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 April 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
17 Apr 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 122 123 98
Rank change year-on-year
+1 -25
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 34 17 22
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.88% 0.54% 0.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.16% 0.73% 1.25%
Number of daily rates quoted 15 11 19
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£325 £310 £243
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.83% +27.83%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £310 £233
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £500 £248
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £303
% change year-on-year
- +7.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 3 0
Average hourly rate £23.00 £33.00 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-30.30% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £35.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +16.66%
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
2929 2314 1753
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 75.80% 73.09% 71.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 1613 1185 873
Average daily rate £400 £375 £338
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +11.11%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £255 £235
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £535 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £393 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+4.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 132 127 85
Average hourly rate £41.00 £31.25 £25.97
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+31.20% +20.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.00 £12.49 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £60.00 £45.00 £61.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+4.80% -6.25%

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 April 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 17 April 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 +1 16 £275 -11.29% 9
Merseyside -16 4 £265 -14.51% 1
Lancashire -2 3 £400 -25.58% 1
Cheshire -9 1 £525 +69.35% 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (36.21%) Java
2 21 (36.21%) Test Scripting
3 20 (34.48%) ISEB
3 20 (34.48%) TDD
4 19 (32.76%) SQL
4 19 (32.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 18 (31.03%) Test Planning
6 15 (25.86%) Validation
7 14 (24.14%) BDD
8 13 (22.41%) Git (software)
8 13 (22.41%) Selenium
8 13 (22.41%) JavaScript
8 13 (22.41%) Windows
8 13 (22.41%) Linux
9 12 (20.69%) ISTQB
9 12 (20.69%) Software Engineering
9 12 (20.69%) Regression Testing
10 11 (18.97%) Team Foundation Server
11 10 (17.24%) V-Model
11 10 (17.24%) Waterfall
11 10 (17.24%) HND
11 10 (17.24%) HTML
11 10 (17.24%) CSS
11 10 (17.24%) Eclipse
12 9 (15.52%) E-Commerce
12 9 (15.52%) UNIX
12 9 (15.52%) Integration Testing
13 8 (13.79%) Unit Testing
13 8 (13.79%) Manual Testing

