Period
to 21 January 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Kent 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 21 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
South East > Kent
6 months to
21 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 63 51 51
Rank change year-on-year -12 0 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 6 5 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 1.13% 1.07% 1.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.44% 1.29% 2.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 4 6
Kent median daily rate £375 £314 £210
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +19.52% +49.40% -34.38%
10th Percentile £300 £201 £205
90th Percentile £438 £464 £319
South East median daily rate £415 £425 £369
% change year-on-year -2.35% +15.25% +5.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Kent median hourly rate - - £185.00
South East median hourly rate £48.95 £45.87 £60.00
% change year-on-year +6.70% -23.55% +81.82%

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 Kent with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Kent
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 417 388 421
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Kent 78.68% 83.08% 80.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 314 274 300
Kent median daily rate £350 £375 £338
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% +11.11% -10.00%
10th Percentile £215 £201 £200
90th Percentile £621 £550 £488
South East median daily rate £425 £413 £400
% change year-on-year +3.03% +3.13% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 26
Kent median hourly rate £26.06 £10.65 £22.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +144.72% -53.19% +31.88%
10th Percentile £25.20 £9.61 £12.25
90th Percentile £44.10 £21.95 £40.25
South East median hourly rate £25.00 £24.09 £30.00
% change year-on-year +3.78% -19.70% +62.16%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Kent

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Kent

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Kent

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Kent

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Kent

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Kent

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Kent

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 Kent region over the 6 months to 21 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
Chatham +4 3 £300 -33.33% 1
Stansted - 2 £425 -
Maidstone - 1 £375 -
Test Strategy
South East

For the 6 months to 21 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 Kent region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 5 (83.33%) Test Scripting
2 4 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (66.67%) Integration Testing
3 3 (50.00%) System Integration Testing
3 3 (50.00%) SDLC
3 3 (50.00%) Regression Testing
3 3 (50.00%) ISEB
3 3 (50.00%) Finance
3 3 (50.00%) Smoke Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Project Management
4 2 (33.33%) AS400
4 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
4 2 (33.33%) ITIL
4 2 (33.33%) PRINCE2
4 2 (33.33%) ITIL V3
4 2 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 19770
4 2 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
4 2 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
5 1 (16.67%) Data Migration
5 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
5 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
5 1 (16.67%) Manual Testing
5 1 (16.67%) System Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Matrix Organization
5 1 (16.67%) Process Improvement
5 1 (16.67%) Defect Management
5 1 (16.67%) Front Office
5 1 (16.67%) Back Office
5 1 (16.67%) HP

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Kent 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:

Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) HP UFT
General
1 3 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (16.67%) Back Office
2 1 (16.67%) Front Office
Job Titles
1 5 (83.33%) Analyst
2 3 (50.00%) Test Analyst
3 2 (33.33%) AS400 Test Analyst
3 2 (33.33%) Service Analyst
3 2 (33.33%) Service Transition Analyst
3 2 (33.33%) Transition Analyst
4 1 (16.67%) Test Leader
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) AS400
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (83.33%) Test Scripting
2 4 (66.67%) Integration Testing
2 4 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (50.00%) Regression Testing
3 3 (50.00%) SDLC
3 3 (50.00%) Smoke Testing
3 3 (50.00%) System Integration Testing
4 2 (33.33%) ITIL
4 2 (33.33%) ITIL V3
4 2 (33.33%) PRINCE2
4 2 (33.33%) Project Management
4 2 (33.33%) Scenario Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
5 1 (16.67%) Data Migration
5 1 (16.67%) Defect Management
5 1 (16.67%) Manual Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Migration
5 1 (16.67%) Process Improvement
5 1 (16.67%) System Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) ISEB
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (16.67%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 19770
1 2 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 20000
1 2 (33.33%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) HP