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 25 June 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
25 Jun 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 98 97 100
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +3
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 42 24 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.41% 1.01% 0.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.72% 1.32% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 8 10
Median daily rate £368 £400 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.12% +17.64%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £321 £261
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £465 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £375 £355
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £40.95 £33.50 £43.00
% change year-on-year
+22.23% -22.09%
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
2440 1813 1807
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 81.82% 76.40% 76.70%
Number of daily rates quoted 1463 1131 976
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £380 £375
% change year-on-year
+5.26% +1.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 74 128
Median hourly rate £24.00 £25.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.00% -28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £13.80
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.40 £40.50 £37.80
UK excluding London median hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
-5.00% +1.69%

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 25 June 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 25 June 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 -25 19 £400 -
Warwickshire -4 5 £400 +45.45%
Worcestershire -9 2 - -
Birmingham -11 2 £800 +88.23% 4
Solihull - 2 - -
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 25 June 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 74 (56.92%) SQL
2 69 (53.08%) Unix
2 69 (53.08%) Agile Software Development
3 58 (44.62%) Scrum
4 52 (40.00%) Oracle
4 52 (40.00%) Informatica
5 43 (33.08%) Java
6 38 (29.23%) Waterfall
7 34 (26.15%) Pega
7 34 (26.15%) BusinessObjects
7 34 (26.15%) Data Modelling
8 32 (24.62%) Pentaho
9 31 (23.85%) Hadoop
9 31 (23.85%) Process Improvement
10 30 (23.08%) J2EE
11 29 (22.31%) RUP
12 28 (21.54%) Shell Script
13 27 (20.77%) Business Intelligence
13 27 (20.77%) Confluence
13 27 (20.77%) JIRA
14 23 (17.69%) OO
15 21 (16.15%) Cloudera
15 21 (16.15%) Data Integration
15 21 (16.15%) WebLogic
16 18 (13.85%) webMethods
16 18 (13.85%) SC Cleared
16 18 (13.85%) Security Cleared
16 18 (13.85%) User Stories
16 18 (13.85%) Big Data
17 17 (13.08%) Configuration Management

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 27 (20.77%) Confluence
2 21 (16.15%) WebLogic
3 9 (6.92%) Elasticsearch
4 4 (3.08%) SAS
4 4 (3.08%) SharePoint
5 1 (0.77%) Apache
5 1 (0.77%) Documentum
Applications
1 2 (1.54%) MS Excel
2 1 (0.77%) MS PowerPoint
2 1 (0.77%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.77%) TRIRIGA
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.08%) Internet
2 1 (0.77%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 34 (26.15%) BusinessObjects
2 32 (24.62%) Pentaho
3 31 (23.85%) Hadoop
4 18 (13.85%) Big Data
5 9 (6.92%) Oracle Reports
6 6 (4.62%) SQL Server
7 5 (3.85%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (3.08%) MS Access
8 4 (3.08%) Relational Database
9 1 (0.77%) MongoDB
9 1 (0.77%) Oracle Database
9 1 (0.77%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 27 (20.77%) JIRA
2 8 (6.15%) ClearCase
3 6 (4.62%) PVCS
4 2 (1.54%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 2 (1.54%) Git (software)
4 2 (1.54%) Maven
4 2 (1.54%) SoapUI
5 1 (0.77%) Cucumber
5 1 (0.77%) Gatling
5 1 (0.77%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.77%) JMeter
5 1 (0.77%) JUnit
