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 March 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.

3 months to
26 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
England / North West
Rank 109 103 94
Rank change year-on-year -6 -9  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 19 54 56
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.74% 1.41% 1.56%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.90% 1.71% 1.98%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 30 34
Median daily rate £410 £425 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -3.52% +30.76%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £320 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £410 £378
% change year-on-year -2.43% +8.60%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 1 3
Median hourly rate £21.20 £40.00 £38.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -47.00% +3.89%  
UK excluding London median hourly rate £45.87 £61.75 £38.50
% change year-on-year -25.71% +60.38%  

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 2113 3163 2829
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.43% 78.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 1340 1915 1539
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £398
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.62%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 122 127
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £40.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -6.25%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.50 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £38.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.09% +29.16%  

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 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 March 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
Manchester -3 9 £343 -2.14% 6
Lancashire +21 4 £420 +15.86%
Cheshire +12 3 £470 -0.52% 3
Merseyside +2 2 £475 -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 March 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 12 (27.91%) .NET
2 11 (25.58%) Integration Testing
3 10 (23.26%) User Acceptance Testing
3 10 (23.26%) Migration
3 10 (23.26%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (20.93%) QA
4 9 (20.93%) Security Cleared
4 9 (20.93%) Oracle EBS R12
4 9 (20.93%) Oracle
4 9 (20.93%) C#
4 9 (20.93%) Oracle EBS
4 9 (20.93%) Finance
4 9 (20.93%) Virtual Team
5 8 (18.60%) Defect Management
5 8 (18.60%) JavaScript
5 8 (18.60%) Perl
5 8 (18.60%) ITIL
5 8 (18.60%) Python
5 8 (18.60%) Shell Script
5 8 (18.60%) Test Scripting
6 7 (16.28%) Automated Testing
6 7 (16.28%) Project Management
6 7 (16.28%) SC Cleared
6 7 (16.28%) Functional Testing
6 7 (16.28%) Data Centre
7 6 (13.95%) ERP
7 6 (13.95%) Oracle Reports
7 6 (13.95%) Microsoft
7 6 (13.95%) C
7 6 (13.95%) Java

Test Strategy
Top Related 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 (9.30%) Oracle Application Server
2 2 (4.65%) BizTalk Server
3 1 (2.33%) CMS
Applications
1 2 (4.65%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 9 (20.93%) Oracle EBS
1 9 (20.93%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (9.30%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (4.65%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (4.65%) Oracle Cash Management
3 2 (4.65%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (2.33%) SAP CO
4 1 (2.33%) SAP FI
4 1 (2.33%) SAP FI/CO
Cloud Services
1 5 (11.63%) IaaS
1 5 (11.63%) SaaS
2 4 (9.30%) PaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.33%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (13.95%) Oracle Reports
2 4 (9.30%) Oracle Database
2 4 (9.30%) Oracle Database 12c
3 3 (6.98%) SQL Server
4 2 (4.65%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (4.65%) SQL Server 2014
4 2 (4.65%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (2.33%) NonStop SQL
Development Applications
1 3 (6.98%) Visual Studio
2 2 (4.65%) JIRA
3 1 (2.33%) Subversion
3 1 (2.33%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 9 (20.93%) Finance
2 3 (6.98%) Advertising
2 3 (6.98%) Retail
3 2 (4.65%) General Ledger
4 1 (2.33%) Automotive
4 1 (2.33%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 8 (18.60%) Test Leader
2 7 (16.28%) Test Engineer
2 7 (16.28%) Test Manager
3 6 (13.95%) Analyst
3 6 (13.95%) Senior Test Engineer
4 5 (11.63%) Developer
4 5 (11.63%) Test Analyst
5 3 (6.98%) CRM Developer
5 3 (6.98%) Dynamics CRM Developer
5 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Developer
5 3 (6.98%) Tester
6 2 (4.65%) Dynamics AX Developer
6 2 (4.65%) Product Manager
6 2 (4.65%) Project Manager
6 2 (4.65%) Senior Tester
6 2 (4.65%) Web Tester
7 1 (2.33%) QA Tester
7 1 (2.33%) SAP Consultant
7 1 (2.33%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (2.33%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (27.91%) .NET
2 1 (2.33%) .NET Framework
2 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET
2 1 (2.33%) ASP.NET MVC
2 1 (2.33%) CSS
2 1 (2.33%) HTML
2 1 (2.33%) jQuery
2 1 (2.33%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 9 (20.93%) Virtual Team
2 7 (16.28%) Data Centre
3 3 (6.98%) Data Structures
4 2 (4.65%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (4.65%) Mainframe
4 2 (4.65%) User Experience
5 1 (2.33%) CESG
5 1 (2.33%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (2.33%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.33%) Windows
1 1 (2.33%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (25.58%) Integration Testing
2 10 (23.26%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (23.26%) Migration
2 10 (23.26%) User Acceptance Testing
3 8 (18.60%) Defect Management
3 8 (18.60%) ITIL
3 8 (18.60%) Test Scripting
4 7 (16.28%) Automated Testing
4 7 (16.28%) Functional Testing
4 7 (16.28%) Project Management
5 6 (13.95%) ERP
6 5 (11.63%) PRINCE2
6 5 (11.63%) Test Management
7 4 (9.30%) Change Management
7 4 (9.30%) CRM
7 4 (9.30%) Data Conversion
7 4 (9.30%) Data Management
7 4 (9.30%) High Availability
7 4 (9.30%) Non-Functional Testing
7 4 (9.30%) Performance Tuning
Programming Languages
1 9 (20.93%) C#
2 8 (18.60%) JavaScript
2 8 (18.60%) Perl
2 8 (18.60%) Python
2 8 (18.60%) Shell Script
3 6 (13.95%) C
3 6 (13.95%) Java
3 6 (13.95%) Ruby
4 2 (4.65%) SQL
4 2 (4.65%) X++
Qualifications
1 9 (20.93%) Security Cleared
2 7 (16.28%) SC Cleared
3 4 (9.30%) ISEB
4 3 (6.98%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.33%) APMP
5 1 (2.33%) CISSP
5 1 (2.33%) CLAS
5 1 (2.33%) Degree
5 1 (2.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (20.93%) QA
2 1 (2.33%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.33%) GxP
2 1 (2.33%) ISO/IEC 27001
Vendors
1 9 (20.93%) Oracle
2 6 (13.95%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.98%) IBM
4 2 (4.65%) SAP
4 2 (4.65%) ServiceNow
4 2 (4.65%) Snow
5 1 (2.33%) WorldPay
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