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 4 March 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
4 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 87 93 86
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -7
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 29 15 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 1.26% 0.68% 0.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.83% 0.96% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 6 5
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£463 £450 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.77% +50.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £425 £270
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £463 £342
UK excluding London average daily rate £399 £353 £350
% change year-on-year
+12.96% +0.85%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 - £43.00
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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
1586 1567 1268
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the West Midlands 68.96% 71.19% 69.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 909 820 634
Average daily rate £375 £355 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.63% +1.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 82 98
Average hourly rate £30.00 £32.50 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.69% +1.56%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.00 £11.86
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.50 £155.00 £37.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -12.69%

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 4 March 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 4 March 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 - 20 £463 - 1
Birmingham 0 3 £500 +11.11% 3
Coventry +2 1 - -
Solihull - - - -
Staffordshire - - - -
Warwickshire - - - - 1
Worcestershire - - - -
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England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 21 (53.85%) SQL
1 21 (53.85%) UNIX
1 21 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (48.72%) Java
3 16 (41.03%) PL/SQL
4 15 (38.46%) webMethods
5 10 (25.64%) Oracle
5 10 (25.64%) Waterfall
6 9 (23.08%) Hadoop
6 9 (23.08%) J2EE
6 9 (23.08%) Perl
6 9 (23.08%) Data Mining
6 9 (23.08%) Scrum
7 8 (20.51%) RUP
7 8 (20.51%) Open Source
7 8 (20.51%) Pega
8 7 (17.95%) WebLogic
8 7 (17.95%) Business Intelligence
8 7 (17.95%) Configuration Management
8 7 (17.95%) Informatica
8 7 (17.95%) Shell Script
8 7 (17.95%) JSON
9 6 (15.38%) JIRA
9 6 (15.38%) BEA
9 6 (15.38%) Python
9 6 (15.38%) Docker
9 6 (15.38%) HBase
9 6 (15.38%) Confluence
9 6 (15.38%) Problem Management
10 5 (12.82%) Business Objects

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

For the 6 months to 4 March 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 7 (17.95%) WebLogic
2 6 (15.38%) Confluence
Business Applications
1 1 (2.56%) SAP CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.56%) Internet
1 1 (2.56%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (23.08%) Hadoop
1 9 (23.08%) Data Mining
2 6 (15.38%) HBase
3 4 (10.26%) Oracle Reports
3 4 (10.26%) Big Data
4 1 (2.56%) MongoDB
4 1 (2.56%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 6 (15.38%) JIRA
2 2 (5.13%) Git (software)
2 2 (5.13%) Jenkins
2 2 (5.13%) CA Gen
3 1 (2.56%) LoadRunner
3 1 (2.56%) IntelliJ
3 1 (2.56%) Selenium
General
1 3 (7.69%) Finance
1 3 (7.69%) Automotive
2 1 (2.56%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 28 (71.79%) Developer
2 7 (17.95%) Hadoop Developer
2 7 (17.95%) webMethods Developer
3 6 (15.38%) Test Manager
4 5 (12.82%) Analyst
4 5 (12.82%) Web Developer
4 5 (12.82%) Consultant
5 4 (10.26%) Systems Architect
5 4 (10.26%) Architect
6 3 (7.69%) Test Analyst
6 3 (7.69%) QA Manager
7 2 (5.13%) Data Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Quality Manager
8 1 (2.56%) Selenium Test Analyst
8 1 (2.56%) QA Test Manager
8 1 (2.56%) CRM Manager
8 1 (2.56%) SAP Analyst
8 1 (2.56%) Business Intelligence Developer
8 1 (2.56%) SAP Test Analyst
8 1 (2.56%) SAP Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (23.08%) J2EE
2 7 (17.95%) JSON
3 5 (12.82%) SAX
4 2 (5.13%) XML
5 1 (2.56%) Play Framework
Miscellaneous
1 8 (20.51%) Open Source
2 1 (2.56%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.56%) Telematics
2 1 (2.56%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 21 (53.85%) UNIX
2 1 (2.56%) Apple iOS
2 1 (2.56%) Android
2 1 (2.56%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (25.64%) Waterfall
3 9 (23.08%) Scrum
4 8 (20.51%) RUP
5 7 (17.95%) Business Intelligence
5 7 (17.95%) Configuration Management
6 6 (15.38%) Problem Management
7 5 (12.82%) Data Modelling
8 4 (10.26%) OO
9 3 (7.69%) Data Migration
9 3 (7.69%) Migration
10 2 (5.13%) Penetration Testing
10 2 (5.13%) Logistics
10 2 (5.13%) CRM
10 2 (5.13%) Test Scripting
10 2 (5.13%) Release Management
11 1 (2.56%) Test Planning
11 1 (2.56%) Non-Functional Testing
11 1 (2.56%) Data Analytics
11 1 (2.56%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 21 (53.85%) SQL
2 19 (48.72%) Java
3 16 (41.03%) PL/SQL
4 9 (23.08%) Perl
5 7 (17.95%) Shell Script
6 6 (15.38%) Python
7 1 (2.56%) Scala
7 1 (2.56%) PHP
7 1 (2.56%) C
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (7.69%) QA
System Software
1 6 (15.38%) Docker
Vendors
1 15 (38.46%) webMethods
2 10 (25.64%) Oracle
3 8 (20.51%) Pega
4 7 (17.95%) Informatica
5 6 (15.38%) BEA
6 5 (12.82%) Business Objects
7 3 (7.69%) Salesforce.com
8 2 (5.13%) SAP
9 1 (2.56%) RedPrairie
9 1 (2.56%) JDA
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