The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the North West 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 24 March 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.

3 months to
24 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Software Testing
England / North West
Rank 111 121 118
Rank change year-on-year +10 -3  
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 19 38 32
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.73% 0.99% 0.91%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.89% 1.21% 1.16%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 20 14
Median daily rate £338 £323 £340
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +4.65% -5.14%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £254 £274 £222
10% offered a daily rate of more than £423 £400 £400
UK excluding London median daily rate £345 £325 £320
% change year-on-year +6.15% +1.56%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Median hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £35.00 £42.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year -16.66% +20.00%  

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 the North West with a requirement for process and methodology skills.

Contract Process & Methodology Skills
North West
Contract job vacancies with a requirement for process and methodology skills 2141 3145 2764
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the North West 82.35% 82.27% 78.75%
Number of daily rates quoted 1352 1906 1515
Median daily rate £400 £400 £400
90% offered a daily rate of more than £283 £290 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £538 £550
UK excluding London median daily rate £410 £400 £400
% change year-on-year +2.50% -  
Number of hourly rates quoted 110 124 125
Median hourly rate £40.00 £37.50 £39.25
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +6.66% -4.45%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £15.50 £16.00 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £50.20 £50.00 £60.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £36.00 £39.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year -7.69% +30.00%  

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

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

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor daily rate trend for Software Testing in the North West

Software Testing
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the North West over the 3 months to 24 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Software Testing in the North West

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the North West

Software Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

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 West region over the 3 months to 24 March 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
Manchester +3 14 £375 +15.38% 16
Cheshire +21 3 £338 +6.71% 2
Merseyside - 1 £250 -
Software Testing
England

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 24 March 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 West region with a requirement for Software Testing.

1 12 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (32.26%) Java
3 9 (29.03%) TDD
4 7 (22.58%) JavaScript
4 7 (22.58%) Games
5 6 (19.35%) Software Engineering
5 6 (19.35%) Scrum
5 6 (19.35%) SQL
5 6 (19.35%) ISEB
5 6 (19.35%) Finance
6 5 (16.13%) OOP
6 5 (16.13%) ISTQB
6 5 (16.13%) Selenium
6 5 (16.13%) QA
7 4 (12.90%) Ruby
7 4 (12.90%) Objective-C
7 4 (12.90%) Test Scripting
7 4 (12.90%) Manual Testing
7 4 (12.90%) Android
7 4 (12.90%) Git (software)
7 4 (12.90%) Mocha
7 4 (12.90%) BDD
7 4 (12.90%) WebGL
7 4 (12.90%) Apple iOS
7 4 (12.90%) Oracle
7 4 (12.90%) C#
7 4 (12.90%) C++
7 4 (12.90%) Migration
7 4 (12.90%) Jasmine
7 4 (12.90%) GitHub

