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 3 months to 23 June 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
3 months to
23 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 53 74 72
Rank change year-on-year +21 -2  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 5 8 3
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Cheshire 0.78% 0.87% 0.30%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.94% 1.03% 0.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 8 2
Median daily rate £363 £463 £449
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -21.62% +3.06%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £325 £320
% change year-on-year +7.69% +1.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £50.00 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +33.33% -  

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

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Cheshire
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 534 774 848
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Cheshire 83.44% 84.13% 84.55%
Number of daily rates quoted 362 562 508
Median daily rate £400 £428 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -6.43% +6.87%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £295 £325 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £600 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £383
% change year-on-year +3.75% +4.57%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 28 13 33
Median hourly rate £32.00 £26.75 £18.48
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +19.62% +44.79%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.00 £15.00 £14.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £65.00 £62.50 £35.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +17.54% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Cheshire

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Cheshire citing Software Testing as a proportion of all contract or permanent IT jobs with a match in the Processes & Methodologies category.

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 3 months to 23 June 2017. 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 Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington +19 3 £363 -23.68%
Chester +15 1 - -
Software Testing
North West

For the 6 months to 23 June 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 7 (87.50%) Test Automation
2 6 (75.00%) SQL
3 4 (50.00%) ISEB
3 4 (50.00%) SQL Server
3 4 (50.00%) ETL
3 4 (50.00%) Validation
3 4 (50.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
3 4 (50.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
3 4 (50.00%) Performance Testing
3 4 (50.00%) Integration Testing
4 3 (37.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 3 (37.50%) HP Quality Center
4 3 (37.50%) System Testing
4 3 (37.50%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (37.50%) Test Strategy
4 3 (37.50%) Functional Testing
4 3 (37.50%) Stress Testing
4 3 (37.50%) Selenium
4 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
4 3 (37.50%) ISTQB
4 3 (37.50%) Data Warehouse
4 3 (37.50%) Regression Testing
5 2 (25.00%) Finance
5 2 (25.00%) Java
5 2 (25.00%) QA
6 1 (12.50%) Operational Acceptance Testing
6 1 (12.50%) SDLC
6 1 (12.50%) API Testing
6 1 (12.50%) Waterfall
6 1 (12.50%) SoapUI

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 4 (50.00%) SQL Server
1 4 (50.00%) SQL Server Integration Services
1 4 (50.00%) SQL Server Reporting Services
2 3 (37.50%) Data Warehouse
2 3 (37.50%) SQL Server Analysis Services
Development Applications
1 3 (37.50%) Selenium
1 3 (37.50%) Team Foundation Server
2 1 (12.50%) HP UFT
2 1 (12.50%) SoapUI
2 1 (12.50%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
2 1 (12.50%) Visual Studio
2 1 (12.50%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (25.00%) Finance
2 1 (12.50%) Banking
Job Titles
1 6 (75.00%) Analyst
1 6 (75.00%) Test Analyst
2 4 (50.00%) SQL Analyst
3 3 (37.50%) Tester
4 2 (25.00%) Data Warehouse Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) Data Warehouse Test Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) SQL Data Analyst
4 2 (25.00%) Test Data Analyst
5 1 (12.50%) Automation Test Analyst
5 1 (12.50%) QA Analyst
5 1 (12.50%) QA Test Analyst
5 1 (12.50%) Senior Tester
5 1 (12.50%) Software Tester
5 1 (12.50%) Systems Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (12.50%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 1 (12.50%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 1 (12.50%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 7 (87.50%) Test Automation
2 4 (50.00%) ETL
2 4 (50.00%) Integration Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Performance Testing
2 4 (50.00%) Validation
3 3 (37.50%) Agile Software Development
3 3 (37.50%) Functional Testing
3 3 (37.50%) Regression Testing
3 3 (37.50%) Stress Testing
3 3 (37.50%) System Testing
3 3 (37.50%) Test Strategy
4 1 (12.50%) API Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Business Intelligence
4 1 (12.50%) Manual Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Mathematics
4 1 (12.50%) Operational Acceptance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) SDLC
4 1 (12.50%) Test Management
4 1 (12.50%) User Acceptance Testing
4 1 (12.50%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 6 (75.00%) SQL
2 2 (25.00%) Java
3 1 (12.50%) JavaScript
3 1 (12.50%) PowerShell
Qualifications
1 4 (50.00%) ISEB
2 3 (37.50%) ISTQB
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (25.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (37.50%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (12.50%) JD Edwards