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 30 March 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
30 Mar 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 47 58 -
Rank change year-on-year
+11 -
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 4 3 0
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 0.88% 0.65% -
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.17% 0.82% -
Number of daily rates quoted 3 2 0
Average daily rate
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£325 £265 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+22.64% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £325 £325 £303
% change year-on-year
- +7.43%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £35.00 £33.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+6.06% +10.00%
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
341 364 131
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Tyne and Wear 74.78% 79.30% 67.53%
Number of daily rates quoted 198 235 51
Average daily rate £370 £281 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+31.67% -13.53%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £261 £200 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £518 £465 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £396 £375 £363
% change year-on-year
+5.60% +3.44%
Number of hourly rates quoted 18 8 11
Average hourly rate £11.86 £22.50 £18.90
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-47.31% +19.04%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.44 £27.50 £32.00
% change year-on-year
+14.32% -14.06%

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 30 March 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
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 +7 4 £325 +22.64% 1
Sunderland - - - -
Software Testing
North East

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Tyne and Wear

For the 6 months to 30 March 2015, 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 4 (66.67%) QuickTest Pro
1 4 (66.67%) LoadRunner
1 4 (66.67%) Automated Testing
1 4 (66.67%) QA
1 4 (66.67%) HP Quality Center
2 3 (50.00%) Automation Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
2 3 (50.00%) SC Cleared
2 3 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 3 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 3 (50.00%) Configuration Management
2 3 (50.00%) Regression Testing
2 3 (50.00%) VB
2 3 (50.00%) Keyword-Driven Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Mentoring
3 2 (33.33%) SQL
3 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 2 (33.33%) Finance
3 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
4 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
4 1 (16.67%) Asset Management
4 1 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
4 1 (16.67%) Degree
4 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
4 1 (16.67%) System Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Investment Management
4 1 (16.67%) Facilita Forecast
4 1 (16.67%) Manufacturing
4 1 (16.67%) Back Office

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

For the 6 months to 30 March 2015, 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 (16.67%) MS Excel
1 1 (16.67%) MS PowerPoint
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 4 (66.67%) QuickTest Pro
1 4 (66.67%) LoadRunner
2 1 (16.67%) Facilita Forecast
2 1 (16.67%) Visual Studio
General
1 2 (33.33%) Finance
2 1 (16.67%) Manufacturing
2 1 (16.67%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 2 (33.33%) Tester
1 2 (33.33%) Analyst
1 2 (33.33%) Test Analyst
1 2 (33.33%) Test Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Automation Tester
2 1 (16.67%) Automation Engineer
2 1 (16.67%) Performance Tester
Miscellaneous
1 1 (16.67%) Analytical Skills
1 1 (16.67%) Performance Metrics
Operating Systems
1 1 (16.67%) UNIX
1 1 (16.67%) Windows
1 1 (16.67%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (66.67%) Automated Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Problem Management
2 3 (50.00%) Automation Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Keyword-Driven Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Mentoring
2 3 (50.00%) Configuration Management
2 3 (50.00%) Regression Testing
2 3 (50.00%) Test Scripting
3 1 (16.67%) System Testing
3 1 (16.67%) Investment Management
3 1 (16.67%) Test Automation
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (16.67%) Asset Management
3 1 (16.67%) Performance Monitoring
3 1 (16.67%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (50.00%) VB
2 2 (33.33%) SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (50.00%) SC Cleared
1 3 (50.00%) Security Cleared
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
2 2 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (16.67%) Degree
3 1 (16.67%) ISEB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (66.67%) QA
Systems Management
1 4 (66.67%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft
1 1 (16.67%) HP