The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Merseyside region. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 31 August 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
31 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 29 40 30
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -10
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 8 3 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 2.87% 0.78% 1.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.72% 1.03% 1.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 3 3
Median daily rate £313 £475 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-34.21% +53.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £225 £181 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £318 £475 £317
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.79% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £23.68 £20.00 £36.25
% change year-on-year
+18.37% -44.82%
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 Merseyside region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Merseyside
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
215 291 164
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 77.06% 75.39% 68.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 132 148 100
Median daily rate £400 £338 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.51% -10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £175 £267
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £550 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 2 7
Median hourly rate £15.00 £135.00 £21.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-88.88% +520.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.00 £47.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £20.40 £135.00 £30.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £32.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-4.61% +26.21%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

The demand trend of contract jobs across the Merseyside region citing Software Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 31 August 2016.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in Merseyside

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Merseyside

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 31 August 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Liverpool +5 4 - -
Southport - 3 £313 - 3
Software Testing
North West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 31 August 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Merseyside region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 7 (63.64%) JIRA
1 7 (63.64%) QA
1 7 (63.64%) Analytical Skills
2 6 (54.55%) Functional Testing
2 6 (54.55%) Selenium
2 6 (54.55%) Scrum
3 5 (45.45%) Java
3 5 (45.45%) Ruby
3 5 (45.45%) Cucumber
4 4 (36.36%) Manual Testing
4 4 (36.36%) Degree
4 4 (36.36%) Automated Testing
4 4 (36.36%) SQL
4 4 (36.36%) Oracle
4 4 (36.36%) Web Services
4 4 (36.36%) XML
5 3 (27.27%) Regression Testing
5 3 (27.27%) JMeter
5 3 (27.27%) Validation
5 3 (27.27%) Migration
5 3 (27.27%) Ant
5 3 (27.27%) PHP
5 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
5 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
5 3 (27.27%) WATIR
5 3 (27.27%) Computer Science
5 3 (27.27%) MySQL
5 3 (27.27%) Performance Management
5 3 (27.27%) Data Migration
5 3 (27.27%) TortoiseSVN

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 2 (18.18%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 2 (18.18%) Mingle
Communications & Networking
1 3 (27.27%) PuTTY
1 3 (27.27%) WinSCP
2 2 (18.18%) FTP
2 2 (18.18%) HTTP
2 2 (18.18%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (27.27%) MySQL
2 2 (18.18%) Oracle BI Publisher
2 2 (18.18%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (18.18%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 7 (63.64%) JIRA
2 6 (54.55%) Selenium
3 5 (45.45%) Cucumber
4 3 (27.27%) Ant
4 3 (27.27%) JMeter
4 3 (27.27%) TortoiseSVN
4 3 (27.27%) WATIR
4 3 (27.27%) WebDriver
5 2 (18.18%) Git (software)
5 2 (18.18%) Jenkins
General
1 2 (18.18%) Finance
2 1 (9.09%) Banking
Job Titles
1 4 (36.36%) Analyst
1 4 (36.36%) QA Engineer
1 4 (36.36%) Test Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Systems Analyst
2 3 (27.27%) Systems Test Analyst
3 2 (18.18%) Software QA Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Software Testing Engineer
3 2 (18.18%) Testing Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Graduate
4 1 (9.09%) Graduate Software Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Graduate Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Junior
4 1 (9.09%) Junior Software Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Junior Tester
4 1 (9.09%) QA Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) QA Automation Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) QA Test Analyst
4 1 (9.09%) Software Tester
4 1 (9.09%) Test Automation Engineer
4 1 (9.09%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (36.36%) Web Services
1 4 (36.36%) XML
2 2 (18.18%) Gherkin
2 2 (18.18%) HTML
2 2 (18.18%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 7 (63.64%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (27.27%) Computer Science
Operating Systems
1 2 (18.18%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (54.55%) Functional Testing
1 6 (54.55%) Scrum
2 4 (36.36%) Automated Testing
2 4 (36.36%) Manual Testing
3 3 (27.27%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (27.27%) Data Migration
3 3 (27.27%) Integration Testing
3 3 (27.27%) Migration
3 3 (27.27%) Performance Management
3 3 (27.27%) Regression Testing
3 3 (27.27%) Validation
4 2 (18.18%) Agile Project Management
4 2 (18.18%) BDD
4 2 (18.18%) Continuous Delivery
4 2 (18.18%) Continuous Integration
4 2 (18.18%) Defect Management
4 2 (18.18%) Line Management
4 2 (18.18%) SDLC
4 2 (18.18%) Test Management
4 2 (18.18%) Workflow
Programming Languages
1 5 (45.45%) Java
1 5 (45.45%) Ruby
2 4 (36.36%) SQL
3 3 (27.27%) PHP
4 2 (18.18%) JavaScript
4 2 (18.18%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
Qualifications
1 4 (36.36%) Degree
2 2 (18.18%) SC Cleared
2 2 (18.18%) Security Cleared
2 2 (18.18%) Siebel Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (63.64%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (36.36%) Oracle
2 2 (18.18%) Siebel
2 2 (18.18%) Sony