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 27 September 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
27 Sep 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 77 79 104
Rank change year-on-year
+2 +25
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 70 43 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 2.16% 1.72% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.66% 2.21% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 37 18 12
Median daily rate £365 £400 £343
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.75% +16.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £321 £300 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £402 £461 £445
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £380 £328
% change year-on-year
-1.31% +16.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.50 £32.00 £31.56
% change year-on-year
+39.06% +1.41%
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
2634 1949 1914
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 81.27% 78.15% 74.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1565 1138 1002
Median daily rate £400 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.56% +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 100 113
Median hourly rate £20.50 £31.44 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-34.79% +4.80%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.43 £12.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £41.60 £40.00 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £33.64 £26.25
% change year-on-year
-3.38% +28.15%

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 27 September 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 27 September 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 -14 30 £330 -26.66%
Coventry +2 19 £373 +24.16%
Warwickshire 0 6 £363 - 1
Birmingham -11 3 £360 -22.27% 4
Solihull +1 1 - -
West Bromwich - 1 £370 -
Worcestershire - 1 £350 -
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Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 27 September 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 62 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (39.82%) Process Improvement
3 36 (31.86%) Data Modelling
4 34 (30.09%) SQL
5 25 (22.12%) Java
5 25 (22.12%) Test Scripting
6 22 (19.47%) Pega
7 21 (18.58%) Waterfall
7 21 (18.58%) Problem Management
8 19 (16.81%) User Acceptance Testing
8 19 (16.81%) Microsoft
8 19 (16.81%) Configuration Management
9 18 (15.93%) Scrum
9 18 (15.93%) RUP
9 18 (15.93%) Oracle
9 18 (15.93%) .NET
10 17 (15.04%) J2EE
10 17 (15.04%) PL/SQL
11 15 (13.27%) OO
11 15 (13.27%) Business Intelligence
11 15 (13.27%) System Testing
11 15 (13.27%) Functional Testing
12 14 (12.39%) Test Management
13 13 (11.50%) Integration Testing
13 13 (11.50%) Security Cleared
13 13 (11.50%) ISEB
13 13 (11.50%) User Stories
14 12 (10.62%) SC Cleared
14 12 (10.62%) ISTQB
15 11 (9.73%) Windows

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 7 (6.19%) SharePoint
2 3 (2.65%) CMS
2 3 (2.65%) Confluence
2 3 (2.65%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.77%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.88%) Documentum
4 1 (0.88%) JBoss
4 1 (0.88%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.88%) WebSphere
Applications
1 9 (7.96%) MS Excel
2 6 (5.31%) MS Office
2 6 (5.31%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (2.65%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (0.88%) SAP ERP
2 1 (0.88%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.65%) Azure Active Directory
1 3 (2.65%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (2.65%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.77%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (9.73%) SQL Server
2 5 (4.42%) IDMS
3 2 (1.77%) Big Data
3 2 (1.77%) BusinessObjects
3 2 (1.77%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (1.77%) Hadoop
3 2 (1.77%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (1.77%) Pentaho
4 1 (0.88%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.88%) MS Access
4 1 (0.88%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (7.08%) Visual Studio
2 5 (4.42%) JIRA
3 4 (3.54%) CA Gen
4 3 (2.65%) Atlassian Bamboo
4 3 (2.65%) Selenium
