The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 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 23 April 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
East of England / Hertfordshire
3 months to
23 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 47 43 59
Rank change year-on-year -4 +16  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 10 15 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 1.71% 2.01% 1.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.13% 2.61% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 9 3
Median daily rate £394 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -12.50% +5.88%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £365
% change year-on-year -3.03% +13.16%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 0
Median hourly rate £50.50 £40.95 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +23.32% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £38.75 £38.00
% change year-on-year +29.03% +1.97%  

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 Hertfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Hertfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 470 574 545
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Hertfordshire 80.48% 77.05% 77.30%
Number of daily rates quoted 238 311 274
Median daily rate £470 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.58% +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £300 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £395
% change year-on-year +3.12% +1.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 21 35
Median hourly rate £45.71 £38.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.27% +52.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.95 £8.45 £10.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £49.50 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £37.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +20.96%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Hertfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Hertfordshire 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 Hertfordshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Hertfordshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Hertfordshire over the 3 months to 23 April 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Hertfordshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Hertfordshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

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 Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 23 April 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
Stevenage +1 1 - -
Watford -9 1 £500 - 2
Hatfield - 1 £288 -
Rickmansworth - 1 - -
Test Strategy
East of England

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 Hertfordshire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 16 (55.17%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (48.28%) Cucumber
2 14 (48.28%) BDD
3 13 (44.83%) Selenium
4 12 (41.38%) Scrum
5 11 (37.93%) TDD
5 11 (37.93%) Software Testing
5 11 (37.93%) JIRA
5 11 (37.93%) Test Automation
6 10 (34.48%) Integration Testing
6 10 (34.48%) Gherkin
6 10 (34.48%) Java
7 9 (31.03%) ATDD
7 9 (31.03%) Automation Testing
7 9 (31.03%) Confluence
7 9 (31.03%) WebDriver
8 8 (27.59%) Kanban
9 7 (24.14%) Hibernate
9 7 (24.14%) Spring
9 7 (24.14%) Maven
9 7 (24.14%) JUnit
9 7 (24.14%) Tomcat
9 7 (24.14%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (24.14%) Open Source
9 7 (24.14%) JBehave
9 7 (24.14%) RESTful
9 7 (24.14%) Git (software)
9 7 (24.14%) SoapUI
9 7 (24.14%) High Availability
9 7 (24.14%) Non-Functional Testing

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Hertfordshire 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 9 (31.03%) Confluence
2 7 (24.14%) Tomcat
3 1 (3.45%) Apache
Applications
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 5 (17.24%) LabWindows
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.24%) RS-422
2 2 (6.90%) TCP/IP
2 2 (6.90%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.90%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 1 (3.45%) DataStage
Development Applications
1 14 (48.28%) Cucumber
2 13 (44.83%) Selenium
3 11 (37.93%) JIRA
4 9 (31.03%) WebDriver
5 7 (24.14%) Git (software)
5 7 (24.14%) JBehave
5 7 (24.14%) Jenkins
5 7 (24.14%) JUnit
5 7 (24.14%) Maven
5 7 (24.14%) SoapUI
6 3 (10.34%) Atlassian Bamboo
6 3 (10.34%) Mockito
6 3 (10.34%) Moq
6 3 (10.34%) TeamCity
7 2 (6.90%) MSI
8 1 (3.45%) FitNesse
8 1 (3.45%) Robot Framework
General
1 4 (13.79%) Finance
2 1 (3.45%) Advertising
2 1 (3.45%) Retail
Job Titles
1 9 (31.03%) Test Manager
2 8 (27.59%) Analyst
3 7 (24.14%) Test Analyst
3 7 (24.14%) Tester
4 5 (17.24%) Test Engineer
5 4 (13.79%) Portfolio Manager
5 4 (13.79%) Portfolio Test Manager
5 4 (13.79%) Software Engineer
5 4 (13.79%) Software Test Engineer
6 3 (10.34%) Automation Test Analyst
6 3 (10.34%) Automation Tester
6 3 (10.34%) ETL Tester
7 2 (6.90%) Agile Tester
7 2 (6.90%) ETL Analyst
7 2 (6.90%) Selenium Tester
7 2 (6.90%) Senior Manager
7 2 (6.90%) Senior Portfolio Manager
7 2 (6.90%) Senior Test Manager
7 2 (6.90%) UAT Manager
7 2 (6.90%) UAT Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (34.48%) Gherkin
2 7 (24.14%) Hibernate
2 7 (24.14%) RESTful
2 7 (24.14%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.90%) NHS
2 1 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (3.45%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (3.45%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.45%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.90%) Linux
1 2 (6.90%) Unix
1 2 (6.90%) Windows
1 2 (6.90%) Windows 7
1 2 (6.90%) Windows 8
1 2 (6.90%) Windows Server
1 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2003
1 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2008
1 2 (6.90%) Windows Server 2012
1 2 (6.90%) Windows Vista
1 2 (6.90%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (55.17%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (48.28%) BDD
3 12 (41.38%) Scrum
4 11 (37.93%) Software Testing
4 11 (37.93%) TDD
4 11 (37.93%) Test Automation
5 10 (34.48%) Integration Testing
6 9 (31.03%) ATDD
6 9 (31.03%) Automation Testing
7 8 (27.59%) Kanban
8 7 (24.14%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (24.14%) High Availability
8 7 (24.14%) Non-Functional Testing
8 7 (24.14%) Open Source
9 6 (20.69%) Continuous Delivery
10 5 (17.24%) Automated Testing
10 5 (17.24%) Manual Testing
10 5 (17.24%) Software Engineering
10 5 (17.24%) System Integration Testing
10 5 (17.24%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (34.48%) Java
2 5 (17.24%) C
2 5 (17.24%) C++
3 2 (6.90%) PowerShell
3 2 (6.90%) Shell Script
3 2 (6.90%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (10.34%) ISTQB
2 2 (6.90%) SC Cleared
2 2 (6.90%) Security Cleared
3 1 (3.45%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (13.79%) QA
2 2 (6.90%) SDET
2 2 (6.90%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (6.90%) Active Directory
1 2 (6.90%) Microsoft App-V
1 2 (6.90%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 3 (10.34%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (6.90%) BladeLogic
2 2 (6.90%) SCCM
Vendors
1 5 (17.24%) Atlassian
1 5 (17.24%) Serena
2 3 (10.34%) HP
3 2 (6.90%) BMC
3 2 (6.90%) Microsoft
4 1 (3.45%) Computacenter