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 3 months to 30 April 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
3 months to
30 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 94 113 126
Rank change year-on-year +19 +13  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 41 26 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.57% 0.89% 0.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.91% 1.12% 0.81%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 14 10
Median daily rate £430 £438 £430
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.71% +1.74%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £335 £287 £318
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £507
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £363
% change year-on-year -3.03% +13.79%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £27.50 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £38.75 £35.50
% change year-on-year +29.03% +9.15%  

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 2150 2320 2456
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the South West 82.53% 79.07% 79.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1409 1515 1586
Median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% -3.12%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £290
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £535 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £390
% change year-on-year +3.75% +2.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 142 100
Median hourly rate £40.50 £42.00 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.57% +13.51%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £25.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £47.50 £47.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £36.00 £30.50
% change year-on-year - +18.03%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the South West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the South West 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 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 3 months to 30 April 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 3 months to 30 April 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
Bristol +5 13 £425 -2.85% 3
Wiltshire +1 10 £350 -10.02%
Somerset +13 6 £358 - 2
Gloucestershire +8 3 £500 +25.00% 1
Devon -11 3 £410 - 3
Dorset - 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 30 April 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 35 (51.47%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (39.71%) Security Cleared
3 24 (35.29%) Test Scripting
4 16 (23.53%) Java
5 15 (22.06%) SC Cleared
6 14 (20.59%) BDD
6 14 (20.59%) QA
6 14 (20.59%) Finance
7 12 (17.65%) Oracle
7 12 (17.65%) Test Management
7 12 (17.65%) Test Automation
8 11 (16.18%) Continuous Integration
8 11 (16.18%) User Acceptance Testing
8 11 (16.18%) Automated Testing
8 11 (16.18%) .NET
8 11 (16.18%) Scrum
9 10 (14.71%) HP
9 10 (14.71%) Selenium
9 10 (14.71%) API Testing
10 9 (13.24%) Jenkins
10 9 (13.24%) Performance Testing
10 9 (13.24%) Integration Testing
10 9 (13.24%) Degree
10 9 (13.24%) ISEB
10 9 (13.24%) Microsoft
10 9 (13.24%) Linux
11 8 (11.76%) UML
11 8 (11.76%) SQL Server
11 8 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
11 8 (11.76%) SpecFlow

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 (1.47%) Apache
1 1 (1.47%) Apache Pig
1 1 (1.47%) Apache Solr
1 1 (1.47%) Apache Spark
1 1 (1.47%) CMS
1 1 (1.47%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (1.47%) IIS
1 1 (1.47%) SAS
1 1 (1.47%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.47%) Sitecore CMS
1 1 (1.47%) Umbraco
1 1 (1.47%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (2.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (2.94%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (2.94%) Oracle Applications
2 1 (1.47%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.47%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 6 (8.82%) Amazon AWS
1 6 (8.82%) Amazon S3
1 6 (8.82%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.47%) GitHub
2 1 (1.47%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 7 (10.29%) PuTTY
1 7 (10.29%) WinSCP
2 4 (5.88%) LDAP
3 2 (2.94%) BGP
3 2 (2.94%) HSRP
3 2 (2.94%) LAN
3 2 (2.94%) MPLS
3 2 (2.94%) OSPF
3 2 (2.94%) PPP
3 2 (2.94%) VoIP
3 2 (2.94%) WAN
4 1 (1.47%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (11.76%) Oracle Database
1 8 (11.76%) SQL Server
2 7 (10.29%) Oracle Database 10g
2 7 (10.29%) Oracle Database 11g
2 7 (10.29%) Oracle Reports
2 7 (10.29%) SQL Server 2005
2 7 (10.29%) SQL Server 2008
2 7 (10.29%) SQL Server 2012
3 6 (8.82%) Big Data
3 6 (8.82%) Hadoop
4 1 (1.47%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.47%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.47%) HBase
