The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the South West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 23 January 2015 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
23 Jan 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 97 94 87
Rank change year-on-year
-3 -7
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 45 30 41
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.45% 1.22% 1.65%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.01% 1.73% 2.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 25 19 16
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£400 £375 £344
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +9.01%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £225 £331
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £427 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+16.66% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 0 1
Average hourly rate £40.00 - £10.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.50 £21.00 £30.75
% change year-on-year
+69.04% -31.70%
Software Testing
England

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
South West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2235 1731 1731
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 71.89% 70.60% 69.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1513 1121 1085
Average daily rate £405 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £260 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £504
UK excluding London average daily rate £395 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 103 95 101
Average hourly rate £36.40 £27.00 £35.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+34.81% -22.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.50 £13.00 £11.94
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.50 £37.35 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.50 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
-7.27% -12.69%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the South West

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in the South West

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the South West region over the 3 months to 23 January 2015.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the South West

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the South West

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in the South West

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 South West region over the 3 months to 23 January 2015. 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
Devon -7 12 £400 +28.00% 2
Bristol +5 11 £358 +10.00% 6
Gloucestershire -11 10 £525 +23.52% 1
Dorset +1 3 - - 2
Wiltshire -6 3 £225 - 3
Somerset -11 2 £325 -10.34% 3
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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 55 (63.22%) Agile Software Development
2 54 (62.07%) ISEB
3 51 (58.62%) Security Cleared
4 40 (45.98%) ISTQB
5 34 (39.08%) SC Cleared
6 32 (36.78%) Test Scripting
7 30 (34.48%) JIRA
7 30 (34.48%) SQL
8 29 (33.33%) Java
8 29 (33.33%) Automated Testing
9 28 (32.18%) Scrum
10 27 (31.03%) HP
11 26 (29.89%) Selenium
11 26 (29.89%) HP Quality Center
12 25 (28.74%) User Stories
13 21 (24.14%) Microsoft
14 20 (22.99%) QuickTest Pro
14 20 (22.99%) User Acceptance Testing
15 18 (20.69%) Software Engineering
16 17 (19.54%) C
16 17 (19.54%) Test Management
17 15 (17.24%) DV Cleared
17 15 (17.24%) Linux
18 13 (14.94%) C++
18 13 (14.94%) Test Automation
19 12 (13.79%) Windows
20 11 (12.64%) LoadRunner
20 11 (12.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
21 10 (11.49%) Team Foundation Server
21 10 (11.49%) BDD

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the South West by Category

For the 6 months to 23 January 2015, IT contractor jobs across the South West 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.

