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 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 123 105 121
Rank change year-on-year
-18 +16
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 14 27 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.44% 0.91% 0.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.60% 1.27% 1.00%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 10 12
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£385 £383 £388
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+0.65% -1.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £249 £328
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £491 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-10.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £31.56 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £53.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-40.46% -7.42%
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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
2315 2130 2193
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 72.80% 72.01% 65.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1330 1081 1163
Average daily rate £375 £330 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £233 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 115 106
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.54 £26.08
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.09% -13.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £12.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £50.00 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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 19 September 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 19 September 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 -14 7 £413 +47.98% 4
Lancashire -16 4 £321 -
Cheshire +7 3 £450 +5.88% 2
Merseyside - - - -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 21 (44.68%) Finance
2 12 (25.53%) Integration Testing
3 10 (21.28%) ISEB
3 10 (21.28%) Validation
4 9 (19.15%) Test Management
4 9 (19.15%) Test Scripting
4 9 (19.15%) User Acceptance Testing
5 6 (12.77%) ITIL
5 6 (12.77%) Spreadsheet
6 5 (10.64%) PRINCE2
7 4 (8.51%) Internet
7 4 (8.51%) ERP
7 4 (8.51%) Maximo
7 4 (8.51%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (8.51%) Retail
7 4 (8.51%) ISEB Practitioner
7 4 (8.51%) Security Cleared
7 4 (8.51%) APMP
7 4 (8.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
7 4 (8.51%) Test Planning
8 3 (6.38%) People Management
8 3 (6.38%) Oracle Retail
8 3 (6.38%) Data Validation
8 3 (6.38%) SC Cleared
8 3 (6.38%) QA
8 3 (6.38%) Selenium
8 3 (6.38%) SoapUI
8 3 (6.38%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (6.38%) ISTQB
8 3 (6.38%) JIRA

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 2 (4.26%) Oracle Workflow
2 1 (2.13%) CMS
2 1 (2.13%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (12.77%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (8.51%) Maximo
2 3 (6.38%) Oracle Retail
3 2 (4.26%) SAP ERP
4 1 (2.13%) Remedy ITSM
4 1 (2.13%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.51%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.26%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (6.38%) Selenium
1 3 (6.38%) SoapUI
1 3 (6.38%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (6.38%) JIRA
2 2 (4.26%) QuickTest Pro
2 2 (4.26%) Zephyr
3 1 (2.13%) WebDriver
3 1 (2.13%) TestNG
3 1 (2.13%) JUnit
3 1 (2.13%) JMeter
General
1 21 (44.68%) Finance
2 4 (8.51%) Retail
3 3 (6.38%) Banking
4 2 (4.26%) Local Government
5 1 (2.13%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.13%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 14 (29.79%) Test Manager
2 11 (23.40%) Analyst
3 9 (19.15%) Project Manager
4 8 (17.02%) Test Analyst
5 5 (10.64%) Digital Project Manager
5 5 (10.64%) Tester
6 4 (8.51%) Test Leader
7 3 (6.38%) Business Analyst
7 3 (6.38%) Project Leader
8 2 (4.26%) SAP Test Manager
8 2 (4.26%) SAP Manager
9 1 (2.13%) CRM Analyst
9 1 (2.13%) Lead Tester
9 1 (2.13%) Agile Tester
9 1 (2.13%) Automation Tester
9 1 (2.13%) CRM Business Analyst
9 1 (2.13%) Financial Services Business Analyst
9 1 (2.13%) Service Manager
9 1 (2.13%) Senior Tester
9 1 (2.13%) Technical Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.38%) .NET
2 2 (4.26%) SOAP
2 2 (4.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.26%) FMCG
2 1 (2.13%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.13%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.26%) Windows
1 2 (4.26%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (25.53%) Integration Testing
2 10 (21.28%) Validation
3 9 (19.15%) Test Management
3 9 (19.15%) Test Scripting
3 9 (19.15%) User Acceptance Testing
4 6 (12.77%) ITIL
5 5 (10.64%) PRINCE2
6 4 (8.51%) ERP
6 4 (8.51%) Agile Software Development
6 4 (8.51%) Test Planning
7 3 (6.38%) People Management
7 3 (6.38%) Data Validation
7 3 (6.38%) Project Management
7 3 (6.38%) Regression Testing
8 2 (4.26%) Workflow
8 2 (4.26%) Asset Management
8 2 (4.26%) Migration
8 2 (4.26%) Stakeholder Management
8 2 (4.26%) Software Testing
8 2 (4.26%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.13%) JavaScript
1 1 (2.13%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (21.28%) ISEB
2 4 (8.51%) ISEB Practitioner
2 4 (8.51%) Security Cleared
2 4 (8.51%) APMP
2 4 (8.51%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 3 (6.38%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.38%) ISTQB
4 2 (4.26%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (4.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.13%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.13%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.38%) QA
2 1 (2.13%) COBIT
Systems Management
1 2 (4.26%) SCCM
2 1 (2.13%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (6.38%) Oracle
2 2 (4.26%) Microsoft
2 2 (4.26%) HP
2 2 (4.26%) SAP
3 1 (2.13%) ServiceNow
3 1 (2.13%) Infor
3 1 (2.13%) FrontRange
3 1 (2.13%) BMC
3 1 (2.13%) Remedy