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 22 May 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
22 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Management
Rank 126 105 110
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Management 22 23 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.60% 0.76% 0.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.79% 1.06% 0.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 15 8
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£363 £410 £311
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.58% +31.72%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £320 £306
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £521 £491
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £330 £375
% change year-on-year
+21.21% -12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Average hourly rate £42.57 - £29.81
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.89 - £23.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £43.26 - £35.96
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+1.66% -6.25%
Test Management
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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 North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2778 2180 1710
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 75.69% 72.09% 72.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1589 1153 840
Average daily rate £400 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +10.71%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £226
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 110 83
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +42.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.92 £13.67 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £51.39
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 22 May 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
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 22 May 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 -13 7 £340 -6.84% 4
Lancashire +8 6 £350 -28.93% 1
Cheshire -8 4 £356 -
Cumbria - 2 £543 -
Merseyside - 2 £391 -
Test Management
England

Test Management
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 15 (38.46%) ISEB
2 13 (33.33%) Finance
3 12 (30.77%) ISTQB
3 12 (30.77%) SC Cleared
3 12 (30.77%) Security Cleared
4 11 (28.21%) User Acceptance Testing
4 11 (28.21%) HP Quality Center
4 11 (28.21%) Test Strategy
4 11 (28.21%) HP
4 11 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (23.08%) Test Automation
5 9 (23.08%) Software Testing
6 7 (17.95%) Integration Testing
6 7 (17.95%) Test Scripting
6 7 (17.95%) QA
6 7 (17.95%) Oracle
7 6 (15.38%) Functional Testing
8 5 (12.82%) Non-Functional Testing
8 5 (12.82%) ITIL
8 5 (12.82%) PRINCE2
8 5 (12.82%) IBM
8 5 (12.82%) Regression Testing
8 5 (12.82%) Banking
9 4 (10.26%) Microsoft
9 4 (10.26%) SQL
9 4 (10.26%) RUP
9 4 (10.26%) ERP
9 4 (10.26%) Manual Testing
9 4 (10.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (10.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification

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

For the 6 months to 22 May 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 (2.56%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (5.13%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (7.69%) TRIRIGA
2 2 (5.13%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (2.56%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (2.56%) Agresso
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.56%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.13%) SQL Server
1 2 (5.13%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (5.13%) Toad
1 2 (5.13%) Visual Studio
1 2 (5.13%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (5.13%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (2.56%) QAComplete
2 1 (2.56%) Selenium
2 1 (2.56%) SoapUI
2 1 (2.56%) ClearCase
2 1 (2.56%) TestDirector
2 1 (2.56%) JIRA
General
1 13 (33.33%) Finance
2 5 (12.82%) Banking
3 3 (7.69%) Retail
4 2 (5.13%) Billing
4 2 (5.13%) Military
Job Titles
1 23 (58.97%) Test Manager
2 10 (25.64%) Analyst
3 9 (23.08%) Test Analyst
4 4 (10.26%) Test Leader
5 3 (7.69%) Business Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) Functional Analyst
5 3 (7.69%) Functional Test Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Business Test Analyst
6 2 (5.13%) Tester
6 2 (5.13%) Programme Manager
6 2 (5.13%) Programme Test Manager
7 1 (2.56%) Service Transition Manager
7 1 (2.56%) Release Manager
7 1 (2.56%) Defect Manager
7 1 (2.56%) Project Manager
7 1 (2.56%) Senior Manager
7 1 (2.56%) Senior Business Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) Infrastructure Analyst
7 1 (2.56%) Business Manager
7 1 (2.56%) Transition Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (2.56%) Oracle Fusion
1 1 (2.56%) SOAP
1 1 (2.56%) Web Services
1 1 (2.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.69%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.56%) Mainframe
2 1 (2.56%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.13%) UNIX
1 2 (5.13%) Windows
1 2 (5.13%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (28.21%) User Acceptance Testing
1 11 (28.21%) Test Strategy
1 11 (28.21%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (23.08%) Test Automation
2 9 (23.08%) Software Testing
3 7 (17.95%) Integration Testing
3 7 (17.95%) Test Scripting
4 6 (15.38%) Functional Testing
5 5 (12.82%) Non-Functional Testing
5 5 (12.82%) ITIL
5 5 (12.82%) PRINCE2
5 5 (12.82%) Regression Testing
6 4 (10.26%) RUP
6 4 (10.26%) ERP
6 4 (10.26%) Manual Testing
6 4 (10.26%) Test Planning
7 3 (7.69%) Automation Testing
7 3 (7.69%) Time Management
7 3 (7.69%) Release Management
7 3 (7.69%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 4 (10.26%) SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (38.46%) ISEB
2 12 (30.77%) ISTQB
2 12 (30.77%) SC Cleared
2 12 (30.77%) Security Cleared
3 4 (10.26%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (10.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 3 (7.69%) PRINCE2 Certification
5 2 (5.13%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (2.56%) PMP
6 1 (2.56%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (17.95%) QA
Systems Management
1 11 (28.21%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (28.21%) HP
2 7 (17.95%) Oracle
3 5 (12.82%) IBM
4 4 (10.26%) Microsoft
5 2 (5.13%) SAP