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 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
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
England / South East
Rank 124 139 146
Rank change year-on-year +15 +7  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 127 130 121
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South East 1.64% 1.42% 1.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.01% 1.75% 1.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 82 81 57
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% +7.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £210 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £499 £485 £425
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 7 5 1
Median hourly rate £43.00 £170.00 £36.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -74.70% +372.22%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.44 £61.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year -27.74% +59.74%  

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 6315 7428 7722
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South East 81.49% 81.17% 79.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 3641 4585 4239
Median daily rate £425 £400 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +0.62%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 238 265 271
Median hourly rate £29.92 £40.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.20% +21.21%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £13.75 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £61.00 £48.51
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 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
Hampshire +7 33 £400 -5.88% 4
Buckinghamshire -11 25 £488 +18.18% 2
Surrey +28 20 £430 -7.02% 12
Kent +10 16 £203 -3.57%
Berkshire +11 12 £350 -9.90% 3
West Sussex +1 9 £413 +37.50% 1
Oxfordshire -5 5 £425 +17.24% 1
East Sussex +13 2 - - 1
Middlesex 0 1 £450 +5.88%
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South East

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

1 94 (42.92%) Agile Software Development
2 67 (30.59%) Selenium
3 57 (26.03%) Test Scripting
4 47 (21.46%) Test Automation
5 46 (21.00%) Test Management
5 46 (21.00%) Microsoft
6 38 (17.35%) C#
6 38 (17.35%) SQL
6 38 (17.35%) Security Cleared
7 37 (16.89%) Team Foundation Server
7 37 (16.89%) JIRA
8 36 (16.44%) ISTQB
8 36 (16.44%) HP
8 36 (16.44%) Regression Testing
9 34 (15.53%) BDD
9 34 (15.53%) User Acceptance Testing
10 33 (15.07%) Finance
11 32 (14.61%) ISEB
11 32 (14.61%) QA
11 32 (14.61%) SpecFlow
12 31 (14.16%) Continuous Integration
12 31 (14.16%) TDD
13 30 (13.70%) .NET
14 29 (13.24%) Automated Testing
14 29 (13.24%) SC Cleared
14 29 (13.24%) WebDriver
15 28 (12.79%) Stakeholder Management
15 28 (12.79%) Scrum
16 27 (12.33%) Software Testing
16 27 (12.33%) Defect Management

Test Strategy
Top Related 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 11 (5.02%) Confluence
2 5 (2.28%) SAP Portal
3 3 (1.37%) SharePoint
4 2 (0.91%) Apache Solr
4 2 (0.91%) IIS
4 2 (0.91%) Oracle SOA Suite
4 2 (0.91%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.46%) MS Exchange
Applications
1 21 (9.59%) MS Excel
2 4 (1.83%) MS Office
