Period
to 16 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Lancashire 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 16 July 2018 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 > Lancashire
6 months to
16 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 59 43 -
Rank change year-on-year -16 - +42
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 6 10 0
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 0.89% 1.87% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.03% 2.14% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 3 0
Lancashire median daily rate £490 £460 -
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.52% - -
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £425
% change year-on-year - -5.88% +15.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Lancashire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate - £34.35 £38.75
% change year-on-year - -11.35% +0.65%

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 Lancashire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Lancashire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 584 468 657
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 86.78% 87.31% 75.43%
Number of daily rates quoted 372 246 398
Lancashire median daily rate £450 £418 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +7.78% +7.74% -
10th Percentile £275 £304 £243
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 49 68 80
Lancashire median hourly rate £36.00 £42.25 £37.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -14.79% +12.67% +19.81%
10th Percentile £10.47 £19.65 £13.43
90th Percentile £63.92 £52.65 £47.72
North West median hourly rate £23.75 £36.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year -34.03% +30.91% -

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Lancashire

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Lancashire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Lancashire

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Lancashire

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Lancashire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Lancashire

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 Lancashire region over the 6 months to 16 July 2018. 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
Blackpool - 2 £490 -
Preston +10 1 - -
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 16 July 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the Lancashire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 6 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 4 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (66.67%) Coaching
3 3 (50.00%) Selenium
3 3 (50.00%) Automation Anywhere
3 3 (50.00%) Deployment Automation
3 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (50.00%) ERP
3 3 (50.00%) SAP
4 2 (33.33%) JMeter
4 2 (33.33%) SQL
4 2 (33.33%) JIRA
4 2 (33.33%) QA
4 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 2 (33.33%) SDLC
4 2 (33.33%) DBS Check
4 2 (33.33%) BPSS Clearance
4 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
5 1 (16.67%) BDD
5 1 (16.67%) SpecFlow
5 1 (16.67%) Agile Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Jenkins
5 1 (16.67%) User Stories
5 1 (16.67%) DevOps
5 1 (16.67%) Mentoring
5 1 (16.67%) SFIA
5 1 (16.67%) Gatling
5 1 (16.67%) The Grinder
5 1 (16.67%) Atlassian

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Lancashire 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:

Development Applications
1 3 (50.00%) Selenium
2 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
2 2 (33.33%) JIRA
2 2 (33.33%) JMeter
3 1 (16.67%) Gatling
3 1 (16.67%) HP UFT
3 1 (16.67%) Jenkins
3 1 (16.67%) LoadRunner
3 1 (16.67%) SpecFlow
3 1 (16.67%) The Grinder
3 1 (16.67%) Travis CI
3 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
Job Titles
1 3 (50.00%) Automation Developer
1 3 (50.00%) Developer
2 2 (33.33%) Tester
3 1 (16.67%) Automation Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) Automation Tester
3 1 (16.67%) Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) QA Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) QA Tester
3 1 (16.67%) Selenium Tester
3 1 (16.67%) Senior Consultant
3 1 (16.67%) Test Scripter
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (16.67%) .NET
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 4 (66.67%) Coaching
2 4 (66.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (50.00%) Deployment Automation
3 3 (50.00%) ERP
3 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
4 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 2 (33.33%) SDLC
5 1 (16.67%) Agile Testing
5 1 (16.67%) BDD
5 1 (16.67%) Defect Management
5 1 (16.67%) DevOps
5 1 (16.67%) Exploratory Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Load Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Mentoring
5 1 (16.67%) Scenario Testing
5 1 (16.67%) SFIA
5 1 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
5 1 (16.67%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (16.67%) C#
2 1 (16.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) BPSS Clearance
1 2 (33.33%) DBS Check
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (50.00%) Automation Anywhere
1 3 (50.00%) SAP
2 1 (16.67%) Atlassian
2 1 (16.67%) HP