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 26 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over the previous 2 years.

3 months to
26 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Test Strategy
Rank 200 214 223
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +9
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 34 31 28
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 0.62% 0.51% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.72% 0.58% 0.48%
Number of salaries quoted 28 21 20
Median salary £50,000 £40,000 £39,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+25.00% +2.56%
90% offered a salary of more than £32,850 £34,500 £31,950
10% offered a salary of more than £54,300 £47,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,200
% change year-on-year
- +4.16%
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
4700 5383 5816
As % of all permanent IT jobs located in the North West 85.95% 88.32% 85.49%
Number of salaries quoted 3975 4287 4680
Median salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year
+6.25% -
90% offered a salary of more than £27,500 £27,500 £26,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £55,500 £57,500
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 26 May 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 26 May 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 +10 26 £50,000 +19.04% 2
Cheshire +28 4 £38,500 +9.21%
Cumbria - 3 - -
Merseyside -1 1 £37,500 +4.16% 1
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 May 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 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (30.68%) Stakeholder Management
3 22 (25.00%) Finance
4 20 (22.73%) Automated Testing
4 20 (22.73%) ISTQB
5 19 (21.59%) QA
5 19 (21.59%) Analytical Skills
6 18 (20.45%) Security Cleared
6 18 (20.45%) Waterfall
6 18 (20.45%) Degree
7 15 (17.05%) Banking
7 15 (17.05%) Microsoft
8 14 (15.91%) ISEB
9 13 (14.77%) Software Testing
9 13 (14.77%) Test Scripting
10 12 (13.64%) Use Case
10 12 (13.64%) Performance Management
10 12 (13.64%) UML
10 12 (13.64%) Windows
11 11 (12.50%) SQL Server
11 11 (12.50%) IIS
11 11 (12.50%) Project Management
11 11 (12.50%) CISSP
11 11 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
11 11 (12.50%) Law
11 11 (12.50%) Network Security
11 11 (12.50%) PCI DSS
11 11 (12.50%) Splunk
11 11 (12.50%) Portfolio Management
11 11 (12.50%) ArcSight

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 11 (12.50%) IIS
2 1 (1.14%) Apache
2 1 (1.14%) JBoss
Applications
1 9 (10.23%) MS Excel
2 4 (4.55%) MS Office
3 1 (1.14%) MS Project
Cloud Services
1 5 (5.68%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 11 (12.50%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 11 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 5 (5.68%) Azure SQL Database
3 4 (4.55%) PostgreSQL
3 4 (4.55%) Relational Database
4 3 (3.41%) SQLite
5 1 (1.14%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.14%) MySQL
5 1 (1.14%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (6.82%) Team Foundation Server
2 5 (5.68%) Jenkins
2 5 (5.68%) JIRA
3 4 (4.55%) Gerrit
3 4 (4.55%) Git (software)
3 4 (4.55%) Selenium
4 3 (3.41%) FxCop
4 3 (3.41%) HP UFT
4 3 (3.41%) Moq
4 3 (3.41%) MSTest
4 3 (3.41%) NUnit
4 3 (3.41%) SoapUI
4 3 (3.41%) StyleCop
4 3 (3.41%) Visual Studio
4 3 (3.41%) WiX
5 2 (2.27%) Cucumber
5 2 (2.27%) Fiddler
5 2 (2.27%) Firebug
5 2 (2.27%) JUnit
5 2 (2.27%) Maven
General
