Period
to 24 January 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 24 January 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
24 Jan 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 153 150 107
Rank change year-on-year -3 -43 +28
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 48 56 136
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.88% 0.91% 1.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.07% 1.08% 2.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 46 83
North West median daily rate £363 £400 £423
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -9.38% -5.33% +35.20%
10th Percentile £307 £263 £259
90th Percentile £538 £563 £688
England median daily rate £425 £400 £420
% change year-on-year +6.25% -4.76% +5.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
North West median hourly rate £48.00 - £40.00
England median hourly rate £42.70 £43.00 £41.00
% change year-on-year -0.71% +4.88% +29.93%

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 4,477 5,178 6,767
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 82.45% 84.48% 81.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,907 3,347 4,158
North West median daily rate £410 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.50% - +9.74%
10th Percentile £263 £259 £250
90th Percentile £600 £575 £575
England median daily rate £450 £433 £425
% change year-on-year +3.93% +1.88% +5.59%
Number of hourly rates quoted 207 147 271
North West median hourly rate £21.70 £23.75 £33.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -8.63% -29.10% +76.32%
10th Percentile £11.75 £11.40 £12.61
90th Percentile £53.00 £50.00 £52.47
England median hourly rate £23.50 £25.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year -6.00% +8.70% +15.00%

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 24 January 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
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 24 January 2018.

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 24 January 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 +2 22 £340 -15.53% 10
Cheshire +1 15 £433 +4.85% 6
Merseyside +13 5 £363 - 6
Lancashire -3 5 £400 +6.67% 1
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 24 January 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 19 (39.58%) Test Automation
2 14 (29.17%) Test Scripting
3 13 (27.08%) QA
3 13 (27.08%) Finance
4 12 (25.00%) Test Management
5 11 (22.92%) Defect Management
6 8 (16.67%) Java
6 8 (16.67%) Selenium
7 7 (14.58%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (14.58%) Validation
7 7 (14.58%) Migration
7 7 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
7 7 (14.58%) Agile Software Development
8 6 (12.50%) Scrum
8 6 (12.50%) Integration Testing
8 6 (12.50%) Degree
8 6 (12.50%) Scenario Testing
8 6 (12.50%) Manual Testing
8 6 (12.50%) System Testing
8 6 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
9 5 (10.42%) Security Cleared
9 5 (10.42%) WebDriver
9 5 (10.42%) Waterfall
9 5 (10.42%) Regression Testing
9 5 (10.42%) JIRA
9 5 (10.42%) Software Testing
9 5 (10.42%) Banking
10 4 (8.33%) TDD
10 4 (8.33%) Computer Science
10 4 (8.33%) JMeter

