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 30 March 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
England / North West
3 months to
30 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 201 157 182
Rank change year-on-year -44 +25  
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 49 79 67
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.80% 1.37% 1.01%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.88% 1.56% 1.15%
Number of salaries quoted 39 60 53
Median salary £40,000 £45,000 £42,500
Median salary % change year-on-year -11.11% +5.88%  
90% offered a salary of more than £37,500 £32,250 £28,000
10% offered a salary of more than £63,000 £67,750 £55,000
UK excluding London median salary £42,500 £42,500 £44,000
% change year-on-year - -3.40%  

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 5561 5072 5850
As % of all permanent IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 90.36% 87.98% 88.49%
Number of salaries quoted 4626 4217 4701
Median salary £42,500 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a salary of more than £30,000 £28,000 £27,500
10% offered a salary of more than £60,000 £57,500 £60,000
UK excluding London median salary £45,000 £45,000 £43,000
% change year-on-year - +4.65%  

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 30 March 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 30 March 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
Manchester -44 32 £40,000 -11.11% 7
Cheshire +4 10 £72,500 +84.71% 2
Lancashire -4 4 £45,500 +40.00%
Merseyside -5 3 £27,500 -21.42%
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 30 March 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.

1 107 (72.30%) Agile Software Development
2 52 (35.14%) QA
3 48 (32.43%) ISEB
4 47 (31.76%) Test Scripting
5 40 (27.03%) SDLC
6 37 (25.00%) Degree
7 36 (24.32%) Selenium
7 36 (24.32%) Java
8 35 (23.65%) Waterfall
9 34 (22.97%) ISTQB
10 33 (22.30%) Automated Testing
11 31 (20.95%) Software Testing
12 30 (20.27%) Python
13 28 (18.92%) .NET
14 27 (18.24%) Cucumber
15 26 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing
16 25 (16.89%) C#
17 24 (16.22%) C++
17 24 (16.22%) Linux
17 24 (16.22%) Finance
18 23 (15.54%) DV Cleared
18 23 (15.54%) Security Cleared
18 23 (15.54%) Test Automation
19 21 (14.19%) Regression Testing
19 21 (14.19%) Windows
20 19 (12.84%) Continuous Integration
21 18 (12.16%) Test Management
21 18 (12.16%) VMware Infrastructure
21 18 (12.16%) VMware
21 18 (12.16%) SQL

