The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills 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 Testing over the 3 months to 19 September 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 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 109 114 128
Rank change year-on-year
+5 +14
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 28 18 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.88% 0.61% 0.45%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.21% 0.85% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 10 10
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£315 £325 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.07% +13.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £296 £217 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £354 £375 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.07% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.38 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+196.70% -68.83%
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 West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2315 2130 2193
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 72.80% 72.01% 65.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 1330 1081 1163
Average daily rate £375 £330 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £233 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £463
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 109 115 106
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.54 £26.08
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.09% -13.55%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.52 £12.30 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £50.00 £49.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the North West region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Software Testing
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 Testing across the North West region.

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 19 September 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Software Testing
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 Testing across the North West region.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Software Testing
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 Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 19 September 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
Manchester -13 14 £338 +3.84% 18
Cheshire - 12 £315 - 3
Merseyside - 3 £310 -
Lancashire - - - - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 26 (55.32%) ISEB
2 20 (42.55%) SQL
3 19 (40.43%) Agile Software Development
4 13 (27.66%) ISTQB
4 13 (27.66%) Team Foundation Server
5 12 (25.53%) HP Quality Center
6 11 (23.40%) JIRA
7 10 (21.28%) Automated Testing
8 9 (19.15%) TDD
8 9 (19.15%) Scrum
8 9 (19.15%) QuickTest Pro
8 9 (19.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 8 (17.02%) Finance
9 8 (17.02%) Selenium
9 8 (17.02%) Integration Testing
9 8 (17.02%) Test Scripting
10 7 (14.89%) QA
10 7 (14.89%) Manual Testing
10 7 (14.89%) Web Services
11 6 (12.77%) Windows
11 6 (12.77%) Security Testing
11 6 (12.77%) Test Automation
12 5 (10.64%) HTML5
12 5 (10.64%) Games
12 5 (10.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
12 5 (10.64%) User Acceptance Testing
12 5 (10.64%) Performance Testing
12 5 (10.64%) Animation
12 5 (10.64%) PRINCE2
12 5 (10.64%) IVR

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

For the 6 months to 19 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West 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 (2.13%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (2.13%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.13%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.38%) Internet
1 3 (6.38%) GSM
1 3 (6.38%) VoIP
2 1 (2.13%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.64%) Relational Database
2 3 (6.38%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.13%) Oracle OLAP
3 1 (2.13%) OLAP
3 1 (2.13%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (2.13%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.13%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.13%) Data Mining
Development Applications
1 13 (27.66%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (23.40%) JIRA
3 9 (19.15%) QuickTest Pro
4 8 (17.02%) Selenium
5 4 (8.51%) TestComplete
6 3 (6.38%) MSTest
7 1 (2.13%) TestDirector
7 1 (2.13%) Bugzilla
7 1 (2.13%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.13%) Zephyr
General
1 8 (17.02%) Finance
2 5 (10.64%) Games
3 4 (8.51%) Banking
4 3 (6.38%) Retail
5 2 (4.26%) Back Office
6 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 27 (57.45%) Analyst
2 26 (55.32%) Test Analyst
3 6 (12.77%) Tester
4 5 (10.64%) Software Test Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) Developer
5 4 (8.51%) Test Manager
5 4 (8.51%) Web Test Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) QA Tester
5 4 (8.51%) QA Test Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) Environment Manager
5 4 (8.51%) QA Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) Web Analyst
6 3 (6.38%) JavaScript Developer
7 2 (4.26%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) Project Manager
7 2 (4.26%) Software Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Test Leader
8 1 (2.13%) Agile Test Analyst
8 1 (2.13%) Agile Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (14.89%) Web Services
2 5 (10.64%) HTML5
2 5 (10.64%) CSS
2 5 (10.64%) XHTML
2 5 (10.64%) HTML
2 5 (10.64%) .NET
3 4 (8.51%) jQuery
3 4 (8.51%) MooTools
3 4 (8.51%) Dojo
4 1 (2.13%) .NET Framework
4 1 (2.13%) XML
4 1 (2.13%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.64%) Animation
1 5 (10.64%) IVR
1 5 (10.64%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.51%) User Experience
2 4 (8.51%) Computer Science
3 3 (6.38%) IPTV
3 3 (6.38%) New Media
4 2 (4.26%) Digital Media
5 1 (2.13%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (2.13%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.13%) Mobile Games
5 1 (2.13%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 6 (12.77%) Windows
2 1 (2.13%) Windows 7
2 1 (2.13%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (2.13%) Windows Vista
2 1 (2.13%) Windows XP
2 1 (2.13%) Windows 2000
2 1 (2.13%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 19 (40.43%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (21.28%) Automated Testing
3 9 (19.15%) TDD
3 9 (19.15%) Scrum
4 8 (17.02%) Integration Testing
4 8 (17.02%) Test Scripting
5 7 (14.89%) Manual Testing
6 6 (12.77%) Security Testing
6 6 (12.77%) Test Automation
7 5 (10.64%) User Acceptance Testing
7 5 (10.64%) Performance Testing
7 5 (10.64%) PRINCE2
7 5 (10.64%) OOP
8 4 (8.51%) Automation Testing
8 4 (8.51%) Line Management
8 4 (8.51%) Capacity Management
8 4 (8.51%) Functional Testing
8 4 (8.51%) OO
8 4 (8.51%) Service Management
8 4 (8.51%) Load Testing
Programming Languages
1 20 (42.55%) SQL
2 5 (10.64%) JavaScript
3 4 (8.51%) Java
4 3 (6.38%) PL/SQL
5 1 (2.13%) Scala
5 1 (2.13%) PowerShell
5 1 (2.13%) C++
Qualifications
1 26 (55.32%) ISEB
2 13 (27.66%) ISTQB
3 9 (19.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (10.64%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 4 (8.51%) ISEB Practitioner
5 4 (8.51%) APMP
6 2 (4.26%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (2.13%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (14.89%) QA
2 1 (2.13%) WCAG
2 1 (2.13%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 12 (25.53%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (10.64%) Oracle
2 3 (6.38%) Microsoft
3 2 (4.26%) HP
4 1 (2.13%) Business Objects
4 1 (2.13%) IBM
4 1 (2.13%) Sun