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 12 February 2016 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
12 Feb 2016
Same period 2015 Same period 2014
Manual Testing
Rank 141 133 115
Rank change year-on-year
-8 -18
Contract jobs citing Manual Testing 17 8 18
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 0.45% 0.24% 0.64%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.56% 0.32% 0.86%
Number of daily rates quoted 11 5 13
Average daily rate £250 £220 £315
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+13.63% -30.15%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £150 £150 £134
10% offered a daily rate of more than £450 £290 £340
UK excluding London average daily rate £300 £290 £300
% change year-on-year
+3.44% -3.33%
Number of hourly rates quoted 1 0 1
Average hourly rate £32.50 - £140.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £25.00 £29.25 £15.00
% change year-on-year
-14.52% +95.00%
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
3059 2504 2089
As % of all contract IT jobs located in the North West 80.71% 76.55% 74.42%
Number of daily rates quoted 1876 1471 1065
Average daily rate £400 £388 £363
Average daily rate % change year-on-year
+3.22% +6.89%
90% offered a daily rate of more than £275 £275 £250
10% offered a daily rate of more than £550 £550 £525
UK excluding London average daily rate £400 £400 £375
% change year-on-year
- +6.66%
Number of hourly rates quoted 119 100 111
Average hourly rate £38.00 £32.50 £33.00
Average hourly rate % change year-on-year
+16.92% -1.51%
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £16.50 £13.50 £13.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £53.00 £49.50 £46.00
UK excluding London average hourly rate £40.00 £27.50 £27.50
% change year-on-year
+45.45% -

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 12 February 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 average contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Manual Testing within the North West region over the 3 months to 12 February 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
(Use links below to see detailed
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
Manchester -6 15 £250 +4.71% 8
Cheshire -6 1 £283 - 2
Lancashire - 1 - - 3
Manual Testing
England

Manual Testing
Top 30 Related IT Skills in the North West

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 16 (39.02%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (31.71%) Automated Testing
3 12 (29.27%) QA
3 12 (29.27%) Selenium
4 11 (26.83%) Test Scripting
5 9 (21.95%) .NET
6 8 (19.51%) User Acceptance Testing
7 7 (17.07%) Test Automation
7 7 (17.07%) Software Testing
8 6 (14.63%) TDD
8 6 (14.63%) Finance
8 6 (14.63%) Cucumber
9 5 (12.20%) Functional Testing
9 5 (12.20%) System Testing
9 5 (12.20%) SQL
9 5 (12.20%) Windows
9 5 (12.20%) Microsoft
9 5 (12.20%) ISTQB
10 4 (9.76%) Scrum
10 4 (9.76%) ISEB
10 4 (9.76%) SQL Server
10 4 (9.76%) E-Commerce
10 4 (9.76%) WATIR
10 4 (9.76%) Automation Testing
10 4 (9.76%) BDD
10 4 (9.76%) WebDriver
10 4 (9.76%) Team Foundation Server
10 4 (9.76%) SoapUI
11 3 (7.32%) Test Management
11 3 (7.32%) SpecFlow

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

For the 6 months to 12 February 2016, 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 2 (4.88%) MS Excel
Communications & Networking
1 1 (2.44%) PuTTY
1 1 (2.44%) WinSCP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 4 (9.76%) SQL Server
2 1 (2.44%) MySQL
Development Applications
1 12 (29.27%) Selenium
2 6 (14.63%) Cucumber
3 4 (9.76%) SoapUI
3 4 (9.76%) Team Foundation Server
3 4 (9.76%) WATIR
3 4 (9.76%) WebDriver
4 3 (7.32%) SpecFlow
5 2 (4.88%) JIRA
6 1 (2.44%) Ant
6 1 (2.44%) JMeter
6 1 (2.44%) TortoiseSVN
General
1 6 (14.63%) Finance
2 3 (7.32%) Banking
3 2 (4.88%) Telecoms
4 1 (2.44%) Billing
4 1 (2.44%) Legal
Job Titles
1 22 (53.66%) Analyst
1 22 (53.66%) Test Analyst
2 15 (36.59%) Tester
3 5 (12.20%) QA Analyst
3 5 (12.20%) QA Engineer
3 5 (12.20%) QA Test Analyst
3 5 (12.20%) QA Tester
3 5 (12.20%) Test Engineer
4 4 (9.76%) Manual Tester
4 4 (9.76%) Software Tester
5 3 (7.32%) Manual Test Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) Migration Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) Software Analyst
5 3 (7.32%) Software QA Engineer
5 3 (7.32%) Software QA Tester
5 3 (7.32%) Software Test Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Junior Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) Junior Test Analyst
6 2 (4.88%) QA Test Engineer
6 2 (4.88%) Senior Penetration Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 9 (21.95%) .NET
2 3 (7.32%) WinForms
3 2 (4.88%) COM
4 1 (2.44%) Gherkin
4 1 (2.44%) SOAP
Miscellaneous
1 2 (4.88%) Analytical Skills
1 2 (4.88%) Computer Science
1 2 (4.88%) Mobile App
2 1 (2.44%) Data Centre
2 1 (2.44%) Device Driver
2 1 (2.44%) User Experience
Operating Systems
1 5 (12.20%) Windows
2 1 (2.44%) Windows 7
Processes & Methodologies
1 16 (39.02%) Agile Software Development
2 13 (31.71%) Automated Testing
3 11 (26.83%) Test Scripting
4 8 (19.51%) User Acceptance Testing
5 7 (17.07%) Software Testing
5 7 (17.07%) Test Automation
6 6 (14.63%) TDD
7 5 (12.20%) Functional Testing
7 5 (12.20%) System Testing
8 4 (9.76%) Automation Testing
8 4 (9.76%) BDD
8 4 (9.76%) E-Commerce
8 4 (9.76%) Scrum
9 3 (7.32%) Business Analysis
9 3 (7.32%) Integration Testing
9 3 (7.32%) Kanban
9 3 (7.32%) Migration
9 3 (7.32%) Test Management
10 2 (4.88%) Security Testing
10 2 (4.88%) Web Testing
Programming Languages
1 5 (12.20%) SQL
2 3 (7.32%) Java
3 2 (4.88%) C#
3 2 (4.88%) Groovy
3 2 (4.88%) JavaScript
4 1 (2.44%) PHP
4 1 (2.44%) Ruby
Qualifications
1 5 (12.20%) ISTQB
2 4 (9.76%) ISEB
3 2 (4.88%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 2 (4.88%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
4 1 (2.44%) Degree
4 1 (2.44%) SC Cleared
4 1 (2.44%) Security Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 12 (29.27%) QA
Systems Management
1 1 (2.44%) HP Quality Center
Vendors
1 5 (12.20%) Microsoft
2 1 (2.44%) Baan
2 1 (2.44%) Metastorm
2 1 (2.44%) SAP
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