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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 1 May 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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
1 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 120 124 125
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +1
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 49 36 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.22% 0.91% 0.51%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.49% 1.16% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 33 14 8
Median daily rate £340 £320 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.25% +3.22%
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £310 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.83% -4.61%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 3
Median hourly rate - £23.00 £33.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -30.30%
UK excluding London median hourly rate £38.50 £35.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -6.66%
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
3278 3105 2353
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.46% 78.09% 75.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 2030 1716 1229
Median daily rate £413 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.12% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £535
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 146 134
Median hourly rate £37.50 £37.00 £30.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+1.35% +23.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.00 £14.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.91 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £30.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+18.03% -3.17%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Software Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 1 May 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 1 May 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Cheshire +13 19 £450 -14.28% 4
Manchester -4 18 £328 +19.09% 20
Merseyside +2 3 £313 +17.92% 2
Lancashire 0 1 - - 4
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 1 May 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 48 (52.17%) Agile Software Development
2 35 (38.04%) SQL
3 30 (32.61%) Java
3 30 (32.61%) Test Scripting
4 27 (29.35%) ISTQB
5 25 (27.17%) SQL Server
6 23 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
6 23 (25.00%) QA
7 22 (23.91%) ISEB
8 21 (22.83%) Oracle
8 21 (22.83%) JIRA
9 20 (21.74%) Performance Testing
10 19 (20.65%) Defect Management
11 18 (19.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 18 (19.57%) TDD
12 17 (18.48%) Integration Testing
13 16 (17.39%) User Acceptance Testing
13 16 (17.39%) Test Management
13 16 (17.39%) Waterfall
13 16 (17.39%) Microsoft
13 16 (17.39%) HP UFT
14 15 (16.30%) Windows
14 15 (16.30%) Regression Testing
14 15 (16.30%) BDD
14 15 (16.30%) System Testing
15 14 (15.22%) Selenium
15 14 (15.22%) Ruby
16 13 (14.13%) Linux
16 13 (14.13%) XML
16 13 (14.13%) JavaScript

Software Testing
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:

Application Platforms
1 6 (6.52%) SharePoint
2 5 (5.43%) MS Exchange
2 5 (5.43%) SharePoint 2013
2 5 (5.43%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.17%) BizTalk Server
4 1 (1.09%) Apache
4 1 (1.09%) Tomcat
Applications
1 6 (6.52%) MS Office
2 5 (5.43%) MS Excel
3 3 (3.26%) Mingle
4 1 (1.09%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (4.35%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (3.26%) Magento
2 3 (3.26%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (2.17%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (1.09%) SAP BPC
4 1 (1.09%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.17%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 6 (6.52%) Bluetooth
2 5 (5.43%) Skype
3 2 (2.17%) Internet
3 2 (2.17%) PuTTY
3 2 (2.17%) WinSCP
4 1 (1.09%) SAN
4 1 (1.09%) TCP/IP
4 1 (1.09%) WAN
4 1 (1.09%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 25 (27.17%) SQL Server
2 6 (6.52%) Oracle Database
3 3 (3.26%) Relational Database
4 2 (2.17%) MySQL
5 1 (1.09%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.09%) RDBMS
5 1 (1.09%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.09%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 21 (22.83%) JIRA