5 1 (0.77%) Mockito
5 1 (0.77%) Selenium
5 1 (0.77%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.77%) Vagrant
5 1 (0.77%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (2.31%) Finance
2 2 (1.54%) Aerospace
2 2 (1.54%) Banking
3 1 (0.77%) Automotive
3 1 (0.77%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 82 (63.08%) Developer
2 22 (16.92%) Pentaho Developer
3 14 (10.77%) Analyst
3 14 (10.77%) Test Manager
4 11 (8.46%) Hadoop Developer
5 10 (7.69%) Data Integration Developer
5 10 (7.69%) Integration Developer
5 10 (7.69%) Java Developer
5 10 (7.69%) Monitoring Engineer
6 9 (6.92%) Test Analyst
7 8 (6.15%) JavaScript Developer
7 8 (6.15%) Lead Developer
8 7 (5.38%) Big Data Developer
9 6 (4.62%) Senior Developer
10 5 (3.85%) Business Analyst
10 5 (3.85%) Programme Manager
10 5 (3.85%) Programme Test Manager
10 5 (3.85%) Test Programme Manager
11 4 (3.08%) Test Leader
11 4 (3.08%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 30 (23.08%) J2EE
2 13 (10.00%) CSS
3 11 (8.46%) jQuery
4 10 (7.69%) ELK Stack
5 3 (2.31%) Spring
6 2 (1.54%) HTML
6 2 (1.54%) Spring Boot
6 2 (1.54%) Swagger
6 2 (1.54%) WireMock
6 2 (1.54%) XML
7 1 (0.77%) .NET
7 1 (0.77%) .NET Framework
7 1 (0.77%) Apache Cordova
7 1 (0.77%) ASP.NET MVC
7 1 (0.77%) ASP.NET MVC 4
7 1 (0.77%) Hystrix
7 1 (0.77%) Node.js
7 1 (0.77%) PhoneGap
7 1 (0.77%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (0.77%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 21 (16.15%) Data Integration
2 2 (1.54%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (1.54%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
2 2 (1.54%) Smart Meter
3 1 (0.77%) Statistics
3 1 (0.77%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 69 (53.08%) Unix
2 13 (10.00%) Linux
3 12 (9.23%) Windows
4 2 (1.54%) Fedora
4 2 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 69 (53.08%) Agile Software Development
2 58 (44.62%) Scrum
3 38 (29.23%) Waterfall
4 34 (26.15%) Data Modelling
5 31 (23.85%) Process Improvement
6 29 (22.31%) RUP
7 27 (20.77%) Business Intelligence
8 23 (17.69%) OO
9 18 (13.85%) User Stories
10 17 (13.08%) Configuration Management
11 15 (11.54%) User Acceptance Testing
12 14 (10.77%) SDLC
13 13 (10.00%) Problem Management
14 11 (8.46%) Dashboard Development
15 10 (7.69%) Service Management
15 10 (7.69%) Software Engineering
16 9 (6.92%) Test Management
16 9 (6.92%) Test Scripting
17 8 (6.15%) Continuous Integration
17 8 (6.15%) Data Analysis
Programming Languages
1 74 (56.92%) SQL
2 43 (33.08%) Java
3 28 (21.54%) Shell Script
4 17 (13.08%) PL/SQL
5 13 (10.00%) Perl
6 12 (9.23%) C
6 12 (9.23%) JavaScript
7 3 (2.31%) Scala
8 2 (1.54%) Bash Shell
9 1 (0.77%) C#
9 1 (0.77%) Groovy
9 1 (0.77%) VBA
Qualifications
1 18 (13.85%) SC Cleared
1 18 (13.85%) Security Cleared
2 10 (7.69%) ISTQB
3 9 (6.92%) ISEB
4 7 (5.38%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 5 (3.85%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (0.77%) Degree
6 1 (0.77%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (4.62%) QA
2 4 (3.08%) SLA
3 2 (1.54%) COBIT
3 2 (1.54%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 1 (0.77%) Docker
Systems Management
1 10 (7.69%) BMC PATROL
1 10 (7.69%) OPNET
1 10 (7.69%) SCOM
2 9 (6.92%) Kibana
2 9 (6.92%) logstash
3 4 (3.08%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (2.31%) Puppet
5 2 (1.54%) Opsview
6 1 (0.77%) Grafana
6 1 (0.77%) Graphite
Vendors
1 52 (40.00%) Informatica
1 52 (40.00%) Oracle
2 34 (26.15%) Pega
3 21 (16.15%) Cloudera
4 18 (13.85%) webMethods
5 10 (7.69%) BMC
6 9 (6.92%) Digital Fuel
7 7 (5.38%) WSO2
8 3 (2.31%) Microsoft
8 3 (2.31%) Red Hat
9 2 (1.54%) Atlassian
9 2 (1.54%) BEA
9 2 (1.54%) HP
9 2 (1.54%) SAP
10 1 (0.77%) CheckPoint
10 1 (0.77%) Google
10 1 (0.77%) Guidewire
10 1 (0.77%) JDA
10 1 (0.77%) RedPrairie
10 1 (0.77%) Xamarin
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