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 29 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 73 76 79
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +3
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 13 8 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.95% 0.71% 0.20%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.28% 0.97% 0.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 2
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£225 £275 £550
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.18% -50.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £370 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-1.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £35.00 £41.50
% change year-on-year
+6.42% -15.66%
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
1014 824 708
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 73.91% 73.51% 69.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 622 432 390
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £493 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 31 34
Average hourly rate £17.50 £17.15 £25.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.04% -33.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £9.50 £10.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.00 £48.70 £44.40
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

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 29 January 2015.

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 29 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
Salford - - - -
Stockport - - - - 1
Test Strategy
North West

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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 11 (42.31%) Integration Testing
2 9 (34.62%) Retail
2 9 (34.62%) Oracle
2 9 (34.62%) Oracle Retail
3 8 (30.77%) Project Management
3 8 (30.77%) QA
4 7 (26.92%) Regression Testing
4 7 (26.92%) Mentoring
5 6 (23.08%) Finance
5 6 (23.08%) QuickTest Pro
6 5 (19.23%) ERP
6 5 (19.23%) SOAP
6 5 (19.23%) Web Services
6 5 (19.23%) SoapUI
6 5 (19.23%) Test Management
6 5 (19.23%) Selenium
7 4 (15.38%) Software Testing
7 4 (15.38%) ISTQB
7 4 (15.38%) ISEB
7 4 (15.38%) Service Management
7 4 (15.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (15.38%) Test Planning
8 3 (11.54%) Coaching
8 3 (11.54%) CISSP
8 3 (11.54%) IIS
8 3 (11.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
8 3 (11.54%) Degree
8 3 (11.54%) Information Security
8 3 (11.54%) Test Scripting
8 3 (11.54%) Performance Management

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, 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 (11.54%) IIS
2 2 (7.69%) Oracle Workflow
Business Applications
1 9 (34.62%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (7.69%) TRIRIGA
3 1 (3.85%) Oracle ERP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.69%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (23.08%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (19.23%) SoapUI
2 5 (19.23%) Selenium
3 2 (7.69%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (7.69%) JIRA
3 2 (7.69%) Zephyr
General
1 9 (34.62%) Retail
2 6 (23.08%) Finance
3 1 (3.85%) Banking
Job Titles
1 8 (30.77%) Test Manager
2 7 (26.92%) Test Leader
3 3 (11.54%) Consultant
3 3 (11.54%) Security Consultant
3 3 (11.54%) Tester
3 3 (11.54%) Analyst
3 3 (11.54%) Information Security Consultant
4 2 (7.69%) Lead Tester
4 2 (7.69%) Senior Tester
4 2 (7.69%) Test Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) Project Manager
5 1 (3.85%) Business Analyst
5 1 (3.85%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (19.23%) SOAP
1 5 (19.23%) Web Services
2 1 (3.85%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (7.69%) Management Information System
2 1 (3.85%) Biometrics
2 1 (3.85%) IVR
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (42.31%) Integration Testing
2 8 (30.77%) Project Management
3 7 (26.92%) Regression Testing
3 7 (26.92%) Mentoring
4 5 (19.23%) ERP
4 5 (19.23%) Test Management
5 4 (15.38%) Software Testing
5 4 (15.38%) Service Management
5 4 (15.38%) Test Planning
6 3 (11.54%) Coaching
6 3 (11.54%) Information Security
6 3 (11.54%) Test Scripting
6 3 (11.54%) Performance Management
6 3 (11.54%) Portfolio Management
6 3 (11.54%) Security Architecture
6 3 (11.54%) Vulnerability Management
7 2 (7.69%) Test Automation
7 2 (7.69%) Manual Testing
7 2 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (7.69%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.85%) C#
1 1 (3.85%) VBScript
1 1 (3.85%) VB
Qualifications
1 4 (15.38%) ISTQB
1 4 (15.38%) ISEB
1 4 (15.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
2 3 (11.54%) CISSP
2 3 (11.54%) Degree
3 2 (7.69%) SC Cleared
3 2 (7.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (30.77%) QA
2 3 (11.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 3 (11.54%) PCI DSS
Vendors
1 9 (34.62%) Oracle
2 3 (11.54%) Splunk
2 3 (11.54%) ArcSight
3 2 (7.69%) IBM