Period
to 20 August 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 20 August 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
20 Aug 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 93 106 94
Rank change year-on-year +13 -12 +15
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 102 68 130
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.01% 1.57% 2.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.41% 1.88% 2.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 34 49
West Midlands median daily rate £395 £313 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +26.40% -15.54% -7.50%
10th Percentile £215 £296 £300
90th Percentile £485 £488 £500
England median daily rate £425 £425 £425
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - £35.00 -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £44.00
% change year-on-year -15.79% +7.95% +35.38%

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 4,232 3,615 5,082
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.57% 83.53% 83.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,527 2,286 2,965
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £269 £250 £234
90th Percentile £575 £550 £541
England median daily rate £463 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +2.78% +5.88% +3.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 200 124 126
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.25 £20.75 £16.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -26.51% +25.76% -26.67%
10th Percentile £10.98 £10.96 £10.67
90th Percentile £32.75 £51.50 £38.88
England median hourly rate £21.37 £23.75 £23.50
% change year-on-year -10.03% +1.06% +9.05%

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 20 August 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 20 August 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 +21 55 £400 -
Coventry -5 15 £325 - 5
Birmingham -21 10 £400 +28.00% 4
Warwickshire +4 6 £188 - 2
Solihull -14 1 £319 -20.62% 1
Wolverhampton - 1 £500 -
Kingswinford - 1 £400 -
Worcestershire - 1 £250 - 5
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 20 August 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 50 (49.02%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (46.08%) Java
3 38 (37.25%) Unix
4 36 (35.29%) SQL
4 36 (35.29%) Test Automation
5 32 (31.37%) Oracle
6 31 (30.39%) Process Improvement
7 29 (28.43%) DevOps
8 26 (25.49%) Windows
9 25 (24.51%) WebLogic
10 24 (23.53%) Bitbucket
11 23 (22.55%) Configuration Management
12 22 (21.57%) Shell Script
12 22 (21.57%) PL/SQL
13 21 (20.59%) Selenium
14 20 (19.61%) J2EE
15 18 (17.65%) JIRA
16 17 (16.67%) Perl
16 17 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
16 17 (16.67%) Confluence
16 17 (16.67%) Docker
16 17 (16.67%) Microservices
17 16 (15.69%) Git (software)
17 16 (15.69%) Waterfall
17 16 (15.69%) Test Management
17 16 (15.69%) C#
17 16 (15.69%) OO
17 16 (15.69%) ISEB
17 16 (15.69%) BEA
18 15 (14.71%) Linux

