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 11 February 2016 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
11 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 114 110 108
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 44 31 25
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 1.16% 0.95% 0.89%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.44% 1.24% 1.20%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 16 11
Average daily rate £320 £400 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-20.00% +26.98%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £270 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £400 £350
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £313
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 5
Average hourly rate - £37.00 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +12.12%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.50 £35.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+15.71% +45.83%
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
3059 2504 2089
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 80.71% 76.55% 74.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1876 1471 1065
Average daily rate £400 £388 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +6.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 100 111
Average hourly rate £38.00 £32.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -1.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £49.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 11 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 11 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
statistics and historical trends)
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 +6 37 £325 +0.77% 21
Cheshire - 6 £313 - 5
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 44 (42.31%) Agile Software Development
2 38 (36.54%) SQL
3 30 (28.85%) SQL Server
4 29 (27.88%) ISEB
5 26 (25.00%) QA
6 25 (24.04%) ISTQB
6 25 (24.04%) HP Quality Center
7 22 (21.15%) Microsoft
8 20 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
8 20 (19.23%) Performance Testing
9 19 (18.27%) Test Automation
9 19 (18.27%) TDD
9 19 (18.27%) Oracle
10 16 (15.38%) BDD
10 16 (15.38%) Test Scripting
11 15 (14.42%) Team Foundation Server
11 15 (14.42%) Windows
12 14 (13.46%) System Testing
12 14 (13.46%) Software Engineering
13 13 (12.50%) Test Management
13 13 (12.50%) Security Cleared
13 13 (12.50%) Waterfall
13 13 (12.50%) Scrum
13 13 (12.50%) Citrix
13 13 (12.50%) HP UFT
14 12 (11.54%) Java
14 12 (11.54%) Migration
14 12 (11.54%) Finance
14 12 (11.54%) JIRA
15 11 (10.58%) Selenium

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

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, 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 7 (6.73%) BizTalk Server
2 2 (1.92%) JBoss
2 2 (1.92%) WebSphere
3 1 (0.96%) Apache
3 1 (0.96%) SAS
3 1 (0.96%) SharePoint
3 1 (0.96%) Tomcat
Applications
1 8 (7.69%) MS Excel
2 3 (2.88%) Mingle
Business Applications
1 9 (8.65%) Dynamics AX
2 3 (2.88%) Dynamics CRM
3 2 (1.92%) Oracle EBS R12
4 1 (0.96%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.96%) SAP BPC
4 1 (0.96%) SAP HR
Cloud Services
1 2 (1.92%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 7 (6.73%) Bluetooth
2 2 (1.92%) Firewall
2 2 (1.92%) HTTP
3 1 (0.96%) Internet
3 1 (0.96%) PuTTY
3 1 (0.96%) TCP/IP
3 1 (0.96%) WinSCP
3 1 (0.96%) Wireshark
Database & Business Intelligence
1 30 (28.85%) SQL Server
2 10 (9.62%) Oracle Database
3 3 (2.88%) DB2
4 2 (1.92%) Data Warehouse
4 2 (1.92%) MySQL
4 2 (1.92%) RDBMS
4 2 (1.92%) Relational Database
5 1 (0.96%) Oracle Reports
5 1 (0.96%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (0.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 15 (14.42%) Team Foundation Server
2 13 (12.50%) HP UFT
3 12 (11.54%) JIRA
4 11 (10.58%) Selenium
5 10 (9.62%) Visual Studio
6 9 (8.65%) Toad
