The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the West Midlands region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 22 September 2014 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
22 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 103 96 93
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -3
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 19 15 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.74% 0.71% 0.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.07% 1.03% 1.18%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 9 12
Average daily rate
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£343 £315 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.91% -14.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £525 £380
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-12.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £53.00 £57.25
% change year-on-year
-40.46% -7.42%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
West Midlands
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1771 1450 1613
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 69.26% 68.59% 69.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 914 773 831
Average daily rate £375 £357 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.18% +1.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £468 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £368 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.04% +1.37%
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 59 95
Average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £30.00
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £14.48 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £37.80 £41.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-13.33% -

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the West Midlands region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Strategy across the West Midlands region.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 22 September 2014.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the West Midlands region.

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 3 months to 22 September 2014. 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
Warwickshire -1 10 £300 +7.14%
Birmingham -12 2 £376 -5.34% 1
Coventry - 2 £351 -
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Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 11 (27.50%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (25.00%) Microsoft
3 9 (22.50%) Windows
4 8 (20.00%) UNIX
4 8 (20.00%) SAP
4 8 (20.00%) ISEB
4 8 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 8 (20.00%) Test Management
5 7 (17.50%) Oracle
5 7 (17.50%) Client/Server
6 6 (15.00%) Data Warehouse
6 6 (15.00%) Test Scripting
6 6 (15.00%) ISTQB
6 6 (15.00%) Waterfall
7 5 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (12.50%) Performance Improvement
7 5 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
7 5 (12.50%) Performance Analysis
7 5 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (12.50%) Security Testing
7 5 (12.50%) Penetration Testing
7 5 (12.50%) Automotive
7 5 (12.50%) HP
7 5 (12.50%) TCP/IP
7 5 (12.50%) Linux
7 5 (12.50%) Java
8 4 (10.00%) HTML
8 4 (10.00%) Service Management
8 4 (10.00%) SC Cleared
8 4 (10.00%) Security Cleared

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands by Category

For the 6 months to 22 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the West Midlands 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 2 (5.00%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.50%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (5.00%) MS Project
2 1 (2.50%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (7.50%) SAP CRM
2 1 (2.50%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 5 (12.50%) TCP/IP
2 2 (5.00%) HTTP
3 1 (2.50%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (15.00%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (10.00%) Hadoop
2 4 (10.00%) Big Data
3 2 (5.00%) Oracle OWB
4 1 (2.50%) MySQL
4 1 (2.50%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (2.50%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 3 (7.50%) Selenium
1 3 (7.50%) LoadRunner
1 3 (7.50%) JMeter
2 2 (5.00%) JIRA
3 1 (2.50%) JBehave
3 1 (2.50%) WebDriver
3 1 (2.50%) SoapUI
General
1 5 (12.50%) Automotive
2 3 (7.50%) Finance
3 2 (5.00%) Manufacturing
3 2 (5.00%) Retail
3 2 (5.00%) Marketing
4 1 (2.50%) Investment Banking
4 1 (2.50%) Banking
4 1 (2.50%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 12 (30.00%) Test Manager
2 11 (27.50%) Analyst
3 8 (20.00%) Test Analyst
4 6 (15.00%) Tester
5 4 (10.00%) Architect
5 4 (10.00%) Data Architect
5 4 (10.00%) Big Data Architect
6 2 (5.00%) CRM Manager
6 2 (5.00%) Business Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) Penetration Tester
6 2 (5.00%) Integration Test Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) Integration Analyst
6 2 (5.00%) Test Leader
6 2 (5.00%) Security Tester
7 1 (2.50%) Test Programme Manager
7 1 (2.50%) Testing Manager
7 1 (2.50%) LoadRunner Tester
7 1 (2.50%) UAT Manager
7 1 (2.50%) Environment Analyst
7 1 (2.50%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (10.00%) HTML
2 3 (7.50%) XML
3 2 (5.00%) .NET
4 1 (2.50%) ASP.NET
4 1 (2.50%) CSS
4 1 (2.50%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 7 (17.50%) Client/Server
2 5 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (10.00%) Open Source
4 1 (2.50%) Mobile App
4 1 (2.50%) PMI
4 1 (2.50%) Telematics
Operating Systems
1 9 (22.50%) Windows
2 8 (20.00%) UNIX
3 5 (12.50%) Linux
4 3 (7.50%) AIX
4 3 (7.50%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (7.50%) Windows 7
5 2 (5.00%) Windows NT
6 1 (2.50%) Apple iOS
6 1 (2.50%) Android
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (27.50%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 8 (20.00%) Test Management
3 6 (15.00%) Test Scripting
3 6 (15.00%) Waterfall
4 5 (12.50%) Performance Improvement
4 5 (12.50%) Security Testing
4 5 (12.50%) Performance Tuning
4 5 (12.50%) Performance Analysis
4 5 (12.50%) Penetration Testing
5 4 (10.00%) Service Management
5 4 (10.00%) Big Data Analytics
5 4 (10.00%) Data Analytics
5 4 (10.00%) Business Analytics
5 4 (10.00%) Analytics
6 3 (7.50%) Performance Testing
6 3 (7.50%) Mentoring
6 3 (7.50%) Test Automation
6 3 (7.50%) Configuration Management
6 3 (7.50%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (12.50%) Java
2 3 (7.50%) C
2 3 (7.50%) SQL
3 2 (5.00%) PHP
4 1 (2.50%) VB
4 1 (2.50%) Python
4 1 (2.50%) Shell Script
4 1 (2.50%) Ruby
4 1 (2.50%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 8 (20.00%) ISEB
2 6 (15.00%) ISTQB
3 4 (10.00%) SC Cleared
3 4 (10.00%) Security Cleared
4 2 (5.00%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (5.00%) Degree
5 1 (2.50%) PMI Certification
5 1 (2.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (5.00%) QA
System Software
1 3 (7.50%) Terminal Server
1 3 (7.50%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 5 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (7.50%) CORE IMPACT
2 3 (7.50%) Nessus
3 1 (2.50%) SCCM
Vendors
1 10 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 8 (20.00%) SAP
3 7 (17.50%) Oracle
4 5 (12.50%) HP
5 2 (5.00%) CheckPoint
5 2 (5.00%) webMethods
6 1 (2.50%) Pega
6 1 (2.50%) JD Edwards
6 1 (2.50%) Business Objects
6 1 (2.50%) Cognos
6 1 (2.50%) Siebel