Period
to 23 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Essex 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 23 January 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
6 months to
23 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 72 55 80
Rank change year-on-year -17 +25 -4
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 14 27 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 2.10% 3.33% 0.63%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.47% 3.81% 0.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 18 2
Essex median daily rate £475 £475 £525
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - -9.52% +61.54%
10th Percentile £353 £255 £400
90th Percentile £625 £488 £650
East of England median daily rate £463 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +8.82% +6.25% +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Essex median hourly rate - - -
East of England median hourly rate - £42.20 £41.00
% change year-on-year - +2.93% +9.33%

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 Essex with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Essex
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 567 708 894
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Essex 84.88% 87.19% 80.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 399 459 485
Essex median daily rate £490 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +30.67% -6.25% +2.56%
10th Percentile £300 £230 £242
90th Percentile £603 £538 £575
East of England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +0.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 109 142
Essex median hourly rate £33.17 £34.62 £31.69
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.20% +9.26% +50.88%
10th Percentile £15.75 £15.75 £15.75
90th Percentile £63.75 £45.00 £45.60
East of England median hourly rate £34.75 £33.00 £29.75
% change year-on-year +5.30% +10.92% +19.00%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Essex

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Essex

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Essex

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Essex

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Essex over the 6 months to 23 January 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Essex

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Essex

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Essex

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Essex

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 Essex region over the 6 months to 23 January 2018. 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
Southend-on-Sea -4 13 £499 +42.64%
Colchester - 1 £375 -
Test Strategy
East of England

For the 6 months to 23 January 2018, 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 Essex region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 13 (92.86%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (71.43%) Performance Testing
3 9 (64.29%) ISEB
4 8 (57.14%) Software Testing
5 6 (42.86%) LoadRunner
5 6 (42.86%) Configuration Management
5 6 (42.86%) HP
5 6 (42.86%) Selenium
5 6 (42.86%) Analytical Skills
6 5 (35.71%) SDLC
6 5 (35.71%) Zephyr
6 5 (35.71%) User Acceptance Testing
6 5 (35.71%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (35.71%) Waterfall
6 5 (35.71%) Cucumber
6 5 (35.71%) BDD
6 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
6 5 (35.71%) TDD
6 5 (35.71%) ISEB Practitioner
7 4 (28.57%) Penetration Testing
7 4 (28.57%) PDM
7 4 (28.57%) Regression Testing
7 4 (28.57%) Internet
7 4 (28.57%) Client/Server
7 4 (28.57%) Windows
7 4 (28.57%) C
7 4 (28.57%) Microsoft Project
7 4 (28.57%) Functional Testing
7 4 (28.57%) Jenkins
7 4 (28.57%) Integration Testing

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Essex 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:

Applications
1 4 (28.57%) Microsoft Project
Communications & Networking
1 4 (28.57%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.14%) DTS
Development Applications
1 6 (42.86%) LoadRunner
1 6 (42.86%) Selenium
2 5 (35.71%) Cucumber
2 5 (35.71%) SoapUI
2 5 (35.71%) Zephyr
3 4 (28.57%) Jenkins
4 3 (21.43%) JMeter
5 1 (7.14%) Artifactory
5 1 (7.14%) Git (software)
General
1 1 (7.14%) Finance
1 1 (7.14%) Legal
Job Titles
1 6 (42.86%) Performance Tester
1 6 (42.86%) Tester
2 5 (35.71%) Test Manager
3 4 (28.57%) Agile Test Manager
4 3 (21.43%) Agile Tester
4 3 (21.43%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
4 3 (21.43%) LoadRunner Tester
5 2 (14.29%) Analyst
5 2 (14.29%) Test Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) Agile Test Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) Programme Manager
6 1 (7.14%) Programme Test Manager
6 1 (7.14%) QA Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) QA Test Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) Test Leader
6 1 (7.14%) Test Programme Manager
6 1 (7.14%) UAT Manager
6 1 (7.14%) UAT Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (14.29%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 6 (42.86%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (28.57%) Client/Server
3 1 (7.14%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 4 (28.57%) Windows
1 4 (28.57%) Windows 10
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (92.86%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (71.43%) Performance Testing
3 8 (57.14%) Software Testing
4 6 (42.86%) Configuration Management
5 5 (35.71%) BDD
5 5 (35.71%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (35.71%) SDLC
5 5 (35.71%) TDD
5 5 (35.71%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (35.71%) Waterfall
6 4 (28.57%) Functional Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Integration Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Mentoring
6 4 (28.57%) PDM
6 4 (28.57%) Penetration Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Regression Testing
6 4 (28.57%) Scenario Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Test Automation
8 2 (14.29%) Kanban
Programming Languages
1 4 (28.57%) C
Qualifications
1 9 (64.29%) ISEB
2 5 (35.71%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 1 (7.14%) ISTQB
4 1 (7.14%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (7.14%) MBCS
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (21.43%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (21.43%) Ansible
1 3 (21.43%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (21.43%) Puppet
Vendors
1 6 (42.86%) HP