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

For the 6 months to 17 April 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 (1.72%) MS Exchange
1 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2010
1 1 (1.72%) Exchange Server 2013
Applications
1 2 (3.45%) MS Excel
2 1 (1.72%) Doxygen
2 1 (1.72%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 3 (5.17%) Oracle EBS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.17%) Internet
1 3 (5.17%) HTTP
2 1 (1.72%) SAN
2 1 (1.72%) 3G
2 1 (1.72%) Wi-Fi
2 1 (1.72%) iSCSI
2 1 (1.72%) LTE
2 1 (1.72%) 4G
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (1.72%) Oracle Database
1 1 (1.72%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (22.41%) Selenium
1 13 (22.41%) Git (software)
2 11 (18.97%) Team Foundation Server
3 10 (17.24%) Eclipse
4 6 (10.34%) Cucumber
5 3 (5.17%) Calabash
5 3 (5.17%) Appium
6 2 (3.45%) Hudson
6 2 (3.45%) WebDriver
6 2 (3.45%) Visual Studio
6 2 (3.45%) Maven
7 1 (1.72%) HttpUnit
7 1 (1.72%) JIRA
7 1 (1.72%) Oracle APEX
7 1 (1.72%) Oracle Forms
7 1 (1.72%) Ant
7 1 (1.72%) JUnit
7 1 (1.72%) XMLUnit
7 1 (1.72%) LoadRunner
7 1 (1.72%) Mercurial
General
1 8 (13.79%) Finance
2 4 (6.90%) Retail
3 3 (5.17%) Banking
4 1 (1.72%) Manufacturing
4 1 (1.72%) Games
4 1 (1.72%) Back Office
4 1 (1.72%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (37.93%) Developer
2 17 (29.31%) Analyst
3 16 (27.59%) Test Analyst
4 7 (12.07%) Software Developer
4 7 (12.07%) Consultant
4 7 (12.07%) Test Consultant
5 6 (10.34%) AWS Developer
6 3 (5.17%) Functional Analyst
6 3 (5.17%) Python Developer
6 3 (5.17%) Functional Test Analyst
6 3 (5.17%) Test Leader
6 3 (5.17%) Tester
7 2 (3.45%) Software Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) Test Manager
7 2 (3.45%) Software Tester
7 2 (3.45%) Test Engineer
7 2 (3.45%) Python/Django Developer
8 1 (1.72%) Coordinator
8 1 (1.72%) Performance Analyst
8 1 (1.72%) Technical Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (17.24%) HTML
1 10 (17.24%) CSS
2 8 (13.79%) XML
3 7 (12.07%) XSLT
3 7 (12.07%) XML Schema
3 7 (12.07%) Saxon XSLT
4 4 (6.90%) Web Services
5 3 (5.17%) Celery
5 3 (5.17%) Django
5 3 (5.17%) Qt
6 2 (3.45%) RESTful
6 2 (3.45%) SOAP
7 1 (1.72%) .NET
7 1 (1.72%) JSON
Miscellaneous
1 6 (10.34%) Mobile App
2 4 (6.90%) Digital Media
3 2 (3.45%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
4 1 (1.72%) New Media
4 1 (1.72%) User Experience
4 1 (1.72%) Interactive TV
4 1 (1.72%) IPTV
4 1 (1.72%) Computer Science
4 1 (1.72%) Life Science
4 1 (1.72%) MHEG
4 1 (1.72%) Open Source
Operating Systems
1 13 (22.41%) Windows
1 13 (22.41%) Linux
2 9 (15.52%) UNIX
3 7 (12.07%) Android
3 7 (12.07%) Apple iOS
4 2 (3.45%) Debian
4 2 (3.45%) Ubuntu
5 1 (1.72%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.72%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.72%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (60.34%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (36.21%) Test Scripting
3 20 (34.48%) TDD
4 18 (31.03%) Test Planning
5 15 (25.86%) Validation
6 14 (24.14%) BDD
7 12 (20.69%) Regression Testing
7 12 (20.69%) Software Engineering
8 10 (17.24%) Waterfall
8 10 (17.24%) V-Model
9 9 (15.52%) Integration Testing
9 9 (15.52%) E-Commerce
10 8 (13.79%) OOP
10 8 (13.79%) Unit Testing
10 8 (13.79%) Manual Testing
11 7 (12.07%) Continuous Integration
11 7 (12.07%) Information Assurance
12 6 (10.34%) Test Management
12 6 (10.34%) Security Testing
13 5 (8.62%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 21 (36.21%) Java
2 19 (32.76%) SQL
3 13 (22.41%) JavaScript
4 7 (12.07%) XQuery
4 7 (12.07%) Scala
5 6 (10.34%) C++
6 3 (5.17%) Ruby
6 3 (5.17%) Python
7 2 (3.45%) PL/SQL
7 2 (3.45%) C
8 1 (1.72%) C#
Qualifications
1 20 (34.48%) ISEB
2 19 (32.76%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 12 (20.69%) ISTQB
4 10 (17.24%) HND
5 4 (6.90%) SC Cleared
5 4 (6.90%) Security Cleared
6 2 (3.45%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
6 2 (3.45%) ITIL Certification
7 1 (1.72%) ISEB Practitioner
7 1 (1.72%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (8.62%) QA
2 1 (1.72%) FATCA
2 1 (1.72%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (3.45%) Firmware
2 1 (1.72%) Microsoft Virtual Server
2 1 (1.72%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.72%) XenApp
2 1 (1.72%) XenDesktop
2 1 (1.72%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 5 (8.62%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.72%) XenMobile
2 1 (1.72%) Backup Exec
Vendors
1 7 (12.07%) Oracle
2 6 (10.34%) HP
3 5 (8.62%) Microsoft
4 2 (3.45%) Atmel
5 1 (1.72%) Adobe
5 1 (1.72%) Cisco
5 1 (1.72%) Dell
5 1 (1.72%) Citrix
5 1 (1.72%) NetApp
5 1 (1.72%) OpenTV
5 1 (1.72%) VMware
5 1 (1.72%) Actimize
5 1 (1.72%) Veeam