The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxford 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 27 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
Oxfordshire / Oxford
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 45 42
Rank change year-on-year +6 -3  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 9 1 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxford 2.80% 0.33% 1.76%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.31% 0.41% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 1 6
Median daily rate £425 £320 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +32.81% +6.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £320 £294
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £320 £363
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 Oxford with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Oxford
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 272 243 288
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxford 84.74% 79.67% 84.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 180 236
Median daily rate £475 £420 £403
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.09% +4.34%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £580 £520 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 7
Median hourly rate £15.50 £16.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.12% -41.81%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.77 £13.80 £8.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.50 £47.50 £45.00
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 Oxford

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Oxford 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 Oxford

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Oxford

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Oxford

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Oxford

For the 6 months to 27 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 Oxford region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 11 (91.67%) Test Management
1 11 (91.67%) Test Automation
1 11 (91.67%) SaaS
2 10 (83.33%) Salesforce.com
3 9 (75.00%) ITIL
3 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (75.00%) Confluence
3 9 (75.00%) Waterfall
3 9 (75.00%) JIRA
4 8 (66.67%) Open Source
4 8 (66.67%) Regression Testing
5 7 (58.33%) Matrix Management
5 7 (58.33%) Matrix Organization
6 6 (50.00%) ISTQB
6 6 (50.00%) ISEB
7 2 (16.67%) Semantic Web
7 2 (16.67%) Big Data
7 2 (16.67%) Publishing
8 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
8 1 (8.33%) Migration
8 1 (8.33%) Supply Chain Management
8 1 (8.33%) Project Management
8 1 (8.33%) SAP
8 1 (8.33%) B2B
8 1 (8.33%) FMCG
8 1 (8.33%) Resource Management
8 1 (8.33%) Informatics

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Oxford 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 (75.00%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 11 (91.67%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (16.67%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 9 (75.00%) JIRA
General
1 2 (16.67%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 9 (75.00%) Test Manager
2 4 (33.33%) Test Leader
3 2 (16.67%) Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) SaaS Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Salesforce Analyst
3 2 (16.67%) Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) ITIL Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Lead Test Analyst
4 1 (8.33%) Programme Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Programme Test Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Test Programme Manager
4 1 (8.33%) Transformation Manager
Miscellaneous
1 2 (16.67%) Semantic Web
2 1 (8.33%) FMCG
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (91.67%) Test Automation
1 11 (91.67%) Test Management
2 9 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (75.00%) ITIL
2 9 (75.00%) Waterfall
3 8 (66.67%) Open Source
3 8 (66.67%) Regression Testing
4 7 (58.33%) Matrix Management
4 7 (58.33%) Matrix Organization
5 1 (8.33%) B2B
5 1 (8.33%) Informatics
5 1 (8.33%) Migration
5 1 (8.33%) Project Management
5 1 (8.33%) Resource Management
5 1 (8.33%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
5 1 (8.33%) Supply Chain Management
Qualifications
1 6 (50.00%) ISEB
1 6 (50.00%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 10 (83.33%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (8.33%) SAP