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 3 months to 28 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
North West / Manchester
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 81 75 69
Rank change year-on-year -6 -6  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 9 27 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Manchester 0.68% 1.51% 1.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.84% 1.80% 2.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 10 21
Median daily rate £343 £350 £313
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.14% +12.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £210 £320 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £381 £476 £600
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £405 £378
% change year-on-year -1.23% +7.28%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £21.20 £40.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.00% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.94 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -22.37% +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 Manchester with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Manchester
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1067 1496 1285
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Manchester 80.89% 83.67% 78.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 685 907 688
Median daily rate £385 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.75% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £295 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £396
% change year-on-year +2.50% +1.01%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 25 24 26
Median hourly rate £40.00 £18.99 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +110.60% +8.52%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £15.00 £11.32
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £40.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.50 £30.20
% change year-on-year -6.49% +27.48%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Manchester

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Manchester 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 Manchester

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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

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Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Manchester over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Manchester

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Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in Manchester

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Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 28 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 Manchester region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 8 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
2 5 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
3 4 (25.00%) Project Management
3 4 (25.00%) Test Management
4 3 (18.75%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (18.75%) Data Structures
4 3 (18.75%) Defect Management
4 3 (18.75%) Migration
4 3 (18.75%) ITIL
4 3 (18.75%) PRINCE2
4 3 (18.75%) QA
5 2 (12.50%) Incident Management
5 2 (12.50%) JIRA
5 2 (12.50%) Ergonomics
5 2 (12.50%) Data Analysis
5 2 (12.50%) ISEB
5 2 (12.50%) Finance
5 2 (12.50%) Case Management
5 2 (12.50%) Snow
5 2 (12.50%) Operational Acceptance Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Data Centre
5 2 (12.50%) User Experience
5 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
5 2 (12.50%) ServiceNow
5 2 (12.50%) Data Conversion
5 2 (12.50%) SAP
5 2 (12.50%) Integration Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Agile Project Management
6 1 (6.25%) Functional Testing

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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 1 (6.25%) CMS
Business Applications
1 1 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (6.25%) SAP CO
1 1 (6.25%) SAP FI
1 1 (6.25%) SAP FI/CO
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) Network Security
Development Applications
1 2 (12.50%) JIRA
2 1 (6.25%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 2 (12.50%) Finance
2 1 (6.25%) Advertising
2 1 (6.25%) Automotive
2 1 (6.25%) Retail
Job Titles
1 6 (37.50%) Analyst
2 5 (31.25%) Test Analyst
3 4 (25.00%) Test Manager
4 2 (12.50%) Product Manager
4 2 (12.50%) Test Leader
5 1 (6.25%) Business Systems Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) CRM Developer
5 1 (6.25%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 1 (6.25%) ITIL Service Manager
5 1 (6.25%) QA Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) SAP Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) SAP Consultant
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Test Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Senior Web Tester
5 1 (6.25%) Systems Analyst
5 1 (6.25%) Test Programme Manager
5 1 (6.25%) UAT Manager
5 1 (6.25%) UAT Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (6.25%) .NET
1 1 (6.25%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) Data Structures
2 2 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (12.50%) Data Centre
2 2 (12.50%) User Experience
3 1 (6.25%) Mainframe
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 5 (31.25%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (31.25%) Test Scripting
3 4 (25.00%) Project Management
3 4 (25.00%) Test Management
4 3 (18.75%) Defect Management
4 3 (18.75%) ITIL
4 3 (18.75%) Migration
4 3 (18.75%) Non-Functional Testing
4 3 (18.75%) PRINCE2
5 2 (12.50%) Agile Project Management
5 2 (12.50%) Case Management
5 2 (12.50%) Data Analysis
5 2 (12.50%) Data Conversion
5 2 (12.50%) Ergonomics
5 2 (12.50%) Incident Management
5 2 (12.50%) Integration Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Content Management
6 1 (6.25%) Data Management
Programming Languages
1 1 (6.25%) SQL
Qualifications
1 2 (12.50%) ISEB
2 1 (6.25%) Degree
2 1 (6.25%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (18.75%) QA
Vendors
1 2 (12.50%) SAP
1 2 (12.50%) ServiceNow
1 2 (12.50%) Snow
2 1 (6.25%) Microsoft
2 1 (6.25%) WorldPay
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