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 31 July 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 102 86 82
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -4
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 42 50 32
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.31% 1.63% 1.49%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.73% 2.20% 2.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 27 33 10
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£350 £325 £361
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.69% -10.03%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £325
10% offered a daily rate of more than £392 £420 £501
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £320 £330
% change year-on-year
+1.56% -3.03%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 5
Average hourly rate - - £11.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £11.50
% change year-on-year
- +160.86%
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
2422 2276 1539
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 75.69% 74.19% 71.85%
Number of daily rates quoted 1621 1512 999
Average daily rate £390 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.00% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 115 107 66
Average hourly rate £39.25 £33.84 £18.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+15.98% +88.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £18.91 £15.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £55.00 £41.00 £42.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

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 31 July 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 31 July 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 -1 12 £310 -14.48% 8
Wiltshire +8 11 £363 +68.60% 6
Somerset -9 6 £350 +12.00% 1
Gloucestershire -5 5 £363 -3.33% 3
Devon +1 4 £325 - 1
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 41 (65.08%) Agile Software Development
2 39 (61.90%) ISEB
3 29 (46.03%) ISTQB
4 22 (34.92%) SQL
5 21 (33.33%) Security Cleared
6 19 (30.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 18 (28.57%) Java
8 16 (25.40%) Test Management
9 15 (23.81%) Microsoft
9 15 (23.81%) Selenium
9 15 (23.81%) Scrum
10 13 (20.63%) Test Scripting
11 12 (19.05%) User Acceptance Testing
12 11 (17.46%) Waterfall
12 11 (17.46%) Automated Testing
12 11 (17.46%) Ruby
13 10 (15.87%) E-Commerce
13 10 (15.87%) LoadRunner
13 10 (15.87%) Test Automation
13 10 (15.87%) Integration Testing
13 10 (15.87%) SC Cleared
13 10 (15.87%) Functional Testing
14 8 (12.70%) Manual Testing
14 8 (12.70%) WebDriver
14 8 (12.70%) DV Cleared
14 8 (12.70%) BDD
14 8 (12.70%) C++
14 8 (12.70%) QA
14 8 (12.70%) Stakeholder Management
15 7 (11.11%) Software Engineering

