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 26 January 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
26 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 105 101 103
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 26 24 19
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.83% 0.88% 0.71%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.12% 1.21% 1.07%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 11 15
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£400 £315 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.98% +0.80%
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Average hourly rate £37.00 £24.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+54.16% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.00 £21.75 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+65.51% -27.50%
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
2316 1990 1778
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.62% 73.13% 66.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 1381 1021 939
Average daily rate £375 £363 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.44% +7.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £525 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £398 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.00% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 92 102 86
Average hourly rate £25.00 £31.56 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.77% +40.24%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.67 £12.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £52.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.25 £27.00 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-6.48% -14.28%

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 26 January 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 26 January 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 +3 14 £330 +3.12% 24
Lancashire - 10 £400 - 2
Merseyside - 1 £220 - 1
Cheshire - - - - 5
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 28 (52.83%) Agile Software Development
2 27 (50.94%) ISEB
3 21 (39.62%) SQL
4 20 (37.74%) Java
4 20 (37.74%) Team Foundation Server
5 19 (35.85%) TDD
6 18 (33.96%) Windows
7 16 (30.19%) Test Scripting
8 15 (28.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 15 (28.30%) ISTQB
9 13 (24.53%) Validation
10 12 (22.64%) Software Engineering
10 12 (22.64%) Linux
10 12 (22.64%) Test Planning
10 12 (22.64%) HP Quality Center
11 11 (20.75%) BDD
11 11 (20.75%) JavaScript
12 10 (18.87%) Regression Testing
12 10 (18.87%) Selenium
12 10 (18.87%) Waterfall
12 10 (18.87%) Git (software)
13 9 (16.98%) V-Model
13 9 (16.98%) Scala
13 9 (16.98%) JIRA
13 9 (16.98%) HTML
13 9 (16.98%) CSS
13 9 (16.98%) HND
13 9 (16.98%) Eclipse
14 8 (15.09%) XML
14 8 (15.09%) UNIX

