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 salaries offered in IT jobs that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 1 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
1 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 206 203 189
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -14
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 28 49 64
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.50% 0.76% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.58% 0.86% 1.06%
Number of salaries quoted 25 36 55
Median salary £50,000 £44,250 £47,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+12.99% -5.85%
90% offered a salary of more than £34,400 £34,000 £35,000
10% offered a salary of more than £51,500 £77,500 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £47,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year
-5.26% +5.55%
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
4834 5693 6028
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 86.82% 88.48% 85.41%
Number of salaries quoted 4077 4613 4798
Median salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a salary of more than £28,500 £27,500 £27,000
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £57,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £44,000 £42,500
% change year-on-year
+2.27% +3.52%

Test Strategy
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of job ads across the North West region citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all IT jobs with a match in 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 1 July 2016.

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 median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 July 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester +1 23 £50,000 +11.11% 3
Cumbria - 3 - -
Cheshire +40 1 £43,000 +32.30% 1
Merseyside -8 1 £37,500 +1.35% 1
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 July 2016, IT 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 job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 30 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (26.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 19 (25.33%) Degree
3 19 (25.33%) QA
4 17 (22.67%) ISTQB
5 16 (21.33%) Automated Testing
5 16 (21.33%) Microsoft
5 16 (21.33%) Analytical Skills
6 13 (17.33%) ISEB
6 13 (17.33%) Performance Management
7 12 (16.00%) PCI DSS
7 12 (16.00%) Network Security
7 12 (16.00%) Security Architecture
7 12 (16.00%) Waterfall
7 12 (16.00%) Splunk
7 12 (16.00%) Portfolio Management
7 12 (16.00%) ArcSight
7 12 (16.00%) SIEM
7 12 (16.00%) Data Centre
7 12 (16.00%) Vulnerability Management
7 12 (16.00%) QRadar
7 12 (16.00%) IISP
7 12 (16.00%) Security Operations
7 12 (16.00%) Security Operations Centre
7 12 (16.00%) CISSP
7 12 (16.00%) Project Management
7 12 (16.00%) Law
7 12 (16.00%) IIS
7 12 (16.00%) Scrum
7 12 (16.00%) ISO/IEC 27001

