Period
to 18 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 18 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
North East > Tyne and Wear
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 82 86 55
Rank change year-on-year +4 -31 +15
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 14 73 58
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 1.53% 3.04% 3.82%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.77% 3.57% 4.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 44 55
Tyne and Wear median daily rate £320 £315 £485
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +1.59% -35.05% +34.72%
10th Percentile £263 £228 £280
90th Percentile £484 £383 £550
North East median daily rate £320 £313 £480
% change year-on-year +2.40% -34.90% +33.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Tyne and Wear median hourly rate - - -
North East median hourly rate - - -

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 Tyne and Wear with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Tyne and Wear
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 790 2046 1281
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 86.34% 85.32% 84.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 555 1481 854
Tyne and Wear median daily rate £388 £350 £405
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +10.71% -13.58% +8.00%
10th Percentile £250 £225 £258
90th Percentile £554 £525 £600
North East median daily rate £375 £350 £400
% change year-on-year +7.14% -12.50% +6.67%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 82 51
Tyne and Wear median hourly rate £30.00 £28.00 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +60.00% -5.48%
10th Percentile £10.00 £14.01 £11.25
90th Percentile £47.83 £36.00 £37.50
North East median hourly rate £25.00 £28.00 £15.86
% change year-on-year -10.71% +76.54% -16.08%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Tyne and Wear

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Tyne and Wear

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in Tyne and Wear

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Tyne and Wear over the 6 months to 18 November 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in Tyne and Wear

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in Tyne and Wear

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 Tyne and Wear region over the 6 months to 18 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
Newcastle upon Tyne +6 14 £320 +0.79% 1
Test Strategy
North East

For the 6 months to 18 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 Tyne and Wear region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 13 (92.86%) Test Automation
2 10 (71.43%) WebDriver
2 10 (71.43%) Open Source
2 10 (71.43%) QA
2 10 (71.43%) Selenium
2 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (71.43%) TDD
3 8 (57.14%) Java
3 8 (57.14%) Cucumber
3 8 (57.14%) Jenkins
4 7 (50.00%) User Stories
4 7 (50.00%) Defect Tracking
4 7 (50.00%) WCAG
4 7 (50.00%) Test Scripting
4 7 (50.00%) Scala
4 7 (50.00%) Games
4 7 (50.00%) Acceptance Criteria
5 6 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
6 5 (35.71%) RSpec
6 5 (35.71%) Web Testing
6 5 (35.71%) JUnit
6 5 (35.71%) C#
6 5 (35.71%) Python
6 5 (35.71%) Ruby
7 3 (21.43%) Service Management
7 3 (21.43%) ISTQB
7 3 (21.43%) ISEB
7 3 (21.43%) ITIL
7 3 (21.43%) Regression Testing
7 3 (21.43%) Test Management

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Tyne and Wear 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 1 (7.14%) Dynamics CRM
Development Applications
1 10 (71.43%) Selenium
1 10 (71.43%) WebDriver
2 8 (57.14%) Cucumber
2 8 (57.14%) Jenkins
3 5 (35.71%) JUnit
3 5 (35.71%) RSpec
4 3 (21.43%) JIRA
4 3 (21.43%) JIRA Agile
General
1 7 (50.00%) Games
2 1 (7.14%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 6 (42.86%) Automation Tester
1 6 (42.86%) Tester
2 5 (35.71%) QA Engineer
3 4 (28.57%) Test Engineer
4 3 (21.43%) JIRA Engineer
4 3 (21.43%) Selenium Automation Tester
4 3 (21.43%) Selenium Tester
4 3 (21.43%) Senior Test Engineer
4 3 (21.43%) Test Automation Engineer
5 2 (14.29%) Analyst
5 2 (14.29%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (14.29%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 2 (14.29%) Senior Test Automation Engineer
5 2 (14.29%) Test Analyst
6 1 (7.14%) CRM Developer
6 1 (7.14%) Developer
6 1 (7.14%) Dynamics CRM Developer
6 1 (7.14%) Microsoft Developer
6 1 (7.14%) QA Automation Engineer
6 1 (7.14%) Senior QA Engineer
Miscellaneous
1 2 (14.29%) Smartphone
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (92.86%) Test Automation
2 10 (71.43%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (71.43%) Open Source
2 10 (71.43%) TDD
3 7 (50.00%) Acceptance Criteria
3 7 (50.00%) Defect Tracking
3 7 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 7 (50.00%) User Stories
4 6 (42.86%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (35.71%) Web Testing
6 3 (21.43%) BDD
6 3 (21.43%) Defect Management
6 3 (21.43%) DevOps
6 3 (21.43%) ITIL
6 3 (21.43%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 3 (21.43%) Regression Testing
6 3 (21.43%) Service Management
6 3 (21.43%) Test Management
6 3 (21.43%) User Acceptance Testing
6 3 (21.43%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 8 (57.14%) Java
2 7 (50.00%) Scala
3 5 (35.71%) C#
3 5 (35.71%) Python
3 5 (35.71%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (21.43%) ISEB
1 3 (21.43%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (71.43%) QA
2 7 (50.00%) WCAG
Vendors
1 1 (7.14%) Microsoft
1 1 (7.14%) Pega