Period
to 22 July 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 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 22 July 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
England > East Midlands
6 months to
22 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 90 107 116
Rank change year-on-year +17 +9 -3
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 61 30 33
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands 1.93% 0.93% 1.00%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.32% 1.14% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 20 25
East Midlands median daily rate £413 £413 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +33.06% -20.00%
10th Percentile £319 £310 £263
90th Percentile £553 £550 £465
England median daily rate £420 £425 £400
% change year-on-year -1.18% +6.25% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 13 1 0
East Midlands median hourly rate £50.00 £47.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.26% - -
England median hourly rate £47.50 £44.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year +7.95% +17.33% -2.60%

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 the East Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
East Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2630 2627 2560
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the East Midlands 83.02% 81.48% 77.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 1637 1640 1541
East Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +7.14%
10th Percentile £252 £250 £213
90th Percentile £541 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £405
% change year-on-year +5.88% +4.94% +1.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 81 58 74
East Midlands median hourly rate £16.55 £14.75 £17.40
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +12.20% -15.23% -17.14%
10th Percentile £10.59 £10.85 £10.50
90th Percentile £52.50 £43.63 £34.10
England median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £21.64
% change year-on-year - +15.53% +5.56%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the East Midlands

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the East Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the East Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the East Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the East Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the East Midlands over the 6 months to 22 July 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the East Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the East Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the East Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the East Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the East Midlands over the 6 months to 22 July 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Strategy in the East Midlands

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the East Midlands

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 East Midlands region over the 6 months to 22 July 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
Nottinghamshire +14 16 £364 -3.00% 3
Derbyshire +2 14 £475 +26.67% 1
Northamptonshire +4 13 £424 -5.83%
Lincolnshire +2 10 - -
Leicestershire -11 5 - - 1
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 22 July 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 East Midlands region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 19 (31.15%) Security Cleared
2 18 (29.51%) Java
3 16 (26.23%) Software Engineering
3 16 (26.23%) SC Cleared
4 15 (24.59%) Software Testing
4 15 (24.59%) Oracle
5 14 (22.95%) Windows
6 13 (21.31%) Scrum
7 12 (19.67%) Agile Software Development
7 12 (19.67%) Degree
7 12 (19.67%) Unix
7 12 (19.67%) C#
8 11 (18.03%) VB
8 11 (18.03%) .NET
8 11 (18.03%) Test Automation
8 11 (18.03%) User Experience
9 10 (16.39%) Defect Management
9 10 (16.39%) Test Planning
9 10 (16.39%) NServiceBus
9 10 (16.39%) SOLID
9 10 (16.39%) SQL Server
9 10 (16.39%) UML
9 10 (16.39%) OO
9 10 (16.39%) DCOM
9 10 (16.39%) QA
9 10 (16.39%) WPF
10 9 (14.75%) Linux
10 9 (14.75%) Microsoft
10 9 (14.75%) Test Scripting
11 8 (13.11%) Performance Testing

