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 3 August 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
3 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 41 24 -
Rank change year-on-year
-17 -
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 2 5 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 0.47% 2.29% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 3.62% -
Number of daily rates quoted 2 4 0
Average daily rate
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£475 £310 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+53.22% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £325
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -1.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £23.00 £30.00 £11.50
% change year-on-year
-23.33% +160.86%
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
320 138 166
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 74.42% 63.30% 70.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 163 79 101
Average daily rate £425 £375 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.33% +3.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £262 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £680 £500 £478
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 7 1
Average hourly rate £135.00 £26.50 £13.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+409.43% +103.84%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.52 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.16% -14.51%

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
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 3 months to 3 August 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
Liverpool -16 2 £475 +55.73%
Software Testing
North West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 3 August 2015, 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 3 (50.00%) ISEB
1 3 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 2 (33.33%) Technical Architecture
2 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Security Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Integration Testing
2 2 (33.33%) Information Assurance
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
2 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (33.33%) Manual Testing
3 1 (16.67%) System Testing
3 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Java
3 1 (16.67%) TDD
3 1 (16.67%) Regression Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Finance
3 1 (16.67%) Validation
3 1 (16.67%) Scrum
3 1 (16.67%) Oracle
3 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
3 1 (16.67%) UNIX
3 1 (16.67%) HP
3 1 (16.67%) LoadRunner
3 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (16.67%) Performance Analysis
3 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
3 1 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 1 (16.67%) Test Planning
3 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
3 1 (16.67%) Software Delivery

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 3 August 2015, 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.

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
1 1 (16.67%) LoadRunner
General
1 1 (16.67%) Finance
Job Titles
1 4 (66.67%) Analyst
1 4 (66.67%) Test Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Test Manager
2 2 (33.33%) Performance Manager
2 2 (33.33%) Performance Test Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Performance Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Performance Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
1 2 (33.33%) Performance Testing
1 2 (33.33%) Security Testing
1 2 (33.33%) Integration Testing
1 2 (33.33%) Technical Architecture
1 2 (33.33%) Manual Testing
1 2 (33.33%) Information Assurance
2 1 (16.67%) Performance Analysis
2 1 (16.67%) Test Planning
2 1 (16.67%) Software Delivery
2 1 (16.67%) Operational Acceptance Testing
2 1 (16.67%) System Integration Testing
2 1 (16.67%) SDLC
2 1 (16.67%) System Testing
2 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Test Management
2 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
2 1 (16.67%) TDD
2 1 (16.67%) Regression Testing
2 1 (16.67%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (33.33%) SQL
2 1 (16.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) ISEB
1 3 (50.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (16.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (16.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Oracle
1 1 (16.67%) HP