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 29 July 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
29 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 124 110 112
Rank change year-on-year
-14 +2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 30 43 20
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.82% 1.11% 0.66%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.01% 1.42% 0.88%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 14 12
Median daily rate £360 £406 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-11.38% +31.04%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £307 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £528 £325
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 2 0
Median hourly rate - £23.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.43 £30.00 £36.00
% change year-on-year
-51.91% -16.66%
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
2972 3025 2266
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.42% 78.21% 74.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 1852 1800 1222
Median daily rate £410 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.50% +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £281 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 94 125 101
Median hourly rate £23.50 £40.00 £28.75
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-41.25% +39.13%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.58 £14.85 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £58.28 £46.27
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £27.00
% change year-on-year
- +11.11%

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 29 July 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 29 July 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
Manchester 0 15 £340 -15.00% 9
Merseyside +6 7 £313 -34.21% 2
Cheshire +2 6 £410 +3.14% 3
Lancashire -14 1 £325 -1.81%
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 29 July 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 53 (67.09%) Agile Software Development
2 31 (39.24%) Java
3 29 (36.71%) ISTQB
4 26 (32.91%) Integration Testing
4 26 (32.91%) ISEB
5 22 (27.85%) Regression Testing
5 22 (27.85%) Test Scripting
6 21 (26.58%) System Testing
6 21 (26.58%) SQL
6 21 (26.58%) Oracle
7 20 (25.32%) JIRA
8 19 (24.05%) Defect Management
9 18 (22.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 18 (22.78%) BDD
10 17 (21.52%) User Acceptance Testing
11 16 (20.25%) XML
11 16 (20.25%) Microsoft
11 16 (20.25%) Scrum
11 16 (20.25%) Ruby
12 15 (18.99%) Test Management
12 15 (18.99%) Selenium
13 14 (17.72%) Waterfall
13 14 (17.72%) JavaScript
14 13 (16.46%) Linux
14 13 (16.46%) Project Management
14 13 (16.46%) Finance
15 12 (15.19%) SharePoint
15 12 (15.19%) Web Services
15 12 (15.19%) Functional Testing
15 12 (15.19%) QA

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 12 (15.19%) SharePoint
2 5 (6.33%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.33%) SharePoint 2013
2 5 (6.33%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.53%) ColdFusion
4 1 (1.27%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 7 (8.86%) MS Office
2 6 (7.59%) MS Excel
3 4 (5.06%) Spreadsheet
4 3 (3.80%) Mingle
5 1 (1.27%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 7 (8.86%) Oracle EBS R12
2 6 (7.59%) Dynamics CRM
3 4 (5.06%) Magento
3 4 (5.06%) Oracle EBS
4 2 (2.53%) Oracle Payables
5 1 (1.27%) SAP BPC
5 1 (1.27%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.27%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.33%) Skype
2 3 (3.80%) Internet
2 3 (3.80%) PuTTY
2 3 (3.80%) WinSCP
3 2 (2.53%) FTP
3 2 (2.53%) HTTP
4 1 (1.27%) SAN
4 1 (1.27%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.33%) Relational Database
1 5 (6.33%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.80%) MySQL
3 2 (2.53%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 2 (2.53%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.27%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 20 (25.32%) JIRA
2 15 (18.99%) Selenium
3 11 (13.92%) Cucumber
