The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North East 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 August 2014 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 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 47 38 39
Rank change year-on-year
-9 +1
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 14 2 8
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 2.35% 0.53% 1.58%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.13% 0.77% 2.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 0 5
Average daily rate
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£358 - £243
90% offered a daily rate of more than £326 - £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £379 - £412
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+215.21% -67.14%
Software Testing
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 North East region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North East
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
447 259 333
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 74.87% 68.88% 65.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 281 129 140
Average daily rate £360 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.85% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £240 £210 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £550 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 30 24
Average hourly rate £18.50 £30.00 £19.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-38.33% +57.89%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £17.00 £13.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £32.09 £32.50 £22.60
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-15.00% -3.22%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North East

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North East

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the North East region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North East

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 3 months to 29 August 2014. 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
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Last Year
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Daily Rate
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Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
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Tyne and Wear -11 13 £358 - 6
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 20 (95.24%) Automated Testing
1 20 (95.24%) Test Scripting
2 18 (85.71%) QA
3 12 (57.14%) Automation Testing
4 10 (47.62%) Problem Management
4 10 (47.62%) Configuration Management
4 10 (47.62%) QuickTest Pro
4 10 (47.62%) Regression Testing
5 9 (42.86%) LoadRunner
5 9 (42.86%) Java
5 9 (42.86%) JUnit
5 9 (42.86%) Selenium
5 9 (42.86%) Ruby
5 9 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (42.86%) TDD
5 9 (42.86%) Jenkins
5 9 (42.86%) Security Cleared
5 9 (42.86%) Test Automation
5 9 (42.86%) RSpec
5 9 (42.86%) WebDriver
5 9 (42.86%) Cucumber
6 8 (38.10%) Web Testing
6 8 (38.10%) HP Quality Center
7 7 (33.33%) Facilita Forecast
7 7 (33.33%) Performance Testing
8 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
8 6 (28.57%) Games
9 5 (23.81%) User Stories
10 4 (19.05%) BC Cleared
10 4 (19.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North East by Category

For the 6 months to 29 August 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North East 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 (4.76%) WebSphere
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (47.62%) QuickTest Pro
2 9 (42.86%) LoadRunner
2 9 (42.86%) Selenium
2 9 (42.86%) RSpec
2 9 (42.86%) WebDriver
2 9 (42.86%) Cucumber
2 9 (42.86%) Jenkins
2 9 (42.86%) JUnit
3 7 (33.33%) Facilita Forecast
General
1 6 (28.57%) Games
Job Titles
1 9 (42.86%) Test Engineer
2 6 (28.57%) Tester
3 5 (23.81%) Performance Engineer
3 5 (23.81%) Performance Test Engineer
4 4 (19.05%) Automation Engineer
5 3 (14.29%) Automation Tester
5 3 (14.29%) Performance Tester
6 2 (9.52%) Consultant
6 2 (9.52%) Test Specialist
6 2 (9.52%) Test Consultant
6 2 (9.52%) Automation Specialist
7 1 (4.76%) QA Automation Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Test Automation Specialist
7 1 (4.76%) Agile Tester
7 1 (4.76%) QA Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Analyst
7 1 (4.76%) Test Analyst
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (95.24%) Automated Testing
1 20 (95.24%) Test Scripting
2 12 (57.14%) Automation Testing
3 10 (47.62%) Problem Management
3 10 (47.62%) Configuration Management
3 10 (47.62%) Regression Testing
4 9 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (42.86%) TDD
4 9 (42.86%) Test Automation
5 8 (38.10%) Web Testing
6 7 (33.33%) Performance Testing
7 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
8 5 (23.81%) User Stories
9 2 (9.52%) Keyword-Driven Testing
9 2 (9.52%) Scrum
10 1 (4.76%) User Acceptance Testing
10 1 (4.76%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 9 (42.86%) Java
1 9 (42.86%) Ruby
2 3 (14.29%) Scala
2 3 (14.29%) C#
2 3 (14.29%) VB
2 3 (14.29%) Python
3 1 (4.76%) SQL
Qualifications
1 9 (42.86%) Security Cleared
2 4 (19.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 4 (19.05%) ISTQB
2 4 (19.05%) BC Cleared
3 3 (14.29%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 18 (85.71%) QA
Systems Management
1 8 (38.10%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (9.52%) HP
2 1 (4.76%) Oracle
2 1 (4.76%) IBM