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 12 (16.00%) IIS
2 5 (6.67%) Adobe Experience Manager
3 3 (4.00%) CMS
Applications
1 8 (10.67%) MS Excel
2 4 (5.33%) MS Office
3 1 (1.33%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 4 (5.33%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.33%) Google Analytics
Communications & Networking
1 12 (16.00%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (12.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (5.33%) Azure SQL Database
3 3 (4.00%) Oracle Database
4 2 (2.67%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (2.67%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.67%) SQLite
5 1 (1.33%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 8 (10.67%) Jenkins
2 7 (9.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (8.00%) Maven
4 5 (6.67%) Ant
4 5 (6.67%) Selenium
5 4 (5.33%) JIRA
6 3 (4.00%) MSTest
6 3 (4.00%) Ranorex
7 2 (2.67%) Cucumber
7 2 (2.67%) Fiddler
7 2 (2.67%) Firebug
7 2 (2.67%) FxCop
7 2 (2.67%) Gerrit
7 2 (2.67%) Git (software)
7 2 (2.67%) Moq
7 2 (2.67%) NUnit
7 2 (2.67%) StyleCop
7 2 (2.67%) Visual Studio
7 2 (2.67%) WiX
8 1 (1.33%) Toad
General
1 12 (16.00%) Law
2 9 (12.00%) Finance
3 7 (9.33%) Retail
4 6 (8.00%) Banking
5 3 (4.00%) Marketing
6 2 (2.67%) Electronics
6 2 (2.67%) Military
7 1 (1.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (24.00%) Test Manager
2 15 (20.00%) Analyst
3 12 (16.00%) Consultant
3 12 (16.00%) Security Consultant
4 10 (13.33%) Test Analyst
4 10 (13.33%) Test Leader
5 7 (9.33%) Tester
6 6 (8.00%) Developer
6 6 (8.00%) Head of Test
6 6 (8.00%) QA Tester
7 5 (6.67%) Head of Testing
7 5 (6.67%) Lead Tester
7 5 (6.67%) Senior Analyst
8 4 (5.33%) Business Systems Analyst
8 4 (5.33%) IT Consultant
8 4 (5.33%) Programme Manager
8 4 (5.33%) Systems Analyst
8 4 (5.33%) Test Engineer
8 4 (5.33%) Test Programme Manager
8 4 (5.33%) Web Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.67%) CSS
1 8 (10.67%) HTML
1 8 (10.67%) Web Services
2 5 (6.67%) .NET
2 5 (6.67%) Hibernate
2 5 (6.67%) JSR 170
2 5 (6.67%) RESTful
2 5 (6.67%) Spring
3 4 (5.33%) XML
4 2 (2.67%) JSON
4 2 (2.67%) LAMP
4 2 (2.67%) LINQ
4 2 (2.67%) Ninject
4 2 (2.67%) Regular Expression
4 2 (2.67%) WCF
4 2 (2.67%) WPF
5 1 (1.33%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 16 (21.33%) Analytical Skills
2 12 (16.00%) Data Centre
2 12 (16.00%) Security Operations Centre
3 3 (4.00%) Computer Science
3 3 (4.00%) Enterprise Software
3 3 (4.00%) Virtual Team
3 3 (4.00%) W3C
4 2 (2.67%) EPoS
5 1 (1.33%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.33%) Social Media
5 1 (1.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 10 (13.33%) Windows
2 5 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
3 4 (5.33%) Windows 10
4 2 (2.67%) Linux
4 2 (2.67%) Mac OS X
5 1 (1.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (26.67%) Stakeholder Management
3 16 (21.33%) Automated Testing
4 13 (17.33%) Performance Management
5 12 (16.00%) Portfolio Management
5 12 (16.00%) Project Management
5 12 (16.00%) Scrum
5 12 (16.00%) Security Architecture
5 12 (16.00%) Security Operations
5 12 (16.00%) SIEM
5 12 (16.00%) Vulnerability Management
5 12 (16.00%) Waterfall
6 9 (12.00%) User Acceptance Testing
6 9 (12.00%) V-Model
7 8 (10.67%) Mentoring
7 8 (10.67%) Progressive Enhancement
7 8 (10.67%) Software Testing
7 8 (10.67%) TDD
8 7 (9.33%) Continuous Integration
8 7 (9.33%) Test Scripting
Programming Languages
1 8 (10.67%) Java
2 7 (9.33%) SQL
3 5 (6.67%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.33%) C#
5 2 (2.67%) PHP
5 2 (2.67%) Ruby
5 2 (2.67%) Shell Script
5 2 (2.67%) VBScript
6 1 (1.33%) C
6 1 (1.33%) C++
6 1 (1.33%) VB
Qualifications
1 19 (25.33%) Degree
2 17 (22.67%) ISTQB
3 13 (17.33%) ISEB
4 12 (16.00%) CISSP
4 12 (16.00%) IISP
5 11 (14.67%) Security Cleared
6 5 (6.67%) SC Cleared
7 3 (4.00%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 3 (4.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 1 (1.33%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (25.33%) QA
2 12 (16.00%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 12 (16.00%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.67%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.33%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (8.00%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.33%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (16.00%) QRadar
2 2 (2.67%) Wonderware InTouch
Vendors
1 16 (21.33%) Microsoft
2 12 (16.00%) ArcSight
2 12 (16.00%) Splunk
3 6 (8.00%) VMware
4 5 (6.67%) Adobe
5 3 (4.00%) Oracle
5 3 (4.00%) Telerik
6 2 (2.67%) Wonderware
7 1 (1.33%) EMC
7 1 (1.33%) Google
7 1 (1.33%) HP
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