing
7 1 (2.17%) Infrastructure Architect
7 1 (2.17%) Infrastructure Technical Architect
7 1 (2.17%) Programme Test Manager
7 1 (2.17%) Project Analyst
7 1 (2.17%) Technical Infrastructure Architect
7 1 (2.17%) Test Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (15.22%) .NET
2 6 (13.04%) Gherkin
3 5 (10.87%) SOAP
3 5 (10.87%) XML
4 3 (6.52%) AngularJS
4 3 (6.52%) JSON
4 3 (6.52%) React
4 3 (6.52%) RESTful
5 2 (4.35%) REST
5 2 (4.35%) Web Services
6 1 (2.17%) .NET Core
6 1 (2.17%) .NET Framework
6 1 (2.17%) Taurus
Miscellaneous
1 11 (23.91%) Analytical Skills
2 8 (17.39%) Data Centre
3 7 (15.22%) Self-Motivation
4 4 (8.70%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.17%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 10 (21.74%) Windows
1 10 (21.74%) Windows Server
2 9 (19.57%) Linux
3 2 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (43.48%) Test Automation
2 19 (41.30%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (41.30%) User Acceptance Testing
3 12 (26.09%) Scrum
4 10 (21.74%) Migration
5 9 (19.57%) Defect Management
5 9 (19.57%) Test Scripting
6 8 (17.39%) Continuous Integration
6 8 (17.39%) DevOps
6 8 (17.39%) Load Balancing
6 8 (17.39%) Microservices
7 7 (15.22%) Continuous Improvement
7 7 (15.22%) Functional Testing
7 7 (15.22%) Kalman Filter
7 7 (15.22%) Problem-Solving
7 7 (15.22%) Server Management
7 7 (15.22%) Test Management
8 6 (13.04%) Exploratory Testing
8 6 (13.04%) Manual Testing
9 5 (10.87%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (26.09%) SQL
2 8 (17.39%) PowerShell
3 6 (13.04%) C#
4 3 (6.52%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.17%) Java
5 1 (2.17%) Python
Qualifications
1 8 (17.39%) ISEB
1 8 (17.39%) ISTQB
2 7 (15.22%) Degree
3 2 (4.35%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.35%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.17%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (10.87%) QA
2 2 (4.35%) GDPR
System Software
1 8 (17.39%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (17.39%) Kubernetes
2 2 (4.35%) Ansible
2 2 (4.35%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (4.35%) Puppet
Vendors
1 16 (34.78%) Microsoft
2 6 (13.04%) Cadence
3 5 (10.87%) Oracle
4 2 (4.35%) Informatica
4 2 (4.35%) Red Hat
4 2 (4.35%) VMware
5 1 (2.17%) Cisco
5 1 (2.17%) Dell
5 1 (2.17%) Juniper
5 1 (2.17%) Ruckus Wireless