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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 102 90 89
Rank change year-on-year
-12 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 20 20 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.80% 0.93% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.13% 1.39% 1.36%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 8 13
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£315 £305 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.36% -17.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £298 £279 £350
10% offered a daily rate of more than £415 £525 £398
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £394
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -4.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.56 £44.00 £48.25
% change year-on-year
-28.28% -8.80%
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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
1775 1440 1548
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 71.20% 67.13% 67.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 950 755 787
Average daily rate £375 £350 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -4.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £250 £210
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 122 59 67
Average hourly rate £27.50 £37.80 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-27.24% +21.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £37.80 £42.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 -4 8 £300 +3.53%
Birmingham -4 2 £376 +20.40%
Coventry -10 1 - -
Walsall - - - -
Herefordshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
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Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 17 (34.69%) ISEB
2 15 (30.61%) SAP
3 13 (26.53%) Stakeholder Management
4 12 (24.49%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (24.49%) Test Scripting
4 12 (24.49%) HP Quality Center
5 10 (20.41%) Microsoft
5 10 (20.41%) Windows
5 10 (20.41%) Test Management
5 10 (20.41%) Software Testing
6 9 (18.37%) ISTQB
7 8 (16.33%) UNIX
8 7 (14.29%) Oracle
8 7 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
8 7 (14.29%) ERP
8 7 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
8 7 (14.29%) HP
8 7 (14.29%) JIRA
9 6 (12.24%) Client/Server
10 5 (10.20%) TCP/IP
10 5 (10.20%) SQL
10 5 (10.20%) Java
10 5 (10.20%) SAP BI
10 5 (10.20%) Security Testing
10 5 (10.20%) Business Analysis
10 5 (10.20%) Stakeholder Engagement
10 5 (10.20%) Waterfall
10 5 (10.20%) Performance Improvement
10 5 (10.20%) Performance Tuning
10 5 (10.20%) Performance Analysis

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

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 3 (6.12%) WebLogic
2 1 (2.04%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (4.08%) MS Project
2 1 (2.04%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (6.12%) SAP CRM
2 2 (4.08%) SAP HR
3 1 (2.04%) SAP FI
3 1 (2.04%) SAP SRM
3 1 (2.04%) SAP FI/CO
3 1 (2.04%) SAP CO
3 1 (2.04%) SAP PM
3 1 (2.04%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 5 (10.20%) TCP/IP
2 2 (4.08%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (14.29%) Data Warehouse
2 5 (10.20%) SAP BI
3 4 (8.16%) Big Data
3 4 (8.16%) Hadoop
4 2 (4.08%) Oracle OWB
5 1 (2.04%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (2.04%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (14.29%) JIRA
2 3 (6.12%) Selenium
2 3 (6.12%) JMeter
3 2 (4.08%) LoadRunner
4 1 (2.04%) JBehave
4 1 (2.04%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (8.16%) Finance
2 2 (4.08%) Retail
2 2 (4.08%) Marketing
2 2 (4.08%) Automotive
3 1 (2.04%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.04%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.04%) Banking
Job Titles
1 16 (32.65%) Analyst
2 14 (28.57%) Test Manager
3 11 (22.45%) Test Analyst
4 7 (14.29%) Tester
5 5 (10.20%) SAP Test Analyst
5 5 (10.20%) SAP Analyst
6 4 (8.16%) Big Data Architect
6 4 (8.16%) Architect
6 4 (8.16%) Business Analyst
6 4 (8.16%) Data Architect
7 2 (4.08%) Test Leader
7 2 (4.08%) Security Tester
7 2 (4.08%) Penetration Tester
7 2 (4.08%) SAP Manager
7 2 (4.08%) Integration Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) SAP Test Manager
7 2 (4.08%) Integration Test Analyst
7 2 (4.08%) SAP HR Analyst
8 1 (2.04%) Software Developer
8 1 (2.04%) Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.16%) HTML
2 3 (6.12%) XML
3 2 (4.08%) .NET
4 1 (2.04%) ASP.NET
4 1 (2.04%) CSS
4 1 (2.04%) MDX
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.24%) Client/Server
2 4 (8.16%) Open Source
3 2 (4.08%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (2.04%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.04%) EPoS
4 1 (2.04%) PMI
Operating Systems
1 10 (20.41%) Windows
2 8 (16.33%) UNIX
3 4 (8.16%) Linux
4 3 (6.12%) AIX
4 3 (6.12%) Windows Server 2003
4 3 (6.12%) Windows 7
5 2 (4.08%) Windows NT
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (26.53%) Stakeholder Management
2 12 (24.49%) User Acceptance Testing
2 12 (24.49%) Test Scripting
3 10 (20.41%) Test Management
3 10 (20.41%) Software Testing
4 7 (14.29%) ERP
4 7 (14.29%) Business Intelligence
5 5 (10.20%) Security Testing
5 5 (10.20%) Business Analysis
5 5 (10.20%) Stakeholder Engagement
5 5 (10.20%) Waterfall
5 5 (10.20%) Performance Improvement
5 5 (10.20%) Performance Tuning
5 5 (10.20%) Performance Analysis
6 4 (8.16%) Data Analytics
6 4 (8.16%) Business Analytics
6 4 (8.16%) Analytics
6 4 (8.16%) Big Data Analytics
6 4 (8.16%) Penetration Testing
6 4 (8.16%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (10.20%) SQL
1 5 (10.20%) Java
2 3 (6.12%) C
3 1 (2.04%) Python
3 1 (2.04%) PHP
3 1 (2.04%) VB
3 1 (2.04%) Shell Script
3 1 (2.04%) PowerShell
3 1 (2.04%) Ruby
3 1 (2.04%) Bash Shell
Qualifications
1 17 (34.69%) ISEB
2 9 (18.37%) ISTQB
3 4 (8.16%) SC Cleared
3 4 (8.16%) Security Cleared
4 3 (6.12%) ISEB Practitioner
4 3 (6.12%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (4.08%) Degree
6 1 (2.04%) PMI Certification
6 1 (2.04%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (4.08%) QA
System Software
1 3 (6.12%) Terminal Server
1 3 (6.12%) Nmap
Systems Management
1 12 (24.49%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (6.12%) Nessus
2 3 (6.12%) CORE IMPACT
3 1 (2.04%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (30.61%) SAP
2 10 (20.41%) Microsoft
3 7 (14.29%) Oracle
3 7 (14.29%) HP
4 3 (6.12%) CheckPoint
4 3 (6.12%) webMethods
5 2 (4.08%) JD Edwards
6 1 (2.04%) Cognos
6 1 (2.04%) Siebel
6 1 (2.04%) Business Objects
6 1 (2.04%) Ariba
6 1 (2.04%) Pega
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