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 20 October 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
20 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 110 102 121
Rank change year-on-year
-8 +19
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 30 28 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.93% 0.98% 0.47%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.27% 1.35% 0.72%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 12 7
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£338 £313 £250
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.00% +25.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £189 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £384 £373 £300
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.45% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £14.34
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £34.00 £29.50
% change year-on-year
+2.94% +15.25%
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
2367 2069 2095
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.37% 72.47% 65.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1373 1013 1069
Average daily rate £375 £333 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.78% -5.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £240 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £488 £488
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 111 124 89
Average hourly rate £30.00 £22.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+33.33% -
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.50 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £78.00 £44.00 £51.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-13.79% +5.45%

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 20 October 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 20 October 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 -8 16 £350 +23.89% 15
Cheshire +12 10 £310 +3.33% 1
Lancashire - 2 £275 - 1
Merseyside - - - - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 25 (53.19%) ISEB
2 18 (38.30%) SQL
2 18 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (36.17%) ISTQB
4 13 (27.66%) Team Foundation Server
4 13 (27.66%) HP Quality Center
5 12 (25.53%) JIRA
6 10 (21.28%) Windows
7 9 (19.15%) Scrum
7 9 (19.15%) TDD
7 9 (19.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 8 (17.02%) Automated Testing
8 8 (17.02%) Manual Testing
8 8 (17.02%) Integration Testing
8 8 (17.02%) Test Scripting
8 8 (17.02%) Finance
8 8 (17.02%) QuickTest Pro
9 7 (14.89%) JavaScript
9 7 (14.89%) Web Services
10 6 (12.77%) Selenium
10 6 (12.77%) Test Automation
10 6 (12.77%) QA
11 5 (10.64%) Animation
11 5 (10.64%) Games
11 5 (10.64%) IVR
11 5 (10.64%) User Acceptance Testing
11 5 (10.64%) Performance Testing
11 5 (10.64%) Security Testing
11 5 (10.64%) Test Management
11 5 (10.64%) CSS

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

For the 6 months to 20 October 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 (2.13%) Tomcat
1 1 (2.13%) SharePoint
1 1 (2.13%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (2.13%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.13%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.38%) GSM
1 3 (6.38%) VoIP
1 3 (6.38%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (8.51%) Relational Database
2 3 (6.38%) Oracle Database
3 1 (2.13%) OLAP
3 1 (2.13%) Crystal Reports
3 1 (2.13%) Oracle Reports
3 1 (2.13%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (2.13%) Data Mining
3 1 (2.13%) RDBMS
3 1 (2.13%) Oracle OLAP
Development Applications
1 13 (27.66%) Team Foundation Server
2 12 (25.53%) JIRA
3 8 (17.02%) QuickTest Pro
4 6 (12.77%) Selenium
5 3 (6.38%) TestComplete
5 3 (6.38%) MSTest
6 1 (2.13%) Zephyr
6 1 (2.13%) Visual Studio
6 1 (2.13%) TestDirector
General
1 8 (17.02%) Finance
2 5 (10.64%) Games
3 4 (8.51%) Banking
4 3 (6.38%) Retail
5 2 (4.26%) Back Office
6 1 (2.13%) Telecoms
6 1 (2.13%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 25 (53.19%) Analyst
2 24 (51.06%) Test Analyst
3 7 (14.89%) Tester
4 6 (12.77%) Developer
5 4 (8.51%) Web Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) Software Test Analyst
5 4 (8.51%) Web Test Analyst
6 3 (6.38%) JavaScript Developer
6 3 (6.38%) QA Tester
6 3 (6.38%) QA Test Analyst
6 3 (6.38%) QA Analyst
6 3 (6.38%) Test Manager
6 3 (6.38%) Test Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (4.26%) Infrastructure Tester
7 2 (4.26%) Project Manager
7 2 (4.26%) Software Engineer
7 2 (4.26%) Test Leader
8 1 (2.13%) Agile Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (14.89%) Web Services
2 5 (10.64%) HTML
2 5 (10.64%) .NET
2 5 (10.64%) CSS
2 5 (10.64%) XHTML
2 5 (10.64%) HTML5
3 4 (8.51%) Dojo
3 4 (8.51%) jQuery
3 4 (8.51%) MooTools
4 1 (2.13%) Spring
4 1 (2.13%) .NET Framework
4 1 (2.13%) XML
4 1 (2.13%) ODBC
4 1 (2.13%) REST
4 1 (2.13%) Apache Camel
Miscellaneous
1 5 (10.64%) IVR
1 5 (10.64%) Animation
1 5 (10.64%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (8.51%) User Experience
3 3 (6.38%) Digital Media
3 3 (6.38%) New Media
3 3 (6.38%) IPTV
4 2 (4.26%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (2.13%) Mobile App
5 1 (2.13%) Mainframe
5 1 (2.13%) Mobile Games
5 1 (2.13%) Computer Science
5 1 (2.13%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (2.13%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 10 (21.28%) Windows
2 3 (6.38%) Windows Server 2008
2 3 (6.38%) Windows 7
3 2 (4.26%) Apple iOS
3 2 (4.26%) Windows XP
3 2 (4.26%) Windows Server 2003
3 2 (4.26%) Debian
3 2 (4.26%) Ubuntu
3 2 (4.26%) Windows Mobile
3 2 (4.26%) Linux
3 2 (4.26%) Android
4 1 (2.13%) Windows 2000
4 1 (2.13%) Windows Vista
4 1 (2.13%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (38.30%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (19.15%) TDD
2 9 (19.15%) Scrum
3 8 (17.02%) Automated Testing
3 8 (17.02%) Integration Testing
3 8 (17.02%) Test Scripting
3 8 (17.02%) Manual Testing
4 6 (12.77%) Test Automation
5 5 (10.64%) Security Testing
5 5 (10.64%) User Acceptance Testing
5 5 (10.64%) Performance Testing
5 5 (10.64%) OOP
5 5 (10.64%) Test Management
6 4 (8.51%) Functional Testing
6 4 (8.51%) OO
6 4 (8.51%) Release Management
6 4 (8.51%) Software Engineering
6 4 (8.51%) System Testing
6 4 (8.51%) V-Model
7 3 (6.38%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 18 (38.30%) SQL
2 7 (14.89%) JavaScript
3 4 (8.51%) Java
4 3 (6.38%) C++
4 3 (6.38%) PL/SQL
5 2 (4.26%) Scala
6 1 (2.13%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 25 (53.19%) ISEB
2 17 (36.17%) ISTQB
3 9 (19.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (6.38%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (2.13%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (12.77%) QA
2 1 (2.13%) ISO 9001
2 1 (2.13%) WCAG
System Software
1 2 (4.26%) Firmware
1 2 (4.26%) XenApp
2 1 (2.13%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (27.66%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (2.13%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 5 (10.64%) Oracle
2 3 (6.38%) Microsoft
3 2 (4.26%) HP
3 2 (4.26%) Citrix
3 2 (4.26%) AppSense
3 2 (4.26%) Atmel
4 1 (2.13%) Sun
4 1 (2.13%) Business Objects
4 1 (2.13%) IBM