The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in Merseyside with a requirement for Test Strategy skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Test Strategy over the 3 months to 27 April 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
North West / Merseyside
3 months to
27 Apr 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 57 49 48
Rank change year-on-year -8 -1  
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 6 5 11
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 1.13% 1.19% 2.24%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.26% 1.41% 2.52%
Number of salaries quoted 1 3 7
Median salary £27,500 £35,000 £34,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -21.42% +1.44%  
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £45,000
% change year-on-year - -5.55%  

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 permanent job vacancies advertised in Merseyside with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Process & Methodology Skills
Merseyside
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 477 354 437
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 89.49% 84.49% 89.18%
Number of salaries quoted 350 294 318
Median salary £40,000 £40,000 £41,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - -2.43%  
90% offered a salary of more than £28,000 £30,000 £28,850
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £60,000 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year - +2.27%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Merseyside citing Test Strategy as a proportion of all permanent or contract IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Job vacancy trend for Test Strategy in Merseyside

Test Strategy
Salary Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Test Strategy in Merseyside.

Salary trend for Test Strategy in Merseyside

Test Strategy
Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 27 April 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Liverpool -11 2 - -
Southport - 1 £27,500 -
Test Strategy
North West

For the 6 months to 27 April 2017, IT 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 job ads across the Merseyside region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 5 (50.00%) Test Management
1 5 (50.00%) Process Improvement
1 5 (50.00%) SDLC
2 4 (40.00%) System Testing
2 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (40.00%) QA
3 3 (30.00%) ISTQB
3 3 (30.00%) Retail
3 3 (30.00%) Data Management
3 3 (30.00%) Time Management
3 3 (30.00%) Quality Management
3 3 (30.00%) Configuration Management
3 3 (30.00%) Finance
3 3 (30.00%) Microsoft
3 3 (30.00%) ISEB
3 3 (30.00%) Change Control
3 3 (30.00%) Test Planning
4 2 (20.00%) Coaching
4 2 (20.00%) People Management
4 2 (20.00%) Performance Metrics
4 2 (20.00%) Six Sigma
4 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Excel
4 2 (20.00%) MS Visio
4 2 (20.00%) C#
4 2 (20.00%) SQL
4 2 (20.00%) .NET
4 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
4 2 (20.00%) ITIL
4 2 (20.00%) PRINCE2
4 2 (20.00%) Publishing

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in Merseyside 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:

Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 2 (20.00%) Microsoft Office
1 2 (20.00%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 2 (20.00%) MS Visio
Cloud Services
1 1 (10.00%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (10.00%) HTTP
1 1 (10.00%) HTTPS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) RDBMS
1 1 (10.00%) Relational Database
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Selenium
2 1 (10.00%) Cucumber
2 1 (10.00%) LoadRunner
2 1 (10.00%) SoapUI
2 1 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (10.00%) WebDriver
General
1 3 (30.00%) Finance
1 3 (30.00%) Retail
2 2 (20.00%) Publishing
3 1 (10.00%) Games
3 1 (10.00%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 7 (70.00%) Test Manager
2 3 (30.00%) Senior Manager
2 3 (30.00%) Senior Test Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Automation Test Lead
3 1 (10.00%) Compliance Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Project Manager
3 1 (10.00%) QA Leader
3 1 (10.00%) QA Manager
3 1 (10.00%) QA Test Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Software Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Software QA Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Software Test Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Technical Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Technical Project Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Test Analyst
3 1 (10.00%) Test Automation Manager
3 1 (10.00%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (20.00%) .NET
2 1 (10.00%) .NET Framework
2 1 (10.00%) ASP.NET
2 1 (10.00%) Gherkin
2 1 (10.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) iPad
1 1 (10.00%) PlayStation
1 1 (10.00%) Replication
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (50.00%) Process Improvement
1 5 (50.00%) SDLC
1 5 (50.00%) Test Management
2 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 4 (40.00%) System Testing
3 3 (30.00%) Change Control
3 3 (30.00%) Configuration Management
3 3 (30.00%) Data Management
3 3 (30.00%) Quality Management
3 3 (30.00%) Test Planning
3 3 (30.00%) Time Management
4 2 (20.00%) Change Management
4 2 (20.00%) Coaching
4 2 (20.00%) ITIL
4 2 (20.00%) People Management
4 2 (20.00%) Performance Metrics
4 2 (20.00%) Project Management
4 2 (20.00%) Six Sigma
4 2 (20.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 2 (20.00%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 2 (20.00%) C#
1 2 (20.00%) SQL
2 1 (10.00%) C
2 1 (10.00%) C++
2 1 (10.00%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 3 (30.00%) ISEB
1 3 (30.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (10.00%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (40.00%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (30.00%) Microsoft
2 1 (10.00%) TOWER Software