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 October 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
31 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 100 108 103
Rank change year-on-year
+8 -5
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 42 7 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 1.28% 0.32% 0.95%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.74% 0.45% 1.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 30 2 12
Average daily rate
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£331 £240 £341
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+38.02% -29.51%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £304 £216 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 £264 £389
UK excluding London average daily rate £338 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+12.50% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 3
Average hourly rate - - £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.65 £31.50 £29.25
% change year-on-year
+19.52% +7.69%
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
2416 1545 2010
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the South West 73.75% 70.52% 67.91%
Number of daily rates quoted 1660 1024 1162
Average daily rate £400 £375 £375
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.66% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £289 £250 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £500
UK excluding London average daily rate £380 £363 £368
% change year-on-year
+4.68% -1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 96 101 146
Average hourly rate £28.50 £30.00 £32.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-5.00% -7.69%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £12.75 £12.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £41.50 £47.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -

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 October 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 31 October 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
Devon -7 15 £325 +54.76%
Gloucestershire - 10 £449 - 7
Bristol -11 8 £310 - 8
Somerset -11 4 £338 +25.00% 3
Wiltshire -16 1 £205 - 1
Cornwall - - - -
Dorset - - - -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the South West

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 62 (68.13%) ISEB
2 58 (63.74%) Agile Software Development
3 55 (60.44%) Security Cleared
4 48 (52.75%) ISTQB
5 44 (48.35%) SQL
6 40 (43.96%) Scrum
7 39 (42.86%) SC Cleared
8 34 (37.36%) Test Scripting
9 32 (35.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 31 (34.07%) Selenium
10 31 (34.07%) Java
11 29 (31.87%) Microsoft
12 26 (28.57%) Automated Testing
13 25 (27.47%) User Stories
14 22 (24.18%) User Acceptance Testing
15 21 (23.08%) BDD
16 20 (21.98%) Team Foundation Server
16 20 (21.98%) SpecFlow
16 20 (21.98%) Test Management
17 19 (20.88%) Gherkin
18 18 (19.78%) HP Quality Center
18 18 (19.78%) C#
19 16 (17.58%) Software Engineering
19 16 (17.58%) JIRA
20 15 (16.48%) QuickTest Pro
20 15 (16.48%) HP
20 15 (16.48%) Test Automation
21 14 (15.38%) DV Cleared
22 12 (13.19%) C++
23 11 (12.09%) Visual Studio

