The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 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 24 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
Buckinghamshire / Milton Keynes
3 months to
24 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 66 50 56
Rank change year-on-year -16 +6  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 7 12 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 0.95% 1.81% 1.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 2.17% 2.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 8 8
Median daily rate £433 £474 £444
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -8.80% +6.87%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £399 £363 £334
10% offered a daily rate of more than £467 £525 £505
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Milton Keynes with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Milton Keynes
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 626 554 683
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Milton Keynes 85.05% 83.69% 81.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 303 315 393
Median daily rate £400 £406 £390
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.36% +3.98%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £525 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 11 14 9
Median hourly rate £16.25 £11.25 £22.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +44.44% -50.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.04 £9.00 £12.54
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.70 £13.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Milton Keynes

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Milton Keynes 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 Milton Keynes

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Milton Keynes

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Milton Keynes

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Milton Keynes

For the 6 months to 24 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 Milton Keynes region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 16 (53.33%) Security Cleared
2 12 (40.00%) SC Cleared
3 11 (36.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 11 (36.67%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
5 8 (26.67%) Risk Management
5 8 (26.67%) Finance
6 7 (23.33%) Management Information System
6 7 (23.33%) Risk Assessment
6 7 (23.33%) CISSP
6 7 (23.33%) QA
6 7 (23.33%) ISMS
6 7 (23.33%) Test Automation
7 6 (20.00%) RMADS
7 6 (20.00%) DV Cleared
7 6 (20.00%) Selenium
7 6 (20.00%) Internet
7 6 (20.00%) Java
7 6 (20.00%) SQL
7 6 (20.00%) Windows
7 6 (20.00%) Banking
7 6 (20.00%) Wireless
7 6 (20.00%) IPsec
7 6 (20.00%) Cryptography
7 6 (20.00%) CESG
7 6 (20.00%) Kalman Filter
7 6 (20.00%) Mentoring
7 6 (20.00%) Defect Management
7 6 (20.00%) CESG Certified Professional
8 5 (16.67%) Software Testing

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Milton Keynes 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:

Business Applications
1 2 (6.67%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) OpenShift
1 1 (3.33%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (20.00%) Internet
1 6 (20.00%) IPsec
1 6 (20.00%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (3.33%) Big Data
1 1 (3.33%) Hadoop
1 1 (3.33%) MongoDB
1 1 (3.33%) Oracle Database
1 1 (3.33%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (20.00%) Selenium
2 5 (16.67%) JIRA
3 4 (13.33%) Cucumber
3 4 (13.33%) HP UFT
4 2 (6.67%) MSTest
4 2 (6.67%) SpecFlow
4 2 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (6.67%) Visual Studio
5 1 (3.33%) Git (software)
5 1 (3.33%) GitLab
5 1 (3.33%) Jenkins
5 1 (3.33%) Karma Test Runner
5 1 (3.33%) Mocha
5 1 (3.33%) PhantomJS
5 1 (3.33%) Protractor
General
1 8 (26.67%) Finance
2 6 (20.00%) Banking
3 4 (13.33%) Retail
4 2 (6.67%) Spanish Language
5 1 (3.33%) Automotive
5 1 (3.33%) Corporate Banking
5 1 (3.33%) Retail Banking
5 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (23.33%) Test Manager
2 6 (20.00%) Tester
3 5 (16.67%) Test Leader
4 4 (13.33%) Analyst
4 4 (13.33%) Penetration Tester
4 4 (13.33%) Security Advisor
4 4 (13.33%) Security Penetration Tester
4 4 (13.33%) Security Tester
5 3 (10.00%) Applications Manager
5 3 (10.00%) QA Analyst
6 2 (6.67%) Strategy Manager
6 2 (6.67%) Technical Leader
6 2 (6.67%) Test Automation Manager
6 2 (6.67%) Test Strategy Manager
7 1 (3.33%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Automation Tester
7 1 (3.33%) Digital Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Mobile Test Analyst
7 1 (3.33%) Senior Automation Tester
7 1 (3.33%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (3.33%) AngularJS
1 1 (3.33%) Chai
1 1 (3.33%) Java EE
1 1 (3.33%) Node.js
1 1 (3.33%) REST
1 1 (3.33%) RESTful
1 1 (3.33%) SOAP
1 1 (3.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (23.33%) Management Information System
2 6 (20.00%) CESG
3 3 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (6.67%) Mobile App
4 2 (6.67%) Online Banking
5 1 (3.33%) Computer Science
5 1 (3.33%) Mobile Banking
5 1 (3.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 6 (20.00%) Windows
2 4 (13.33%) Unix
3 2 (6.67%) Android
3 2 (6.67%) Apple iOS
3 2 (6.67%) Windows 10
3 2 (6.67%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (36.67%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (36.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 10 (33.33%) Cybersecurity
3 8 (26.67%) Risk Management
4 7 (23.33%) ISMS
4 7 (23.33%) Risk Assessment
4 7 (23.33%) Test Automation
5 6 (20.00%) Cryptography
5 6 (20.00%) Defect Management
5 6 (20.00%) Kalman Filter
5 6 (20.00%) Mentoring
6 5 (16.67%) Scrum
6 5 (16.67%) Software Testing
7 4 (13.33%) Compatibility Testing
7 4 (13.33%) Information Assurance
7 4 (13.33%) Security Architecture
7 4 (13.33%) Security Testing
7 4 (13.33%) TDD
8 3 (10.00%) Biometrics
8 3 (10.00%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 6 (20.00%) Java
1 6 (20.00%) SQL
2 4 (13.33%) C++
2 4 (13.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (53.33%) Security Cleared
2 12 (40.00%) SC Cleared
3 7 (23.33%) CISSP
4 6 (20.00%) CESG Certified Professional
4 6 (20.00%) DV Cleared
5 5 (16.67%) Degree
5 5 (16.67%) ISEB
6 2 (6.67%) ISTQB
6 2 (6.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 1 (3.33%) CISM
7 1 (3.33%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (23.33%) QA
2 6 (20.00%) RMADS
3 1 (3.33%) COBIT
3 1 (3.33%) ISO 9000
Systems Management
1 4 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (13.33%) Microsoft
2 3 (10.00%) Compaq
2 3 (10.00%) HP
3 2 (6.67%) Citrix
4 1 (3.33%) IBM
4 1 (3.33%) Oracle