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 19 January 2017 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
19 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
England / West Midlands
Rank 103 58 92
Rank change year-on-year
-45 +34
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 22 61 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.91% 2.54% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.15% 3.12% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 21 12
Median daily rate £450 £450 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +12.50%
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £425 £360
% change year-on-year
-5.88% +17.96%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £55.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-22.72% +83.33%

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
1909 1954 1552
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 79.24% 81.48% 72.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1188 1058 939
Median daily rate £417 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £275 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £390
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +2.56%
Number of hourly rates quoted 55 66 95
Median hourly rate £25.00 £20.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -20.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.43 £11.08 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £42.65 £37.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +53.84%

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 19 January 2017.

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 19 January 2017. 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 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 -11 12 £450 -4.25%
Birmingham -1 4 £450 +38.46% 1
Coventry -22 3 £400 -1.53%
Warwickshire -2 1 £650 +85.71%
Worcestershire - 1 £600 -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 19 January 2017, 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 41 (47.13%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (40.23%) SQL
3 31 (35.63%) Oracle
4 29 (33.33%) Process Improvement
5 23 (26.44%) Java
6 21 (24.14%) PL/SQL
7 19 (21.84%) Unix
7 19 (21.84%) OO
7 19 (21.84%) Pega
8 17 (19.54%) J2EE
8 17 (19.54%) Data Modelling
9 16 (18.39%) webMethods
9 16 (18.39%) Test Scripting
9 16 (18.39%) Problem Management
10 15 (17.24%) Stakeholder Management
11 14 (16.09%) Microsoft
12 13 (14.94%) RUP
12 13 (14.94%) Windows
12 13 (14.94%) Waterfall
13 12 (13.79%) Test Management
13 12 (13.79%) XML
13 12 (13.79%) WebLogic
14 11 (12.64%) COBOL
14 11 (12.64%) Business Intelligence
14 11 (12.64%) Configuration Management
14 11 (12.64%) Shell Script
14 11 (12.64%) User Acceptance Testing
15 10 (11.49%) System Integration Testing
15 10 (11.49%) ISEB
15 10 (11.49%) Finance

