The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Leeds 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 28 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
3 months to
28 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 81 96 92
Rank change year-on-year +15 -4  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 6 12 14
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Leeds 0.54% 0.81% 0.92%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.91% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 9 6
Median daily rate £481 £300 £300
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +60.41% -  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £421 £249 £283
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £355 £338
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £330 £316
% change year-on-year +6.06% +4.34%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £48.75 £37.50 £37.50
% change year-on-year +30.00% -  

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 Leeds with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Leeds
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 971 1315 1326
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Leeds 88.03% 88.73% 86.78%
Number of daily rates quoted 662 931 985
Median daily rate £405 £425 £356
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -4.70% +19.38%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £315 £325 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £535 £565 £515
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 9 12 21
Median hourly rate £15.25 £14.50 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +5.17% -17.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.00 £10.20 £9.35
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £25.65 £170.00 £175.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £34.75 £28.50 £30.00
% change year-on-year +21.92% -5.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Leeds

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in Leeds 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 Leeds

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Leeds

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in Leeds

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in Leeds

For the 6 months to 28 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 Leeds region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 21 (84.00%) Test Automation
2 14 (56.00%) Manual Testing
2 14 (56.00%) ISTQB
3 13 (52.00%) Functional Testing
4 9 (36.00%) Visual Studio
4 9 (36.00%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (36.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 9 (36.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (32.00%) Kanban
5 8 (32.00%) MSTest
5 8 (32.00%) BDD
5 8 (32.00%) SharePoint 2010
5 8 (32.00%) SharePoint
6 7 (28.00%) SQL
6 7 (28.00%) ISEB
6 7 (28.00%) Scrum
7 6 (24.00%) Oracle
7 6 (24.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
8 5 (20.00%) Exploratory Testing
8 5 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
8 5 (20.00%) Degree
8 5 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
8 5 (20.00%) Test Scripting
9 4 (16.00%) Integration Testing
9 4 (16.00%) Test Strategy
9 4 (16.00%) QA
9 4 (16.00%) SQL Server
9 4 (16.00%) .NET
9 4 (16.00%) ITIL
9 4 (16.00%) Jenkins

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Leeds 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:

Application Platforms
1 8 (32.00%) SharePoint
1 8 (32.00%) SharePoint 2010
2 2 (8.00%) SharePoint 2013
3 1 (4.00%) Apache
3 1 (4.00%) Apache Spark
3 1 (4.00%) OpenStack
Cloud Services
1 1 (4.00%) Amazon AWS
1 1 (4.00%) Google Cloud Platform
1 1 (4.00%) IaaS
1 1 (4.00%) Loggly
1 1 (4.00%) Sumo Logic
Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.00%) DNS
1 1 (4.00%) HTTP
1 1 (4.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (16.00%) SQL Server
2 1 (4.00%) Apache Cassandra
2 1 (4.00%) Hadoop
2 1 (4.00%) HBase
2 1 (4.00%) MongoDB
2 1 (4.00%) MySQL
2 1 (4.00%) PostgreSQL
2 1 (4.00%) Redis
2 1 (4.00%) Relational Database
2 1 (4.00%) Riak
Development Applications
1 9 (36.00%) Team Foundation Server
1 9 (36.00%) Visual Studio
2 8 (32.00%) MSTest
3 4 (16.00%) Jenkins
4 3 (12.00%) Selenium
4 3 (12.00%) SpecFlow
5 2 (8.00%) Git (software)
5 2 (8.00%) JIRA
6 1 (4.00%) Cucumber
6 1 (4.00%) Grunt
6 1 (4.00%) JIRA Agile
6 1 (4.00%) Maven
6 1 (4.00%) Vagrant
General
1 3 (12.00%) Finance
2 2 (8.00%) Legal
3 1 (4.00%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (48.00%) Tester
2 6 (24.00%) Analyst
2 6 (24.00%) Software Tester
3 4 (16.00%) Test Analyst
3 4 (16.00%) Test Manager
4 3 (12.00%) Digital Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) Automation Test Analyst
5 2 (8.00%) QA Engineer
5 2 (8.00%) QA Tester
5 2 (8.00%) SAP Manager
5 2 (8.00%) Senior QA Engineer
5 2 (8.00%) Senior QA Tester
5 2 (8.00%) Senior Tester
5 2 (8.00%) Software Manager
5 2 (8.00%) Software Test Manager
5 2 (8.00%) UAT Analyst
6 1 (4.00%) Agile Tester
6 1 (4.00%) QA Test Manager
6 1 (4.00%) SQL Server Analyst
6 1 (4.00%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (16.00%) .NET
2 2 (8.00%) HTML
3 1 (4.00%) AngularJS
3 1 (4.00%) CSS
3 1 (4.00%) CSS3
3 1 (4.00%) Elastic Stack
3 1 (4.00%) Gherkin
3 1 (4.00%) HTML5
3 1 (4.00%) jQuery
3 1 (4.00%) LAMP
3 1 (4.00%) LAPP Stack
3 1 (4.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 5 (20.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (12.00%) NHS
3 1 (4.00%) Digital TV
3 1 (4.00%) Embedded Systems
3 1 (4.00%) IPTV
3 1 (4.00%) Over-the-Top Content
3 1 (4.00%) Replication
Operating Systems
1 1 (4.00%) CoreOS
1 1 (4.00%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 21 (84.00%) Test Automation
2 14 (56.00%) Manual Testing
3 13 (52.00%) Functional Testing
4 9 (36.00%) Agile Software Development
4 9 (36.00%) User Acceptance Testing
5 8 (32.00%) BDD
5 8 (32.00%) Kanban
6 7 (28.00%) Scrum
7 5 (20.00%) Exploratory Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
7 5 (20.00%) Test Scripting
8 4 (16.00%) Integration Testing
8 4 (16.00%) ITIL
8 4 (16.00%) Test Strategy
9 3 (12.00%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (12.00%) Project Management
9 3 (12.00%) Quality Management
9 3 (12.00%) Stakeholder Management
9 3 (12.00%) TDD
9 3 (12.00%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 7 (28.00%) SQL
2 3 (12.00%) Java
3 2 (8.00%) C#
3 2 (8.00%) C++
3 2 (8.00%) Python
4 1 (4.00%) JavaScript
4 1 (4.00%) PHP
4 1 (4.00%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 14 (56.00%) ISTQB
2 7 (28.00%) ISEB
3 6 (24.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 5 (20.00%) Degree
5 2 (8.00%) BPSS Clearance
5 2 (8.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (16.00%) QA
2 1 (4.00%) Disclosure Scotland
System Software
1 1 (4.00%) Docker
1 1 (4.00%) HDFS
1 1 (4.00%) VirtualBox
1 1 (4.00%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 1 (4.00%) Ansible
1 1 (4.00%) Kubernetes
1 1 (4.00%) Nagios
1 1 (4.00%) Opscode Chef
1 1 (4.00%) Puppet
1 1 (4.00%) Salt
1 1 (4.00%) ZABBIX
Vendors
1 6 (24.00%) Oracle
2 2 (8.00%) SAP
3 1 (4.00%) Google
3 1 (4.00%) New Relic
3 1 (4.00%) Rackspace
3 1 (4.00%) SaltStack
3 1 (4.00%) Splunk
3 1 (4.00%) VMware