The table below looks at the statistics for Software 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 Software Testing over the 3 months to 19 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
19 Dec 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 77 75 68
Rank change year-on-year
-2 -7
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 14 8 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.00% 0.69% 1.23%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.40% 0.94% 1.74%
Number of daily rates quoted 5 5 9
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£350 £283 £313
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.89% -9.60%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £165 £237
10% offered a daily rate of more than £375 £315 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £330 £300 £325
% change year-on-year
+10.00% -7.69%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 2
Average hourly rate - - £14.34
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £21.75
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +56.32%
Software 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
1000 855 864
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 71.17% 74.03% 70.76%
Number of daily rates quoted 626 450 431
Average daily rate £350 £350 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
- +7.69%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £251 £240 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £425
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £365 £365
% change year-on-year
+6.16% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 34 44 49
Average hourly rate £16.75 £18.00 £25.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-6.94% -28.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £9.50 £12.40
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £28.13 £48.70 £87.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-7.40% -10.00%

Software Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

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

Software Testing Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Software Testing
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Software Testing Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Software Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Software Testing across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 19 December 2014.

Software Testing Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Software Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Software Testing Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Software 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 Software Testing within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 19 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
Altrincham - - - - 1
Bolton - - - -
Stockport - - - - 1
Wigan - - - - 1
Software Testing
North West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region citing Software 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 Software Testing.

1 12 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (35.71%) ISEB
2 10 (35.71%) JavaScript
3 9 (32.14%) TDD
4 8 (28.57%) HTML
4 8 (28.57%) CSS
4 8 (28.57%) OOP
4 8 (28.57%) ISTQB
5 7 (25.00%) Scala
5 7 (25.00%) XML
5 7 (25.00%) Java
5 7 (25.00%) Finance
6 6 (21.43%) Regression Testing
6 6 (21.43%) Test Management
7 5 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
7 5 (17.86%) Unit Testing
7 5 (17.86%) Saxon XSLT
7 5 (17.86%) HP Quality Center
7 5 (17.86%) Scrum
7 5 (17.86%) XSLT
7 5 (17.86%) UNIX
7 5 (17.86%) XML Schema
7 5 (17.86%) XQuery
8 4 (14.29%) Test Strategy
8 4 (14.29%) Digital Media
8 4 (14.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 4 (14.29%) JIRA
8 4 (14.29%) Manual Testing
9 3 (10.71%) Android
9 3 (10.71%) Animation

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 19 December 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region citing Software 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 Software Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 1 (3.57%) Oracle SOA Suite
1 1 (3.57%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (3.57%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (3.57%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 1 (3.57%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (7.14%) Oracle Database
2 1 (3.57%) Oracle OLAP
2 1 (3.57%) Relational Database
2 1 (3.57%) RDBMS
2 1 (3.57%) Oracle Reports
2 1 (3.57%) Data Mining
2 1 (3.57%) OLAP
2 1 (3.57%) Crystal Reports
Development Applications
1 4 (14.29%) JIRA
2 2 (7.14%) Maven
2 2 (7.14%) Hudson
2 2 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
3 1 (3.57%) Visual Studio
General
1 7 (25.00%) Finance
2 3 (10.71%) Games
3 2 (7.14%) Banking
3 2 (7.14%) Retail
4 1 (3.57%) Publishing
4 1 (3.57%) Back Office
Job Titles
1 10 (35.71%) Developer
2 5 (17.86%) Analyst
3 4 (14.29%) Test Manager
3 4 (14.29%) Test Analyst
4 3 (10.71%) Tester
5 2 (7.14%) Project Manager
5 2 (7.14%) Software Tester
5 2 (7.14%) Test Engineer
5 2 (7.14%) Test Leader
5 2 (7.14%) JavaScript Developer
6 1 (3.57%) Agile Project Manager
6 1 (3.57%) Report Developer
6 1 (3.57%) Web Test Analyst
6 1 (3.57%) ScrumMaster
6 1 (3.57%) Firmware Developer
6 1 (3.57%) XML Developer
6 1 (3.57%) Hardware Tester
6 1 (3.57%) Software Engineer
6 1 (3.57%) Software Developer
6 1 (3.57%) Systems Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (28.57%) HTML
1 8 (28.57%) CSS
2 7 (25.00%) XML
3 5 (17.86%) Saxon XSLT
3 5 (17.86%) XSLT
3 5 (17.86%) XML Schema
4 3 (10.71%) HTML5
4 3 (10.71%) XHTML
4 3 (10.71%) Web Services
5 2 (7.14%) Dojo
5 2 (7.14%) jQuery
5 2 (7.14%) MooTools
6 1 (3.57%) JSON
6 1 (3.57%) REST
6 1 (3.57%) Apache Camel
6 1 (3.57%) Spring
6 1 (3.57%) .NET
6 1 (3.57%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 4 (14.29%) Digital Media
2 3 (10.71%) Animation
3 2 (7.14%) New Media
3 2 (7.14%) Embedded Systems
3 2 (7.14%) User Experience
4 1 (3.57%) IBM Mainframe
4 1 (3.57%) IPTV
4 1 (3.57%) Computer Science
4 1 (3.57%) Mobile App
4 1 (3.57%) iPad
4 1 (3.57%) Mainframe
4 1 (3.57%) Mobile Games
Operating Systems
1 5 (17.86%) UNIX
2 3 (10.71%) Android
2 3 (10.71%) Apple iOS
2 3 (10.71%) Windows
3 2 (7.14%) Linux
3 2 (7.14%) Debian
3 2 (7.14%) Ubuntu
3 2 (7.14%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (42.86%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (32.14%) TDD
3 8 (28.57%) OOP
4 6 (21.43%) Regression Testing
4 6 (21.43%) Test Management
5 5 (17.86%) Continuous Integration
5 5 (17.86%) Unit Testing
5 5 (17.86%) Scrum
6 4 (14.29%) Test Strategy
6 4 (14.29%) Manual Testing
7 3 (10.71%) Project Management
7 3 (10.71%) Software Engineering
7 3 (10.71%) PRINCE2
8 2 (7.14%) OO
8 2 (7.14%) BDD
8 2 (7.14%) Functional Testing
8 2 (7.14%) Non-Functional Testing
8 2 (7.14%) Performance Analysis
8 2 (7.14%) Test Planning
8 2 (7.14%) Test Automation
Programming Languages
1 10 (35.71%) JavaScript
2 7 (25.00%) Scala
2 7 (25.00%) Java
3 5 (17.86%) XQuery
4 3 (10.71%) C++
4 3 (10.71%) SQL
5 2 (7.14%) PL/SQL
Qualifications
1 10 (35.71%) ISEB
2 8 (28.57%) ISTQB
3 4 (14.29%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 2 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 1 (3.57%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (3.57%) ISO 9001
System Software
1 2 (7.14%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 5 (17.86%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 3 (10.71%) Oracle
2 2 (7.14%) Microsoft
2 2 (7.14%) Atmel
3 1 (3.57%) Sun
3 1 (3.57%) HP
3 1 (3.57%) IBM
3 1 (3.57%) Business Objects
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