Application Platforms
1 9 (10.34%) JBoss
2 2 (2.30%) Lync
3 1 (1.15%) SharePoint
Applications
1 9 (10.34%) MS Office
2 2 (2.30%) MS Excel
2 2 (2.30%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.15%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 8 (9.20%) Summit
2 1 (1.15%) SAP HCM
2 1 (1.15%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.15%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (1.15%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (3.45%) SQL Server
2 2 (2.30%) Relational Database
3 1 (1.15%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
Development Applications
1 30 (34.48%) JIRA
2 26 (29.89%) Selenium
3 20 (22.99%) QuickTest Pro
4 11 (12.64%) LoadRunner
5 10 (11.49%) Team Foundation Server
6 9 (10.34%) SoapUI
6 9 (10.34%) JUnit
7 6 (6.90%) SpecFlow
7 6 (6.90%) Git (software)
8 5 (5.75%) Cucumber
8 5 (5.75%) Rational Functional Tester
9 3 (3.45%) Visual Studio
9 3 (3.45%) Eclipse
10 2 (2.30%) WebDriver
11 1 (1.15%) Behat
11 1 (1.15%) WinRunner
11 1 (1.15%) TestDirector
General
1 3 (3.45%) Telecoms
1 3 (3.45%) Finance
2 1 (1.15%) Law
2 1 (1.15%) Legal
2 1 (1.15%) Banking
2 1 (1.15%) Electronics
Job Titles
1 29 (33.33%) Analyst
2 26 (29.89%) Test Analyst
3 23 (26.44%) Tester
4 14 (16.09%) Developer
5 12 (13.79%) Automation Tester
6 10 (11.49%) Test Engineer
7 9 (10.34%) C++/Java Developer
7 9 (10.34%) Java Developer
7 9 (10.34%) C++ Developer
8 7 (8.05%) Senior Analyst
8 7 (8.05%) Senior Test Analyst
8 7 (8.05%) Agile Test Analyst
9 5 (5.75%) Test Manager
10 4 (4.60%) Senior Test Engineer
11 3 (3.45%) Software Test Engineer
11 3 (3.45%) Data Analyst
11 3 (3.45%) Software Engineer
11 3 (3.45%) Testing Specialist
11 3 (3.45%) LoadRunner Tester
11 3 (3.45%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (11.49%) Web Services
1 10 (11.49%) XML
2 9 (10.34%) JAXB
2 9 (10.34%) Hibernate
2 9 (10.34%) J2EE
2 9 (10.34%) EJB
2 9 (10.34%) JSF
2 9 (10.34%) JPA
2 9 (10.34%) EJB 3.0
2 9 (10.34%) JAX-RS
2 9 (10.34%) PrimeFaces
3 7 (8.05%) HTML
4 6 (6.90%) .NET
4 6 (6.90%) CSS
4 6 (6.90%) Gherkin
4 6 (6.90%) .NET Framework
5 1 (1.15%) Oracle Fusion
5 1 (1.15%) WinForms
5 1 (1.15%) XHTML
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.05%) Management Information System
2 4 (4.60%) User Experience
3 3 (3.45%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (2.30%) Client/Server
4 2 (2.30%) Mathematics
5 1 (1.15%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.15%) Clustering
5 1 (1.15%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 15 (17.24%) Linux
2 12 (13.79%) Windows
3 5 (5.75%) UNIX
4 2 (2.30%) Windows Server 2012
5 1 (1.15%) AIX
5 1 (1.15%) Windows XP
5 1 (1.15%) Windows Server 2003
5 1 (1.15%) Android
5 1 (1.15%) Windows Server 2008
5 1 (1.15%) Windows 7
5 1 (1.15%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 55 (63.22%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (36.78%) Test Scripting
3 29 (33.33%) Automated Testing
4 28 (32.18%) Scrum
5 25 (28.74%) User Stories
6 20 (22.99%) User Acceptance Testing
7 18 (20.69%) Software Engineering
8 17 (19.54%) Test Management
9 13 (14.94%) Test Automation
10 10 (11.49%) BDD
11 9 (10.34%) V-Model
11 9 (10.34%) Test Planning
11 9 (10.34%) Requirements Analysis
11 9 (10.34%) Workflow
11 9 (10.34%) OO
12 8 (9.20%) Validation
12 8 (9.20%) TDD
12 8 (9.20%) Waterfall
13 7 (8.05%) Time Management
13 7 (8.05%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 30 (34.48%) SQL
2 29 (33.33%) Java
3 17 (19.54%) C
4 13 (14.94%) C++
5 7 (8.05%) C#
6 6 (6.90%) JavaScript
7 5 (5.75%) Python
8 3 (3.45%) Perl
8 3 (3.45%) Ruby
8 3 (3.45%) Bash Shell
9 2 (2.30%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.15%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 54 (62.07%) ISEB
2 51 (58.62%) Security Cleared
3 40 (45.98%) ISTQB
4 34 (39.08%) SC Cleared
5 15 (17.24%) DV Cleared
6 11 (12.64%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 7 (8.05%) HND
8 3 (3.45%) Degree
9 2 (2.30%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (2.30%) MCITP
10 1 (1.15%) SSCP
10 1 (1.15%) MCTS
10 1 (1.15%) MCSE
10 1 (1.15%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (9.20%) ISO 9001
1 8 (9.20%) ISO 14001
1 8 (9.20%) QA
2 1 (1.15%) DO-178B
2 1 (1.15%) SLA
System Software
1 2 (2.30%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.15%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.15%) Firmware
2 1 (1.15%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 26 (29.89%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.15%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.15%) Netcool
Vendors
1 27 (31.03%) HP
2 21 (24.14%) Microsoft
3 10 (11.49%) Oracle
4 6 (6.90%) Open Text
5 3 (3.45%) VMware
6 2 (2.30%) Dell
7 1 (1.15%) Citrix
7 1 (1.15%) Veritas
7 1 (1.15%) McAfee
7 1 (1.15%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (1.15%) SAP