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 1 (2.08%) SAS
1 1 (2.08%) SharePoint
Applications
1 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Project
Business Applications
1 3 (6.25%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle General Ledger
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle Payables
2 1 (2.08%) Oracle Receivables
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
1 2 (4.17%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (2.08%) Amazon AWS
2 1 (2.08%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.25%) PuTTY
1 3 (6.25%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (6.25%) MySQL
2 2 (4.17%) SAP BW
3 1 (2.08%) NoSQL
3 1 (2.08%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.08%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 8 (16.67%) Selenium
2 5 (10.42%) JIRA
2 5 (10.42%) WebDriver
3 4 (8.33%) JMeter
4 3 (6.25%) Ant
4 3 (6.25%) Cucumber
4 3 (6.25%) NUnit
4 3 (6.25%) TortoiseSVN
4 3 (6.25%) WATIR
5 1 (2.08%) Gatling
5 1 (2.08%) Jenkins
5 1 (2.08%) JUnit
5 1 (2.08%) Ranorex
5 1 (2.08%) SpecFlow
General
1 13 (27.08%) Finance
2 5 (10.42%) Banking
3 3 (6.25%) Marketing
3 3 (6.25%) Retail
4 2 (4.17%) Aerospace
5 1 (2.08%) Back Office
5 1 (2.08%) Front Office
5 1 (2.08%) Investment Banking
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 19 (39.58%) Test Manager
2 11 (22.92%) Analyst
3 8 (16.67%) Test Analyst
4 6 (12.50%) Tester
5 5 (10.42%) Programme Test Manager
5 5 (10.42%) Test Programme Manager
6 4 (8.33%) Programme Manager
6 4 (8.33%) QA Tester
6 4 (8.33%) Senior Manager
6 4 (8.33%) Senior Test Manager
7 3 (6.25%) Automation Tester
8 2 (4.17%) Change and Configuration Manager
8 2 (4.17%) Configuration Manager
8 2 (4.17%) Consultant
8 2 (4.17%) Functional Analyst
8 2 (4.17%) IT Manager
8 2 (4.17%) Java Software Engineer
8 2 (4.17%) SAP Consultant
8 2 (4.17%) SC Cleared Software Engineer
8 2 (4.17%) Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (6.25%) .NET
1 3 (6.25%) ASP.NET
2 2 (4.17%) Spring
2 2 (4.17%) Spring Boot
2 2 (4.17%) Swing
3 1 (2.08%) AngularJS
3 1 (2.08%) jQuery
3 1 (2.08%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (2.08%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 6 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.33%) Computer Science
3 3 (6.25%) Credit Risk
3 3 (6.25%) Mainframe
4 2 (4.17%) Client/Server
4 2 (4.17%) Data Centre
4 2 (4.17%) Fintech
4 2 (4.17%) Mobile App
5 1 (2.08%) Hybrid Cloud
5 1 (2.08%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.08%) Public Cloud
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.17%) Linux
1 2 (4.17%) Windows
2 1 (2.08%) AIX
2 1 (2.08%) Android
2 1 (2.08%) Apple iOS
2 1 (2.08%) HPUX
2 1 (2.08%) Solaris
2 1 (2.08%) Windows 10
2 1 (2.08%) Windows Server
2 1 (2.08%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (39.58%) Test Automation
2 14 (29.17%) Test Scripting
3 12 (25.00%) Test Management
4 11 (22.92%) Defect Management
5 7 (14.58%) Agile Software Development
5 7 (14.58%) Migration
5 7 (14.58%) Stakeholder Management
5 7 (14.58%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (14.58%) Validation
6 6 (12.50%) Integration Testing
6 6 (12.50%) Manual Testing
6 6 (12.50%) Scenario Testing
6 6 (12.50%) Scrum
6 6 (12.50%) System Testing
7 5 (10.42%) Regression Testing
7 5 (10.42%) Software Testing
7 5 (10.42%) Waterfall
8 4 (8.33%) Functional Testing
8 4 (8.33%) Target Operating Model
8 4 (8.33%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 8 (16.67%) Java
2 3 (6.25%) PHP
2 3 (6.25%) Ruby
3 2 (4.17%) ABAP
3 2 (4.17%) C#
3 2 (4.17%) Shell Script
3 2 (4.17%) SQL
4 1 (2.08%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.08%) PowerShell
4 1 (2.08%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 6 (12.50%) Degree
2 5 (10.42%) Security Cleared
3 4 (8.33%) ISEB
3 4 (8.33%) SC Cleared
4 3 (6.25%) Computer Science Degree
5 2 (4.17%) ISTQB
6 1 (2.08%) CCNA
6 1 (2.08%) Cisco Certification
6 1 (2.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 1 (2.08%) MCSE
6 1 (2.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 1 (2.08%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (27.08%) QA
2 4 (8.33%) PMO
3 1 (2.08%) GDPR
System Software
1 1 (2.08%) Active Directory
1 1 (2.08%) VMware ESXi
Vendors
1 4 (8.33%) Oracle
2 2 (4.17%) SAP
3 1 (2.08%) Avaya
3 1 (2.08%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.08%) VMware