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 21 January 2017 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
21 Jan 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
England / North West
Rank 120 116 119
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +3
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 11 44 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.43% 1.14% 0.73%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.52% 1.40% 0.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 25 10
Median daily rate £400 £350 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%
UK excluding London median daily rate £328 £325 £350
% change year-on-year
+0.76% -7.14%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Median hourly rate £42.86 - £37.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £29.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+46.55% -17.14%

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
2102 3141 2435
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 82.08% 81.08% 77.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 1358 1910 1462
Median daily rate £400 £400 £378
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +5.96%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £265
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £575 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £405 £400 £393
% change year-on-year
+1.25% +1.91%
Number of hourly rates quoted 62 111 100
Median hourly rate £37.25 £37.75 £28.13
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-1.32% +34.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.03 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £51.00 £54.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £40.00 £25.25
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +58.41%

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 21 January 2017.

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
Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 21 January 2017.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Histogram 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 21 January 2017. 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 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 -13 7 £425 +21.42% 6
Lancashire - 3 £375 - 1
Cumbria - 1 - - 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 21 January 2017, 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 22 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (38.46%) BDD
3 11 (28.21%) Ruby
3 11 (28.21%) QA
3 11 (28.21%) OOP
3 11 (28.21%) Scrum
4 10 (25.64%) Git (software)
5 8 (20.51%) Apple iOS
5 8 (20.51%) Unit Testing
5 8 (20.51%) SQL
5 8 (20.51%) User Experience
6 7 (17.95%) Java
6 7 (17.95%) Microsoft
6 7 (17.95%) ISEB
6 7 (17.95%) Project Management
6 7 (17.95%) Continuous Integration
6 7 (17.95%) System Testing
7 6 (15.38%) Dynamics CRM
7 6 (15.38%) ISTQB
7 6 (15.38%) JIRA
7 6 (15.38%) TDD
7 6 (15.38%) Finance
7 6 (15.38%) CRM
7 6 (15.38%) SharePoint
7 6 (15.38%) Oracle
7 6 (15.38%) Records Management
8 5 (12.82%) Oracle Database
8 5 (12.82%) Continuous Delivery
8 5 (12.82%) iOS Development
8 5 (12.82%) Defect Management

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 6 (15.38%) SharePoint
2 5 (12.82%) SAS
Applications
1 4 (10.26%) Spreadsheet
2 1 (2.56%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 6 (15.38%) Dynamics CRM
2 1 (2.56%) Oracle ERP
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.13%) Internet
1 2 (5.13%) Wireshark
2 1 (2.56%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.82%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (12.82%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.56%) MS Access
2 1 (2.56%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (25.64%) Git (software)
2 6 (15.38%) JIRA
3 5 (12.82%) Cucumber
3 5 (12.82%) Jenkins
3 5 (12.82%) Subversion
4 4 (10.26%) Selenium
5 3 (7.69%) HP UFT
6 1 (2.56%) Sahi
6 1 (2.56%) TestDirector
6 1 (2.56%) Visual Studio
6 1 (2.56%) WATIR
General
1 6 (15.38%) Finance
2 4 (10.26%) Games
3 1 (2.56%) Banking
3 1 (2.56%) Electronics
3 1 (2.56%) Law
3 1 (2.56%) Legal
3 1 (2.56%) Manufacturing
3 1 (2.56%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 11 (28.21%) Developer
2 7 (17.95%) Test Leader
3 6 (15.38%) Analyst
4 5 (12.82%) iOS Developer
5 4 (10.26%) Test Analyst
5 4 (10.26%) Tester
6 3 (7.69%) Android Developer
6 3 (7.69%) Software Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Automation Specialist
7 2 (5.13%) Business Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) QA Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) QA Specialist
7 2 (5.13%) Senior Tester
7 2 (5.13%) Service Analyst
7 2 (5.13%) Software Test Engineer
7 2 (5.13%) Software Tester
7 2 (5.13%) Test Engineer
8 1 (2.56%) Automation Developer
8 1 (2.56%) Oracle Business Analyst
8 1 (2.56%) PHP Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (12.82%) Gherkin
2 4 (10.26%) Web Services
3 3 (7.69%) Node.js
4 2 (5.13%) HTML
4 2 (5.13%) HTML5
4 2 (5.13%) React
4 2 (5.13%) SOAP
5 1 (2.56%) .NET
5 1 (2.56%) Express
5 1 (2.56%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (2.56%) Qt
5 1 (2.56%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 8 (20.51%) User Experience
2 4 (10.26%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (7.69%) Interactive TV
3 3 (7.69%) MHEG
3 3 (7.69%) Mobile App
3 3 (7.69%) New Media
4 2 (5.13%) IPTV
5 1 (2.56%) Data Centre
5 1 (2.56%) Management Information System
5 1 (2.56%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 8 (20.51%) Apple iOS
2 5 (12.82%) Android
3 3 (7.69%) Linux
4 2 (5.13%) Windows
5 1 (2.56%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (56.41%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (38.46%) BDD
3 11 (28.21%) OOP
3 11 (28.21%) Scrum
4 8 (20.51%) Unit Testing
5 7 (17.95%) Continuous Integration
5 7 (17.95%) Project Management
5 7 (17.95%) System Testing
6 6 (15.38%) CRM
6 6 (15.38%) Records Management
6 6 (15.38%) TDD
7 5 (12.82%) Continuous Delivery
7 5 (12.82%) Defect Management
7 5 (12.82%) iOS Development
7 5 (12.82%) Test Scripting
8 4 (10.26%) Continuous Deployment
8 4 (10.26%) Software Engineering
9 3 (7.69%) Android Development
9 3 (7.69%) Data Migration
9 3 (7.69%) Manual Testing
Programming Languages
1 11 (28.21%) Ruby
2 8 (20.51%) SQL
3 7 (17.95%) Java
4 4 (10.26%) C++
5 3 (7.69%) ActionScript
5 3 (7.69%) C#
5 3 (7.69%) JavaScript
5 3 (7.69%) Objective-C
5 3 (7.69%) PHP
6 2 (5.13%) VB
Qualifications
1 7 (17.95%) ISEB
2 6 (15.38%) ISTQB
3 4 (10.26%) Security Cleared
4 2 (5.13%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.56%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (2.56%) DV Cleared
5 1 (2.56%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (28.21%) QA
2 1 (2.56%) Disclosure Scotland
Vendors
1 7 (17.95%) Microsoft
2 6 (15.38%) Oracle
3 3 (7.69%) OpenTV
4 1 (2.56%) HP