Period
to 19 December 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 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 19 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
19 Dec 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 79 124 90
Rank change year-on-year +45 -34 -1
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 151 71 127
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.92% 1.47% 2.16%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.37% 1.74% 2.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 66 24 60
West Midlands median daily rate £406 £425 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.41% +13.33% -11.24%
10th Percentile £311 £300 £315
90th Percentile £495 £550 £475
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -2.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £45.00 £30.50 -
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +47.54% - -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £44.25
% change year-on-year +6.67% -15.25% +7.93%

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 West Midlands with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4,482 4,072 4,943
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 86.79% 84.03% 84.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,771 2,637 2,958
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £275 £243 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £475 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.56% +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 145 141 145
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.86 £25.12 £17.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.86% +47.76% -15.00%
10th Percentile £10.93 £11.75 £10.61
90th Percentile £43.75 £48.75 £41.47
England median hourly rate £22.50 £25.00 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.00% +6.38% +6.82%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the West Midlands

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 19 December 2018.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the West Midlands.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in the West Midlands

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 West Midlands region over the 6 months to 19 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
Shropshire +15 113 £408 +35.83% 7
Warwickshire +8 9 £475 +22.58%
Birmingham -9 7 £394 -12.50% 2
Coventry -7 6 £190 -59.14% 7
Staffordshire -6 5 £400 +33.33% 5
Solihull -9 1 £319 -42.09% 4
Worcestershire - 1 £250 - 2
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 19 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 115 (76.16%) Agile Software Development
2 101 (66.89%) Java
3 81 (53.64%) Process Improvement
4 66 (43.71%) SQL
5 65 (43.05%) Test Automation
6 60 (39.74%) DevOps
7 56 (37.09%) Oracle
8 54 (35.76%) Unix
9 52 (34.44%) Docker
10 49 (32.45%) Microservices
11 48 (31.79%) Git (software)
12 40 (26.49%) Spring
13 38 (25.17%) Configuration Management
14 36 (23.84%) WebLogic
14 36 (23.84%) Problem-Solving
15 34 (22.52%) Windows
15 34 (22.52%) TDD
16 33 (21.85%) PL/SQL
16 33 (21.85%) Bitbucket
16 33 (21.85%) REST
16 33 (21.85%) Spring Boot
17 32 (21.19%) Cucumber
17 32 (21.19%) Apache Camel
18 30 (19.87%) JSON
18 30 (19.87%) Shell Script
19 29 (19.21%) OO
19 29 (19.21%) Waterfall
20 28 (18.54%) Selenium
21 27 (17.88%) Problem Management
22 26 (17.22%) Data Modelling

