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 28 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 50 45 24
Rank change year-on-year
-5 -21
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 24 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 2.96% 0.94% 1.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.63% 1.18% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 4 0
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£418 £368 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.60% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £343 £375
% change year-on-year
+9.48% -8.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £31.56 £44.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -28.28%
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
662 338 149
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 81.63% 79.72% 72.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 446 232 74
Average daily rate £430 £368 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.00% +5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £258 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £578 £500 £750
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 16 8
Average hourly rate £22.75 £18.53 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+22.77% +9.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £16.90 £16.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.95 £40.00 £19.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 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
Newcastle upon Tyne -7 24 £418 +13.60%
Test Strategy
North East

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 21 (51.22%) Risk Analysis
2 20 (48.78%) Test Automation
2 20 (48.78%) Project Management
3 18 (43.90%) Test Scripting
4 17 (41.46%) Knowledge Management
5 16 (39.02%) Automated Testing
5 16 (39.02%) Degree
6 13 (31.71%) Finance
7 11 (26.83%) HP
8 10 (24.39%) Oracle
8 10 (24.39%) QA
8 10 (24.39%) Software Testing
9 8 (19.51%) ISTQB
9 8 (19.51%) Mentoring
10 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
10 7 (17.07%) SQL
11 6 (14.63%) C++
11 6 (14.63%) Data Mining
11 6 (14.63%) HP UFT
11 6 (14.63%) Risk Management
11 6 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
12 5 (12.20%) LoadRunner
12 5 (12.20%) Python
12 5 (12.20%) JavaScript
12 5 (12.20%) Agile Project Management
13 4 (9.76%) VME
13 4 (9.76%) ICL
13 4 (9.76%) Performance Testing
13 4 (9.76%) UNIX
13 4 (9.76%) SAS

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 4 (9.76%) SAS
2 2 (4.88%) WebLogic
Business Applications
1 3 (7.32%) Oracle ERP
2 2 (4.88%) Oracle Applications
2 2 (4.88%) Oracle General Ledger
2 2 (4.88%) Oracle Payables
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.44%) ATM
1 1 (2.44%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (14.63%) Data Mining
2 3 (7.32%) Relational Database
3 2 (4.88%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (4.88%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (2.44%) SQL Server
4 1 (2.44%) RDBMS
4 1 (2.44%) BusinessObjects
4 1 (2.44%) PowerCenter
4 1 (2.44%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (14.63%) HP UFT
2 5 (12.20%) LoadRunner
3 2 (4.88%) Visual Studio
3 2 (4.88%) JMeter
3 2 (4.88%) SoapUI
3 2 (4.88%) Facilita Forecast
3 2 (4.88%) LoadUI
4 1 (2.44%) ERwin
General
1 13 (31.71%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) General Ledger
3 1 (2.44%) Retail Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.44%) Banking
3 1 (2.44%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (26.83%) Analyst
1 11 (26.83%) Test Manager
1 11 (26.83%) Test Analyst
2 6 (14.63%) Tester
3 4 (9.76%) Test Leader
4 3 (7.32%) Project Manager
4 3 (7.32%) Test Engineer
5 2 (4.88%) ERP Manager
5 2 (4.88%) Performance Tester
5 2 (4.88%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (4.88%) Automation Tester
5 2 (4.88%) Automation Analyst
5 2 (4.88%) Testing Manager
5 2 (4.88%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
6 1 (2.44%) Programme Test Manager
6 1 (2.44%) Test Coordinator
6 1 (2.44%) Data Warehouse Manager
6 1 (2.44%) Senior Test Analyst
6 1 (2.44%) Junior Tester
6 1 (2.44%) Data Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (7.32%) Web Services
2 2 (4.88%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.88%) Client/Server
1 2 (4.88%) Data Structures
1 2 (4.88%) Performance Metrics
2 1 (2.44%) Online Banking
2 1 (2.44%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 4 (9.76%) UNIX
1 4 (9.76%) VME
2 2 (4.88%) Windows
2 2 (4.88%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (51.22%) Risk Analysis
2 20 (48.78%) Test Automation
2 20 (48.78%) Project Management
3 18 (43.90%) Test Scripting
4 17 (41.46%) Knowledge Management
5 16 (39.02%) Automated Testing
6 10 (24.39%) Software Testing
7 8 (19.51%) Mentoring
8 6 (14.63%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (14.63%) Risk Management
9 5 (12.20%) Agile Project Management
10 4 (9.76%) Performance Testing
10 4 (9.76%) Regression Testing
11 3 (7.32%) SOA
11 3 (7.32%) ERP
11 3 (7.32%) System Testing
12 2 (4.88%) Test Management
12 2 (4.88%) User Acceptance Testing
12 2 (4.88%) SDLC
12 2 (4.88%) Performance Monitoring
Programming Languages
1 7 (17.07%) SQL
2 6 (14.63%) C++
3 5 (12.20%) JavaScript
3 5 (12.20%) Python
4 3 (7.32%) Java
5 2 (4.88%) VB
6 1 (2.44%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 16 (39.02%) Degree
2 8 (19.51%) ISTQB
3 7 (17.07%) Security Cleared
4 2 (4.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (4.88%) ISEB
4 2 (4.88%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (24.39%) QA
Vendors
1 11 (26.83%) HP
2 10 (24.39%) Oracle
3 4 (9.76%) Informatica
3 4 (9.76%) ICL
4 1 (2.44%) TSYS