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 14 (9.46%) SharePoint
2 8 (5.41%) SAS
3 4 (2.70%) IIS
4 2 (1.35%) Confluence
4 2 (1.35%) JBoss
4 2 (1.35%) WebLogic
4 2 (1.35%) WebSphere
5 1 (0.68%) Adobe Experience Manager
5 1 (0.68%) BizTalk Server
5 1 (0.68%) CICS
Applications
1 10 (6.76%) MS Excel
2 2 (1.35%) MS Office
2 2 (1.35%) MS PowerPoint
2 2 (1.35%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 4 (2.70%) Oracle Applications
2 3 (2.03%) Oracle EBS R12
2 3 (2.03%) Oracle Financials
3 1 (0.68%) BASE24
3 1 (0.68%) Dynamics CRM
3 1 (0.68%) Infor M3
3 1 (0.68%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 7 (4.73%) Microsoft Azure
2 1 (0.68%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.70%) HTTP
1 4 (2.70%) Network Security
2 2 (1.35%) HTTPS
2 2 (1.35%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 16 (10.81%) SQL Server
2 9 (6.08%) Big Data
3 5 (3.38%) MySQL
4 4 (2.70%) DB2
5 3 (2.03%) Oracle Database
5 3 (2.03%) Relational Database
6 1 (0.68%) Oracle Reports
6 1 (0.68%) RDBMS
Development Applications
1 36 (24.32%) Selenium
2 27 (18.24%) Cucumber
3 14 (9.46%) JMeter
4 13 (8.78%) LoadRunner
5 11 (7.43%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (6.08%) JIRA
7 6 (4.05%) Visual Studio
8 5 (3.38%) Jenkins
9 4 (2.70%) Bitbucket
10 3 (2.03%) Git (software)
10 3 (2.03%) SpecFlow
10 3 (2.03%) WebDriver
11 2 (1.35%) ClearCase
11 2 (1.35%) Gradle
11 2 (1.35%) Jasmine
11 2 (1.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
11 2 (1.35%) TestPartner
11 2 (1.35%) Toad
11 2 (1.35%) Travis CI
11 2 (1.35%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 24 (16.22%) Finance
2 17 (11.49%) Law
3 14 (9.46%) Legal
4 11 (7.43%) Military
5 9 (6.08%) Banking
6 8 (5.41%) Retail
7 7 (4.73%) Advertising
8 5 (3.38%) Corporate Banking
8 5 (3.38%) Financial Institution
9 4 (2.70%) Manufacturing
10 3 (2.03%) Games
11 2 (1.35%) Marketing
11 2 (1.35%) Publishing
12 1 (0.68%) Automotive
12 1 (0.68%) Electronics
12 1 (0.68%) Investment Banking
12 1 (0.68%) Retail Banking
12 1 (0.68%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 40 (27.03%) Analyst
2 29 (19.59%) Test Manager
3 21 (14.19%) Test Analyst
3 21 (14.19%) Test Engineer
4 20 (13.51%) Tester
5 14 (9.46%) Consultant
6 13 (8.78%) Business Analyst
6 13 (8.78%) Test Automation Engineer
7 12 (8.11%) QA Tester
7 12 (8.11%) Test Leader
8 11 (7.43%) Lead Tester
8 11 (7.43%) QA Leader
9 10 (6.76%) Lead Test Analyst
9 10 (6.76%) Senior Tester
9 10 (6.76%) Test Consultant
10 8 (5.41%) Integration Engineer
11 7 (4.73%) Data Scientist
11 7 (4.73%) Senior Data Scientist
11 7 (4.73%) Senior QA Tester
11 7 (4.73%) Test and Integration Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 28 (18.92%) .NET
2 8 (5.41%) CSS
3 6 (4.05%) ASP.NET
3 6 (4.05%) HTML
3 6 (4.05%) XML
4 5 (3.38%) .NET Framework
4 5 (3.38%) AngularJS
4 5 (3.38%) jQuery
4 5 (3.38%) Web Services
5 4 (2.70%) EJB
5 4 (2.70%) Hibernate
5 4 (2.70%) J2EE
5 4 (2.70%) JSP
5 4 (2.70%) Servlets
6 3 (2.03%) CSS3
6 3 (2.03%) HTML5
6 3 (2.03%) Node.js
6 3 (2.03%) REST
6 3 (2.03%) Spring
6 3 (2.03%) Twitter Bootstrap
Miscellaneous
1 14 (9.46%) Analytical Skills
2 13 (8.78%) Computer Science
3 10 (6.76%) Management Information System
4 7 (4.73%) Algorithms
5 4 (2.70%) Data Centre
5 4 (2.70%) Driving Licence
5 4 (2.70%) Security Operations Centre
6 3 (2.03%) iPad
6 3 (2.03%) Life Science
6 3 (2.03%) User Experience
7 2 (1.35%) Mainframe
7 2 (1.35%) Online Games
7 2 (1.35%) PMI
7 2 (1.35%) RIA
8 1 (0.68%) Data Structures
8 1 (0.68%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
8 1 (0.68%) IVR
8 1 (0.68%) Mobile App
8 1 (0.68%) PlayStation
8 1 (0.68%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 24 (16.22%) Linux
2 21 (14.19%) Windows
3 7 (4.73%) Mac OS X
3 7 (4.73%) Windows 10
3 7 (4.73%) Windows Server
4 2 (1.35%) Unix
4 2 (1.35%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (0.68%) Android
5 1 (0.68%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 107 (72.30%) Agile Software Development
2 47 (31.76%) Test Scripting
3 40 (27.03%) SDLC
4 35 (23.65%) Waterfall
5 33 (22.30%) Automated Testing
6 31 (20.95%) Software Testing
7 26 (17.57%) User Acceptance Testing
8 23 (15.54%) Test Automation
9 21 (14.19%) Regression Testing
10 19 (12.84%) Continuous Integration
11 18 (12.16%) Test Management
12 17 (11.49%) Information Security
13 16 (10.81%) Business Analysis
13 16 (10.81%) Functional Testing
13 16 (10.81%) Project Management
13 16 (10.81%) Scrum
14 15 (10.14%) DevOps
14 15 (10.14%) Non-Functional Testing
14 15 (10.14%) Technical Analysis
15 13 (8.78%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 36 (24.32%) Java
2 30 (20.27%) Python
3 25 (16.89%) C#
4 24 (16.22%) C++
5 18 (12.16%) SQL
6 15 (10.14%) JavaScript
7 13 (8.78%) C
8 12 (8.11%) Ruby
9 11 (7.43%) Perl
10 7 (4.73%) R
11 3 (2.03%) PL/SQL
12 2 (1.35%) PHP
13 1 (0.68%) Assembly Language
13 1 (0.68%) COBOL
13 1 (0.68%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 48 (32.43%) ISEB
2 37 (25.00%) Degree
3 34 (22.97%) ISTQB
4 23 (15.54%) DV Cleared
4 23 (15.54%) Security Cleared
5 7 (4.73%) PhD
6 6 (4.05%) CISSP
7 5 (3.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (2.70%) IISP
9 2 (1.35%) CISA
9 2 (1.35%) CISM
9 2 (1.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 2 (1.35%) PMI Certification
9 2 (1.35%) Sun Certification
10 1 (0.68%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (35.14%) QA
2 4 (2.70%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 4 (2.70%) PCI DSS
3 1 (0.68%) SDET
3 1 (0.68%) SLA
System Software
1 18 (12.16%) VMware Infrastructure
2 11 (7.43%) Hyper-V
3 7 (4.73%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 12 (8.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 18 (12.16%) VMware
2 15 (10.14%) Microsoft
3 12 (8.11%) HP
3 12 (8.11%) Oracle
4 4 (2.70%) ArcSight
4 4 (2.70%) Splunk
5 3 (2.03%) Google
6 2 (1.35%) Sun
6 2 (1.35%) TOWER Software
7 1 (0.68%) Adobe
7 1 (0.68%) Chordiant
7 1 (0.68%) ForgeRock
7 1 (0.68%) SAP
7 1 (0.68%) ServiceNow
7 1 (0.68%) Sitecore
Manchester, Lancashire
Evolution Recruitment Solutions
Salary: 30,000 - 50,000 per annum
Posted: 2 days ago
Cheshire
McGregor Boyall
Salary: £60000 - £70000 per annum
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
Bupa
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester
Bupa
Posted: 8 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Talent HR
Salary: From £25,000 to £30,000 per annum
Posted: 12 days ago
Salford, Lancashire
Raytheon Systems Ltd
Salary: Competitive, plus benefits and annual bonus
Posted: 16 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Salary: Salary: Competitive + bonus + expenses + training
Posted: 14 days ago