Period
to 18 November 2017

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 6 months to 18 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Test Strategy
England > North West
6 months to
18 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 241 181 164
Rank change year-on-year -60 -17 +22
Permanent jobs citing Test Strategy 134 202 246
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 1.02% 1.62% 1.88%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.13% 1.81% 2.10%
Number of salaries quoted 88 182 192
North West median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £47,100
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% -9.77% +0.21%
10th Percentile £31,775 £31,250 £31,250
90th Percentile £57,875 £56,150 £77,500
England median annual salary £50,000 £49,000 £50,000
% change year-on-year +2.04% -2.00% +5.26%

Test Strategy is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 11813 11184 11695
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in the North West 89.82% 89.74% 89.47%
Number of salaries quoted 9390 9336 9669
North West median annual salary £42,500 £40,000 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +6.25% - +1.27%
10th Percentile £26,250 £26,250 £24,750
90th Percentile £65,000 £62,500 £60,000
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £47,500
% change year-on-year - +5.26% +5.56%

Test Strategy
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Test Strategy as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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 6 months to 18 November 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 6 months to 18 November 2017. 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
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -58 76 £45,000 - 3
Cheshire -9 45 £45,000 +16.13% 3
Merseyside +18 6 £45,000 +26.76% 3
Lancashire +1 6 £24,500 -34.67% 1
Cumbria +1 1 £35,000 -33.33%
Test Strategy
England

For the 6 months to 18 November 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 89 (66.42%) Test Automation
2 83 (61.94%) Agile Software Development
3 52 (38.81%) QA
4 47 (35.07%) Selenium
5 45 (33.58%) Java
6 42 (31.34%) Finance
7 39 (29.10%) Software Testing
8 31 (23.13%) Degree
9 30 (22.39%) SDLC
10 28 (20.90%) Continuous Integration
11 27 (20.15%) Test Scripting
12 26 (19.40%) Cucumber
12 26 (19.40%) JIRA
13 25 (18.66%) Waterfall
13 25 (18.66%) Scrum
14 23 (17.16%) ISEB
14 23 (17.16%) User Acceptance Testing
15 21 (15.67%) BDD
16 20 (14.93%) TDD
16 20 (14.93%) XML
17 19 (14.18%) Mentoring
18 17 (12.69%) Regression Testing
18 17 (12.69%) WebDriver
18 17 (12.69%) Test Planning
18 17 (12.69%) Jenkins
19 16 (11.94%) Risk Management
19 16 (11.94%) C#
19 16 (11.94%) SQL
19 16 (11.94%) Oracle
20 15 (11.19%) Validation

