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 April 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.

3 months to
29 Apr 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 70 63 54
Rank change year-on-year
-7 -9
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 23 1 7
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 2.00% 0.13% 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.33% 0.18% 1.41%
Number of daily rates quoted 17 1 7
Average daily rate £325 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £271 £325 £259
10% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £325 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £37.50 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £37.25
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.04%
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
986 561 498
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 85.59% 75.50% 77.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 631 327 312
Average daily rate £325 £350 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-7.14% +16.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £201
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £515 £465
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 31 33 8
Average hourly rate £28.00 £13.71 £17.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+104.23% -19.35%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.00 £11.00 £14.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.45 £40.00 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

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 29 April 2016. 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 -14 20 £331 +1.92% 2
Durham - 2 - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 15 (57.69%) SQL
2 11 (42.31%) Oracle
3 10 (38.46%) VB
3 10 (38.46%) Automated Testing
3 10 (38.46%) QA
4 9 (34.62%) HP SiteScope
4 9 (34.62%) Facilita Forecast
4 9 (34.62%) Performance Monitoring
4 9 (34.62%) Performance Metrics
4 9 (34.62%) Defect Tracking
4 9 (34.62%) Visual Studio
4 9 (34.62%) Unix
4 9 (34.62%) Windows
4 9 (34.62%) Linux
4 9 (34.62%) HP UFT
4 9 (34.62%) LoadRunner
5 8 (30.77%) Business Intelligence
5 8 (30.77%) ISEB
6 7 (26.92%) SQL Server
6 7 (26.92%) Performance Testing
6 7 (26.92%) Test Scripting
7 6 (23.08%) Problem Management
7 6 (23.08%) ISTQB
7 6 (23.08%) Oracle Database
7 6 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (23.08%) WebLogic
7 6 (23.08%) Java
7 6 (23.08%) Microsoft
7 6 (23.08%) Regression Testing
7 6 (23.08%) Finance

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

For the 6 months to 29 April 2016, 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 6 (23.08%) WebLogic
2 3 (11.54%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (15.38%) MS Excel
1 4 (15.38%) MS Office
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (26.92%) SQL Server
2 6 (23.08%) Oracle Database
3 5 (19.23%) Oracle Database 11g
4 4 (15.38%) Data Warehouse
4 4 (15.38%) Relational Database
4 4 (15.38%) SQL Server 2008
4 4 (15.38%) SQL Server 2012
4 4 (15.38%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 3 (11.54%) Base SAS
Development Applications
1 9 (34.62%) Facilita Forecast
1 9 (34.62%) HP UFT
1 9 (34.62%) LoadRunner
1 9 (34.62%) Visual Studio
2 4 (15.38%) ERwin
3 1 (3.85%) JIRA
3 1 (3.85%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 6 (23.08%) Finance
2 3 (11.54%) Advertising
2 3 (11.54%) Marketing
3 1 (3.85%) Automotive
3 1 (3.85%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 8 (30.77%) Tester
2 7 (26.92%) Test Engineer
3 5 (19.23%) Developer
3 5 (19.23%) Performance Engineer
3 5 (19.23%) Performance Test Engineer
4 4 (15.38%) Analyst
4 4 (15.38%) Applications Developer
4 4 (15.38%) SQL Developer
4 4 (15.38%) Test Analyst
5 3 (11.54%) .NET Developer
5 3 (11.54%) ASP.NET Developer
5 3 (11.54%) ETL Tester
5 3 (11.54%) Performance Tester
5 3 (11.54%) T-SQL Developer
6 2 (7.69%) .NET Applications Developer
6 2 (7.69%) ASP Developer
6 2 (7.69%) Computer Engineer
6 2 (7.69%) Computer Systems Validation Engineer
6 2 (7.69%) Computer Validation Engineer
6 2 (7.69%) Validation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (19.23%) .NET
1 5 (19.23%) ASP.NET
1 5 (19.23%) HTML
2 4 (15.38%) Classic ASP
3 1 (3.85%) .NET Framework
3 1 (3.85%) Ajax
3 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC
3 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC 3
3 1 (3.85%) ASP.NET MVC 5
3 1 (3.85%) Entity Framework
Miscellaneous
1 9 (34.62%) Performance Metrics
2 5 (19.23%) Data Structures
2 5 (19.23%) Management Information System
3 4 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (15.38%) Client/Server
4 1 (3.85%) Life Science
4 1 (3.85%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 9 (34.62%) Linux
1 9 (34.62%) Unix
1 9 (34.62%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (38.46%) Automated Testing
2 9 (34.62%) Defect Tracking
2 9 (34.62%) Performance Monitoring
3 8 (30.77%) Business Intelligence
4 7 (26.92%) Performance Testing
4 7 (26.92%) Test Scripting
5 6 (23.08%) Problem Management
5 6 (23.08%) Regression Testing
6 5 (19.23%) Configuration Management
6 5 (19.23%) Data Modelling
6 5 (19.23%) Dimensional Modelling
6 5 (19.23%) Test Strategy
7 4 (15.38%) SDLC
7 4 (15.38%) Web Development
8 3 (11.54%) ETL
8 3 (11.54%) Revenue Management
9 2 (7.69%) Agile Software Development
9 2 (7.69%) GAP Analysis
9 2 (7.69%) Validation
10 1 (3.85%) Information Security
Programming Languages
1 15 (57.69%) SQL
2 10 (38.46%) VB
3 6 (23.08%) Java
4 5 (19.23%) C#
4 5 (19.23%) PL/SQL
5 4 (15.38%) T-SQL
6 1 (3.85%) C
6 1 (3.85%) VB6
Qualifications
1 8 (30.77%) ISEB
2 6 (23.08%) ISTQB
2 6 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (11.54%) BPSS Clearance
3 3 (11.54%) SAS Certification
4 2 (7.69%) Security Cleared
5 1 (3.85%) Degree
5 1 (3.85%) ISEB Practitioner
5 1 (3.85%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (38.46%) QA
2 2 (7.69%) 21 CFR Part 11
3 1 (3.85%) Disclosure Scotland
Systems Management
1 9 (34.62%) HP SiteScope
2 5 (19.23%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 11 (42.31%) Oracle
2 6 (23.08%) Microsoft
3 5 (19.23%) Informatica