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 5 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
5 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 117 91 105
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +14
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 33 44 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.85% 1.40% 0.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.93% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 24 10
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£375 £395 £295
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.06% +33.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £234 £273
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £543 £328
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £38.50 - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.50 £43.50 £40.00
% change year-on-year
-22.98% +8.75%
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
2943 2283 1743
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 75.71% 72.78% 72.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1620 1201 842
Average daily rate £400 £375 £341
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +9.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £229
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 141 123 86
Average hourly rate £35.00 £25.25 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+38.61% -12.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.00 £12.50 £13.23
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £43.50 £61.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.33 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-1.07% -5.23%

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 5 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 5 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 +1 12 £350 -30.00% 2
Manchester -16 12 £475 +42.85% 2
Cheshire -5 5 £350 - 1
Cumbria - 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 5 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 21 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 20 (31.75%) Finance
3 17 (26.98%) QA
4 11 (17.46%) Integration Testing
4 11 (17.46%) Oracle
5 10 (15.87%) Security Cleared
5 10 (15.87%) Test Automation
6 9 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (14.29%) Project Management
6 9 (14.29%) ERP
6 9 (14.29%) Test Planning
7 8 (12.70%) HP Quality Center
7 8 (12.70%) ISEB
7 8 (12.70%) Test Management
7 8 (12.70%) ISTQB
8 7 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (9.52%) Retail
9 6 (9.52%) Automated Testing
9 6 (9.52%) SC Cleared
9 6 (9.52%) SQL
9 6 (9.52%) Linux
9 6 (9.52%) Regression Testing
9 6 (9.52%) Migration
10 5 (7.94%) Stakeholder Management
10 5 (7.94%) Management Information System
10 5 (7.94%) HP
10 5 (7.94%) UNIX
10 5 (7.94%) SAP
10 5 (7.94%) COBOL
10 5 (7.94%) Manual Testing

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

For the 6 months to 5 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 (4.76%) WebSphere
2 2 (3.17%) SAS
3 1 (1.59%) IIS
Business Applications
1 4 (6.35%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (3.17%) TRIRIGA
2 2 (3.17%) Agresso
3 1 (1.59%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (1.59%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (1.59%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.59%) SAP HR
3 1 (1.59%) Oracle General Ledger
3 1 (1.59%) SAP Oil and Gas
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.76%) FTP
2 2 (3.17%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.76%) RDBMS
1 3 (4.76%) Relational Database
2 2 (3.17%) SAS Data Integration Studio
2 2 (3.17%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 4 (6.35%) SoapUI
1 4 (6.35%) Selenium
1 4 (6.35%) QuickTest Pro
2 3 (4.76%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (4.76%) JIRA
3 1 (1.59%) JMeter
3 1 (1.59%) TestDirector
3 1 (1.59%) JUnit
3 1 (1.59%) TestNG
3 1 (1.59%) WebDriver
General
1 20 (31.75%) Finance
2 6 (9.52%) Retail
3 4 (6.35%) Banking
4 1 (1.59%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.59%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.59%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 25 (39.68%) Test Manager
2 11 (17.46%) Test Leader
3 10 (15.87%) Analyst
3 10 (15.87%) Test Analyst
3 10 (15.87%) Tester
4 4 (6.35%) Consultant
5 3 (4.76%) Performance Analyst
5 3 (4.76%) Integration Tester
5 3 (4.76%) Performance Test Analyst
5 3 (4.76%) SAP Manager
6 2 (3.17%) SAP Test Manager
6 2 (3.17%) Test Consultant
6 2 (3.17%) Project Manager
7 1 (1.59%) QA Manager
7 1 (1.59%) Programme Manager
7 1 (1.59%) Senior Manager
7 1 (1.59%) Security Consultant
7 1 (1.59%) Project Leader
7 1 (1.59%) Coordinator
7 1 (1.59%) Senior Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.35%) .NET
2 3 (4.76%) SOAP
2 3 (4.76%) Web Services
2 3 (4.76%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.94%) Management Information System
2 3 (4.76%) Data Conversion
3 2 (3.17%) Data Extraction
3 2 (3.17%) IBM Mainframe
3 2 (3.17%) NHS
3 2 (3.17%) IVR
3 2 (3.17%) Biometrics
3 2 (3.17%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.59%) Life Science
4 1 (1.59%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.59%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 6 (9.52%) Linux
2 5 (7.94%) UNIX
3 4 (6.35%) Windows
4 3 (4.76%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 11 (17.46%) Integration Testing
3 10 (15.87%) Test Automation
4 9 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 9 (14.29%) Project Management
4 9 (14.29%) ERP
4 9 (14.29%) Test Planning
5 8 (12.70%) Test Management
6 7 (11.11%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (9.52%) Automated Testing
7 6 (9.52%) Regression Testing
7 6 (9.52%) Migration
8 5 (7.94%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (7.94%) Manual Testing
8 5 (7.94%) Risk Analysis
9 4 (6.35%) ITIL
9 4 (6.35%) CRM
10 3 (4.76%) Service Delivery
10 3 (4.76%) SOA
10 3 (4.76%) RUP
Programming Languages
1 6 (9.52%) SQL
2 5 (7.94%) COBOL
3 3 (4.76%) Java
4 1 (1.59%) VBScript
4 1 (1.59%) VB
4 1 (1.59%) C#
Qualifications
1 10 (15.87%) Security Cleared
2 8 (12.70%) ISEB
2 8 (12.70%) ISTQB
3 6 (9.52%) SC Cleared
4 5 (7.94%) Degree
4 5 (7.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (4.76%) DV Cleared
5 3 (4.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (1.59%) CISSP
6 1 (1.59%) PMP
6 1 (1.59%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.59%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (26.98%) QA
2 1 (1.59%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.59%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (12.70%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (17.46%) Oracle
2 5 (7.94%) HP
2 5 (7.94%) SAP
3 4 (6.35%) IBM
4 2 (3.17%) Siebel
5 1 (1.59%) Microsoft
5 1 (1.59%) TSYS
5 1 (1.59%) Splunk
5 1 (1.59%) ArcSight
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