Period
to 22 November 2017

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 6 months to 22 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 > Merseyside
6 months to
22 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 43 47 44
Rank change year-on-year +4 -3 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 7 7 19
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 1.44% 1.17% 2.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.72% 1.50% 3.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 5 16
Merseyside median daily rate £344 £365 £475
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.82% -23.16% +90.00%
10th Percentile £304 £304 £278
90th Percentile £426 £404 £694
North West median daily rate £376 £400 £380
% change year-on-year -5.94% +5.26% +13.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Merseyside median hourly rate - - -
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 Merseyside with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Merseyside
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 408 468 605
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 83.78% 78.26% 79.92%
Number of daily rates quoted 257 290 312
Merseyside median daily rate £395 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.33% - +7.14%
10th Percentile £250 £249 £183
90th Percentile £538 £513 £540
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 6 5
Merseyside median hourly rate £13.00 £22.42 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -42.02% +28.13% +12.90%
10th Percentile £10.21 £11.25 £11.20
90th Percentile £19.75 £30.76 £97.58
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
% change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +74.40%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

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

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
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Merseyside over the 6 months to 22 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram 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 6 months to 22 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
Southport +8 3 £363 +13.28%
Liverpool -2 2 £300 -17.81% 2
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 22 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 5 (71.43%) Test Automation
2 4 (57.14%) JIRA
2 4 (57.14%) QA
3 3 (42.86%) WATIR
3 3 (42.86%) Selenium
3 3 (42.86%) Credit Risk
3 3 (42.86%) Ruby
3 3 (42.86%) Software Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Marketing
3 3 (42.86%) Degree
3 3 (42.86%) Computer Science
3 3 (42.86%) Test Scripting
3 3 (42.86%) Manual Testing
3 3 (42.86%) Performance Management
3 3 (42.86%) Java
3 3 (42.86%) PHP
3 3 (42.86%) MySQL
3 3 (42.86%) Ant
3 3 (42.86%) JMeter
3 3 (42.86%) Validation
3 3 (42.86%) Scrum
3 3 (42.86%) TDD
3 3 (42.86%) WebDriver
3 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
3 3 (42.86%) PuTTY
3 3 (42.86%) WinSCP
3 3 (42.86%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (42.86%) TortoiseSVN
3 3 (42.86%) Computer Science Degree
4 2 (28.57%) Functional Testing

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:

Communications & Networking
1 3 (42.86%) PuTTY
1 3 (42.86%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (42.86%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 4 (57.14%) JIRA
2 3 (42.86%) Ant
2 3 (42.86%) Cucumber
2 3 (42.86%) JMeter
2 3 (42.86%) Selenium
2 3 (42.86%) TortoiseSVN
2 3 (42.86%) WATIR
2 3 (42.86%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (42.86%) Marketing
2 1 (14.29%) Banking
2 1 (14.29%) Finance
2 1 (14.29%) Legal
2 1 (14.29%) Retail
Job Titles
1 3 (42.86%) Analyst
1 3 (42.86%) Test Analyst
2 2 (28.57%) Tester
3 1 (14.29%) Test Leader
3 1 (14.29%) Test Manager
Miscellaneous
1 3 (42.86%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (42.86%) Computer Science
1 3 (42.86%) Credit Risk
2 1 (14.29%) Replication
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (71.43%) Test Automation
2 3 (42.86%) Manual Testing
2 3 (42.86%) Performance Management
2 3 (42.86%) Scrum
2 3 (42.86%) Software Testing
2 3 (42.86%) TDD
2 3 (42.86%) Test Scripting
2 3 (42.86%) Validation
3 2 (28.57%) Functional Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Performance Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Regression Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Stress Testing
3 2 (28.57%) Technical Analysis
4 1 (14.29%) Migration
4 1 (14.29%) SDLC
4 1 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (42.86%) Java
1 3 (42.86%) PHP
1 3 (42.86%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (42.86%) Computer Science Degree
1 3 (42.86%) Degree
2 1 (14.29%) ISEB
2 1 (14.29%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (57.14%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (14.29%) HP