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 26 August 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
26 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 131 91 128
Rank change year-on-year
-40 +37
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 17 72 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.49% 1.70% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.60% 2.11% 0.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 44 8
Median daily rate £425 £369 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.25% +5.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £300 £285
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £650 £440
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £383 £350
% change year-on-year
-1.96% +9.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Median hourly rate - - £31.56
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £31.56
% change year-on-year
+40.62% +1.41%
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
2831 3413 2408
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.30% 80.63% 75.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1787 2071 1340
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £288 £264
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 137 109
Median hourly rate £22.00 £40.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.00% +45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £16.00 £12.51
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £59.50 £63.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £33.00 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +28.15%

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 26 August 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 26 August 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 -23 12 £431 +23.21% 4
Merseyside -2 3 £365 -35.11% 1
Cheshire +8 1 £325 -34.50% 1
Lancashire +1 1 £450 +12.50%
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 August 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 13 (34.21%) Continuous Improvement
2 12 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (31.58%) Test Scripting
3 11 (28.95%) Test Management
4 10 (26.32%) Non-Functional Testing
5 8 (21.05%) Finance
5 8 (21.05%) Java
6 7 (18.42%) Web Services
6 7 (18.42%) Performance Testing
6 7 (18.42%) QA
6 7 (18.42%) SC Cleared
6 7 (18.42%) Security Cleared
6 7 (18.42%) Software Testing
6 7 (18.42%) Defect Management
7 6 (15.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (15.79%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (15.79%) SQL
7 6 (15.79%) HP
8 5 (13.16%) Middleware
8 5 (13.16%) Regression Testing
8 5 (13.16%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (13.16%) Oracle
8 5 (13.16%) IBM
8 5 (13.16%) ISEB
8 5 (13.16%) Rational Performance Tester
8 5 (13.16%) Selenium
8 5 (13.16%) Integration Testing
8 5 (13.16%) ISTQB
8 5 (13.16%) Server Monitoring
8 5 (13.16%) Functional Testing

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 1 (2.63%) BizTalk Server
1 1 (2.63%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.63%) Skype for Business
Applications
1 4 (10.53%) MS Excel
2 3 (7.89%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.26%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.63%) Oracle Payables
Communications & Networking
1 4 (10.53%) HTTP
2 1 (2.63%) Internet
2 1 (2.63%) Skype
2 1 (2.63%) Unified Communications
2 1 (2.63%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.89%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.63%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (13.16%) Rational Performance Tester
1 5 (13.16%) Selenium
2 3 (7.89%) HP UFT
2 3 (7.89%) Jenkins
2 3 (7.89%) LoadRunner
3 2 (5.26%) JIRA
3 2 (5.26%) JUnit
3 2 (5.26%) Maven
3 2 (5.26%) TestComplete
3 2 (5.26%) TestNG
4 1 (2.63%) Appium
4 1 (2.63%) JMeter
4 1 (2.63%) Ranorex
4 1 (2.63%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (2.63%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (21.05%) Finance
2 4 (10.53%) Banking
3 2 (5.26%) Legal
3 2 (5.26%) Manufacturing
4 1 (2.63%) Advertising
4 1 (2.63%) Electronics
4 1 (2.63%) Law
4 1 (2.63%) Military
4 1 (2.63%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (2.63%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 13 (34.21%) Analyst
1 13 (34.21%) Test Analyst
2 12 (31.58%) Test Manager
3 5 (13.16%) Performance Analyst
3 5 (13.16%) Performance Test Analyst
4 4 (10.53%) Test Leader
5 3 (7.89%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
5 3 (7.89%) Test Engineer
5 3 (7.89%) Tester
6 2 (5.26%) Automation Test Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) Project Manager
6 2 (5.26%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) Test Automation Engineer
7 1 (2.63%) Integration Analyst
7 1 (2.63%) Integration Tester
7 1 (2.63%) SAP Manager
7 1 (2.63%) SAP Test Manager
7 1 (2.63%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
7 1 (2.63%) SQL Server Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (18.42%) Web Services
2 5 (13.16%) Middleware
3 4 (10.53%) .NET
4 2 (5.26%) HTML
4 2 (5.26%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (7.89%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (7.89%) Management Information System
2 2 (5.26%) Psychology
2 2 (5.26%) SWIFT
3 1 (2.63%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 3 (7.89%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (34.21%) Continuous Improvement
2 12 (31.58%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (31.58%) Test Scripting
3 11 (28.95%) Test Management
4 10 (26.32%) Non-Functional Testing
5 7 (18.42%) Defect Management
5 7 (18.42%) Performance Testing
5 7 (18.42%) Software Testing
6 5 (13.16%) Functional Testing
6 5 (13.16%) Integration Testing
6 5 (13.16%) Regression Testing
6 5 (13.16%) SDLC
6 5 (13.16%) Server Monitoring
6 5 (13.16%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (10.53%) Automated Testing
7 4 (10.53%) Open Source
7 4 (10.53%) PRINCE2
7 4 (10.53%) User Acceptance Testing
8 3 (7.89%) SOA
8 3 (7.89%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 8 (21.05%) Java
2 6 (15.79%) SQL
3 3 (7.89%) C
3 3 (7.89%) PL/SQL
3 3 (7.89%) VB
4 2 (5.26%) C#
4 2 (5.26%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 7 (18.42%) SC Cleared
1 7 (18.42%) Security Cleared
2 6 (15.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 5 (13.16%) ISEB
3 5 (13.16%) ISTQB
4 2 (5.26%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (5.26%) MCP
4 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Certification
4 2 (5.26%) OCP
4 2 (5.26%) Oracle Certification
4 2 (5.26%) SAP Certification
5 1 (2.63%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (18.42%) QA
2 2 (5.26%) SLA
3 1 (2.63%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (2.63%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 1 (2.63%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 6 (15.79%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (15.79%) HP
2 5 (13.16%) IBM
2 5 (13.16%) Oracle
3 4 (10.53%) Citrix
3 4 (10.53%) Siebel
4 3 (7.89%) Microsoft
4 3 (7.89%) SAP
5 2 (5.26%) ServiceNow
6 1 (2.63%) Cisco
6 1 (2.63%) EMC
6 1 (2.63%) VMware
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