Period
to 20 November 2017

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 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 > North West
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 140 158 84
Rank change year-on-year +18 -74 +69
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 62 65 193
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.09% 0.96% 2.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.34% 1.14% 2.77%
Number of daily rates quoted 32 50 123
North West median daily rate £369 £400 £380
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -7.81% +5.26% +13.33%
10th Percentile £266 £306 £263
90th Percentile £460 £489 £688
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +2.76%
Number of hourly rates quoted 4 0 0
North West median hourly rate £47.75 - -
England median hourly rate £45.00 £44.25 £39.25
% change year-on-year +1.69% +12.74% +5.37%

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 4629 5692 6965
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.32% 83.89% 81.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 2952 3672 4228
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £587 £556 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £423
% change year-on-year +5.88% +0.59% +5.63%
Number of hourly rates quoted 202 166 283
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +69.56%
10th Percentile £11.56 £12.13 £12.38
90th Percentile £52.93 £53.00 £52.47
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.42 £22.50
% change year-on-year -1.72% +8.53% +18.42%

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 November 2017.

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
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the North West over the 6 months to 20 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 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
Manchester +15 23 £300 -29.41% 6
Cheshire +15 21 £390 -5.45% 5
Merseyside +7 8 £363 -0.68% 3
Lancashire +7 7 £400 +6.67% 2
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 20 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 North West region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 23 (37.10%) Finance
2 21 (33.87%) Test Scripting
3 17 (27.42%) Test Automation
4 15 (24.19%) Defect Management
5 13 (20.97%) Scenario Testing
6 11 (17.74%) Validation
7 10 (16.13%) Stakeholder Management
7 10 (16.13%) QA
7 10 (16.13%) Integration Testing
7 10 (16.13%) Test Management
8 9 (14.52%) Java
8 9 (14.52%) Banking
8 9 (14.52%) PMO
9 8 (12.90%) Security Cleared
9 8 (12.90%) User Acceptance Testing
9 8 (12.90%) Degree
9 8 (12.90%) JIRA
9 8 (12.90%) ISEB
10 7 (11.29%) HP Quality Center
11 6 (9.68%) SC Cleared
11 6 (9.68%) System Testing
11 6 (9.68%) Functional Testing
11 6 (9.68%) Computer Science
11 6 (9.68%) Selenium
11 6 (9.68%) Software Testing
11 6 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (9.68%) Migration
12 5 (8.06%) Software Engineering
12 5 (8.06%) HP
12 5 (8.06%) Regression Testing

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:

Business Applications
1 3 (4.84%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.61%) LabWindows
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (1.61%) Oracle Receivables
Cloud Services
1 2 (3.23%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (1.61%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (1.61%) GitHub
2 1 (1.61%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.84%) PuTTY
1 3 (4.84%) WinSCP
2 1 (1.61%) HTTP
2 1 (1.61%) RS-422
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.45%) MySQL
2 1 (1.61%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 1 (1.61%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 8 (12.90%) JIRA
2 6 (9.68%) Selenium
3 4 (6.45%) WebDriver
4 3 (4.84%) Ant
4 3 (4.84%) Cucumber
4 3 (4.84%) JMeter
4 3 (4.84%) TortoiseSVN
4 3 (4.84%) WATIR
5 2 (3.23%) NUnit
6 1 (1.61%) Git (software)
6 1 (1.61%) Rational Rose
6 1 (1.61%) Subversion
6 1 (1.61%) Team Foundation Server
6 1 (1.61%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 23 (37.10%) Finance
2 9 (14.52%) Banking
3 4 (6.45%) Retail
4 3 (4.84%) Games
4 3 (4.84%) Marketing
5 2 (3.23%) Aerospace
6 1 (1.61%) Back Office
6 1 (1.61%) Front Office
6 1 (1.61%) Legal
6 1 (1.61%) Local Government
6 1 (1.61%) Military
6 1 (1.61%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 24 (38.71%) Test Manager
2 18 (29.03%) Analyst
3 13 (20.97%) Test Analyst
4 10 (16.13%) Senior Manager
4 10 (16.13%) Senior Test Manager
5 6 (9.68%) Tester
6 4 (6.45%) Software Engineer
6 4 (6.45%) Test Leader
7 3 (4.84%) Functional Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) Functional Test Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) Java Engineer
7 3 (4.84%) Java Software Engineer
7 3 (4.84%) Mobile Test Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) Programme Test Manager
7 3 (4.84%) SQL Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) SQL Data Analyst
7 3 (4.84%) Test Engineer
7 3 (4.84%) Test Programme Manager
8 2 (3.23%) Change Manager
8 2 (3.23%) Senior Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.84%) Swing
2 2 (3.23%) .NET
2 2 (3.23%) ASP.NET
2 2 (3.23%) Spring
2 2 (3.23%) Spring Boot
3 1 (1.61%) Middleware
3 1 (1.61%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (1.61%) REST
3 1 (1.61%) SOAP
3 1 (1.61%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (9.68%) Computer Science
2 4 (6.45%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (4.84%) Credit Risk
3 3 (4.84%) Data Centre
4 2 (3.23%) Fintech
4 2 (3.23%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.61%) Acoustics
5 1 (1.61%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.61%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
5 1 (1.61%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.61%) NHS
5 1 (1.61%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 3 (4.84%) AIX
1 3 (4.84%) HPUX
1 3 (4.84%) Linux
1 3 (4.84%) Solaris
2 2 (3.23%) Windows
3 1 (1.61%) Windows 10
3 1 (1.61%) Windows Server
3 1 (1.61%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (33.87%) Test Scripting
2 17 (27.42%) Test Automation
3 15 (24.19%) Defect Management
4 13 (20.97%) Scenario Testing
5 11 (17.74%) Validation
6 10 (16.13%) Integration Testing
6 10 (16.13%) Stakeholder Management
6 10 (16.13%) Test Management
7 8 (12.90%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (9.68%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (9.68%) Functional Testing
8 6 (9.68%) Migration
8 6 (9.68%) Software Testing
8 6 (9.68%) System Testing
9 5 (8.06%) Manual Testing
9 5 (8.06%) Regression Testing
9 5 (8.06%) Software Engineering
9 5 (8.06%) UML
10 4 (6.45%) Customer Requirements
10 4 (6.45%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 9 (14.52%) Java
2 4 (6.45%) PHP
2 4 (6.45%) SQL
3 3 (4.84%) Ruby
3 3 (4.84%) Shell Script
4 1 (1.61%) C
4 1 (1.61%) C++
4 1 (1.61%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 8 (12.90%) Degree
1 8 (12.90%) ISEB
1 8 (12.90%) Security Cleared
2 6 (9.68%) SC Cleared
3 4 (6.45%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (4.84%) Computer Science Degree
4 3 (4.84%) ISTQB
5 1 (1.61%) CCNA
5 1 (1.61%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (1.61%) MCSE
5 1 (1.61%) Microsoft Certification
5 1 (1.61%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (16.13%) QA
2 9 (14.52%) PMO
3 2 (3.23%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (1.61%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.61%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 7 (11.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (8.06%) HP
2 4 (6.45%) Oracle
3 1 (1.61%) Avaya
3 1 (1.61%) Microsoft
3 1 (1.61%) Serena
3 1 (1.61%) VMware