Period
to 17 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the Midlands 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 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
England > Midlands
6 months to
17 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 145 124 111
Rank change year-on-year -21 -13 +52
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 106 166 133
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 1.30% 1.69% 1.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.56% 2.04% 1.97%
Number of daily rates quoted 50 80 68
Midlands median daily rate £350 £375 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.67% -6.25% +9.59%
10th Percentile £281 £303 £263
90th Percentile £500 £503 £500
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 2 0
Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £42.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.88% - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £44.25 £39.25
% change year-on-year +1.69% +12.74% +6.08%

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 the Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 6799 8136 6744
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the Midlands 83.22% 82.61% 79.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 4331 4961 3987
Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +3.45%
10th Percentile £250 £250 £233
90th Percentile £550 £575 £538
England median daily rate £450 £425 £420
% change year-on-year +5.88% +1.19% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 239 204 257
Midlands median hourly rate £21.24 £16.30 £18.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +30.35% -12.01% +2.89%
10th Percentile £10.57 £10.50 £11.00
90th Percentile £49.00 £39.85 £42.35
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.03 £22.50
% change year-on-year -0.12% +6.80% +18.42%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the Midlands

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the Midlands over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the Midlands

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the Midlands

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the Midlands over the 6 months to 17 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram for Test Strategy in the Midlands

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the Midlands

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 Midlands region over the 6 months to 17 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
West Midlands -33 70 £325 -13.33% 3
East Midlands +11 34 £363 -3.33% 4
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 17 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 Midlands region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 29 (27.36%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (25.47%) Stakeholder Management
3 26 (24.53%) Test Automation
4 19 (17.92%) Finance
5 18 (16.98%) Test Scripting
6 17 (16.04%) User Acceptance Testing
7 15 (14.15%) Migration
7 15 (14.15%) Defect Management
8 14 (13.21%) Security Cleared
9 13 (12.26%) Scenario Testing
10 12 (11.32%) Test Management
10 12 (11.32%) SC Cleared
10 12 (11.32%) Test Planning
10 12 (11.32%) Selenium
11 11 (10.38%) REST
11 11 (10.38%) Project Management
11 11 (10.38%) Java
11 11 (10.38%) Oracle
11 11 (10.38%) LAN
11 11 (10.38%) WAN
11 11 (10.38%) Customer Requirements
11 11 (10.38%) Presales
12 10 (9.43%) Mentoring
12 10 (9.43%) Scrum
12 10 (9.43%) Integration Testing
13 9 (8.49%) Cucumber
13 9 (8.49%) Windows
14 8 (7.55%) SAP
14 8 (7.55%) SAS
14 8 (7.55%) Retail

