The table below looks at the statistics for Manual Testing skills in IT contracts advertised for the North West region. Included is a guide to the average contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 28 November 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
28 Nov 2014
Same period 2013 Same period 2012
Manual Testing
Rank 116 112 137
Rank change year-on-year
-4 +25
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 15 22 2
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.46% 0.79% 0.065%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 1.06% 0.099%
Number of daily rates quoted 6 12 0
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£281 £328 -
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
-14.12% -
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £263 £300
% change year-on-year
+14.28% -12.50%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £24.75 £162.50 £4.00
% change year-on-year
-84.76% +3962.50%
Manual Testing
England

The following table is for comparison with the above and provides statistics for the entire Processes & Methodologies category in contract jobs advertised in the North West region.

Processes & Methodologies Category
North West
Contract IT job ads with a match in the
Processes & Methodologies category
2402 2069 2020
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 73.88% 73.89% 65.61%
Number of daily rates quoted 1413 1029 1021
Average daily rate £375 £350 £350
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+7.14% -
90% offered a daily rate of more than £250 £238 £225
10% offered a daily rate of more than £525 £475 £492
UK excluding London average daily rate £388 £363 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.89% -2.02%
Number of hourly rates quoted 105 113 83
Average hourly rate £28.00 £23.50 £22.50
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+19.14% +4.44%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £13.50 £13.67 £12.82
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £67.00 £44.90 £75.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £27.50 £29.75
% change year-on-year
-9.09% -7.56%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

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

Manual Testing Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Trend in the North West

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

Manual Testing Daily Rate Trend in the North West

Manual Testing
Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

This chart provides a histogram of daily rates quoted in contract IT jobs citing Manual Testing across the North West region over the 3 months to 28 November 2014.

Manual Testing Daily Rate Histogram in the North West

Manual Testing
Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

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

Manual Testing Hourly Rate Trend in the North West

Manual Testing
Contract Job Locations in the North West

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 28 November 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
Manchester -10 9 £281 -14.12% 9
Cheshire +5 4 £320 -5.88% 2
Merseyside - 1 £220 - 2
Lancashire - - - -
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Manual 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 Manual Testing.

1 10 (47.62%) Software Testing
1 10 (47.62%) ISTQB
1 10 (47.62%) ISEB
2 6 (28.57%) SQL
2 6 (28.57%) System Testing
3 5 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
3 5 (23.81%) Test Strategy
3 5 (23.81%) QA
4 4 (19.05%) JIRA
4 4 (19.05%) IVR
4 4 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (19.05%) .NET
4 4 (19.05%) Test Automation
4 4 (19.05%) Android
5 3 (14.29%) Test Management
5 3 (14.29%) Integration Testing
5 3 (14.29%) Biometrics
5 3 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (14.29%) Regression Testing
5 3 (14.29%) Selenium
5 3 (14.29%) Project Planning
5 3 (14.29%) Automated Testing
6 2 (9.52%) Finance
6 2 (9.52%) TDD
6 2 (9.52%) Games
6 2 (9.52%) Project Management
6 2 (9.52%) Java
6 2 (9.52%) PRINCE2
6 2 (9.52%) UNIX
6 2 (9.52%) Windows

Manual Testing
Top Related IT Skills in the North West by Category

For the 6 months to 28 November 2014, IT contractor jobs across the North West region citing Manual 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 Manual Testing. Up to 20 skills are shown per category.

Communications & Networking
1 1 (4.76%) Network Security
1 1 (4.76%) WAN
1 1 (4.76%) DMZ
Development Applications
1 5 (23.81%) Team Foundation Server
2 4 (19.05%) JIRA
3 3 (14.29%) Selenium
4 1 (4.76%) WebDriver
General
1 2 (9.52%) Finance
1 2 (9.52%) Games
Job Titles
1 12 (57.14%) Test Analyst
1 12 (57.14%) Analyst
2 3 (14.29%) Web Analyst
2 3 (14.29%) Test Leader
2 3 (14.29%) Web Test Analyst
3 2 (9.52%) Test Manager
3 2 (9.52%) Test Engineer
3 2 (9.52%) Agile Test Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Automation Tester
4 1 (4.76%) Automation Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Selenium Test Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Tester
4 1 (4.76%) Senior Test Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Network Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Senior Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Security Manager
4 1 (4.76%) Software Test Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Automation Test Analyst
4 1 (4.76%) Network Security Manager
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (19.05%) .NET
2 1 (4.76%) .NET Framework
Miscellaneous
1 4 (19.05%) IVR
2 3 (14.29%) Biometrics
3 2 (9.52%) iPad
4 1 (4.76%) Mobile App
4 1 (4.76%) Mobile Games
Operating Systems
1 4 (19.05%) Android
2 2 (9.52%) UNIX
2 2 (9.52%) Windows
2 2 (9.52%) Apple iOS
3 1 (4.76%) Linux
3 1 (4.76%) Windows Mobile
Processes & Methodologies
1 10 (47.62%) Software Testing
2 6 (28.57%) System Testing
3 5 (23.81%) Test Strategy
4 4 (19.05%) Agile Software Development
4 4 (19.05%) Test Automation
5 3 (14.29%) Test Management
5 3 (14.29%) Integration Testing
5 3 (14.29%) Stakeholder Management
5 3 (14.29%) Regression Testing
5 3 (14.29%) Project Planning
5 3 (14.29%) Automated Testing
6 2 (9.52%) TDD
6 2 (9.52%) Project Management
6 2 (9.52%) PRINCE2
6 2 (9.52%) Web Testing
6 2 (9.52%) User Acceptance Testing
6 2 (9.52%) Performance Testing
6 2 (9.52%) Stress Testing
6 2 (9.52%) Non-Functional Testing
7 1 (4.76%) Test Planning
Programming Languages
1 6 (28.57%) SQL
2 2 (9.52%) Java
3 1 (4.76%) JavaScript
Qualifications
1 10 (47.62%) ISTQB
1 10 (47.62%) ISEB
2 2 (9.52%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (4.76%) RHCSA
3 1 (4.76%) ACSP
3 1 (4.76%) MCSE
3 1 (4.76%) MCSA
3 1 (4.76%) CCNP
3 1 (4.76%) CCIP
3 1 (4.76%) CCNA
3 1 (4.76%) CCDP
3 1 (4.76%) Cisco Certification
3 1 (4.76%) Microsoft Certification
3 1 (4.76%) RHCE
3 1 (4.76%) IBM Certification
3 1 (4.76%) ACSA
3 1 (4.76%) MCDST
3 1 (4.76%) MCTS
3 1 (4.76%) MCITP
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 5 (23.81%) QA
2 1 (4.76%) ISO/IEC 27001
Systems Management
1 2 (9.52%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 1 (4.76%) SolarWinds
1 1 (4.76%) Cisco
1 1 (4.76%) IBM
1 1 (4.76%) Microsoft
1 1 (4.76%) HP
1 1 (4.76%) EMC
1 1 (4.76%) Oracle
1 1 (4.76%) Avaya
1 1 (4.76%) Red Hat
1 1 (4.76%) Apple