Period
to 25 June 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 June 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 Jun 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 137 135 152
Rank change year-on-year -2 +17 +13
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 59 73 60
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.16% 1.38% 1.02%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.42% 1.67% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 31 44 39
South West median daily rate £350 £425 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.65% +3.03% -4.07%
10th Percentile £189 £309 £291
90th Percentile £519 £525 £557
England median daily rate £425 £423 £425
% change year-on-year +0.53% -0.53% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 3 2
South West median hourly rate £44.50 £47.50 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.32% +72.73% -
10th Percentile £33.25 £42.25 £23.75
90th Percentile £47.20 £48.75 £31.25
England median hourly rate £42.25 £47.50 £44.40
% change year-on-year -11.05% +6.98% +23.33%

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 4,167 4,384 4,732
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 82.09% 82.95% 80.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,495 2,834 3,116
South West median daily rate £413 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.58% +3.33% -
10th Percentile £269 £250 £256
90th Percentile £563 £538 £550
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.94%
Number of hourly rates quoted 213 201 247
South West median hourly rate £37.50 £40.00 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -6.25% - +22.93%
10th Percentile £11.52 £14.13 £13.65
90th Percentile £48.75 £52.50 £52.35
England median hourly rate £22.00 £25.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year -12.00% - +18.64%

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 June 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 June 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 June 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
Gloucestershire +12 13 £413 -17.50% 6
Bristol -13 10 £281 -33.82% 5
Devon +2 9 £193 -57.69% 4
Wiltshire -5 8 £475 +35.71% 3
Somerset +3 6 £425 -3.41% 5
Cornwall - 5 £350 -
Dorset -8 3 £193 -51.88% 3
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 24 (40.68%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (32.20%) Test Automation
3 16 (27.12%) User Acceptance Testing
4 14 (23.73%) Finance
5 12 (20.34%) Security Cleared
6 11 (18.64%) Migration
7 10 (16.95%) ISTQB
7 10 (16.95%) ISEB
8 9 (15.25%) QA
8 9 (15.25%) Selenium
9 8 (13.56%) JIRA
9 8 (13.56%) Test Scripting
9 8 (13.56%) Software Testing
9 8 (13.56%) Stakeholder Management
9 8 (13.56%) BDD
9 8 (13.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 7 (11.86%) Analytics
10 7 (11.86%) FinancialForce
10 7 (11.86%) Test Management
10 7 (11.86%) Data Migration
10 7 (11.86%) SC Cleared
10 7 (11.86%) Salesforce.com
10 7 (11.86%) C#
10 7 (11.86%) ITIL
10 7 (11.86%) PRINCE2
11 6 (10.17%) Java
11 6 (10.17%) Python
11 6 (10.17%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (10.17%) Business Analysis
11 6 (10.17%) Service Design

