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 3 July 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
3 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 82 97 112
Rank change year-on-year
+15 +15
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 63 33 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.71% 1.10% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.24% 1.50% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 43 18 4
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Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.21% +38.57%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £328 £233 £286
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £550 £466
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £358 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.89% -4.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £31.56 £40.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -21.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate - £42.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
- +21.42%
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
2814 2193 1815
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.34% 73.12% 72.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 1669 1165 895
Average daily rate £388 £375 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £265 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £549 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 124 93 83
Average hourly rate £34.00 £26.83 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+26.72% +27.76%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.80 £45.00 £75.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £28.50 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+5.26% -6.55%

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 3 July 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
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 3 July 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
Merseyside - 18 £508 - 4
Lancashire +6 17 £375 -25.00% 2
Manchester -6 17 £356 +14.00% 4
Cheshire +1 5 £496 - 1
Cumbria - 2 £350 - 1
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 40 (41.24%) Test Scripting
2 35 (36.08%) QA
3 34 (35.05%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (34.02%) User Acceptance Testing
5 30 (30.93%) ISEB
6 26 (26.80%) Finance
7 25 (25.77%) Test Automation
8 23 (23.71%) Security Cleared
9 22 (22.68%) Scrum
10 21 (21.65%) PRINCE2
11 19 (19.59%) Supplier Management
11 19 (19.59%) Waterfall
12 17 (17.53%) SC Cleared
13 16 (16.49%) Test Planning
13 16 (16.49%) Test Management
14 14 (14.43%) ISTQB
14 14 (14.43%) Windows
15 13 (13.40%) Migration
16 12 (12.37%) Software Testing
16 12 (12.37%) ITIL
16 12 (12.37%) Oracle
17 11 (11.34%) UNIX
17 11 (11.34%) Linux
17 11 (11.34%) Automated Testing
18 10 (10.31%) Manual Testing
18 10 (10.31%) System Testing
19 9 (9.28%) Banking
20 7 (7.22%) COBOL
20 7 (7.22%) SQL
20 7 (7.22%) Regression Testing

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

For the 6 months to 3 July 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 (3.09%) WebSphere
2 2 (2.06%) SAS
3 1 (1.03%) WebLogic
3 1 (1.03%) Documentum
Applications
1 5 (5.15%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.12%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (2.06%) Agresso
2 1 (1.03%) SAP HR
2 1 (1.03%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.03%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (1.03%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (1.03%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.03%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (1.03%) Oracle Financials
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.09%) FTP
2 2 (2.06%) HTTP
3 1 (1.03%) Intranet
3 1 (1.03%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.19%) Relational Database
2 5 (5.15%) RDBMS
3 2 (2.06%) Base SAS
3 2 (2.06%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 1 (1.03%) Oracle Database
4 1 (1.03%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 5 (5.15%) HP UFT
1 5 (5.15%) LoadRunner
1 5 (5.15%) Visual Studio
1 5 (5.15%) Facilita Forecast
2 3 (3.09%) JIRA
2 3 (3.09%) Atlassian Bamboo
2 3 (3.09%) SoapUI
3 1 (1.03%) TestDirector
General
1 26 (26.80%) Finance
2 9 (9.28%) Banking
3 2 (2.06%) Retail
3 2 (2.06%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.03%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.03%) Local Government
4 1 (1.03%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 46 (47.42%) Test Manager
2 19 (19.59%) Test Leader
3 13 (13.40%) Tester
4 9 (9.28%) Test Analyst
4 9 (9.28%) Analyst
5 4 (4.12%) Architect
5 4 (4.12%) Consultant
6 3 (3.09%) Performance Tester
6 3 (3.09%) Project Manager
6 3 (3.09%) Performance Test Analyst
6 3 (3.09%) SAP Manager
6 3 (3.09%) Integration Tester
6 3 (3.09%) Performance Analyst
7 2 (2.06%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (2.06%) UAT Manager
7 2 (2.06%) SAP Test Manager
7 2 (2.06%) Test Engineer
7 2 (2.06%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (2.06%) Test Consultant
7 2 (2.06%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.19%) .NET
1 6 (6.19%) SOAP
2 3 (3.09%) Web Services
2 3 (3.09%) XML
2 3 (3.09%) SAP Basis
2 3 (3.09%) JSON
2 3 (3.09%) RESTful
3 1 (1.03%) HTML
3 1 (1.03%) WDK
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.15%) Data Conversion
1 5 (5.15%) Performance Metrics
2 4 (4.12%) Data Structures
3 3 (3.09%) NHS
3 3 (3.09%) Management Information System
4 2 (2.06%) Computer Science
4 2 (2.06%) Life Science
4 2 (2.06%) IBM Mainframe
4 2 (2.06%) Data Extraction
4 2 (2.06%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.03%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.03%) Data Centre
5 1 (1.03%) Data Integration
5 1 (1.03%) Enterprise Software
5 1 (1.03%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 14 (14.43%) Windows
2 11 (11.34%) Linux
2 11 (11.34%) UNIX
3 5 (5.15%) VME
3 5 (5.15%) Windows 7
4 1 (1.03%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (41.24%) Test Scripting
2 34 (35.05%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (34.02%) User Acceptance Testing
4 25 (25.77%) Test Automation
5 22 (22.68%) Scrum
6 21 (21.65%) PRINCE2
7 19 (19.59%) Supplier Management
7 19 (19.59%) Waterfall
8 16 (16.49%) Test Planning
8 16 (16.49%) Test Management
9 13 (13.40%) Migration
10 12 (12.37%) ITIL
10 12 (12.37%) Software Testing
11 11 (11.34%) Automated Testing
12 10 (10.31%) Manual Testing
12 10 (10.31%) System Testing
13 7 (7.22%) Integration Testing
13 7 (7.22%) Non-Functional Testing
13 7 (7.22%) Regression Testing
14 6 (6.19%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (7.22%) COBOL
1 7 (7.22%) SQL
2 4 (4.12%) Java
3 1 (1.03%) VB
Qualifications
1 30 (30.93%) ISEB
2 23 (23.71%) Security Cleared
3 17 (17.53%) SC Cleared
4 14 (14.43%) ISTQB
5 7 (7.22%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 5 (5.15%) Degree
7 4 (4.12%) DV Cleared
8 3 (3.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (2.06%) PRINCE2 Certification
10 1 (1.03%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 35 (36.08%) QA
2 1 (1.03%) P3O
System Software
1 4 (4.12%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 7 (7.22%) HP Quality Center
2 4 (4.12%) SCCM
Vendors
1 12 (12.37%) Oracle
2 6 (6.19%) Microsoft
3 5 (5.15%) SAP
4 3 (3.09%) IBM
4 3 (3.09%) HP
5 2 (2.06%) ServiceNow
6 1 (1.03%) Siebel
6 1 (1.03%) Dell
6 1 (1.03%) Hyperion
North West
Venn Group
Rate: £275 - £325 Per Day
Posted: 2 days ago
Blackpool, Lancashire
Square One Resources
Rate: Unspecified
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £300.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: £350 - £400 per annum + competitive
Posted: 4 days ago
Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion IT Plus
Posted: 5 days ago
Cumbria
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 19 days ago