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 28 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 54 48 39
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -9
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 32 13 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 3.02% 2.20% 0.53%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 3.70% 2.88% 0.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 11 0
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£493 £360 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+36.80% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £345 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+6.15% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £36.25 £11.50
% change year-on-year
-44.82% +215.21%
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
865 451 266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North East 81.60% 76.31% 70.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 555 281 133
Average daily rate £425 £360 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.05% +2.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £245 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 30 29 30
Average hourly rate £18.50 £18.50 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -38.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.07 £13.00 £17.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.60 £32.09 £32.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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 28 August 2015.

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 28 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
Tyne and Wear -10 27 £500 +38.88% 2
Durham - 4 £225 -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North East

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 18 (52.94%) Finance
2 16 (47.06%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (47.06%) QA
2 16 (47.06%) Test Scripting
3 15 (44.12%) ISTQB
4 14 (41.18%) Project Management
4 14 (41.18%) Python
5 12 (35.29%) C++
6 11 (32.35%) Test Strategy
7 10 (29.41%) Agile Project Management
8 9 (26.47%) JavaScript
8 9 (26.47%) Risk Management
9 7 (20.59%) Java
10 6 (17.65%) SOA
10 6 (17.65%) Informatica
10 6 (17.65%) System Testing
10 6 (17.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 5 (14.71%) Test Automation
11 5 (14.71%) Test Management
11 5 (14.71%) WebDriver
11 5 (14.71%) Cucumber
11 5 (14.71%) HP UFT
11 5 (14.71%) SAS
11 5 (14.71%) C#
11 5 (14.71%) SQL
11 5 (14.71%) Automated Testing
11 5 (14.71%) TDD
11 5 (14.71%) Selenium
12 4 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
12 4 (11.76%) Ruby

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 5 (14.71%) SAS
2 2 (5.88%) WebLogic
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (5.88%) SQL Server
1 2 (5.88%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.94%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 5 (14.71%) HP UFT
1 5 (14.71%) Selenium
1 5 (14.71%) WebDriver
1 5 (14.71%) Cucumber
2 4 (11.76%) Jenkins
2 4 (11.76%) RSpec
2 4 (11.76%) JUnit
2 4 (11.76%) LoadRunner
3 3 (8.82%) Visual Studio
3 3 (8.82%) SoapUI
4 2 (5.88%) Facilita Forecast
4 2 (5.88%) LoadUI
4 2 (5.88%) ERwin
4 2 (5.88%) JMeter
4 2 (5.88%) JIRA
5 1 (2.94%) Team Foundation Server
General
1 18 (52.94%) Finance
2 4 (11.76%) Games
3 2 (5.88%) Banking
3 2 (5.88%) Retail
3 2 (5.88%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 14 (41.18%) Test Manager
2 8 (23.53%) Test Leader
3 5 (14.71%) Analyst
3 5 (14.71%) Test Analyst
4 3 (8.82%) Test Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Test Automation Engineer
4 3 (8.82%) Automation Engineer
5 2 (5.88%) Performance Tester
5 2 (5.88%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
5 2 (5.88%) Tester
6 1 (2.94%) Coordinator
6 1 (2.94%) Consultant
6 1 (2.94%) Test Specialist
6 1 (2.94%) Test Consultant
6 1 (2.94%) Test Automation Specialist
6 1 (2.94%) Test Coordinator
6 1 (2.94%) Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (5.88%) HTML
1 2 (5.88%) Web Services
1 2 (5.88%) Apache Flex
2 1 (2.94%) XML
2 1 (2.94%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (5.88%) Data Structures
2 2 (5.88%) Performance Metrics
2 2 (5.88%) Client/Server
3 1 (2.94%) Credit Risk
3 1 (2.94%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.88%) UNIX
1 2 (5.88%) Windows
1 2 (5.88%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (47.06%) Agile Software Development
1 16 (47.06%) Test Scripting
2 14 (41.18%) Project Management
3 11 (32.35%) Test Strategy
4 10 (29.41%) Agile Project Management
5 9 (26.47%) Risk Management
6 6 (17.65%) SOA
6 6 (17.65%) System Testing
7 5 (14.71%) Test Automation
7 5 (14.71%) Test Management
7 5 (14.71%) TDD
7 5 (14.71%) Automated Testing
8 4 (11.76%) User Acceptance Testing
8 4 (11.76%) Web Testing
8 4 (11.76%) Scrum
8 4 (11.76%) SDLC
8 4 (11.76%) User Stories
8 4 (11.76%) Automation Testing
9 3 (8.82%) Regression Testing
9 3 (8.82%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 14 (41.18%) Python
2 12 (35.29%) C++
3 9 (26.47%) JavaScript
4 7 (20.59%) Java
5 5 (14.71%) SQL
5 5 (14.71%) C#
6 4 (11.76%) Ruby
6 4 (11.76%) Scala
7 2 (5.88%) T-SQL
7 2 (5.88%) VB
7 2 (5.88%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 15 (44.12%) ISTQB
2 6 (17.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 4 (11.76%) ISEB
4 3 (8.82%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.94%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (47.06%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (8.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (17.65%) Informatica
2 4 (11.76%) Oracle
3 3 (8.82%) Microsoft
4 2 (5.88%) HP
4 2 (5.88%) Splunk
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