Period
to 23 November 2017

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 6 months to 23 November 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 West
6 months to
23 Nov 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 161 172 140
Rank change year-on-year +11 -32 +20
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 45 56 107
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 0.79% 0.82% 1.25%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.97% 0.98% 1.54%
Number of daily rates quoted 13 39 48
North West median daily rate £310 £375 £350
Median daily rate % change year-on-year -17.33% +7.14% +9.38%
10th Percentile £215 £300 £260
90th Percentile £474 £451 £500
England median daily rate £400 £350 £350
% change year-on-year +14.29% - +1.45%
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 1 1
North West median hourly rate £41.00 £34.00 £23.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +20.59% +47.83% -
10th Percentile £35.80 £33.50 £22.50
90th Percentile £51.71 £34.50 £23.50
England median hourly rate £45.00 £41.25 £32.50
% change year-on-year +9.09% +26.92% -13.33%

Software Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following 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 or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
North West
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 4624 5727 6938
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the North West 81.08% 83.79% 81.23%
Number of daily rates quoted 2961 3686 4208
North West median daily rate £400 £400 £400
10th Percentile £263 £263 £255
90th Percentile £588 £556 £575
England median daily rate £450 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +5.88% - +6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 205 166 282
North West median hourly rate £25.12 £22.00 £30.52
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +14.18% -27.92% +74.40%
10th Percentile £11.52 £11.79 £12.37
90th Percentile £53.00 £53.00 £52.47
England median hourly rate £24.00 £24.00 £22.50
% change year-on-year - +6.67% +18.42%

Software Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in the North West

Job postings citing Software Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in the North West.

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 6 months to 23 November 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 contractor hourly rates quoted in IT jobs citing Software Testing in the North West.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Software Testing in the North West

Software Testing
Contractor Hourly Rate Histogram in the North West

The hourly rate distribution of IT jobs citing Software Testing in the North West over the 6 months to 23 November 2017.

Contractor hourly rate histogram 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 6 months to 23 November 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
Manchester +15 30 £305 -23.75% 9
Lancashire +11 4 £150 -58.62% 2
Merseyside -4 4 £363 +16.00% 2
Cheshire +1 3 £363 -11.59% 4
Cumbria - 2 - -
Software Testing
England

For the 6 months to 23 November 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 28 (62.22%) Test Automation
2 27 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (37.78%) Scrum
4 16 (35.56%) Node.js
5 15 (33.33%) TDD
6 14 (31.11%) JavaScript
7 12 (26.67%) Express
7 12 (26.67%) npm
8 11 (24.44%) Finance
9 10 (22.22%) HTML
9 10 (22.22%) Java
9 10 (22.22%) CSS
9 10 (22.22%) Front End Development
9 10 (22.22%) HTML5
10 9 (20.00%) SQL
10 9 (20.00%) JIRA
11 8 (17.78%) QA
12 7 (15.56%) Interactive TV
12 7 (15.56%) Software Engineering
12 7 (15.56%) SQL Server
13 6 (13.33%) Validation
13 6 (13.33%) ISEB
13 6 (13.33%) Selenium
13 6 (13.33%) Web Development
13 6 (13.33%) Test Scripting
13 6 (13.33%) Video on Demand
13 6 (13.33%) CSS3
13 6 (13.33%) Hudson
13 6 (13.33%) Test Strategy
13 6 (13.33%) Sass

Software Testing
Co-occurring 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:

