The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Tyne and Wear region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 30 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
30 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 54 48 46
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -2
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 45 24 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 4.27% 3.01% 0.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 5.16% 3.64% 1.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 16 4
Median daily rate £311 £418 £368
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-25.44% +13.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £275 £357
10% offered a daily rate of more than £365 £510 £378
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £343
% change year-on-year
- +9.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £31.56
% change year-on-year
+40.62% +1.41%
Test Strategy
North East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Tyne and Wear region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Tyne and Wear
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
872 659 343
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 82.81% 82.69% 80.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 599 441 233
Median daily rate £325 £430 £363
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-24.41% +18.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £280 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £488 £580 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 50 24 17
Median hourly rate £28.00 £21.50 £18.53
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.23% +16.02%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £19.70 £12.34 £16.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £42.65 £38.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £32.54 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-7.80% +26.36%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Tyne and Wear region citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Strategy across the Tyne and Wear region.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 30 August 2016.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Tyne and Wear

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 30 August 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Newcastle upon Tyne -2 44 £313 -25.14%
Test Strategy
North East

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 30 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Tyne and Wear region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 33 (54.10%) Automated Testing
2 30 (49.18%) Security Cleared
3 29 (47.54%) Test Automation
3 29 (47.54%) Risk Analysis
4 26 (42.62%) SC Cleared
5 25 (40.98%) Knowledge Management
6 20 (32.79%) Test Scripting
6 20 (32.79%) HP
7 17 (27.87%) Project Management
8 15 (24.59%) Software Testing
8 15 (24.59%) Functional Testing
8 15 (24.59%) Virtual Team
9 14 (22.95%) Degree
10 13 (21.31%) Mentoring
11 12 (19.67%) QA
11 12 (19.67%) Data Mining
12 11 (18.03%) LoadRunner
12 11 (18.03%) MySQL
12 11 (18.03%) Sybase
12 11 (18.03%) ISTQB
13 10 (16.39%) Test Management
13 10 (16.39%) Migration
13 10 (16.39%) SQL
13 10 (16.39%) Unix
13 10 (16.39%) Regression Testing
14 9 (14.75%) HP UFT
14 9 (14.75%) Performance Testing
15 8 (13.11%) Windows
15 8 (13.11%) Linux
15 8 (13.11%) Performance Metrics

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (6.56%) WebLogic
2 2 (3.28%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (3.28%) MS Excel
1 2 (3.28%) MS Office
1 2 (3.28%) MS PowerPoint
1 2 (3.28%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.64%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.64%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (1.64%) Oracle Payables
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.28%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (19.67%) Data Mining
2 11 (18.03%) MySQL
3 4 (6.56%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 11 (18.03%) LoadRunner
2 9 (14.75%) HP UFT
3 6 (9.84%) Facilita Forecast
4 5 (8.20%) Visual Studio
5 3 (4.92%) JMeter
5 3 (4.92%) LoadUI
5 3 (4.92%) SoapUI
General
1 2 (3.28%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.64%) Banking
2 1 (1.64%) Finance
2 1 (1.64%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 26 (42.62%) Test Manager
2 15 (24.59%) Tester
3 9 (14.75%) Analyst
3 9 (14.75%) Test Analyst
4 7 (11.48%) Functional Tester
5 6 (9.84%) Test Leader
6 5 (8.20%) Test Engineer
7 4 (6.56%) Performance Engineer
7 4 (6.56%) Performance Test Engineer
7 4 (6.56%) Performance Tester
8 3 (4.92%) Migration Manager
9 2 (3.28%) Analytics Manager
9 2 (3.28%) Coordinator
9 2 (3.28%) Data Analytics Manager
9 2 (3.28%) Database Manager
9 2 (3.28%) LoadRunner Test Analyst
9 2 (3.28%) Performance Analyst
9 2 (3.28%) Performance Test Analyst
9 2 (3.28%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
9 2 (3.28%) UAT Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (6.56%) HTML
2 3 (4.92%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 15 (24.59%) Virtual Team
2 8 (13.11%) Performance Metrics
3 5 (8.20%) Data Structures
4 4 (6.56%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 10 (16.39%) Unix
2 8 (13.11%) Linux
2 8 (13.11%) Windows
3 6 (9.84%) AIX
4 3 (4.92%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (54.10%) Automated Testing
2 29 (47.54%) Risk Analysis
2 29 (47.54%) Test Automation
3 25 (40.98%) Knowledge Management
4 20 (32.79%) Test Scripting
5 17 (27.87%) Project Management
6 15 (24.59%) Functional Testing
6 15 (24.59%) Software Testing
7 13 (21.31%) Mentoring
8 10 (16.39%) Migration
8 10 (16.39%) Regression Testing
8 10 (16.39%) Test Management
9 9 (14.75%) Performance Testing
10 8 (13.11%) Defect Tracking
10 8 (13.11%) Performance Monitoring
11 7 (11.48%) Problem Management
12 6 (9.84%) Configuration Management
12 6 (9.84%) User Acceptance Testing
13 4 (6.56%) Agile Software Development
13 4 (6.56%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 10 (16.39%) SQL
2 4 (6.56%) Java
2 4 (6.56%) VB
3 2 (3.28%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 30 (49.18%) Security Cleared
2 26 (42.62%) SC Cleared
3 14 (22.95%) Degree
4 11 (18.03%) ISTQB
5 7 (11.48%) BPSS Clearance
5 7 (11.48%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (4.92%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (19.67%) QA
2 2 (3.28%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 8 (13.11%) HP SiteScope
2 6 (9.84%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (3.28%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 20 (32.79%) HP
2 11 (18.03%) Sybase
3 5 (8.20%) Oracle
4 2 (3.28%) ICL