4 1 (1.47%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.47%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 10 (14.71%) Selenium
2 9 (13.24%) Jenkins
3 8 (11.76%) SpecFlow
3 8 (11.76%) Team Foundation Server
4 7 (10.29%) Ant
4 7 (10.29%) Eclipse
4 7 (10.29%) HP UFT
4 7 (10.29%) Oracle APEX
4 7 (10.29%) SoapUI
4 7 (10.29%) TeamCity
5 6 (8.82%) TestNG
5 6 (8.82%) Toad
6 5 (7.35%) Cucumber
6 5 (7.35%) LoadRunner
7 4 (5.88%) Maven
8 3 (4.41%) GitLab
8 3 (4.41%) Spock
8 3 (4.41%) Talend Open Studio
9 2 (2.94%) JIRA
9 2 (2.94%) WebDriver
General
1 14 (20.59%) Finance
2 5 (7.35%) Telecoms
3 3 (4.41%) Banking
3 3 (4.41%) Billing
4 2 (2.94%) Retail
5 1 (1.47%) Law
5 1 (1.47%) Legal
5 1 (1.47%) Marketing
5 1 (1.47%) Multimedia
5 1 (1.47%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 18 (26.47%) Test Manager
2 14 (20.59%) Test Leader
3 13 (19.12%) Analyst
4 10 (14.71%) Tester
5 8 (11.76%) Test Analyst
6 6 (8.82%) Automation Tester
6 6 (8.82%) Systems Engineer
7 5 (7.35%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (7.35%) Senior Test Analyst
8 4 (5.88%) Architect
8 4 (5.88%) Finance Manager
8 4 (5.88%) Project Manager
8 4 (5.88%) Quality Manager
9 3 (4.41%) Automation Test Analyst
9 3 (4.41%) Automation Test Lead
9 3 (4.41%) Business Analyst
9 3 (4.41%) Senior Automation Test Analyst
9 3 (4.41%) Technical Leader
10 2 (2.94%) QA Analyst
10 2 (2.94%) Quality Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.18%) .NET
2 7 (10.29%) Web Services
3 5 (7.35%) REST
4 4 (5.88%) Spring
5 2 (2.94%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.94%) SOAP
5 2 (2.94%) WCF
5 2 (2.94%) XML
6 1 (1.47%) ASP.NET
6 1 (1.47%) ASP.NET MVC
6 1 (1.47%) CSS
6 1 (1.47%) Ext JS
6 1 (1.47%) Gherkin
6 1 (1.47%) Hibernate
6 1 (1.47%) HTML
6 1 (1.47%) JPA
6 1 (1.47%) Middleware
6 1 (1.47%) Node.js
6 1 (1.47%) WSDL
6 1 (1.47%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 3 (4.41%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (4.41%) Virtual Team
2 2 (2.94%) Computer Science
2 2 (2.94%) NHS
3 1 (1.47%) Data Protection Act
3 1 (1.47%) DataPower
3 1 (1.47%) FMCG
3 1 (1.47%) iPad
3 1 (1.47%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.47%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 9 (13.24%) Linux
2 7 (10.29%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 7 (10.29%) Windows
2 7 (10.29%) Windows Server
2 7 (10.29%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (1.47%) Android
3 1 (1.47%) Apple iOS
3 1 (1.47%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (51.47%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (35.29%) Test Scripting
3 14 (20.59%) BDD
4 12 (17.65%) Test Automation
4 12 (17.65%) Test Management
5 11 (16.18%) Automated Testing
5 11 (16.18%) Continuous Integration
5 11 (16.18%) Scrum
5 11 (16.18%) User Acceptance Testing
6 10 (14.71%) API Testing
7 9 (13.24%) Integration Testing
7 9 (13.24%) Performance Testing
8 8 (11.76%) Defect Tracking
8 8 (11.76%) Exploratory Testing
8 8 (11.76%) System Integration Testing
8 8 (11.76%) UML
9 7 (10.29%) DevOps
9 7 (10.29%) ITIL
9 7 (10.29%) Mathematics
9 7 (10.29%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (23.53%) Java
2 7 (10.29%) F#
2 7 (10.29%) SQL
3 6 (8.82%) C
3 6 (8.82%) C++
4 4 (5.88%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.88%) Ruby
5 3 (4.41%) Groovy
5 3 (4.41%) PL/SQL
6 2 (2.94%) C#
6 2 (2.94%) VB
6 2 (2.94%) VBScript
7 1 (1.47%) Bash Shell
7 1 (1.47%) Perl
7 1 (1.47%) Python
7 1 (1.47%) Shell Script
7 1 (1.47%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 27 (39.71%) Security Cleared
2 15 (22.06%) SC Cleared
3 9 (13.24%) Degree
3 9 (13.24%) ISEB
4 7 (10.29%) DV Cleared
4 7 (10.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (7.35%) ISEB Practitioner
6 4 (5.88%) ISTQB
7 3 (4.41%) BPSS Clearance
8 1 (1.47%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (20.59%) QA
2 4 (5.88%) Disclosure Scotland
3 3 (4.41%) IFRS
4 2 (2.94%) Data Quality
5 1 (1.47%) Basel II
5 1 (1.47%) ISO 9000
5 1 (1.47%) MiFID
5 1 (1.47%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 7 (10.29%) vSphere
2 6 (8.82%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (1.47%) Active Directory
3 1 (1.47%) HDFS
3 1 (1.47%) Terminal Services
Systems Management
1 7 (10.29%) vRealize
2 4 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (1.47%) Hadoop YARN
Vendors
1 12 (17.65%) Oracle
2 10 (14.71%) HP
3 9 (13.24%) Microsoft
4 7 (10.29%) Red Hat
4 7 (10.29%) VMware
5 6 (8.82%) SAP
6 3 (4.41%) Amdocs
6 3 (4.41%) Google
6 3 (4.41%) Pegasus
6 3 (4.41%) Talend
7 2 (2.94%) BT
8 1 (1.47%) ATG
8 1 (1.47%) hybris
8 1 (1.47%) IBM
8 1 (1.47%) Murex
8 1 (1.47%) Reuters
8 1 (1.47%) Sitecore
8 1 (1.47%) Software AG
8 1 (1.47%) Teradata
8 1 (1.47%) Unisys
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