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 14 February 2016 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
14 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 112 115 115
Rank change year-on-year
+3 0
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 44 30 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.15% 0.92% 0.72%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.43% 1.20% 0.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 22 18 12
Average daily rate £463 £263 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+76.19% -15.32%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £329 £164 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £426 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £395 £366
% change year-on-year
+7.59% +7.84%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Average hourly rate £40.00 £38.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.89% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £38.50 -
% change year-on-year
+55.84% -
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
3086 2490 2051
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 80.91% 76.47% 74.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 1883 1473 1042
Average daily rate £400 £390 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +7.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 101 113
Average hourly rate £39.25 £32.54 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.62% -1.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.87 £14.00 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £49.50 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 14 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the North West region over the 3 months to 14 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -9 26 £370 +64.44% 4
Lancashire +5 9 £509 +45.35% 1
Cheshire -6 4 £425 +14.86% 1
Merseyside -2 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 33 (33.00%) Test Scripting
2 28 (28.00%) Test Management
3 27 (27.00%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (24.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 23 (23.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 22 (22.00%) Finance
7 19 (19.00%) Defect Management
8 18 (18.00%) Retail
9 17 (17.00%) Non-Functional Testing
10 15 (15.00%) ISEB
11 14 (14.00%) Migration
11 14 (14.00%) Security Cleared
12 13 (13.00%) HP Quality Center
12 13 (13.00%) Waterfall
12 13 (13.00%) Selenium
12 13 (13.00%) System Integration Testing
12 13 (13.00%) ISTQB
13 12 (12.00%) SQL
13 12 (12.00%) Oracle
13 12 (12.00%) Mentoring
14 11 (11.00%) SDLC
14 11 (11.00%) QA
14 11 (11.00%) Use Case
14 11 (11.00%) HP
15 10 (10.00%) Scrum
15 10 (10.00%) PRINCE2
15 10 (10.00%) Microsoft
15 10 (10.00%) Test Automation
15 10 (10.00%) Test Planning
15 10 (10.00%) Functional Testing

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

For the 6 months to 14 February 2016, 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 2 (2.00%) Skype for Business
1 2 (2.00%) Tuxedo
2 1 (1.00%) LiveLink
2 1 (1.00%) OpenStack
2 1 (1.00%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (7.00%) MS Office
2 4 (4.00%) MS Excel
3 3 (3.00%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 3 (3.00%) Teamcenter
2 2 (2.00%) Dynamics AX
2 2 (2.00%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.00%) IaaS
1 1 (1.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (2.00%) Skype
1 2 (2.00%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (4.00%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.00%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.00%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.00%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (1.00%) Data Mining
4 1 (1.00%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 13 (13.00%) Selenium
2 9 (9.00%) Cucumber
2 9 (9.00%) JIRA
3 5 (5.00%) TestDirector
4 4 (4.00%) Git (software)
4 4 (4.00%) HP UFT
4 4 (4.00%) LoadRunner
5 2 (2.00%) eggPlant
5 2 (2.00%) JMeter
5 2 (2.00%) Toad
5 2 (2.00%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.00%) ERwin
6 1 (1.00%) Maven
6 1 (1.00%) PhantomJS
6 1 (1.00%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.00%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 1 (1.00%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.00%) WebDriver
General
1 22 (22.00%) Finance
2 18 (18.00%) Retail
3 6 (6.00%) Banking
4 2 (2.00%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (1.00%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 43 (43.00%) Test Manager
2 23 (23.00%) Analyst
3 15 (15.00%) Test Analyst
4 14 (14.00%) Test Leader
5 11 (11.00%) Performance Manager
5 11 (11.00%) Performance Test Manager
6 9 (9.00%) Architect
7 8 (8.00%) Test Architect
8 7 (7.00%) Business Analyst
9 6 (6.00%) Programme Manager
9 6 (6.00%) Programme Test Manager
9 6 (6.00%) QA Manager
9 6 (6.00%) QA Test Manager
9 6 (6.00%) Test Programme Manager
10 5 (5.00%) Performance Architect
10 5 (5.00%) Performance Test Architect
10 5 (5.00%) Technical Analyst
10 5 (5.00%) Tester
11 4 (4.00%) Business Systems Analyst
11 4 (4.00%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (4.00%) .NET
1 4 (4.00%) JSON
1 4 (4.00%) REST
2 3 (3.00%) AngularJS
2 3 (3.00%) SOAP
2 3 (3.00%) XML
2 3 (3.00%) XSLT
3 2 (2.00%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (2.00%) Mainframe
3 1 (1.00%) Data Centre
3 1 (1.00%) Enterprise Software
3 1 (1.00%) Life Science
3 1 (1.00%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.00%) Mathematics
3 1 (1.00%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 9 (9.00%) Windows
2 4 (4.00%) Windows 7
3 3 (3.00%) Linux
3 3 (3.00%) Windows Server
4 2 (2.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
4 2 (2.00%) VME
5 1 (1.00%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (33.00%) Test Scripting
2 28 (28.00%) Test Management
3 27 (27.00%) Agile Software Development
4 24 (24.00%) Stakeholder Management
5 23 (23.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 19 (19.00%) Defect Management
7 17 (17.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 14 (14.00%) Migration
9 13 (13.00%) System Integration Testing
9 13 (13.00%) Waterfall
10 12 (12.00%) Mentoring
11 11 (11.00%) SDLC
11 11 (11.00%) Use Case
12 10 (10.00%) Functional Testing
12 10 (10.00%) PRINCE2
12 10 (10.00%) Scrum
12 10 (10.00%) Test Automation
12 10 (10.00%) Test Planning
13 9 (9.00%) Automated Testing
13 9 (9.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (12.00%) SQL
2 4 (4.00%) C#
3 2 (2.00%) COBOL
3 2 (2.00%) PL/SQL
4 1 (1.00%) C
4 1 (1.00%) C++
4 1 (1.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 15 (15.00%) ISEB
2 14 (14.00%) Security Cleared
3 13 (13.00%) ISTQB
4 7 (7.00%) SC Cleared
5 5 (5.00%) BPSS Clearance
6 4 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 2 (2.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (1.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (11.00%) QA
2 7 (7.00%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (1.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (1.00%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (1.00%) KVM
Systems Management
1 13 (13.00%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (2.00%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (12.00%) Oracle
2 11 (11.00%) HP
3 10 (10.00%) Microsoft
4 4 (4.00%) VMware
5 3 (3.00%) IBM
5 3 (3.00%) Red Hat
6 2 (2.00%) Citrix
6 2 (2.00%) Micro Focus
7 1 (1.00%) Guidewire
7 1 (1.00%) Informatica
7 1 (1.00%) OpenText
7 1 (1.00%) Rally
7 1 (1.00%) Remedy
7 1 (1.00%) SAP
7 1 (1.00%) Siebel