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 17 December 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
17 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 116 95 109
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +14
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 25 37 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.77% 1.30% 0.72%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.05% 1.78% 1.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 9 14
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£350 £300 £310
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+16.66% -3.22%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 £215 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £322 £368
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £300 £328
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -8.39%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £37.00 - £14.34
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £21.75
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +56.32%
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
2390 2077 2029
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.63% 73.16% 66.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 1415 1041 1032
Average daily rate £375 £350 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +2.94%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £250 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £363 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -0.68%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 112 100
Average hourly rate £24.00 £25.04 £26.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.15% -5.50%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £13.67 £13.88
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £44.90 £72.53
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

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 17 December 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 17 December 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 £350 +23.89% 7
Lancashire - 9 £400 - 2
Cheshire - - - - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 28 (53.85%) ISEB
2 25 (48.08%) Agile Software Development
3 21 (40.38%) SQL
4 19 (36.54%) Team Foundation Server
5 17 (32.69%) ISTQB
6 16 (30.77%) TDD
6 16 (30.77%) Windows
7 14 (26.92%) Java
7 14 (26.92%) Test Scripting
8 13 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
9 11 (21.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 10 (19.23%) Manual Testing
10 10 (19.23%) Integration Testing
10 10 (19.23%) JIRA
10 10 (19.23%) Software Engineering
10 10 (19.23%) Validation
10 10 (19.23%) JavaScript
11 9 (17.31%) Regression Testing
11 9 (17.31%) Test Planning
11 9 (17.31%) V-Model
12 8 (15.38%) Waterfall
12 8 (15.38%) BDD
12 8 (15.38%) Finance
12 8 (15.38%) CSS
12 8 (15.38%) Linux
12 8 (15.38%) HTML
12 8 (15.38%) OOP
13 7 (13.46%) XML
13 7 (13.46%) Scrum
13 7 (13.46%) Scala

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

For the 6 months to 17 December 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 (1.92%) SharePoint
1 1 (1.92%) Tomcat
1 1 (1.92%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 2 (3.85%) MS Office
2 1 (1.92%) Doxygen
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.77%) GSM
1 3 (5.77%) VoIP
2 1 (1.92%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (7.69%) Oracle Database
2 1 (1.92%) Data Mining
2 1 (1.92%) RDBMS
2 1 (1.92%) OLAP
2 1 (1.92%) Crystal Reports
2 1 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.92%) Oracle OLAP
2 1 (1.92%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 19 (36.54%) Team Foundation Server
2 10 (19.23%) JIRA
3 6 (11.54%) Git (software)
3 6 (11.54%) Selenium
3 6 (11.54%) Eclipse
4 3 (5.77%) QuickTest Pro
4 3 (5.77%) MSTest
5 2 (3.85%) Hudson
5 2 (3.85%) Maven
5 2 (3.85%) Visual Studio
6 1 (1.92%) WebDriver
6 1 (1.92%) Mercurial
General
1 8 (15.38%) Finance
2 3 (5.77%) Banking
2 3 (5.77%) Games
2 3 (5.77%) Back Office
3 2 (3.85%) Retail
4 1 (1.92%) Telecoms
4 1 (1.92%) Publishing
Job Titles
1 20 (38.46%) Analyst
2 19 (36.54%) Test Analyst
3 16 (30.77%) Developer
4 5 (9.62%) Tester
5 4 (7.69%) Web Analyst
5 4 (7.69%) Web Test Analyst
5 4 (7.69%) Test Manager
6 3 (5.77%) Software Developer
6 3 (5.77%) Test Engineer
7 2 (3.85%) Test Leader
7 2 (3.85%) Senior Analyst
7 2 (3.85%) Infrastructure Tester
7 2 (3.85%) Senior Test Analyst
7 2 (3.85%) Software Tester
7 2 (3.85%) JavaScript Developer
7 2 (3.85%) Project Manager
7 2 (3.85%) Software Engineer
8 1 (1.92%) Report Developer
8 1 (1.92%) Software Test Analyst
8 1 (1.92%) ScrumMaster
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (15.38%) CSS
1 8 (15.38%) HTML
2 7 (13.46%) XML
3 6 (11.54%) Web Services
4 5 (9.62%) XML Schema
4 5 (9.62%) XSLT
4 5 (9.62%) .NET
4 5 (9.62%) Saxon XSLT
5 3 (5.77%) XHTML
5 3 (5.77%) HTML5
6 2 (3.85%) Dojo
6 2 (3.85%) MooTools
6 2 (3.85%) jQuery
7 1 (1.92%) ODBC
7 1 (1.92%) .NET Framework
7 1 (1.92%) JSON
7 1 (1.92%) Spring
7 1 (1.92%) Apache Camel
7 1 (1.92%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 5 (9.62%) IVR
2 4 (7.69%) Digital Media
3 3 (5.77%) Animation
4 2 (3.85%) New Media
4 2 (3.85%) Embedded Systems
4 2 (3.85%) User Experience
5 1 (1.92%) Mainframe
5 1 (1.92%) IPTV
5 1 (1.92%) Computer Science
5 1 (1.92%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (1.92%) Mobile Games
5 1 (1.92%) Analytical Skills
5 1 (1.92%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.92%) iPad
Operating Systems
1 16 (30.77%) Windows
2 8 (15.38%) Linux
3 6 (11.54%) UNIX
4 3 (5.77%) Apple iOS
4 3 (5.77%) Android
4 3 (5.77%) Windows 7
5 2 (3.85%) Windows Server 2008
5 2 (3.85%) Debian
5 2 (3.85%) Ubuntu
5 2 (3.85%) Windows Mobile
5 2 (3.85%) Windows Server 2003
5 2 (3.85%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.92%) Windows 2000
6 1 (1.92%) Windows Vista
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (48.08%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (30.77%) TDD
3 14 (26.92%) Test Scripting
4 10 (19.23%) Manual Testing
4 10 (19.23%) Integration Testing
4 10 (19.23%) Software Engineering
4 10 (19.23%) Validation
5 9 (17.31%) Regression Testing
5 9 (17.31%) Test Planning
5 9 (17.31%) V-Model
6 8 (15.38%) Waterfall
6 8 (15.38%) BDD
6 8 (15.38%) OOP
7 7 (13.46%) Scrum
8 6 (11.54%) Test Management
8 6 (11.54%) System Testing
9 5 (9.62%) Continuous Integration
9 5 (9.62%) User Acceptance Testing
9 5 (9.62%) Performance Testing
9 5 (9.62%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 21 (40.38%) SQL
2 14 (26.92%) Java
3 10 (19.23%) JavaScript
4 7 (13.46%) Scala
5 5 (9.62%) XQuery
6 4 (7.69%) PL/SQL
6 4 (7.69%) C++
7 1 (1.92%) C
Qualifications
1 28 (53.85%) ISEB
2 17 (32.69%) ISTQB
3 11 (21.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 6 (11.54%) HND
5 4 (7.69%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 1 (1.92%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
6 1 (1.92%) SC Cleared
6 1 (1.92%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (5.77%) QA
2 1 (1.92%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (3.85%) XenApp
1 2 (3.85%) Firmware
2 1 (1.92%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 13 (25.00%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.92%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
Vendors
1 6 (11.54%) Oracle
2 4 (7.69%) Microsoft
3 3 (5.77%) HP
4 2 (3.85%) Atmel
4 2 (3.85%) AppSense
4 2 (3.85%) Citrix
5 1 (1.92%) Sun
5 1 (1.92%) IBM
5 1 (1.92%) Business Objects
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