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 June 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.

Test Strategy
West Midlands / Birmingham
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 39 65 59
Rank change year-on-year +26 -6  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 13 7 8
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Birmingham 2.11% 0.86% 1.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.58% 1.03% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 5 5
Median daily rate £300 £475 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -36.84% +18.75%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  

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 503 677 577
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Birmingham 81.66% 83.07% 77.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 327 475 382
Median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 14 13
Median hourly rate £14.22 £25.00 £47.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -43.14% -47.64%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.16 £12.43 £22.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.75 £42.50 £63.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

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 June 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Birmingham.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Birmingham

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 8 (36.36%) Oracle
2 6 (27.27%) Migration
3 5 (22.73%) Oracle BI EE
3 5 (22.73%) Data Migration
3 5 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (22.73%) Microsoft Office
4 4 (18.18%) Scenario Testing
4 4 (18.18%) Oracle EBS
4 4 (18.18%) Finance
4 4 (18.18%) Validation
4 4 (18.18%) Data Validation
4 4 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
4 4 (18.18%) Stakeholder Engagement
4 4 (18.18%) Functional Testing
5 3 (13.64%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (13.64%) Oracle Fusion
5 3 (13.64%) Test Scripting
5 3 (13.64%) Data Analysis
5 3 (13.64%) Project Management
5 3 (13.64%) Business Transformation
5 3 (13.64%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 2 (9.09%) Customer Requirements
6 2 (9.09%) Presales
6 2 (9.09%) WAN
6 2 (9.09%) ISEB
6 2 (9.09%) LAN
6 2 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
6 2 (9.09%) ISTQB
6 2 (9.09%) Oracle ASCP
6 2 (9.09%) Test Management

Test Strategy
Co-occurring 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 (4.55%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
1 1 (4.55%) Confluence
Applications
1 5 (22.73%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 4 (18.18%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (9.09%) Oracle ASCP
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.09%) LAN
1 2 (9.09%) WAN
2 1 (4.55%) SMS
2 1 (4.55%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (22.73%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (4.55%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (4.55%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.55%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) JIRA
1 1 (4.55%) JMeter
1 1 (4.55%) LoadUI
1 1 (4.55%) SoapUI
1 1 (4.55%) Talend Open Studio
General
1 4 (18.18%) Finance
Job Titles
1 12 (54.55%) Test Manager
2 7 (31.82%) Analyst
2 7 (31.82%) Test Analyst
3 6 (27.27%) Applications Manager
4 5 (22.73%) Data Manager
4 5 (22.73%) Infrastructure Manager
4 5 (22.73%) Infrastructure Test Manager
5 3 (13.64%) Oracle Analyst
6 2 (9.09%) Architect
6 2 (9.09%) Programme Manager
6 2 (9.09%) Programme Test Manager
6 2 (9.09%) Test Programme Manager
7 1 (4.55%) Enterprise Architect
7 1 (4.55%) Performance Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) Performance Test Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) Supply Chain Analyst
7 1 (4.55%) Test Leader
7 1 (4.55%) UAT Manager
7 1 (4.55%) UAT Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.64%) Oracle Fusion
2 2 (9.09%) REST
3 1 (4.55%) Web Services
3 1 (4.55%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.55%) Data Centre
1 1 (4.55%) Mobile App
1 1 (4.55%) Private Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.55%) Android
1 1 (4.55%) Windows
1 1 (4.55%) Windows 10
1 1 (4.55%) Windows Server
1 1 (4.55%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (27.27%) Migration
2 5 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (22.73%) Data Migration
3 4 (18.18%) Data Validation
3 4 (18.18%) Functional Testing
3 4 (18.18%) Scenario Testing
3 4 (18.18%) Stakeholder Engagement
3 4 (18.18%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (18.18%) Validation
4 3 (13.64%) Business Transformation
4 3 (13.64%) Data Analysis
4 3 (13.64%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (13.64%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 3 (13.64%) Project Management
4 3 (13.64%) Test Scripting
5 2 (9.09%) Customer Requirements
5 2 (9.09%) Presales
5 2 (9.09%) Stakeholder Management
5 2 (9.09%) System Testing
5 2 (9.09%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (9.09%) ISEB
1 2 (9.09%) ISTQB
1 2 (9.09%) SC Cleared
1 2 (9.09%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.55%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (4.55%) Disclosure Scotland
1 1 (4.55%) PCI DSS
Systems Management
1 1 (4.55%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (36.36%) Oracle
2 2 (9.09%) Pega
3 1 (4.55%) Talend