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 22 August 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
22 Aug 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 105 79 89
Rank change year-on-year
-26 +10
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 37 30 42
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.17% 1.34% 1.35%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.63% 1.89% 1.96%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 10 18
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£350 £361 £340
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-3.11% +6.25%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £325 £187
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £501 £400
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
- +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 2
Average hourly rate - £11.00 £31.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -64.80%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £11.50 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+204.34% -67.14%
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
2263 1586 2144
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 71.32% 71.06% 68.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 1500 1046 1275
Average daily rate £388 £370 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.72% -1.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £260 £263
10% offered a daily rate of more than £512 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 83 69 154
Average hourly rate £34.50 £17.23 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+100.29% -44.43%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.80 £8.00 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.10 £43.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% -3.22%

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 22 August 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 22 August 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
Bristol -14 9 £375 +1.35% 9
Somerset - 9 £325 - 12
Gloucestershire -17 8 £375 +15.38% 2
Devon -22 4 - -
Wiltshire -8 3 £215 - 3
Dorset -4 2 £375 -14.77% 1
Cornwall - - - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 55 (53.92%) ISEB
2 53 (51.96%) ISTQB
3 51 (50.00%) Security Cleared
3 51 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 41 (40.20%) SC Cleared
4 41 (40.20%) Test Scripting
5 39 (38.24%) Scrum
6 38 (37.25%) Microsoft
7 37 (36.27%) SQL
8 36 (35.29%) User Acceptance Testing
9 31 (30.39%) Test Management
10 29 (28.43%) Team Foundation Server
10 29 (28.43%) Agile Software Development
11 24 (23.53%) BDD
12 21 (20.59%) C#
13 19 (18.63%) SpecFlow
14 16 (15.69%) Waterfall
14 16 (15.69%) SAP
15 15 (14.71%) Java
15 15 (14.71%) Visual Studio
15 15 (14.71%) Selenium
15 15 (14.71%) Gherkin
16 14 (13.73%) Test Automation
16 14 (13.73%) Project Management
16 14 (13.73%) MS Excel
17 13 (12.75%) Test Strategy
18 12 (11.76%) Automated Testing
18 12 (11.76%) Software Engineering
19 11 (10.78%) V-Model
20 9 (8.82%) Performance Testing

