The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Bristol region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 2 October 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
2 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 63 50 64
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +14
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 12 3 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bristol 1.25% 0.47% 0.69%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.68% 0.66% 0.99%
Number of daily rates quoted 9 3 2
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£375 £370 £225
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +64.44%
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.06% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £35.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.50 £34.25
% change year-on-year
+193.47% -66.42%
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Bristol region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Bristol
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
714 456 607
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Bristol 74.61% 71.14% 70.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 506 340 372
Average daily rate £380 £363 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.82% +0.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £250 £245
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £365 £363
% change year-on-year
+2.73% +0.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 7 36
Average hourly rate £22.50 £40.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-43.75% +14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £11.30 £13.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £50.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.38 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-12.08% +3.44%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Bristol

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Bristol region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Bristol

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Testing across the Bristol region.

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Bristol

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in Bristol

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Bristol region over the 3 months to 2 October 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in Bristol

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Bristol region.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Bristol

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Bristol

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bristol region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing.

1 13 (72.22%) SQL
2 12 (66.67%) ISEB
3 11 (61.11%) Test Scripting
4 10 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (50.00%) Test Planning
6 8 (44.44%) Validation
6 8 (44.44%) Scrum
7 7 (38.89%) HND
7 7 (38.89%) V-Model
7 7 (38.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (38.89%) Waterfall
7 7 (38.89%) Software Engineering
7 7 (38.89%) Selenium
8 6 (33.33%) Microsoft
9 5 (27.78%) .NET
9 5 (27.78%) Open Text
9 5 (27.78%) .NET Framework
9 5 (27.78%) Use Case
10 4 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (22.22%) HTML
10 4 (22.22%) JavaScript
10 4 (22.22%) CSS
11 3 (16.67%) Java
11 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
11 3 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
11 3 (16.67%) Data Modelling
11 3 (16.67%) Windows
11 3 (16.67%) Linux
11 3 (16.67%) Intranet
11 3 (16.67%) HOOD

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Bristol by Category

For the 6 months to 2 October 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Bristol region citing Software Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Software Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (5.56%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 2 (11.11%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (5.56%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (16.67%) Intranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (16.67%) SQL Server
1 3 (16.67%) QlikView
2 1 (5.56%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 7 (38.89%) Selenium
2 4 (22.22%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (16.67%) Git (software)
4 2 (11.11%) WebDriver
5 1 (5.56%) Behat
5 1 (5.56%) JIRA
General
1 3 (16.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (22.22%) Test Engineer
1 4 (22.22%) Senior Test Engineer
1 4 (22.22%) Tester
1 4 (22.22%) Analyst
1 4 (22.22%) Test Analyst
2 3 (16.67%) Developer
2 3 (16.67%) Test Leader
2 3 (16.67%) QlikView Developer
3 2 (11.11%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (5.56%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (27.78%) .NET
1 5 (27.78%) .NET Framework
2 4 (22.22%) HTML
2 4 (22.22%) CSS
Miscellaneous
1 3 (16.67%) Management Information System
2 1 (5.56%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 3 (16.67%) Windows
1 3 (16.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (61.11%) Test Scripting
2 10 (55.56%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (50.00%) Test Planning
4 8 (44.44%) Validation
4 8 (44.44%) Scrum
5 7 (38.89%) V-Model
5 7 (38.89%) Waterfall
5 7 (38.89%) Software Engineering
6 5 (27.78%) Use Case
7 3 (16.67%) Business Intelligence
7 3 (16.67%) Data Modelling
7 3 (16.67%) HOOD
8 2 (11.11%) Test Management
8 2 (11.11%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (11.11%) Regression Testing
9 1 (5.56%) ETL
9 1 (5.56%) BDD
9 1 (5.56%) Test Strategy
9 1 (5.56%) Performance Testing
9 1 (5.56%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 13 (72.22%) SQL
2 4 (22.22%) JavaScript
3 3 (16.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 12 (66.67%) ISEB
2 7 (38.89%) HND
2 7 (38.89%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (11.11%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (11.11%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (33.33%) Microsoft
2 5 (27.78%) Open Text
3 1 (5.56%) TIBCO
3 1 (5.56%) Telerik