The first table below looks at the demand for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Manchester region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 76 70 87
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +17
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 5 7 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.40% 0.62% 0.072%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.57% 0.84% 0.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 1
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£325 £390 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +11.42%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £400
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.78 £38.75 £19.00
% change year-on-year
-12.83% +103.94%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
870 831 923
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 69.49% 73.74% 66.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 482 445 466
Average daily rate £350 £333 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.18% +5.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £270 £245 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £450 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 35 44
Average hourly rate £15.79 £17.50 £23.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-9.77% -26.31%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.25 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
Test Strategy
North West

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 25 July 2014.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 3 months to 25 July 2014. 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
Cheadle - - - -
Rochdale - - - -
Salford - - - -
Wigan - - - -
Test Strategy
North West

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 17 (54.84%) User Acceptance Testing
2 13 (41.94%) Test Scripting
3 12 (38.71%) Maximo
4 8 (25.81%) Test Management
5 7 (22.58%) Asset Management
6 5 (16.13%) Finance
7 4 (12.90%) Microsoft
7 4 (12.90%) ERP
7 4 (12.90%) Banking
7 4 (12.90%) QA
8 3 (9.68%) Retail
8 3 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
8 3 (9.68%) SQL
8 3 (9.68%) ISEB
8 3 (9.68%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (9.68%) Test Automation
8 3 (9.68%) Automation Testing
9 2 (6.45%) Oracle Database
9 2 (6.45%) Technical Analysis
9 2 (6.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 2 (6.45%) TRADACOMS
9 2 (6.45%) System Testing
9 2 (6.45%) FMCG
9 2 (6.45%) Cucumber
9 2 (6.45%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (6.45%) SpecFlow
9 2 (6.45%) Windows Server 2012
9 2 (6.45%) Toad
9 2 (6.45%) Oracle
9 2 (6.45%) SQL Server

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 (3.23%) SharePoint
1 1 (3.23%) CMS
Business Applications
1 12 (38.71%) Maximo
2 2 (6.45%) SAP ERP
3 1 (3.23%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (3.23%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.45%) SQL Server
1 2 (6.45%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 3 (9.68%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (6.45%) Cucumber
2 2 (6.45%) SpecFlow
2 2 (6.45%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 2 (6.45%) Visual Studio
2 2 (6.45%) Toad
2 2 (6.45%) Selenium
3 1 (3.23%) JIRA
General
1 5 (16.13%) Finance
2 4 (12.90%) Banking
3 3 (9.68%) Retail
4 1 (3.23%) Retail Banking
4 1 (3.23%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 14 (45.16%) Test Manager
2 10 (32.26%) Analyst
3 8 (25.81%) Test Analyst
4 6 (19.35%) Tester
5 2 (6.45%) Business Analyst
5 2 (6.45%) SAP Manager
5 2 (6.45%) SAP Test Manager
5 2 (6.45%) Consultant
5 2 (6.45%) Software Tester
5 2 (6.45%) Test Consultant
6 1 (3.23%) Financial Business Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) CRM Business Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) Service Manager
6 1 (3.23%) Financial Services Business Analyst
6 1 (3.23%) Test Leader
6 1 (3.23%) CRM Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (6.45%) XML
1 2 (6.45%) EDI
1 2 (6.45%) EDIFACT
2 1 (3.23%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.45%) Mathematics
1 2 (6.45%) FMCG
1 2 (6.45%) TRADACOMS
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.45%) Windows
1 2 (6.45%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (54.84%) User Acceptance Testing
2 13 (41.94%) Test Scripting
3 8 (25.81%) Test Management
4 7 (22.58%) Asset Management
5 4 (12.90%) ERP
6 3 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (9.68%) Test Automation
6 3 (9.68%) Automation Testing
7 2 (6.45%) Technical Analysis
7 2 (6.45%) System Testing
7 2 (6.45%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (6.45%) Automated Testing
7 2 (6.45%) Software Testing
8 1 (3.23%) IT Governance
8 1 (3.23%) Stress Testing
8 1 (3.23%) Integration Testing
8 1 (3.23%) Penetration Testing
8 1 (3.23%) ITIL
8 1 (3.23%) CRM
8 1 (3.23%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 3 (9.68%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (9.68%) ISEB
2 2 (6.45%) ISTQB
2 2 (6.45%) Degree
3 1 (3.23%) SC Cleared
3 1 (3.23%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (12.90%) QA
2 1 (3.23%) COBIT
Systems Management
1 1 (3.23%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (12.90%) Microsoft
2 2 (6.45%) HP
2 2 (6.45%) Oracle
2 2 (6.45%) SAP
3 1 (3.23%) BMC
3 1 (3.23%) Remedy
3 1 (3.23%) FrontRange
3 1 (3.23%) ServiceNow