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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 37 - 34
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 5 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 1.30% - 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.77% - 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 0 0
Average daily rate
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£330 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £343 £375
% change year-on-year
+9.48% -8.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £31.56 £44.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -28.28%
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 Merseyside region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
283 155 177
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 73.32% 64.58% 71.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 145 92 105
Average daily rate £350 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £185 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 2
Average hourly rate £135.00 £21.75 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+520.68% +20.83%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 3 months to 28 August 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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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
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Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Liverpool - 5 £330 - 1
Test Strategy
North West

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 28 August 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 20 (86.96%) Scrum
2 19 (82.61%) User Acceptance Testing
3 17 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (73.91%) ISEB
3 17 (73.91%) Waterfall
4 16 (69.57%) Test Automation
4 16 (69.57%) Supplier Management
4 16 (69.57%) QA
5 14 (60.87%) Test Scripting
6 12 (52.17%) PRINCE2
7 10 (43.48%) Security Cleared
8 9 (39.13%) SC Cleared
8 9 (39.13%) Test Planning
9 3 (13.04%) Oracle Fusion
9 3 (13.04%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (13.04%) Open Source
9 3 (13.04%) eggPlant
9 3 (13.04%) SoapUI
9 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
9 3 (13.04%) Middleware
9 3 (13.04%) C#
9 3 (13.04%) C++
9 3 (13.04%) Java
9 3 (13.04%) SQL
9 3 (13.04%) Oracle
9 3 (13.04%) JUnit
9 3 (13.04%) SOAP
9 3 (13.04%) Selenium
9 3 (13.04%) Performance Testing
9 3 (13.04%) TDD

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 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.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.35%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 3 (13.04%) JUnit
1 3 (13.04%) Selenium
1 3 (13.04%) SoapUI
1 3 (13.04%) eggPlant
2 2 (8.70%) JIRA
2 2 (8.70%) Cucumber
3 1 (4.35%) LoadRunner
General
1 1 (4.35%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (47.83%) Test Manager
2 8 (34.78%) Test Leader
3 3 (13.04%) Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) Test Analyst
4 2 (8.70%) Non-Functional Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) Performance Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (4.35%) UAT Test Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Tester
5 1 (4.35%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) SOAP
1 3 (13.04%) Middleware
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.70%) NHS
2 1 (4.35%) Statistics
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (86.96%) Scrum
2 19 (82.61%) User Acceptance Testing
3 17 (73.91%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (73.91%) Waterfall
4 16 (69.57%) Supplier Management
4 16 (69.57%) Test Automation
5 14 (60.87%) Test Scripting
6 12 (52.17%) PRINCE2
7 9 (39.13%) Test Planning
8 3 (13.04%) Open Source
8 3 (13.04%) ETL
8 3 (13.04%) TDD
8 3 (13.04%) Performance Testing
8 3 (13.04%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (13.04%) Continuous Improvement
9 2 (8.70%) Non-Functional Testing
9 2 (8.70%) Test Management
9 2 (8.70%) CRM
10 1 (4.35%) Migration
10 1 (4.35%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (13.04%) C#
1 3 (13.04%) C++
1 3 (13.04%) Java
1 3 (13.04%) SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (73.91%) ISEB
2 10 (43.48%) Security Cleared
3 9 (39.13%) SC Cleared
4 1 (4.35%) DV Cleared
4 1 (4.35%) PRINCE2 Certification
4 1 (4.35%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (69.57%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle