The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East of England 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 29 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
England / East of England
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 113 96 115
Rank change year-on-year -17 +19  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 26 37 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East of England 1.11% 1.45% 1.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.32% 1.80% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 23 13
Median daily rate £462 £450 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.61% +24.13%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £290 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £544 £488 £416
UK excluding London median daily rate £399 £400 £375
% change year-on-year -0.18% +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 0
Median hourly rate £45.00 £44.40 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +1.35% -  
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 the East of England with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
East of England
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1967 2053 2461
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East of England 83.70% 80.26% 80.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 4811 4492 4820
Median daily rate £450 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £255 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £588 £588 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 383 409 430
Median hourly rate £35.00 £31.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.90% -6.06%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.75 £11.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £63.75 £47.50 £50.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.64% -6.66%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the East of England

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the East of England.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the East of England

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the East of England

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the East of England over the 3 months to 29 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the East of England

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the East of England

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 East of England region over the 3 months to 29 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hertfordshire -5 11 £450 - 1
Norfolk +8 8 £449 -5.57%
Essex -16 4 £488 +21.87%
Suffolk +10 2 £369 -13.23% 2
East Anglia - 1 £538 -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 29 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 East of England region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 18 (39.13%) Test Automation
2 15 (32.61%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (23.91%) TDD
3 11 (23.91%) Finance
4 10 (21.74%) Configuration Management
4 10 (21.74%) Scrum
5 9 (19.57%) Software Engineering
5 9 (19.57%) QA
5 9 (19.57%) Integration Testing
5 9 (19.57%) Test Scripting
5 9 (19.57%) C
6 8 (17.39%) Java
6 8 (17.39%) Microsoft Azure
7 7 (15.22%) Non-Functional Testing
7 7 (15.22%) DevOps
7 7 (15.22%) RS-422
7 7 (15.22%) C++
7 7 (15.22%) Test Management
7 7 (15.22%) LabWindows
7 7 (15.22%) Serena
8 6 (13.04%) Release Management
8 6 (13.04%) SQL
8 6 (13.04%) Linux
8 6 (13.04%) SoapUI
8 6 (13.04%) Security Cleared
9 5 (10.87%) HP Quality Center
9 5 (10.87%) Data Warehouse
9 5 (10.87%) SOA
9 5 (10.87%) Business Intelligence
9 5 (10.87%) HP

