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 15 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
15 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 108 89 96
Rank change year-on-year
-19 +7
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 35 23 40
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.06% 1.04% 1.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.46% 1.46% 1.80%
Number of daily rates quoted 19 7 15
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£348 £353 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-1.41% -6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £284 £325 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £430 £504 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.07% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 2
Average hourly rate - £11.00 £34.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -68.11%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £11.50 £35.75
% change year-on-year
+204.34% -67.83%
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
2398 1580 2219
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 72.80% 71.17% 69.71%
Number of daily rates quoted 1593 1059 1321
Average daily rate £395 £370 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.75% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £268 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 85 77 150
Average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £29.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+30.00% -13.79%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.95 £11.00 £13.65
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.50 £43.00 £44.55
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.75 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-14.16% -

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 15 September 2014.

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 15 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
Gloucestershire -11 9 £375 +15.38% 2
Bristol -14 9 £375 +1.35% 8
Somerset - 8 £325 - 8
Devon -27 4 - -
Wiltshire -14 3 £215 - 4
Dorset - - - -
Cornwall - - - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 15 September 2014, 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 54 (56.84%) Agile Software Development
2 51 (53.68%) ISEB
3 49 (51.58%) Security Cleared
4 47 (49.47%) ISTQB
5 45 (47.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 39 (41.05%) SQL
6 39 (41.05%) Scrum
7 38 (40.00%) Test Scripting
7 38 (40.00%) SC Cleared
8 35 (36.84%) Microsoft
9 32 (33.68%) User Acceptance Testing
10 28 (29.47%) Team Foundation Server
11 27 (28.42%) Test Management
12 23 (24.21%) BDD
13 21 (22.11%) C#
14 19 (20.00%) SpecFlow
15 18 (18.95%) Java
16 16 (16.84%) SAP
17 15 (15.79%) Visual Studio
17 15 (15.79%) Selenium
17 15 (15.79%) Software Engineering
17 15 (15.79%) Gherkin
18 14 (14.74%) Waterfall
19 13 (13.68%) Project Management
20 12 (12.63%) MS Excel
20 12 (12.63%) V-Model
21 11 (11.58%) Test Automation
21 11 (11.58%) SoapUI
21 11 (11.58%) Automated Testing
22 10 (10.53%) Test Strategy

