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 3 June 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
3 Jun 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 113 119 101
Rank change year-on-year
+6 -18
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 38 16 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.03% 0.51% 0.68%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.35% 0.70% 0.93%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 9 10
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£325 £310 £245
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% +26.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £229 £268 £243
10% offered a daily rate of more than £480 £560 £251
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £325
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £23.00 - £40.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £37.65 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-3.71% +25.50%
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
2818 2276 1716
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.49% 72.23% 73.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1628 1196 834
Average daily rate £393 £388 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+1.15% +10.85%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £545 £540 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 136 117 85
Average hourly rate £35.00 £30.00 £20.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% +44.57%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.50 £15.00 £12.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £45.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 3 June 2015.

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 3 June 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
Manchester +8 16 £275 -3.50% 12
Lancashire +7 6 £331 -38.41% 2
Cheshire -9 2 £449 +44.75% 13
Merseyside -17 1 £265 -13.11% 1
Cumbria - 1 £540 -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 3 June 2015, 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 40 (56.34%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (33.80%) Test Scripting
3 21 (29.58%) Test Planning
3 21 (29.58%) ISEB
4 18 (25.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 17 (23.94%) BDD
6 16 (22.54%) SQL
7 15 (21.13%) Java
7 15 (21.13%) Windows
8 14 (19.72%) E-Commerce
8 14 (19.72%) Validation
8 14 (19.72%) TDD
9 13 (18.31%) Finance
9 13 (18.31%) ISTQB
10 12 (16.90%) Android
10 12 (16.90%) Apple iOS
10 12 (16.90%) Linux
11 11 (15.49%) Regression Testing
11 11 (15.49%) Cucumber
11 11 (15.49%) Git (software)
11 11 (15.49%) Test Automation
11 11 (15.49%) Selenium
11 11 (15.49%) Mobile App
12 10 (14.08%) SDLC
12 10 (14.08%) Kanban
12 10 (14.08%) Test Management
12 10 (14.08%) Manual Testing
12 10 (14.08%) Software Engineering
13 9 (12.68%) Team Foundation Server
14 8 (11.27%) Information Assurance

