The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 9 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
9 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 71 67 71
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +4
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 4 3 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.43% 0.39% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.52% 0.50% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 2
Average daily rate £425 £370 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.86% -17.77%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £381 £370 £440
10% offered a daily rate of more than £645 £370 £460
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 £37.25 -
% change year-on-year
+61.07% -
Test Strategy
North West

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
765 606 712
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 81.30% 79.63% 79.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 495 376 352
Average daily rate £425 £385 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.38% +2.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £287 £275 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £530 £565
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 26 32 46
Average hourly rate £22.50 £36.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-37.50% +2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £17.15
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.00 £45.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 9 February 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 2 £700 -
Test Strategy
North West

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) Automated Testing
2 4 (44.44%) ISTQB
2 4 (44.44%) JSON
2 4 (44.44%) SQL
2 4 (44.44%) ISEB
2 4 (44.44%) Continuous Integration
2 4 (44.44%) REST
3 3 (33.33%) AngularJS
3 3 (33.33%) Relational Database
3 3 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 3 (33.33%) Web Testing
3 3 (33.33%) Git (software)
3 3 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 3 (33.33%) .NET
3 3 (33.33%) SOAP
3 3 (33.33%) XML
3 3 (33.33%) XSLT
3 3 (33.33%) C#
3 3 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 3 (33.33%) TDD
4 2 (22.22%) Banking
4 2 (22.22%) Selenium
4 2 (22.22%) Finance
4 2 (22.22%) Migration
4 2 (22.22%) HP
4 2 (22.22%) HP UFT
4 2 (22.22%) Test Management
4 2 (22.22%) Cucumber
4 2 (22.22%) Knowledge Management

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 9 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (11.11%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 1 (11.11%) IaaS
1 1 (11.11%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (33.33%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (33.33%) Git (software)
2 2 (22.22%) Cucumber
2 2 (22.22%) HP UFT
2 2 (22.22%) Selenium
3 1 (11.11%) eggPlant
3 1 (11.11%) JIRA
3 1 (11.11%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (22.22%) Banking
1 2 (22.22%) Finance
2 1 (11.11%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 4 (44.44%) Test Manager
2 2 (22.22%) Architect
2 2 (22.22%) Automation Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Test Architect
2 2 (22.22%) Test Automation Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Test Engineer
2 2 (22.22%) Test Leader
3 1 (11.11%) Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Infrastructure Test Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Programme Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Programme Test Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Test Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Test Automation Architect
3 1 (11.11%) Test Programme Manager
3 1 (11.11%) Web Analyst
3 1 (11.11%) Web Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (44.44%) JSON
1 4 (44.44%) REST
2 3 (33.33%) .NET
2 3 (33.33%) AngularJS
2 3 (33.33%) SOAP
2 3 (33.33%) XML
2 3 (33.33%) XSLT
3 1 (11.11%) Gherkin
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (44.44%) Automated Testing
2 4 (44.44%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (33.33%) Defect Management
3 3 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 3 (33.33%) TDD
3 3 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 3 (33.33%) Web Testing
4 2 (22.22%) Automation Testing
4 2 (22.22%) Knowledge Management
4 2 (22.22%) Migration
4 2 (22.22%) Test Management
5 1 (11.11%) Data Analysis
5 1 (11.11%) Extreme Programming
5 1 (11.11%) Programme Management
5 1 (11.11%) Risk Analysis
5 1 (11.11%) Scrum
5 1 (11.11%) Systems Analysis
5 1 (11.11%) Test Scripting
5 1 (11.11%) Unified Process
Programming Languages
1 4 (44.44%) SQL
2 3 (33.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 4 (44.44%) ISEB
1 4 (44.44%) ISTQB
2 1 (11.11%) SC Cleared
2 1 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (11.11%) QA
System Software
1 1 (11.11%) KVM
Systems Management
1 1 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (22.22%) HP
2 1 (11.11%) Rally
2 1 (11.11%) Red Hat