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 22 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
22 Oct 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 54 26 36
Rank change year-on-year
-28 +10
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 14 2 5
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 2.23% 1.04% 1.43%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 2.71% 1.39% 2.21%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 0 2
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£330 - £329
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 - £260
10% offered a daily rate of more than £385 - £398
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £310 £300
% change year-on-year
+6.45% +3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £37.50 £34.00 £26.25
% change year-on-year
+10.29% +29.52%
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
517 144 226
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 82.46% 74.61% 64.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 364 70 102
Average daily rate £375 £350 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% +27.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £200 £208
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £486
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 24 6 12
Average hourly rate £21.80 £17.12 £14.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+27.37% +18.03%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £12.09 £13.11
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £30.00 £18.90 £22.80
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £28.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
-12.28% +3.63%

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Tyne and Wear

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Tyne and Wear region over the 3 months to 22 October 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram 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 22 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
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Last Year
Matching
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Daily Rate
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Average Daily Rate
% Change
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Gateshead - - - -
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Software Testing
North East

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 18 (81.82%) Automated Testing
1 18 (81.82%) Test Scripting
2 16 (72.73%) QA
3 13 (59.09%) Problem Management
3 13 (59.09%) Regression Testing
3 13 (59.09%) Configuration Management
4 12 (54.55%) QuickTest Pro
5 11 (50.00%) LoadRunner
5 11 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
6 10 (45.45%) Facilita Forecast
6 10 (45.45%) Data Structures
7 9 (40.91%) Performance Testing
8 8 (36.36%) Security Cleared
8 8 (36.36%) Test Strategy
9 7 (31.82%) ISTQB
9 7 (31.82%) Automation Testing
10 5 (22.73%) Test Automation
10 5 (22.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
10 5 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
11 4 (18.18%) TDD
11 4 (18.18%) Ruby
11 4 (18.18%) HP
11 4 (18.18%) Java
11 4 (18.18%) JUnit
11 4 (18.18%) Jenkins
11 4 (18.18%) BC Cleared
11 4 (18.18%) RSpec
11 4 (18.18%) WebDriver
11 4 (18.18%) Cucumber
11 4 (18.18%) Selenium

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

For the 6 months to 22 October 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 (4.55%) MS PowerPoint
1 1 (4.55%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.55%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 12 (54.55%) QuickTest Pro
2 11 (50.00%) LoadRunner
3 10 (45.45%) Facilita Forecast
4 4 (18.18%) JUnit
4 4 (18.18%) Jenkins
4 4 (18.18%) RSpec
4 4 (18.18%) WebDriver
4 4 (18.18%) Cucumber
4 4 (18.18%) Selenium
General
1 2 (9.09%) Finance
1 2 (9.09%) Games
2 1 (4.55%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 8 (36.36%) Tester
1 8 (36.36%) Test Engineer
2 7 (31.82%) Performance Engineer
2 7 (31.82%) Performance Test Engineer
3 4 (18.18%) Performance Tester
4 2 (9.09%) Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Test Analyst
4 2 (9.09%) Consultant
4 2 (9.09%) Manual Tester
4 2 (9.09%) Test Specialist
4 2 (9.09%) Test Consultant
4 2 (9.09%) Automation Specialist
4 2 (9.09%) Automation Tester
5 1 (4.55%) Automation Engineer
5 1 (4.55%) Test Automation Specialist
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 2 (9.09%) .NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (45.45%) Data Structures
2 1 (4.55%) Analytical Skills
Processes & Methodologies
1 18 (81.82%) Automated Testing
1 18 (81.82%) Test Scripting
2 13 (59.09%) Problem Management
2 13 (59.09%) Regression Testing
2 13 (59.09%) Configuration Management
3 9 (40.91%) Performance Testing
4 8 (36.36%) Test Strategy
5 7 (31.82%) Automation Testing
6 5 (22.73%) Test Automation
6 5 (22.73%) Agile Software Development
7 4 (18.18%) TDD
8 3 (13.64%) Web Testing
9 2 (9.09%) Keyword-Driven Testing
10 1 (4.55%) System Testing
10 1 (4.55%) Investment Management
10 1 (4.55%) User Acceptance Testing
10 1 (4.55%) User Stories
10 1 (4.55%) Mentoring
10 1 (4.55%) Asset Management
Programming Languages
1 4 (18.18%) Ruby
1 4 (18.18%) Java
2 3 (13.64%) VB
3 2 (9.09%) SQL
4 1 (4.55%) Scala
4 1 (4.55%) C#
4 1 (4.55%) Python
Qualifications
1 8 (36.36%) Security Cleared
2 7 (31.82%) ISTQB
3 5 (22.73%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 4 (18.18%) BC Cleared
5 3 (13.64%) SC Cleared
5 3 (13.64%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 16 (72.73%) QA
Systems Management
1 11 (50.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (18.18%) HP
2 1 (4.55%) Microsoft