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 22 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
22 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
South Wales / Cardiff
Rank 30 49 33
Rank change year-on-year +19 -16  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 12 10 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cardiff 3.58% 2.35% 1.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 4.12% 2.72% 2.48%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 2
Median daily rate £325 £350 £295
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +18.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £171 £282 £291
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £443 £299
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.44 £61.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year -27.74% +59.74%  

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 291 368 202
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cardiff 86.87% 86.38% 77.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 241 267 152
Median daily rate £375 £375 £375
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £275 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £450 £495
UK excluding London median daily rate £409 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.25% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 12 10
Median hourly rate £26.00 £13.00 £17.83
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +100.00% -27.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.10 £13.00 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £33.25 £17.50 £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

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

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cardiff

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

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Cardiff

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cardiff

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Cardiff

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cardiff

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

1 11 (52.38%) Test Scripting
2 8 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (38.10%) Selenium
2 8 (38.10%) ISTQB
3 7 (33.33%) Integration Testing
3 7 (33.33%) SQL
3 7 (33.33%) Oracle
4 6 (28.57%) Java
4 6 (28.57%) PRINCE2
4 6 (28.57%) NHS
4 6 (28.57%) Regression Testing
4 6 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (28.57%) Performance Testing
4 6 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
5 5 (23.81%) SoapUI
5 5 (23.81%) Oracle Database
5 5 (23.81%) Load Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Software Testing
5 5 (23.81%) JMeter
5 5 (23.81%) HP
5 5 (23.81%) Linux
5 5 (23.81%) JBoss
6 4 (19.05%) LoadRunner
6 4 (19.05%) Waterfall
7 3 (14.29%) Cucumber
7 3 (14.29%) QA
7 3 (14.29%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (14.29%) Rational Performance Tester
7 3 (14.29%) Degree
7 3 (14.29%) Automated Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related 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 5 (23.81%) JBoss
2 1 (4.76%) Confluence
2 1 (4.76%) GeoServer
Applications
1 1 (4.76%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 2 (9.52%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.76%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.76%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (23.81%) Oracle Database
2 3 (14.29%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (9.52%) SQL Server
4 1 (4.76%) GIS
4 1 (4.76%) InterSystems Cache
4 1 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
Development Applications
1 8 (38.10%) Selenium
2 5 (23.81%) JMeter
2 5 (23.81%) SoapUI
3 4 (19.05%) LoadRunner
4 3 (14.29%) Cucumber
4 3 (14.29%) Rational Performance Tester
5 2 (9.52%) Team Foundation Server
5 2 (9.52%) Visual Studio
6 1 (4.76%) InstallShield
6 1 (4.76%) JIRA
6 1 (4.76%) JUnit
6 1 (4.76%) MSI
6 1 (4.76%) The Grinder
6 1 (4.76%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (9.52%) Finance
Job Titles
1 9 (42.86%) Analyst
1 9 (42.86%) Test Analyst
2 7 (33.33%) Lead Test Analyst
2 7 (33.33%) Tester
3 6 (28.57%) Senior Tester
4 5 (23.81%) Performance Tester
4 5 (23.81%) Senior Performance Tester
5 4 (19.05%) Test Leader
5 4 (19.05%) Test Manager
6 2 (9.52%) Lead Tester
6 2 (9.52%) Test Automation Manager
7 1 (4.76%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (4.76%) Agile Test Manager
7 1 (4.76%) Automation Test Lead
7 1 (4.76%) Automation Tester
7 1 (4.76%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
7 1 (4.76%) LoadRunner Tester
7 1 (4.76%) SQL Analyst
7 1 (4.76%) UAT Lead
7 1 (4.76%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (14.29%) SOAP
1 3 (14.29%) XML
2 2 (9.52%) .NET
3 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET
3 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (4.76%) J2EE
3 1 (4.76%) JSON
3 1 (4.76%) OCX
3 1 (4.76%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (4.76%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (28.57%) NHS
2 2 (9.52%) Fintech
2 2 (9.52%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (4.76%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (4.76%) iSeries
3 1 (4.76%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (23.81%) Linux
2 2 (9.52%) Windows
3 1 (4.76%) Windows 7
3 1 (4.76%) Windows 8
3 1 (4.76%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) Test Scripting
2 8 (38.10%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (33.33%) Integration Testing
4 6 (28.57%) Performance Testing
4 6 (28.57%) PRINCE2
4 6 (28.57%) Regression Testing
4 6 (28.57%) System Integration Testing
4 6 (28.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Load Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Software Testing
6 4 (19.05%) Waterfall
7 3 (14.29%) Automated Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Customer Requirements
7 3 (14.29%) Disaster Recovery
7 3 (14.29%) Project Management
7 3 (14.29%) RAD
8 2 (9.52%) Defect Management
8 2 (9.52%) Information Governance
8 2 (9.52%) Test Management
8 2 (9.52%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (33.33%) SQL
2 6 (28.57%) Java
3 1 (4.76%) C#
3 1 (4.76%) Groovy
3 1 (4.76%) JavaScript
3 1 (4.76%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.76%) Python
3 1 (4.76%) VB
3 1 (4.76%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 8 (38.10%) ISTQB
2 3 (14.29%) Degree
2 3 (14.29%) ISEB
3 1 (4.76%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (14.29%) QA
2 1 (4.76%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (4.76%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (4.76%) SCCM
1 1 (4.76%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 7 (33.33%) Oracle
2 5 (23.81%) HP
3 1 (4.76%) AppSense
3 1 (4.76%) IBM
3 1 (4.76%) Siebel