The table below looks at the statistics 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 28 August 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
28 Aug 2015
Same period 2014 Same period 2013
Tester
Rank 84 73 69
Rank change year-on-year
-11 -4
Contract jobs requiring a Tester 22 14 12
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 1.19% 1.07% 1.00%
As % of the Job Titles category 1.28% 1.12% 1.06%
Number of daily rates quoted 10 12 7
Average daily rate
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£303 £323 £275
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-6.20% +17.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £266 £248
10% offered a daily rate of more than £388 £325 £305
UK excluding London average daily rate £310 £304 £300
% change year-on-year
+1.94% +1.36%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 1 1
Average hourly rate - £12.50 £16.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
- -21.87%
UK excluding London average hourly rate £29.00 £14.05 £29.25
% change year-on-year
+106.40% -51.96%
Tester
North West

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Job Titles category in contract jobs advertised in the Manchester region. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such the figures in the first row provide an indication of the total number of contract jobs in the overall sample.

Job Titles Category
Manchester
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Job Titles category
1718 1245 1129
As % of all contract IT jobs located in Manchester 92.81% 95.11% 94.08%
Number of daily rates quoted 1024 741 579
Average daily rate £375 £326 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+15.03% -1.95%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £244 £213 £212
10% offered a daily rate of more than £500 £500 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £375 £350 £350
% change year-on-year
+7.14% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 55 89
Average hourly rate £15.13 £15.00 £17.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+0.86% -14.28%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £10.88 £11.35 £10.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £40.00 £37.50 £22.50
UK excluding London average hourly rate £17.00 £16.50 £17.00
% change year-on-year
+3.03% -2.94%

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
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
Top 30 Related IT Skills in Manchester

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 15 (36.59%) Oracle
1 15 (36.59%) QA
2 12 (29.27%) Selenium
2 12 (29.27%) Agile Software Development
3 9 (21.95%) Finance
3 9 (21.95%) User Acceptance Testing
3 9 (21.95%) HP Quality Center
3 9 (21.95%) Automation Testing
4 8 (19.51%) Functional Testing
4 8 (19.51%) Gherkin
4 8 (19.51%) Test Scripting
4 8 (19.51%) TDD
4 8 (19.51%) Windows
5 7 (17.07%) Windows 7
5 7 (17.07%) SoapUI
6 6 (14.63%) Oracle General Ledger
6 6 (14.63%) Software Engineering
6 6 (14.63%) Software Testing
6 6 (14.63%) SCCM
6 6 (14.63%) Java
6 6 (14.63%) Scrum
7 5 (12.20%) HP
7 5 (12.20%) Middleware
7 5 (12.20%) BDD
8 4 (9.76%) Test Strategy
8 4 (9.76%) Jenkins
8 4 (9.76%) Manual Testing
8 4 (9.76%) Security Cleared
8 4 (9.76%) Performance Testing
8 4 (9.76%) Migration

Tester
Top Related IT Skills in Manchester by Category

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 2 (4.88%) WebLogic
1 2 (4.88%) Apache
1 2 (4.88%) Tomcat
1 2 (4.88%) SAS
1 2 (4.88%) WebLogic Integration
Applications
1 3 (7.32%) MS Excel
2 2 (4.88%) MS Office
Business Applications
1 6 (14.63%) Oracle General Ledger
2 4 (9.76%) Oracle EBS
3 3 (7.32%) Oracle Financials
4 1 (2.44%) HFM
Communications & Networking
1 2 (4.88%) FTP
2 1 (2.44%) Wireless
2 1 (2.44%) WAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 2 (4.88%) SQL Server
1 2 (4.88%) MS Access
1 2 (4.88%) Oracle Database
2 1 (2.44%) Relational Database
2 1 (2.44%) OLAP Cube
2 1 (2.44%) Data Warehouse
2 1 (2.44%) Oracle BI EE
2 1 (2.44%) OLAP
Development Applications
1 12 (29.27%) Selenium
2 7 (17.07%) SoapUI
3 4 (9.76%) Jenkins
4 3 (7.32%) HP UFT
4 3 (7.32%) Subversion
5 2 (4.88%) JIRA
5 2 (4.88%) LoadRunner
6 1 (2.44%) JMeter
6 1 (2.44%) SpecFlow
6 1 (2.44%) Behat
6 1 (2.44%) WebDriver
6 1 (2.44%) Cucumber
6 1 (2.44%) Appium
General
1 9 (21.95%) Finance
2 2 (4.88%) Retail
2 2 (4.88%) General Ledger
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 8 (19.51%) Gherkin
2 5 (12.20%) Middleware
3 4 (9.76%) .NET
4 3 (7.32%) SOAP
4 3 (7.32%) Web Services
4 3 (7.32%) JSON
5 1 (2.44%) J2EE
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.88%) N-Tier
1 2 (4.88%) Enterprise Software
1 2 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.44%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.44%) NHS
2 1 (2.44%) SCADA
Operating Systems
1 8 (19.51%) Windows
2 7 (17.07%) Windows 7
3 2 (4.88%) HPUX
3 2 (4.88%) Linux
3 2 (4.88%) SUSE
4 1 (2.44%) Android
4 1 (2.44%) Apple iOS
4 1 (2.44%) Windows 8
Processes & Methodologies
1 12 (29.27%) Agile Software Development
2 9 (21.95%) User Acceptance Testing
2 9 (21.95%) Automation Testing
3 8 (19.51%) Functional Testing
3 8 (19.51%) Test Scripting
3 8 (19.51%) TDD
4 6 (14.63%) Software Engineering
4 6 (14.63%) Software Testing
4 6 (14.63%) Scrum
5 5 (12.20%) BDD
6 4 (9.76%) Manual Testing
6 4 (9.76%) Performance Testing
6 4 (9.76%) SOA
6 4 (9.76%) Migration
6 4 (9.76%) Test Strategy
7 3 (7.32%) Non-Functional Testing
7 3 (7.32%) ITIL
7 3 (7.32%) PRINCE2
7 3 (7.32%) E-Commerce
7 3 (7.32%) System Testing
Programming Languages
1 6 (14.63%) Java
2 4 (9.76%) SQL
3 3 (7.32%) Groovy
4 2 (4.88%) VB
4 2 (4.88%) FoxPro (VFP)
4 2 (4.88%) C#
5 1 (2.44%) C
5 1 (2.44%) Perl
5 1 (2.44%) Shell Script
5 1 (2.44%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 4 (9.76%) Security Cleared
2 3 (7.32%) ISEB
3 2 (4.88%) ISEB Practitioner
3 2 (4.88%) ISTQB
3 2 (4.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 1 (2.44%) Degree
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 15 (36.59%) QA
System Software
1 4 (9.76%) Active Directory
Systems Management
1 9 (21.95%) HP Quality Center
2 6 (14.63%) SCCM
Vendors
1 15 (36.59%) Oracle
2 5 (12.20%) HP
3 4 (9.76%) Microsoft
3 4 (9.76%) VMware
4 2 (4.88%) TIBCO
5 1 (2.44%) Teradata
5 1 (2.44%) Telerik
5 1 (2.44%) EPiServer
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