Period
to 12 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Staffordshire 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 12 December 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
West Midlands > Staffordshire
6 months to
12 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 42 33 45
Rank change year-on-year -9 +12 -
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 5 1 2
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 1.71% 0.37% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.01% 0.45% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 1 1
Staffordshire median daily rate £400 £300 £465
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +33.33% -35.48% -
West Midlands median daily rate £405 £425 £375
% change year-on-year -4.71% +13.33% -9.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Staffordshire median hourly rate £45.00 - -
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £30.50 -
% change year-on-year +47.54% - -

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 Staffordshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Staffordshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 249 224 357
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire 84.98% 83.90% 83.02%
Number of daily rates quoted 177 154 225
Staffordshire median daily rate £375 £375 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +10.29% -6.85%
10th Percentile £275 £257 £204
90th Percentile £463 £471 £492
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 10 9 20
Staffordshire median hourly rate £45.00 £14.50 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +210.34% -42.00% +80.51%
10th Percentile £13.18 £12.22 £19.93
90th Percentile £58.45 £48.00 £61.50
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.86 £25.00 £18.00
% change year-on-year -36.56% +38.89% -10.00%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Staffordshire

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Staffordshire.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Staffordshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Staffordshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Strategy in Staffordshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Staffordshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Staffordshire

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 Staffordshire region over the 6 months to 12 December 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
Lichfield - 2 £400 - 1
Test Strategy
West Midlands

For the 6 months to 12 December 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 Staffordshire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 5 (100.00%) SQL
1 5 (100.00%) Oracle
1 5 (100.00%) SQL Server
1 5 (100.00%) SOAP
1 5 (100.00%) Web Services
1 5 (100.00%) XML
1 5 (100.00%) Windows
1 5 (100.00%) Linux
1 5 (100.00%) SOA
1 5 (100.00%) Red Hat
1 5 (100.00%) VMware
1 5 (100.00%) SC Cleared
1 5 (100.00%) Security Cleared
1 5 (100.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 5 (100.00%) MongoDB
1 5 (100.00%) SoapUI
1 5 (100.00%) REST
1 5 (100.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 5 (100.00%) Windows Server
2 4 (80.00%) Software Delivery
2 4 (80.00%) Defect Management
2 4 (80.00%) Waterfall
2 4 (80.00%) Functional Testing
2 4 (80.00%) V-Model
2 4 (80.00%) Regression Testing
2 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (80.00%) TDD
2 4 (80.00%) Oracle Reports
3 3 (60.00%) Software Testing
3 3 (60.00%) Test Automation

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Staffordshire 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 5 (100.00%) Oracle SOA Suite
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (100.00%) MongoDB
1 5 (100.00%) SQL Server
2 4 (80.00%) Oracle Reports
3 2 (40.00%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 5 (100.00%) SoapUI
General
1 1 (20.00%) Military
Job Titles
1 5 (100.00%) Analyst
1 5 (100.00%) Test Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Agile Test Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) Manual Test Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) SQL Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) XML Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (100.00%) REST
1 5 (100.00%) SOAP
1 5 (100.00%) Web Services
1 5 (100.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (60.00%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (20.00%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 5 (100.00%) Linux
1 5 (100.00%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
1 5 (100.00%) Windows
1 5 (100.00%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (100.00%) SOA
2 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (80.00%) Defect Management
2 4 (80.00%) Functional Testing
2 4 (80.00%) Regression Testing
2 4 (80.00%) Software Delivery
2 4 (80.00%) TDD
2 4 (80.00%) V-Model
2 4 (80.00%) Waterfall
3 3 (60.00%) Manual Testing
3 3 (60.00%) Performance Testing
3 3 (60.00%) SDLC
3 3 (60.00%) Software Testing
3 3 (60.00%) Test Automation
4 2 (40.00%) Analytics
Programming Languages
1 5 (100.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 5 (100.00%) SC Cleared
1 5 (100.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (40.00%) Degree
Vendors
1 5 (100.00%) Oracle
1 5 (100.00%) Red Hat
1 5 (100.00%) VMware