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 30 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
30 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 43 - 39
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 2 0 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 0.60% - 0.94%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.74% - 1.45%
Number of daily rates quoted 2 0 2
Average daily rate
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£336 - £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £340 £318 £300
% change year-on-year
+7.08% +5.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+193.47% -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
272 181 138
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Somerset 81.68% 80.09% 65.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 216 124 77
Average daily rate £350 £339 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.10% -9.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £264 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £495 £410 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £367 £365
% change year-on-year
+2.18% +0.53%
Number of hourly rates quoted 12 1 2
Average hourly rate £35.00 £19.30 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+81.34% -48.53%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% +3.44%

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 30 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 - 2 £336 -
Bath - - - - 5
Clevedon - - - -
Software Testing
South West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Somerset

For the 6 months to 30 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 26 (76.47%) SC Cleared
1 26 (76.47%) Security Cleared
2 25 (73.53%) Microsoft
3 24 (70.59%) ISEB
4 21 (61.76%) ISTQB
5 20 (58.82%) User Acceptance Testing
5 20 (58.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 19 (55.88%) Team Foundation Server
7 18 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
8 17 (50.00%) Test Scripting
9 16 (47.06%) Test Management
10 15 (44.12%) BDD
11 14 (41.18%) Scrum
12 13 (38.24%) SpecFlow
13 12 (35.29%) Gherkin
13 12 (35.29%) C#
13 12 (35.29%) SQL
13 12 (35.29%) SAP
14 9 (26.47%) Visual Studio
15 8 (23.53%) ITIL
15 8 (23.53%) MS Excel
15 8 (23.53%) Project Management
15 8 (23.53%) Service Management
15 8 (23.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
16 5 (14.71%) User Stories
16 5 (14.71%) Test Strategy
17 4 (11.76%) Portfolio Management
17 4 (11.76%) Test Automation
17 4 (11.76%) Selenium
17 4 (11.76%) Service Delivery

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Somerset by Category

For the 6 months to 30 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 8 (23.53%) MS Excel
2 1 (2.94%) MS Visio
2 1 (2.94%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 2 (5.88%) assyst
Development Applications
1 19 (55.88%) Team Foundation Server
2 13 (38.24%) SpecFlow
3 9 (26.47%) Visual Studio
4 4 (11.76%) Selenium
5 2 (5.88%) MSTest
6 1 (2.94%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 1 (2.94%) Subversion
General
1 1 (2.94%) Finance
Job Titles
1 22 (64.71%) Analyst
2 20 (58.82%) Test Analyst
3 14 (41.18%) Senior Analyst
3 14 (41.18%) Senior Test Analyst
4 7 (20.59%) Team Leader
4 7 (20.59%) Test Team Leader
5 4 (11.76%) Tester
6 3 (8.82%) Agile Test Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Test Consultant
7 2 (5.88%) Senior Tester
7 2 (5.88%) Consultant
8 1 (2.94%) Support Analyst
8 1 (2.94%) Business Analyst
8 1 (2.94%) Test Leader
8 1 (2.94%) Selenium Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 12 (35.29%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.82%) CMDB
2 1 (2.94%) Management Information System
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (58.82%) User Acceptance Testing
2 18 (52.94%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (50.00%) Test Scripting
4 16 (47.06%) Test Management
5 15 (44.12%) BDD
6 14 (41.18%) Scrum
7 8 (23.53%) ITIL
7 8 (23.53%) Project Management
7 8 (23.53%) Service Management
8 5 (14.71%) Test Strategy
8 5 (14.71%) User Stories
9 4 (11.76%) Portfolio Management
9 4 (11.76%) Test Automation
9 4 (11.76%) Service Delivery
10 3 (8.82%) Asset Management
10 3 (8.82%) Automated Testing
10 3 (8.82%) Operations Management
10 3 (8.82%) Integration Testing
10 3 (8.82%) Capacity Management
10 3 (8.82%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 12 (35.29%) C#
1 12 (35.29%) SQL
Qualifications
1 26 (76.47%) SC Cleared
1 26 (76.47%) Security Cleared
2 24 (70.59%) ISEB
3 21 (61.76%) ISTQB
4 20 (58.82%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 8 (23.53%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 1 (2.94%) Degree
System Software
1 3 (8.82%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Vendors
1 25 (73.53%) Microsoft
2 12 (35.29%) SAP
3 3 (8.82%) SolarWinds