Period
to 21 July 2017

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 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
England > South West
6 months to
21 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 131 144 161
Rank change year-on-year +13 +17 -73
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 74 65 52
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.34% 1.08% 0.81%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.62% 1.36% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 41 32
South West median daily rate £425 £413 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% -4.07% +22.86%
10th Percentile £286 £267 £301
90th Percentile £525 £575 £536
England median daily rate £420 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.18% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 0
South West median hourly rate £47.50 £27.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +72.73% - -
England median hourly rate £47.50 £42.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +13.10% +12.00% -2.60%

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 West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
South West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 4573 4788 5062
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 82.68% 79.40% 79.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2932 3167 3325
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - +0.67%
10th Percentile £250 £256 £259
90th Percentile £538 £550 £528
England median daily rate £450 £425 £407
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.55% +1.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 203 241 216
South West median hourly rate £40.00 £39.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.56% +11.43% +42.86%
10th Percentile £13.10 £12.63 £12.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £51.50 £50.50
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £21.91
% change year-on-year - +14.10% +6.88%

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 21 July 2017.

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
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 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
Bristol +1 24 £425 +3.66% 3
Wiltshire +11 19 £350 +4.40% 2
Gloucestershire +6 9 £500 +15.94% 1
Somerset +1 8 £440 +22.22% 1
Devon -14 6 £500 -4.76%
Dorset +1 2 £400 -23.81%
Test Strategy
England

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 West region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 33 (44.59%) Agile Software Development
1 33 (44.59%) Test Automation
2 27 (36.49%) Test Scripting
3 26 (35.14%) Security Cleared
4 21 (28.38%) SC Cleared
5 19 (25.68%) Finance
6 16 (21.62%) Continuous Integration
6 16 (21.62%) Performance Testing
7 15 (20.27%) QA
8 14 (18.92%) Selenium
9 13 (17.57%) Java
9 13 (17.57%) .NET
9 13 (17.57%) Linux
9 13 (17.57%) HP
9 13 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing
10 12 (16.22%) Integration Testing
10 12 (16.22%) Oracle
10 12 (16.22%) Jenkins
10 12 (16.22%) Exploratory Testing
11 11 (14.86%) API Testing
11 11 (14.86%) SQL
11 11 (14.86%) LoadRunner
11 11 (14.86%) BDD
11 11 (14.86%) SoapUI
12 10 (13.51%) Team Foundation Server
12 10 (13.51%) ISTQB
12 10 (13.51%) HP UFT
12 10 (13.51%) ISEB
12 10 (13.51%) SQL Server
12 10 (13.51%) Ant

