Period
to 25 September 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the South West 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 25 September 2018 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 West
6 months to
25 Sep 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 130 150 142
Rank change year-on-year +20 -8 +10
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 88 51 67
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.49% 0.93% 1.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.75% 1.12% 1.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 53 29 44
South West median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +6.67%
10th Percentile £250 £260 £277
90th Percentile £535 £480 £579
England median daily rate £438 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +2.94% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 3 1
South West median hourly rate £44.50 £47.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.32% +72.73% -
10th Percentile £34.55 £42.25 £23.75
90th Percentile £47.28 £48.75 £31.25
England median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £44.20
% change year-on-year -15.79% +7.47% +37.05%

Test Strategy is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the South West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
South West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 5,029 4,542 4,709
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.18% 83.23% 81.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,115 2,874 3,125
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £256 £245
90th Percentile £575 £538 £550
England median daily rate £468 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +3.89% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 234 186 266
South West median hourly rate £41.83 £38.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +10.07% +8.57% -5.41%
10th Percentile £11.69 £12.79 £12.65
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £23.25 £22.85
% change year-on-year -9.68% +1.77% +4.05%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the South West

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the South West

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the South West over the 6 months to 25 September 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the South West

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the South West

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the South West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the South West over the 6 months to 25 September 2018.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Strategy in the South West

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 West region over the 6 months to 25 September 2018. 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
Bristol +10 32 £335 -21.18% 9
Devon +17 15 £500 +62.60%
Wiltshire -9 15 £475 +26.67% 7
Somerset +9 7 £450 +2.27% 2
Gloucestershire -4 6 £325 -18.75% 4
Dorset +1 4 £193 -51.11% 1
Cornwall - 3 £338 -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 25 September 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the South West region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 42 (47.73%) Test Automation
2 29 (32.95%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (28.41%) Selenium
4 20 (22.73%) Finance
5 18 (20.45%) ISEB
5 18 (20.45%) ISTQB
5 18 (20.45%) Cucumber
6 17 (19.32%) QA
6 17 (19.32%) Security Cleared
7 16 (18.18%) BDD
8 15 (17.05%) C#
8 15 (17.05%) User Acceptance Testing
9 14 (15.91%) Software Testing
9 14 (15.91%) Microsoft
10 13 (14.77%) Test Scripting
10 13 (14.77%) Continuous Integration
10 13 (14.77%) SC Cleared
11 12 (13.64%) SpecFlow
12 11 (12.50%) Scrum
12 11 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
12 11 (12.50%) SQL
13 10 (11.36%) Java
13 10 (11.36%) .NET
13 10 (11.36%) Microsoft Azure
14 9 (10.23%) Validation
15 8 (9.09%) Migration
15 8 (9.09%) ITIL
15 8 (9.09%) Test Management
15 8 (9.09%) Git (software)
15 8 (9.09%) Degree