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the East Midlands 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 10 (16.39%) NServiceBus
2 8 (13.11%) ArcGIS
3 4 (6.56%) WebSphere
4 1 (1.64%) BizTalk Server
Business Applications
1 5 (8.20%) SAP ERP
2 1 (1.64%) SAP GRC
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.64%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 8 (13.11%) Link 16
2 1 (1.64%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 10 (16.39%) SQL Server
2 8 (13.11%) Oracle Database
3 5 (8.20%) SAP BW
4 4 (6.56%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (6.56%) MySQL
4 4 (6.56%) Relational Database
5 3 (4.92%) PowerCenter
6 2 (3.28%) Big Data
6 2 (3.28%) BusinessObjects
6 2 (3.28%) BusinessObjects XI
6 2 (3.28%) Enterprise Data Warehouse
6 2 (3.28%) Kalido
6 2 (3.28%) Oracle Database 10g
6 2 (3.28%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (1.64%) BusinessObjects Business Intelligence
Development Applications
1 6 (9.84%) Cucumber
2 4 (6.56%) Eclipse
2 4 (6.56%) JUnit
2 4 (6.56%) Mockito
3 2 (3.28%) JIRA
3 2 (3.28%) SoapUI
4 1 (1.64%) HP UFT
4 1 (1.64%) LoadRunner
4 1 (1.64%) LoadUI
4 1 (1.64%) Selenium
4 1 (1.64%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (1.64%) TestComplete
4 1 (1.64%) Visual Studio
General
1 8 (13.11%) Avionics
1 8 (13.11%) Military
2 6 (9.84%) Banking
3 4 (6.56%) Finance
4 2 (3.28%) Back Office
4 2 (3.28%) Retail
5 1 (1.64%) Billing
5 1 (1.64%) Manufacturing
5 1 (1.64%) Publishing
5 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 16 (26.23%) Analyst
2 15 (24.59%) Test Analyst
3 10 (16.39%) C# Software Engineer
3 10 (16.39%) Software Engineer
4 8 (13.11%) SC Cleared Software Engineer
4 8 (13.11%) Test Manager
4 8 (13.11%) Tester
5 4 (6.56%) Automation Test Analyst
5 4 (6.56%) Developer
5 4 (6.56%) Java Developer
5 4 (6.56%) Software Analyst
5 4 (6.56%) Software Test Analyst
6 3 (4.92%) Performance Tester
6 3 (4.92%) QA Analyst
7 2 (3.28%) .NET Software Engineer
7 2 (3.28%) Banking Analyst
7 2 (3.28%) Consultant
7 2 (3.28%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (3.28%) QA Tester
7 2 (3.28%) Solutions Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (18.03%) .NET
2 10 (16.39%) DCOM
2 10 (16.39%) WPF
3 8 (13.11%) COM
4 5 (8.20%) Java EE
5 4 (6.56%) Hibernate
5 4 (6.56%) J2EE
5 4 (6.56%) JPA
5 4 (6.56%) Spring
5 4 (6.56%) Web Services
6 3 (4.92%) SOAP
7 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET
7 1 (1.64%) Gherkin
7 1 (1.64%) Middleware
7 1 (1.64%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 11 (18.03%) User Experience
2 5 (8.20%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (4.92%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.64%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (1.64%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 1 (1.64%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (1.64%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.64%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 14 (22.95%) Windows
2 12 (19.67%) Unix
3 9 (14.75%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (26.23%) Software Engineering
2 15 (24.59%) Software Testing
3 13 (21.31%) Scrum
4 12 (19.67%) Agile Software Development
5 11 (18.03%) Test Automation
6 10 (16.39%) Defect Management
6 10 (16.39%) OO
6 10 (16.39%) SOLID
6 10 (16.39%) Test Planning
6 10 (16.39%) UML
7 9 (14.75%) Test Scripting
8 8 (13.11%) Performance Testing
9 7 (11.48%) Functional Testing
9 7 (11.48%) User Acceptance Testing
10 6 (9.84%) ERP
10 6 (9.84%) Performance Monitoring
10 6 (9.84%) Scenario Testing
10 6 (9.84%) Volume Testing
11 5 (8.20%) Business Intelligence
11 5 (8.20%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 18 (29.51%) Java
2 12 (19.67%) C#
3 11 (18.03%) VB
4 8 (13.11%) C
5 6 (9.84%) SQL
6 2 (3.28%) PL/SQL
7 1 (1.64%) JavaScript
7 1 (1.64%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 19 (31.15%) Security Cleared
2 16 (26.23%) SC Cleared
3 12 (19.67%) Degree
4 8 (13.11%) Computer Science Degree
4 8 (13.11%) Microsoft Certification
5 4 (6.56%) ISEB
5 4 (6.56%) ISTQB
5 4 (6.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (1.64%) PMI Certification
6 1 (1.64%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (16.39%) QA
2 8 (13.11%) MIL-STD-1553
3 4 (6.56%) TickIT
4 3 (4.92%) ISO 9001
5 1 (1.64%) ISO 9000
System Software
1 2 (3.28%) Tivoli Workload Scheduler
Systems Management
1 8 (13.11%) Tivoli
2 6 (9.84%) Tivoli Monitoring
3 5 (8.20%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (6.56%) Ganglia
4 4 (6.56%) nmon
Vendors
1 15 (24.59%) Oracle
2 9 (14.75%) Microsoft
3 6 (9.84%) IBM
3 6 (9.84%) SAP
4 4 (6.56%) AppDynamics
4 4 (6.56%) Red Hat
5 3 (4.92%) Informatica
6 2 (3.28%) HP
6 2 (3.28%) Netezza
7 1 (1.64%) Salesforce.com