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 28 August 2015 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 76 96 90
Rank change year-on-year
+20 -6
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 41 21 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.65% 0.83% 0.87%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.21% 1.14% 1.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 11 8
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£400 £330 £305
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.21% +8.28%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £299 £300 £279
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £450 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £343 £375
% change year-on-year
+9.48% -8.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.00 £31.56 £44.00
% change year-on-year
+1.41% -28.28%
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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
1854 1839 1418
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 74.55% 72.63% 68.24%
Number of daily rates quoted 1108 964 739
Average daily rate £395 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.33% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 130 60
Average hourly rate £30.50 £29.75 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+2.52% -0.83%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.35 £13.00 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.87 £42.00 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 August 2015. 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 +3 20 £450 +36.36%
Birmingham +10 6 £400 +6.31% 3
Coventry 0 4 £370 - 1
Warwickshire -4 2 £275 -8.33% 1
Wolverhampton - 1 £300 -
Worcestershire - 1 - -
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Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 32 (52.46%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (31.15%) Java
3 18 (29.51%) Scrum
4 17 (27.87%) User Acceptance Testing
4 17 (27.87%) SQL
4 17 (27.87%) Data Modelling
5 16 (26.23%) OO
6 14 (22.95%) BusinessObjects
6 14 (22.95%) Waterfall
7 13 (21.31%) Finance
8 12 (19.67%) JIRA
8 12 (19.67%) XML
8 12 (19.67%) Confluence
9 11 (18.03%) J2EE
9 11 (18.03%) RUP
9 11 (18.03%) UNIX
9 11 (18.03%) Test Scripting
10 10 (16.39%) Stakeholder Management
10 10 (16.39%) System Integration Testing
11 9 (14.75%) HTML5
11 9 (14.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
11 9 (14.75%) Data Migration
11 9 (14.75%) Migration
11 9 (14.75%) Oracle
11 9 (14.75%) JavaScript
11 9 (14.75%) HTML
11 9 (14.75%) XSD
11 9 (14.75%) CSS
11 9 (14.75%) Business Intelligence
11 9 (14.75%) Adobe

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 12 (19.67%) Confluence
2 9 (14.75%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 4 (6.56%) WebLogic
3 4 (6.56%) SharePoint
4 1 (1.64%) Documentum
4 1 (1.64%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.64%) Captiva
Applications
1 6 (9.84%) MS Excel
2 2 (3.28%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (3.28%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.64%) Dynamics AX
Communications & Networking
1 6 (9.84%) Skype
2 4 (6.56%) Internet
3 1 (1.64%) HTTP
3 1 (1.64%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (22.95%) BusinessObjects
2 8 (13.11%) Data Warehouse
3 5 (8.20%) Data Mining
3 5 (8.20%) SQL Server
3 5 (8.20%) SAP BW
3 5 (8.20%) Hadoop
4 4 (6.56%) MS Access
4 4 (6.56%) Big Data
4 4 (6.56%) Relational Database
5 3 (4.92%) HBase
6 2 (3.28%) SAP BI
7 1 (1.64%) SAP HANA
7 1 (1.64%) DB2
Development Applications
1 12 (19.67%) JIRA
2 4 (6.56%) CA Gen
3 1 (1.64%) Atlassian Bamboo
3 1 (1.64%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.64%) Ant
3 1 (1.64%) LoadRunner
3 1 (1.64%) Subversion
3 1 (1.64%) Maven
General
1 13 (21.31%) Finance
2 2 (3.28%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.64%) Automotive
3 1 (1.64%) Games
3 1 (1.64%) Banking
3 1 (1.64%) Retail
3 1 (1.64%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (45.90%) Developer
2 21 (34.43%) Test Manager
3 8 (13.11%) Analyst
3 8 (13.11%) Business Analyst
4 5 (8.20%) Designer
4 5 (8.20%) Hadoop Developer
5 4 (6.56%) Test Leader
5 4 (6.56%) Consultant
5 4 (6.56%) Architect
5 4 (6.56%) Java Developer
6 3 (4.92%) Systems Architect
6 3 (4.92%) Agile Business Analyst
7 2 (3.28%) Senior Developer
7 2 (3.28%) Tester
8 1 (1.64%) Programme Manager
8 1 (1.64%) Project Manager
8 1 (1.64%) Test Analyst
8 1 (1.64%) Test Coordinator
8 1 (1.64%) Testing Manager
8 1 (1.64%) UAT Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (19.67%) XML
2 11 (18.03%) J2EE
3 9 (14.75%) CSS
3 9 (14.75%) HTML
3 9 (14.75%) XSD
3 9 (14.75%) HTML5
4 3 (4.92%) JSON
5 1 (1.64%) SOAP
5 1 (1.64%) XSLT
5 1 (1.64%) Middleware
5 1 (1.64%) SAP XI
Miscellaneous
1 1 (1.64%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 11 (18.03%) UNIX
2 1 (1.64%) AIX
2 1 (1.64%) Solaris
2 1 (1.64%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (52.46%) Agile Software Development
2 18 (29.51%) Scrum
3 17 (27.87%) Data Modelling
3 17 (27.87%) User Acceptance Testing
4 16 (26.23%) OO
5 14 (22.95%) Waterfall
6 11 (18.03%) Test Scripting
6 11 (18.03%) RUP
7 10 (16.39%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (16.39%) System Integration Testing
8 9 (14.75%) Data Migration
8 9 (14.75%) Business Intelligence
8 9 (14.75%) Migration
9 8 (13.11%) Web Design
9 8 (13.11%) SDLC
10 7 (11.48%) Open Source
10 7 (11.48%) Use Case
11 6 (9.84%) Test Management
11 6 (9.84%) Target Operating Model
11 6 (9.84%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 19 (31.15%) Java
2 17 (27.87%) SQL
3 9 (14.75%) JavaScript
4 7 (11.48%) Shell Script
5 5 (8.20%) PL/SQL
6 4 (6.56%) Perl
7 3 (4.92%) Python
8 1 (1.64%) C
Qualifications
1 4 (6.56%) SC Cleared
1 4 (6.56%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.28%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
2 2 (3.28%) ISEB
2 2 (3.28%) ISTQB
3 1 (1.64%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (9.84%) SLA
2 4 (6.56%) Data Quality
3 1 (1.64%) QA
System Software
1 3 (4.92%) Docker
Systems Management
1 1 (1.64%) Tivoli Storage Manager
1 1 (1.64%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (14.75%) Oracle
1 9 (14.75%) Adobe
2 7 (11.48%) Informatica
3 6 (9.84%) Pega
4 5 (8.20%) webMethods
4 5 (8.20%) SAP
5 4 (6.56%) BEA
5 4 (6.56%) RedPrairie
6 3 (4.92%) JDA
6 3 (4.92%) HP
6 3 (4.92%) IBM
7 1 (1.64%) Microsoft
7 1 (1.64%) Sun
7 1 (1.64%) TIBCO
7 1 (1.64%) WSO2
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