The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 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 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 Wales / Cardiff
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 26 40
Rank change year-on-year -13 +14  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 1 13 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 0.30% 4.63% 0.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.35% 6.02% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 6 1
Median daily rate £350 £299 £145
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.15% +106.03%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Median hourly rate - - £15.75
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 Cardiff with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cardiff
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 289 216 275
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 88.11% 76.87% 82.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 221 163 222
Median daily rate £360 £388 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.09% +10.71%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £279 £243 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 4 9
Median hourly rate £16.28 £13.50 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.59% -14.28%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.00 £12.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £35.00 £23.05
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 Cardiff

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cardiff 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 Cardiff

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Cardiff

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Cardiff

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

1 9 (69.23%) ISTQB
2 7 (53.85%) PRINCE2
2 7 (53.85%) NHS
3 6 (46.15%) SQL
3 6 (46.15%) Regression Testing
3 6 (46.15%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (46.15%) Integration Testing
3 6 (46.15%) System Integration Testing
4 5 (38.46%) Test Automation
4 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
4 5 (38.46%) Software Testing
5 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (30.77%) Load Testing
5 4 (30.77%) XML
5 4 (30.77%) Project Management
6 3 (23.08%) SoapUI
6 3 (23.08%) Customer Requirements
6 3 (23.08%) Scenario Testing
6 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
6 3 (23.08%) Degree
7 2 (15.38%) QA
7 2 (15.38%) Data Protection
7 2 (15.38%) IBM
7 2 (15.38%) Freedom of Information
7 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
7 2 (15.38%) SOAP
7 2 (15.38%) Windows
7 2 (15.38%) Validation
7 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (15.38%) Defect Management

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cardiff 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 (7.69%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (7.69%) JCAPS
1 1 (7.69%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (7.69%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft Azure
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (23.08%) SQL Server
2 1 (7.69%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (23.08%) SoapUI
2 2 (15.38%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (15.38%) Visual Studio
3 1 (7.69%) Cucumber
3 1 (7.69%) InstallShield
3 1 (7.69%) MSI
3 1 (7.69%) Selenium
General
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (69.23%) Analyst
1 9 (69.23%) Test Analyst
2 8 (61.54%) Lead Test Analyst
3 4 (30.77%) Test Leader
4 2 (15.38%) Lead Tester
4 2 (15.38%) Test Manager
4 2 (15.38%) Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Applications Packager
5 1 (7.69%) Automation Test Lead
5 1 (7.69%) Automation Tester
5 1 (7.69%) QA Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) Senior Tester
5 1 (7.69%) Team Leader
5 1 (7.69%) Test Team Leader
5 1 (7.69%) UAT Analyst
5 1 (7.69%) UAT Lead
5 1 (7.69%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (30.77%) XML
2 2 (15.38%) SOAP
3 1 (7.69%) .NET
3 1 (7.69%) IBM Integration Bus
3 1 (7.69%) OCX
3 1 (7.69%) Web Services
3 1 (7.69%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 7 (53.85%) NHS
2 2 (15.38%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (7.69%) Fintech
3 1 (7.69%) iSeries
3 1 (7.69%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (15.38%) Windows
2 1 (7.69%) Windows 7
2 1 (7.69%) Windows 8
2 1 (7.69%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (53.85%) PRINCE2
2 6 (46.15%) Integration Testing
2 6 (46.15%) Regression Testing
2 6 (46.15%) System Integration Testing
2 6 (46.15%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (38.46%) Software Testing
3 5 (38.46%) Test Automation
3 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
4 4 (30.77%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (30.77%) Load Testing
4 4 (30.77%) Project Management
5 3 (23.08%) Customer Requirements
5 3 (23.08%) Scenario Testing
6 2 (15.38%) Data Protection
6 2 (15.38%) Defect Management
6 2 (15.38%) Information Governance
6 2 (15.38%) Validation
7 1 (7.69%) Migration
7 1 (7.69%) Release Management
7 1 (7.69%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (46.15%) SQL
2 1 (7.69%) C++
2 1 (7.69%) Java
2 1 (7.69%) PowerShell
2 1 (7.69%) VB
2 1 (7.69%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (69.23%) ISTQB
2 3 (23.08%) Degree
3 1 (7.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) QA
2 1 (7.69%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (7.69%) HL7
System Software
1 1 (7.69%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (7.69%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (7.69%) SCCM
1 1 (7.69%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 2 (15.38%) IBM
2 1 (7.69%) AppSense
2 1 (7.69%) Fiorano
2 1 (7.69%) InterSystems
2 1 (7.69%) VMware