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 average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 5 February 2016 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
5 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank - 34 -
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 0 2 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside - 0.67% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category - 0.95% -
Number of daily rates quoted 0 2 0
Average daily rate - £310 -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £305
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +14.75%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £35.00 £23.25
% change year-on-year
+7.14% +50.53%
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
258 211 107
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 79.63% 71.04% 58.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 159 97 58
Average daily rate £425 £375 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% -6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £220 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £675 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 4
Average hourly rate £40.00 £16.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+142.42% +3.12%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.50 £16.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £71.50 £16.50 £18.30
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Merseyside

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Merseyside region as a proportion of the total demand within 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
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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 2 (66.67%) MySQL
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (66.67%) QA
1 2 (66.67%) V-Model
2 1 (33.33%) Information Assurance
2 1 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (33.33%) TortoiseSVN
2 1 (33.33%) WebDriver
2 1 (33.33%) MSTest
2 1 (33.33%) Waterfall
2 1 (33.33%) Cucumber
2 1 (33.33%) SoapUI
2 1 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Mobile App
2 1 (33.33%) Relational Database
2 1 (33.33%) PuTTY
2 1 (33.33%) WinSCP
2 1 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 1 (33.33%) User Experience
2 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (33.33%) System Integration Testing
2 1 (33.33%) SDLC
2 1 (33.33%) C#
2 1 (33.33%) HTML
2 1 (33.33%) Java
2 1 (33.33%) PHP
2 1 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (33.33%) T-SQL
2 1 (33.33%) .NET
2 1 (33.33%) WATIR

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 5 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Merseyside 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 (33.33%) SharePoint
Communications & Networking
1 1 (33.33%) PuTTY
1 1 (33.33%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (66.67%) MySQL
2 1 (33.33%) DB2
2 1 (33.33%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (33.33%) RDBMS
2 1 (33.33%) Relational Database
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Ant
1 1 (33.33%) Bugzilla
1 1 (33.33%) Cucumber
1 1 (33.33%) JIRA
1 1 (33.33%) JMeter
1 1 (33.33%) MSTest
1 1 (33.33%) Selenium
1 1 (33.33%) SoapUI
1 1 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (33.33%) TortoiseSVN
1 1 (33.33%) WATIR
1 1 (33.33%) WebDriver
Job Titles
1 1 (33.33%) Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Automation Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Automation Test Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) QA Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) QA Test Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) QA Tester
1 1 (33.33%) SharePoint Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Test Analyst
1 1 (33.33%) Test Automation Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Test Engineer
1 1 (33.33%) Test Manager
1 1 (33.33%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) .NET
1 1 (33.33%) HTML
1 1 (33.33%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 1 (33.33%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (33.33%) Computer Science
1 1 (33.33%) Device Driver
1 1 (33.33%) Mobile App
1 1 (33.33%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 1 (33.33%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (66.67%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (66.67%) V-Model
2 1 (33.33%) Automated Testing
2 1 (33.33%) ETL
2 1 (33.33%) Information Assurance
2 1 (33.33%) Integration Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Manual Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Non-Functional Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Performance Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Scrum
2 1 (33.33%) SDLC
2 1 (33.33%) Security Testing
2 1 (33.33%) System Integration Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
2 1 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (33.33%) Validation
2 1 (33.33%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 1 (33.33%) C#
1 1 (33.33%) Java
1 1 (33.33%) PHP
1 1 (33.33%) Ruby
1 1 (33.33%) SQL
1 1 (33.33%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (33.33%) Degree
1 1 (33.33%) ISEB
1 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
1 1 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (66.67%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (33.33%) Oracle
1 1 (33.33%) Sybase