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East of England 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 (2.17%) Confluence
1 1 (2.17%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (2.17%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 7 (15.22%) LabWindows
2 3 (6.52%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 8 (17.39%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.17%) Adobe Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 7 (15.22%) RS-422
2 2 (4.35%) SpaceWire
3 1 (2.17%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.17%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.87%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.17%) DataStage
2 1 (2.17%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (13.04%) SoapUI
2 4 (8.70%) Git (software)
2 4 (8.70%) Selenium
3 3 (6.52%) Subversion
4 2 (4.35%) Bugzilla
4 2 (4.35%) ClearCase
4 2 (4.35%) ClearQuest
4 2 (4.35%) Cucumber
4 2 (4.35%) JBehave
4 2 (4.35%) JIRA
4 2 (4.35%) LoadRunner
4 2 (4.35%) WebDriver
5 1 (2.17%) Jenkins
5 1 (2.17%) JMeter
5 1 (2.17%) JUnit
5 1 (2.17%) Mockito
5 1 (2.17%) Moq
5 1 (2.17%) MSI
5 1 (2.17%) Robot Framework
5 1 (2.17%) TeamCity
General
1 11 (23.91%) Finance
2 5 (10.87%) Telecoms
3 4 (8.70%) Marketing
4 3 (6.52%) Electronics
4 3 (6.52%) Manufacturing
5 2 (4.35%) Automotive
5 2 (4.35%) Avionics
5 2 (4.35%) Retail
6 1 (2.17%) Banking
6 1 (2.17%) Local Government
6 1 (2.17%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (32.61%) Test Manager
2 9 (19.57%) Analyst
2 9 (19.57%) Test Engineer
3 7 (15.22%) Software Engineer
3 7 (15.22%) Software Test Engineer
3 7 (15.22%) Test Analyst
3 7 (15.22%) Tester
4 5 (10.87%) Senior Analyst
5 4 (8.70%) Angular Developer
5 4 (8.70%) C# Developer
5 4 (8.70%) C# Web Developer
5 4 (8.70%) Developer
5 4 (8.70%) Senior Test Analyst
5 4 (8.70%) UI Developer
5 4 (8.70%) Web Developer
5 4 (8.70%) Web UI Developer
6 3 (6.52%) Agile Test Analyst
6 3 (6.52%) ETL Tester
6 3 (6.52%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
6 3 (6.52%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (10.87%) SOAP
1 5 (10.87%) XML
2 4 (8.70%) Angular 2
2 4 (8.70%) AngularJS
2 4 (8.70%) JSON
2 4 (8.70%) Kendo UI
2 4 (8.70%) Middleware
2 4 (8.70%) NHibernate
2 4 (8.70%) WCF
2 4 (8.70%) Web Services
2 4 (8.70%) WSDL
3 3 (6.52%) JSON Schema
3 3 (6.52%) XSD
4 2 (4.35%) Gherkin
5 1 (2.17%) Hibernate
5 1 (2.17%) REST
5 1 (2.17%) RESTful
5 1 (2.17%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 4 (8.70%) RIA
2 2 (4.35%) Algorithms
2 2 (4.35%) Computer Science
2 2 (4.35%) Embedded Systems
2 2 (4.35%) NHS
2 2 (4.35%) Reference Data
3 1 (2.17%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (2.17%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 6 (13.04%) Linux
2 3 (6.52%) Mac OS X
2 3 (6.52%) Windows
2 3 (6.52%) Windows 7
3 2 (4.35%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (2.17%) OpenVMS
4 1 (2.17%) Solaris
4 1 (2.17%) Unix
4 1 (2.17%) Windows 8
4 1 (2.17%) Windows Server
4 1 (2.17%) Windows Server 2003
4 1 (2.17%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (2.17%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (2.17%) Windows Vista
4 1 (2.17%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (39.13%) Test Automation
2 15 (32.61%) Agile Software Development
3 11 (23.91%) TDD
4 10 (21.74%) Configuration Management
4 10 (21.74%) Scrum
5 9 (19.57%) Integration Testing
5 9 (19.57%) Software Engineering
5 9 (19.57%) Test Scripting
6 7 (15.22%) DevOps
6 7 (15.22%) Non-Functional Testing
6 7 (15.22%) Test Management
7 6 (13.04%) Release Management
8 5 (10.87%) Business Intelligence
8 5 (10.87%) Migration
8 5 (10.87%) Performance Testing
8 5 (10.87%) SOA
8 5 (10.87%) User Acceptance Testing
9 4 (8.70%) ETL
9 4 (8.70%) MVC
9 4 (8.70%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (19.57%) C
2 8 (17.39%) Java
3 7 (15.22%) C++
4 6 (13.04%) SQL
5 5 (10.87%) Groovy
6 4 (8.70%) C#
7 1 (2.17%) ANSI C
7 1 (2.17%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 6 (13.04%) Security Cleared
2 4 (8.70%) ISEB
2 4 (8.70%) ISTQB
2 4 (8.70%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.35%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (4.35%) Degree
4 1 (2.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (2.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (19.57%) QA
2 2 (4.35%) Data Quality
2 2 (4.35%) Disclosure Scotland
2 2 (4.35%) ECSS
3 1 (2.17%) ISO 9000
3 1 (2.17%) PCI DSS
3 1 (2.17%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (4.35%) Cygwin
2 1 (2.17%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.17%) Microsoft App-V
2 1 (2.17%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 5 (10.87%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (6.52%) Ansible
3 1 (2.17%) BladeLogic
3 1 (2.17%) SCCM
Vendors
1 7 (15.22%) Serena
2 5 (10.87%) HP
3 4 (8.70%) Telerik
4 3 (6.52%) Microsoft
4 3 (6.52%) SAP
5 2 (4.35%) Informatica
5 2 (4.35%) Red Hat
6 1 (2.17%) Adobe
6 1 (2.17%) Atlassian
6 1 (2.17%) BMC
6 1 (2.17%) Oracle
6 1 (2.17%) Teradata
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