Period
to 23 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 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 6 months to 23 November 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
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 69 83 78
Rank change year-on-year +14 -5 +16
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 22 13 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 1.65% 0.89% 1.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.97% 1.04% 1.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 24
Cheshire median daily rate £400 £413 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.03% +8.55% -
10th Percentile £306 £313 £318
90th Percentile £450 £488 £569
North West median daily rate £376 £400 £380
% change year-on-year -5.94% +5.26% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £47.75 - -

Test Strategy is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1116 1252 1750
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 83.53% 85.99% 84.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 800 898 1153
Cheshire median daily rate £420 £400 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -5.88% +8.97%
10th Percentile £263 £238 £280
90th Percentile £625 £613 £600
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 38 31 57
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £19.63 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.76% +12.14% -2.86%
10th Percentile £10.58 £13.00 £12.74
90th Percentile £35.00 £33.75 £35.00
North West median hourly rate £25.12 £22.00 £30.52
% change year-on-year +14.18% -27.92% +74.40%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Cheshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Cheshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Cheshire over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Cheshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Cheshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 23 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +23 6 £406 -10.96% 2
Knutsford -15 6 £400 -5.88% 3
Chester +14 3 £425 -5.56%
Widnes - 1 £450 -
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 Cheshire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 10 (45.45%) Integration Testing
1 10 (45.45%) Defect Management
1 10 (45.45%) Scenario Testing
2 9 (40.91%) Finance
3 8 (36.36%) PMO
4 7 (31.82%) Stakeholder Management
4 7 (31.82%) Banking
4 7 (31.82%) Test Automation
5 6 (27.27%) System Testing
6 4 (18.18%) Test Scripting
7 3 (13.64%) Test Management
7 3 (13.64%) Data Protection
7 3 (13.64%) Functional Testing
8 2 (9.09%) Change Control
8 2 (9.09%) Coaching
8 2 (9.09%) Target Operating Model
8 2 (9.09%) GDPR
8 2 (9.09%) Collaborative Working
8 2 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
8 2 (9.09%) Migration
8 2 (9.09%) Manual Testing
8 2 (9.09%) Software Testing
8 2 (9.09%) Requirements Analysis
8 2 (9.09%) Degree
8 2 (9.09%) Computer Science
8 2 (9.09%) QA
8 2 (9.09%) UML
8 2 (9.09%) ISEB
8 2 (9.09%) Document Management
8 2 (9.09%) Business Analysis

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire 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:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.55%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (4.55%) Rational Rose
1 1 (4.55%) Selenium
1 1 (4.55%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (4.55%) WebDriver
General
1 9 (40.91%) Finance
2 7 (31.82%) Banking
3 1 (4.55%) Local Government
3 1 (4.55%) Retail
Job Titles
1 14 (63.64%) Test Manager
2 8 (36.36%) Analyst
2 8 (36.36%) Senior Manager
2 8 (36.36%) Senior Test Manager
3 6 (27.27%) Test Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Business Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Functional Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Functional Test Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Integration Manager
4 2 (9.09%) Programme Manager
4 2 (9.09%) Programme Test Manager
4 2 (9.09%) Test Programme Manager
5 1 (4.55%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Banking Business Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) GDPR Business Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Payments Test Manager
5 1 (4.55%) SQL Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) SQL Data Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Test Data Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 2 (9.09%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.55%) Client/Server
2 1 (4.55%) Hybrid Cloud
2 1 (4.55%) Mainframe
2 1 (4.55%) Public Cloud
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (45.45%) Defect Management
1 10 (45.45%) Integration Testing
1 10 (45.45%) Scenario Testing
2 7 (31.82%) Stakeholder Management
2 7 (31.82%) Test Automation
3 6 (27.27%) System Testing
4 4 (18.18%) Test Scripting
5 3 (13.64%) Data Protection
5 3 (13.64%) Functional Testing
5 3 (13.64%) Test Management
6 2 (9.09%) Business Analysis
6 2 (9.09%) Change Control
6 2 (9.09%) Coaching
6 2 (9.09%) Collaborative Working
6 2 (9.09%) Document Management
6 2 (9.09%) Manual Testing
6 2 (9.09%) Migration
6 2 (9.09%) Requirements Analysis
6 2 (9.09%) Software Testing
6 2 (9.09%) Target Operating Model
Programming Languages
1 1 (4.55%) Java
1 1 (4.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (9.09%) Degree
1 2 (9.09%) ISEB
2 1 (4.55%) ISTQB
2 1 (4.55%) SC Cleared
2 1 (4.55%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (36.36%) PMO
2 2 (9.09%) GDPR
2 2 (9.09%) QA
Systems Management
1 2 (9.09%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (4.55%) HP