Period
to 21 July 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in South Wales 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 6 months to 21 July 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
Wales > South Wales
6 months to
21 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 70 64 74
Rank change year-on-year -6 +10 +14
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 10 24 16
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in South Wales 0.92% 2.32% 1.48%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.08% 2.83% 1.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 15 11
South Wales median daily rate £331 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.42% - +8.60%
10th Percentile £246 £263 £138
90th Percentile £352 £461 £385
Wales median daily rate £350 £300 £355
% change year-on-year +16.67% -15.49% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
South Wales median hourly rate - - £15.75
Wales median hourly rate - - £15.75

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 South Wales with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 927 847 886
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in South Wales 85.05% 81.91% 82.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 656 592 654
South Wales median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +7.14% -6.67%
10th Percentile £186 £226 £225
90th Percentile £538 £515 £475
Wales median daily rate £380 £375 £356
% change year-on-year +1.33% +5.34% -5.07%
Number of hourly rates quoted 75 48 33
South Wales median hourly rate £25.00 £18.56 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +34.68% +23.75% -26.83%
10th Percentile £13.00 £10.13 £9.85
90th Percentile £77.50 £69.30 £33.75
Wales median hourly rate £25.00 £17.00 £14.25
% change year-on-year +47.06% +19.30% -32.24%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in South Wales

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in South Wales.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in South Wales

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in South Wales

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in South Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in South Wales over the 6 months to 21 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in South Wales

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in South Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in South Wales

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in South Wales

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 Wales region over the 6 months to 21 July 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cardiff -6 9 £338 +12.50% 1
Test Strategy
Wales

For the 6 months to 21 July 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 Wales region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 7 (70.00%) ISTQB
2 5 (50.00%) NHS
2 5 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 4 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 4 (40.00%) XML
3 4 (40.00%) PRINCE2
4 3 (30.00%) SQL
4 3 (30.00%) SOAP
4 3 (30.00%) IBM
4 3 (30.00%) Software Testing
4 3 (30.00%) QA
4 3 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (30.00%) Load Testing
4 3 (30.00%) SoapUI
4 3 (30.00%) Scenario Testing
5 2 (20.00%) Project Management
5 2 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
5 2 (20.00%) Integration Testing
5 2 (20.00%) iSeries
5 2 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (20.00%) Regression Testing
5 2 (20.00%) Validation
5 2 (20.00%) .NET
5 2 (20.00%) SQL Server
6 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
6 1 (10.00%) Visual Studio
6 1 (10.00%) SAP
6 1 (10.00%) C++
6 1 (10.00%) VBScript
6 1 (10.00%) VB

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in South Wales 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 1 (10.00%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (10.00%) JCAPS
1 1 (10.00%) WebSphere
Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (10.00%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (20.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (10.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
Development Applications
1 3 (30.00%) SoapUI
2 1 (10.00%) InstallShield
2 1 (10.00%) MSI
2 1 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (10.00%) Visual Studio
Job Titles
1 6 (60.00%) Analyst
1 6 (60.00%) Test Analyst
2 4 (40.00%) Lead Test Analyst
3 3 (30.00%) Test Leader
4 1 (10.00%) Applications Packager
4 1 (10.00%) NHS Test Manager
4 1 (10.00%) QA Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) QA Automation Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) QA Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) QA Test Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Team Leader
4 1 (10.00%) Test Automation Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Test Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Test Manager
4 1 (10.00%) Test Team Leader
4 1 (10.00%) UAT Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (40.00%) XML
2 3 (30.00%) SOAP
3 2 (20.00%) .NET
4 1 (10.00%) IBM Integration Bus
4 1 (10.00%) OCX
4 1 (10.00%) XSLT
Miscellaneous
1 5 (50.00%) NHS
2 2 (20.00%) iSeries
3 1 (10.00%) Freedom of Information
Operating Systems
1 1 (10.00%) Windows
1 1 (10.00%) Windows 7
1 1 (10.00%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 4 (40.00%) PRINCE2
2 4 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 3 (30.00%) Load Testing
3 3 (30.00%) Scenario Testing
3 3 (30.00%) Software Testing
3 3 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (20.00%) Integration Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Project Management
4 2 (20.00%) Regression Testing
4 2 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
4 2 (20.00%) Validation
5 1 (10.00%) Data Migration
5 1 (10.00%) Data Protection
5 1 (10.00%) Health Informatics
5 1 (10.00%) Information Governance
5 1 (10.00%) Mentoring
5 1 (10.00%) Performance Testing
5 1 (10.00%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (30.00%) SQL
2 1 (10.00%) C++
2 1 (10.00%) PowerShell
2 1 (10.00%) VB
2 1 (10.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (70.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (10.00%) Degree
2 1 (10.00%) ISEB
2 1 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (30.00%) QA
2 1 (10.00%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (10.00%) HL7
System Software
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft App-V
1 1 (10.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (10.00%) SCCM
1 1 (10.00%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) IBM
2 1 (10.00%) AppSense
2 1 (10.00%) Fiorano
2 1 (10.00%) InterSystems
2 1 (10.00%) SAP
2 1 (10.00%) VMware