The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in West Yorkshire 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 26 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
Yorkshire / West Yorkshire
3 months to
26 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 88 105 103
Rank change year-on-year +17 -2  
Contract jobs citing Test Strategy 15 15 24
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in West Yorkshire 1.05% 0.74% 1.13%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.21% 0.85% 1.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 10 19
Median daily rate £425 £413 £370
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +3.03% +11.48%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £349 £370 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £515 £715 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year - +6.66%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £47.50 £37.50 £33.00
% change year-on-year +26.66% +13.63%  

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 West Yorkshire with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
West Yorkshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 1236 1772 1819
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in West Yorkshire 86.74% 87.59% 85.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 832 1221 1298
Median daily rate £403 £425 £360
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -5.29% +18.05%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £318 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £538 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £380
% change year-on-year +3.75% +5.26%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 18 32
Median hourly rate £10.89 £14.50 £35.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -24.93% -58.57%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £8.79 £10.20 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.02 £170.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +19.29% -5.00%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in West Yorkshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in West Yorkshire 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 West Yorkshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in West Yorkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Test Strategy in West Yorkshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Test Strategy in West Yorkshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in West Yorkshire

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in West Yorkshire over the 3 months to 26 June 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Test Strategy in West Yorkshire

Test Strategy
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in West Yorkshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy in West Yorkshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Test Strategy in West Yorkshire

Test Strategy
Contract Job Locations in West Yorkshire

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 Yorkshire region over the 3 months to 26 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
Leeds +26 13 £475 +5.55% 3
Bradford +10 2 £425 +32.81%
Halifax +8 1 £297 -34.00%
Test Strategy
Yorkshire

For the 6 months to 26 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 Yorkshire region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 17 (56.67%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 11 (36.67%) Finance
4 9 (30.00%) Performance Testing
5 8 (26.67%) Integration Testing
6 7 (23.33%) Test Scripting
6 7 (23.33%) QA
6 7 (23.33%) Waterfall
6 7 (23.33%) Functional Testing
6 7 (23.33%) Java
7 6 (20.00%) Cucumber
7 6 (20.00%) Selenium
7 6 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
8 5 (16.67%) Test Management
8 5 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
8 5 (16.67%) BDD
8 5 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
8 5 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
8 5 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
8 5 (16.67%) Scrum
8 5 (16.67%) Retail
9 4 (13.33%) TDD
9 4 (13.33%) Migration
9 4 (13.33%) Software Testing
9 4 (13.33%) SQL
9 4 (13.33%) Unix
9 4 (13.33%) LoadRunner
9 4 (13.33%) Mobile App
10 3 (10.00%) Stakeholder Engagement

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in West Yorkshire 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:

Cloud Services
1 1 (3.33%) GitHub
1 1 (3.33%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (10.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (6.67%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.33%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 6 (20.00%) Cucumber
1 6 (20.00%) Selenium
2 4 (13.33%) LoadRunner
3 3 (10.00%) Jasmine
3 3 (10.00%) JBehave
4 2 (6.67%) JIRA
5 1 (3.33%) FitNesse
5 1 (3.33%) Gatling
5 1 (3.33%) Hudson
5 1 (3.33%) Jenkins
5 1 (3.33%) JMeter
5 1 (3.33%) JUnit
5 1 (3.33%) NUnit
5 1 (3.33%) WebDriver
General
1 11 (36.67%) Finance
2 5 (16.67%) Retail
3 3 (10.00%) Banking
3 3 (10.00%) Marketing
4 2 (6.67%) Games
4 2 (6.67%) Legal
5 1 (3.33%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 11 (36.67%) Test Manager
2 7 (23.33%) Tester
3 3 (10.00%) Analyst
3 3 (10.00%) Automation Tester
3 3 (10.00%) Programme Manager
3 3 (10.00%) Programme Test Manager
3 3 (10.00%) SAP Manager
3 3 (10.00%) Test Programme Manager
4 2 (6.67%) Consultant
4 2 (6.67%) Digital Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) Java Automation Tester
4 2 (6.67%) Performance Tester
4 2 (6.67%) Quality Manager
4 2 (6.67%) Test Automation Consultant
4 2 (6.67%) Test Consultant
4 2 (6.67%) Test Engineer
4 2 (6.67%) Test Leader
4 2 (6.67%) UAT Analyst
4 2 (6.67%) UAT Tester
5 1 (3.33%) Digital Programme Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (10.00%) Gherkin
2 1 (3.33%) Apache CXF
2 1 (3.33%) REST
2 1 (3.33%) SOAP
2 1 (3.33%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 5 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (13.33%) Mobile App
3 2 (6.67%) Client/Server
3 2 (6.67%) Over-the-Top Content
4 1 (3.33%) Greenfield Project
4 1 (3.33%) Linux Command Line
4 1 (3.33%) Online Banking
Operating Systems
1 4 (13.33%) Unix
2 3 (10.00%) AIX
2 3 (10.00%) Linux
2 3 (10.00%) Solaris
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (56.67%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (40.00%) Test Automation
3 9 (30.00%) Performance Testing
4 8 (26.67%) Integration Testing
5 7 (23.33%) Functional Testing
5 7 (23.33%) Test Scripting
5 7 (23.33%) Waterfall
6 6 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (16.67%) BDD
7 5 (16.67%) Continuous Improvement
7 5 (16.67%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (16.67%) Non-Functional Testing
7 5 (16.67%) Scrum
7 5 (16.67%) Stakeholder Management
7 5 (16.67%) Test Management
8 4 (13.33%) Migration
8 4 (13.33%) Software Testing
8 4 (13.33%) TDD
9 3 (10.00%) Process Improvement
9 3 (10.00%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 7 (23.33%) Java
2 4 (13.33%) SQL
3 3 (10.00%) Python
4 2 (6.67%) C
4 2 (6.67%) JavaScript
5 1 (3.33%) C#
Qualifications
1 3 (10.00%) ISEB
2 2 (6.67%) ISTQB
3 1 (3.33%) CTC Cleared
3 1 (3.33%) ISEB Practitioner
3 1 (3.33%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (23.33%) QA
System Software
1 1 (3.33%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 2 (6.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (10.00%) HP
1 3 (10.00%) IBM
1 3 (10.00%) SAP
1 3 (10.00%) Sun
2 2 (6.67%) Oracle