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 (1.69%) Confluence
1 1 (1.69%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.39%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.69%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.69%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.69%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (3.39%) SAP CRM for Utilities
1 2 (3.39%) SAP IS-U
2 1 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (11.86%) FinancialForce
2 3 (5.08%) Sauce Labs
3 2 (3.39%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (1.69%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.78%) Wireless
2 2 (3.39%) 5G
3 1 (1.69%) PuTTY
3 1 (1.69%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.08%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (5.08%) Geospatial Data
2 2 (3.39%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.69%) Big Data
3 1 (1.69%) MySQL
3 1 (1.69%) Oracle Database
3 1 (1.69%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.69%) Oracle Database 11g
3 1 (1.69%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2012
3 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
3 1 (1.69%) Sybase ASE
Development Applications
1 9 (15.25%) Selenium
2 8 (13.56%) JIRA
3 4 (6.78%) Cucumber
3 4 (6.78%) SpecFlow
4 3 (5.08%) Gatling
4 3 (5.08%) Git (software)
4 3 (5.08%) JMeter
4 3 (5.08%) WebDriver
5 2 (3.39%) LoadRunner
5 2 (3.39%) Subversion
5 2 (3.39%) TestRail
6 1 (1.69%) ClearCase
6 1 (1.69%) Eclipse
6 1 (1.69%) HP UFT
6 1 (1.69%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.69%) Mercurial
6 1 (1.69%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.69%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.69%) TeamCity
6 1 (1.69%) TestNG
General
1 14 (23.73%) Finance
2 4 (6.78%) Banking
2 4 (6.78%) Retail
3 3 (5.08%) Billing
4 1 (1.69%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 18 (30.51%) Analyst
2 15 (25.42%) Test Manager
3 9 (15.25%) Test Analyst
4 7 (11.86%) Business Analyst
4 7 (11.86%) Salesforce Analyst
4 7 (11.86%) Salesforce Business Analyst
5 6 (10.17%) Test Engineer
6 5 (8.47%) Test Leader
7 4 (6.78%) Architect
7 4 (6.78%) Desktop Support
7 4 (6.78%) Test Architect
7 4 (6.78%) Test Automation Architect
8 3 (5.08%) Customer Engineer
8 3 (5.08%) Desktop Engineer
8 3 (5.08%) Desktop Support Engineer
8 3 (5.08%) Programme Manager
8 3 (5.08%) RF Engineer
8 3 (5.08%) Senior Test Engineer
8 3 (5.08%) Support Engineer
8 3 (5.08%) Systems Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.39%) STL
1 2 (3.39%) Web Services
2 1 (1.69%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.39%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
1 2 (3.39%) Management Information System
2 1 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.69%) Fintech
2 1 (1.69%) Linux Command Line
2 1 (1.69%) NHS
2 1 (1.69%) Self-Motivation
2 1 (1.69%) Smart Meter
2 1 (1.69%) User Experience
2 1 (1.69%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 5 (8.47%) Windows
2 3 (5.08%) Windows 10
3 2 (3.39%) Linux
3 2 (3.39%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.69%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 1 (1.69%) Unix
4 1 (1.69%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 24 (40.68%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (32.20%) Test Automation
3 16 (27.12%) User Acceptance Testing
4 11 (18.64%) Migration
5 8 (13.56%) BDD
5 8 (13.56%) Software Testing
5 8 (13.56%) Stakeholder Management
5 8 (13.56%) Test Scripting
6 7 (11.86%) Analytics
6 7 (11.86%) Data Migration
6 7 (11.86%) ITIL
6 7 (11.86%) PRINCE2
6 7 (11.86%) Test Management
7 6 (10.17%) Business Analysis
7 6 (10.17%) Continuous Integration
7 6 (10.17%) Service Design
7 6 (10.17%) Waterfall
8 5 (8.47%) Scrum
9 4 (6.78%) Programme Management
9 4 (6.78%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 7 (11.86%) C#
2 6 (10.17%) Java
2 6 (10.17%) Python
3 5 (8.47%) C
4 3 (5.08%) Embedded C
5 2 (3.39%) Bash Shell
5 2 (3.39%) C++
5 2 (3.39%) Embedded C++
5 2 (3.39%) SQL
6 1 (1.69%) F#
6 1 (1.69%) JavaScript
6 1 (1.69%) Perl
6 1 (1.69%) PowerShell
6 1 (1.69%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 12 (20.34%) Security Cleared
2 10 (16.95%) ISEB
2 10 (16.95%) ISTQB
3 8 (13.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 7 (11.86%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.69%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (1.69%) CCNA
5 1 (1.69%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.69%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (15.25%) QA
2 1 (1.69%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (1.69%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 3 (5.08%) HP ALM
2 1 (1.69%) Ansible
2 1 (1.69%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.69%) Perfmon
2 1 (1.69%) Puppet
Vendors
1 7 (11.86%) Salesforce.com
2 3 (5.08%) HP
2 3 (5.08%) Veracode
3 2 (3.39%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.39%) SAP
3 2 (3.39%) Siemens
4 1 (1.69%) Cisco
4 1 (1.69%) Oracle
4 1 (1.69%) Red Hat
4 1 (1.69%) Software AG
4 1 (1.69%) Sybase
4 1 (1.69%) VMware
4 1 (1.69%) webMethods