The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Halifax region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 29 August 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
29 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 31 25 21
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -4
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 2 1 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Halifax 1.14% 0.55% 4.93%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.44% 0.71% 6.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 1 11
Average daily rate
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£265 £330 £370
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-19.69% -10.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £237 £330 £315
10% offered a daily rate of more than £293 £330 £470
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+215.21% -67.14%
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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 Halifax region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Halifax
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
139 140 168
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Halifax 78.98% 76.92% 75.34%
Number of daily rates quoted 118 96 137
Average daily rate £415 £393 £380
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.59% +3.42%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £315 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £478 £500 £505
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 2
Average hourly rate - £24.00 £18.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +31.50%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Halifax

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Halifax

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Halifax

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Halifax

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Halifax

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Halifax 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 (100.00%) ISEB
1 10 (100.00%) Banking
1 10 (100.00%) ISTQB
1 10 (100.00%) HP Quality Center
1 10 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 8 (80.00%) Finance
3 7 (70.00%) Stakeholder Management
4 6 (60.00%) Test Scripting
5 4 (40.00%) Retail
6 3 (30.00%) Change Management
6 3 (30.00%) QuickTest Pro
6 3 (30.00%) Test Strategy
6 3 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
7 2 (20.00%) Test Automation
7 2 (20.00%) Remedy ITSM
7 2 (20.00%) Remedy
7 2 (20.00%) Project Management
7 2 (20.00%) BMC
7 2 (20.00%) ITSM
8 1 (10.00%) Management Information System
8 1 (10.00%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (10.00%) MS PowerPoint
8 1 (10.00%) MS Project
8 1 (10.00%) MS Office
8 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
8 1 (10.00%) Microsoft
8 1 (10.00%) Data Protection
8 1 (10.00%) Legal
8 1 (10.00%) Retail Banking
8 1 (10.00%) Data Protection Act

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Halifax by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Halifax 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 1 (10.00%) MS Project
1 1 (10.00%) MS Office
1 1 (10.00%) MS Excel
1 1 (10.00%) MS PowerPoint
Business Applications
1 2 (20.00%) Remedy ITSM
Development Applications
1 3 (30.00%) QuickTest Pro
General
1 10 (100.00%) Banking
2 8 (80.00%) Finance
3 4 (40.00%) Retail
4 1 (10.00%) Retail Banking
4 1 (10.00%) Legal
Job Titles
1 7 (70.00%) Analyst
1 7 (70.00%) Test Analyst
2 3 (30.00%) Test Leader
Miscellaneous
1 1 (10.00%) Management Information System
1 1 (10.00%) Data Protection Act
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (70.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 6 (60.00%) Test Scripting
3 3 (30.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 3 (30.00%) Change Management
3 3 (30.00%) Test Strategy
4 2 (20.00%) ITSM
4 2 (20.00%) Project Management
4 2 (20.00%) Test Automation
5 1 (10.00%) Data Protection
Qualifications
1 10 (100.00%) ISEB
1 10 (100.00%) ISTQB
1 10 (100.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (10.00%) ISEB Practitioner
Systems Management
1 10 (100.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (20.00%) BMC
1 2 (20.00%) Remedy
2 1 (10.00%) Microsoft