Period
to 24 November 2017

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 24 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
England > West Midlands
6 months to
24 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 116 82 90
Rank change year-on-year -34 +8 +51
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 67 135 92
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.38% 2.19% 1.84%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.66% 2.63% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 63 44
West Midlands median daily rate £325 £375 £411
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -13.33% -8.81% +17.12%
10th Percentile £300 £315 £308
90th Percentile £495 £475 £525
England median daily rate £425 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +6.25% - +3.23%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £30.50 - -
England median hourly rate £46.25 £44.00 £39.25
% change year-on-year +5.11% +12.10% +5.37%

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 4040 5125 3948
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 83.01% 83.13% 79.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 2578 3073 2258
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.67% +4.17%
10th Percentile £244 £250 £240
90th Percentile £550 £550 £532
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 144 138 178
West Midlands median hourly rate £25.00 £18.00 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +38.89% -10.00% -
10th Percentile £11.40 £10.75 £11.00
90th Percentile £48.75 £40.00 £43.75
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +18.42%

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 24 November 2017.

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 24 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
Birmingham +15 22 £425 +9.68% 1
Shropshire -24 12 - -
Solihull +17 11 £403 -
Warwickshire -1 5 £388 +5.80%
Coventry -4 4 £315 -16.00% 2
Staffordshire +11 1 £300 -35.48%
Wolverhampton - 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 24 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 15 (22.39%) Stakeholder Management
2 14 (20.90%) Finance
2 14 (20.90%) Migration
2 14 (20.90%) Agile Software Development
3 12 (17.91%) Test Scripting
4 11 (16.42%) User Acceptance Testing
4 11 (16.42%) LAN
4 11 (16.42%) WAN
4 11 (16.42%) REST
4 11 (16.42%) Presales
4 11 (16.42%) Customer Requirements
4 11 (16.42%) Scenario Testing
5 10 (14.93%) Test Automation
5 10 (14.93%) Oracle
6 9 (13.43%) SC Cleared
6 9 (13.43%) Security Cleared
6 9 (13.43%) Mentoring
7 8 (11.94%) SAS
8 7 (10.45%) SAP
8 7 (10.45%) Test Planning
8 7 (10.45%) Collaborative Working
9 6 (8.96%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 6 (8.96%) Windows
9 6 (8.96%) CRM
9 6 (8.96%) Integration Testing
10 5 (7.46%) Retail
10 5 (7.46%) Manual Testing
10 5 (7.46%) ISTQB
10 5 (7.46%) Selenium
10 5 (7.46%) Project Management