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

For the 6 months to 3 June 2015, 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 (1.41%) MS Exchange
1 1 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (1.41%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 2 (2.82%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.41%) Doxygen
2 1 (1.41%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (4.23%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.41%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.41%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.63%) 3G
1 4 (5.63%) Wi-Fi
1 4 (5.63%) LTE
1 4 (5.63%) 4G
2 3 (4.23%) Internet
2 3 (4.23%) HTTP
3 1 (1.41%) SAN
3 1 (1.41%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.41%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 11 (15.49%) Selenium
1 11 (15.49%) Git (software)
1 11 (15.49%) Cucumber
2 9 (12.68%) Team Foundation Server
3 8 (11.27%) Eclipse
4 5 (7.04%) Visual Studio
4 5 (7.04%) Calabash
4 5 (7.04%) Appium
5 4 (5.63%) LoadRunner
6 3 (4.23%) QuickTest Pro
6 3 (4.23%) Facilita Forecast
7 2 (2.82%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.41%) XMLUnit
8 1 (1.41%) Mercurial
8 1 (1.41%) TestDirector
8 1 (1.41%) Rational Performance Tester
8 1 (1.41%) Rational Functional Tester
8 1 (1.41%) Rational Robot
8 1 (1.41%) HttpUnit
8 1 (1.41%) JIRA
General
1 13 (18.31%) Finance
2 4 (5.63%) Banking
2 4 (5.63%) Retail
3 1 (1.41%) Billing
3 1 (1.41%) Manufacturing
3 1 (1.41%) Games
3 1 (1.41%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 18 (25.35%) Analyst
2 17 (23.94%) Test Analyst
3 16 (22.54%) Developer
4 12 (16.90%) Consultant
4 12 (16.90%) Test Consultant
5 8 (11.27%) Test Leader
6 7 (9.86%) Test Manager
6 7 (9.86%) Software Developer
7 4 (5.63%) AWS Developer
8 3 (4.23%) Functional Test Analyst
8 3 (4.23%) Tester
8 3 (4.23%) Test Engineer
8 3 (4.23%) Functional Analyst
8 3 (4.23%) Python Developer
9 2 (2.82%) Administrator
9 2 (2.82%) Software Tester
9 2 (2.82%) Software Engineer
9 2 (2.82%) Project Manager
9 2 (2.82%) Django Developer
9 2 (2.82%) Python/Django Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (9.86%) HTML
1 7 (9.86%) CSS
2 4 (5.63%) XML
2 4 (5.63%) XSLT
2 4 (5.63%) XML Schema
2 4 (5.63%) Saxon XSLT
3 3 (4.23%) Django
3 3 (4.23%) Qt
3 3 (4.23%) Web Services
3 3 (4.23%) Celery
4 2 (2.82%) RESTful
4 2 (2.82%) SOAP
5 1 (1.41%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 11 (15.49%) Mobile App
2 3 (4.23%) Digital Media
2 3 (4.23%) Performance Metrics
3 2 (2.82%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.82%) Data Structures
4 1 (1.41%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.41%) New Media
4 1 (1.41%) User Experience
4 1 (1.41%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.41%) Interactive TV
4 1 (1.41%) IPTV
4 1 (1.41%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.41%) Life Science
4 1 (1.41%) MHEG
Operating Systems
1 15 (21.13%) Windows
2 12 (16.90%) Linux
2 12 (16.90%) Android
2 12 (16.90%) Apple iOS
3 8 (11.27%) UNIX
4 1 (1.41%) Windows Server 2012
4 1 (1.41%) Windows Server 2008
4 1 (1.41%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 40 (56.34%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (33.80%) Test Scripting
3 21 (29.58%) Test Planning
4 17 (23.94%) BDD
5 14 (19.72%) TDD
5 14 (19.72%) E-Commerce
5 14 (19.72%) Validation
6 11 (15.49%) Regression Testing
6 11 (15.49%) Test Automation
7 10 (14.08%) Manual Testing
7 10 (14.08%) Kanban
7 10 (14.08%) Test Management
7 10 (14.08%) Software Engineering
7 10 (14.08%) SDLC
8 8 (11.27%) Integration Testing
8 8 (11.27%) V-Model
8 8 (11.27%) Information Assurance
8 8 (11.27%) Waterfall
9 7 (9.86%) Mobile Application Development
9 7 (9.86%) Security Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (22.54%) SQL
2 15 (21.13%) Java
3 8 (11.27%) JavaScript
4 4 (5.63%) XQuery
4 4 (5.63%) C++
4 4 (5.63%) Scala
5 3 (4.23%) Ruby
5 3 (4.23%) Python
6 2 (2.82%) C
7 1 (1.41%) C#
7 1 (1.41%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 21 (29.58%) ISEB
2 18 (25.35%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 13 (18.31%) ISTQB
4 8 (11.27%) HND
4 8 (11.27%) Security Cleared
5 7 (9.86%) SC Cleared
6 4 (5.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 2 (2.82%) ITIL Certification
7 2 (2.82%) ISEB Practitioner
8 1 (1.41%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (11.27%) QA
2 1 (1.41%) FATCA
2 1 (1.41%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.82%) Active Directory
2 1 (1.41%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (1.41%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.41%) XenApp
2 1 (1.41%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 6 (8.45%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.41%) XenMobile
2 1 (1.41%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 7 (9.86%) HP
2 6 (8.45%) Oracle
3 5 (7.04%) Microsoft
4 1 (1.41%) Adobe
4 1 (1.41%) Cisco
4 1 (1.41%) IBM
4 1 (1.41%) Dell
4 1 (1.41%) Citrix
4 1 (1.41%) Avaya
4 1 (1.41%) Hyperion
4 1 (1.41%) NetApp
4 1 (1.41%) Salesforce.com
4 1 (1.41%) OpenTV
4 1 (1.41%) VMware
4 1 (1.41%) Actimize
4 1 (1.41%) Veeam