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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 5 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
5 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 129 109 121
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +12
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 26 53 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.81% 1.28% 0.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.96% 1.61% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 31 14
Median daily rate £400 £480 £248
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-16.66% +93.93%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £265 £180
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £700 £418
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
-3.12% +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £43.50 £41.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
+6.09% +26.15%
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
2698 3289 2538
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 83.76% 79.41% 77.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 1800 2013 1500
Median daily rate £413 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 129 107
Median hourly rate £27.50 £30.15 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.78% +9.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.56 £12.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £44.35 £47.71 £55.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.75 £34.95 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-12.01% +39.80%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 5 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the North West region over the 3 months to 5 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -16 10 £438 +18.24% 4
Lancashire -7 9 £363 -32.24%
Cheshire +15 5 £413 -31.25% 3
Merseyside - 2 - - 3
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 17 (37.78%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (31.11%) QA
3 11 (24.44%) .NET
4 10 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
5 9 (20.00%) Virtual Team
5 9 (20.00%) Finance
5 9 (20.00%) Automated Testing
5 9 (20.00%) Functional Testing
6 8 (17.78%) Oracle EBS R12
6 8 (17.78%) Oracle EBS
6 8 (17.78%) Oracle
6 8 (17.78%) Java
6 8 (17.78%) JavaScript
6 8 (17.78%) C#
7 7 (15.56%) Python
7 7 (15.56%) Perl
7 7 (15.56%) ITIL
7 7 (15.56%) Shell Script
7 7 (15.56%) Security Cleared
7 7 (15.56%) Test Management
8 6 (13.33%) Integration Testing
8 6 (13.33%) JIRA
8 6 (13.33%) ISEB
9 5 (11.11%) PRINCE2
9 5 (11.11%) Oracle Reports
9 5 (11.11%) ERP
9 5 (11.11%) Project Management
9 5 (11.11%) SQL
9 5 (11.11%) C
9 5 (11.11%) Ruby

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (8.89%) Oracle Application Server
2 3 (6.67%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (2.22%) SharePoint
3 1 (2.22%) SharePoint 2010
3 1 (2.22%) SharePoint 2013
Applications
1 2 (4.44%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 8 (17.78%) Oracle EBS
1 8 (17.78%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (4.44%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (4.44%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (4.44%) Oracle Payables
3 1 (2.22%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 5 (11.11%) IaaS
1 5 (11.11%) SaaS
2 4 (8.89%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.22%) HTTP
1 1 (2.22%) Internet
1 1 (2.22%) Intranet
1 1 (2.22%) Unified Communications
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (11.11%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (8.89%) Oracle Database
2 4 (8.89%) Oracle Database 12c
2 4 (8.89%) SQL Server
3 2 (4.44%) Oracle Database 11g
3 2 (4.44%) SQL Server 2014
3 2 (4.44%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (2.22%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 6 (13.33%) JIRA
2 4 (8.89%) Selenium
3 3 (6.67%) Jenkins
3 3 (6.67%) TestComplete
4 2 (4.44%) JUnit
4 2 (4.44%) Maven
4 2 (4.44%) Rational Performance Tester
4 2 (4.44%) SoapUI
4 2 (4.44%) TestNG
4 2 (4.44%) Visual Studio
5 1 (2.22%) Appium
5 1 (2.22%) HP UFT
5 1 (2.22%) JMeter
5 1 (2.22%) LoadRunner
General
1 9 (20.00%) Finance
2 3 (6.67%) Banking
2 3 (6.67%) Manufacturing
3 2 (4.44%) General Ledger
4 1 (2.22%) Advertising
4 1 (2.22%) Automotive
4 1 (2.22%) Retail
4 1 (2.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 10 (22.22%) Test Manager
2 8 (17.78%) Analyst
2 8 (17.78%) Test Analyst
2 8 (17.78%) Test Engineer
3 7 (15.56%) Senior Test Engineer
4 5 (11.11%) Test Leader
4 5 (11.11%) Tester
5 4 (8.89%) QA Tester
6 3 (6.67%) Agile Test Manager
6 3 (6.67%) Automation Test Analyst
6 3 (6.67%) Developer
6 3 (6.67%) Programme Manager
6 3 (6.67%) Test Automation Engineer
7 2 (4.44%) Architect
7 2 (4.44%) Dynamics AX Developer
7 2 (4.44%) Performance Analyst
7 2 (4.44%) Product Manager
7 2 (4.44%) Programme Test Manager
7 2 (4.44%) QA Manager
7 2 (4.44%) QA Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (24.44%) .NET
2 2 (4.44%) HTML
2 2 (4.44%) Middleware
2 2 (4.44%) XML
3 1 (2.22%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.22%) Node.js
3 1 (2.22%) Velocity
3 1 (2.22%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 9 (20.00%) Virtual Team
2 2 (4.44%) Data Centre
2 2 (4.44%) Data Structures
2 2 (4.44%) Ergonomics
2 2 (4.44%) User Experience
3 1 (2.22%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (2.22%) CESG
3 1 (2.22%) CESG CLAS
3 1 (2.22%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (37.78%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (22.22%) Non-Functional Testing
3 9 (20.00%) Automated Testing
3 9 (20.00%) Functional Testing
4 7 (15.56%) ITIL
4 7 (15.56%) Test Management
5 6 (13.33%) Integration Testing
6 5 (11.11%) ERP
6 5 (11.11%) Open Source
6 5 (11.11%) PRINCE2
6 5 (11.11%) Project Management
7 4 (8.89%) Change Management
7 4 (8.89%) Continuous Improvement
7 4 (8.89%) High Availability
7 4 (8.89%) Migration
7 4 (8.89%) Performance Testing
7 4 (8.89%) Performance Tuning
7 4 (8.89%) Regression Testing
8 3 (6.67%) Line Management
8 3 (6.67%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 8 (17.78%) C#
1 8 (17.78%) Java
1 8 (17.78%) JavaScript
2 7 (15.56%) Perl
2 7 (15.56%) Python
2 7 (15.56%) Shell Script
3 5 (11.11%) C
3 5 (11.11%) Ruby
3 5 (11.11%) SQL
4 3 (6.67%) VBScript
5 2 (4.44%) X++
6 1 (2.22%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 7 (15.56%) Security Cleared
2 6 (13.33%) ISEB
3 5 (11.11%) SC Cleared
4 2 (4.44%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (4.44%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (4.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (2.22%) CISSP
5 1 (2.22%) CLAS
5 1 (2.22%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (31.11%) QA
2 1 (2.22%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 1 (2.22%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (17.78%) Oracle
2 4 (8.89%) ServiceNow
3 2 (4.44%) IBM
4 1 (2.22%) Cisco
4 1 (2.22%) Citrix
4 1 (2.22%) HP
4 1 (2.22%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.22%) Siebel
4 1 (2.22%) Workday