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 (1.35%) Apache
1 1 (1.35%) Apache Pig
1 1 (1.35%) Apache Solr
1 1 (1.35%) Apache Spark
1 1 (1.35%) CMS
1 1 (1.35%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (1.35%) IIS
1 1 (1.35%) SAS
1 1 (1.35%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.35%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (1.35%) Umbraco
1 1 (1.35%) WebLogic
1 1 (1.35%) WebSphere
Business Applications
1 3 (4.05%) Oracle Applications
1 3 (4.05%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.35%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.35%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 8 (10.81%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (2.70%) Amazon AWS
2 2 (2.70%) Amazon S3
3 1 (1.35%) GitHub
3 1 (1.35%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 9 (12.16%) PuTTY
1 9 (12.16%) WinSCP
2 5 (6.76%) HTTP
3 4 (5.41%) LDAP
4 2 (2.70%) LAN
4 2 (2.70%) VoIP
4 2 (2.70%) WAN
5 1 (1.35%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (13.51%) Oracle Database
1 10 (13.51%) SQL Server
2 9 (12.16%) Oracle Database 10g
2 9 (12.16%) Oracle Database 11g
2 9 (12.16%) Oracle Reports
2 9 (12.16%) SQL Server 2005
2 9 (12.16%) SQL Server 2008
2 9 (12.16%) SQL Server 2012
3 2 (2.70%) Big Data
3 2 (2.70%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.35%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.35%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.35%) HBase
4 1 (1.35%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.35%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 14 (18.92%) Selenium
2 12 (16.22%) Jenkins
3 11 (14.86%) LoadRunner
3 11 (14.86%) SoapUI
4 10 (13.51%) Ant
4 10 (13.51%) HP UFT
4 10 (13.51%) SpecFlow
4 10 (13.51%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (12.16%) Eclipse
5 9 (12.16%) Oracle APEX
5 9 (12.16%) TeamCity
6 8 (10.81%) TestNG
6 8 (10.81%) Toad
7 7 (9.46%) Cucumber
8 4 (5.41%) Git (software)
9 3 (4.05%) JMeter
10 2 (2.70%) Gradle
10 2 (2.70%) Maven
10 2 (2.70%) Spock
10 2 (2.70%) WebDriver
General
1 19 (25.68%) Finance
2 7 (9.46%) Telecoms
3 6 (8.11%) Billing
4 3 (4.05%) Banking
4 3 (4.05%) Retail
5 2 (2.70%) Marketing
6 1 (1.35%) Electronics
6 1 (1.35%) Legal
6 1 (1.35%) Manufacturing
6 1 (1.35%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (27.03%) Analyst
2 19 (25.68%) Test Manager
3 14 (18.92%) Test Analyst
4 10 (13.51%) Tester
5 7 (9.46%) Automation Tester
6 6 (8.11%) Test Leader
7 4 (5.41%) Architect
7 4 (5.41%) Consultant
7 4 (5.41%) Finance Manager
7 4 (5.41%) Project Manager
7 4 (5.41%) Quality Manager
7 4 (5.41%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (5.41%) Senior Test Analyst
8 3 (4.05%) Linux Engineer
8 3 (4.05%) Performance Analyst
8 3 (4.05%) Performance Test Analyst
8 3 (4.05%) QA Leader
8 3 (4.05%) Test Consultant
9 2 (2.70%) Test Architect
9 2 (2.70%) Test Automation Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (17.57%) .NET
2 9 (12.16%) Web Services
3 3 (4.05%) STL
3 3 (4.05%) Yocto
4 2 (2.70%) .NET Framework
4 2 (2.70%) CSS
4 2 (2.70%) HTML
4 2 (2.70%) REST
4 2 (2.70%) SOAP
4 2 (2.70%) WCF
5 1 (1.35%) AngularJS
5 1 (1.35%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (1.35%) ASP.NET Web API
5 1 (1.35%) Ext JS
5 1 (1.35%) Gherkin
5 1 (1.35%) JPA
5 1 (1.35%) Node.js
5 1 (1.35%) React
5 1 (1.35%) Spring Boot
5 1 (1.35%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (4.05%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (4.05%) Device Driver
1 3 (4.05%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
1 3 (4.05%) Virtual Team
2 2 (2.70%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.70%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.70%) NHS
3 1 (1.35%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (1.35%) DataPower
3 1 (1.35%) FMCG
3 1 (1.35%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.35%) Reference Data
Operating Systems
1 13 (17.57%) Linux
2 10 (13.51%) Windows
3 9 (12.16%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
3 9 (12.16%) Windows Server
3 9 (12.16%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (4.05%) Embedded Linux
5 2 (2.70%) Unix
6 1 (1.35%) Android
6 1 (1.35%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (44.59%) Agile Software Development
1 33 (44.59%) Test Automation
2 27 (36.49%) Test Scripting
3 16 (21.62%) Continuous Integration
3 16 (21.62%) Performance Testing
4 13 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 12 (16.22%) Exploratory Testing
5 12 (16.22%) Integration Testing
6 11 (14.86%) API Testing
6 11 (14.86%) BDD
7 10 (13.51%) Defect Tracking
7 10 (13.51%) Regression Testing
7 10 (13.51%) Scrum
8 9 (12.16%) Stakeholder Management
8 9 (12.16%) System Integration Testing
8 9 (12.16%) Test Management
9 8 (10.81%) DevOps
9 8 (10.81%) SDLC
9 8 (10.81%) Software Testing
10 7 (9.46%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 13 (17.57%) Java
2 11 (14.86%) SQL
3 9 (12.16%) F#
4 6 (8.11%) C
4 6 (8.11%) C++
5 5 (6.76%) JavaScript
6 4 (5.41%) Python
7 3 (4.05%) Bash Shell
7 3 (4.05%) Embedded C
7 3 (4.05%) Embedded C++
7 3 (4.05%) Ruby
7 3 (4.05%) VB
7 3 (4.05%) VBScript
8 2 (2.70%) C#
8 2 (2.70%) Groovy
9 1 (1.35%) PL/SQL
9 1 (1.35%) Shell Script
9 1 (1.35%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (35.14%) Security Cleared
2 21 (28.38%) SC Cleared
3 10 (13.51%) ISEB
3 10 (13.51%) ISTQB
4 8 (10.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (8.11%) ISEB Practitioner
6 5 (6.76%) Degree
6 5 (6.76%) DV Cleared
7 2 (2.70%) Computer Science Degree
8 1 (1.35%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.35%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (20.27%) QA
2 5 (6.76%) IFRS
3 2 (2.70%) Data Quality
3 2 (2.70%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.35%) Basel II
4 1 (1.35%) ISO 9000
4 1 (1.35%) MiFID
4 1 (1.35%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 9 (12.16%) vSphere
2 8 (10.81%) Virtual Machines
3 2 (2.70%) Active Directory
4 1 (1.35%) HDFS
4 1 (1.35%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 9 (12.16%) vRealize
2 5 (6.76%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.35%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 13 (17.57%) HP
2 12 (16.22%) Oracle
3 9 (12.16%) Microsoft
3 9 (12.16%) Red Hat
3 9 (12.16%) SAP
3 9 (12.16%) VMware
4 4 (5.41%) BT
5 3 (4.05%) Amdocs
5 3 (4.05%) ATG
5 3 (4.05%) CheckPoint
5 3 (4.05%) hybris
5 3 (4.05%) Pegasus
6 1 (1.35%) IBM
6 1 (1.35%) Sencha
6 1 (1.35%) Sitecore
6 1 (1.35%) Software AG
6 1 (1.35%) Talend
6 1 (1.35%) Teradata
6 1 (1.35%) Unisys
6 1 (1.35%) Workday