The first table below looks at the demand 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 24 July 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the North West region.

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
24 Jul 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 113 117 124
Rank change year-on-year
+4 +7
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 19 11 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.62% 0.41% 0.37%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 0.58% 0.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 3 9
Average daily rate
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£310 £300 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.33% +9.09%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £257 £300 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £320 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £330 £300
% change year-on-year
-1.51% +10.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £10.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £18.75 £28.00
% change year-on-year
+92.00% -33.03%
Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2123 1893 2123
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 69.56% 71.03% 65.28%
Number of daily rates quoted 1149 950 1122
Average daily rate £375 £338 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.11% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £240 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £455 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
- +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 84 112
Average hourly rate £26.67 £22.00 £22.41
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+21.20% -1.82%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £10.50 £13.75
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £50.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £31.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
-14.51% -3.12%
Software Testing
England

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 24 July 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 24 July 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 0 10 £305 +1.66% 19
Merseyside - 6 £310 - 1
Cheshire +8 4 £315 - 2
Lancashire - - - - 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 20 (55.56%) ISEB
2 13 (36.11%) SQL
3 11 (30.56%) ISTQB
4 10 (27.78%) Selenium
5 9 (25.00%) Automated Testing
5 9 (25.00%) TDD
6 8 (22.22%) Test Automation
7 7 (19.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (19.44%) Agile Software Development
7 7 (19.44%) QA
7 7 (19.44%) Scrum
8 6 (16.67%) QuickTest Pro
8 6 (16.67%) Oracle
8 6 (16.67%) Security Testing
8 6 (16.67%) V-Model
8 6 (16.67%) Automation Testing
9 5 (13.89%) Relational Database
9 5 (13.89%) Integration Testing
9 5 (13.89%) Manual Testing
9 5 (13.89%) User Acceptance Testing
9 5 (13.89%) Software Engineering
9 5 (13.89%) Degree
9 5 (13.89%) JavaScript
9 5 (13.89%) Web Services
9 5 (13.89%) Windows
9 5 (13.89%) OOP
9 5 (13.89%) Games
10 4 (11.11%) Finance
10 4 (11.11%) Internet
10 4 (11.11%) Microsoft

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

For the 6 months to 24 July 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 (2.78%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (2.78%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 4 (11.11%) Internet
2 1 (2.78%) GSM
2 1 (2.78%) VoIP
2 1 (2.78%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (13.89%) Relational Database
2 3 (8.33%) Oracle Database
2 3 (8.33%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle OLAP
3 1 (2.78%) OLAP
3 1 (2.78%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (2.78%) Data Mining
3 1 (2.78%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.78%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 10 (27.78%) Selenium
2 6 (16.67%) QuickTest Pro
3 4 (11.11%) JIRA
3 4 (11.11%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (11.11%) TestComplete
4 2 (5.56%) Toad
4 2 (5.56%) Visual Studio
4 2 (5.56%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.56%) SpecFlow
4 2 (5.56%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 1 (2.78%) Zephyr
5 1 (2.78%) Bugzilla
5 1 (2.78%) TestDirector
General
1 5 (13.89%) Games
2 4 (11.11%) Finance
2 4 (11.11%) Retail
3 2 (5.56%) Telecoms
3 2 (5.56%) Banking
Job Titles
1 17 (47.22%) Analyst
2 16 (44.44%) Test Analyst
3 7 (19.44%) Tester
4 4 (11.11%) Software Engineer
4 4 (11.11%) Developer
4 4 (11.11%) Software Test Analyst
4 4 (11.11%) QA Tester
4 4 (11.11%) QA Test Analyst
4 4 (11.11%) Environment Manager
4 4 (11.11%) QA Analyst
5 3 (8.33%) Web Analyst
5 3 (8.33%) Web Test Analyst
6 2 (5.56%) Test Manager
6 2 (5.56%) Software Tester
6 2 (5.56%) Test Engineer
6 2 (5.56%) JavaScript Developer
7 1 (2.78%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (2.78%) Automation Tester
7 1 (2.78%) Automation Analyst
7 1 (2.78%) Automation Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (13.89%) Web Services
2 4 (11.11%) XHTML
2 4 (11.11%) HTML
2 4 (11.11%) .NET
2 4 (11.11%) CSS
2 4 (11.11%) Dojo
2 4 (11.11%) MooTools
2 4 (11.11%) jQuery
2 4 (11.11%) HTML5
3 3 (8.33%) XML
4 2 (5.56%) EDIFACT
4 2 (5.56%) EDI
5 1 (2.78%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.78%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 4 (11.11%) Animation
1 4 (11.11%) Computer Science
1 4 (11.11%) IPTV
2 3 (8.33%) New Media
3 2 (5.56%) Mathematics
3 2 (5.56%) Mobile App
3 2 (5.56%) TRADACOMS
3 2 (5.56%) Digital Media
4 1 (2.78%) MHEG
4 1 (2.78%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (2.78%) Interactive TV
4 1 (2.78%) IVR
4 1 (2.78%) BBC
4 1 (2.78%) Mobile Games
4 1 (2.78%) Mainframe
Operating Systems
1 5 (13.89%) Windows
2 3 (8.33%) Windows Server 2012
3 1 (2.78%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.78%) Windows Server 2008
3 1 (2.78%) Windows Vista
3 1 (2.78%) Windows XP
3 1 (2.78%) Windows 2000
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (25.00%) Automated Testing
1 9 (25.00%) TDD
2 8 (22.22%) Test Automation
3 7 (19.44%) Agile Software Development
3 7 (19.44%) Scrum
4 6 (16.67%) Security Testing
4 6 (16.67%) V-Model
4 6 (16.67%) Automation Testing
5 5 (13.89%) Integration Testing
5 5 (13.89%) Manual Testing
5 5 (13.89%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (13.89%) Software Engineering
5 5 (13.89%) OOP
6 4 (11.11%) Service Management
6 4 (11.11%) PRINCE2
6 4 (11.11%) Load Testing
6 4 (11.11%) Test Scripting
6 4 (11.11%) Capacity Management
7 3 (8.33%) Waterfall
7 3 (8.33%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 13 (36.11%) SQL
2 5 (13.89%) JavaScript
3 4 (11.11%) Java
4 3 (8.33%) C++
5 2 (5.56%) C
6 1 (2.78%) PowerShell
6 1 (2.78%) Ruby
6 1 (2.78%) C#
6 1 (2.78%) PHP
6 1 (2.78%) PL/SQL
6 1 (2.78%) ActionScript
Qualifications
1 20 (55.56%) ISEB
2 11 (30.56%) ISTQB
3 7 (19.44%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (13.89%) Degree
5 4 (11.11%) ISEB Practitioner
5 4 (11.11%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 4 (11.11%) APMP
6 1 (2.78%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (2.78%) HNC
6 1 (2.78%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (19.44%) QA
2 1 (2.78%) WCAG
2 1 (2.78%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 3 (8.33%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 6 (16.67%) Oracle
2 4 (11.11%) Microsoft
3 1 (2.78%) Business Objects
3 1 (2.78%) IBM
3 1 (2.78%) OpenTV
3 1 (2.78%) Sun
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