2 4 (1.83%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 6 (2.74%) Oracle Applications
2 5 (2.28%) SAP PSCD
3 2 (0.91%) Dynamics NAV
3 2 (0.91%) SAP Oil and Gas
4 1 (0.46%) Dynamics CRM
4 1 (0.46%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.46%) SAP SD
4 1 (0.46%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 7 (3.20%) SaaS
2 3 (1.37%) Microsoft Azure
3 2 (0.91%) Taleo
4 1 (0.46%) Amazon S3
Communications & Networking
1 13 (5.94%) Wireless
2 12 (5.48%) IPsec
3 8 (3.65%) Internet
4 6 (2.74%) TCP/IP
5 5 (2.28%) Ethernet
5 5 (2.28%) PuTTY
5 5 (2.28%) WinSCP
6 3 (1.37%) MVNO
7 2 (0.91%) 2G
7 2 (0.91%) 3G
7 2 (0.91%) 4G
7 2 (0.91%) GGSN
7 2 (0.91%) LAN
7 2 (0.91%) LDAP
7 2 (0.91%) Network Security
7 2 (0.91%) SGSN
7 2 (0.91%) WAN
7 2 (0.91%) ZigBee
8 1 (0.46%) Intranet
8 1 (0.46%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 23 (10.50%) SQL Server
2 10 (4.57%) Data Warehouse
3 9 (4.11%) Oracle Reports
4 6 (2.74%) Oracle Database
5 5 (2.28%) Oracle Database 10g
5 5 (2.28%) Oracle Database 11g
6 4 (1.83%) SQL Server 2005
6 4 (1.83%) SQL Server 2008
6 4 (1.83%) SQL Server 2012
7 2 (0.91%) Big Data
8 1 (0.46%) BusinessObjects
8 1 (0.46%) PowerCenter
Development Applications
1 67 (30.59%) Selenium
2 37 (16.89%) JIRA
2 37 (16.89%) Team Foundation Server
3 32 (14.61%) SpecFlow
4 29 (13.24%) WebDriver
5 20 (9.13%) HP UFT
6 18 (8.22%) Cucumber
6 18 (8.22%) Jenkins
7 16 (7.31%) Git (software)
8 11 (5.02%) MSTest
8 11 (5.02%) SoapUI
9 10 (4.57%) Protractor
9 10 (4.57%) TeamCity
9 10 (4.57%) Visual Studio
10 9 (4.11%) LoadRunner
10 9 (4.11%) NUnit
11 7 (3.20%) JUnit
12 5 (2.28%) Oracle APEX
12 5 (2.28%) RSpec
13 4 (1.83%) SilkTest
General
1 33 (15.07%) Finance
2 13 (5.94%) Banking
3 9 (4.11%) Marketing
3 9 (4.11%) Retail
4 6 (2.74%) Games
4 6 (2.74%) Telecoms
5 3 (1.37%) Automotive
5 3 (1.37%) Electronics
5 3 (1.37%) Publishing
6 2 (0.91%) Advertising
6 2 (0.91%) Manufacturing
6 2 (0.91%) Spanish Language
7 1 (0.46%) Billing
7 1 (0.46%) Legal
7 1 (0.46%) Military
Job Titles
1 60 (27.40%) Test Manager
2 44 (20.09%) Analyst
3 34 (15.53%) Test Analyst
4 26 (11.87%) Tester
5 20 (9.13%) Developer
6 18 (8.22%) Test Engineer
6 18 (8.22%) Test Leader
7 13 (5.94%) Automation Test Analyst
8 9 (4.11%) Test Automation Manager
9 8 (3.65%) Security Advisor
10 7 (3.20%) Automation Tester
10 7 (3.20%) QA Analyst
10 7 (3.20%) Test Automation Engineer
11 6 (2.74%) C# Developer
11 6 (2.74%) Developer in Test
11 6 (2.74%) QA Engineer
11 6 (2.74%) QA Test Engineer
11 6 (2.74%) Quality Engineer
11 6 (2.74%) SAP Developer
11 6 (2.74%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (13.70%) .NET
2 23 (10.50%) Web Services
3 17 (7.76%) XML
4 14 (6.39%) SOAP
5 11 (5.02%) RESTful
6 8 (3.65%) HTML
7 7 (3.20%) JSON
7 7 (3.20%) REST
8 6 (2.74%) Ajax
9 5 (2.28%) Middleware
9 5 (2.28%) Web Dynpro
10 4 (1.83%) CSS
10 4 (1.83%) Kendo UI
11 2 (0.91%) AngularJS
11 2 (0.91%) ASP.NET
11 2 (0.91%) ASP.NET MVC
11 2 (0.91%) ASP.NET MVC 5
11 2 (0.91%) Razor View Engine
11 2 (0.91%) WSDL
11 2 (0.91%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 25 (11.42%) Management Information System
2 13 (5.94%) CESG
3 11 (5.02%) Algorithms
3 11 (5.02%) Analytical Skills
4 4 (1.83%) Computer Science
4 4 (1.83%) Mobile App
5 3 (1.37%) Smart Meter
6 2 (0.91%) Client/Server
