Period
to 13 July 2020

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 13 July 2020 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
13 Jul 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 57 71 111
Rank change year-on-year +14 +40 +1
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 61 131 90
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the West Midlands 3.32% 2.82% 1.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.90% 3.26% 2.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 34 73 42
Median daily rate £415 £438 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.14% +12.90% +19.23%
10th Percentile £313 £325 £203
90th Percentile £450 £495 £475
England median daily rate £450 £440 £425
% change year-on-year +2.27% +3.53% +1.19%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £41.25 -
England median hourly rate £40.00 £42.25 £40.00
% change year-on-year -5.33% +5.63% -15.79%

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 1,563 4,023 4,389
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the West Midlands 84.95% 86.48% 84.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 934 2,526 2,650
Median daily rate £441 £450 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -2.11% +5.88% +6.25%
10th Percentile £275 £263 £263
90th Percentile £593 £600 £575
England median daily rate £481 £475 £463
% change year-on-year +1.21% +2.70% +2.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 61 115 195
Median hourly rate £20.57 £25.43 £15.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -19.10% +64.03% -26.19%
10th Percentile £11.30 £11.30 £11.00
90th Percentile £46.40 £47.00 £35.00
Median hourly rate £31.94 £25.00 £22.00
% change year-on-year +27.76% +13.64% -12.00%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the West Midlands

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a proportion 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

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Test Strategy in the West Midlands.

Daily rate trend for Test Strategy in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Daily Rate Histogram in the West Midlands

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Test Strategy in the West Midlands over the 6 months to 13 July 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in the West Midlands

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the West Midlands

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Test Strategy in the West Midlands.

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 13 July 2020. 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 +10 43 £420 +3.83%
Warwickshire +19 9 £325 -38.10%
Birmingham +25 6 £425 -4.23%
Coventry +13 1 - -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 13 July 2020, 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 38 (62.30%) Java
2 36 (59.02%) SQL
2 36 (59.02%) Unix
3 33 (54.10%) Oracle
4 31 (50.82%) WebLogic
5 29 (47.54%) Agile Software Development
6 26 (42.62%) XML
7 24 (39.34%) JIRA
8 23 (37.70%) Test Management
9 22 (36.07%) Confluence
10 21 (34.43%) Process Improvement
10 21 (34.43%) Coaching
11 19 (31.15%) webMethods
11 19 (31.15%) Test Automation
12 18 (29.51%) ISEB
13 17 (27.87%) Microsoft
13 17 (27.87%) Mentoring
14 16 (26.23%) SDLC
14 16 (26.23%) Windows
15 15 (24.59%) J2EE
15 15 (24.59%) PL/SQL
15 15 (24.59%) Planning and Forecasting
16 14 (22.95%) Microsoft Project
16 14 (22.95%) BEA
16 14 (22.95%) Shell Script
16 14 (22.95%) Stakeholder Management
16 14 (22.95%) Oracle OWB
16 14 (22.95%) Security Cleared
17 13 (21.31%) SC Cleared
17 13 (21.31%) Test Scripting