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West 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 (9.68%) SAS
Applications
1 1 (3.23%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (3.23%) Oracle ERP
Cloud Services
1 4 (12.90%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 2 (6.45%) Internet
1 2 (6.45%) TCP/IP
2 1 (3.23%) Cisco IOS
2 1 (3.23%) DHCP
2 1 (3.23%) DNS
2 1 (3.23%) Firewall
2 1 (3.23%) LAN
2 1 (3.23%) PBX
2 1 (3.23%) SSL
2 1 (3.23%) VLAN
2 1 (3.23%) VoIP
2 1 (3.23%) VPN
2 1 (3.23%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (9.68%) Data Warehouse
1 3 (9.68%) Oracle Database
2 1 (3.23%) MS Access
2 1 (3.23%) SQL Server
Development Applications
1 5 (16.13%) Selenium
2 4 (12.90%) Git (software)
2 4 (12.90%) Jasmine
2 4 (12.90%) Mocha
3 2 (6.45%) HP UFT
3 2 (6.45%) JIRA
3 2 (6.45%) Visual Studio
3 2 (6.45%) WebDriver
4 1 (3.23%) Babel
4 1 (3.23%) NUnit
4 1 (3.23%) Sahi
4 1 (3.23%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (3.23%) TestDirector
4 1 (3.23%) WATIR
General
1 7 (22.58%) Games
2 6 (19.35%) Finance
3 2 (6.45%) Legal
4 1 (3.23%) Banking
4 1 (3.23%) Electronics
4 1 (3.23%) Manufacturing
4 1 (3.23%) Telecoms
4 1 (3.23%) Welsh Language
Job Titles
1 9 (29.03%) Analyst
2 8 (25.81%) Developer
3 7 (22.58%) Test Analyst
4 5 (16.13%) JavaScript Developer
5 4 (12.90%) Software Developer
5 4 (12.90%) Tester
6 3 (9.68%) Mobile Developer
6 3 (9.68%) Service Analyst
6 3 (9.68%) Software Engineer
6 3 (9.68%) Software Tester
7 2 (6.45%) Business Analyst
7 2 (6.45%) iOS Developer
7 2 (6.45%) Junior
7 2 (6.45%) Junior Analyst
7 2 (6.45%) Junior Test Analyst
8 1 (3.23%) Digital Analyst
8 1 (3.23%) Digital Business Analyst
8 1 (3.23%) Digital Developer
8 1 (3.23%) Infrastructure Test Analyst
8 1 (3.23%) Ruby Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (12.90%) HTML5 Canvas
1 4 (12.90%) Pixi.js
1 4 (12.90%) WebGL
2 3 (9.68%) Node.js
3 2 (6.45%) HTML
3 2 (6.45%) HTML5
3 2 (6.45%) React
3 2 (6.45%) Web Services
4 1 (3.23%) .NET
4 1 (3.23%) Express
4 1 (3.23%) Oracle Fusion
4 1 (3.23%) Qt
4 1 (3.23%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 3 (9.68%) Analytical Skills
1 3 (9.68%) Interactive TV
1 3 (9.68%) MHEG
1 3 (9.68%) Mobile App
1 3 (9.68%) New Media
1 3 (9.68%) User Experience
2 2 (6.45%) Computer Science
2 2 (6.45%) IPTV
3 1 (3.23%) Data Centre
3 1 (3.23%) Smartphone
3 1 (3.23%) Video on Demand
Operating Systems
1 4 (12.90%) Android
1 4 (12.90%) Apple iOS
2 3 (9.68%) Linux
3 2 (6.45%) Windows
4 1 (3.23%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (38.71%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (29.03%) TDD
3 6 (19.35%) Scrum
3 6 (19.35%) Software Engineering
4 5 (16.13%) OOP
5 4 (12.90%) Android Development
5 4 (12.90%) BDD
5 4 (12.90%) iOS Development
5 4 (12.90%) Manual Testing
5 4 (12.90%) Migration
5 4 (12.90%) SDLC
5 4 (12.90%) Test Scripting
6 3 (9.68%) Automation Testing
6 3 (9.68%) Business Process Modelling
6 3 (9.68%) Data Migration
6 3 (9.68%) Defect Management
6 3 (9.68%) Test Automation
7 2 (6.45%) Continuous Integration
7 2 (6.45%) Test Management
7 2 (6.45%) Unit Testing
Programming Languages
1 10 (32.26%) Java
2 7 (22.58%) JavaScript
3 6 (19.35%) SQL
4 4 (12.90%) C#
4 4 (12.90%) C++
4 4 (12.90%) Objective-C
4 4 (12.90%) Ruby
5 3 (9.68%) ActionScript
5 3 (9.68%) ES6
5 3 (9.68%) PHP
6 2 (6.45%) Apple Swift
Qualifications
1 6 (19.35%) ISEB
2 5 (16.13%) ISTQB
3 3 (9.68%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (6.45%) Degree
5 1 (3.23%) BPSS Clearance
5 1 (3.23%) CCNA
5 1 (3.23%) Cisco Certification
5 1 (3.23%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (16.13%) QA
Vendors
1 4 (12.90%) Oracle
2 3 (9.68%) OpenTV
3 1 (3.23%) Cisco
3 1 (3.23%) HP
3 1 (3.23%) JD Edwards
3 1 (3.23%) Microsoft
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