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 20 February 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
20 Feb 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
England / West Midlands
Rank 105 51 84
Rank change year-on-year
-54 +33
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 16 84 30
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 0.66% 3.24% 1.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.83% 3.96% 1.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 24 15
Median daily rate £410 £455 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.89% +13.75%
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £413 £400
% change year-on-year
-3.03% +3.12%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.04 £60.00 £38.50
% change year-on-year
-26.60% +55.84%

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
1918 2120 1615
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 79.68% 81.85% 72.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1226 1204 935
Median daily rate £425 £410 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.65% +9.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £550 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £408 £400 £400
% change year-on-year
+2.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 67 47 104
Median hourly rate £26.00 £20.00 £26.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -23.07%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £11.00 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £58.00 £39.00 £37.89
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.88 £40.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-10.31% +45.45%

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 20 February 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 20 February 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
Birmingham 0 5 £438 +34.61% 2
Coventry -13 5 £400 -
Shropshire -18 3 - - 2
Warwickshire - 2 £531 - 1
Walsall - 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 20 February 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 33 (49.25%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (40.30%) SQL
3 26 (38.81%) Oracle
4 20 (29.85%) Process Improvement
5 19 (28.36%) Java
6 18 (26.87%) Pega
7 17 (25.37%) PL/SQL
7 17 (25.37%) Unix
8 16 (23.88%) OO
9 15 (22.39%) webMethods
10 14 (20.90%) J2EE
11 13 (19.40%) Test Scripting
12 12 (17.91%) Waterfall
13 11 (16.42%) Problem Management
13 11 (16.42%) WebLogic
13 11 (16.42%) Shell Script
13 11 (16.42%) RUP
13 11 (16.42%) Data Modelling
14 10 (14.93%) Business Intelligence
14 10 (14.93%) Finance
14 10 (14.93%) Stakeholder Management
15 9 (13.43%) Informatica
15 9 (13.43%) XML
15 9 (13.43%) System Testing
15 9 (13.43%) System Integration Testing
16 8 (11.94%) Test Management
16 8 (11.94%) COBOL
16 8 (11.94%) Microsoft
16 8 (11.94%) Content Management
16 8 (11.94%) Migration

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 11 (16.42%) WebLogic
2 7 (10.45%) CMS
3 3 (4.48%) Confluence
4 2 (2.99%) SharePoint
5 1 (1.49%) Documentum
5 1 (1.49%) JBoss
5 1 (1.49%) Tomcat
5 1 (1.49%) WebSphere
Applications
1 3 (4.48%) MS Office
2 2 (2.99%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.99%) MS PowerPoint
3 1 (1.49%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (2.99%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.49%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.46%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.48%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (2.99%) BusinessObjects
2 2 (2.99%) IDMS
2 2 (2.99%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.49%) Oracle OWB
Development Applications
1 7 (10.45%) CA Gen
1 7 (10.45%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (8.96%) JIRA
3 5 (7.46%) Visual Studio
4 3 (4.48%) Selenium
4 3 (4.48%) Visual Studio Team System
5 2 (2.99%) Eclipse
5 2 (2.99%) HP UFT
5 2 (2.99%) LoadRunner
5 2 (2.99%) PVCS
5 2 (2.99%) SpecFlow
6 1 (1.49%) Ant
6 1 (1.49%) Jenkins
6 1 (1.49%) JMeter
6 1 (1.49%) LoadUI
6 1 (1.49%) Maven
6 1 (1.49%) NUnit
6 1 (1.49%) SoapUI
6 1 (1.49%) Subversion
6 1 (1.49%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 10 (14.93%) Finance
2 1 (1.49%) Banking
2 1 (1.49%) Manufacturing
2 1 (1.49%) Military
2 1 (1.49%) Retail
Job Titles
1 21 (31.34%) Test Manager
2 20 (29.85%) Developer
3 10 (14.93%) Analyst
4 7 (10.45%) Business Systems Analyst
4 7 (10.45%) Systems Analyst
5 6 (8.96%) COBOL Developer
5 6 (8.96%) Tester
5 6 (8.96%) webMethods Developer
6 4 (5.97%) Agile Tester
6 4 (5.97%) Architect
7 3 (4.48%) Agile Test Manager
7 3 (4.48%) COBOL Programmer
7 3 (4.48%) PL/SQL Programmer
7 3 (4.48%) Programmer
7 3 (4.48%) Senior Agile Tester
7 3 (4.48%) Senior Tester
7 3 (4.48%) SQL Developer
7 3 (4.48%) SQL Programmer
7 3 (4.48%) Strategy Manager
7 3 (4.48%) Test Strategy Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (20.90%) J2EE
2 9 (13.43%) XML
3 6 (8.96%) .NET
4 3 (4.48%) CSS
5 2 (2.99%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.99%) Apache Cordova
5 2 (2.99%) ASP.NET
5 2 (2.99%) ASP.NET MVC
5 2 (2.99%) ASP.NET MVC 4
5 2 (2.99%) EDIFACT
5 2 (2.99%) HTML
5 2 (2.99%) PhoneGap
5 2 (2.99%) WinForms
6 1 (1.49%) DOM
6 1 (1.49%) Gherkin
6 1 (1.49%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 7 (10.45%) Data Structures
2 5 (7.46%) Mainframe
3 2 (2.99%) Enterprise Software
3 2 (2.99%) Virtual Team
4 1 (1.49%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.49%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.49%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.49%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.49%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 17 (25.37%) Unix
2 7 (10.45%) Windows
3 5 (7.46%) VME
4 2 (2.99%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 33 (49.25%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (29.85%) Process Improvement
3 16 (23.88%) OO
4 13 (19.40%) Test Scripting
5 12 (17.91%) Waterfall
6 11 (16.42%) Data Modelling
6 11 (16.42%) Problem Management
6 11 (16.42%) RUP
7 10 (14.93%) Business Intelligence
7 10 (14.93%) Stakeholder Management
8 9 (13.43%) System Integration Testing
8 9 (13.43%) System Testing
9 8 (11.94%) Content Management
9 8 (11.94%) Data Analysis
9 8 (11.94%) Migration
9 8 (11.94%) Test Management
10 7 (10.45%) Mentoring
10 7 (10.45%) Scrum
10 7 (10.45%) Service Management
10 7 (10.45%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 27 (40.30%) SQL
2 19 (28.36%) Java
3 17 (25.37%) PL/SQL
4 11 (16.42%) Shell Script
5 8 (11.94%) COBOL
6 5 (7.46%) Perl
7 3 (4.48%) C#
8 2 (2.99%) C
8 2 (2.99%) JavaScript
9 1 (1.49%) XPath
Qualifications
1 6 (8.96%) ISEB
2 4 (5.97%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.99%) Degree
3 2 (2.99%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (2.99%) ITIL Certification
4 1 (1.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.49%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (1.49%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (1.49%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (1.49%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 26 (38.81%) Oracle
2 18 (26.87%) Pega
3 15 (22.39%) webMethods
4 9 (13.43%) Informatica
5 8 (11.94%) Microsoft
6 6 (8.96%) BEA
7 4 (5.97%) CheckPoint
7 4 (5.97%) Guidewire
7 4 (5.97%) ICL
8 3 (4.48%) HP
9 2 (2.99%) Xamarin
10 1 (1.49%) Computacenter
10 1 (1.49%) SAP
10 1 (1.49%) Talend