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

For the 6 months to 31 October 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 10 (10.99%) JBoss
2 3 (3.30%) Mule
3 1 (1.10%) BizTalk Server
Applications
1 6 (6.59%) MS Excel
2 3 (3.30%) MS Office
3 2 (2.20%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (3.30%) Summit
1 3 (3.30%) SAP Oil and Gas
2 2 (2.20%) assyst
Cloud Services
1 3 (3.30%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (3.30%) Intranet
2 2 (2.20%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 6 (6.59%) SQL Server
2 3 (3.30%) QlikView
2 3 (3.30%) Amazon DynamoDB
3 2 (2.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 2 (2.20%) SQL Server 2008
4 1 (1.10%) Data Warehouse
4 1 (1.10%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 31 (34.07%) Selenium
2 20 (21.98%) Team Foundation Server
2 20 (21.98%) SpecFlow
3 16 (17.58%) JIRA
4 15 (16.48%) QuickTest Pro
5 11 (12.09%) Visual Studio
6 10 (10.99%) JUnit
7 8 (8.79%) SoapUI
8 6 (6.59%) Cucumber
9 4 (4.40%) WebDriver
10 3 (3.30%) Rational Functional Tester
10 3 (3.30%) Git (software)
10 3 (3.30%) LoadRunner
11 2 (2.20%) TestDirector
12 1 (1.10%) NUnit
12 1 (1.10%) Behat
General
1 9 (9.89%) Finance
2 7 (7.69%) Telecoms
3 3 (3.30%) Electronics
3 3 (3.30%) Legal
3 3 (3.30%) Manufacturing
3 3 (3.30%) Marketing
4 1 (1.10%) Law
Job Titles
1 42 (46.15%) Analyst
2 41 (45.05%) Test Analyst
3 23 (25.27%) Tester
4 17 (18.68%) Senior Analyst
4 17 (18.68%) Senior Test Analyst
5 11 (12.09%) Developer
6 10 (10.99%) Automation Tester
7 7 (7.69%) C++/Java Developer
7 7 (7.69%) Agile Test Analyst
7 7 (7.69%) Java Developer
7 7 (7.69%) C++ Developer
8 6 (6.59%) Test Engineer
8 6 (6.59%) Test Leader
9 5 (5.49%) Team Leader
9 5 (5.49%) Senior Test Engineer
9 5 (5.49%) Test Team Leader
10 4 (4.40%) Automated Tester
11 3 (3.30%) QlikView Developer
12 1 (1.10%) Security Tester
12 1 (1.10%) Automated Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 19 (20.88%) Gherkin
2 11 (12.09%) Web Services
3 9 (9.89%) XML
3 9 (9.89%) .NET
4 7 (7.69%) J2EE
4 7 (7.69%) EJB
4 7 (7.69%) JAXB
4 7 (7.69%) Hibernate
4 7 (7.69%) JAX-RS
4 7 (7.69%) PrimeFaces
4 7 (7.69%) HTML
4 7 (7.69%) JSF
4 7 (7.69%) JPA
4 7 (7.69%) EJB 3.0
5 6 (6.59%) .NET Framework
6 5 (5.49%) CSS
7 2 (2.20%) WinForms
7 2 (2.20%) XHTML
8 1 (1.10%) SOAP
8 1 (1.10%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (4.40%) Management Information System
2 3 (3.30%) DTV
2 3 (3.30%) Analytical Skills
3 2 (2.20%) Embedded Systems
4 1 (1.10%) User Experience
4 1 (1.10%) Client/Server
Operating Systems
1 8 (8.79%) Windows
1 8 (8.79%) Linux
2 5 (5.49%) UNIX
Processes & Methodologies
1 58 (63.74%) Agile Software Development
2 40 (43.96%) Scrum
3 34 (37.36%) Test Scripting
4 26 (28.57%) Automated Testing
5 25 (27.47%) User Stories
6 22 (24.18%) User Acceptance Testing
7 21 (23.08%) BDD
8 20 (21.98%) Test Management
9 16 (17.58%) Software Engineering
10 15 (16.48%) Test Automation
11 10 (10.99%) Integration Testing
12 9 (9.89%) Test Strategy
12 9 (9.89%) V-Model
13 8 (8.79%) Waterfall
13 8 (8.79%) Test Planning
13 8 (8.79%) Regression Testing
14 7 (7.69%) Workflow
14 7 (7.69%) Validation
14 7 (7.69%) Project Management
14 7 (7.69%) OO
Programming Languages
1 44 (48.35%) SQL
2 31 (34.07%) Java
3 18 (19.78%) C#
4 12 (13.19%) C++
5 11 (12.09%) C
6 7 (7.69%) JavaScript
6 7 (7.69%) Python
7 5 (5.49%) Ruby
8 4 (4.40%) Bash Shell
9 3 (3.30%) Perl
10 1 (1.10%) Shell Script
Qualifications
1 62 (68.13%) ISEB
2 55 (60.44%) Security Cleared
3 48 (52.75%) ISTQB
4 39 (42.86%) SC Cleared
5 32 (35.16%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
6 14 (15.38%) DV Cleared
7 6 (6.59%) HND
8 3 (3.30%) ITIL Foundation Certificate
9 2 (2.20%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 7 (7.69%) QA
2 3 (3.30%) ISO 14001
2 3 (3.30%) ISO 9001
3 1 (1.10%) SLA
Systems Management
1 18 (19.78%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 29 (31.87%) Microsoft
2 15 (16.48%) HP
3 9 (9.89%) SAP
4 7 (7.69%) Oracle
5 6 (6.59%) Open Text
6 1 (1.10%) Telerik
6 1 (1.10%) TIBCO
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Capita Resourcing - IT Resourcing
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Posted: 3 days ago
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Capita - ITMS
Rate: £425 - £470 per day
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Cheltenham
Capita - ITMS
Rate: £400 - £500 per day
Posted: 24 days ago