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 31 August 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
31 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 117 110 121
Rank change year-on-year
-7 +11
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 48 25 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.09% 0.81% 0.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.39% 1.09% 0.68%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 13 7
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£475 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+53.22% +3.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £292 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £530 £358 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £343 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.38% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £20.00 £36.25 £11.50
% change year-on-year
-44.82% +215.21%
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
3460 2292 2048
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 78.82% 74.27% 71.46%
Number of daily rates quoted 2121 1268 1045
Average daily rate £413 £370 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.48% +11.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £265 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 135 101 103
Average hourly rate £40.00 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £67.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.25
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -17.35%

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 31 August 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 31 August 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 -12 18 £400 +23.07% 17
Lancashire - 14 £600 - 6
Merseyside -9 3 £475 +53.22% 11
Cheshire -14 3 £436 +40.72% 6
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 35 (40.70%) Agile Software Development
2 23 (26.74%) ISEB
3 21 (24.42%) Test Strategy
4 19 (22.09%) Finance
4 19 (22.09%) ISTQB
4 19 (22.09%) QA
5 18 (20.93%) Test Scripting
5 18 (20.93%) BDD
5 18 (20.93%) Test Automation
6 16 (18.60%) Test Management
6 16 (18.60%) E-Commerce
7 15 (17.44%) Windows
7 15 (17.44%) Cucumber
8 14 (16.28%) Test Planning
8 14 (16.28%) SQL
8 14 (16.28%) Manual Testing
9 13 (15.12%) Performance Testing
9 13 (15.12%) Android
9 13 (15.12%) Apple iOS
10 12 (13.95%) Mobile App
10 12 (13.95%) Kanban
10 12 (13.95%) UNIX
11 11 (12.79%) Regression Testing
11 11 (12.79%) SDLC
12 10 (11.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
12 10 (11.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
12 10 (11.63%) Visual Studio
12 10 (11.63%) Security Cleared
13 9 (10.47%) Linux
13 9 (10.47%) HTML

