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 19 December 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 68 - 48
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 2 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 0.25% - 0.22%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.34% - 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Average daily rate
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£380 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £21.75
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +56.32%
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
587 274 287
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 73.56% 73.46% 62.26%
Number of daily rates quoted 399 129 120
Average daily rate £400 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £208 £150
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £490 £461
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 19 23 22
Average hourly rate £28.50 £23.75 £28.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% -17.39%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.50 £14.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £38.00 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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
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 19 December 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
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
Tyne and Wear - 2 £380 -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 19 December 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 16 (76.19%) Automated Testing
1 16 (76.19%) Test Scripting
2 14 (66.67%) QA
3 11 (52.38%) Problem Management
3 11 (52.38%) Regression Testing
3 11 (52.38%) Configuration Management
4 10 (47.62%) QuickTest Pro
5 9 (42.86%) LoadRunner
5 9 (42.86%) HP Quality Center
6 8 (38.10%) Facilita Forecast
6 8 (38.10%) Data Structures
7 7 (33.33%) ISTQB
7 7 (33.33%) Automation Testing
7 7 (33.33%) Performance Testing
7 7 (33.33%) Security Cleared
8 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
9 5 (23.81%) Agile Software Development
9 5 (23.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 5 (23.81%) Test Automation
10 4 (19.05%) Selenium
10 4 (19.05%) Jenkins
10 4 (19.05%) RSpec
10 4 (19.05%) WebDriver
10 4 (19.05%) Cucumber
10 4 (19.05%) TDD
10 4 (19.05%) Ruby
10 4 (19.05%) Java
10 4 (19.05%) JUnit
11 3 (14.29%) SQL
11 3 (14.29%) VB

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

For the 6 months to 19 December 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
Applications
1 1 (4.76%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (4.76%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) SQL Server
1 1 (4.76%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (47.62%) QuickTest Pro
2 9 (42.86%) LoadRunner
3 8 (38.10%) Facilita Forecast
4 4 (19.05%) Selenium
4 4 (19.05%) Jenkins
4 4 (19.05%) RSpec
4 4 (19.05%) WebDriver
4 4 (19.05%) Cucumber
4 4 (19.05%) JUnit
General
1 2 (9.52%) Finance
1 2 (9.52%) Games
2 1 (4.76%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 8 (38.10%) Tester
2 6 (28.57%) Test Engineer
3 5 (23.81%) Performance Engineer
3 5 (23.81%) Performance Test Engineer
4 4 (19.05%) Performance Tester
5 3 (14.29%) Analyst
5 3 (14.29%) Test Analyst
6 2 (9.52%) Automation Tester
6 2 (9.52%) Automation Specialist
6 2 (9.52%) Consultant
6 2 (9.52%) Manual Tester
6 2 (9.52%) Test Specialist
6 2 (9.52%) Test Consultant
7 1 (4.76%) Automation Engineer
7 1 (4.76%) Test Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.52%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 8 (38.10%) Data Structures
2 1 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (76.19%) Automated Testing
1 16 (76.19%) Test Scripting
2 11 (52.38%) Problem Management
2 11 (52.38%) Regression Testing
2 11 (52.38%) Configuration Management
3 7 (33.33%) Automation Testing
3 7 (33.33%) Performance Testing
4 6 (28.57%) Test Strategy
5 5 (23.81%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (23.81%) Test Automation
6 4 (19.05%) TDD
7 3 (14.29%) Web Testing
8 2 (9.52%) User Acceptance Testing
8 2 (9.52%) Keyword-Driven Testing
9 1 (4.76%) Asset Management
9 1 (4.76%) Mentoring
9 1 (4.76%) User Stories
9 1 (4.76%) Manual Testing
9 1 (4.76%) System Testing
9 1 (4.76%) Investment Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (19.05%) Ruby
1 4 (19.05%) Java
2 3 (14.29%) SQL
2 3 (14.29%) VB
3 1 (4.76%) Python
3 1 (4.76%) C#
3 1 (4.76%) Scala
Qualifications
1 7 (33.33%) ISTQB
1 7 (33.33%) Security Cleared
2 5 (23.81%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (14.29%) ISEB
3 3 (14.29%) SC Cleared
4 2 (9.52%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (66.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 9 (42.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (14.29%) HP
2 1 (4.76%) Oracle
2 1 (4.76%) IBM
2 1 (4.76%) Microsoft