The table below looks at the statistics for Software Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Tyne and Wear region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Software Testing over the 3 months to 24 December 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
24 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 56 - 33
Rank change year-on-year
- 0
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 2 0 1
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 0.36% - 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.47% - 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 0 0
Average daily rate
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£380 - -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+8.33% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £33.88 £22.50
% change year-on-year
-11.43% +50.55%
Software Testing
North East

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Tyne and Wear region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Tyne and Wear
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
424 179 191
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 77.37% 73.66% 63.67%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 93 79
Average daily rate £420 £350 £288
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+20.00% +21.73%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £267 £186 £125
10% offered a daily rate of more than £510 £490 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+4.72% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 17 11
Average hourly rate £27.50 £19.75 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+39.24% -12.22%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.58 £12.50 £11.77
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £28.06 £27.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Tyne and Wear region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Tyne and Wear

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Software Testing across the Tyne and Wear region.

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing across the Tyne and Wear region.

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Tyne and Wear

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Tyne and Wear

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 Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 24 December 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Newcastle upon Tyne - 2 £380 -
Sunderland - - - - 1
Software Testing
North East

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Tyne and Wear 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 15 (78.95%) Automated Testing
1 15 (78.95%) Test Scripting
2 13 (68.42%) QA
3 10 (52.63%) Regression Testing
3 10 (52.63%) QuickTest Pro
3 10 (52.63%) Configuration Management
3 10 (52.63%) Problem Management
4 9 (47.37%) HP Quality Center
5 8 (42.11%) LoadRunner
6 7 (36.84%) Automation Testing
6 7 (36.84%) Facilita Forecast
6 7 (36.84%) Data Structures
7 6 (31.58%) ISTQB
7 6 (31.58%) Performance Testing
8 5 (26.32%) Security Cleared
8 5 (26.32%) Test Automation
8 5 (26.32%) Test Strategy
8 5 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
9 4 (21.05%) TDD
9 4 (21.05%) Selenium
9 4 (21.05%) Ruby
9 4 (21.05%) Java
9 4 (21.05%) JUnit
9 4 (21.05%) Jenkins
9 4 (21.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
9 4 (21.05%) RSpec
9 4 (21.05%) WebDriver
9 4 (21.05%) Cucumber
10 3 (15.79%) Web Testing
10 3 (15.79%) VB

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear by Category

For the 6 months to 24 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Tyne and Wear 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.

Applications
1 1 (5.26%) MS Excel
1 1 (5.26%) MS PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 10 (52.63%) QuickTest Pro
2 8 (42.11%) LoadRunner
3 7 (36.84%) Facilita Forecast
4 4 (21.05%) JUnit
4 4 (21.05%) Selenium
4 4 (21.05%) RSpec
4 4 (21.05%) WebDriver
4 4 (21.05%) Cucumber
4 4 (21.05%) Jenkins
General
1 2 (10.53%) Finance
1 2 (10.53%) Games
2 1 (5.26%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 8 (42.11%) Tester
2 5 (26.32%) Test Engineer
3 4 (21.05%) Performance Tester
3 4 (21.05%) Performance Engineer
3 4 (21.05%) Performance Test Engineer
4 2 (10.53%) Automation Tester
4 2 (10.53%) Automation Specialist
4 2 (10.53%) Manual Tester
4 2 (10.53%) Test Specialist
4 2 (10.53%) Test Consultant
4 2 (10.53%) Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Test Analyst
4 2 (10.53%) Consultant
5 1 (5.26%) Automation Engineer
5 1 (5.26%) Test Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (10.53%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 7 (36.84%) Data Structures
2 1 (5.26%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 15 (78.95%) Automated Testing
1 15 (78.95%) Test Scripting
2 10 (52.63%) Problem Management
2 10 (52.63%) Configuration Management
2 10 (52.63%) Regression Testing
3 7 (36.84%) Automation Testing
4 6 (31.58%) Performance Testing
5 5 (26.32%) Agile Software Development
5 5 (26.32%) Test Automation
5 5 (26.32%) Test Strategy
6 4 (21.05%) TDD
7 3 (15.79%) Web Testing
8 2 (10.53%) Keyword-Driven Testing
9 1 (5.26%) Mentoring
9 1 (5.26%) User Stories
9 1 (5.26%) System Testing
9 1 (5.26%) Investment Management
9 1 (5.26%) User Acceptance Testing
9 1 (5.26%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (21.05%) Java
1 4 (21.05%) Ruby
2 3 (15.79%) VB
3 2 (10.53%) SQL
4 1 (5.26%) Python
4 1 (5.26%) Scala
4 1 (5.26%) C#
Qualifications
1 6 (31.58%) ISTQB
2 5 (26.32%) Security Cleared
3 4 (21.05%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 3 (15.79%) ISEB
5 2 (10.53%) SC Cleared
6 1 (5.26%) BC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 13 (68.42%) QA
Systems Management
1 9 (47.37%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) HP
2 1 (5.26%) Microsoft