The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 28 June 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
England / North West
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 210 167 165
Rank change year-on-year -43 -2  
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 62 70 93
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.91% 1.25% 1.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.01% 1.41% 1.64%
Number of salaries quoted 35 57 72
Median salary £45,000 £45,000 £42,750
Median salary % change year-on-year - +5.26%  
90% offered a salary of more than £34,400 £35,900 £32,500
10% offered a salary of more than £58,000 £52,500 £73,500
UK excluding London median salary £42,250 £45,000 £45,000
% change year-on-year -6.11% -  

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 the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Permanent job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 6156 4952 5674
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 89.91% 88.30% 89.78%
Number of salaries quoted 4968 4188 4608
Median salary £44,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +3.52% +6.25%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £27,500 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £62,500 £60,000 £62,500
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £44,000
% change year-on-year - +2.27%  

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North West 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 the North West

Test Strategy
Salary Trend in the North West

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

Salary trend for Test Strategy in the North West

Test Strategy
Salary Histogram in the North West

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Test Strategy in the North West over the 3 months to 28 June 2017.

Salary histogram for Test Strategy in the North West

Test Strategy
Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Test Strategy within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Last 3 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire -19 23 £35,000 -22.22% 2
Manchester -60 19 £45,000 - 8
Merseyside +5 11 £45,000 +28.57% 1
Lancashire +3 7 £24,500 -42.35%
Cumbria -4 2 - -
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 28 June 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 North West region with a requirement for Test Strategy.

1 67 (61.47%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (56.88%) Test Automation
3 34 (31.19%) Java
4 33 (30.28%) Selenium
5 32 (29.36%) Test Scripting
5 32 (29.36%) ISEB
6 29 (26.61%) Finance
7 26 (23.85%) ISTQB
7 26 (23.85%) Waterfall
8 25 (22.94%) Cucumber
9 24 (22.02%) QA
10 23 (21.10%) SDLC
11 20 (18.35%) C#
12 18 (16.51%) Linux
12 18 (16.51%) Regression Testing
12 18 (16.51%) User Acceptance Testing
12 18 (16.51%) Software Testing
13 17 (15.60%) Python
14 16 (14.68%) C++
14 16 (14.68%) Oracle
14 16 (14.68%) Degree
15 15 (13.76%) Ruby
15 15 (13.76%) Process Improvement
15 15 (13.76%) Windows
15 15 (13.76%) Test Planning
16 14 (12.84%) .NET
16 14 (12.84%) JMeter
16 14 (12.84%) Security Cleared
17 13 (11.93%) BDD
17 13 (11.93%) Functional Testing