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 8 (11.94%) SAS
2 1 (1.49%) SharePoint
Applications
1 2 (2.99%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.49%) Adobe Illustrator
2 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Excel
2 1 (1.49%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Project
2 1 (1.49%) Photoshop
Business Applications
1 5 (7.46%) Oracle EBS
2 3 (4.48%) Oracle ASCP
2 3 (4.48%) TRIRIGA
3 2 (2.99%) SAP CRM
4 1 (1.49%) NetSuite
4 1 (1.49%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (1.49%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
1 1 (1.49%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 11 (16.42%) LAN
1 11 (16.42%) WAN
2 2 (2.99%) DSL
2 2 (2.99%) SDH
2 2 (2.99%) VoIP
3 1 (1.49%) GPON
3 1 (1.49%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.97%) Oracle BI EE
2 2 (2.99%) Data Warehouse
2 2 (2.99%) SAP Data Services
3 1 (1.49%) Oracle OWB
3 1 (1.49%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 5 (7.46%) Selenium
2 2 (2.99%) JIRA
3 1 (1.49%) Jenkins
3 1 (1.49%) Visual Studio
3 1 (1.49%) WebDriver
General
1 14 (20.90%) Finance
2 5 (7.46%) Retail
3 4 (5.97%) Automotive
4 2 (2.99%) Back Office
4 2 (2.99%) Manufacturing
4 2 (2.99%) Marketing
4 2 (2.99%) Pharmaceutical
4 2 (2.99%) Telecoms
5 1 (1.49%) Billing
5 1 (1.49%) Front Office
5 1 (1.49%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 20 (29.85%) Test Manager
2 15 (22.39%) Analyst
3 13 (19.40%) Test Analyst
4 11 (16.42%) Architect
5 6 (8.96%) Network Architect
5 6 (8.96%) Programme Manager
6 5 (7.46%) Infrastructure Manager
6 5 (7.46%) Infrastructure Test Manager
6 5 (7.46%) Programme Test Manager
6 5 (7.46%) Test Leader
6 5 (7.46%) Test Programme Manager
7 3 (4.48%) Infrastructure Programme Manager
7 3 (4.48%) Solutions Architect
8 2 (2.99%) Applications Manager
8 2 (2.99%) Automation Test Analyst
8 2 (2.99%) Business Analyst
8 2 (2.99%) Consultant
8 2 (2.99%) Data Manager
8 2 (2.99%) Operations Analyst
8 2 (2.99%) Supply Chain Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 11 (16.42%) REST
2 5 (7.46%) Oracle Fusion
3 2 (2.99%) Mason
4 1 (1.49%) HTML
4 1 (1.49%) HTML5
4 1 (1.49%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.46%) Data Centre
2 4 (5.97%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.99%) EPoS
3 2 (2.99%) Management Information System
3 2 (2.99%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.99%) User Experience
4 1 (1.49%) FMCG
4 1 (1.49%) NHS
4 1 (1.49%) Private Cloud
4 1 (1.49%) Robotics
Operating Systems
1 6 (8.96%) Windows
2 3 (4.48%) Unix
2 3 (4.48%) Windows 10
3 2 (2.99%) Android
3 2 (2.99%) Apple iOS
3 2 (2.99%) Linux
4 1 (1.49%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.49%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (22.39%) Stakeholder Management
2 14 (20.90%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (20.90%) Migration
3 12 (17.91%) Test Scripting
4 11 (16.42%) Customer Requirements
4 11 (16.42%) Presales
4 11 (16.42%) Scenario Testing
4 11 (16.42%) User Acceptance Testing
5 10 (14.93%) Test Automation
6 9 (13.43%) Mentoring
7 7 (10.45%) Collaborative Working
7 7 (10.45%) Test Planning
8 6 (8.96%) CRM
8 6 (8.96%) Integration Testing
8 6 (8.96%) Stakeholder Engagement
9 5 (7.46%) Business Transformation
9 5 (7.46%) Manual Testing
9 5 (7.46%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 5 (7.46%) Project Management
9 5 (7.46%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 2 (2.99%) Java
2 1 (1.49%) C#
2 1 (1.49%) PL/SQL
2 1 (1.49%) PowerShell
2 1 (1.49%) SQL
2 1 (1.49%) VB
2 1 (1.49%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 9 (13.43%) SC Cleared
1 9 (13.43%) Security Cleared
2 5 (7.46%) ISEB
2 5 (7.46%) ISTQB
3 2 (2.99%) ISEB Practitioner
4 1 (1.49%) CCNA
4 1 (1.49%) Cisco Certification
4 1 (1.49%) Degree
4 1 (1.49%) HNC
4 1 (1.49%) MCSE
4 1 (1.49%) Microsoft Certification
4 1 (1.49%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (5.97%) QA
2 1 (1.49%) Data Quality
2 1 (1.49%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.49%) PMO
System Software
1 1 (1.49%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.49%) VMware ESXi
Systems Management
1 2 (2.99%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (14.93%) Oracle
2 7 (10.45%) SAP
3 4 (5.97%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.99%) CheckPoint
4 2 (2.99%) Demandware
4 2 (2.99%) HP
4 2 (2.99%) Salesforce.com
4 2 (2.99%) Serena
5 1 (1.49%) Blue Prism
5 1 (1.49%) CODA
5 1 (1.49%) Cognos
5 1 (1.49%) IFS
5 1 (1.49%) JD Edwards
5 1 (1.49%) VMware
5 1 (1.49%) webMethods
5 1 (1.49%) Workday