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 7 July 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
7 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Management
Rank 116 108 123
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +15
Contract jobs citing Test Management 35 22 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.96% 0.73% 0.39%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.26% 1.00% 0.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 14 4
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£401 £425 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.76% +16.43%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £286 £310
10% offered a daily rate of more than £533 £525 £445
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £325 £375
% change year-on-year
+23.07% -13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £38.00 £32.25
% change year-on-year
-19.73% +17.82%
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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
2779 2211 1850
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.54% 73.21% 73.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 1647 1173 909
Average daily rate £388 £380 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.10% +8.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £249
10% offered a daily rate of more than £565 £540 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 96 83
Average hourly rate £35.00 £26.50 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.07% +26.19%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.80 £45.00 £75.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -9.83%

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 7 July 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 7 July 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 -7 17 £369 -7.81% 3
Cheshire +4 8 £468 +19.87%
Lancashire +5 6 £260 -47.20%
Cumbria - 2 £543 -
Merseyside - 1 £518 -
Test Management
England

Test Management
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 21 (34.43%) Finance
1 21 (34.43%) ISEB
2 17 (27.87%) ISTQB
2 17 (27.87%) Test Strategy
3 16 (26.23%) Agile Software Development
4 15 (24.59%) Software Testing
4 15 (24.59%) User Acceptance Testing
5 13 (21.31%) Security Cleared
6 12 (19.67%) Test Automation
6 12 (19.67%) HP Quality Center
6 12 (19.67%) Oracle
7 11 (18.03%) HP
7 11 (18.03%) SDLC
8 10 (16.39%) Risk Management
8 10 (16.39%) Test Scripting
9 9 (14.75%) Manual Testing
9 9 (14.75%) SC Cleared
9 9 (14.75%) Banking
9 9 (14.75%) Non-Functional Testing
10 8 (13.11%) Functional Testing
10 8 (13.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 8 (13.11%) Integration Testing
10 8 (13.11%) QA
10 8 (13.11%) PRINCE2
10 8 (13.11%) Microsoft
11 7 (11.48%) Windows
11 7 (11.48%) Stakeholder Management
12 6 (9.84%) Migration
12 6 (9.84%) Regression Testing
12 6 (9.84%) Project Management

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

For the 6 months to 7 July 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 2 (3.28%) SharePoint
2 1 (1.64%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.64%) JBoss
Applications
1 6 (9.84%) MS Office
2 3 (4.92%) MS Excel
3 2 (3.28%) Maya
3 2 (3.28%) 3ds Max
3 2 (3.28%) Adobe Illustrator
3 2 (3.28%) CINEMA 4D
3 2 (3.28%) MODO
3 2 (3.28%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 3 (4.92%) Oracle Financials
2 2 (3.28%) Agresso
2 2 (3.28%) Oracle EBS
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.64%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.64%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.92%) Oracle Database
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server
2 2 (3.28%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database 10g
3 1 (1.64%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 2 (3.28%) Toad
1 2 (3.28%) Visual Studio
1 2 (3.28%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (3.28%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (1.64%) SoapUI
2 1 (1.64%) QAComplete
2 1 (1.64%) ClearCase
2 1 (1.64%) TestDirector
2 1 (1.64%) LoadRunner
2 1 (1.64%) ProC
2 1 (1.64%) Rational Robot
2 1 (1.64%) JIRA
2 1 (1.64%) Selenium
2 1 (1.64%) Rational Performance Tester
2 1 (1.64%) Rational Functional Tester
General
1 21 (34.43%) Finance
2 9 (14.75%) Banking
3 3 (4.92%) Retail
4 2 (3.28%) Billing
4 2 (3.28%) Military
5 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.64%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 37 (60.66%) Test Manager
2 12 (19.67%) Analyst
3 11 (18.03%) Test Analyst
4 8 (13.11%) Test Leader
5 3 (4.92%) Functional Analyst
5 3 (4.92%) Functional Test Analyst
5 3 (4.92%) Business Analyst
5 3 (4.92%) Tester
6 2 (3.28%) Programme Manager
6 2 (3.28%) Developer
6 2 (3.28%) Software Developer
6 2 (3.28%) QA Engineer
6 2 (3.28%) Business Test Analyst
6 2 (3.28%) Programme Test Manager
7 1 (1.64%) Business Manager
7 1 (1.64%) Transition Manager
7 1 (1.64%) SAP Manager
7 1 (1.64%) Senior Business Manager
7 1 (1.64%) SAP Tester
7 1 (1.64%) SAP Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.28%) Web Services
2 1 (1.64%) XML
2 1 (1.64%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (1.64%) JSP
2 1 (1.64%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.56%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (1.64%) Data Centre
2 1 (1.64%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 7 (11.48%) Windows
2 2 (3.28%) Windows 7
2 2 (3.28%) Windows Server 2012
2 2 (3.28%) UNIX
3 1 (1.64%) Solaris
3 1 (1.64%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (27.87%) Test Strategy
2 16 (26.23%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (24.59%) Software Testing
3 15 (24.59%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (19.67%) Test Automation
5 11 (18.03%) SDLC
6 10 (16.39%) Test Scripting
6 10 (16.39%) Risk Management
7 9 (14.75%) Manual Testing
7 9 (14.75%) Non-Functional Testing
8 8 (13.11%) Integration Testing
8 8 (13.11%) Functional Testing
8 8 (13.11%) PRINCE2
9 7 (11.48%) Stakeholder Management
10 6 (9.84%) Migration
10 6 (9.84%) Regression Testing
10 6 (9.84%) Project Management
11 5 (8.20%) Configuration Management
11 5 (8.20%) RUP
11 5 (8.20%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 6 (9.84%) SQL
2 2 (3.28%) Python
3 1 (1.64%) Shell Script
3 1 (1.64%) C
3 1 (1.64%) Java
3 1 (1.64%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (34.43%) ISEB
2 17 (27.87%) ISTQB
3 13 (21.31%) Security Cleared
4 9 (14.75%) SC Cleared
5 8 (13.11%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 4 (6.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (4.92%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 2 (3.28%) BC Cleared
8 2 (3.28%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (1.64%) Degree
9 1 (1.64%) PMP
9 1 (1.64%) PMI Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (13.11%) QA
2 3 (4.92%) P3O
System Software
1 1 (1.64%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.64%) Microsoft App-V
Systems Management
1 12 (19.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (19.67%) Oracle
2 11 (18.03%) HP
3 8 (13.11%) Microsoft
4 4 (6.56%) IBM
5 2 (3.28%) SAP
5 2 (3.28%) Hyperion
5 2 (3.28%) Teradata
6 1 (1.64%) AppSense
6 1 (1.64%) Citrix
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