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

For the 6 months to 15 September 2014, 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 3 (3.16%) Mule
2 1 (1.05%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 12 (12.63%) MS Excel
2 6 (6.32%) MS Office
3 1 (1.05%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (3.16%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (2.11%) assyst
3 1 (1.05%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.16%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.16%) Intranet
1 3 (3.16%) Internet
2 1 (1.05%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.32%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.16%) QlikView
2 3 (3.16%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (2.11%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.11%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.05%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (1.05%) Data Warehouse
Development Applications
1 28 (29.47%) Team Foundation Server
2 19 (20.00%) SpecFlow
3 15 (15.79%) Visual Studio
3 15 (15.79%) Selenium
4 11 (11.58%) SoapUI
5 8 (8.42%) JUnit
6 5 (5.26%) QuickTest Pro
7 4 (4.21%) MSTest
8 3 (3.16%) Cucumber
8 3 (3.16%) WebDriver
8 3 (3.16%) VSS/SourceSafe
8 3 (3.16%) Subversion
9 2 (2.11%) TestDirector
9 2 (2.11%) Git (software)
10 1 (1.05%) Rational DOORS
10 1 (1.05%) LoadRunner
10 1 (1.05%) NUnit
10 1 (1.05%) JIRA
10 1 (1.05%) Rational Functional Tester
General
1 8 (8.42%) Finance
2 5 (5.26%) Telecoms
3 4 (4.21%) Manufacturing
4 3 (3.16%) Marketing
4 3 (3.16%) Electronics
5 2 (2.11%) Legal
Job Titles
1 48 (50.53%) Analyst
2 43 (45.26%) Test Analyst
3 19 (20.00%) Senior Analyst
3 19 (20.00%) Senior Test Analyst
4 18 (18.95%) Tester
5 10 (10.53%) Developer
6 7 (7.37%) Test Team Leader
6 7 (7.37%) Team Leader
6 7 (7.37%) Test Leader
6 7 (7.37%) Agile Test Analyst
6 7 (7.37%) Automated Tester
7 5 (5.26%) C++/Java Developer
7 5 (5.26%) Java Developer
7 5 (5.26%) C++ Developer
8 4 (4.21%) Test Engineer
8 4 (4.21%) Consultant
8 4 (4.21%) Test Consultant
9 3 (3.16%) Senior Test Engineer
9 3 (3.16%) QlikView Developer
9 3 (3.16%) Support Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (15.79%) Gherkin
2 9 (9.47%) XML
3 8 (8.42%) Web Services
4 6 (6.32%) SOAP
5 5 (5.26%) EJB
5 5 (5.26%) J2EE
5 5 (5.26%) JAXB
5 5 (5.26%) Hibernate
5 5 (5.26%) JPA
5 5 (5.26%) EJB 3.0
5 5 (5.26%) JAX-RS
5 5 (5.26%) PrimeFaces
5 5 (5.26%) JSF
6 4 (4.21%) .NET
7 3 (3.16%) HTML
8 2 (2.11%) WinForms
8 2 (2.11%) XHTML
9 1 (1.05%) .NET Framework
9 1 (1.05%) WPF
9 1 (1.05%) DOM
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.21%) DTV
1 4 (4.21%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (3.16%) CMDB
3 2 (2.11%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (2.11%) Management Information System
4 1 (1.05%) Streaming Video
4 1 (1.05%) IPTV
4 1 (1.05%) User Experience
4 1 (1.05%) MPEG
Operating Systems
1 6 (6.32%) Windows
1 6 (6.32%) Linux
2 2 (2.11%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 54 (56.84%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (41.05%) Scrum
3 38 (40.00%) Test Scripting
4 32 (33.68%) User Acceptance Testing
5 27 (28.42%) Test Management
6 23 (24.21%) BDD
7 15 (15.79%) Software Engineering
8 14 (14.74%) Waterfall
9 13 (13.68%) Project Management
10 12 (12.63%) V-Model
11 11 (11.58%) Test Automation
11 11 (11.58%) Automated Testing
12 10 (10.53%) Test Strategy
13 8 (8.42%) User Stories
13 8 (8.42%) Integration Testing
13 8 (8.42%) Requirements Analysis
13 8 (8.42%) Service Management
13 8 (8.42%) ITIL
14 7 (7.37%) Validation
14 7 (7.37%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 39 (41.05%) SQL
2 21 (22.11%) C#
3 18 (18.95%) Java
4 9 (9.47%) C
5 8 (8.42%) C++
6 5 (5.26%) Python
7 3 (3.16%) Ruby
7 3 (3.16%) JavaScript
8 2 (2.11%) Bash Shell
8 2 (2.11%) PHP
9 1 (1.05%) Perl
Qualifications
1 51 (53.68%) ISEB
2 49 (51.58%) Security Cleared
3 47 (49.47%) ISTQB
4 45 (47.37%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 38 (40.00%) SC Cleared
6 9 (9.47%) DV Cleared
7 8 (8.42%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
8 6 (6.32%) HND
8 6 (6.32%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.37%) QA
2 1 (1.05%) SLA
System Software
1 3 (3.16%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 3 (3.16%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 35 (36.84%) Microsoft
2 16 (16.84%) SAP
3 8 (8.42%) JBoss
4 5 (5.26%) Oracle
5 3 (3.16%) SolarWinds
6 1 (1.05%) TIBCO
6 1 (1.05%) Serena
6 1 (1.05%) Telerik