Period
to 16 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Manchester 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 October 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 > Manchester
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 138 117 132
Rank change year-on-year -21 +15 -68
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 17 22 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.54% 0.77% 0.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.66% 0.94% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 8 22
Manchester median daily rate £380 £300 £413
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.67% -27.27% +19.57%
10th Percentile £280 £110 £267
90th Percentile £496 £462 £514
North West median daily rate £403 £390 £400
% change year-on-year +3.21% -2.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Manchester median hourly rate £32.50 £48.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.29% - -
North West median hourly rate £32.50 £48.00 -
% change year-on-year -32.29% - -

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 Manchester with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Manchester
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 2,558 2,348 3,074
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 81.88% 82.53% 84.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,612 1,458 1,911
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £256
90th Percentile £575 £563 £538
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 102 81 64
Manchester median hourly rate £20.88 £19.50 £15.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.08% +23.81% -14.86%
10th Percentile £11.91 £11.75 £10.91
90th Percentile £35.00 £48.00 £41.05
North West median hourly rate £22.47 £30.00 £21.02
% change year-on-year -25.12% +42.70% -29.24%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Manchester

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Manchester

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Manchester over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Manchester

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Manchester

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 6 months to 16 October 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
Stockport - 3 £350 - 2
Sale - 1 £350 - 1
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 16 October 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 11 (64.71%) Test Automation
2 10 (58.82%) QA
3 8 (47.06%) Selenium
3 8 (47.06%) Jenkins
3 8 (47.06%) Agile Software Development
4 7 (41.18%) Cucumber
5 6 (35.29%) Java
5 6 (35.29%) JavaScript
6 5 (29.41%) Python
6 5 (29.41%) Scrum
6 5 (29.41%) BDD
6 5 (29.41%) Mentoring
7 4 (23.53%) Robot Framework
7 4 (23.53%) Scenario Testing
7 4 (23.53%) Gherkin
7 4 (23.53%) System Testing
7 4 (23.53%) Regression Testing
8 3 (17.65%) JMeter
8 3 (17.65%) Banking
8 3 (17.65%) SQL
8 3 (17.65%) Git (software)
8 3 (17.65%) Computer Science
8 3 (17.65%) Performance Testing
8 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
8 3 (17.65%) Continuous Integration
8 3 (17.65%) Degree
8 3 (17.65%) Functional Testing
8 3 (17.65%) Non-Functional Testing
8 3 (17.65%) WebDriver
8 3 (17.65%) Exploratory Testing

