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 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 Strategy
Rank 107 93 112
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +19
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 41 35 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.12% 1.16% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.48% 1.61% 0.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 19 7
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£423 £483 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-12.43% +63.55%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £225 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £517 £550 £310
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.25 £39.75 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-16.35% -0.62%
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
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 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 22 May 2015.

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 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
Lancashire +7 13 £350 -30.00% 1
Manchester -17 11 £425 +28.30% 4
Merseyside -3 10 £496 +120.55% 6
Cheshire -10 3 £350 - 2
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England

Test Strategy
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 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 30 (42.25%) Test Scripting
2 26 (36.62%) QA
3 20 (28.17%) User Acceptance Testing
3 20 (28.17%) Agile Software Development
4 19 (26.76%) Test Automation
4 19 (26.76%) Finance
4 19 (26.76%) ISEB
5 17 (23.94%) Security Cleared
6 13 (18.31%) SC Cleared
6 13 (18.31%) Test Planning
7 11 (15.49%) Test Management
7 11 (15.49%) Integration Testing
7 11 (15.49%) ISTQB
8 10 (14.08%) Waterfall
8 10 (14.08%) Oracle
8 10 (14.08%) PRINCE2
8 10 (14.08%) Scrum
9 9 (12.68%) Automated Testing
9 9 (12.68%) Supplier Management
10 8 (11.27%) HP Quality Center
10 8 (11.27%) ERP
11 6 (8.45%) Linux
11 6 (8.45%) COBOL
11 6 (8.45%) SQL
11 6 (8.45%) Project Management
11 6 (8.45%) Migration
11 6 (8.45%) Manual Testing
12 5 (7.04%) SoapUI
12 5 (7.04%) Banking
12 5 (7.04%) Retail

Test Strategy
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 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 (4.23%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.82%) SAS
Business Applications
1 3 (4.23%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (2.82%) Agresso
2 2 (2.82%) TRIRIGA
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (1.41%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (1.41%) SAP HR
3 1 (1.41%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.23%) FTP
2 2 (2.82%) HTTP
3 1 (1.41%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.63%) RDBMS
1 4 (5.63%) Relational Database
2 2 (2.82%) Base SAS
2 2 (2.82%) SAS Data Integration Studio
3 1 (1.41%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (7.04%) SoapUI
2 3 (4.23%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (4.23%) Selenium
2 3 (4.23%) JIRA
3 2 (2.82%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (1.41%) TestNG
4 1 (1.41%) WebDriver
4 1 (1.41%) TestDirector
4 1 (1.41%) JUnit
4 1 (1.41%) JMeter
General
1 19 (26.76%) Finance
2 5 (7.04%) Banking
2 5 (7.04%) Retail
3 1 (1.41%) Retail Banking
3 1 (1.41%) Pharmaceutical
3 1 (1.41%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 39 (54.93%) Test Manager
2 11 (15.49%) Test Leader
3 9 (12.68%) Tester
4 8 (11.27%) Test Analyst
4 8 (11.27%) Analyst
5 3 (4.23%) Performance Analyst
5 3 (4.23%) Performance Test Analyst
5 3 (4.23%) SAP Manager
5 3 (4.23%) Integration Tester
5 3 (4.23%) Project Manager
5 3 (4.23%) Consultant
6 2 (2.82%) Test Consultant
6 2 (2.82%) SAP Test Manager
6 2 (2.82%) UAT Manager
7 1 (1.41%) Agile Tester
7 1 (1.41%) Lead Tester
7 1 (1.41%) Automation Tester
7 1 (1.41%) Test Project Manager
7 1 (1.41%) UAT Test Manager
7 1 (1.41%) QA Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.63%) SOAP
2 3 (4.23%) .NET
2 3 (4.23%) SAP Basis
3 2 (2.82%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.04%) Management Information System
2 4 (5.63%) Data Conversion
3 3 (4.23%) NHS
4 2 (2.82%) Mainframe
4 2 (2.82%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (2.82%) Data Extraction
5 1 (1.41%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.41%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.41%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.45%) Linux
2 5 (7.04%) UNIX
3 4 (5.63%) Windows
3 4 (5.63%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (42.25%) Test Scripting
2 20 (28.17%) User Acceptance Testing
2 20 (28.17%) Agile Software Development
3 19 (26.76%) Test Automation
4 13 (18.31%) Test Planning
5 11 (15.49%) Test Management
5 11 (15.49%) Integration Testing
6 10 (14.08%) Waterfall
6 10 (14.08%) PRINCE2
6 10 (14.08%) Scrum
7 9 (12.68%) Automated Testing
7 9 (12.68%) Supplier Management
8 8 (11.27%) ERP
9 6 (8.45%) Project Management
9 6 (8.45%) Migration
9 6 (8.45%) Manual Testing
10 5 (7.04%) Risk Analysis
10 5 (7.04%) Regression Testing
10 5 (7.04%) CRM
11 4 (5.63%) RUP
Programming Languages
1 6 (8.45%) COBOL
1 6 (8.45%) SQL
2 3 (4.23%) Java
Qualifications
1 19 (26.76%) ISEB
2 17 (23.94%) Security Cleared
3 13 (18.31%) SC Cleared
4 11 (15.49%) ISTQB
5 4 (5.63%) DV Cleared
5 4 (5.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 4 (5.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 3 (4.23%) Degree
7 2 (2.82%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (1.41%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (36.62%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.41%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (11.27%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (14.08%) Oracle
2 5 (7.04%) HP
2 5 (7.04%) SAP
3 4 (5.63%) IBM
4 2 (2.82%) Siebel
5 1 (1.41%) Microsoft
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