Period
to 17 July 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 17 July 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
17 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 135 118 114
Rank change year-on-year -17 -4 -41
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 21 20 39
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.65% 0.71% 1.07%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.76% 0.88% 1.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 12 19
Manchester median daily rate £385 £344 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +12.00% -14.06% +17.65%
10th Percentile £350 £110 £310
90th Percentile £469 £473 £453
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £425
% change year-on-year - -5.88% +15.65%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 1
Manchester median hourly rate - £34.35 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year - -14.13% -
North West median hourly rate - £34.35 £38.75
% change year-on-year - -11.35% +0.65%

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 2,749 2,282 3,023
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 85.16% 81.50% 83.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 1,782 1,390 1,827
Manchester median daily rate £400 £388 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.23% -3.13% +10.34%
10th Percentile £263 £235 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £545
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 65 49
Manchester median hourly rate £22.38 £19.50 £17.30
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.74% +12.72% +11.61%
10th Percentile £12.75 £11.75 £12.14
90th Percentile £43.58 £44.50 £47.60
North West median hourly rate £23.75 £35.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year -33.10% +29.09% +1.23%

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 17 July 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 17 July 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
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 17 July 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 8 (38.10%) QA
2 6 (28.57%) Test Automation
2 6 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
2 6 (28.57%) Jenkins
3 5 (23.81%) Mentoring
3 5 (23.81%) JavaScript
3 5 (23.81%) SQL
3 5 (23.81%) Selenium
4 4 (19.05%) Java
4 4 (19.05%) System Testing
4 4 (19.05%) Web Services
4 4 (19.05%) Python
4 4 (19.05%) Robot Framework
4 4 (19.05%) Functional Testing
4 4 (19.05%) Scenario Testing
5 3 (14.29%) iTrent
5 3 (14.29%) Gherkin
5 3 (14.29%) Ranorex
5 3 (14.29%) Mobile App
5 3 (14.29%) C#
5 3 (14.29%) Cisco
5 3 (14.29%) Scrum
5 3 (14.29%) Git (software)
5 3 (14.29%) Cucumber
5 3 (14.29%) JIRA
5 3 (14.29%) Banking
6 2 (9.52%) Degree
6 2 (9.52%) Ubuntu
6 2 (9.52%) Huawei
6 2 (9.52%) ISTQB

