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 18 December 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
18 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 103 94 90
Rank change year-on-year
-9 -4
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 10 15 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.43% 0.70% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 1.01% 1.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 7 3
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£400 £301 £450
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+33.11% -33.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £333 £175 £406
10% offered a daily rate of more than £410 £420 £530
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
-6.66% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £37.00 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-18.91% +10.44%
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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
1580 1478 1371
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 67.93% 69.10% 67.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 941 813 662
Average daily rate £375 £350 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +3.70%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £250 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £498 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £363 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -0.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 73 119
Average hourly rate £25.00 £26.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.66% -18.46%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £12.00 £12.55
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £37.80 £36.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 18 December 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 18 December 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
Shropshire -1 9 £400 +14.28%
Staffordshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - -
Worcestershire - - - -
Birmingham - - - - 1
Coventry - - - -
Solihull - - - - 2
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 13 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (35.71%) SQL
2 10 (35.71%) UNIX
3 9 (32.14%) PL/SQL
4 8 (28.57%) webMethods
5 6 (21.43%) Client/Server
5 6 (21.43%) Microsoft
6 5 (17.86%) TCP/IP
6 5 (17.86%) Java
6 5 (17.86%) Performance Improvement
6 5 (17.86%) Performance Tuning
6 5 (17.86%) Performance Analysis
6 5 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
7 4 (14.29%) Waterfall
7 4 (14.29%) Configuration Management
7 4 (14.29%) WebLogic
8 3 (10.71%) SAP
8 3 (10.71%) Perl
8 3 (10.71%) J2EE
8 3 (10.71%) Oracle
8 3 (10.71%) Business Intelligence
8 3 (10.71%) SAX
8 3 (10.71%) Data Warehouse
8 3 (10.71%) Service Management
8 3 (10.71%) Automotive
8 3 (10.71%) Test Management
8 3 (10.71%) Test Scripting
8 3 (10.71%) Hadoop
8 3 (10.71%) Open Source
8 3 (10.71%) Big Data

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

For the 6 months to 18 December 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 4 (14.29%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (3.57%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (3.57%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 5 (17.86%) TCP/IP
2 1 (3.57%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (10.71%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (10.71%) Hadoop
1 3 (10.71%) Big Data
2 2 (7.14%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (3.57%) MySQL
3 1 (3.57%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 1 (3.57%) LoadRunner
1 1 (3.57%) JMeter
1 1 (3.57%) Selenium
1 1 (3.57%) JBehave
1 1 (3.57%) WebDriver
1 1 (3.57%) SoapUI
General
1 3 (10.71%) Automotive
2 1 (3.57%) Electronics
2 1 (3.57%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 9 (32.14%) Developer
2 6 (21.43%) Test Manager
3 5 (17.86%) Web Developer
4 4 (14.29%) webMethods Developer
5 3 (10.71%) Analyst
5 3 (10.71%) Architect
5 3 (10.71%) Data Architect
5 3 (10.71%) Big Data Architect
6 2 (7.14%) Test Analyst
7 1 (3.57%) Tester
7 1 (3.57%) Programme Manager
7 1 (3.57%) Consultant
7 1 (3.57%) QA Manager
7 1 (3.57%) SAP Manager
7 1 (3.57%) SAP Test Manager
7 1 (3.57%) Analyst Programmer
7 1 (3.57%) Programmer
7 1 (3.57%) Test Consultant
7 1 (3.57%) CRM Manager
7 1 (3.57%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.71%) J2EE
1 3 (10.71%) SAX
2 2 (7.14%) XML
3 1 (3.57%) CSS
3 1 (3.57%) SOAP
3 1 (3.57%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 6 (21.43%) Client/Server
2 5 (17.86%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (10.71%) Open Source
4 1 (3.57%) PMI
4 1 (3.57%) Telematics
4 1 (3.57%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 10 (35.71%) UNIX
2 1 (3.57%) Windows
2 1 (3.57%) Linux
2 1 (3.57%) Android
2 1 (3.57%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (46.43%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (17.86%) Performance Improvement
2 5 (17.86%) Performance Tuning
2 5 (17.86%) Performance Analysis
3 4 (14.29%) Waterfall
3 4 (14.29%) Configuration Management
4 3 (10.71%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (10.71%) Service Management
4 3 (10.71%) Test Management
4 3 (10.71%) Test Scripting
4 3 (10.71%) Big Data Analytics
4 3 (10.71%) Data Analytics
4 3 (10.71%) Business Analytics
4 3 (10.71%) Analytics
5 2 (7.14%) Integration Testing
5 2 (7.14%) Test Planning
5 2 (7.14%) System Testing
5 2 (7.14%) Problem Management
5 2 (7.14%) Release Management
5 2 (7.14%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (35.71%) SQL
2 9 (32.14%) PL/SQL
3 5 (17.86%) Java
4 3 (10.71%) Perl
5 2 (7.14%) Shell Script
5 2 (7.14%) PHP
6 1 (3.57%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 2 (7.14%) ISEB
2 1 (3.57%) PMI Certification
2 1 (3.57%) ISTQB
2 1 (3.57%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (3.57%) SC Cleared
2 1 (3.57%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (3.57%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (28.57%) webMethods
2 6 (21.43%) Microsoft
3 3 (10.71%) SAP
3 3 (10.71%) Oracle
4 2 (7.14%) Pega
4 2 (7.14%) BEA
4 2 (7.14%) Informatica
4 2 (7.14%) Business Objects
5 1 (3.57%) CheckPoint
5 1 (3.57%) HP