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 August 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 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 77 123 113
Rank change year-on-year
+46 -10
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 77 11 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.99% 0.36% 0.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.58% 0.49% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 52 6 5
Average daily rate
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£400 £350 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £250 £311
10% offered a daily rate of more than £650 £418 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £375
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Average hourly rate - £31.56 -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £33.78 £38.75
% change year-on-year
-5.26% -12.83%
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
2988 2223 1942
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 77.21% 73.46% 71.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1786 1197 973
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 102 92
Average hourly rate £40.00 £28.75 £21.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.13% +33.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.77 £13.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £53.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.52 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.16% -14.51%

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 August 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 August 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 +13 29 £350 - 9
Merseyside - 22 £500 - 3
Lancashire +20 12 £344 -1.78%
Cheshire -2 7 £496 -
Cumbria - 3 £350 - 1
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 45 (40.91%) Test Scripting
2 43 (39.09%) QA
3 39 (35.45%) Agile Software Development
4 33 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 31 (28.18%) Finance
5 31 (28.18%) ISEB
6 30 (27.27%) Test Automation
7 28 (25.45%) Scrum
8 22 (20.00%) PRINCE2
9 21 (19.09%) Security Cleared
10 20 (18.18%) Waterfall
11 19 (17.27%) Supplier Management
12 18 (16.36%) Migration
13 17 (15.45%) Test Management
13 17 (15.45%) Test Planning
13 17 (15.45%) Software Testing
13 17 (15.45%) ISTQB
13 17 (15.45%) Oracle
14 16 (14.55%) SC Cleared
15 15 (13.64%) Automated Testing
15 15 (13.64%) UNIX
15 15 (13.64%) Windows
16 14 (12.73%) Performance Testing
17 13 (11.82%) Linux
17 13 (11.82%) ITIL
17 13 (11.82%) SQL
18 11 (10.00%) Manual Testing
18 11 (10.00%) System Testing
19 10 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
19 10 (9.09%) SoapUI

