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 contractor rates offered in IT contracts that have cited Manual Testing over the 3 months to 7 December 2016 with a comparison to the same period over 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.

3 months to
7 Dec 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 135 137 127
Rank change year-on-year
+2 -10
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 22 25 15
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.68% 0.60% 0.46%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.82% 0.75% 0.60%
Number of daily rates quoted 14 12 6
Median daily rate £358 £294 £281
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
+21.70% +4.44%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £230 £158 £191
10% offered a daily rate of more than £425 £350 £335
UK excluding London median daily rate £318 £300 £300
% change year-on-year
+5.83% -0.08%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 0
Median hourly rate £44.00 - -
UK excluding London median hourly rate £32.50 £37.50 £24.75
% change year-on-year
-13.33% +51.51%
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
2696 3326 2514
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 83.94% 79.44% 77.66%
Number of daily rates quoted 1800 2033 1489
Median daily rate £413 £413 £375
Median daily rate % change year-on-year
- +10.00%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £300 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £575 £600 £525
UK excluding London median daily rate £413 £400 £385
% change year-on-year
+3.12% +3.89%
Number of hourly rates quoted 60 129 106
Median hourly rate £27.50 £30.15 £27.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year
-8.78% +9.63%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £14.54 £12.35 £13.50
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £45.40 £47.71 £45.00
UK excluding London median hourly rate £31.00 £35.00 £25.00
% change year-on-year
-11.42% +40.00%

Manual Testing
Jobs Demand Trend in the North West

The demand trend of contract jobs across the North West region citing Manual Testing as a proportion of all IT contracts with a match in 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 7 December 2016.

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 median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 7 December 2016. 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 see detailed
statistics and trends)
Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
Manchester -3 12 £370 +13.84% 12
Cheshire +16 4 £413 +63.36% 1
Lancashire -5 3 - - 1
Merseyside +1 2 £283 -9.60%
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 7 December 2016, IT contractor jobs citing Manual Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads across the North West region with a requirement for Manual Testing.

1 22 (64.71%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (41.18%) Test Scripting
3 13 (38.24%) Automated Testing
3 13 (38.24%) Selenium
4 12 (35.29%) SQL
5 9 (26.47%) Java
5 9 (26.47%) .NET
5 9 (26.47%) QA
5 9 (26.47%) Performance Testing
5 9 (26.47%) Automation Testing
6 7 (20.59%) BDD
6 7 (20.59%) JIRA
7 6 (17.65%) Regression Testing
7 6 (17.65%) Security Testing
7 6 (17.65%) Unit Testing
7 6 (17.65%) Usability Testing
8 5 (14.71%) Integration Testing
8 5 (14.71%) Functional Testing
8 5 (14.71%) Scrum
9 4 (11.76%) Manufacturing
9 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
9 4 (11.76%) Build Automation
10 3 (8.82%) Test Strategy
10 3 (8.82%) HP Quality Center
10 3 (8.82%) TestComplete
10 3 (8.82%) VBScript
10 3 (8.82%) E-Commerce
10 3 (8.82%) Visual Studio
11 2 (5.88%) Software Testing
11 2 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM

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

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 1 (2.94%) CMS
1 1 (2.94%) SharePoint
Business Applications
1 2 (5.88%) Dynamics CRM
Database & Business Intelligence
1 1 (2.94%) Oracle Reports
1 1 (2.94%) Relational Database
1 1 (2.94%) SQL Server
1 1 (2.94%) SQLPlus
Development Applications
1 13 (38.24%) Selenium
2 7 (20.59%) JIRA
3 3 (8.82%) TestComplete
3 3 (8.82%) Visual Studio
4 2 (5.88%) Cucumber
4 2 (5.88%) SoapUI
5 1 (2.94%) ClearCase
5 1 (2.94%) ClearQuest
5 1 (2.94%) Gatling
5 1 (2.94%) HP UFT
5 1 (2.94%) JBehave
5 1 (2.94%) JIRA Agile
5 1 (2.94%) JMeter
5 1 (2.94%) JUnit
5 1 (2.94%) LoadUI
5 1 (2.94%) Rational Robot
5 1 (2.94%) Selenium IDE
5 1 (2.94%) TestRail
5 1 (2.94%) Visual Studio Team System
5 1 (2.94%) WebDriver
General
1 4 (11.76%) Manufacturing
2 1 (2.94%) Advertising
2 1 (2.94%) Games
2 1 (2.94%) Pharmaceutical
2 1 (2.94%) Retail
Job Titles
1 15 (44.12%) Analyst
2 14 (41.18%) Test Analyst
3 10 (29.41%) Tester
4 5 (14.71%) Test Engineer
5 4 (11.76%) Agile Test Analyst
5 4 (11.76%) Automation Consultant
5 4 (11.76%) Consultant
5 4 (11.76%) Manual Tester
5 4 (11.76%) QA Tester
5 4 (11.76%) Senior Consultant
5 4 (11.76%) Software Tester
5 4 (11.76%) Test Leader
6 3 (8.82%) Automation Test Analyst
6 3 (8.82%) Manual Test Analyst
6 3 (8.82%) QA Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) QA Engineer
7 2 (5.88%) QA Test Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Senior Tester
7 2 (5.88%) Software Analyst
7 2 (5.88%) Software Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (26.47%) .NET
2 2 (5.88%) Gherkin
3 1 (2.94%) .NET Framework
3 1 (2.94%) AngularJS
3 1 (2.94%) JSON
3 1 (2.94%) Middleware
3 1 (2.94%) XML
Miscellaneous
1 2 (5.88%) Analytical Skills
2 1 (2.94%) EPoS
Operating Systems
1 2 (5.88%) Windows
2 1 (2.94%) Android
2 1 (2.94%) Apple iOS
2 1 (2.94%) Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 22 (64.71%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (41.18%) Test Scripting
3 13 (38.24%) Automated Testing
4 9 (26.47%) Automation Testing
4 9 (26.47%) Performance Testing
5 7 (20.59%) BDD
6 6 (17.65%) Regression Testing
6 6 (17.65%) Security Testing
6 6 (17.65%) Unit Testing
6 6 (17.65%) Usability Testing
7 5 (14.71%) Functional Testing
7 5 (14.71%) Integration Testing
7 5 (14.71%) Scrum
8 4 (11.76%) Build Automation
9 3 (8.82%) E-Commerce
9 3 (8.82%) Test Strategy
10 2 (5.88%) CRM
10 2 (5.88%) Software Engineering
10 2 (5.88%) Software Testing
10 2 (5.88%) Stakeholder Management
Programming Languages
1 12 (35.29%) SQL
2 9 (26.47%) Java
3 3 (8.82%) VBScript
4 1 (2.94%) C#
Qualifications
1 1 (2.94%) SC Cleared
1 1 (2.94%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 9 (26.47%) QA
Systems Management
1 3 (8.82%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 4 (11.76%) Microsoft
2 2 (5.88%) HP
2 2 (5.88%) Workday
3 1 (2.94%) EPiServer
3 1 (2.94%) Oracle
3 1 (2.94%) SAP
3 1 (2.94%) Twitter