The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Hertfordshire 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 January 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
29 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 52 63 63
Rank change year-on-year
+11 0
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 11 1 6
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 1.68% 0.16% 0.78%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.28% 0.23% 1.11%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 1 6
Average daily rate
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£250 £200 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% -33.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £200 £288
10% offered a daily rate of more than £347 £200 £338
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+12.90% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £21.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+60.91% -27.50%
Software Testing
East of 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 Hertfordshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Hertfordshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
482 434 542
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Hertfordshire 73.81% 69.66% 70.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 268 224 316
Average daily rate £415 £400 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.75% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £360
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +4.16%
Number of hourly rates quoted 22 24 21
Average hourly rate £33.50 £25.00 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.00% -33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £15.00 £14.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £118.75
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.00 £27.50 £31.07
% change year-on-year
-5.45% -11.49%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Hertfordshire

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 January 2015.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in Hertfordshire

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Hertfordshire

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Hertfordshire

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 Hertfordshire region over the 3 months to 29 January 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
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Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Hitchin - - - -
St Albans - - - -
Stevenage - - - - 1
Watford - - - -
Welwyn Garden City - - - -
Software Testing
East of England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Hertfordshire 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 12 (75.00%) Finance
1 12 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (62.50%) QA
3 9 (56.25%) Manual Testing
4 8 (50.00%) ISEB
4 8 (50.00%) ISTQB
5 7 (43.75%) BDD
5 7 (43.75%) SpecFlow
5 7 (43.75%) Gherkin
5 7 (43.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 7 (43.75%) Scrum
6 4 (25.00%) JavaScript
6 4 (25.00%) SQL
6 4 (25.00%) JIRA
6 4 (25.00%) Banking
7 3 (18.75%) Selenium
7 3 (18.75%) Test Management
7 3 (18.75%) Test Scripting
7 3 (18.75%) Test Planning
7 3 (18.75%) SWIFT
7 3 (18.75%) Test Automation
7 3 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
7 3 (18.75%) UNIX
7 3 (18.75%) QuickTest Pro
7 3 (18.75%) Shell Script
7 3 (18.75%) HP
8 2 (12.50%) Windows
8 2 (12.50%) MS Excel
8 2 (12.50%) VBScript
8 2 (12.50%) Open Source

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Hertfordshire by Category

For the 6 months to 29 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Hertfordshire 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 2 (12.50%) MS Excel
2 1 (6.25%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 1 (6.25%) Wi-Fi
1 1 (6.25%) Wireless
Development Applications
1 7 (43.75%) SpecFlow
2 4 (25.00%) JIRA
3 3 (18.75%) Selenium
3 3 (18.75%) QuickTest Pro
4 1 (6.25%) TestNG
4 1 (6.25%) WebDriver
4 1 (6.25%) JUnit
General
1 12 (75.00%) Finance
2 4 (25.00%) Banking
3 2 (12.50%) Telecoms
4 1 (6.25%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 9 (56.25%) Consultant
2 8 (50.00%) Test Consultant
3 5 (31.25%) Analyst
4 3 (18.75%) Tester
4 3 (18.75%) Test Analyst
5 2 (12.50%) Support Analyst
5 2 (12.50%) Test Automation Consultant
6 1 (6.25%) 1st Line Support Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) IT Support
6 1 (6.25%) Validation Consultant
6 1 (6.25%) Software Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) 1st Line Support
6 1 (6.25%) Test Manager
6 1 (6.25%) Test Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) IT Support Analyst
6 1 (6.25%) Software Test Engineer
6 1 (6.25%) Network Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (43.75%) Gherkin
2 1 (6.25%) CSS
2 1 (6.25%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (18.75%) SWIFT
2 2 (12.50%) Open Source
3 1 (6.25%) Chip and PIN
Operating Systems
1 3 (18.75%) UNIX
2 2 (12.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (75.00%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (56.25%) Manual Testing
3 7 (43.75%) BDD
3 7 (43.75%) Scrum
4 3 (18.75%) Test Management
4 3 (18.75%) Test Scripting
4 3 (18.75%) Test Planning
4 3 (18.75%) Test Automation
5 2 (12.50%) Performance Testing
5 2 (12.50%) Automated Testing
6 1 (6.25%) Software Engineering
6 1 (6.25%) Document Management
6 1 (6.25%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (6.25%) User Acceptance Testing
6 1 (6.25%) System Testing
6 1 (6.25%) QMS
6 1 (6.25%) Waterfall
6 1 (6.25%) Change Control
6 1 (6.25%) CRM
6 1 (6.25%) Quality Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (25.00%) JavaScript
1 4 (25.00%) SQL
2 3 (18.75%) Shell Script
3 2 (12.50%) VBScript
4 1 (6.25%) VB
4 1 (6.25%) Java
Qualifications
1 8 (50.00%) ISEB
1 8 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 7 (43.75%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (62.50%) QA
2 1 (6.25%) 21 CFR Part 11
2 1 (6.25%) GMP
Systems Management
1 3 (18.75%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (18.75%) HP
2 1 (6.25%) Remedy