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 1 September 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
1 Sep 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Software Testing
Rank 82 76 63
Rank change year-on-year
-6 -13
Contract jobs citing Software Testing 18 14 14
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 0.96% 1.06% 1.17%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 1.24% 1.39% 1.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 7 9 7
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£400 £325 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+23.07% +8.33%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £265 £290 £218
10% offered a daily rate of more than £520 £390 £360
UK excluding London average daily rate £341 £325 £325
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.91 £36.25 £11.50
% change year-on-year
-31.28% +215.21%
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
1456 1010 877
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 77.28% 76.52% 73.39%
Number of daily rates quoted 887 604 469
Average daily rate £390 £350 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.42% +5.26%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £250 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £541 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 27 28 45
Average hourly rate £33.64 £15.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+124.26% -14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.90 £11.50 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £42.00 £38.00 £36.20
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.52 £25.75 £30.50
% change year-on-year
+26.29% -15.57%

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 1 September 2015.

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 1 September 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
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Average
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Average Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Salford +7 1 £275 -
Software Testing
North West

Software Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, 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 14 (41.18%) ISEB
1 14 (41.18%) Agile Software Development
2 12 (35.29%) Finance
3 10 (29.41%) ISTQB
3 10 (29.41%) Test Management
4 9 (26.47%) Manual Testing
5 8 (23.53%) Test Strategy
5 8 (23.53%) Automation Testing
6 7 (20.59%) Test Scripting
7 6 (17.65%) QA
7 6 (17.65%) Selenium
7 6 (17.65%) TDD
7 6 (17.65%) Scrum
7 6 (17.65%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
8 5 (14.71%) SDLC
8 5 (14.71%) Non-Functional Testing
8 5 (14.71%) Test Automation
8 5 (14.71%) Gherkin
8 5 (14.71%) BDD
8 5 (14.71%) Validation
8 5 (14.71%) Regression Testing
8 5 (14.71%) Software Engineering
9 4 (11.76%) Migration
9 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
9 4 (11.76%) SQL
9 4 (11.76%) SoapUI
10 3 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
10 3 (8.82%) Root Cause Analysis
10 3 (8.82%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (8.82%) Information Assurance

Software Testing
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 1 September 2015, 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.

Applications
1 1 (2.94%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle Financials
Cloud Services
1 1 (2.94%) HP Helion
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.94%) HTTP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) SQL Server
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle Database
Development Applications
1 6 (17.65%) Selenium
2 4 (11.76%) SoapUI
3 2 (5.88%) Team Foundation Server
4 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
4 1 (2.94%) Cucumber
4 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio
4 1 (2.94%) Toad
4 1 (2.94%) Rational Robot
4 1 (2.94%) Rational Performance Tester
4 1 (2.94%) Rational Functional Tester
4 1 (2.94%) Git (software)
4 1 (2.94%) SpecFlow
4 1 (2.94%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
General
1 12 (35.29%) Finance
2 3 (8.82%) Banking
3 2 (5.88%) Retail
4 1 (2.94%) Billing
4 1 (2.94%) Telecoms
Job Titles
1 12 (35.29%) Test Analyst
1 12 (35.29%) Analyst
2 7 (20.59%) Test Manager
3 6 (17.65%) Tester
4 4 (11.76%) QA Tester
4 4 (11.76%) Selenium Tester
5 3 (8.82%) Developer
6 2 (5.88%) Software Tester
6 2 (5.88%) Test Leader
6 2 (5.88%) Project Manager
7 1 (2.94%) Test Architect
7 1 (2.94%) Head of Testing
7 1 (2.94%) AWS Developer
7 1 (2.94%) Python Developer
7 1 (2.94%) Project Coordinator
7 1 (2.94%) Test Engineer
7 1 (2.94%) Coordinator
7 1 (2.94%) Software Developer
7 1 (2.94%) Architect
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 5 (14.71%) Gherkin
2 1 (2.94%) HTML
2 1 (2.94%) CSS
2 1 (2.94%) Django
2 1 (2.94%) Qt
Miscellaneous
1 3 (8.82%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.94%) Mathematics
2 1 (2.94%) Enterprise Software
Operating Systems
1 3 (8.82%) Windows
2 1 (2.94%) Android
2 1 (2.94%) Apple iOS
2 1 (2.94%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (41.18%) Agile Software Development
2 10 (29.41%) Test Management
3 9 (26.47%) Manual Testing
4 8 (23.53%) Test Strategy
4 8 (23.53%) Automation Testing
5 7 (20.59%) Test Scripting
6 6 (17.65%) TDD
6 6 (17.65%) Scrum
7 5 (14.71%) Regression Testing
7 5 (14.71%) Validation
7 5 (14.71%) Software Engineering
7 5 (14.71%) BDD
7 5 (14.71%) Test Automation
7 5 (14.71%) Non-Functional Testing
7 5 (14.71%) SDLC
8 4 (11.76%) Migration
9 3 (8.82%) RUP
9 3 (8.82%) Automated Testing
9 3 (8.82%) User Acceptance Testing
9 3 (8.82%) Root Cause Analysis
Programming Languages
1 4 (11.76%) SQL
2 2 (5.88%) C++
3 1 (2.94%) Java
3 1 (2.94%) JavaScript
3 1 (2.94%) Python
3 1 (2.94%) C
Qualifications
1 14 (41.18%) ISEB
2 10 (29.41%) ISTQB
3 6 (17.65%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 3 (8.82%) Degree
5 2 (5.88%) Security Cleared
5 2 (5.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (5.88%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (2.94%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.94%) DV Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 6 (17.65%) QA
System Software
1 1 (2.94%) VMware Infrastructure
Systems Management
1 3 (8.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 3 (8.82%) HP
3 2 (5.88%) VMware
3 2 (5.88%) Oracle
4 1 (2.94%) EPiServer
4 1 (2.94%) hybris
4 1 (2.94%) Hyperion
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