The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy 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 Strategy over the 3 months to 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 124 106 106
Rank change year-on-year
-18 0
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 19 24 27
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.58% 0.87% 0.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.80% 1.18% 1.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 13 15
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£370 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £180 £262 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £435 £445 £384
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £355
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £33.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £39.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +5.40%
Test Strategy
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
2384 2041 2029
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.06% 73.79% 66.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 1409 1010 1019
Average daily rate £378 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.85% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £253 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+4.13% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 106 124 96
Average hourly rate £28.13 £22.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £44.00 £55.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Strategy
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 Strategy across the North West region.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Test Strategy
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 Strategy across the North West region.

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Test Strategy
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 Strategy within the North West region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014. 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 -6 13 £370 +33.93% 5
Lancashire - 5 £321 - 1
Cheshire +2 2 £450 +20.00% 1
Merseyside -3 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 7 (24.14%) ISEB
1 7 (24.14%) Test Management
2 6 (20.69%) Oracle Retail
2 6 (20.69%) Integration Testing
2 6 (20.69%) Retail
2 6 (20.69%) Oracle
3 5 (17.24%) Regression Testing
3 5 (17.24%) Finance
3 5 (17.24%) QA
3 5 (17.24%) Selenium
3 5 (17.24%) Mentoring
4 4 (13.79%) Test Planning
4 4 (13.79%) SoapUI
4 4 (13.79%) ISTQB
5 3 (10.34%) Project Management
5 3 (10.34%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (10.34%) SOAP
5 3 (10.34%) Web Services
5 3 (10.34%) Oracle Reports
5 3 (10.34%) JIRA
5 3 (10.34%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (10.34%) Software Testing
5 3 (10.34%) Workflow
5 3 (10.34%) Oracle Workflow
5 3 (10.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 3 (10.34%) Zephyr
6 2 (6.90%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (6.90%) Vulnerability Management
6 2 (6.90%) Coaching
6 2 (6.90%) Splunk

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

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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.

Application Platforms
1 3 (10.34%) Oracle Workflow
2 2 (6.90%) IIS
3 1 (3.45%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 6 (20.69%) Oracle Retail
2 1 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.34%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (17.24%) Selenium
2 4 (13.79%) SoapUI
3 3 (10.34%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (10.34%) JIRA
3 3 (10.34%) Zephyr
4 2 (6.90%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (3.45%) JMeter
5 1 (3.45%) JUnit
5 1 (3.45%) TestNG
5 1 (3.45%) WebDriver
General
1 6 (20.69%) Retail
2 5 (17.24%) Finance
3 2 (6.90%) Local Government
4 1 (3.45%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 7 (24.14%) Test Manager
1 7 (24.14%) Test Leader
2 6 (20.69%) Analyst
3 4 (13.79%) Test Analyst
4 3 (10.34%) Tester
5 2 (6.90%) Information Security Consultant
5 2 (6.90%) Business Analyst
5 2 (6.90%) Consultant
5 2 (6.90%) Security Consultant
6 1 (3.45%) Applications Tester
6 1 (3.45%) CRM Business Analyst
6 1 (3.45%) Test Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Senior Tester
6 1 (3.45%) Senior Test Engineer
6 1 (3.45%) Agile Tester
6 1 (3.45%) Automation Tester
6 1 (3.45%) Lead Tester
6 1 (3.45%) CRM Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.34%) SOAP
1 3 (10.34%) Web Services
2 2 (6.90%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (6.90%) IVR
1 2 (6.90%) Biometrics
Operating Systems
1 2 (6.90%) Windows 7
1 2 (6.90%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (24.14%) Test Management
2 6 (20.69%) Integration Testing
3 5 (17.24%) Regression Testing
3 5 (17.24%) Mentoring
4 4 (13.79%) Test Planning
5 3 (10.34%) Project Management
5 3 (10.34%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (10.34%) Software Testing
5 3 (10.34%) Workflow
6 2 (6.90%) Continuous Improvement
6 2 (6.90%) Vulnerability Management
6 2 (6.90%) Coaching
6 2 (6.90%) Portfolio Management
6 2 (6.90%) Security Architecture
6 2 (6.90%) Test Automation
6 2 (6.90%) Information Security
6 2 (6.90%) Migration
6 2 (6.90%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (6.90%) Agile Software Development
6 2 (6.90%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 1 (3.45%) JavaScript
1 1 (3.45%) SQL
Qualifications
1 7 (24.14%) ISEB
2 4 (13.79%) ISTQB
3 3 (10.34%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (6.90%) Security Cleared
4 2 (6.90%) Degree
4 2 (6.90%) CISSP
4 2 (6.90%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (3.45%) SC Cleared
5 1 (3.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (17.24%) QA
2 2 (6.90%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 2 (6.90%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 2 (6.90%) SCCM
2 1 (3.45%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (20.69%) Oracle
2 2 (6.90%) Splunk
2 2 (6.90%) ArcSight
3 1 (3.45%) Microsoft
3 1 (3.45%) HP
3 1 (3.45%) Infor
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