The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 31 July 2015 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
31 Jul 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Manual Testing
Rank 85 85 70
Rank change year-on-year
0 -15
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 11 3 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.68% 0.24% 0.79%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.91% 0.34% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 2 8
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£313 £294 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.38% -6.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £220 £259 £300
10% offered a daily rate of more than £391 £329 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £290 £300 £320
% change year-on-year
-3.33% -6.25%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £38.50 £30.00 £35.00
% change year-on-year
+28.33% -14.28%
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 Manchester region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
1211 892 850
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 74.89% 72.46% 74.69%
Number of daily rates quoted 735 501 456
Average daily rate £380 £350 £331
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+8.57% +5.66%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £500 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £375 £375
% change year-on-year
+3.33% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 29 26 35
Average hourly rate £20.50 £23.75 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-13.68% +35.71%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £11.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £48.75 £34.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.50 £26.50 £31.00
% change year-on-year
+15.09% -14.51%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 31 July 2015.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in Manchester

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 Manchester region over the 3 months to 31 July 2015. 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
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Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
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Manual Testing
North West

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 14 (66.67%) ISEB
2 11 (52.38%) Agile Software Development
3 10 (47.62%) QA
4 9 (42.86%) Software Testing
4 9 (42.86%) ISTQB
5 8 (38.10%) Test Strategy
5 8 (38.10%) Finance
6 6 (28.57%) Automated Testing
6 6 (28.57%) Test Management
6 6 (28.57%) Test Scripting
7 5 (23.81%) Selenium
7 5 (23.81%) Non-Functional Testing
7 5 (23.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 5 (23.81%) SDLC
8 4 (19.05%) Automation Testing
8 4 (19.05%) .NET
8 4 (19.05%) Java
8 4 (19.05%) SOAP
8 4 (19.05%) SoapUI
8 4 (19.05%) User Acceptance Testing
9 3 (14.29%) System Testing
9 3 (14.29%) Unit Testing
9 3 (14.29%) Test Automation
9 3 (14.29%) RUP
9 3 (14.29%) Scrum
9 3 (14.29%) Banking
9 3 (14.29%) Regression Testing
10 2 (9.52%) General Ledger
10 2 (9.52%) J2EE
10 2 (9.52%) Team Foundation Server

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 31 July 2015, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester 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 (4.76%) MS Excel
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (4.76%) MySQL
1 1 (4.76%) RDBMS
1 1 (4.76%) PostgreSQL
1 1 (4.76%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 5 (23.81%) Selenium
2 4 (19.05%) SoapUI
3 2 (9.52%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (4.76%) SpecFlow
4 1 (4.76%) JIRA
General
1 8 (38.10%) Finance
2 3 (14.29%) Banking
3 2 (9.52%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 8 (38.10%) Test Analyst
1 8 (38.10%) Analyst
2 5 (23.81%) Test Manager
2 5 (23.81%) Test Leader
3 4 (19.05%) Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Automation Tester
4 2 (9.52%) Lead Tester
4 2 (9.52%) QA Consultant
4 2 (9.52%) Consultant
4 2 (9.52%) Test Engineer
4 2 (9.52%) QA Tester
5 1 (4.76%) QA Engineer
5 1 (4.76%) UAT Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Manual Test Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) UAT Test Analyst
5 1 (4.76%) Senior Tester
5 1 (4.76%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (19.05%) .NET
1 4 (19.05%) SOAP
2 2 (9.52%) J2EE
2 2 (9.52%) Gherkin
3 1 (4.76%) ASP.NET
3 1 (4.76%) Web Services
3 1 (4.76%) REST
Miscellaneous
1 1 (4.76%) Computer Science
Processes & Methodologies
1 11 (52.38%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (42.86%) Software Testing
3 8 (38.10%) Test Strategy
4 6 (28.57%) Test Management
4 6 (28.57%) Test Scripting
4 6 (28.57%) Automated Testing
5 5 (23.81%) Non-Functional Testing
5 5 (23.81%) SDLC
6 4 (19.05%) Automation Testing
6 4 (19.05%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (14.29%) System Testing
7 3 (14.29%) RUP
7 3 (14.29%) Regression Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Scrum
7 3 (14.29%) Unit Testing
7 3 (14.29%) Test Automation
8 2 (9.52%) Test Planning
8 2 (9.52%) Software Delivery
8 2 (9.52%) Software Engineering
8 2 (9.52%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 4 (19.05%) Java
2 1 (4.76%) SQL
2 1 (4.76%) C#
Qualifications
1 14 (66.67%) ISEB
2 9 (42.86%) ISTQB
3 5 (23.81%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (9.52%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (4.76%) Degree
5 1 (4.76%) ITIL Certification
5 1 (4.76%) ISEB Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 10 (47.62%) QA
Vendors
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft
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