Period
to 17 January 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 17 January 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
17 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 156 153 131
Rank change year-on-year -3 -22 +12
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 42 49 82
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 0.80% 0.91% 1.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.99% 1.13% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 28 34 63
South West median daily rate £425 £370 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +14.86% +7.25% -9.21%
10th Percentile £258 £275 £275
90th Percentile £583 £578 £450
England median daily rate £425 £400 £423
% change year-on-year +6.25% -5.33% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
South West median hourly rate £37.50 - £32.00
10th Percentile £36.25 - £26.80
90th Percentile £38.75 - £37.60
England median hourly rate £42.70 £43.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year -0.71% +4.88% +29.93%

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 4,241 4,337 4,984
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the South West 80.46% 80.97% 80.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,639 2,900 3,437
South West median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -1.32%
10th Percentile £263 £237 £255
90th Percentile £575 £550 £525
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +4.05% +1.76% +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 171 284 248
South West median hourly rate £31.00 £36.75 £39.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -15.65% -5.77% +36.84%
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.50 £13.46
90th Percentile £48.00 £47.50 £49.43
England median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -4.00% +8.70% +15.00%

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 17 January 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 17 January 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
Devon +10 10 £190 -33.91% 1
Wiltshire +10 8 £475 +18.75% 5
Bristol -20 8 £468 +39.55% 4
Gloucestershire +7 6 £375 -25.00% 3
Dorset -3 3 £388 +8.77%
Somerset - 3 £425 - 3
Cornwall - 1 £300 -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 17 January 2018, 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 13 (30.95%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (23.81%) Stakeholder Management
3 8 (19.05%) Finance
3 8 (19.05%) Migration
3 8 (19.05%) SQL
3 8 (19.05%) User Acceptance Testing
3 8 (19.05%) Test Scripting
3 8 (19.05%) Test Automation
4 7 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
5 6 (14.29%) Validation
5 6 (14.29%) Security Cleared
5 6 (14.29%) Selenium
5 6 (14.29%) JIRA
5 6 (14.29%) Defect Management
6 5 (11.90%) SC Cleared
6 5 (11.90%) Test Management
6 5 (11.90%) TDD
6 5 (11.90%) Java
7 4 (9.52%) Web Services
7 4 (9.52%) Wireless
7 4 (9.52%) Project Management
7 4 (9.52%) Banking
7 4 (9.52%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (9.52%) Test Planning
7 4 (9.52%) Cucumber
7 4 (9.52%) Programme Delivery
8 3 (7.14%) Acceptance Criteria
8 3 (7.14%) BDD
8 3 (7.14%) Waterfall
8 3 (7.14%) Data Migration

