The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the England region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 29 December 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
29 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 357 407 341
Rank change year-on-year
+50 -66
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 232 156 196
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 0.47% 0.33% 0.44%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.63% 0.45% 0.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 164 115 119
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£325 £314 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.58% -10.35%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £222 £200 £220
10% offered a daily rate of more than £444 £450 £550
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £275 £319
% change year-on-year
+9.09% -13.72%
Number of hourly rates quoted 3 1 1
Average hourly rate £22.50 £28.24 £4.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-20.32% +606.00%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £22.50 - £4.00
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The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the England region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
England
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
36864 34787 31986
As % of all contract IT jobs located in England 74.80% 74.29% 72.27%
Number of daily rates quoted 24516 21800 19146
Average daily rate £425 £403 £400
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+5.59% +0.62%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £275 £275
10% offered a daily rate of more than £590 £575 £575
UK excluding London average daily rate £390 £370 £365
% change year-on-year
+5.40% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1032 1076 1341
Average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £12.50 £12.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £45.00 £45.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in England

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

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in England

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend in England

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

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in England

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the England region over the 3 months to 29 December 2014.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram in England

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in England

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

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in England

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Histogram in England

This chart provides a histogram of hourly rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the England region over the 3 months to 29 December 2014.

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Histogram in England

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in England

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 England region over the 3 months to 29 December 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
London +39 110 £350 -2.77% 18
East of England +29 48 £300 +31.14% 6
South East -23 28 £290 +10.47% 16
North West -7 16 £275 -19.11% 3
Yorkshire -11 13 £300 -6.97% 7
South West -26 9 £350 +16.66% 5
West Midlands -7 5 £293 +23.15% 6
East Midlands +7 3 £300 +50.00% 4
North East - - - -
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Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in England

For the 6 months to 29 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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.

1 226 (49.78%) Agile Software Development
2 162 (35.68%) SQL
3 149 (32.82%) QA
4 142 (31.28%) Automated Testing
5 136 (29.96%) Selenium
6 111 (24.45%) User Acceptance Testing
7 106 (23.35%) ISEB
8 94 (20.70%) Software Testing
9 93 (20.48%) Test Scripting
10 87 (19.16%) Finance
11 78 (17.18%) Oracle
12 77 (16.96%) Scrum
13 76 (16.74%) Java
13 76 (16.74%) ISTQB
13 76 (16.74%) HP Quality Center
14 72 (15.86%) Test Automation
15 70 (15.42%) TDD
16 68 (14.98%) BDD
17 63 (13.88%) .NET
18 62 (13.66%) JIRA
19 60 (13.22%) Test Strategy
20 52 (11.45%) Regression Testing
21 48 (10.57%) Team Foundation Server
22 47 (10.35%) WebDriver
22 47 (10.35%) Oracle Database
23 46 (10.13%) XML
24 45 (9.91%) Microsoft
24 45 (9.91%) Automation Testing
25 40 (8.81%) Analytical Skills
25 40 (8.81%) C#

