Period
to 20 January 2019

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 20 January 2019 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
20 Jan 2019
Same period 2018 Same period 2017
Rank 176 152 155
Rank change year-on-year -24 +3 -37
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 34 52 55
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.61% 0.96% 0.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.73% 1.15% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 24 44
North West median daily rate £405 £356 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.68% -10.94% -5.33%
10th Percentile £293 £302 £291
90th Percentile £475 £531 £573
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -5.33%
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 £41.00 £42.70 £43.00
% change year-on-year -3.97% -0.71% +4.88%

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 4,662 4,518 5,250
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 83.70% 83.53% 85.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,945 2,935 3,392
North West median daily rate £423 £405 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.32% +1.25% -
10th Percentile £263 £258 £255
90th Percentile £588 £600 £575
England median daily rate £475 £450 £430
% change year-on-year +5.56% +4.65% +1.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 260 208 153
North West median hourly rate £23.83 £21.74 £21.05
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +9.59% +3.30% -31.05%
10th Percentile £12.87 £11.93 £11.25
90th Percentile £49.31 £49.80 £49.95
England median hourly rate £23.50 £23.44 £24.00
% change year-on-year +0.27% -2.34% +4.35%

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 20 January 2019.

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 20 January 2019. 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
Manchester -19 11 £325 -4.41% 13
Cheshire -10 9 £408 -5.78% 3
Merseyside -1 7 £450 +30.91% 2
Lancashire -16 6 £375 -6.25% 2
Cumbria - 1 - - 1
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 20 January 2019, 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 26 (76.47%) Test Automation
2 20 (58.82%) QA
3 19 (55.88%) Selenium
4 18 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
5 15 (44.12%) Regression Testing
6 12 (35.29%) JUnit
6 12 (35.29%) Continuous Integration
6 12 (35.29%) Manual Testing
6 12 (35.29%) Cucumber
7 11 (32.35%) DevOps
7 11 (32.35%) Defect Management
7 11 (32.35%) CRM
8 10 (29.41%) Scrum
8 10 (29.41%) Jenkins
8 10 (29.41%) BDD
9 9 (26.47%) Non-Functional Testing
9 9 (26.47%) JMeter
9 9 (26.47%) Dynamics CRM
10 8 (23.53%) C#
10 8 (23.53%) Mentoring
10 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
10 8 (23.53%) Integration Testing
11 7 (20.59%) Problem Management
11 7 (20.59%) System Testing
11 7 (20.59%) SQL
11 7 (20.59%) CSS
11 7 (20.59%) Maven
12 6 (17.65%) Finance
12 6 (17.65%) Java
12 6 (17.65%) WebDriver

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 (11.76%) SharePoint
2 1 (2.94%) CMS
Business Applications
1 9 (26.47%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 3 (8.82%) BrowserStack
2 1 (2.94%) Dynamics 365
2 1 (2.94%) SuccessFactors
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.88%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (14.71%) SQL Server
2 3 (8.82%) MySQL
2 3 (8.82%) ZAP BI
3 2 (5.88%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 19 (55.88%) Selenium
2 12 (35.29%) Cucumber
2 12 (35.29%) JUnit
3 10 (29.41%) Jenkins
4 9 (26.47%) JMeter
5 7 (20.59%) Maven
6 6 (17.65%) WebDriver
7 5 (14.71%) SpecFlow
8 4 (11.76%) HP UFT
8 4 (11.76%) NUnit
8 4 (11.76%) Visual Studio Team System
9 2 (5.88%) JIRA
9 2 (5.88%) LoadRunner
9 2 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
10 1 (2.94%) Appium
10 1 (2.94%) Git (software)
10 1 (2.94%) Hudson
10 1 (2.94%) Ranorex
10 1 (2.94%) TeamCity
10 1 (2.94%) Travis CI
General
1 6 (17.65%) Finance
2 4 (11.76%) Banking
3 1 (2.94%) Games
3 1 (2.94%) Military
Job Titles
1 16 (47.06%) Tester
2 11 (32.35%) Automation Tester
3 9 (26.47%) QA Tester
4 6 (17.65%) Test Manager
5 5 (14.71%) QA Automation Tester
6 4 (11.76%) Analyst
6 4 (11.76%) Lead Tester
6 4 (11.76%) Test Analyst
7 3 (8.82%) Automation Test Lead
7 3 (8.82%) QA Engineer
7 3 (8.82%) Test Leader
8 2 (5.88%) Data Migration Lead
8 2 (5.88%) Software QA Engineer
8 2 (5.88%) Technical Manager
8 2 (5.88%) Technical Test Manager
9 1 (2.94%) Games Engineer
9 1 (2.94%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 1 (2.94%) Selenium Tester
9 1 (2.94%) UAT Lead
9 1 (2.94%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (20.59%) CSS
2 5 (14.71%) Gherkin
3 4 (11.76%) .NET
3 4 (11.76%) .NET Framework
4 1 (2.94%) Django
4 1 (2.94%) JSON
4 1 (2.94%) Node.js
4 1 (2.94%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.76%) Mobile App
2 3 (8.82%) Self-Motivation
3 1 (2.94%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.88%) Linux
1 2 (5.88%) Unix
1 2 (5.88%) Windows
1 2 (5.88%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (76.47%) Test Automation
2 18 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
3 15 (44.12%) Regression Testing
4 12 (35.29%) Continuous Integration
4 12 (35.29%) Manual Testing
5 11 (32.35%) CRM
5 11 (32.35%) Defect Management
5 11 (32.35%) DevOps
6 10 (29.41%) BDD
6 10 (29.41%) Scrum
7 9 (26.47%) Non-Functional Testing
8 8 (23.53%) Integration Testing
8 8 (23.53%) Mentoring
8 8 (23.53%) Test Scripting
9 7 (20.59%) Problem Management
9 7 (20.59%) System Testing
10 6 (17.65%) Functional Testing
11 5 (14.71%) Migration
11 5 (14.71%) Performance Testing
12 4 (11.76%) Software Testing
Programming Languages
1 8 (23.53%) C#
2 7 (20.59%) SQL
3 6 (17.65%) Java
4 2 (5.88%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.94%) Python
Qualifications
1 3 (8.82%) Computer Science Degree
1 3 (8.82%) Degree
2 1 (2.94%) DBS Check
2 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
2 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 20 (58.82%) QA
Vendors
1 5 (14.71%) Oracle
2 2 (5.88%) Citrix
2 2 (5.88%) SAP
3 1 (2.94%) Xamarin