The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Somerset region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 41 35 16
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -19
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 5 3 16
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 1.50% 1.38% 8.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.05% 1.99% 13.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 3 9
Average daily rate
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£325 £270 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.37% -21.51%
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £21.75
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +56.32%
Software Testing
South West

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
Somerset
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
244 151 115
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 73.05% 69.27% 62.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 101 58
Average daily rate £325 £330 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.51% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £260 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £455 £400 £440
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 20 13 8
Average hourly rate £36.40 £31.90 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+14.10% -3.33%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £19.30 £13.70
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £31.92 £41.50
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 Somerset

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Somerset

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Somerset

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Somerset region.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Somerset

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Somerset

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 Somerset region over the 3 months to 19 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
Taunton -9 5 £325 -7.14%
Yeovil - - - -
Bath - - - - 4
Clevedon - - - -
Software Testing
South West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 12 (92.31%) Scrum
1 12 (92.31%) Agile Software Development
1 12 (92.31%) SpecFlow
1 12 (92.31%) Gherkin
1 12 (92.31%) BDD
2 10 (76.92%) ISEB
2 10 (76.92%) C#
2 10 (76.92%) ISTQB
3 9 (69.23%) SC Cleared
3 9 (69.23%) Security Cleared
3 9 (69.23%) SQL
4 8 (61.54%) Microsoft
5 7 (53.85%) Team Foundation Server
5 7 (53.85%) Integration Testing
6 6 (46.15%) User Acceptance Testing
6 6 (46.15%) Visual Studio
6 6 (46.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 5 (38.46%) User Stories
7 5 (38.46%) Automated Testing
7 5 (38.46%) Selenium
7 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
8 4 (30.77%) Test Management
8 4 (30.77%) Test Automation
8 4 (30.77%) Test Strategy
9 3 (23.08%) Manual Testing
9 3 (23.08%) Security Testing
9 3 (23.08%) Regression Testing
10 2 (15.38%) Project Management
10 2 (15.38%) TDD
10 2 (15.38%) Cucumber

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Somerset 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 (7.69%) MS Excel
Development Applications
1 12 (92.31%) SpecFlow
2 7 (53.85%) Team Foundation Server
3 6 (46.15%) Visual Studio
4 5 (38.46%) Selenium
5 2 (15.38%) Cucumber
General
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
Job Titles
1 11 (84.62%) Analyst
1 11 (84.62%) Test Analyst
2 9 (69.23%) Senior Analyst
2 9 (69.23%) Senior Test Analyst
3 2 (15.38%) Test Team Leader
3 2 (15.38%) Team Leader
3 2 (15.38%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Senior Security Analyst
4 1 (7.69%) Security Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (92.31%) Gherkin
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (92.31%) Scrum
1 12 (92.31%) Agile Software Development
1 12 (92.31%) BDD
2 7 (53.85%) Integration Testing
3 6 (46.15%) User Acceptance Testing
4 5 (38.46%) User Stories
4 5 (38.46%) Automated Testing
4 5 (38.46%) Test Scripting
5 4 (30.77%) Test Management
5 4 (30.77%) Test Automation
5 4 (30.77%) Test Strategy
6 3 (23.08%) Manual Testing
6 3 (23.08%) Security Testing
6 3 (23.08%) Regression Testing
7 2 (15.38%) Project Management
7 2 (15.38%) TDD
8 1 (7.69%) Risk Analysis
8 1 (7.69%) Performance Testing
8 1 (7.69%) Service Management
8 1 (7.69%) ITIL
Programming Languages
1 10 (76.92%) C#
2 9 (69.23%) SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (76.92%) ISEB
1 10 (76.92%) ISTQB
2 9 (69.23%) SC Cleared
2 9 (69.23%) Security Cleared
3 6 (46.15%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (7.69%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Vendors
1 8 (61.54%) Microsoft