The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Leeds 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 3 months to 27 June 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
3 months to
27 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 79 100 86
Rank change year-on-year +21 -14  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 13 10 20
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 1.18% 0.67% 1.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.34% 0.75% 1.51%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 6 17
Median daily rate £475 £450 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.55% +28.57%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £370 £388 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £775 £493
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  

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 Leeds with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Leeds
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 971 1329 1326
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Leeds 88.11% 88.72% 86.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 656 943 985
Median daily rate £405 £425 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.70% +19.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £320 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £565 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 12 21
Median hourly rate £15.25 £14.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.17% -17.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.20 £9.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.27 £170.00 £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Leeds

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Leeds citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Leeds

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Leeds

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Leeds

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Leeds over the 3 months to 27 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Leeds

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Leeds

For the 6 months to 27 June 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 Leeds region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 15 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (44.00%) Test Automation
3 9 (36.00%) Performance Testing
4 8 (32.00%) Integration Testing
4 8 (32.00%) Finance
5 7 (28.00%) Java
6 6 (24.00%) Selenium
6 6 (24.00%) Waterfall
6 6 (24.00%) Cucumber
7 5 (20.00%) BDD
7 5 (20.00%) Functional Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
7 5 (20.00%) QA
7 5 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Test Scripting
8 4 (16.00%) Continuous Integration
8 4 (16.00%) Test Management
8 4 (16.00%) LoadRunner
8 4 (16.00%) SQL
8 4 (16.00%) Unix
8 4 (16.00%) Scrum
8 4 (16.00%) TDD
8 4 (16.00%) Stakeholder Management
8 4 (16.00%) Software Testing
9 3 (12.00%) Retail
9 3 (12.00%) Marketing
9 3 (12.00%) AIX
9 3 (12.00%) Solaris

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Leeds 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (4.00%) GitHub
1 1 (4.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (12.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (8.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (4.00%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 6 (24.00%) Cucumber
1 6 (24.00%) Selenium
2 4 (16.00%) LoadRunner
3 3 (12.00%) Jasmine
3 3 (12.00%) JBehave
4 2 (8.00%) JIRA
5 1 (4.00%) FitNesse
5 1 (4.00%) Gatling
5 1 (4.00%) Hudson
5 1 (4.00%) Jenkins
5 1 (4.00%) JMeter
5 1 (4.00%) JUnit
5 1 (4.00%) NUnit
5 1 (4.00%) WebDriver
General
1 8 (32.00%) Finance
2 3 (12.00%) Marketing
2 3 (12.00%) Retail
3 2 (8.00%) Games
3 2 (8.00%) Legal
4 1 (4.00%) Banking
4 1 (4.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 7 (28.00%) Test Manager
1 7 (28.00%) Tester
2 3 (12.00%) Analyst
2 3 (12.00%) Automation Tester
2 3 (12.00%) SAP Manager
3 2 (8.00%) Consultant
3 2 (8.00%) Digital Analyst
3 2 (8.00%) Java Automation Tester
3 2 (8.00%) Performance Tester
3 2 (8.00%) Programme Manager
3 2 (8.00%) Programme Test Manager
3 2 (8.00%) Quality Manager
3 2 (8.00%) Test Automation Consultant
3 2 (8.00%) Test Consultant
3 2 (8.00%) Test Engineer
3 2 (8.00%) Test Programme Manager
3 2 (8.00%) UAT Analyst
3 2 (8.00%) UAT Tester
4 1 (4.00%) Digital Programme Manager
4 1 (4.00%) Performance Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (12.00%) Gherkin
2 1 (4.00%) Apache CXF
2 1 (4.00%) REST
2 1 (4.00%) SOAP
2 1 (4.00%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (8.00%) Mobile App
2 2 (8.00%) Over-the-Top Content
3 1 (4.00%) Client/Server
3 1 (4.00%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (4.00%) Linux Command Line
3 1 (4.00%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 4 (16.00%) Unix
2 3 (12.00%) AIX
2 3 (12.00%) Linux
2 3 (12.00%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
2 11 (44.00%) Test Automation
3 9 (36.00%) Performance Testing
4 8 (32.00%) Integration Testing
5 6 (24.00%) Waterfall
6 5 (20.00%) BDD
6 5 (20.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 5 (20.00%) Functional Testing
6 5 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
6 5 (20.00%) Test Scripting
6 5 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 4 (16.00%) Continuous Integration
7 4 (16.00%) Scrum
7 4 (16.00%) Software Testing
7 4 (16.00%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (16.00%) TDD
7 4 (16.00%) Test Management
8 3 (12.00%) Project Management
8 3 (12.00%) Supplier Management
8 3 (12.00%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 7 (28.00%) Java
2 4 (16.00%) SQL
3 3 (12.00%) Python
4 2 (8.00%) C
4 2 (8.00%) JavaScript
5 1 (4.00%) C#
Qualifications
1 3 (12.00%) ISEB
2 2 (8.00%) ISTQB
3 1 (4.00%) CTC Cleared
3 1 (4.00%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (4.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (20.00%) QA
System Software
1 1 (4.00%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (8.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (12.00%) HP
1 3 (12.00%) IBM
1 3 (12.00%) SAP
1 3 (12.00%) Sun
2 2 (8.00%) Oracle