Period
to 20 November 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for Software Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Software Testing over the 6 months to 20 November 2017 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Software Testing
North West > Cheshire
6 months to
20 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 87 90 110
Rank change year-on-year +3 +20 -21
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 3 7 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.23% 0.48% 0.14%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.27% 0.56% 0.17%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 2
Cheshire median daily rate £363 £410 £436
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -11.59% -6.02% +40.73%
10th Percentile £356 £353 £394
90th Percentile £369 £427 £480
North West median daily rate £310 £375 £350
% change year-on-year -17.33% +7.14% +9.38%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Cheshire median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £41.00 £34.00 £23.00
% change year-on-year +20.59% +47.83% -

Software Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in Cheshire with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 1120 1254 1759
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 84.02% 86.19% 84.04%
Number of daily rates quoted 801 900 1160
Cheshire median daily rate £420 £400 £424
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +5.00% -5.60% +8.65%
10th Percentile £263 £248 £275
90th Percentile £619 £614 £600
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
Number of hourly rates quoted 40 31 58
Cheshire median hourly rate £13.00 £19.63 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -33.76% +12.14% -4.19%
10th Percentile £11.03 £13.00 £12.81
90th Percentile £35.00 £33.75 £35.75
North West median hourly rate £27.00 £22.42 £30.52
% change year-on-year +20.41% -26.53% +69.56%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

Job postings citing Software Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in Cheshire.

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Cheshire

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Software Testing in Cheshire.

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Cheshire

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing in Cheshire.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Cheshire

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing within the Cheshire region over the 6 months to 20 November 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 2 £363 - 2
Chester +10 1 - -
Software Testing
North West

For the 6 months to 20 November 2017, IT contractor jobs citing Software Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the Cheshire region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 3 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (66.67%) Test Strategy
2 2 (66.67%) SQL
2 2 (66.67%) System Testing
2 2 (66.67%) ISEB
3 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
3 1 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (33.33%) Java
3 1 (33.33%) JavaScript
3 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
3 1 (33.33%) SOAP
3 1 (33.33%) Data Warehouse
3 1 (33.33%) ETL
3 1 (33.33%) Functional Testing
3 1 (33.33%) API Testing
3 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center
3 1 (33.33%) WebDriver
3 1 (33.33%) SoapUI
3 1 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Validation
3 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
3 1 (33.33%) QA
3 1 (33.33%) Selenium
3 1 (33.33%) Performance Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Stress Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Integration Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (33.33%) Data Warehouse
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Analysis Services
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 1 (33.33%) SQL Server Reporting Services
Development Applications
1 1 (33.33%) Selenium
1 1 (33.33%) SoapUI
1 1 (33.33%) Team Foundation Server
1 1 (33.33%) WebDriver
Job Titles
1 3 (100.00%) Analyst
1 3 (100.00%) Test Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Data Warehouse Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) QA Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) QA Test Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) SQL Data Analyst
2 1 (33.33%) Test Data Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (33.33%) SOAP
Processes & Methodologies
1 3 (100.00%) Test Automation
2 2 (66.67%) System Testing
2 2 (66.67%) Test Strategy
3 1 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 1 (33.33%) API Testing
3 1 (33.33%) ETL
3 1 (33.33%) Functional Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Integration Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Manual Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Performance Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Regression Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Stress Testing
3 1 (33.33%) Test Scripting
3 1 (33.33%) Validation
Programming Languages
1 2 (66.67%) SQL
2 1 (33.33%) Java
2 1 (33.33%) JavaScript
2 1 (33.33%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 2 (66.67%) ISEB
2 1 (33.33%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (33.33%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (33.33%) HP Quality Center