Business Applications
1 2 (4.44%) Oracle 11i
1 2 (4.44%) Oracle Applications
1 2 (4.44%) Oracle Assets
1 2 (4.44%) Oracle Payables
1 2 (4.44%) Oracle Receivables
2 1 (2.22%) Oracle EBS
2 1 (2.22%) Oracle Financials
2 1 (2.22%) Oracle General Ledger
Cloud Services
1 12 (26.67%) npm
2 2 (4.44%) GitHub
3 1 (2.22%) Amazon AWS
3 1 (2.22%) BrowserStack
Communications & Networking
1 3 (6.67%) PuTTY
1 3 (6.67%) WinSCP
2 2 (4.44%) TCP/IP
3 1 (2.22%) SMS
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (15.56%) SQL Server
2 3 (6.67%) MySQL
3 2 (4.44%) Data Warehouse
3 2 (4.44%) Oracle Database
4 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Analysis Services
4 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 1 (2.22%) SQL Server Reporting Services
4 1 (2.22%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 9 (20.00%) JIRA
2 6 (13.33%) Hudson
2 6 (13.33%) Jenkins
2 6 (13.33%) Selenium
3 5 (11.11%) SoapUI
4 4 (8.89%) WebDriver
5 3 (6.67%) Ant
5 3 (6.67%) Cucumber
5 3 (6.67%) JMeter
5 3 (6.67%) Team Foundation Server
5 3 (6.67%) TortoiseSVN
5 3 (6.67%) WATIR
6 2 (4.44%) Oracle APEX
6 2 (4.44%) Oracle Forms
6 2 (4.44%) Rational Rhapsody
6 2 (4.44%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
6 2 (4.44%) Toad
6 2 (4.44%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.22%) Appium
7 1 (2.22%) Rational DOORS
General
1 11 (24.44%) Finance
2 4 (8.89%) Manufacturing
3 3 (6.67%) Marketing
4 2 (4.44%) Legal
4 2 (4.44%) Retail
5 1 (2.22%) Military
5 1 (2.22%) Russian Language
5 1 (2.22%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 22 (48.89%) Analyst
2 20 (44.44%) Test Analyst
3 12 (26.67%) Developer
4 5 (11.11%) Automation Test Analyst
4 5 (11.11%) Tester
4 5 (11.11%) Web Developer
5 4 (8.89%) JavaScript Developer
5 4 (8.89%) Software Engineer
6 3 (6.67%) Manual Test Analyst
6 3 (6.67%) QA Analyst
6 3 (6.67%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (4.44%) C++ Software Engineer
7 2 (4.44%) Manual Tester
7 2 (4.44%) Senior Software Engineer
7 2 (4.44%) Software Developer
8 1 (2.22%) Infrastructure Project Manager
8 1 (2.22%) Project Manager
8 1 (2.22%) Senior Manager
8 1 (2.22%) Support Analyst
8 1 (2.22%) Technical Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 16 (35.56%) Node.js
2 12 (26.67%) Express
3 10 (22.22%) CSS
3 10 (22.22%) HTML
3 10 (22.22%) HTML5
4 6 (13.33%) CSS3
4 6 (13.33%) Sass
5 4 (8.89%) .NET
6 2 (4.44%) JSON
6 2 (4.44%) Qt
7 1 (2.22%) EDI
7 1 (2.22%) SOAP
7 1 (2.22%) WebdriverIO
Miscellaneous
1 7 (15.56%) Interactive TV
2 6 (13.33%) Video on Demand
3 3 (6.67%) Analytical Skills
3 3 (6.67%) Computer Science
3 3 (6.67%) Credit Risk
3 3 (6.67%) Digital Media
3 3 (6.67%) MHEG
4 2 (4.44%) Life Science
5 1 (2.22%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (11.11%) Windows
2 3 (6.67%) Linux
3 2 (4.44%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 28 (62.22%) Test Automation
2 27 (60.00%) Agile Software Development
3 17 (37.78%) Scrum
4 15 (33.33%) TDD
5 10 (22.22%) Front End Development
6 7 (15.56%) Software Engineering
7 6 (13.33%) Test Scripting
7 6 (13.33%) Test Strategy
7 6 (13.33%) Validation
7 6 (13.33%) Web Development
8 5 (11.11%) API Testing
8 5 (11.11%) OO
9 4 (8.89%) Defect Management
9 4 (8.89%) Functional Testing
9 4 (8.89%) Manual Testing
9 4 (8.89%) Migration
9 4 (8.89%) Regression Testing
9 4 (8.89%) UML
9 4 (8.89%) Waterfall
10 3 (6.67%) SDLC
Programming Languages
1 14 (31.11%) JavaScript
2 10 (22.22%) Java
3 9 (20.00%) SQL
4 4 (8.89%) C++
5 3 (6.67%) PHP
5 3 (6.67%) Ruby
6 2 (4.44%) PL/SQL
7 1 (2.22%) C#
7 1 (2.22%) ES6
7 1 (2.22%) PowerShell
7 1 (2.22%) Python
Qualifications
1 6 (13.33%) ISEB
2 5 (11.11%) ISTQB
2 5 (11.11%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
3 3 (6.67%) Computer Science Degree
3 3 (6.67%) Degree
4 2 (4.44%) Security Cleared
5 1 (2.22%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 8 (17.78%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.22%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (8.89%) Oracle
2 3 (6.67%) OpenTV
3 2 (4.44%) Microsoft
4 1 (2.22%) Avaya
4 1 (2.22%) HP