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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 37 33 42
Rank change year-on-year -4 +9  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 3 1 4
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxford 1.09% 0.43% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 0.52% 1.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 4
Median daily rate £425 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £405 £375 £298
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £375 £418
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £405 £380
% change year-on-year -4.32% +6.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.44 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -28.04% +60.38%  

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 217 194 317
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxford 78.91% 82.55% 86.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 158 152 233
Median daily rate £475 £410 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.85% -3.52%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £200 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 5 11
Median hourly rate £55.00 £35.00 £23.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +57.14% +47.36%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

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 29 March 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 3 (100.00%) ITIL
1 3 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (100.00%) JIRA
1 3 (100.00%) Matrix Management
1 3 (100.00%) Test Management
1 3 (100.00%) SaaS
1 3 (100.00%) Confluence
1 3 (100.00%) Waterfall
1 3 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 3 (100.00%) Matrix Organization
2 2 (66.67%) ISTQB
2 2 (66.67%) Open Source
2 2 (66.67%) Big Data
2 2 (66.67%) Semantic Web
2 2 (66.67%) Regression Testing
2 2 (66.67%) ISEB
2 2 (66.67%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (33.33%) Project Management
3 1 (33.33%) B2B
3 1 (33.33%) Publishing
3 1 (33.33%) Migration
3 1 (33.33%) Informatics
3 1 (33.33%) Automation Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management

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 3 (100.00%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 3 (100.00%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (66.67%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 3 (100.00%) JIRA
General
1 1 (33.33%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 2 (66.67%) Test Leader
1 2 (66.67%) Test Manager
2 1 (33.33%) Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Lead Test Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) SaaS Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Salesforce Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (66.67%) Semantic Web
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 3 (100.00%) ITIL
1 3 (100.00%) Matrix Management
1 3 (100.00%) Matrix Organization
1 3 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 3 (100.00%) Test Management
1 3 (100.00%) Waterfall
2 2 (66.67%) Open Source
2 2 (66.67%) Regression Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Automation Testing
3 1 (33.33%) B2B
3 1 (33.33%) Informatics
3 1 (33.33%) Migration
3 1 (33.33%) Project Management
3 1 (33.33%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
Qualifications
1 2 (66.67%) ISEB
1 2 (66.67%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 2 (66.67%) Salesforce.com