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

For the 6 months to 26 January 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 1 (1.89%) Tomcat
1 1 (1.89%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.89%) MS Exchange
1 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (1.89%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 1 (1.89%) MS Office
1 1 (1.89%) MS Excel
1 1 (1.89%) Doxygen
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.89%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.77%) GSM
1 2 (3.77%) VoIP
2 1 (1.89%) HTTP
2 1 (1.89%) SAN
2 1 (1.89%) Internet
2 1 (1.89%) iSCSI
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.66%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 20 (37.74%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (18.87%) Selenium
2 10 (18.87%) Git (software)
3 9 (16.98%) Eclipse
3 9 (16.98%) JIRA
4 3 (5.66%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (5.66%) MSTest
5 2 (3.77%) Maven
5 2 (3.77%) Visual Studio
5 2 (3.77%) Hudson
6 1 (1.89%) Ant
6 1 (1.89%) JUnit
6 1 (1.89%) HttpUnit
6 1 (1.89%) Cucumber
6 1 (1.89%) Mercurial
6 1 (1.89%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.89%) XMLUnit
General
1 8 (15.09%) Finance
2 4 (7.55%) Banking
2 4 (7.55%) Retail
3 3 (5.66%) Back Office
4 1 (1.89%) Publishing
4 1 (1.89%) Games
Job Titles
1 20 (37.74%) Developer
2 14 (26.42%) Analyst
2 14 (26.42%) Test Analyst
3 6 (11.32%) Software Developer
4 5 (9.43%) Tester
5 4 (7.55%) Test Manager
5 4 (7.55%) Test Leader
6 3 (5.66%) Web Test Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Web Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Test Engineer
7 2 (3.77%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (3.77%) Project Manager
7 2 (3.77%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (3.77%) Infrastructure Tester
7 2 (3.77%) Software Tester
8 1 (1.89%) Java Developer
8 1 (1.89%) JavaScript Developer
8 1 (1.89%) Software Test Analyst
8 1 (1.89%) ScrumMaster
8 1 (1.89%) Agile Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (16.98%) HTML
1 9 (16.98%) CSS
2 8 (15.09%) XML
3 7 (13.21%) XSLT
3 7 (13.21%) XML Schema
3 7 (13.21%) Saxon XSLT
4 5 (9.43%) Web Services
5 4 (7.55%) .NET
6 1 (1.89%) SOAP
6 1 (1.89%) Spring
6 1 (1.89%) XHTML
6 1 (1.89%) JSON
6 1 (1.89%) Django
6 1 (1.89%) Qt
6 1 (1.89%) RESTful
6 1 (1.89%) HTML5
6 1 (1.89%) REST
6 1 (1.89%) Apache Camel
6 1 (1.89%) Celery
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.43%) Digital Media
2 4 (7.55%) IVR
3 2 (3.77%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.89%) User Experience
4 1 (1.89%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.89%) New Media
4 1 (1.89%) Animation
4 1 (1.89%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.89%) Open Source
4 1 (1.89%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 18 (33.96%) Windows
2 12 (22.64%) Linux
3 8 (15.09%) UNIX
4 3 (5.66%) Apple iOS
4 3 (5.66%) Android
4 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2008
4 3 (5.66%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (3.77%) Debian
5 2 (3.77%) Ubuntu
5 2 (3.77%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (3.77%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.89%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.89%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (52.83%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (35.85%) TDD
3 16 (30.19%) Test Scripting
4 13 (24.53%) Validation
5 12 (22.64%) Software Engineering
5 12 (22.64%) Test Planning
6 11 (20.75%) BDD
7 10 (18.87%) Waterfall
7 10 (18.87%) Regression Testing
8 9 (16.98%) V-Model
9 8 (15.09%) OOP
9 8 (15.09%) Integration Testing
9 8 (15.09%) Manual Testing
10 7 (13.21%) Unit Testing
10 7 (13.21%) Continuous Integration
11 6 (11.32%) Test Management
12 5 (9.43%) System Testing
13 4 (7.55%) Project Planning
13 4 (7.55%) User Acceptance Testing
13 4 (7.55%) Performance Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (39.62%) SQL
2 20 (37.74%) Java
3 11 (20.75%) JavaScript
4 9 (16.98%) Scala
5 7 (13.21%) XQuery
6 5 (9.43%) C++
7 3 (5.66%) PL/SQL
8 1 (1.89%) C
8 1 (1.89%) Ruby
8 1 (1.89%) Python
Qualifications
1 27 (50.94%) ISEB
2 15 (28.30%) ISTQB
2 15 (28.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 9 (16.98%) HND
4 4 (7.55%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (1.89%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
5 1 (1.89%) SC Cleared
5 1 (1.89%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.66%) QA
2 1 (1.89%) FATCA
2 1 (1.89%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (5.66%) XenApp
2 2 (3.77%) Active Directory
2 2 (3.77%) Firmware
3 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Virtual Server
3 1 (1.89%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (1.89%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 12 (22.64%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.89%) XenMobile
2 1 (1.89%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
2 1 (1.89%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 4 (7.55%) Oracle
1 4 (7.55%) HP
2 3 (5.66%) Microsoft
2 3 (5.66%) Citrix
3 2 (3.77%) AppSense
3 2 (3.77%) Atmel
4 1 (1.89%) Actimize
4 1 (1.89%) Veeam
4 1 (1.89%) NetApp
4 1 (1.89%) VMware
4 1 (1.89%) Adobe
4 1 (1.89%) Dell
Cheshire
Shortlist Recruitment
Rate: £300 - £350 per day
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
MNM Associates Ltd
Rate: Rate on experience
Posted: 3 days ago
Manchester
Real Staffing
Rate: £280 - £380 per day + competitive
Posted: 5 days ago
Manchester, Lancashire
Roc Search
Posted: 5 days ago