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 24 August 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
24 Aug 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 115 117 115
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 34 49 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.96% 1.17% 0.80%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.18% 1.45% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 23 17 13
Median daily rate £390 £413 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-5.45% +33.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £265 £292
10% offered a daily rate of more than £445 £520 £358
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £345 £325
% change year-on-year
-5.79% +6.15%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £23.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.68 £21.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
-31.74% -38.57%
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
2874 3373 2368
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.23% 80.39% 75.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 1821 2035 1311
Median daily rate £400 £400 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +6.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £288 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £575 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £395 £375
% change year-on-year
+1.26% +5.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 86 139 106
Median hourly rate £22.00 £40.00 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-45.00% +45.45%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.17 £15.77 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.31 £59.50 £52.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.50 £32.50 £25.75
% change year-on-year
-6.15% +26.21%

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 24 August 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 24 August 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 -8 19 £400 - 6
Merseyside +10 7 £313 -34.21% 3
Cheshire +11 6 £410 -6.01% 3
Lancashire -3 1 £325 -3.70% 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 August 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 42 (64.62%) Agile Software Development
2 22 (33.85%) Java
2 22 (33.85%) ISTQB
3 21 (32.31%) Test Scripting
4 20 (30.77%) Integration Testing
4 20 (30.77%) Oracle
4 20 (30.77%) ISEB
5 18 (27.69%) System Testing
5 18 (27.69%) Defect Management
6 17 (26.15%) Regression Testing
7 16 (24.62%) Project Management
7 16 (24.62%) SQL
7 16 (24.62%) Scrum
7 16 (24.62%) BDD
8 15 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 15 (23.08%) JIRA
9 14 (21.54%) Test Management
10 13 (20.00%) Selenium
10 13 (20.00%) Ruby
10 13 (20.00%) Microsoft
11 12 (18.46%) Web Services
11 12 (18.46%) Linux
11 12 (18.46%) SharePoint
11 12 (18.46%) Functional Testing
12 11 (16.92%) XML
12 11 (16.92%) User Acceptance Testing
13 10 (15.38%) Unit Testing
13 10 (15.38%) Degree
13 10 (15.38%) Security Cleared
13 10 (15.38%) Analytical Skills

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 (18.46%) SharePoint
2 5 (7.69%) MS Exchange
2 5 (7.69%) SharePoint 2013
2 5 (7.69%) Skype for Business
3 2 (3.08%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 7 (10.77%) MS Office
2 5 (7.69%) MS Excel
3 4 (6.15%) Spreadsheet
4 2 (3.08%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 6 (9.23%) Dynamics CRM
1 6 (9.23%) Oracle EBS R12
2 4 (6.15%) Magento
2 4 (6.15%) Oracle EBS
3 2 (3.08%) Oracle Payables
4 1 (1.54%) SAP BPC
4 1 (1.54%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 5 (7.69%) Skype
2 3 (4.62%) PuTTY
2 3 (4.62%) WinSCP
3 2 (3.08%) FTP
3 2 (3.08%) HTTP
3 2 (3.08%) Internet
3 2 (3.08%) Wireshark
