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 3 months to 28 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
North East / Tyne and Wear
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 41 78 46
Rank change year-on-year +37 -32  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 5 43 13
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 1.31% 3.02% 2.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 3.44% 2.65%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 30 10
Median daily rate £275 £310 £345
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.29% -10.14%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
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 Tyne and Wear with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Tyne and Wear
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 335 1249 491
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Tyne and Wear 87.47% 87.65% 78.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 228 836 325
Median daily rate £390 £323 £395
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +20.93% -18.35%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £585 £500 £553
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 74 32
Median hourly rate £34.00 £28.00 £15.68
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +21.42% +78.62%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £22.80 £12.31
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £36.00 £40.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Tyne and Wear

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Tyne and Wear 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 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
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 3 months to 28 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
Newcastle upon Tyne +41 5 £275 -12.00%
Test Strategy
North East

For the 6 months to 28 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 Tyne and Wear region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 13 (100.00%) Games
1 13 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 13 (100.00%) TDD
1 13 (100.00%) WCAG
1 13 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 13 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 13 (100.00%) Scala
1 13 (100.00%) Selenium
1 13 (100.00%) WebDriver
1 13 (100.00%) User Stories
1 13 (100.00%) Defect Tracking
2 11 (84.62%) Web Testing
2 11 (84.62%) Cucumber
2 11 (84.62%) Jenkins
2 11 (84.62%) RSpec
2 11 (84.62%) JUnit
3 10 (76.92%) QA
4 7 (53.85%) JSON
5 4 (30.77%) Ruby
5 4 (30.77%) Python
5 4 (30.77%) C#
5 4 (30.77%) Java
6 3 (23.08%) Open Source
7 1 (7.69%) Scrum
7 1 (7.69%) Smartphone
7 1 (7.69%) Front End Development

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:

Development Applications
1 13 (100.00%) Selenium
1 13 (100.00%) WebDriver
2 11 (84.62%) Cucumber
2 11 (84.62%) Jenkins
2 11 (84.62%) JUnit
2 11 (84.62%) RSpec
General
1 13 (100.00%) Games
Job Titles
1 10 (76.92%) QA Engineer
2 9 (69.23%) Test Engineer
3 8 (61.54%) QA Test Engineer
4 7 (53.85%) Quality Engineer
5 4 (30.77%) Automation Tester
5 4 (30.77%) Tester
6 3 (23.08%) Selenium Automation Tester
6 3 (23.08%) Selenium Tester
7 2 (15.38%) Analyst
7 2 (15.38%) Automation Test Analyst
7 2 (15.38%) Selenium Test Analyst
7 2 (15.38%) Test Analyst
7 2 (15.38%) Test Automation Engineer
8 1 (7.69%) Java Automation Tester
8 1 (7.69%) QA Automation Engineer
8 1 (7.69%) QA Automation Tester
8 1 (7.69%) QA Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (53.85%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 1 (7.69%) Smartphone
Processes & Methodologies
1 13 (100.00%) Agile Software Development
1 13 (100.00%) Defect Tracking
1 13 (100.00%) TDD
1 13 (100.00%) Test Automation
1 13 (100.00%) Test Scripting
1 13 (100.00%) User Stories
2 11 (84.62%) Web Testing
3 3 (23.08%) Open Source
4 1 (7.69%) Front End Development
4 1 (7.69%) Scrum
Programming Languages
1 13 (100.00%) Scala
2 4 (30.77%) C#
2 4 (30.77%) Java
2 4 (30.77%) Python
2 4 (30.77%) Ruby
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (100.00%) WCAG
2 10 (76.92%) QA