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 26 February 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
26 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 114 111 102
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -9
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 31 19 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.92% 0.69% 0.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.24% 0.95% 1.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 10 13
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£400 £320 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+25.00% +31.95%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £303
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +5.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 6 0
Average hourly rate £37.00 £28.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+29.82% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.44 £30.75
% change year-on-year
+55.98% -27.03%
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
2501 1993 1717
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 74.06% 72.16% 69.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1432 1014 884
Average daily rate £400 £375 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £252 £241
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £533 £495
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 107 118 95
Average hourly rate £37.00 £33.00 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+12.12% +24.52%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.98 £12.58 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £45.80 £57.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+5.45% -12.69%

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 26 February 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 26 February 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 0 15 £315 -3.07% 13
Lancashire - 10 £400 - 1
Merseyside - 2 £310 -
Cheshire - - - - 9
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 February 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 29 (54.72%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (41.51%) ISEB
2 22 (41.51%) Java
3 21 (39.62%) SQL
3 21 (39.62%) TDD
4 19 (35.85%) Test Scripting
4 19 (35.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 18 (33.96%) Windows
6 15 (28.30%) Validation
7 14 (26.42%) ISTQB
8 13 (24.53%) Linux
8 13 (24.53%) JavaScript
8 13 (24.53%) Software Engineering
8 13 (24.53%) Test Planning
8 13 (24.53%) Git (software)
8 13 (24.53%) Team Foundation Server
9 12 (22.64%) HP Quality Center
10 11 (20.75%) Waterfall
10 11 (20.75%) Integration Testing
10 11 (20.75%) BDD
10 11 (20.75%) Regression Testing
10 11 (20.75%) Selenium
11 10 (18.87%) HTML
11 10 (18.87%) CSS
11 10 (18.87%) HND
11 10 (18.87%) Eclipse
11 10 (18.87%) V-Model
12 9 (16.98%) UNIX
12 9 (16.98%) Oracle
13 8 (15.09%) XML

