The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North East 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 22 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
England / North East
3 months to
22 Jun 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 54 104 60
Rank change year-on-year +50 -44  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 4 21 9
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North East 0.69% 1.33% 1.08%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.81% 1.55% 1.37%
Number of daily rates quoted 4 14 5
Median daily rate £370 £325 £225
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +13.84% +44.44%  
UK excluding London median daily rate £355 £325 £310
% change year-on-year +9.23% +4.83%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 0
Median hourly rate - £37.50 -
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 the North East with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North East
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 493 1356 657
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North East 85.44% 85.93% 78.87%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 870 404
Median daily rate £375 £325 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +15.38% -13.33%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £225 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £510 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £415 £400 £385
% change year-on-year +3.75% +3.89%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 23 69 42
Median hourly rate £30.00 £28.00 £16.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +7.14% +75.00%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.90 £26.00 £11.14
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £49.26 £36.00 £40.00
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 the North East

The job posting trend of jobs advertised in the North East 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 the North East

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in the North East

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North East

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the North East

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North East

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 North East region over the 3 months to 22 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
Tyne and Wear +61 4 £370 +13.84% 3
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 22 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 North East region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 8 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (60.00%) Git (software)
2 6 (60.00%) Selenium
2 6 (60.00%) BDD
2 6 (60.00%) Jenkins
2 6 (60.00%) Stakeholder Management
2 6 (60.00%) Ruby
3 5 (50.00%) Internet
3 5 (50.00%) ERP
3 5 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
3 5 (50.00%) BrowserStack
3 5 (50.00%) Sauce Labs
3 5 (50.00%) RSpec
3 5 (50.00%) WebDriver
4 4 (40.00%) Java
4 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (20.00%) SQL
5 2 (20.00%) VB
5 2 (20.00%) Waterfall
5 2 (20.00%) Scala
5 2 (20.00%) Test Management
5 2 (20.00%) Test Scripting
5 2 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Management
6 1 (10.00%) Continuous Improvement
6 1 (10.00%) Test Strategy
6 1 (10.00%) Functional Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Stakeholder and Relationship Management
6 1 (10.00%) Relational Database
6 1 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

Software Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in the North East 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:

Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Excel
1 1 (10.00%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 1 (10.00%) Unit4 Business World
Cloud Services
1 5 (50.00%) BrowserStack
1 5 (50.00%) Sauce Labs
Communications & Networking
1 5 (50.00%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (10.00%) Relational Database
1 1 (10.00%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 6 (60.00%) Git (software)
1 6 (60.00%) Jenkins
1 6 (60.00%) Selenium
2 5 (50.00%) RSpec
2 5 (50.00%) WebDriver
3 1 (10.00%) Cucumber
3 1 (10.00%) HP UFT
3 1 (10.00%) JIRA
General
1 1 (10.00%) Finance
Job Titles
1 5 (50.00%) Ruby Engineer
1 5 (50.00%) Test Automation Engineer
1 5 (50.00%) Test Engineer
2 3 (30.00%) Analyst
2 3 (30.00%) Test Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) Agile Test Analyst
3 2 (20.00%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Financial Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Functional Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) Functional Test Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) HR Analyst
4 1 (10.00%) QA Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Senior QA Engineer
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Software Tester
4 1 (10.00%) Senior Tester
4 1 (10.00%) Software Tester
4 1 (10.00%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 1 (10.00%) Ruby on Rails
Processes & Methodologies
1 8 (80.00%) Test Automation
2 6 (60.00%) BDD
2 6 (60.00%) Stakeholder Management
3 5 (50.00%) Cybersecurity
3 5 (50.00%) ERP
4 4 (40.00%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (20.00%) Non-Functional Testing
5 2 (20.00%) Test Management
5 2 (20.00%) Test Scripting
5 2 (20.00%) Waterfall
6 1 (10.00%) API Testing
6 1 (10.00%) Coaching
6 1 (10.00%) Continuous Integration
6 1 (10.00%) Defect Management
6 1 (10.00%) Infrastructure Management
6 1 (10.00%) Kanban
6 1 (10.00%) Mentoring
6 1 (10.00%) Open Source
6 1 (10.00%) Psychology
6 1 (10.00%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (60.00%) Ruby
2 4 (40.00%) Java
3 2 (20.00%) Scala
3 2 (20.00%) SQL
3 2 (20.00%) VB
4 1 (10.00%) C
4 1 (10.00%) Perl
4 1 (10.00%) PL/SQL
4 1 (10.00%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 1 (10.00%) ISEB
1 1 (10.00%) ISTQB
1 1 (10.00%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
1 1 (10.00%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (10.00%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (10.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (10.00%) HP
1 1 (10.00%) Oracle
1 1 (10.00%) PeopleSoft