Period
to 21 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Buckinghamshire 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 21 November 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 > Buckinghamshire
6 months to
21 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 114 67 90
Rank change year-on-year -47 +23 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 24 49 46
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 1.01% 2.81% 1.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.24% 3.34% 2.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 24 27
Buckinghamshire median daily rate £475 £475 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +26.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £416 £334 £304
90th Percentile £544 £538 £488
South East median daily rate £415 £418 £375
% change year-on-year -0.60% +11.33% +10.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Buckinghamshire median hourly rate - £46.00 -
South East median hourly rate £47.50 £44.25 £42.63
% change year-on-year +7.34% +3.81% +0.29%

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 Buckinghamshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Buckinghamshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1937 1468 2129
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Buckinghamshire 81.59% 84.22% 80.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 908 801 1120
Buckinghamshire median daily rate £400 £408 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.84% +8.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £252 £235 £238
90th Percentile £538 £550 £510
South East median daily rate £425 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +6.25% +2.56% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 59 61
Buckinghamshire median hourly rate £16.50 £15.00 £16.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.00% -7.69% +27.45%
10th Percentile £9.58 £9.31 £9.50
90th Percentile £48.75 £47.30 £45.00
South East median hourly rate £22.75 £27.13 £26.50
% change year-on-year -16.13% +2.36% +51.43%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Buckinghamshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Buckinghamshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Buckinghamshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Buckinghamshire

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 Buckinghamshire region over the 6 months to 21 November 2017. 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
Milton Keynes -46 22 £475 -
Test Strategy
South East

For the 6 months to 21 November 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 Buckinghamshire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 16 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (58.33%) Test Automation
3 12 (50.00%) Big Data
4 11 (45.83%) Jenkins
4 11 (45.83%) Git (software)
5 9 (37.50%) Hadoop
5 9 (37.50%) Continuous Integration
5 9 (37.50%) TDD
5 9 (37.50%) QA
6 8 (33.33%) Finance
6 8 (33.33%) Banking
6 8 (33.33%) BDD
7 7 (29.17%) Java
7 7 (29.17%) JIRA
8 6 (25.00%) Security Testing
8 6 (25.00%) Ruby
8 6 (25.00%) JavaScript
8 6 (25.00%) Workflow
8 6 (25.00%) Mentoring
8 6 (25.00%) SDLC
9 5 (20.83%) Performance Testing
9 5 (20.83%) Data Entry
9 5 (20.83%) SQL
9 5 (20.83%) Retail
10 4 (16.67%) ISTQB
10 4 (16.67%) Retail Banking
10 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
10 4 (16.67%) E-Commerce
10 4 (16.67%) ETL
10 4 (16.67%) Telecoms

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Buckinghamshire 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 3 (12.50%) Confluence
2 2 (8.33%) Apache Pig
Business Applications
1 2 (8.33%) Temenos T24
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.33%) Slack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.50%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (50.00%) Big Data
2 9 (37.50%) Hadoop
3 3 (12.50%) Redis
4 2 (8.33%) Apache Hive
5 1 (4.17%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 11 (45.83%) Git (software)
1 11 (45.83%) Jenkins
2 7 (29.17%) JIRA
3 3 (12.50%) Appium
3 3 (12.50%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 3 (12.50%) Bitbucket
3 3 (12.50%) Calabash
3 3 (12.50%) Cucumber
3 3 (12.50%) Eclipse
3 3 (12.50%) IntelliJ
3 3 (12.50%) NUnit
3 3 (12.50%) PhantomJS
3 3 (12.50%) Selenium
3 3 (12.50%) SpecFlow
3 3 (12.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (12.50%) Visual Studio
3 3 (12.50%) WebDriver
General
1 8 (33.33%) Banking
1 8 (33.33%) Finance
2 5 (20.83%) Retail
3 4 (16.67%) Retail Banking
3 4 (16.67%) Telecoms
4 3 (12.50%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (4.17%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 8 (33.33%) Architect
2 7 (29.17%) Tester
3 5 (20.83%) Test Architect
4 4 (16.67%) QA Tester
4 4 (16.67%) Senior QA Tester
4 4 (16.67%) Senior Tester
4 4 (16.67%) Test Manager
5 3 (12.50%) Analyst
5 3 (12.50%) Automation Tester
5 3 (12.50%) QA Automation Tester
5 3 (12.50%) Senior Automation Tester
5 3 (12.50%) Solutions Architect
5 3 (12.50%) Test Analyst
6 2 (8.33%) Data Architect
6 2 (8.33%) QA Leader
7 1 (4.17%) CRM Architect
7 1 (4.17%) Designer
7 1 (4.17%) Lead Architect
7 1 (4.17%) Security Officer
7 1 (4.17%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.50%) JSON
1 3 (12.50%) REST
1 3 (12.50%) RESTful
1 3 (12.50%) SOAP
1 3 (12.50%) Web Services
2 2 (8.33%) Cascading
2 2 (8.33%) J2EE
2 2 (8.33%) Kafka
2 2 (8.33%) Middleware
3 1 (4.17%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.17%) Computer Science
1 1 (4.17%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (12.50%) Android
1 3 (12.50%) Apple iOS
1 3 (12.50%) Mac OS X
1 3 (12.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (58.33%) Test Automation
3 9 (37.50%) Continuous Integration
3 9 (37.50%) TDD
4 8 (33.33%) BDD
5 6 (25.00%) Mentoring
5 6 (25.00%) SDLC
5 6 (25.00%) Security Testing
5 6 (25.00%) Workflow
6 5 (20.83%) Data Entry
6 5 (20.83%) Performance Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Data Privacy
7 4 (16.67%) Data Protection
7 4 (16.67%) E-Commerce
7 4 (16.67%) ETL
7 4 (16.67%) Information Governance
7 4 (16.67%) Manual Testing
7 4 (16.67%) Test Scripting
7 4 (16.67%) Waterfall
8 3 (12.50%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 7 (29.17%) Java
2 6 (25.00%) JavaScript
2 6 (25.00%) Ruby
3 5 (20.83%) SQL
4 3 (12.50%) Apple Swift
4 3 (12.50%) C#
5 2 (8.33%) HiveQL
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) ISEB
1 4 (16.67%) ISTQB
1 4 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (4.17%) CISM
2 1 (4.17%) CISSP
2 1 (4.17%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (37.50%) QA
2 2 (8.33%) GDPR
3 1 (4.17%) COBIT
System Software
1 3 (12.50%) Docker
2 2 (8.33%) Apache Flume
Systems Management
1 3 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (8.33%) Oozie
3 1 (4.17%) Ansible
Vendors
1 3 (12.50%) HP
2 2 (8.33%) MapR