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 3 May 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
3 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 135 128 99
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -29
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 31 33 44
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.77% 0.84% 1.38%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.94% 1.08% 1.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 21 24
Median daily rate £425 £375 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -5.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £300 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £600 £543
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
Median hourly rate £38.75 £38.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.64% -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.40 £33.50 £43.50
% change year-on-year
+32.53% -22.98%
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
3289 3054 2399
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.55% 78.09% 75.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 2040 1685 1253
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 88 145 136
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £29.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +27.58%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £14.50 £12.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £31.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+16.12% -1.58%

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 3 May 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 3 May 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 -1 17 £375 -21.05% 2
Cheshire -7 11 £470 +34.28%
Merseyside - 2 £338 - 1
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 May 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 32 (43.24%) Test Scripting
2 28 (37.84%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (33.78%) Test Management
4 19 (25.68%) Defect Management
4 19 (25.68%) Finance
4 19 (25.68%) Stakeholder Management
5 14 (18.92%) Selenium
6 13 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing
6 13 (17.57%) HP Quality Center
6 13 (17.57%) Waterfall
6 13 (17.57%) Non-Functional Testing
6 13 (17.57%) Scrum
7 12 (16.22%) Retail
7 12 (16.22%) Oracle
7 12 (16.22%) Mentoring
8 11 (14.86%) Use Case
8 11 (14.86%) QA
8 11 (14.86%) SDLC
8 11 (14.86%) JIRA
9 10 (13.51%) HP
9 10 (13.51%) Security Cleared
10 9 (12.16%) Kanban
10 9 (12.16%) Operational Acceptance Testing
10 9 (12.16%) Software Testing
10 9 (12.16%) ISTQB
11 8 (10.81%) System Integration Testing
11 8 (10.81%) Continuous Improvement
12 7 (9.46%) Cucumber
12 7 (9.46%) Disclosure Scotland
12 7 (9.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

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 3 (4.05%) Skype for Business
2 2 (2.70%) Tuxedo
3 1 (1.35%) OpenStack
3 1 (1.35%) SharePoint
Applications
1 3 (4.05%) Mingle
1 3 (4.05%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.70%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.35%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.35%) Oracle Payables
1 1 (1.35%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.35%) IaaS
1 1 (1.35%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.05%) Skype
1 3 (4.05%) VoIP
2 1 (1.35%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
1 2 (2.70%) Relational Database
1 2 (2.70%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.35%) BusinessObjects
Development Applications
1 14 (18.92%) Selenium
2 11 (14.86%) JIRA
3 7 (9.46%) Cucumber
4 6 (8.11%) LoadRunner
5 5 (6.76%) HP UFT
5 5 (6.76%) TestDirector
6 3 (4.05%) WebDriver
7 2 (2.70%) eggPlant
7 2 (2.70%) JMeter
8 1 (1.35%) Ranorex
8 1 (1.35%) Rational Performance Tester
8 1 (1.35%) SoapUI
8 1 (1.35%) Team Foundation Server
8 1 (1.35%) Visual Studio
General
1 19 (25.68%) Finance
2 12 (16.22%) Retail
3 4 (5.41%) Banking
4 2 (2.70%) Legal
4 2 (2.70%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.35%) Electronics
5 1 (1.35%) Law
5 1 (1.35%) Military
Job Titles
1 41 (55.41%) Test Manager
2 12 (16.22%) Analyst
2 12 (16.22%) Test Leader
3 11 (14.86%) Performance Manager
3 11 (14.86%) Performance Test Manager
4 8 (10.81%) Test Analyst
5 7 (9.46%) Architect
6 6 (8.11%) QA Manager
6 6 (8.11%) QA Test Manager
6 6 (8.11%) Technical Analyst
6 6 (8.11%) Test Architect
7 5 (6.76%) Performance Architect
7 5 (6.76%) Performance Test Architect
7 5 (6.76%) Systems Analyst
7 5 (6.76%) Tester
8 4 (5.41%) Agile Tester
8 4 (5.41%) Business Analyst
8 4 (5.41%) Business Systems Analyst
8 4 (5.41%) Performance Test Leader
8 4 (5.41%) Technical Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (5.41%) Web Services
2 1 (1.35%) .NET
2 1 (1.35%) Gherkin
2 1 (1.35%) JSON
2 1 (1.35%) Middleware
2 1 (1.35%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (6.76%) Management Information System
2 2 (2.70%) Mainframe
2 2 (2.70%) Psychology
2 2 (2.70%) SWIFT
3 1 (1.35%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 5 (6.76%) Linux
2 2 (2.70%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
2 2 (2.70%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (43.24%) Test Scripting
2 28 (37.84%) Agile Software Development
3 25 (33.78%) Test Management
4 19 (25.68%) Defect Management
4 19 (25.68%) Stakeholder Management
5 13 (17.57%) Non-Functional Testing
5 13 (17.57%) Scrum
5 13 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing
5 13 (17.57%) Waterfall
6 12 (16.22%) Mentoring
7 11 (14.86%) SDLC
7 11 (14.86%) Use Case
8 9 (12.16%) Kanban
8 9 (12.16%) Operational Acceptance Testing
8 9 (12.16%) Software Testing
9 8 (10.81%) Continuous Improvement
9 8 (10.81%) System Integration Testing
10 7 (9.46%) Migration
11 6 (8.11%) DSDM
11 6 (8.11%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (9.46%) SQL
2 5 (6.76%) Java
3 3 (4.05%) C
3 3 (4.05%) PL/SQL
4 2 (2.70%) COBOL
4 2 (2.70%) VB
5 1 (1.35%) C#
Qualifications
1 10 (13.51%) Security Cleared
2 9 (12.16%) ISTQB
3 7 (9.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (8.11%) BPSS Clearance
5 4 (5.41%) ISEB
5 4 (5.41%) SC Cleared
6 2 (2.70%) MCP
6 2 (2.70%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (2.70%) OCP
6 2 (2.70%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (2.70%) SAP Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (14.86%) QA
2 7 (9.46%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.35%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.35%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.35%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.35%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (1.35%) KVM
1 1 (1.35%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 13 (17.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 12 (16.22%) Oracle
2 10 (13.51%) HP
3 5 (6.76%) SAP
4 4 (5.41%) IBM
5 3 (4.05%) Microsoft
5 3 (4.05%) Red Hat
6 2 (2.70%) Micro Focus
7 1 (1.35%) Ariba
7 1 (1.35%) Citrix
7 1 (1.35%) EMC
7 1 (1.35%) Guidewire
7 1 (1.35%) Rally
7 1 (1.35%) Remedy
7 1 (1.35%) Siebel
7 1 (1.35%) VMware