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 3 months to 26 June 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
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 101 110 71
Rank change year-on-year +9 -39  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 41 55 81
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.39% 1.47% 2.19%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.72% 1.78% 2.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 26 37 59
Median daily rate £413 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.94% +13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £650
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 0
Median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.66% -  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  

Test Strategy is in the process and methodology skills category. The next 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 and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2385 3083 2903
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 80.90% 82.19% 78.63%
Number of daily rates quoted 1409 1941 1709
Median daily rate £410 £415 £385
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -1.20% +7.79%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £300 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 101 77 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £29.25 £34.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.75% -13.97%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.58 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £53.00 £54.67
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 26 June 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
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 3 months to 26 June 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +13 19 £400 -5.88% 6
Lancashire - 10 £460 -
Manchester +7 9 £370 -10.30% 6
Merseyside -9 2 £400 +25.00% 1
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 26 June 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 15 (25.00%) Migration
1 15 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
1 15 (25.00%) Test Scripting
2 14 (23.33%) Finance
2 14 (23.33%) Validation
2 14 (23.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 14 (23.33%) Test Management
3 12 (20.00%) SC Cleared
3 12 (20.00%) Security Cleared
3 12 (20.00%) Data Centre
4 10 (16.67%) Defect Management
4 10 (16.67%) Integration Testing
5 8 (13.33%) JIRA
5 8 (13.33%) Test Automation
6 7 (11.67%) Scenario Testing
6 7 (11.67%) ISEB
7 6 (10.00%) Performance Testing
7 6 (10.00%) QA
7 6 (10.00%) Regression Testing
7 6 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
7 6 (10.00%) Manual Testing
7 6 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
7 6 (10.00%) Functional Testing
8 5 (8.33%) Workday
8 5 (8.33%) Banking
8 5 (8.33%) Retail
8 5 (8.33%) SQL
8 5 (8.33%) HPUX
8 5 (8.33%) Solaris
9 4 (6.67%) SQL Server

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 2 (3.33%) CMS
2 1 (1.67%) EPiServer
Business Applications
1 1 (1.67%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (1.67%) LabWindows
1 1 (1.67%) SAP CO
1 1 (1.67%) SAP FI
1 1 (1.67%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.67%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.67%) Network Security
1 1 (1.67%) RS-422
1 1 (1.67%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (6.67%) SQL Server
2 3 (5.00%) SQL Server Analysis Services
2 3 (5.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 3 (5.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (3.33%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.67%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 8 (13.33%) JIRA
2 4 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (6.67%) Zephyr
3 2 (3.33%) Subversion
4 1 (1.67%) Git (software)
4 1 (1.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 14 (23.33%) Finance
2 5 (8.33%) Banking
2 5 (8.33%) Retail
3 2 (3.33%) Games
3 2 (3.33%) Local Government
3 2 (3.33%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.67%) Military
4 1 (1.67%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (33.33%) Test Manager
2 15 (25.00%) Test Leader
3 13 (21.67%) Analyst
4 10 (16.67%) Test Analyst
5 5 (8.33%) Senior Manager
5 5 (8.33%) Senior Test Manager
6 4 (6.67%) SQL Analyst
7 3 (5.00%) SQL Data Analyst
7 3 (5.00%) Test Specialist
8 2 (3.33%) Data Warehouse Analyst
8 2 (3.33%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
8 2 (3.33%) Head of Testing
8 2 (3.33%) Mobile Test Analyst
8 2 (3.33%) Project Manager
8 2 (3.33%) Senior Tester
8 2 (3.33%) Software Engineer
8 2 (3.33%) Systems Analyst
8 2 (3.33%) Test Data Analyst
8 2 (3.33%) Tester
9 1 (1.67%) Senior Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (3.33%) Middleware
2 1 (1.67%) .NET
2 1 (1.67%) ASP.NET
2 1 (1.67%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (1.67%) CSS
2 1 (1.67%) HTML
2 1 (1.67%) jQuery
2 1 (1.67%) REST
2 1 (1.67%) SOAP
2 1 (1.67%) Swing
Miscellaneous
1 12 (20.00%) Data Centre
2 6 (10.00%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.33%) Mainframe
4 1 (1.67%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.67%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.67%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
Operating Systems
1 5 (8.33%) HPUX
1 5 (8.33%) Solaris
2 4 (6.67%) AIX
3 1 (1.67%) Linux
3 1 (1.67%) Windows
3 1 (1.67%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
1 15 (25.00%) Migration
1 15 (25.00%) Test Scripting
2 14 (23.33%) Test Management
2 14 (23.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 14 (23.33%) Validation
3 10 (16.67%) Defect Management
3 10 (16.67%) Integration Testing
4 8 (13.33%) Test Automation
5 7 (11.67%) Scenario Testing
6 6 (10.00%) Functional Testing
6 6 (10.00%) Manual Testing
6 6 (10.00%) Performance Testing
6 6 (10.00%) Regression Testing
7 4 (6.67%) ETL
7 4 (6.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 4 (6.67%) System Testing
7 4 (6.67%) Waterfall
8 3 (5.00%) Process Improvement
8 3 (5.00%) Stakeholder Engagement
Programming Languages
1 5 (8.33%) SQL
2 1 (1.67%) C
2 1 (1.67%) C#
2 1 (1.67%) C++
2 1 (1.67%) Java
2 1 (1.67%) PHP
2 1 (1.67%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 12 (20.00%) SC Cleared
1 12 (20.00%) Security Cleared
2 7 (11.67%) ISEB
3 4 (6.67%) Degree
3 4 (6.67%) ISTQB
3 4 (6.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.67%) APMP
4 1 (1.67%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (10.00%) QA
2 3 (5.00%) PMO
3 2 (3.33%) GxP
4 1 (1.67%) GDPR
Systems Management
1 6 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (8.33%) Workday
2 4 (6.67%) CheckPoint
2 4 (6.67%) HP
3 3 (5.00%) IBM
3 3 (5.00%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.33%) SAP
5 1 (1.67%) Serena