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

For the 6 months to 3 August 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 (2.73%) WebLogic
1 3 (2.73%) WebSphere
2 2 (1.82%) SAS
3 1 (0.91%) Documentum
Applications
1 5 (4.55%) MS Office
1 5 (4.55%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (1.82%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (0.91%) Agresso
2 1 (0.91%) SAP HR
2 1 (0.91%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (0.91%) Oracle CRM
2 1 (0.91%) Oracle ERP
2 1 (0.91%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (0.91%) Oracle General Ledger
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.73%) FTP
2 1 (0.91%) HTTP
2 1 (0.91%) Intranet
2 1 (0.91%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (7.27%) Relational Database
2 5 (4.55%) RDBMS
3 2 (1.82%) Base SAS
3 2 (1.82%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.82%) SAS Data Integration Studio
4 1 (0.91%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 10 (9.09%) HP UFT
1 10 (9.09%) SoapUI
2 9 (8.18%) LoadRunner
2 9 (8.18%) Visual Studio
3 8 (7.27%) Facilita Forecast
4 6 (5.45%) Selenium
5 5 (4.55%) JIRA
6 4 (3.64%) eggPlant
7 3 (2.73%) Cucumber
7 3 (2.73%) LoadUI
7 3 (2.73%) JUnit
7 3 (2.73%) JMeter
8 2 (1.82%) Atlassian Bamboo
9 1 (0.91%) Team Foundation Server
9 1 (0.91%) FitNesse
9 1 (0.91%) Zephyr
General
1 31 (28.18%) Finance
2 9 (8.18%) Banking
3 3 (2.73%) Manufacturing
4 2 (1.82%) Retail
5 1 (0.91%) Local Government
5 1 (0.91%) Retail Banking
5 1 (0.91%) Marketing
5 1 (0.91%) Pharmaceutical
5 1 (0.91%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 49 (44.55%) Test Manager
2 18 (16.36%) Test Leader
3 16 (14.55%) Tester
3 16 (14.55%) Analyst
4 14 (12.73%) Test Analyst
5 6 (5.45%) Performance Tester
6 5 (4.55%) Architect
7 4 (3.64%) Consultant
7 4 (3.64%) SAP Manager
8 3 (2.73%) Integration Tester
8 3 (2.73%) SAP Test Manager
8 3 (2.73%) Senior Analyst
8 3 (2.73%) Performance Test Analyst
8 3 (2.73%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
8 3 (2.73%) Test Engineer
8 3 (2.73%) Senior Test Analyst
8 3 (2.73%) Performance Analyst
9 2 (1.82%) Performance Engineer
9 2 (1.82%) Test Consultant
9 2 (1.82%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (9.09%) SOAP
2 6 (5.45%) Web Services
2 6 (5.45%) .NET
3 4 (3.64%) Oracle Fusion
4 3 (2.73%) RESTful
4 3 (2.73%) HTML
4 3 (2.73%) Middleware
4 3 (2.73%) SAP Basis
4 3 (2.73%) JSON
4 3 (2.73%) XML
5 1 (0.91%) WDK
5 1 (0.91%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.27%) Performance Metrics
2 6 (5.45%) Data Structures
3 5 (4.55%) Data Conversion
4 3 (2.73%) Client/Server
4 3 (2.73%) NHS
5 2 (1.82%) Mainframe
5 2 (1.82%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.82%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.82%) Life Science
5 2 (1.82%) IBM Mainframe
5 2 (1.82%) Data Extraction
5 2 (1.82%) Analytical Skills
6 1 (0.91%) Data Integration
6 1 (0.91%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 15 (13.64%) UNIX
1 15 (13.64%) Windows
2 13 (11.82%) Linux
3 5 (4.55%) VME
3 5 (4.55%) Windows 7
4 1 (0.91%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (40.91%) Test Scripting
2 39 (35.45%) Agile Software Development
3 33 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 30 (27.27%) Test Automation
5 28 (25.45%) Scrum
6 22 (20.00%) PRINCE2
7 20 (18.18%) Waterfall
8 19 (17.27%) Supplier Management
9 18 (16.36%) Migration
10 17 (15.45%) Test Planning
10 17 (15.45%) Software Testing
10 17 (15.45%) Test Management
11 15 (13.64%) Automated Testing
12 14 (12.73%) Performance Testing
13 13 (11.82%) ITIL
14 11 (10.00%) Manual Testing
14 11 (10.00%) System Testing
15 10 (9.09%) Continuous Integration
16 9 (8.18%) Non-Functional Testing
17 8 (7.27%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 13 (11.82%) SQL
2 10 (9.09%) Java
3 7 (6.36%) COBOL
4 5 (4.55%) C#
5 4 (3.64%) C++
6 3 (2.73%) VB
Qualifications
1 31 (28.18%) ISEB
2 21 (19.09%) Security Cleared
3 17 (15.45%) ISTQB
4 16 (14.55%) SC Cleared
5 9 (8.18%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 6 (5.45%) Degree
7 4 (3.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 3 (2.73%) DV Cleared
8 3 (2.73%) PRINCE2 Certification
9 1 (0.91%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (39.09%) QA
2 1 (0.91%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.91%) P3O
System Software
1 4 (3.64%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (3.64%) SCCM
1 4 (3.64%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 17 (15.45%) Oracle
2 7 (6.36%) SAP
3 5 (4.55%) Microsoft
4 4 (3.64%) IBM
5 2 (1.82%) HP
5 2 (1.82%) Hyperion
5 2 (1.82%) ServiceNow
6 1 (0.91%) Dell
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HAYS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Rate: £250.00 - £350.00 per day
Posted: 4 days ago
Liverpool
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £350 per day + competitive
Posted: 17 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
North West England
Real Staffing
Rate: competitive
Posted: 18 days ago
Cumbria
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £300 - £400 per day
Posted: 25 days ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £301 per day + competitive
Posted: 25 days ago