Period
to 25 July 2017

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 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 25 July 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 > Merseyside
6 months to
25 Jul 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 58 54 58
Rank change year-on-year -4 +4 -27
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 5 9 6
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in Merseyside 0.78% 1.43% 0.74%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.94% 1.74% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 1 5 5
Merseyside median daily rate £250 £313 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -20.00% -21.88% +29.03%
10th Percentile £225 £139 £229
90th Percentile £275 £326 £475
North West median daily rate £335 £340 £350
% change year-on-year -1.47% -2.86% +12.90%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Merseyside median hourly rate - - -
North West median hourly rate £51.71 - £23.00

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 Merseyside with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
Merseyside
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 532 516 595
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in Merseyside 83.52% 81.77% 73.73%
Number of daily rates quoted 328 310 282
Merseyside median daily rate £400 £375 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +6.67% - -
10th Percentile £263 £250 £210
90th Percentile £550 £521 £598
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £388
% change year-on-year - +3.23% +10.71%
Number of hourly rates quoted 6 5 2
Merseyside median hourly rate £15.64 £18.80 £51.67
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -16.84% -63.61% +179.27%
10th Percentile £11.75 £10.70 £50.83
90th Percentile £16.18 £26.85 £52.50
North West median hourly rate £35.00 £28.00 £27.50
% change year-on-year +25.00% +1.82% +23.94%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in Merseyside

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

Job vacancy trend for Software Testing in Merseyside

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in Merseyside

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in Merseyside

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in Merseyside

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 Merseyside region over the 6 months to 25 July 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
Liverpool -4 5 £250 +100.00% 2
Software Testing
North West

For the 6 months to 25 July 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 Merseyside region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 4 (80.00%) Regression Testing
1 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (80.00%) JIRA
1 4 (80.00%) Integration Testing
1 4 (80.00%) Test Management
1 4 (80.00%) System Testing
1 4 (80.00%) Functional Testing
2 3 (60.00%) Relational Database
2 3 (60.00%) Analytical Skills
2 3 (60.00%) Test Automation
2 3 (60.00%) WebDriver
2 3 (60.00%) Agile Project Management
2 3 (60.00%) Selenium
2 3 (60.00%) Scrum
2 3 (60.00%) Internet
2 3 (60.00%) Project Management
2 3 (60.00%) HTML
2 3 (60.00%) Java
2 3 (60.00%) JavaScript
2 3 (60.00%) SQL
2 3 (60.00%) J2EE
2 3 (60.00%) Oracle
2 3 (60.00%) Web Services
2 3 (60.00%) XML
2 3 (60.00%) E-Commerce
2 3 (60.00%) ColdFusion
2 3 (60.00%) HP
2 3 (60.00%) Defect Management
3 2 (40.00%) PlayStation
4 1 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in Merseyside 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 3 (60.00%) ColdFusion
Communications & Networking
1 3 (60.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (60.00%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (80.00%) JIRA
2 3 (60.00%) Selenium
2 3 (60.00%) WebDriver
General
1 1 (20.00%) Russian Language
1 1 (20.00%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 5 (100.00%) Analyst
1 5 (100.00%) Test Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) Systems Analyst
2 3 (60.00%) Systems Test Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) QA Analyst
3 1 (20.00%) QA Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 3 (60.00%) HTML
1 3 (60.00%) J2EE
1 3 (60.00%) Web Services
1 3 (60.00%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (60.00%) Analytical Skills
2 2 (40.00%) PlayStation
Processes & Methodologies
1 4 (80.00%) Agile Software Development
1 4 (80.00%) Functional Testing
1 4 (80.00%) Integration Testing
1 4 (80.00%) Regression Testing
1 4 (80.00%) System Testing
1 4 (80.00%) Test Management
2 3 (60.00%) Agile Project Management
2 3 (60.00%) Defect Management
2 3 (60.00%) E-Commerce
2 3 (60.00%) Project Management
2 3 (60.00%) Scrum
2 3 (60.00%) Test Automation
3 1 (20.00%) Defect Tracking
3 1 (20.00%) Scenario Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Smoke Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Usability Testing
3 1 (20.00%) Use Case
3 1 (20.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 3 (60.00%) Java
1 3 (60.00%) JavaScript
1 3 (60.00%) SQL
Qualifications
1 1 (20.00%) ISEB
1 1 (20.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (20.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (20.00%) QA
Vendors
1 3 (60.00%) HP
1 3 (60.00%) Oracle