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 28 January 2015 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Location
3 months to
28 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Test Strategy
Rank 176 192 247
Rank change year-on-year
+16 +55
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 66 48 23
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.97% 0.73% 0.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.18% 0.88% 0.36%
Number of salaries quoted 65 44 14
Average salary £45,000 £35,750 £42,000
Average salary % change year-on-year
+25.87% -14.88%
90% offered a salary of more than £35,000 £32,500 £30,250
10% offered a salary of more than £70,000 £51,750 £44,250
UK excluding London average salary £45,000 £45,000 £45,000
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
5616 5444 6390
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 82.55% 82.24% 80.79%
Number of salaries quoted 4818 4558 5523
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 £27,500 £26,000
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,500 £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 28 January 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 28 January 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 +29 48 £42,500 +3.03% 3
Cheshire +4 17 £46,000 -4.16%
Lancashire -9 1 £50,000 +51.51%
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 88 (62.86%) Finance
2 63 (45.00%) Test Management
3 52 (37.14%) ISTQB
4 39 (27.86%) Analytical Skills
5 38 (27.14%) Degree
6 37 (26.43%) ISEB
6 37 (26.43%) User Acceptance Testing
7 32 (22.86%) Agile Software Development
8 30 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
8 30 (21.43%) Project Management
9 29 (20.71%) Statistics
9 29 (20.71%) QA
10 27 (19.29%) System Testing
10 27 (19.29%) Programme Management
11 24 (17.14%) Team Foundation Server
12 23 (16.43%) Automated Testing
12 23 (16.43%) QuickTest Pro
13 22 (15.71%) Software Testing
14 21 (15.00%) Selenium
15 20 (14.29%) Mentoring
16 17 (12.14%) Performance Testing
16 17 (12.14%) Web Services
17 16 (11.43%) ITIL
17 16 (11.43%) Migration
18 15 (10.71%) Workflow
18 15 (10.71%) Retail
18 15 (10.71%) Oracle
18 15 (10.71%) Test Scripting
18 15 (10.71%) Waterfall
18 15 (10.71%) Test Planning

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

For the 6 months to 28 January 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 (3.57%) IIS
2 2 (1.43%) JBoss
2 2 (1.43%) Apache
2 2 (1.43%) Tomcat
Applications
1 5 (3.57%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.43%) MS Office
3 1 (0.71%) MS Project
3 1 (0.71%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 12 (8.57%) Oracle EBS
1 12 (8.57%) Oracle Retail
2 8 (5.71%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.14%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (8.57%) Oracle Reports
2 9 (6.43%) SQL Server
3 3 (2.14%) Relational Database
3 3 (2.14%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (1.43%) MySQL
5 1 (0.71%) Crystal Reports
5 1 (0.71%) SQLite
5 1 (0.71%) MongoDB
5 1 (0.71%) Big Data
5 1 (0.71%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 24 (17.14%) Team Foundation Server
2 23 (16.43%) QuickTest Pro
3 21 (15.00%) Selenium
4 8 (5.71%) LoadRunner
5 7 (5.00%) SilkPerformer
5 7 (5.00%) SoapUI
6 5 (3.57%) Cucumber
6 5 (3.57%) NUnit
7 4 (2.86%) Git (software)
8 3 (2.14%) MSTest
8 3 (2.14%) WebDriver
8 3 (2.14%) Gerrit
8 3 (2.14%) Jenkins
9 2 (1.43%) SpecFlow
9 2 (1.43%) Gradle
9 2 (1.43%) Maven
9 2 (1.43%) JIRA
9 2 (1.43%) JUnit
9 2 (1.43%) Visual Studio
9 2 (1.43%) Eclipse
General
1 88 (62.86%) Finance
2 15 (10.71%) Retail