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

For the 6 months to 31 August 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 3 (3.49%) WebLogic
2 2 (2.33%) JBoss
2 2 (2.33%) WebSphere
3 1 (1.16%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (1.16%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (1.16%) Oracle Financials
1 1 (1.16%) Magento
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.16%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 4 (4.65%) 3G
1 4 (4.65%) Wi-Fi
1 4 (4.65%) LTE
1 4 (4.65%) 4G
2 2 (2.33%) HTTP
3 1 (1.16%) Internet
3 1 (1.16%) Firewall
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (5.81%) Relational Database
2 3 (3.49%) DB2
3 2 (2.33%) SQL Server
4 1 (1.16%) MySQL
4 1 (1.16%) Oracle Reports
4 1 (1.16%) RDBMS
4 1 (1.16%) MongoDB
4 1 (1.16%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 15 (17.44%) Cucumber
2 10 (11.63%) Visual Studio
3 9 (10.47%) HP UFT
3 9 (10.47%) LoadRunner
3 9 (10.47%) SoapUI
3 9 (10.47%) Facilita Forecast
4 8 (9.30%) Calabash
4 8 (9.30%) Appium
4 8 (9.30%) Selenium
5 4 (4.65%) Git (software)
5 4 (4.65%) JUnit
6 3 (3.49%) JMeter
6 3 (3.49%) Team Foundation Server
6 3 (3.49%) LoadUI
6 3 (3.49%) JIRA
7 2 (2.33%) Jenkins
7 2 (2.33%) FishEye
8 1 (1.16%) SpecFlow
8 1 (1.16%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 1 (1.16%) WebDriver
General
1 19 (22.09%) Finance
2 8 (9.30%) Banking
3 3 (3.49%) Retail
4 1 (1.16%) Billing
4 1 (1.16%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 20 (23.26%) Analyst
2 18 (20.93%) Test Analyst
3 16 (18.60%) Test Manager
4 14 (16.28%) Consultant
4 14 (16.28%) Test Consultant
5 12 (13.95%) Tester
6 7 (8.14%) Developer
7 6 (6.98%) Test Leader
8 5 (5.81%) Test Engineer
8 5 (5.81%) Performance Tester
9 4 (4.65%) Administrator
9 4 (4.65%) QA Tester
9 4 (4.65%) Selenium Tester
10 3 (3.49%) LoadRunner Performance Tester
10 3 (3.49%) Performance Engineer
11 2 (2.33%) Performance Test Engineer
11 2 (2.33%) Performance Manager
11 2 (2.33%) Python Developer
11 2 (2.33%) Performance Test Manager
11 2 (2.33%) Software Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (10.47%) HTML
2 5 (5.81%) CSS
2 5 (5.81%) Web Services
2 5 (5.81%) Gherkin
3 3 (3.49%) AngularJS
3 3 (3.49%) HTML5
3 3 (3.49%) J2EE
3 3 (3.49%) jQuery
4 2 (2.33%) Qt
4 2 (2.33%) Struts
4 2 (2.33%) Django
4 2 (2.33%) XML
4 2 (2.33%) Spring
4 2 (2.33%) .NET
5 1 (1.16%) SOAP
5 1 (1.16%) JSON
5 1 (1.16%) Celery
5 1 (1.16%) RESTful
Miscellaneous
1 12 (13.95%) Mobile App
2 9 (10.47%) Performance Metrics
3 8 (9.30%) Analytical Skills
4 6 (6.98%) Data Structures
5 3 (3.49%) Client/Server
6 2 (2.33%) Management Information System
7 1 (1.16%) Mathematics
7 1 (1.16%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 15 (17.44%) Windows
2 13 (15.12%) Android
2 13 (15.12%) Apple iOS
3 12 (13.95%) UNIX
4 9 (10.47%) Linux
5 1 (1.16%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (40.70%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (24.42%) Test Strategy
3 18 (20.93%) BDD
3 18 (20.93%) Test Scripting
3 18 (20.93%) Test Automation
4 16 (18.60%) Test Management
4 16 (18.60%) E-Commerce
5 14 (16.28%) Test Planning
5 14 (16.28%) Manual Testing
6 13 (15.12%) Performance Testing
7 12 (13.95%) Kanban
8 11 (12.79%) Regression Testing
8 11 (12.79%) SDLC
9 9 (10.47%) Performance Monitoring
9 9 (10.47%) Non-Functional Testing
10 8 (9.30%) Mobile Application Development
10 8 (9.30%) Automation Testing
10 8 (9.30%) Migration
11 7 (8.14%) Automated Testing
11 7 (8.14%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 14 (16.28%) SQL
2 5 (5.81%) Java
2 5 (5.81%) JavaScript
3 3 (3.49%) VB
3 3 (3.49%) C++
4 2 (2.33%) Python
4 2 (2.33%) C
5 1 (1.16%) C#
5 1 (1.16%) Ruby
5 1 (1.16%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 23 (26.74%) ISEB
2 19 (22.09%) ISTQB
3 10 (11.63%) Security Cleared
3 10 (11.63%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 10 (11.63%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 5 (5.81%) SC Cleared
5 4 (4.65%) ISEB Practitioner
6 3 (3.49%) Degree
7 2 (2.33%) ITIL Certification
8 1 (1.16%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (22.09%) QA
2 1 (1.16%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (1.16%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.16%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 8 (9.30%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (9.30%) Oracle
2 6 (6.98%) HP
3 5 (5.81%) Microsoft
4 2 (2.33%) VMware
4 2 (2.33%) hybris
5 1 (1.16%) EPiServer
5 1 (1.16%) Adobe
5 1 (1.16%) Avaya
5 1 (1.16%) Hyperion
5 1 (1.16%) Informatica
5 1 (1.16%) Salesforce.com
5 1 (1.16%) ATG
5 1 (1.16%) Sybase
5 1 (1.16%) Cisco
5 1 (1.16%) IBM
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £250 - £251 per day + competitive
Posted: 3 days ago
Bolton
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 6 days ago
Macclesfield
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 6 days ago
Manchester
Computer Futures
Rate: £250 - £300 per day + DOE
Posted: 13 days ago
Stockport
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 14 days ago
Warrington
Computer Futures
Rate: £300 - £350 per day + DOE
Posted: 17 days ago
Manchester
Progressive Recruitment
Rate: £230 - £270 per day + competitive
Posted: 24 days ago