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 (9.52%) Elasticsearch
2 1 (4.76%) Confluence
Applications
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 3 (14.29%) iTrent
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.76%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (9.52%) BGP
1 2 (9.52%) IPFIX
1 2 (9.52%) Junos
1 2 (9.52%) MPLS
1 2 (9.52%) MRTG
1 2 (9.52%) OSPF
1 2 (9.52%) SNMP
1 2 (9.52%) TACACS
1 2 (9.52%) VPN
2 1 (4.76%) AMQP
2 1 (4.76%) Firewall
2 1 (4.76%) MQTT
2 1 (4.76%) VoIP
2 1 (4.76%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (9.52%) MySQL
1 2 (9.52%) PostgreSQL
1 2 (9.52%) SQLite
2 1 (4.76%) QlikView
2 1 (4.76%) Redis
Development Applications
1 6 (28.57%) Jenkins
2 5 (23.81%) Selenium
3 4 (19.05%) Robot Framework
4 3 (14.29%) Cucumber
4 3 (14.29%) Git (software)
4 3 (14.29%) JIRA
4 3 (14.29%) Ranorex
5 2 (9.52%) Appium
5 2 (9.52%) Karma Test Runner
5 2 (9.52%) Protractor
5 2 (9.52%) SpecFlow
5 2 (9.52%) WebDriver
6 1 (4.76%) HP UFT
6 1 (4.76%) JMeter
6 1 (4.76%) JUnit
6 1 (4.76%) NUnit
6 1 (4.76%) TeamCity
6 1 (4.76%) Visual Studio
General
1 3 (14.29%) Banking
2 2 (9.52%) Investment Banking
3 1 (4.76%) Finance
3 1 (4.76%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (28.57%) Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) Tester
3 3 (14.29%) Administrator
3 3 (14.29%) Automation Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Automation Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) Automation Test Analyst
4 2 (9.52%) DevOps Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) Senior Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Test Analyst
4 2 (9.52%) Test Manager
4 2 (9.52%) Testing Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Business Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Cisco Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Cisco Network Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Lead Tester
5 1 (4.76%) Network Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) Project Manager
5 1 (4.76%) QA Tester
5 1 (4.76%) Transformation Manager
5 1 (4.76%) Transformation Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (19.05%) Web Services
2 3 (14.29%) Gherkin
3 2 (9.52%) Elastic Stack
3 2 (9.52%) REST
3 2 (9.52%) XML
4 1 (4.76%) .NET
4 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET
4 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (4.76%) CSS
4 1 (4.76%) HTML
4 1 (4.76%) JSON
4 1 (4.76%) Kafka
4 1 (4.76%) RabbitMQ
4 1 (4.76%) SOAP
4 1 (4.76%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 3 (14.29%) Mobile App
2 2 (9.52%) Computer Science
2 2 (9.52%) Linux Command Line
2 2 (9.52%) Mainframe
3 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (4.76%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 2 (9.52%) CentOS
1 2 (9.52%) Debian
1 2 (9.52%) Linux
1 2 (9.52%) Ubuntu
1 2 (9.52%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (28.57%) Agile Software Development
1 6 (28.57%) Test Automation
2 5 (23.81%) Mentoring
3 4 (19.05%) Functional Testing
3 4 (19.05%) Scenario Testing
3 4 (19.05%) System Testing
4 3 (14.29%) Scrum
5 2 (9.52%) Black-Box Testing
5 2 (9.52%) DevOps
5 2 (9.52%) Migration
5 2 (9.52%) Network Design
5 2 (9.52%) Network Management
5 2 (9.52%) Network Monitoring
5 2 (9.52%) Non-Functional Testing
5 2 (9.52%) Project Management
5 2 (9.52%) Software Engineering
5 2 (9.52%) Task Automation
5 2 (9.52%) Test Scripting
5 2 (9.52%) User Acceptance Testing
5 2 (9.52%) User Stories
Programming Languages
1 5 (23.81%) JavaScript
1 5 (23.81%) SQL
2 4 (19.05%) Java
2 4 (19.05%) Python
3 3 (14.29%) C#
4 2 (9.52%) Bourne shell
4 2 (9.52%) Perl
4 2 (9.52%) PHP
4 2 (9.52%) Ruby
5 1 (4.76%) C++
5 1 (4.76%) VBScript
5 1 (4.76%) XPath
Qualifications
1 2 (9.52%) Computer Science Degree
1 2 (9.52%) Degree
1 2 (9.52%) ISEB
1 2 (9.52%) ISTQB
1 2 (9.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (4.76%) Security Cleared
2 1 (4.76%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (38.10%) QA
System Software
1 2 (9.52%) Docker
1 2 (9.52%) KVM
1 2 (9.52%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (9.52%) VirtualBox
2 1 (4.76%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 2 (9.52%) Ansible
1 2 (9.52%) Cacti
1 2 (9.52%) collectd
1 2 (9.52%) Grafana
1 2 (9.52%) Graphite
1 2 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
1 2 (9.52%) Icinga
1 2 (9.52%) Kibana
1 2 (9.52%) logstash
1 2 (9.52%) Nagios
1 2 (9.52%) Netcool
1 2 (9.52%) Observium
1 2 (9.52%) OpenNMS
1 2 (9.52%) Opscode Chef
1 2 (9.52%) Prometheus
1 2 (9.52%) Puppet
1 2 (9.52%) Salt
1 2 (9.52%) ZABBIX
2 1 (4.76%) HP ALM
Vendors
1 3 (14.29%) Cisco
2 2 (9.52%) Ericsson
2 2 (9.52%) Huawei
2 2 (9.52%) Juniper
2 2 (9.52%) Oracle
2 2 (9.52%) Red Hat
2 2 (9.52%) Splunk
2 2 (9.52%) VMware
3 1 (4.76%) HP
3 1 (4.76%) hybris
3 1 (4.76%) Salesforce.com
3 1 (4.76%) Tableau
3 1 (4.76%) WorldPay