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 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
Manual Testing
Rank 146 130 127
Rank change year-on-year
-16 -3
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 21 6 9
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.49% 0.19% 0.31%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.62% 0.26% 0.44%
Number of daily rates quoted 12 4 9
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£318 £310 £300
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+2.41% +3.33%
UK excluding London average daily rate £280 £295 £300
% change year-on-year
-5.08% -1.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 0 0
Average hourly rate - - -
UK excluding London average hourly rate £31.50 £30.00 £33.00
% change year-on-year
+5.00% -9.09%
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
3408 2293 2052
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 78.80% 74.33% 71.52%
Number of daily rates quoted 2092 1270 1045
Average daily rate £413 £370 £333
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+11.48% +11.27%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £290 £265 £240
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £525 £475
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £375 £370
% change year-on-year
+6.66% +1.35%
Number of hourly rates quoted 134 101 103
Average hourly rate £40.00 £25.00 £20.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+60.00% +25.00%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.16 £12.50 £12.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £59.50 £67.00 £50.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £32.50 £25.00 £30.00
% change year-on-year
+30.00% -16.66%

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
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 August 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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statistics and historical trends)
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
Cheshire -3 9 £309 -0.40% 4
Manchester -13 8 £356 +42.50% 12
Lancashire - 4 - - 2
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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 20 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
2 19 (45.24%) ISEB
3 14 (33.33%) Finance
3 14 (33.33%) Software Testing
4 13 (30.95%) ISTQB
5 12 (28.57%) QA
5 12 (28.57%) Test Strategy
6 10 (23.81%) Mobile App
6 10 (23.81%) Automation Testing
6 10 (23.81%) Test Management
7 9 (21.43%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
7 9 (21.43%) Non-Functional Testing
8 8 (19.05%) SDLC
8 8 (19.05%) Automated Testing
9 7 (16.67%) Test Scripting
9 7 (16.67%) Test Automation
10 6 (14.29%) Selenium
10 6 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
10 6 (14.29%) Banking
10 6 (14.29%) RUP
11 4 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
11 4 (9.52%) Performance Testing
11 4 (9.52%) .NET
11 4 (9.52%) Java
12 3 (7.14%) SQL
12 3 (7.14%) SOAP
12 3 (7.14%) Regression Testing
12 3 (7.14%) System Testing
12 3 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
12 3 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification

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

For the 6 months to 28 August 2015, 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.

Applications
1 1 (2.38%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 1 (2.38%) Dynamics AX
Development Applications
1 6 (14.29%) Selenium
2 3 (7.14%) Team Foundation Server
2 3 (7.14%) SoapUI
3 2 (4.76%) JIRA
4 1 (2.38%) SpecFlow
4 1 (2.38%) Cucumber
General
1 14 (33.33%) Finance
2 6 (14.29%) Banking
3 2 (4.76%) General Ledger
Job Titles
1 17 (40.48%) Test Analyst
1 17 (40.48%) Analyst
2 14 (33.33%) Tester
3 9 (21.43%) Test Manager
4 5 (11.90%) Test Leader
4 5 (11.90%) Mobile Tester
4 5 (11.90%) Mobile Test Analyst
5 4 (9.52%) Applications Tester
6 2 (4.76%) QA Consultant
6 2 (4.76%) Manual Test Analyst
6 2 (4.76%) QA Tester
6 2 (4.76%) Consultant
6 2 (4.76%) Software Tester
6 2 (4.76%) Automation Tester
6 2 (4.76%) Lead Tester
7 1 (2.38%) Test Engineer
7 1 (2.38%) Senior Tester
7 1 (2.38%) Technical Tester
7 1 (2.38%) UAT Test Analyst
7 1 (2.38%) QA Leader
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 4 (9.52%) .NET
2 3 (7.14%) SOAP
3 2 (4.76%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.38%) Middleware
4 1 (2.38%) REST
4 1 (2.38%) J2EE
4 1 (2.38%) ASP.NET
Miscellaneous
1 10 (23.81%) Mobile App
2 4 (9.52%) Analytical Skills
Operating Systems
1 2 (4.76%) Android
1 2 (4.76%) Apple iOS
2 1 (2.38%) Windows
Processes & Methodologies
1 20 (47.62%) Agile Software Development
2 14 (33.33%) Software Testing
3 12 (28.57%) Test Strategy
4 10 (23.81%) Automation Testing
4 10 (23.81%) Test Management
5 9 (21.43%) Non-Functional Testing
6 8 (19.05%) SDLC
6 8 (19.05%) Automated Testing
7 7 (16.67%) Test Scripting
7 7 (16.67%) Test Automation
8 6 (14.29%) User Acceptance Testing
8 6 (14.29%) RUP
9 4 (9.52%) Performance Testing
10 3 (7.14%) System Testing
10 3 (7.14%) Regression Testing
11 2 (4.76%) Scrum
11 2 (4.76%) Software Engineering
11 2 (4.76%) ITIL
11 2 (4.76%) Unit Testing
11 2 (4.76%) Requirements Analysis
Programming Languages
1 4 (9.52%) Java
2 3 (7.14%) SQL
3 1 (2.38%) C#
Qualifications
1 19 (45.24%) ISEB
2 13 (30.95%) ISTQB
3 9 (21.43%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
4 3 (7.14%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
5 2 (4.76%) ITIL Certification
6 1 (2.38%) ISEB Practitioner
6 1 (2.38%) SC Cleared
6 1 (2.38%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (28.57%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.38%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 2 (4.76%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.38%) Baan
2 1 (2.38%) JD Edwards
2 1 (2.38%) SAP
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