4 3 (2.65%) SpecFlow
4 3 (2.65%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (1.77%) Maven
5 2 (1.77%) SoapUI
5 2 (1.77%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.88%) Ant
6 1 (0.88%) Git (software)
6 1 (0.88%) HP UFT
6 1 (0.88%) Jenkins
6 1 (0.88%) JUnit
6 1 (0.88%) LoadRunner
6 1 (0.88%) Mockito
6 1 (0.88%) NUnit
6 1 (0.88%) Subversion
6 1 (0.88%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (3.54%) Finance
2 2 (1.77%) Aerospace
2 2 (1.77%) Banking
3 1 (0.88%) Automotive
3 1 (0.88%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 51 (45.13%) Developer
2 26 (23.01%) Test Manager
3 17 (15.04%) Analyst
4 10 (8.85%) Test Analyst
4 10 (8.85%) Test Leader
5 8 (7.08%) COBOL Developer
6 7 (6.19%) .NET Developer
6 7 (6.19%) Programme Manager
6 7 (6.19%) Programme Test Manager
6 7 (6.19%) Test Programme Manager
7 6 (5.31%) Java Developer
8 5 (4.42%) Tester
9 4 (3.54%) Agile Java Developer
9 4 (3.54%) Business Analyst
9 4 (3.54%) J2EE Developer
9 4 (3.54%) Junior
9 4 (3.54%) Junior Developer
9 4 (3.54%) Senior Manager
9 4 (3.54%) Senior Programme Manager
9 4 (3.54%) Senior Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 18 (15.93%) .NET
2 17 (15.04%) J2EE
3 10 (8.85%) CSS
4 8 (7.08%) XML
5 7 (6.19%) .NET Framework
5 7 (6.19%) Apache Cordova
5 7 (6.19%) ASP.NET
5 7 (6.19%) ASP.NET MVC
5 7 (6.19%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 7 (6.19%) HTML
5 7 (6.19%) PhoneGap
5 7 (6.19%) WinForms
6 4 (3.54%) Web Services
7 2 (1.77%) jQuery
7 2 (1.77%) Spring
7 2 (1.77%) Spring Boot
7 2 (1.77%) Swagger
7 2 (1.77%) WireMock
8 1 (0.88%) ELK Stack
8 1 (0.88%) Hystrix
Miscellaneous
1 5 (4.42%) Mainframe
2 4 (3.54%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.65%) Data Conversion
3 3 (2.65%) Data Structures
3 3 (2.65%) Smart Meter
3 3 (2.65%) Virtual Team
4 2 (1.77%) Data Integration
4 2 (1.77%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 2 (1.77%) PKI
5 1 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 11 (9.73%) Windows
2 10 (8.85%) Unix
3 8 (7.08%) VME
4 4 (3.54%) Linux
5 3 (2.65%) Android
5 3 (2.65%) Apple iOS
5 3 (2.65%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.77%) Fedora
6 2 (1.77%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 62 (54.87%) Agile Software Development
2 45 (39.82%) Process Improvement
3 36 (31.86%) Data Modelling
4 25 (22.12%) Test Scripting
5 21 (18.58%) Problem Management
5 21 (18.58%) Waterfall
6 19 (16.81%) Configuration Management
6 19 (16.81%) User Acceptance Testing
7 18 (15.93%) RUP
7 18 (15.93%) Scrum
8 15 (13.27%) Business Intelligence
8 15 (13.27%) Functional Testing
8 15 (13.27%) OO
8 15 (13.27%) System Testing
9 14 (12.39%) Test Management
10 13 (11.50%) Integration Testing
10 13 (11.50%) User Stories
11 11 (9.73%) Stakeholder Management
12 10 (8.85%) Continuous Integration
12 10 (8.85%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 34 (30.09%) SQL
2 25 (22.12%) Java
3 17 (15.04%) PL/SQL
4 11 (9.73%) COBOL
5 10 (8.85%) C#
6 9 (7.96%) JavaScript
7 6 (5.31%) Shell Script
8 5 (4.42%) C
8 5 (4.42%) Perl
9 2 (1.77%) Bash Shell
9 2 (1.77%) Scala
9 2 (1.77%) T-SQL
10 1 (0.88%) XPath
Qualifications
1 13 (11.50%) ISEB
1 13 (11.50%) Security Cleared
2 12 (10.62%) ISTQB
2 12 (10.62%) SC Cleared
3 3 (2.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (1.77%) Degree
4 2 (1.77%) ITIL Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (4.42%) QA
2 2 (1.77%) COBIT
2 2 (1.77%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.88%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.88%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (2.65%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.88%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (7.08%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.65%) SCCM
3 2 (1.77%) Puppet
4 1 (0.88%) Grafana
4 1 (0.88%) Graphite
Vendors
1 22 (19.47%) Pega
2 19 (16.81%) Microsoft
3 18 (15.93%) Oracle
4 9 (7.96%) webMethods
4 9 (7.96%) WSO2
5 8 (7.08%) HP
5 8 (7.08%) Informatica
6 7 (6.19%) ICL
6 7 (6.19%) Xamarin
7 3 (2.65%) BEA
7 3 (2.65%) SAP
8 2 (1.77%) Atlassian
8 2 (1.77%) Cloudera
8 2 (1.77%) Guidewire
8 2 (1.77%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.88%) Citrix
9 1 (0.88%) Google
9 1 (0.88%) Micro Focus
9 1 (0.88%) PlateSpin