Period
to 16 October 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 16 October 2018 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 > North West
6 months to
16 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 163 143 159
Rank change year-on-year -20 +16 -82
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 48 66 78
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.81% 1.17% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.98% 1.43% 1.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 37 59
North West median daily rate £403 £390 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.21% -2.50% +6.67%
10th Percentile £311 £263 £309
90th Percentile £500 £488 £485
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
North West median hourly rate £32.50 £48.00 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -32.29% - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £45.25
% change year-on-year -15.79% +4.97% +39.23%

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 North West with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,909 4,627 6,087
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.06% 82.23% 84.84%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,077 2,884 3,860
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £258
90th Percentile £575 £575 £574
England median daily rate £470 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +4.44% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 290 194 190
North West median hourly rate £22.47 £30.00 £21.02
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -25.12% +42.70% -29.24%
10th Percentile £11.41 £11.73 £11.48
90th Percentile £51.25 £51.71 £51.43
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.99 £22.50
% change year-on-year -15.97% +11.07% +3.52%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the North West

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the North West

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the North West over the 6 months to 16 October 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the North West

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the North West

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 North West region over the 6 months to 16 October 2018. 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
Cheshire -4 19 £403 +1.90% 9
Manchester -21 17 £380 +26.67% 13
Merseyside +4 5 £450 +20.00% 1
Lancashire -25 5 £505 +26.25% 2
Cumbria - 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 16 October 2018, IT contractor jobs citing Test Strategy also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the North West region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 28 (58.33%) Test Automation
2 23 (47.92%) Agile Software Development
3 22 (45.83%) Selenium
4 21 (43.75%) QA
5 17 (35.42%) Cucumber
5 17 (35.42%) Jenkins
6 15 (31.25%) DevOps
7 13 (27.08%) JUnit
8 12 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
8 12 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 12 (25.00%) BDD
9 11 (22.92%) Regression Testing
9 11 (22.92%) JMeter
9 11 (22.92%) Scrum
10 10 (20.83%) Java
10 10 (20.83%) Integration Testing
10 10 (20.83%) System Testing
11 9 (18.75%) Mentoring
11 9 (18.75%) User Acceptance Testing
12 8 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM
12 8 (16.67%) CSS
12 8 (16.67%) CRM
12 8 (16.67%) SDLC
12 8 (16.67%) Defect Management
12 8 (16.67%) Gherkin
12 8 (16.67%) WebDriver
13 7 (14.58%) SpecFlow
13 7 (14.58%) Functional Testing
13 7 (14.58%) Scenario Testing
13 7 (14.58%) C#