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 (13.79%) WebLogic
2 5 (5.75%) CMS
3 4 (4.60%) Confluence
4 3 (3.45%) SharePoint
5 2 (2.30%) Documentum
5 2 (2.30%) JBoss
5 2 (2.30%) Skype for Business
5 2 (2.30%) Tomcat
6 1 (1.15%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (5.75%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.45%) MS Office
2 3 (3.45%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.15%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 3 (3.45%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (1.15%) SAP ERP
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.45%) Azure Active Directory
1 3 (3.45%) Microsoft Azure
1 3 (3.45%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.45%) Network Security
2 2 (2.30%) Skype
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.90%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.75%) IDMS
3 3 (3.45%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (2.30%) BusinessObjects
5 1 (1.15%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.15%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 8 (9.20%) CA Gen
2 7 (8.05%) JIRA
3 6 (6.90%) Visual Studio
4 5 (5.75%) Selenium
4 5 (5.75%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (4.60%) SpecFlow
6 3 (3.45%) Visual Studio Team System
7 2 (2.30%) Ant
7 2 (2.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
7 2 (2.30%) Eclipse
7 2 (2.30%) HP UFT
7 2 (2.30%) Jenkins
7 2 (2.30%) LoadRunner
7 2 (2.30%) Maven
7 2 (2.30%) PVCS
7 2 (2.30%) Subversion
8 1 (1.15%) NUnit
8 1 (1.15%) WebDriver
General
1 10 (11.49%) Finance
2 1 (1.15%) Automotive
2 1 (1.15%) Banking
2 1 (1.15%) Manufacturing
2 1 (1.15%) Military
2 1 (1.15%) Retail
Job Titles
1 29 (33.33%) Developer
2 27 (31.03%) Test Manager
3 13 (14.94%) Analyst
4 8 (9.20%) COBOL Developer
5 6 (6.90%) Tester
5 6 (6.90%) webMethods Developer
6 5 (5.75%) Business Systems Analyst
6 5 (5.75%) Systems Analyst
6 5 (5.75%) Test Analyst
7 4 (4.60%) .NET Developer
7 4 (4.60%) Agile Test Manager
7 4 (4.60%) Agile Tester
7 4 (4.60%) Architect
7 4 (4.60%) Test Leader
8 3 (3.45%) CRM Manager
8 3 (3.45%) PL/SQL Programmer
8 3 (3.45%) Senior Agile Tester
8 3 (3.45%) SQL Programmer
8 3 (3.45%) Strategy Manager
8 3 (3.45%) Test Strategy Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (19.54%) J2EE
2 12 (13.79%) XML
3 9 (10.34%) .NET
4 5 (5.75%) CSS
5 4 (4.60%) .NET Framework
5 4 (4.60%) Apache Cordova
5 4 (4.60%) ASP.NET
5 4 (4.60%) ASP.NET MVC
5 4 (4.60%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 4 (4.60%) HTML
5 4 (4.60%) PhoneGap
5 4 (4.60%) WinForms
6 2 (2.30%) EDIFACT
7 1 (1.15%) DOM
7 1 (1.15%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.15%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (5.75%) Data Structures
1 5 (5.75%) Mainframe
2 3 (3.45%) Data Conversion
2 3 (3.45%) Virtual Team
3 2 (2.30%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.30%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (2.30%) PKI
4 1 (1.15%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.15%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.15%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 19 (21.84%) Unix
2 13 (14.94%) Windows
3 8 (9.20%) VME
4 3 (3.45%) Android
4 3 (3.45%) Apple iOS
4 3 (3.45%) Windows 10
5 2 (2.30%) AIX
6 1 (1.15%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (47.13%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (33.33%) Process Improvement
3 19 (21.84%) OO
4 17 (19.54%) Data Modelling
5 16 (18.39%) Problem Management
5 16 (18.39%) Test Scripting
6 15 (17.24%) Stakeholder Management
7 13 (14.94%) RUP
7 13 (14.94%) Waterfall
8 12 (13.79%) Test Management
9 11 (12.64%) Business Intelligence
9 11 (12.64%) Configuration Management
9 11 (12.64%) User Acceptance Testing
10 10 (11.49%) System Integration Testing
11 9 (10.34%) Scrum
11 9 (10.34%) System Testing
12 8 (9.20%) Mentoring
12 8 (9.20%) Migration
12 8 (9.20%) Non-Functional Testing
13 7 (8.05%) Coaching
Programming Languages
1 35 (40.23%) SQL
2 23 (26.44%) Java
3 21 (24.14%) PL/SQL
4 11 (12.64%) COBOL
4 11 (12.64%) Shell Script
5 7 (8.05%) C#
6 6 (6.90%) Perl
7 4 (4.60%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.30%) C
8 2 (2.30%) T-SQL
9 1 (1.15%) XPath
Qualifications
1 10 (11.49%) ISEB
2 6 (6.90%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.30%) Degree
3 2 (2.30%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (2.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (2.30%) ITIL Certification
3 2 (2.30%) Security Cleared
4 1 (1.15%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (2.30%) QA
2 1 (1.15%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 3 (3.45%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 4 (4.60%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (3.45%) SCCM
Vendors
1 31 (35.63%) Oracle
2 19 (21.84%) Pega
3 16 (18.39%) webMethods
4 14 (16.09%) Microsoft
5 9 (10.34%) Informatica
6 8 (9.20%) HP
7 7 (8.05%) BEA
7 7 (8.05%) ICL
8 4 (4.60%) CheckPoint
8 4 (4.60%) Xamarin
9 3 (3.45%) Guidewire
9 3 (3.45%) SAP
10 2 (2.30%) WSO2
11 1 (1.15%) Citrix
11 1 (1.15%) Micro Focus
11 1 (1.15%) PlateSpin