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 27 February 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
27 Feb 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 113 92 94
Rank change year-on-year
-21 +2
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 31 32 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.97% 1.14% 1.27%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.31% 1.53% 1.79%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 19 12
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£388 £350 £335
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+10.71% +4.63%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £223 £140 £253
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £415 £497
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £303
% change year-on-year
+1.56% +5.78%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 0 1
Average hourly rate £38.50 - £10.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £22.44 £30.75
% change year-on-year
+55.98% -27.03%
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
2367 2085 1785
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 74.41% 73.99% 70.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 1542 1272 1122
Average daily rate £400 £375 £360
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% +4.16%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £288 £250 £255
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £520
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 79 90 78
Average hourly rate £36.45 £22.50 £37.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+62.00% -40.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.00 £12.31 £13.73
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £40.00 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £27.50 £31.50
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -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 27 February 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 27 February 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
Bristol -2 10 £315 -3.07% 4
Gloucestershire -9 7 £525 +20.00% 2
Devon -8 5 £413 +17.85% 2
Wiltshire - 4 £225 -
Dorset - - - - 1
Somerset - - - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 54 (64.29%) ISEB
2 53 (63.10%) Agile Software Development
3 47 (55.95%) Security Cleared
4 38 (45.24%) ISTQB
5 33 (39.29%) SC Cleared
6 32 (38.10%) JIRA
7 29 (34.52%) Automated Testing
7 29 (34.52%) Test Scripting
8 27 (32.14%) HP
8 27 (32.14%) Java
9 26 (30.95%) Selenium
9 26 (30.95%) HP Quality Center
9 26 (30.95%) User Stories
10 24 (28.57%) SQL
11 22 (26.19%) Scrum
12 20 (23.81%) Microsoft
12 20 (23.81%) QuickTest Pro
12 20 (23.81%) User Acceptance Testing
13 15 (17.86%) Test Management
13 15 (17.86%) Linux
14 14 (16.67%) Software Engineering
15 13 (15.48%) C
15 13 (15.48%) Test Automation
16 12 (14.29%) DV Cleared
17 11 (13.10%) Windows
17 11 (13.10%) LoadRunner
18 10 (11.90%) C++
18 10 (11.90%) BDD
18 10 (11.90%) Team Foundation Server
18 10 (11.90%) Test Planning

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

For the 6 months to 27 February 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 6 (7.14%) JBoss
2 2 (2.38%) Lync
3 1 (1.19%) SharePoint
3 1 (1.19%) ATG Dynamo
Applications
1 8 (9.52%) MS Office
2 2 (2.38%) Spreadsheet
3 1 (1.19%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.19%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 8 (9.52%) Summit
2 1 (1.19%) SAP HCM
2 1 (1.19%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.19%) SaaS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (2.38%) SQL Server
1 2 (2.38%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 32 (38.10%) JIRA
2 26 (30.95%) Selenium
3 20 (23.81%) QuickTest Pro
4 11 (13.10%) LoadRunner
5 10 (11.90%) Team Foundation Server
6 6 (7.14%) Git (software)
6 6 (7.14%) SoapUI
6 6 (7.14%) JUnit
