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 22 August 2014 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 112 126 127
Rank change year-on-year
+14 +1
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 25 12 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.78% 0.41% 0.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.10% 0.59% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 6 10
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£310 £313 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-0.80% +8.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £292 £243 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £358 £363 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+204.34% -67.14%
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
2275 2045 2121
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 71.23% 70.25% 64.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 1258 1040 1140
Average daily rate £375 £330 £334
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -1.19%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £241 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £460
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 98 105
Average hourly rate £26.50 £20.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+32.50% -33.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.50 £10.50 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £52.50 £50.00 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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 -4 14 £325 +4.00% 18
Cheshire - 9 £310 - 4
Merseyside - 3 £310 - 1
Lancashire - - - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 24 (57.14%) ISEB
2 18 (42.86%) SQL
3 14 (33.33%) ISTQB
4 10 (23.81%) JIRA
4 10 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
5 9 (21.43%) Automated Testing
5 9 (21.43%) Scrum
5 9 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
5 9 (21.43%) TDD
6 8 (19.05%) QuickTest Pro
6 8 (19.05%) Selenium
6 8 (19.05%) Manual Testing
7 7 (16.67%) Test Scripting
7 7 (16.67%) .NET
7 7 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 6 (14.29%) Web Services
8 6 (14.29%) Finance
8 6 (14.29%) Security Testing
8 6 (14.29%) Integration Testing
8 6 (14.29%) V-Model
8 6 (14.29%) Test Automation
8 6 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
8 6 (14.29%) QA
9 5 (11.90%) Games
9 5 (11.90%) Project Planning
9 5 (11.90%) Animation
9 5 (11.90%) HTML5
9 5 (11.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
9 5 (11.90%) HTML
9 5 (11.90%) JavaScript

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

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 (2.38%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.38%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (2.38%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.38%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (7.14%) Internet
2 2 (4.76%) GSM
2 2 (4.76%) VoIP
3 1 (2.38%) SAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (11.90%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle OLAP
2 1 (2.38%) RDBMS
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (2.38%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.38%) Data Mining
2 1 (2.38%) OLAP
2 1 (2.38%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (2.38%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 10 (23.81%) JIRA
1 10 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
2 8 (19.05%) QuickTest Pro
2 8 (19.05%) Selenium
3 4 (9.52%) TestComplete
4 2 (4.76%) MSTest
5 1 (2.38%) TestDirector
5 1 (2.38%) Bugzilla
5 1 (2.38%) Visual Studio
5 1 (2.38%) Zephyr
General
1 6 (14.29%) Finance
2 5 (11.90%) Games
3 2 (4.76%) Banking
3 2 (4.76%) Retail
4 1 (2.38%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 24 (57.14%) Analyst
2 23 (54.76%) Test Analyst
3 6 (14.29%) Tester
3 6 (14.29%) Web Test Analyst
3 6 (14.29%) Web Analyst
4 4 (9.52%) QA Tester
4 4 (9.52%) QA Test Analyst
4 4 (9.52%) Test Manager
4 4 (9.52%) Developer
4 4 (9.52%) Software Test Analyst
4 4 (9.52%) Environment Manager
4 4 (9.52%) QA Analyst
5 3 (7.14%) JavaScript Developer
6 2 (4.76%) Senior Analyst
6 2 (4.76%) Senior Test Analyst
6 2 (4.76%) Software Engineer
6 2 (4.76%) Project Manager
7 1 (2.38%) Agile Test Analyst
7 1 (2.38%) Agile Project Manager
7 1 (2.38%) Automation Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (16.67%) .NET
2 6 (14.29%) Web Services
3 5 (11.90%) HTML5
3 5 (11.90%) HTML
3 5 (11.90%) CSS
3 5 (11.90%) XHTML
4 4 (9.52%) MooTools
4 4 (9.52%) Dojo
4 4 (9.52%) jQuery
5 1 (2.38%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.38%) XML
5 1 (2.38%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (11.90%) Animation
2 4 (9.52%) Computer Science
3 3 (7.14%) IPTV
3 3 (7.14%) New Media
4 2 (4.76%) IVR
4 2 (4.76%) Digital Media
5 1 (2.38%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (2.38%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.38%) Mobile Games
5 1 (2.38%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.90%) Windows
2 1 (2.38%) Windows 7
2 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2008
2 1 (2.38%) Windows Vista
2 1 (2.38%) Windows XP
2 1 (2.38%) Windows 2000
2 1 (2.38%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 9 (21.43%) Automated Testing
1 9 (21.43%) Scrum
1 9 (21.43%) Agile Software Development
1 9 (21.43%) TDD
2 8 (19.05%) Manual Testing
3 7 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 6 (14.29%) Security Testing
4 6 (14.29%) Integration Testing
4 6 (14.29%) V-Model
4 6 (14.29%) Test Automation
5 5 (11.90%) Project Planning
5 5 (11.90%) PRINCE2
5 5 (11.90%) OOP
6 4 (9.52%) Automation Testing
6 4 (9.52%) Capacity Management
6 4 (9.52%) OO
6 4 (9.52%) Service Management
6 4 (9.52%) Load Testing
7 3 (7.14%) Supplier Management
7 3 (7.14%) Software Engineering
Programming Languages
1 18 (42.86%) SQL
2 5 (11.90%) JavaScript
3 4 (9.52%) Java
4 1 (2.38%) Scala
4 1 (2.38%) PowerShell
4 1 (2.38%) C++
4 1 (2.38%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 24 (57.14%) ISEB
2 14 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 7 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (11.90%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 4 (9.52%) APMP
5 4 (9.52%) ISEB Practitioner
6 2 (4.76%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 1 (2.38%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (14.29%) QA
2 1 (2.38%) WCAG
2 1 (2.38%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 6 (14.29%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (7.14%) Oracle
1 3 (7.14%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.38%) IBM
2 1 (2.38%) Sun
2 1 (2.38%) Business Objects