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

For the 6 months to 26 February 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 (1.89%) Tomcat
1 1 (1.89%) MS Exchange
1 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 1 (1.89%) MS Office
1 1 (1.89%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.89%) Doxygen
Business Applications
1 3 (5.66%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.66%) HTTP
2 2 (3.77%) Internet
3 1 (1.89%) iSCSI
3 1 (1.89%) SAN
3 1 (1.89%) GSM
3 1 (1.89%) VoIP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.66%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 13 (24.53%) Git (software)
1 13 (24.53%) Team Foundation Server
2 11 (20.75%) Selenium
3 10 (18.87%) Eclipse
4 4 (7.55%) JIRA
5 2 (3.77%) WebDriver
5 2 (3.77%) Cucumber
5 2 (3.77%) Hudson
5 2 (3.77%) Maven
5 2 (3.77%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.89%) Oracle Forms
6 1 (1.89%) Ant
6 1 (1.89%) JUnit
6 1 (1.89%) HttpUnit
6 1 (1.89%) QuickTest Pro
6 1 (1.89%) LoadRunner
6 1 (1.89%) XMLUnit
6 1 (1.89%) MSTest
6 1 (1.89%) Oracle APEX
6 1 (1.89%) Mercurial
General
1 8 (15.09%) Finance
2 4 (7.55%) Banking
2 4 (7.55%) Retail
3 3 (5.66%) Back Office
4 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.89%) Publishing
4 1 (1.89%) Games
Job Titles
1 23 (43.40%) Developer
2 14 (26.42%) Analyst
3 13 (24.53%) Test Analyst
4 7 (13.21%) Software Developer
5 4 (7.55%) Tester
5 4 (7.55%) Test Leader
6 3 (5.66%) Python Developer
6 3 (5.66%) Functional Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Functional Test Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Test Engineer
7 2 (3.77%) Test Consultant
7 2 (3.77%) Infrastructure Tester
7 2 (3.77%) Software Engineer
7 2 (3.77%) Test Manager
7 2 (3.77%) Consultant
7 2 (3.77%) Python/Django Developer
8 1 (1.89%) Performance Analyst
8 1 (1.89%) Python Web Developer
8 1 (1.89%) Oracle Analyst
8 1 (1.89%) Oracle Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (18.87%) HTML
1 10 (18.87%) CSS
2 8 (15.09%) XML
3 7 (13.21%) XSLT
3 7 (13.21%) XML Schema
3 7 (13.21%) Saxon XSLT
4 4 (7.55%) Web Services
5 3 (5.66%) Celery
5 3 (5.66%) Django
5 3 (5.66%) Qt
6 1 (1.89%) RESTful
6 1 (1.89%) REST
6 1 (1.89%) Apache Camel
6 1 (1.89%) JSON
6 1 (1.89%) Spring
6 1 (1.89%) SOAP
6 1 (1.89%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.43%) Digital Media
2 3 (5.66%) IVR
3 2 (3.77%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (3.77%) Mobile App
3 2 (3.77%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.89%) User Experience
4 1 (1.89%) New Media
4 1 (1.89%) Interactive TV
4 1 (1.89%) IPTV
4 1 (1.89%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.89%) Life Science
4 1 (1.89%) MHEG
4 1 (1.89%) Open Source
4 1 (1.89%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 18 (33.96%) Windows
2 13 (24.53%) Linux
3 9 (16.98%) UNIX
4 4 (7.55%) Apple iOS
4 4 (7.55%) Android
5 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2008
5 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2003
6 2 (3.77%) Debian
6 2 (3.77%) Ubuntu
6 2 (3.77%) Windows Mobile
6 2 (3.77%) Windows 7
7 1 (1.89%) Windows XP
7 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 29 (54.72%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (39.62%) TDD
3 19 (35.85%) Test Scripting
4 15 (28.30%) Validation
5 13 (24.53%) Software Engineering
5 13 (24.53%) Test Planning
6 11 (20.75%) Waterfall
6 11 (20.75%) BDD
6 11 (20.75%) Integration Testing
6 11 (20.75%) Regression Testing
7 10 (18.87%) V-Model
8 8 (15.09%) Unit Testing
8 8 (15.09%) OOP
9 7 (13.21%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (13.21%) Test Management
10 6 (11.32%) Functional Testing
10 6 (11.32%) Manual Testing
10 6 (11.32%) System Testing
11 4 (7.55%) Security Testing
11 4 (7.55%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (41.51%) Java
2 21 (39.62%) SQL
3 13 (24.53%) JavaScript
4 8 (15.09%) Scala
5 7 (13.21%) XQuery
6 6 (11.32%) C++
7 4 (7.55%) PL/SQL
8 3 (5.66%) Ruby
8 3 (5.66%) Python
9 1 (1.89%) C
9 1 (1.89%) C#
Qualifications
1 22 (41.51%) ISEB
2 19 (35.85%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 14 (26.42%) ISTQB
4 10 (18.87%) HND
5 4 (7.55%) SC Cleared
5 4 (7.55%) Security Cleared
6 2 (3.77%) VCP4
6 2 (3.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (1.89%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.66%) QA
2 1 (1.89%) FATCA
2 1 (1.89%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (5.66%) XenApp
2 2 (3.77%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.77%) Firmware
3 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.89%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 12 (22.64%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.89%) XenMobile
2 1 (1.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (1.89%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 9 (16.98%) Oracle
2 7 (13.21%) HP
3 3 (5.66%) Microsoft
3 3 (5.66%) Citrix
4 2 (3.77%) AppSense
4 2 (3.77%) Atmel
5 1 (1.89%) Actimize
5 1 (1.89%) Veeam
5 1 (1.89%) NetApp
5 1 (1.89%) OpenTV
5 1 (1.89%) VMware
5 1 (1.89%) Adobe
5 1 (1.89%) Dell
Cheshire
Shortlist Recruitment
Rate: £300 per day
Posted: 13 days ago
North West England
Amoria Bond - UK
Rate: £0.000 per hour
Posted: 15 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £280 - £310 per day + competitive
Posted: 21 days ago