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 8 December 2016 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
8 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 130 106 119
Rank change year-on-year
-24 +13
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 18 51 24
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.57% 1.23% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.67% 1.54% 0.95%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 27 12
Median daily rate £375 £350 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £262 £256 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £388 £375
UK excluding London median daily rate £325 £330 £330
% change year-on-year
-1.51% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £34.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £42.50 £29.00 £32.25
% change year-on-year
+46.55% -10.07%
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
2669 3305 2519
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 83.90% 79.56% 77.29%
Number of daily rates quoted 1781 2013 1494
Median daily rate £413 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 128 106
Median hourly rate £27.50 £30.15 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.78% +9.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.54 £12.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.40 £47.71 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +40.00%

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 8 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 8 December 2016. 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
(Click see detailed
statistics and trends)
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 -35 8 £425 +21.42% 6
Lancashire +1 5 £375 +3.44% 1
Merseyside +4 3 £295 -0.42% 1
Cheshire - 1 - - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 8 December 2016, 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 26 (53.06%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (32.65%) BDD
3 14 (28.57%) QA
3 14 (28.57%) Scrum
4 13 (26.53%) SQL
4 13 (26.53%) Oracle
4 13 (26.53%) Git (software)
5 12 (24.49%) ISEB
6 11 (22.45%) OOP
6 11 (22.45%) Unit Testing
6 11 (22.45%) System Testing
6 11 (22.45%) ISTQB
6 11 (22.45%) Ruby
7 9 (18.37%) Project Management
7 9 (18.37%) Apple iOS
7 9 (18.37%) User Experience
8 8 (16.33%) CRM
8 8 (16.33%) Subversion
8 8 (16.33%) Android
9 7 (14.29%) Security Cleared
9 7 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
9 7 (14.29%) JIRA
9 7 (14.29%) Microsoft
9 7 (14.29%) Web Services
9 7 (14.29%) Java
9 7 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
9 7 (14.29%) Defect Management
10 6 (12.24%) Records Management
10 6 (12.24%) SharePoint
10 6 (12.24%) Dynamics CRM

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 (12.24%) SharePoint
2 5 (10.20%) SAS
3 1 (2.04%) ColdFusion
Applications
1 4 (8.16%) Spreadsheet
2 2 (4.08%) MS Excel
3 1 (2.04%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 6 (12.24%) Dynamics CRM
2 4 (8.16%) Oracle EBS
2 4 (8.16%) Oracle EBS R12
3 1 (2.04%) Oracle ERP
3 1 (2.04%) SAP BPC
3 1 (2.04%) SAP HR
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.12%) Internet
2 2 (4.08%) FTP
2 2 (4.08%) HTTP
2 2 (4.08%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (10.20%) Data Warehouse
1 5 (10.20%) Oracle Database
2 2 (4.08%) Oracle BI Publisher
2 2 (4.08%) Oracle Reports
2 2 (4.08%) SQL Server
3 1 (2.04%) MS Access
3 1 (2.04%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (26.53%) Git (software)
2 8 (16.33%) Subversion
3 7 (14.29%) JIRA
4 5 (10.20%) Cucumber
4 5 (10.20%) Jenkins
4 5 (10.20%) Selenium
5 3 (6.12%) HP UFT
6 1 (2.04%) Sahi
6 1 (2.04%) TestDirector
6 1 (2.04%) Visual Studio
6 1 (2.04%) WATIR
General
1 5 (10.20%) Finance
2 2 (4.08%) Games
3 1 (2.04%) Banking
3 1 (2.04%) Electronics
3 1 (2.04%) Law
3 1 (2.04%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 13 (26.53%) Developer
2 11 (22.45%) Analyst
3 9 (18.37%) Test Analyst
4 7 (14.29%) Test Leader
5 5 (10.20%) Android Developer
5 5 (10.20%) Tester
6 4 (8.16%) iOS Developer
7 3 (6.12%) Software Tester
8 2 (4.08%) Automation Specialist
8 2 (4.08%) Business Analyst
8 2 (4.08%) Oracle Analyst
8 2 (4.08%) QA Engineer
8 2 (4.08%) QA Specialist
8 2 (4.08%) Senior Tester
8 2 (4.08%) Software Engineer
8 2 (4.08%) Software Test Engineer
8 2 (4.08%) Test Engineer
9 1 (2.04%) Automation Developer
9 1 (2.04%) Data Warehouse Analyst
9 1 (2.04%) PHP Software Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (14.29%) Web Services
2 5 (10.20%) Gherkin
3 4 (8.16%) XML
4 3 (6.12%) Node.js
5 2 (4.08%) React
5 2 (4.08%) SOAP
6 1 (2.04%) .NET
6 1 (2.04%) Express
6 1 (2.04%) HTML
6 1 (2.04%) J2EE
6 1 (2.04%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 9 (18.37%) User Experience
2 7 (14.29%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (8.16%) Mobile App
4 3 (6.12%) Interactive TV
4 3 (6.12%) MHEG
5 2 (4.08%) IPTV
6 1 (2.04%) Management Information System
6 1 (2.04%) New Media
6 1 (2.04%) NHS
6 1 (2.04%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 9 (18.37%) Apple iOS
2 8 (16.33%) Android
3 2 (4.08%) Linux
4 1 (2.04%) Unix
4 1 (2.04%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 26 (53.06%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (32.65%) BDD
3 14 (28.57%) Scrum
4 11 (22.45%) OOP
4 11 (22.45%) System Testing
4 11 (22.45%) Unit Testing
5 9 (18.37%) Project Management
6 8 (16.33%) CRM
7 7 (14.29%) Continuous Integration
7 7 (14.29%) Defect Management
8 6 (12.24%) Records Management
8 6 (12.24%) TDD
8 6 (12.24%) Test Scripting
9 5 (10.20%) Android Development
9 5 (10.20%) Continuous Delivery
9 5 (10.20%) Integration Testing
9 5 (10.20%) Regression Testing
9 5 (10.20%) User Acceptance Testing
10 4 (8.16%) Continuous Deployment
10 4 (8.16%) iOS Development
Programming Languages
1 13 (26.53%) SQL
2 11 (22.45%) Ruby
3 7 (14.29%) Java
4 4 (8.16%) JavaScript
5 3 (6.12%) ActionScript
5 3 (6.12%) C#
5 3 (6.12%) C++
5 3 (6.12%) PHP
6 2 (4.08%) STATISTICA Visual Basic
6 2 (4.08%) VB
7 1 (2.04%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 12 (24.49%) ISEB
2 11 (22.45%) ISTQB
3 7 (14.29%) Security Cleared
4 4 (8.16%) SC Cleared
5 2 (4.08%) Siebel Certification
6 1 (2.04%) BPSS Clearance
6 1 (2.04%) Degree
6 1 (2.04%) DV Cleared
6 1 (2.04%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 14 (28.57%) QA
2 1 (2.04%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (2.04%) SLA
Vendors
1 13 (26.53%) Oracle
2 7 (14.29%) Microsoft
3 3 (6.12%) OpenTV
3 3 (6.12%) Siebel
4 1 (2.04%) HP
4 1 (2.04%) SAP
4 1 (2.04%) Sony