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

For the 6 months to 31 July 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 5 (7.94%) ATG Dynamo
2 2 (3.17%) JBoss
3 1 (1.59%) SAS
3 1 (1.59%) IIS
Applications
1 3 (4.76%) Spreadsheet
2 2 (3.17%) MS Excel
3 1 (1.59%) MS Project
Business Applications
1 2 (3.17%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.59%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (4.76%) Internet
1 3 (4.76%) Firewall
2 1 (1.59%) Intrusion Detection
2 1 (1.59%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.76%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.59%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.59%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (1.59%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 15 (23.81%) Selenium
2 10 (15.87%) LoadRunner
3 8 (12.70%) WebDriver
4 7 (11.11%) HP UFT
4 7 (11.11%) Jenkins
5 6 (9.52%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (9.52%) Rational Functional Tester
6 5 (7.94%) Visual Studio
7 4 (6.35%) FitNesse
7 4 (6.35%) SpecFlow
8 3 (4.76%) Cucumber
9 2 (3.17%) Rational DOORS
9 2 (3.17%) SoapUI
9 2 (3.17%) Rational Rhapsody
9 2 (3.17%) JIRA
9 2 (3.17%) JUnit
9 2 (3.17%) Capybara
10 1 (1.59%) Eclipse
10 1 (1.59%) Talend Open Studio
10 1 (1.59%) Behat
General
1 6 (9.52%) Finance
2 4 (6.35%) Banking
3 3 (4.76%) Telecoms
4 2 (3.17%) Electronics
4 2 (3.17%) Manufacturing
4 2 (3.17%) Marketing
5 1 (1.59%) Publishing
5 1 (1.59%) Local Government
5 1 (1.59%) Legal
Job Titles
1 31 (49.21%) Analyst
2 30 (47.62%) Test Analyst
3 11 (17.46%) Test Manager
4 10 (15.87%) Agile Test Analyst
5 8 (12.70%) Test Leader
6 6 (9.52%) Senior Analyst
6 6 (9.52%) Senior Test Analyst
7 5 (7.94%) Tester
8 4 (6.35%) Developer
8 4 (6.35%) Technical Analyst
8 4 (6.35%) Automation Test Analyst
8 4 (6.35%) Technical Test Analyst
8 4 (6.35%) Automation Analyst
9 3 (4.76%) Lead Test Analyst
10 2 (3.17%) C++/Java Developer
10 2 (3.17%) Verification Engineer
10 2 (3.17%) Test Consultant
10 2 (3.17%) Consultant
10 2 (3.17%) Java Developer
10 2 (3.17%) C++ Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 7 (11.11%) .NET
2 5 (7.94%) HTML
2 5 (7.94%) CSS
2 5 (7.94%) .NET Framework
3 3 (4.76%) Web Services
4 2 (3.17%) XML
4 2 (3.17%) JAXB
4 2 (3.17%) Hibernate
4 2 (3.17%) JSF
4 2 (3.17%) EJB
4 2 (3.17%) J2EE
4 2 (3.17%) REST
4 2 (3.17%) Gherkin
4 2 (3.17%) JAX-RS
4 2 (3.17%) PrimeFaces
4 2 (3.17%) JPA
4 2 (3.17%) EJB 3.0
5 1 (1.59%) AppFabric
5 1 (1.59%) WCF
5 1 (1.59%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.94%) Management Information System
2 4 (6.35%) User Experience
3 3 (4.76%) Analytical Skills
4 2 (3.17%) DTV
4 2 (3.17%) Smart Meter
4 2 (3.17%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.59%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.59%) NHS
5 1 (1.59%) Derivative
5 1 (1.59%) Statistics
5 1 (1.59%) Credit Risk
5 1 (1.59%) Enterprise Cloud
5 1 (1.59%) Data Centre
Operating Systems
1 7 (11.11%) UNIX
2 4 (6.35%) Linux
3 3 (4.76%) Windows
4 2 (3.17%) Apple iOS
4 2 (3.17%) Android
5 1 (1.59%) CentOS
5 1 (1.59%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.59%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (65.08%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (25.40%) Test Management
3 15 (23.81%) Scrum
4 13 (20.63%) Test Scripting
5 12 (19.05%) User Acceptance Testing
6 11 (17.46%) Waterfall
6 11 (17.46%) Automated Testing
7 10 (15.87%) E-Commerce
7 10 (15.87%) Functional Testing
7 10 (15.87%) Integration Testing
7 10 (15.87%) Test Automation
8 8 (12.70%) Manual Testing
8 8 (12.70%) BDD
8 8 (12.70%) Stakeholder Management
9 7 (11.11%) Software Engineering
9 7 (11.11%) Test Planning
10 6 (9.52%) SDLC
10 6 (9.52%) Continuous Integration
10 6 (9.52%) Use Case
11 5 (7.94%) Regression Testing
Programming Languages
1 22 (34.92%) SQL
2 18 (28.57%) Java
3 11 (17.46%) Ruby
4 8 (12.70%) C++
5 7 (11.11%) Bash Shell
5 7 (11.11%) Python
5 7 (11.11%) Perl
6 5 (7.94%) JavaScript
7 4 (6.35%) C#
8 3 (4.76%) C
9 1 (1.59%) PHP
9 1 (1.59%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 39 (61.90%) ISEB
2 29 (46.03%) ISTQB
3 21 (33.33%) Security Cleared
4 19 (30.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 10 (15.87%) SC Cleared
6 8 (12.70%) DV Cleared
7 2 (3.17%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (1.59%) HND
8 1 (1.59%) BC Cleared
8 1 (1.59%) Degree
8 1 (1.59%) PRINCE2 Certification
8 1 (1.59%) CISM
8 1 (1.59%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (12.70%) QA
2 6 (9.52%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 1 (1.59%) Active Directory
1 1 (1.59%) Snort
Systems Management
1 7 (11.11%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 15 (23.81%) Microsoft
2 6 (9.52%) Oracle
2 6 (9.52%) OpenText
3 5 (7.94%) ATG
3 5 (7.94%) HP
4 4 (6.35%) Splunk
5 2 (3.17%) SAP
6 1 (1.59%) TOWER Software
6 1 (1.59%) Citrix
6 1 (1.59%) Hyperion
6 1 (1.59%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.59%) Talend
6 1 (1.59%) VMware
6 1 (1.59%) Sourcefire