4 10 (12.66%) WebDriver
5 6 (7.59%) Jenkins
6 5 (6.33%) Git (software)
6 5 (6.33%) Subversion
7 4 (5.06%) Team Foundation Server
8 3 (3.80%) Ant
8 3 (3.80%) HP UFT
8 3 (3.80%) JMeter
8 3 (3.80%) TortoiseSVN
8 3 (3.80%) WATIR
9 2 (2.53%) LoadRunner
9 2 (2.53%) Zephyr
10 1 (1.27%) MSTest
10 1 (1.27%) TestDirector
General
1 13 (16.46%) Finance
2 9 (11.39%) Banking
3 6 (7.59%) Retail
4 4 (5.06%) Games
4 4 (5.06%) Military
5 3 (3.80%) Billing
6 2 (2.53%) Online Betting
6 2 (2.53%) Retail Banking
7 1 (1.27%) Law
Job Titles
1 35 (44.30%) Analyst
1 35 (44.30%) Test Analyst
2 17 (21.52%) Test Leader
3 9 (11.39%) Developer
4 7 (8.86%) Agile Test Analyst
4 7 (8.86%) Automation Test Analyst
4 7 (8.86%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 6 (7.59%) Test Manager
6 5 (6.33%) Senior Analyst
6 5 (6.33%) Senior Test Analyst
7 4 (5.06%) SQL Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) Android Developer
8 3 (3.80%) E-Commerce Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) OAT Manager
8 3 (3.80%) Oracle Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) QA Engineer
8 3 (3.80%) Systems Test Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) UAT Lead
8 3 (3.80%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (20.25%) XML
2 12 (15.19%) Web Services
3 4 (5.06%) .NET
3 4 (5.06%) HTML
4 3 (3.80%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.53%) J2EE
5 2 (2.53%) Spring
6 1 (1.27%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 9 (11.39%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (8.86%) User Experience
3 6 (7.59%) SWIFT
4 5 (6.33%) Fat Client
4 5 (6.33%) Thin Client
5 4 (5.06%) Algorithms
5 4 (5.06%) Computer Science
5 4 (5.06%) MHEG
6 3 (3.80%) Mobile App
7 2 (2.53%) Interactive TV
7 2 (2.53%) IPTV
7 2 (2.53%) Psychology
8 1 (1.27%) Embedded Systems
8 1 (1.27%) Management Information System
8 1 (1.27%) Mobile Banking
8 1 (1.27%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 13 (16.46%) Linux
2 11 (13.92%) Windows
3 5 (6.33%) Apple iOS
3 5 (6.33%) Windows 10
3 5 (6.33%) Windows Server
3 5 (6.33%) Windows Server 2012
4 4 (5.06%) Android
5 2 (2.53%) Unix
6 1 (1.27%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (67.09%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (32.91%) Integration Testing
3 22 (27.85%) Regression Testing
3 22 (27.85%) Test Scripting
4 21 (26.58%) System Testing
5 19 (24.05%) Defect Management
6 18 (22.78%) BDD
7 17 (21.52%) User Acceptance Testing
8 16 (20.25%) Scrum
9 15 (18.99%) Test Management
10 14 (17.72%) Waterfall
11 13 (16.46%) Project Management
12 12 (15.19%) Functional Testing
12 12 (15.19%) Information Assurance
12 12 (15.19%) Security Testing
13 9 (11.39%) CRM
13 9 (11.39%) OOP
13 9 (11.39%) Performance Testing
13 9 (11.39%) TDD
14 8 (10.13%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 31 (39.24%) Java
2 21 (26.58%) SQL
3 16 (20.25%) Ruby
4 14 (17.72%) JavaScript
5 8 (10.13%) C#
5 8 (10.13%) PL/SQL
6 7 (8.86%) PHP
7 4 (5.06%) C
8 3 (3.80%) VB
9 2 (2.53%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
10 1 (1.27%) C++
10 1 (1.27%) Objective-C
10 1 (1.27%) Python
Qualifications
1 29 (36.71%) ISTQB
2 26 (32.91%) ISEB
3 18 (22.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 11 (13.92%) Degree
4 11 (13.92%) Security Cleared
5 9 (11.39%) SC Cleared
6 2 (2.53%) MCP
6 2 (2.53%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (2.53%) OCP
6 2 (2.53%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (2.53%) SAP Certification
6 2 (2.53%) Siebel Certification
7 1 (1.27%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (15.19%) QA
2 3 (3.80%) SLA
3 1 (1.27%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 6 (7.59%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (3.80%) vSphere
3 1 (1.27%) Virtual Desktop
3 1 (1.27%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 6 (7.59%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 21 (26.58%) Oracle
2 16 (20.25%) Microsoft
3 8 (10.13%) HP
4 7 (8.86%) VMware
5 3 (3.80%) SAP
5 3 (3.80%) Siebel
6 2 (2.53%) Cisco
6 2 (2.53%) OpenTV
6 2 (2.53%) Sony
7 1 (1.27%) EMC
7 1 (1.27%) Fujitsu