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

For the 6 months to 22 August 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 (2.94%) Mule
2 1 (0.98%) Apache Qpid
2 1 (0.98%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 14 (13.73%) MS Excel
2 8 (7.84%) MS Office
3 1 (0.98%) Simulink
3 1 (0.98%) Stateflow
3 1 (0.98%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 3 (2.94%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (1.96%) assyst
3 1 (0.98%) Summit
3 1 (0.98%) Dynamics NAV
Cloud Services
1 3 (2.94%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (2.94%) Intranet
1 3 (2.94%) Internet
2 1 (0.98%) AMQP
2 1 (0.98%) DVB
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (6.86%) SQL Server
2 3 (2.94%) QlikView
2 3 (2.94%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (1.96%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (1.96%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (0.98%) MongoDB
4 1 (0.98%) NoSQL
4 1 (0.98%) SQL Server 2012
4 1 (0.98%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (0.98%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 29 (28.43%) Team Foundation Server
2 19 (18.63%) SpecFlow
3 15 (14.71%) Visual Studio
3 15 (14.71%) Selenium
4 8 (7.84%) QuickTest Pro
4 8 (7.84%) SoapUI
5 6 (5.88%) JUnit
6 4 (3.92%) Subversion
6 4 (3.92%) VSS/SourceSafe
6 4 (3.92%) MSTest
7 3 (2.94%) Cucumber
7 3 (2.94%) WebDriver
8 2 (1.96%) TestDirector
8 2 (1.96%) JIRA
9 1 (0.98%) Rational DOORS
9 1 (0.98%) Rational Functional Tester
9 1 (0.98%) TestNG
9 1 (0.98%) Git (software)
9 1 (0.98%) LoadRunner
9 1 (0.98%) Eclipse
General
1 9 (8.82%) Finance
2 6 (5.88%) Telecoms
3 4 (3.92%) Manufacturing
4 3 (2.94%) Marketing
4 3 (2.94%) Electronics
5 2 (1.96%) Legal
6 1 (0.98%) Aerospace
6 1 (0.98%) Military
6 1 (0.98%) Financial Institution
Job Titles
1 51 (50.00%) Analyst
2 44 (43.14%) Test Analyst
3 22 (21.57%) Tester
4 19 (18.63%) Senior Test Analyst
4 19 (18.63%) Senior Analyst
5 8 (7.84%) Developer
5 8 (7.84%) Agile Test Analyst
6 7 (6.86%) Automated Tester
6 7 (6.86%) Test Leader
6 7 (6.86%) Test Team Leader
6 7 (6.86%) Team Leader
7 4 (3.92%) Consultant
7 4 (3.92%) Support Analyst
7 4 (3.92%) Test Consultant
8 3 (2.94%) QlikView Developer
8 3 (2.94%) Senior Tester
8 3 (2.94%) Test Engineer
8 3 (2.94%) Test Manager
9 2 (1.96%) Software Tester
9 2 (1.96%) Java Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (14.71%) Gherkin
2 6 (5.88%) SOAP
2 6 (5.88%) XML
3 5 (4.90%) Web Services
4 4 (3.92%) .NET
5 3 (2.94%) HTML
6 2 (1.96%) JSF
6 2 (1.96%) Hibernate
6 2 (1.96%) WinForms
6 2 (1.96%) J2EE
6 2 (1.96%) EJB
6 2 (1.96%) JAXB
6 2 (1.96%) XHTML
6 2 (1.96%) PrimeFaces
6 2 (1.96%) JAX-RS
6 2 (1.96%) JPA
6 2 (1.96%) EJB 3.0
7 1 (0.98%) Managed Extensibility Framework
7 1 (0.98%) ADO.NET Entity Framework
7 1 (0.98%) WPF
Miscellaneous
1 4 (3.92%) DTV
2 3 (2.94%) CMDB
3 2 (1.96%) Management Information System
3 2 (1.96%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (0.98%) Physics
4 1 (0.98%) Enterprise Software
4 1 (0.98%) MPEG
4 1 (0.98%) IPTV
4 1 (0.98%) Streaming Video
Operating Systems
1 6 (5.88%) Linux
2 5 (4.90%) Windows
3 2 (1.96%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 41 (40.20%) Test Scripting
2 39 (38.24%) Scrum
3 36 (35.29%) User Acceptance Testing
4 31 (30.39%) Test Management
5 29 (28.43%) Agile Software Development
6 24 (23.53%) BDD
7 16 (15.69%) Waterfall
8 14 (13.73%) Test Automation
8 14 (13.73%) Project Management
9 13 (12.75%) Test Strategy
10 12 (11.76%) Automated Testing
10 12 (11.76%) Software Engineering
11 11 (10.78%) V-Model
12 9 (8.82%) Performance Testing
13 8 (7.84%) Service Management
13 8 (7.84%) ITIL
13 8 (7.84%) Integration Testing
13 8 (7.84%) Kanban
13 8 (7.84%) User Stories
14 7 (6.86%) Time Management
Programming Languages
1 37 (36.27%) SQL
2 21 (20.59%) C#
3 15 (14.71%) Java
4 6 (5.88%) C
5 5 (4.90%) Python
5 5 (4.90%) C++
6 3 (2.94%) PHP
6 3 (2.94%) JavaScript
6 3 (2.94%) Ruby
7 2 (1.96%) Bash Shell
8 1 (0.98%) MATLAB
8 1 (0.98%) Fortran
8 1 (0.98%) Ada
8 1 (0.98%) Perl
Qualifications
1 55 (53.92%) ISEB
2 53 (51.96%) ISTQB
3 51 (50.00%) Security Cleared
3 51 (50.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 41 (40.20%) SC Cleared
5 8 (7.84%) Degree
5 8 (7.84%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
6 7 (6.86%) DV Cleared
7 5 (4.90%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (6.86%) QA
2 1 (0.98%) SLA
2 1 (0.98%) ISO 9001
2 1 (0.98%) ISO 14001
System Software
1 3 (2.94%) Microsoft Virtual Server
Systems Management
1 6 (5.88%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 38 (37.25%) Microsoft
2 16 (15.69%) SAP
3 5 (4.90%) JBoss
4 3 (2.94%) SolarWinds
4 3 (2.94%) HP
5 2 (1.96%) Oracle
6 1 (0.98%) TIBCO
6 1 (0.98%) Telerik
6 1 (0.98%) Serena