The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South East 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 23 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
England / South East
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 151 152 127
Rank change year-on-year +1 -25  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 103 113 158
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.33% 1.26% 1.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.60% 1.54% 2.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 61 71 89
Median daily rate £400 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.88% +21.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £277 £287
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 2
Median hourly rate £47.50 - £35.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.50 - £33.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 - £37.00
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 the South East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6432 7347 7628
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 83.08% 81.98% 80.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 3769 4490 4391
Median daily rate £425 £413 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £288 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £520
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 234 271 270
Median hourly rate £31.50 £32.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -1.56% +23.07%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £12.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £52.50 £47.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the South East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South East 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 the South East

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South East

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the South East over the 3 months to 23 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the South East

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the South East

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 South East region over the 3 months to 23 June 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
Surrey +23 26 £375 -6.83% 6
Berkshire +18 19 £350 -25.53% 6
Hampshire +1 17 £413 -4.34% 3
Oxfordshire -3 13 £425 +17.64% 1
West Sussex +11 9 £368 -5.16%
Buckinghamshire -31 9 £475 - 3
Kent +3 7 £205 -10.86%
East Sussex 0 1 - - 1
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 23 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 South East region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 115 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 103 (44.78%) Agile Software Development
3 54 (23.48%) ISTQB
4 52 (22.61%) Test Management
5 51 (22.17%) Test Scripting
5 51 (22.17%) Selenium
5 51 (22.17%) ISEB
6 48 (20.87%) JIRA
7 46 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 44 (19.13%) Continuous Integration
9 43 (18.70%) Regression Testing
10 40 (17.39%) Microsoft
11 37 (16.09%) C#
11 37 (16.09%) Security Cleared
12 36 (15.65%) HP
13 35 (15.22%) BDD
14 33 (14.35%) Finance
15 31 (13.48%) SQL
15 31 (13.48%) Team Foundation Server
16 30 (13.04%) Scrum
17 29 (12.61%) SC Cleared
17 29 (12.61%) Defect Management
18 28 (12.17%) Waterfall
18 28 (12.17%) .NET
18 28 (12.17%) Java
19 27 (11.74%) SQL Server
19 27 (11.74%) Non-Functional Testing
19 27 (11.74%) Integration Testing
20 26 (11.30%) Functional Testing
20 26 (11.30%) Oracle

