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 September 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 Sep 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Software Testing
Rank 75 62 82
Rank change year-on-year
-13 +20
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 14 16 10
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.03% 1.32% 0.67%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.38% 1.76% 1.01%
Number of daily rates quoted 8 9 7
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£338 £325 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.84% +18.18%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £285 £213 £234
10% offered a daily rate of more than £391 £355 £325
UK excluding London average daily rate £335 £325 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.07% +8.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £33.75 £11.38 £36.50
% change year-on-year
+196.70% -68.83%
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
1015 908 994
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 74.52% 74.73% 66.94%
Number of daily rates quoted 630 478 495
Average daily rate £350 £330 £330
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+6.06% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £238 £220 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £465 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £370 £363
% change year-on-year
+1.35% +2.06%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 46 52
Average hourly rate £14.25 £17.50 £18.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-18.57% -5.40%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.50 £10.50 £11.45
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £29.40 £34.00 £37.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £26.25 £30.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
-12.50% -

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 September 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 September 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 1 £300 -
Salford -7 1 - -
Bolton - 1 £310 -
Rochdale - - - -
Stockport - - - - 5
Wigan - - - - 2
Software Testing
North West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 10 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (42.11%) Scrum
3 7 (36.84%) ISEB
4 6 (31.58%) Finance
5 5 (26.32%) TDD
5 5 (26.32%) ISTQB
5 5 (26.32%) Animation
5 5 (26.32%) Games
5 5 (26.32%) XHTML
5 5 (26.32%) HTML
5 5 (26.32%) JavaScript
5 5 (26.32%) CSS
5 5 (26.32%) OOP
5 5 (26.32%) HTML5
6 4 (21.05%) HP Quality Center
6 4 (21.05%) MooTools
6 4 (21.05%) User Experience
6 4 (21.05%) OO
6 4 (21.05%) Web Services
6 4 (21.05%) jQuery
6 4 (21.05%) JIRA
6 4 (21.05%) Dojo
7 3 (15.79%) IPTV
7 3 (15.79%) User Acceptance Testing
7 3 (15.79%) Banking
7 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering
7 3 (15.79%) Internet
7 3 (15.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 3 (15.79%) New Media
7 3 (15.79%) Functional Testing

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 19 September 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 (5.26%) Oracle SOA Suite
Applications
1 1 (5.26%) MS Office
Cloud Services
1 1 (5.26%) Amazon AWS
Communications & Networking
1 3 (15.79%) Internet
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (5.26%) Oracle OLAP
1 1 (5.26%) OLAP
1 1 (5.26%) Crystal Reports
1 1 (5.26%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (5.26%) Data Mining
1 1 (5.26%) RDBMS
1 1 (5.26%) Oracle Database
1 1 (5.26%) Relational Database
Development Applications
1 4 (21.05%) JIRA
2 2 (10.53%) Team Foundation Server
2 2 (10.53%) Selenium
3 1 (5.26%) Bugzilla
3 1 (5.26%) Visual Studio
3 1 (5.26%) TestDirector
3 1 (5.26%) QuickTest Pro
3 1 (5.26%) Zephyr
General
1 6 (31.58%) Finance
2 5 (26.32%) Games
3 3 (15.79%) Banking
4 2 (10.53%) Retail
Job Titles
1 7 (36.84%) Analyst
2 6 (31.58%) Test Analyst
3 4 (21.05%) Developer
4 3 (15.79%) JavaScript Developer
5 2 (10.53%) Test Leader
5 2 (10.53%) Project Manager
5 2 (10.53%) Tester
5 2 (10.53%) Software Engineer
5 2 (10.53%) Test Manager
6 1 (5.26%) ScrumMaster
6 1 (5.26%) Report Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Web Test Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Systems Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Web Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Software Tester
6 1 (5.26%) SQL Developer
6 1 (5.26%) PL/SQL Developer
6 1 (5.26%) Web Analyst
6 1 (5.26%) Automation Tester
6 1 (5.26%) Agile Project Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (26.32%) XHTML
1 5 (26.32%) HTML
1 5 (26.32%) CSS
1 5 (26.32%) HTML5
2 4 (21.05%) MooTools
2 4 (21.05%) Web Services
2 4 (21.05%) jQuery
2 4 (21.05%) Dojo
3 1 (5.26%) .NET
3 1 (5.26%) XML
3 1 (5.26%) ODBC
Miscellaneous
1 5 (26.32%) Animation
2 4 (21.05%) User Experience
3 3 (15.79%) IPTV
3 3 (15.79%) New Media
4 2 (10.53%) Digital Media
5 1 (5.26%) Computer Science
5 1 (5.26%) Mobile Games
5 1 (5.26%) Mainframe
5 1 (5.26%) IBM Mainframe
5 1 (5.26%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 1 (5.26%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (52.63%) Agile Software Development
2 8 (42.11%) Scrum
3 5 (26.32%) TDD
3 5 (26.32%) OOP
4 4 (21.05%) OO
5 3 (15.79%) User Acceptance Testing
5 3 (15.79%) Software Engineering
5 3 (15.79%) Functional Testing
6 2 (10.53%) Test Strategy
6 2 (10.53%) Test Planning
6 2 (10.53%) Manual Testing
6 2 (10.53%) V-Model
6 2 (10.53%) Test Management
6 2 (10.53%) Test Scripting
7 1 (5.26%) Security Testing
7 1 (5.26%) Integration Testing
7 1 (5.26%) Data Analysis
7 1 (5.26%) Automated Testing
7 1 (5.26%) PRINCE2
7 1 (5.26%) SOA
Programming Languages
1 5 (26.32%) JavaScript
2 2 (10.53%) SQL
2 2 (10.53%) Java
3 1 (5.26%) PL/SQL
3 1 (5.26%) C++
3 1 (5.26%) Scala
Qualifications
1 7 (36.84%) ISEB
2 5 (26.32%) ISTQB
3 3 (15.79%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 2 (10.53%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
5 1 (5.26%) PRINCE2 Practitioner
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 1 (5.26%) WCAG
1 1 (5.26%) ISO 9001
Systems Management
1 4 (21.05%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (10.53%) Microsoft
1 2 (10.53%) Oracle
2 1 (5.26%) Business Objects
2 1 (5.26%) Sun
2 1 (5.26%) IBM