The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Birmingham region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 11 February 2016 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 53 52 -
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 4 3 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 0.59% 0.50% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.76% 0.71% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 2 0
Average daily rate £325 £500 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-35.00% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+11.84% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £38.50 -
% change year-on-year
+55.84% -
Test Strategy
West Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Birmingham region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Birmingham
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
523 425 393
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Birmingham 77.14% 70.25% 68.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 332 262 245
Average daily rate £380 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £253 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £497 £515
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 18 10
Average hourly rate £40.00 £13.00 £11.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+207.69% +18.18%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.73 £9.68 £9.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.00 £26.00 £16.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the Birmingham region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Birmingham

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Strategy.

1 5 (62.50%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (50.00%) QA
3 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (37.50%) Test Scripting
4 2 (25.00%) Performance Testing
4 2 (25.00%) NICE Systems
4 2 (25.00%) System Testing
4 2 (25.00%) Time Management
4 2 (25.00%) Banking
4 2 (25.00%) MS PowerPoint
4 2 (25.00%) Dynamics AX
4 2 (25.00%) Degree
4 2 (25.00%) Workflow
4 2 (25.00%) Scrum
4 2 (25.00%) Service Delivery
4 2 (25.00%) PRINCE2
4 2 (25.00%) MS Excel
4 2 (25.00%) Microsoft
4 2 (25.00%) EMC
4 2 (25.00%) Avaya
5 1 (12.50%) Project Management
5 1 (12.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
5 1 (12.50%) ETL
5 1 (12.50%) Oracle
5 1 (12.50%) MS Project
5 1 (12.50%) Risk Management
5 1 (12.50%) Telecoms
5 1 (12.50%) Finance
5 1 (12.50%) Migration
5 1 (12.50%) Stakeholder Management

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Birmingham region citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Test Strategy. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 2 (25.00%) MS Excel
1 2 (25.00%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (12.50%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (25.00%) Dynamics AX
Cloud Services
1 1 (12.50%) Office 365
General
1 2 (25.00%) Banking
2 1 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (12.50%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 4 (50.00%) Test Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Change and Release Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Change Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Lead Test Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Project Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Release Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Senior Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Senior Test Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Test Analyst
2 1 (12.50%) Test Leader
2 1 (12.50%) Test Project Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Tester
2 1 (12.50%) UAT Manager
2 1 (12.50%) Voice Project Manager
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (62.50%) User Acceptance Testing
2 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (37.50%) Test Scripting
3 2 (25.00%) Performance Testing
3 2 (25.00%) PRINCE2
3 2 (25.00%) Scrum
3 2 (25.00%) Service Delivery
3 2 (25.00%) System Testing
3 2 (25.00%) Time Management
3 2 (25.00%) Workflow
4 1 (12.50%) Data Migration
4 1 (12.50%) Data Reconciliation
4 1 (12.50%) Defect Tracking
4 1 (12.50%) Manual Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Process Improvement
4 1 (12.50%) Release Management
4 1 (12.50%) Risk Management
4 1 (12.50%) Software Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Use Case
4 1 (12.50%) User Stories
Qualifications
1 2 (25.00%) Degree
2 1 (12.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (50.00%) QA
2 1 (12.50%) Sarbanes-Oxley
Vendors
1 2 (25.00%) Avaya
1 2 (25.00%) EMC
1 2 (25.00%) Microsoft
1 2 (25.00%) NICE Systems
2 1 (12.50%) Oracle