7 8 (7.69%) Cucumber
8 7 (6.73%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
9 6 (5.77%) WebDriver
10 4 (3.85%) Appium
10 4 (3.85%) Calabash
10 4 (3.85%) Git (software)
11 3 (2.88%) eggPlant
11 3 (2.88%) JUnit
12 2 (1.92%) Ant
12 2 (1.92%) FishEye
12 2 (1.92%) Jenkins
12 2 (1.92%) MSTest
12 2 (1.92%) Subversion
12 2 (1.92%) TestDirector
General
1 12 (11.54%) Finance
2 11 (10.58%) Retail
3 9 (8.65%) Banking
4 3 (2.88%) Retail Banking
5 2 (1.92%) Billing
5 2 (1.92%) Games
6 1 (0.96%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 49 (47.12%) Analyst
2 46 (44.23%) Test Analyst
3 21 (20.19%) Developer
4 14 (13.46%) Tester
5 10 (9.62%) Test Manager
6 8 (7.69%) Software Developer
7 7 (6.73%) Automation Analyst
7 7 (6.73%) Automation Test Analyst
8 6 (5.77%) Consultant
8 6 (5.77%) Data Analyst
8 6 (5.77%) Data Migration Analyst
8 6 (5.77%) Migration Analyst
8 6 (5.77%) SQL Analyst
9 5 (4.81%) ETL Tester
9 5 (4.81%) Java Developer
9 5 (4.81%) QA Analyst
9 5 (4.81%) QA Test Analyst
9 5 (4.81%) Test Automation Manager
9 5 (4.81%) Test Consultant
10 4 (3.85%) SAP Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (6.73%) HTML
2 5 (4.81%) .NET
2 5 (4.81%) CSS
2 5 (4.81%) XML
3 4 (3.85%) Gherkin
4 3 (2.88%) AngularJS
4 3 (2.88%) HTML5
4 3 (2.88%) J2EE
4 3 (2.88%) jQuery
4 3 (2.88%) Spring
4 3 (2.88%) Web Services
5 2 (1.92%) .NET Framework
5 2 (1.92%) Django
5 2 (1.92%) Qt
5 2 (1.92%) Struts
6 1 (0.96%) Celery
6 1 (0.96%) SOAP
6 1 (0.96%) XSL
Miscellaneous
1 10 (9.62%) Analytical Skills
2 7 (6.73%) Mobile App
3 3 (2.88%) Data Extraction
3 3 (2.88%) Data Integration
3 3 (2.88%) MHEG
3 3 (2.88%) User Experience
4 2 (1.92%) Computer Science
4 2 (1.92%) Enterprise Software
4 2 (1.92%) Interactive TV
4 2 (1.92%) IPTV
5 1 (0.96%) Device Driver
5 1 (0.96%) Embedded Systems
5 1 (0.96%) Management Information System
5 1 (0.96%) Mathematics
5 1 (0.96%) Mobile Banking
5 1 (0.96%) Statistics
Operating Systems
1 15 (14.42%) Windows
2 7 (6.73%) Windows Server 2012
3 5 (4.81%) Apple iOS
4 4 (3.85%) Android
4 4 (3.85%) Windows Server
5 3 (2.88%) Unix
6 1 (0.96%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 44 (42.31%) Agile Software Development
2 20 (19.23%) Performance Testing
2 20 (19.23%) User Acceptance Testing
3 19 (18.27%) TDD
3 19 (18.27%) Test Automation
4 16 (15.38%) BDD
4 16 (15.38%) Test Scripting
5 14 (13.46%) Software Engineering
5 14 (13.46%) System Testing
6 13 (12.50%) Scrum
6 13 (12.50%) Test Management
6 13 (12.50%) Waterfall
7 12 (11.54%) Migration
8 11 (10.58%) Automated Testing
8 11 (10.58%) ETL
9 9 (8.65%) Automation Testing
9 9 (8.65%) Data Migration
9 9 (8.65%) Integration Testing
9 9 (8.65%) Test Strategy
9 9 (8.65%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 38 (36.54%) SQL
2 12 (11.54%) Java
3 11 (10.58%) C++
3 11 (10.58%) JavaScript
4 10 (9.62%) C
4 10 (9.62%) Python
5 9 (8.65%) T-SQL
6 7 (6.73%) C#
7 3 (2.88%) Ruby
8 1 (0.96%) Objective-C
8 1 (0.96%) PHP
8 1 (0.96%) PL/SQL
8 1 (0.96%) VB
Qualifications
1 29 (27.88%) ISEB
2 25 (24.04%) ISTQB
3 13 (12.50%) Security Cleared
4 10 (9.62%) SC Cleared
5 9 (8.65%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 7 (6.73%) DV Cleared
7 3 (2.88%) Degree
8 2 (1.92%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
9 1 (0.96%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 26 (25.00%) QA
2 1 (0.96%) Data Quality
2 1 (0.96%) Disclosure Scotland
2 1 (0.96%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (1.92%) Microsoft Virtual Server
1 2 (1.92%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.96%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 25 (24.04%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (0.96%) HP SiteScope
Vendors
1 22 (21.15%) Microsoft
2 19 (18.27%) Oracle
3 13 (12.50%) Citrix
4 5 (4.81%) HP
5 4 (3.85%) SAP
5 4 (3.85%) VMware
6 2 (1.92%) Informatica
6 2 (1.92%) OpenTV
7 1 (0.96%) EPiServer
7 1 (0.96%) Sybase
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