The table below looks at the statistics 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 24 December 2014 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 74 72 79
Rank change year-on-year
-2 +7
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 18 8 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.28% 0.70% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.80% 0.95% 0.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 3 2
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£225 £305 £326
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.22% -6.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £281 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £341 £377
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £37.00 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-18.91% -7.50%
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 Manchester region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1002 843 855
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 71.37% 73.75% 71.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 627 449 443
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £248 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £477 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 33 44 46
Average hourly rate £17.50 £18.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-2.77% -28.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £9.50 £10.09
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.13 £48.70 £87.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 24 December 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 24 December 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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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
Bury - 3 £225 -
Bolton - 1 - -
Salford - - - -
Stockport - - - -
Test Strategy
North West

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 12 (50.00%) Integration Testing
2 10 (41.67%) Oracle Retail
2 10 (41.67%) Retail
2 10 (41.67%) Oracle
3 8 (33.33%) Project Management
3 8 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 8 (33.33%) QA
3 8 (33.33%) Mentoring
4 7 (29.17%) QuickTest Pro
5 6 (25.00%) SOAP
5 6 (25.00%) Web Services
5 6 (25.00%) Selenium
5 6 (25.00%) SoapUI
6 5 (20.83%) Test Management
6 5 (20.83%) ERP
6 5 (20.83%) Finance
7 4 (16.67%) Service Management
7 4 (16.67%) ISEB
7 4 (16.67%) Software Testing
7 4 (16.67%) ISTQB
7 4 (16.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (16.67%) Test Planning
8 3 (12.50%) Coaching
8 3 (12.50%) Security Architecture
8 3 (12.50%) Vulnerability Management
8 3 (12.50%) Zephyr
8 3 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (12.50%) Degree
8 3 (12.50%) JIRA
8 3 (12.50%) Workflow

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 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 3 (12.50%) IIS
1 3 (12.50%) Oracle Workflow
Business Applications
1 10 (41.67%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (8.33%) TRIRIGA
3 1 (4.17%) Oracle ERP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (12.50%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 7 (29.17%) QuickTest Pro
2 6 (25.00%) Selenium
2 6 (25.00%) SoapUI
3 3 (12.50%) Zephyr
3 3 (12.50%) JIRA
4 2 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 10 (41.67%) Retail
2 5 (20.83%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (29.17%) Test Manager
1 7 (29.17%) Test Leader
2 3 (12.50%) Information Security Consultant
2 3 (12.50%) Tester
2 3 (12.50%) Consultant
2 3 (12.50%) Security Consultant
3 2 (8.33%) Senior Tester
3 2 (8.33%) Analyst
3 2 (8.33%) Lead Tester
4 1 (4.17%) Business Analyst
4 1 (4.17%) Test Analyst
4 1 (4.17%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (25.00%) SOAP
1 6 (25.00%) Web Services
2 1 (4.17%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.33%) Management Information System
2 1 (4.17%) IVR
2 1 (4.17%) Biometrics
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (50.00%) Integration Testing
2 8 (33.33%) Mentoring
2 8 (33.33%) Regression Testing
2 8 (33.33%) Project Management
3 5 (20.83%) ERP
3 5 (20.83%) Test Management
4 4 (16.67%) Test Planning
4 4 (16.67%) Service Management
4 4 (16.67%) Software Testing
5 3 (12.50%) Information Security
5 3 (12.50%) Workflow
5 3 (12.50%) Coaching
5 3 (12.50%) Performance Management
5 3 (12.50%) Security Architecture
5 3 (12.50%) Portfolio Management
5 3 (12.50%) Vulnerability Management
6 2 (8.33%) Non-Functional Testing
6 2 (8.33%) Analytics
6 2 (8.33%) Infrastructure Management
6 2 (8.33%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.17%) C#
1 1 (4.17%) VBScript
1 1 (4.17%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (16.67%) ISTQB
1 4 (16.67%) ISEB
1 4 (16.67%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
2 3 (12.50%) CISSP
2 3 (12.50%) Degree
3 2 (8.33%) SC Cleared
3 2 (8.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (33.33%) QA
2 3 (12.50%) PCI DSS
2 3 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 10 (41.67%) Oracle
2 3 (12.50%) Splunk
2 3 (12.50%) ArcSight
3 2 (8.33%) IBM