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 2 September 2014 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
2 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 126 113 118
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +5
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 15 22 26
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.48% 0.76% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 1.07% 1.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 9 16
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£350 £390 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-10.25% -8.23%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £257 £336
10% offered a daily rate of more than £440 £492 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-12.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £31.56 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £77.50
% change year-on-year
-28.28% -43.22%
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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
2220 2058 2154
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.68% 70.67% 65.31%
Number of daily rates quoted 1228 1043 1150
Average daily rate £368 £335 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+9.70% -1.47%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £240 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 98 104 111
Average hourly rate £25.75 £20.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.60% -31.66%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.50 £13.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £50.00 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% -3.22%

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 2 September 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 2 September 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
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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 -4 7 £375 +25.00% 7
Lancashire -10 5 £321 -
Cheshire +13 3 £450 +5.88% 1
Merseyside - - - -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 21 (43.75%) Finance
2 11 (22.92%) User Acceptance Testing
2 11 (22.92%) Test Scripting
3 10 (20.83%) Integration Testing
3 10 (20.83%) Test Management
3 10 (20.83%) ISEB
3 10 (20.83%) Validation
4 6 (12.50%) ITIL
4 6 (12.50%) PRINCE2
4 6 (12.50%) Maximo
4 6 (12.50%) Spreadsheet
5 5 (10.42%) ERP
6 4 (8.33%) Internet
6 4 (8.33%) ISEB Practitioner
6 4 (8.33%) Security Cleared
6 4 (8.33%) APMP
6 4 (8.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 4 (8.33%) Test Planning
7 3 (6.25%) Data Validation
7 3 (6.25%) SC Cleared
7 3 (6.25%) QA
7 3 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (6.25%) ISTQB
7 3 (6.25%) Banking
7 3 (6.25%) Asset Management
7 3 (6.25%) Project Management
7 3 (6.25%) .NET
8 2 (4.17%) Windows
8 2 (4.17%) Microsoft
8 2 (4.17%) HP

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

For the 6 months to 2 September 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 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.08%) CMS
1 1 (2.08%) Oracle Workflow
Applications
1 6 (12.50%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 6 (12.50%) Maximo
2 2 (4.17%) SAP ERP
3 1 (2.08%) Remedy ITSM
3 1 (2.08%) Oracle Retail
3 1 (2.08%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 4 (8.33%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.08%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 3 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (4.17%) SoapUI
2 2 (4.17%) JIRA
2 2 (4.17%) Selenium
3 1 (2.08%) TestNG
3 1 (2.08%) JUnit
3 1 (2.08%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (2.08%) JMeter
3 1 (2.08%) Zephyr
3 1 (2.08%) WebDriver
General
1 21 (43.75%) Finance
2 3 (6.25%) Banking
3 2 (4.17%) Retail
3 2 (4.17%) Local Government
4 1 (2.08%) Retail Banking
4 1 (2.08%) Advertising
Job Titles
1 16 (33.33%) Test Manager
2 12 (25.00%) Analyst
3 10 (20.83%) Project Manager
4 8 (16.67%) Test Analyst
5 5 (10.42%) Digital Project Manager
6 4 (8.33%) Business Analyst
6 4 (8.33%) Tester
7 3 (6.25%) Project Leader
8 2 (4.17%) Test Leader
8 2 (4.17%) Business Project Manager
8 2 (4.17%) Business Manager
8 2 (4.17%) SAP Manager
8 2 (4.17%) SAP Test Manager
9 1 (2.08%) Financial Services Business Analyst
9 1 (2.08%) CRM Business Analyst
9 1 (2.08%) Financial Business Analyst
9 1 (2.08%) CRM Analyst
9 1 (2.08%) Agile Tester
9 1 (2.08%) Automation Tester
9 1 (2.08%) Service Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) .NET
2 1 (2.08%) SOAP
2 1 (2.08%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.17%) FMCG
2 1 (2.08%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.17%) Windows
1 2 (4.17%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (22.92%) User Acceptance Testing
1 11 (22.92%) Test Scripting
2 10 (20.83%) Integration Testing
2 10 (20.83%) Test Management
2 10 (20.83%) Validation
3 6 (12.50%) ITIL
3 6 (12.50%) PRINCE2
4 5 (10.42%) ERP
5 4 (8.33%) Test Planning
6 3 (6.25%) Data Validation
6 3 (6.25%) Asset Management
6 3 (6.25%) Project Management
7 2 (4.17%) Migration
7 2 (4.17%) Stakeholder Management
7 2 (4.17%) Software Testing
7 2 (4.17%) System Testing
7 2 (4.17%) Test Automation
7 2 (4.17%) Continuous Improvement
7 2 (4.17%) Agile Software Development
8 1 (2.08%) Mentoring
Programming Languages
1 1 (2.08%) JavaScript
1 1 (2.08%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (20.83%) ISEB
2 4 (8.33%) ISEB Practitioner
2 4 (8.33%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
2 4 (8.33%) Security Cleared
2 4 (8.33%) APMP
3 3 (6.25%) SC Cleared
3 3 (6.25%) ISTQB
4 2 (4.17%) ITIL Certification
4 2 (4.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.08%) Degree
5 1 (2.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (6.25%) QA
2 1 (2.08%) COBIT
Systems Management
1 2 (4.17%) SCCM
2 1 (2.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (4.17%) SAP
1 2 (4.17%) Microsoft
1 2 (4.17%) HP
2 1 (2.08%) BMC
2 1 (2.08%) Remedy
2 1 (2.08%) FrontRange
2 1 (2.08%) Infor
2 1 (2.08%) ServiceNow
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle