The statistics below represent IT contracts advertised across the North West region that had Software Tester featuring in the job title. Included is a guide to the contractor rates offered over the 3 months to 24 January 2017 with a comparison to same period over 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
24 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Tester
England / North West
Rank 134 152 136
Rank change year-on-year
+18 -16
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 1 6 4
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.038% 0.16% 0.13%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.040% 0.17% 0.14%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 3 3
Median daily rate - £300 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +33.33%
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £290 £278
% change year-on-year
+12.06% +4.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £42.50 £28.50
% change year-on-year
- +49.12%

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2483 3604 2931
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 95.24% 94.77% 94.89%
Number of daily rates quoted 1577 2146 1689
Median daily rate £375 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £240 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £513
UK excluding London median daily rate £390 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+4.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 171 180
Median hourly rate £17.50 £22.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-22.22% +28.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.33 £12.00 £10.25
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.80 £38.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £16.00
% change year-on-year
- +9.37%

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of IT contracts across the North West region that featured Software Tester in the job title.

Software Tester Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Software Tester
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Software Tester Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Software Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Software Tester Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Software Tester Skill Set
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 January 2017, Software Tester contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region featuring Software Tester in the job title.

1 4 (66.67%) Selenium
1 4 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 3 (50.00%) Manual Testing
2 3 (50.00%) QA
2 3 (50.00%) Java
2 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) Automated Testing
3 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (33.33%) SOAP
3 2 (33.33%) Functional Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Integration Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
4 1 (16.67%) BDD
4 1 (16.67%) Kanban
4 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
4 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
4 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
4 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
4 1 (16.67%) Usability Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Performance Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Load Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Security Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Unit Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Document Composition
4 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
4 1 (16.67%) REST
4 1 (16.67%) Gherkin
4 1 (16.67%) Twitter
4 1 (16.67%) Issue Tracking

Software Tester Skill Set
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Communications & Networking
1 1 (16.67%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (16.67%) Relational Database
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
1 1 (16.67%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 4 (66.67%) Selenium
2 1 (16.67%) ClearCase
2 1 (16.67%) ClearQuest
2 1 (16.67%) Cucumber
2 1 (16.67%) HP UFT
2 1 (16.67%) JIRA
2 1 (16.67%) Rational Robot
2 1 (16.67%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (16.67%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (33.33%) SOAP
2 1 (16.67%) Gherkin
2 1 (16.67%) REST
2 1 (16.67%) Web Services
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Linux
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Test Scripting
2 3 (50.00%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (50.00%) Automated Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Manual Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Functional Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Integration Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
4 1 (16.67%) BDD
4 1 (16.67%) Defect Management
4 1 (16.67%) Document Composition
4 1 (16.67%) Issue Tracking
4 1 (16.67%) Kanban
4 1 (16.67%) Load Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Performance Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Regression Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Scrum
4 1 (16.67%) Security Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Software Engineering
4 1 (16.67%) Unit Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Usability Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) Java
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 1 (16.67%) Ruby
3 1 (16.67%) VB
Qualifications
1 1 (16.67%) ISEB
1 1 (16.67%) ISTQB
1 1 (16.67%) SC Cleared
1 1 (16.67%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (50.00%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) HP
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft
1 1 (16.67%) Oracle
1 1 (16.67%) Twitter