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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 118 108 106
Rank change year-on-year
-10 -2
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 33 23 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.91% 0.80% 0.52%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.21% 1.11% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 12 11
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+24.19% -4.61%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £237 £153
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £365 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £395 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.85% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 0
Average hourly rate £38.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 - £43.00
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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
2727 2073 1641
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 74.81% 72.41% 70.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 1482 1064 811
Average daily rate £400 £375 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +13.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 128 126 80
Average hourly rate £41.00 £31.50 £27.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.15% +14.54%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £60.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

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 30 March 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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the North West region over the 3 months to 30 March 2015.

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Histogram 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 30 March 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
Manchester -15 17 £438 +31.57% 5
Cheshire +3 6 £360 - 1
Merseyside -14 2 £275 +22.22%
Lancashire - 2 £300 -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 20 (32.26%) Finance
2 17 (27.42%) QA
3 14 (22.58%) Oracle
4 13 (20.97%) Project Management
5 12 (19.35%) Test Scripting
6 11 (17.74%) Integration Testing
7 9 (14.52%) ERP
7 9 (14.52%) Retail
7 9 (14.52%) User Acceptance Testing
7 9 (14.52%) Test Automation
7 9 (14.52%) Test Planning
8 8 (12.90%) HP Quality Center
8 8 (12.90%) Test Management
8 8 (12.90%) Security Cleared
8 8 (12.90%) ISTQB
8 8 (12.90%) ISEB
8 8 (12.90%) Regression Testing
9 7 (11.29%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (11.29%) Oracle Retail
10 6 (9.68%) Mentoring
10 6 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
10 6 (9.68%) Selenium
10 6 (9.68%) Manual Testing
11 5 (8.06%) SC Cleared
11 5 (8.06%) QuickTest Pro
11 5 (8.06%) SAP
11 5 (8.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 5 (8.06%) SoapUI
12 4 (6.45%) SOAP
12 4 (6.45%) Web Services

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

For the 6 months to 30 March 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 (4.84%) IIS
2 2 (3.23%) SAS
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle Workflow
Business Applications
1 7 (11.29%) Oracle Retail
2 2 (3.23%) TRIRIGA
2 2 (3.23%) Agresso
3 1 (1.61%) SAP HR
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle EBS
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle CRM
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (1.61%) SAP Oil and Gas
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle General Ledger
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.23%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (3.23%) Base SAS
1 2 (3.23%) SAS Data Integration Studio
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 6 (9.68%) Selenium
2 5 (8.06%) QuickTest Pro
2 5 (8.06%) SoapUI
3 4 (6.45%) JIRA
4 3 (4.84%) Atlassian Bamboo
5 1 (1.61%) TestNG
5 1 (1.61%) WebDriver
5 1 (1.61%) JMeter
5 1 (1.61%) JUnit
5 1 (1.61%) TestDirector
5 1 (1.61%) Zephyr
General
1 20 (32.26%) Finance
2 9 (14.52%) Retail
3 4 (6.45%) Banking
4 1 (1.61%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.61%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.61%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 19 (30.65%) Test Manager
2 13 (20.97%) Test Leader
3 11 (17.74%) Analyst
4 10 (16.13%) Test Analyst
5 7 (11.29%) Tester
6 6 (9.68%) Consultant
7 3 (4.84%) Security Consultant
7 3 (4.84%) Information Security Consultant
7 3 (4.84%) Performance Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) Performance Test Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) SAP Manager
8 2 (3.23%) SAP Test Manager
8 2 (3.23%) Test Consultant
8 2 (3.23%) Project Manager
9 1 (1.61%) Business Analyst
9 1 (1.61%) Programme Manager
9 1 (1.61%) Senior Manager
9 1 (1.61%) Project Leader
9 1 (1.61%) Senior Analyst
9 1 (1.61%) Test Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.45%) .NET
1 4 (6.45%) SOAP
1 4 (6.45%) Web Services
2 3 (4.84%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.45%) Biometrics
1 4 (6.45%) Management Information System
1 4 (6.45%) IVR
2 2 (3.23%) Mainframe
2 2 (3.23%) IBM Mainframe
2 2 (3.23%) Data Extraction
2 2 (3.23%) NHS
3 1 (1.61%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.61%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.61%) Life Science
Operating Systems
1 4 (6.45%) Windows
2 3 (4.84%) Linux
3 2 (3.23%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (20.97%) Project Management
2 12 (19.35%) Test Scripting
3 11 (17.74%) Integration Testing
4 9 (14.52%) User Acceptance Testing
4 9 (14.52%) ERP
4 9 (14.52%) Test Automation
4 9 (14.52%) Test Planning
5 8 (12.90%) Regression Testing
5 8 (12.90%) Test Management
6 7 (11.29%) Stakeholder Management
7 6 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
7 6 (9.68%) Manual Testing
7 6 (9.68%) Mentoring
8 4 (6.45%) V-Model
8 4 (6.45%) Information Security
8 4 (6.45%) Service Management
8 4 (6.45%) ITIL
8 4 (6.45%) PRINCE2
9 3 (4.84%) Service Delivery
9 3 (4.84%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 3 (4.84%) Java
1 3 (4.84%) SQL
2 2 (3.23%) COBOL
3 1 (1.61%) C#
3 1 (1.61%) VBScript
3 1 (1.61%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (12.90%) ISEB
1 8 (12.90%) ISTQB
1 8 (12.90%) Security Cleared
2 5 (8.06%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 5 (8.06%) SC Cleared
3 4 (6.45%) Degree
4 3 (4.84%) DV Cleared
4 3 (4.84%) CISSP
4 3 (4.84%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.61%) PMP
5 1 (1.61%) PMI Certification
5 1 (1.61%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (27.42%) QA
2 3 (4.84%) PCI DSS
2 3 (4.84%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (1.61%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (12.90%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 14 (22.58%) Oracle
2 5 (8.06%) SAP
3 4 (6.45%) IBM
3 4 (6.45%) HP
4 3 (4.84%) Splunk
4 3 (4.84%) ArcSight
5 2 (3.23%) Siebel
6 1 (1.61%) Microsoft
6 1 (1.61%) TSYS
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