The table below looks at the statistics for Test Strategy skills in IT jobs advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 6 March 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
6 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 203 206 232
Rank change year-on-year
+3 +26
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 40 31 22
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.60% 0.48% 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 0.57% 0.38%
Number of salaries quoted 40 24 9
Average salary £45,000 £35,000 £32,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
+28.57% +7.69%
90% offered a salary of more than £34,600 £32,500 £29,900
10% offered a salary of more than £67,750 £48,750 £43,000
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
- +5.88%
Test Strategy
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in permanent jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Permanent IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
5542 5402 5832
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 83.25% 82.99% 80.11%
Number of salaries quoted 4578 4452 4821
Average salary £40,000 £40,000 £37,500
Average salary % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,000 £25,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £55,000
UK excluding London average salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year
- +6.25%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Test Strategy Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Test Strategy
Salary Trend in the North West

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the North West region.

Test Strategy Salary Trend in the North West

Test Strategy
Salary Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a salary histogram for IT jobs citing Test Strategy across the North West region over the 3 months to 6 March 2015.

Test Strategy Salary Histogram in the North West

Test Strategy
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the North West region over the 3 months to 6 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Average Salary
Last 3 Months
Average Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +25 27 £44,000 +10.00% 4
Cheshire 0 12 £45,000 -35.71% 2
Lancashire -1 1 £50,000 +51.51%
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, IT jobs across the North West 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Test Strategy.

1 72 (66.06%) Finance
2 52 (47.71%) Test Management
3 41 (37.61%) ISTQB
4 34 (31.19%) User Acceptance Testing
5 32 (29.36%) QA
6 30 (27.52%) Agile Software Development
6 30 (27.52%) Project Management
6 30 (27.52%) ISEB
7 29 (26.61%) Statistics
8 27 (24.77%) System Testing
8 27 (24.77%) Programme Management
9 26 (23.85%) Analytical Skills
10 25 (22.94%) Stakeholder Management
10 25 (22.94%) Team Foundation Server
10 25 (22.94%) Degree
11 20 (18.35%) Workflow
12 18 (16.51%) Mentoring
13 16 (14.68%) Selenium
14 15 (13.76%) Web Services
14 15 (13.76%) Waterfall
15 14 (12.84%) Oracle
15 14 (12.84%) QuickTest Pro
15 14 (12.84%) Retail
16 13 (11.93%) Automated Testing
16 13 (11.93%) ITIL
16 13 (11.93%) Change Management
16 13 (11.93%) Test Planning
16 13 (11.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
17 12 (11.01%) Oracle Retail
17 12 (11.01%) Process Management

