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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 11 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 57 41 -
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 13 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 1.82% 0.51% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.08% 0.69% -
Number of daily rates quoted 12 1 0
Average daily rate £350 £230 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+52.17% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £425 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+11.84% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £60.00 £38.50 -
% change year-on-year
+55.84% -
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
624 288 249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 87.27% 73.28% 77.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 412 188 147
Average daily rate £410 £400 £281
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +42.34%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £252 £199
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 15 10 20
Average hourly rate £19.50 £21.82 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.63% -12.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £13.30 £13.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.00 £34.30 £28.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the Tyne and Wear region as a proportion of the total demand within 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 11 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 11 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
Newcastle upon Tyne -20 12 £325 +41.30% 1
Test Strategy
North East

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Tyne and Wear 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 18 (43.90%) Test Scripting
2 15 (36.59%) Test Automation
3 14 (34.15%) Risk Analysis
3 14 (34.15%) Project Management
4 12 (29.27%) HP UFT
4 12 (29.27%) HP
4 12 (29.27%) Automated Testing
5 11 (26.83%) Functional Testing
5 11 (26.83%) Linux
6 10 (24.39%) Windows
6 10 (24.39%) LoadRunner
6 10 (24.39%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (24.39%) Knowledge Management
7 9 (21.95%) QA
7 9 (21.95%) JMeter
7 9 (21.95%) Defect Management
8 8 (19.51%) Regression Testing
8 8 (19.51%) Selenium
8 8 (19.51%) Degree
8 8 (19.51%) Software Testing
8 8 (19.51%) Security Cleared
8 8 (19.51%) Mentoring
8 8 (19.51%) Cucumber
9 7 (17.07%) Waterfall
9 7 (17.07%) JIRA
9 7 (17.07%) System Integration Testing
10 6 (14.63%) ISTQB
10 6 (14.63%) Non-Functional Testing
10 6 (14.63%) Finance
10 6 (14.63%) Migration

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

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Tyne and Wear 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 5 (12.20%) Confluence
2 4 (9.76%) SAS
3 2 (4.88%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (2.44%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (4.88%) Oracle ERP
1 2 (4.88%) Oracle Financials
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.20%) SNMP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (14.63%) Data Mining
2 1 (2.44%) BusinessObjects
2 1 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.44%) PowerCenter
2 1 (2.44%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (29.27%) HP UFT
2 10 (24.39%) LoadRunner
3 9 (21.95%) JMeter
4 8 (19.51%) Cucumber
4 8 (19.51%) Selenium
5 7 (17.07%) JIRA
6 5 (12.20%) Jenkins
7 4 (9.76%) LoadUI
7 4 (9.76%) SoapUI
8 2 (4.88%) TestDirector
9 1 (2.44%) eggPlant
9 1 (2.44%) ERwin
9 1 (2.44%) Facilita Forecast
9 1 (2.44%) Visual Studio
General
1 6 (14.63%) Finance
2 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 13 (31.71%) Test Manager
2 10 (24.39%) Analyst
3 9 (21.95%) Test Analyst
4 5 (12.20%) Programme Manager
4 5 (12.20%) Programme Test Manager
4 5 (12.20%) Test Programme Manager
5 4 (9.76%) Test Leader
5 4 (9.76%) Tester
6 3 (7.32%) Performance Tester
6 3 (7.32%) Test Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Automation Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) ERP Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Financial Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Implementation Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Oracle Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Oracle Financials Analyst
7 2 (4.88%) Performance Engineer
7 2 (4.88%) Regression Test Analyst
8 1 (2.44%) Digital Transformation
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.76%) Web Services
2 1 (2.44%) HTML
2 1 (2.44%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (12.20%) Performance Metrics
1 5 (12.20%) PKI
2 4 (9.76%) Data Centre
3 2 (4.88%) Data Structures
4 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (2.44%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 11 (26.83%) Linux
2 10 (24.39%) Windows
3 6 (14.63%) Unix
4 5 (12.20%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (43.90%) Test Scripting
2 15 (36.59%) Test Automation
3 14 (34.15%) Project Management
3 14 (34.15%) Risk Analysis
4 12 (29.27%) Automated Testing
5 11 (26.83%) Functional Testing
6 10 (24.39%) Agile Software Development
6 10 (24.39%) Knowledge Management
7 9 (21.95%) Defect Management
8 8 (19.51%) Mentoring
8 8 (19.51%) Regression Testing
8 8 (19.51%) Software Testing
9 7 (17.07%) System Integration Testing
9 7 (17.07%) Waterfall
10 6 (14.63%) Migration
10 6 (14.63%) Non-Functional Testing
11 5 (12.20%) Automation Testing
11 5 (12.20%) Network Monitoring
11 5 (12.20%) Performance Monitoring
11 5 (12.20%) Vulnerability Assessment
Programming Languages
1 4 (9.76%) SQL
2 2 (4.88%) PL/SQL
3 1 (2.44%) C++
3 1 (2.44%) Java
3 1 (2.44%) VB
Qualifications
1 8 (19.51%) Degree
1 8 (19.51%) Security Cleared
2 6 (14.63%) ISTQB
3 5 (12.20%) BPSS Clearance
4 4 (9.76%) SC Cleared
5 3 (7.32%) ISEB
6 1 (2.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (21.95%) QA
2 3 (7.32%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 5 (12.20%) HP SiteScope
2 3 (7.32%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.44%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 12 (29.27%) HP
2 6 (14.63%) Oracle
3 4 (9.76%) Informatica
4 2 (4.88%) IBM