7 5 (5.95%) Rational Functional Tester
7 5 (5.95%) SpecFlow
7 5 (5.95%) Cucumber
8 4 (4.76%) WebDriver
8 4 (4.76%) Eclipse
9 3 (3.57%) Visual Studio
10 1 (1.19%) WinRunner
10 1 (1.19%) TestDirector
10 1 (1.19%) Behat
General
1 4 (4.76%) Finance
2 2 (2.38%) Telecoms
3 1 (1.19%) Electronics
3 1 (1.19%) Law
3 1 (1.19%) Legal
3 1 (1.19%) Banking
Job Titles
1 28 (33.33%) Analyst
2 25 (29.76%) Test Analyst
3 22 (26.19%) Tester
4 12 (14.29%) Developer
4 12 (14.29%) Automation Tester
5 9 (10.71%) Test Engineer
6 7 (8.33%) Senior Test Analyst
6 7 (8.33%) Senior Analyst
7 6 (7.14%) Test Manager
7 6 (7.14%) Java Developer
7 6 (7.14%) C++ Developer
7 6 (7.14%) Agile Test Analyst
7 6 (7.14%) C++/Java Developer
8 3 (3.57%) Testing Specialist
8 3 (3.57%) LoadRunner Tester
8 3 (3.57%) Data Analyst
8 3 (3.57%) Software Engineer
8 3 (3.57%) Consultant
8 3 (3.57%) Software Test Engineer
8 3 (3.57%) Senior Test Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (8.33%) Web Services
2 6 (7.14%) XML
2 6 (7.14%) JAXB
2 6 (7.14%) Hibernate
2 6 (7.14%) JSF
2 6 (7.14%) .NET Framework
2 6 (7.14%) JPA
2 6 (7.14%) EJB 3.0
2 6 (7.14%) HTML
2 6 (7.14%) .NET
2 6 (7.14%) J2EE
2 6 (7.14%) EJB
2 6 (7.14%) CSS
2 6 (7.14%) JAX-RS
2 6 (7.14%) PrimeFaces
3 5 (5.95%) Gherkin
4 1 (1.19%) Oracle Fusion
Miscellaneous
1 7 (8.33%) Management Information System
2 4 (4.76%) User Experience
3 2 (2.38%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.38%) Client/Server
3 2 (2.38%) Mobile App
3 2 (2.38%) Mathematics
4 1 (1.19%) Credit Risk
4 1 (1.19%) Clustering
4 1 (1.19%) PDA
Operating Systems
1 15 (17.86%) Linux
2 11 (13.10%) Windows
3 5 (5.95%) UNIX
4 3 (3.57%) Android
4 3 (3.57%) Apple iOS
5 2 (2.38%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.19%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.19%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.19%) AIX
6 1 (1.19%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.19%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 53 (63.10%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (34.52%) Automated Testing
2 29 (34.52%) Test Scripting
3 26 (30.95%) User Stories
4 22 (26.19%) Scrum
5 20 (23.81%) User Acceptance Testing
6 15 (17.86%) Test Management
7 14 (16.67%) Software Engineering
8 13 (15.48%) Test Automation
9 10 (11.90%) BDD
9 10 (11.90%) Test Planning
10 9 (10.71%) TDD
10 9 (10.71%) OO
11 8 (9.52%) Waterfall
12 7 (8.33%) Manual Testing
12 7 (8.33%) Validation
12 7 (8.33%) Use Case
12 7 (8.33%) Integration Testing
13 6 (7.14%) Load Testing
13 6 (7.14%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 27 (32.14%) Java
2 24 (28.57%) SQL
3 13 (15.48%) C
4 10 (11.90%) C++
5 7 (8.33%) C#
6 5 (5.95%) JavaScript
6 5 (5.95%) Python
7 4 (4.76%) Ruby
8 3 (3.57%) Bash Shell
8 3 (3.57%) Perl
9 2 (2.38%) Shell Script
10 1 (1.19%) Embedded C
Qualifications
1 54 (64.29%) ISEB
2 47 (55.95%) Security Cleared
3 38 (45.24%) ISTQB
4 33 (39.29%) SC Cleared
5 12 (14.29%) DV Cleared
6 7 (8.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 6 (7.14%) HND
8 2 (2.38%) Degree
8 2 (2.38%) Microsoft Certification
8 2 (2.38%) MCITP
9 1 (1.19%) SSCP
9 1 (1.19%) MCTS
9 1 (1.19%) MCSE
9 1 (1.19%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (9.52%) ISO 9001
1 8 (9.52%) ISO 14001
2 7 (8.33%) QA
3 1 (1.19%) PCI DSS
3 1 (1.19%) DO-178B
System Software
1 2 (2.38%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.19%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.19%) Firmware
2 1 (1.19%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 26 (30.95%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.19%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.19%) Netcool
Vendors
1 27 (32.14%) HP
2 20 (23.81%) Microsoft
3 7 (8.33%) Oracle
4 6 (7.14%) Open Text
5 3 (3.57%) VMware
6 2 (2.38%) Dell
7 1 (1.19%) Citrix
7 1 (1.19%) Veritas
7 1 (1.19%) McAfee
7 1 (1.19%) ATG
7 1 (1.19%) TOWER Software
7 1 (1.19%) PeopleSoft
7 1 (1.19%) SAP