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in England by Category

For the 6 months to 29 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the England 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 11 (2.42%) SharePoint
2 6 (1.32%) WebSphere
3 5 (1.10%) SharePoint 2010
4 4 (0.88%) CMS
4 4 (0.88%) Confluence
4 4 (0.88%) IIS
5 3 (0.66%) uiautomator
6 2 (0.44%) Adobe CQ
7 1 (0.22%) Apache
7 1 (0.22%) Tomcat
7 1 (0.22%) BizTalk Server
7 1 (0.22%) Umbraco
7 1 (0.22%) Sitecore CMS
Applications
1 19 (4.19%) MS Excel
2 5 (1.10%) MS Office
2 5 (1.10%) Final Cut Pro
3 4 (0.88%) MS Project
4 2 (0.44%) MS Visio
Business Applications
1 9 (1.98%) Dynamics CRM
2 6 (1.32%) Dynamics AX
3 2 (0.44%) SAP CRM
3 2 (0.44%) Oracle EBS
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle ERP
4 1 (0.22%) Oracle 11i
4 1 (0.22%) Endur
4 1 (0.22%) Hyperion Enterprise
Cloud Services
1 3 (0.66%) Cloud Computing
1 3 (0.66%) Microsoft Azure
2 2 (0.44%) SaaS
3 1 (0.22%) Google Apps
3 1 (0.22%) Basecamp
Communications & Networking
1 14 (3.08%) HTTP
2 11 (2.42%) Internet
3 5 (1.10%) ATM
4 3 (0.66%) TCP/IP
5 2 (0.44%) HTTPS
6 1 (0.22%) DMZ
6 1 (0.22%) Intranet
6 1 (0.22%) WAN
6 1 (0.22%) DVB
6 1 (0.22%) Network Security
Database & Business Intelligence
1 47 (10.35%) Oracle Database
2 19 (4.19%) SQL Server
3 13 (2.86%) MySQL
4 12 (2.64%) Relational Database
4 12 (2.64%) Data Warehouse
5 6 (1.32%) SQL Server Integration Services
6 5 (1.10%) SQL Navigator
6 5 (1.10%) SQL Server Reporting Services
7 3 (0.66%) PowerCenter
8 2 (0.44%) SAP BW
8 2 (0.44%) EDMS
8 2 (0.44%) Oracle Reports
8 2 (0.44%) Oracle BI Publisher
8 2 (0.44%) Business Intelligence Development Studio
8 2 (0.44%) SQL Server 2012
8 2 (0.44%) Oracle ODI
9 1 (0.22%) Data Mining
9 1 (0.22%) PostgreSQL
9 1 (0.22%) Essbase
9 1 (0.22%) Data Mart
Development Applications
1 136 (29.96%) Selenium
2 62 (13.66%) JIRA
3 48 (10.57%) Team Foundation Server
4 47 (10.35%) WebDriver
5 38 (8.37%) Visual Studio
6 37 (8.15%) Cucumber
7 26 (5.73%) QuickTest Pro
8 23 (5.07%) SpecFlow
9 22 (4.85%) SoapUI
10 18 (3.96%) Jenkins
11 16 (3.52%) Maven
12 15 (3.30%) JUnit
13 14 (3.08%) JMeter
14 12 (2.64%) Calabash
15 11 (2.42%) MSTest
15 11 (2.42%) TestNG
16 9 (1.98%) Bugzilla
16 9 (1.98%) Subversion
16 9 (1.98%) Eclipse
16 9 (1.98%) Capybara
General
1 87 (19.16%) Finance
2 35 (7.71%) Banking
3 26 (5.73%) Investment Banking
4 8 (1.76%) Games
5 7 (1.54%) Telecoms
6 6 (1.32%) Retail
7 4 (0.88%) Advertising
7 4 (0.88%) Pharmaceutical
7 4 (0.88%) Front Office
8 3 (0.66%) Legal
9 2 (0.44%) Electronics
9 2 (0.44%) Financial Institution
9 2 (0.44%) Marketing
10 1 (0.22%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.22%) Automotive
Job Titles
1 194 (42.73%) Analyst
2 174 (38.33%) Test Analyst
3 141 (31.06%) Tester
4 33 (7.27%) Test Engineer
4 33 (7.27%) QA Tester
4 33 (7.27%) Test Leader
5 31 (6.83%) Manual Tester
6 25 (5.51%) Software Tester
7 23 (5.07%) Senior Analyst
8 22 (4.85%) Senior Test Analyst
9 20 (4.41%) Test Manager
10 19 (4.19%) QA Engineer
10 19 (4.19%) QA Analyst
11 18 (3.96%) Automation Tester
12 15 (3.30%) QA Test Analyst
13 14 (3.08%) Test Consultant
13 14 (3.08%) Consultant
13 14 (3.08%) Agile Test Analyst
14 13 (2.86%) Lead Test Analyst
15 12 (2.64%) Developer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 63 (13.88%) .NET
2 46 (10.13%) XML
3 40 (8.81%) Web Services
4 30 (6.61%) REST
5 22 (4.85%) HTML
6 19 (4.19%) SOAP
7 14 (3.08%) Gherkin
7 14 (3.08%) JSON
8 7 (1.54%) CSS
9 6 (1.32%) RESTful
10 5 (1.10%) XSD
