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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 30 July 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
30 Jul 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Software Testing
Rank 112 108 100
Rank change year-on-year
-4 -8
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 33 42 49
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.08% 1.31% 1.60%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 1.69% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 27 33
Median daily rate £318 £350 £325
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
-9.28% +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £444 £392 £420
UK excluding London median daily rate £340 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+4.61% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £14.43 £30.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
-51.91% -9.09%
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
2385 2486 2357
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 78.20% 77.52% 77.05%
Number of daily rates quoted 1599 1660 1579
Median daily rate £390 £390 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +4.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £280 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £500 £500
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.22% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 95 114 106
Median hourly rate £35.00 £39.25 £33.84
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-10.82% +15.98%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.75 £18.89 £15.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £46.00 £55.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £30.00 £30.50 £26.50
% change year-on-year
-1.63% +15.09%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the South West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the South West region citing Software Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 30 July 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the South West region over the 3 months to 30 July 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Wiltshire -5 13 £325 -10.34% 3
Bristol -5 9 £375 +20.96% 6
Gloucestershire 0 6 £300 -17.24% 4
Somerset +13 3 £325 -7.14%
Devon +4 1 £300 -7.69% 1
Dorset - 1 £325 - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 30 July 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the South West region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 42 (53.16%) Agile Software Development
2 32 (40.51%) Security Cleared
3 29 (36.71%) ISEB
4 28 (35.44%) ISTQB
5 19 (24.05%) Selenium
6 17 (21.52%) C#
7 16 (20.25%) JIRA
8 15 (18.99%) QA
8 15 (18.99%) SQL
9 14 (17.72%) Test Scripting
9 14 (17.72%) SC Cleared
10 13 (16.46%) Test Automation
10 13 (16.46%) Manual Testing
10 13 (16.46%) Video Conferencing
11 12 (15.19%) Finance
11 12 (15.19%) Functional Testing
12 11 (13.92%) Cucumber
12 11 (13.92%) Python
12 11 (13.92%) Ruby
13 10 (12.66%) Software Engineering
13 10 (12.66%) C++
13 10 (12.66%) Configuration Management
14 9 (11.39%) OO
14 9 (11.39%) Git (software)
14 9 (11.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
15 8 (10.13%) Software Delivery
15 8 (10.13%) Rally
15 8 (10.13%) Capybara
15 8 (10.13%) Waterfall
15 8 (10.13%) SpecFlow

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (1.27%) Elasticsearch
1 1 (1.27%) OpenStack
1 1 (1.27%) Oracle Workflow
1 1 (1.27%) SAS
Applications
1 7 (8.86%) MS Office
2 5 (6.33%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.27%) MS Project
Communications & Networking
1 7 (8.86%) VoIP
2 4 (5.06%) Broadband
2 4 (5.06%) Wireless
3 1 (1.27%) OpenFlow
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (6.33%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.27%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (1.27%) NoSQL
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle Discoverer
2 1 (1.27%) Oracle Reports
Development Applications
1 19 (24.05%) Selenium
2 16 (20.25%) JIRA
3 11 (13.92%) Cucumber
4 9 (11.39%) Git (software)
5 8 (10.13%) Capybara
5 8 (10.13%) SpecFlow
5 8 (10.13%) WATIR
5 8 (10.13%) WebDriver
6 7 (8.86%) Team Foundation Server
7 3 (3.80%) HP UFT
7 3 (3.80%) LoadRunner
7 3 (3.80%) Rational Functional Tester
8 2 (2.53%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (1.27%) JIRA Agile
9 1 (1.27%) NUnit
9 1 (1.27%) Oracle APEX
9 1 (1.27%) Subversion
9 1 (1.27%) WinRunner
General
1 12 (15.19%) Finance
2 6 (7.59%) Retail
3 5 (6.33%) Banking
4 3 (3.80%) Games
4 3 (3.80%) Retail Banking
5 1 (1.27%) Law
Job Titles
1 38 (48.10%) Analyst
1 38 (48.10%) Test Analyst
2 13 (16.46%) Test Engineer
3 11 (13.92%) Test Leader
4 8 (10.13%) Tester
5 6 (7.59%) Automation Test Analyst
5 6 (7.59%) Developer
5 6 (7.59%) Senior Analyst
5 6 (7.59%) Senior Test Analyst
5 6 (7.59%) Software Test Engineer
6 5 (6.33%) Lead Test Analyst
6 5 (6.33%) Software Engineer
6 5 (6.33%) Test Automation Engineer
7 4 (5.06%) Selenium Test Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) Agile Test Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) Functional Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) SC Cleared Test Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) Selenium Tester
8 3 (3.80%) SQL Analyst
8 3 (3.80%) SQL Server Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (10.13%) Behat
2 1 (1.27%) Gherkin
2 1 (1.27%) HTML
2 1 (1.27%) OpenDaylight
2 1 (1.27%) RESTful
2 1 (1.27%) Velocity
Miscellaneous
1 13 (16.46%) Video Conferencing
2 6 (7.59%) IPTV
3 5 (6.33%) Computer Science
3 5 (6.33%) Device Driver
4 4 (5.06%) Analytical Skills
5 3 (3.80%) Management Information System
6 2 (2.53%) Data Integration
6 2 (2.53%) Mathematics
6 2 (2.53%) Mobile Banking
7 1 (1.27%) Data Protection Act
7 1 (1.27%) Driving Licence
7 1 (1.27%) Mainframe
7 1 (1.27%) Virtual Team
Operating Systems
1 8 (10.13%) Linux
2 5 (6.33%) Embedded Linux
3 4 (5.06%) Windows
4 3 (3.80%) Unix
5 1 (1.27%) Windows Server
5 1 (1.27%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 42 (53.16%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (17.72%) Test Scripting
3 13 (16.46%) Manual Testing
3 13 (16.46%) Test Automation
4 12 (15.19%) Functional Testing
5 10 (12.66%) Configuration Management
5 10 (12.66%) Software Engineering
6 9 (11.39%) OO
7 8 (10.13%) Automated Testing
7 8 (10.13%) GAP Analysis
7 8 (10.13%) Software Delivery
7 8 (10.13%) Waterfall
8 7 (8.86%) Scrum
8 7 (8.86%) SDLC
8 7 (8.86%) TDD
9 6 (7.59%) Network Management
10 5 (6.33%) Test Planning
11 4 (5.06%) Automation Testing
11 4 (5.06%) System Testing
11 4 (5.06%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 17 (21.52%) C#
2 15 (18.99%) SQL
3 11 (13.92%) Python
3 11 (13.92%) Ruby
4 10 (12.66%) C++
5 8 (10.13%) C
6 5 (6.33%) Perl
7 4 (5.06%) Bash Shell
7 4 (5.06%) Embedded C
7 4 (5.06%) Embedded C++
7 4 (5.06%) Java
8 3 (3.80%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 32 (40.51%) Security Cleared
2 29 (36.71%) ISEB
3 28 (35.44%) ISTQB
4 14 (17.72%) SC Cleared
5 9 (11.39%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 6 (7.59%) BPSS Clearance
6 6 (7.59%) DV Cleared
7 5 (6.33%) Degree
8 1 (1.27%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (18.99%) QA
2 4 (5.06%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.27%) GAAP
Systems Management
1 4 (5.06%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 8 (10.13%) Rally
2 4 (5.06%) Oracle
2 4 (5.06%) Perforce
3 2 (2.53%) Cisco
3 2 (2.53%) HP
3 2 (2.53%) IBM
4 1 (1.27%) Microsoft
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