The table below looks at the statistics for Test Management skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Management over the 3 months to 27 April 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
27 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Management
Rank 130 107 97
Rank change year-on-year
-23 -10
Contract jobs citing Test Management 23 26 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.59% 0.85% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.78% 1.16% 1.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 16 11
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£345 £418 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.36% +34.67%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £275 £295
10% offered a daily rate of more than £411 £518 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 3
Average hourly rate £43.43 - £29.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.06 - £23.49
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £56.69 - £35.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.00 £36.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-15.64% +14.84%
Test Management
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2958 2232 1729
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.28% 72.80% 71.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 1621 1173 847
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £259 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £375 £362
% change year-on-year
+4.00% +3.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 143 124 86
Average hourly rate £37.00 £25.25 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+46.53% -10.61%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £12.49 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £61.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.20 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-2.58% -3.12%

Test Management
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Test Management Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Management
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Test Management Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Test Management
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Management across the North West region over the 3 months to 27 April 2015.

Test Management Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Test Management
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Test Management Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Test Management
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Management across the North West region over the 3 months to 27 April 2015.

Test Management Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

Test Management
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Management within the North West region over the 3 months to 27 April 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
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -4 14 £340 +23.63% 1
Lancashire +3 4 £350 -28.93%
Cheshire -8 2 £363 - 1
Cumbria -11 1 - -
Merseyside -15 1 £265 -26.38%
Test Management
England

Test Management
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Test Management 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 Management.

1 17 (42.50%) Finance
2 13 (32.50%) HP Quality Center
3 12 (30.00%) Security Cleared
3 12 (30.00%) ISEB
4 11 (27.50%) Oracle
4 11 (27.50%) Test Scripting
5 10 (25.00%) SC Cleared
5 10 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (25.00%) ISTQB
6 9 (22.50%) Integration Testing
7 8 (20.00%) Test Strategy
7 8 (20.00%) HP
8 7 (17.50%) Agile Software Development
8 7 (17.50%) Regression Testing
8 7 (17.50%) Functional Testing
8 7 (17.50%) Software Testing
9 6 (15.00%) Test Automation
9 6 (15.00%) Banking
10 5 (12.50%) Retail
10 5 (12.50%) ITIL
10 5 (12.50%) Test Planning
10 5 (12.50%) Performance Testing
10 5 (12.50%) QA
11 4 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
11 4 (10.00%) Oracle Fusion
11 4 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 4 (10.00%) QAComplete
12 3 (7.50%) Project Management
12 3 (7.50%) Microsoft
12 3 (7.50%) SQL

Test Management
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 27 April 2015, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Test Management 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 Management. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.50%) CMS
1 1 (2.50%) Drupal
1 1 (2.50%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 2 (5.00%) MS Project
1 2 (5.00%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.50%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (7.50%) Oracle Financials
1 3 (7.50%) TRIRIGA
2 2 (5.00%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (5.00%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (2.50%) Agresso
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.50%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.00%) SQL Server
1 2 (5.00%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (10.00%) QAComplete
2 3 (7.50%) JIRA
2 3 (7.50%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (5.00%) Visual Studio
3 2 (5.00%) Toad
3 2 (5.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (5.00%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (2.50%) TestDirector
4 1 (2.50%) SoapUI
General
1 17 (42.50%) Finance
2 6 (15.00%) Banking
3 5 (12.50%) Retail
4 2 (5.00%) Billing
4 2 (5.00%) Military
4 2 (5.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (55.00%) Test Manager
2 11 (27.50%) Analyst
3 10 (25.00%) Test Analyst
4 4 (10.00%) Tester
5 3 (7.50%) Business Analyst
5 3 (7.50%) Functional Test Analyst
5 3 (7.50%) Functional Analyst
5 3 (7.50%) Test Leader
6 2 (5.00%) Programme Test Manager
6 2 (5.00%) Business Test Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) Programme Manager
7 1 (2.50%) Project Manager
7 1 (2.50%) SAP Manager
7 1 (2.50%) Senior Business Manager
7 1 (2.50%) SAP Test Manager
7 1 (2.50%) Senior Manager
7 1 (2.50%) Senior Business Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) Release Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.00%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (2.50%) SOAP
2 1 (2.50%) Web Services
2 1 (2.50%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.50%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.00%) Mainframe
3 1 (2.50%) Management Information System
3 1 (2.50%) Biometrics
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.00%) Windows
1 2 (5.00%) Windows Server 2012
2 1 (2.50%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (27.50%) Test Scripting
2 10 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 9 (22.50%) Integration Testing
4 8 (20.00%) Test Strategy
5 7 (17.50%) Functional Testing
5 7 (17.50%) Software Testing
5 7 (17.50%) Regression Testing
5 7 (17.50%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (15.00%) Test Automation
7 5 (12.50%) Performance Testing
7 5 (12.50%) ITIL
7 5 (12.50%) Test Planning
8 4 (10.00%) Non-Functional Testing
9 3 (7.50%) Manual Testing
9 3 (7.50%) Time Management
9 3 (7.50%) TOGAF
9 3 (7.50%) Project Management
9 3 (7.50%) Service Management
10 2 (5.00%) Project Planning
10 2 (5.00%) Matrix Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (7.50%) SQL
Qualifications
1 12 (30.00%) ISEB
1 12 (30.00%) Security Cleared
2 10 (25.00%) ISTQB
2 10 (25.00%) SC Cleared
3 4 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (7.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.50%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (12.50%) QA
Systems Management
1 13 (32.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (27.50%) Oracle
2 8 (20.00%) HP
3 3 (7.50%) Microsoft
4 2 (5.00%) IBM
5 1 (2.50%) SAP
5 1 (2.50%) Sitecore