The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT contracts advertised for the Yorkshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 30 October 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
30 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Test Strategy
Rank 113 93 99
Rank change year-on-year
-20 +6
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 14 24 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Yorkshire 0.55% 1.07% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.73% 1.43% 1.22%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 20 14
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£275 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-26.66% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £213 £324 £281
10% offered a daily rate of more than £360 £425 £564
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £375 £355
% change year-on-year
-6.66% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Average hourly rate £15.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £39.00 £37.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +5.40%
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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 Yorkshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Yorkshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1915 1683 1888
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Yorkshire 74.75% 75.17% 75.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1207 978 955
Average daily rate £350 £350 £350
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £240 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £455 £468
UK excluding London average daily rate £378 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+4.13% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 53 63 57
Average hourly rate £16.67 £17.50 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.74% -2.77%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.50 £12.50 £12.10
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £45.00 £38.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in Yorkshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the Yorkshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in Yorkshire

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Trend in Yorkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Test Strategy across the Yorkshire region.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Trend in Yorkshire

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in Yorkshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the Yorkshire region over the 3 months to 30 October 2014.

Test Strategy Daily Rate Histogram in Yorkshire

Test Strategy
Hourly Rate Trend in Yorkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy across the Yorkshire region.

Test Strategy Hourly Rate Trend in Yorkshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Yorkshire

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 Yorkshire region over the 3 months to 30 October 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
West Yorkshire -24 10 £300 -20.00% 9
South Yorkshire +3 3 £275 +10.00% 2
North Yorkshire - 1 £275 - 3
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Yorkshire

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Yorkshire 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 11 (30.56%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (30.56%) Test Scripting
2 10 (27.78%) User Acceptance Testing
2 10 (27.78%) ISEB
3 9 (25.00%) SQL
4 8 (22.22%) Test Management
5 7 (19.44%) Microsoft
6 6 (16.67%) Regression Testing
6 6 (16.67%) Finance
6 6 (16.67%) ISTQB
6 6 (16.67%) Test Planning
7 5 (13.89%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (13.89%) SQL Server
7 5 (13.89%) RUP
8 4 (11.11%) ETL
8 4 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
8 4 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
8 4 (11.11%) OLAP
8 4 (11.11%) Scrum
8 4 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
8 4 (11.11%) Software Testing
8 4 (11.11%) OLAP Cube
8 4 (11.11%) Change Control
8 4 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
8 4 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
8 4 (11.11%) Unit Testing
8 4 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
8 4 (11.11%) System Testing
8 4 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
9 3 (8.33%) Performance Testing

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Yorkshire by Category

For the 6 months to 30 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Yorkshire 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.

Applications
1 3 (8.33%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.78%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.78%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (13.89%) SQL Server
2 4 (11.11%) Data Warehouse
2 4 (11.11%) OLAP
2 4 (11.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 4 (11.11%) OLAP Cube
2 4 (11.11%) SQL Server 2012
2 4 (11.11%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 4 (11.11%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (2.78%) Relational Database
3 1 (2.78%) EDMS
3 1 (2.78%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 4 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (8.33%) JIRA
3 2 (5.56%) TestDirector
3 2 (5.56%) QuickTest Pro
3 2 (5.56%) Selenium
4 1 (2.78%) Oracle APEX
4 1 (2.78%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.78%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.78%) MSTest
General
1 6 (16.67%) Finance
2 2 (5.56%) Manufacturing
2 2 (5.56%) Retail
3 1 (2.78%) Games
Job Titles
1 13 (36.11%) Test Analyst
1 13 (36.11%) Analyst
2 12 (33.33%) Test Manager
3 4 (11.11%) Developer
3 4 (11.11%) SQL Database Developer
3 4 (11.11%) Database Developer
3 4 (11.11%) SQL Developer
3 4 (11.11%) Business Intelligence Developer
4 3 (8.33%) Senior Test Analyst
4 3 (8.33%) Test Leader
4 3 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
5 2 (5.56%) Tester
5 2 (5.56%) UAT Analyst
5 2 (5.56%) UAT Test Analyst
6 1 (2.78%) Lead Architect
6 1 (2.78%) Strategy Manager
6 1 (2.78%) Designer
6 1 (2.78%) Test Strategy Manager
6 1 (2.78%) Testing Manager
6 1 (2.78%) Lead Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (8.33%) .NET
2 1 (2.78%) .NET Framework
2 1 (2.78%) WCF
2 1 (2.78%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.33%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.56%) NHS
3 1 (2.78%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.56%) Windows
2 1 (2.78%) Linux
2 1 (2.78%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (30.56%) Agile Software Development
1 11 (30.56%) Test Scripting
2 10 (27.78%) User Acceptance Testing
3 8 (22.22%) Test Management
4 6 (16.67%) Regression Testing
4 6 (16.67%) Test Planning
5 5 (13.89%) Stakeholder Management
5 5 (13.89%) RUP
6 4 (11.11%) ETL
6 4 (11.11%) Business Intelligence
6 4 (11.11%) Scrum
6 4 (11.11%) Software Testing
6 4 (11.11%) Change Control
6 4 (11.11%) Unit Testing
6 4 (11.11%) System Testing
7 3 (8.33%) Performance Testing
7 3 (8.33%) Project Planning
7 3 (8.33%) Release Management
7 3 (8.33%) Fault Management
7 3 (8.33%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (25.00%) SQL
2 2 (5.56%) VBScript
3 1 (2.78%) C#
3 1 (2.78%) VB
Qualifications
1 10 (27.78%) ISEB
2 6 (16.67%) ISTQB
3 3 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (5.56%) ISEB Practitioner
4 2 (5.56%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 7 (19.44%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.56%) HP
3 1 (2.78%) JD Edwards
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle
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