Period
to 10 December 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 10 December 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
10 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 119 147 148
Rank change year-on-year +28 +1 -13
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 121 48 54
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 1.88% 0.87% 0.96%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.19% 1.04% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 76 31 38
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +8.11% +5.71%
10th Percentile £273 £263 £271
90th Percentile £688 £534 £548
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
South West median hourly rate £42.50 £37.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +13.33% - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £44.25
% change year-on-year +6.67% -15.25% +7.93%

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 5,522 4,625 4,635
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 85.93% 83.36% 82.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,528 2,905 3,122
South West median daily rate £425 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% +6.67% -
10th Percentile £275 £253 £238
90th Percentile £575 £558 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 219 195 292
South West median hourly rate £41.00 £33.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +24.24% - -15.92%
10th Percentile £13.60 £11.73 £12.00
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £47.50
England median hourly rate £22.00 £24.69 £22.84
% change year-on-year -10.88% +8.10% +3.80%

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 10 December 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
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 10 December 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 +22 46 £299 -26.52% 9
Wiltshire -15 21 £445 -1.11% 4
Somerset +11 18 £525 +19.32% 8
Devon +4 14 £500 +163.16% 1
Gloucestershire -8 7 £313 -19.29% 4
Dorset +3 5 £488 +25.81% 3
Cornwall - 2 £350 -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 10 December 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 61 (50.41%) Test Automation
2 50 (41.32%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (24.79%) BDD
4 29 (23.97%) QA
5 28 (23.14%) Scrum
6 27 (22.31%) Selenium
7 24 (19.83%) Cucumber
7 24 (19.83%) User Acceptance Testing
8 23 (19.01%) Security Cleared
8 23 (19.01%) C#
8 23 (19.01%) Finance
9 21 (17.36%) ISTQB
9 21 (17.36%) DevOps
10 19 (15.70%) Test Scripting
10 19 (15.70%) Continuous Improvement
10 19 (15.70%) ISEB
11 18 (14.88%) Microsoft
12 17 (14.05%) SQL
12 17 (14.05%) Migration
12 17 (14.05%) Acceptance Criteria
13 16 (13.22%) Continuous Deployment
14 15 (12.40%) Continuous Integration
14 15 (12.40%) Continuous Delivery
15 13 (10.74%) Analytical Skills
15 13 (10.74%) Functional Testing
15 13 (10.74%) Manual Testing
15 13 (10.74%) DV Cleared
15 13 (10.74%) Stakeholder Management
16 12 (9.92%) Software Testing
16 12 (9.92%) Oracle

