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 29 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
England > West Midlands
3 months to
29 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 84 87 91
Rank change year-on-year +3 +4  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 36 55 27
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 1.75% 1.83% 1.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.08% 2.22% 1.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 22 9
West Midlands median daily rate £313 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.87% -  
10th Percentile £299 £313 £325
90th Percentile £476 £488 £480
England median daily rate £425 £425 £400
% change year-on-year - +6.25%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
West Midlands median hourly rate £35.00 - -
England median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +7.14%  

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 1729 2482 1831
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the West Midlands 83.93% 82.79% 77.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 3961 5547 4038
West Midlands median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.12% +6.66%  
10th Percentile £263 £250 £250
90th Percentile £575 £538 £525
England median daily rate £450 £450 £415
% change year-on-year - +8.43%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 199 123 227
West Midlands median hourly rate £28.00 £24.00 £25.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +16.66% -4.00%  
10th Percentile £11.75 £12.00 £13.90
90th Percentile £53.75 £42.90 £45.25
England median hourly rate £32.00 £27.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year +16.36% +10.00%  

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 3 months to 29 June 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 3 months to 29 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
Birmingham +23 14 £300 -36.84% 3
Solihull +16 5 £400 -
Shropshire -1 3 - -
Staffordshire +3 2 - - 1
Coventry +11 1 £325 -18.75%
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 29 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 West Midlands region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 25 (40.98%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (27.87%) Test Scripting
3 16 (26.23%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (19.67%) Migration
5 10 (16.39%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 9 (14.75%) Test Automation
6 9 (14.75%) Oracle
7 8 (13.11%) Finance
7 8 (13.11%) Scenario Testing
8 7 (11.48%) Functional Testing
8 7 (11.48%) Data Analysis
8 7 (11.48%) Data Migration
8 7 (11.48%) QA
8 7 (11.48%) Regression Testing
9 6 (9.84%) ISEB
9 6 (9.84%) CRM
9 6 (9.84%) Software Testing
9 6 (9.84%) ISTQB
9 6 (9.84%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 6 (9.84%) Defect Management
9 6 (9.84%) Non-Functional Testing
9 6 (9.84%) SC Cleared
9 6 (9.84%) Security Cleared
10 5 (8.20%) Oracle BI EE
10 5 (8.20%) REST
10 5 (8.20%) Test Planning
10 5 (8.20%) Presales
10 5 (8.20%) Customer Requirements
10 5 (8.20%) JIRA
10 5 (8.20%) System Testing

