Period
to 18 April 2019

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 18 April 2019 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
18 Apr 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 53 61 48
Rank change year-on-year +8 -13 +12
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 18 2 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 2.34% 0.38% 1.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.66% 0.43% 1.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 1 5
Lancashire median daily rate £400 £475 £420
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -15.79% +13.10% -20.75%
10th Percentile £325 £463 £279
90th Percentile £450 £488 £479
North West median daily rate £425 £400 £450
% change year-on-year +6.25% -11.11% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Lancashire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate - £30.00 £21.20
% change year-on-year - +41.51% -47.00%

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 677 470 464
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 88.04% 89.02% 89.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 479 288 297
Lancashire median daily rate £450 £421 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.82% +5.31% -
10th Percentile £300 £254 £250
90th Percentile £675 £588 £540
North West median daily rate £425 £405 £400
% change year-on-year +4.94% +1.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 41 50 67
Lancashire median hourly rate £36.23 £37.63 £42.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -3.72% -11.47% +8.28%
10th Percentile £16.25 £11.18 £25.13
90th Percentile £44.00 £63.00 £53.00
North West median hourly rate £25.67 £21.70 £35.00
% change year-on-year +18.29% -38.00% +6.06%

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 18 April 2019. 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
Preston - 6 £425 -
Blackpool +11 3 £450 -5.26%
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 18 April 2019, 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 10 (55.56%) SQL
2 9 (50.00%) Finance
2 9 (50.00%) Migration
2 9 (50.00%) Data Migration
2 9 (50.00%) Test Automation
3 8 (44.44%) Manual Testing
3 8 (44.44%) C#
3 8 (44.44%) Oracle
3 8 (44.44%) SQL Server
3 8 (44.44%) ETL
3 8 (44.44%) Data Transformation
4 5 (27.78%) .NET
4 5 (27.78%) HP UFT
4 5 (27.78%) Selenium
4 5 (27.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 4 (22.22%) Cucumber
5 4 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
5 4 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
5 4 (22.22%) Mentoring
6 3 (16.67%) Test Planning
6 3 (16.67%) SDLC
6 3 (16.67%) Virtual Environments
6 3 (16.67%) Strategic Thinking
6 3 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
6 3 (16.67%) JMeter
6 3 (16.67%) LoadRunner
6 3 (16.67%) MySQL
6 3 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
6 3 (16.67%) Software Testing
6 3 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing

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:

Application Platforms
1 2 (11.11%) CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (5.56%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 2 (11.11%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (5.56%) Dynamics 365
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (44.44%) SQL Server
2 5 (27.78%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 3 (16.67%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 5 (27.78%) HP UFT
1 5 (27.78%) Selenium
2 4 (22.22%) Cucumber
2 4 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (16.67%) JMeter
3 3 (16.67%) LoadRunner
4 2 (11.11%) eggPlant
4 2 (11.11%) Gatling
4 2 (11.11%) Git (software)
4 2 (11.11%) Jenkins
4 2 (11.11%) TeamCity
4 2 (11.11%) Travis CI
5 1 (5.56%) SoapUI
General
1 9 (50.00%) Finance
2 1 (5.56%) Retail
Job Titles
1 8 (44.44%) Tester
2 5 (27.78%) Test Manager
3 3 (16.67%) Data Migration Tester
3 3 (16.67%) ETL Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Automation Test Lead
4 2 (11.11%) Data Migration Lead
4 2 (11.11%) Functional Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Non-Functional Tester
4 2 (11.11%) Test Leader
5 1 (5.56%) Automation Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Integration Manager
5 1 (5.56%) Performance Tester
5 1 (5.56%) QA Tester
5 1 (5.56%) Senior Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Senior Test Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) SQL Server Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) Test Consultant
5 1 (5.56%) UAT Manager
5 1 (5.56%) UAT Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (27.78%) .NET
2 2 (11.11%) Django
2 2 (11.11%) JSON
2 2 (11.11%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (11.11%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (11.11%) Enterprise Software
1 2 (11.11%) PMI
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (50.00%) Data Migration
1 9 (50.00%) Migration
1 9 (50.00%) Test Automation
2 8 (44.44%) Data Transformation
2 8 (44.44%) ETL
2 8 (44.44%) Manual Testing
3 4 (22.22%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (22.22%) Mentoring
4 3 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
4 3 (16.67%) Problem-Solving
4 3 (16.67%) SDLC
4 3 (16.67%) Software Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Strategic Thinking
4 3 (16.67%) Test Planning
4 3 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 3 (16.67%) Virtual Environments
5 2 (11.11%) Content Management
5 2 (11.11%) ITIL
5 2 (11.11%) Programme Management
5 2 (11.11%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 10 (55.56%) SQL
2 8 (44.44%) C#
Qualifications
1 2 (11.11%) ISEB
1 2 (11.11%) ISEB Practitioner
1 2 (11.11%) ISTQB
1 2 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 2 (11.11%) PMI Certification
1 2 (11.11%) PMP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.11%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (5.56%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (44.44%) Oracle
2 1 (5.56%) HP
2 1 (5.56%) Microsoft