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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 39 - 33
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 8 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 2.30% - 1.09%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.79% - 1.56%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 0 2
Average daily rate
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£325 - £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £36.25 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+215.21% -67.14%
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
287 166 128
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 82.47% 70.34% 69.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 214 119 66
Average daily rate £375 £325 £385
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.38% -15.58%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £263 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £415 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 1 1
Average hourly rate £35.00 £19.30 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+81.34% -22.80%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% -3.22%

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 1 September 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 - 6 £325 -
Bath - - - - 5
Software Testing
South West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 31 (72.09%) Microsoft
1 31 (72.09%) SC Cleared
1 31 (72.09%) Security Cleared
2 27 (62.79%) ISEB
3 25 (58.14%) User Acceptance Testing
4 24 (55.81%) ISTQB
4 24 (55.81%) Team Foundation Server
5 23 (53.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 21 (48.84%) Test Scripting
7 19 (44.19%) Test Management
8 18 (41.86%) BDD
9 15 (34.88%) C#
9 15 (34.88%) SQL
9 15 (34.88%) Scrum
10 14 (32.56%) SpecFlow
11 12 (27.91%) Gherkin
11 12 (27.91%) Visual Studio
11 12 (27.91%) SAP
12 11 (25.58%) MS Excel
12 11 (25.58%) Project Management
13 8 (18.60%) Service Management
13 8 (18.60%) ITIL
13 8 (18.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
14 7 (16.28%) Agile Software Development
15 6 (13.95%) Test Automation
15 6 (13.95%) User Stories
16 5 (11.63%) Functional Testing
16 5 (11.63%) Test Strategy
17 4 (9.30%) Portfolio Management
17 4 (9.30%) Change Control

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 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 11 (25.58%) MS Excel
2 4 (9.30%) MS Office
3 1 (2.33%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 2 (4.65%) assyst
2 1 (2.33%) Dynamics NAV
2 1 (2.33%) Summit
Development Applications
1 24 (55.81%) Team Foundation Server
2 14 (32.56%) SpecFlow
3 12 (27.91%) Visual Studio
4 4 (9.30%) VSS/SourceSafe
4 4 (9.30%) Subversion
4 4 (9.30%) Selenium
4 4 (9.30%) MSTest
General
1 1 (2.33%) Finance
1 1 (2.33%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 26 (60.47%) Analyst
2 20 (46.51%) Test Analyst
3 14 (32.56%) Senior Analyst
3 14 (32.56%) Senior Test Analyst
4 7 (16.28%) Team Leader
4 7 (16.28%) Tester
4 7 (16.28%) Test Team Leader
5 4 (9.30%) Consultant
5 4 (9.30%) Support Analyst
5 4 (9.30%) Test Consultant
6 3 (6.98%) Agile Test Analyst
7 2 (4.65%) Senior Tester
8 1 (2.33%) Test Leader
8 1 (2.33%) Selenium Tester
8 1 (2.33%) Coordinator
8 1 (2.33%) Business Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (27.91%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (6.98%) CMDB
2 1 (2.33%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 25 (58.14%) User Acceptance Testing
2 21 (48.84%) Test Scripting
3 19 (44.19%) Test Management
4 18 (41.86%) BDD
5 15 (34.88%) Scrum
6 11 (25.58%) Project Management
7 8 (18.60%) Service Management
7 8 (18.60%) ITIL
8 7 (16.28%) Agile Software Development
9 6 (13.95%) Test Automation
9 6 (13.95%) User Stories
10 5 (11.63%) Test Strategy
10 5 (11.63%) Functional Testing
11 4 (9.30%) Portfolio Management
11 4 (9.30%) Change Control
11 4 (9.30%) QMS
11 4 (9.30%) Configuration Management
11 4 (9.30%) Service Delivery
11 4 (9.30%) Integration Testing
11 4 (9.30%) Automated Testing
Programming Languages
1 15 (34.88%) C#
1 15 (34.88%) SQL
2 1 (2.33%) PHP
Qualifications
1 31 (72.09%) SC Cleared
1 31 (72.09%) Security Cleared
2 27 (62.79%) ISEB
3 24 (55.81%) ISTQB
4 23 (53.49%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 8 (18.60%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 4 (9.30%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (2.33%) ISO 9001
1 1 (2.33%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 3 (6.98%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Vendors
1 31 (72.09%) Microsoft
2 12 (27.91%) SAP
3 3 (6.98%) SolarWinds