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the Midlands 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 8 (7.55%) SAS
2 2 (1.89%) ArcGIS
2 2 (1.89%) NServiceBus
3 1 (0.94%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (0.94%) Confluence
3 1 (0.94%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (1.89%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (0.94%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (0.94%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (4.72%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (2.83%) Oracle ASCP
2 3 (2.83%) TRIRIGA
3 2 (1.89%) SAP CRM
4 1 (0.94%) NetSuite
4 1 (0.94%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.94%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1 (0.94%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (0.94%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (10.38%) LAN
1 11 (10.38%) WAN
2 2 (1.89%) DSL
2 2 (1.89%) Link 16
2 2 (1.89%) SDH
2 2 (1.89%) VoIP
3 1 (0.94%) GPON
3 1 (0.94%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.77%) Data Warehouse
1 4 (3.77%) Oracle BI EE
2 3 (2.83%) Big Data
3 2 (1.89%) SAP Data Services
3 2 (1.89%) SQL Server
4 1 (0.94%) Oracle OWB
4 1 (0.94%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 12 (11.32%) Selenium
2 9 (8.49%) Cucumber
3 4 (3.77%) Git (software)
3 4 (3.77%) git-flow
3 4 (3.77%) JIRA
3 4 (3.77%) TestRail
3 4 (3.77%) Toad
4 3 (2.83%) SoapUI
4 3 (2.83%) WebDriver
5 2 (1.89%) FitNesse
5 2 (1.89%) JMeter
5 2 (1.89%) JUnit
5 2 (1.89%) NUnit
5 2 (1.89%) Ranorex
5 2 (1.89%) TestNG
6 1 (0.94%) LoadUI
6 1 (0.94%) Talend Open Studio
6 1 (0.94%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (0.94%) TestComplete
6 1 (0.94%) Visual Studio
General
1 19 (17.92%) Finance
2 8 (7.55%) Retail
3 4 (3.77%) Automotive
4 3 (2.83%) Telecoms
5 2 (1.89%) Avionics
5 2 (1.89%) Back Office
5 2 (1.89%) Manufacturing
5 2 (1.89%) Marketing
5 2 (1.89%) Military
5 2 (1.89%) Pharmaceutical
6 1 (0.94%) Billing
6 1 (0.94%) Front Office
6 1 (0.94%) General Ledger
6 1 (0.94%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 27 (25.47%) Test Manager
2 21 (19.81%) Analyst
3 17 (16.04%) Test Analyst
4 14 (13.21%) Test Leader
5 13 (12.26%) Architect
6 7 (6.60%) Programme Manager
7 6 (5.66%) Network Architect
7 6 (5.66%) Programme Test Manager
7 6 (5.66%) Test Programme Manager
8 5 (4.72%) Consultant
8 5 (4.72%) Infrastructure Manager
8 5 (4.72%) Infrastructure Test Manager
8 5 (4.72%) Solutions Architect
9 4 (3.77%) Business Analyst
9 4 (3.77%) Software Engineer
9 4 (3.77%) Technical Leader
9 4 (3.77%) Tester
10 3 (2.83%) Automation Test Analyst
10 3 (2.83%) Automation Test Lead
10 3 (2.83%) Implementation Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (10.38%) REST
2 5 (4.72%) Oracle Fusion
3 3 (2.83%) HTML
4 2 (1.89%) .NET
4 2 (1.89%) COM
4 2 (1.89%) CSS
4 2 (1.89%) DCOM
4 2 (1.89%) Mason
4 2 (1.89%) Web Services
4 2 (1.89%) WPF
5 1 (0.94%) Gherkin
5 1 (0.94%) HTML5
5 1 (0.94%) SOAP
5 1 (0.94%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (6.60%) User Experience
3 5 (4.72%) Data Centre
4 3 (2.83%) Computer Science
4 3 (2.83%) NHS
5 2 (1.89%) EPoS
5 2 (1.89%) Management Information System
5 2 (1.89%) Mobile App
5 2 (1.89%) Virtual Team
6 1 (0.94%) Enterprise Software
6 1 (0.94%) FMCG
6 1 (0.94%) Greenfield Project
6 1 (0.94%) Private Cloud
6 1 (0.94%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 9 (8.49%) Windows
2 4 (3.77%) Unix
3 3 (2.83%) Linux
3 3 (2.83%) Windows 10
4 2 (1.89%) Android
4 2 (1.89%) Apple iOS
5 1 (0.94%) Windows Server
5 1 (0.94%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (27.36%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (25.47%) Stakeholder Management
3 26 (24.53%) Test Automation
4 18 (16.98%) Test Scripting
5 17 (16.04%) User Acceptance Testing
6 15 (14.15%) Defect Management
6 15 (14.15%) Migration
7 13 (12.26%) Scenario Testing
8 12 (11.32%) Test Management
8 12 (11.32%) Test Planning
9 11 (10.38%) Customer Requirements
9 11 (10.38%) Presales
9 11 (10.38%) Project Management
10 10 (9.43%) Integration Testing
10 10 (9.43%) Mentoring
10 10 (9.43%) Scrum
11 8 (7.55%) Collaborative Working
11 8 (7.55%) Software Testing
11 8 (7.55%) Stakeholder Engagement
12 7 (6.60%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 11 (10.38%) Java
2 6 (5.66%) C#
2 6 (5.66%) SQL
3 3 (2.83%) VB
4 2 (1.89%) C
5 1 (0.94%) JavaScript
5 1 (0.94%) PL/SQL
5 1 (0.94%) PowerShell
5 1 (0.94%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 14 (13.21%) Security Cleared
2 12 (11.32%) SC Cleared
3 8 (7.55%) Degree
4 7 (6.60%) ISTQB
5 6 (5.66%) ISEB
6 4 (3.77%) Computer Science Degree
7 3 (2.83%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (1.89%) ISEB Practitioner
9 1 (0.94%) CCNA
9 1 (0.94%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.94%) HNC
9 1 (0.94%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 1 (0.94%) Master's Degree
9 1 (0.94%) MCSE
9 1 (0.94%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.94%) PMP
9 1 (0.94%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (7.55%) QA
2 2 (1.89%) MIL-STD-1553
3 1 (0.94%) Data Quality
3 1 (0.94%) Disclosure Scotland
3 1 (0.94%) ISO 9001
3 1 (0.94%) PMO
3 1 (0.94%) TickIT
System Software
1 1 (0.94%) Active Directory
1 1 (0.94%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 8 (7.55%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (10.38%) Oracle
2 8 (7.55%) SAP
3 6 (5.66%) Microsoft
4 5 (4.72%) HP
5 2 (1.89%) Capita
5 2 (1.89%) CheckPoint
5 2 (1.89%) Demandware
5 2 (1.89%) Salesforce.com
5 2 (1.89%) Serena
5 2 (1.89%) webMethods
6 1 (0.94%) Blue Prism
6 1 (0.94%) CODA
6 1 (0.94%) Cognos
6 1 (0.94%) IFS
6 1 (0.94%) JD Edwards
6 1 (0.94%) PeopleSoft
6 1 (0.94%) Talend
6 1 (0.94%) VMware
6 1 (0.94%) Workday