3 6 (4.29%) Banking
4 3 (2.14%) Marketing
4 3 (2.14%) Billing
5 2 (1.43%) Law
5 2 (1.43%) Games
6 1 (0.71%) Telecoms
6 1 (0.71%) Legal
6 1 (0.71%) Advertising
6 1 (0.71%) Automotive
6 1 (0.71%) Investment Banking
6 1 (0.71%) Local Government
Job Titles
1 90 (64.29%) Test Manager
2 16 (11.43%) Analyst
3 14 (10.00%) Defect Manager
4 12 (8.57%) Test Leader
5 10 (7.14%) Senior Test Manager
5 10 (7.14%) Senior Manager
6 8 (5.71%) Web Analyst
7 6 (4.29%) Tester
8 5 (3.57%) Developer
8 5 (3.57%) Test Analyst
8 5 (3.57%) Security Consultant
8 5 (3.57%) Consultant
9 3 (2.14%) Information Security Consultant
9 3 (2.14%) Programme Test Manager
9 3 (2.14%) Lead Developer
9 3 (2.14%) Programme Manager
9 3 (2.14%) Business Analyst
10 2 (1.43%) Software Engineer
10 2 (1.43%) QA Manager
10 2 (1.43%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 17 (12.14%) Web Services
2 8 (5.71%) .NET
3 6 (4.29%) SOAP
4 5 (3.57%) HTML
4 5 (3.57%) CSS
5 4 (2.86%) ASP.NET
6 3 (2.14%) ASP.NET MVC
7 2 (1.43%) LINQ
7 2 (1.43%) JSP
7 2 (1.43%) Hibernate
7 2 (1.43%) Spring
7 2 (1.43%) .NET Framework
7 2 (1.43%) WCF
7 2 (1.43%) Gherkin
8 1 (0.71%) ASP.NET Web API
8 1 (0.71%) WPF
8 1 (0.71%) Grails
8 1 (0.71%) jQuery
8 1 (0.71%) RabbitMQ
8 1 (0.71%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 39 (27.86%) Analytical Skills
2 29 (20.71%) Statistics
3 8 (5.71%) Mathematics
3 8 (5.71%) Management Information System
3 8 (5.71%) Economics
3 8 (5.71%) User Experience
4 3 (2.14%) Blackberry
4 3 (2.14%) Smartphone
4 3 (2.14%) Computer Science
5 2 (1.43%) Online Games
6 1 (0.71%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 14 (10.00%) Windows
2 12 (8.57%) Linux
3 9 (6.43%) UNIX
4 7 (5.00%) Windows XP
4 7 (5.00%) Windows Server 2003
4 7 (5.00%) Windows Server 2008
4 7 (5.00%) Windows 7
5 3 (2.14%) Android
6 1 (0.71%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 63 (45.00%) Test Management
2 37 (26.43%) User Acceptance Testing
3 32 (22.86%) Agile Software Development
4 30 (21.43%) Stakeholder Management
4 30 (21.43%) Project Management
5 27 (19.29%) Programme Management
5 27 (19.29%) System Testing
6 23 (16.43%) Automated Testing
7 22 (15.71%) Software Testing
8 20 (14.29%) Mentoring
9 17 (12.14%) Performance Testing
10 16 (11.43%) Migration
10 16 (11.43%) ITIL
11 15 (10.71%) Workflow
11 15 (10.71%) Test Scripting
11 15 (10.71%) Test Planning
11 15 (10.71%) Waterfall
12 13 (9.29%) Continuous Improvement
12 13 (9.29%) Service Management
13 12 (8.57%) Process Management
Programming Languages
1 9 (6.43%) SQL
2 7 (5.00%) C#
3 5 (3.57%) JavaScript
4 4 (2.86%) Java
5 2 (1.43%) C++
6 1 (0.71%) C
6 1 (0.71%) Shell Script
6 1 (0.71%) Ruby
6 1 (0.71%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 52 (37.14%) ISTQB
2 38 (27.14%) Degree
3 37 (26.43%) ISEB
4 12 (8.57%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 9 (6.43%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (3.57%) CISSP
7 1 (0.71%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (0.71%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 29 (20.71%) QA
2 5 (3.57%) PCI DSS
2 5 (3.57%) ISO/IEC 27001
3 1 (0.71%) SLA
System Software
1 7 (5.00%) VMware ESX
2 3 (2.14%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.71%) VMware Workstation
Systems Management
1 8 (5.71%) HP Quality Center
2 2 (1.43%) Hyperic
Vendors
1 15 (10.71%) Oracle
2 8 (5.71%) VMware
2 8 (5.71%) Google
3 5 (3.57%) Microsoft
3 5 (3.57%) Splunk
3 5 (3.57%) ArcSight
4 2 (1.43%) Apple
4 2 (1.43%) HP
5 1 (0.71%) NetApp
5 1 (0.71%) Wonderware
5 1 (0.71%) Fujitsu
5 1 (0.71%) VocaLink
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