The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Wales 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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
UK / Wales
Rank 52 68 56
Rank change year-on-year +16 -12  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 16 10 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Wales 2.27% 1.47% 1.12%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.76% 1.73% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 8 3
Median daily rate £325 £350 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.14% +16.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £176 £282 £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £443 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £405 £385
% change year-on-year -1.23% +5.19%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -25.71% +60.38%  

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 Wales with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Wales
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 580 578 531
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Wales 82.27% 84.88% 74.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 425 396 295
Median daily rate £393 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £186 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 29 21
Median hourly rate £35.00 £29.25 £18.90
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.65% +54.76%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.88 £13.00 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £66.00 £34.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Wales

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Wales 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 Wales

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Wales

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Wales

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Wales over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Wales

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Wales

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Wales

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Wales

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 Wales region over the 3 months to 24 March 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
South Wales +18 13 £325 -7.14% 1
West Wales - 2 £475 -
Test Strategy
UK

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Wales

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 Wales region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 13 (46.43%) Test Scripting
2 10 (35.71%) ISTQB
3 9 (32.14%) User Acceptance Testing
4 8 (28.57%) Selenium
4 8 (28.57%) Integration Testing
4 8 (28.57%) SoapUI
4 8 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
4 8 (28.57%) SQL
5 7 (25.00%) Oracle
5 7 (25.00%) XML
5 7 (25.00%) PRINCE2
5 7 (25.00%) Regression Testing
5 7 (25.00%) System Integration Testing
6 6 (21.43%) QA
6 6 (21.43%) Performance Testing
6 6 (21.43%) Load Testing
6 6 (21.43%) SOAP
6 6 (21.43%) .NET
6 6 (21.43%) Java
6 6 (21.43%) NHS
7 5 (17.86%) HP
7 5 (17.86%) ISEB
7 5 (17.86%) Linux
7 5 (17.86%) JBoss
7 5 (17.86%) JMeter
7 5 (17.86%) Finance
7 5 (17.86%) Software Testing
7 5 (17.86%) Oracle Database
8 4 (14.29%) Waterfall
8 4 (14.29%) Degree

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Wales 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 5 (17.86%) JBoss
2 2 (7.14%) GeoServer
3 1 (3.57%) Confluence
Applications
1 2 (7.14%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 3 (10.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (3.57%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.57%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.86%) Oracle Database
2 3 (10.71%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (10.71%) SQL Server
3 2 (7.14%) InterSystems Cache
3 2 (7.14%) PostgreSQL
4 1 (3.57%) GIS
Development Applications
1 8 (28.57%) Selenium
1 8 (28.57%) SoapUI
2 5 (17.86%) JMeter
3 4 (14.29%) LoadRunner
4 3 (10.71%) Cucumber
4 3 (10.71%) Rational Performance Tester
4 3 (10.71%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (10.71%) Visual Studio
5 1 (3.57%) InstallShield
5 1 (3.57%) JIRA
5 1 (3.57%) JUnit
5 1 (3.57%) MSI
5 1 (3.57%) The Grinder
5 1 (3.57%) WebDriver
General
1 5 (17.86%) Finance
Job Titles
1 13 (46.43%) Analyst
1 13 (46.43%) Test Analyst
2 8 (28.57%) Lead Test Analyst
3 7 (25.00%) Tester
4 6 (21.43%) Senior Tester
4 6 (21.43%) Test Manager
5 5 (17.86%) Performance Tester
5 5 (17.86%) Senior Performance Tester
6 4 (14.29%) Test Leader
7 3 (10.71%) XML Analyst
8 2 (7.14%) Developer
8 2 (7.14%) Lead Tester
8 2 (7.14%) Systems Developer
8 2 (7.14%) Test Automation Manager
9 1 (3.57%) Applications Packager
9 1 (3.57%) GIS Developer
9 1 (3.57%) QA Analyst
9 1 (3.57%) QA Test Analyst
9 1 (3.57%) Senior Analyst
9 1 (3.57%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (25.00%) XML
2 6 (21.43%) .NET
2 6 (21.43%) SOAP
3 2 (7.14%) ASP.NET
3 2 (7.14%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (3.57%) J2EE
4 1 (3.57%) JSON
4 1 (3.57%) OCX
4 1 (3.57%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (3.57%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (21.43%) NHS
2 2 (7.14%) Fintech
2 2 (7.14%) Freedom of Information
3 1 (3.57%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (3.57%) iSeries
3 1 (3.57%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (17.86%) Linux
2 3 (10.71%) Windows
3 2 (7.14%) Windows Server
4 1 (3.57%) Windows 7
4 1 (3.57%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (46.43%) Test Scripting
2 9 (32.14%) User Acceptance Testing
3 8 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
3 8 (28.57%) Integration Testing
4 7 (25.00%) PRINCE2
4 7 (25.00%) Regression Testing
4 7 (25.00%) System Integration Testing
5 6 (21.43%) Load Testing
5 6 (21.43%) Performance Testing
6 5 (17.86%) Software Testing
7 4 (14.29%) Project Management
7 4 (14.29%) Waterfall
8 3 (10.71%) Automated Testing
8 3 (10.71%) Customer Requirements
8 3 (10.71%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (10.71%) RAD
9 2 (7.14%) Business Analysis
9 2 (7.14%) Data Protection
9 2 (7.14%) Test Management
9 2 (7.14%) Web Development
Programming Languages
1 8 (28.57%) SQL
2 6 (21.43%) Java
3 2 (7.14%) C#
3 2 (7.14%) JavaScript
3 2 (7.14%) Python
4 1 (3.57%) Groovy
4 1 (3.57%) PowerShell
4 1 (3.57%) VB
4 1 (3.57%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 10 (35.71%) ISTQB
2 5 (17.86%) ISEB
3 4 (14.29%) Degree
4 2 (7.14%) Security Cleared
5 1 (3.57%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (21.43%) QA
2 2 (7.14%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (3.57%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 1 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (3.57%) SCCM
1 1 (3.57%) ThinApp
Vendors
1 7 (25.00%) Oracle
2 5 (17.86%) HP
3 1 (3.57%) AppSense
3 1 (3.57%) IBM
3 1 (3.57%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.57%) SAP
3 1 (3.57%) Siebel