The first table below looks at the demand 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 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all of the Processes & Methodologies category for the Cheshire region.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 62 60 58
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -2
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 7 2 3
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 0.84% 0.26% 0.41%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.09% 0.35% 0.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 2 1
Average daily rate £310 £245 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+26.53% -18.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £303 £314
% change year-on-year
+2.47% -3.58%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 2
Average hourly rate £140.00 - £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £83.00 £17.00 £37.50
% change year-on-year
+388.23% -54.66%
Processes & Methodologies Category
Cheshire
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
644 574 453
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Cheshire 77.31% 74.45% 62.40%
Number of daily rates quoted 300 253 233
Average daily rate £390 £360 £355
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.33% +1.40%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £240 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £537 £465 £457
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £360 £370
% change year-on-year
+4.16% -2.70%
Number of hourly rates quoted 51 26 14
Average hourly rate £35.00 £37.50 £28.25
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.66% +32.74%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £12.49 £14.00 £13.85
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.00 £56.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £32.00 £26.00
% change year-on-year
-4.68% +23.07%
Manual Testing
North West

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
Daily Rate Histogram in Cheshire

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the Cheshire region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram 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 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
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Vacancies
Warrington - 3 £310 -
Wilmslow - - - -
Manual Testing
North West

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Cheshire

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 10 (76.92%) SQL
2 9 (69.23%) .NET
2 9 (69.23%) MySQL
2 9 (69.23%) Java
2 9 (69.23%) Shell Script
3 7 (53.85%) Oracle
3 7 (53.85%) Web Services
3 7 (53.85%) XML
3 7 (53.85%) VBScript
3 7 (53.85%) VB
3 7 (53.85%) VB.NET
3 7 (53.85%) C
3 7 (53.85%) C#
3 7 (53.85%) C++
3 7 (53.85%) HTML
4 6 (46.15%) MS Excel
4 6 (46.15%) Microsoft
4 6 (46.15%) Business Analysis
4 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
5 4 (30.77%) JavaScript
6 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
6 3 (23.08%) Software Testing
6 3 (23.08%) ISTQB
6 3 (23.08%) ISEB
6 3 (23.08%) Cucumber
6 3 (23.08%) Selenium
7 2 (15.38%) Performance Testing
7 2 (15.38%) Integration Testing
7 2 (15.38%) Web Testing
7 2 (15.38%) Ruby

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Cheshire by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 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 6 (46.15%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (7.69%) Extranet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 9 (69.23%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 3 (23.08%) Cucumber
1 3 (23.08%) Selenium
2 2 (15.38%) JIRA
3 1 (7.69%) PhantomJS
General
1 1 (7.69%) Finance
Job Titles
1 8 (61.54%) Tester
2 7 (53.85%) Software Tester
3 5 (38.46%) Analyst
4 3 (23.08%) Test Analyst
4 3 (23.08%) Web Test Analyst
4 3 (23.08%) Web Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Junior Software Tester
5 2 (15.38%) QA Analyst
5 2 (15.38%) Junior Tester
5 2 (15.38%) Junior
6 1 (7.69%) Web Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (69.23%) .NET
2 7 (53.85%) Web Services
2 7 (53.85%) XML
2 7 (53.85%) HTML
Processes & Methodologies
1 6 (46.15%) Business Analysis
1 6 (46.15%) Test Scripting
2 3 (23.08%) Agile Software Development
2 3 (23.08%) Software Testing
3 2 (15.38%) Performance Testing
3 2 (15.38%) Integration Testing
3 2 (15.38%) Web Testing
3 2 (15.38%) BDD
3 2 (15.38%) V-Model
3 2 (15.38%) Project Planning
3 2 (15.38%) TDD
3 2 (15.38%) Penetration Testing
4 1 (7.69%) Waterfall
Programming Languages
1 10 (76.92%) SQL
2 9 (69.23%) Java
2 9 (69.23%) Shell Script
3 7 (53.85%) VBScript
3 7 (53.85%) VB
3 7 (53.85%) VB.NET
3 7 (53.85%) C
3 7 (53.85%) C#
3 7 (53.85%) C++
4 4 (30.77%) JavaScript
5 2 (15.38%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 3 (23.08%) ISTQB
1 3 (23.08%) ISEB
2 1 (7.69%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 2 (15.38%) QA
Vendors
1 7 (53.85%) Oracle
2 6 (46.15%) Microsoft