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South East 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 20 (8.70%) Confluence
2 3 (1.30%) Oracle SOA Suite
2 3 (1.30%) SharePoint
3 2 (0.87%) Apache Solr
3 2 (0.87%) IIS
3 2 (0.87%) SAP Portal
3 2 (0.87%) WebLogic
3 2 (0.87%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (3.48%) Microsoft Excel
2 5 (2.17%) Microsoft Office
3 4 (1.74%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (1.30%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (0.87%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (0.87%) Dynamics NAV
2 2 (0.87%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (0.87%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (0.87%) SAP PSCD
3 1 (0.43%) Dynamics AX
3 1 (0.43%) Oracle FAH
3 1 (0.43%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.43%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (0.43%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 20 (8.70%) SaaS
2 4 (1.74%) Microsoft Azure
3 3 (1.30%) Taleo
4 2 (0.87%) PaaS
5 1 (0.43%) OpenShift
Communications & Networking
1 8 (3.48%) Internet
2 7 (3.04%) PuTTY
2 7 (3.04%) WinSCP
3 6 (2.61%) IPsec
3 6 (2.61%) Wireless
4 4 (1.74%) Ethernet
4 4 (1.74%) TCP/IP
5 3 (1.30%) MVNO
6 2 (0.87%) 3G
6 2 (0.87%) 4G
6 2 (0.87%) LDAP
6 2 (0.87%) LTE
6 2 (0.87%) SMS
6 2 (0.87%) Value-Added Service
6 2 (0.87%) ZigBee
7 1 (0.43%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 27 (11.74%) SQL Server
2 9 (3.91%) Data Warehouse
2 9 (3.91%) Oracle Reports
3 8 (3.48%) Oracle Database
4 7 (3.04%) Oracle Database 10g
4 7 (3.04%) Oracle Database 11g
5 6 (2.61%) SQL Server 2005
5 6 (2.61%) SQL Server 2008
5 6 (2.61%) SQL Server 2012
6 4 (1.74%) Big Data
7 2 (0.87%) DB2
8 1 (0.43%) Hadoop
8 1 (0.43%) MongoDB
8 1 (0.43%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 51 (22.17%) Selenium
2 48 (20.87%) JIRA
3 31 (13.48%) Team Foundation Server
4 26 (11.30%) HP UFT
5 19 (8.26%) SpecFlow
6 17 (7.39%) LoadRunner
6 17 (7.39%) SoapUI
7 16 (6.96%) Visual Studio
7 16 (6.96%) WebDriver
8 14 (6.09%) Cucumber
9 13 (5.65%) Jenkins
10 11 (4.78%) Protractor
11 10 (4.35%) TeamCity
12 8 (3.48%) Gatling
12 8 (3.48%) JMeter
12 8 (3.48%) Oracle APEX
13 7 (3.04%) Git (software)
14 5 (2.17%) Ant
14 5 (2.17%) SilkTest
14 5 (2.17%) TestNG
General
1 33 (14.35%) Finance
2 16 (6.96%) Banking
3 11 (4.78%) Retail
3 11 (4.78%) Telecoms
4 9 (3.91%) Marketing
5 5 (2.17%) Publishing
6 2 (0.87%) Advertising
6 2 (0.87%) Automotive
6 2 (0.87%) Legal
6 2 (0.87%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.43%) Billing
7 1 (0.43%) Corporate Banking
7 1 (0.43%) Electronics
7 1 (0.43%) Financial Institution
7 1 (0.43%) Manufacturing
7 1 (0.43%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 78 (33.91%) Test Manager
2 51 (22.17%) Analyst
3 40 (17.39%) Test Analyst
4 29 (12.61%) Tester
5 18 (7.83%) Test Leader
6 17 (7.39%) Developer
7 11 (4.78%) Automation Test Analyst
8 10 (4.35%) Test Engineer
9 9 (3.91%) Automation Tester
9 9 (3.91%) Consultant
9 9 (3.91%) Senior Analyst
9 9 (3.91%) Senior Test Analyst
9 9 (3.91%) Test Automation Manager
10 7 (3.04%) Agile Test Manager
10 7 (3.04%) Business Analyst
10 7 (3.04%) Designer
10 7 (3.04%) Developer in Test
11 6 (2.61%) Test Automation Engineer
11 6 (2.61%) Web Developer
12 5 (2.17%) Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (12.17%) .NET
2 25 (10.87%) Web Services
3 13 (5.65%) XML
4 10 (4.35%) SOAP
5 9 (3.91%) REST
6 8 (3.48%) HTML
7 6 (2.61%) Ajax
7 6 (2.61%) Middleware
8 5 (2.17%) CSS
9 4 (1.74%) AngularJS
9 4 (1.74%) Kendo UI
10 3 (1.30%) ASP.NET
10 3 (1.30%) ASP.NET MVC
10 3 (1.30%) ASP.NET MVC 5
10 3 (1.30%) Oracle Fusion
10 3 (1.30%) Razor View Engine
10 3 (1.30%) RESTful
10 3 (1.30%) WSDL