4 1 (1.54%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (7.69%) Relational Database
2 3 (4.62%) MySQL
3 2 (3.08%) Oracle BI Publisher
3 2 (3.08%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.54%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (23.08%) JIRA
2 13 (20.00%) Selenium
3 8 (12.31%) Git (software)
4 7 (10.77%) Cucumber
4 7 (10.77%) Subversion
5 6 (9.23%) WebDriver
6 4 (6.15%) HP UFT
6 4 (6.15%) Jenkins
7 3 (4.62%) Ant
7 3 (4.62%) JMeter
7 3 (4.62%) TortoiseSVN
7 3 (4.62%) WATIR
8 2 (3.08%) LoadRunner
General
1 7 (10.77%) Banking
1 7 (10.77%) Finance
2 4 (6.15%) Military
3 2 (3.08%) Games
3 2 (3.08%) Online Betting
3 2 (3.08%) Retail
Job Titles
1 27 (41.54%) Analyst
1 27 (41.54%) Test Analyst
2 16 (24.62%) Test Leader
3 10 (15.38%) Developer
4 7 (10.77%) Agile Test Analyst
5 5 (7.69%) Android Developer
5 5 (7.69%) Automation Test Analyst
5 5 (7.69%) Selenium Test Analyst
5 5 (7.69%) Senior Analyst
5 5 (7.69%) Senior Test Analyst
6 4 (6.15%) Tester
7 3 (4.62%) E-Commerce Analyst
7 3 (4.62%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
7 3 (4.62%) iOS Developer
7 3 (4.62%) QA Engineer
7 3 (4.62%) Software Tester
7 3 (4.62%) Systems Analyst
7 3 (4.62%) Systems Test Analyst
7 3 (4.62%) Test Manager
8 2 (3.08%) Software QA Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (18.46%) Web Services
2 11 (16.92%) XML
3 2 (3.08%) HTML
3 2 (3.08%) J2EE
3 2 (3.08%) SOAP
4 1 (1.54%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 10 (15.38%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (10.77%) User Experience
3 6 (9.23%) SWIFT
4 5 (7.69%) Fat Client
4 5 (7.69%) Thin Client
5 3 (4.62%) Algorithms
5 3 (4.62%) Computer Science
6 2 (3.08%) Mobile App
6 2 (3.08%) Psychology
7 1 (1.54%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.54%) NHS
Operating Systems
1 12 (18.46%) Linux
2 8 (12.31%) Apple iOS
3 7 (10.77%) Android
3 7 (10.77%) Windows
4 5 (7.69%) Windows 10
4 5 (7.69%) Windows Server
4 5 (7.69%) Windows Server 2012
5 2 (3.08%) Unix
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (64.62%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (32.31%) Test Scripting
3 20 (30.77%) Integration Testing
4 18 (27.69%) Defect Management
4 18 (27.69%) System Testing
5 17 (26.15%) Regression Testing
6 16 (24.62%) BDD
6 16 (24.62%) Project Management
6 16 (24.62%) Scrum
7 14 (21.54%) Test Management
8 12 (18.46%) Functional Testing
9 11 (16.92%) User Acceptance Testing
10 10 (15.38%) Unit Testing
11 9 (13.85%) CRM
11 9 (13.85%) Waterfall
12 8 (12.31%) Information Assurance
12 8 (12.31%) OOP
12 8 (12.31%) Open Source
12 8 (12.31%) Security Testing
13 7 (10.77%) Test Strategy
Programming Languages
1 22 (33.85%) Java
2 16 (24.62%) SQL
3 13 (20.00%) Ruby
4 7 (10.77%) JavaScript
4 7 (10.77%) PHP
5 6 (9.23%) PL/SQL
6 5 (7.69%) VB
7 3 (4.62%) C
7 3 (4.62%) C#
8 2 (3.08%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
9 1 (1.54%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 22 (33.85%) ISTQB
2 20 (30.77%) ISEB
3 15 (23.08%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 10 (15.38%) Degree
4 10 (15.38%) Security Cleared
5 8 (12.31%) SC Cleared
6 2 (3.08%) MCP
6 2 (3.08%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (3.08%) OCP
6 2 (3.08%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (3.08%) SAP Certification
6 2 (3.08%) Siebel Certification
7 1 (1.54%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (13.85%) QA
2 3 (4.62%) SLA
3 1 (1.54%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 5 (7.69%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (4.62%) vSphere
Systems Management
1 4 (6.15%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 20 (30.77%) Oracle
2 13 (20.00%) Microsoft
3 7 (10.77%) HP
4 6 (9.23%) VMware
5 3 (4.62%) SAP
5 3 (4.62%) Siebel
6 2 (3.08%) Sony
7 1 (1.54%) Cisco
7 1 (1.54%) Fujitsu