The first table below looks at the demand 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 17 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 Cheshire 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
17 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 71 60 46
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -14
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 4 2 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.48% 0.27% 1.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.61% 0.37% 2.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 3
Average daily rate £310 £145 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+113.79% -59.72%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £303 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.43% +0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 2
Average hourly rate £33.00 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £30.00 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+23.33% +39.53%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
651 543 430
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 77.50% 73.58% 61.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 298 249 220
Average daily rate £400 £351 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.12% -3.31%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £229 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £537 £475 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 26 13
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £14.25 £13.60
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £55.75 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Software Testing
North West

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 17 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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Warrington -3 2 £310 - 2
Runcorn - 1 £310 -
Wilmslow - - - - 1
Chester - - - - 1
Macclesfield - - - -
Northwich - - - - 1
Software Testing
North West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 10 (52.63%) ISEB
2 9 (47.37%) SQL
3 6 (31.58%) NHS
3 6 (31.58%) SQL Server
3 6 (31.58%) QA
4 5 (26.32%) Business Intelligence
5 4 (21.05%) PL/SQL
5 4 (21.05%) Data Warehouse
5 4 (21.05%) Data Modelling
5 4 (21.05%) C
5 4 (21.05%) C++
5 4 (21.05%) Data Mapping
5 4 (21.05%) Analytics
5 4 (21.05%) Degree
6 3 (15.79%) ISTQB
6 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Test Scripting
6 3 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
6 3 (15.79%) Manual Testing
6 3 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering
6 3 (15.79%) .NET
7 2 (10.53%) MySQL
7 2 (10.53%) XML
7 2 (10.53%) HTML
7 2 (10.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 2 (10.53%) Project Planning
7 2 (10.53%) V-Model
8 1 (5.26%) HTML5
8 1 (5.26%) Waterfall

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (5.26%) Apache
1 1 (5.26%) WordPress
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (31.58%) SQL Server
2 4 (21.05%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (10.53%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (10.53%) MySQL
4 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2005
4 1 (5.26%) SQL Server 2008
General
1 1 (5.26%) Finance
Job Titles
1 7 (36.84%) Tester
2 6 (31.58%) Analyst
2 6 (31.58%) Software Tester
3 3 (15.79%) Test Analyst
3 3 (15.79%) QA Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Web Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Web Test Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Software Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) Developer
4 2 (10.53%) C++ Software Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) QA Tester
5 1 (5.26%) C++ Software Developer
5 1 (5.26%) C++ Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Test Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Web Developer
5 1 (5.26%) Software Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (15.79%) .NET
2 2 (10.53%) HTML
2 2 (10.53%) XML
3 1 (5.26%) jQuery
3 1 (5.26%) HTML5
3 1 (5.26%) CSS3
3 1 (5.26%) Twitter Bootstrap
3 1 (5.26%) CSS
3 1 (5.26%) Web Services
Miscellaneous
1 6 (31.58%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (26.32%) Business Intelligence
2 4 (21.05%) Data Modelling
2 4 (21.05%) Data Mapping
2 4 (21.05%) Analytics
3 3 (15.79%) Test Scripting
3 3 (15.79%) Continuous Integration
3 3 (15.79%) Manual Testing
3 3 (15.79%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering
3 3 (15.79%) Integration Testing
4 2 (10.53%) Project Planning
4 2 (10.53%) V-Model
5 1 (5.26%) Waterfall
5 1 (5.26%) Web Testing
5 1 (5.26%) E-Commerce
5 1 (5.26%) Regression Testing
5 1 (5.26%) SEO
Programming Languages
1 9 (47.37%) SQL
2 4 (21.05%) C++
2 4 (21.05%) C
2 4 (21.05%) PL/SQL
3 1 (5.26%) C#
3 1 (5.26%) Java
3 1 (5.26%) JavaScript
3 1 (5.26%) PHP
3 1 (5.26%) VBScript
3 1 (5.26%) VB
3 1 (5.26%) VB.NET
3 1 (5.26%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 10 (52.63%) ISEB
2 4 (21.05%) Degree
3 3 (15.79%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (31.58%) QA
2 1 (5.26%) ISO 9001
Vendors
1 1 (5.26%) Oracle