The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 5 March 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
5 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 32 26 -
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 4 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 1.16% 1.05% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.67% 1.74% -
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 0
Average daily rate
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£275 £225 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.22% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 - £43.00
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Merseyside region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
239 115 129
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 69.28% 60.21% 71.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 108 66 66
Average daily rate £400 £400 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +9.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £300 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 7 1
Average hourly rate £16.50 £18.50 £12.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.81% +54.16%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -11.29%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

Test Strategy
Top 29 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 5 (71.43%) ISEB
1 5 (71.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 5 (71.43%) ISTQB
2 3 (42.86%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (42.86%) HP
3 2 (28.57%) Finance
3 2 (28.57%) CRM
3 2 (28.57%) Siebel
3 2 (28.57%) Test Planning
3 2 (28.57%) QA
3 2 (28.57%) Web Testing
4 1 (14.29%) Performance Management
4 1 (14.29%) PCI DSS
4 1 (14.29%) Mentoring
4 1 (14.29%) Coaching
4 1 (14.29%) Security Architecture
4 1 (14.29%) Splunk
4 1 (14.29%) Portfolio Management
4 1 (14.29%) ArcSight
4 1 (14.29%) Vulnerability Management
4 1 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (14.29%) IIS
4 1 (14.29%) CISSP
4 1 (14.29%) NHS
4 1 (14.29%) Project Management
4 1 (14.29%) Information Security
4 1 (14.29%) Service Management
4 1 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (14.29%) Degree

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 5 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 (14.29%) IIS
General
1 2 (28.57%) Finance
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Test Analyst
1 3 (42.86%) Consultant
1 3 (42.86%) Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Test Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Information Security Consultant
3 1 (14.29%) QA Analyst
3 1 (14.29%) Test Manager
3 1 (14.29%) Security Consultant
Miscellaneous
1 1 (14.29%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (28.57%) CRM
1 2 (28.57%) Test Planning
1 2 (28.57%) Web Testing
2 1 (14.29%) Performance Management
2 1 (14.29%) Mentoring
2 1 (14.29%) Coaching
2 1 (14.29%) Security Architecture
2 1 (14.29%) Portfolio Management
2 1 (14.29%) Vulnerability Management
2 1 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
2 1 (14.29%) Project Management
2 1 (14.29%) Information Security
2 1 (14.29%) Service Management
Qualifications
1 5 (71.43%) ISEB
1 5 (71.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 5 (71.43%) ISTQB
2 1 (14.29%) CISSP
2 1 (14.29%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (28.57%) QA
2 1 (14.29%) PCI DSS
2 1 (14.29%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 3 (42.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (42.86%) HP
2 2 (28.57%) Siebel
3 1 (14.29%) Splunk
3 1 (14.29%) ArcSight