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 31 (50.82%) WebLogic
2 22 (36.07%) Confluence
3 2 (3.28%) Mule
4 1 (1.64%) SAS
Applications
1 14 (22.95%) Microsoft Project
2 2 (3.28%) Microsoft Excel
3 1 (1.64%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (1.64%) assyst
1 1 (1.64%) Dynamics AX
1 1 (1.64%) SAP BPC
1 1 (1.64%) SAP CO
1 1 (1.64%) SAP FI
1 1 (1.64%) SAP FI/CO
1 1 (1.64%) SAP FI-CA
1 1 (1.64%) SAP S/4HANA
Cloud Services
1 7 (11.48%) Azure
2 1 (1.64%) AWS
2 1 (1.64%) Tricentis Tosca
Communications & Networking
1 5 (8.20%) Softphone
1 5 (8.20%) Unified Communications
2 1 (1.64%) Internet
2 1 (1.64%) SMS
2 1 (1.64%) Wireless
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (22.95%) Oracle OWB
2 9 (14.75%) MongoDB
3 8 (13.11%) NoSQL
4 5 (8.20%) BusinessObjects
5 3 (4.92%) Pentaho
6 1 (1.64%) Apache Hive
6 1 (1.64%) Base SAS
6 1 (1.64%) Hadoop
6 1 (1.64%) MySQL
6 1 (1.64%) Oracle Database
6 1 (1.64%) SAP BW
6 1 (1.64%) SAS Data Integration Studio
6 1 (1.64%) SAS Enterprise Guide
Development Applications
1 24 (39.34%) JIRA
2 11 (18.03%) Cucumber
3 10 (16.39%) Git (software)
4 9 (14.75%) Bitbucket
4 9 (14.75%) JUnit
5 8 (13.11%) Gradle
5 8 (13.11%) Maven
5 8 (13.11%) Mockito
6 7 (11.48%) Selenium
7 5 (8.20%) Visual Studio Team System
8 4 (6.56%) Mocha
8 4 (6.56%) MSTest
8 4 (6.56%) NUnit
9 2 (3.28%) Jenkins
9 2 (3.28%) Toad
10 1 (1.64%) CA Gen
10 1 (1.64%) JMeter
10 1 (1.64%) Postman
10 1 (1.64%) SoapUI
General
1 13 (21.31%) Public Sector
2 5 (8.20%) Finance
3 1 (1.64%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 21 (34.43%) Test Manager
2 16 (26.23%) Developer
3 14 (22.95%) Java Developer
4 5 (8.20%) Software Engineer
5 3 (4.92%) Scrum Master
5 3 (4.92%) Test Automation Engineer
5 3 (4.92%) Test Engineer
5 3 (4.92%) Test Leader
6 2 (3.28%) Agile Developer
6 2 (3.28%) Analyst
6 2 (3.28%) Developer in Test
6 2 (3.28%) QA Leader
6 2 (3.28%) Test Analyst
6 2 (3.28%) Test Automation Developer
7 1 (1.64%) Java Software Engineer
7 1 (1.64%) QA Manager
7 1 (1.64%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (1.64%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (1.64%) Software Test Engineer
7 1 (1.64%) Technical Design Authority
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 26 (42.62%) XML
2 15 (24.59%) J2EE
3 10 (16.39%) JSON
4 9 (14.75%) Spring
4 9 (14.75%) Spring Boot
5 8 (13.11%) Gherkin
5 8 (13.11%) REST
5 8 (13.11%) WireMock
6 3 (4.92%) CSS
6 3 (4.92%) Velocity
7 1 (1.64%) .NET
7 1 (1.64%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.64%) Lambda Expressions
7 1 (1.64%) RabbitMQ
7 1 (1.64%) RESTful
7 1 (1.64%) SOAP
7 1 (1.64%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (8.20%) IVR
2 4 (6.56%) Greenfield Project
3 1 (1.64%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (1.64%) CCTV
3 1 (1.64%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 36 (59.02%) Unix
2 16 (26.23%) Windows
3 2 (3.28%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (47.54%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (37.70%) Test Management
3 21 (34.43%) Coaching
3 21 (34.43%) Process Improvement
4 19 (31.15%) Test Automation
5 17 (27.87%) Mentoring
6 16 (26.23%) SDLC
7 15 (24.59%) Planning and Forecasting
8 14 (22.95%) Stakeholder Management
9 13 (21.31%) Configuration Management
9 13 (21.31%) Data Modelling
9 13 (21.31%) Problem Management
9 13 (21.31%) Test Scripting
10 11 (18.03%) Microservices
10 11 (18.03%) Non-Functional Testing
10 11 (18.03%) Scrum
11 6 (9.84%) Business Intelligence
11 6 (9.84%) DevOps
11 6 (9.84%) Migration
11 6 (9.84%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 38 (62.30%) Java
2 36 (59.02%) SQL
3 15 (24.59%) PL/SQL
4 14 (22.95%) Shell Script
5 5 (8.20%) C#
6 3 (4.92%) JavaScript
6 3 (4.92%) Perl
Qualifications
1 18 (29.51%) ISEB
2 14 (22.95%) Security Cleared
3 13 (21.31%) ISEB Practitioner
3 13 (21.31%) SC Cleared
4 9 (14.75%) ISTQB
5 4 (6.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (4.92%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (1.64%) BPSS Clearance
7 1 (1.64%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (6.56%) QA
2 3 (4.92%) SLA
System Software
1 10 (16.39%) Docker
2 1 (1.64%) HDFS
Systems Management
1 1 (1.64%) Kubernetes
1 1 (1.64%) Rancher
Vendors
1 33 (54.10%) Oracle
2 19 (31.15%) webMethods
3 17 (27.87%) Microsoft
4 14 (22.95%) BEA
5 13 (21.31%) IBM
6 12 (19.67%) CheckPoint
7 7 (11.48%) Informatica
8 3 (4.92%) Pega
8 3 (4.92%) SAP