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the West Midlands 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 36 (23.84%) WebLogic
2 21 (13.91%) Confluence
3 12 (7.95%) nginx
3 12 (7.95%) Tomcat
4 7 (4.64%) SharePoint
5 6 (3.97%) Documentum
6 5 (3.31%) Oracle SOA Suite
7 4 (2.65%) SAS
8 1 (0.66%) CMS
Applications
1 7 (4.64%) Microsoft Project
2 5 (3.31%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (1.32%) Microsoft Office
3 2 (1.32%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (1.32%) Infor M3
1 2 (1.32%) Lawson
2 1 (0.66%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 13 (8.61%) Google Analytics
1 13 (8.61%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (7.95%) GitHub
3 7 (4.64%) Office 365
4 6 (3.97%) Dynamics 365
5 3 (1.99%) SaaS
6 1 (0.66%) Amazon AWS
6 1 (0.66%) Boomi
6 1 (0.66%) Google Cloud Platform
Communications & Networking
1 12 (7.95%) HTTP
1 12 (7.95%) SSL
1 12 (7.95%) TCP/IP
2 7 (4.64%) DSL
3 1 (0.66%) Firewall
3 1 (0.66%) Internet
3 1 (0.66%) SNMP
3 1 (0.66%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 17 (11.26%) MongoDB
2 12 (7.95%) NoSQL
3 10 (6.62%) SQL Server
4 7 (4.64%) BusinessObjects
4 7 (4.64%) Oracle Database
4 7 (4.64%) Oracle Database 11g
5 6 (3.97%) Oracle Reports
6 5 (3.31%) Oracle OWB
7 4 (2.65%) Base SAS
8 3 (1.99%) SAS Data Integration Studio
8 3 (1.99%) SAS Enterprise Guide
9 2 (1.32%) Big Data
10 1 (0.66%) Amazon Redshift
10 1 (0.66%) BigQuery
10 1 (0.66%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 48 (31.79%) Git (software)
2 33 (21.85%) Bitbucket
3 32 (21.19%) Cucumber
4 28 (18.54%) Selenium
5 23 (15.23%) SoapUI
6 21 (13.91%) JIRA
7 18 (11.92%) Jenkins
8 15 (9.93%) SonarQube
9 14 (9.27%) JUnit
10 13 (8.61%) GitLab
10 13 (8.61%) Mockito
11 12 (7.95%) Ant
11 12 (7.95%) Gatling
11 12 (7.95%) Grunt
11 12 (7.95%) gulp
11 12 (7.95%) IntelliJ
11 12 (7.95%) Karma Test Runner
11 12 (7.95%) Sublime Text
12 8 (5.30%) Atlassian Bamboo
12 8 (5.30%) RSpec
General
1 7 (4.64%) Finance
2 5 (3.31%) Marketing
3 1 (0.66%) Banking
3 1 (0.66%) Military
Job Titles
1 46 (30.46%) Developer
2 23 (15.23%) Test Manager
3 22 (14.57%) Software Engineer
3 22 (14.57%) Tester
4 20 (13.25%) Analyst
5 19 (12.58%) Test Analyst
6 18 (11.92%) Java Developer
7 10 (6.62%) Automation Tester
7 10 (6.62%) Developer in Test
8 7 (4.64%) Java Automation Tester
9 6 (3.97%) Selenium Automation Tester
9 6 (3.97%) Selenium Tester
10 5 (3.31%) Automation Test Analyst
10 5 (3.31%) COBOL Developer
10 5 (3.31%) Java Engineer
10 5 (3.31%) Java Software Engineer
10 5 (3.31%) Mainframe Developer
11 4 (2.65%) CRM Manager
11 4 (2.65%) Ruby on Rails Developer
12 3 (1.99%) Stakeholder Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 40 (26.49%) Spring
2 33 (21.85%) REST
2 33 (21.85%) Spring Boot
3 32 (21.19%) Apache Camel
4 30 (19.87%) JSON
5 24 (15.89%) J2EE
6 22 (14.57%) XML
7 15 (9.93%) RESTful
8 13 (8.61%) Gherkin
8 13 (8.61%) Swagger
8 13 (8.61%) WireMock
9 12 (7.95%) AngularJS
9 12 (7.95%) jQuery
9 12 (7.95%) Node.js
9 12 (7.95%) Servlets
10 9 (5.96%) SOAP
11 8 (5.30%) CSS
11 8 (5.30%) Ruby on Rails
11 8 (5.30%) Web Services
12 7 (4.64%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (4.64%) Analytical Skills
1 7 (4.64%) Mobile App
2 6 (3.97%) Mainframe
3 2 (1.32%) AS400
3 2 (1.32%) Virtual Team
4 1 (0.66%) Management Information System
4 1 (0.66%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 54 (35.76%) Unix
2 34 (22.52%) Windows
3 24 (15.89%) Linux
4 12 (7.95%) Ubuntu
5 9 (5.96%) Windows Server
6 6 (3.97%) VME
7 5 (3.31%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
8 4 (2.65%) Mac OS X
8 4 (2.65%) Windows Server 2008
8 4 (2.65%) Windows Server 2012
9 1 (0.66%) Android
9 1 (0.66%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 115 (76.16%) Agile Software Development
2 81 (53.64%) Process Improvement
3 65 (43.05%) Test Automation
4 60 (39.74%) DevOps
5 49 (32.45%) Microservices
6 38 (25.17%) Configuration Management
7 36 (23.84%) Problem-Solving
8 34 (22.52%) TDD
9 29 (19.21%) OO
9 29 (19.21%) Waterfall
10 27 (17.88%) Problem Management
11 26 (17.22%) Data Modelling
12 23 (15.23%) Software Engineering
13 21 (13.91%) Analytics
13 21 (13.91%) Scrum
14 20 (13.25%) Continuous Integration
14 20 (13.25%) Functional Testing
14 20 (13.25%) Regression Testing
15 15 (9.93%) Business Intelligence
15 15 (9.93%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 101 (66.89%) Java
2 66 (43.71%) SQL
3 33 (21.85%) PL/SQL
4 30 (19.87%) Shell Script
5 21 (13.91%) Perl
6 18 (11.92%) C#
7 16 (10.60%) Groovy
8 13 (8.61%) Python
9 12 (7.95%) Haskell
9 12 (7.95%) JavaScript
9 12 (7.95%) Ruby
10 6 (3.97%) COBOL
11 2 (1.32%) R
12 1 (0.66%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 24 (15.89%) ISEB
2 13 (8.61%) SC Cleared
2 13 (8.61%) Security Cleared
3 12 (7.95%) ISTQB
4 7 (4.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 6 (3.97%) ISEB Practitioner
6 3 (1.99%) Degree
6 3 (1.99%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (9.93%) QA
2 1 (0.66%) SLA
System Software
1 52 (34.44%) Docker
2 6 (3.97%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.66%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (7.95%) Grafana
1 12 (7.95%) Kibana
1 12 (7.95%) Puppet
2 4 (2.65%) Ansible
3 1 (0.66%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 56 (37.09%) Oracle
2 25 (16.56%) WSO2
3 20 (13.25%) BEA
3 20 (13.25%) Microsoft
4 19 (12.58%) webMethods
5 13 (8.61%) Google
6 9 (5.96%) Pega
7 6 (3.97%) CheckPoint
8 5 (3.31%) Red Hat
8 5 (3.31%) VMware
9 4 (2.65%) IBM
10 3 (1.99%) Informatica
10 3 (1.99%) Salesforce.com
10 3 (1.99%) SAP
11 2 (1.32%) Atlassian
12 1 (0.66%) Blue Prism
12 1 (0.66%) Dell
12 1 (0.66%) HP
12 1 (0.66%) IBM Sterling