The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for Test Strategy skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 26 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
West Midlands / Birmingham
Rank 48 56 55
Rank change year-on-year +8 -1  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 9 2 5
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 1.42% 0.31% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.75% 0.38% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 4
Median daily rate £450 £450 £383
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +17.64%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £362 £450 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £450 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £410 £378
% change year-on-year -2.43% +8.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -25.71% +60.38%  

Test Strategy is in the process and methodology skills category. The next table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Birmingham with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Birmingham
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 514 526 568
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 80.94% 81.55% 76.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 350 329 359
Median daily rate £421 £376 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.18% +0.13%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 17
Median hourly rate £14.63 £17.95 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -18.52% +5.58%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £9.63 £8.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.25 £39.60 £26.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Birmingham

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Birmingham citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Birmingham

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Birmingham

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Birmingham

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Birmingham over the 3 months to 26 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Birmingham

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Birmingham

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Birmingham

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 26 March 2017, IT contractor 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 contract ads across the Birmingham region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 5 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (26.67%) Test Management
2 4 (26.67%) Migration
3 3 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 3 (20.00%) Finance
3 3 (20.00%) MS Office
3 3 (20.00%) Data Migration
3 3 (20.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 3 (20.00%) Functional Testing
3 3 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Pega
4 2 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
4 2 (13.33%) Data Validation
4 2 (13.33%) Software Testing
4 2 (13.33%) System Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Data Analysis
4 2 (13.33%) Test Scripting
4 2 (13.33%) JIRA
4 2 (13.33%) ISEB
4 2 (13.33%) Validation
5 1 (6.67%) Scrum
5 1 (6.67%) Programme Management
5 1 (6.67%) Regression Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Wi-Fi
5 1 (6.67%) JMeter
5 1 (6.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 1 (6.67%) Configuration Management
5 1 (6.67%) X-Windows

Test Strategy
Top Related IT Skills in Birmingham 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 1 (6.67%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (6.67%) Confluence
Applications
1 3 (20.00%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.67%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (6.67%) SQL Server
1 1 (6.67%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 2 (13.33%) JIRA
2 1 (6.67%) JMeter
2 1 (6.67%) LoadUI
2 1 (6.67%) Selenium
2 1 (6.67%) SoapUI
2 1 (6.67%) SpecFlow
2 1 (6.67%) Talend Open Studio
2 1 (6.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (20.00%) Finance
2 1 (6.67%) Banking
2 1 (6.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 11 (73.33%) Test Manager
2 4 (26.67%) Applications Manager
3 3 (20.00%) Data Manager
3 3 (20.00%) Infrastructure Manager
3 3 (20.00%) Infrastructure Test Manager
3 3 (20.00%) Tester
4 2 (13.33%) Programme Manager
4 2 (13.33%) Programme Test Manager
4 2 (13.33%) Test Programme Manager
5 1 (6.67%) Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Consultant
5 1 (6.67%) Integration Manager
5 1 (6.67%) IT Manager
5 1 (6.67%) Performance Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Performance Test Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Manager
5 1 (6.67%) Senior Test Manager
5 1 (6.67%) Strategy Manager
5 1 (6.67%) Test Analyst
5 1 (6.67%) UAT Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.67%) Web Services
1 1 (6.67%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 1 (6.67%) Data Centre
1 1 (6.67%) Enterprise Software
1 1 (6.67%) Mobile App
1 1 (6.67%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1 (6.67%) Android
1 1 (6.67%) Windows
1 1 (6.67%) Windows 10
1 1 (6.67%) Windows Server
1 1 (6.67%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 5 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (26.67%) Migration
2 4 (26.67%) Test Management
3 3 (20.00%) Data Migration
3 3 (20.00%) Functional Testing
3 3 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
3 3 (20.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 3 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (13.33%) Data Analysis
4 2 (13.33%) Data Validation
4 2 (13.33%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Software Testing
4 2 (13.33%) System Testing
4 2 (13.33%) Test Scripting
4 2 (13.33%) Validation
5 1 (6.67%) Automated Testing
5 1 (6.67%) Logistics
5 1 (6.67%) Resource Management
5 1 (6.67%) Supplier Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.67%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (13.33%) ISEB
2 1 (6.67%) ISEB Practitioner
2 1 (6.67%) ISTQB
2 1 (6.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (6.67%) SC Cleared
2 1 (6.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (6.67%) PCI DSS
1 1 (6.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (13.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (13.33%) Pega
2 1 (6.67%) HP
2 1 (6.67%) Oracle
2 1 (6.67%) Talend