The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Southampton 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 28 June 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
Hampshire / Southampton
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 26 29 39
Rank change year-on-year +3 +10  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 3 2 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Southampton 1.50% 0.92% 2.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.08% 1.21% 2.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 8
Median daily rate £419 £390 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.37% +11.42%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £407 £390 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £436 £390 £453
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  

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 Southampton with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Southampton
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 144 165 307
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Southampton 72.00% 75.69% 85.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 296 315 939
Median daily rate £400 £388 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £257 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £550 £488
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 21 41
Median hourly rate £13.40 £13.00 £15.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +3.07% -13.33%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.47 £12.50 £11.68
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.50 £37.50 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Southampton

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Southampton.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Southampton

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Strategy in Southampton.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Southampton

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Southampton

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Southampton.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Southampton

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 Southampton region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 4 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (60.00%) Functional Testing
2 3 (60.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Integration Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Software Testing
3 2 (40.00%) JIRA
3 2 (40.00%) Regression Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Finance
3 2 (40.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (40.00%) BDD
4 1 (20.00%) Project Governance
4 1 (20.00%) ATDD
4 1 (20.00%) WebDriver
4 1 (20.00%) Cucumber
4 1 (20.00%) Jenkins
4 1 (20.00%) User Stories
4 1 (20.00%) Test Planning
4 1 (20.00%) Mentoring
4 1 (20.00%) Coaching
4 1 (20.00%) Continuous Delivery
4 1 (20.00%) System Integration Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Defect Tracking
4 1 (20.00%) Scrum
4 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (20.00%) TDD
4 1 (20.00%) Banking
4 1 (20.00%) Subversion
4 1 (20.00%) Software Engineering
4 1 (20.00%) C++
4 1 (20.00%) Java

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Southampton 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:

Business Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (20.00%) Dynamics CRM
Development Applications
1 2 (40.00%) JIRA
2 1 (20.00%) Cucumber
2 1 (20.00%) Git (software)
2 1 (20.00%) Jenkins
2 1 (20.00%) Selenium
2 1 (20.00%) Subversion
2 1 (20.00%) TeamCity
2 1 (20.00%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (40.00%) Finance
2 1 (20.00%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (80.00%) Test Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Agile Test Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Automation Tester
2 1 (20.00%) CRM Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Infrastructure Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Infrastructure Test Manager
2 1 (20.00%) Java Automation Tester
2 1 (20.00%) QA Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) QA Automation Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) QA Automation Tester
2 1 (20.00%) QA Tester
2 1 (20.00%) Tester
2 1 (20.00%) UAT Manager
2 1 (20.00%) UAT Test Manager
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (60.00%) Functional Testing
2 3 (60.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (40.00%) BDD
3 2 (40.00%) Integration Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Regression Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Software Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (20.00%) ATDD
4 1 (20.00%) Continuous Integration
4 1 (20.00%) CRM
4 1 (20.00%) ERP
4 1 (20.00%) Manual Testing
4 1 (20.00%) Project Governance
4 1 (20.00%) Scrum
4 1 (20.00%) Software Engineering
4 1 (20.00%) System Testing
4 1 (20.00%) TDD
4 1 (20.00%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (20.00%) C++
1 1 (20.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) Degree
1 1 (20.00%) ISEB
1 1 (20.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (20.00%) SC Cleared
1 1 (20.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (20.00%) Atlassian
1 1 (20.00%) JD Edwards
1 1 (20.00%) Microsoft