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the South West 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 (1.14%) CMS
1 1 (1.14%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (3.41%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.14%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.14%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.14%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (4.55%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.14%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (1.14%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 10 (11.36%) Microsoft Azure
2 5 (5.68%) Amazon AWS
2 5 (5.68%) Sauce Labs
3 2 (2.27%) Amazon EMR
4 1 (1.14%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 5 (5.68%) DNS
1 5 (5.68%) Firewall
1 5 (5.68%) VPN
2 2 (2.27%) Wireless
3 1 (1.14%) Broadband
3 1 (1.14%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.14%) PuTTY
3 1 (1.14%) SSL
3 1 (1.14%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (1.14%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.55%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (3.41%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (3.41%) Geospatial Data
2 3 (3.41%) Hadoop
3 2 (2.27%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (1.14%) Big Data
4 1 (1.14%) Data Lake
4 1 (1.14%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.14%) Oracle Database 10g
4 1 (1.14%) Oracle Database 11g
4 1 (1.14%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.14%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.14%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 25 (28.41%) Selenium
2 18 (20.45%) Cucumber
3 12 (13.64%) SpecFlow
4 8 (9.09%) Git (software)
5 7 (7.95%) Hudson
5 7 (7.95%) Jenkins
6 6 (6.82%) CruiseControl
6 6 (6.82%) JMeter
6 6 (6.82%) JUnit
6 6 (6.82%) NUnit
6 6 (6.82%) TeamCity
6 6 (6.82%) WebDriver
7 5 (5.68%) Gatling
7 5 (5.68%) TestRail
8 3 (3.41%) HP UFT
8 3 (3.41%) JIRA
8 3 (3.41%) LoadRunner
9 2 (2.27%) SoapUI
10 1 (1.14%) Mercurial
10 1 (1.14%) Oracle APEX
General
1 20 (22.73%) Finance
2 7 (7.95%) Banking
2 7 (7.95%) Retail
3 6 (6.82%) Advertising
3 6 (6.82%) Back Office
4 2 (2.27%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.14%) Billing
5 1 (1.14%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (22.73%) Analyst
2 18 (20.45%) Test Analyst
3 16 (18.18%) Test Manager
4 15 (17.05%) Architect
5 12 (13.64%) Test Engineer
6 10 (11.36%) Test Architect
7 9 (10.23%) Test Automation Architect
8 8 (9.09%) Automation Test Analyst
8 8 (9.09%) Test Leader
9 7 (7.95%) Tester
10 6 (6.82%) Automation Tester
11 4 (4.55%) Desktop Support
11 4 (4.55%) Senior Manager
11 4 (4.55%) Senior Test Engineer
11 4 (4.55%) Senior Test Manager
12 3 (3.41%) Customer Engineer
12 3 (3.41%) Desktop Engineer
12 3 (3.41%) Desktop Support Engineer
12 3 (3.41%) Support Engineer
12 3 (3.41%) Test Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.36%) .NET
2 6 (6.82%) Gherkin
3 4 (4.55%) JSON
3 4 (4.55%) RESTful
3 4 (4.55%) XML
4 3 (3.41%) AngularJS
4 3 (3.41%) React
4 3 (3.41%) Web Services
5 2 (2.27%) STL
6 1 (1.14%) .NET Core
6 1 (1.14%) .NET Framework
6 1 (1.14%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.14%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.14%) ASP.NET Web Forms
6 1 (1.14%) Middleware
6 1 (1.14%) Node.js
6 1 (1.14%) REST
6 1 (1.14%) SOAP
6 1 (1.14%) WebdriverIO
6 1 (1.14%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 7 (7.95%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (6.82%) Data Centre
2 6 (6.82%) Self-Motivation
3 3 (3.41%) Management Information System
3 3 (3.41%) NHS
4 2 (2.27%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
5 1 (1.14%) Data Structures
5 1 (1.14%) DataPower
5 1 (1.14%) Smart Meter
Operating Systems
1 7 (7.95%) Linux
1 7 (7.95%) Windows
2 6 (6.82%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.14%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (47.73%) Test Automation
2 29 (32.95%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (18.18%) BDD
4 15 (17.05%) User Acceptance Testing
5 14 (15.91%) Software Testing
6 13 (14.77%) Continuous Integration
6 13 (14.77%) Test Scripting
7 11 (12.50%) Scrum
7 11 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management
8 9 (10.23%) Validation
9 8 (9.09%) DevOps
9 8 (9.09%) ITIL
9 8 (9.09%) Migration
9 8 (9.09%) Test Management
10 7 (7.95%) Analytics
10 7 (7.95%) Continuous Improvement
10 7 (7.95%) ERP
10 7 (7.95%) Manual Testing
10 7 (7.95%) PRINCE2
11 6 (6.82%) Business Analysis
Programming Languages
1 15 (17.05%) C#
2 11 (12.50%) SQL
3 10 (11.36%) Java
4 7 (7.95%) PowerShell
5 6 (6.82%) Python
6 5 (5.68%) C
6 5 (5.68%) JavaScript
7 3 (3.41%) C++
7 3 (3.41%) Embedded C
8 2 (2.27%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.27%) Embedded C++
9 1 (1.14%) F#
9 1 (1.14%) VB
Qualifications
1 18 (20.45%) ISEB
1 18 (20.45%) ISTQB
2 17 (19.32%) Security Cleared
3 13 (14.77%) SC Cleared
4 8 (9.09%) Degree
5 7 (7.95%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (3.41%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.14%) CCNA
7 1 (1.14%) Cisco Certification
7 1 (1.14%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (19.32%) QA
2 2 (2.27%) GDPR
2 2 (2.27%) PMO
System Software
1 6 (6.82%) Docker
2 1 (1.14%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 6 (6.82%) Kubernetes
2 2 (2.27%) Ansible
2 2 (2.27%) HP ALM
2 2 (2.27%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (2.27%) Puppet
3 1 (1.14%) Perfmon
Vendors
1 14 (15.91%) Microsoft
2 7 (7.95%) Oracle
3 6 (6.82%) Cadence
4 5 (5.68%) Veracode
5 4 (4.55%) SAP
6 3 (3.41%) HP
7 2 (2.27%) Cisco
7 2 (2.27%) Informatica
7 2 (2.27%) JDA
8 1 (1.14%) Juniper
8 1 (1.14%) Red Hat
8 1 (1.14%) Ruckus Wireless
8 1 (1.14%) Siemens
8 1 (1.14%) Software AG
8 1 (1.14%) VMware
8 1 (1.14%) webMethods