Period
to 17 December 2017

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 17 December 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 > Lancashire
6 months to
17 Dec 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 46 51 48
Rank change year-on-year +5 -3 +16
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 8 13 29
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 1.75% 2.26% 3.07%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.12% 2.67% 3.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 12 26
Lancashire median daily rate £400 £375 £500
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% -25.00% +42.86%
10th Percentile £335 £325 £280
90th Percentile £474 £468 £775
North West median daily rate £363 £400 £388
% change year-on-year -9.38% +3.23% +29.17%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Lancashire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £48.00 - -

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 377 487 782
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Lancashire 82.31% 84.84% 82.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 235 333 536
Lancashire median daily rate £425 £375 £450
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.33% -16.67% +15.38%
10th Percentile £272 £213 £280
90th Percentile £615 £575 £658
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 49 78
Lancashire median hourly rate £42.50 £41.50 £37.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +2.41% +12.16% +36.20%
10th Percentile £11.72 £12.04 £17.84
90th Percentile £53.00 £67.21 £47.33
North West median hourly rate £25.00 £25.00 £29.71
% change year-on-year - -15.85% +65.06%

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 17 December 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
Preston -7 3 £400 -15.79%
Blackburn - 2 £350 -
Blackpool +4 1 £477 +27.07%
Skelmersdale - 1 - -
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 Lancashire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 5 (62.50%) Finance
2 4 (50.00%) Validation
2 4 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (37.50%) Security Cleared
3 3 (37.50%) Data Centre
3 3 (37.50%) Migration
3 3 (37.50%) SQL
3 3 (37.50%) AIX
3 3 (37.50%) HPUX
3 3 (37.50%) Solaris
4 2 (25.00%) ETL
4 2 (25.00%) Data Transformation
4 2 (25.00%) Data Mapping
4 2 (25.00%) Test Planning
4 2 (25.00%) Retail
4 2 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 2 (25.00%) Test Management
5 1 (12.50%) Unit Testing
5 1 (12.50%) Continuous Integration
5 1 (12.50%) Software Testing
5 1 (12.50%) TDD
5 1 (12.50%) Android
5 1 (12.50%) Test Automation
5 1 (12.50%) Open Source
5 1 (12.50%) Dependency Injection
5 1 (12.50%) Inversion of Control
5 1 (12.50%) Waterfall
5 1 (12.50%) BDD
5 1 (12.50%) Apple iOS

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 1 (12.50%) SAS
1 1 (12.50%) SharePoint
General
1 5 (62.50%) Finance
2 2 (25.00%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (37.50%) Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) ETL Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) Finance Systems Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) Financial Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) Service Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) SQL Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) SQL Data Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) Systems Analyst
2 2 (25.00%) Test Manager
3 1 (12.50%) Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Functional Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Functional Test Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) QA Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) QA Test Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Software Developer
3 1 (12.50%) Test Analyst
3 1 (12.50%) Test Engineer
3 1 (12.50%) Test Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) .NET
1 1 (12.50%) AngularJS
1 1 (12.50%) ASP.NET
1 1 (12.50%) jQuery
1 1 (12.50%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 3 (37.50%) Data Centre
2 1 (12.50%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 3 (37.50%) AIX
1 3 (37.50%) HPUX
1 3 (37.50%) Solaris
2 1 (12.50%) Android
2 1 (12.50%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (50.00%) Test Scripting
1 4 (50.00%) Validation
2 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (37.50%) Migration
3 2 (25.00%) Data Mapping
3 2 (25.00%) Data Transformation
3 2 (25.00%) ETL
3 2 (25.00%) Test Management
3 2 (25.00%) Test Planning
3 2 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Android Development
4 1 (12.50%) Dependency Injection
4 1 (12.50%) DevOps
4 1 (12.50%) Infrastructure Management
4 1 (12.50%) Inversion of Control
4 1 (12.50%) iOS Development
4 1 (12.50%) Mobile Application Development
4 1 (12.50%) Open Source
4 1 (12.50%) Test Automation
4 1 (12.50%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 3 (37.50%) SQL
2 1 (12.50%) C#
2 1 (12.50%) JavaScript
2 1 (12.50%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (37.50%) Security Cleared
2 1 (12.50%) Degree
2 1 (12.50%) ISEB
2 1 (12.50%) ISTQB
2 1 (12.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (12.50%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (12.50%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) Avaya