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 25 (24.51%) WebLogic
2 17 (16.67%) Confluence
3 9 (8.82%) nginx
3 9 (8.82%) Tomcat
4 8 (7.84%) SharePoint
5 3 (2.94%) NetWeaver
6 2 (1.96%) CMS
7 1 (0.98%) Apache
Applications
1 5 (4.90%) Microsoft Excel
2 4 (3.92%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.92%) Microsoft PowerPoint
3 3 (2.94%) Microsoft Project
Cloud Services
1 15 (14.71%) Microsoft Azure
2 10 (9.80%) Office 365
3 9 (8.82%) GitHub
3 9 (8.82%) Google Analytics
4 6 (5.88%) Dynamics 365
5 1 (0.98%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 9 (8.82%) HTTP
1 9 (8.82%) SSL
1 9 (8.82%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (8.82%) MongoDB
1 9 (8.82%) NoSQL
2 4 (3.92%) BusinessObjects
3 3 (2.94%) Data Mining
3 3 (2.94%) Oracle OWB
3 3 (2.94%) SAP BW
4 2 (1.96%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 24 (23.53%) Bitbucket
2 21 (20.59%) Selenium
3 18 (17.65%) JIRA
4 16 (15.69%) Git (software)
5 15 (14.71%) Jenkins
6 11 (10.78%) Cucumber
7 9 (8.82%) Ant
7 9 (8.82%) Gatling
7 9 (8.82%) Grunt
7 9 (8.82%) gulp
7 9 (8.82%) IntelliJ
7 9 (8.82%) Karma Test Runner
7 9 (8.82%) Sublime Text
8 7 (6.86%) Visual Studio
8 7 (6.86%) Visual Studio Team System
9 6 (5.88%) GitLab
9 6 (5.88%) HP UFT
9 6 (5.88%) JUnit
9 6 (5.88%) Octopus Deploy
9 6 (5.88%) TeamCity
General
1 11 (10.78%) Finance
2 3 (2.94%) Automotive
3 2 (1.96%) Manufacturing
4 1 (0.98%) Banking
Job Titles
1 20 (19.61%) Developer
1 20 (19.61%) Test Manager
2 16 (15.69%) Analyst
3 12 (11.76%) Test Analyst
4 10 (9.80%) Test Leader
4 10 (9.80%) Tester
5 9 (8.82%) Software Engineer
6 7 (6.86%) Automation Test Analyst
7 5 (4.90%) Monitoring Engineer
8 4 (3.92%) Business Analyst
8 4 (3.92%) COBOL Developer
8 4 (3.92%) DevOps Developer
8 4 (3.92%) Mainframe Developer
8 4 (3.92%) Project Manager
8 4 (3.92%) SAP Manager
9 3 (2.94%) Process Analyst
9 3 (2.94%) SAP Project Manager
9 3 (2.94%) Technical Manager
9 3 (2.94%) Technical Project Manager
10 2 (1.96%) Infrastructure Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (19.61%) J2EE
2 13 (12.75%) XML
3 11 (10.78%) Gherkin
3 11 (10.78%) RESTful
4 9 (8.82%) AngularJS
4 9 (8.82%) jQuery
4 9 (8.82%) Node.js
4 9 (8.82%) Servlets
5 6 (5.88%) SOAP
5 6 (5.88%) Spring
5 6 (5.88%) Spring Boot
6 5 (4.90%) CSS
6 5 (4.90%) JSON
6 5 (4.90%) Ruby on Rails
7 4 (3.92%) JSON Schema
7 4 (3.92%) Lambda Expressions
7 4 (3.92%) WSDL
7 4 (3.92%) XSD
8 3 (2.94%) .NET
8 3 (2.94%) SAP Basis
Miscellaneous
1 8 (7.84%) Mobile App
2 5 (4.90%) Mainframe
3 4 (3.92%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (3.92%) Virtual Team
4 3 (2.94%) CMDB
4 3 (2.94%) Robotics
4 3 (2.94%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 38 (37.25%) Unix
2 26 (25.49%) Windows
3 15 (14.71%) Linux
4 9 (8.82%) Ubuntu
5 5 (4.90%) VME
6 4 (3.92%) Mac OS X
7 2 (1.96%) Android
7 2 (1.96%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.98%) Windows 7
8 1 (0.98%) Windows Server
8 1 (0.98%) Windows Server 2008
8 1 (0.98%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 50 (49.02%) Agile Software Development
2 36 (35.29%) Test Automation
3 31 (30.39%) Process Improvement
4 29 (28.43%) DevOps
5 23 (22.55%) Configuration Management
6 17 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
6 17 (16.67%) Microservices
7 16 (15.69%) OO
7 16 (15.69%) Test Management
7 16 (15.69%) Waterfall
8 15 (14.71%) Problem-Solving
9 14 (13.73%) Problem Management
10 12 (11.76%) Analytics
10 12 (11.76%) Data Modelling
10 12 (11.76%) Scrum
10 12 (11.76%) Test Scripting
10 12 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
11 11 (10.78%) Functional Testing
11 11 (10.78%) Software Testing
12 10 (9.80%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 47 (46.08%) Java
2 36 (35.29%) SQL
3 22 (21.57%) PL/SQL
3 22 (21.57%) Shell Script
4 17 (16.67%) Perl
5 16 (15.69%) C#
6 13 (12.75%) Groovy
7 9 (8.82%) Haskell
7 9 (8.82%) JavaScript
7 9 (8.82%) Python
7 9 (8.82%) Ruby
8 5 (4.90%) COBOL
9 3 (2.94%) VBScript
10 1 (0.98%) R
10 1 (0.98%) VB
Qualifications
1 16 (15.69%) ISEB
2 12 (11.76%) ISTQB
3 8 (7.84%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 8 (7.84%) Security Cleared
4 4 (3.92%) ISEB Practitioner
5 3 (2.94%) SC Cleared
6 1 (0.98%) PRINCE2 Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (8.82%) QA
System Software
1 17 (16.67%) Docker
2 6 (5.88%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.98%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (8.82%) Grafana
1 9 (8.82%) Kibana
1 9 (8.82%) Puppet
2 6 (5.88%) BMC PATROL
3 4 (3.92%) Ansible
4 1 (0.98%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 32 (31.37%) Oracle
2 16 (15.69%) BEA
3 14 (13.73%) Microsoft
3 14 (13.73%) webMethods
4 9 (8.82%) Google
5 6 (5.88%) AppDynamics
5 6 (5.88%) BMC
5 6 (5.88%) Dynatrace
5 6 (5.88%) Riverbed
5 6 (5.88%) Splunk
6 5 (4.90%) SAP
7 4 (3.92%) CheckPoint
8 3 (2.94%) Blue Prism
8 3 (2.94%) Cisco
8 3 (2.94%) IBM
8 3 (2.94%) Informatica
8 3 (2.94%) Pega
9 1 (0.98%) Atlassian
9 1 (0.98%) Salesforce.com
9 1 (0.98%) UiPath