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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 115 109 125
Rank change year-on-year
-6 +16
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 43 23 11
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.12% 0.77% 0.40%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.46% 1.04% 0.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 12 3
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£406 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.04% +3.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £330
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 0
Average hourly rate £23.00 - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £11.50
% change year-on-year
- +160.86%
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
2940 2205 1953
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 76.80% 73.43% 71.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1749 1188 983
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £263 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 120 102 90
Average hourly rate £37.97 £28.75 £21.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.05% +36.90%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £13.00 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £57.75 £53.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -4 14 £400 +31.14% 16
Lancashire - 11 £331 - 3
Cheshire -13 4 £398 +26.19% 5
Merseyside -15 2 £475 +53.22% 2
Cumbria - 1 £540 -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 34 (43.04%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (30.38%) Test Scripting
3 22 (27.85%) ISTQB
4 21 (26.58%) ISEB
5 19 (24.05%) Finance
6 18 (22.78%) E-Commerce
7 17 (21.52%) QA
7 17 (21.52%) Test Strategy
7 17 (21.52%) Test Planning
8 16 (20.25%) BDD
8 16 (20.25%) Test Automation
8 16 (20.25%) Test Management
9 15 (18.99%) Manual Testing
9 15 (18.99%) Cucumber
10 14 (17.72%) Apple iOS
10 14 (17.72%) Mobile App
10 14 (17.72%) Android
11 13 (16.46%) Kanban
11 13 (16.46%) SQL
11 13 (16.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 12 (15.19%) Windows
12 12 (15.19%) Performance Testing
13 11 (13.92%) Regression Testing
13 11 (13.92%) SDLC
14 10 (12.66%) Mobile Application Development
14 10 (12.66%) UNIX
14 10 (12.66%) LoadRunner
14 10 (12.66%) Linux
14 10 (12.66%) Visual Studio
14 10 (12.66%) Security Cleared

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 3 (3.80%) WebLogic
Applications
1 1 (1.27%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 3 (3.80%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (1.27%) Magento
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.27%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 4 (5.06%) 3G
1 4 (5.06%) Wi-Fi
1 4 (5.06%) LTE
1 4 (5.06%) 4G
2 3 (3.80%) Internet
3 2 (2.53%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (5.06%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.27%) MongoDB
Development Applications
1 15 (18.99%) Cucumber
2 10 (12.66%) Visual Studio
2 10 (12.66%) LoadRunner
3 9 (11.39%) HP UFT
3 9 (11.39%) Facilita Forecast
4 8 (10.13%) Calabash
4 8 (10.13%) Appium
5 6 (7.59%) SoapUI
5 6 (7.59%) Selenium
6 3 (3.80%) LoadUI
6 3 (3.80%) JMeter
6 3 (3.80%) Git (software)
6 3 (3.80%) Team Foundation Server
7 2 (2.53%) JIRA
8 1 (1.27%) Oracle APEX
8 1 (1.27%) HttpUnit
8 1 (1.27%) WebDriver
8 1 (1.27%) XMLUnit
8 1 (1.27%) Rational Robot
8 1 (1.27%) Ant
General
1 19 (24.05%) Finance
2 5 (6.33%) Banking
3 2 (2.53%) Retail
4 1 (1.27%) Billing
4 1 (1.27%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.27%) Games
4 1 (1.27%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (27.85%) Analyst
2 21 (26.58%) Test Analyst
3 16 (20.25%) Consultant
3 16 (20.25%) Test Consultant
4 15 (18.99%) Test Manager
5 8 (10.13%) Tester
6 6 (7.59%) Test Leader
7 5 (6.33%) Performance Tester
8 4 (5.06%) Test Engineer
8 4 (5.06%) Developer
9 3 (3.80%) Functional Test Analyst
9 3 (3.80%) Performance Engineer
9 3 (3.80%) Functional Analyst
9 3 (3.80%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
10 2 (2.53%) Selenium Tester
10 2 (2.53%) Django Developer
10 2 (2.53%) Python/Django Developer
10 2 (2.53%) Performance Manager
10 2 (2.53%) Python Developer
10 2 (2.53%) Performance Test Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.86%) Web Services
2 5 (6.33%) HTML
3 2 (2.53%) CSS
3 2 (2.53%) SOAP
3 2 (2.53%) Django
3 2 (2.53%) Qt
3 2 (2.53%) RESTful
3 2 (2.53%) Gherkin
3 2 (2.53%) Celery
4 1 (1.27%) .NET
4 1 (1.27%) XML
4 1 (1.27%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 14 (17.72%) Mobile App
2 9 (11.39%) Performance Metrics
3 6 (7.59%) Data Structures
4 3 (3.80%) Analytical Skills
4 3 (3.80%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.27%) Management Information System
5 1 (1.27%) Interactive TV
5 1 (1.27%) IPTV
5 1 (1.27%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.27%) Life Science
5 1 (1.27%) MHEG
5 1 (1.27%) New Media
5 1 (1.27%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 14 (17.72%) Android
1 14 (17.72%) Apple iOS
2 12 (15.19%) Windows
3 10 (12.66%) Linux
3 10 (12.66%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 34 (43.04%) Agile Software Development
2 24 (30.38%) Test Scripting
3 18 (22.78%) E-Commerce
4 17 (21.52%) Test Strategy
4 17 (21.52%) Test Planning
5 16 (20.25%) BDD
5 16 (20.25%) Test Automation
5 16 (20.25%) Test Management
6 15 (18.99%) Manual Testing
7 13 (16.46%) Kanban
8 12 (15.19%) Performance Testing
9 11 (13.92%) Regression Testing
9 11 (13.92%) SDLC
10 10 (12.66%) Mobile Application Development
11 9 (11.39%) Performance Monitoring
11 9 (11.39%) Integration Testing
12 8 (10.13%) Validation
12 8 (10.13%) Non-Functional Testing
13 7 (8.86%) Information Assurance
13 7 (8.86%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 13 (16.46%) SQL
2 7 (8.86%) Java
3 3 (3.80%) JavaScript
3 3 (3.80%) VB
3 3 (3.80%) Ruby
4 2 (2.53%) C++
4 2 (2.53%) Python
5 1 (1.27%) PL/SQL
5 1 (1.27%) C
5 1 (1.27%) C#
Qualifications
1 22 (27.85%) ISTQB
2 21 (26.58%) ISEB
3 13 (16.46%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 10 (12.66%) Security Cleared
5 9 (11.39%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 6 (7.59%) SC Cleared
7 4 (5.06%) ISEB Practitioner
8 2 (2.53%) ITIL Certification
8 2 (2.53%) Degree
9 1 (1.27%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 17 (21.52%) QA
System Software
1 1 (1.27%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 8 (10.13%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (11.39%) Oracle
2 7 (8.86%) HP
3 3 (3.80%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.53%) hybris
5 1 (1.27%) Adobe
5 1 (1.27%) Cisco
5 1 (1.27%) IBM
5 1 (1.27%) Avaya
5 1 (1.27%) Hyperion
5 1 (1.27%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.27%) ATG
5 1 (1.27%) OpenTV
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