2 16 (17.39%) HP UFT
3 14 (15.22%) Selenium
4 10 (10.87%) WebDriver
5 9 (9.78%) Cucumber
6 8 (8.70%) Team Foundation Server
7 6 (6.52%) Toad
8 5 (5.43%) Jenkins
8 5 (5.43%) Visual Studio
9 4 (4.35%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
10 3 (3.26%) Ant
10 3 (3.26%) eggPlant
10 3 (3.26%) LoadRunner
10 3 (3.26%) TestDirector
11 2 (2.17%) JMeter
11 2 (2.17%) Subversion
11 2 (2.17%) TortoiseSVN
11 2 (2.17%) WATIR
11 2 (2.17%) Zephyr
12 1 (1.09%) MSTest
General
1 11 (11.96%) Retail
2 9 (9.78%) Banking
2 9 (9.78%) Finance
3 4 (4.35%) Games
3 4 (4.35%) Military
4 3 (3.26%) Billing
4 3 (3.26%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.09%) Law
5 1 (1.09%) Online Betting
Job Titles
1 51 (55.43%) Analyst
1 51 (55.43%) Test Analyst
2 12 (13.04%) Automation Test Analyst
2 12 (13.04%) Developer
3 11 (11.96%) Test Leader
4 8 (8.70%) Test Manager
5 7 (7.61%) Tester
6 6 (6.52%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 6 (6.52%) Software Developer
6 6 (6.52%) SQL Analyst
7 5 (5.43%) Agile Test Analyst
7 5 (5.43%) Java Developer
7 5 (5.43%) QA Analyst
7 5 (5.43%) QA Test Analyst
8 4 (4.35%) Data Migration Analyst
8 4 (4.35%) Migration Analyst
8 4 (4.35%) SAP Analyst
8 4 (4.35%) SAP Test Analyst
8 4 (4.35%) Senior Analyst
8 4 (4.35%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 13 (14.13%) XML
2 10 (10.87%) Web Services
3 4 (4.35%) .NET
4 3 (3.26%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.17%) HTML
5 2 (2.17%) Spring
6 1 (1.09%) SOAP
6 1 (1.09%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 6 (6.52%) SWIFT
2 5 (5.43%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (5.43%) Fat Client
2 5 (5.43%) MHEG
2 5 (5.43%) Thin Client
3 4 (4.35%) Algorithms
3 4 (4.35%) Computer Science
3 4 (4.35%) User Experience
4 3 (3.26%) Data Extraction
4 3 (3.26%) Interactive TV
4 3 (3.26%) IPTV
4 3 (3.26%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.17%) Psychology
6 1 (1.09%) Data Integration
6 1 (1.09%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (1.09%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 15 (16.30%) Windows
2 13 (14.13%) Linux
3 9 (9.78%) Windows Server 2012
4 5 (5.43%) Windows 10
4 5 (5.43%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.09%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.09%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 48 (52.17%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (32.61%) Test Scripting
3 20 (21.74%) Performance Testing
4 19 (20.65%) Defect Management
5 18 (19.57%) TDD
6 17 (18.48%) Integration Testing
7 16 (17.39%) Test Management
7 16 (17.39%) User Acceptance Testing
7 16 (17.39%) Waterfall
8 15 (16.30%) BDD
8 15 (16.30%) Regression Testing
8 15 (16.30%) System Testing
9 13 (14.13%) Information Assurance
9 13 (14.13%) Security Testing
10 11 (11.96%) Software Engineering
10 11 (11.96%) Test Automation
11 10 (10.87%) Scrum
12 9 (9.78%) Test Strategy
12 9 (9.78%) Validation
13 8 (8.70%) Open Source
Programming Languages
1 35 (38.04%) SQL
2 30 (32.61%) Java
3 14 (15.22%) Ruby
4 13 (14.13%) JavaScript
5 10 (10.87%) C
6 9 (9.78%) C#
7 7 (7.61%) C++
7 7 (7.61%) PL/SQL
7 7 (7.61%) Python
8 5 (5.43%) PHP
8 5 (5.43%) T-SQL
9 3 (3.26%) VB
10 1 (1.09%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 27 (29.35%) ISTQB
2 22 (23.91%) ISEB
3 18 (19.57%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 13 (14.13%) Security Cleared
5 11 (11.96%) SC Cleared
6 7 (7.61%) Degree
7 5 (5.43%) DV Cleared
8 2 (2.17%) MCP
8 2 (2.17%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.17%) OCP
8 2 (2.17%) Oracle Certification
8 2 (2.17%) SAP Certification
9 1 (1.09%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 23 (25.00%) QA
2 1 (1.09%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (1.09%) SLA
System Software
1 6 (6.52%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (3.26%) vSphere
3 2 (2.17%) Microsoft Virtual Server
4 1 (1.09%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 23 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.09%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 21 (22.83%) Oracle
2 16 (17.39%) Microsoft
3 13 (14.13%) Citrix
4 8 (8.70%) HP
5 7 (7.61%) VMware
6 6 (6.52%) SAP
7 3 (3.26%) OpenTV
8 2 (2.17%) Cisco
9 1 (1.09%) EMC
9 1 (1.09%) Fujitsu
Manchester, Lancashire
NCC Group
Rate: £350 per day
Posted: 18 days ago