The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 96 107 108
Rank change year-on-year
+11 +1
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 40 13 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.26% 0.54% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.77% 0.77% 1.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 11 16
Average daily rate £383 £295 £438
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+29.66% -32.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £234 £153 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £325 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £378
% change year-on-year
- -7.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £37.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £68.00 £40.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
+70.00% +8.10%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2259 1696 1940
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.19% 70.43% 63.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 1165 841 965
Average daily rate £375 £338 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -3.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £255 £226 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £475 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 82 91
Average hourly rate £28.50 £27.50 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.63% +37.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £13.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £61.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Test Strategy
England

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 18 April 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +2 21 £310 - 3
Lancashire - 15 £500 - 3
Cheshire -12 3 - - 4
Merseyside +4 1 £225 -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 23 (38.98%) Finance
2 19 (32.20%) User Acceptance Testing
2 19 (32.20%) Test Scripting
3 12 (20.34%) Maximo
4 10 (16.95%) Validation
5 9 (15.25%) ISEB
5 9 (15.25%) Integration Testing
6 8 (13.56%) Test Management
7 7 (11.86%) Asset Management
7 7 (11.86%) Test Automation
7 7 (11.86%) Project Management
7 7 (11.86%) SQL
7 7 (11.86%) PRINCE2
8 6 (10.17%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (10.17%) Spreadsheet
9 5 (8.47%) Banking
9 5 (8.47%) HP Quality Center
9 5 (8.47%) Stakeholder Management
9 5 (8.47%) Java
10 4 (6.78%) Internet
10 4 (6.78%) APMP
10 4 (6.78%) Cucumber
10 4 (6.78%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (6.78%) Continuous Improvement
10 4 (6.78%) ISEB Practitioner
10 4 (6.78%) ISTQB
10 4 (6.78%) SC Cleared
10 4 (6.78%) Security Cleared
10 4 (6.78%) System Testing
10 4 (6.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner

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

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 (3.39%) WebSphere
2 1 (1.69%) Node.js
Applications
1 6 (10.17%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 12 (20.34%) Maximo
Communications & Networking
1 4 (6.78%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.39%) SQL Server
1 2 (3.39%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.69%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 4 (6.78%) Cucumber
1 4 (6.78%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (5.08%) Rational Performance Tester
2 3 (5.08%) Selenium
2 3 (5.08%) Rational Robot
2 3 (5.08%) Rational Rose
3 2 (3.39%) Visual Studio
3 2 (3.39%) Toad
3 2 (3.39%) PhantomJS
3 2 (3.39%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
3 2 (3.39%) SpecFlow
4 1 (1.69%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.69%) Jenkins
4 1 (1.69%) WinRunner
4 1 (1.69%) TestDirector
4 1 (1.69%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (1.69%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 1 (1.69%) ClearCase
4 1 (1.69%) JUnit
General
1 23 (38.98%) Finance
2 5 (8.47%) Banking
3 3 (5.08%) Retail
4 1 (1.69%) Retail Banking
4 1 (1.69%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 22 (37.29%) Test Manager
2 14 (23.73%) Analyst
3 13 (22.03%) Project Manager
4 10 (16.95%) Test Analyst
5 6 (10.17%) Tester
6 5 (8.47%) Digital Project Manager
7 4 (6.78%) Business Analyst
8 3 (5.08%) Business Manager
8 3 (5.08%) Systems Analyst
8 3 (5.08%) Consultant
8 3 (5.08%) Project Leader
8 3 (5.08%) Systems Test Analyst
8 3 (5.08%) Business Project Manager
8 3 (5.08%) Test Consultant
9 2 (3.39%) Software Tester
9 2 (3.39%) IT Project Manager
9 2 (3.39%) Designer
9 2 (3.39%) Payroll Manager
10 1 (1.69%) SAP Manager
10 1 (1.69%) SAP Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.08%) XML
2 2 (3.39%) EDI
2 2 (3.39%) EDIFACT
3 1 (1.69%) jQuery
3 1 (1.69%) HTML5
3 1 (1.69%) Backbone.js
3 1 (1.69%) Modernizr
3 1 (1.69%) AngularJS
3 1 (1.69%) LESS
3 1 (1.69%) HTML
3 1 (1.69%) CSS
3 1 (1.69%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 2 (3.39%) TRADACOMS
1 2 (3.39%) Mathematics
2 1 (1.69%) Computer Science
2 1 (1.69%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.39%) Windows
1 2 (3.39%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (32.20%) User Acceptance Testing
1 19 (32.20%) Test Scripting
2 10 (16.95%) Validation
3 9 (15.25%) Integration Testing
4 8 (13.56%) Test Management
5 7 (11.86%) Asset Management
5 7 (11.86%) Test Automation
5 7 (11.86%) Project Management
5 7 (11.86%) PRINCE2
6 6 (10.17%) Agile Software Development
7 5 (8.47%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (6.78%) Continuous Improvement
8 4 (6.78%) System Testing
9 3 (5.08%) Data Validation
9 3 (5.08%) Waterfall
9 3 (5.08%) Automation Testing
9 3 (5.08%) ITIL
10 2 (3.39%) ERP
10 2 (3.39%) Migration
10 2 (3.39%) Risk Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (11.86%) SQL
2 5 (8.47%) Java
3 2 (3.39%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 9 (15.25%) ISEB
2 4 (6.78%) APMP
2 4 (6.78%) ISEB Practitioner
2 4 (6.78%) ISTQB
2 4 (6.78%) SC Cleared
2 4 (6.78%) Security Cleared
2 4 (6.78%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
3 3 (5.08%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.08%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (8.47%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (5.08%) IBM
1 3 (5.08%) Microsoft
1 3 (5.08%) HP
2 2 (3.39%) Oracle
3 1 (1.69%) SAP
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Posted: 3 days ago
Leyland, Lancashire
CDI Anders Elite Ltd
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Posted: 4 days ago
Blackpool
Hays IT - Uk Posting account
Rate: £400.00 - £415.00 per day
Posted: 11 days ago
Lancashire
DP Connect
Rate: £415 - £550 per day
Posted: 12 days ago