The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 23 29 33
Rank change year-on-year
+6 +4
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 1 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 0.55% 0.46% 1.06%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.76% 0.75% 1.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 0
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UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £388
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -3.22%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £48.25
% change year-on-year
-28.28% -8.80%
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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 Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
131 134 182
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the Midlands 71.98% 61.75% 64.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 52 60
Average daily rate £360 £450 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +18.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £207 £313 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £588 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 1 4
Average hourly rate £37.00 £175.00 £45.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-78.85% +288.88%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in the Midlands

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the Midlands region.

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands 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 2 (50.00%) SAP
1 2 (50.00%) ISEB
1 2 (50.00%) ISTQB
1 2 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Performance Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Test Management
2 1 (25.00%) Test Scripting
2 1 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (25.00%) MDX
2 1 (25.00%) Computer Science
2 1 (25.00%) Selenium
2 1 (25.00%) Perl
2 1 (25.00%) SQL
2 1 (25.00%) NHS
2 1 (25.00%) Shell Script
2 1 (25.00%) SAP FI
2 1 (25.00%) SAP MM
2 1 (25.00%) SAP PS
2 1 (25.00%) Python
2 1 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (25.00%) ERP
2 1 (25.00%) HP
2 1 (25.00%) Regression Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Automotive
2 1 (25.00%) Manufacturing
2 1 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (25.00%) SAP FI/CO
2 1 (25.00%) SAP CO
2 1 (25.00%) SAP PM
2 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in the Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 22 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Midlands 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.

Business Applications
1 1 (25.00%) SAP FI
1 1 (25.00%) SAP MM
1 1 (25.00%) SAP PS
1 1 (25.00%) SAP FI/CO
1 1 (25.00%) SAP CO
1 1 (25.00%) SAP PM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Selenium
General
1 1 (25.00%) Automotive
1 1 (25.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 3 (75.00%) Test Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Test Leader
2 1 (25.00%) SAP Manager
2 1 (25.00%) SAP Test Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 1 (25.00%) Computer Science
1 1 (25.00%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Performance Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Test Management
2 1 (25.00%) Test Scripting
2 1 (25.00%) ERP
2 1 (25.00%) Regression Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 1 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
2 1 (25.00%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) Perl
1 1 (25.00%) SQL
1 1 (25.00%) Shell Script
1 1 (25.00%) Python
Qualifications
1 2 (50.00%) ISEB
1 2 (50.00%) ISTQB
Systems Management
1 1 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) SAP
2 1 (25.00%) HP