The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Oxfordshire 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 26 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
South East / Oxfordshire
Rank 57 50 60
Rank change year-on-year -7 +10  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 5 2 7
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Oxfordshire 0.90% 0.40% 1.03%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.14% 0.52% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 5
Median daily rate £425 £363 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +17.24% +3.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £353 £305
10% offered a daily rate of more than £465 £373 £415
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £410 £378
% change year-on-year -2.43% +8.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -25.71% +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 Oxfordshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Oxfordshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 437 388 574
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Oxfordshire 79.02% 78.07% 84.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 320 305 371
Median daily rate £450 £400 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.50% -3.03%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £200 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £501 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 9 35
Median hourly rate £55.00 £17.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +214.28% -30.00%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Oxfordshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Oxfordshire 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 Oxfordshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Oxfordshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Oxfordshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Oxfordshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Oxfordshire

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 Oxfordshire region over the 3 months to 26 March 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
Oxford -4 3 £425 +13.33%
Test Strategy
South East

Test Strategy
Top 24 Related IT Skills in Oxfordshire

For the 6 months to 26 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 Oxfordshire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 5 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (100.00%) Test Management
1 5 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 5 (100.00%) SaaS
1 5 (100.00%) Waterfall
2 4 (80.00%) Confluence
2 4 (80.00%) Matrix Management
2 4 (80.00%) Matrix Organization
2 4 (80.00%) JIRA
2 4 (80.00%) Salesforce.com
2 4 (80.00%) Regression Testing
3 3 (60.00%) ITIL
4 2 (40.00%) Open Source
4 2 (40.00%) Big Data
4 2 (40.00%) Semantic Web
4 2 (40.00%) ISEB
4 2 (40.00%) ISTQB
5 1 (20.00%) Informatics
5 1 (20.00%) B2B
5 1 (20.00%) Project Management
5 1 (20.00%) Publishing
5 1 (20.00%) Migration
5 1 (20.00%) Automation Testing
5 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Oxfordshire 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 4 (80.00%) Confluence
Cloud Services
1 5 (100.00%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (40.00%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 4 (80.00%) JIRA
General
1 1 (20.00%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 3 (60.00%) Test Leader
1 3 (60.00%) Test Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Lead Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) SaaS Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Salesforce Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (40.00%) Semantic Web
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 5 (100.00%) Test Management
1 5 (100.00%) Waterfall
2 4 (80.00%) Matrix Management
2 4 (80.00%) Matrix Organization
2 4 (80.00%) Regression Testing
3 3 (60.00%) ITIL
4 2 (40.00%) Open Source
5 1 (20.00%) Automation Testing
5 1 (20.00%) B2B
5 1 (20.00%) Informatics
5 1 (20.00%) Migration
5 1 (20.00%) Project Management
5 1 (20.00%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
Qualifications
1 2 (40.00%) ISEB
1 2 (40.00%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 4 (80.00%) Salesforce.com