The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Cheshire region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 1 September 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily contractor rates and hourly contractor rates are treated separately. When calculating average contractor rates, daily rates are not derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Location
3 months to
1 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 59 67 73
Rank change year-on-year
+8 +6
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 4 1 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.49% 0.12% 0.33%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.68% 0.16% 0.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 3 1 2
Average daily rate
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£310 £310 £286
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +8.39%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £310 £257
10% offered a daily rate of more than £320 £310 £315
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £265
% change year-on-year
-3.33% +13.20%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £33.00 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-9.09% +1.53%
Manual Testing
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the Cheshire region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
589 622 582
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 72.63% 73.87% 64.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 312 295 333
Average daily rate £400 £325 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% -7.14%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £263 £250 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £450 £455
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £360
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.77%
Number of hourly rates quoted 32 33 26
Average hourly rate £30.00 £31.56 £41.75
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-4.92% -24.41%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.80 £14.50 £20.07
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £45.00 £47.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.50 £30.00 £31.00
% change year-on-year
-11.66% -3.22%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing across the Cheshire region as a proportion of the total demand within the Processes & Methodologies category.

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Cheshire

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in IT contract jobs citing Manual Testing across the Cheshire region.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in Cheshire

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing across the Cheshire region.

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Cheshire

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in Cheshire

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 1 September 2014. 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
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Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Warrington - 1 £320 - 1
Wilmslow - - - -
Knutsford - - - -
Northwich - - - - 1
Manual Testing
North West

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Manual Testing.

1 6 (100.00%) SQL
1 6 (100.00%) .NET
2 5 (83.33%) ISEB
2 5 (83.33%) Software Testing
2 5 (83.33%) ISTQB
3 4 (66.67%) Project Planning
3 4 (66.67%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (50.00%) JIRA
5 2 (33.33%) Integration Testing
5 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
5 2 (33.33%) V-Model
6 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
6 1 (16.67%) System Testing
6 1 (16.67%) Business Analysis
6 1 (16.67%) Release Management
6 1 (16.67%) Performance Testing
6 1 (16.67%) Stress Testing
6 1 (16.67%) .NET Framework
6 1 (16.67%) Regression Testing
6 1 (16.67%) Shell Script
6 1 (16.67%) MySQL
6 1 (16.67%) Oracle
6 1 (16.67%) Web Services
6 1 (16.67%) XML
6 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
6 1 (16.67%) Microsoft
6 1 (16.67%) VBScript
6 1 (16.67%) VB
6 1 (16.67%) VB.NET
6 1 (16.67%) C

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Cheshire region citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following IT skills grouped by category. The figures indicate the number of jobs and their proportion against the total number of contract IT job ads sampled that cited Manual Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Applications
1 1 (16.67%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (16.67%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 4 (66.67%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (50.00%) JIRA
Job Titles
1 5 (83.33%) Analyst
1 5 (83.33%) Test Analyst
2 4 (66.67%) Web Analyst
2 4 (66.67%) Web Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Agile Test Analyst
3 1 (16.67%) Junior Software Tester
3 1 (16.67%) Software Tester
3 1 (16.67%) Junior Tester
3 1 (16.67%) Tester
3 1 (16.67%) Junior
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (100.00%) .NET
2 1 (16.67%) Web Services
2 1 (16.67%) XML
2 1 (16.67%) .NET Framework
2 1 (16.67%) HTML
Processes & Methodologies
1 5 (83.33%) Software Testing
2 4 (66.67%) Project Planning
3 2 (33.33%) Agile Software Development
3 2 (33.33%) Integration Testing
3 2 (33.33%) V-Model
4 1 (16.67%) Regression Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Test Scripting
4 1 (16.67%) System Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Business Analysis
4 1 (16.67%) Release Management
4 1 (16.67%) Performance Testing
4 1 (16.67%) Stress Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (100.00%) SQL
2 1 (16.67%) VBScript
2 1 (16.67%) VB
2 1 (16.67%) VB.NET
2 1 (16.67%) Shell Script
2 1 (16.67%) C
2 1 (16.67%) C#
2 1 (16.67%) C++
2 1 (16.67%) Java
Qualifications
1 5 (83.33%) ISEB
1 5 (83.33%) ISTQB
Vendors
1 1 (16.67%) Oracle
1 1 (16.67%) Microsoft