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

For the 6 months to 6 March 2015, IT jobs across the North West 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 IT job ads sampled that cited Test Strategy. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 5 (4.59%) IIS
2 2 (1.83%) JBoss
2 2 (1.83%) Apache
2 2 (1.83%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (0.92%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 12 (11.01%) Oracle EBS
1 12 (11.01%) Oracle Retail
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (11.01%) Oracle Reports
2 3 (2.75%) PostgreSQL
2 3 (2.75%) Relational Database
3 2 (1.83%) MySQL
3 2 (1.83%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.92%) SQLite
4 1 (0.92%) Big Data
4 1 (0.92%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 25 (22.94%) Team Foundation Server
2 16 (14.68%) Selenium
3 14 (12.84%) QuickTest Pro
4 5 (4.59%) SoapUI
5 3 (2.75%) Cucumber
5 3 (2.75%) Gerrit
5 3 (2.75%) Git (software)
5 3 (2.75%) Jenkins
6 2 (1.83%) Gradle
6 2 (1.83%) JUnit
6 2 (1.83%) Visual Studio
6 2 (1.83%) Eclipse
6 2 (1.83%) LoadRunner
6 2 (1.83%) NUnit
6 2 (1.83%) Maven
7 1 (0.92%) SilkPerformer
7 1 (0.92%) WiX
7 1 (0.92%) SpecFlow
7 1 (0.92%) WebDriver
7 1 (0.92%) FxCop
General
1 72 (66.06%) Finance
2 14 (12.84%) Retail
3 6 (5.50%) Banking
4 2 (1.83%) Law
5 1 (0.92%) Legal
5 1 (0.92%) Investment Banking
5 1 (0.92%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 67 (61.47%) Test Manager
2 20 (18.35%) Defect Manager
3 12 (11.01%) Test Leader
4 10 (9.17%) Senior Test Manager
4 10 (9.17%) Senior Manager
5 6 (5.50%) Analyst
6 5 (4.59%) Consultant
6 5 (4.59%) Security Consultant
6 5 (4.59%) Test Analyst
6 5 (4.59%) Tester
7 3 (2.75%) Programme Manager
7 3 (2.75%) Software Test Analyst
7 3 (2.75%) Programme Test Manager
7 3 (2.75%) Information Security Consultant
8 2 (1.83%) QA Engineer
8 2 (1.83%) Java Software Engineer
8 2 (1.83%) Software Engineer
8 2 (1.83%) Developer
8 2 (1.83%) QA Manager
9 1 (0.92%) Senior Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (13.76%) Web Services
2 4 (3.67%) .NET
3 3 (2.75%) SOAP
4 2 (1.83%) HTML
4 2 (1.83%) CSS
4 2 (1.83%) JSP
4 2 (1.83%) Gherkin
4 2 (1.83%) Hibernate
4 2 (1.83%) Spring
5 1 (0.92%) WCF
5 1 (0.92%) LINQ
5 1 (0.92%) Grails
5 1 (0.92%) Ninject
5 1 (0.92%) Regular Expression
Miscellaneous
1 29 (26.61%) Statistics
2 26 (23.85%) Analytical Skills
3 11 (10.09%) Management Information System
4 3 (2.75%) Computer Science
5 1 (0.92%) Open Source
5 1 (0.92%) Smartphone
5 1 (0.92%) Blackberry
Operating Systems
1 4 (3.67%) Linux
2 3 (2.75%) UNIX
2 3 (2.75%) Windows
3 1 (0.92%) Windows XP
3 1 (0.92%) Windows Server 2003
3 1 (0.92%) Android
3 1 (0.92%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (0.92%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 52 (47.71%) Test Management
2 34 (31.19%) User Acceptance Testing
3 30 (27.52%) Agile Software Development
3 30 (27.52%) Project Management
4 27 (24.77%) Programme Management
4 27 (24.77%) System Testing
5 25 (22.94%) Stakeholder Management
6 20 (18.35%) Workflow
7 18 (16.51%) Mentoring
8 15 (13.76%) Waterfall
9 13 (11.93%) Test Planning
9 13 (11.93%) Change Management
9 13 (11.93%) ITIL
9 13 (11.93%) Automated Testing
10 12 (11.01%) Process Management
10 12 (11.01%) Risk Management
11 11 (10.09%) PRINCE
11 11 (10.09%) Performance Testing
11 11 (10.09%) Time Management
12 10 (9.17%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (1.83%) Java
1 2 (1.83%) JavaScript
1 2 (1.83%) SQL
2 1 (0.92%) Shell Script
2 1 (0.92%) Ruby
2 1 (0.92%) Groovy
2 1 (0.92%) C
2 1 (0.92%) C#
Qualifications
1 41 (37.61%) ISTQB
2 30 (27.52%) ISEB
3 25 (22.94%) Degree
4 13 (11.93%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (5.50%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 5 (4.59%) CISSP
7 1 (0.92%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 32 (29.36%) QA
2 5 (4.59%) PCI DSS
2 5 (4.59%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.92%) SLA
System Software
1 1 (0.92%) VMware ESX
1 1 (0.92%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 4 (3.67%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.83%) Hyperic
Vendors
1 14 (12.84%) Oracle
2 5 (4.59%) Splunk
2 5 (4.59%) ArcSight
3 4 (3.67%) Microsoft
3 4 (3.67%) HP
4 2 (1.83%) VMware
5 1 (0.92%) Wonderware
5 1 (0.92%) VocaLink
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