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 May 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 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 114 81 98
Rank change year-on-year
-33 +17
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 22 65 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.72% 2.20% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.96% 2.85% 1.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 44 5
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£375 £318 £290
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+18.11% +9.48%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £278 £268 £196
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £350 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £323 £325 £313
% change year-on-year
-0.76% +4.00%
Number of hourly rates quoted 2 2 0
Average hourly rate £36.37 £38.50 -
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.53% -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £37.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year
- +25.00%
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
2292 2283 1438
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 74.73% 77.29% 71.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1520 1516 893
Average daily rate £400 £353 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.47% -6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £275 £262
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £500 £480
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £365
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +2.73%
Number of hourly rates quoted 100 118 67
Average hourly rate £36.75 £33.84 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+8.59% +5.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.50 £15.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £42.50 £43.25
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £30.00 £32.00
% change year-on-year
- -6.25%

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 May 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 May 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 +3 8 £350 +18.64% 10
Gloucestershire -12 6 £438 +16.66% 1
Wiltshire +6 4 £460 - 2
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 32 (60.38%) Agile Software Development
2 25 (47.17%) ISEB
3 19 (35.85%) Security Cleared
4 18 (33.96%) Java
5 16 (30.19%) Test Scripting
5 16 (30.19%) ISTQB
6 15 (28.30%) SQL
7 14 (26.42%) Test Management
8 12 (22.64%) User Acceptance Testing
9 11 (20.75%) Selenium
9 11 (20.75%) JIRA
9 11 (20.75%) Scrum
10 9 (16.98%) QA
10 9 (16.98%) DV Cleared
10 9 (16.98%) SC Cleared
10 9 (16.98%) Linux
10 9 (16.98%) Microsoft
10 9 (16.98%) LoadRunner
11 8 (15.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
11 8 (15.09%) C
11 8 (15.09%) C++
11 8 (15.09%) Automated Testing
11 8 (15.09%) Software Engineering
12 7 (13.21%) E-Commerce
12 7 (13.21%) BDD
12 7 (13.21%) Waterfall
12 7 (13.21%) Functional Testing
13 6 (11.32%) User Stories
13 6 (11.32%) WebDriver
13 6 (11.32%) Rational Functional Tester

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

For the 6 months to 27 May 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 4 (7.55%) ATG Dynamo
2 3 (5.66%) JBoss
3 1 (1.89%) SharePoint
Applications
1 6 (11.32%) MS Office
2 1 (1.89%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 3 (5.66%) Summit
2 1 (1.89%) SAP Oil and Gas
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.89%) Cloud Computing
Communications & Networking
1 3 (5.66%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (5.66%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.89%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 11 (20.75%) JIRA
1 11 (20.75%) Selenium
2 9 (16.98%) LoadRunner
3 6 (11.32%) WebDriver
3 6 (11.32%) Rational Functional Tester
4 5 (9.43%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (5.66%) SoapUI
5 3 (5.66%) Jenkins
5 3 (5.66%) Git (software)
5 3 (5.66%) FitNesse
5 3 (5.66%) JUnit
5 3 (5.66%) Eclipse
5 3 (5.66%) QuickTest Pro
6 2 (3.77%) Visual Studio
6 2 (3.77%) Rational DOORS
6 2 (3.77%) Rational Rhapsody
7 1 (1.89%) Behat
7 1 (1.89%) Cucumber
General
1 4 (7.55%) Finance
2 2 (3.77%) Electronics
2 2 (3.77%) Telecoms
2 2 (3.77%) Banking
3 1 (1.89%) Marketing
3 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 25 (47.17%) Analyst
2 23 (43.40%) Test Analyst
3 9 (16.98%) Developer
3 9 (16.98%) Agile Test Analyst
4 5 (9.43%) Test Manager
5 4 (7.55%) Technical Test Analyst
5 4 (7.55%) Tester
5 4 (7.55%) Test Engineer
5 4 (7.55%) Technical Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Senior Test Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Java Developer
6 3 (5.66%) C++ Developer
6 3 (5.66%) Senior Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) Lead Test Analyst
6 3 (5.66%) C++/Java Developer
6 3 (5.66%) Validation Engineer
6 3 (5.66%) Test Leader
6 3 (5.66%) AWS Developer
7 2 (3.77%) LoadRunner Tester
7 2 (3.77%) Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (5.66%) Web Services
1 3 (5.66%) XML
1 3 (5.66%) JAXB
1 3 (5.66%) Hibernate
1 3 (5.66%) JSF
1 3 (5.66%) JPA
1 3 (5.66%) EJB 3.0
1 3 (5.66%) J2EE
1 3 (5.66%) EJB
1 3 (5.66%) JAX-RS
1 3 (5.66%) PrimeFaces
2 1 (1.89%) CSS
2 1 (1.89%) HTML
2 1 (1.89%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.32%) User Experience
2 4 (7.55%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (3.77%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.77%) Credit Risk
3 2 (3.77%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.89%) Derivative
4 1 (1.89%) Enterprise Cloud
4 1 (1.89%) Data Centre
4 1 (1.89%) DTV
Operating Systems
1 9 (16.98%) Linux
2 5 (9.43%) UNIX
3 4 (7.55%) Windows
4 3 (5.66%) Apple iOS
4 3 (5.66%) Android
5 1 (1.89%) CentOS
5 1 (1.89%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
5 1 (1.89%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 32 (60.38%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (30.19%) Test Scripting
3 14 (26.42%) Test Management
4 12 (22.64%) User Acceptance Testing
5 11 (20.75%) Scrum
6 8 (15.09%) Automated Testing
6 8 (15.09%) Software Engineering
7 7 (13.21%) E-Commerce
7 7 (13.21%) Waterfall
7 7 (13.21%) BDD
7 7 (13.21%) Functional Testing
8 6 (11.32%) User Stories
8 6 (11.32%) Manual Testing
8 6 (11.32%) Time Management
8 6 (11.32%) Validation
9 5 (9.43%) TDD
9 5 (9.43%) Configuration Management
9 5 (9.43%) Test Automation
9 5 (9.43%) Test Planning
9 5 (9.43%) System Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 18 (33.96%) Java
2 15 (28.30%) SQL
3 8 (15.09%) C
3 8 (15.09%) C++
4 5 (9.43%) Perl
4 5 (9.43%) Python
4 5 (9.43%) Ruby
4 5 (9.43%) Bash Shell
5 2 (3.77%) C#
6 1 (1.89%) PHP
6 1 (1.89%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 25 (47.17%) ISEB
2 19 (35.85%) Security Cleared
3 16 (30.19%) ISTQB
4 9 (16.98%) SC Cleared
4 9 (16.98%) DV Cleared
5 8 (15.09%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 3 (5.66%) HND
7 2 (3.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 1 (1.89%) BC Cleared
8 1 (1.89%) Degree
8 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Certification
8 1 (1.89%) SSCP
8 1 (1.89%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (16.98%) QA
2 4 (7.55%) PCI DSS
3 3 (5.66%) ISO 9001
3 3 (5.66%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 1 (1.89%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 4 (7.55%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 9 (16.98%) Microsoft
2 6 (11.32%) HP
3 4 (7.55%) Oracle
3 4 (7.55%) ATG
4 1 (1.89%) TOWER Software
4 1 (1.89%) SAP
4 1 (1.89%) Red Hat