Period
to 19 October 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 October 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 Oct 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 86 114 86
Rank change year-on-year +28 -28 +18
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 127 70 141
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 2.50% 1.51% 2.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.94% 1.80% 2.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 47 28 64
West Midlands median daily rate £400 £325 £373
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +23.08% -12.75% -8.02%
10th Percentile £215 £300 £313
90th Percentile £500 £479 £474
England median daily rate £450 £425 £400
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
West Midlands median hourly rate - £32.75 -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £47.50 £45.25
% change year-on-year -15.79% +4.97% +39.23%

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 4,323 3,893 5,245
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 85.05% 84.08% 84.47%
Number of daily rates quoted 2,591 2,482 3,112
West Midlands median daily rate £425 £400 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.25% - +6.67%
10th Percentile £263 £240 £250
90th Percentile £575 £550 £550
England median daily rate £473 £450 £425
% change year-on-year +5.00% +5.88% +3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 191 140 140
West Midlands median hourly rate £15.00 £23.62 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -36.48% +34.94% -18.60%
10th Percentile £11.00 £11.25 £10.74
90th Percentile £32.50 £53.75 £39.50
England median hourly rate £21.00 £24.66 £22.50
% change year-on-year -14.84% +9.60% +3.73%

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 October 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 October 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 +23 89 £405 - 3
Warwickshire +16 10 £450 +16.13% 3
Coventry -9 10 £195 -39.06% 2
Birmingham -19 5 £388 +21.09% 10
Wolverhampton -4 1 £500 -
Solihull -11 1 £319 -20.87% 1
Worcestershire - 1 £250 - 1
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 19 October 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 77 (60.63%) Java
2 74 (58.27%) Agile Software Development
3 57 (44.88%) Process Improvement
4 51 (40.16%) Test Automation
5 50 (39.37%) SQL
6 49 (38.58%) Oracle
6 49 (38.58%) DevOps
7 46 (36.22%) Unix
8 35 (27.56%) Windows
8 35 (27.56%) WebLogic
8 35 (27.56%) Microservices
8 35 (27.56%) Docker
9 34 (26.77%) Bitbucket
10 33 (25.98%) Git (software)
11 30 (23.62%) Shell Script
11 30 (23.62%) Configuration Management
12 28 (22.05%) PL/SQL
13 27 (21.26%) Selenium
14 26 (20.47%) Problem-Solving
15 25 (19.69%) JIRA
15 25 (19.69%) Confluence
16 24 (18.90%) J2EE
17 23 (18.11%) Continuous Integration
18 22 (17.32%) Jenkins
18 22 (17.32%) Spring
19 21 (16.54%) Perl
19 21 (16.54%) Cucumber
20 20 (15.75%) Microsoft Azure
20 20 (15.75%) C#
20 20 (15.75%) OO

