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 24 October 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
24 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 43 - 37
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 4 0 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 1.20% - 1.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.51% - 2.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 0 1
Average daily rate
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£338 - £225
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+8.06% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £31.50 £27.75
% change year-on-year
+19.04% +13.51%
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
265 156 136
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 79.34% 76.85% 63.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 209 113 77
Average daily rate £330 £360 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-8.39% +9.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £264 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £451 £401 £486
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 3 3
Average hourly rate £35.31 £31.90 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+10.69% -14.93%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.91 £21.06 £22.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £36.40 £31.90 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.38 £29.00 £26.90
% change year-on-year
-12.50% +7.80%

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 24 October 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 - 4 £338 - 2
Bath - - - - 5
Clevedon - - - -
Software Testing
South West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 18 (81.82%) ISEB
2 17 (77.27%) ISTQB
2 17 (77.27%) SC Cleared
2 17 (77.27%) Security Cleared
3 16 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
3 16 (72.73%) Microsoft
4 15 (68.18%) Scrum
4 15 (68.18%) BDD
4 15 (68.18%) SpecFlow
4 15 (68.18%) Gherkin
5 14 (63.64%) Team Foundation Server
6 13 (59.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 13 (59.09%) C#
6 13 (59.09%) Test Scripting
7 12 (54.55%) SQL
8 11 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
9 9 (40.91%) Visual Studio
9 9 (40.91%) Test Management
10 7 (31.82%) User Stories
11 6 (27.27%) Selenium
11 6 (27.27%) Integration Testing
12 5 (22.73%) Automated Testing
12 5 (22.73%) SAP
12 5 (22.73%) Project Management
13 4 (18.18%) ITIL
13 4 (18.18%) MS Excel
13 4 (18.18%) Service Management
13 4 (18.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
13 4 (18.18%) Test Automation
13 4 (18.18%) Test Strategy

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 24 October 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 4 (18.18%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 2 (9.09%) assyst
Development Applications
1 15 (68.18%) SpecFlow
2 14 (63.64%) Team Foundation Server
3 9 (40.91%) Visual Studio
4 6 (27.27%) Selenium
5 1 (4.55%) Cucumber
General
1 1 (4.55%) Finance
Job Titles
1 15 (68.18%) Analyst
1 15 (68.18%) Test Analyst
2 12 (54.55%) Senior Analyst
2 12 (54.55%) Senior Test Analyst
3 5 (22.73%) Test Team Leader
3 5 (22.73%) Team Leader
4 2 (9.09%) Agile Test Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Tester
5 1 (4.55%) Senior Tester
5 1 (4.55%) Security Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Selenium Tester
5 1 (4.55%) Senior Security Analyst
5 1 (4.55%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (68.18%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.55%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (72.73%) Agile Software Development
2 15 (68.18%) Scrum
2 15 (68.18%) BDD
3 13 (59.09%) Test Scripting
4 11 (50.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 9 (40.91%) Test Management
6 7 (31.82%) User Stories
7 6 (27.27%) Integration Testing
8 5 (22.73%) Automated Testing
8 5 (22.73%) Project Management
9 4 (18.18%) Service Management
9 4 (18.18%) ITIL
9 4 (18.18%) Test Strategy
9 4 (18.18%) Test Automation
10 2 (9.09%) TDD
10 2 (9.09%) Change Management
10 2 (9.09%) Regression Testing
10 2 (9.09%) Security Testing
10 2 (9.09%) Manual Testing
11 1 (4.55%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 13 (59.09%) C#
2 12 (54.55%) SQL
Qualifications
1 18 (81.82%) ISEB
2 17 (77.27%) ISTQB
2 17 (77.27%) SC Cleared
2 17 (77.27%) Security Cleared
3 13 (59.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (18.18%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
Vendors
1 16 (72.73%) Microsoft
2 5 (22.73%) SAP