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 31 May 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
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 91 45 38
Rank change year-on-year
-46 -7
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 15 17 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 1.23% 2.82% 3.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.41% 3.66% 4.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 11 15
Median daily rate £323 £358 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.93% -4.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £259 £328 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £327 £500 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £375 £350
% change year-on-year
+9.33% +7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.00 £33.25 £39.75
% change year-on-year
+20.30% -16.35%
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
1066 464 358
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 87.45% 76.95% 74.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 719 288 243
Median daily rate £325 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-17.72% +12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £233 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £575 £465
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £387 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.35% +3.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 36 2
Median hourly rate £28.00 £15.00 £34.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+86.66% -56.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £26.00 £11.00 £33.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £40.00 £36.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+6.55% +1.66%

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
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 31 May 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 -54 15 £323 -7.60% 1
Test Strategy
North East

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 31 May 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 20 (71.43%) Automated Testing
2 14 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 13 (46.43%) Risk Analysis
3 13 (46.43%) Knowledge Management
3 13 (46.43%) HP UFT
4 11 (39.29%) LoadRunner
4 11 (39.29%) Regression Testing
5 9 (32.14%) HP
5 9 (32.14%) Test Automation
6 8 (28.57%) Unix
7 7 (25.00%) Oracle
7 7 (25.00%) Performance Testing
7 7 (25.00%) Problem Management
7 7 (25.00%) Facilita Forecast
8 6 (21.43%) Performance Monitoring
8 6 (21.43%) HP SiteScope
8 6 (21.43%) Automation Testing
8 6 (21.43%) Data Structures
8 6 (21.43%) Performance Metrics
8 6 (21.43%) Defect Tracking
8 6 (21.43%) QA
8 6 (21.43%) Software Testing
8 6 (21.43%) SQL
8 6 (21.43%) Windows
8 6 (21.43%) Linux
8 6 (21.43%) Visual Studio
8 6 (21.43%) Configuration Management
9 5 (17.86%) Client/Server
9 5 (17.86%) VB
9 5 (17.86%) HTML

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 5 (17.86%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle Payables
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (17.86%) Relational Database
2 3 (10.71%) Data Mining
3 2 (7.14%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 13 (46.43%) HP UFT
2 11 (39.29%) LoadRunner
3 7 (25.00%) Facilita Forecast
4 6 (21.43%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (7.14%) Finance
2 1 (3.57%) General Ledger
2 1 (3.57%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (28.57%) Analyst
1 8 (28.57%) Test Analyst
1 8 (28.57%) Test Manager
2 6 (21.43%) Test Engineer
2 6 (21.43%) Tester
3 5 (17.86%) Performance Tester
4 4 (14.29%) Automation Test Analyst
4 4 (14.29%) Performance Engineer
4 4 (14.29%) Performance Test Engineer
5 3 (10.71%) LoadRunner Test Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Regression Test Analyst
6 2 (7.14%) Test Automation Engineer
7 1 (3.57%) Automation Tester
7 1 (3.57%) COBOL Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) ERP Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Financial Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Oracle Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Oracle Financials Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Performance Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Performance Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (17.86%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (21.43%) Data Structures
1 6 (21.43%) Performance Metrics
2 5 (17.86%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 8 (28.57%) Unix
2 6 (21.43%) Linux
2 6 (21.43%) Windows
3 5 (17.86%) VME
4 1 (3.57%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (71.43%) Automated Testing
2 14 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 13 (46.43%) Knowledge Management
3 13 (46.43%) Risk Analysis
4 11 (39.29%) Regression Testing
5 9 (32.14%) Test Automation
6 7 (25.00%) Performance Testing
6 7 (25.00%) Problem Management
7 6 (21.43%) Automation Testing
7 6 (21.43%) Configuration Management
7 6 (21.43%) Defect Tracking
7 6 (21.43%) Performance Monitoring
7 6 (21.43%) Software Testing
8 4 (14.29%) Mentoring
9 2 (7.14%) Functional Testing
10 1 (3.57%) Agile Software Development
10 1 (3.57%) Agile Testing
10 1 (3.57%) Project Management
10 1 (3.57%) Test Management
10 1 (3.57%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 6 (21.43%) SQL
2 5 (17.86%) Java
2 5 (17.86%) VB
3 2 (7.14%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 5 (17.86%) BPSS Clearance
1 5 (17.86%) Degree
1 5 (17.86%) ISTQB
1 5 (17.86%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 4 (14.29%) Security Cleared
3 3 (10.71%) SC Cleared
4 1 (3.57%) BC Cleared
4 1 (3.57%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (21.43%) QA
Systems Management
1 6 (21.43%) HP SiteScope
2 5 (17.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (32.14%) HP
2 7 (25.00%) Oracle
3 4 (14.29%) ICL
4 2 (7.14%) Sybase