Test Strategy
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North West 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 9 (8.26%) Confluence
2 8 (7.34%) SharePoint
3 3 (2.75%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.92%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (0.92%) CICS
4 1 (0.92%) JBoss
4 1 (0.92%) WebLogic
Applications
1 3 (2.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 3 (2.75%) MS Visio
2 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Excel
2 2 (1.83%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 8 (7.34%) Oracle Financials
2 6 (5.50%) Oracle Applications
3 5 (4.59%) Oracle EBS R12
4 4 (3.67%) Oracle ERP
5 3 (2.75%) Hyperion Planning
5 3 (2.75%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
6 1 (0.92%) Dynamics CRM
6 1 (0.92%) Infor M3
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.75%) OpenShift
1 3 (2.75%) SaaS
2 1 (0.92%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (3.67%) HTTP
1 4 (3.67%) Internet
2 2 (1.83%) HTTPS
2 2 (1.83%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (3.67%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.75%) MySQL
2 3 (2.75%) Oracle Database
3 2 (1.83%) DB2
4 1 (0.92%) Big Data
4 1 (0.92%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (0.92%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 33 (30.28%) Selenium
2 25 (22.94%) Cucumber
3 14 (12.84%) JMeter
4 12 (11.01%) LoadRunner
5 9 (8.26%) JIRA
6 8 (7.34%) Jenkins
7 5 (4.59%) Team Foundation Server
7 5 (4.59%) WebDriver
8 4 (3.67%) Bitbucket
8 4 (3.67%) Visual Studio
9 3 (2.75%) JUnit
9 3 (2.75%) SonarQube
9 3 (2.75%) Sonatype Nexus
10 2 (1.83%) Gatling
10 2 (1.83%) HP UFT
10 2 (1.83%) Jasmine
10 2 (1.83%) SpecFlow
10 2 (1.83%) The Grinder
10 2 (1.83%) Travis CI
10 2 (1.83%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 29 (26.61%) Finance
2 10 (9.17%) Banking
3 7 (6.42%) Law
3 7 (6.42%) Legal
3 7 (6.42%) Retail
4 6 (5.50%) Investment Banking
5 5 (4.59%) Manufacturing
6 4 (3.67%) Games
6 4 (3.67%) Military
7 3 (2.75%) Billing
8 2 (1.83%) Electronics
8 2 (1.83%) Publishing
9 1 (0.92%) Financial Institution
9 1 (0.92%) German Language
9 1 (0.92%) Marketing
9 1 (0.92%) Retail Banking
9 1 (0.92%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 31 (28.44%) Analyst
2 21 (19.27%) Test Manager
3 17 (15.60%) Test Analyst
4 16 (14.68%) Test Engineer
5 14 (12.84%) Test Automation Engineer
5 14 (12.84%) Test Leader
6 11 (10.09%) Business Analyst
7 9 (8.26%) Developer
7 9 (8.26%) Tester
8 8 (7.34%) Lead Test Analyst
9 6 (5.50%) Consultant
9 6 (5.50%) Java Developer
9 6 (5.50%) QA Engineer
9 6 (5.50%) Software Test Engineer
9 6 (5.50%) Test Automation Manager
10 5 (4.59%) Automation Engineer
10 5 (4.59%) Functional Analyst
10 5 (4.59%) Functional Business Analyst
10 5 (4.59%) QA Automation Engineer
11 4 (3.67%) Senior Test Consultant
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (12.84%) .NET
2 7 (6.42%) REST
2 7 (6.42%) XML
3 6 (5.50%) Web Services
4 5 (4.59%) SOAP
4 5 (4.59%) Spring
5 3 (2.75%) CSS
5 3 (2.75%) EJB
5 3 (2.75%) Hibernate
5 3 (2.75%) HTML
5 3 (2.75%) J2EE
5 3 (2.75%) JSP
5 3 (2.75%) Spring Boot
5 3 (2.75%) Spring Cloud
6 2 (1.83%) ASP.NET
6 2 (1.83%) CSS3
6 2 (1.83%) jQuery
6 2 (1.83%) JSON
6 2 (1.83%) Servlets
6 2 (1.83%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 9 (8.26%) Analytical Skills
1 9 (8.26%) Management Information System
2 8 (7.34%) Computer Science
3 5 (4.59%) Life Science
4 4 (3.67%) Fintech
5 3 (2.75%) Cyber Defence
5 3 (2.75%) iPad
5 3 (2.75%) Mobile App
5 3 (2.75%) Online Games
5 3 (2.75%) PMI
5 3 (2.75%) User Experience
6 2 (1.83%) Internet of Things
6 2 (1.83%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (0.92%) Mainframe
7 1 (0.92%) PlayStation
7 1 (0.92%) RIA
Operating Systems
1 18 (16.51%) Linux
2 15 (13.76%) Windows
3 2 (1.83%) Unix
4 1 (0.92%) Android
4 1 (0.92%) Apple iOS
4 1 (0.92%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 67 (61.47%) Agile Software Development
2 62 (56.88%) Test Automation
3 32 (29.36%) Test Scripting
4 26 (23.85%) Waterfall
5 23 (21.10%) SDLC
6 18 (16.51%) Regression Testing
6 18 (16.51%) Software Testing
6 18 (16.51%) User Acceptance Testing
7 15 (13.76%) Process Improvement
7 15 (13.76%) Test Planning
8 13 (11.93%) BDD
8 13 (11.93%) Functional Testing
8 13 (11.93%) Non-Functional Testing
9 12 (11.01%) Business Analysis
9 12 (11.01%) Project Management
9 12 (11.01%) System Testing
9 12 (11.01%) Test Management
10 10 (9.17%) Continuous Integration
10 10 (9.17%) DevOps
10 10 (9.17%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 34 (31.19%) Java
2 20 (18.35%) C#
3 17 (15.60%) Python
4 16 (14.68%) C++
5 15 (13.76%) Ruby
6 12 (11.01%) SQL
7 7 (6.42%) JavaScript
8 6 (5.50%) C
9 4 (3.67%) Perl
10 3 (2.75%) PHP
10 3 (2.75%) PHP 5
10 3 (2.75%) PL/SQL
11 1 (0.92%) Assembly Language
11 1 (0.92%) COBOL
Qualifications
1 32 (29.36%) ISEB
2 26 (23.85%) ISTQB
3 16 (14.68%) Degree
4 14 (12.84%) Security Cleared
5 12 (11.01%) DV Cleared
6 6 (5.50%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (3.67%) Numerate Degree
7 4 (3.67%) Sun Certification
8 3 (2.75%) PMI Certification
9 2 (1.83%) SC Cleared
10 1 (0.92%) ISEB Practitioner
10 1 (0.92%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (0.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 24 (22.02%) QA
2 2 (1.83%) ISO/IEC 20000
3 1 (0.92%) SLA
System Software
1 4 (3.67%) Hyper-V
1 4 (3.67%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 12 (11.01%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (2.75%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 16 (14.68%) Oracle
2 13 (11.93%) HP
3 10 (9.17%) Microsoft
4 4 (3.67%) Sun
4 4 (3.67%) VMware
5 3 (2.75%) Google
5 3 (2.75%) Hyperion
6 1 (0.92%) Apigee
6 1 (0.92%) Chordiant
6 1 (0.92%) ForgeRock
6 1 (0.92%) MuleSoft
6 1 (0.92%) Sitecore
6 1 (0.92%) TOWER Software
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Hotfoot Recruitment
Salary: Up to £70,000 per annum
Posted: 4 hours ago
Liverpool, Merseyside
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Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 5 hours ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Asset Resourcing Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum + Additional Benefits
Posted: 2 days ago
Manchester
Searchability
Salary: £50000 - £62000 per annum + healthcare, pension, social events
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Rullion
Salary: £35000 - £40000 per annum
Posted: 4 days ago
Stockport, Cheshire
BOSCH Automotive Service Solutions
Salary: £Competitive + Benefits
Posted: 4 days ago
Wilmslow, Cheshire
Cognizant
Salary: Unspecified Market Standards
Posted: 12 days ago
Chester
Applause IT Ltd
Salary: £35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits
Posted: 15 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Qualitest
Salary: Up to £50,000 per annum Negotiable DOE
Posted: 11 days ago