The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Northamptonshire 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 35 43 36
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -7
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 1 3 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northamptonshire 0.33% 0.70% 0.62%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.40% 0.87% 0.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 0 1 1
Average daily rate - £300 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -20.00%
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £350 £313
% change year-on-year
-7.14% +12.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.50 £35.00 £24.00
% change year-on-year
+15.71% +45.83%
Software Testing
East Midlands

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Northamptonshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Northamptonshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
247 344 249
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Northamptonshire 82.33% 80.37% 76.62%
Number of daily rates quoted 192 228 145
Average daily rate £400 £400 £425
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- -5.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £290 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £525 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 8 9
Average hourly rate £10.00 £16.75 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-40.29% +4.68%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £9.50 £16.75 £13.30
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £19.00 £16.17
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Northamptonshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Northamptonshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Northamptonshire

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Testing across the Northamptonshire region.

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Northamptonshire

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Northamptonshire 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 5 (83.33%) CRM
1 5 (83.33%) QA
1 5 (83.33%) User Acceptance Testing
1 5 (83.33%) Test Scripting
1 5 (83.33%) Issue Tracking
2 4 (66.67%) Test Strategy
3 3 (50.00%) MVC
3 3 (50.00%) .NET Framework
3 3 (50.00%) ISEB
3 3 (50.00%) WSDL
3 3 (50.00%) SSL
3 3 (50.00%) Visual Studio
3 3 (50.00%) ASP.NET
3 3 (50.00%) SOAP
3 3 (50.00%) .NET
3 3 (50.00%) SQL Server
3 3 (50.00%) XML
3 3 (50.00%) SDLC
3 3 (50.00%) jQuery
3 3 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
3 3 (50.00%) RESTful
3 3 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC
3 3 (50.00%) SQL Server 2012
3 3 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
4 2 (33.33%) Web Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Degree
4 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
4 2 (33.33%) Scrum
4 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Northamptonshire by Category

For the 6 months to 11 February 2016, IT contractor jobs across the Northamptonshire 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.

Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
1 1 (16.67%) MS Office
Communications & Networking
1 3 (50.00%) SSL
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (50.00%) SQL Server
1 3 (50.00%) SQL Server 2012
Development Applications
1 3 (50.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 3 (50.00%) Visual Studio
2 1 (16.67%) Selenium
General
1 1 (16.67%) Retail
Job Titles
1 4 (66.67%) Analyst
1 4 (66.67%) Test Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Software Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Software Test Analyst
2 2 (33.33%) Test Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Manual Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) QA Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) QA Manager
3 1 (16.67%) QA Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) QA Test Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Quality Manager
3 1 (16.67%) Web Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Web Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (50.00%) .NET
1 3 (50.00%) .NET Framework
1 3 (50.00%) ASP.NET
1 3 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC
1 3 (50.00%) ASP.NET MVC 4
1 3 (50.00%) jQuery
1 3 (50.00%) RESTful
1 3 (50.00%) SOAP
1 3 (50.00%) WSDL
1 3 (50.00%) XML
2 1 (16.67%) Web Services
2 1 (16.67%) WinForms
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (83.33%) CRM
1 5 (83.33%) Issue Tracking
1 5 (83.33%) Test Scripting
1 5 (83.33%) User Acceptance Testing
2 4 (66.67%) Test Strategy
3 3 (50.00%) MVC
3 3 (50.00%) SDLC
4 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
4 2 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 2 (33.33%) Scrum
4 2 (33.33%) Web Testing
5 1 (16.67%) BPR
5 1 (16.67%) Functional Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Manual Testing
5 1 (16.67%) Mentoring
5 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
5 1 (16.67%) Test Management
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) ISEB
2 2 (33.33%) Degree
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (16.67%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (83.33%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft