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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 3 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
3 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 89 88 64
Rank change year-on-year
-1 -24
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 17 14 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.93% 0.84% 1.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.13% 1.10% 2.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 8 13
Median daily rate £375 £475 £333
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-21.05% +42.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £327 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £600 £379
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £40.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.40 £33.50 £43.50
% change year-on-year
+32.53% -22.98%
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
1499 1273 1055
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 81.60% 76.32% 75.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 912 687 548
Median daily rate £400 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £270 £247
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £500 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 16 28 42
Median hourly rate £27.00 £16.16 £16.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+67.05% -3.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.06 £12.00 £11.69
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £37.33
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £31.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -1.58%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Manchester region citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 3 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 3 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Stockport - 1 £488 -
Test Strategy
North West

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 3 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Manchester region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 17 (39.53%) Stakeholder Management
2 12 (27.91%) Retail
3 11 (25.58%) Test Scripting
3 11 (25.58%) Non-Functional Testing
3 11 (25.58%) Finance
4 9 (20.93%) HP Quality Center
4 9 (20.93%) ISTQB
5 8 (18.60%) QA
5 8 (18.60%) User Acceptance Testing
6 7 (16.28%) Test Management
6 7 (16.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (16.28%) Oracle
6 7 (16.28%) Defect Management
7 6 (13.95%) Operational Acceptance Testing
7 6 (13.95%) SQL
7 6 (13.95%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (13.95%) BDD
7 6 (13.95%) JIRA
7 6 (13.95%) Selenium
7 6 (13.95%) Software Testing
8 5 (11.63%) Test Planning
8 5 (11.63%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (11.63%) LoadRunner
8 5 (11.63%) System Integration Testing
9 4 (9.30%) HP
9 4 (9.30%) ISEB
9 4 (9.30%) PRINCE2
9 4 (9.30%) UML
9 4 (9.30%) Automation Testing
9 4 (9.30%) Use Case

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 3 (6.98%) Skype for Business
2 1 (2.33%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (6.98%) Mingle
1 3 (6.98%) MS Excel
2 2 (4.65%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (2.33%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (2.33%) Unit4 Business World
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.98%) Skype
1 3 (6.98%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.65%) Relational Database
1 2 (4.65%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.33%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 6 (13.95%) JIRA
1 6 (13.95%) Selenium
2 5 (11.63%) LoadRunner
3 3 (6.98%) WebDriver
4 2 (4.65%) HP UFT
4 2 (4.65%) TestDirector
5 1 (2.33%) Ranorex
5 1 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (2.33%) Visual Studio
General
1 12 (27.91%) Retail
2 11 (25.58%) Finance
3 2 (4.65%) Legal
4 1 (2.33%) Law
Job Titles
1 20 (46.51%) Test Manager
2 11 (25.58%) Performance Manager
2 11 (25.58%) Performance Test Manager
3 10 (23.26%) Analyst
4 8 (18.60%) Test Leader
5 6 (13.95%) QA Manager
5 6 (13.95%) QA Test Manager
5 6 (13.95%) Test Analyst
6 5 (11.63%) Architect
6 5 (11.63%) Performance Architect
6 5 (11.63%) Performance Test Architect
6 5 (11.63%) Systems Analyst
6 5 (11.63%) Technical Analyst
6 5 (11.63%) Test Architect
7 4 (9.30%) Business Analyst
7 4 (9.30%) Business Systems Analyst
7 4 (9.30%) Performance Test Leader
7 4 (9.30%) Technical Business Analyst
7 4 (9.30%) Tester
8 3 (6.98%) Agile Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.33%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.98%) Management Information System
2 2 (4.65%) Psychology
3 1 (2.33%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (39.53%) Stakeholder Management
2 11 (25.58%) Non-Functional Testing
2 11 (25.58%) Test Scripting
3 8 (18.60%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (16.28%) Defect Management
4 7 (16.28%) Test Management
5 6 (13.95%) Agile Software Development
5 6 (13.95%) BDD
5 6 (13.95%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 6 (13.95%) Software Testing
6 5 (11.63%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (11.63%) System Integration Testing
6 5 (11.63%) Test Planning
7 4 (9.30%) Automation Testing
7 4 (9.30%) PRINCE2
7 4 (9.30%) UML
7 4 (9.30%) Use Case
8 3 (6.98%) Programme Management
8 3 (6.98%) Project Management
8 3 (6.98%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 6 (13.95%) SQL
2 3 (6.98%) PL/SQL
3 2 (4.65%) C
3 2 (4.65%) Java
3 2 (4.65%) VB
4 1 (2.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 9 (20.93%) ISTQB
2 7 (16.28%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (9.30%) ISEB
4 2 (4.65%) MCP
4 2 (4.65%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (4.65%) OCP
4 2 (4.65%) Oracle Certification
4 2 (4.65%) SAP Certification
4 2 (4.65%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (18.60%) QA
2 1 (2.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 1 (2.33%) PCI DSS
2 1 (2.33%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (2.33%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 9 (20.93%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (16.28%) Oracle
2 4 (9.30%) HP
3 2 (4.65%) Microsoft
3 2 (4.65%) SAP
4 1 (2.33%) Guidewire
4 1 (2.33%) VMware