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 35 (27.56%) WebLogic
2 25 (19.69%) Confluence
3 12 (9.45%) nginx
3 12 (9.45%) SharePoint
3 12 (9.45%) Tomcat
4 3 (2.36%) NetWeaver
5 2 (1.57%) Documentum
6 1 (0.79%) CMS
Applications
1 5 (3.94%) Microsoft Excel
1 5 (3.94%) Microsoft Project
2 4 (3.15%) Microsoft Office
2 4 (3.15%) Microsoft PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 1 (0.79%) Dynamics CRM
1 1 (0.79%) Infor M3
1 1 (0.79%) Lawson
Cloud Services
1 20 (15.75%) Microsoft Azure
2 12 (9.45%) GitHub
2 12 (9.45%) Google Analytics
2 12 (9.45%) Office 365
3 10 (7.87%) Dynamics 365
4 3 (2.36%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 12 (9.45%) HTTP
1 12 (9.45%) SSL
1 12 (9.45%) TCP/IP
2 6 (4.72%) DSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 12 (9.45%) MongoDB
1 12 (9.45%) NoSQL
2 6 (4.72%) BusinessObjects
2 6 (4.72%) Oracle Database
2 6 (4.72%) Oracle Database 11g
3 5 (3.94%) Oracle OWB
3 5 (3.94%) SQL Server
4 3 (2.36%) Data Mining
4 3 (2.36%) SAP BW
5 1 (0.79%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 34 (26.77%) Bitbucket
2 33 (25.98%) Git (software)
3 27 (21.26%) Selenium
4 25 (19.69%) JIRA
5 22 (17.32%) Jenkins
6 21 (16.54%) Cucumber
7 16 (12.60%) GitLab
8 13 (10.24%) JUnit
9 12 (9.45%) Ant
9 12 (9.45%) Gatling
9 12 (9.45%) Grunt
9 12 (9.45%) gulp
9 12 (9.45%) IntelliJ
9 12 (9.45%) Karma Test Runner
9 12 (9.45%) Sublime Text
10 11 (8.66%) SonarQube
10 11 (8.66%) Visual Studio Team System
11 10 (7.87%) Octopus Deploy
11 10 (7.87%) Team Foundation Server
11 10 (7.87%) TeamCity
General
1 9 (7.09%) Finance
2 4 (3.15%) Marketing
3 1 (0.79%) Automotive
3 1 (0.79%) Banking
3 1 (0.79%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 41 (32.28%) Developer
2 24 (18.90%) Test Manager
3 13 (10.24%) Tester
4 12 (9.45%) Software Engineer
5 11 (8.66%) Analyst
6 9 (7.09%) Java Developer
6 9 (7.09%) Test Analyst
7 8 (6.30%) Developer in Test
8 5 (3.94%) Automation Test Analyst
8 5 (3.94%) COBOL Developer
8 5 (3.94%) Mainframe Developer
8 5 (3.94%) Monitoring Engineer
9 4 (3.15%) CRM Manager
9 4 (3.15%) DevOps Developer
9 4 (3.15%) Project Manager
9 4 (3.15%) Ruby on Rails Developer
9 4 (3.15%) SAP Manager
10 3 (2.36%) Backend Developer
10 3 (2.36%) Consultant
10 3 (2.36%) Technical Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 24 (18.90%) J2EE
2 22 (17.32%) Spring
3 16 (12.60%) Spring Boot
3 16 (12.60%) XML
4 15 (11.81%) Apache Camel
4 15 (11.81%) RESTful
5 13 (10.24%) Gherkin
5 13 (10.24%) JSON
6 12 (9.45%) AngularJS
6 12 (9.45%) jQuery
6 12 (9.45%) Node.js
6 12 (9.45%) Servlets
7 9 (7.09%) REST
8 8 (6.30%) CSS
8 8 (6.30%) Ruby on Rails
9 6 (4.72%) .NET
9 6 (4.72%) Spring Cloud
9 6 (4.72%) Swagger
9 6 (4.72%) WireMock
9 6 (4.72%) YAML
Miscellaneous
1 11 (8.66%) Mobile App
2 6 (4.72%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (4.72%) Mainframe
3 4 (3.15%) Virtual Team
4 3 (2.36%) CMDB
4 3 (2.36%) User Experience
5 2 (1.57%) Robotics
6 1 (0.79%) AS400
Operating Systems
1 46 (36.22%) Unix
2 35 (27.56%) Windows
3 19 (14.96%) Linux
4 12 (9.45%) Ubuntu
5 6 (4.72%) VME
6 5 (3.94%) Windows Server
6 5 (3.94%) Windows Server 2008
6 5 (3.94%) Windows Server 2012
7 4 (3.15%) Mac OS X
8 1 (0.79%) Android
8 1 (0.79%) Apple iOS
8 1 (0.79%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 74 (58.27%) Agile Software Development
2 57 (44.88%) Process Improvement
3 51 (40.16%) Test Automation
4 49 (38.58%) DevOps
5 35 (27.56%) Microservices
6 30 (23.62%) Configuration Management
7 26 (20.47%) Problem-Solving
8 23 (18.11%) Continuous Integration
9 20 (15.75%) OO
10 19 (14.96%) Waterfall
11 18 (14.17%) Problem Management
11 18 (14.17%) Regression Testing
11 18 (14.17%) Scrum
12 17 (13.39%) Test Management
13 16 (12.60%) Data Modelling
13 16 (12.60%) Functional Testing
14 15 (11.81%) Analytics
14 15 (11.81%) Migration
14 15 (11.81%) User Acceptance Testing
15 13 (10.24%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 77 (60.63%) Java
2 50 (39.37%) SQL
3 30 (23.62%) Shell Script
4 28 (22.05%) PL/SQL
5 21 (16.54%) Perl
6 20 (15.75%) C#
7 16 (12.60%) Groovy
8 12 (9.45%) Haskell
8 12 (9.45%) JavaScript
8 12 (9.45%) Python
8 12 (9.45%) Ruby
9 6 (4.72%) COBOL
10 1 (0.79%) R
10 1 (0.79%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 13 (10.24%) ISEB
2 11 (8.66%) Security Cleared
3 8 (6.30%) ISTQB
4 6 (4.72%) ISEB Practitioner
4 6 (4.72%) SC Cleared
5 4 (3.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (7.09%) QA
System Software
1 35 (27.56%) Docker
2 10 (7.87%) Virtual Machines
3 1 (0.79%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (9.45%) Grafana
1 12 (9.45%) Kibana
1 12 (9.45%) Puppet
2 6 (4.72%) BMC PATROL
3 4 (3.15%) Ansible
4 1 (0.79%) Kubernetes
Vendors
1 49 (38.58%) Oracle
2 20 (15.75%) BEA
2 20 (15.75%) Microsoft
3 17 (13.39%) webMethods
4 12 (9.45%) Google
5 9 (7.09%) WSO2
6 6 (4.72%) AppDynamics
6 6 (4.72%) BMC
6 6 (4.72%) CheckPoint
6 6 (4.72%) Dynatrace
6 6 (4.72%) Riverbed
6 6 (4.72%) SAP
6 6 (4.72%) Splunk
7 5 (3.94%) Pega
8 3 (2.36%) Atlassian
8 3 (2.36%) Cisco
8 3 (2.36%) IBM
8 3 (2.36%) Informatica
8 3 (2.36%) Salesforce.com
9 2 (1.57%) Blue Prism