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 6 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
6 May 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 112 87 102
Rank change year-on-year
-25 +15
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 22 58 23
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 0.73% 1.82% 1.05%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.96% 2.36% 1.50%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 34 12
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£381 £325 £301
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+17.30% +7.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £294 £268 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £438 £350 £490
UK excluding London average daily rate £316 £325 £315
% change year-on-year
-2.69% +3.17%
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 £35.00 £37.65 £33.50
% change year-on-year
-7.03% +12.38%
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 2453 1530
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 75.74% 76.99% 70.15%
Number of daily rates quoted 1482 1548 947
Average daily rate £400 £371 £368
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.96% +0.81%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £297 £275 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £540 £500 £498
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+3.33% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 93 108 64
Average hourly rate £36.45 £33.84 £32.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+7.71% +5.75%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £17.35 £13.50 £15.90
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.00 £42.50 £45.00
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 6 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 6 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
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IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Bristol -1 6 £363 +31.81% 5
Gloucestershire -8 6 £438 +25.89% 2
Wiltshire +15 4 £460 - 5
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 6 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 35 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
2 33 (50.77%) ISEB
3 28 (43.08%) Security Cleared
4 23 (35.38%) ISTQB
5 21 (32.31%) Java
5 21 (32.31%) Test Scripting
6 17 (26.15%) SC Cleared
6 17 (26.15%) JIRA
7 15 (23.08%) SQL
7 15 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
7 15 (23.08%) Test Management
8 14 (21.54%) Automated Testing
8 14 (21.54%) Scrum
9 13 (20.00%) LoadRunner
10 12 (18.46%) Microsoft
10 12 (18.46%) HP
10 12 (18.46%) Linux
10 12 (18.46%) Selenium
11 11 (16.92%) HP Quality Center
11 11 (16.92%) C
12 10 (15.38%) QA
12 10 (15.38%) DV Cleared
13 9 (13.85%) Test Automation
13 9 (13.85%) User Stories
13 9 (13.85%) C++
14 8 (12.31%) MS Office
14 8 (12.31%) Windows
14 8 (12.31%) Software Engineering
14 8 (12.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
14 8 (12.31%) Functional Testing

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

For the 6 months to 6 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 (6.15%) ATG Dynamo
2 3 (4.62%) JBoss
3 2 (3.08%) Lync
4 1 (1.54%) SharePoint
Applications
1 8 (12.31%) MS Office
2 1 (1.54%) Windchill
Business Applications
1 5 (7.69%) Summit
2 1 (1.54%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 1 (1.54%) SAP HCM
2 1 (1.54%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 1 (1.54%) Cloud Computing
1 1 (1.54%) SaaS
Communications & Networking
1 2 (3.08%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (4.62%) Relational Database
2 1 (1.54%) SQL Server
2 1 (1.54%) Big Data
Development Applications
1 17 (26.15%) JIRA
2 13 (20.00%) LoadRunner
3 12 (18.46%) Selenium
4 7 (10.77%) Rational Functional Tester
5 6 (9.23%) Team Foundation Server
5 6 (9.23%) WebDriver
5 6 (9.23%) QuickTest Pro
6 4 (6.15%) Eclipse
6 4 (6.15%) Git (software)