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester 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 (11.76%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (5.88%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 1 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.88%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (11.76%) BGP
1 2 (11.76%) IPFIX
1 2 (11.76%) Junos
1 2 (11.76%) MPLS
1 2 (11.76%) MRTG
1 2 (11.76%) OSPF
1 2 (11.76%) SNMP
1 2 (11.76%) TACACS
1 2 (11.76%) VPN
2 1 (5.88%) AMQP
2 1 (5.88%) MQTT
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (11.76%) MySQL
1 2 (11.76%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (11.76%) SQLite
2 1 (5.88%) Redis
Development Applications
1 8 (47.06%) Jenkins
1 8 (47.06%) Selenium
2 7 (41.18%) Cucumber
3 4 (23.53%) Robot Framework
4 3 (17.65%) Git (software)
4 3 (17.65%) JMeter
4 3 (17.65%) WebDriver
5 2 (11.76%) Appium
5 2 (11.76%) HP UFT
5 2 (11.76%) JIRA
5 2 (11.76%) Karma Test Runner
5 2 (11.76%) Protractor
5 2 (11.76%) Ranorex
5 2 (11.76%) SpecFlow
6 1 (5.88%) Gatling
6 1 (5.88%) Hudson
6 1 (5.88%) JUnit
6 1 (5.88%) TeamCity
6 1 (5.88%) The Grinder
6 1 (5.88%) Travis CI
General
1 3 (17.65%) Banking
2 1 (5.88%) Finance
2 1 (5.88%) Investment Banking
2 1 (5.88%) Military
Job Titles
1 6 (35.29%) Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Test Analyst
2 4 (23.53%) Tester
3 3 (17.65%) QA Tester
4 2 (11.76%) Automation Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) Automation Test Analyst
4 2 (11.76%) DevOps Engineer
4 2 (11.76%) Test Leader
5 1 (5.88%) Automation Test Lead
5 1 (5.88%) Front End Developer (Client-Side Developer)
5 1 (5.88%) Lead Test Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) QA Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Quality Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) SAP Test Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) Senior QA Tester
5 1 (5.88%) Test Automation Specialist
5 1 (5.88%) UAT Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) UAT Lead
5 1 (5.88%) UAT Test Analyst
5 1 (5.88%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (23.53%) Gherkin
2 2 (11.76%) .NET
2 2 (11.76%) CSS
2 2 (11.76%) Elastic Stack
2 2 (11.76%) REST
2 2 (11.76%) Web Services
2 2 (11.76%) XML
3 1 (5.88%) ASP.NET
3 1 (5.88%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (5.88%) HTML
3 1 (5.88%) JSON
3 1 (5.88%) Kafka
3 1 (5.88%) Node.js
3 1 (5.88%) RabbitMQ
3 1 (5.88%) SOAP
3 1 (5.88%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 3 (17.65%) Computer Science
2 2 (11.76%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (11.76%) Mobile App
3 1 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (5.88%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (11.76%) CentOS
1 2 (11.76%) Debian
1 2 (11.76%) Linux
1 2 (11.76%) Ubuntu
1 2 (11.76%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (64.71%) Test Automation
2 8 (47.06%) Agile Software Development
3 5 (29.41%) BDD
3 5 (29.41%) Mentoring
3 5 (29.41%) Scrum
4 4 (23.53%) Regression Testing
4 4 (23.53%) Scenario Testing
4 4 (23.53%) System Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Coaching
5 3 (17.65%) Continuous Integration
5 3 (17.65%) Defect Management
5 3 (17.65%) DevOps
5 3 (17.65%) Exploratory Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Functional Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Non-Functional Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Performance Testing
5 3 (17.65%) Test Scripting
6 2 (11.76%) Network Monitoring
6 2 (11.76%) User Stories
6 2 (11.76%) Virtual Environments
Programming Languages
1 6 (35.29%) Java
1 6 (35.29%) JavaScript
2 5 (29.41%) Python
3 3 (17.65%) SQL
4 2 (11.76%) Bourne shell
4 2 (11.76%) C#
4 2 (11.76%) Perl
4 2 (11.76%) PHP
4 2 (11.76%) Ruby
5 1 (5.88%) XPath
Qualifications
1 3 (17.65%) Computer Science Degree
1 3 (17.65%) Degree
2 2 (11.76%) ISEB
2 2 (11.76%) ISTQB
2 2 (11.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (5.88%) DBS Check
3 1 (5.88%) Security Cleared
3 1 (5.88%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (58.82%) QA
System Software
1 2 (11.76%) Docker
1 2 (11.76%) KVM
1 2 (11.76%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (11.76%) VirtualBox
2 1 (5.88%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (11.76%) Ansible
1 2 (11.76%) Cacti
1 2 (11.76%) collectd
1 2 (11.76%) Grafana
1 2 (11.76%) Graphite
1 2 (11.76%) Icinga
1 2 (11.76%) Kibana
1 2 (11.76%) logstash
1 2 (11.76%) Nagios
1 2 (11.76%) Netcool
1 2 (11.76%) Observium
1 2 (11.76%) OpenNMS
1 2 (11.76%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (11.76%) Prometheus
1 2 (11.76%) Puppet
1 2 (11.76%) Salt
1 2 (11.76%) ZABBIX
2 1 (5.88%) HP ALM
2 1 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (11.76%) Cisco
1 2 (11.76%) Ericsson
1 2 (11.76%) Huawei
1 2 (11.76%) Juniper
1 2 (11.76%) Oracle
1 2 (11.76%) Red Hat
1 2 (11.76%) Splunk
1 2 (11.76%) VMware
2 1 (5.88%) HP
2 1 (5.88%) SAP