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 2 (1.65%) CMS
1 2 (1.65%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 3 (2.48%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.83%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 4 (3.31%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.83%) Dynamics AX
2 1 (0.83%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 12 (9.92%) Microsoft Azure
2 6 (4.96%) Amazon AWS
3 3 (2.48%) Sauce Labs
4 2 (1.65%) Amazon EMR
5 1 (0.83%) Boomi
5 1 (0.83%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (6.61%) Firewall
2 7 (5.79%) DNS
2 7 (5.79%) VPN
3 1 (0.83%) Broadband
3 1 (0.83%) Ethernet
3 1 (0.83%) LAN
3 1 (0.83%) SSL
3 1 (0.83%) Wi-Fi
3 1 (0.83%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (7.44%) GIS
2 7 (5.79%) Oracle Reports
3 6 (4.96%) Big Data
3 6 (4.96%) SQL Server
4 5 (4.13%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (3.31%) MongoDB
6 3 (2.48%) Hadoop
7 2 (1.65%) PostgreSQL
8 1 (0.83%) Data Lake
8 1 (0.83%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 27 (22.31%) Selenium
2 24 (19.83%) Cucumber
3 10 (8.26%) SpecFlow
3 10 (8.26%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (7.44%) Git (software)
5 8 (6.61%) JUnit
6 7 (5.79%) Hudson
6 7 (5.79%) Jenkins
7 6 (4.96%) CruiseControl
7 6 (4.96%) JIRA
7 6 (4.96%) NUnit
7 6 (4.96%) TeamCity
7 6 (4.96%) Visual Studio Coded UI
8 5 (4.13%) WebDriver
9 4 (3.31%) JMeter
9 4 (3.31%) SoapUI
10 3 (2.48%) Gatling
10 3 (2.48%) HP UFT
10 3 (2.48%) TestRail
11 2 (1.65%) Maven
General
1 23 (19.01%) Finance
2 9 (7.44%) Retail
3 7 (5.79%) Banking
4 6 (4.96%) Advertising
4 6 (4.96%) Back Office
5 3 (2.48%) Telecoms
6 2 (1.65%) Manufacturing
6 2 (1.65%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 27 (22.31%) Test Leader
2 25 (20.66%) Analyst
2 25 (20.66%) Test Analyst
3 22 (18.18%) Architect
4 21 (17.36%) Test Manager
5 16 (13.22%) Test Architect
6 12 (9.92%) Test Automation Architect
6 12 (9.92%) Tester
7 11 (9.09%) Test Engineer
8 7 (5.79%) Automation Test Lead
9 6 (4.96%) Automation Test Analyst
10 5 (4.13%) Programme Manager
10 5 (4.13%) Programme Test Manager
10 5 (4.13%) Senior Manager
10 5 (4.13%) Senior Test Manager
10 5 (4.13%) Test Programme Manager
11 4 (3.31%) Automation Tester
12 3 (2.48%) Azure Engineer
12 3 (2.48%) Cloud Architect
12 3 (2.48%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (8.26%) .NET
2 6 (4.96%) Gherkin
2 6 (4.96%) RESTful
2 6 (4.96%) SOAP
2 6 (4.96%) XML
3 4 (3.31%) JSON
3 4 (3.31%) Web Services
4 3 (2.48%) AngularJS
4 3 (2.48%) React
4 3 (2.48%) REST
5 2 (1.65%) Spring
5 2 (1.65%) Spring Boot
5 2 (1.65%) Swagger
6 1 (0.83%) .NET Core
6 1 (0.83%) .NET Framework
6 1 (0.83%) ASP.NET
6 1 (0.83%) Middleware
6 1 (0.83%) Taurus
6 1 (0.83%) WebdriverIO
6 1 (0.83%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 13 (10.74%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (9.09%) Data Centre
3 7 (5.79%) Self-Motivation
4 6 (4.96%) Virtual Team
5 5 (4.13%) NHS
6 4 (3.31%) Management Information System
6 4 (3.31%) User Experience
7 2 (1.65%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.65%) Replication
8 1 (0.83%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.83%) DataPower
8 1 (0.83%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 12 (9.92%) Linux
2 10 (8.26%) Windows
2 10 (8.26%) Windows Server
3 3 (2.48%) Unix
4 2 (1.65%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 61 (50.41%) Test Automation
2 50 (41.32%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (24.79%) BDD
4 28 (23.14%) Scrum
5 24 (19.83%) User Acceptance Testing
6 21 (17.36%) DevOps
7 19 (15.70%) Continuous Improvement
7 19 (15.70%) Test Scripting
8 17 (14.05%) Acceptance Criteria
8 17 (14.05%) Migration
9 16 (13.22%) Continuous Deployment
10 15 (12.40%) Continuous Delivery
10 15 (12.40%) Continuous Integration
11 13 (10.74%) Functional Testing
11 13 (10.74%) Manual Testing
11 13 (10.74%) Stakeholder Management
12 12 (9.92%) Security Testing
12 12 (9.92%) Software Testing
13 11 (9.09%) Regression Testing
13 11 (9.09%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 23 (19.01%) C#
2 17 (14.05%) SQL
3 10 (8.26%) Java
4 8 (6.61%) PowerShell
5 6 (4.96%) JavaScript
6 2 (1.65%) Python
6 2 (1.65%) Ruby
7 1 (0.83%) C++
7 1 (0.83%) VB
7 1 (0.83%) VB.NET
7 1 (0.83%) VBA
Qualifications
1 23 (19.01%) Security Cleared
2 21 (17.36%) ISTQB
3 19 (15.70%) ISEB
4 13 (10.74%) DV Cleared
5 10 (8.26%) Degree
5 10 (8.26%) SC Cleared
6 4 (3.31%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (3.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (23.97%) QA
2 2 (1.65%) GDPR
2 2 (1.65%) PMO
3 1 (0.83%) Data Quality
System Software
1 10 (8.26%) Docker
2 1 (0.83%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 10 (8.26%) Kubernetes
2 2 (1.65%) Ansible
2 2 (1.65%) Opscode Chef
2 2 (1.65%) Puppet
Vendors
1 18 (14.88%) Microsoft
2 12 (9.92%) Oracle
3 6 (4.96%) Cadence
4 4 (3.31%) SAP
5 3 (2.48%) Veracode
6 2 (1.65%) Informatica
6 2 (1.65%) JDA
6 2 (1.65%) Red Hat
6 2 (1.65%) VMware
7 1 (0.83%) Cisco
7 1 (0.83%) Dell
7 1 (0.83%) HP
7 1 (0.83%) IBM
7 1 (0.83%) Juniper
7 1 (0.83%) Ruckus Wireless