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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 81 80 97
Rank change year-on-year
-1 +17
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 66 41 21
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.99% 1.65% 0.83%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.47% 2.15% 1.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 19 11
Median daily rate £368 £400 £330
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.12% +21.21%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £326 £299 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £450 £450
UK excluding London median daily rate £375 £375 £343
% change year-on-year
- +9.48%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.00 £32.00 £31.56
% change year-on-year
+40.62% +1.41%
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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
2670 1908 1931
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 80.69% 76.57% 76.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 1582 1140 1011
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 £275 £274 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 92 132
Median hourly rate £22.00 £30.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-26.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.35 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £40.87 £42.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-4.61% +26.21%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 -16 25 £375 -16.66% 1
Coventry -3 16 £370 - 2
Warwickshire +1 6 £365 +32.72% 1
Birmingham -12 4 £580 +44.93% 3
Solihull - 1 - -
Sutton Coldfield - 1 - -
West Bromwich - 1 £370 -
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Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 57 (50.89%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (34.82%) Process Improvement
3 38 (33.93%) Data Modelling
4 35 (31.25%) SQL
5 26 (23.21%) Java
6 22 (19.64%) Scrum
6 22 (19.64%) Waterfall
7 20 (17.86%) Pega
7 20 (17.86%) User Acceptance Testing
7 20 (17.86%) Test Scripting
8 19 (16.96%) Oracle
9 18 (16.07%) Problem Management
10 17 (15.18%) Security Cleared
10 17 (15.18%) Unix
10 17 (15.18%) RUP
10 17 (15.18%) Configuration Management
11 16 (14.29%) J2EE
11 16 (14.29%) SC Cleared
12 15 (13.39%) Business Intelligence
12 15 (13.39%) Microsoft
13 14 (12.50%) Test Management
13 14 (12.50%) Functional Testing
14 12 (10.71%) User Stories
14 12 (10.71%) System Testing
14 12 (10.71%) Windows
14 12 (10.71%) PL/SQL
14 12 (10.71%) .NET
15 11 (9.82%) OO
15 11 (9.82%) ISEB
15 11 (9.82%) Informatica

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 (6.25%) Confluence
2 5 (4.46%) SharePoint
2 5 (4.46%) WebLogic
3 2 (1.79%) Elasticsearch
3 2 (1.79%) Skype for Business
4 1 (0.89%) CMS
4 1 (0.89%) Documentum
4 1 (0.89%) JBoss
4 1 (0.89%) SAS
4 1 (0.89%) Tomcat
4 1 (0.89%) WebSphere
Applications
1 7 (6.25%) MS Excel
2 4 (3.57%) MS Office
2 4 (3.57%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (0.89%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (0.89%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.89%) SAP ERP
1 1 (0.89%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.68%) Azure Active Directory
1 3 (2.68%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (2.68%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 2 (1.79%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (8.04%) SQL Server
2 7 (6.25%) Hadoop
2 7 (6.25%) Pentaho
3 6 (5.36%) BusinessObjects
4 5 (4.46%) Big Data
5 4 (3.57%) IDMS
6 3 (2.68%) Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.89%) MongoDB
7 1 (0.89%) MS Access
7 1 (0.89%) Oracle Database
7 1 (0.89%) Oracle OWB
7 1 (0.89%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.89%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (7.14%) JIRA
2 4 (3.57%) Visual Studio
3 3 (2.68%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 3 (2.68%) CA Gen
4 2 (1.79%) Maven
4 2 (1.79%) Selenium
4 2 (1.79%) SoapUI
4 2 (1.79%) SpecFlow
4 2 (1.79%) Team Foundation Server
5 1 (0.89%) Ant
5 1 (0.89%) Git (software)
