The first table below looks at the demand for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Buckinghamshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Buckinghamshire region.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 55 59 69
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +10
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 30 10 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 2.49% 1.20% 0.59%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.51% 1.65% 0.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 7 5
Average daily rate £338 £250 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+35.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £160 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £330 £257
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £303 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.43% +0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.25 £33.50 £25.00
% change year-on-year
+11.19% +34.00%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Buckinghamshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
854 607 789
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Buckinghamshire 70.81% 72.69% 66.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 475 362 368
Average daily rate £355 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.42% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £175 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £500 £436
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 28 43
Average hourly rate £15.97 £15.50 £15.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+3.03% +3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.05 £9.89 £10.66
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.00 £162.50 £36.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £32.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-4.68% +23.07%
Software Testing
South East

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Buckinghamshire

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in Buckinghamshire

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Buckinghamshire

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Buckinghamshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the Buckinghamshire region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014. 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
(Click each for more statistics)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
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Job
Vacancies
Milton Keynes +1 20 £318 +27.00%
High Wycombe - - - -
Software Testing
South East

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Buckinghamshire 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 17 (44.74%) Test Scripting
2 14 (36.84%) Finance
3 13 (34.21%) Microsoft
4 12 (31.58%) C#
4 12 (31.58%) SQL
4 12 (31.58%) BDD
5 10 (26.32%) WebDriver
5 10 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
5 10 (26.32%) Selenium
5 10 (26.32%) OO
5 10 (26.32%) JMeter
6 9 (23.68%) Agile Software Development
6 9 (23.68%) SOAP
6 9 (23.68%) User Acceptance Testing
7 8 (21.05%) Test Strategy
7 8 (21.05%) NHS
7 8 (21.05%) Dynamics GP
8 7 (18.42%) Visual Studio
8 7 (18.42%) PhantomJS
8 7 (18.42%) SoapUI
8 7 (18.42%) Team Foundation Server
9 6 (15.79%) Test Management
9 6 (15.79%) QuickTest Pro
10 5 (13.16%) ISEB
10 5 (13.16%) HP Quality Center
11 4 (10.53%) MS Excel
11 4 (10.53%) MS Office
11 4 (10.53%) JIRA
11 4 (10.53%) Bugzilla
12 3 (7.89%) Logistics

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Buckinghamshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Buckinghamshire 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.

Applications
1 4 (10.53%) MS Excel
1 4 (10.53%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 8 (21.05%) Dynamics GP
2 3 (7.89%) Lawson
2 3 (7.89%) Infor M3
3 1 (2.63%) Oracle Applications
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.26%) Amazon SQS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.26%) Internet
1 2 (5.26%) DNS
2 1 (2.63%) 2G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.26%) NoSQL
2 1 (2.63%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 10 (26.32%) WebDriver
1 10 (26.32%) Selenium
1 10 (26.32%) JMeter
2 7 (18.42%) Visual Studio
2 7 (18.42%) PhantomJS
2 7 (18.42%) SoapUI
2 7 (18.42%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (15.79%) QuickTest Pro
4 4 (10.53%) JIRA
4 4 (10.53%) Bugzilla
5 1 (2.63%) TeamCity
5 1 (2.63%) MSTest
5 1 (2.63%) SpecFlow
General
1 14 (36.84%) Finance
2 2 (5.26%) Automotive
3 1 (2.63%) Telecoms
3 1 (2.63%) Banking
3 1 (2.63%) Retail
Job Titles
1 19 (50.00%) Test Analyst
1 19 (50.00%) Analyst
2 8 (21.05%) Test Leader
3 6 (15.79%) Tester
4 4 (10.53%) Software Tester
5 3 (7.89%) Automation Test Analyst
5 3 (7.89%) Developer
5 3 (7.89%) Automation Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) Agile Test Analyst
6 2 (5.26%) Python Developer
6 2 (5.26%) Test Engineer
7 1 (2.63%) Test Manager
7 1 (2.63%) Senior Analyst
7 1 (2.63%) Test Team Leader
7 1 (2.63%) Technical Analyst
7 1 (2.63%) Senior Test Analyst
7 1 (2.63%) Team Leader
7 1 (2.63%) Applications Tester
7 1 (2.63%) Technical Test Analyst
7 1 (2.63%) Software Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (23.68%) SOAP
2 2 (5.26%) REST
2 2 (5.26%) Web Services
2 2 (5.26%) XML
2 2 (5.26%) JSON
3 1 (2.63%) LAMP
Miscellaneous
1 8 (21.05%) NHS
2 1 (2.63%) APACS
2 1 (2.63%) EFT
2 1 (2.63%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 1 (2.63%) UNIX
1 1 (2.63%) Windows
1 1 (2.63%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 17 (44.74%) Test Scripting
2 12 (31.58%) BDD
3 10 (26.32%) Continuous Integration
3 10 (26.32%) OO
4 9 (23.68%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (23.68%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (21.05%) Test Strategy
6 6 (15.79%) Test Management
7 3 (7.89%) Logistics
7 3 (7.89%) ERP
7 3 (7.89%) V-Model
7 3 (7.89%) Waterfall
8 2 (5.26%) Automation Testing
8 2 (5.26%) Security Testing
8 2 (5.26%) Information Assurance
8 2 (5.26%) E-Commerce
8 2 (5.26%) Scrum
9 1 (2.63%) Risk Assessment
9 1 (2.63%) Automated Testing
9 1 (2.63%) TDD
Programming Languages
1 12 (31.58%) C#
1 12 (31.58%) SQL
2 2 (5.26%) Java
2 2 (5.26%) Python
3 1 (2.63%) PHP
3 1 (2.63%) C++
Qualifications
1 5 (13.16%) ISEB
2 3 (7.89%) ISTQB
3 1 (2.63%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.63%) ISO 8583
1 1 (2.63%) QA
Systems Management
1 5 (13.16%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 13 (34.21%) Microsoft
2 3 (7.89%) Infor
2 3 (7.89%) Capita
3 1 (2.63%) Oracle