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 4 (8.33%) SharePoint
2 2 (4.17%) Elasticsearch
Applications
1 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 8 (16.67%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (6.25%) BrowserStack
2 1 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.08%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.17%) BGP
1 2 (4.17%) IPFIX
1 2 (4.17%) Junos
1 2 (4.17%) MPLS
1 2 (4.17%) MRTG
1 2 (4.17%) OSPF
1 2 (4.17%) SNMP
1 2 (4.17%) TACACS
1 2 (4.17%) VPN
2 1 (2.08%) AMQP
2 1 (2.08%) DSL
2 1 (2.08%) MQTT
2 1 (2.08%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.25%) ZAP BI
2 2 (4.17%) MySQL
2 2 (4.17%) PostgreSQL
2 2 (4.17%) SQLite
3 1 (2.08%) Redis
Development Applications
1 22 (45.83%) Selenium
2 17 (35.42%) Cucumber
2 17 (35.42%) Jenkins
3 13 (27.08%) JUnit
4 11 (22.92%) JMeter
5 8 (16.67%) WebDriver
6 7 (14.58%) Maven
6 7 (14.58%) SpecFlow
7 6 (12.50%) JIRA
8 5 (10.42%) Visual Studio Team System
9 4 (8.33%) Git (software)
9 4 (8.33%) NUnit
9 4 (8.33%) Robot Framework
10 3 (6.25%) Ranorex
11 2 (4.17%) Appium
11 2 (4.17%) Gatling
11 2 (4.17%) Karma Test Runner
11 2 (4.17%) Protractor
11 2 (4.17%) The Grinder
11 2 (4.17%) Travis CI
General
1 4 (8.33%) Banking
2 3 (6.25%) Finance
3 1 (2.08%) Investment Banking
3 1 (2.08%) Local Government
3 1 (2.08%) Military
3 1 (2.08%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 15 (31.25%) Tester
2 12 (25.00%) Automation Tester
3 11 (22.92%) Analyst
4 8 (16.67%) QA Tester
5 7 (14.58%) Test Analyst
6 5 (10.42%) QA Automation Tester
6 5 (10.42%) Test Leader
7 4 (8.33%) Developer
7 4 (8.33%) Lead Tester
7 4 (8.33%) Test Manager
8 3 (6.25%) Automation Developer
8 3 (6.25%) Business Analyst
8 3 (6.25%) DevOps Engineer
9 2 (4.17%) Automation Engineer
9 2 (4.17%) Consultant
9 2 (4.17%) Technical Analyst
9 2 (4.17%) UAT Lead
9 2 (4.17%) UAT Test Analyst
9 2 (4.17%) UAT Test Lead
9 2 (4.17%) User Researcher
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (16.67%) CSS
1 8 (16.67%) Gherkin
2 7 (14.58%) .NET
3 3 (6.25%) .NET Framework
3 3 (6.25%) Web Services
3 3 (6.25%) XML
4 2 (4.17%) Elastic Stack
4 2 (4.17%) JSON
4 2 (4.17%) REST
4 2 (4.17%) SOAP
5 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET
5 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
5 1 (2.08%) HTML
5 1 (2.08%) Kafka
5 1 (2.08%) Node.js
5 1 (2.08%) RabbitMQ
5 1 (2.08%) XML-RPC
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.50%) Mobile App
2 5 (10.42%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (8.33%) Computer Science
4 2 (4.17%) Linux Command Line
4 2 (4.17%) User Experience
5 1 (2.08%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.08%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 3 (6.25%) Linux
2 2 (4.17%) CentOS
2 2 (4.17%) Debian
2 2 (4.17%) Ubuntu
2 2 (4.17%) Unix
3 1 (2.08%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (58.33%) Test Automation
2 23 (47.92%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (31.25%) DevOps
4 12 (25.00%) BDD
4 12 (25.00%) Continuous Integration
4 12 (25.00%) Non-Functional Testing
5 11 (22.92%) Regression Testing
5 11 (22.92%) Scrum
6 10 (20.83%) Integration Testing
6 10 (20.83%) System Testing
7 9 (18.75%) Mentoring
7 9 (18.75%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (16.67%) CRM
8 8 (16.67%) Defect Management
8 8 (16.67%) SDLC
9 7 (14.58%) Functional Testing
9 7 (14.58%) Performance Testing
9 7 (14.58%) Problem Management
9 7 (14.58%) Scenario Testing
10 6 (12.50%) Problem-Solving
Programming Languages
1 10 (20.83%) Java
2 7 (14.58%) C#
2 7 (14.58%) SQL
3 6 (12.50%) JavaScript
4 5 (10.42%) Python
5 2 (4.17%) Bourne shell
5 2 (4.17%) Perl
5 2 (4.17%) PHP
5 2 (4.17%) Ruby
6 1 (2.08%) ANSI SQL
6 1 (2.08%) Bash Shell
6 1 (2.08%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.08%) XPath
Qualifications
1 4 (8.33%) Computer Science Degree
1 4 (8.33%) Degree
2 3 (6.25%) DBS Check
2 3 (6.25%) ISEB
3 2 (4.17%) BPSS Clearance
3 2 (4.17%) ISTQB
3 2 (4.17%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.08%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.08%) Sun Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 21 (43.75%) QA
System Software
1 2 (4.17%) Docker
1 2 (4.17%) KVM
1 2 (4.17%) Virtual Machines
1 2 (4.17%) VirtualBox
2 1 (2.08%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (6.25%) Ansible
1 3 (6.25%) Opscode Chef
1 3 (6.25%) Puppet
2 2 (4.17%) Cacti
2 2 (4.17%) collectd
2 2 (4.17%) Grafana
2 2 (4.17%) Graphite
2 2 (4.17%) Icinga
2 2 (4.17%) Kibana
2 2 (4.17%) logstash
2 2 (4.17%) Nagios
2 2 (4.17%) Netcool
2 2 (4.17%) Observium
2 2 (4.17%) OpenNMS
2 2 (4.17%) Prometheus
2 2 (4.17%) Salt
2 2 (4.17%) ZABBIX
3 1 (2.08%) HP ALM
3 1 (2.08%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (2.08%) Terraform
Vendors
1 4 (8.33%) SAP
2 3 (6.25%) Automation Anywhere
2 3 (6.25%) Oracle
3 2 (4.17%) Cisco
3 2 (4.17%) Ericsson
3 2 (4.17%) HP
3 2 (4.17%) Huawei
3 2 (4.17%) Juniper
3 2 (4.17%) Microsoft
3 2 (4.17%) Red Hat
3 2 (4.17%) Splunk
3 2 (4.17%) VMware
4 1 (2.08%) Atlassian
4 1 (2.08%) Hyperion
4 1 (2.08%) Pega
4 1 (2.08%) Rackspace