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 3 months to 23 March 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.

3 months to
23 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Test Strategy
England / West Midlands
Rank 92 45 87
Rank change year-on-year -47 +42  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 24 98 35
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.05% 3.68% 1.42%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.32% 4.46% 1.90%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 26 20
Median daily rate £375 £450 £438
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -16.66% +2.85%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £373 £309
10% offered a daily rate of more than £493 £470 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £385
% change year-on-year - +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £44.44 £61.50 £38.50
% change year-on-year -27.74% +59.74%  

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 the West Midlands with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Midlands
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1824 2198 1839
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 79.93% 82.51% 74.82%
Number of daily rates quoted 1167 1212 1042
Median daily rate £415 £400 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.75% +3.22%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £523 £550 £538
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £399
% change year-on-year +2.50% +0.29%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 44 109
Median hourly rate £24.50 £18.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +36.11% -40.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.74 £13.06
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £35.00 £35.00 £39.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the West Midlands 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 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 3 months to 23 March 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 hourly rates quoted in IT contractor 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 3 months to 23 March 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
Birmingham +9 9 £450 - 6
Coventry 0 7 £350 -12.50% 2
Warwickshire -1 4 £531 -
Shropshire -24 1 - -
Walsall - 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

Test Strategy
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the West Midlands

For the 6 months to 23 March 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 28 (47.46%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (27.12%) Oracle
3 15 (25.42%) SQL
4 13 (22.03%) User Acceptance Testing
4 13 (22.03%) Test Scripting
5 12 (20.34%) Pega
5 12 (20.34%) Java
6 11 (18.64%) Unix
6 11 (18.64%) Finance
6 11 (18.64%) Migration
7 10 (16.95%) webMethods
8 9 (15.25%) WebLogic
8 9 (15.25%) Stakeholder Management
8 9 (15.25%) Process Improvement
9 8 (13.56%) Mentoring
9 8 (13.56%) System Integration Testing
9 8 (13.56%) JIRA
9 8 (13.56%) QA
9 8 (13.56%) Data Analysis
10 7 (11.86%) XML
10 7 (11.86%) PL/SQL
10 7 (11.86%) J2EE
10 7 (11.86%) OO
10 7 (11.86%) Business Intelligence
10 7 (11.86%) Problem Management
10 7 (11.86%) Data Structures
10 7 (11.86%) Coaching
10 7 (11.86%) Team Foundation Server
10 7 (11.86%) System Testing
10 7 (11.86%) Test Management

Test Strategy
Top Related 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 9 (15.25%) WebLogic
2 5 (8.47%) CMS
3 4 (6.78%) Confluence
4 1 (1.69%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
4 1 (1.69%) Documentum
4 1 (1.69%) JBoss
4 1 (1.69%) Tomcat
Applications
1 3 (5.08%) MS Office
2 1 (1.69%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 1 (1.69%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.69%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.47%) Network Security
2 1 (1.69%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.69%) Oracle OWB
1 1 (1.69%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (1.69%) SQL Server
1 1 (1.69%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 8 (13.56%) JIRA
2 7 (11.86%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (6.78%) CA Gen
3 4 (6.78%) Selenium
4 3 (5.08%) Jenkins
5 2 (3.39%) Cucumber
5 2 (3.39%) Eclipse
5 2 (3.39%) JUnit
5 2 (3.39%) PVCS
5 2 (3.39%) RSpec
5 2 (3.39%) WebDriver
5 2 (3.39%) Zephyr
6 1 (1.69%) Ant
6 1 (1.69%) HP UFT
6 1 (1.69%) JMeter
6 1 (1.69%) LoadRunner
6 1 (1.69%) Maven
6 1 (1.69%) Subversion
6 1 (1.69%) Talend Open Studio
6 1 (1.69%) Visual Studio
General
1 11 (18.64%) Finance
2 4 (6.78%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.39%) Automotive
3 2 (3.39%) Games
3 2 (3.39%) Retail
4 1 (1.69%) Advertising
4 1 (1.69%) Banking
4 1 (1.69%) Military
Job Titles
1 26 (44.07%) Test Manager
2 10 (16.95%) Analyst
3 8 (13.56%) Developer
4 7 (11.86%) Business Systems Analyst
4 7 (11.86%) Systems Analyst
5 5 (8.47%) Applications Manager
5 5 (8.47%) webMethods Developer
6 4 (6.78%) Architect
6 4 (6.78%) Infrastructure Manager
6 4 (6.78%) Infrastructure Test Manager
6 4 (6.78%) Test Leader
7 3 (5.08%) Data Manager
7 3 (5.08%) Lead Architect
7 3 (5.08%) Programme Manager
7 3 (5.08%) Programme Test Manager
7 3 (5.08%) Systems Architect
7 3 (5.08%) Test Programme Manager
7 3 (5.08%) Tester
8 2 (3.39%) Strategy Manager
8 2 (3.39%) Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.86%) J2EE
1 7 (11.86%) XML
2 2 (3.39%) EDIFACT
2 2 (3.39%) JSON
3 1 (1.69%) .NET
3 1 (1.69%) Web Services
3 1 (1.69%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 7 (11.86%) Data Structures
2 2 (3.39%) Data Centre
2 2 (3.39%) Enterprise Software
2 2 (3.39%) Private Cloud
2 2 (3.39%) User Experience
3 1 (1.69%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.69%) Computer Science
3 1 (1.69%) Driving Licence
3 1 (1.69%) Management Information System
3 1 (1.69%) Mobile App
3 1 (1.69%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 11 (18.64%) Unix
2 6 (10.17%) Windows
3 2 (3.39%) AIX
4 1 (1.69%) Android
4 1 (1.69%) Windows 10
4 1 (1.69%) Windows Server
4 1 (1.69%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (47.46%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (22.03%) Test Scripting
2 13 (22.03%) User Acceptance Testing
3 11 (18.64%) Migration
4 9 (15.25%) Process Improvement
4 9 (15.25%) Stakeholder Management
5 8 (13.56%) Data Analysis
5 8 (13.56%) Mentoring
5 8 (13.56%) System Integration Testing
6 7 (11.86%) Business Intelligence
6 7 (11.86%) Coaching
6 7 (11.86%) OO
6 7 (11.86%) Problem Management
6 7 (11.86%) System Testing
6 7 (11.86%) Test Management
7 6 (10.17%) Content Management
7 6 (10.17%) Data Conversion
7 6 (10.17%) Data Modelling
7 6 (10.17%) Functional Testing
8 5 (8.47%) Logistics
Programming Languages
1 15 (25.42%) SQL
2 12 (20.34%) Java
3 7 (11.86%) PL/SQL
4 5 (8.47%) Shell Script
5 2 (3.39%) Scala
6 1 (1.69%) Perl
6 1 (1.69%) R
Qualifications
1 4 (6.78%) ISEB
2 3 (5.08%) Degree
3 2 (3.39%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (3.39%) ISTQB
4 1 (1.69%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (1.69%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
4 1 (1.69%) SC Cleared
4 1 (1.69%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (13.56%) QA
2 2 (3.39%) WCAG
3 1 (1.69%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.69%) SLA
Systems Management
1 2 (3.39%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (27.12%) Oracle
2 12 (20.34%) Pega
3 10 (16.95%) webMethods
4 4 (6.78%) BEA
4 4 (6.78%) CheckPoint
4 4 (6.78%) Guidewire
5 3 (5.08%) Informatica
6 2 (3.39%) HP
6 2 (3.39%) Microsoft
7 1 (1.69%) Computacenter
7 1 (1.69%) SAP
7 1 (1.69%) Talend
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