5 1 (0.89%) Jenkins
5 1 (0.89%) JMeter
5 1 (0.89%) JUnit
5 1 (0.89%) Mockito
5 1 (0.89%) Subversion
5 1 (0.89%) Vagrant
General
1 4 (3.57%) Finance
2 2 (1.79%) Aerospace
2 2 (1.79%) Banking
3 1 (0.89%) Automotive
3 1 (0.89%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 51 (45.54%) Developer
2 26 (23.21%) Test Manager
3 17 (15.18%) Analyst
4 11 (9.82%) Test Analyst
5 10 (8.93%) Test Leader
6 8 (7.14%) Programme Manager
6 8 (7.14%) Programme Test Manager
6 8 (7.14%) Test Programme Manager
7 7 (6.25%) Java Developer
8 6 (5.36%) Pentaho Developer
9 5 (4.46%) .NET Developer
9 5 (4.46%) JavaScript Developer
9 5 (4.46%) Senior Developer
9 5 (4.46%) Senior Manager
9 5 (4.46%) Senior Programme Manager
9 5 (4.46%) Senior Test Manager
10 4 (3.57%) COBOL Developer
10 4 (3.57%) J2EE Developer
10 4 (3.57%) Junior
10 4 (3.57%) Junior Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (14.29%) J2EE
2 12 (10.71%) .NET
3 10 (8.93%) CSS
4 7 (6.25%) XML
5 5 (4.46%) .NET Framework
5 5 (4.46%) Apache Cordova
5 5 (4.46%) ASP.NET
5 5 (4.46%) ASP.NET MVC
5 5 (4.46%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 5 (4.46%) HTML
5 5 (4.46%) jQuery
5 5 (4.46%) PhoneGap
5 5 (4.46%) WinForms
6 4 (3.57%) Web Services
7 3 (2.68%) ELK Stack
8 2 (1.79%) Spring
8 2 (1.79%) Spring Boot
8 2 (1.79%) Swagger
8 2 (1.79%) WireMock
9 1 (0.89%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 6 (5.36%) Data Integration
2 4 (3.57%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (2.68%) Data Conversion
3 3 (2.68%) Data Structures
3 3 (2.68%) Virtual Team
4 2 (1.79%) Field-Programmable Gate Array
4 2 (1.79%) Mainframe
4 2 (1.79%) PKI
4 2 (1.79%) Smart Meter
5 1 (0.89%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 17 (15.18%) Unix
2 12 (10.71%) Windows
3 7 (6.25%) VME
4 6 (5.36%) Linux
5 3 (2.68%) Android
5 3 (2.68%) Apple iOS
5 3 (2.68%) Windows 10
6 2 (1.79%) Fedora
6 2 (1.79%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 57 (50.89%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (34.82%) Process Improvement
3 38 (33.93%) Data Modelling
4 22 (19.64%) Scrum
4 22 (19.64%) Waterfall
5 20 (17.86%) Test Scripting
5 20 (17.86%) User Acceptance Testing
6 18 (16.07%) Problem Management
7 17 (15.18%) Configuration Management
7 17 (15.18%) RUP
8 15 (13.39%) Business Intelligence
9 14 (12.50%) Functional Testing
9 14 (12.50%) Test Management
10 12 (10.71%) System Testing
10 12 (10.71%) User Stories
11 11 (9.82%) OO
12 10 (8.93%) Migration
13 9 (8.04%) Defect Management
13 9 (8.04%) Integration Testing
14 8 (7.14%) Non-Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 35 (31.25%) SQL
2 26 (23.21%) Java
3 12 (10.71%) PL/SQL
4 10 (8.93%) JavaScript
5 8 (7.14%) C
6 7 (6.25%) C#
6 7 (6.25%) COBOL
7 5 (4.46%) Shell Script
8 2 (1.79%) Bash Shell
8 2 (1.79%) Perl
8 2 (1.79%) Scala
8 2 (1.79%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 17 (15.18%) Security Cleared
2 16 (14.29%) SC Cleared
3 11 (9.82%) ISEB
4 10 (8.93%) ISTQB
5 3 (2.68%) Degree
5 3 (2.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 2 (1.79%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (0.89%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.89%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (5.36%) QA
2 2 (1.79%) COBIT
2 2 (1.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.89%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (2.68%) Active Directory
2 1 (0.89%) Docker
Systems Management
1 8 (7.14%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.68%) SCCM
3 2 (1.79%) BMC PATROL
3 2 (1.79%) Kibana
3 2 (1.79%) logstash
3 2 (1.79%) OPNET
3 2 (1.79%) Puppet
3 2 (1.79%) SCOM
4 1 (0.89%) Grafana
4 1 (0.89%) Graphite
Vendors
1 20 (17.86%) Pega
2 19 (16.96%) Oracle
3 15 (13.39%) Microsoft
4 11 (9.82%) Informatica
5 9 (8.04%) WSO2
6 8 (7.14%) webMethods
7 7 (6.25%) Cloudera
7 7 (6.25%) HP
8 5 (4.46%) Xamarin
9 4 (3.57%) ICL
10 3 (2.68%) Red Hat
10 3 (2.68%) SAP
11 2 (1.79%) Atlassian
11 2 (1.79%) BEA
11 2 (1.79%) BMC
11 2 (1.79%) Digital Fuel
11 2 (1.79%) Guidewire
12 1 (0.89%) CheckPoint
12 1 (0.89%) Google
12 1 (0.89%) PlateSpin
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