The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the City of London region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 21 November 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
21 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 184 188 173
Rank change year-on-year
+4 -15
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 21 23 28
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 0.36% 0.32% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.46% 0.42% 0.58%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 21 21
Average daily rate
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£375 £400 £358
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.25% +11.88%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £303 £300 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £490 £550 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £266 £290
% change year-on-year
+8.92% -8.18%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 1
Average hourly rate - - £175.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £13.50 £162.50 £32.50
% change year-on-year
-91.69% +400.00%
Manual Testing
London

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

Processes & Methodologies Category
City of London
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
4529 5467 4844
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the City of London 77.78% 76.90% 75.57%
Number of daily rates quoted 3520 4052 3657
Average daily rate £450 £450 £450
90% offered a daily rate of more than £310 £313 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £625 £609 £600
UK excluding London average daily rate £385 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.20% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 45 70 68
Average hourly rate £18.00 £21.50 £31.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-16.27% -30.64%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.10 £12.20 £16.01
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £39.80 £52.82 £53.38
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £30.00 £29.00
% change year-on-year
-16.66% +3.44%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

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

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the City of London

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in the City of London

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the City of London region over the 3 months to 21 November 2014.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the City of London

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

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

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the City of London

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the City of London

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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 20 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 16 (42.11%) SQL
3 13 (34.21%) Selenium
4 12 (31.58%) Automated Testing
5 11 (28.95%) QA
6 10 (26.32%) Web Services
7 9 (23.68%) REST
7 9 (23.68%) BDD
8 8 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
8 8 (21.05%) JIRA
8 8 (21.05%) Java
9 7 (18.42%) Scrum
9 7 (18.42%) C#
9 7 (18.42%) Test Automation
9 7 (18.42%) HP Quality Center
9 7 (18.42%) Automation Testing
10 6 (15.79%) Android
10 6 (15.79%) Apple iOS
10 6 (15.79%) Test Strategy
10 6 (15.79%) ISEB
10 6 (15.79%) TDD
11 5 (13.16%) Banking
11 5 (13.16%) Regression Testing
11 5 (13.16%) Microsoft
11 5 (13.16%) .NET
11 5 (13.16%) Team Foundation Server
11 5 (13.16%) Kanban
12 4 (10.53%) Test Scripting
12 4 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
12 4 (10.53%) ISTQB

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the City of London by Category

For the 6 months to 21 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the City of London 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.

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.63%) WebSphere
Applications
1 2 (5.26%) MS Project
1 2 (5.26%) MS Visio
1 2 (5.26%) Final Cut Pro
2 1 (2.63%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.63%) Oracle 11i
Cloud Services
1 2 (5.26%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 2 (5.26%) HTTP
2 1 (2.63%) ATM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 3 (7.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
1 3 (7.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
2 2 (5.26%) SQL Server
2 2 (5.26%) SQL Navigator
3 1 (2.63%) SQL Server Analysis Services
3 1 (2.63%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 13 (34.21%) Selenium
2 8 (21.05%) JIRA
3 5 (13.16%) Team Foundation Server
4 4 (10.53%) WebDriver
5 3 (7.89%) MSTest
5 3 (7.89%) Cucumber
5 3 (7.89%) QuickTest Pro
5 3 (7.89%) Bugzilla
6 2 (5.26%) Toad
6 2 (5.26%) Robotium
6 2 (5.26%) Calabash
7 1 (2.63%) Appium
7 1 (2.63%) Jenkins
7 1 (2.63%) TestDirector
7 1 (2.63%) JUnit
7 1 (2.63%) Visual Studio
7 1 (2.63%) NUnit
7 1 (2.63%) JMeter
7 1 (2.63%) SpecFlow
7 1 (2.63%) Fiddler
General
1 5 (13.16%) Banking
2 4 (10.53%) Investment Banking
2 4 (10.53%) Finance
3 3 (7.89%) Retail
4 2 (5.26%) Advertising
4 2 (5.26%) Telecoms
5 1 (2.63%) Financial Institution
5 1 (2.63%) Games
Job Titles
1 11 (28.95%) Analyst
2 10 (26.32%) Test Analyst
3 8 (21.05%) Tester
4 7 (18.42%) Test Engineer
5 4 (10.53%) Test Manager
5 4 (10.53%) Automation Tester
6 3 (7.89%) Automation Engineer
7 2 (5.26%) QA Leader
8 1 (2.63%) Test Automation Engineer
8 1 (2.63%) Automated Test Engineer
8 1 (2.63%) Automated Tester
8 1 (2.63%) Mobile Tester
8 1 (2.63%) Automation Analyst
8 1 (2.63%) QA Manager
8 1 (2.63%) Developer
8 1 (2.63%) Senior Test Engineer
8 1 (2.63%) QA Analyst
8 1 (2.63%) Automation Test Analyst
8 1 (2.63%) QA Test Manager
8 1 (2.63%) Test Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (26.32%) Web Services
2 9 (23.68%) REST
3 5 (13.16%) .NET
4 2 (5.26%) JSON
4 2 (5.26%) XML
4 2 (5.26%) Middleware
4 2 (5.26%) SOAP
5 1 (2.63%) Gherkin
5 1 (2.63%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.63%) RESTful
5 1 (2.63%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 4 (10.53%) Mobile App
2 2 (5.26%) STB
2 2 (5.26%) IPTV
2 2 (5.26%) Derivative
2 2 (5.26%) Computer Science
3 1 (2.63%) Credit Risk
3 1 (2.63%) Online Games
3 1 (2.63%) iPad
3 1 (2.63%) Digital Media
3 1 (2.63%) Fixed Income
Operating Systems
1 6 (15.79%) Android
1 6 (15.79%) Apple iOS
2 2 (5.26%) Linux
3 1 (2.63%) UNIX
3 1 (2.63%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (31.58%) Automated Testing
3 9 (23.68%) BDD
4 8 (21.05%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (18.42%) Scrum
5 7 (18.42%) Test Automation
5 7 (18.42%) Automation Testing
6 6 (15.79%) TDD
6 6 (15.79%) Test Strategy
7 5 (13.16%) Kanban
7 5 (13.16%) Regression Testing
8 4 (10.53%) E-Commerce
8 4 (10.53%) Test Scripting
8 4 (10.53%) Continuous Integration
9 3 (7.89%) System Testing
9 3 (7.89%) Integration Testing
9 3 (7.89%) Software Engineering
9 3 (7.89%) Waterfall
10 2 (5.26%) Video Processing
10 2 (5.26%) Functional Testing
Programming Languages
1 16 (42.11%) SQL
2 8 (21.05%) Java
3 7 (18.42%) C#
4 3 (7.89%) Ruby
5 2 (5.26%) T-SQL
6 1 (2.63%) VBA
6 1 (2.63%) Python
6 1 (2.63%) Shell Script
6 1 (2.63%) Delphi
6 1 (2.63%) Perl
Qualifications
1 6 (15.79%) ISEB
2 4 (10.53%) ISTQB
3 2 (5.26%) Degree
3 2 (5.26%) Security Cleared
4 1 (2.63%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 11 (28.95%) QA
2 1 (2.63%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 7 (18.42%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (13.16%) Microsoft
2 3 (7.89%) HP
3 2 (5.26%) Adobe
3 2 (5.26%) Oracle
4 1 (2.63%) Sybase
4 1 (2.63%) Apple
4 1 (2.63%) ATG
4 1 (2.63%) hybris
4 1 (2.63%) Demandware
4 1 (2.63%) Rackspace
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