The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 19 September 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
19 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 52 - 68
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 12 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 1.52% - 0.11%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.06% - 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 0 1
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£315 - £225
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.07% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.38 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+196.70% -68.83%
Software Testing
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
582 693 591
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 73.86% 75.99% 65.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 310 335 341
Average daily rate £400 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £238 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 39 46 26
Average hourly rate £28.00 £31.56 £41.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-11.26% -23.96%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £15.40 £15.20
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.50 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

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 Cheshire region over the 3 months to 19 September 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
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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
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 6 £315 - 1
Wilmslow - - - -
Crewe - - - -
Macclesfield - - - -
Software Testing
North West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 11 (84.62%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (76.92%) SQL
2 10 (76.92%) ISEB
3 7 (53.85%) ISTQB
4 6 (46.15%) JIRA
4 6 (46.15%) Integration Testing
4 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
4 6 (46.15%) HP Quality Center
5 5 (38.46%) IVR
5 5 (38.46%) .NET
5 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
5 5 (38.46%) Manual Testing
5 5 (38.46%) Performance Testing
6 4 (30.77%) Release Management
6 4 (30.77%) Automated Testing
7 3 (23.08%) Web Services
7 3 (23.08%) Windows
7 3 (23.08%) QuickTest Pro
7 3 (23.08%) GSM
7 3 (23.08%) VoIP
7 3 (23.08%) QA
7 3 (23.08%) Project Planning
7 3 (23.08%) MSTest
7 3 (23.08%) Trend Analysis
8 2 (15.38%) Stress Testing
8 2 (15.38%) System Testing
8 2 (15.38%) V-Model
8 2 (15.38%) Regression Testing
9 1 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
9 1 (7.69%) SharePoint

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire 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 (7.69%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 3 (23.08%) GSM
1 3 (23.08%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (7.69%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 11 (84.62%) Team Foundation Server
2 6 (46.15%) JIRA
3 3 (23.08%) QuickTest Pro
3 3 (23.08%) MSTest
4 1 (7.69%) Selenium
Job Titles
1 13 (100.00%) Analyst
1 13 (100.00%) Test Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Web Test Analyst
2 4 (30.77%) Web Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Senior Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Software Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Automation Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Agile Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (38.46%) .NET
2 3 (23.08%) Web Services
3 1 (7.69%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 5 (38.46%) IVR
Operating Systems
1 3 (23.08%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Integration Testing
1 6 (46.15%) Agile Software Development
2 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
2 5 (38.46%) Manual Testing
2 5 (38.46%) Performance Testing
3 4 (30.77%) Release Management
3 4 (30.77%) Automated Testing
4 3 (23.08%) Project Planning
4 3 (23.08%) Trend Analysis
5 2 (15.38%) Stress Testing
5 2 (15.38%) System Testing
5 2 (15.38%) V-Model
5 2 (15.38%) Regression Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Business Intelligence
6 1 (7.69%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Functional Testing
6 1 (7.69%) Mentoring
6 1 (7.69%) Waterfall
6 1 (7.69%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 10 (76.92%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (76.92%) ISEB
2 7 (53.85%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (23.08%) QA
Systems Management
1 6 (46.15%) HP Quality Center