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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 10 December 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
10 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 95 78 105
Rank change year-on-year
-17 +27
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 39 40 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.43% 1.56% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.73% 1.97% 0.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 15 8
Median daily rate £418 £425 £398
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.76% +6.91%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £339 £320 £328
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £530 £408
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £350
% change year-on-year
- +14.28%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £48.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-7.29% +47.69%
Test Strategy
England

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
2254 2031 1709
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 82.47% 79.46% 72.38%
Number of daily rates quoted 1385 1118 1000
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 76 90
Median hourly rate £19.61 £25.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-21.56% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.29 £11.08 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.00 £37.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +36.00%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the West Midlands

The demand trend of contract jobs across the West Midlands 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 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 10 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the West Midlands region over the 3 months to 10 December 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
Shropshire -1 22 £450 -8.86% 2
Birmingham -4 5 £438 +66.66% 1
Coventry -11 4 £400 - 2
Worcestershire - 2 £475 -
Warwickshire -3 1 £650 +85.71%
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 10 December 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 59 (53.15%) Agile Software Development
2 42 (37.84%) SQL
3 40 (36.04%) Process Improvement
4 32 (28.83%) Data Modelling
5 31 (27.93%) Oracle
6 27 (24.32%) Java
7 24 (21.62%) Pega
7 24 (21.62%) Test Scripting
8 22 (19.82%) Problem Management
9 21 (18.92%) PL/SQL
9 21 (18.92%) J2EE
9 21 (18.92%) OO
10 19 (17.12%) Unix
10 19 (17.12%) Microsoft
10 19 (17.12%) RUP
10 19 (17.12%) Waterfall
11 17 (15.32%) Business Intelligence
11 17 (15.32%) Configuration Management
11 17 (15.32%) .NET
12 16 (14.41%) webMethods
13 15 (13.51%) Windows
13 15 (13.51%) Stakeholder Management
13 15 (13.51%) Test Management
13 15 (13.51%) User Acceptance Testing
13 15 (13.51%) System Testing
14 14 (12.61%) XML
14 14 (12.61%) ISEB
15 12 (10.81%) WebLogic
15 12 (10.81%) Scrum
15 12 (10.81%) Migration

