Period
to 20 November 2017

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 20 November 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 > Manchester
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 117 132 64
Rank change year-on-year +15 -68 +37
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 23 31 89
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.78% 0.89% 2.34%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.96% 1.05% 2.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 21 46
Manchester median daily rate £300 £425 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -29.41% +21.43% +12.00%
10th Percentile £110 £263 £263
90th Percentile £462 £517 £688
North West median daily rate £369 £400 £380
% change year-on-year -7.81% +5.26% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
Manchester median hourly rate £47.75 - -
North West median hourly rate £47.75 - -

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 2387 2940 3052
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 81.27% 83.95% 80.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 1521 1873 1811
Manchester median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +8.70%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £238
90th Percentile £575 £538 £530
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 80 56 78
Manchester median hourly rate £17.50 £15.25 £19.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.75% -21.79% +30.00%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.54 £11.00
90th Percentile £45.30 £40.00 £42.15
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
% change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +69.56%

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 20 November 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in Manchester

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Manchester over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 20 November 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
Cheadle - 3 - -
Salford - 2 - -
Bolton -3 1 - -
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 20 November 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 10 (43.48%) Test Scripting
2 6 (26.09%) Finance
3 5 (21.74%) Java
3 5 (21.74%) SC Cleared
3 5 (21.74%) Security Cleared
3 5 (21.74%) User Acceptance Testing
3 5 (21.74%) Test Management
4 4 (17.39%) Test Automation
4 4 (17.39%) HP Quality Center
4 4 (17.39%) Defect Management
4 4 (17.39%) Customer Requirements
4 4 (17.39%) Oracle
4 4 (17.39%) ISEB
4 4 (17.39%) Software Engineering
4 4 (17.39%) JIRA
5 3 (13.04%) Oracle EBS
5 3 (13.04%) Games
5 3 (13.04%) Validation
5 3 (13.04%) Shell Script
5 3 (13.04%) HP
5 3 (13.04%) Linux
5 3 (13.04%) UML
5 3 (13.04%) Swing
5 3 (13.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 3 (13.04%) Degree
5 3 (13.04%) QA
6 2 (8.70%) Selenium
6 2 (8.70%) Usability Testing
6 2 (8.70%) Trend Analysis
6 2 (8.70%) Agile 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:

Business Applications
1 3 (13.04%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (4.35%) LabWindows
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (4.35%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 2 (8.70%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (4.35%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (4.35%) GitHub
2 1 (4.35%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.35%) HTTP
1 1 (4.35%) RS-422
Development Applications
1 4 (17.39%) JIRA
2 2 (8.70%) NUnit
2 2 (8.70%) Selenium
3 1 (4.35%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 6 (26.09%) Finance
2 3 (13.04%) Games
3 2 (8.70%) Aerospace
4 1 (4.35%) Military
Job Titles
1 6 (26.09%) Test Manager
2 4 (17.39%) Analyst
2 4 (17.39%) Software Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Java Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Java Software Engineer
3 3 (13.04%) Mobile Test Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) Test Analyst
3 3 (13.04%) Tester
4 2 (8.70%) Change and Configuration Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Change Manager
4 2 (8.70%) Configuration Manager
4 2 (8.70%) SC Cleared Software Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Senior Tester
4 2 (8.70%) Test Engineer
4 2 (8.70%) Test Leader
5 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Engineer
5 1 (4.35%) Infrastructure Tester
5 1 (4.35%) Java Developer
5 1 (4.35%) Senior Manager
5 1 (4.35%) Software Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (13.04%) Swing
2 2 (8.70%) .NET
2 2 (8.70%) ASP.NET
2 2 (8.70%) Spring
2 2 (8.70%) Spring Boot
3 1 (4.35%) Middleware
3 1 (4.35%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (4.35%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 2 (8.70%) Fintech
2 1 (4.35%) Acoustics
2 1 (4.35%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (4.35%) Computer Science
2 1 (4.35%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
2 1 (4.35%) Mainframe
2 1 (4.35%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (13.04%) Linux
2 2 (8.70%) Windows
3 1 (4.35%) Windows 10
3 1 (4.35%) Windows Server
3 1 (4.35%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (43.48%) Test Scripting
2 5 (21.74%) Test Management
2 5 (21.74%) User Acceptance Testing
3 4 (17.39%) Customer Requirements
3 4 (17.39%) Defect Management
3 4 (17.39%) Software Engineering
3 4 (17.39%) Test Automation
4 3 (13.04%) UML
4 3 (13.04%) Validation
5 2 (8.70%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (8.70%) Change Management
5 2 (8.70%) Configuration Management
5 2 (8.70%) Continuous Deployment
5 2 (8.70%) ERP
5 2 (8.70%) Infrastructure Transformation
5 2 (8.70%) Regression Testing
5 2 (8.70%) Scenario Testing
5 2 (8.70%) SDLC
5 2 (8.70%) Service Delivery
5 2 (8.70%) Service Management
Programming Languages
1 5 (21.74%) Java
2 3 (13.04%) Shell Script
3 1 (4.35%) C
3 1 (4.35%) C++
3 1 (4.35%) PowerShell
3 1 (4.35%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (21.74%) SC Cleared
1 5 (21.74%) Security Cleared
2 4 (17.39%) ISEB
3 3 (13.04%) Degree
3 3 (13.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (4.35%) CCNA
4 1 (4.35%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (4.35%) MCSE
4 1 (4.35%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (4.35%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (13.04%) QA
2 1 (4.35%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (4.35%) Active Directory
1 1 (4.35%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 4 (17.39%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (17.39%) Oracle
2 3 (13.04%) HP
3 1 (4.35%) Microsoft
3 1 (4.35%) Serena
3 1 (4.35%) VMware