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 29 March 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
29 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 77 82 84
Rank change year-on-year +5 +2  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 13 15 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 1.28% 1.05% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 1.23% 0.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 14 2
Median daily rate £365 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -18.88% +2.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £317 £428
10% offered a daily rate of more than £426 £550 £448
UK excluding London median daily rate £388 £405 £380
% change year-on-year -4.32% +6.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.44 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -28.04% +60.38%  

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 872 1222 1021
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Leeds 85.83% 85.39% 87.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 595 869 683
Median daily rate £400 £411 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.73% +9.66%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £310 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £475
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 19 17
Median hourly rate £26.50 £13.00 £18.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +103.84% -27.77%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.14 £10.20 £12.94
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £18.78 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.75 £38.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.14% +28.33%  

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 29 March 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 29 March 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 10 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (36.84%) User Acceptance Testing
2 7 (36.84%) Finance
3 6 (31.58%) Performance Testing
3 6 (31.58%) Selenium
3 6 (31.58%) Test Scripting
3 6 (31.58%) Test Automation
4 5 (26.32%) Cucumber
5 4 (21.05%) LoadRunner
5 4 (21.05%) Integration Testing
5 4 (21.05%) QA
5 4 (21.05%) Functional Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Non-Functional Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Defect Tracking
6 3 (15.79%) BDD
6 3 (15.79%) Waterfall
6 3 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
6 3 (15.79%) Marketing
6 3 (15.79%) TDD
6 3 (15.79%) Test Management
6 3 (15.79%) Java
7 2 (10.53%) Scrum
7 2 (10.53%) Regression Testing
7 2 (10.53%) JMeter
7 2 (10.53%) Legal
7 2 (10.53%) SQL
7 2 (10.53%) Oracle
7 2 (10.53%) JUnit
7 2 (10.53%) Unix
7 2 (10.53%) Kanban

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:

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.26%) BizTalk Server
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) GitHub
1 1 (5.26%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (10.53%) Relational Database
2 1 (5.26%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 6 (31.58%) Selenium
2 5 (26.32%) Cucumber
3 4 (21.05%) LoadRunner
4 2 (10.53%) Jenkins
4 2 (10.53%) JMeter
4 2 (10.53%) JUnit
5 1 (5.26%) FitNesse
5 1 (5.26%) Gatling
5 1 (5.26%) Hudson
5 1 (5.26%) Jasmine
5 1 (5.26%) JBehave
5 1 (5.26%) NUnit
5 1 (5.26%) RSpec
5 1 (5.26%) TestComplete
5 1 (5.26%) WatiN
5 1 (5.26%) WATIR
5 1 (5.26%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (36.84%) Finance
2 3 (15.79%) Marketing
3 2 (10.53%) Legal
4 1 (5.26%) Billing
4 1 (5.26%) Games
4 1 (5.26%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 5 (26.32%) Test Manager
2 4 (21.05%) Tester
3 3 (15.79%) Analyst
3 3 (15.79%) Test Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) Consultant
4 2 (10.53%) Contracts Manager
4 2 (10.53%) Digital Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Test Automation Consultant
4 2 (10.53%) Test Consultant
4 2 (10.53%) Test Leader
4 2 (10.53%) UAT Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) UAT Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (5.26%) Junior UAT Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Non-Functional Tester
5 1 (5.26%) Performance Architect
5 1 (5.26%) Performance Test Architect
5 1 (5.26%) Performance Test Leader
5 1 (5.26%) QA Test Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Test Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (5.26%) Apache CXF
1 1 (5.26%) Gherkin
1 1 (5.26%) JSON
1 1 (5.26%) REST
1 1 (5.26%) SOAP
1 1 (5.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 3 (15.79%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (10.53%) Mobile App
3 1 (5.26%) Client/Server
3 1 (5.26%) Linux Command Line
Operating Systems
1 2 (10.53%) Unix
2 1 (5.26%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 7 (36.84%) User Acceptance Testing
3 6 (31.58%) Performance Testing
3 6 (31.58%) Test Automation
3 6 (31.58%) Test Scripting
4 4 (21.05%) Functional Testing
4 4 (21.05%) Integration Testing
5 3 (15.79%) BDD
5 3 (15.79%) Defect Tracking
5 3 (15.79%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (15.79%) TDD
5 3 (15.79%) Test Management
5 3 (15.79%) Waterfall
6 2 (10.53%) IT Strategy
6 2 (10.53%) Kanban
6 2 (10.53%) Regression Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Scrum
6 2 (10.53%) Service Design
6 2 (10.53%) Software Engineering
6 2 (10.53%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (15.79%) Java
2 2 (10.53%) SQL
3 1 (5.26%) Perl
3 1 (5.26%) PHP
3 1 (5.26%) Python
3 1 (5.26%) Ruby
3 1 (5.26%) Scala
Qualifications
1 1 (5.26%) CTC Cleared
1 1 (5.26%) ISEB
1 1 (5.26%) ISTQB
1 1 (5.26%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (21.05%) QA
2 1 (5.26%) WCAG
System Software
1 1 (5.26%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) Oracle
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