Period
to 21 April 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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 167 161 122
Rank change year-on-year -6 -39 +6
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 48 44 125
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.83% 0.81% 1.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.98% 0.97% 1.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 30 80
North West median daily rate £400 £451 £443
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.36% +1.98% +41.60%
10th Percentile £313 £279 £306
90th Percentile £540 £603 £535
England median daily rate £430 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +1.18% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
North West median hourly rate £30.00 £21.20 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +41.51% -47.00% +3.90%
England median hourly rate £37.50 £44.44 £41.00
% change year-on-year -15.61% +8.38% +30.41%

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 4,914 4,534 6,491
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 85.16% 83.45% 82.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 3,108 2,835 3,945
North West median daily rate £402 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +0.46% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £259 £235 £250
90th Percentile £588 £550 £563
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +4.29%
Number of hourly rates quoted 245 186 242
North West median hourly rate £21.50 £35.00 £34.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -38.57% +2.19% +52.22%
10th Percentile £11.52 £12.50 £13.00
90th Percentile £54.64 £51.50 £50.72
England median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -10.00% +8.70% +10.71%

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 21 April 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 21 April 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
Manchester -8 24 £385 +3.36% 15
Cheshire -10 19 £413 -17.50% 7
Lancashire -17 2 £475 +13.10%
Merseyside +12 1 £325 -31.58%
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 16 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 12 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 12 (25.00%) Test Management
3 11 (22.92%) QA
4 10 (20.83%) Integration Testing
4 10 (20.83%) Scenario Testing
5 9 (18.75%) Test Scripting
5 9 (18.75%) Stakeholder Management
5 9 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
6 8 (16.67%) Defect Management
7 7 (14.58%) SQL
7 7 (14.58%) Finance
7 7 (14.58%) System Testing
8 6 (12.50%) Selenium
8 6 (12.50%) Banking
8 6 (12.50%) SDLC
9 5 (10.42%) System Integration Testing
9 5 (10.42%) Mentoring
9 5 (10.42%) Waterfall
9 5 (10.42%) Migration
9 5 (10.42%) JIRA
9 5 (10.42%) Mainframe
10 4 (8.33%) Project Management
10 4 (8.33%) Regression Testing
10 4 (8.33%) C#
10 4 (8.33%) Web Services
10 4 (8.33%) Scrum
10 4 (8.33%) Functional Testing
10 4 (8.33%) Target Operating Model
10 4 (8.33%) PMO

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 3 (6.25%) Confluence
2 1 (2.08%) SAS
2 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (6.25%) iTrent
2 1 (2.08%) SAP MM
2 1 (2.08%) SAP WM
2 1 (2.08%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 2 (4.17%) GitHub
2 1 (2.08%) BrowserStack
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.08%) Firewall
1 1 (2.08%) Internet
1 1 (2.08%) VoIP
1 1 (2.08%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.17%) SAP BW
2 1 (2.08%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.08%) QlikView
2 1 (2.08%) RDBMS
2 1 (2.08%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 6 (12.50%) Selenium
2 5 (10.42%) JIRA
3 2 (4.17%) Cucumber
3 2 (4.17%) Jenkins
3 2 (4.17%) JMeter
3 2 (4.17%) SpecFlow
3 2 (4.17%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (4.17%) Visual Studio Team System
4 1 (2.08%) Bitbucket
4 1 (2.08%) Gatling
4 1 (2.08%) Git (software)
4 1 (2.08%) HP UFT
4 1 (2.08%) JUnit
4 1 (2.08%) LoadRunner
4 1 (2.08%) NUnit
4 1 (2.08%) Ranorex
4 1 (2.08%) SoapUI
4 1 (2.08%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.08%) WebDriver
General
1 7 (14.58%) Finance
2 6 (12.50%) Banking
3 3 (6.25%) Retail
4 2 (4.17%) Investment Banking
5 1 (2.08%) Back Office
5 1 (2.08%) Front Office
5 1 (2.08%) Law
5 1 (2.08%) Private Banking
5 1 (2.08%) Retail Banking
5 1 (2.08%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 14 (29.17%) Test Manager
2 10 (20.83%) Tester
3 8 (16.67%) Analyst
4 5 (10.42%) Automation Tester
4 5 (10.42%) Programme Test Manager
4 5 (10.42%) Test Programme Manager
5 4 (8.33%) Business Analyst
5 4 (8.33%) Programme Manager
5 4 (8.33%) QA Tester
5 4 (8.33%) Senior Manager
5 4 (8.33%) Senior Test Manager
6 3 (6.25%) Administrator
6 3 (6.25%) Test Leader
7 2 (4.17%) Change and Configuration Manager
7 2 (4.17%) Configuration Manager
7 2 (4.17%) Consultant
7 2 (4.17%) Digital Analyst
7 2 (4.17%) Digital Business Analyst
7 2 (4.17%) IT Manager
7 2 (4.17%) Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (8.33%) Web Services
2 3 (6.25%) jQuery
3 2 (4.17%) .NET
3 2 (4.17%) ASP.NET
3 2 (4.17%) JSON
3 2 (4.17%) XML
4 1 (2.08%) AngularJS
4 1 (2.08%) ASP.NET MVC
4 1 (2.08%) CSS
4 1 (2.08%) HTML
4 1 (2.08%) REST
4 1 (2.08%) SOAP
4 1 (2.08%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.42%) Mainframe
2 3 (6.25%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (4.17%) Client/Server
3 2 (4.17%) Mobile App
3 2 (4.17%) Online Banking
3 2 (4.17%) Taxonomies
4 1 (2.08%) Data Centre
4 1 (2.08%) Hybrid Cloud
4 1 (2.08%) Management Information System
4 1 (2.08%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.08%) Android
1 1 (2.08%) Apple iOS
1 1 (2.08%) Windows
1 1 (2.08%) Windows Server
1 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (33.33%) Test Automation
2 12 (25.00%) Test Management
2 12 (25.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 10 (20.83%) Integration Testing
3 10 (20.83%) Scenario Testing
4 9 (18.75%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (18.75%) Stakeholder Management
4 9 (18.75%) Test Scripting
5 8 (16.67%) Defect Management
6 7 (14.58%) System Testing
7 6 (12.50%) SDLC
8 5 (10.42%) Mentoring
8 5 (10.42%) Migration
8 5 (10.42%) System Integration Testing
8 5 (10.42%) Waterfall
9 4 (8.33%) Functional Testing
9 4 (8.33%) Project Management
9 4 (8.33%) Regression Testing
9 4 (8.33%) Scrum
9 4 (8.33%) Target Operating Model
Programming Languages
1 7 (14.58%) SQL
2 4 (8.33%) C#
3 3 (6.25%) Java
3 3 (6.25%) JavaScript
4 2 (4.17%) ABAP
5 1 (2.08%) C++
5 1 (2.08%) PowerShell
5 1 (2.08%) T-SQL
5 1 (2.08%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 2 (4.17%) Degree
1 2 (4.17%) ISEB
2 1 (2.08%) CCNA
2 1 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
2 1 (2.08%) ISTQB
2 1 (2.08%) MCSE
2 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
2 1 (2.08%) SC Cleared
2 1 (2.08%) Security Cleared
2 1 (2.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (22.92%) QA
2 4 (8.33%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (2.08%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 1 (2.08%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (6.25%) Microsoft
1 3 (6.25%) SAP
2 1 (2.08%) Cisco
2 1 (2.08%) hybris
2 1 (2.08%) Reuters
2 1 (2.08%) Salesforce.com
2 1 (2.08%) Tableau
2 1 (2.08%) VMware
2 1 (2.08%) WorldPay