The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 23 June 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 / Merseyside
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 42 38 21
Rank change year-on-year -4 -17  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 2 7 22
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 0.60% 2.10% 5.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.75% 2.53% 8.12%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 7 18
Median daily rate £400 £320 £513
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +25.00% -37.56%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £380 £238 £473
10% offered a daily rate of more than £420 £379 £683
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  

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 Merseyside with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 268 277 271
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 80.97% 83.18% 69.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 183 161 131
Median daily rate £425 £380 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +11.84% -20.00%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £675
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 2 1
Median hourly rate £13.50 £18.80 £51.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -28.19% -63.61%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside 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 Merseyside

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Merseyside

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 3 months to 23 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Liverpool -1 2 £400 +13.87% 1
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 3 (75.00%) Finance
2 2 (50.00%) Validation
2 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (50.00%) Microsoft
2 2 (50.00%) Supplier Management
2 2 (50.00%) Project Management
2 2 (50.00%) Data Validation
2 2 (50.00%) Process Improvement
2 2 (50.00%) Waterfall
3 1 (25.00%) REST
3 1 (25.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
3 1 (25.00%) BPSS Clearance
3 1 (25.00%) Document Composition
3 1 (25.00%) Git (software)
3 1 (25.00%) APMP
3 1 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
3 1 (25.00%) MVC
3 1 (25.00%) PHP
3 1 (25.00%) MySQL
3 1 (25.00%) SOAP
3 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
3 1 (25.00%) OOP
3 1 (25.00%) CRM
3 1 (25.00%) SMS
3 1 (25.00%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (25.00%) Performance Testing
3 1 (25.00%) ISEB
3 1 (25.00%) Middleware
3 1 (25.00%) Subversion
3 1 (25.00%) Content Management

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Merseyside 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 1 (25.00%) Dynamics CRM
Communications & Networking
1 1 (25.00%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (25.00%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 1 (25.00%) Git (software)
1 1 (25.00%) Subversion
General
1 3 (75.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 2 (50.00%) Project Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Digital Project Manager
2 1 (25.00%) Technical Leader
2 1 (25.00%) Test Leader
2 1 (25.00%) Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (25.00%) Middleware
1 1 (25.00%) REST
1 1 (25.00%) SOAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (50.00%) Data Validation
1 2 (50.00%) Process Improvement
1 2 (50.00%) Project Management
1 2 (50.00%) Supplier Management
1 2 (50.00%) Validation
1 2 (50.00%) Waterfall
2 1 (25.00%) Content Management
2 1 (25.00%) CRM
2 1 (25.00%) Disaster Recovery
2 1 (25.00%) Document Composition
2 1 (25.00%) Document Management
2 1 (25.00%) MVC
2 1 (25.00%) OOP
2 1 (25.00%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 1 (25.00%) Performance Testing
2 1 (25.00%) PRINCE2
Programming Languages
1 1 (25.00%) PHP
Qualifications
1 1 (25.00%) APMP
1 1 (25.00%) BPSS Clearance
1 1 (25.00%) ISEB
Vendors
1 2 (50.00%) Microsoft