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 31 May 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
31 May 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 132 113 115
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 34 38 17
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.87% 1.03% 0.54%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.06% 1.33% 0.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 15 10
Median daily rate £400 £325 £310
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% +4.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £282 £229 £296
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £480 £508
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 3 0
Median hourly rate - £23.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £37.50
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
3201 2861 2326
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 81.74% 77.66% 74.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 2003 1652 1221
Median daily rate £425 £393 £388
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.28% +1.29%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £550 £540
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £387 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.35% +3.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 66 137 117
Median hourly rate £36.52 £35.00 £30.31
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
+4.34% +15.47%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.95 £14.50 £13.67
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.97 £60.00 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £30.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+6.55% +1.66%

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 31 May 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 31 May 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
Cheshire +6 14 £463 +3.06% 5
Manchester -21 11 £370 +34.54% 8
Merseyside -3 3 £313 +17.92% 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 31 May 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 45 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 30 (41.67%) Java
3 28 (38.89%) Test Scripting
4 27 (37.50%) ISTQB
5 23 (31.94%) ISEB
6 21 (29.17%) SQL
7 20 (27.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 19 (26.39%) Integration Testing
9 18 (25.00%) JIRA
9 18 (25.00%) Defect Management
10 17 (23.61%) Oracle
11 16 (22.22%) BDD
11 16 (22.22%) Test Management
12 15 (20.83%) QA
12 15 (20.83%) User Acceptance Testing
12 15 (20.83%) Ruby
12 15 (20.83%) Regression Testing
13 14 (19.44%) TDD
13 14 (19.44%) JavaScript
13 14 (19.44%) XML
13 14 (19.44%) Microsoft
13 14 (19.44%) Waterfall
14 13 (18.06%) Security Testing
14 13 (18.06%) Information Assurance
14 13 (18.06%) Windows
14 13 (18.06%) Linux
15 12 (16.67%) System Testing
15 12 (16.67%) Selenium
16 11 (15.28%) Scrum
17 10 (13.89%) Finance

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 (8.33%) SharePoint
2 5 (6.94%) MS Exchange
2 5 (6.94%) SharePoint 2013
2 5 (6.94%) Skype for Business
3 2 (2.78%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 7 (9.72%) MS Office
2 6 (8.33%) MS Excel
3 2 (2.78%) Mingle
4 1 (1.39%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 4 (5.56%) Magento
2 3 (4.17%) Oracle EBS R12
3 2 (2.78%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (2.78%) Oracle Payables
Cloud Services
1 2 (2.78%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 5 (6.94%) Skype
2 2 (2.78%) Bluetooth
2 2 (2.78%) Internet
2 2 (2.78%) PuTTY
2 2 (2.78%) WinSCP
3 1 (1.39%) SAN
3 1 (1.39%) TCP/IP
3 1 (1.39%) WAN
3 1 (1.39%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 3 (4.17%) Oracle Database
2 3 (4.17%) Relational Database
3 2 (2.78%) MySQL
4 1 (1.39%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.39%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (1.39%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 18 (25.00%) JIRA
2 12 (16.67%) Selenium
3 9 (12.50%) Cucumber
3 9 (12.50%) WebDriver