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 12 (10.81%) WebLogic
2 7 (6.31%) SharePoint
3 6 (5.41%) CMS
4 4 (3.60%) Confluence
5 2 (1.80%) Documentum
5 2 (1.80%) JBoss
5 2 (1.80%) Skype for Business
5 2 (1.80%) Tomcat
6 1 (0.90%) WebSphere
Applications
1 8 (7.21%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.41%) MS Office
2 6 (5.41%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.90%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (2.70%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.90%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.90%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.70%) Azure Active Directory
1 3 (2.70%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (2.70%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.70%) Network Security
2 2 (1.80%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (8.11%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.50%) IDMS
3 3 (2.70%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (1.80%) BusinessObjects
4 2 (1.80%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (0.90%) MS Access
5 1 (0.90%) Oracle OWB
5 1 (0.90%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 9 (8.11%) Visual Studio
2 8 (7.21%) CA Gen
3 7 (6.31%) JIRA
4 6 (5.41%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (4.50%) Selenium
6 4 (3.60%) SpecFlow
7 3 (2.70%) Visual Studio Team System
8 2 (1.80%) Ant
8 2 (1.80%) Atlassian Bamboo
8 2 (1.80%) Eclipse
8 2 (1.80%) HP UFT
8 2 (1.80%) Jenkins
8 2 (1.80%) LoadRunner
8 2 (1.80%) Maven
8 2 (1.80%) PVCS
8 2 (1.80%) Subversion
9 1 (0.90%) NUnit
9 1 (0.90%) WebDriver
General
1 10 (9.01%) Finance
2 1 (0.90%) Automotive
2 1 (0.90%) Banking
2 1 (0.90%) Manufacturing
2 1 (0.90%) Military
2 1 (0.90%) Retail
Job Titles
1 40 (36.04%) Developer
2 29 (26.13%) Test Manager
3 20 (18.02%) Analyst
4 8 (7.21%) Business Systems Analyst
4 8 (7.21%) COBOL Developer
4 8 (7.21%) Systems Analyst
4 8 (7.21%) Test Analyst
4 8 (7.21%) Test Leader
5 6 (5.41%) .NET Developer
5 6 (5.41%) Tester
5 6 (5.41%) webMethods Developer
6 5 (4.50%) Architect
7 4 (3.60%) Agile Test Manager
7 4 (3.60%) Agile Tester
7 4 (3.60%) Business Analyst
7 4 (3.60%) Java Developer
7 4 (3.60%) Systems Architect
8 3 (2.70%) SQL Programmer
8 3 (2.70%) Test Programme Manager
8 3 (2.70%) Test Strategy Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 21 (18.92%) J2EE
2 17 (15.32%) .NET
3 14 (12.61%) XML
4 7 (6.31%) CSS
5 6 (5.41%) .NET Framework
5 6 (5.41%) Apache Cordova
5 6 (5.41%) ASP.NET
5 6 (5.41%) ASP.NET MVC
5 6 (5.41%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 6 (5.41%) HTML
5 6 (5.41%) PhoneGap
5 6 (5.41%) WinForms
6 4 (3.60%) Web Services
7 2 (1.80%) EDIFACT
8 1 (0.90%) DOM
8 1 (0.90%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.21%) Data Structures
2 6 (5.41%) Data Conversion
3 5 (4.50%) Mainframe
4 3 (2.70%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (2.70%) Virtual Team
5 2 (1.80%) Enterprise Software
5 2 (1.80%) PKI
6 1 (0.90%) Management Information System
6 1 (0.90%) Smart Meter
6 1 (0.90%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 19 (17.12%) Unix
2 15 (13.51%) Windows
3 8 (7.21%) VME
4 3 (2.70%) Android
4 3 (2.70%) Apple iOS
4 3 (2.70%) Windows 10
5 2 (1.80%) AIX
6 1 (0.90%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 59 (53.15%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (36.04%) Process Improvement
3 32 (28.83%) Data Modelling
4 24 (21.62%) Test Scripting
5 22 (19.82%) Problem Management
6 21 (18.92%) OO
7 19 (17.12%) RUP
7 19 (17.12%) Waterfall
8 17 (15.32%) Business Intelligence
8 17 (15.32%) Configuration Management
9 15 (13.51%) Stakeholder Management
9 15 (13.51%) System Testing
9 15 (13.51%) Test Management
9 15 (13.51%) User Acceptance Testing
10 12 (10.81%) Functional Testing
10 12 (10.81%) Migration
10 12 (10.81%) Scrum
11 11 (9.91%) Non-Functional Testing
11 11 (9.91%) System Integration Testing
11 11 (9.91%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 42 (37.84%) SQL
2 27 (24.32%) Java
3 21 (18.92%) PL/SQL
4 11 (9.91%) COBOL
4 11 (9.91%) Shell Script
5 9 (8.11%) C#
6 6 (5.41%) JavaScript
6 6 (5.41%) Perl
7 2 (1.80%) C
7 2 (1.80%) T-SQL
8 1 (0.90%) XPath
Qualifications
1 14 (12.61%) ISEB
2 10 (9.01%) ISTQB
3 5 (4.50%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.60%) SC Cleared
5 2 (1.80%) Degree
5 2 (1.80%) ISEB Practitioner
5 2 (1.80%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (1.80%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (2.70%) QA
2 1 (0.90%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.90%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (2.70%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (4.50%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.70%) SCCM
Vendors
1 31 (27.93%) Oracle
2 24 (21.62%) Pega
3 19 (17.12%) Microsoft
4 16 (14.41%) webMethods
5 9 (8.11%) Informatica
6 8 (7.21%) HP
7 7 (6.31%) BEA
7 7 (6.31%) ICL
8 6 (5.41%) WSO2
8 6 (5.41%) Xamarin
9 4 (3.60%) CheckPoint
9 4 (3.60%) Guidewire
10 3 (2.70%) SAP
11 1 (0.90%) Citrix
11 1 (0.90%) Micro Focus
11 1 (0.90%) PlateSpin