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 21 April 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
21 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 39 26 16
Rank change year-on-year
-13 -10
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 4 3 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 1.00% 1.57% 8.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 2.56% 11.64%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 17
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£265 £310 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.51% +27.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £310 £239
10% offered a daily rate of more than £373 £310 £248
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £303
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +7.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £37.00 £30.75
% change year-on-year
-5.40% +20.32%
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
269 117 146
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Merseyside 67.42% 61.26% 70.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 125 70 85
Average daily rate £400 £400 £348
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +15.10%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £278 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £675 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £361
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.87%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 5 0
Average hourly rate £51.67 £25.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+106.66% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £29.75 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+5.68% -7.03%

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
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 21 April 2015.

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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the Merseyside region over the 3 months to 21 April 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 -9 2 £243 - 1
Wirral - - - -
Software Testing
North West

Software Testing
Top 29 Related IT Skills in Merseyside

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 4 (80.00%) ISEB
1 4 (80.00%) ISTQB
2 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 3 (60.00%) Integration Testing
2 3 (60.00%) Manual Testing
3 2 (40.00%) System Testing
3 2 (40.00%) QA
3 2 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Java
3 2 (40.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (40.00%) Test Planning
3 2 (40.00%) Oracle
3 2 (40.00%) UNIX
3 2 (40.00%) Regression Testing
3 2 (40.00%) Validation
3 2 (40.00%) Scrum
3 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (40.00%) TDD
4 1 (20.00%) LoadRunner
4 1 (20.00%) Finance
4 1 (20.00%) HP
4 1 (20.00%) Visual Studio
4 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (20.00%) Software Delivery
4 1 (20.00%) Test Management
4 1 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
4 1 (20.00%) Performance Analysis
4 1 (20.00%) Relational Database
4 1 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Merseyside by Category

For the 6 months to 21 April 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 (20.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 1 (20.00%) Visual Studio
1 1 (20.00%) LoadRunner
General
1 1 (20.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (100.00%) Analyst
1 5 (100.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Performance Test Analyst
2 1 (20.00%) Agile Test Analyst
Miscellaneous
1 1 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (40.00%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (60.00%) Integration Testing
1 3 (60.00%) Manual Testing
2 2 (40.00%) System Testing
2 2 (40.00%) Regression Testing
2 2 (40.00%) Validation
2 2 (40.00%) Scrum
2 2 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
2 2 (40.00%) TDD
2 2 (40.00%) User Acceptance Testing
2 2 (40.00%) Test Planning
2 2 (40.00%) Test Scripting
3 1 (20.00%) Software Delivery
3 1 (20.00%) Performance Analysis
3 1 (20.00%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 2 (40.00%) Java
Qualifications
1 4 (80.00%) ISEB
1 4 (80.00%) ISTQB
2 1 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (40.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (20.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (40.00%) Oracle
2 1 (20.00%) HP