7 3 (4.62%) SoapUI
7 3 (4.62%) JUnit
7 3 (4.62%) FitNesse
7 3 (4.62%) Jenkins
8 2 (3.08%) Visual Studio
8 2 (3.08%) Rational Rhapsody
8 2 (3.08%) Cucumber
8 2 (3.08%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (1.54%) SpecFlow
9 1 (1.54%) WinRunner
9 1 (1.54%) TestDirector
General
1 4 (6.15%) Finance
2 2 (3.08%) Electronics
2 2 (3.08%) Telecoms
2 2 (3.08%) Banking
3 1 (1.54%) Marketing
3 1 (1.54%) Manufacturing
Job Titles
1 25 (38.46%) Analyst
2 22 (33.85%) Test Analyst
3 10 (15.38%) Developer
4 9 (13.85%) Agile Test Analyst
5 7 (10.77%) Tester
5 7 (10.77%) Test Manager
6 5 (7.69%) Test Engineer
7 4 (6.15%) Technical Analyst
7 4 (6.15%) Senior Test Analyst
7 4 (6.15%) Senior Analyst
7 4 (6.15%) Lead Test Analyst
7 4 (6.15%) Technical Test Analyst
7 4 (6.15%) AWS Developer
8 3 (4.62%) Test Leader
8 3 (4.62%) Validation Engineer
8 3 (4.62%) Testing Specialist
8 3 (4.62%) LoadRunner Tester
8 3 (4.62%) Data Analyst
8 3 (4.62%) Java Developer
8 3 (4.62%) C++ Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (4.62%) Web Services
1 3 (4.62%) XML
1 3 (4.62%) JAXB
1 3 (4.62%) Hibernate
1 3 (4.62%) JSF
1 3 (4.62%) JPA
1 3 (4.62%) EJB 3.0
1 3 (4.62%) J2EE
1 3 (4.62%) EJB
1 3 (4.62%) JAX-RS
1 3 (4.62%) PrimeFaces
2 1 (1.54%) CSS
2 1 (1.54%) HTML
2 1 (1.54%) Oracle Fusion
2 1 (1.54%) REST
2 1 (1.54%) Gherkin
Miscellaneous
1 5 (7.69%) User Experience
2 4 (6.15%) Analytical Skills
2 4 (6.15%) Management Information System
3 2 (3.08%) Mathematics
3 2 (3.08%) Credit Risk
3 2 (3.08%) Mobile App
4 1 (1.54%) DTV
4 1 (1.54%) Open Source
4 1 (1.54%) Clustering
4 1 (1.54%) PDA
4 1 (1.54%) Derivative
4 1 (1.54%) Enterprise Cloud
Operating Systems
1 12 (18.46%) Linux
2 8 (12.31%) Windows
3 6 (9.23%) UNIX
4 3 (4.62%) Apple iOS
4 3 (4.62%) Android
5 2 (3.08%) Windows Server 2012
6 1 (1.54%) Oracle Linux
6 1 (1.54%) Windows Server 2008
6 1 (1.54%) CentOS
6 1 (1.54%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 1 (1.54%) Windows 7
6 1 (1.54%) AIX
6 1 (1.54%) Windows XP
6 1 (1.54%) Windows Server 2003
Processes & Methodologies
1 35 (53.85%) Agile Software Development
2 21 (32.31%) Test Scripting
3 15 (23.08%) User Acceptance Testing
3 15 (23.08%) Test Management
4 14 (21.54%) Scrum
4 14 (21.54%) Automated Testing
5 9 (13.85%) Test Automation
5 9 (13.85%) User Stories
6 8 (12.31%) Functional Testing
6 8 (12.31%) Manual Testing
6 8 (12.31%) BDD
6 8 (12.31%) Software Engineering
7 7 (10.77%) Validation
7 7 (10.77%) Waterfall
8 6 (9.23%) Test Planning
8 6 (9.23%) Time Management
8 6 (9.23%) Load Testing
8 6 (9.23%) Configuration Management
8 6 (9.23%) TDD
9 5 (7.69%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 21 (32.31%) Java
2 15 (23.08%) SQL
3 11 (16.92%) C
4 9 (13.85%) C++
5 6 (9.23%) Ruby
5 6 (9.23%) Bash Shell
5 6 (9.23%) Perl
5 6 (9.23%) Python
6 3 (4.62%) C#
7 1 (1.54%) Embedded C
7 1 (1.54%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 33 (50.77%) ISEB
2 28 (43.08%) Security Cleared
3 23 (35.38%) ISTQB
4 17 (26.15%) SC Cleared
5 10 (15.38%) DV Cleared
6 8 (12.31%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 4 (6.15%) HND
8 3 (4.62%) Degree
9 2 (3.08%) Microsoft Certification
9 2 (3.08%) MCITP
10 1 (1.54%) BC Cleared
10 1 (1.54%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
10 1 (1.54%) SSCP
10 1 (1.54%) MCTS
10 1 (1.54%) MCSE
10 1 (1.54%) MCSA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (15.38%) QA
2 5 (7.69%) ISO 9001
2 5 (7.69%) ISO 14001
3 4 (6.15%) PCI DSS
4 1 (1.54%) DO-178B
System Software
1 2 (3.08%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (1.54%) Hyper-V
2 1 (1.54%) Firmware
2 1 (1.54%) VMware ESX
Systems Management
1 11 (16.92%) HP Quality Center
2 1 (1.54%) McAfee ePO
2 1 (1.54%) Netcool
Vendors
1 12 (18.46%) Microsoft
1 12 (18.46%) HP
2 5 (7.69%) Oracle
3 4 (6.15%) ATG
4 3 (4.62%) VMware
5 2 (3.08%) SAP
5 2 (3.08%) Dell
6 1 (1.54%) Citrix
6 1 (1.54%) Veritas
6 1 (1.54%) Red Hat
6 1 (1.54%) McAfee
6 1 (1.54%) TOWER Software
6 1 (1.54%) PeopleSoft