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 1 July 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
1 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 81 53 25
Rank change year-on-year
-28 -28
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 42 12 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 2.92% 1.83% 4.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.37% 2.38% 6.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 10 18
Median daily rate £313 £345 £369
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.42% -6.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £242 £300 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £399 £500 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £353
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +6.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.95 £33.50 £42.50
% change year-on-year
+22.23% -21.17%
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
1246 504 297
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 86.53% 77.06% 74.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 837 331 212
Median daily rate £320 £395 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-18.98% +12.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £553 £463
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £385 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.89% +2.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 72 35 5
Median hourly rate £28.00 £16.50 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+69.69% -50.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £22.00 £11.70 £16.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.00 £40.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-5.00% -

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 1 July 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 1 July 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 -32 42 £313 -8.08%
Test Strategy
North East

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 1 July 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 (56.90%) Automated Testing
2 28 (48.28%) Risk Analysis
3 26 (44.83%) Knowledge Management
3 26 (44.83%) Security Cleared
4 25 (43.10%) Test Automation
5 23 (39.66%) Test Scripting
6 22 (37.93%) SC Cleared
7 18 (31.03%) HP
8 15 (25.86%) HP UFT
9 13 (22.41%) Regression Testing
9 13 (22.41%) Degree
10 12 (20.69%) Software Testing
11 11 (18.97%) ISTQB
11 11 (18.97%) LoadRunner
11 11 (18.97%) SQL
11 11 (18.97%) Functional Testing
12 10 (17.24%) BPSS Clearance
12 10 (17.24%) Virtual Team
12 10 (17.24%) MySQL
12 10 (17.24%) Sybase
13 9 (15.52%) Project Management
13 9 (15.52%) QA
13 9 (15.52%) Test Management
13 9 (15.52%) Mentoring
14 8 (13.79%) Automation Testing
14 8 (13.79%) Migration
14 8 (13.79%) Data Mining
14 8 (13.79%) Unix
15 7 (12.07%) Oracle
15 7 (12.07%) Performance 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 5 (8.62%) WebLogic
2 1 (1.72%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (1.72%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.72%) MS Office
1 1 (1.72%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (1.72%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle Applications
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle ERP
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle General Ledger
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle Payables
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.72%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (17.24%) MySQL
2 8 (13.79%) Data Mining
3 5 (8.62%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 15 (25.86%) HP UFT
2 11 (18.97%) LoadRunner
3 7 (12.07%) Facilita Forecast
4 6 (10.34%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (3.45%) Finance
1 2 (3.45%) Telecoms
2 1 (1.72%) General Ledger
2 1 (1.72%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 24 (41.38%) Test Manager
2 15 (25.86%) Tester
3 11 (18.97%) Analyst
3 11 (18.97%) Test Analyst
4 7 (12.07%) Test Engineer
5 6 (10.34%) Functional Tester
6 5 (8.62%) Performance Tester
7 4 (6.90%) Automation Test Analyst
7 4 (6.90%) Performance Engineer
7 4 (6.90%) Performance Test Engineer
8 3 (5.17%) LoadRunner Test Analyst
8 3 (5.17%) Migration Manager
9 2 (3.45%) Analytics Manager
9 2 (3.45%) Data Analytics Manager
9 2 (3.45%) Database Manager
9 2 (3.45%) Regression Test Analyst
9 2 (3.45%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
9 2 (3.45%) Test Automation Engineer
10 1 (1.72%) Financial Analyst
10 1 (1.72%) Performance Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.62%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (17.24%) Virtual Team
2 6 (10.34%) Data Structures
2 6 (10.34%) Performance Metrics
3 5 (8.62%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 8 (13.79%) Unix
2 6 (10.34%) AIX
2 6 (10.34%) Linux
2 6 (10.34%) Windows
3 5 (8.62%) VME
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (56.90%) Automated Testing
2 28 (48.28%) Risk Analysis
3 26 (44.83%) Knowledge Management
4 25 (43.10%) Test Automation
5 23 (39.66%) Test Scripting
6 13 (22.41%) Regression Testing
7 12 (20.69%) Software Testing
8 11 (18.97%) Functional Testing
9 9 (15.52%) Mentoring
9 9 (15.52%) Project Management
9 9 (15.52%) Test Management
10 8 (13.79%) Automation Testing
10 8 (13.79%) Migration
11 7 (12.07%) Performance Testing
11 7 (12.07%) Problem Management
12 6 (10.34%) Configuration Management
12 6 (10.34%) Defect Tracking
12 6 (10.34%) Performance Monitoring
13 5 (8.62%) User Acceptance Testing
14 4 (6.90%) Data Analytics
Programming Languages
1 11 (18.97%) SQL
2 5 (8.62%) Java
2 5 (8.62%) VB
3 2 (3.45%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 26 (44.83%) Security Cleared
2 22 (37.93%) SC Cleared
3 13 (22.41%) Degree
4 11 (18.97%) ISTQB
5 10 (17.24%) BPSS Clearance
6 7 (12.07%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (5.17%) ISEB
8 1 (1.72%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (15.52%) QA
2 2 (3.45%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 7 (12.07%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (10.34%) HP SiteScope
3 2 (3.45%) Cisco IPCC
Vendors
1 18 (31.03%) HP
2 10 (17.24%) Sybase
3 7 (12.07%) Oracle
4 4 (6.90%) ICL