The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the East of England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 26 March 2015 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
26 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 94 111 87
Rank change year-on-year
+17 -24
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 34 23 33
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 1.31% 0.80% 1.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.75% 1.08% 2.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 8 26
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£290 £313 £303
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.20% +3.30%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £272 £153 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £443 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £303
% change year-on-year
- +7.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 3 1
Average hourly rate £25.00 £15.00 £42.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+66.66% -64.70%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+22.80% -5.00%
Software Testing
England

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
East of England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1945 2126 1574
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the East of England 74.78% 73.77% 68.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 1118 1203 881
Average daily rate £400 £400 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £265 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 151 133 104
Average hourly rate £32.00 £30.50 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.91% -6.15%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £11.50 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £41.00 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the East of England

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in the East of England

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the East of England region over the 3 months to 26 March 2015.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the East of England

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the East of England

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the East of England region over the 3 months to 26 March 2015.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Histogram in the East of England

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in the East of England

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 East of England region over the 3 months to 26 March 2015. 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
Cambridgeshire +9 10 £290 - 7
Hertfordshire +14 9 £295 -5.60% 2
Essex +3 4 - - 1
Suffolk -3 4 £288 -28.12%
Norfolk - - - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the East of England

For the 6 months to 26 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 39 (48.15%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (40.74%) Manual Testing
3 32 (39.51%) User Acceptance Testing
4 22 (27.16%) .NET
4 22 (27.16%) QA
5 20 (24.69%) ISEB
6 19 (23.46%) Visual Studio
7 18 (22.22%) Finance
8 16 (19.75%) Oracle
8 16 (19.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 15 (18.52%) Python
10 14 (17.28%) Linux
10 14 (17.28%) Oracle Database
11 13 (16.05%) Integration Testing
11 13 (16.05%) ISTQB
12 11 (13.58%) JIRA
12 11 (13.58%) Windows
12 11 (13.58%) Test Scripting
13 10 (12.35%) UNIX
13 10 (12.35%) SQL
13 10 (12.35%) Client/Server
13 10 (12.35%) Shell Script
13 10 (12.35%) Scrum
14 9 (11.11%) HP
14 9 (11.11%) Test Automation
14 9 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
15 8 (9.88%) BDD
15 8 (9.88%) SpecFlow
15 8 (9.88%) Gherkin
15 8 (9.88%) Internet

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the East of England by Category

For the 6 months to 26 March 2015, IT contractor jobs across the East of England 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 5 (6.17%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.70%) MS Project
2 3 (3.70%) MS Office
3 2 (2.47%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 4 (4.94%) Dynamics CRM
2 3 (3.70%) Summit
3 1 (1.23%) Hyperion Planning
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle Retail
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.70%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 8 (9.88%) Internet
2 4 (4.94%) 3G
2 4 (4.94%) 2G
2 4 (4.94%) ZigBee
3 2 (2.47%) Wireless
4 1 (1.23%) Wi-Fi
4 1 (1.23%) GSM
4 1 (1.23%) LTE
Database & Business Intelligence
1 14 (17.28%) Oracle Database
2 2 (2.47%) Hadoop
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle BI EE
3 1 (1.23%) Essbase
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (1.23%) Oracle BI Publisher
Development Applications
1 19 (23.46%) Visual Studio
2 11 (13.58%) JIRA
3 8 (9.88%) SpecFlow
4 5 (6.17%) QuickTest Pro
5 4 (4.94%) Selenium
6 3 (3.70%) LabVIEW
6 3 (3.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 1 (1.23%) FitNesse
7 1 (1.23%) TestComplete
7 1 (1.23%) MSTest
General
1 18 (22.22%) Finance
2 6 (7.41%) Telecoms
2 6 (7.41%) Banking
3 2 (2.47%) Pharmaceutical
4 1 (1.23%) Military
4 1 (1.23%) Publishing
4 1 (1.23%) Retail
4 1 (1.23%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 36 (44.44%) Analyst
2 30 (37.04%) Test Analyst
3 12 (14.81%) Test Engineer
4 11 (13.58%) Senior Test Analyst
4 11 (13.58%) Senior Analyst
5 10 (12.35%) Consultant
5 10 (12.35%) Tester
6 9 (11.11%) Test Consultant
7 7 (8.64%) Systems Engineer
8 6 (7.41%) Test Leader
8 6 (7.41%) Software Engineer
8 6 (7.41%) Test Manager
8 6 (7.41%) Software Test Engineer
8 6 (7.41%) Systems Test Engineer
9 4 (4.94%) Support Analyst
9 4 (4.94%) Integration Engineer
9 4 (4.94%) Systems Integration Engineer
10 3 (3.70%) Software Tester
10 3 (3.70%) Embedded Software Engineer
11 2 (2.47%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 22 (27.16%) .NET
2 8 (9.88%) Gherkin
3 5 (6.17%) HTML
4 4 (4.94%) J2EE
5 2 (2.47%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 10 (12.35%) Client/Server
2 3 (3.70%) SWIFT
2 3 (3.70%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.47%) Open Source
3 2 (2.47%) Visualisation
3 2 (2.47%) Chip and PIN
3 2 (2.47%) Streaming Media
4 1 (1.23%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.23%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.23%) EPoS
4 1 (1.23%) EMV
4 1 (1.23%) EFT
4 1 (1.23%) NHS
4 1 (1.23%) Smart Meter
4 1 (1.23%) Mobile Payment
Operating Systems
1 14 (17.28%) Linux
2 11 (13.58%) Windows
3 10 (12.35%) UNIX
4 3 (3.70%) Windows XP
Processes & Methodologies
1 39 (48.15%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (40.74%) Manual Testing
3 32 (39.51%) User Acceptance Testing
4 13 (16.05%) Integration Testing
5 11 (13.58%) Test Scripting
6 10 (12.35%) Scrum
7 9 (11.11%) Test Automation
8 8 (9.88%) BDD
8 8 (9.88%) Test Management
8 8 (9.88%) Performance Testing
9 7 (8.64%) Test Strategy
10 6 (7.41%) User Stories
11 5 (6.17%) Test Planning
12 4 (4.94%) Release Management
12 4 (4.94%) CRM
12 4 (4.94%) Configuration Management
12 4 (4.94%) Regression Testing
12 4 (4.94%) Validation
12 4 (4.94%) Information Management
12 4 (4.94%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (18.52%) Python
2 10 (12.35%) SQL
2 10 (12.35%) Shell Script
3 5 (6.17%) C
3 5 (6.17%) C++
4 4 (4.94%) VBScript
5 3 (3.70%) VB
5 3 (3.70%) JavaScript
6 2 (2.47%) Perl
6 2 (2.47%) C#
7 1 (1.23%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 20 (24.69%) ISEB
2 16 (19.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 13 (16.05%) ISTQB
4 7 (8.64%) Security Cleared
5 4 (4.94%) DV Cleared
6 2 (2.47%) SC Cleared
6 2 (2.47%) Degree
6 2 (2.47%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 22 (27.16%) QA
2 1 (1.23%) ISO 8583
2 1 (1.23%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (1.23%) GMP
Systems Management
1 9 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 16 (19.75%) Oracle
2 9 (11.11%) HP
3 4 (4.94%) Microsoft
3 4 (4.94%) Perforce
4 2 (2.47%) IBM
5 1 (1.23%) VMware
5 1 (1.23%) Hyperion
5 1 (1.23%) Remedy