10 5 (1.10%) XSLT
11 4 (0.88%) ASP.NET
11 4 (0.88%) .NET Framework
12 3 (0.66%) Android SDK
13 2 (0.44%) WPF
13 2 (0.44%) HTML5
13 2 (0.44%) J2EE
13 2 (0.44%) XHTML
13 2 (0.44%) Middleware
Miscellaneous
1 40 (8.81%) Analytical Skills
2 26 (5.73%) Derivative
3 18 (3.96%) Credit Derivative
3 18 (3.96%) Credit Risk
4 17 (3.74%) Data Structures
5 16 (3.52%) Mobile App
6 10 (2.20%) IPTV
6 10 (2.20%) User Experience
6 10 (2.20%) Equities
7 9 (1.98%) EMV
7 9 (1.98%) Smartcard
8 8 (1.76%) Client/Server
8 8 (1.76%) Open Source
9 7 (1.54%) STB
9 7 (1.54%) Streaming Media
10 6 (1.32%) Computer Science
10 6 (1.32%) Management Information System
11 5 (1.10%) IVR
11 5 (1.10%) Video on Demand
11 5 (1.10%) Online Games
Operating Systems
1 39 (8.59%) Linux
2 29 (6.39%) UNIX
3 28 (6.17%) Windows
4 24 (5.29%) Android
5 21 (4.63%) Apple iOS
6 7 (1.54%) Windows 7
7 3 (0.66%) Windows Server 2012
8 2 (0.44%) Windows 2000 Server
8 2 (0.44%) Windows 8
8 2 (0.44%) Windows Server 2003
8 2 (0.44%) Solaris
8 2 (0.44%) Windows XP
9 1 (0.22%) Windows CE
9 1 (0.22%) Windows Mobile
9 1 (0.22%) Windows Server 2008
Processes & Methodologies
1 226 (49.78%) Agile Software Development
2 142 (31.28%) Automated Testing
3 111 (24.45%) User Acceptance Testing
4 94 (20.70%) Software Testing
5 93 (20.48%) Test Scripting
6 77 (16.96%) Scrum
7 72 (15.86%) Test Automation
8 70 (15.42%) TDD
9 68 (14.98%) BDD
10 60 (13.22%) Test Strategy
11 52 (11.45%) Regression Testing
12 45 (9.91%) Automation Testing
13 36 (7.93%) Test Management
14 31 (6.83%) Risk Management
15 29 (6.39%) Integration Testing
15 29 (6.39%) System Testing
16 26 (5.73%) User Stories
16 26 (5.73%) Web Testing
17 25 (5.51%) E-Commerce
18 24 (5.29%) ETL
Programming Languages
1 162 (35.68%) SQL
2 76 (16.74%) Java
3 40 (8.81%) C#
4 28 (6.17%) Ruby
5 22 (4.85%) Python
6 20 (4.41%) JavaScript
7 10 (2.20%) C++
8 9 (1.98%) PHP
9 8 (1.76%) PL/SQL
9 8 (1.76%) Perl
10 7 (1.54%) VB
11 5 (1.10%) XPath
11 5 (1.10%) T-SQL
11 5 (1.10%) C
12 4 (0.88%) Bash Shell
12 4 (0.88%) VBScript
13 3 (0.66%) Delphi
14 2 (0.44%) VBA
14 2 (0.44%) Shell Script
15 1 (0.22%) Groovy
Qualifications
1 106 (23.35%) ISEB
2 76 (16.74%) ISTQB
3 18 (3.96%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 16 (3.52%) Security Cleared
4 16 (3.52%) Degree
5 8 (1.76%) SC Cleared
6 5 (1.10%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 4 (0.88%) DV Cleared
8 3 (0.66%) ISEB Practitioner
8 3 (0.66%) PMP
8 3 (0.66%) PMI Certification
9 1 (0.22%) IBM Certification
9 1 (0.22%) ACSP
9 1 (0.22%) RHCSA
9 1 (0.22%) ACSA
9 1 (0.22%) MCDST
9 1 (0.22%) MCTS
9 1 (0.22%) MCITP
9 1 (0.22%) Cisco Certification
9 1 (0.22%) Microsoft Certification
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 149 (32.82%) QA
2 10 (2.20%) Basel III
3 2 (0.44%) 21 CFR Part 11
4 1 (0.22%) ISO 9001
4 1 (0.22%) ISO/IEC 27001
4 1 (0.22%) HL7
4 1 (0.22%) PCI DSS
System Software
1 2 (0.44%) Oracle RAC
2 1 (0.22%) VMware Infrastructure
2 1 (0.22%) Hyper-V
Systems Management
1 76 (16.74%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 78 (17.18%) Oracle
2 45 (9.91%) Microsoft
3 24 (5.29%) HP
4 15 (3.30%) SAP
5 8 (1.76%) Perforce
6 7 (1.54%) Adobe
7 6 (1.32%) JD Edwards
8 5 (1.10%) Salesforce.com
8 5 (1.10%) hybris
8 5 (1.10%) ATG
9 4 (0.88%) Informatica
9 4 (0.88%) Sybase
10 3 (0.66%) IBM
10 3 (0.66%) Northgate
11 2 (0.44%) Orchard
11 2 (0.44%) Apple
11 2 (0.44%) FatWire
11 2 (0.44%) Red Gate
11 2 (0.44%) Demandware
11 2 (0.44%) Atlassian
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