1 22 (25.00%) Finance
2 15 (17.05%) Banking
3 11 (12.50%) Law
4 7 (7.95%) Retail
5 3 (3.41%) Marketing
6 2 (2.27%) Electronics
6 2 (2.27%) Military
7 1 (1.14%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (27.27%) Analyst
2 23 (26.14%) Test Manager
3 12 (13.64%) Systems Analyst
3 12 (13.64%) Test Analyst
4 11 (12.50%) Business Systems Analyst
4 11 (12.50%) Consultant
4 11 (12.50%) Security Consultant
4 11 (12.50%) Test Leader
5 10 (11.36%) Senior Analyst
5 10 (11.36%) Senior Systems Analyst
6 9 (10.23%) Head of Testing
6 9 (10.23%) Senior Business Systems Analyst
7 8 (9.09%) Head of Test
8 7 (7.95%) IT Consultant
8 7 (7.95%) IT Security Consultant
9 6 (6.82%) Tester
10 5 (5.68%) Test Engineer
11 4 (4.55%) Programme Manager
11 4 (4.55%) QA Tester
11 4 (4.55%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (6.82%) .NET
2 5 (5.68%) CSS
2 5 (5.68%) HTML
2 5 (5.68%) XML
3 4 (4.55%) Web Services
4 3 (3.41%) JSON
4 3 (3.41%) LINQ
4 3 (3.41%) Ninject
4 3 (3.41%) Regular Expression
4 3 (3.41%) WCF
4 3 (3.41%) WPF
5 2 (2.27%) SOAP
6 1 (1.14%) Hibernate
6 1 (1.14%) JSP
6 1 (1.14%) Middleware
6 1 (1.14%) Spring
Miscellaneous
1 19 (21.59%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 11 (12.50%) Security Operations Centre
3 4 (4.55%) Computer Science
3 4 (4.55%) Enterprise Software
4 3 (3.41%) EPoS
4 3 (3.41%) W3C
5 2 (2.27%) Mobile App
6 1 (1.14%) Social Media
Operating Systems
1 12 (13.64%) Windows
2 6 (6.82%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (5.68%) Windows 10
4 4 (4.55%) Linux
5 2 (2.27%) Mac OS X
6 1 (1.14%) Unix
6 1 (1.14%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 30 (34.09%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (30.68%) Stakeholder Management
3 20 (22.73%) Automated Testing
4 18 (20.45%) Waterfall
5 13 (14.77%) Software Testing
5 13 (14.77%) Test Scripting
6 12 (13.64%) Performance Management
6 12 (13.64%) UML
6 12 (13.64%) Use Case
7 11 (12.50%) Portfolio Management
7 11 (12.50%) Project Management
7 11 (12.50%) Security Architecture
7 11 (12.50%) Security Operations
7 11 (12.50%) SIEM
7 11 (12.50%) Vulnerability Management
8 9 (10.23%) Defect Management
8 9 (10.23%) Scrum
8 9 (10.23%) V-Model
9 8 (9.09%) Integration Testing
9 8 (9.09%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (11.36%) SQL
2 7 (7.95%) JavaScript
3 5 (5.68%) C#
4 4 (4.55%) Java
5 3 (3.41%) Ruby
5 3 (3.41%) Shell Script
6 2 (2.27%) VBScript
7 1 (1.14%) C
7 1 (1.14%) C++
7 1 (1.14%) VB
Qualifications
1 20 (22.73%) ISTQB
2 18 (20.45%) Degree
2 18 (20.45%) Security Cleared
3 14 (15.91%) ISEB
4 11 (12.50%) CISSP
4 11 (12.50%) IISP
5 6 (6.82%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 5 (5.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 5 (5.68%) SC Cleared
7 1 (1.14%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (21.59%) QA
2 11 (12.50%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 11 (12.50%) PCI DSS
3 2 (2.27%) ISO 9001
4 1 (1.14%) SLA
System Software
1 8 (9.09%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.14%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 11 (12.50%) QRadar
2 3 (3.41%) Wonderware InTouch
3 2 (2.27%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (1.14%) Hyperic
Vendors
1 15 (17.05%) Microsoft
2 11 (12.50%) ArcSight
2 11 (12.50%) Splunk
3 8 (9.09%) VMware
4 3 (3.41%) Wonderware
5 2 (2.27%) Citrix
6 1 (1.14%) EMC
6 1 (1.14%) HP
6 1 (1.14%) Oracle
6 1 (1.14%) Telerik
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