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 2 (3.28%) CMS
1 2 (3.28%) Confluence
2 1 (1.64%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
2 1 (1.64%) SAS
Applications
1 5 (8.20%) Microsoft Office
2 1 (1.64%) Simulink
Business Applications
1 4 (6.56%) Oracle EBS
2 2 (3.28%) Dynamics CRM
2 2 (3.28%) Oracle ASCP
2 2 (3.28%) TRIRIGA
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.64%) Office 365
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.20%) LAN
1 5 (8.20%) WAN
2 2 (3.28%) Network Security
3 1 (1.64%) DSL
3 1 (1.64%) Ethernet
3 1 (1.64%) GPON
3 1 (1.64%) SDH
3 1 (1.64%) SMS
3 1 (1.64%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.64%) VoIP
3 1 (1.64%) Wi-Fi
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (8.20%) Oracle BI EE
2 2 (3.28%) SQL Server
3 1 (1.64%) Amazon Redshift
3 1 (1.64%) MySQL
3 1 (1.64%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.64%) PostgreSQL
3 1 (1.64%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 5 (8.20%) JIRA
2 3 (4.92%) Team Foundation Server
3 2 (3.28%) Jenkins
3 2 (3.28%) JMeter
3 2 (3.28%) LoadUI
3 2 (3.28%) Selenium
3 2 (3.28%) SoapUI
3 2 (3.28%) Zephyr
4 1 (1.64%) Cucumber
4 1 (1.64%) HP UFT
4 1 (1.64%) JUnit
4 1 (1.64%) RSpec
4 1 (1.64%) Talend Open Studio
4 1 (1.64%) WebDriver
General
1 8 (13.11%) Finance
2 3 (4.92%) Manufacturing
3 2 (3.28%) Advertising
3 2 (3.28%) Automotive
4 1 (1.64%) Back Office
4 1 (1.64%) Front Office
4 1 (1.64%) Games
4 1 (1.64%) Retail
4 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (36.07%) Analyst
1 22 (36.07%) Test Manager
2 13 (21.31%) Test Analyst
3 8 (13.11%) Applications Manager
4 7 (11.48%) Business Analyst
4 7 (11.48%) Infrastructure Manager
4 7 (11.48%) Infrastructure Test Manager
5 5 (8.20%) Architect
5 5 (8.20%) Data Manager
6 4 (6.56%) Agile Business Analyst
6 4 (6.56%) Test Leader
7 3 (4.92%) Migration Manager
7 3 (4.92%) Oracle Analyst
7 3 (4.92%) Programme Manager
7 3 (4.92%) Programme Test Manager
7 3 (4.92%) Test Programme Manager
8 2 (3.28%) Business Systems Analyst
8 2 (3.28%) Developer
8 2 (3.28%) QA Manager
8 2 (3.28%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (8.20%) REST
2 4 (6.56%) Oracle Fusion
3 1 (1.64%) .NET
3 1 (1.64%) ASP.NET
3 1 (1.64%) CSS
3 1 (1.64%) HTML
3 1 (1.64%) jQuery
3 1 (1.64%) JSON
3 1 (1.64%) SOAP
3 1 (1.64%) Web Services
3 1 (1.64%) X-Windows
Miscellaneous
1 4 (6.56%) User Experience
2 3 (4.92%) Data Centre
2 3 (4.92%) Private Cloud
3 2 (3.28%) Data Structures
3 2 (3.28%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.64%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.64%) Device Driver
4 1 (1.64%) Driving Licence
4 1 (1.64%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.64%) NHS
4 1 (1.64%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 2 (3.28%) Windows
2 1 (1.64%) Android
2 1 (1.64%) Linux
2 1 (1.64%) Unix
2 1 (1.64%) VxWorks
2 1 (1.64%) Windows 10
2 1 (1.64%) Windows Server
2 1 (1.64%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (40.98%) Agile Software Development
2 17 (27.87%) Test Scripting
3 16 (26.23%) User Acceptance Testing
4 12 (19.67%) Migration
5 10 (16.39%) Stakeholder Engagement
6 9 (14.75%) Test Automation
7 8 (13.11%) Scenario Testing
8 7 (11.48%) Data Analysis
8 7 (11.48%) Data Migration
8 7 (11.48%) Functional Testing
8 7 (11.48%) Regression Testing
9 6 (9.84%) CRM
9 6 (9.84%) Defect Management
9 6 (9.84%) Non-Functional Testing
9 6 (9.84%) Operational Acceptance Testing
9 6 (9.84%) Software Testing
10 5 (8.20%) Customer Requirements
10 5 (8.20%) Presales
10 5 (8.20%) System Testing
10 5 (8.20%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 2 (3.28%) SQL
2 1 (1.64%) C
2 1 (1.64%) C#
2 1 (1.64%) C++
2 1 (1.64%) JavaScript
2 1 (1.64%) MATLAB
2 1 (1.64%) Scala
Qualifications
1 6 (9.84%) ISEB
1 6 (9.84%) ISTQB
1 6 (9.84%) SC Cleared
1 6 (9.84%) Security Cleared
2 3 (4.92%) Degree
3 1 (1.64%) Computer Science Degree
3 1 (1.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (1.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (11.48%) QA
2 1 (1.64%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.64%) PCI DSS
2 1 (1.64%) SLA
2 1 (1.64%) WCAG
Systems Management
1 2 (3.28%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (14.75%) Oracle
2 3 (4.92%) Microsoft
3 2 (3.28%) Guidewire
3 2 (3.28%) Pega
3 2 (3.28%) webMethods
4 1 (1.64%) Computacenter
4 1 (1.64%) Demandware
4 1 (1.64%) HP
4 1 (1.64%) Talend