10 3 (1.30%) XSD
11 2 (0.87%) Web Dynpro
Miscellaneous
1 18 (7.83%) Management Information System
2 11 (4.78%) Algorithms
3 10 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
3 10 (4.35%) User Experience
4 7 (3.04%) Computer Science
5 6 (2.61%) CESG
6 3 (1.30%) Driving Licence
6 3 (1.30%) Mobile App
6 3 (1.30%) Semantic Web
6 3 (1.30%) Smart Meter
7 2 (0.87%) Greenfield Project
7 2 (0.87%) Mobile Banking
7 2 (0.87%) Online Banking
8 1 (0.43%) Cyberthreat
8 1 (0.43%) Enterprise Software
8 1 (0.43%) FMCG
8 1 (0.43%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 26 (11.30%) Windows
2 15 (6.52%) Linux
3 10 (4.35%) Unix
4 9 (3.91%) Windows Server
4 9 (3.91%) Windows Server 2012
5 8 (3.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 3 (1.30%) Windows Server 2008
7 2 (0.87%) Android
7 2 (0.87%) Apple iOS
7 2 (0.87%) Windows 10
7 2 (0.87%) Windows Vista
8 1 (0.43%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 103 (44.78%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (22.61%) Test Management
4 51 (22.17%) Test Scripting
5 46 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 44 (19.13%) Continuous Integration
7 43 (18.70%) Regression Testing
8 35 (15.22%) BDD
9 30 (13.04%) Scrum
10 29 (12.61%) Defect Management
11 28 (12.17%) Waterfall
12 27 (11.74%) Integration Testing
12 27 (11.74%) Non-Functional Testing
13 26 (11.30%) Functional Testing
13 26 (11.30%) Software Testing
14 25 (10.87%) Performance Testing
15 23 (10.00%) Mentoring
15 23 (10.00%) Scenario Testing
15 23 (10.00%) System Integration Testing
16 22 (9.57%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 37 (16.09%) C#
2 31 (13.48%) SQL
3 28 (12.17%) Java
4 18 (7.83%) JavaScript
5 9 (3.91%) F#
6 8 (3.48%) Python
7 7 (3.04%) C++
7 7 (3.04%) VB
8 5 (2.17%) C
8 5 (2.17%) Groovy
9 4 (1.74%) Ruby
10 3 (1.30%) PowerShell
10 3 (1.30%) TypeScript
10 3 (1.30%) VBScript
11 2 (0.87%) ABAP
11 2 (0.87%) Bash Shell
11 2 (0.87%) Embedded C++
11 2 (0.87%) T-SQL
12 1 (0.43%) PHP
12 1 (0.43%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 54 (23.48%) ISTQB
2 51 (22.17%) ISEB
3 37 (16.09%) Security Cleared
4 29 (12.61%) SC Cleared
5 24 (10.43%) Degree
6 17 (7.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (3.04%) CISSP
7 7 (3.04%) DV Cleared
7 7 (3.04%) ISEB Practitioner
8 6 (2.61%) CESG Certified Professional
8 6 (2.61%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 3 (1.30%) HNC
9 3 (1.30%) PMP
10 1 (0.43%) CISM
10 1 (0.43%) Computer Science Degree
10 1 (0.43%) ITIL Certification
10 1 (0.43%) Master's Degree
10 1 (0.43%) Numerate Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 25 (10.87%) QA
2 8 (3.48%) Data Quality
3 6 (2.61%) RMADS
4 3 (1.30%) SLA
5 2 (0.87%) ISO 9000
6 1 (0.43%) COBIT
6 1 (0.43%) PMO
System Software
1 6 (2.61%) vSphere
2 4 (1.74%) Active Directory
2 4 (1.74%) Virtual Machines
2 4 (1.74%) VMware Infrastructure
3 2 (0.87%) Docker
3 2 (0.87%) Terminal Services
3 2 (0.87%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
3 2 (0.87%) VMware Workstation
4 1 (0.43%) Hyper-V
4 1 (0.43%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 22 (9.57%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (2.61%) vRealize
3 2 (0.87%) IBM BigFix
3 2 (0.87%) Tivoli
4 1 (0.43%) SCCM
4 1 (0.43%) SCOM
Vendors
1 40 (17.39%) Microsoft
2 36 (15.65%) HP
3 26 (11.30%) Oracle
4 15 (6.52%) Salesforce.com
5 12 (5.22%) SAP
6 11 (4.78%) VMware
7 8 (3.48%) Red Hat
8 5 (2.17%) IBM
8 5 (2.17%) webMethods
9 4 (1.74%) Apigee
9 4 (1.74%) Telerik
9 4 (1.74%) Workday
10 3 (1.30%) Compaq
11 2 (0.87%) Adobe
11 2 (0.87%) Citrix
11 2 (0.87%) Nokia Networks
11 2 (0.87%) Samsung
12 1 (0.43%) Intel
12 1 (0.43%) JD Edwards
12 1 (0.43%) Varonis
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