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 13 (9.70%) Confluence
2 5 (3.73%) CICS
3 3 (2.24%) JBoss
3 3 (2.24%) WebLogic
3 3 (2.24%) WebSphere
4 1 (0.75%) Apache Spark
4 1 (0.75%) CMS
4 1 (0.75%) IBM Domino
4 1 (0.75%) Umbraco
Applications
1 1 (0.75%) Microsoft PowerPoint
1 1 (0.75%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 5 (3.73%) Oracle ERP
2 4 (2.99%) Hyperion Planning
2 4 (2.99%) Oracle Procure-to-Pay
3 3 (2.24%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (0.75%) Dynamics CRM
Cloud Services
1 7 (5.22%) Amazon AWS
1 7 (5.22%) SaaS
2 3 (2.24%) OpenShift
2 3 (2.24%) Slack
3 2 (1.49%) Microsoft Azure
4 1 (0.75%) BrowserStack
4 1 (0.75%) Mimecast
4 1 (0.75%) npm
Communications & Networking
1 4 (2.99%) FTP
1 4 (2.99%) HTTP
1 4 (2.99%) Internet
2 1 (0.75%) SSH
Database & Business Intelligence
1 8 (5.97%) SQL Server
2 6 (4.48%) DB2
2 6 (4.48%) Oracle Database
3 5 (3.73%) MySQL
4 4 (2.99%) Big Data
5 2 (1.49%) IMS/DB
6 1 (0.75%) Apache Hive
6 1 (0.75%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 47 (35.07%) Selenium
2 26 (19.40%) Cucumber
2 26 (19.40%) JIRA
3 17 (12.69%) Jenkins
3 17 (12.69%) WebDriver
4 11 (8.21%) JMeter
5 10 (7.46%) Git (software)
5 10 (7.46%) SoapUI
5 10 (7.46%) Subversion
6 9 (6.72%) Ranorex
7 8 (5.97%) JUnit
7 8 (5.97%) NUnit
7 8 (5.97%) Visual Studio
8 7 (5.22%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (4.48%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 6 (4.48%) TestNG
9 6 (4.48%) Toad
9 6 (4.48%) Zephyr
10 4 (2.99%) FitNesse
10 4 (2.99%) Robot Framework
General
1 42 (31.34%) Finance
2 14 (10.45%) Banking
3 13 (9.70%) Law
4 12 (8.96%) Investment Banking
5 10 (7.46%) Retail
6 8 (5.97%) Military
7 6 (4.48%) Automotive
7 6 (4.48%) Electronics
8 4 (2.99%) Billing
8 4 (2.99%) German Language
9 3 (2.24%) French Language
9 3 (2.24%) Japanese Language
10 1 (0.75%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.75%) Games
10 1 (0.75%) Legal
10 1 (0.75%) Publishing
10 1 (0.75%) Retail Banking
10 1 (0.75%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 28 (20.90%) Test Leader
2 25 (18.66%) Test Manager
3 18 (13.43%) Test Engineer
4 17 (12.69%) Analyst
5 16 (11.94%) Tester
6 11 (8.21%) Integration Engineer
6 11 (8.21%) Test Analyst
7 9 (6.72%) Developer
7 9 (6.72%) QA Tester
8 8 (5.97%) Automation Test Lead
8 8 (5.97%) QA Engineer
8 8 (5.97%) Test and Integration Engineer
9 6 (4.48%) Software Engineer
9 6 (4.48%) UAT Manager
10 5 (3.73%) Software Test Engineer
11 4 (2.99%) Consultant
11 4 (2.99%) Java Developer
11 4 (2.99%) Management Consultant
11 4 (2.99%) QA Manager
11 4 (2.99%) Team Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 20 (14.93%) XML
2 9 (6.72%) .NET
2 9 (6.72%) CSS
2 9 (6.72%) HTML
2 9 (6.72%) SOAP
2 9 (6.72%) Web Services
3 7 (5.22%) REST
4 6 (4.48%) JSON
5 5 (3.73%) Hibernate
6 4 (2.99%) cXML
6 4 (2.99%) EDI
6 4 (2.99%) EDIFACT
6 4 (2.99%) HTML5
6 4 (2.99%) RESTful
7 3 (2.24%) EJB
7 3 (2.24%) JMS
7 3 (2.24%) JSP
7 3 (2.24%) Struts
7 3 (2.24%) WSDL
7 3 (2.24%) XSD
Miscellaneous
1 12 (8.96%) Analytical Skills
2 11 (8.21%) Mobile App
3 9 (6.72%) Computer Science
4 7 (5.22%) User Experience
5 6 (4.48%) Fintech
6 5 (3.73%) Mainframe
6 5 (3.73%) Management Information System
7 3 (2.24%) Algorithms
7 3 (2.24%) Internet of Things
7 3 (2.24%) PMI
7 3 (2.24%) Smartphone
8 2 (1.49%) Online Banking
9 1 (0.75%) AS400
9 1 (0.75%) IBM Mainframe
9 1 (0.75%) iSeries
9 1 (0.75%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 11 (8.21%) Linux
2 7 (5.22%) Windows
3 6 (4.48%) Windows Server 2012
4 3 (2.24%) Android
4 3 (2.24%) Apple iOS
5 2 (1.49%) Unix
6 1 (0.75%) AIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 89 (66.42%) Test Automation
2 83 (61.94%) Agile Software Development
3 39 (29.10%) Software Testing
4 30 (22.39%) SDLC
5 28 (20.90%) Continuous Integration
6 27 (20.15%) Test Scripting
7 25 (18.66%) Scrum
7 25 (18.66%) Waterfall
8 23 (17.16%) User Acceptance Testing
9 21 (15.67%) BDD
10 20 (14.93%) TDD
11 19 (14.18%) Mentoring
12 17 (12.69%) Regression Testing
12 17 (12.69%) Test Planning
13 16 (11.94%) Risk Management
14 15 (11.19%) Continuous Improvement
14 15 (11.19%) Defect Management
14 15 (11.19%) Validation
15 14 (10.45%) DevOps
15 14 (10.45%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 45 (33.58%) Java
2 16 (11.94%) C#
2 16 (11.94%) SQL
3 14 (10.45%) JavaScript
4 12 (8.96%) C
5 10 (7.46%) Python
6 8 (5.97%) C++
6 8 (5.97%) Perl
7 6 (4.48%) COBOL
8 3 (2.24%) Assembly Language
8 3 (2.24%) PHP
8 3 (2.24%) PHP 5
9 1 (0.75%) ES6
9 1 (0.75%) RPG
9 1 (0.75%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 31 (23.13%) Degree
2 23 (17.16%) ISEB
3 15 (11.19%) ISTQB
3 15 (11.19%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 8 (5.97%) DV Cleared
4 8 (5.97%) Numerate Degree
4 8 (5.97%) Security Cleared
5 3 (2.24%) Computer Science Degree
5 3 (2.24%) PMI Certification
5 3 (2.24%) Sun Certification
6 1 (0.75%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 52 (38.81%) QA
2 4 (2.99%) COBIT
System Software
1 8 (5.97%) Hyper-V
1 8 (5.97%) VMware Infrastructure
2 2 (1.49%) Virtual Machines
2 2 (1.49%) VirtualBox
3 1 (0.75%) Docker
Systems Management
1 3 (2.24%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 16 (11.94%) Oracle
2 8 (5.97%) VMware
3 5 (3.73%) Microsoft
4 4 (2.99%) HEAT Software
4 4 (2.99%) Hyperion
4 4 (2.99%) ServiceNow
4 4 (2.99%) Talend
5 3 (2.24%) Chordiant
6 2 (1.49%) Aquila
6 2 (1.49%) HP
6 2 (1.49%) IBM
6 2 (1.49%) Sun
7 1 (0.75%) Apigee
7 1 (0.75%) MuleSoft
7 1 (0.75%) WorldPay