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 23 January 2015 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 65 71 57
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -14
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 4 5 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.55% 0.54% 0.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 0.69% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 3 3
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£370 £438 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-15.42% +29.62%
UK excluding London average daily rate £363 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £37.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year
-18.91% -10.84%
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
558 724 531
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 76.33% 77.60% 67.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 327 353 268
Average daily rate £385 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £565 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £395 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 45 28
Average hourly rate £22.50 £35.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-35.71% +32.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £17.15 £15.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.50 £45.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-7.27% -12.69%

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
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 23 January 2015. 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
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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
Knutsford - - - -
Test Strategy
North West

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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 4 (57.14%) Stakeholder Management
2 3 (42.86%) IVR
2 3 (42.86%) Biometrics
2 3 (42.86%) QA
2 3 (42.86%) Manual Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Test Management
3 2 (28.57%) Finance
3 2 (28.57%) ISEB
4 1 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (14.29%) PMP
4 1 (14.29%) PMI Certification
4 1 (14.29%) TestDirector
4 1 (14.29%) JavaScript
4 1 (14.29%) .NET
4 1 (14.29%) ITIL
4 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2
4 1 (14.29%) Windows
4 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
4 1 (14.29%) Project Management
4 1 (14.29%) Programme Management
4 1 (14.29%) Local Government
4 1 (14.29%) ISTQB
4 1 (14.29%) Degree
4 1 (14.29%) Migration
4 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Data Mapping
4 1 (14.29%) Test Automation
4 1 (14.29%) Windows 7
4 1 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (14.29%) SCCM

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, 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.

Development Applications
1 1 (14.29%) TestDirector
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Test Leader
2 2 (28.57%) Test Manager
3 1 (14.29%) Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (14.29%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) IVR
1 3 (42.86%) Biometrics
Operating Systems
1 1 (14.29%) Windows
1 1 (14.29%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (57.14%) Stakeholder Management
2 3 (42.86%) Manual Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Test Management
4 1 (14.29%) ITIL
4 1 (14.29%) PRINCE2
4 1 (14.29%) Risk Management
4 1 (14.29%) Project Management
4 1 (14.29%) Programme Management
4 1 (14.29%) Migration
4 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Data Mapping
4 1 (14.29%) Test Automation
4 1 (14.29%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 1 (14.29%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (28.57%) ISEB
2 1 (14.29%) ITIL Certification
2 1 (14.29%) PMP
2 1 (14.29%) PMI Certification
2 1 (14.29%) ISTQB
2 1 (14.29%) Degree
2 1 (14.29%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (42.86%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
1 1 (14.29%) SCCM
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) TSYS