The first table below looks at the demand for the Tester role in IT contracts advertised for the Manchester region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Tester in their job title over the 3 months to 23 April 2014 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years. The second table is for comparison and provides aggregates for all Job Titles advertised for the Manchester region.

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
23 Apr 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Tester
Rank 53 71 77
Rank change year-on-year
+18 +6
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 28 3 13
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.98% 0.31% 0.95%
As % of the Job Titles category 2.13% 0.33% 1.03%
Number of daily rates quoted 21 0 8
Average daily rate £325 - £288
90% offered a daily rate of more than £235 - £244
10% offered a daily rate of more than £400 - £339
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £303 £300
% change year-on-year
-0.82% +0.83%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 2
Average hourly rate - £22.11 £19.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- +13.38%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £30.00 £34.00 £24.25
% change year-on-year
-11.76% +40.20%
Job Titles Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
1312 916 1268
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 92.66% 93.95% 92.35%
Number of daily rates quoted 691 413 625
Average daily rate £340 £325 £325
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+4.61% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £200 £215 £200
10% offered a daily rate of more than £475 £475 £450
UK excluding London average daily rate £350 £350 £350
Number of hourly rates quoted 65 89 82
Average hourly rate £15.50 £17.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.82% -2.85%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.00 £11.00 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £37.50 £61.00 £33.32
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.50 £17.50 £19.00
% change year-on-year
- -7.89%
Tester
North West

Tester
Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

This chart provides a 3-month moving total of IT contractor jobs citing Tester in the job title across the Manchester region as a proportion of the total demand within the Job Titles category.

Tester Jobs Demand Trend in Manchester

Tester
Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Tester Daily Rate Trend in Manchester

Tester
Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Tester across the Manchester region over the 3 months to 23 April 2014.

Tester Daily Rate Histogram in Manchester

Tester
Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

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

Tester Hourly Rate Trend in Manchester

Tester
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 Tester within the Manchester region over the 3 months to 23 April 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
(Click each for more statistics)
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
Find
Job
Vacancies
Bolton - - - - 1
Cheadle - - - -
Oldham - - - -
Stockport - - - - 3
Tester
North West

Tester
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title.

1 14 (35.00%) Test Scripting
2 12 (30.00%) Selenium
3 11 (27.50%) ISEB
4 10 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
4 10 (25.00%) Microsoft
5 9 (22.50%) User Acceptance Testing
6 8 (20.00%) Degree
7 7 (17.50%) Test Strategy
7 7 (17.50%) Java
8 6 (15.00%) TDD
8 6 (15.00%) Citrix
8 6 (15.00%) .NET
8 6 (15.00%) Automated Testing
9 5 (12.50%) Manual Testing
9 5 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
9 5 (12.50%) Cucumber
9 5 (12.50%) SQL Server
9 5 (12.50%) SQL
9 5 (12.50%) Windows
10 4 (10.00%) Finance
10 4 (10.00%) RDBMS
10 4 (10.00%) SOAP
10 4 (10.00%) Web Services
10 4 (10.00%) Oracle
10 4 (10.00%) SoapUI
10 4 (10.00%) Automation Testing
10 4 (10.00%) Relational Database
10 4 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (10.00%) Test Automation
10 4 (10.00%) QA

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 23 April 2014, IT contractor jobs across the Manchester region that cited Tester in their job title 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 with Tester in their job title. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Application Platforms
1 3 (7.50%) Lync
1 3 (7.50%) IIS
1 3 (7.50%) SharePoint
1 3 (7.50%) MS Exchange
2 1 (2.50%) CMS
Applications
1 1 (2.50%) Spreadsheet
Business Applications
1 3 (7.50%) Maximo
2 1 (2.50%) Oracle EBS R12
2 1 (2.50%) Oracle Financials
Database & Business Intelligence
1 5 (12.50%) SQL Server
2 4 (10.00%) RDBMS
2 4 (10.00%) Relational Database
3 3 (7.50%) Oracle Database
3 3 (7.50%) SQL Server 2008
4 2 (5.00%) PostgreSQL
4 2 (5.00%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 12 (30.00%) Selenium
2 5 (12.50%) Cucumber
3 4 (10.00%) SoapUI
3 4 (10.00%) Team Foundation Server
4 3 (7.50%) JIRA
5 2 (5.00%) Toad
5 2 (5.00%) Visual Studio
5 2 (5.00%) JUnit
5 2 (5.00%) WebDriver
5 2 (5.00%) SpecFlow
5 2 (5.00%) SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
5 2 (5.00%) Firebug
6 1 (2.50%) Rational Functional Tester
6 1 (2.50%) Bugzilla
6 1 (2.50%) Subversion
General
1 4 (10.00%) Finance
2 3 (7.50%) Back Office
3 2 (5.00%) Retail
4 1 (2.50%) Games
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 6 (15.00%) .NET
2 4 (10.00%) SOAP
2 4 (10.00%) Web Services
3 3 (7.50%) XML
4 2 (5.00%) EDIFACT
4 2 (5.00%) EDI
4 2 (5.00%) J2EE
5 1 (2.50%) .NET Framework
5 1 (2.50%) HTML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.00%) Enterprise Software
1 2 (5.00%) TRADACOMS
1 2 (5.00%) Mathematics
1 2 (5.00%) Computer Science
1 2 (5.00%) Interactive TV
2 1 (2.50%) Mobile App
Operating Systems
1 5 (12.50%) Windows Server 2012
1 5 (12.50%) Windows
2 3 (7.50%) Windows 7
3 1 (2.50%) Android
3 1 (2.50%) Apple iOS
Processes & Methodologies
1 14 (35.00%) Test Scripting
2 10 (25.00%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (22.50%) User Acceptance Testing
4 7 (17.50%) Test Strategy
5 6 (15.00%) TDD
5 6 (15.00%) Automated Testing
6 5 (12.50%) Manual Testing
7 4 (10.00%) Automation Testing
7 4 (10.00%) Test Automation
7 4 (10.00%) Penetration Testing
8 3 (7.50%) Software Testing
8 3 (7.50%) Performance Testing
8 3 (7.50%) ITIL
8 3 (7.50%) PRINCE2
8 3 (7.50%) Scrum
8 3 (7.50%) Migration
8 3 (7.50%) Service Management
8 3 (7.50%) Disaster Recovery
8 3 (7.50%) ITSM
9 2 (5.00%) E-Commerce
Programming Languages
1 7 (17.50%) Java
2 5 (12.50%) SQL
3 3 (7.50%) C++
4 2 (5.00%) C#
4 2 (5.00%) VB.NET
4 2 (5.00%) PHP
5 1 (2.50%) JavaScript
5 1 (2.50%) C
5 1 (2.50%) Objective-C
Qualifications
1 11 (27.50%) ISEB
2 8 (20.00%) Degree
3 3 (7.50%) CEH
4 2 (5.00%) ISTQB
5 1 (2.50%) SC Cleared
5 1 (2.50%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 4 (10.00%) QA
System Software
1 3 (7.50%) XenDesktop
Systems Management
1 3 (7.50%) SCOM
2 2 (5.00%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 10 (25.00%) Microsoft
2 6 (15.00%) Citrix
3 4 (10.00%) Oracle
4 1 (2.50%) IBM
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