The first table below looks at the demand 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 18 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Somerset region.

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
18 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 27 39 33
Rank change year-on-year
+12 -6
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 27 6 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 6.35% 2.93% 1.90%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.83% 4.92% 3.19%
Number of daily rates quoted 20 3 2
Average daily rate £316 £275 £223
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.00% +23.59%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £275 £217
10% offered a daily rate of more than £325 £275 £229
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £303 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.43% +0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.00 £30.75 £21.50
% change year-on-year
+20.32% +43.02%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Somerset
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
345 122 94
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 81.18% 59.51% 59.49%
Number of daily rates quoted 254 59 53
Average daily rate £350 £310 £365
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+12.90% -15.06%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £250 £230
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £425 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 8 4 4
Average hourly rate £33.00 £17.50 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+88.57% -30.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £32.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-6.25% +16.36%
Software Testing
South West

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Somerset

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Somerset region over the 3 months to 18 April 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram 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 18 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Bath -7 5 £150 -45.45% 3
Yeovil - - - -
Software Testing
South West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 25 (69.44%) Microsoft
1 25 (69.44%) User Acceptance Testing
2 23 (63.89%) SC Cleared
2 23 (63.89%) Security Cleared
3 19 (52.78%) Test Management
3 19 (52.78%) Test Scripting
4 17 (47.22%) ISEB
5 15 (41.67%) ISTQB
5 15 (41.67%) Team Foundation Server
6 12 (33.33%) SAP
7 10 (27.78%) Scrum
8 9 (25.00%) MS Excel
9 8 (22.22%) Project Management
9 8 (22.22%) Test Automation
10 7 (19.44%) WebDriver
10 7 (19.44%) Automated Testing
10 7 (19.44%) Selenium
11 6 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
11 6 (16.67%) BDD
11 6 (16.67%) Test Strategy
12 5 (13.89%) Integration Testing
12 5 (13.89%) Visual Studio
12 5 (13.89%) C#
12 5 (13.89%) SQL
13 4 (11.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
13 4 (11.11%) ITIL
13 4 (11.11%) MS Office
13 4 (11.11%) Configuration Management
13 4 (11.11%) Service Delivery
13 4 (11.11%) Service Management

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 18 April 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 9 (25.00%) MS Excel
2 4 (11.11%) MS Office
3 1 (2.78%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (8.33%) Summit
2 1 (2.78%) Dynamics NAV
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2008
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server 2005
1 1 (2.78%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 15 (41.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 7 (19.44%) WebDriver
2 7 (19.44%) Selenium
3 5 (13.89%) Visual Studio
4 4 (11.11%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (11.11%) Subversion
4 4 (11.11%) MSTest
5 2 (5.56%) SpecFlow
General
1 2 (5.56%) Finance
2 1 (2.78%) Banking
2 1 (2.78%) Retail
2 1 (2.78%) Marketing
2 1 (2.78%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.78%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 19 (52.78%) Analyst
2 13 (36.11%) Test Analyst
3 8 (22.22%) Tester
4 7 (19.44%) Senior Test Analyst
4 7 (19.44%) Senior Analyst
5 4 (11.11%) Consultant
5 4 (11.11%) Support Analyst
5 4 (11.11%) Test Consultant
6 3 (8.33%) Automation Specialist
6 3 (8.33%) Test Automation Specialist
6 3 (8.33%) Test Specialist
7 2 (5.56%) Team Leader
7 2 (5.56%) Test Team Leader
7 2 (5.56%) Agile Test Analyst
8 1 (2.78%) Automated Test Analyst
8 1 (2.78%) Automation Analyst
8 1 (2.78%) Senior Tester
8 1 (2.78%) Automation Test Analyst
8 1 (2.78%) Manual Tester
8 1 (2.78%) Coordinator
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.33%) CMDB
1 3 (8.33%) Management Information System
2 1 (2.78%) FMCG
2 1 (2.78%) Digital Media
2 1 (2.78%) IPTV
2 1 (2.78%) Replication
2 1 (2.78%) NHS
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (69.44%) User Acceptance Testing
2 19 (52.78%) Test Management
2 19 (52.78%) Test Scripting
3 10 (27.78%) Scrum
4 8 (22.22%) Project Management
4 8 (22.22%) Test Automation
5 7 (19.44%) Automated Testing
6 6 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
6 6 (16.67%) BDD
6 6 (16.67%) Test Strategy
7 5 (13.89%) Integration Testing
8 4 (11.11%) ITIL
8 4 (11.11%) Configuration Management
8 4 (11.11%) Service Delivery
8 4 (11.11%) Service Management
8 4 (11.11%) Incident Management
8 4 (11.11%) Systems Analysis
8 4 (11.11%) Portfolio Management
8 4 (11.11%) Change Control
8 4 (11.11%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (13.89%) C#
1 5 (13.89%) SQL
2 1 (2.78%) PHP
Qualifications
1 23 (63.89%) SC Cleared
1 23 (63.89%) Security Cleared
2 17 (47.22%) ISEB
3 15 (41.67%) ISTQB
4 4 (11.11%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 3 (8.33%) ISO 14001
1 3 (8.33%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 3 (8.33%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Vendors
1 25 (69.44%) Microsoft
2 12 (33.33%) SAP
3 3 (8.33%) SolarWinds