6 2 (0.91%) Driving Licence
6 2 (0.91%) Mobile Banking
6 2 (0.91%) Online Banking
6 2 (0.91%) Semantic Web
6 2 (0.91%) User Experience
7 1 (0.46%) CCTV
7 1 (0.46%) Cyberthreat
7 1 (0.46%) iPad
7 1 (0.46%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 24 (10.96%) Windows
2 13 (5.94%) Linux
3 11 (5.02%) Unix
4 8 (3.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 7 (3.20%) Windows Server
5 7 (3.20%) Windows Server 2012
6 4 (1.83%) Android
6 4 (1.83%) Apple iOS
6 4 (1.83%) Windows Server 2008
7 3 (1.37%) Windows Vista
8 2 (0.91%) Windows 10
9 1 (0.46%) Solaris
9 1 (0.46%) Windows 7
9 1 (0.46%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 94 (42.92%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (26.03%) Test Scripting
3 47 (21.46%) Test Automation
4 46 (21.00%) Test Management
5 36 (16.44%) Regression Testing
6 34 (15.53%) BDD
6 34 (15.53%) User Acceptance Testing
7 31 (14.16%) Continuous Integration
7 31 (14.16%) TDD
8 29 (13.24%) Automated Testing
9 28 (12.79%) Scrum
9 28 (12.79%) Stakeholder Management
10 27 (12.33%) Defect Management
10 27 (12.33%) Software Testing
11 25 (11.42%) Automation Testing
11 25 (11.42%) Performance Testing
12 23 (10.50%) Defect Tracking
13 22 (10.05%) Migration
13 22 (10.05%) Non-Functional Testing
14 21 (9.59%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 38 (17.35%) C#
1 38 (17.35%) SQL
2 21 (9.59%) Java
3 20 (9.13%) JavaScript
4 10 (4.57%) F#
5 9 (4.11%) T-SQL
6 8 (3.65%) PowerShell
7 6 (2.74%) C
7 6 (2.74%) C++
7 6 (2.74%) Scala
8 5 (2.28%) ABAP
8 5 (2.28%) Python
8 5 (2.28%) VB
9 3 (1.37%) Groovy
10 2 (0.91%) TypeScript
10 2 (0.91%) VBScript
11 1 (0.46%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 38 (17.35%) Security Cleared
2 36 (16.44%) ISTQB
3 32 (14.61%) ISEB
4 29 (13.24%) SC Cleared
5 17 (7.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (5.94%) CESG Certified Professional
6 13 (5.94%) CISSP
7 11 (5.02%) DV Cleared
8 9 (4.11%) Degree
9 4 (1.83%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 3 (1.37%) ISEB Practitioner
11 2 (0.91%) BPSS Clearance
11 2 (0.91%) HNC
11 2 (0.91%) PMP
12 1 (0.46%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (14.61%) QA
2 13 (5.94%) RMADS
3 8 (3.65%) Data Quality
4 5 (2.28%) WCAG
5 2 (0.91%) ISO 9000
5 2 (0.91%) SDET
5 2 (0.91%) SLA
6 1 (0.46%) PMO
System Software
1 9 (4.11%) Active Directory
2 7 (3.20%) vSphere
3 5 (2.28%) VMware Infrastructure
4 4 (1.83%) Virtual Machines
5 3 (1.37%) Docker
6 2 (0.91%) Terminal Services
6 2 (0.91%) VMware Workstation
7 1 (0.46%) Sendmail
7 1 (0.46%) Veritas Cluster Server
Systems Management
1 25 (11.42%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (1.83%) vRealize
3 1 (0.46%) HP Fortify
3 1 (0.46%) HP SiteScope
3 1 (0.46%) Perfmon
3 1 (0.46%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 46 (21.00%) Microsoft
2 36 (16.44%) HP
3 26 (11.87%) Oracle
4 17 (7.76%) SAP
5 12 (5.48%) VMware
6 9 (4.11%) webMethods
7 8 (3.65%) Red Hat
8 5 (2.28%) Adobe
9 4 (1.83%) Citrix
9 4 (1.83%) Salesforce.com
9 4 (1.83%) Telerik
10 3 (1.37%) Compaq
10 3 (1.37%) IBM
11 2 (0.91%) Apigee
11 2 (0.91%) Ericsson
11 2 (0.91%) Intel
11 2 (0.91%) Workday
12 1 (0.46%) Coverity
12 1 (0.46%) Hyperion
12 1 (0.46%) Veracode
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