4 6 (8.33%) Team Foundation Server
5 5 (6.94%) Jenkins
6 4 (5.56%) HP UFT
7 3 (4.17%) LoadRunner
7 3 (4.17%) Subversion
7 3 (4.17%) Toad
7 3 (4.17%) Visual Studio
8 2 (2.78%) Ant
8 2 (2.78%) JMeter
8 2 (2.78%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
8 2 (2.78%) TestDirector
8 2 (2.78%) TortoiseSVN
8 2 (2.78%) WATIR
8 2 (2.78%) Zephyr
9 1 (1.39%) eggPlant
9 1 (1.39%) Git (software)
General
1 10 (13.89%) Banking
1 10 (13.89%) Finance
2 9 (12.50%) Retail
3 5 (6.94%) Games
4 4 (5.56%) Military
5 3 (4.17%) Billing
5 3 (4.17%) Retail Banking
6 2 (2.78%) Online Betting
7 1 (1.39%) Law
Job Titles
1 35 (48.61%) Analyst
1 35 (48.61%) Test Analyst
2 11 (15.28%) Test Leader
3 9 (12.50%) Developer
4 8 (11.11%) Test Manager
5 7 (9.72%) Agile Test Analyst
5 7 (9.72%) Automation Test Analyst
5 7 (9.72%) Selenium Test Analyst
6 6 (8.33%) Tester
7 5 (6.94%) Java Developer
7 5 (6.94%) Senior Analyst
7 5 (6.94%) Senior Test Analyst
7 5 (6.94%) SQL Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) E-Commerce Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) E-Commerce Test Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) OAT Manager
8 3 (4.17%) QA Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) QA Test Analyst
8 3 (4.17%) UAT Lead
8 3 (4.17%) UAT Test Lead
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 14 (19.44%) XML
2 10 (13.89%) Web Services
3 4 (5.56%) .NET
4 3 (4.17%) .NET Framework
5 2 (2.78%) HTML
5 2 (2.78%) Spring
6 1 (1.39%) SOAP
6 1 (1.39%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 6 (8.33%) SWIFT
2 5 (6.94%) Analytical Skills
2 5 (6.94%) Fat Client
2 5 (6.94%) MHEG
2 5 (6.94%) Thin Client
2 5 (6.94%) User Experience
3 4 (5.56%) Algorithms
3 4 (5.56%) Computer Science
4 3 (4.17%) Interactive TV
4 3 (4.17%) IPTV
4 3 (4.17%) Mobile App
5 2 (2.78%) Data Extraction
5 2 (2.78%) Psychology
6 1 (1.39%) Data Integration
6 1 (1.39%) Embedded Systems
6 1 (1.39%) Mobile Banking
Operating Systems
1 13 (18.06%) Linux
1 13 (18.06%) Windows
2 7 (9.72%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (6.94%) Windows 10
3 5 (6.94%) Windows Server
4 2 (2.78%) Apple iOS
5 1 (1.39%) Android
5 1 (1.39%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 45 (62.50%) Agile Software Development
2 28 (38.89%) Test Scripting
3 19 (26.39%) Integration Testing
4 18 (25.00%) Defect Management
5 16 (22.22%) BDD
5 16 (22.22%) Test Management
6 15 (20.83%) Regression Testing
6 15 (20.83%) User Acceptance Testing
7 14 (19.44%) TDD
7 14 (19.44%) Waterfall
8 13 (18.06%) Information Assurance
8 13 (18.06%) Security Testing
9 12 (16.67%) System Testing
10 11 (15.28%) Scrum
11 10 (13.89%) Software Engineering
12 9 (12.50%) Functional Testing
12 9 (12.50%) Test Strategy
13 8 (11.11%) OOP
13 8 (11.11%) Open Source
13 8 (11.11%) Project Management
Programming Languages
1 30 (41.67%) Java
2 21 (29.17%) SQL
3 15 (20.83%) Ruby
4 14 (19.44%) JavaScript
5 9 (12.50%) C#
6 8 (11.11%) PL/SQL
7 7 (9.72%) C
8 6 (8.33%) PHP
9 4 (5.56%) VB
10 3 (4.17%) C++
10 3 (4.17%) Python
10 3 (4.17%) T-SQL
11 1 (1.39%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 27 (37.50%) ISTQB
2 23 (31.94%) ISEB
3 20 (27.78%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 10 (13.89%) Security Cleared
5 9 (12.50%) Degree
5 9 (12.50%) SC Cleared
6 2 (2.78%) DV Cleared
6 2 (2.78%) MCP
6 2 (2.78%) Microsoft Certification
6 2 (2.78%) OCP
6 2 (2.78%) Oracle Certification
6 2 (2.78%) SAP Certification
7 1 (1.39%) BPSS Clearance
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (20.83%) QA
2 2 (2.78%) SLA
3 1 (1.39%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 6 (8.33%) VMware Infrastructure
2 3 (4.17%) vSphere
3 1 (1.39%) Hyper-V
3 1 (1.39%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 9 (12.50%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.39%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 17 (23.61%) Oracle
2 14 (19.44%) Microsoft
3 9 (12.50%) HP
4 7 (9.72%) VMware
5 3 (4.17%) OpenTV
6 2 (2.78%) Cisco
6 2 (2.78%) SAP
7 1 (1.39%) Citrix
7 1 (1.39%) EMC
7 1 (1.39%) Fujitsu