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 29 September 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
29 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 91 54 56
Rank change year-on-year
-37 +2
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 18 27 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 1.49% 3.18% 1.32%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.74% 3.78% 1.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 19 5
Median daily rate £310 £485 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-36.08% +29.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £262 £335
10% offered a daily rate of more than £340 £509 £392
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £328
% change year-on-year
- +14.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £32.00 £31.56
% change year-on-year
+39.06% +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
1033 715 435
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 85.23% 84.32% 82.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 756 500 289
Median daily rate £400 £425 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.88% +18.05%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £300 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £516 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 17 24
Median hourly rate £32.66 £17.50 £21.80
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+86.60% -19.72%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £24.00 £12.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.00 £43.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.66 £34.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-3.95% +30.76%

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 29 September 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 29 September 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 -38 17 £311 -35.82%
Test Strategy
North East

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 29 September 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 30 (51.72%) Automated Testing
1 30 (51.72%) Security Cleared
2 29 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 29 (50.00%) Risk Analysis
3 26 (44.83%) SC Cleared
4 24 (41.38%) Knowledge Management
5 19 (32.76%) HP
6 17 (29.31%) Project Management
6 17 (29.31%) Test Scripting
7 15 (25.86%) Functional Testing
7 15 (25.86%) Virtual Team
8 14 (24.14%) Degree
9 13 (22.41%) Software Testing
10 12 (20.69%) Mentoring
11 11 (18.97%) Data Mining
11 11 (18.97%) MySQL
11 11 (18.97%) Sybase
12 10 (17.24%) QA
12 10 (17.24%) Migration
12 10 (17.24%) Test Management
13 9 (15.52%) ISTQB
14 8 (13.79%) LoadRunner
14 8 (13.79%) SQL
15 7 (12.07%) Unix
15 7 (12.07%) Regression Testing
15 7 (12.07%) BPSS Clearance
16 6 (10.34%) Performance Metrics
16 6 (10.34%) Defect Tracking
16 6 (10.34%) Performance Monitoring
16 6 (10.34%) User Acceptance Testing

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 2 (3.45%) SharePoint
1 2 (3.45%) WebLogic
Applications
1 2 (3.45%) MS Excel
1 2 (3.45%) MS Office
1 2 (3.45%) MS PowerPoint
1 2 (3.45%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle Payables
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.45%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (18.97%) Data Mining
1 11 (18.97%) MySQL
2 2 (3.45%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (13.79%) LoadRunner
2 6 (10.34%) HP UFT
3 3 (5.17%) Facilita Forecast
3 3 (5.17%) JMeter
3 3 (5.17%) LoadUI
3 3 (5.17%) SoapUI
3 3 (5.17%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (3.45%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.72%) Banking
2 1 (1.72%) Finance
2 1 (1.72%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 26 (44.83%) Test Manager
2 13 (22.41%) Tester
3 9 (15.52%) Analyst
3 9 (15.52%) Test Analyst
4 7 (12.07%) Functional Tester
5 6 (10.34%) Test Leader
6 3 (5.17%) Migration Manager
6 3 (5.17%) Test Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) Analytics Manager
7 2 (3.45%) Coordinator
7 2 (3.45%) Data Analytics Manager
7 2 (3.45%) Database Manager
7 2 (3.45%) LoadRunner Test Analyst
7 2 (3.45%) Performance Analyst
7 2 (3.45%) Performance Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) Performance Test Analyst
7 2 (3.45%) Performance Test Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) Performance Tester
7 2 (3.45%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
7 2 (3.45%) UAT Coordinator
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.17%) Web Services
2 2 (3.45%) HTML
3 1 (1.72%) Node.js
Miscellaneous
1 15 (25.86%) Virtual Team
2 6 (10.34%) Performance Metrics
3 3 (5.17%) Data Structures
4 2 (3.45%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.72%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 7 (12.07%) Unix
2 6 (10.34%) AIX
2 6 (10.34%) Linux
2 6 (10.34%) Windows
3 3 (5.17%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (51.72%) Automated Testing
2 29 (50.00%) Risk Analysis
2 29 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 24 (41.38%) Knowledge Management
4 17 (29.31%) Project Management
4 17 (29.31%) Test Scripting
5 15 (25.86%) Functional Testing
6 13 (22.41%) Software Testing
7 12 (20.69%) Mentoring
8 10 (17.24%) Migration
8 10 (17.24%) Test Management
9 7 (12.07%) Regression Testing
10 6 (10.34%) Defect Tracking
10 6 (10.34%) Performance Monitoring
10 6 (10.34%) Performance Testing
10 6 (10.34%) User Acceptance Testing
11 5 (8.62%) Agile Software Development
12 4 (6.90%) Configuration Management
12 4 (6.90%) Data Analytics
12 4 (6.90%) Problem Management
Programming Languages
1 8 (13.79%) SQL
2 3 (5.17%) Java
3 2 (3.45%) COBOL
3 2 (3.45%) VB
Qualifications
1 30 (51.72%) Security Cleared
2 26 (44.83%) SC Cleared
3 14 (24.14%) Degree
4 9 (15.52%) ISTQB
5 7 (12.07%) BPSS Clearance
6 5 (8.62%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (5.17%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (17.24%) QA
2 2 (3.45%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 6 (10.34%) HP SiteScope
2 4 (6.90%) HP Quality Center
3 2 (3.45%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 19 (32.76%) HP
2 11 (18.97%) Sybase
3 3 (5.17%) Oracle
4 2 (3.45%) ICL