The first table below looks at the demand for the Software Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 25 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the North West region.

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
25 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Tester
Rank - 124 135
Contract jobs requiring a Software Tester 0 4 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West - 0.15% 0.092%
As % of the Job Titles category - 0.16% 0.10%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 0 2
Average daily rate
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- - £275
UK excluding London average daily rate £275 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
-15.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 1
Average hourly rate - £25.00 £10.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +150.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.50 £25.00 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-2.00% -2.91%
Job Titles Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
2840 2467 2982
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 93.57% 92.40% 91.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1544 1176 1516
Average daily rate £350 £328 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.87% +0.76%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £218 £213 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £513 £475 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £348
% change year-on-year
- +0.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 187 189 225
Average hourly rate £16.16 £17.50 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.65% -10.25%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £10.50 £11.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.50 £40.00 £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £16.50 £17.00 £18.50
% change year-on-year
-2.94% -8.10%
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Tester in the job title across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

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
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Tester within the North West region over the 3 months to 25 July 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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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
Manchester - - - - 6
Cheshire - - - - 2
Lancashire - - - -
Merseyside - - - -
Software Tester
England

Software Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Software Tester in their job title 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 with Software Tester in their job title.

1 6 (100.00%) Oracle
1 6 (100.00%) XML
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft
2 4 (66.67%) Web Services
2 4 (66.67%) Shell Script
2 4 (66.67%) MS Excel
2 4 (66.67%) C
2 4 (66.67%) C#
2 4 (66.67%) C++
2 4 (66.67%) HTML
2 4 (66.67%) Java
2 4 (66.67%) SQL
2 4 (66.67%) VBScript
2 4 (66.67%) VB
2 4 (66.67%) VB.NET
2 4 (66.67%) .NET
2 4 (66.67%) MySQL
2 4 (66.67%) Business Analysis
2 4 (66.67%) Manual Testing
3 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
4 2 (33.33%) EDIFACT
4 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (33.33%) Retail
4 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
4 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
4 2 (33.33%) TRADACOMS
4 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
4 2 (33.33%) Test Strategy
4 2 (33.33%) SpecFlow

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

For the 6 months to 25 July 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region that cited Software Tester in their job title 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 with Software Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 4 (66.67%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (66.67%) MySQL
2 2 (33.33%) SQL Server
2 2 (33.33%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 2 (33.33%) Visual Studio
1 2 (33.33%) Toad
1 2 (33.33%) Selenium
1 2 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 2 (33.33%) Cucumber
1 2 (33.33%) SpecFlow
1 2 (33.33%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 2 (33.33%) Retail
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (100.00%) XML
2 4 (66.67%) HTML
2 4 (66.67%) .NET
2 4 (66.67%) Web Services
3 2 (33.33%) EDI
3 2 (33.33%) EDIFACT
Miscellaneous
1 2 (33.33%) Mathematics
1 2 (33.33%) TRADACOMS
Operating Systems
1 2 (33.33%) Windows
1 2 (33.33%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Business Analysis
1 4 (66.67%) Manual Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Automation
3 2 (33.33%) Test Strategy
3 2 (33.33%) Automation Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Technical Analysis
3 2 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 2 (33.33%) User Acceptance Testing
3 2 (33.33%) Test Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (66.67%) C
1 4 (66.67%) C#
1 4 (66.67%) C++
1 4 (66.67%) Java
1 4 (66.67%) SQL
1 4 (66.67%) VBScript
1 4 (66.67%) VB
1 4 (66.67%) VB.NET
1 4 (66.67%) Shell Script
2 1 (16.67%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 2 (33.33%) ISEB
1 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
1 2 (33.33%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (33.33%) QA
Vendors
1 6 (100.00%) Oracle
1 6 (100.00%) Microsoft