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 (4.76%) Apache
1 2 (4.76%) Apache Pig
1 2 (4.76%) Apache Solr
1 2 (4.76%) Apache Spark
1 2 (4.76%) Confluence
1 2 (4.76%) Elasticsearch
Business Applications
1 2 (4.76%) SAP CRM for Utilities
1 2 (4.76%) SAP IS-U
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.76%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.38%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 4 (9.52%) Wireless
2 2 (4.76%) 5G
2 2 (4.76%) SMS
3 1 (2.38%) HTTP
3 1 (2.38%) MIMO
3 1 (2.38%) OFDM
3 1 (2.38%) PuTTY
3 1 (2.38%) WinSCP
3 1 (2.38%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.76%) Data Warehouse
1 2 (4.76%) HBase
1 2 (4.76%) MongoDB
1 2 (4.76%) Redis
2 1 (2.38%) MySQL
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle Database 10g
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle Database 11g
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.38%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.38%) SQL Server 2012
2 1 (2.38%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 6 (14.29%) JIRA
1 6 (14.29%) Selenium
2 4 (9.52%) Cucumber
3 3 (7.14%) Eclipse
3 3 (7.14%) Git (software)
3 3 (7.14%) HP UFT
4 2 (4.76%) Ant
4 2 (4.76%) Jenkins
4 2 (4.76%) JMeter
4 2 (4.76%) SoapUI
4 2 (4.76%) SpecFlow
4 2 (4.76%) Toad
5 1 (2.38%) Appium
5 1 (2.38%) Gatling
5 1 (2.38%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (2.38%) TestNG
5 1 (2.38%) TestRail
5 1 (2.38%) The Grinder
5 1 (2.38%) Travis CI
5 1 (2.38%) WebDriver
General
1 8 (19.05%) Finance
2 4 (9.52%) Banking
3 2 (4.76%) Billing
3 2 (4.76%) Investment Banking
3 2 (4.76%) Retail
4 1 (2.38%) Marketing
4 1 (2.38%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 15 (35.71%) Test Manager
2 10 (23.81%) Analyst
3 8 (19.05%) Test Engineer
4 7 (16.67%) Test Analyst
5 4 (9.52%) RF Engineer
5 4 (9.52%) Systems Engineer
6 3 (7.14%) Test and Validation Engineer
6 3 (7.14%) Validation Engineer
7 2 (4.76%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (4.76%) Business Process Analyst
7 2 (4.76%) Java Developer
7 2 (4.76%) Lead Test Analyst
7 2 (4.76%) Programme Manager
7 2 (4.76%) Programme Test Manager
7 2 (4.76%) RF Test Engineer
7 2 (4.76%) Systems Test Engineer
7 2 (4.76%) Test Automation Engineer
7 2 (4.76%) Test Programme Manager
7 2 (4.76%) User Experience Manager
7 2 (4.76%) Workflow Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.52%) Web Services
2 3 (7.14%) .NET
2 3 (7.14%) SOAP
3 2 (4.76%) ActiveMQ
3 2 (4.76%) Hibernate
3 2 (4.76%) JPA
3 2 (4.76%) RabbitMQ
3 2 (4.76%) Spring
3 2 (4.76%) Spring Boot
3 2 (4.76%) Spring Cloud
4 1 (2.38%) 802.1X
4 1 (2.38%) CSS
4 1 (2.38%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.38%) HTML
4 1 (2.38%) jQuery
4 1 (2.38%) REST
4 1 (2.38%) WebdriverIO
4 1 (2.38%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.76%) User Experience
2 1 (2.38%) Computer Science
2 1 (2.38%) Fintech
2 1 (2.38%) Mainframe
2 1 (2.38%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.38%) Reference Data
2 1 (2.38%) Virtual Team
2 1 (2.38%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.14%) Linux
2 1 (2.38%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 1 (2.38%) Windows
2 1 (2.38%) Windows Server
2 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (30.95%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (23.81%) Stakeholder Management
3 8 (19.05%) Migration
3 8 (19.05%) Test Automation
3 8 (19.05%) Test Scripting
3 8 (19.05%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
5 6 (14.29%) Defect Management
5 6 (14.29%) Validation
6 5 (11.90%) TDD
6 5 (11.90%) Test Management
7 4 (9.52%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (9.52%) Programme Delivery
7 4 (9.52%) Project Management
7 4 (9.52%) Test Planning
8 3 (7.14%) Acceptance Criteria
8 3 (7.14%) BDD
8 3 (7.14%) Programme Management
8 3 (7.14%) Software Testing
8 3 (7.14%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 8 (19.05%) SQL
2 5 (11.90%) Java
3 3 (7.14%) C#
4 2 (4.76%) Python
4 2 (4.76%) Ruby
4 2 (4.76%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.38%) C++
5 1 (2.38%) F#
5 1 (2.38%) Groovy
5 1 (2.38%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.38%) Scala
5 1 (2.38%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 6 (14.29%) Security Cleared
2 5 (11.90%) SC Cleared
3 2 (4.76%) Degree
3 2 (4.76%) ISTQB
4 1 (2.38%) Computer Science Degree
4 1 (2.38%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.14%) QA
2 1 (2.38%) IFRS
System Software
1 2 (4.76%) Docker
1 2 (4.76%) HDFS
2 1 (2.38%) Active Directory
2 1 (2.38%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 2 (4.76%) Hadoop YARN
2 1 (2.38%) CA Service Virtualization
2 1 (2.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (7.14%) HP
2 2 (4.76%) SAP
3 1 (2.38%) CA
3 1 (2.38%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.38%) Oracle
3 1 (2.38%) Red Hat
3 1 (2.38%) Software AG
3 1 (2.38%) Veracode
3 1 (2.38%) VMware
3 1 (2.38%) webMethods
3 1 (2.38%) Workday